When people nickname you “The King,” you know you’re doing it right. The godfather of golf and a god on the green, Arnold Palmer is one of golf’s most recognizable names, and not just because somebody named a drink after him. Between 1955 and 1973, Arnold Palmer raked in victories at 62 PGA Tour events. When the World Golf Hall of Fame opened in 1974, only 13 golfers were added to the roster, and Arnold Palmer was one of them.
In 2012, Palmer became the sixth athlete in history to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. His career — which lasted more than 60 years — inspired thousands and went a long way toward making golf a nationally beloved sport. He passed away on September 25, 2016, at the age of 87. His wife told the press that he suffered from heart issues.