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Today I learned the term "grand slam" originated from bridge

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The term "grand slam" originates from bridge, a card game in which players win tricks. When someone clears the table, they earn 13 tricks, or a "grand slam." Bridge was quite popular around the time Bobby Jones won the four biggest tournaments of his era in 1930, prompting The Atlanta Journal's O.B. Keeler to use the bridge term to famously describe Jones’ improbable feat.

 

http://golfweek.com/news/2013/jun/30/us-womens-open-2013-inbee-park-grand-slam-chase/

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Interesting. Always assumed it referred to baseball (like most others I'm guessing) and the fact that a grand slam brought home 4 runs.

Anyways, I find it odd that the historian says she had to win all five because it means running the table, but Zaharias doesn't get credit for running the table when there were only 3. Huh??
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That is interesting. I was watching morning drive when they mentioned that. I also always thought the term derived from baseball.
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Of course, sportswriters had coined other terms for Jones' feat; for some reason, the "Grand Slam" captured the public's imagination better than the "Impregnable Quadrilateral."
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Of course, sportswriters had coined other terms for Jones' feat; for some reason, the "Grand Slam" captured the public's imagination better than the "Impregnable Quadrilateral."

Impregnable Quadrilateral just sounds so much more golfier.

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Impregnable Quadrilateral just sounds so much more golfier.

 

I have to agree

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Impregnable Quadrilateral just sounds so much more golfier.

 

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I have to agree

 

That's it, the golfer's "I.Q.".

And if a guy's odds of completing it are good, we'll say he has a "high IQ", or "above average IQ".

 

Bobby Jones was a genius.

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This chase for the grand slam has brought life back into the lpga. More than any short skorts could. Well played Inbee
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