Jan 1, 1922- In 1922 Rene LaMontagne, polo player and club member, was arrested as a major figure in a bootlegging ring after reports about a Racquet Club bachelor party reached Prohibition authorities. LaMontagne was charged with selling "16,000 gallons of rye, 316 cases of Scotch, 500 cases of gin, 9,000 gallons of wine and other spirits". LaMontagne was sentenced to four years in prison, presaging a general Prohibition crackdown on elite organizations previously thought to be invulnerable. In January, 1923 the club's 60-foot-long bar, called ''Old Mahogany'' (it had been moved from the old clubhouse) was removed and orange juice became the drink of choice -- or so The New York Herald reported.
Mar 28, 1987-New York Times reports on the saga of Evelyn David's attempt to practice Court Tennis at the Racquet Club which refused to allow world-class court tennis player Evelyn David who lived close by to train there for the Women’s World Tennis Championship despite the fact that the next nearest regulation courts were 90 minutes away in Tuxedo, NY. Unlike lawn tennis, court tennis was more a game of strategy with sloping walls and shifting court sizes.