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Herman Keiser

This Missouri born Akron transplant won the 1946 Masters Tournament by a stroke over Ben Hogan in the age when many of golf's greats were his contemporaries. Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jimmy Demaret were all teeing it up when Keiser, back from service in the Navy in 1945, resumed his golfing career, and became one of the leading money winners in 1946 and 1947. Previously, Keiser had gone to Portage County Club as an assistant to Al Espinosa in 1940 and promptly captured the Akron District Open with a record-shattering 135 and then, added icing to the cake, establishing a new Portage course record of 60. That was a hint of things to come.

Inducted 1960 | Golf