Hermine Baron

Hermine Baron (1912-September 27, 1996) was a record-making Grand Life Master contract bridge player; a native of Omaha, she moved to southern California (Los Angeles) in the mid-forties. Having contracted polio at an early age, in 2002.

Playing record

  • Grand Life Master with 22,654.52 masterpoints[4] — the most of any woman in the U.S. at the time of her death in 1996
  • Helen Sobel Smith Trophy: Life Master's Women's Pairs winner in 1963 with Anne Burnstein
  • McKenney Trophy (now the Barry Crane Top 500): won in 1964 and 1970. Her 1964 winning total of 1370 masterpoints was an all-time record subsequently broken in 1969
  • Sternberg Trophy (formerly the Coffin Trophy): Women's Board-a-Match Teams winner in 1964 with Mary Jane Farell, Bee Schenkin and Peggy Solomon and in 1968 with Mary Jane Farell, Sally Johnson, Bee Schenkin, Peggy Solomon and Rhoda Walsh; runner-up in 1967 with Mary Jane Farell, Bee Schenkin and Peggy Solomon and in 1974 with Carol Greenhut, Trudi Nugit, and Kerri Schuman
  • Von Zedtwitz Gold Cup: Life Master Pairs winner with Meyer Schleifer in 1966
  • Whitehead Trophy: Women's Pairs winner in 1968 with Rhoda Walsh and in 1982 with Beverly Rosenberg; runner-up in 1967 with Marilyn Johnson, in 1975 with Carol Greenhut and in 1977 and 1980 with Beverly Rosenberg
  • Cavendish Trophy: Blue Ribbon Pairs runner-up in 1971 with Michael Lawrence
  • Represented the United States in world competition in 1968, 1978, and 1982


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