Often cited as the greatest coach in NFL history, Vince Lombardi was the dominant figure in pro football during the 1960s. A little more than two months after being diagnosed with a fast moving cancer in 1970, the legendary Green Bay Packers coach succumbed to the disease. Posthumous honors and remembrances included the naming of the Super Bowl trophy in his honor, enshrinement in the Hall of Fame in 1971 and the establishment of the Vince Lombardi Memorial Golf Classic.
It is the two-day golf charity event that concerns us here. Held at the North Hills Country Club in Wisconsin, the annual Lombardi Golf Classic began in 1971 with an outpouring of love and respect from Lombardi's admirers. Participating were pro athletes, famous entertainers, business leaders, government members and countless members of the community.
Offered is a multi-signed program from the inaugural 1971 event. Graced by an artistic rendering of Lombardi on the front cover, this program presents in (EX) condition, with deference to a top to bottom crease on an interior page. (22) Participants have signed throughout with average ("9") potency. Auction LOA from JSA.
Featured signers are:
(15) Green Bay Packers who played under Lombardi with: (7) HOFers: Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Paul Hornung, Henry Jordan, Forrest Gregg, Jim Taylor, Jerry Kramer; and (8) stars: Donny Anderson, Doug Hart, Fuzzy Thurston, Dan Currie, Zeke Bratkowski, Jesse Whittenton, Max McGee and Ron Kostelnik
Football HOFer Hugh McElhenny
Basketball HOFer Al McGuire
(2) Baseball players: HOFer Mickey Mantle and Vic Wertz
(3) Actors/Entertainers: George C. Scott, George Kirby and George Lindsey who has signed as "Goober" only in reference to his TV role on the Andy Griffith and Gomer Pyle shows