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Splits, spares and spuds on a $2 million tour
Joe Jares
January 17, 1972
Boyish Don Johnson picks up where he left off in 1971 by sheathing his swollen thumb in a raw potato, then outrolling the field to draw first blood on the 1972 circuit at the BPAA Open in New York City
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January 17, 1972

Splits, Spares And Spuds On A $2 Million Tour

Boyish Don Johnson picks up where he left off in 1971 by sheathing his swollen thumb in a raw potato, then outrolling the field to draw first blood on the 1972 circuit at the BPAA Open in New York City

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In the final match Johnson started out as though he would not only annihilate his last opponent but would win ABC's $10,000 perfect-game bonus. He had six straight strikes before faltering. That seemed to spur Pappas, who closed out with seven straight strikes of his own—but not enough to overcome Johnson's lead. The final score was 233-224.

It was a clear victory for raw potato therapy.

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