Vintage Golf Autographs

Golfers of the Past -- 1920s through 1960s

Tommy Aaron  (1937-    )

Canadian Open 1969, US Masters 1973  [Ryder Cup 1969, 1973]

I got a reputation for finishing second a lot times, and it almost got ridiculous.
    Tommy Aaron

 

This article autographed by Tommy Aaron reports his win at the 1970 Atlanta Golf Classic.

George Archer  (1939-2005)

12 PGA tour victories, 1 major PGA victory (US Masters 1969); 19 Senior PGA victories

He was a consummate pro in the way he handled himself.  I just loved him. . . .  It was very awkward for him to stand over a putt.  And he kept his shoulders up, so he had to bend his knees more than anybody in history.  He told me he would hold his knees apart, so there was no sway. He tucked his elbows in — that was unusual. He also kept the putter blade squarer than anybody and as low as anybody.  He should have written a book on putting. He was a putting genius, but I got the feeling he didn't want to give his secrets away.  He played the tour because he loved the game, but he loved to play percentage golf.  Clint Eastwood said a man's got to know his limitations. George would pace himself so he could clean up in the fall tournaments. He played to make a living. He knew his putter meant he didn't need to take chances.
    Johnny Miller

 

This article autographed by George Archer reports his win at the 1969 Masters.

Watch a video clip of Archer winning the 1969 Masters.

Jerry Barber  (1916-1994)

US PGA 1961, Player of the Year 1961, Ryder Cup 1955,1961

The more I practice, the luckier I get.
    Jerry Barber

 

This news article autographed by Jerry Barber reports his victory at the 1960 Tournament of Champions at the Desert Inn Country Club at Las Vegas.

See a video clip of Barber winning the 1961 PGA Championship.

Miller Barber  (1931-2013)

11 PGA tour victories 1964-77

They first started calling me '007' after James Bond, then it became 'Mr. X.' I didn't mind because it gave me an identity.
    Miller Barber

This article autographed by Miller Barber reports his victory at the 1971 Phoenix Open. 

George Bayer  (1925-2003)

Canadian Open 1957

 

Watch a video clip of George Bayer at the 1962 PGA Championship.

He was cremated.

Frank Beard (1939-    )

Tournament of Champions 1967,1970; 11 tour victories

Few golfers are born with the natural talent for hitting the ball, but every player is blessed with the God-given ability to throw a club. Whenever you play in a mixed foursome, there will always be at least one hole where you have to hit your second shot before the ladies tee off.  Always replace divots in the fairway and rake footprints in the sand trap even if you have to move your ball to do so.  Never use another player's ball on the same hole where you stole it.
    Frank Beard

Homero Blancas (1938-    )

4 PGA Tour victories, 1 Senior PGA Tour victory  [1965 Rookie of the Year, 1973 Ryder Cup]

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Homero Blancas appeared in syndicated newspapers in October 1962. 

Tee Branca  (1912-1999)

Utah Open 1938, Tedesco Utah State Open 1942,1944-45, Rocky Mt. PGA 1947  [Utah Golf Hall of Fame 1991]

 

Ev Thorpe was a Salt Lake City sports cartoonist for the Deseret News.  This cartoon autographed by Tee Branca appeared in the newspaper  on 4 June 1950.

Gay Brewer  (1932-2007)

US Masters 1967, Taiheiyo Pacific Masters (Japan) 1972, Canadian Open 1972, Ryder Cup 1967,1971

Age depends on your attitude and how well you take care of yourself.
    Gay Brewer

 

This article autographed by Gay Brewer reports his win at the 1967 Masters.

He was buried in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky.

