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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; New Ed edition (8 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589793226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589793224
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A careful chronology that will serve as one of the most detailed and anecdotal accounts of a seminal era in American golf. The New York Times

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Byron Nelson was named Athlete of the Year in 1944 and 1945 by the Associated Press. He won nine tournaments in 1944 and six in 1946, just prior to his retirement from tournament play; and in 1945, he won 18 PGA-sanctioned events, finishing second in seven others. Finally, after six months off the tour, he returned to play in the 1947 Masters, finishing second.

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My comments on the book entitle "How I played the game: An Autobiography" by Byron Nelson 22 Mar. 2013
By Rolando Rivera Sandoval - Published on
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This is and always will be a fresh account of Mr. Byron Nelson's life. It is beautifully described with the contribution of his wife Peggy, who helped on the manuscript. We have a written treasure: is easy to read with everlasting lessons in life and human relationships from a dear and respectfully man. Golf, as a sport and as a way of life, has gain a good name because of man and woman with flawless integrity and Byron Nelson is one of them. I strongly recommend this book specially to all junior golfers and all youngster in general; they'll learn to project their existence plain-fully and with gratitude. It is truly a living testimony of a man ho always had God first in all his path in life. Enjoy.
Worth your time 6 Jan. 2003
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This is simply a straightforward account of Nelson's life by The Man himself. It's primary focus is his poor-as-dirt childhood and rise to stardom on the PGA Tour, culminating in The Streak of eleven straight wins in 1945 (he retired the next year). His television work is also covered, as is the death of his wife of 50 years and subsequent remarriage, but the primary focus is on his rise to stardom and retirement to ranching. It turns out that he doesn't have hemophilia as I'd always heard, nor did he retire because his "nervous stomach" couldn't take the stress of competition. The big virtue of the book is that it's written in a homey style that makes you feel as though Nelson is right there speaking to you in his Texas twang. It was written with assistance from his second wife, and it reads as though she must have been transcribing tapes. There is very little discussion of swing theory and no tips to help your game, but it's fascinating if you have an interest in what it took to make a living in professional golf in the 1930s and 1940s. It should be required reading for today's pampered pros who make more for one fifth-place finish than Nelson made in his entire career as one of the all-time greats. He comes across as an extremely decent, religious man that you would've liked to have known.
Comfortable Conversation with Golfing Great 11 Sept. 2006
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Nelson truly is a golfing gem, one that gets somewhat lost in all the current player hype. But this is likely due to media hype, not the players; they are humble around the like of Lord Byron, and most if not all big names play the King's, the Bear's and the Nelson's tournaments.

Here is record of his life and it truly sounds like the man we have learned to like and hear on TV. Downhome, country boy, who really wanted to earn enough money to buy a ranch, which he did. In doing so, he had some amazing golf, the statistics and some of the records are still there. Might be so for quite some time.

Fascinating how he is part of game most don't know, i.e. invent of good golf shoes and Footjoy connection and also the golf umbrella. Around the Hogan's since caddying youth, this guy is legend worth becoming familiar with. His humility, grace and fervor for the game are truly a treat to read about. The tournament that bears his name is what he refers to as biggest golfing thing that ever happened to him, for the joy of helping the kids. Truly an athleter to be emulated.
A Pleasant Read From A Wonderful Human Being 10 Dec. 2008
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In the history of professional golf, few people were more beloved than Byron Nelson.....maybe nobody. Arnold Palmer, Bobby Jones and Harry Vardon might be close but nobody was quite the consistent clean-living, soft-spoken gentleman for so long a period as Mr. Nelson.

Is this a dramatic, suspenseful story like the one about Francis Ouimet's win at 1913 U.S. Open, or the wild tales of "Seabiscuit?" No, but it's kind of like curling up on the couch on a winter night with the fireplace going. Byron is such a down-home-type guy that reading about him gently telling about his life and loves makes for a very pleasant read.

When people wonder about "role models" in professional sports, they should check into Byron Nelson's and this book gives us a chance to do just that!
Great Golfer, Great Human Being 6 April 2014
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As you read Byron Nelson's autobiography, you find that much of it seems familiar to you if you have read other books by the men who played the early Tour. There are all the requisite tales of the hardscrabble beginning as a caddy, financial hardship, bad accommodations, iffy food, and car travel. Those parts read much like stories of other golfers of the era. However, what makes this book special is the way it highlights the wonderful nature of Nelson. Nelson never brags or makes a big issue out of his great personal qualities, but a simple recounting of his actions lets you know very quickly that this was someone special. In a sport where feuds and publicized dislikes are common, it is hard to find anyone who didn't like and respect "Lord Byron". There just weren't any skeletons in this guy's closet.

Combine this with the fact that he is very arguably in the top five golfers of all time and you get a story that is well worth the read and quite engrossing to any fan of golf. Nelson's story is a must read for fans of the history of golf, but is well worth reading for anyone who simply wishes to read the life of a wonderful human being.
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