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Hogan, Benlocked

(13 August 1912–25 July 1997)
  • John R. M. Wilson

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Hogan, Ben (13 August 1912–25 July 1997), professional golfer, was born William Ben Hogan in Stephenville, Texas, the son of Chester Hogan, a blacksmith, and Clara Williams Hogan, a seamstress. When Hogan was nine, his father shot himself, a trauma that may have contributed to his subsequent reputation as a loner. His mother moved the family to Fort Worth after his father's death, and he and his two siblings worked to help her make ends meet. At age twelve he began caddying and developing his skills as a golfer. Three times—in 1930, 1931, and 1934—he tried to make it as a professional golfer and failed. In 1935 he married Valerie Fox, though his mother did not attend the wedding and never got along with his wife. They had no children....

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