Arnold Palmer dies at age 87
September 26, 2016
The world lost one of the true pioneers of modern-day golf Sept. 25, 2016. Nicknamed “The King,” Arnold Palmer revolutionized the game of golf to the masses. He passed away at the UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh due to heart complications at the age of 87.
Born in Latrobe, Pa., as the son of the Latrobe Country Club greenskeeper, Arnold Palmer began his blue-collar rise to golf stardom in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the same period as the televised golf boom. Palmer won the 1954 U.S. Amateur Championship, which springboarded him into the golf world. In his career from 1955 to 2004, Palmer became the first person to make $1 million playing golf. He finished his career tied for sixth in major wins, and fourth overall in PGA Tour wins with 62. Palmer transformed the game of golf from an elite class country club hobby to a middle class pastime by the way he dressed to the way he flicked his cigarette walking down the fairway. His followers gathered into what became known as Arnie’s Army. Today, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation helps children and communities in need following in Palmer’s philanthropic footsteps.
From a simple order for an iced tea-lemonade mix came the ever-so-popular Arnold brand. Overheard by a nearby woman, a drink long-before enjoyed by Palmer spread throughout his loyal followers. Arnold Palmer Enterprises began bottling the drink in 2001, and after striking a deal with the AriZona Beverage Company, Palmer’s creation experienced unprecedented popularity in its first year.