Vintage Golf Autographs

Golfers of the Past -- 1920s through 1960s

Deane Beman (1938-    )

4 PGA tour victories 1969-70, 1972-73; 1 Senior PGA victory [US Amateur 1960,1963, British Amateur 1959; PGA Tour Commissioner 1974-94, World Golf Hall of Fame 2000]

The thing I'm most proud of is we brought golf into the modern world of sports business without hurting the integrity of the game.
    Deane Beman

Deane Beman autographed this 1964 Tom Paprocki cartoon. 

Tommy Bolt (1918-2008)

US Open 1958  [US Ryder Cup 1955, 1957, World Golf Hall of Fame 2002]

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy going back to pick it up.

     Tommy Bolt

 
This Tom Paprocki syndicated cartoon autographed by Tommy Bolt  appeared in newspapers in April 1952.
 

Julius "Moose" Boros  (1920-1994)

US Open 1952,1963, PGA Championship 1963, World Championship 1952,1955, US Ryder Cup 1959,1963,1965,1967, PGA Senior Title 1971, [PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame 1982]

Retire to what?  I'm a golfer and a fisherman.  There's no place to retire to.
    Julius Boros

This Alan Maver syndicated cartoon autographed by Julius Boros appeared in newspapers in June 1953.

Watch a video clip of Boros at the 1969 Westchester Golf Classic.

He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jack Burke, Jr.  (1923-    )

US Tour 1950-63 (15 wins), US Masters 1956, USPGA 1956, Ryder Cup captain 1957 [PGA Hall of Fame 1976, World Golf Hall of Fame 2000]

This game is hard. Players need to realize that and accept it. And we're first-generation golfers in Texas. We're not like New York where people are 10th-generation golfers. We've got coonskin caps on our golfers. They need help.  And that's why we're lucky to be in Texas, because we have the best teachers in the game. I learned the game from my father, who was one of the best teachers ever.
    Jack Burke, Jr.

This Tom Paprocki syndicated cartoon autographed by Jack Burke appeared in newspapers in March 1950.

Billy Casper  (1931-    )

48 PGA Tour victories 1956-71, 1973, 1975, 3 major victories (US Masters 1970, U. S. Open 1959, 1966); 8 Senior PGA Tour victories, 1 major victory (USGA Senior Open 1983)  [Vardon Trophy, 1960,1963,1965,1966,1968, Byron Nelson Award 1966, 1968, 1970, PGA Player of Year 1966,1970, US Ryder Cup 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, World Golf Hall of Fame 1978, PGA Hall of Fame 1982]

 

This article autographed by Billy Casper reports his victory in the 1959 US Open at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. 

"Lighthorse" Harry Cooper  (1904-2000)

US tour 1926-42 (20-32 wins), US Masters runner-up 1936, US Open runner-up 1927, Canadian Open 1932,1937  [PGA World Golf Hall of Fame 1992]

My nickname?  Lighthorse?  Damon Runyon put that on me in 1926 at the Los Angeles Open, when I won the first $10,000 Open.  George Von Elm and I played the last round in two hours and a half with 5,000 people following us.  I was always a fast walker, fast player . . . and fast swinger.
    “Lighthorse” Harry Cooper

This Burnley cartoon autographed by Harry Cooper appeared in newspapers in October 1936. I have two other Cooper-signed cartoons, dated 1927 and 1937.

Watch a video clip of Harry Cooper competing in the 1938 Los Angeles Open.

He was buried in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.

Roberto De Vicenzo  (1923-    )

4 PGA Tour victories 1957, 1966, 1968, 1 major victory (British Open 1967); 1 Senior PGA Tour victory 1984, 1 major victory (US Senior Open 1980)  [PGA /World Golf Hall of Fame 1989]

Roberto De Vicenzo was a magnificent ball-striker who acquired an almost fatal case of the yips. Years ago I was paired with Roberto and another player, Mario Gonzalez, who had the yips even worse than Roberto. Mario would flinch and miss a two-footer, and Roberto would giggle. Nothing is funnier to someone with the yips than watching someone else with the yips try to stab the ball into the hole.
    Tony Jacklin

Roberto De Vicenzo autographed this 1951 Tom Paprocki cartoon.

