Of all the sports played today, the one sport that is considered the greatest game ever played is golf. The coined term, "The Greatest Game Ever Played," is long associated with golf and was captured brilliantly in a book by Mark Frost by the same name about the true story of a poor American amateur golfer named Francis Ouimet and his ten-year-old caddie, Eddie Lowery. Francis Ouimet, a poor young American golfer broke through the class lines to go on and win the 1913 U.S. Open in Brookline, Massachusetts; going up again world-class golfer and his personal hero Harry Vardon. The success of Francis Ouimet helped usher golf into the mainstream in America and both he and Vardon proved men of meager means could compete in the Greatest Game.
Many people, golfers particularly, find the story both heartwarming and inspiring. Choosing a dog's name under the theme of The Greatest Game Ever Played has deep meaning for many people. The story of Francis Ouimet, Eddie Lowery, and Harry Vardon was also retold by director Bill Paxton in a 2005 film of the same name. Dog owners wishing to give their a dog a name under such inspiration will find many golf-related names and hopefully the perfect one for their new family member.
The Greatest Game Ever Played Dog Names in Pop Culture
Golf and dogs have a long history. In fact, course features, such as the dogleg hole, specifically describe features of the course regarding a dog's anatomy. Famous golfers also have long-standing relationships with their dogs. Take world famous golfer, Arnold Palmer, and his Mulligan. Not only was Mulligan given a golf-related name, but the Golden Retriever was often with Arnold Palmer.
Other dogs have shared names that are golf-related terms. Take Ace for example, who was the DC comic Bat-Hound and companion to Batman and Robin in several stories through the years. Ace the Bat-Hound may not have been named after the golfing term, but the meaning is still the same. An ace in golf is a rare and nearly impossible feat, making it an exciting event when it happens. Most people know an ace as a hole-in-one. Aces occur mostly on 3-par holes because 4 and 5-par holes tend to be longer and have more features, such as a dogleg. Unrelated to the golfing term, Ace the Bat-Hound was a large and loyal German Shepherd who helped Batman and Robin take down crime lords and bad guys while disguised in his bat mask, collar, and cape.
While Mulligan and Ace are both famous dogs of golf, either by virtue of their masters or by their names, one famous dog in pop culture captures the theme of The Greatest Game Ever Played. This dog has a name that is truly connected with the story: Eddie, the dog of the television show, Frasier, a spin-off from Cheers. In the show, Eddie is a Jack Russell Terrier who belongs to Martin Crane, the elderly father of the show's lead, Frasier Crane. The dog is a source of frustration and angst between the two men who are forced to co-habitat under the same roof when Martin can no longer take care of himself properly. Like Ace the Bat-Hound, Eddie is not named after Eddie Lowery but the Jack Russell Terrier enjoys the same name as one of the stars of the story, The Greatest Game Ever Played. Eddie Lowery was a ten-year-old boy in 1913 who by pure chance, got the opportunity to caddie for Francis Ouimet when he successfully ditched school and avoided being caught, alongside his older brother. Eddie Lowery was on great help to Francis early on during the 1913 U.S. Open, encouraging him, telling him to focus, and carrying Ouimet's bags, which were larger than himself. Though Eddie from Frasier does not directly draw his name from the same Eddie Lowery, he certainly bears one of the names of the men associated with The Greatest Game Ever Played.
The Greatest Game Ever Played Dog Name Considerations
The story of Francis Ouimet, Eddie Lowery, and Harry Vardon in the 1913 U.S. Open can only provide so much inspiration before dog owners must consider other golfing terms and famous sports players. This is particularly true for female name considerations. Names like Bea, after Bea Barrett or June after June Beebe, may have to feed into The Greatest Game Ever Played inspiration. However, names like Brook or Brookline for a female dog fall well within the boundaries of the story as Brookline, Massachusetts was the location of the famous 1913 U.S. Open.
Owners may also consider golf features, such as Sandy, Bunker, or Links as potential names under this theme. Lovers of golf and dogs may find inspiration in some of the golf greats, like Arnie, Tiger, and Nicklaus or lean towards course names, such as Pebble, St. Andrews, and Merion. Finally, fun names like Bogey, Birdie, Mashie, Jigger, and Brassie will always come with a fun naming story that is positively associated with the greatest game ever played.