Tis true, that Georgia Tech is the only school with three alums who have won the British Open—Bobby Jones three times, David Duval and Stewart Cink one each. (I guess you could throw Harvard and Emory in there for one each. Jones also attended them both. Besides golf, he was a man busily getting educated.)
BUT, Stanford alumni have won more Opens as a group—Tom Watson five, Tiger Woods three. The thing I enjoyed most about Cink’s exchange with the media after it was over was when he said, “I was pulling for Tom, too, until I realized I had a chance to win it.”
In the long run, you know, it’s probable that Watson is just as engraved in memory for having come close as if he had won his sixth Open. I mean, what else would there have been for the man to shoot for? Now he can go to St. Andrews and have one more crack at it—and St. Andrews is a walk in the park compared to Turnberry.
I don’t know about you, but I thought the baggy, shapeless throw-back uniforms the Braves and Brewers wore in that salute to the Negro leagues did more to desecrate the memory than commemorate it. Egad, the players looked like they had come to town with the circus. There HAS to be a better way….
For all his height, his lanky legs and arms, it seems that Tommy Hanson doesn’t get as much leverage out of his frame as he should. His set-up and delivery are so casual you’re almost surprised when he finally cuts loose with the pitch. He is a beauty to watch, so languid in what he does you can almost go to sleep watching him.
By the way, did you ever think you might get through this life without ever seeing a pitcher from Walla Walla? Well, your wait is over. We have one right here in a Braves uniform—Eric O”Flaherty, from Walla Walla, Washington.