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A Course Of Their Own: A History Of African American Golfers [ペーパーバック]

John H. Kennedy


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Bill Spiller was forty-seven when he was forced by desperate finances to caddie at the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. One day Spiller was caddying for a member who became outraged by Spiller's stories of inequities and suffering during his golfing career. The golfer urged Spiller to write California's attorney general, who later ordered the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) to cease its discrimination. In 1961 the "Caucasian race" clause was deleted from the PGA constitution. This was an historic decision that gave black golfers the chance to compete at the highest level in the sport.

Golf has long been the domain of white men. During the twentieth century, however, African American pioneers such as Lee Elder, Howard Wheeler, and Charlie Sifford broke down the barriers for black golfers who wanted to play, and win, as equals with white golfers. A Course of Their Own looks at golf from the perspectives of these men, who had courage as well as remarkable skills. It tells the stories of their struggles, their bravery, and their passion for the game and puts their lives and contributions into historical perspective.

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"[Kennedy] has written a fascinating history of African-American golfers."--Stan Hochman, Philadelphia Daily News "[Kennedy] paints with great detail a picture of how hard it was for African Americans trying to play their way onto the PGA Tour."--John Schumacher, Sacramento Bee "A Course of Their Own is a compelling read, a tough read, an enlightening read. And perhaps most of all, it is an important read for anyone who knows and loves the game of golf."--John Steinbreder, Golfweek

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  • ペーパーバック: 278ページ
  • 出版社: Bison Books (2005/2/14)
  • 言語: 英語, 英語, 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0803278195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803278196
  • 発売日: 2005/2/14
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
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6 人中、6人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 An inspiring story 2000/7/22
投稿者 Randall C. Voorhees - (Amazon.com)
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After you read this book you may be angry or you may be happy, but you will definitely be inspired. The author has written a long overdue book about the lives and struggles of the many African American professional golfers who toiled and struggled--largely in obscurity--under the thumb of racism before cracking golf's color barrier. Just about every sports fan in America knows about Jackie Robinson and his heroic deeds, but few know names such as Bill Spiller and Teddy Rhodes. Pity. This book may finally engender the respect and compassion long denied the black golfers who paved the way for Tiger Woods, who today is the world's most popular athlete. A hearty thumbs up for this one!
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Dear author, thank you . . . 2000/10/24
投稿者 Louise C. Stone - (Amazon.com)
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This is truly a long-overdue book. This was received as a birthday gift to my husband and I could not resist. Very well written and is a wonderful and tragic chronicle of America's history in human relations. Yes, we are better today. We are reminded of the wonders of all people and how much we have to learn from eachother. When will we have the ability to evaluate skill and talent beyond skin color or accent? This book reminds us to appreciate eachother. This should be required reading in our junior high schools as part of American history/social studies.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 A Good Read 2002/1/4
投稿者 Ralph C. Watkins - (Amazon.com)
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This is a good introduction to the history of African Americans and their quest to enter the professional ranks / PGA. It needs to be read with Charlie Sifford's book which tells you the real deal. Kennedy really can't express the pain of black golfers, he gets close but the book is more of an overview. Key and critical details are left out of the book. I can't over emphasize how important it is for you to read Charlie Sifford's, Just Let Me Play as well as Calvin Sinnette's, Forbidden Fairways.
5つ星のうち 3.0 A Course of Their Own: A Review 2009/3/16
投稿者 Clayton Jones - (Amazon.com)
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John Kennedy's account of the history of African-Americans in golf paints a picture that is difficult look at. The book is gripping--no pun interned--and gives a great overview of the subject.

Kennedy's prose is sometimes hard to follow, but he relies heavily on interviews from the players. Thus, you really get to know the voice of the players. This I found to be essential to my understanding of the issues these players faced. Thus, Kennedy's style is that of a historical fiction writer. Good stuff.

The big picture: Kennedy's book is the definitive history. There are other books on the subject, but this one is a good starting place for information about one of the most publicly hidden tales of segregation in the history of our country. The book is well documented--provides a great works cited section and bibliography. A good read for casual readers as well as professionals doing research on the subject.
5つ星のうち 5.0 Hell hath no fury like racism 2013/11/14
投稿者 Dr P - (Amazon.com)
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This is a story everyone who plays golf should read..All golfers and sports men of all races could learn a lesson
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