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One of the very best signed photos of Bobby Jones, this photo vintage to the late '30s is a revelation, catching arguably the greatest golfer of all time in a rare carefree moment, smiling easily while taking a blow on fairway bench clad in his ever-present cardigan. This is a far different personality than most gold galleries saw in his brief but peerless reign from 1923 to his premature retirement in 1930. Then, the frail-looking Jones was a chain-smoking wreck who shied away from crowds and was so nervous he couldn't eat during tournaments. Nervous or not, he won 13 national championships in 8 years, even though he only played 3 months a year, spending most of his time acquiring degrees in law, English Lit and mechanical engineering. When he retired, he set up his own law practice in Atlanta, while also designing Augusta National and creating the Masters tournament. When he died in 1958, a memorial was held at St. Andrews. The 8 x 10 is inscribed, "To Jo Anee Ragsdale with all good wishes, Bob Jones" in blue fountain pen, a perfect signature of the perfect golfer. Photo is likewise perfect, with one small 1" wrinkle at the bottom center that is noticeable only from an angle. Maybe a dogleg left.
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