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HOW TO BE FIRST AT YOUR CLUB WITH A FASCINATING ITEM OF GOLF TRIVIA
Craig Mitchell
September 17, 1979
I've forgotten what tournament it was, but Dad was working the scoreboard as usual. And this little guy was bugging him. The little guy was trying to prove how much he knew about the history and lore of golf. Dad would edge away from him, take some scorecards, post them and move as far away as he could. But the little guy would move, too, and would come up with some bit of golf lore like "Hey, Frank, did you ever hear about Sarazen's double eagle?"
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September 17, 1979

How To Be First At Your Club With A Fascinating Item Of Golf Trivia

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But while Dad could spot a market a mile away, there was one little thing he overlooked. He never tried to patent Mitchell's Mittens. He was happy just selling them. The idea quickly spread, and when World War II was over, it seemed that every manufacturer in the country was selling "head covers." By that time, Dad realized what he had missed, but it was too late to apply for a patent.

The golf-club head cover is sort of like the peaked cap or the ice cream cone. You never stop to think that somebody had to invent the first one. Whenever I see an item like that, I wonder what the inventor's kids had to suffer through while it was being perfected. If they think they had problems, how about me with no thumbs?

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