Melvin R. "Chick" Harbert  (1915-1992)

US PGA 1954 (runner-up 1947,1952), Ryder Cup captain 1955 [PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame 1968]

 

 

This Tom Paprocki syndicated cartoon autographed by Chick Harbert appeared in newspapers in August 1942. I have two other Harbert-signed cartoons dating from 1937 and 1942.

Ben Hogan  (1912-1997)

[PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame ]

 

In 1988-89, I compiled a "memory book" to give to my parents on the occasion of their 46th anniversary.  I secretly sent requests from their friends and family to jot down sentiments and memories that I could include in the book.  I also sent requests to famous people that I could include in the book.  Since my mother had taken a golf class in college, I thought it would be fun to have something in the book from a famous golfer. I received this kind note addressed to my parents from Ben Hogan. My parents were happily flabbergasted to find warm notes in the book from such notables as George Burns, Mary Martin, Eddie Albert, Isaac Stern, Roy and Dale Rogers, etc.  They loved showing their "famous friends" in this memory book to friends.

Watch a video clip of Ben Hogan in the 1955 U.S. Open.  Watch a video clip of Hogan and Snead at the 1940 Goodall Round-Robin Tournament.  Watch a video clip of Hogan at the 1946 Los Angeles Open.

He is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas.

Tony Jacklin (1944-    )

2 PGA Tour victories 1968, 1972, 2 major victories (British Open 1969, US Open 1970); 2 Senior PGA Tour victories 1994-95 [European Ryder Cup 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, British World Cup 1966, 1970-72, World Golf Hall of Fame 2002]

When I was 13, I got to shag balls for Bobby Locke at a clinic he gave near my home.  Locke hit an 8-iron, and the ball landed at my feet and plugged in the moist ground.  Just as I eased the ball out of the ground, I heard a shout, and here comes Locke's next shot.  The ball landed in the same bloody pitch mark.  It was a fluke, but there was no convincing a 13-year-old of that. Golf cast a spell on me that day that has never been broken.
    Tony Jacklin

 

This news article autographed by Tony Jacklin reports his victory at the 1970 US Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Gene Littler  (1930-    )

28 PGA Tour victories 1954-57, 1959-60, 1962, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 2 major victories (US Open 1961, Canadian Open 1965); 8 Senior PGA Tour victories 1983-84, 1986-87, 1989   [US Amateur 1953; US Ryder Cup 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1975, PGA Hall of Fame 1982, World Golf Hall of Fame 1990]

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Gene Littler appeared in newspapers in June 1962.

Cary "Doc" Middlecoff  (1921-1998)

US Open 1949,1956, US Masters 1955 [US Ryder Cup  1953,1955,1959, PGA /World Golf Hall of Fame 1986]

Nobody wins the [US] Open.  It wins you.
    Cary Middlecoff

 

This Tom Paprocki syndicated cartoon appeared in newspapers in November 1945.  I have one other Middlecoff-signed 1951 Alan Maver-drawn cartoon.

Watch a video clip of Cary Middlecoff at the 1948 U. S. Masters.

He is buried in Crittenden Memorial Park, Marion, Arkansas.

Johnny Miller   (1947-    )

23 PGA Tour victories 1971-72, 1974, 1976, 1980-83, 1987, 1994, 2 major victories (US Open 1973, British Open 1976)   [US Ryder Cup 1975, 1981, US World Cup 1973, 1975, 1980, PGA Player of the Year 1974, PGA /World Golf Hall of Fame 1996]

Ever since I first joined the tour, I've studied players.  I look for the choke factor, the taking of an extra waggle, the smacking of the lips.  After 10 years, I could be the most middle-of-the-fairway announcer you've ever seen.  But if I don't say what I see and hear and know, why am I there?
    Johnny Miller

 

This news article autographed in-person by Johnny Miller reports his victory at the 1973 US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

Byron Nelson  (1912-2006)

