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Cecil Smith
Born February 14, 1904
Died January 21, 1999
Occupation Rancher, polo player
Spouse(s) Mary (Miller) Smith
Children Charles Smith
Sidney Smith

Cecil Smith (1904–1999) was an American rancher and polo player.


Early life

Cecil Smith was born on the Moss Ranch near Llano, Texas on February 14, 1904. In his childhood, he won roping prizes in rodeos.


In 1924, he started playing polo while working for George Miller, a horse trader in Austin, Texas. He also played alongside Albert Buckman Wharton Jr. at his El Ranchito Polo Club on his Waggoner Ranch. He later played polo with Will Rogers, Darryl Zanuck, Walt Disney and Reginald Denny.

He was a ten-goal player from 1938 to 1962 -which makes him the American with the longest record to hold ten-goal status. He often competed at the Meadow Brook Polo Club in Westbury, New York. He won the Monty Waterbury Cup in 1930 and the U.S. Open Polo Championship five times. He played on the U.S.A. team against Mexico three times. (Quote from New York Times article dated Feb.14,1999, "Then, starting in 1938, he began a string of 26 years, 25 consecutively (1938-62), in which he was a 10-goal player".)

He owned a 100-acre ranch in Boerne, Texas, where he rode and trained horses.

Personal life

He married to Mary Miller in 1935. Their sons, Charles and Sidney, are polo players.


He died on January 21, 1999 in Boerne.


He was inducted into the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in Lake Worth, Florida on April 6, 1990.

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