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来自鲍比·琼斯球童的珍贵剪贴簿

2016.4.7 17:27
罗斯家族的珍贵藏品。

卢克·罗斯(Luke Ross),1920年到1926年曾为鲍比·琼斯背包,他保留了与鲍比·琼斯的大部分往来信件。以下是这些珍贵藏品的独家巡礼。

卢克·罗斯第一次为鲍比·琼斯背包是在1920年因弗内斯美国公开赛上。在获得并列第八名之后,鲍比·琼斯告诉这位俄亥俄年轻人,他们下一次会做得更好。

换句话说,这绝不是一锤子的合作。

随后六年,卢克·罗斯成为了鲍比·琼斯主要的球童——包括1923年美国公开赛,当时鲍比·琼斯赢得了他个人的首场大满贯赛胜利。

卢克·罗斯的剪贴簿中有各种各样的报道,以及他与鲍比·琼斯的私人信件,其中包括1924年鲍比·琼斯婚礼的邀请函。多年以来,两个人一直保持着联系,尽管后来卢克·罗斯成为了一个教练,而鲍比·琼斯开始在佐治亚州做起了一场小的赛事。

卢克·罗斯的家族拥有这本剪贴簿。多谢他们的慷慨,我们可以一窥鲍比·琼斯与卢克·罗斯之间的友谊。

1923年胜利之后在亚特兰大运动俱乐部的鲍比·琼斯表彰晚宴上。鲍比·琼斯为卢克·罗斯签下了这样一本场刊。


这是第一人称的报纸文章《我为琼斯当球童》。卢克·罗斯在其中一个段落谈到了1921年,也就是他第一次为鲍比·琼斯背包一年之后。

“By this time, I was fairly well established as ‘Bobby Jones’ caddy’ and I loved the distinction. If, at the time I had been offered an easy job at a big salary, I doubt if I would have taken it. I had come to feel myself part of a campaign for a national championship and my respect for Bobby Jones was something like that of a foot soldier for a great general.

“Before each tournament, Jones would wire me arrangements – where to stop and when to be on hand. After each tournament, win or lose, he always asked a photographer to take a picture in which I was one of the subjects. These photographs are some of my prized possessions. ”


一张报纸的简报,上有卢克·罗斯(左)与鲍比·琼斯的照片。


卢克·罗斯收到的1924年鲍比·琼斯婚礼的邀请函。


《真实方位报》(True Bearings)1945年的一篇文章。这份内刊主要在克利夫兰石墨青铜公司(Cleveland Graphite Bronze Company)的雇员中散发。文章中写有卢克·罗斯的小传,包括以下的段落:

“Luke’s uncanny ability to judge distances and his all-around knowledge of ‘hit and hunt” helped Jones to win just about all the honors in all the top tournaments. It was his touching of the right club in the bag in answer to Bobby’s questioning look that cut many a stroke from the final score of that blond from Georgia.

“Jones had a habit of throwing his club after he made a dub shot. It was up to the caddy to retrieve said ‘stick” and that meant run and fetch it. Luke did just that until he realized that Jones could never get to the top with a temperament such as that. So, to correct this and also allow the blond time to cool off, Luke would take his time in shagging the thrown club.”


琼斯祝愿卢克·罗斯圣诞节快乐

1936年《克利夫兰新闻报》的一篇文章。在其中卢克·罗斯谈论了鲍比·琼斯的推杆诀窍:

“Bobby swung the club back with the fingers of the left hand, avoiding the use of the right in order not to lift the club. A smooth backswing is what you want. The right hand controls direction. The only way to learn to putt is to practice. I’ve spent hours on the practice green with Bobby and those hours certainly repaid him. ”


1940年6月3日,鲍比·琼斯写了一封信给卢克·罗斯,谈到了坎特伯雷美国公开赛的会议要求。


1953年俄亥俄站10分钟的电台节目中,《俄亥俄故事》主要集中谈了卢克·罗斯。其中部分节目复述了1923年美国公开赛鲍比·琼斯在延长赛中击败鲍比·克鲁尚克(Bobby Cruickshank)的情况。第90洞,鲍比·琼斯在长草中用2号铁进攻是制胜的关键。

“The gallery watched in hushed tension as Bobby prepared to take the gamble. He was going to play this shot boldly across the lagoon to the green. Calmly, carefully with precision and grace, Bobby Jones swung … and the ball flew straight as a bullet toward the pin, 185 yards away. The gallery broke into applause. Bobby Jones had played a shot that would go down in golfing history. A few minutes later, he sank his putt … and won the victory that would start him on a string of triumphs never equaled in the history of golf. As he replaced the flag in the hole after Bobby’s last putt, Luke Ross brushed some boyish tears off his cheek … and some straw from the hat that Stewart Maiden had broken over Luke’s head in a wild demonstration of unbridled joy. But the undersized kid from Cleveland didn’t care … because Bobby Jones, the champ, was telling him: ‘We made it Luke … we finally made it … and thanks, Luke, thanks for what you did.’

“Which is enough for any man to remember these 30 years, or in a lifetime in the sport … the glorious moment that started a champion on his way down the Hall of Fame, with an assist by an undersized kid who was writing his unpretentious chapter in The Ohio Story. ”


1926年,美国高尔夫协会禁止在其锦标赛中使用自带球童。其非正式的原因——根据剪贴簿的其中一份报道——是因为“太多时候,背包人为挥杆者做了太多重要决定”。以下是鲍比·琼斯通过“西部联盟”(Western Union)发给卢克·罗斯的电报,通知他在1926年美国业余锦标赛之前,美国高尔夫协会所做的决定。那实际上结束了卢克·罗斯的球童生涯。至于鲍比·琼斯?在卢克·罗斯背包的情况下,他赢得了过去两届美国业余锦标赛,可是在另外一个球童的帮助下,他这一次就在决赛中失败。

这是卢克·罗斯手写给鲍比·琼斯的信件,之中谈到了他们的比洞赛对话。

“In the early days of my career with Bobby, I had a habit of telling Bobby it wouldn’t take us too long to dump this guy. Sometimes I was more sure than Bobby was that he could, until we started to run in to guys that had lots of guts, never gave up, real competitors. I remember once at Brooklyn, we had just got through practicing. Bobby went into the locker room to change shoes.

“So I went over and took a good look at our opponent for the day. I hurried back to Bobby and told him this guy had a lousy swing, lousy set of clubs. No comment from Bobby, so I thought I would add on some more. I chopped this guy up good. I think I finished up saying I could beat him myself. This is when Bobby stopped me. He said, Luke, you’re doing a fine job taking care of me. Let me take care of my opponents. ”


以下是1968年,鲍比·琼斯在听到前球童健康出问题,以及一个杰出奖项之后写给卢克·罗斯的信件。

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