I met Marshall in 1982 when he became involved with the Tulsa Drillers baseball through his relationship with Bob Sutton. Though I didn't get much of a chance to spend time with him, he was always a positive person. It seemed he enjoyed his friendship with Mickey Mantle and that connected him to baseball. I guess it is a little known fact that for a short period in 1982-1983 Marshall was the controlling owner with the Drillers until Eddie Chiles and the Texas Rangers bought the team in March 1983. I am sorry I didnt get to know him better and take golf lessons from him, as I could have used the help! May God grant you peace during your time of sorrow.
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO YOU ALL..
Corinne and all -
Thank you so much for sharing some of Marshall with me. The chance meeting that I had with him nearly 20 years ago in Orlando changed my life. He gave me a flash-lesson on the convention floor, and I asked him if he had ever published any of his teaching methods.
"Never found a writer I could work with," he drawled.
"You have now," I answered.
Every minute I spent with Marshall and your wonderful family is one that I will cherish forever. To share credit for "Hit Your Second Shot First" is one of the great honors of my life. But to get to spend time with you guys in your beloved Oklahoma is so much more than that.
I've never known anyone who loved people the way Marshall did, who wanted to know what made them tick and wanted to help them in any way he could. Gentleman. Teacher. Friend. One of the greatest golf partners EVER. And proud husband and father. Man - those are some fine words to associate with a person.
This world is a better place because of Marshall Smith, and I want you to know that I love you all and am so proud to be a part of your extended family.
I was so lucky to meet Marshall and get to listen to a real legend and true gentleman!
Corinne and Family,
My most hearfelt sympathies to you all. I din't have the prvilege of knowing Marshall as long as most people have, but I always enjoyed my time with him and the time he took to teach this horrible hacker about the game of golf. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. John Sprague