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The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

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In the wake of the stock market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports in the summer of 1930. Bobby Jones, a twenty-eight-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, he conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has...
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In the wake of the stock market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports in the summer of 1930. Bobby Jones, a twenty-eight-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, he conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it.

A natural, self-taught player, the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring spotlight throughout his entire career-so much so that after the Grand Slam, he made a shocking announcement: He was retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a closely guarded private life helped create the mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day.

In the tradition of The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Grand Slam blends social history with sports biography, captivating the imagination and engaging the reader. The Grand Slam is a biography not to be missed.

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In the summer of 1930, American golfer Bobby Jones mounted a historic assault on the record books. In a four-month tear, he won the British Amateur, the British Open, the United States Open, and the United States Amateur championships. And then, at the age of 28, he retired. Mark Frost, the author of The Greatest Game Ever Played, tells the story of the most dominant golfer in history.
Sports Illustrated
Using his instinct for character development to delve into Jones' psyche, Frost identifies what makes Jones interesting and startlingly contemporary.
Scottish Golf Magazine
If you thought you knew the story of Bobby Jones . . ., then think again: this book is the engrossingly definitive account.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
With clear, crisp prose Frost does a great job of bringing Jones' assault on the Grand Slam back to life.
Publishers Weekly
Before Arnold, Jack and Tiger, there was Bobby. After winning the Grand Slam of golf in 1930, Jones stood like a colossus over the American sporting scene. He is the only individual to have been recognized with two ticker tape parades down Broadway's Canyon of Heroes. Frost (The Greatest Game Ever Played) has written a swift, surefooted account of Jones's remarkable life and career. From Jones's precocious early days on the Atlanta links to his sudden retreat from the media spotlight, Frost covers every detail. The self-taught Jones began playing serious tournaments at 14 and quickly moved into the ranks of the world's best players. In 1930, he won the four major tournaments of the time: the British Amateur, the British Open, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur, which sportswriters dubbed the Grand Slam. Following this success, Jones promptly retired. Later diagnosed with a rare nerve illness, he lived out his life as golf's elder statesman. While Frost's eager prose has an engaging, "you are there" quality, for nongolfers the question is whether they actually do want to be there. Frost strains to place Jones's achievement in the broader context of American history. As bedside reading for the literate duffer, this is a hole in one. For the average reader, it's a bogey. 15 b&w photos. Agent, Ed Victor. (Nov.) Forecast: The Greatest Game (2002) was praised widely, and cross-promos with the USGA and golfing events could help this new book gain traction among Frost's readers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Decades later, the name Bobby Jones says it all: a legend. His "grand slam" (winning the Open Championship, British Amateur, U.S. Open, and U.S. Amateur) in 1930 has yet to be duplicated. Frost's current work follows his own The Greatest Game Ever Played, a historical recounting of Jones's predecessors in modern golf: Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet. Frost does a fine job of recounting the tenor of the times-the economics (the Great Depression), baseball (Babe Ruth and the Sox and Yankees), politics, and life in general. He also chronicles the emergence of influential sportswriters. As a biography, this allows the opportunity to see a Jones with flaws: club-throwing, quick-tongued, a middling real estate salesman. At the same time, Frost shows Jones as a complex person of single-mindedness, honesty, and piety. While not the last biography of Jones, this one is very well done. Highly recommended for all sports collections.-Steven Silkunas, North Wales, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786181919
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Frost is the author of The Greatest Game Ever Played. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues and was the co-creator of the television series Twin Peaks. An avid golfer, he lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York with his wife and son.

Grover Gardner, named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine, has recorded more than five hundred audiobooks. He is the recipient of more than thirteen Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award. In addition to narrating, he has an active career as an actor and stage director. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

The Players ix
Prologue xiii
Part 1 Evolution of a Genius
Chapter 1 East Lake 3
Chapter 2 One Wrong Turn 31
Chapter 3 Into the Fray 49
Chapter 4 Finding a Voice 81
Chapter 5 Fate and Nothing Else 125
Part 2 The Championship Years
Chapter 6 Breakthrough 177
Chapter 7 Halfway There 205
Chapter 8 The Battle of the Century 223
Chapter 9 The Americans Are Coming 247
Chapter 10 The Double 267
Chapter 11 Consolidation 283
Chapter 12 Preparation 317
Part 3 The Grand Slam
Chapter 13 The Amateur, St. Andrews 335
Chapter 14 The Open, Hoylake 367
Chapter 15 The U.S. Open, Interlachen 385
Chapter 16 The U.S. Amateur, Merion 415
Chapter 17 Retirement 443
Chapter 18 Decline 461
Acknowledgments 479
A Note on the Writing 481
Index 483
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2004

    GOLF LEGEND

    THIS IS ONE HOT GOLF BOOK THAT IS HARD TO PUT DOWN! THE WRITER FROST HAS DONE A GREAT JOB COVERING BOBBY JONES LIFE AND ALL OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT HE WON AND DOING IT AT SUCH A GREAT GOLFER DOING IT ALL AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE .IT IS SO IRONIC THAT BOBBY JONES CAME ALONG AND DID WHAT HE DID CAUSE THAT TRULY BROUGHT ALOT OF HOPE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAUSE HE WON HIS BIG CHAMPIONSHIP DURING THE DEPRESION. WOW WHAT A BLESSING TO COME OUT OF A DARK CLOUD. THIS IS A VERY ENJOYABLE BOOK AND VERY EASY TO READ AND YOU WILL BE TRULY INSPIRED BY IT AND IT WOULD ALSO MAKE A NICE GIFT FOR A FRIEND FAMILY MEMBER OR CO WORKER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    Another eagle for Frost!

    What an excellent follow up to The Greatest Game Ever Played. If you are interested in how golf got its start in America, then this is a must read for you. Great insight on Bobby Jones and his raise to the top of the game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    Golf and period history

    A great followup to his winning Greatest Game Ever Played. Frost gives us a deep insight into the greatest achievement the game of golf has seen as well as the private side of one of the games greatest.But Frost also sets the stage with a period history review which adds even more to the story. Simply a fine historical golf book.

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