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Kathy Whitworth won 88 LPGA Tour tournaments during her career - more than anyone else has won on either the LPGA Tour or the PGA Tour. And she's teeing it up this week with Elliott and David. Plus, baseball talk with former Cub George Altman and 1949 AL Rookie of the Year Roy Sievers.
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Sports and Torts: Kathy Whitworth

Kathy Whitworth won 88 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, more than any other golfer (and more than any golfer has won on the PGA Tour, too). We talk to her about her remarkable career, and get her thoughts about the current state of the LPGA.
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Sports and Torts: Roy Sievers

We talk with the 1949 rookie of the year about his years with the St. Louis Browns, the Washington Senators, and believe it or not, Richard Nixon.
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Sports and Torts: George Altman

From Wrigley Field to Koshien Stadium in Japan, we look back on the career of the former Cubs, who managed to take his game to a whole new level in the Japanese Leagues
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Kathy Withworth
Kathy Whitworth won 88 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, more than any other golfer (and more than any golfer has won on the PGA Tour, too). During the 9-year period from 1965 through 1973, Whitworth won eight money titles, seven scoring titles and was named LPGA Player of the Year seven times. Whitworth was born in Monahans, Texas, but most of her childhood was spent in New Mexico. She started playing golf late, at age 15, but by 1957, the year of her high school graduation, she was winning the New Mexico State Amateur. She won the same tournament again in 1958. She briefly attended college in Odessa, Texas, before turning pro in 1958. It took Whitworth four years to get her first LPGA win (1962 Kelly Girl Open), but once it came, Whitworth's career exploded. She won at least one tournament every year from 1962 through 1978, with many big seasons in the mix: eight wins in 1965, nine in 1966, eight in 1967 and 10 in 1968. Her last great season was 1984, when she won three times, and her final victory came at the 1985 United Virginia Bank Classic. Along the way, Whitworth served three stints as President of the LPGA Executive Board, where she helped shape policy and campaigned for the growth of the LPGA Tour. Whitworth was both an excellent driver and a top putter. The only thing missing from her career is a U.S. Women's Open victory. Despite her record-setting win totals, Whitworth won "only" 6 majors - but that total was surely deflated by the fact that from 1968-71 and 1973-78, there were only two majors per year played on the LPGA Tour. The greats who preceeded Whitworth played 3 or 4 majors most years, and most of the ones who followed her played four per year. Whitworth continued playing in senior events after her LPGA Tour career ended, and also became a highly respected teacher of the game. She captained the U.S. in the inaugural Solheim Cup.

Kathy Whitworth Invitational

 
Roy Seivers
From 1949 through 1965, Sievers played for the St. Louis Browns (1949–53), the original Washington Senators (1954–59), Chicago White Sox (1960–61), Philadelphia Phillies (1962–64), and finally the new Senators (1964–65). He batted and threw right-handed. Signed by the St. Louis Browns as a free agent in 1947, Sievers debuted in the major leagues on April 21, 1949. ievers won the American League Rookie of the Year and TSN Rookie of the Year awards in 1949, batting .306 with 16 home runs and 75 RBI. He struggled to .238 in 1950, and for the next three years he suffered shoulder and arm injuries that limited his playing time to 134 games. He was traded to the Washington Senators for Gil Coan before the 1954 season. In Washington, Sievers collected 95 or more RBI and played at least 144 games during five consecutive years (1954–58) and made the AL All-Star team three times (1956–57, 1959). His most productive season came in 1957, when he led the league in home runs (42), RBI (114), extra base hits (70) and total bases (331), batting .301. He finished third in the MVP ballot with four first-place votes and 205 points –Mickey Mantle got six and 233, Ted Williams five and 209.[1] On April 4, 1960, Sievers went to the Chicago White Sox in the same trade that sent Earl Battey and Don Mincher to Washington.[2] In his first year with the Sox, he hit .295 with 28 homers and 93 RBI, and had almost an identical season in 1961 with .295, 27, 92, making his fourth All-Star appearance. From 1962-64, Sievers remained productive with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League. In the 1964 midseason, he was sold to the AL expansion Senators, playing his final game on May 9, 1965. At a time when achieving 300 home runs was still a rarity, Sievers became only the 18th ballplayer to reach the plateau. He also holds the dubious distinction of being the first member to hit 300 home runs and not make the Baseball Hall of Fame. In a 17-season career, Sievers was a .267 hitter with 318 home runs and 1147 RBI in 1887 games. After his playing career ended, he served one season (1966) as a coach for the Cincinnati Reds and managed in the minor leagues. Mr. Sievers currently resides in St. Louis, and attends the annual St. Louis Browns Alumni gathering each year.

Roy's Career Stats

 
George Altman
George Lee Altman (born March 20, 1933 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball. From 1959 through 1967, Altman played for the Chicago Cubs (1959-1962, 1965-1967), St. Louis Cardinals (1963) and New York Mets (1964). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. In a nine-season MLB career, Altman was a .269 hitter with 101 home runs and 403 RBI in 991 games played. From 1968 through 1975, Altman played in Japan for the Lotte Orions and the Hanshin Tigers. He posted a .309 average with 205 HR, and credited martial arts training for his improvement. An alumnus of Tennessee State University, Altman currently resides in O'Fallon, MO.

George's Career Stats