Lamar Hunt was involved in a lot of sporting ventures in his life: football, soccer, tennis, and basketball, but not baseball. Yet, I still thought his death tonight in Kansas City Dallas was worthy of mention.
Hunt, who came from an extremely wealthy family (he and his brothers tried to corner the silver market in 1979-80), but he reportedly lived a frugal life, flying coach and driving himself and his family in station wagons. He was instrumental in the AFL's merger into the NFL, creating the professional sports powerhouse that it is today. Yet, it is likely that Hunt will not be remembered for his effect on American sports as much as sports owners who draw far more attention to themselves like George Steinbrenner, Jerry Jones, Al Davis, or Jerry Reinsdorf.
But, except for a few hardcore soccer fans, few people might know that the American equivalent to the FA, the US Open Cup is named for Hunt. Do you have a soccer team that you think might be able to compete with the big boys of MLS? Well, see if you are eligible to compete. The 2006 Cup was won by the Chicago Fire, which beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1.
The Cup has been awarded since 1914. Bethlehem Steel FC, Maccabee (Los Angeles) SC, and Fall River FC have won five. The Rochester Raging Rhinos of the A-League were the last team not in MLS to win the US Open Cup. That was back in 1999.