Alabama Academy of Honor

Charles Albert Boswell

The following biographical sketch was created at the time of induction in 1983.

Charles Albert Boswell, professional golfer, was born December 22, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated at Ensley High School and enrolled at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He was left halfback for three years under Coach Frank Thomas. He was in the class of 1940.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in the spring of 1941 and spent five years in the infantry. The last three years were with the 84th Infantry Division. He was wounded on November 30, 1944, and the injury resulted in total blindness. He retired in 1946 with the rank of major.

While at Valley Forge General Hospital, he learned to play golf although he had never played before losing his vision. He won 17 National Blind Golf Tournaments and 11 International Blind Golf Tournaments.

He received or was awarded numerous honors: The Philadelphia Sports Writers Assn. Award, 1957; the Ben Hogan Trophy of the Golf Writers Assn. of America, 1958; This is Your Life on the Ralph Edwards Television Show, 1960; Football Hall of Fame Foundation Distinguished American Award, 1965; the President's Distinguished Service Award from the Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, and was elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Eye Foundation Hospital, Birmingham. He began the Charley Boswell Celebrity Golf Classic with the proceeds going to the Eye Foundation Hospital, Birmingham, 1974. The Veterans Administration's Southeastern Charley Boswell Blind Rehabilitation in Birmingham was dedicated in 1982.

He married Kathryn Lacy on April 5, 1942, and they had three children: Kay, Charles Jr. and Stephen. Mr. Boswell is now deceased.