Ben Hogan

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Ben Hogan had more dedication than any athlete today. Throughout his life

Mr.Hogan overcame a very traumatic childhood, recovered from a nearly

fatal head-on collision with a bus and built a golf equipment empire.

Ben Hogan was born in a small town in Texas called Dublin. He was one

of three children. When Ben was only six years old he witnessed his father

commit suicide while playing in the same room. ' At age nine my childhood

was shot through the heart'.(p.14) obviously Hogan was traumatize by the


Hogan's instinctive reaction was to become protective of his mother. After the

suicide the family underwent serious financial problems. To do his part Ben

began selling newspapers, until he heard that their was big money to be made

at the local golf club for caddies. This was Hogan's ticket into golf, with golf

being considered a 'rich man's' game Hogan probably would never have

started playing

golf. Because of the poor wages the caddies recieved, most of the caddies


money by gambling on golf, this was where Hogan's dedication was shown

even as

a child. Hogan was much smaller than any of they other caddies so they


beat him. But Hogan wouldn't accept it, instead he would show up for work a

couple of hours early and practice his heart out, ' Sometimes I practised until

my hands bled.'(p.11) Finally he began winning the bets, but also caddy and

junior tournaments too.

Secondly, on February 1, 1949 Hogan was on top of the world, having won


US OPEN, the MASTERS and appearing on the cover of Time life Magazine.

Until he collided head on with a twenty thousand pound passenger bus. Hogan

suffered a broken collarbone, broken left ankle, broken right leg, broken pelvis

and a...