A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 14, 2016
“A golf ball is a golf ball, no matter how you putt it”

"Putt” and “put” is the source of the golf pun:

“A golf ball is a golf ball, no matter how you putt it.”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 1939. The line was extended by at least 1972: “A club may be a two-wood, a driver or a four iron, but a golf ball is a golf ball, no matter how you putt it.”


11 August 1939, Lethbridge (Alberta) Herald, “Lights and Shadows” by G. F. S., pg. 8, col. 1:
ODDS AND ENDS
A golf ball Is a golf ball no matter how you putt it.

13 September 1940, Morning World-Herald (Omaha, NE), pg. 22, col. 2:
Just a Golf Ball
(U. S. S. Trenton Telescope)
Seaman Sam says—a golf ball is a golf ball, no matter how you putt it.

13 November 1940, San Diego (CA) Union, “Northeast Corner” by Nor’easter, pg. 2B, col. 6:
John Barclay made this remarkable remark:

“A golf ball is a golf ball, no matter how you putt it.”

26 March 1961, Bluefield (WV) Daily Telegraph, “Down Sports Trail Into The Press Box” with Stubby Currence, sec. 1, pg. 12, col. 4:
A golf ball is a golf ball—no matter how you putt it.

14 June 1972, Dauphin (Manitoba) Herald, “Tee Time” by Chuck Jackson, pg. 18, col. 2:
A club may be a two-wood, a driver or a four iron, but a golf ball is a golf ball, no matter how you putt it.

Google Books
October 1980, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 82, col. 3:
Golf ball— A golf ball is a golf ball, no matter how you putt it. — Will Blackmon, Corpus Christi, Tex.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 350:
A golf club may be a driver, a mashie or a putter, but a golf ball is a golf ball no matter how you putt it.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, January 14, 2016 • Permalink