Whether the story was about Palmer’s working-class up bringing, his time in the Coast Guard stationed just down the road in Cleveland, or how he took the game from the exclusive country club members and shared it with the rest of the people, Gramps could never get enough of The King.
I was recently introduced to a new book by Chris Rodell, “Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of The King,” which brought back a lot of fond memories of my own childhood. Reading antidotes from people ranging from his neighbors in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to broadcaster Jim Nantz and former Keystone State governor Tom Ridge, was like a Sunday afternoon back home.
While I enjoyed the forward by Gary Player and thoughts from other professionals or celebrities, it was the stories from common, everyday people that really struck me. Arnold Palmer may have been the most approachable superstar ever - from his days dominating the PGA Tour all the way to passing in September 2016. There may never be another man quite like Arnie.
“Arnold Palmer, Homespun Stories of The King” is published by Triumph books and available for only $15 HERE.