Rudolph “Rudy” Epperlein

The backbone of soccer in Buffalo and western New York for several decades, including serving for 25 years as president of the Northwest Inter City League.

Epperlein was involved throughout his soccer career with the Beck’s team of Buffalo, which was a perennial powerhouse in western New York soccer and advanced to late rounds of the U.S. Open Cup on several occasions. He was a promoter of games between Buffalo teams and touring teams from as far as Germany.

Inducted in 1951.