The history of sports has been full of surprises, new beginnings, and well.. now pandemics. Sports can be described and seen in many ways, but we only know from what is talked about everyday. We don’t know what is deep down in the record books. We don’t know who was the best or worse when sports started to get popular. Why not? Most people only want to know about the basics, who won last year, five years ago. It is mind blowing to see how one country can be identified for their sport, but even crazier how one’s past can be erased. After reading these articles I was surprised to see how some sports started up, but even more surprised for the actual results.
This week I really enjoyed reading all three articles which all regard something new. One I enjoyed the most was “Pastor Keeps History of Storied U.S. Club Bethlehem Steel Alive“ by Stanley Kay, which was about one of the most successful soccer programs in the early 1900s. Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club was a unique soccer club that were apart of many championships and wins. But, who were they? A Pennsylvania pastor named Daniel Paul Morrison has helped identify just who this club was. An unofficial historian of the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club, Morrison, has found great research of this team and their past. Growing up, Morrison knew very little of his uncles, Bobby and Joe, who had played for soccer for a team in Bethlehem. It made Morrison itch to find out more about his ancestors, so he went deeper. Morrison was shocked to find out the result of his research. His uncles played for this team, with one (Bobby) being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club was a powerhouse. Racking up titles, which included U.S. Open Cups, and league championships. This club was different. I’m not the biggest soccer fan but this sure is interesting. How crazy is it to know that we are JUST now learning about this team. It makes me wonder about any other powerhouse team that has been left in the dust even if it isn’t soccer. Morrison should be very satisfied with his time during this research.
Another article I found interesting was 1934: USA vs. Mexico and the “little truck” by Ed Farnsworth. I found it really cool that the United States had played and beat Mexico in the 1934 World Cup. Although they would not defeat Mexico again for another 46 years, the US had one hell of a time then. I think it’s really cool to learn about new things regarding sports, especially those that have been forgotten. This weeks reading was very easy and enjoyable to go through. Optimistically, I hope this isn’t the end of learning about the few powerhouses and teams that have been forgotten throughout history.