Jack Nicklaus and the borrowed green jacket

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The green jacket is one of the most revered spoils of victory in sports. Matter of fact, it's so exclusive that the winningest Masters champion in history never actually got his own jacket after any of his six victories.

Jack Nicklaus, the only six-time Masters winner, arrived at Augusta the year after his first Master win expecting to find his tailored green jacket, instead, in his locker waiting for him was the green jacket of Tom Dewey, former governor of New York best known for the "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline misfire.

"So I put that on, and I won a few more Masters, and no mention [was ever made] of a green jacket," Nicklaus said. "I kept putting Tom Dewey's on."

It wans't until 1998 before Augusta gave him his own green jacket. Take a look at the ill-fitting borrowed jacket through the years.

Jack Nicklaus smiles in his first Green Jacket during the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus smiles in his first Green Jacket during the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus smiles in his first Green Jacket during the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Gary Player presents the Green Jacket to Jack Nicklaus at the Presenataion Ceremony during the 1975 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 1975 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Gary Player presents the Green Jacket to Jack Nicklaus at the Presenataion Ceremony during the 1975 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 1975 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Gary Player presents the Green Jacket to Jack Nicklaus at the Presenataion Ceremony during the 1975 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 1975 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus wears his first green jacket while talking to a reporter after his win at the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club held April 4-7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus wears his first green jacket while talking to a reporter after his win at the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club held April 4-7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus wears his first green jacket while talking to a reporter after his win at the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club held April 4-7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus talks to the press during the 1965 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus talks to the press during the 1965 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus talks to the press during the 1965 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus receives the green jacket from Bernhard Langer during the 1986 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus receives the green jacket from Bernhard Langer during the 1986 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus receives the green jacket from Bernhard Langer during the 1986 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Charles Coody presents the Green Jacket to Jack NIcklaus during the Presentation Ceremony during the April 1972 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6-9, 1972 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Charles Coody presents the Green Jacket to Jack NIcklaus during the Presentation Ceremony during the April 1972 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6-9, 1972 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Charles Coody presents the Green Jacket to Jack NIcklaus during the Presentation Ceremony during the April 1972 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6-9, 1972 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus speaks at the presentation ceremony as Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts look on during the 1964 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4-7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus speaks at the presentation ceremony as Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts look on during the 1964 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4-7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus speaks at the presentation ceremony as Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts look on during the 1964 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4-7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
FILE - In this April 12, 1964 file photo, Arnold Palmer, right, slips into his green jacket with help from Jack Nicklaus after winning the Masters golf championship, in Augusta, Ga. Fifty years ago, Palmer won the Masters for the fourth time. It was his seventh major. He was 34, the King. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this April 12, 1964 file photo, Arnold Palmer, right, slips into his green jacket with help from Jack Nicklaus after winning the Masters golf championship, in Augusta, Ga. Fifty years ago, Palmer won the Masters for the fourth time. It was his seventh major. He was 34, the King. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this April 12, 1964 file photo, Arnold Palmer, right, slips into his green jacket with help from Jack Nicklaus after winning the Masters golf championship, in Augusta, Ga. Fifty years ago, Palmer won the Masters for the fourth time. It was his seventh major. He was 34, the King. (AP Photo/File)
Jack Nicklaus talks to the press during the 1965 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus talks to the press during the 1965 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus talks to the press during the 1965 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Arnold Palmer presents Masters Winner Jack Nicklaus with his first green jacket after the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Arnold Palmer presents Masters Winner Jack Nicklaus with his first green jacket after the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Arnold Palmer presents Masters Winner Jack Nicklaus with his first green jacket after the 1963 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus Puts On The Green Jacket With The Help Of Arnold Palmer During The Presentation Ceremony Of The 1965 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus Puts On The Green Jacket With The Help Of Arnold Palmer During The Presentation Ceremony Of The 1965 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus Puts On The Green Jacket With The Help Of Arnold Palmer During The Presentation Ceremony Of The 1965 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Tommy Aaron Puts On The Green Jacket With The Help Of Jack Nicklaus As Clifford Roberts Watches At The Presentation Ceremony Of The 1973 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Tommy Aaron Puts On The Green Jacket With The Help Of Jack Nicklaus As Clifford Roberts Watches At The Presentation Ceremony Of The 1973 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Tommy Aaron Puts On The Green Jacket With The Help Of Jack Nicklaus As Clifford Roberts Watches At The Presentation Ceremony Of The 1973 Masters Tournament (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Bernhard Langer presents the Green Jacket to Jack NIcklaus during the Presentation Ceremony during the 1986 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 1986 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Bernhard Langer presents the Green Jacket to Jack NIcklaus during the Presentation Ceremony during the 1986 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 1986 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)
Bernhard Langer presents the Green Jacket to Jack NIcklaus during the Presentation Ceremony during the 1986 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 1986 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images)

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