George Carter Sherman Sr.

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George Carter Sherman Sr.
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Born(1880-04-02)April 2, 1880
DiedJanuary 4, 1933(1933-01-04) (aged 52)
Cause of deathFall in home
OccupationAmerican polo player
Known forKnown as the father of indoor polo
ChildrenGeorge C. Sherman, Jr. (Son)

George Carter Sherman Sr. (April 2, 1880-January 4, 1933) was an American polo player known as the “father of indoor polo.”

Early life and career

George C. Sherman Sr. was the founder of the Indoor Polo Association and its first president from 1915 to 1926.

The game's origins were not promising. In 1939, the New York Post noted, "Grooms, while exercising some Western horses indoors at Durland's Riding Academy, took to batting a soccer ball about with ordinary kitchen brooms... Sherman and [Robert A.] Granniss,[1] along with several other winter-bound horsemen, improved on that, developing a miniature soccer ball that permitted use of orthodox polo mallets." [2]

In 1928, Sherman presented the first Interscholastic Cup, now known as the George C. Sherman Trophy, given annually to winners of the National Interscholastic Championship.[3]The National Arena Sherman Memorial was started in his honor in 1934 and is still played today. [4]

In February of 2020, George C. Sherman Sr. was inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame at the Museum of Polo as the Posthumous Iglehart Inductee. He follows his son, George C. Sherman, Jr., who was inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1998 for his contributions to the sport.

In his business life, Sherman was President of Sherman & Bryan advertising in New York City, which became Sherman & Lebair in 1920, and then George C. Sherman Co. In his career, he was also President of the National Outdoor Advertising Bureau, head of the Universal Tobacco Machine Company and of the Fulton Motor Truck Company.[5] [6]


George C. Sherman Sr. died on January 4, 1933, in Greenwich, Connecticut, after a fall in his home. [7]


  1. "July 2016 Polo Players' Edition". Issuu. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  2. "Indoor Polo's Rapid Rise Due to Fine Direction," New York Post, January 9, 1939, p.1
  3. "Open National Interscholastic Championship". United States Polo Association®. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  4. "National Sherman Memorial". United States Polo Association®. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  5. “George C. Sherman Heads Truck Company” Advertising and Selling, August 9, 1919
  6. "Sherman & Bryan Now Sherman & Lebair," Class and Industrial Marketing, December 1920
  7. "G.C. SHERMAN WILLED ESTATE TO FAMILY; Three-fifths of Residue Held for Widow -- J.B. Terbell's Holdings Put at $634,954". The New York Times. 1933-01-17. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-13.

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