Emil Schillinger

The manager of the Philadelphia Americans powerhouse in the 1940s, and a club and league executive for many years.

Schillinger, a protege of Elmer Schroeder, took over when Schroeder retired as manager of the team, then called the Philadelphia German-Americans, in 1938. Under Schillinger, the team entered a period of great success in American Soccer League competition, beginning when it won the ASL’s Lewis Cup tournament in 1941. It then took the league title, ending the five-year streak by the Kearny Scots, in 1942. Schillinger managed the Philadelphia Americans to further ASL titles in 1944, 1947, 1948 and 1953. He had been business manager of the team when it won the ASL title in 1935 and the U.S. Open Cup in 1936.

Schillinger, who was born in 1898 and lived to 101, was president of the Philadelphia Americans for 10 years and president of the American Soccer League from 1942 to 1945, years when it lost more than 140 of its players to service in World War II.

Inducted in 1960.