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Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Robert "Bob" Goalby

1929 -

 

— Masterful Athlete —

 
Robert "Bob" Goalby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
1. Robert "Bob" Goalby Marker
Inscription.  A Belleville native, Goalby graduated from Township High School in 1947 after starring in football, basketball, and baseball. He played football at the University of Illinois but chose golf for his career. Having honed his golf skills while a caddie at the St. Clair Country Club, Goalby turned professional in 1956 and eventually won 11 PGA tournaments. In 1963 he was chosen to play on the US Ryder Cup team and in 1968 won the Masters Tournament Championship. He was instrumental in forming the Senior PGA Tour (later the Champions Tour) in 1979 and went on to win three senior tournaments. Throughout his career, Goalby resided in Belleville, where he continued to promote civic improvement.
 
Erected 2014 by Belleville Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports.
 
Location. 38° 30.827′ N, 89° 59.068′ W. Marker is in Belleville, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North Lincoln Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling
Robert "Bob" Goalby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
2. Robert "Bob" Goalby Marker
In front of St. Clair County Annex building
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west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 Public Square, Belleville IL 62220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Julius Liese (here, next to this marker); Christian "Buddy" Ebsen (here, next to this marker); Carrie Thomas Alexander-Bahrenburg (here, next to this marker); George Blair (here, next to this marker); Ruth A. Sterling (here, next to this marker); Edward A. Daley (here, next to this marker); Gustavus P. Koerner/Sophia Engelmann Koerner (here, next to this marker); Ninian Edwards (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
 
More about this marker. Goalby was one of five inaugural inductees into Belleville's Walk of Fame. 2014 was the year the city of Belleville celebrated its bicentennial, and the local historical society decided to start a Walk of Fame at the northwest quadrant of Belleville Public Square. Goalby (the only living person with a plaque dedicated) was present and spoke at the dedication ceremony. (The other inaugural inductees were George Blair, Ninian Edwards, Lyman Trumbull and Christian "Buddy" Ebsen.)
 
Also see . . .  Bob Goalby on Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 17, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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