Heidelberg Sports---Soccer!

Heidelberg Sports---Soccer!

All information is from the Heidelberg 75th Anniversary Souvenir Book.

The history of Heidelberg would not be complete without some mention of baseball and soccer football.

Soccer football was introduced to Heidelberg in the early 1900s. A group of Heidelberg boys, barely past their school age, organized a team to play in the Junior League. They bought their uniforms (green and gold) and all the equipment. The team played in the Junior League for two seasons, after which they entered the Keystone Senior League (the miner’s league).

In order to compete in the senior league some changes were made. A manager was appointed and several senior players were added to the team. The new Heidelberg team made fast strides, both in the league and in the National Amateur Challenge Cup Competition.

On Saturday, May 14, 1927 the Heidelberg team was the first Western team to win the National Trophy by defeating the Eastern champions, the La Flamme Cobblers of New Bedford, Mass. on the Westinghouse High School field by the score of three goals to one.

On May 5, 1929 the Heidelberg team returned the trophy to Heidelberg by defeating the German Sports Club of Newark, New Jersey on their home grounds by the score of nine goals to zero.

The United States Football Association honored the Heidelberg team by selecting a Heidelberg player, Berk Jones, to be a member of the United States Olympic soccer team for the games to be played in Germany.

The Heidelberg soccer team often made the newspaper headlines, and they named the team the Golden Tornados and termed Heidelberg the Soccer Capitol of the USA.

The soccer team, in addition to winning the U.S. National Amateur competition, also won many local trophies. The loyalty of the Heidelberg fans was evident in the large numbers attending all their games. The people of Heidelberg were united in their support of the team.

Heidelberg was also the home of several good semi-pro baseball teams in the early 1900’s, with a team in the County League and later teams in the Chartiers Valley League~ Many local boys were members of the Wright Juniors and the Heidelberg Firemen’s team. The Pirates played an exhibition game with our local team each year.

Heidelberg was growing, and the demand for new homes soon occupied the playing field. Since there was no available space for a new field, the games were played away from home resulting in the loss of players and attendance.

Soccer has since been revived in Heidelberg and more will be said about that later in this program.