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    Dave Corbitt

    Great work, guys! I’m passing this on to my “soccer email list”. This bit of St.Louis soccer history shoud be remembered especially as we approach the World Cup. Thanks for taking the time to do ths.

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    Bridget

    Excellent research and perfect timing! So glad I followed this link. Pee Wee Wallace, my uncle, was one of the most humble and quiet gentlemen of the sport (along with Leo Lange, also an uncle, though not on “the” team). I’m enjoying some of the pre-World Cup coverage.and commercials, but this post put me more in the soccer mood than anything else!

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      Andi Gebhart

      Bridget,
      Matt and I had a wonderful time working on this story. It was an honor to ‘get to know’ these men and your uncle was a wonderful part of that. I can only hope we did right by their legacy because they mean a lot more then a game to Matt and I. Thank you for your comment!
      Best,
      Andi

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    Debra Giesler Lawler

    Matthew,
    Very nice article. But one fact is incorrect. My dad, Walter Giesler, is not buried in St. Louis. He is buried in Calvary Cemetary in DeSoto, Mo with my mom and his parents. My grandmother grew up in DeSoto so Dad was buried in the family plot there. It is wonderful to see people’s interest in our team. St. Louis has always been very proud of these men- not only as athletes but as gentlemen.
    Debra Giesler Lawler

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    Matthew Bird

    Debra, thanks for the additional information! We very much enjoyed researching the guys from the world cup. Our mistake both cities have a calvary cemetary but I now understand why I couldn’t find his plot. Thank you so much!

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      Debra Giesler Lawler

      Happy to share our history, Matthew.

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    Judie

    Thanks for remembering a wonderful team. Walter Giesler and as he referred to them “his boys” made a great memory for St. Louis and the soccer world. Walter and the team would be so proud of Soccer in St. Louis. Cory Nava and Brennan Giesler are working with Soccer Teams in St. Louis to keep our city in the Soccer arena..
    It’s a family thing and a love of the sport.

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      Carole Baras

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I personnaly knew Walter Giesler and Harry Kehoe. Walter was in business with another friend of mine, Walter Jordgen, they owned a sporting store. I am so happy to see that the interest in SOCCER is growing and hope to see the U S win the World Cup.

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    Debra Giesler Lawler

    Walter Giesler and Walter Jorgen owned Giesler-Jorgen Sporting Goods on 6701Clayton Rd.from 1949 to Dad’s death in 1976.
    Thanks for the article. Your information is a big part of so many lives and history in St. Louis.

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    Andi Gebhart

    Hi Debra,
    Thanks for all of the information about your father. I helped Matt with this article this past summer and would love to chat with you more about your father for maybe a follow up piece! If you are interested go ahead and send me an email at andi.gebhart1984@gmail.com. We would love to hear more stories! Thank you so much!

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    Fred Kratky

    Thanks for this great History Lesson, I was in third grade at the time and don’t remember much about the game, but I am proud of the guys and what they did.

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    Gary Pariani.

    There is a typo under the photo of my father’s grave. It should read GINO Pariani, not Gina Pariani.

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      Matthew Bird

      thanks for noticing Gary, it’s been amended.

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