60: Let’s Keep a Date

60: Let’s Keep a Date

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tales of Golf and Sport

Let’s Keep a Date

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.

~Alan Simpson

Just before Arnold Palmer won The Masters in 1960, he had committed to play in a country club exhibition shortly after The Masters. On the Monday after winning The Masters, I received a call (as Arnie’s agent) from the organizers of the outing, saying they assumed that either Arnold wouldn’t be available or that his fee would have significantly risen now that he had won The Masters.

I went to Arnold to find out what he wanted to do.

“Mark,” Arnold said, “remind them that they wanted me long before I had won a major championship. I will honor my commitment, and, to show that I appreciate their faith in me, I’ll do another outing for them next year at the same price.”

People say that Arnold Palmer hasn’t changed as a person despite his enormous wealth and popularity. This early story shows what a firm foundation he started from. It’s easier to stay steady when you start steady.

~Mark H. McCormack
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