Johnny Bulla  (1914-2003)

Los Angeles Open 1941, British Open runner-up 1939,1946

That sonofabuck could go to sleep like you cut off a light.  He'd run his hand over his nose twice, pull the covers over him, and bam, gone.  Now, six o'clock in the morning, ping, he walks on his heels to the bathroom and shakes the building.  John weighed about 235 then (1936).  Then he'd come run jump on the bed and we'd begin to wrestle.  We tore up more rooms like that . . . . Hell, I think as much of John as I do my brothers.  The first time I saw him was in 1935 at the Louisville Open.  Nelson Long and I see this guy with hair hanging down over his eyes hitting two-woods at a sand trap out there, and every time he missed the trap he'd beat the ground with the club.  I said, "Look at that bastard beating the ground with his club."  We stood there and watched him hit, and any time anybody watched John he'd hit 'em till the cows came home.  I never saw a man so happy as John when he won the L.A. Open.  He said, "Now, Jackson, I'm king for a day."
    Sam Snead

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Johnny Bulla appeared in syndicated newspapers in January 1941. I have two other Bulla-signed cartoons--an Alan Maver 1941 cartoon and another Pap cartoon from 1937.

Bob Charles (1936-     )

5 PGA Tour victories 1963, 1965, 1967-68, 1974, 1 major victory (British Open 1963); 23 Senior PGA Tour victories 1987-93, 1995-96, 2 major victories (Senior British Open 1989, 1993)

 
 
This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Bob Charles appeared in syndicated newspapers in July 1963. 

Charles Coody  (1937-    )

2 PGA Tour victories, 1 major victory (US Masters 1971); 5 Senior PGA victories [Ryder Cup 1967,1971]

 

This article autographed by Charles Coody reports his win at the 1971 Masters, his biggest victory.

Bruce "Iron Man" Crampton  (1935-    )

Australian Open 1956  [Vardon Trophy 1973,1975]

Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.
    Bruce Crampton

 

This article autographed by Bruce Crampton reports his victory at the 1987 Legends of Golf.

See a video clip of Crampton winning the 1970 Westchester Golf Classic.

Jacky Cupit (1929-    )

Rookie of the Year 1961, Canadian Open 1961, US Open runner-up 1963

The feeling, after winning my first tournament on the PGA Tour was something I cannot describe. I had won 39 tournaments as an amateur, but this was different, a lot different.

    Jacky Cupit

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Jacky Cupit appeared in syndicated newspapers in March 1963.

Jim Dent (1939-    )

12 Senior PGA Tour victories 1989-90, 1992, 1994-98

 

This news article autographed by Jim Dent reports his victory in the 1996 Bank of Boston Senior PGA Classic. Dent led the Champions Tour in driving distance for six consecutive years. 

Bruce Devlin  (1937-    )

8 PGA Tour victories 1964, 1966, 1969-70, 1972, 1 Senior PGA Tour victory 1995  

Bruce Devlin is the most wonderful man. When Maureen and I first came to America, if we needed a car, he always had a car for us. If we needed a place to live, he helped.
    David Graham

 

This article autographed by Bruce Devlin reports his victory in the 1970 Bob Hope Desert Classic at La Quinta Country Club.

See a video clip of Bruce Devlin in the 1964 U. S. Masters.

Dale Douglass  (1936-    )

3 PGA Tour victories 1969-70; 10 Senior PGA Tour victories, 1 major victory (US Senior Open 1986) [Ryder Cup 1969]

 

This article autographed by Dale Douglass reports his victory at the 1970 Phoenix Open.

Jim Ferree  (1931-    )

1 PGA Tour victory 1958, 2 Senior PGA Tour victories 1986, 1991 

One of the funniest things I ever saw on tour happened during the third round. I was paired with a pro from North Carolina named Jim Ferree. He was not happy with himself or his game this day, and on the 54th hole, which was the ninth hole that had a river running about 100 yards in front of the green, he hit his second shot to the green. Not liking the results, he reached the river bridge, took his full bag of clubs off his caddies’’ shoulder, and twirled it around and threw the clubs, bag, and all in the river. It was a deep river too. The water was a long way down from ground level. Needless to say, we never saw those clubs again.
    Jacky Cupit

This article autographed by Jim Ferree reports his victory at the 1958 Vancouver Open in British Columbia, his sole PGA Tour win. He was regarded as one of the very best in the game in the tee-to-green ball-striking phase of the game, but putting was always his Achilles' heel.

