Monday, February 6, 2012
"Crosby" lore lost over the past 25 years of AT&T Sponsorship at Pebble, but not for Mike Krukow.
On Tuesday afternoon, Krukow, his best friend and radio partner Duane Kuiper, and pair of other San Francisco Giants tee it up for a 5 hole charity event at Pebble Beach against a 49er foursome. Rain is expected, but it will not dampen the enthusiasm of the players and fans for an exhibition that conjures up memories of the "Crosby Clambake". With corporate sponsorship dominating the hallowed grounds of Pebble Beach, the golf tournament has lost virtually all connection with it's roots, when the late great Bing Crosby began his "gathering of friends" nearly 8 decades ago. One of the last links to Clambakes past was the presence of Jack Lemmon. The actor-comedian played his final AT&T in 2001, and also had a 15 year run when the event was simply known as "The Crosby". In his 30 or so starts, Lemmon never made the cut. He came close a couple times teaming with Peter Jacobson, but could never quite make it to Sunday. Lemmon's history is still ever present for those who followed the Hollywood icon during his playing days, and for former Giant pitcher and current broadcaster Mike Krukow, his memory will live forever. Last year at the annual Golf Writers banquet, Kruk and Kuip won the Jack Lemmon Ambassador of Golf award, and Mike Krukow shared his feelings about the self proclaimed "human hinge"