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Raymond C. Firestone

It was in the "Roaring 20s" that Raymond Firestone, who rose through the ranks to Chairman of the Board of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, discovered polo. It was only natural - polo is played on horseback and is made up of four men to a team. As it turned out there were four brothers and lots of encouragement from their famous father. Raymond and his brother, Leonard, both starred on the Princeton teams of 1932-33. Both seasons our inductee served the Tigers as captain. However, it was in 1933 that Raymond earned one of his great thrills during his life - helping Princeton win the national intercollegiate polo championship. The championship was not decided until the final game of the playoff series with Harvard. Firestone did himself proud by scoring the winning goal in the 10-9 sudden-death overtime victory.

Inducted 1977 | Polo