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A Time for Champions

KETC  Channel 9 in St. Louis is airing a documentary about St. Louis soccer entitled “A Time for Champions.”  The premiere broadcast will be on Wednesday June 2 at 7:00 pm CDT.  Repeat broadcasts are scheduled for Thursday June 3 at 8:00 pm, Friday June 4 at 1:00 am and on June 28 at 7:00 pm.

The hour-long documentary is the story of the beautiful game in St. Louis, including remembrances of the 1950 USMNT World Cup team that humbled mighty England and the dominance of St. Louis University in the world of college soccer, when St. Louis University won 10 NCAA crowns over a fifteen year span from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.   The documentary includes game footage and interviews with such local luminaries as baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, famed broadcaster Bob Costas, USSF CEO Dan Flynn, World Cup heroes Frank Borghi and Harry Keough, and Monsignor Louis Meyer, head of the CYC youth soccer programs back in the day, where so many of us got our starts.  Should be an outstanding hour of entertainment and information for St. Louisans of all ages.  The documentary was underwritten nationally by Enterprise and Edward Jones, and underwritten locally by Drury Hotels.

I am loving how the USMNT World Cup clash with England on June 12 is rekindling so many memories of the great St. Louisans who upset the Brits at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.  Harry Keough and Walter Bahr of that team were honored recently before the USMNT’s clash with Turkey Saturday.  They deserve every bit of glory.  And Frank Borghi, besides being a great athlete, won the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for bravery during World War II.  St. Louisan Frank “Pee Wee” Wallace of the team also won a Purple Heart.  Other St. Louisans on the squad included Charlie “Gloves” Colombo,  Gino Pariani and Bob Annis.  These men were letter carriers, junior high school teachers, hearse drivers.  Common men with uncommon valor.

I met Harry Keough once when he came out to North County to watch our CYC team practice.  We were probably 11-12 year old kids.  I saw his St. Louis University team battle Michigan State for the NCAA national title in the chill and rain in 1967, where after a scoreless draw the teams were announced as co-champions.

Harry Keough also had a long career with the U.S. Postal Service, as a letter carrier and supervisor.  Coincidentally, I was at lunch today with a group of former Postal workers who had taken early retirement recently.  Afterwards, I gave one of them, my friend Mac,  a replica USMNT World Cup jersey that I had picked up for him at Tigin’s.  We got talking about St. Louis soccer history and mentioned Harry.  I never worked with him in the Postal Service, but Mac did.   Harry was a supervisor at the Main Post Office downtown and Mac was a lowly sub letter carrier just out of the Air Force.  Mac said that Harry had the wonderful ability to remember people’s names, and always greeted Mac personally and talked to him like he was the most important person in the world.  Here he was, a World Cup hero, a great college coach and a supervisor, yet he always had time for the low guy on the totem pole.  That says it all.

I can’t wait to see “A Time for Champions.”  I’m sure you will all enjoy it immensely.

Thanks to Basque21 on BigSoccer.com for the heads up on this documentary.

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One Response

  1. Excellent documentary……well done.

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