Connor T. Lewis is the golfer behind the Society of Golf Historians, a social platform designed to entertain and inform people on golf’s illustrious past while at the same time making sense of our game using a historical perspective. Connor makes golf history interesting and that's why he was the first - and only - choice to co-host this monthly look at how the game came to be what it is today. Connor is also the Consulting Historian for one of the Top 10 Golf Clubs in the World (but he's not telling which so you'll just have to guess!)
July 13th, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 19 mins
golf, old course, old tom morris, st andrews, the open, young tom morris
In Part 2 of the Legacy of Tom Morris we start with the phenom of Young Tom Morris. We then weave through the lives of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris with our historians Roger McStravick and Stephen Proctor as we help tell this wonderful tale of two of the greatest golfers that ever lived.
Not to be missed:
Old Tom Morris' golf design work
His gift to Green Keepers
The Greatness of Young Tom Morris
Perhaps two stories about these legends that you might not have known.
July 6th, 2021 | Season 3 | 59 mins 26 secs
golf, golf history, old course, old tom morris, open championship, r&a, young tom
TalkinGolf History presents The Legacy of Tom Morris Part 1. This is a two part podcast. Part 1 dives into the history of Old Tom Morris, his relationship with Allan Robertson, his rivalry with Willie Park and the Birth of the Open Championship.
We are joined by two golf historians, Roger McStravick of St Andrews an expert on the life of Old Tom Morris and Stephen Proctor who is an expert on the life of Young Tom Morris together for the first time they discuss the History and Legacy of Tom Morris.
In part 2 we will dive into the lives of both Old and Young Tom Morris.
June 16th, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 19 mins
ben hogan, golf, golf history, hale america national open, us open, usga
Episode #69 is a fascinating show on one of golf's most mysterious debates - Did Ben Hogan win 5 US Opens and not 4? The story hinges on the designiation of the 1942 Hale America National Open, which was held in place of the canceled 1942 US Open. Some have fought for decades to declare this event a US Open while others have scoffed at the idea.
Author Peter May recently published a new book, "The Open Question: Ben Hogan and Golf's Most Enduring Controversey" joins us on the show to argue the case for Ben Hogan winning his 5th US Open.
Its a great interview which ends with my thoughts on the controversy.
June 3rd, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 55 mins
gold, golf history, open championship, pga tour, tony jacklin, us open, usga
On Episode #68 we are joined by Hall of Famer, Two Time Major Champion, Ryder Cup Hero and Captain...Tony Jacklin!
This is Part 1 of a series of podcasts with Tony Jacklin.
In part 1 we dive into his early days playing the game, how he rose to the professional ranks and his major championship success and even failures. In the next installment we will dive into the Ryder Cup.
Not to be missed: His stories of Ben Hogan, Peter Thomson and Bobby Locke.
Mr. Jacklin is now a master woodworker who specializes in Marquetry. To view and even purchase his work please visit the link below:
May 4th, 2021 | Season 3 | 27 mins 24 secs
charleston golf, first golf, harleston green, kiawah island, pga championship, usga
Our latest episode of Golf From the Fringe: The Birth and Death of Golf In America: The Story of Harleston Green, is the true story of how the game of golf came to America in the mid-1700s. This story takes place over a 60 year period from 1739 to 1799 and tells the story of America's first golfers, first golf course and first golf club and how they semmingly like the colony of Roanoke disappeared in the middle of the night.
I can't tell you how proud of how this show came together - in my book its an instant classic.
"The Rise" by MRTN
"Touch" by Mattia Cupelli
"Forgotten" by Whitesand
"Hidden Past" by Kevin MacLeod
April 22nd, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 1 min
cape cod, cape cod golf, golf history, hyannisport, hyannisport club, kennedy golf, president kennedy
The History of the Hyannisport Club in its own way is the history of golf in America. Founded in 1897, it has the unique history of having three of American Golf's Founding Fathers on its roster of archiects: John Reid, Alexander Findlay and Donald Ross. It was the golf retreat of President John F Kennedy & has been called the Hardest Short Course in America.
Our podcast ends with golf course architect Ron Forse and the Hyannisport Club's superintendent talking about its restoration and its hidden design pearls.
April 6th, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 33 mins
craig wood, greatest player to never win a major, the masters, us open
Episode #65 is an episode of Warren Rogan's "Sports Forgotten Heroes." Warren, myself and George Petro discuss the life and career of Craig Wood, who prior to winning the first two majors of 1941 was best known for being the Grand Slam Runner-Up Champion.
A special thanks to Warren Rogan for allowing me to co-release this podcast with Sports Forgotten Heroes. If you love sports and love history, do yourself a favor and make Sports Forgotten Heroes a favorite in your podcast play list.
March 25th, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 34 mins
golf history, the open, tom morris, young tom morris
TalkinGolf History is proud to announce a new series, "Antiquities of the Game," where we explore relics from golf's past and use them to tell the history of the game of golf. This episode includes Jock Hutchinson's 1921 Open Championship Gold Medal and YOUNG TOM MORRIS' PUTTER that he used to win 4 Open Championships in a row. This pivotal moment changed the course of golf history, gave birth to the first ever Gold Medal, the Claret Jug and the Open Rota.
I am joined on the show by Golf Historian and author of "Monarch of the Green: Young Tom Morris: Pioneer of Modern Golf," the fabulous Stephen Proctor.
