Thomas “Whitey” Fleming

A winger who starred in the Bethlehem Steel team during its greatest era, and for several other teams in the original American Soccer League.

Fleming played for the Bethlehem teams that reached the U.S. Open Cup final in five consecutive years, winning the title in 1915, 1916, 1918 and 1919. He scored goals in the final in three of those years. Those Bethlehem teams also won the American Football Association Cup in 1916, 1917, 1918 and 1919, and the National Association Foot Ball League title in 1919, 1920 and 1921.

He was still with Bethlehem when it won the inaugural ASL championship in 1922. He then was transferred to J&P Coats of Pawtucket, where he won another ASL title in 1923. His last ASL stop was the Boston Wonder Workers, where he played from 1924 to 1929, and won a third ASL championship in 1928. In his eight ASL seasons, he played 234 ASL games and scored 94 goals.

Fleming, who was born in Scotland, had played briefly for Fore River of Quincy, Mass., before joining Bethlehem Steel at the start of the 1913-14 season.

Inducted in 2005.