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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, […]

Harry Payne Whitney

Harry Payne Whitney (Polo, horse racing.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 29, 1872; died, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 1930.)  A major sporting figure for the first three decades of the 20th century, Harry Payne Whitney had extensive influence in polo and thoroughbred racing.  Following his graduation from Yale (1894), Whitney was drawn to many […]

Devereaux Milburn

Devereaux Milburn (Polo. Born, Buffalo, NY, Sept. 18, 1881; died, Westbury, NY, Aug. 15, 1942.) It is not often that a player can revolutionize an old sport but Devereaux Milburn was able to accomplish just that in polo and, in the process, led United States teams to their greatest international triumphs in the period both […]

Tommy Hitchcock

Tommy Hitchcock (Polo.  Born, Aiken, SC, Feb. 11, 1900; died, France, Apr. 19, 1944.)  During the so-called “Golden Age of American Sports” in the 1920s, Tommy Hitchcock was a name ranked amongst the immortals of his time along with Jack Dempsey, Bill Tilden, and Babe Ruth.  Indeed, he was generally known as “the Babe Ruth […]

Thomas Hitchcock, Sr.

Thomas Hitchcock, Sr. (Horse racing.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 12, 1860; died, Old Westbury, LI, Sept. 29, 1941.)  Father of America’s most famous polo star, Thomas Hitchcock, Sr., was himself a leading polo player, horse trainer, and steeplechase owner.  He was a member of the first U.S. international polo team, which lost to Great […]

James Gordon Bennett, Jr.

James Gordon Bennett, Jr. (Yachting, polo.  Born, New York, NY, May 10, 1841; died, Paris, France, May 14, 1918.)  In common with many wealthy young men of his era, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., was both socially prominent and important to the development of sports in the U.S.  Bennett’s father founded the New York Herald in […]

August Belmont, II

August Belmont, II (Horse racing.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 18, 1853; died, New York, NY, Dec. 19, 1924.)  Although his father had a passing interest in the “Sport of Kings,” August Belmont II plunged into horse racing in a big way, though it wasn’t the only sport to attract his notice.  Belmont, perhaps best […]

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