Friday, July 11, 2014

Today must be "Appropriate Name Day"... the New York Times obituary section. Paul Horn, a jazz musician (above), and Errie Ball, a golfer (below), both died.

Ball, who spent nearly 25 years as the club professional at Oak Park Country Club, was apparently a bit of a practical joker:

At a party celebrating Ball’s 100th birthday in 2010, Bill Erfurth, one of his former assistants at Oak Park, recalled a time when Ball signed up for a lesson at a local driving range without revealing his identity, according to an article in Golf Week. Ball pretended to struggle on his first few shots before making a point of paying attention to what the resident instructor was trying to teach him. By the end of the 30-minute lesson, Ball was striking the ball with his usual authority.

“This young pro was beside himself,” Erfurth recalled. “He thought he’d performed a miracle.”

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