Mike Bookie

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Mike Bookie
Personal information
Full name Michael Bookie
Date of birth (1904-09-12)September 12, 1904
Place of birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of death October 12, 1944(1944-10-12) (aged 40)
Place of death Camp Eglin, Florida, United States
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Jeannette
1924–1925 Boston Wonder Workers 5 (1)
1925 Vestaburg
1925–1926 New Bedford Whalers 4 (0)
1927 American Hungarian
1929–1931 Cleveland Slavia
Curry Silver Tops
National team
1930 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael “Mike” Bookie (September 12, 1904 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – October 12, 1944 at Camp Eglin, Florida) was a U.S. soccer forward. He was a member of the U.S. team at the 1930 FIFA World Cup and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Bookie began his athletic career as a minor league baseball player playing shortstop in Pittsburgh. He then joined several amateur soccer clubs, including Jeannette F.C. in western Pennsylvania before signing with the Boston Wonder Workers of the American Soccer League in 1924. In January 1925, he moved to Vestaburg SC where he finished out the season. In the fall of 1925, returned to the ASL, this time with the New Bedford Whalers. He saw time in only four games with the Whalers. From February through April 1927, he played for American Hungarian. In December 1929, he moved to Cleveland Slavia of the Mid-West Professional League. Bookie was with Slavia when selected to the U.S. 1930 World Cup team.[1] In March 1931, he left Cleveland Slavia. He may have played for other Cleveland teams before finishing his career with Pittsburgh Curry Silver Tops.

National team[edit]

While selected to the U.S. roster for the 1930 FIFA World Cup, Bookie never entered a game in the cup. After Argentina eliminated the U.S. in the semifinals, the U.S. went on a tour of Uruguay and Brazil. In the only official international game of the tour, Bookie earned his only national team cap in a 4-3 loss to Brazil.[2]

He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.

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