(January 18, 2012) Working for a hall of fame and sports museum can often be fun. That’s why we do it. It certainly isn’t the route to high finance and a life of leisure. For me, one of the best exercises was going about the project of collecting significant memorabilia to share with soccer fans. Each collection meant meeting with wonderful people, from players to coaches, administrators to day-of-game staff.
One of my favorite memories is of a day in celebration of U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team player Earnie Stewart’s 100th international match. This is a tremendous milestone in men’s international soccer. Of the 700 or so men who have played an international match for the United States, about 3% have reached 100 “caps,” the international soccer nickname for a national team appearance. Below is the picture from the celebratory presentation of Earnie’s 100th match shirt to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Pictured are, from left to right, Peter Nowak, who was then coach of D.C. United, the professional team Stewart played for, Bruce Arena, who was the U.S. Men’s National Team Manager at the time, Stewart, me, and Len Oliver, a National Soccer Hall of Famer and member of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. The celebration was a pre-game event before some 20,000+ fans at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
That’s one example of the fun I had in finding and collecting significant artifacts for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. I hope you are able to find the fun in celebrating the collection and the display of significant memorabilia.
Jack Huckel, Founder & Principal of J.R. Huckel & Associates, offers election and induction consulting services to Halls of Fame. Jack served the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum as Director of Museum and Archives for 9-1/2 years after more than 10 years as a volunteer. More information is available at the firm’s web site. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org or 518/852-3033.
Jack is a member of the International Sports Heritage Association.