Jack Fleck  (1921-    )

US Open 1955

 

 

Jack Fleck autographed this 1955 Tom Paprocki cartoon in June 2011.  I sent him the extra copy he noted on the 3x5 card, but he mistakenly returned it.

See a video clip of Jack Fleck talking about his 1955 U. S. Open win.

Dow Finsterwald  (1929-    )

US PGA Championship 1958; 12 tour victories   [Vardon Trophy 1957, Player of the Year 1958]

 

In the mid-1990s I volunteered for a few years at a senior tournament in Park City, Utah. Finsterwald was in several of those tournaments and it was a genuine pleasure getting to accompany his pairing on a round in one of the tournaments. He was so precise and focused in his every movement. At one point he lectured some spectators about being quiet when he was setting up for a shot. The man demanded respect for himself and the game.  This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Dow Finsterwald appeared in syndicated newspapers in January 1958. I have one other Finsterwald-signed Tom Paprocki cartoon from October 1958. I also have several different news articles signed by Finsterwald.

Doug Ford  (1922-    )

US Masters 1967

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Doug Ford appeared in syndicated newspapers in April 1957.

Al Geiberger (1937-    )

10 PGA Tour victories 1962-63, 1965, 1974-77, 1979, 1 major victory (US PGA Championship 1966); 10 Senior PGA Tour victories [US Ryder Cup 1967, 1975]

 

Al Geiberger autographed this article reporting his victory at the 1966 PGA Championship at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Bob Goalby (1929-    )

11 PGA Tour victories, US Masters 1968

I didn't exactly shoot an 80 that final round.  I shot what was perhaps the finest round of golf in my life that day and earned a tie for the Masters championship, even though Roberto [de Vicenzo] was shooting one of the finest rounds ever at Augusta. I was feeling very confident about a playoff when they told me I had won.  And all this time, I've always felt like a victim, as much or more than Roberto. None of the problems with scorecards were my fault. But I have forever been singled out as the guy who won the Masters because of some damn clerical mistake. I don't think I ever got credit for what I did that week.  All in all, I'm proud of the way I handled the whole thing.  It could have been a lot different. I could have said, “You bastards, you ruined the biggest and best day of my life.”  But I didn't do that, and I'm glad. I held it in for 20 years, and maybe doctors say that's not great for your health, but I'm glad I did.  I've played golf with Roberto many times since that day.  And I always thought it was a bit strange, but we have never, ever talked about the Masters. I remember it and I'm sure he remembers it. I just see his face and I immediately flash right back to that day. I bet he feels the same way. I bet he thinks about it more than I do.  But we have never said a word about it to each other. Not a word.
    Bob Goalby, on
    winning the 1968
    Masters

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Bob Goalby appeared in syndicated newspapers in January 1963. I have one other Goalby-signed Pap cartoon from a January 1961 newspaper.

Watch a video clip of Bob Goalby at the 1962 PGA Championship.

David Graham (1946-    )

8 PGA Tour victories, 2 major victories (US PGA Championship 1979, US Open 1981), 5 Senior PGA Tour victories

Australian-born David Graham autographed this news article reporting his victory at the 1979 PGA Championship held at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan.

Jay Hebert (1923-1997)

7 PGA Tour victories, 1 major victory (US PGA Championship 1960) [Ryder Cup 1959, 1961]

Lionel Hebert (1928-2000)

5 PGA Tour victories, 1 major victory (US PGA Championship 1957)

 

Jay Hebert and Lionel Hebert both autographed this 1961 Tom Paprocki graphic sports cartoon.

Dave Hill (1937-2011)

13 PGA Tour victories, 6 Senior PGA Tour victories [Vardon Trophy 1969, US Ryder Cup 1969, 1973, 1977]

“The greens are the course…they are faster than a fart in a hot skillet.”

       Dave Hill

 

 

Dave Hill autographed this 1970 Alan Maver cartoon in April 2010.

