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date: 05 April 2020

Peete, Calvin locked

(18 July 1943–29 Apr. 2015),
  • Paul Devlin

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professional golfer, was born in Detroit, Michigan, one of nine children, to Dennis Peete and Irene Bridgeport. When he was eleven, his parents split up and he was sent to live with his grandmother in rural Hayti, Missouri, supposedly temporarily. Instead Peete and two of his sisters ended up there permanently, eventually abandoned by their mother. A future master of a game played in a pastoral setting, Peete wished he was out of the countryside and back in Detroit. At the age of twelve he fell out of a tree and shattered his left elbow. Though he received proper medical attention, he would never be able to fully straighten his left arm. It is widely believed, however, that this misfortune proved to be a great advantage in his golf career.

Arguably the straightest hitter in golf history and a star of the 1980s Peete who suffered from Tourette ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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