With Bing Crosby’s track record of success in gold records, movies, television shows and business ventures, you knew his golf tournament would be a smash hit. Founded in 1937 as an informal weekend party for Bing’s pals on the tour and in show business, the Crosby has become, as the book title declares, “The Greatest Show in Golf.”
COLLECTOR’S 1975 out-of-print stated first edition, first printing hardcover sports book - The Crosby: Greatest Show in Golf by Dwayne Netland. Prologue by Bing Crosby. Has original unclipped dust jacket with $9.95 on flap. Black & white photograph of Crosby on back.
Publisher: Doubleday, Garden City, New York. Copyright: 1975 by Golf Digest, Stated First Edition, First Printing. ISBN 0-385-11158-4. Not ex-library. Not later printing.
This is the story of the world’s leading celebrity event, the tournament that evolved into an American institution. Its cast contains the top professionals, entertainment celebrities, business tycoons, politicians and some of the country’s best amateur golfers, performing on the matchless setting of the Monterey Peninsula.
Bing wrote the prologue himself, setting the stage for author Dwayne Netland’s behind-the-scenes portrait of the ancedotes and incidents that have injected the Crosby with such a special flavor. This is the first book ever written on the Crosby, a warm and humorous account spiced with some spectacular photos of courses and contestants and a trip through memory lane in an Epilogue containing capsule summaries of each tournament.
The Crosby, otherwise known as “The Clambake” a Pro-Am tournament at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club until World War II. The first event featured both Fred Astaire and Zeppo Marx as amateur players. The 1939 Pro-Am featured the only husband and wife team to play together with “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias playing with her husband George.
After the Second World War the tournament moved to the Monterey Peninsula, originally played over three courses: Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Ben Hogan shot an incredible 63 at Cypress Point during 1949 tournament. The field at “the Crosby,” now the “AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am” has always been star-studded.
Outstanding full page color and black & white photographs throughout the book. Photos do not fully capture exact color hues and wonderful detail; wait until you see up close. WOW!
Photographs include: Bob Hope, Glen Campbell, Clint Eastwood, Andy Williams, James Garner, Jack Lemmon, Dean Martin, Tennessee Ernie Ford. Raymond Floyd, Bert Yancey, Johnny Miller, Gene Littler, Jack Nicklaus, John Durkin, Tom Shaw, Tom Watson and more. Also shows: Crosby his last competitive appearance in 1956, tournament for both Ben Hogan and Bing Crosby. Sam Snead with a full head of hair playing at 1938 Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe.
Hardcover, pictorial DJ, front green and back b & w photo, green cloth boards, gilt spine titles, 160pp, 10" by 7". BRIGHT unmarked pages. Binding tight. Near fine vintage condition. Cover fine/bright/clean. Pages near fine/bright/clean/minimal page yellowing. DJ very good/good/bright/clean/general shelfwear includes edge chipping-few creases-some small bites-tears.
Do not pass up this out-of-print collector's must have; will make a FABULOUS gift for yourself or someone special in your life!!
1975 'The Crosby: Greatest Show in Golf', Bing Crosby, RARE First Edition, DJ, The Clambake, Celebrity Photographs, Bob Hope, Glen Campbell, Clint Eastwood, Dean Martin, Jack Lemmon, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Bert Yancey, Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club