Bing Crosby, one of the biggest stars in the world and an avid golfer, started his own golf tournament in 1937 in the San Diego area. The Crosby Clambake was a golf event with class---cashmere sweaters and scarves, and fun---a moving cocktail party. The festivities began on the Monterey Pennisula in 1947 after World War II. Crosby teamed amateurs with professionals so they would become better golfers, then after the tournament had a clambake so the golfers and stars could mingle. When television began to cover this event in the 1960s, it was a big hit with viewers.
Bing Crosby's sister, Catherine Cordella Mullin moved to Watsonville in the 1940s with her husband Edward Mullin and 13 year old daughter Marilyn. When Bing came to visit them at 264 East Lake Avenue, neighbors spotted his fancy car in their driveway. He was also seen around town and it was said Bing had some good stories to tell.
In 1977, on a golf course in Spain, Crosby died of a heart attack. His dedication to the game of golf---and his star power---helped create the PGA Tour that we know today. The AT&T Pro-Am held in Pacific Grove every February, will always be the Crosby Clambake to the older generation in our community.
Do you recognize any of the people pictured here? The name of the photographer and the subjects are not known, but the pictures are worth seeing.
If you enjoy our area history, come down to the Pajaro Valley Historical Association. Interestingly, Marilyn (Mullin) McLachlan (Bing's niece) volunteered at PVHA for over 15 years. We welcome visitors and new volunteers. ... See MoreSee Less