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Mr. Hogan, the Man I Knew: An LPGA Player Looks Back on an Amazing Friendship and Lessons She Learned from Golf's Greatest Legend Hardcover – October 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405459
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 1980s, at Shady Oaks Golf Club in Fort Worth, there was one unwritten rule: don’t talk to Mr. Hogan. But that’s exactly what collegiate golfer Kris Tschetter did, and from a few timid greetings grew a deep friendship that lasted until golf legend Hogan’s death, in 1997. Hogan admired Tschetter’s determination to become a better player and gradually began to give her advice, which blossomed into a bantering, good-natured relationship that defied all the stereotypes about him being gruff and unapproachable. With coauthor Eubanks, Tschetter, who became an LPGA touring pro, shows the formidable Hogan to be a caring, often playful teacher and friend but a man whose sense of propriety couldn’t be violated, especially by those out to exploit him. There is also plenty of golf here: we see Hogan, for example, well into his seventies, playing what would be the last round in his life and shooting even par for nine holes while exhibiting the same phenomenal ball striking that won him nine major championships. This heartfelt memoir offers a very special glimpse into the life of a very special golfer. --Bill Ott

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"This heartfelt memoir offers a very special glimpse into the life of a very special golfer."
-Booklist

"I never tire of hearing Hogan stories. These stories are special, though. My profound thanks to Kris for sharing her personal thoughts and remembrances of a man so few knew well. This book finally brings to light his humorous and sensitive side. I loved it."
-Ben Crenshaw, Masters Champion, 1984 and 1995

"This young lady obviously knew my friend, Ben, very well. Her anecdotes demonstrate his genuine character. I found her book very entertaining."
-Jackie Burke, PGA Golfer of the Year, 1956

"It's not only the best "golf" book I've ever read but also unveils a Hogan his legions of fans and followers never knew."
-Jim Mahoney, Legendary Hollywood Publicist

"You don't have to know the difference between a hook and a fade or a birdie and an eagle to enjoy this heartfelt story about an unexpected yet unlikely friendship of two people, in different stages of their lives, brought together by the game of golf. Once you start reading this book, don't expect to put it down anytime soon."
-Linda Cohn, ESPN Sportscaster


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Many thanks Kris for sharing with the rest of us!
Frank
Kris Tschetter had a wonderful relationship[friendly] with Mr Hogan throughout most of her golfing career.
Oswald J. Mazzetta
Like most readers it was hard to put down and I read it in a couple of days in my spare time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By GaryG on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the best Ben Hogan subject book I have read, and there are some great ones. It adds wonderfully personal insights into his already well chronicled life. It has a warmth that the others were necessarily lacking, perhaps because no one knew Ben Hogan the way Kris Tschetter knew him, except Valerie Hogan and family. For a life so private, this book is almost too revealing, and might have been inappropriate had it been written during Hogan's lifetime. But now it explains his eccentricities in a very human way that lets us all connect with the legacy of this great and misunderstood man, and affirms the humanity that only his closest friends and family knew. I am admittedly biased, as Hogan is one of my all time heroes of any sort, but anybody will find this touching memoir a great read, whether you know anything about Hogan or not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John J. Gajda on December 10, 2010
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Kris Tschetter has written a fine book about Ben Hogan. She met Mr. Hogan while she was a junior member at a private country club in Fort Worth, Texas. She spent many hours with Mr. Hogan on the practice tee and found him to be, not the cold individual as portrayed by people who did not know him, but a private person who was approachable and helped many people without most of the public knowing of his generosities. Her stories about Mr. Hogan reveal a very human individual.

Mr. Hogan competed in his final US Open in 1966. There was an American soldier stationed in West Germany who sent a handwritten letter to Mr. Hogan wishing him the best of luck in the championship. A few weeks later that soldier received a nice note from Mr. Hogan thanking him for the letter and the warm thoughts. He thanked that soldier for his service to the country. That soldier was me, and I still have that note. So, Kris' storeis of the warmth of her relationship with mr. Hogan was not a surprise to me.

This is a fine book to add to ones collection of Ben Hogan books. He was a very private person but a very giving person as we learn from Kris.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John on November 13, 2010
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This is a definite must-read! For anyone who thought they knew Ben Hogan from the various stories they have heard over the years, they couldn't be any more wrong. Kris Tschetter has written a very heart-warming, at times tear-jerking, sensational book! Only took me 3 days to read it (would've been even quicker but I golfed/practiced some between reads). She really covered the "story behind the story" and allowed us to partake in one of the greatest teachings about human life. Very few had the kind of private interaction with Mr. Hogan most of us could only dream about. This should go down as one of the all-time golf classics ever to be told/written. It was equally impressive how she managed to weave in some of the finest golf lessons all golfers should know without ever losing focus on the real purpose of her book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bobbyt on October 25, 2010
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I have read several books on Ben Hogan and this was one that really presented a side of him that is different from others. Kris did a great job telling her stories of her time with Mr. Hogan and made me feel like I was part of her experience. This is a must read for anyone who is a Ben Hogan fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James A. O'Hara on October 15, 2010
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I have always been a kris tschetter fan and have always admired ben hogan. Hogan has frequently been singled out as aloof and i have heard many unfavorable anecdotes about him. This book has set the record straight on many of these anecdotes. While he may have been a somewhat quirky person it was because he was a very private person. Kris has managed to penetrate that veneer and brought out the warm side of him. Their relationship evolved into a grandfather-granddaughter type of relationship. i downloaded this book at 9am and finished it by 4pm the same day. If one starts to read the book, one cannot put it down. One of the top five golf books I have ever read and I have read many of them.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SGF on November 18, 2010
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If you're reading these reviews because you can't decide whether or not to buy it then stop. Just buy it.
If you're a BH fan just buy it. If you're a fan of golf history just buy it.
Finally if you are a BH follower then you know who the people are that were privileged to work with him and Kris is one of 'em.
All kidding aside I am an ardent follower of Mr.Hogan and have read all the books,watched all the video,studied the dvd's and I'm telling you her story is great.
You won't be disappointed.
Just buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wncrrd on October 21, 2010
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I'm an avid golfer and have read most good nonfiction golf books. I'm just the right age to have been unable to see Mr. Hogan play, but to have lived with the legacy and the reverence shown by some by authors and fellow competitors. I've read several biographies of Mr. Hogan and if you have you MUST read this to complete the picture of Ben Hogan the man. This is a WONDERFUL book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MH Counselor on March 4, 2011
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The reviews are all right on target: this is probably one of the all-time great golf books. Like most readers it was hard to put down and I read it in a couple of days in my spare time.

There is one word of caution, however. If you are reading this book because you finally want to discover "Hogan's secret," well, you won't find it here. The book leads the reader to believe that either Mr. Hogan never revealed his secret to Kris or (much more likely)the secret was an all-round solid swing -- translation: there wasn't a single secret like a certain wrist position. Another possibility might occur to you. In one section of the book Kris mentions that Hogan was helping a tour player and he warned him that he didn't want to see the tips revealed in some golf magazine article after the lesson. So, if Kris knows the secret, and it is evident from the saga that she is a very moral and ethical person,she would not cross Mr. Hogan (as she calls him) by revealing this after his death.
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