Probably the biggest name to pass away this weekend was, 87 year-old golf legend, Arnold Palmer. Mr. Palmer helped put golf on the map. It was his personality and personal success in golf that has inspired many of the legends we see in the sport today.
To look at his stats alone, it just blows you away. He won 62 PGA tour titles, seven majors, four Masters and a total of 95 wins.
He was also the one that fearlessly started the 24 hour golf channel when many didn’t believe it could be a success. There is no wonder he was nicknamed the ‘King of Golf.’
However, Mr. Palmers was not the only one to pass away this week.
Major League Baseball lost 24 year-old Miami Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez, to a boating accident on Sunday. According to reports, the boat was travelling at top speed when there was a collision and the boat capsized. The impact could be felt across the sports world, as teams like the Toronto Blue Jays recognized the loss of the player.
Lastly, yesterday, the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) confirmed that player Mylan Hicks had been shot and killed in a nightclub. Hicks was the Stampeders defensive back.
It is truly sad to learn of the deaths of these individuals. In their own ways, they brought a lot to their respective communities, to their teams and to the sports world as a whole, via their actions as individuals.
The last two were cut down before they could finish their careers. Let’s hope we don’t have another weekend like this anytime soon.