OAK BROOK

POLO LEGENDS

 

THE POLO ICONS WHO PLAYED AT OAK BROOK

POLO LEGENDS

Oak Brook Polo Club at one point was America's polo plant and home to world's most prestigious tournaments. The world's elite professional polo players and well-known patrons migrated to Oak Brook and the City of Chicago during the summer months. These are the men and women who made Oak Brook Polo Club the most well-known and iconic destination for polo.

ROBERT A UIHLEIN JR.

PATRON (1916-1976)

Robert A. Uihlein Jr. was the founder and captain of the Milwaukee Polo Club. Under Robert's leadership and in a 25-year span, he racked-up eighteen national polo titles, including five Opens (four where won at Oak Brook), four National 20-goals, and two Butler Handicaps. Robert was a pillar in the United States Polo Association as well where he served the USPA for 25 years (1949-1975) on the Board of Governors. He was inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 2001.

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WILLIAM SINCLAIR

PLAYER

William "Bill" Sinclair was one of polo's great ambassadors and promoters of the sport. He was the Paul Butler of the Rocky Mountains, having revived polo in the area following WWII by building a field and organizing local ranchers and horsemen into polo teams. He served as a USPA Executive for 15-years and won numerous tournaments, including the Butler Handicap in 1976.

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GUILLERMO GRACIDA JR.

PLAYER (1956- )

Guillermo "Memo" Gracida Jr. is a Mexican polo player whose international career includes several record-setting achievements, including the most U.S. Open victories (16) and the most consecutive years as an American 20-goaler (21). His first U.S. Open win was in 1977 at Oak Brook for Abercrombie & Kent. These feats and dozens of major tournament wins led to Gracida's selection as Player of the Centennial Era in 1990 and his induction into the National Polo Hall of Fame in 1997.

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