There has been some interesting discussion about who is the best polo player of all time. Personally, I would have thought that Adolfo Cambiaso would be the obvious choice of almost everybody. But it is not so. Other very knowledgeable people have their own ideas of who is the best. Two other names have come up already, Juan Carlos Harriott of Argentina, who won no fewer than 20 Argentine Opens!, and Cecil Smith of Texas who was a 10-goal player for 25 years!. Personally I like all three of these great players, although in different ways. Perhaps we can learn something from each of them. But there is one who is my personal all-time favorite, and I will talk about him first. Please feel free to post your own personal favorites. Maybe we all can learn something.
Okay, my own personal favorite polo player is..... WILL ROGERS!!!
Here's a shot of Will reading a magazine, probably at the Riviera Polo Club in Hollywood:
We all know that Will was a cowboy from Oklahoma, but it is my understanding that he learned how to play polo in Argentina!
nice bit he used! lol
I think it is fair to say that Will was a little "unorthodox" in his choice of equipment. ;-)
well with the argentine open being the most competitive and coveted in the game of polo, Juan Carlos Harriott takes the hat for wining it 20 times!
I agree that 20 times winning the AO is amazing. But it was a different era. I wonder if the horses were as good. Or the riders. Who knows how Juancarlitos would do today?
Juan Carlitos would probably do exceptionally well today because He exemplified the discipline required of a professional even though he was not a professional. The Coronel Suarez team under the leadership of Juan Carlitos sought every advantage they could get from even the most seemingly inconsequential adjustments to their team and entire organization. This was why he was so succesful.
That's very interesting. What were some of those "seemingly inconsequential adjustments" of which you speak?
I like to follow Alberto Pedro Heguy's idea of best polo player of all the times.
He said one on one Cambiaso will kill anyone, but as a team player Juan Carlos Harriot is the best.