The farm is owned by Robert August Uihlein Jr., who is vice president in charge of sales of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company and the big man (6 feet 4? inches, 215 pounds) behind Milwaukee polo.
"Only in Delray Beach, Florida do they draw anything near the crowds we get these days," says Uihlein (rhymes with bee-line), "and in that vacation resort area at least half the fans come out to see Barbara Hutton, Rubirosa and so forth. All we have to offer here is polo."
Now 38, Uihlein first played polo as a junior at Phillips Academy at Andover in 1932. He also played some at Harvard and at Wyoming dude ranches, but it was not until 1946 that he went in for the game full tilt, organized the Milwaukee Polo Club and wound up owning some 15 polo horses (worth anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 apiece) and the Good Hope Road farm on which he based the Milwaukee polo field. In addition he pays the expenses of players who have to commute weekends from as far away as Florida.
With Uihlein as No. 4, or back man, Milwaukee won the national 20-goal tournament in both 1949 and 1950 and the national open in 1951. He has a four-goal rating and is noted both for hitting the long ball and for his defensive ability in riding off an opponent?something like a football block except that it's done on a fast-charging horse.
Winning ways did not account for the crowds Milwaukee drew to polo this year. The team won only three games and lost seven in regular season play, then was eliminated in the first rounds of both the national 20-goal and national open tournaments. Ticket sales are made at the gate, without advance sales or brewery purchases of big blocks for free distribution. And Uihlein feels the Braves have helped, not hurt, attendance at polo matches.
"Because of the Braves," he explains, " Milwaukeeans are now used to going places, seeing sporting events of all kinds. Although the Braves have already drawn over 2 million fans we are having by far our biggest season. So is auto racing."
A special satisfaction for Uihlein is the fact that his matches draw a "shirtsleeve crowd" and that "the farmers around Granville (near the field) can hardly wait for the games."
Yachtsmen up and down the Atlantic Coast looked out last weekend on seas which bore no more than the normal September complement of wave and wind but many of them had no boats to sail. Carol and Edna, two harridans on a spree, had seen to that.
The first and the worst was Carol. Insurance companies which deal in marine insurance estimate she cost them about $5 million for damage to New England pleasure craft alone and that she cost uninsured yachtsmen upward of $3 million more?not to mention hours of worry and months of regret. Then along came Edna, a skittish dame who feinted a blow here and there, got lost from time to time, split in two and eventually huffed and puffed into Penobscot Bay. She knocked some glasses off the bar and then went up into the Maritime Provinces, where she passed out. Edna didn't have what Carol had. At Bar Harbor, for instance, only six small craft and a 22-foot sloop were lost to her. Edna made the mistake of coming in at low tide, whereas Carol pushed high tides even higher, smashing boats inland against docks and whatever stood in their way.