Bertrand “Bert” Patenaude

A forward in the 1920s and ’30s who scored the first hat trick in World Cup history with his three goals for the United States in a first-round game against Paraguay in 1930.

Patenaude played all three games for the United States at that first World Cup, scoring one of the United States’ three goals in its opening game against Belgium and then all three against Paraguay four days later.

During Patenaude’s club soccer career, he played for a string of successful clubs in Fall River, Philadelphia and St. Louis, including the Fall River Marksmen team that won the American Soccer League-U.S. Open Cup-Lewis Cup triple in 1930. Perhaps Patenaude’s greatest day of all came on April 5, 1931, when he scored five goals for Fall River in the first leg of the U.S. Open cup final against Chicago Bricklayers. Fall River won that game, 6-2, and went on to win the cup. Patenaude won U.S. Open Cup titles in 1930 and 1931 with Fall River, 1934 with St. Louis Stix, Baer & Fuller, and 1935 with St. Louis Central Breweries, although he didn’t play in the 1934 final. He won the National Amateur Cup once, with Philadelphia German-Americans in 1933.

The April 5, 1931 game wasn’t his only spectacular scoring occasion. He scored five goals in an American Soccer League game in 1931, five for Philadelphia German-Americans in a cup game against another Philadelphia team in 1933, and four in a 15-minute span for Stix, Baer & Fuller in a U.S. Open Cup game against another St. Louis team, Ben Millers, in 1934.

Inducted in 1971.

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