Russ Arnold (1921-2012)
Recent Hall of Fame inductee, Russ Arnold of Sunny Isles Beach FL, died Friday, January 27. Arnold, affectionately known as “the Godfather”, was 90.
Although not well known to contemporary players, Arnold’s achievements in high-level competition speak for themselves: He was a world champion and winner of nine North American titles.
Arnold captured his first North American Championship in 1963, the Spingold Knockout Teams. With his favorite partner and protégé, Bobby Levin, Arnold won the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams (1979), the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams (1980) and the Bermuda Bowl (1981). Levin said of Arnold, “He always put ethical behavior first. He is a tremendous competitor, great declarer, fantastic player and a great guy. He has been like a brother and a father to me.”