Coleman, Joseph “Bubber” T. - Polo, 1980
Coleman was considered the finest polo player in the Southeast in the late 1920s and early 1930s, when the game was one of the premier sports in the state. Representing the 118th Field Artillery, Georgia National Guard, Sergeant Coleman led his team against clubs from Fort Benning, Fort McPherson, Tampa, Augusta, Memphis, Aiken, Camden, the University of Georgia, and the 116th Field Artillery.
Coleman was rated a six-goal player, with 10-goal being the highest ranking a player could read. In many games he scored of his team’s points and consistently was the highest scorer of the game. In a game against a picked squad of Tennessee and South Carolina National Guardsmen at Camp Jackson, Coleman scored all six goals for a 6-1 victory. In another game, he scored seven of the team’s eight goals.
In 1980, Coleman was inducted into the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame. He was presented the award by his son, J.T. “Tommy” Coleman, an earlier inductee, to mark the first father-son combination in the Hall of the Fame’s history.