The King is Dead. Long Live the King. Arnold Palmer (1929-2016)

He was the embodiment of golf in the Mad Men era. The son of a steel mill worker, turned grounds keeper turned golf pro at the family run nine hole course, fans flocked to Arnie, drawn by his skill, passion and charm. Palmer brought golf into our mid-century rec rooms, live, in real time on our black and white TV sets.

In the New York Times, Dave Anderson has a great tribute to the man. Michael Bamberger’s Men In Green gives a full, warm account of Palmer, Nicklaus and Player and the game back in the day.