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Golf Talk Live - Sam Snead Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER

INCREDIBLE STORIES HAVE ACCUMULATED AROUND THE GREAT MAN'S CAREER. IN 1942, AS HE WAS BUILDING UP HIS LEGENDARY REPUTATION, HE WON HIS FIRST MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP, THE PGA. IT WAS A TITLE THAT HE WOULD WIN TWO MORE TIMES. IT WASN'T SO REMARKABLE THAT HE WON, GIVEN HOW GREAT HE WAS BUT THE FACT THAT HE CONVINCED HIS DRAFT BOARD TO GIVE HIM THE EXTRA TIME, TEN DAYS, SO HE COULD PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AFTER THE VICTORY HE REPORTED TO THE NAVY, CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY IN DUFFLE BAG.

PETER KESSLER

SO YOU HAD ALL THE MONEY AND THE TROPHY IN THAT BAG, RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD

WHAT MONEY $2000.00.

PETER KESSLER

YOU'VE GOT EVERY DIME THAT YOU EVER MADE HIDDEN SOMEWHERE. BOB GOALBY TOLD ME IN THE BACKYARD THAT ONE NIGHT HE WAS LOOKING AROUND FOR ALL THAT CASH AND YOU CAME OUT TO HELP HIM.

SAM SNEAD

YEAH HE VISITED ME AND UM HE SAID I COULDN'T GO TO SLEEP SO I WALKED OUT IN THE YARD AND I WAS JUST LOOKING AROUND AND HE SAID ALL OF A SUDDEN, I HEARD THIS VOICE SAY BOY WHAT ARE YOU DOING OUT HERE? HE SAID I'M LOOKING FOR THOSE CANS AND I SAID IF YOU FIND ANY CALL ME.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN YOU, TELL, TELL US HOW YOU GOT, YOU'RE IN LINE TO BE DRAFTED, RIGHT? A WEEK BEFORE

SAM SNEAD

RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, HOW DID YOU GET OUT OF IT?

SAM SNEAD

WELL I WAS IN LINE AND UM, THERE WAS A LITTLE TIME I GUESS TO SPARE SO I BROKE RANK AND I SAW THE UH, THE UH ADMIRALS AND, AND ALL THE OTHERS, GUY WITH THE, WHAT DO YOU CALL IT UH, THE SCRAMBLED EGGS ON THE CAP, AND I, I HIT THIS ADMIRAL AND I SAID HEY WHAT'S THE CHANCE OF ME NOT BEING INDUCTED THIS WEEK. THE PGA'S NEXT WEEK AND MAYBE I'LL NEVER PLAY GOLF AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER

APPELLATES. THAT'S WHAT WORD THE SCRAMBLES EGGS ARE CALLED, RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD

APPELLATES?

PETER KESSLER

APPELLATES, I THINK.

SAM SNEAD

I NEVER HEARD OF THAT.

PETER KESSLER

OKAY WELL I THINK THAT'S WHAT IT WAS.

SAM SNEAD

I NEVER GOT QUITE THAT FAR, BUT ANYWAY, UH, HE SAID WELL WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU? AND I TOLD HIM $2000.00 IF I WIN, $2000.00 FROM WILSON SPORTING GOODS AND MAYBE ANOTHER $10,000 IN TESTIMONIALS AND WHAT NOT AND HE SAID OH MY GOODNESS, HE SAID GO CALL YOUR DRAFT BOARD, TELL THEM YOU'VE HAD YOUR PHYSICAL AND YOU'LL BE INDUCTED RIGHT AFTER THE PGA ON, NEXT MONDAY. I BURNT THE CARPET UP WALKING, UH GOING DOWN THAT HALL AND UH THEY SAID OKAY AND I BEAT JIM TENESE, HE'D BEATEN NELSON, HOGAN AND DUTCH HARRISON. I SAID THEY GOT TO HAVE TAKEN A WHOLE LOT OUT OF, OUT OF JIM.

PETER KESSLER

NOW THE, THE GALLERY WAS ALL FELLOWS IN, IN UNIFORM, RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD

YES, UM, MATTER OF FACT, UM UH JIM WAS ALSO IN SERVICE AT THAT TIME AND THEY KICKED HIS BALL OUT OF THE WOODS TWICE.

