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SAM SNEAD AND THE SERPENT
Gerald Holland
December 05, 1960
The serpent stands for trouble. At home in Virginia, it is the rattler or the copperhead that has pursued Sam since boyhood. To Sam the celebrity, the serpent represents a variety of other pests: elbow benders, people who blow smoke in his face, intruders who break in on him when he's watching a western. This is the first story about the true Sam, a wonder of an athlete and a wonder of a man, whose game keeps getting better
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December 05, 1960

Sam Snead And The Serpent

The serpent stands for trouble. At home in Virginia, it is the rattler or the copperhead that has pursued Sam since boyhood. To Sam the celebrity, the serpent represents a variety of other pests: elbow benders, people who blow smoke in his face, intruders who break in on him when he's watching a western. This is the first story about the true Sam, a wonder of an athlete and a wonder of a man, whose game keeps getting better

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"My legs are jumpy," said Sam. "I can't sleep."

The pretty blonde stewardess shook her head in sympathy.

"I got a headache," said Sam. "My stomach's queasy."

"Would you like some aspirin, Mr. Snead?" asked the stewardess.

"O.K.," said Sam.

The girl opened a cabinet and took down the aspirin bottle. She gave Sam two tablets and started to pour some water into a paper cup.

"Got any of that free champagne you were passin' around before?" asked Sam.

"Why, yes, of course, Mr. Snead." She got the bottle out and poured him a glass. He took the aspirin and sipped the champagne. "I doubt if it will do any good," he said.

"Mr. Snead!" the stewardess exclaimed. "I have an idea!"

"What?" said Sam.

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