Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 11/14/14

via http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/ The late Horton Smith was the first and third ever Masters champion in 1934 in 1936. However, he didn’t receive an iconic Masters green jacket until 1949 when Augusta National Golf Club started handing them out. Sam Snead won the 1949 tournament and technically the first green jacket, however the club retroactively awarded jackets to the nine men that had won the tournament from 1934-1948. According to The Augusta Chronicle, Smith’s jacket presumed to be lost until last month when Green Jacket Auctions of Denville, N.J. was contacted by one of Smith’s relatives. The green jacket had been hanging in a family member’s closet for decades. Smith was the head pro at Detroit Golf Club after he was finished playing professionally. He passed in 1963 at age 55 due to cancer. The jacket, the first of the ten handed out retroactively (known as the “Original 10,”) was the first to be offered for public sale. It sold for $682,229.45. [Detroit News]

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