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Jock Whitney

Jock Whitney (Polo and thoroughbred racing.  Born, Ellsworth, ME, Aug. 17, 1904; died, Manhasset, NY, Feb. 8, 1982.)  A polo star, successful racing stable owner, backer of plays and movies, newspaper publisher, savvy investor and radio station owner, John Hay Whitney was, it is safe to say, a man of many roles.  Son of Payne Whitney, […]

Joan Payson

Joan Payson (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 5, 1903; died, New York, NY, Oct. 4, 1975.)  A lifelong fan of baseball and horse racing, Mrs. Charles Shipman Payson could afford to indulge her interest.  Mrs. Payson was born Joan Whitney, an heiress to a sizable fortune.  She owned a share of the New York […]

Bob Cooke

Bob Cooke (Sports editor.  Born, Paterson, NJ, Feb. 24, 1912; died, Riverhead, NY, May 7, 1987.)  A hockey player at Yale, Robert B. Cooke became a baseball writer in 1938, covering mainly the Brooklyn Dodgers for the Herald Tribune, a beat to which he returned after Army service during World War II.  In 1948, Helen […]

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