The two young men
shown on the opposite page are essentially out of character. They are seldom
seen standing still, and when they do pause for the camera they usually are in
the disarray that follows athletic combat (below). Both Northrup (Norty) Knox,
30, and his brother, Seymour, 33, who stands on his left, are exemplars of
relentless sporting motion. This week they are riding
hell-bent-for-triumph-or-disaster in the U.S. Open Championship at the Oak
Brook Polo Club in Hinsdale, Ill.
and perhaps playing as a spare, is Papa Knox, a 5-foot 5-inch sportsman of 60,
who has trained his sons from childhood to be what they are today. Watching
them, and perhaps fretting a bit, are their mother and their wives. Knox wives
spend a good deal of time watching Knox husbands. In polo Norty is handicapped
at eight goals and Seymour at five. Together the brothers are the best court
tennis doubles team in America (Norty is the best court player in the world).
Seymour plays squash of championship caliber. Both play lawn tennis, golf,
bottle pool and enjoy hunting and fishing. They are, in fact, charter members
of the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club in Peru, where each has taken world-record
The whole Knox
clan seethes with energy, winter and summer. In the summer they are likely to
be busy with polo at their home in Buffalo. In the winter they gather at
another family manse in Aiken, S.C., where they not only play games well but
are apt to play them well all day long. The house guest at Aiken is at first
astonished, later staggered.
There may be
variations in a Knox day (if it rains Knoxes are said to sit around sullenly)
but a sunny one at Aiken goes something like this:
At 8 o'clock the
mellifluous morning calm is broken by Knoxes bustling about planning, under
Papa Knox's direction, the day's athletic program.
At 9 o'clock
assorted Knoxes play golf.
At 11 o'clock
Papa, Seymour and Norty repair to the Aiken Tennis Club where, with the Basque
Master Pierre Etchebaster (on loan from the Racquet and Tennis Club in New
York), they play court tennis on a court built by William C. Whitney in 1902
and refurbished by Papa Knox and friends in 1937.
At 12 o'clock
noon Knoxes take their showers and they play bottle pool in the Tennis Club
At 1 o'clock the
Knoxes drive home for a trencherman's lunch on the garden porch.
From 1:30 until 3
most Knoxes and all house guests rest.