Lest you think this is no big deal, look at this from the official website of the 2009 tournament:
Tournament or "Series" Badges (Thursday through Sunday) have been sold to those on our patron list which was closed due to demand in 1972. A waiting list began in 1972, and was closed in 1978. It reopened in 2000, and it too is now closed. No applications for "Series" Badges are currently being accepted.
That's right, the ticket list closed THIRTY SEVEN YEARS AGO. One waiting list was opened that year, but it closed 6 years later, then another waiting list was started, then that list was closed as well.
So my chances of ever getting there were small. Thanks Barry.