London, South Kensington
9 July 2002
A TYPED LETTER FROM BEN HOGAN TO JOE NOVAK
Dated July 13, 1950, the letter reading:
Thanks very much for the congratulatory wire you sent me after winning the Open. Winning please me very much indeed, and apparently, judging from all the wires, letters and pats on the back, it pleased a lot of other people too. This made me even happier that the joy I got out of winning.
Joe, I have wanted to write you for a long, long time and tell you that I think you are a very fair and capable man for the position which you hold for the P.G.A. I know you have been honest and direct in your efforts to improve all the situations arising within our association. You have proved this thus far in our little meetings with the players, and I am positive you are on the right track in trying to help us. My wholehearted congratulations, and may all the problems be worked out soon and forever.
I am terribly sorry that there was so much discussion and newspaper talk about my not coming to Columbus. Again I can only tell you that I am sorry. As you know, I have said since 1948, after the P.G.A. in St. Louis, that I would never play in the P.G.A. again, and I have said this for some two years now. It just seems to me that somebody should be informed of my statements at Columbus during all the ruckus. I also want you to know that the telegram I sent you at Columbus was sent before I had seen or heard of the article by Mr. Penna, in which he said hat he was speaking on behalf of the P.G.A. Now all I can say is that I am sorry it happened, and that I hope it will not happen again.
the letter signed Ben
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