Mike Hill (1939-    )

3 PGA Tour victories, 18 Senior PGA Tour victories

 

 

 

Mike Hill autographed this 1970 Alan Maver cartoon in April 2010.

John Jacobs (1945-    )

5 Senior PGA Tour victories, 1 major victory (Senior PGA Championship 2003)

 

Don January  (1929-    )

US PGA Championship 1967, Ryder Cup 1965,1977, US PGA Senior 1979,1982  [Vardon Trophy 1976]

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Don January  appeared in newspapers in April 1961.

Harold "Jug" McSpaden  (1908-1996)

17 PGA Tour victories, 1933-39, 1941, 1943-45, Canadian Open 1939, US PGA runner-up 1937, National Matchplay Championship 1934, "Gold Dust Twin"

 

This Jack Sords cartoon autographed by Jug McSpaden appeared in newspapers in January 1944. I have another McSpaden-signed Sords cartoon that appeared in February 1935 newspapers.

Watch a video clip of McSpaden winning the 1938 Miami Golf Open.

Dave Marr (1933-1997)

US PGA Championship 1965 [US Ryder Cup 1965]

He was very clever.  He had a great thing for golf and he had a great sense of humor. He could keep up with the best of them.
    Arnold Palmer

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Dave Marr appeared in syndicated newspapers in May 1962.He was cremated and his ashes scattered at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and the Royal Birkdale and Walton Heath Golf Clubs in England.

See a video clip of Dave Marr in the 1964 U. S. Masters.

Graham Marsh (1944-    )

1 US PGA Tour victory, 6 Senior PGA Tour victories, 2 major victories (US Senior Open 1997, The Tradition 1999)

 

This article autographed by Graham Marsh reports his single win on the US PGA Tour in 1977 at the Heritage Golf Classic Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Marsh was a regular winner on the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, and the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Don Massengale  (1937-2007)

2 PGA Tour victories 1966, 2 Senior PGA Tour victories 1990, 1992, PGA Championship runner-up 1967 [PGA Club Professional Championship 1972]

This article autographed by Don Massengale reports his career highlight in beating Arnold Palmer by one shot in the 1966 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.

Billy Maxwell  (1929-    )

7 PGA Tour victories [US Amateur 1951, Mexican Amateur 1953, US Ryder Cup 1963]

 

This Alan Maver cartoon autographed by Billy Maxwell appeared in syndicated newspapers in August 1952.

Orville Moody  (1933-   )

US Open 1969, US Senior Open 1989

This article autographed by Orville Moody reports his victory at the 1969 US Open played at Cypress Creek in Houston.

Walter Morgan (1941-    )

3 Senior PGA Tour victories  1995-96 [North Carolina Black Hall of Fame 1995]

 

This article autographed by Walt Morgan reports his win at the Ameritech Senior Open at Long Grove, Illinois, in 1996.

Bob Murphy  (1943-    )

5 PGA Tour victories 1968, 1970, 1975, 1986; 11 Senior PGA Tour victories 1993-97   [US Amateur 1965, NCAA Championship 1966]

 

This article autographed by Bob Murphy reports his win at the 1995 VFW Seniors Championship held at Loch Lloyd Country Club in Belton, Missouri.

Bobby Nichols (1936-    )

11 PGA Tour victories, 1 Senior PGA Tour victory [US PGA Championship 1964]

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Bobby Nichols appeared in newspapers in December 1964.

Watch a video clip of Bobby Nichols winning the 1964 PGA Championship.

Calvin Peete (1943-    )

Tournament Players Championship 1985 [Ryder Cup 1983,1985]

This news article autographed by Cal Peete reports his victory in the 1979 Greater Milwaukee Open.

Dave Ragan (1935-    )

3 PGA Tour victories 1959, 1962, US PGA runner-up 1963  [Ryder Cup 1963]

 

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Dave Ragan appeared in newspapers in January 1963.

