Percy (Shorty) Sheardown was the first great Canadian bridge player, the greatest ever according to Ralph Cohen. Shorty was a brilliant card player and won many titles in the 1930s and 1940s, including the 1936 Chicago. Most of his wins in the ‘50s and ‘60s were in partnership with Bruce Elliott, including another win in the Chicago in 1951. Their team with Murray and Kehela ranks as the best Canadian foursome of all time; in addition to their two Spingold wins, the foursome also came third in the 1968 Olympiad Teams with Gerry Charney and Bill Crissey. Sheardown won the Fishbein Trophy as the top performer in the 1964 Summer Nationals, winning the Spingold with Elliott, Murray, and Kehela and finishing second in the Life Master Pairs with Elliott. They successfully defended their title the next year.
Percy Sheardown (1911-1993) spent most of his life in Toronto as proprietor of the St. Clair Bridge Club, which was presented to him by its members upon his return from combat in World War II. Shorty was the first Canadian Life Master.
Of this year’s inductees, Kehela, Murray, and Sheardown are also members of the ACBL Hall of Fame.