Charles “Socky” Sherman

Inducted in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1988

In his short life, “Socky” Sherman became one of Weaver High School’s great basketball players, playing under Coach Fred Stone. He captained the team for two years, during which time it was the first local high school team to qualify for the state championship tournament. Sherman was one of the dominant high school players in the state and was selected for all-city and all-state teams. He also lettered in baseball and tennis at Weaver. In 1928 his tennis team won city and district championships with a perfect season.

He continued his basketball career at William and Mary University where he was a letterman. He left after a year due to financial hardship, and while in Hartford, played semi-pro basketball with the YMHA and the Hartford Crescents teams.

Looking for more opportunity during the Great Depression, he decided to work in house-to-house sales in California with a couple of friends. Leukemia forced his return to Hartford where he died in 1937 at the age of 27.

In tribute to his memory, Weaver High School closed at the time of his funeral, the first time that honor was ever given to an alumnus.