Lot # 62: Signed by Walter Hagen, "The Walter Hagen Story" First Ed.

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Item was in Auction "Summer 2021",
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7/24/2021 8:00 PM

Written and Signed by Walter Hagen, this is a 1956 first edition copy of The Walter Hagen Story. It is signed "Walter Hagen" on the front free endpaper by the great Haig himself.  The book and its 342 pages are in great conditon.  There is a plastic cover over the dust jacket but the back and spine of the jacket has a few tears, as shown in the accompanying images.  

The upper corner of the back flyleaf is neatly embosed "Library of Edward Gregory / GCS"

Walter Hagen was a larger than life personality, with flair and flamboyance that remains legendary. He was an outstanding club designer who ran his own firm and then later assisted Wilson Sporting Goods with the design of many of clubs. When Hagen died in 1976, Arnold Palmer was one of his pal bearers.

In his book, The Walter Hagen Story, Hagen recounts the two decades when he ruled the golfing world as King. The back of the book shows the table of contents. Many a great stories are told and a wide variety of photos of Hagen in action are included.

The Walter Hagen Story has undergone many editions and reprints.  This particular book is the 1956 first edition published by Simon and Schuster, NY. 

Walter Hagen won 11 major championships which puts him in third place, behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, for most won. "Known as the 'father of professional golf, he brought publicity, prestige, big prize money and lucrative endorsements to the sport." Murry R. Nelson, ed., Encyclopedia of Sports in America: A History from Foot Races to Extreme Sports' (2009) 1:179–80).

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