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St. Louis Remembers The 1950 World Cup Team!

On the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, "The Hill" neighborhood recognized the accomplishments of the native St. Louisans who went to Brazil and did the impossible, beat the blokes who invented the game!    St. Louis' contribution to the squad: 2 Postal Workers* (Frank "Pee Wee" Wallace and Harry Keough), a dock worker (Gino Pariani), a meat cutter (Charlie Columbo) and a Funeral Director (Frank Borghi).  They went against a team of professional soccer players reportedly insured for over $1 million by Lloyds of London. 


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Ann Speaks


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Frank Borghi Speaks (the man in the green jacket is Harry Keough)

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Gino Pariani Speaks

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Sam and Ann display the glass plaque (photo by Sonny).


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Plaque in front of the Baudo house.


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Plaque in front of Frank Borghi's old house.

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Plaque in front of Gino Pariani's old house.

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Proposed statue to honor the 1950 team.  More on this later!


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Here's the stage before the ceremony.

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Close-up of the right side.

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Close-up of the left side.  This picture looks familiar. ;^)

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Sam is giving something to Gino Pariani.  That is Gino's son, Glenn, on the far left.  Glenn plays a coach in the movie (photo by Sonny).

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Gino Pariani shows off a 1950 USA Jersey, a gift from Sam.  Note the cool decorations on the house in the background (photo by Sonny).

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Your friendly neighborhood Webmaster talks with Gino Pariani, rehashing old times (photo by Sonny).

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Here I am meeting Frank Borghi.  What a nice guy! (photo by Sonny).

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Harry Keough signs an autograph for me.  I am a great admirer of his son, Ty (photo by Sonny)..

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Here's Ann with her Plaque (photo by Sonny).

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This is where Frank Borghi worked. 

*Harry later worked as a soccer coach at St. Louis University.