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College Squash Hall of Fame Player Profile: Germain G. Glidden

The College Squash Association’s Hall of Fame is located at the University of Pennsylvania. The CSA is complementing the Hall of Fame plaques with brief online synopses of Hall of Fame players, coaches, and friends.

Germain Glidden Self Portrait © 2004 Christine Glidden

  • Player: Germain Green Glidden  (1914 – 1999)
  • Inducted: 1990, MCSA Hall of Fame
  • School: Harvard, Class of 1936
  • Individual Championships: 1935 and 1936

Germain Green Glidden learned to play squash at the age of 14 at the Englewood Field Club in New Jersey. He attended Philips Exeter, a prep school in New Hampshire, where he captained the squash team. After graduation, he attended Harvard University and played for legendary squash coach Harry Cowles. According to squash author James Zug, Glidden was considered the “last great Cantabrigian of the Cowles era.” Over the course of his collegiate career, the left hander overcame a weak backhand. After losing the 1934 collegiate singles title, he captured the 1935 and 1936 individual titles.

Glidden’s post collegiate squash career featured numerous titles, including national singles championships in 1936, 1937, and 1938, and a national doubles championship in 1952. He also founded the Harry Cowles Tournament at the Harvard Club of New York. In 2000, Glidden was inducted into the inaugural class of the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.

Professionally, Glidden was a painter, muralist, and cartoonist. In 1959, he founded the National Art Museum of Sport.