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Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African-Americans in Golf Hardcover – CLV, July 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The American Golfer, Inc.; First Edition edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888531363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888531367
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Golfers talk a lot about "love of the game," but the phrase acquires a whole new level of meaning when it's used in the context of the first African Americans who tried to make careers for themselves on the links. No mere coffee-table book, this attractively illustrated and designed volume by veteran golf writer McDaniel (one of the first blacks to achieve prominence as a golf journalist) tells the fascinating and inspirational story of the first black golf pros in riveting detail and with quiet eloquence. The stories of Charlie Sifford and Lee Elder, the first black pros to crack professional golf's color line, are here, but it is the less-familiar sagas of such equally talented pros as Bill Spiller and Teddy Rhodes, who were denied a chance to succeed on the tour, that are the most revealing. Equally fascinating are the accounts of African Americans John Shippen, who played in the U. S. Open in 1896, and Dr. George Grant, who invented the golf tee. An essential addition to golf literature and to the history of race relations. Bill Ott
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"...celebrates scores of blacks who have played prominent roles in golf's history...attention-getting forward by Tiger Woods...leaves few stones unturned..." -- The New York Times Book Review, January 31, 2001

"...impressive research...captivates readers...full of delightful anecdotes...told in rich detail...breathes life into those wonderful, engaging golfers..." -- The Miami Herald, Opinion Section, February 4, 2001

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Prof. Roy A. Norman on November 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Peter Mc Daniel, and Tiger Woods have written a most interesting chronological history of African American contributions, participation and interest in the heretofore, White world of golf. This book contains beautiful photoghraphs reflecting the joy we all feel while playing golf. In the past golf was a reflection of our American society complete with all of the racial restricitions present in this major American past-time. This history of Blacks in golf will serve as the most needed light that must shine on the dark secret world of, "Whites Only" golf. Uneven Lies presents another side to this unfortunate period in our sporting history by graphically showing that Black People made significant direct and supporting contributions to this wonderful sport even uder the stress of racial segregation. Uneven Lies takes you From the Caddies, the Stanford White Club House at Shinnecock Hills Country Club, in South Hampton, New York, to the UGA, PGA and the LPGA tours. Had African Americans been encouraged and subsequently, allowed to freely participate, as much as they were detered from participating in golf, one would wonder how many Tiger Woods and Althea Gibsons would we have today. Fortunately, we have all learned from the past mistakes and the sport is moving in a positive direction. Uneven Lies is an exceptional, warm and engaing historic representation of the evolution of golf both socially, as a sport and metaphor for life's trials, tribulations and resolutions. A must read and a must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Thomas on February 27, 2009
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Very good account of the men who were pioneers for the fight to level the playing field to enable African Americans to earn PGA playing privilages and compete with the world's best golfers.
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Format: Hardcover
What a book. Just lost my best friend (Nelson White) we formed The Greater Metro GC in NYC/NJ 40 years ago. We were fortunate to have some great golfers. This book clearly shows those before us and with us in getting access some of the top courses in the metro area. If you get your ducks in order and present yourself as a true professional - you stand a better chance of gaining access w/o a comprise!!!! Jamie
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By nancy bell on January 15, 2014
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The content of the book is great. The condition of the book was a little worn, but I knew about that before I ordered it. Other than that, it arrived quickly and was what I expected.
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By Greta Pope on January 2, 2013
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"Uneven Lies; The Heroic Story of African Americans in Golf" is a wonderful historic accounting of African Americans who have loved and excelled at the game of golf long before they were allowed to play on the major golf courses of the world. Because of discrimination in America, many of them only had the option to serve as caddies. Though they were excellent top-notch players, they were denied the opportunity to play competitively. In spite of the social inequities of the time, these wonderful golfers persevered and they exemplified "True American Spirit." I loved this book!
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