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Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer

Arnold Daniel Palmer was born September 10, 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Below are a few of his birthday highlights from on and off the course.

Fact: Palmer has had 66% (8 of 14) of his career aces, whose dates are verifiable, occur in September, with five of those being struck between September 3 through 7. Palmer also carded his best ever, a 60, at Latrobe Country Club 3 days after his birthday on September 13, 1969.

1966

Palmer, 37, becomes agitated by meddling tasks given to him by Winnie in order to distract him from Secret Service men surreptitiously prowling the Latrobe countryside. Unbeknownst to Palmer, they were there to assure the safety of one of the most powerful and popular men in the world who flew to Latrobe for a surprise birthday visit. And for the first time  in his life, Palmer’s plane is flown without him or his knowledge -- pilot Darrell Brown flies it to Gettysburg to pick up President Dwight Eisenhower for a surprise visit. “I was oblivious to it all,” Palmer says, “until I answered the door and found General Eisenhower standing there with an overnight bag. ‘Say, you wouldn’t have room to put up an old man for the night, would you?’ One of the nicest weekends of my life followed. It was the thrill of a lifetime.”

1972

Tournament volunteers at Firestone Country Club arrange for a birthday cake and surprise party for Palmer, 43, as he served as a commentator for NBC Sports during the World Series of Golf.

1989

The 255-bed Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando opens to great fanfare. The first baby is born within hours after the ribbon cutting. Within 15 years, more than 100,000 children will be born in the Palmer hospital.

1995

Palmer concludes the last round of the GTE Northwest Classic at Inglewood C.C. in Inglewood, California, with a stellar 66. It is on his 66th birthday and is noted for being the first time he’s ever shot his age.

1999

On his 70th birthday, the local airport in Palmer's home-town of Latrobe, PA, renames the airport the "Arnold Palmer Regional Airport" in honor of Palmer.

2005


Palmer attends the wedding of his granddaughter Katie Saunders to Parker Spears

2007

A statue honoring Arnold Palmer is unveiled at the Arnold Palmer Airport in Latrobe, PA.

2009

The milestone 80th birthday was ushered in with a week long celebration beginning in Orlando and then heading to his native state of Pennsylvania.

The festivities began with a hospital birthday breakfast with Palmer on Friday, Sept. 4. On Saturday the 5th, Palmer was the main guest at the Party at the Portofino Bay Hotel where his unparalleled commitment in support of the Arnold Palmer Medical Center was honored.

The next week Palmer flew his Cessna Citation X to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, PA and on Tuesday, September 8th he attended a dinner at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the Pirates. Before dinner, Palmer threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The following day, Sept. 9, Palmer participated in a golf outing and dinner in his honor at Laurel Valley Golf Club.

And to celebrate his actual birthday on September 10th? Palmer and some of his closest friends teed it up at his home course, Latrobe Country Club.

2012

Palmer attends the ribbon cutting ceremony with Mr. Bill Marriott as they open a four-story, 109-suite SpringHill Suites Latrobe located close to Latrobe Country Club, Palmer's home course. The hotel is a LEED-certified prototype pioneered by Concord Hospitality Enterprises in conjunction with Marriott International.

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Thomas Hauser’s book “Arnold Palmer: A Personal Journey” has been re-released.

Buy the eBook for: Kindle, Nook or for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.


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