Physically weak as a boy, strong as a man, he lived to 84 years, working not six but seven days a week in business and church, taking very little physical exercise after the age of 45, before which he and his wife would ride horseback on two gray farm horses on his estate At Lindenhurst. Requiring no exercise or recreation himself, he was late in discovering the need of it in others. When an associate asked for an afternoon off he was given permission But in a sort of "are-you-I'll" way. Before he died, however, he began to understand the philosophy of play and recreation, and one day he said to Aleck Findlay , the father of golf in America, who was one of his store family:"come out to my house this afternoon and show me how far you can hit a golf ball. I think you've been exaggerating. They went of all things before the store closed to play! Aleck teed up a ball. He hit it hard. There was a crash in a far away corner of the grounds. " What's that?" Wanamaker asked. "It sounds like breaking glass", replied Aleck. " I hit the ball over the house, but I didn't know another building was back there" "Yes my greenhouse is there. But never mind. Hit another." Aleck hit another ball.There was another crash. Wanamaker was fascinated. He tried a club himself. He hit the ball fairly well and for a short time he took lessons.