Firm and Fast

Hosted ByShane Derby

Unknown unknowns and the golfing road less travelled

Episode 37: ODG Series #5 – Calvin Peete – Golf’s Forgotten Star

Gordon Hobson joins us in this episode to focus upon a story, arguably unprecedented in the world of golf.

Calvin Peete was born into to a family of migrant laborers in 1943, dropping out of school in the eighth grade he went to work picking crops….not a familiar springboard for PGA Tour success, particularly when you realise that he played his first game of golf at the age of 23!

Dedication and hard work contributed to Peete's rise to the top of worldwide golf throughout the 1980's. His success was very much an extension of the golfing legacies of men such as boxing champion Joe Louis and forebears such as Spiller, Rhodes, Sifford and Elder the real pioneers of the UGA and the struggle aginst the PGA Tour's caucasian only policy.

Gordon's biography of Calvin Peete, entitled – Golf's Forgotten Star – will be published by Rowman & Littlefield on the 6th of February 2024. Please click on the link below for more information on the book

Rowman & Littlefield

Links to some additional background reading and information on Peete and his can be found by following the links below:

Joe Louis – from World Heavyweight Boxing Champion to socking it to the PGA Tour

Laz Versailles' Fire Pit Collective Article on Spiller & Rhodes Case v PGA Tour

Luke Kerr-Dineen's Golf Digest Article on Calvin Peete

Intro and outro music – _Shoreline Serenade by Dye O _- under license from Epidemic Sound

Special Guest: Gordon Hobson.

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