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“Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of the King” By Chris Rodell

Book review at Knup Sports

Tom examines Arnold Palmer’s life from pro golfer to hometown hero as told by his friends and associates.

What a really neat story. The author catches not only a glimpse of the great Arnold Palmer, he is a friend that had inside access to the King of Golf. Chris Rodell loves and misses Armold Palmer and decide to keep Arnie”s legacy cooking by interviewing friends, co-workers, acquaintances and anyone that had a chance encounter with Palmer.

This book examines Arnold Palmer’s love and lifelong admiration for his small town that was called home. Latrobe, Pennsylvania was where he was born and where he wanted to be more than anywhere in the world. The people of Latrobe knew Palmer from birth and tell wonderful stories of how he helped people all the time.

It was estimated Arnold signed over a million autographs in his life. He felt it was the thing to do. That thing was being kind to everyone, all the time. He would help get kids into college, adults could get job interviews from his recommendation, and business associates could count on him to be there when needed. In fact, his brother Jerry Palmer had a lasting influence in the town and was pleased to be the 15 years younger brother of the greatest golfer in the world.

This book is full of stories and I am not going to share them with you as this is a book you should read. It is not just a golf lovers book but one for everyone to understand how to treat people, no matter your station in life.


I would like to thank Triumph Books for sending a copy of this book to me in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About the Author:

Chris Rodell is the Latrobe, Pennsylvania, author of the 2018 release, “Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of The King,” and the TINARA Award winning 2016 satiric novel, “The Last Baby Boomer: The Story of the Ultimate Ghoul Pool.” He’s a popular motivational humorist who gives talks across the nation based on his 2013 self-improvement book, “Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness,” endorsed by his late friend, Arnold Palmer. His fresh and lively humor blog can be found at He’s taught creative non-fiction at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and written offbeat travel features and essays for Esquire, Cooking Light, People, Maxim, Men’s Health, Playboy, Golf, Details and Arnold Palmer’s Kingdom Magazine. He is the timeline curator for He has written for many of the most prestigious magazines in America and been rejected by the rest. He will write for anyone who’ll pay him. He is a PROSE-titute.

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