Welcome to the June 2012 issue of The View Point. This month's issue is our Sports issue and we discuss 4 men, 3 of whom shaped the game of golf forever and one young man who may just change the record books in major league baseball. We'll start this month's issue with a story of 3 men, all born in the same year who have inexorably changed the way golf was viewed in the middle part of the last century. These three men took a game played at the time by just wealthy men but pretty much ignored by everyone else. No longer.
1912, like most years was a year of endings and beginnings. Regarding famous endings, most of us know the story of the Titanic, which sank on it's maiden voyage to the United States. The RMS Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, and sank within a matter of hours. Over 1500 lives were lost during that tragedy.
However, a century ago, a set of beginnings occurred that would alter the course of sports history from the 1930's to the 1960's.
I'm referring to what could be described as the "holy trinity" of Golf. For in that year, Messrs Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead would be born, and within a few short decades later, this little game of golf would be changed forever. These men would be responsible for setting the stage for professional golf and its growth into the world-wide business that it is today.
Between these three golfers, the successes they accumulated were amazing. From the mid 1930s forward they owned golf for the next 20 years. An amazing 198 victories on the professional tour between the three of them, they also racked up 21 major championships, 44 top 5 places and another 40 in the top 10 places of the majors. So, read the articles on Ben, Byron and Sam. Their accomplishments set the table for Arnie, Jack, Tiger, Phil and all the rest to come.
The final article in June's issue is about Mr. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers Professional Baseball club. Mr. Hamilton has started this year with a torrid level of activity at the plate and the article by my brother Robert discusses how he may be on track to bring home all of the big individual records this season.
I hope you enjoy our Sports issue this month. Please, as always, your comments and questions are welcome and encouraged.