The Masters Golf Tournament is often thought of as strictly a Georgia tradition. Held in the holy land of golf, Augusta, GA. Held specifically at the immaculate Mt. Olympias of golf—the Augusta National Golf Club. Furthermore, the tournament and the course were founded by Geogrian legend Bobby Jones.
Despite the pile of Georgia peaches, the iconic garment of the whole horse and buggy is 100% Ohio—the Green Jacket—the armor, the sash, the crown awarded to the winner of the Masters golf meet. 52 champion golfers have been awarded the prestigious Green Jacket as trophy for winning the tournament. And all 52 jackets have, in secret, been exclusively created by Cincinnati’s Hamilton Tailoring.
The ubiquitous jacket has rules attached to it not unlike the leather vests worn by outlaw bikers known as 1%ers—the 300 some club members were the Green Jacket for club functions and they are essentially never seen off Augusta Club grounds because they aren’t allowed off grounds. In fact, the honor to wear the forest green adornment off grounds is granted to only the Master’s Champion and the privilege is only for one year of public appearances. Then like the other 300 some jackets it must be returned and never leave club grounds. Whether this sounds more like the Skull and Bones Society or the Hell’s Angels, you decide.
The tradition of the Green Jacket is steadfastly guarded by the golf gurus, so much so that Hamilton Tailoring have chosen to be “off the gird”—they don’t even operate a website and they won’t tell you a thing about them.
A few facts, however, are known. The jackets are made exclusively in the Hamilton Tailoring grounds in Avondale, on Cincinnati’s northeast side. Each jacket takes about a month to make and whispers say they cost about $250 dollars. The materials, supposedly, include 2.5 yards of tropical-weighted wool in Pantone 342 (Rye Green). Each jacket includes 3 brass buttons with the Augusta National logo and each includes the official Masters patch. Each jacket includes a name label, stitched on the inside, to indicate the owner.
Don’t put on your tinfoil hat quite yet, but these exclusive jackets are all Ohio and part of an elite group of athletes and their history.
Jody Victor: Here’s what happened on this day, August 9, in history.
378 Battle of Adrianople, Visigoth Calvary defeats Roman Army 480 -BC- Persia defeats Spartan king Leonidas at Thermopylae 1638 Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in the Bronx 1673 Dutch recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674 1778 Capt Cook passes through Bering Strait 1786 First ascent of Mt Blanc 1790 Columbia becomes 1st US flagged ship to voyage around the world 1803 First horses arrive in Hawaii 1829 “Stourbridge Lion” locomotive goes into service 1831 First US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY) 1842 US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty 1848 Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with the Free Soil Party nominating Martin Van Buren for president 1849 Hungarian Republic crushed by Austria & Russia 1854 Henry David Thoreau publishes “Walden” 1855 Battle of Acapulco during Mexican Liberal uprising 1862 Prelude to 2nd Manassas, Jackson is victorious at Battle of Cedar Mt, however Gen Charles S Winder is killed 1893 First US bowling magazine, Gut Holz, published in NY 1902 Edward VII of England crowned after death of his mother Victoria 1923 NY State Golf Assoc formed 1925 Only time Babe Ruth pinch-hit for, Bobby Veach flies out 1930 Betty Boop debutes in Max Fleischer’s animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes 1936 Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal of Berlin Olympics 1942 British arrests Indian nationalist Mohandas K Gandhi 1945 US drops 2nd atomic bomb “Fat Man” on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki 1946 First time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night 1956 First state-wide, state-supported educational TV network, Alabama 1956 South African women demonstrate against pass laws 1960 Race riot in Jacksonville Florida 1961 James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court 1963 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premiers 1964 Bunning continues pitching perfectly to the NY Mets until 2 outs in 5th, when Joe Christopher beats out a bunt. He totals 15 innings 1965 Singapore gains independence from Malaysia (National Day) 1969 Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders 1970 Peruvian Airlines jet carrying 45 US exchange students explodes 1971 Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame 1972 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct the Space Shuttle 1973 Henry McCullough & Denny Seiwell quit Wings 1973 USSR launches Mars 7 1974 Richard Nixon resigns presidency, VP Gerald Ford becomes 38th president 1975 First NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7 1976 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0 1976 USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth 1977 NHL refuses merger of 6 WHA clubs 1978 Yankees score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7 1981 6 English lifeguards set relay swim record the English Channel (7:17) 1981 NL beats AL 5-4 in 52nd All Star Game (Cleveland Stadium) 1984 Daley Thomas of Britain sets the decathalon record (8,847) in LA Cal 1984 STS 41-D vehicle again moves out to the launch pad 1987 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo) 1988 Cubs beat Mets 6-4 in their 1st official night game at Wrigley Field 1988 Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to LA Kings for $15-$20 millions 1988 Just 1 day after 8/8/88 NY’s daily number is 888 1990 12 Arab leaders agree to send pan-Arab forces to protect Saudi Arabia 1992 25th Olympic Summer games close in Barcelona, Spain
Jody Victor: See how many of these events for this day, July 12, you can remember from history.
