Friday, December 12, 2014

Fun Fact Friday: Walt Disney and the Sport of Kings

Walt Disney playing polo (on the right).
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Walt Disney was many things--an artist, a shrewd business man, a train enthusiast. What you may be surprised to learn is that Walt was also a polo fan. In the 1920s and 1930s, polo was a very popular sport in America, and Walt Disney was known to play polo with Hollywood's elite, including the likes of Spencer Tracy, Will Rogers, and Clark Gable. Although said to not be the most coordinated athlete, Walt was highly competitive and indulged in his love of the game until he sustained a neck injury.

The Disney animated short, Mickey's Polo Team (1936) was inspired by Walt's love of polo. Watch for his celebrity friends in the cartoon!