PETER KESSLER

AND YOU STILL GOT THEM.

SAM SNEAD

I DON'T THINK I COULD HAVE WHIPPED THEM ALL. I MIGHT NOT HAVE WHIPPED ANYBODY, BUT

PETER KESSLER

DID THEY, DID THEY LET YOU PLAY THE NEXT YEAR?

SAM SNEAD

NO. I NEVER GOT TO DEFEND MY TITLE AT ALL.

PETER KESSLER

BUT YOU WON IT AGAIN. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO JERRY WHOSE CALLING FROM YOUR HOME STATE OF VIRGINIA. HELLO JERRY.

JERRY FROM ARIZONA

PETER, SAM. SAM THIS IS JERRY JACKSON. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO PLAY WITH YOU A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO UP AT THE LOWER CASCADES.

SAM SNEAD

OH YES.

JERRY FROM ARIZONA

PETER I JUST WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW THAT AFTER PLAYING WITH SAM THAT PEOPLE THAT SEE THE TELEVISION CLIPS OF HIM FROM THE 40'S, 50'S AND 60'S, SAM SNEAD STILL HAS THAT SAME FLUID SWING THAT HE HAD 40 OR 50 YEARS AGO.

SAM SNEAD

THANK YOU PETER.

JERRY FROM ARIZONA

AND HE IS ONE GOOD BALL STRIKER EVEN AT 84 YEARS OF AGE.

PETER KESSLER

TELL US WHAT DID HE SHOOT JER?

JERRY FROM ARIZONA

SEVENTY-SIX AND HE DID IT JUST AS EASY AS YOU AND I WALK FROM THE KITCHEN TO THE LIVING ROOM PETER.

PETER KESSLER

HE'S BEEN COMPLAINING UH THAT HE'S NOT PUTTING VERY GOOD LATELY.

JERRY FROM ARIZONA

IT'S BECAUSE HE'S RUNNING OUT OF PITCHES AND HE'S TRYING TO COME UP WITH A STORY PETER. DON'T BELIEVE HIM, DON'T PLAY WITH HIM WITHOUT GETTING STROKES.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S WHY WE KEEP HIM RIGHT HERE ON THE SET BECAUSE IT'S SAFER.

JERRY FROM ARIZONA

HE'S ONE OF THE BEST. SAM YOU'RE A LEGEND.

SAM SNEAD

THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER

ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ASK HIM BEFORE YOU TAKE OFF?

JERRY FROM ARIZONA

HOW LONG HAS THE MEISTER BEEN PLAYING WITH YOU SAM?

SAM SNEAD

WHO MEISTER?

JERRY FROM ARIZONA

YEAH.

SAM SNEAD

I'VE HAD HIM TEN YEARS.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S HIS DOG EVERYBODY.

SAM SNEAD

HE'S UH HE WAS THREE YEARS OLD WHEN I GOT HIM AND HE'S WAITING ON ME TONIGHT. I'M GOING BACK RATHER THAN STAY UP HERE TONIGHT, I'M GOING BACK TO BE WITH THE DOG TONIGHT.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT YOU'VE ALWAYS LOVED, HUNTING, FISHING, BEING WITH YOUR DOGS, I MEAN THAT'S REALLY HOME FOR YOU STILL ISN'T IT?

SAM SNEAD

SURE IS. I TELL YOU WHENEVER AN OLD STRAY, WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID, CAME BY OUR HOME, HE DIDN'T GO ANY FARTHER. BOY I WAS SNEAKING BISCUITS TO HIM. I, ONE AFTER THE OTHER AND I'VE ALWAYS LOVED ANIMALS AND I QUIT HUNTING. I HUNTED IN AFRICA, AND I HUNTED IN ALASKA, AND I'VE HUNTED ALL OVER UNITED STATES AND I GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I'D RATHER HAVE SOMETHING AS A PET RATHER THAN SHOOT IT.

PETER KESSLER

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD AGREE WITH THAT. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH SAM SNEAD.

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