John Revolta  (1911-1991)

Western Open 1935, US PGA 1935, Ryder Cup 1935; leading money winner in 1935, 2nd in 1938; 19 tournament wins

Johnny Revolta had a magnificent short game.
    Patty Berg

 

On this 1933 Jack Sords graphic cartoon drawing, Johnny Revolta wrote:  "Those were the days! How could I forget--58 years ago." I have another Revolta-signed cartoon drawn by  Art Krenz.

Watch a video clip of John Revolta competing in the 1938 Los Angeles Open.

Phil Rodgers (1938-    )

5 PGA Tour victories 1962-63, 1966 [British Open runner-up 1963]

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Phil Rodgers appeared in newspapers in January 1962.

Bob Rosburg  (1926-2009)

Mexican Open 1957, US PGA Championship 1959   [US Ryder Cup 1959, Vardon Trophy 1958]

The week I won the 1959 PGA, I never hit a practice ball.  The practice range was down in this hole where it was steaming hot.  All week I just warmed up by hitting a few chips and putts.  I'm probably the first and last guy to win a major without hitting one practice shot.
    Bob Rosburg

 

This Ev Thorpe graphic sports cartoon was autographed by Bob Rosburg, Art Wall, and Billy Casper. It appeared in the Deseret News in 7 September 1960.

Doug Sanders (1933-    )

20 PGA Tour victories, 1 PGA Senior Tour victory

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Doug Sanders appeared in newspapers in April 1957. I have another Sanders-signed Pap cartoon dating from April 1962 newspapers.

Jay Sigel  (1943-    )

8 PGA Senior Tour victories 1994, 1996-98, 2002-03 [US Amateur 1982-83]

 

This news article autographed by Jay Sigel reports his victory at the 1983 US Amateur Golf Championship at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois. 

Dick Sikes (1940-    )

2 PGA Tour victories, Walker Cup 1963

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Dick Sikes appeared in newspapers in July 1963.

Charlie Smith  (1931-    )

Champion amateur golfer  [Carolinas Golfer of the Year 1960]

 

Charlie Smith autographed this 1963 Tom Paprocki cartoon in March 2010.  He also wrote me a nice note thanking me for sending  him a copy of the cartoon which he had never seen before.

J. C. Snead  (1940-    )

8 PGA Tour victories 1971-72, 1975-78, 1981, 1987, 4 Senior PGA Tour victories 1993, 1995, 2002

 

J. C. Snead autographed this article reporting his victory at the 1976 Andy Williams-San Diego Open. He was a nephew of Sam Snead.

Mike Souchak (1927-2008)

Greater Greensboro Open 1961, Houston Classic 1964

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Mike Souchak appeared in newspapers in June 1961. I have another Souchak-signed Pap cartoon dating from June 1964 newspapers.

Dave Stockton  (1941-    )

9 PGA Tour victories, 2 major victories (US PGA Championship 1970, 1976); 14 Senior PGA Tour victories

 

This article autographed by Dave Stockton reports his victory at the 1976 PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Bob Toski  (1926-    )

5 PGA Tour victories; 2 Senior PGA Tour victories  [leading PGA Tour money winner 1954, World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame 1999, National Polish-American Hall of Fame 1987]

I entered a tournament under my given name, Bob Algustoski. It was a big moment for me. On the first tee the announcer boomed out, "Now playing, Bob Aglus ... Aguss ... oh, hell, play away." The gallery roared. From then on, I was Bob Toski.

     Bob Toski

 

 

Bob Toski autographed this 1955 Tom Paprocki cartoon in December 2009.

Watch a video clip of Sam Snead and Bob Toski talking about the fundamentals of hitting a golf ball.  Watch a video clip of Bob Toski talking about some fundamentals of golf including the value of hypnosis.

Mike Turnesa (1907-2000)

 

Mike Turnesa and Willie Turnesa signed this 1934 Art Krenz graphic sports cartoon. Their older brother, Joe, died only months after these two brothers signed this in 1991.

