Herb Rotchford Sr. and Bing Crosby were lifelong friends. Rotchford received one of Crosby’s last known letters, three days after Bing died in Spain. At left: Rotchford and Crosby on the golf course from the early 1950s. At right: the pair pictured clowning with each other in the 1940s.

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