Coveted Golf Masters Green Jackets Secretly Tailored in Ohio

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.

Today In 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

Those Were The Days

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 

It Happened Today

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 

Today’s History Lesson

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

Jody Victor