Allen Wronowski's birthday was approaching and his father knew exactly what to get the Baltimore teenager who aspired to be a golf professional: tickets to an upcoming exhibition and clinic with the game's two biggest stars.
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus came to Pine Ridge Golf Course on a hot August day in 1972 to raise money for the Golfers' Charitable Association, a local organization.
"The place was packed…there were over 1,000 people," Wronowski recalled Monday, the day after the Palmer died at age 87. "Everybody was just awed."
The exhibition itself took more than four hours, largely due to Palmer's connection to his...