526 St Felix IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope 1290 Jews are expelled from England by order of King Edward I 1543 England’s King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife) 1690 Orangeman’s yearly celebration (The battle of the Orange) – Actually “Battle of the Boyne” ( 1 July 1690), when Protestant had victory in Ireland 1691 Battle of Aughrim (Aghrim) England, William III beats James II 1774 Citizens of Carlisle, Penn. pass a declaration of independence 1812 US forces led by Gen Hull invade Canada (War of 1812) 1817 First flower show held (Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland) 1859 Paper bag manufacturing machine patented by William Goodale, Mass 1862 Congress authorizes Medal of Honor 1874 Ontario Agricultural College founded 1874 Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure, “The Gloria Scott” (BG) 1876 Paul Henry discovers asteroid #164 Eva 1882 First ocean pier in US completed, Washington, DC 1900 114ø F (46ø C), Basin, Wyoming (state record) 1906 Alfred Dreyfus found innocent in France 1909 16th Amendment approved (power to tax incomes) 1910 J Helffrich discovers asteroid #701 Oriola 1912 First foreign feature film exhibited in US-“Queen Elizabeth”-NYC 1914 Babe Ruth makes his baseball debut, pitches for the Red Sox 1920 Lithuania & USSR sign peace treaty, Lithuuania becomes independent rep 1923 K Reinmuth discovers asteroids #997 Priska & #3682 1927 Babe Ruth hits 30th of 60 HRs 1928 First televised tennis match 1931 Cubs & Cards hit a record 23 doubles in a game (2nd game of DH) 1933 Congress passes 1st minimum wage law (33 per hour) 1934 US Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island abandoned 1946 Vance Dinges hits the only Phillie pinch hit inside-the-park HR 1948 First jets to fly across the Atlantic (6 RAF de Havilland Vampires) 1949 AL beats NL 11-7 in 16th All Star Game, NL makes a record 5 errors 1949 Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence 1949 LA Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin 1950 ILTF re-admit Germany & Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraw 1951 Mob tries to keep black family from moving into all-white Cicero Ill 1951 NY Yankees Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleve Indians, 8-0 1954 Major League Baseball Players Assn founded 1955 NL beats AL 6-5 (12 innings) in 22nd All Star Game (Milwaukee) 1957 First President to fly in helicopter-Dwight Eisenhower 1960 Congo, Chad & Central African Republic declare independence 1960 Echo I, 1st passive satellite launched 1960 USSR’s Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs 1962 First time 2 manned crafts in space (USSR) 1962 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London) 1966 26.70 cm (10.51″) of rainfall, Sandusky, Ohio (state record) 1966 Most rain fell in 1 day in Ohio, 10.5″ in Sandusky 1966 NL beats AL 2-1 (10 innings) in 37th All Star Game (Busch, St Louis) 1966 Race riot in Chicago 1966 US Treasury announces it will buy mutilated silver coins at silver
bullion price at Philadelphia & Denver mints 1967 23 die in Newark race rebellion 1967 5th Mayor’s Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 4-0 1967 Blacks in Newark, riot, 26 killed, 1500 injured & over 1000 arrested 1970 Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky 1971 Juan Corona, indicted for 25 murders 1975 Sao Tom‚ e Pr¡ncipe gains independence from Portugal (Nat’l Day) 1977 First free flight test of space shuttle Enterprise 1978 Sun Bank Building opens 1979 Kiribati (Gilbert & Ellice Is) gains independence from Britain
“Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild &
causes White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to the Tigers 1982 FEMA promises survivors of a nuclear war will get their mail 1984 Geraldine Ferraro, NY became 1st woman major-party VP candidate 1985 Doctors discover a cancerous growth in Pres Reagan’s colon 1985 STS 51-F launch scrubbed at T -3s because of main engine shutdown 1987 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief 1988 Margo Adams alleges Red Sox Wade Bogg’s “Delta Force” revenge plan 1988 USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit 1989 NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA) 1990 Chicago White Sox Melido Perez no-hits the Yankees 8-0 in a rain
shortened 6 inning game at Yankee Stadium (7th no-hitter of 1990)
Jody Victor: Let’s see what happened on this day, June 28, in history.