Willie "The Wedge" Turnesa  (1914-    )

US Amateur 1938,1948, British Amateur 1947

I was known as "Willie the Wedge" after I won the [US] Amateur at Oakmont, because I played out of a lot of bunkers that week, and in most cases very well . . . .I've been asked many times why I didn't turn professional.  For one thing, I didn't like to teach.  But, mainly, my brothers didn't want me to be a pro, because none of them ever went to college and they wanted me to have that advantage . . . .Golf for me was always a means of introduction to many things in life--people, mostly.  Rather than have a roundabout association, through golf you get to know the inside of people.  Let's say you meet someone new who is a golfer.  You don't even know his name, but right away you're friendly because he's a golfer.  All criminals stick together, you know.
    Willie Turnesa

 

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Willie Turnesa appeared in newspapers in August 1937. I also have a Jack Sords 1938 cartoon signed by him.

Ken Venturi (1931-    )

14 PGA Tour victories, 1 major victory (US Open 1964)

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Ken Venturi appeared in newspapers in March 1958.

H. Ellsworth Vines, Jr.  (1911-1994)

Pro Tour 1942-50s, All-American Open runner-up 1946, USPGA semi-finals 1951  [International Tennis Hall of Fame 1962]

These cartoons appeared in newspapers in 1944, the one on the left by Jack Davis and the other by Jack Sords.

Watch a video clip of Ellsworth Vines take runner-up honors at the 1946 All American Open.

Art Wall  (1923-2001)

US Masters 1959, USPGA Player of the Year 1959, Canadian Open 1960, Ryder Cup Team 1957-61, US National Senior Open 1978

 

I also have an Ev Thorpe 1950 cartoon signed by Art Wall (see entry for Bob Rosburg).

He is buried in Dyberry Cemetery, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Tom Weiskopf  (1942-    )

British Open 1973, South African PGA 1973, Argentine Open 1979, US Open runner-up 1976, US Masters runner-up 1969,1972,1974-75, US Senior Open 1995

My dad took me to the 1957 U.S. Open at Inverness when I was 14.  I wasn't a golfer yet.  After we walked through the gate, he took me straight to the practice range and pointed out Sam Snead.  The sound of Sam's iron shots, the flight of the ball, thrilled me.  I was hooked even before I started playing.
    Tom Weiskopf

 

This article autographed by Tom Weiskopf reports his victory at the 1973 British Open at Troon, Scotland.

Kermit Zarley  (1941-    )

2 PGA Tour victories 1968, 1970; 1 Senior PGA Tour victory 1994 [NCAA Championship 1962]

This article autographed by Kermit Zarley reports his win at the 1970 Canadian Open at the London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario, Canada.

Larry Ziegler (1939-    )

3 PGA Tour victories 1969, 1975-76; 2 Senior PGA Tour victories 1991, 1998

 

This article autographed by Larry Ziegler reports his win at the 1976 New Orleans Open at the Lakewood Country Club.

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  • Jerry Barber  (All the Rest)
  • George Bayer (All the Rest)
  • Patty Berg (Ladies)
  • Julius Boros (Hall of Fame)
  • Harry Cooper (Hall of Fame)
  • Bruce Crampton  (All the Rest)
  • Bruce Devlin  (All the Rest)
  • Jack Fleck  (All the Rest)
  • Bob Goalby (All the Rest)
  • Ben Hogan (Hall of Fame)
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  • "Jug" McSpaden (All the Rest)
  • Cary Middlecoff (Hall of Fame)
  • Byron Nelson (Hall of Fame)
  • Bobby Nichols  (All the Rest)
  • Jack Nicklaus (Hall of Fame)
  • Arnold Palmer (Hall of Fame)
  • Gary Player (Hall of Fame)
  • John Revolta (All the Rest)
  • Gene Sarazen (Hall of Fame)
  • Charlie Sifford  (Hall of Fame)
  • Sam Snead (Hall of Fame)
  • Bob Toski  (All the Rest)
  • Ellsworth Vines (All the Rest)

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