Babe Ruth said it (well, based on my recollection of his role in the Sandlot movie), “Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die.”
Arnold Palmer is a legend. As the golf world mourns the loss of such a great influencer of our game it’s been special to see everyone share their stories of how he was a part of their life. Whether you had a personal meeting, dove into the game because of his presence, or simply sat back from afar admiring everything he has done, every golfer can connect with Arnie.
So now I ask… what is your story? Share in the comments below.
I have too many to retell but one funny thing that always pops into my head is the omnipresent Arnie in my household. See the above painting? That’s LeRoy Neiman’s “Champions of Golf” and that painting has looked down on me for as long as I can remember. I was born in 1982 but this painting was done in 1973 and my dad had it proudly displayed in the house basically taunting us kids. My dad wanted us to grow up to be golfers and every piece of influence he could pour into us he did… even the subtle champions keeping an eye on us.
Oh Arnie, you will be missed but your memory will always live on. You are a legend!