767 St Paul I ends his reign as Catholic Pope 1245 First Council of Lyons (13th ecumenical council) opens 1635 French colony of Guadeloupe established in the Caribbean 1770 Quakers open a school for blacks in Philadelphia 1776 Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack 1778 Battle of Monmouth, NJ 1778 Mary Ludwig Hayes “Molly Pitcher” aids American patriots 1820 Tomato is proven nonpoisonous 1838 Britain’s Queen Victoria crowned in Westminster Abbey 1859 First dog show held (Newcastle-on-Tyne, England) 1861 Leipzig Observatory discovers short-period (6.2 yrs) Comet d’Arrest 1862 Day 4 of the 7 Days-Battle of Savage’s Station 1874 Freedmen’s Bank closes 1886 C H F Peters discovers asteroid #259 Aletheia 1887 Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0 1892 Phillies tie club record of 16 straight victories 1894 Labor Day established as a federal employees holiday 1902 Congress authorizes Louisiana Purchase Expo $1 gold coin 1905 Russian sailors mutiny aboard the battleship “Potemkin” 1909 First French air show, Concours d’Avation opens 1914 Assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophia, in Sarajevo by a Serbian Nationalist,Gavrilo Princip. This incident precipitated a war with Serbia, eventually starting WW1 1918 First flight between Hawaiian Islands 1919 Carl Mazes pitches a complete double-header against Yankees 1919 Harry S Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence 1919 Treaty of Versailles ending WW I signed 1923 Dodgers lost 7-0 lead, as Philles score 8 in bottom of 9th 1924 Tornado strikes Sandusky Ohio & Lorain Ohio, killing 93 1928 Alfred E Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for president at Dem Convention 1928 Friedrich Schmiedl attempted rocket mail in Austria (unsucessful) 1939 Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper) 1939 Yankees hit 13 HRs, sweep A’s 23-2 & 10-0 1940 “Quiz Kids?” premiers on radio 1940 Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union 1942 Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY) 1945 Polish Provisional Govt of National Unity set up by Soviets 1946 Enrico de Nicola becomes 1st pres of Italy 1950 North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea [or 01041951?] 1951 “Amos ‘n’ Andy” premiers on CBS TV 1956 First atomic reactor built for private research operates Chicago Ill 1956 Riots break out in Poznan Poland, 38 die 1960 26.42 cm (10.40″) of rainfall, Dunmor, Kentucky (state 24-hour record) 1961 Phils & SF set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie 1964 Organization for Afo-American Unity forms in NY by Malcolm X 1965 First US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Johnson 1965 A R Klemola discovers asteroid #2179 Platzeck 1967 George Harrison is fined œ6 for speeding 1968 Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers 1971 Fillmore East closes 1971 Phillies’ Rick Wise hits 2 HRs & no-hits Reds 1971 Supreme Court overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali 1971 T Smirnova discovers asteroid #3093 1973 Lawsuit in Detroit challenges Little League’s “no girls” rule
Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse
Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis & Althea Gibson elected 1974 Fall of earth & rocks kill 200. (Quebrada Blanca Canyon, Columbia) 1974 Wings release “Band on the Run” & “Zoo Gang” in UK 1975 David Bowie releases “Fame” 1975 Golfer Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at Western Open (Ill) 1977 Supreme Court allows Federal control of Nixon tapes papers 1978 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill
man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white 1980 NYC transit fare rises from 50 to 60 1982 Prince Chuck & Lady Di name their baby “William” 1983 Bridge section along I-95 in Greenwich, Ct collapsed kills 3 1983 NASA launches Galaxy-A 1985 Discovery ferried back to Kennedy Space Center via Bergstrom AFB, Tx 1986 Kenneth & Nellie Pike challenge Ala Dem runoff win by AG C Graddick 1987 Don Baylor sets career hit-by-pitch mark at 244 (Pitcher Rick Rhoden) 1987 E F Helin discovers asteroid #3680 Sasha 1988 Mike Tyson sues to break contract with manager Bill Cayton 1990 17th annual Daytime Emmy Awards
Jody Victor: Here’s what happened on this day, June 21, in history.
