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Prelude: Warming Up
Hagen and Sarazen. Like Palmer and Nicklaus in the roaring 20's. Walter Hagen could play any sport, pitch righty or lefty, and was a quintessential symbol of his glorious times. Sarazen joins me after the Hagen bio with a Walter Hagen caddie story about Skip Daniels, from 1932 at the Open Sarazen won with his new sand wedge.
Sam Snead hit a draw because a slice on his father's property would go into a muddy ditch. Sam never went two weeks his whole life without playing golf or hitting balls. He taught me to hit 50 yard pitches in my bare feet in 1974, when I spent Monday through Saturday night alone with him on the range at The LA Open. He was 62 and took Dave Stockton to the 72nd hole. This is a string of different moments with Sam chatting about Hogan and the golf swing.
Babe Zaharias and Patty Berg jumpstarted the LPGA with 11 other adventurous, ambitious, great players in 1950. Here is their story and my chat with Patty almost 50 years later.
The 1937 Ohio River flooding left one million Americans homeless. Babe Zaharias and Patty Berg, Helen Hicks and Jean Bauer held an exhibition in Miami to raise money for those in need. They were all in their 20's!
This music video by Jim Michael, my friend and longtime editor, features a photo of every Masters Winner since 1934, lovingly set to music.
Golf Talk Now: FEATURED Episodes
Francis Ouimet Wins The 1913 US Open
The Moe Norman Method
Babe Zaharias wins 1954 US Women's Open
Pine Valley Part 1
Pine Valley Part 2
Nancy Lopez Wins 5 in a Row
Peter Kessler was “The Voice” of HBO Sports from 1990 through 1995—narrating Peabody, Ace, and Emmy Award-Winning documentaries—including When it Was a Game, When it Was a Game II, the boxing trilogy In This Corner, and The Sweet Science.
The premier talent at Golf Channel from 1995 through 2002, Peter hosted, wrote, and produced 1,300 live one-hour episodes of four different shows: Golf Talk Live, Academy Live, Viewer’s Forum and Masters Highlights.
An active fixture in the golf industry, Peter has been featured in multiple golf publications around the world, including cover stories in Golf World and GolfWeek. His expertise and historical acumen was the subject of a ten-page profile and interview in Golf Digest. Additionally, Peter has produced programs for Callaway Golf, Adams Golf, Gary Player Golf, and Bobby Jones Golf.
The first “Voice” on The PGA TOUR Network, Peter also wrote and hosted a daily show from 2005 through 2015. His podcast on iTunes was rated the number one golf podcast for 2014 and 2015. Continually sought for narration work, Peter has provided voice-over talent for American Express, the NBA, the USTA, and The Boys and Girls Club of America.
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Tiger Woods Wins The 1997 Masters
Payne Stewart Wins
The 1999 US Open
When It Was A Game
In This Corner, Sugar Ray Robinson
Gary Player's Bunker Lesson
Bobby Jones Wins
The 1930 Grand Slam
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Reading the Break is a free podcast woven from the history of the game, hosted by masterful storyteller and renowned golf historian Peter Kessler. Each episode celebrates golf's vast heritage, with untold stories and insights about the most compelling subjects and people within the world of golf.
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