Ben Hogan can rival Tiger Woods for achieving the greatest comeback in sporting history
- Ben Hogan was involved in a head-on collision with a greyhound bus in Texas
- Hogan suffered horrific injuries including a double fracture of the pelvis
- He came back to win six major titles including the US Open and The Open
It’s entirely understandable to declare Tiger Woods’s Masters victory as the greatest comeback in sporting history – but it’s a verdict that needs an asterisk even when talking about golf, let alone any other pursuit.
It’s just over 70 years since a car driven by Ben Hogan was involved in a head-on collision in foggy conditions with a greyhound bus in Texas. In throwing himself across the legs of his wife Valerie in a successful effort to protect her, Hogan probably saved his own life as well since the steering wheel demolished the driver’s seat.
Even so, he suffered a horrific catalogue of injuries: a double fracture of the pelvis, a fractured collarbone, fractured left ankle, broken ribs – and that’s before we talk about blood clots so severe it required a surgeon to fly from New Orleans in a US Air Force plane to save his life.
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