1498 Jews are expelled from Nurenberg Bavaria by Emperor Maximillian 1607 First Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown 1633 Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to “abjure, curse, &
detest” his Copernican heliocentric views 1684 MA Bay Colony’s charter revoked 1768 First US bachelor of medicine degree (Dr John Archer) 1788 US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify 1792 Vancouver meets Spanish ships Sutil & Mexicana off Vancouver, BC 1805 Great Stoneface Mt found in NH 1821 African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC) 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine 1858 Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe 1869 The opera “Die Meistersinger” is produced (Munich) 1879 F W Woolworth opens 1st store (failed almost immediately) 1887 Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria 1893 First Ferris wheel premieres (Chicago’s Columbian Exposition) 1894 Workers in Pittsburgh strike Pullman sleeping car company 1900 Dodgers score 7 in top of 11th to go ahead of Phillies, 20-13, In
bottom of 11th Phillies stalls so umpire forfeits game to Dodgers 1903 Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of The Mazarine Stone” takes place (BG) 1904 Boston Herald tells of Red Sox trade “Dougherty as a Yankee,” 1st
known reference to NY club as Yankees (became Yankees in 1913) 1906 M Wolf discovers asteroid #601 Nerthus 1913 Tiny Broadwick becomes 1st woman to parachute from an airplane 1916 Boston Rube Forster no-hits NY Yankees, 2-0 1917 Hawaiian Red Cross founded 1919 Germans scuttle their own fleet 1923 Marcus Garvey sentenced to 5 years for using the mail to defraud 1930 Ruth hits 3 HRs as Yanks blow 6-0 lead in 7th & lose 15-7 1933 First Great Lakes-to-Gulf of Mexico barge trip completed, New Orleans 1938 Baseball’s Pinky Higgins gets 12th straight hit 1939 Doctors reveal Lou Gehrig has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1942 129ø F (54ø C), Tirat Zevi, Israel (Asian record) 1942 Rommel takes Tobruk in North Africa 1943 Federal troops put down racial riot in Detroit 30 dead 1945 Japanese forces on Okinawa surrender to US during WW II 1946 10 die in fire at Baker Hotel, Dallas Texas 1948 First stored computer program run, on Manchester Mark I 1948 Dr Peter Goldmark of CBS demonstrates “long playing record”
Columbia commits to 33 1/3 rpm records, plans to phase out 78’s 1949 H L Giclas discovers asteroid #1886 Lowell 1962 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 75,190 m 1963 Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) succeeds John XXIII 1964 Phillies Jim Bunning pitches perfect game (Mets) on Fathers day, in
2nd game of DH, Mets get 3 hits, 3 being fewest hits in NL DH
3 civil rights workers-Michael H Schwerner Andrew Goodman &
James E Chaney-disappeared after release from a Mississippi jail 1967 Yanks take 5-3 lead in 11th & lose 6-5, in 2nd game Red Sox lead
3-2 in 9th & Yanks beat them 6-3 1968 Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns 1969 First reported hearing of pirate radio WGHP (With God’s Help Peace) 1969 Zager & Evans release “In the Year 2525” 1970 Brazil wins last Jules Rimet Trophy, soccer championship 1971 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisana 1975 Soyuz 19 returns to Earth 1977 Former White House chief of staff HR Haldeman enters prison 1977 Menachem Begin (Likud), becomes Israel’s 6th PM 1981 12-bottle case of 1979 Napamedoc Cabernet wine auctioned for $24,000 1982 Paul McCartney releases “Take it Away” 1982 Wash DC jury finds John Hinckley Jr innocent by insanity 1985 American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm
skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele 1986 Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women’s record) 1986 Pres Reagan gives speech defending his judicial appointments 1987 Discovery rolls over from OPF to Vandenberg AFB 1987 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a parking lot attendent 1988 Los Angeles beats Detroit, for the NBA championship 1989 Carlton Fisk becomes AL catcher HR hitter, 307th at Yankee stadium 1989 Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson remarry 1989 Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression 1990 25,000 die in Iranian Earthquake 1990 Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood’s walk of fame 1990 NYC’s Zodiac killer shoots 4th victim, Larry Parham 1990 US House of Reps vote 254-177 to stop US flag burning, doesn’t pass
At Yankee Stadium rally, Nelson Mandela dons a NY Yankee baseball
cap & proclaims “I am a Yankee!” 1991 Eleanor Mondale marries Greg “Thunder” Malban (Minn DJ) 1991 Islanders Denis Potvan & Michael Bossy inducted into NHL Hall of Fame