Before Texas Dolly was the Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson was a promising up-and-coming Texas athlete who used to excel at running long distances and could play basketball with the best of them. This weekend fellow poker pro and cowboy hat wearer Andy Bloch posted some of great photos of Doyle’s old days. Back before Bruson ran everyone over on the table, he used to run sub-five minute miles…just keep in shape.
Turns out that some of these photos (maybe all of them) come from a 1953 Hardin Simmons College Yearbook that Andy found on eBay. Another Yearbook, this one from 1952, is also up for grabs. While the one that is on sale wasn’t Doyle’s personal Yearbook, he appears in it and he also signed it for the owner. Sound cool? It can be yours for a mere $400.
Check out Doyle’s College’s Yearbook on sale.
It looked for a while that Doyle may become a pro baller, as he was being scouted for such, but a knee injury on the job halted his hopes. Instead Doyle began to play poker in the process becoming a 10-time WSOP Champion, one of the most recognized names in poker and an inspiration for chatbox pranksters the world over.
(h/t to Lance Bradley for the eBay info)