As a city saturated with European immigrants in scores of Catholic parishes, St. Louis was always a big soccer town. In the 1930s, my dad Walter “Curly” Price played for the St. Edward’s team in the Parochial School Soccer League. Above is their team photo. Below is a detail showing Curly (front row right), Jim Tighe (tall kid to the left), and a peek of Jim Murphy (upper left, in stocking cap). I’m guessing my dad’s shirt was so faded because it was a hand-me-down from his brother Jack.
The grade-school competition was important enough to deserve space on the sports page. I suppose that deep in the Great Depression, many childhood soccer stars didn’t make it to high school.