|Full name||James Cuthbert Gentle|
|Date of birth||July 21, 1904|
|Place of birth||Brookline, Massachusetts, United States|
|Date of death||May 22, 1986(aged 81)|
|Place of death||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Playing position||Inside Forward|
|1923–1926||University of Pennsylvania|
|1925–1926||Boston Wonder Workers||1||(0)|
|1926–||Philadelphia Field Club|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
|Olympic medal record|
|Representing United States|
|FIFA World Cup|
|Men's field hockey|
|1932 Los Angeles||Team competition|
Born just outside Boston in Brookline, Massachusetts, Gentle grew up in his hometown, attended Brookline High School. In 1922, he entered the University of Pennsylvania where he played football as a freshman. He switched to soccer and track for his next three years at Penn, earning first team All American honors for soccer in 1924 and 1925. Gentle graduated from the university's Wharton School with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1926. Active in student government, Gentle was his class president and a member of the Mask and Wig and Varsity Club.
During his time at Penn, Gentle played one game, as an amateur, with the professional Boston Wonder Workers of the American Soccer League. Following his graduation, Gentle signed with the Philadelphia Field Club. In 1930, Gentle was called into the U.S. national team for the 1930 World Cup. Besides his duties as a striker, Gentle also acted as an interpreter for the American team and officials as he was the only person fluent in Spanish.
In 1986, Gentle was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Gentle joined the Army Reserves in 1931. When the U.S. entered World War II Gentle was assigned to the 36th Infantry regiment. His unit was deployed to the European Theater where it fought at Salerno, the mountains behind Monte Cassino. Another battle was fought at the Gari River in Italy. Finally he joined General Patton's forces as they moved across Europe and into the Rhineland. At the end of the war, Gentle, now a major, was named U.S. trade and industry officer for the American zone of Germany. He retired from the Army in 1956 in the rank of colonel.
In 1931, in addition to joining Army Reserves, Gentle as began working at Mutual Life Insurance Company. In addition to his military duties and athletic interests, Gentle continued to work full-time in the insurance industry