Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Golf
Inducted: 1993
Country: United States
Born: December 23, 1909 in Port Chester, New York
Died: June 1978

One of the top professional golfers of the 1930s and 1940s, Herman Barron won his first major tournament title, the Philadelphia Open, in 1934, and his last, the World Seniors Championship, in 1963.

While among the Professional Golf Association’s leading money winners during his tournament career, his hottest streak occurred in 1946, when within three weeks he won the Philadelphia Inquirer Open, finished fourth in the U.S. Open, and captured the rich All-America Championship at Tam O’Shanter in Chicago.

His U.S. Open finish was one stroke behind the legendary Ben Hogan, the only PGA golfer in 1946 to win more prize money than Barron’s $23,000. During this pre-television period, barely a dozen pro golfers made their living on the Tour.

The Port Chester native was on America’s Ryder Cup team that defeated England in 1947, but soon after, failing health sent him into tournament retirement. For the next 15 years Baron was a PGA teaching pro.

Barron returned in the early 1960s to the PGA Senior Circuit, defeating Paul Runyon for the 1963 Senior Championship, while lowering the tournament record by six strokes.

His last competitive headline came in November 1964, when he registered the eleventh hole-in-one of his career.

Barron was a teaching pro until his death and was very instrumental in the development of Israel’s first golf course, at Caesarea.

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