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 July 21, 2018
“Golfer: I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course” (joke)

A golf joke has been cited in print since at least 1960:

Golfer: I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.
Caddy: Try heaven; you’ve already moved most of the earth.



20 March 1960, The Sunday Sun (Baltimore, MD), pg. 16A, col. 3:
Gob Humor
(From the Indian, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba)
Golfer—I’d move heaven and earth to break 100.
Caddy—Try heaven awhile. You’ve moved enough earth.

5 May 1960, Greensboro (NC) Daily News, pg. 8, col. 7:
(Same item as above.—ed.)

16 August 1967, The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), “Pepper...and Salt,” pg. 10, col. 1:
Pitfall
“I’d move heaven and earth to break 100,” said the golfer as he swung away in the sand trap.

“Try heaven, advised his partner. “You’ve already moved enough earth.
-- Baptist Courier.

Google Books
Milton Berle’s Private Joke File:
Over 10,000 of His Best Gags, Anecdotes, and One-liners

By Milton Berle
Edited by Milt Rosen
New York, NY: Three Rivers Press
1989
Pg. 295:
The duffer swung, saying, “I’d move heaven and earth to break a hundred and twenty.”

His companion said, “Work on heaven. You’ve moved enough earth already!”

Google Books
The Golf Book of Lists:
Everything Golf, from the Greatest Courses and Most Challenging Greens, to the Greatest Players and the Best Equipment

By Mitch Kaplan
Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press
2001
Pg. 174:
Near the end of a particularly trying round of golf, during which the golfer had hit numerous fat shots, he said in frustration to his caddy, “I’d move heaven and earth to break a hundred on this course.”

“Try heaven,” said the caddy. “You’ve already moved most of the earth.”

Google Books
The Snark Handbook:
A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring

By Lawrence Dorfman
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2009
Pg. 135:
Golfer: I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.
Caddie: Try heaven, you’ve already moved most of the earth.

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@Carzu_uk
Golfer: “I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.”
Caddy: “Try heaven; you’ve already moved most of the earth.”
#funny
11:20 AM - 2 Jul 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, July 21, 2018 • Permalink