Hagen, Walter. The Walter Hagen Story. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952. First edition, first printing. Inscribed and signed on first free endpaper. Presented in original dust jacket with custom clamshell.
This first edition of The Walter Hagen Story is the 1956 autobiography of Walter “The Haig” Hagen. Published by Simon and Schuster in New York, the book has the original boards and dust jacket designed by Guy Fraumeni. The book also features an inscription and signature on the first free endpage that reads, “Golfingly Walter Hagen.”
This autobiography follows Walter Hagen’s career as a golfer featuring 50 black and white photographs and cartoons. Known for raising the social standard of professional golfers, Walter Hagen is one of the most celebrated golfers of the early 20th century. Throughout his career, Hagen won eleven major golf championships eventually surpassed only by Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Hagen was generally considered one of the best match players in the sport and was noted to always have a good attitude, even when playing poorly.
“The Haig” was not only an impressive golfer, but preferred to live life extravagantly, once claiming, “I never wanted to be a millionaire - I just wanted to live like one…” Before Hagen, professional golfers were considered at a lower social standing than the wealthy amateur players. However, through his noted skills, personal style, and lavish lifestyle Hagen set the standard to receive professional golfers as gentlemen. This autobiography portrays the ways in which Hagen revolutionized the sport and gives readers a glimpse of his personal life and character.
Overall near fine condition. Original blue and red boards with gilt embossed signature are presented with the original dust jacket with mylar cover. Some mild bumping on the spine. All pages are present and clean with very slight adhesive discoloration on the end pages. Signature on the first free end page is clear and easily legible. Dust jacket is slightly worn with creases and chips but has received conservation treatment. The reverse has some surface-wear but and is overall in good condition.
The book is housed in a custom made quarter leather archival clamshell. The clamshell cover is recessed with a photograph of the author. The spine features gilt embossed title and author information as well as decorative motifs and raised bands.
Dimensions: 10 3/8" H x 7 1/2" W x 2 1/8" D (with clamshell)