Gene Sarazen

While Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson are filming one of "Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf" matches at the Hague in the Netherlands, Sarazen pens a letter to golf promoter, Fred Corcoran.

Autograph Letter Signed, “Gene”, three conjoined pages , 6.25” X 8.25”, on Hotel Wittebrug [the Netherlands] stationery, June 10, 1962. Addressed to Fred [Corcoran]. In full, “Hear [sic] we are at the Hague. Today is our thirty eight [sic] Anniversary, we are telling any one hear [sic] / [Byron] Nelson arrived he is playing the Course. This is the toughest course Ive seen in Europe, if they get any kind of wind, it will mean very high scores. / Nelson is going off to Paris for an exhobition [sic] and then to Geneva, Switzerland where he has friends. He loves this place, who wouldn [sic], Fred this would be a great place for Canada Cup Matches, But I don’t know where you would get a crowd. The course would be very fitting. / We read Red Smith everyday in the New York Trib, European copy. Snead led your Tour for the first two rounds. / Mary is fine. She is taking me to church again, I am batting a thousand over hear [sic]. / I wrote to Biggar about having a Press Party at Glen Eagle, and that you should come over to handle it. I haven’t heard. / I am getting Restless. I hate playing golf on week ends, to [sic] many golfers. Well that’s all for now. My best to Nancy / Cherrio / Gene.” Staple holes at upper blank margin and center fold, else very fine condition.

Gene Sarazen hosted the landmark golf series, “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf”, a televised series of golf “challenge matches” between pairs of professional golfers. It started as a pre-recorded one hour program on Sunday afternoons and it included travelogue-style information about the host’s country and conversations with the players between shots. Byron Nelson played Gerry DeWit at the Haagsche Golf Club in the Netherlands, referred to as “the Hague”, a match that was televised for the first time in March 1963. It is most likely during the filming of this match between Nelson and DeWit that Sarazen penned this letter to Fred Corcoran, golf promoter extraordinaire. Byron Nelson said of the “Shell” series, “The show gave the game of golf a very attractive exposure – the travelogues alone were worth the price of admission – that went a long way toward promoting, and changing the image of the game into what is now a major sport in this country, and the world.” Not only was Gene Sarazen a great golfer, he was an inventor as well; He invented the modern sand wedge. According to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the idea for its design was the result of noticing how an airplane’s tail adjusted during flight while Sarazen was taking a flying lesson from Howard Hughes in 1931. Sarazen was the first golfer to win the career grand slam and was among the first to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. His “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” at the 1935 Masters (a final-round hole-out from 225 yards with a 4-wood for a double-eagle on No.15) is one of the most famous shots in golf history.

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