John “Jukey” Nanoski

A forward who was one of the stars of the Philadelphia Americans dynasty in the American Soccer League during the 1940s.

Nanoski joined the Americans in 1943 and played seven seasons for them. He won American Soccer League titles with them in 1944, 1947 and 1948, as well as leading the ASL in scoring in 1945. That was Nanoski’s second ASL scoring title, adding to the one he had won in 1942, when he was playing for St. Mary’s Celtic of Brooklyn. He had begun his ASL career with St Mary’s Celtic in 1938, and won a U.S. Open Cup title with them in 1939. That year, he scored goals in both legs of the cup final against Manhattan Beer of Chicago.

The season before he broke into the ASL, he had scored 54 goals in leading the Kensington Blue Bells to the championship of the Pennsylvania League in his native Philadelphia.

Inducted in 1993.