In the wake of the
stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged
from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a
twenty-eight-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record
books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British
Amateur Championship, the British Open, the US Open, and finally, the US
Amateur Championship—an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the
Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it.
A natural, self-taught
player, the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring
spotlight throughout his entire career. While the press referred to him as
"a golfing machine," the strain of competition exacted a ferocious
toll on his physical and emotional well-being. During the season of the Slam he
constantly battled exhaustion, nearly lost his life twice, and came perilously
close to a total collapse.
By the time he completed
his unprecedented feat, Jones made the shocking announcement that he was
retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a
closely guarded private life helped create the mythological image of this hero
from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day.
Mark Frost uses a wealth
of original research to provide an unprecedented, intimate portrait of golf
great Bobby Jones. In the tradition of The Greatest Game Ever
Played, The Grand Slam blends social history with sports
biography, captivating the imagination and engaging the listener—it is a
biography not to be missed. Download and start listening now!