A War Hero in Bethlehem

The episode describes the first two months of the American Soccer League’s second season and tells the story of two players: Philadelphia’s Percy Andrews and Bethlehem Steel forward James Currie.

Medals front and reverse
The Distinguished Conduct Medal, one of two medals earned by Bethlehem Steel forward James Currie during WWI. Image: http://www.rutlandremembers.org/information/medals

 

Music in the episode from archive.org

Theme song: Bix Beiderbecke, “Clarinet Marmalade”

Headlines: Waring’s Pennsylvanians, “Bolshevik”

Sponsor: Frank Teschemacher’s Chicagoans, “Jazz Me Blues”

Additional Music: Virginians, “Choo Choo Blues”

Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton, “Carolina Shout”

John McCormack, “Keep the Home Fires Burning”

Sounds from www.freesound.org: football score.wav by winsx87

Author: Brian

Brian D. Bunk is the creator and host of the Soccer History USA podcast. He is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His early research focused on Modern Spanish history and his book Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War appeared in 2007. His recent work examines the history of sport in the United States with an emphasis on boxing and soccer. Articles on these topics have been published in the Journal of Sport History, Sport in History and Sport in Society.

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