The Golden Bear meets the King

The boy Jack Nicklaus met “The King” Arnold Palmer Sept. 25, 1958, at Athens Country Club in southeast Ohio. They were paired together for an exhibition round on “Dow Finsterwald Day,” celebrating the reigning winner of the PGA Championship. Read more >

The man and the brand

Athletes were selling products long before Arnold Palmer hitched up his pants and started endorsing airlines, rental car companies, motor oil and a host of other goods.

But Palmer, who died Sunday, elevated the practice to an art form, pulling in millions of dollars in endorsement money long after his professional playing days were over. Read more >

The boy who would become King

Before he was “The King,” Arnold Palmer wore the crowns of high school golf champion in Western Pennsylvania and the entire state.

Palmer’s association with high school golf went back to the 1940s and continued as recently as two years ago, when the WPIAL Class AAA individual championship was played at Latrobe County Club. Read more >

Golf legend, Latrobe native Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Arnold Palmer not only seemed larger than life, he was larger than life. There were greater champions in history, but there was never a player who popularized the game and brought it to the masses like the man who grew up in Latrobe and never left, despite his immense celebrity.