Walter Bahr Makes the Cut
Penn Staters know Walter Bahr as one of the best soccer coaches in school history, but he is more widely known as one of the greatest soccer players in U.S. history. In fact, a panel of 20 American soccer writers, journalists, and analysts in British publication The Guardian just named the former midfielder the 24th-best USMNT player of all time. One voter asserted that Bahr—who assisted on the only goal in the famous 1-0 upset of England in the 1950 World Cup—is the greatest player to ever wear the red, white, and blue.
Bahr, a National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee who we profiled in the fall of 2013, has Penn State ties that go beyond coaching. Three of his four children were athletes in Happy Valley: Chris ’75 and Matt Bahr ’79 were stars on both the pitch and the gridiron, while Davies Ann Bahr ’81 was an All-American gymnast.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor