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July 28, 1958

Wonderful World Of Sport

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Summer polo is enjoying a boom on rectangles of carefully tended green turf from coast to coast, but probably nowhere has there been a more active early season than in one of polo's traditional homesites: Long Island. Here the other Sunday a four-man team representing the Aiken ( S.C.) Polo Club—and with individual goal ratings aggregating 20—challenged the Meadow Brook Club for the 50-year-old National 20-Goal Championship Cup.

The victory went 9-7 to Meadow Brook, which was crowded off its famous playing field at Westbury, Long Island not long ago by an express highway and a trotting track. Moving a few miles farther out on Long Island, Meadow Brook has resumed the game on a field paralleling a busy highway. Here the fine spectacle of polo now attracts wage earners from nearby Levittown ($1 a spectator; children free) as well as such socialites as New York's Governor Averell Harriman, who used to be an eight-goal man himself.

Hooking opponent's mallet with own, Dave Ellis of Meadow Brook thwarts a shot by Aiken's Devereux Milburn Jr.

Governor Harriman, with his white Labrador, Brum, joins spectators in replacing divots between chukkers.

Small Continental Congress meets aboard Mrs. Stephen Sanford's convertible, drawn up near a table holding 20-Goal Cup. Ladies are Annalita Marsigli of Italy, Mrs. Sanford (holding poodle named Trouble), Mrs. John Needles and Molly Bragno.


The faces of the Chicago fans at the left are symptomatic of the excitement in the National League. The Chicago Cubs, for instance, picked to finish eighth, have come galloping out of the second division to threaten Milwaukee and San Francisco. Indeed, the race in the old NL is so close that even the tail enders are nearer the top (in games back) than the No. 2 club in the American League.

The proudest excitement is naturally in San Francisco. The Giants, young and impish to the point of being rude, have several times sneaked into first place, only to be booted out. But when they licked the champion Milwaukee Braves two out of three they were in again, and this time they looked older and even mean.

Loneliest man in town is Chuck Comiskey, owner of the Chicago White Sox, who imprudently remarked a couple of weeks ago that he "wasn't aware there was any other baseball club in Chicago." The rest of Chicago, however, is very much aware of the Cubs, who, sparked by the strong hitting of men like Lee Walls (above), won 10 out of 13 games to take third place.

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