James “Jimmy” Dunn

Star forward of the great Ben Millers teams from St. Louis during the 1920s, and scorer of what may have been the most important goal in St. Louis soccer history, the one that won the 1920 U.S. Open Cup final against Fore River of Quincy, Mass. That goal made Ben Millers the first St. Louis team ever to win national honors, and started St. Louis’ many decades as a major force in American soccer.

Dunn also was a member of the Ben Millers team in 1926, when it again reached the U.S. Open Cup final, but didn’t make the trip east for the championship game against Bethlehem Steel because he was unable to get time away from work. The Ben Millers teams that Dunn played for won St. Louis city titles in 1917, 1925, 1926 and 1927.

Like many other St. Louis players over the years, Dunn also was an outstanding baseball player, and reached the double-A level with the San Antonio team of the Texas League. He also was a major contributor to St. Louis soccer history as the father of legendary coach Ebbie Dunn, whose teams won 592 games in his 38 years as coach of St. Louis University High School.

Inducted in 1974.