American Expeditionary Force Departure Center Le Mans soccer team, Standing (l-r) - Rebold, Yort, Daniels, Demmer, Murhemer, Cunat. Sitting (l-r) – Snedden, Gaidner, Callahan, Osbourne, McGraw. Image: Clyde Behrendt

James and Joe, part 2

February 27, 2020

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Inter-Allied Games, Pennsylvania:

The story of James Currie and Joseph Cunat, two soccer-playing soldiers who served during World War I, concludes.

Including Kearny’s Leonard Raney

Including Kearny’s Leonard Raney

February 25, 2020

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Black Soccer, High School Soccer, Kearny, New Jersey:

In the fall of 1922, Leonard H. Raney played on the first-ever varsity soccer team for Kearny High School. That New Jersey town, which would later be dubbed Soccer Town, USA, had long been a soccer hotbed. It was rare for African Americans to play soccer in the 1920s, and while African-American participation in the game still lags today, Raney was a soccer pioneer.

James and Joe, part 1

James and Joe, part 1

February 21, 2020

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Chicago, Inter-Allied Games, Profiles:

The first of a two-part series telling the story of two soccer-playing soldiers who served during World War I.

A 17th Century engraving from England showing the inflating of an animal bladder football.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 1: Native American and British footballing traditions

February 19, 2020

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

The first installment of a ten-part series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia.

The original photo before publication in the Spalding Guide. Image: Courtesy of Springfield College, Babson Library, Archives and Special Collections.

The Barrow School Socker Foot Ball Team

February 13, 2020

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Black Soccer, High School Soccer, Massachusetts:

A look at black players on the “Barrow School Socker Foot Ball Team,” champions of Springfield, Massachusetts’ Junior League in 1908.

Football in Central Park, c. 1915. Museum of the City of New York [X2010.11.1395]

An Early Image of Black Soccer in New York City?

February 11, 2020

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Black Soccer, New York:

Does a 1915 image of a soccer match in New York’s Central Park include black players?

An Indoor Session: SASH at the 2020 USC Convention

An Indoor Session: SASH at the 2020 USC Convention

February 7, 2020

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SASH News:

Summary of the Society for American Soccer History meeting, including videos of the various talks, at the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore, MD.

Heron shows of his skills for Ebony Magazine, July 1947. Image: Ebony Magazine

What Kind of Player was Gil Heron?

February 6, 2020

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Black Soccer, Profiles:

Brian Bunk on Heron’s playing style.

IN 1946 Ebony Magazine dubbed Heron the Babe Ruth of Soccer. Image: Ebony Magazine

Gil Heron

February 4, 2020

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Black Soccer, Profiles:

Brian Bunk on Gil Heron, the first black professional soccer player in the United States.

Call for Papers: Society for American Soccer History Symposium, April 18-19, 2020

Call for Papers: Society for American Soccer History Symposium, April 18-19, 2020

February 3, 2020

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SASH News:

The next SASH symposium will be held on April 18 and 19, 2020 at Rutgers University-Newark.