As first reported by the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame, BOB KEHOE, St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame 1983, St Louis Sports Hall of Fame Legend 2017, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 2002, Illinois High School Coaches Association 1989, United States Soccer Hall of Fame 1989, passed away late the afternoon of September 4. Additional information about a Celebration with The Kehoe Family will be planned at a later date.
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I’ve collected some stories on Bob that have come out with his passing. The most notable accomplishment on the pitch is that Bob is the only individual to have been capped by the US Men’s National Team and also coached the team. Check out more on his notable career:
Joe Lyons – St. Louis Soccer Legend Bob Kehoe dies at 89
A St. Louis native, Mr. Kehoe played on St. Louis University High’s first soccer team in 1943 and graduated in 1947. A gifted athlete, he signed a professional baseball contract after high school and spent six years as a minor-leaguer with the Phillies, Dodgers and Cardinals.
He returned home and starred with a number of local soccer clubs, including the powerful Kutis side that dominated in the U.S. Amateur Cup and won the U.S. Open Cup title in 1957.
Soccer America – Obituary: St. Louis Legend Bob Kehoe (1928-2017)
Hall of Famer Bob Kehoe, who was the first American-born coach in the NASL and later coached the USA in 1974 World Cup qualifying, died Monday at the age of 89. He was synonymous with soccer in St. Louis, where he played and coached and served as a commentator.
He played in all four games for the USA against Mexico and Honduras in its 1966 World Cup qualifying campaign and later coached the St. Louis Stars in the NASL in 1969 and 1970. Keno’s Stars included future Hall of Famers Pat McBride and Willy Roy.
This story is worth reading because of Haye’s connection to all of the key players from the early 70’s when Kehoe started at Granite City North. Trittschuh, Rooney, Petri, they are all there.
“Soccer is the world’s worst sport for instant experts,” Kehoe told me once when I was a wet-behind-the-ears scribe at the now-defunct Granite City Press-Record. “You get a mom or a dad who see one half of their 5-year-old’s game and all of a sudden, they know everything about it.”
And then he added, “But soccer is always evolving, always changing. I learn something new about it every single day. Anyone who tell you they know all there is to know about soccer – or anything else, for that matter, is lying to himself.”
Not a week goes by that I don’t recall his advice.
Finally, check out this story Dave Lange wrote for my site, an interview with Steve Trittschuh who was a High School All-American at Granite City North under Bob Kehoe and was the first of three St. Louis natives to play in the World Cup.
Thanks to Dave Lange as well for a couple of photos from the Soccer Made in St. Louis Archives. The team photo was taken after the CYC All-Stars tied Liverpool 1-1 in 1964. He is second from left, sitting, in front row. Also in the photo are three other U.S. Soccer Hall of Famers: Bob Guelker (far left, kneeling, in suit holding pen in right hand and paper in left hand); Charley Colombo (second from left, Sitting, in suit with white shirt, no tie,white handkerchief) and Pat McBride (No. 6, sixth from left, sitting; guy in glasses on Pat’s left). Guelker was the director of the CYC at the time and head coach at St.Louis U.; he organized the visits by foreign teams to play the CYC All-Stars. Colombo was the coach of the team and,of course, one of the five starters from St.Louis on the 1950 World Cup team that beat England 1-0. The recent photos of Kehoe at Busch Stadium in 2013 are by Danny Reise for SoccerSTL.net