Umpires & Managers
Sherman Martin, Jr.
Born and raised on the West side of Chicago,
Sherman began playing softball in the alleys and
schoolyards of K-Town. He started playing sixteeninch
softball at LaFollette Park with the Pirates, a
team of high school buddies. After he graduated from
Prosser Vocational High School, he played for the
Cougars, Wild Bunch, T. Birds, Devils, Beavers, and
Sherman played third base and shortstop on
teams that won titles at Lafollette Park, Franklin Park,
Garfield Park, and Maywood Park. Once he graduated
from Lewis University, he was recruited to play with
the legendary Safari Tigers. His skills helped them win
many league championships. They were also runnersup
at the 1984 and 1985 ASA Major Nationals.
He played under Claude Rhodes (HOF) and
soon was bit by the managerial bug. He was given the
opportunity to manage in the spring of 1984 when
he became the player / manager for the California
Gold. They won league titles at Garfield and Maywood
In 1994 the B-Athletes were created with Sherman
as manager. They won many championships at
Hamilton, Ogden, and Washington Parks. They were
the first team to win the Mike Royko Tournament in
Grant Park, with fellow coaches Floyd Glover, and
Raymond "Doc" Warren. They also placed fifth in
the 1999 ASA Major Nationals. They also played in
the Forest Park "No Gloves" Nationals and in the Pro
In 2004, Sherman was approached by veteran
Dogg Pound players to take over the reins of the team.
They won titles at Washington Park's Wednesday
and Friday leagues and also clinched The Sunday's
Best titles. In 2006, they won several Claude Rhode
Tournaments and placed fourth in the 2006 ASA "A"
Nationals at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
In 2009, he coached the Solutions, leading them
to titles at Washington Park and to three Southwest
Windy City Classic championships (2009, 2010,
2011.) In September 2011 Solutions won the ASA "A"
Nationals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Sherman and his wonderful wife, Sharon, live in
Chicago, Illinois. They have three children – Quintel
(Jersan), Jason (Cady), and Sherman, III and two
grandchildren, Bella and Jalen. 11