The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golfby Mark Frost
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./em>/strong>/em>
From the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed The Greatest Game Ever Played comes The Grand Slam, a riveting, in-depth look at the life and times of golf icon Bobby Jones.
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, an amateur golfer who had already won nine of the seventeen major championships he'd entered during the last seven years, mounted his final 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.
A natural, self-taught player, Jones made his debut at the U.S. Amateur Championship at the age of 14. But for the next seven years, Jones struggled in major championships, and not until he turned 21 in 1923 would he harness his immense talent.
What the world didn't know was that throughout his playing career the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring spotlight. While the press referred to him as "a golfing machine," the strain of competition exacted a ferocious toll on his physical and emotional well-being. During the season of the Slam he constantly battled exhaustion, nearly lost his life twice, and came perilously close to a total collapse. By the time he completed his unprecedented feat, Bobby Jones was the most famous man not only in golf, but in the history of American sports. Jones followed his crowning achievement with a shocking announcement: his retirement from the game at the age of 28. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a closely guarded private life helped create a mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day.
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- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Mark Frost is the author of the critically acclaimed THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, THE GRAND SLAM, and the bestselling THE LIST of 7, THE 6 MESSIAHS, and BEFORE I WAKE. He received a Writer's Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for his work as executive story editor on the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues, and was the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC television series Twin Peaks. He lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York.
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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.
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.
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.