Wednesday, October 24

Podcast, Part 2: Hogan, Fleck, 1955 U.S. Open, More

FRED GREENE OF GOLF SMARTER, one of the top golf podcasts, has uploaded Part 2 of our conversation about topics related to my book, THE LONGEST SHOT: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open, which published in May (Thomas Dunne Books-St. Martin’s Press).

Part 2: Golf Smarter podcast with Neil Sagebiel, author of THE LONGEST SHOT
Part 1: Golf Smarter podcast with Neil Sagebiel, author of THE LONGEST SHOT

In Part 1, I provide a sketch of Hogan and Fleck—both of whom you discover in depth in THE LONGEST SHOT. I tell about the economics of the early PGA Tour and more. In both Part 1 and Part 2, I also talk about the legends I interviewed and how I was able to reconstruct the 1955 U.S. Open. We also discuss the role of television in 1955 and I describe Fleck’s amazing rally in the final round that stunned the fans, the press and Hogan, who thought he’d won his record fifth U.S. Open and was waiting the last hour in the locker room for it to be official.

If you’re at all curious about the guy behind this blog and the book (that’s me!), I hope you’ll give it a listen. Part 1 is free. Part 2 is for members only, but you can become a member for just $15, which entitles you to all of Fred’s episodes.

I also encourage you to pick up THE LONGEST SHOT for yourself or as a gift. It’s available in hardcover and ebook versions, Kindle or Nook. Please see links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more in the sidebar to the right.

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