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ᗹ free Unplayable Lies: Golf Stories online ᙴ E-Pub Author Dan Jenkins ᚶ ᗹ free Unplayable Lies: Golf Stories online ᙴ E-Pub Author Dan Jenkins ᚶ Titanic and I If even half the stories about Titanic Thompson were true, he couldnt have lived to be 82 years old Earlier in his life some gentleman in a pin striped suit looking like Rico Bandello or Michael Corleone would have bumped him off Big shots dont like to get robbed I once met Titanic Thats the big news in this effort Id heard most of the stories growing up, and every article Ive ever read about Titanic was written by someone who never knew him personally But Im not faulting them for it A lot of people who never knew Napoleon have written about him Those who have rhapsodized Titanic in print were understandably intrigued with the legend and all of the outlandish gambling stories attached to him, many of them helped along by the man himself, along with the stunts and tricks he performed, or supposedly did, to fleece the unwitting in a nave era The tales about him were hard to resist He was indeed an accomplished professional gambler as well as a hustler, and those are two different things There is solid testimony from people who did know him that he was an excellent golfer, card player, pool shark, and skeet shooter The rest is up for grabs I was 14 when I first heard about Titanic So did every kid in Texas who spent any time around golf courses The club pros usually told the stories and pretended to know him, and some did know him, and they were prone to embellish the stories if that was needed to hold your interest I believed he could throw an orange or a lemon over a five story building I assumed he had an arm like Dizzy Dean Of course, I later learned the orange or lemon was weighted down with lead I never believed he could throw a brass key into a door lock from across a hotel room That defied logic But I did believe he could throw a bunch of quarters into a snuff can from 30 feet away without missing At a young age I was willing to believe, if not hopeful, that he had dated movie stars like Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, and Myrna Loy There was a lot of romance in the stories about Alvin C Thomas, which was his real name Alvin Clarence Thomas of Rogers, Arkansas, by way of his birthplace, a small town in Missouri But I never believed he could knock a bird off a telephone wire by hitting a golf ball at it with a four wood I wasnt that gullible Then I found out how he did it if a wager was involved Ti would drop a ball on the ground and take out his four wood, waggle it, and pretend to aim at the bird on the wire When some sucker would bet him he couldnt do it, Ti would pull out a gun he carried and shoot the bird off the wire Years later I realized Ti could do some of the things Id heard about because I saw others do it Bob Rosburg, for example, could sail 52 cards out of a deck, one by one, into a hat from a good distance away in a locker room And this day and time almost any college golfer can bounce a golf ball on the face of a sand wedge 50 times or without missing These days its what a college golfer practices in the dorm instead of studying My first long distance call from Titanic Thompson came in March of 1970 He was then living in Grapevine, Texas, which is near Fort Worth and Dallas I was living in Manhattan and writing for Sports Illustrated. The call came to my office in the Time Life Building I let Titanic know how delighted I was to be speaking with a legend, after which he told me how rich we were going to be when I wrote his story for a movie or a book All he wanted was a million dollars up front Just a million As the saying goes, I may not be smart, but Im not stupid I was aware that I couldnt possibly be the first person Titanic Call me Ti had ever approached with the project I must have been far down the list, or he would have sold it by this particular time in history I was also busy Not only with my magazine assignments on the road, but I was working on a novel, which happened to be Semi Tough. Still, I didnt want to blow him off altogether I told him I would ask around, talk to my agent, try to see if his story could gain any traction in the marketplace, to use agent speak, and we would chat again another day Which we did A week later When he called to try to stoke my interest by rolling his credits as a folklore character I heard how he had set up the poker game at which Arnold Rothstein, a crime boss, was murdered in New York City How he won a bundle off Howard Hughes at Lakeside Golf Club How he took on other Hollywood folks on the golf course and picked em like a chickens How he had skinned that big fraud, John Montague, at Lakeside How hed dated all those Myrna Loys in Hollywood in the early Thirties That last bit of info probably didnt need questioning it evidently wasnt that hard to do This requires a brief interruption, a skip forward by 15 years Through a mutual friend, as it happened, my wife and I were invited to have dinner with Myrna Loy and drinks afterward in her Manhattan apartment A swell time was had by all Myrna Loy was friendly and charming, and well preserved for a lady in her 80s I had adored her on the screen as Nora Charles in all of the Thin Man movies, and even as Milly, the wife of Frederic March, in The Best Years of Our Lives She made over 80 films At some point during the evening I asked her if she had ever known or gone out with a man named Titanic Thompson in her early days I explained who he was, and that he was well known in certain circles She said, I was making a movie every six weeks in those days, working constantly But I did have a free night now and then What a wonderful name Was he handsome I said, According to lore Tall guy, elegant dresser Well, she said with a sparkle I hope he took me to the Brown Derby I told Titanic I would be in Fort Worth in May for the Colonial tournament and two or three days afterward, to visit with relatives Maybe we could get together I wanted to meet the notorious figure in the flesh He was 78 years old then, dividing his time between Tenison Park in Dallas and Meadowbrook in