March 18th, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 45 mins
donald ross, golf club atlas, golf history, golf. golf design, pinehurst
TalkinGolf History proudly presents "The Gathering"
A golf summit of sorts at the Home of America Golf, which brought together the minds behind Golf Club Atlas, the Donald Ross Society, Kyle Franz Golf Design, Story Lounge Film Company and the Society of Golf Historians.
Warning: Two of our microphones experienced issues so you may experience moments of static to increase the audio output.
March 8th, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 5 mins
augusta national, ben wright, golf, golf history, jack nicklaus, the masters
Episode #61 is the 4th installment of my sitdown interview with Masters Announcer, Ben Wright. In the previous installments Mr. Wright shared some amazing stories with us including- his friendship with Ben Hogan, how he helped put the Beatles on tv for the first time, when Jack Nicklaus shed a tear from a fellow player, how Ben felt that he had jinxed a player at the Masters, how he punched out another player and many many stories that have never previously been shared.
On this installment Ben shares a few more stories and adds a bit of color to the stories he has shared before.
It was an absolute pleasure to sit down with broadcasting legend, Ben Wright - I sincerely hope you have enjoyed our time together.
March 2nd, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 24 mins
beatles, beatles history, golf history, the beatles, the masters
Episode #61 kicks off #MastersMarch for the TalkinGolf History Podcast. Five podcasts in 5 weeks, in our countdown to the 2021 Masters with stories you won't hear anywhere else.
What better way to kick off this series than with a story that has nothing to do with golf - or atleast the first 15 minutes of our show has nothing to do with golf. If you are a Beatles Fan listen in for this unknown backstory of how the Beatles made their first tv appearance ever! I hope you Beatles fanatics listen past the first 15 minutes, but if not, you can skip to my outgoing message and a little more color to the story.
For the golf fans there is plenty of meat for you as well including how Ben Wright may have cost a friend a major championship, CBS's illegal calcutta and Ben's favorite moments from the Masters.
February 16th, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 25 mins
golf, golf history, herbert warren wind, usga
On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we dive into the profound history of Herbert Warren Wind. Few sports writers in history hold a candle to the great Herbert Warren WInd, and we golfers should cherish the fact that he was on our side.
If you think you know a lot about the man that the USGA named its highest honor in literature after, think again - his contributions to the game will echo in golf's history.
Our guests for today's show are Bradley Klein and Stephen Proctor.
February 2nd, 2021 | Season 3 | 31 mins 38 secs
golf history, lpga, us womens open, usga, usga golf museum
Ann Gregory won over 300 golf tournaments, she broke the USGA women's color barrier and for 65 years her story has been lost to the masses. Today on our show we are joined by Junior Curator of the USGA Golf Museum, Kylie Garabed who helps shine a light on the amazing career of Ann Gregory, Golf's Unheralded Pioneer.
On a personal note: The original purpose of this podcast was to share stories with you that you might not hear anywhere else. Ann Gregory passed away in 1990 without the accolades she should have been afforded, let us honor her in death like she should have been honored in life - as a champion, a pioneer and as she might have wished, a golfer.
January 18th, 2021 | Season 3 | 26 mins 41 secs
golf architecture, golf history, oakmont, pittsburgh, pittsburgh golf club, usga
Golf From The Fringe presents "The Golf Club Without a Course."
The TalkinGolf History introduced the first ever storyline podcast in 2018, when it introduced the Golf From the Fringe series - after a year off, our latest show captures the unique story of the history of the Pittsburgh Golf Club - which includes a runaway bride, a billionaire, the US President, Queen Victoria, the battle between private and public golf, the formation of the Western PA Golf Association, the creation of Oakmont, Fox Chapel and the Pittsburgh Field Club -----all in 26 minutes of run time.
The soundtrack alone makes this podcast worth listening to, as it follows 60 years of popular music through the duration of our story's timeline.
Kevin MacLeod's "Wizardtorium"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Nabucco Va Pensiero circa 1840
Johann Strauss II, "Roses From A Southern Waltz" perfomed by the Philadelphia Orchestra circa 1880
Charles B. Ward, "The Band Played On" circa 1895
Scott Joplin, "Original Rags" circa 1899
Elizabeth Lennox, In the Gloaming" circa 1910
Kevin MacLeod, "Atlantean Twilight"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
January 4th, 2021 | Season 3 | 1 hr 1 min
augusta national, ben hogan, bobby jones, golf, golf history, golf stories, jack nicklaus, the masters
History is all about stories and on this episode we get right to the chase in a game I call "Name Assocition." I simply say a name to Ben Wright and then stand back and wait to hear a wonderful story - an often a story I had never heard before.
Stories on Seve, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ken Venturi, Byron Nelson, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Dan Jenkins, Peter Allis, Sean Connery, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus.
Some of these stories will make you laugh...others may shock you.
A note to parents: adult language is present in this podcast.
December 21st, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 16 mins
ben hogan, ben wright, golf, golf history, majors, the masters, the open
The TalkinGolf History podcast finishes its second season with legendary writer and broadcaster, Ben Wright who spent three decades in the towers of Augusta National broadcasting the Masters.
Mr. Wright joins us for a series of podcasts kicking off with "My Friend, Ben Hogan" where he talks about his special friendship with Ben Hogan and how he saw every single shot Ben Hogan hit to claim the 1953 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
What was it like to see Hogan at his very best?
A story about Jack Nicklaus crying at the Open.
Ben Wright hitting irons while being watched by Ben Hogan.
This is a must listen to episode...and the good news...there are at least 2 more interviews with Ben Wright coming!!!