256 pages, 9 x 9 Cloth $36.95
The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History is a unique family portrait of one of golf’s greatest legends. Lavishly illustrated with never-before-seen family photos, The Brothers Hogan follows the lives of Ben Hogan, winner of sixty-eight tournaments and nine major championships, and his brother Royal, who climbed the ranks of top amateur golfers even as his brother Ben became one of golf’s most successful pros. Narrated by Royal’s daughter Jacque, Ben’s niece, this revealing biography not only tells the story of Ben’s and Royal’s remarkable careers but also sets the record straight on the shocking suicide of the boys’ father, on Ben’s strained relationship with his wife Valerie, on the car crash that nearly ended Ben’s career, and on scores of details that have been misconstrued in earlier accounts.
The rise of Colonial Country Club and its legendary course—forever nicknamed “Hogan’s Alley”—and the rise of modern Fort Worth are part of the narrative as the Hogan boys and their city grew up together. Major Fort Worth leaders such as Tex Moncrief, Amon Carter, and Marvin Leonard, the visionary who built both the Colonial and Shady Oaks courses, figure prominently in the book.
Peter Barbour, an Austin native, was a producer in Los Angeles until retiring in 2002. Jacqueline Hogan Towery is the daughter of Royal Hogan, Ben Hogan’s older brother. The late Robert Towery worked for the State Bar of Texas, where he instituted the first Legal Assistance Division in the country.
Praise for The Brothers Hogan:
"A must read for anyone interested in my idol Ben Hogan, his brother Royal, the entire Hogan family, and good old Fort Worth, Texas, a city that's never turned loose of my heart."
—DAN JENKINS, author of His Ownself—a Semi-Memoir
“The Brothers Hogan is a most compelling book on the role that Royal and Ben Hogan, and their supporters and friends such as W. A. “Monty” Moncrief, W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr., Marvin Leonard and other prominent citizens shared in putting Fort Worth on the map in the 1900s. Its poignant, personal stories give the unique perspective of a private family, and their lasting influence on the business scene, as well as local and professional golf history. Jacque Hogan Towery is Ben Hogan's closest living relative and she and her co-authors, who I know personally, bring readers an insider’s perspective revealing the rarest of insights and understanding of one of American sports' greatest icons and the Fort Worth family from which he hailed. If you’re a fan of golf or not, I highly recommend the book and know that it will inform and entertain you.”
—BEN CRENSHAW, 2-time Masters Champion