Fort Worth, two public golf courses where gentlemen of sporting blood gathered He still fancied wagers I let him know Id be staying at the Green Oaks Inn in Fort Worth He said hed call me there and we could arrange to meet The Titanic Thompson I found at Meadowbrook was a thin, white haired man roughly six feet tall He was wearing a long sleeve alpaca sweater over a golf shirt, a pair of tan slacks, and a red ball cap First, I broke the news to him that I couldnt find any interest in a book or a movie The book people had never heard of him, which didnt surprise me The movie people said Guys and Dolls had covered the subject of gambling, and a golf movie didnt yell money at them I did tell him that SI would be interested in an article He could collaborate with a writer on our staff, and the magazine would pay him a fee of some sort He said he would give it some thought The thing I wanted to hear about the most was his side of the legend filled match he played against a young Byron Nelson in Fort Worth, but I led up to it with questions about other things I said, You mentioned John Montague on the phone You said Golfs Mystery Man was a fraud Ti said, The biggest mystery to me was how he ever got famous He could hit a long drive, but he couldnt break 75 Heck, if you gave me two strokes a hole, I could beat you with a baseball bat and a rake and putting with my shoe He got all he wanted of me in one day at Lakeside But the middle 70s was all he needed to shoot to beat those Hollywood people with low handicaps they couldnt play to Except for Howard Hughes Howard was a good golfer He worked hard at the game He took lessons Howard wanted to win the National Amateur than he wanted to make movies But he was never that good I said, Your reputation came in handy, didnt it It did when my name got around, he said I come to find out there were a lot of people who wanted to lose to Titanic Thompson It gave em a story to tell their friends I took advantage of that Golf was the game you were best at I was good at cards, too I never cheated at cards I played straight up I could read cards and I could read people I mostly played poker, but I could play any old card game Fan Tan, Crazy Eight, Gin Rummy Gin was starting to catch on back in the Thirties, but not everywhere, and not like today I said, Gin was too slow, right For a gambling man You could say that I wanted to hear about his name Id read that he adopted Thompson when he saw his name misprinted in a newspaper Titanic Thompson does have a better ring to it than Titanic Thomas, I said as a comment, not a question He nodded As lore had it, he got the name Titanic as a young man before World War One in a pool hall in Joplin, Missouri But I said I found it hard to buy that he got it by jumping over a pool table, or diving over a pool table, or whatever else hed let people believe He said, I did get the name in a pool game in Joplin, Missouri, before the war A man named Snow Clark gave it to me We were in a big game of pocket pool Snow and me were partners against two other fellers The stakes got pretty high Snow saw me miss a couple of shots I should have made, and he knew it takes as much skill to miss a shot intentionally as it does to make it He thought Id put him in the can that Id bet on the other side Thats when he said, Boy, youre sinkin me like the Titanic I started laughing I knew hed given me a great name Ill take that version, I said In years past Id talked to both Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson about Titanic Each said he possessed a fine golf swing and was a hell of a player Hogan also said, Only a fool would play him in a game he suggested I brought up the match between Titanic Thompson and Byron Nelson It wasnt covered by the press, and was never written about, but it became a part of Fort Worth golf history They played an 18 hole match for 1,000 winner take all in 1931 at Ridglea Golf Club on the west side of town Ridglea was a public course then, but since 1954 it has been a country club of prominence One grand was big money in those days It would be the equivalent of about 14,000 today in terms of buying or shopping power Ti was in town and all of the public courses were gambling haunts back then He dropped by Ridglea and let it be known that he wanted to play the best man in town for a thousand dollars Word reached a member at Glen Garden Country Club, where Byron was a junior member This was a year before Byron turned pro He was the best amateur around the area then The member at Glen Garden liked games of chance, and rounded up two other investors They backed Nelson in the match Enter Byrons memory of the event I never gambled at golf in my life, and I didnt want to be a part of it I dont really remember who the backers were A Mr Brown was involved, but thats the only name I recall Mr Brown said not to worry about the money All I had to do was play my best golf they were taking the risk Well, of course, I enjoyed competition I wanted to play my best About a dozen people followed us I was nervous and bogied two holes and fell behind, but I played well on the back nine We both shot 70, which was one under par, I believe The match was a tie We broke even I shared Byrons memory of the match with Titanic at Meadowbrook Ti said, Byron Nelson said we tied I know I shot a 70 and he shot 71 Ask Mr Brown if we broke even Before our meeting ended, Titanic said, I can still play a little Ill tell you what You let me tee it up everywhere, even in the bunkers and the rough, and Ill bet you two hundred I can shoot my age Ill shoot a 78 I could only smile Ill bet you can too, Ti, I said No one is funnier or knowledgeable about golf than Dan Jenkins Wall Street Journal Jenkins is hilarious, providing laughs per page than any other writer in the bidness People Jenkins takes us inside the world of golf like no one else Sacramento BeeDan Jenkins has been 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    • Unplayable Lies: Golf Stories
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    • Dan Jenkins
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    • 20 December 2016

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