US Open 1939, PGA Championship 1940,1945, US Masters 1937,1942, Canadian Open 1945, French Open 1955, "Gold Dust Twin"  [A.P Athlete of the Year 1944-45, PGA /World Golf Hall of Fame 1974]

In 1932 I turned pro.  Ted Longworth started a tournament in Texarkana, where he was now head pro.  The total prize money was $500 and there's people playing in it like Dick Metz and Ky Laffoon, but I rode a bus over there from Fort Worth, carried my little Sunday bag and a suitcase, paid my $5 entry fee, and played in my first tournament as a pro.  That was November 22, 1932.  In that day and time all you had to do was go pay your entry and say you were playing as a pro, and you were a pro.  Well, I finished third and won $75.
    Byron Nelson

 

This syndicated Jack Sords cartoon autographed by Byron Nelson appeared in newspapers in July 1943. I have three other cartoons signed by Nelson, the earliest having appeared in newspapers in 1940.

Watch a video clip of Byron Nelson winning the 1946 Los Angeles Open.  Watch a video clip of Nelson at the 1948 U. S. Masters.  Watch a video clip of Nelson beating Sam Snead in the 1940 U. S. P.G.A.

He is buried in Roselawn Memorial Park, Denton, Texas.

Jack Nicklaus (1940-    )

US Open 1962,1967,1972,1980, US Masters 1963,1965-66,1972,1975,1986, British Open 1966,1970,1978, PGA Championship 1963,1971,1973,1975,1980, Australian Open 1964,1968,1971,1975-76,1978, Walker Cup 1959,1961, World Cup 1963-64,1966-67,1971,1973, Ryder Cup 1969,1971,1973,1975,1977,1981, PGA Seniors Championship 1991, US Senior Open 1991,1993  [US Amateur 1959, 1961, NCAA Championship 1961; PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame 1974]

I remember as a rookie sitting on the back of the range and watching Weiskopf, Trevino, Miller, all these guys hit balls.  Then Nicklaus would come, and there was something different.  He brought that intimidation with him. You could see it in his walk, the way he looked at you, the way he stared down the fairway.  He went through the same routine, the same wiggles and waggles that he did on the golf course.  Boy, you could tell he came ready.  That was the difference.
    Jim Thorpe

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Jack Nicklaus appeared in newspapers in March 1961.

Watch a video clip of Jack Nicklaus at the 1966 British Open.  Watch a video clip of Nicklaus winning the 1965 U. S. Masters.  Watch a video clip of Nicklaus winning the 1963 U. S. Masters.  See a video clip of Nicklaus in the 1964 U. S. Masters.

Arnold Palmer (1929-    )

US Amateur 1954, Panama Open 1955, US Masters 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, British Open 1961-62, US Open 1960, Australian Open 1966, Spanish Open 1975, British PGA Championship 1975, Canadian PGA 1980, PGA Seniors’ Championship 1980, 1984, US Senior Open 1981, Senior Tournament Players Championship 1984-85 [PGA Player of the Year 1960, 1962, Vardon Trophy 1961-62, 1964, 1967, PGA /World Golf Hall of Fame 1974]

Arnold Palmer came into golf like Muhammad Ali came into boxing.  Arnold Palmer was the best ambassador that golf ever had.
    Chi Chi Rodriguez

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Arnold Palmer appeared in newspapers in July 1961. I have another Palmer-signed Pap cartoon dating to April 1960.

Watch a video clip of Arnold Palmer winning the 1966 U. S. Open.  Watch a video clip of Palmer at the 1965 U. S. Masters.  See a video clip of Palmer winning the 1964 U. S. Masters.

