Legendary sportswriter Red Smith characterized Ben Hogan’s comeback from a near-fatal automobile crash in February 1949 as “the most remarkable feat in the history of sports.” Now, more than 60 years later, that statement still rings true. The crowning moment of Hogan’s comeback was his astonishing victory in the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia, where his battered legs could barely carry him on the 36-hole final day. Miracle at Merion -the recipient of the USGA’s 2010 Herbert Warren Wind Award for the best golf book of the year - tells the stirring story of Hogan’s valiant triumph over adversity.
Ben Hogan was one of the world's most accomplished golfers when, in 1949, a head-on collision with a bus left him with career-threatening injuries. David Barrett recounts Hogan's remarkable triumph at the 1950 U.S. Open, one of the great comebacks in sports history. Richard Allen performs with an articulate elegance, lending the proceedings an appropriately august air, making listeners comprehend the gravity of Hogan's accomplishment. Miracle at Merion is a remarkable account of an ascendant star's tragic fall and his improbable, inspiring rise back to the top.
“A must-read for anyone who cares about golf.” (
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