Pro soccer pioneer Robert Hermann dies at the age of 97

National Soccer Hall of Famer Robert Hermann died recently at the age of 97.

Hermann was one of the driving forces in getting the outlaw National Professional Soccer League off the ground in 1967 as its president and was the owner of the St. Louis Stars in the NPSL for its one season and then in the NASL, where he was the league's executive committee chairman.

The Stars played through the 1977 NASL season when Hermann moved them to Anaheim, where they played as the California Surf until he folded the team in 1980.

Hermann was the second longest-serving owner in the NASL after Lamar Hunt, who owned the Dallas Tornado from its start in 1967 through 1981 and then had an interest in the Tampa Bay Rowdies until 1983.

In 1967, Hermann established a trophy -- originally named the Hermann Award -- to annually recognize the top men's collegiate soccer player. The MAC Hermann Trophy, which is today given each year to the best male and female soccer players in the country, is named after him. Hermann Stadium, opened on the campus of Saint Louis University in 1999, is named after Hermann.

He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001 and the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.

Hermann's first wife was Lilly Busch, daughter of Gussie Busch, the Anheuser Busch magnate. Hermann Companies, which he founded, is one of the largest private-sector employers in St. Louis. He was also predeceased by his second wife, Mary Lee Marshall Hermann.
4 comments about "Pro soccer pioneer Robert Hermann dies at the age of 97".
  1. Arnold Ramirez, April 17, 2020 at 6:55 a.m.

    RIP Mr. Hermann. The first Hermann winner was Dov Marcus. In three years at LIU , 1965, 1966 and 167 he scored an incredible number of goals. 78 goals in three years. Afte finishing a brilliant career at LIU he played for the New York Generals with Cesar Menotti.

  2. Clive Toye, April 17, 2020 at 9:14 a.m.

    Absolutely among the best, most trusted owners the NASL was built on.  Not many people bring up such positive thoughts as Bob Hermann. RIP

  3. Wooden Ships, April 17, 2020 at 1:53 p.m.

    St. Louis!!!

  4. Al Miller, April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

    A real stand out owner and man.  Some of the glue that made the NASL Owners stick together during the challenging times.  RIP Bob.  Warm condolences to his family.

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