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A Guide to the Ben Hogan Family papers, ca. 1900-2009
Ben Hogan (1912-1997) was born in Stephenville, Texas to Chester and Clara Hogan. In 1921 the family moved to Forth Worth Texas, where his father, a blacksmith, committed suicide in 1922. His father's suicide led to financial difficulties for the family and as a result Ben Hogan had to work from a young age. He began by selling newspapers before becoming a caddy at the nearby Glen Garden Country Club at the age of 11. Hogan registered as a professional golfer in 1930, but wouldn't win his first tournament until 1938. However, from 1938 through the 1950s Hogan was nearly unbeatable. In 1935, Hogan married Valerie Fox, and he credited her faith in him as key to his later success. Hogan was drafted during WWII and was eventually promoted to the status of Captain. He left the service in 1945 and returned to golf.
Hogan was widely regarded by his peers as driven, inexhaustible and somewhat misanthropic, but despite his cold persona, he popularized the game of golf in the U.S. with his strings of victories at home and abroad. He focused relentlessly on technique and worked tirelessly on perfecting his swing. In 1953 Hogan leveraged his reputation into a successful golf equipment company, the Ben Hogan Company. He also wrote two books on golf, Power Golf and Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. Hogan officially retired from golf in 1971 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Later in life he suffered from colon cancer and Alzheimer's disease, before passing away on July 25, 1997. In all, Hogan amassed 63 career victories and won nine major tournaments, placing him third in career wins.
Martin Donell Kohout, "HOGAN, WILLIAM BENJAMIN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhoak), accessed February 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The Ben Hogan Family papers (ca. 1900-2009) consist of articles and clippings documenting Ben Hogan's golfing career, as well as publicity, posters and photos of Hogan. The collection also includes photos and information about various members of Ben Hogan's extended family.
Ben Hogan Family Papers, ca. 1900-2009, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, March 2015.