Gary Player (1935-    )

15 PGA Tour victories, 9 major victories (British Open 1959, 1968, 1974, PGA Championship 1962, 1972, US Masters 1961, 1974, 1978, US Open 1965); 19 Senior PGA Tour victories; 12 international victories, 53 other victories [PGA /World Golf Hall of Fame 1974]

I was practicing in a bunker down in Texas and this good old boy with a big hat stopped to watch.  The first shot he saw me hit went in the hole.  He said, “You got 50 bucks if you knock the next one in.”  I holed the next one.  Then he says, “You got $100 if you hole the next one.”  In it went for three in a row.  As he peeled off the bills he said, “Boy, I've never seen anyone so lucky in my life.”  And I shot back, “Well, the harder I practice, the luckier I get.”
    Gary Player

This Tom Paprocki cartoon autographed by Gary Player  appeared in newspapers in August 1958.

Watch a video clip of Gary Player winning the 1962 PGA Championship.  Watch a video clip of Player at the 1965 U. S. Masters.

Paul "Little Poison" Runyan  (1908-2002)

won over 50 PGA tournaments [PGA /World Golf Hall of Fame 1990]

I never turned pro, at least not formally.  At that time, if you worked with golf in any way, you were pro.  I became an apprentice to pro Jimmy Norton at the old Hot Springs Country Club when I was 14.  He made me grow a mustache before he would give me the job, and it took me six months to do it.  When I finished my apprenticeship, shortly before I was 18, I went to work at the old Concordia club in Little Rock the Jewish country club. . . .  It wasn't that I quit playing and started teaching.  I always taught. You couldn't make enough playing. I was the leading money-winner a couple of years 1933 and '34 , but we're talking about less than $10,000 a year.
    Paul Runyan

 

This syndicated Jack Sords cartoon autographed by Paul Runyan appeared in newspapers in July 1938.  I have two other Runyan-signed cartoons, both appearing in 1934 newspapers.

Gene Sarazen  (1902-1999)

British Open 1932, US Open 1922, PGA Championship 1922-23,1933, US Masters 1935, PGA Seniors Title 1954,1958  [A.P Athlete of the Year 1932, PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame 1974]

 . . . as tough as they come under pressure.
    Grantland Rice

 

I have six different signed graphic cartoons autographed by Gene Sarazen. This one appeared in April 1948, but the others date to as early as 1930.

Watch a video clip of Gene Sarazen and other pro golfers in 1929.  Watch a video clip of Sarazen getting runner-up in the 1940 U. S. Open.

He is buried in Marco Island Cemetery, Marco, Florida.

Charlie Sifford  (1922-    )

2 PGA Tour victories 1967, 1969, 1 PGA Senior Tour victory 1975  [World Golf Hall of Fame 2004, Old Tom Morris Award 2007]

I got a job as a caddie in North Carolina when I was 13. I could shoot par then. The thing about it was my dad, who was a laborer, made only $2.00 a week. I made that much caddying. . . .  I don’t want to repeat the things that were said to me and about me, or rehash the threats. But let me tell you, I was the first Black to play in a PGA event in the South in Greensboro, North Carolina, and I can tell you I didn’t play too well because of the other things I had to deal with.

     Charlie Sifford
 

 

 
Charlie Sifford autographed this 1969 Alan Maver cartoon in December 2009.
 
Watch a video clip of Charlie Sifford documenting his 40th anniversary of winning the Los Angeles Open in 1969.  Watch a video clip of Charlie Sifford receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree from University of St. Andrews.
 

Sam Snead  (1912-2002)

Most wins in PGA Tour history — 81

Sam played hard. He was a tough, tough competitor and he wasn't what you would call a gracious loser. He gave everything he had when he played and everyone appreciated that. Isn't that the way all sports should be?  We all thought Snead was the best we ever saw.  But then I'd play with Hogan and I'd think he was the best. And maybe Nelson was the best. But Sam was special. Everyone who played with him loved him.
    Bob Goalby

 

Watch a video clip of Sam Snead winning the Fenway Golf Tournament in White Plains, New York, in 1938.  Watch a video clip of Snead winning the 1939 National Open.  Watch a video clip of Hogan and Snead at the 1940 Goodall Round-Robin Tournament.  Watch a video clip of Nelson beating Sam Snead in the 1940 U. S. P.G.A.

H e is buried in Snead Family Cemetery, Hot Springs, Virginia.

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  • George Archer (All the Rest)
  • 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)
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