July 27, 1997 |
Slowly the little man emerged from the valley, head bowed under his trademark white hat, battered 54-year-old legs carrying him up the hill toward the 18th green at Augusta National. As Ben Hogan, who died Friday at the age of 84, shuffled along, the thousands of fans crowded around the last green at the third round of the 1967 Masters picked up his tentative steps about 100 yards from the flag and carried him along with a thunderous ovation.
February 2, 1999 |
Ben Hogan and his wife, Valerie, had just passed through El Paso, Texas, when they saw the bus cross over the double line in front of them. Hogan swerved his sedan right but couldn't go farther because a roadside culvert was next to the highway. Knowing the bus would hit them, he threw himself across his wife. Thus began the story of the comeback of Ben Hogan, who suffered a broken ankle, pelvis and ribs in a crash that nearly killed him 50 years ago.
July 20, 2004 |
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is suing comic-book company Marvel Enterprises Inc. to continue using the "Hulk Hogan" name. Hulk Hogan, played by Terry Bollea, has been one of World Wrestling's most popular wrestlers since the 1980s. In 1985, World Wrestling signed a 20-year contract after it was accused by Marvel of infringing on the "Incredible Hulk" comic-book character. The agreement covered the words "Hulk Hogan," "Hulkamania" and "Hulkster," according to the lawsuit.
May 15, 1988 |
Most artists have secrets--a shaky academic record, a disastrous drawing class, the temptation of a shady deal or a commercial sell-out. At best, they tend to be "learning experiences"; at worst, temporary set-backs or blots on records. The late Patrick Hogan's secret was more serious. He had Werdnig-Hoffman syndrome, a rare neuromuscular disease that confined him to a wheelchair when he was 10, wasted his body and took his life May 5 at age 41.
June 11, 1999 |
The contact sports of boxing and football usually lead the league in tales of courage and determination. But on this date 49 years ago, golfer Ben Hogan, all 5 feet 9 and 145 pounds of him, put on a display of guts that few athletes have since topped. On Feb. 2, 1949, Hogan and his wife had just driven through El Paso when they were hit head-on by a bus. Hogan suffered broken ribs, a broken ankle and pelvis. His wife had only a black eye.
September 8, 1986
Legend has it that the only thing Ben Hogan ever said to an opponent on the golf course was, "You're away." Former Masters champion Claude Harmon says that isn't far off. He told Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post about a Masters tournament in which he played a practice round with Hogan. At the 12th hole, Harmon scored a hole in one. The crowd went wild. Hogan said nothing, then hit his ball within a few feet of the cup. All the way to the green, Hogan was stone silent.
June 6, 1989 |
Just 12 days in release, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" has grossed a whopping $77.4 million. (Can it pass the $100 million mark in its third week? It's possible.) Over the weekend, ticket sales for the last episode of this popular trilogy about a rogue archeologist's exploits declined to a still stunning $21.2 million, or $9,123 per screen.
May 23, 1997 |
UCLA, ranked among the nation's Top 10 all season in any poll you can find, ran into a hot pitcher Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional, and now the Bruins are looking uphill in Stillwater, Okla. Frank Hogan, Harvard's (33-14) ace and the Ivy League's pitcher of the year, gave up six hits--all singles--in eight-plus innings in chilling top-seeded UCLA, 7-2, on a mixed day for Southern California teams in the NCAA tournament.
January 24, 1985 |
Like the great artists who keep returning to the Louvre to study the masters, Jack Nicklaus keeps returning to Riviera. Nicklaus is as much a golf course architect today as he is a player, and Riviera holds a fascination for him, both aesthetically and historically. He has never won on the course old-timers call Hogan's Alley, and he would dearly love to add the name Riviera to Pebble Beach, Augusta National, St. Andrews, Baltusrol and Firestone--great courses where he has won.