Time Line, Highlited History of American Table Soccer
From Table Soccer Digest, Vol 1 No 1, Fall 1986
- Lawrence Patterson is called to active duty during the Berlin
crisis. While stationed in Germany, Patterson arranges with a German
factory for rights to import highly popular European table soccer game
to the U.S.A...
- Patterson brings first table soccer game to the U.S. He receives
Canadian and American trademark rights to the term
"FOOSBALL" and christens his soccer table "Foosball
- Patterson sells franchise to his FOOSBALL MATCH soccer table by mail
order using full page ads in such prestigious national publications
such as LIFE Magazine, Esquire, and the Wall Street Journal. Between
- 1967 and 1973
- some 10,000 tables were shipped to franchise holders.
- Patterson International publishes first FOOSNEWS Magazine.
- Billy Taylor, a Portland based distributor of the Patterson FOOSBALL
MATCH soccer table introduces Joe Snider to the game. Together with
Steve Milos they organize the nations first table soccer leagues.
- Joe Robbins of Empire Distributing receives exclusive rights to
import Italian Garlando Soccer Tables to the USA. Tens of thousands of
Garlandos are sold to American coin operators and arcades.
- Dallas, Texas Tavern owner Bob Hayes orders a Patterson FOOSBALL
MATCH Soccer Table from an advertisement in Esquire Magazine. Texas
law at the time prohibits bar owners from being coin game operators...
so Hayes sells his tavern and goes into the table soccer business and
is soon operating FOOSBALL MATCH and German Deutscher Meister route of
- Peabody's imports first Rene Pierre table from France.
- Hayes recruits talented engineer Bob Furr and together they design
the first American made Soccer Table. Hayes solicits and receives
permission from multi-millionaire Lamar Hunt owner of the Dallas
Tornado, a professional soccer franchise to use the Dallas Tornado
logo and name. Texas Style table soccer is born!!!
- (July) Bud Wachter longtime European Deutscher Meister sales rep
starts Diverse Products and becomes exclusive distributor for
Deutscher Meister in the USA. Deutscher Meister becomes top selling
table in US along with Garlando.
- Missoula, Montana tavern owner Lee Peppard stages 1st National
Championships at 8-Ball Billiards on Deutscher Meister tables. Jack
Briggs and Stu Meyers capture open doubles. Marcio Bonilla wins
- (July) Peabody's stages $9,000 Rene Pierre Championship at Virgina
Beach, Virginia, 1st place mens singles awards a new automobile (Dodge
- Tornado holds first national championships at Mickey Finns in
Dallas, Texas. Reggie Congleton captures singles. Gary Pfeil doubles
winning both doubles with George Meisner and mixed doubles with Lori
- Peppard holds $5,000 National Championships again at 8-Ball
Billiards, but this timre on his new Tournament Soccer Table. Bowers
wins singles. Marcio Bonilla and Larry Folk win doubles.
- Though there were some skeptics Peppard follows through and stages a
$50,000 International Championship in Denver, Colorado at Elitch
Gardens. This daring feat marked the beginning of an era of
professional Table Soccer as regional legends and styles clashed for
the first time. Never again would table soccer in America be quite the
- T. Mitchell Powell well known Texas player and Tornado dealer
resigns from Tornado to found Leisure Sports Systems and market 1/2
pint play on the new American table.
- John Gilliland and Cal Rogers establish World Table Soccer
- Tornado 2nd Annual Nationals held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Darkhorse Tony
Chitwood defeats highly favored Eddy Whitesides in an exciting singles
final. Jeff Smith and Gary Sixkiller capture open doubles.
- Brent Bednar and Mike Belz defeat Jim Wiswell and Doug Furry for the
second year in a row in the Hansen Distributing Pearson Candy
"Nut Goodie" high school state championships. Both teams
would later go on to become World Champions.
- Lee Peppard now joined by Texas promoter Cal Rogers stages Quarter
Million Dollar Pro table soccer tour hitting 34 cities. Dan Kaieser
and Ken Rivera capture $20,000 doubles top prize at $100,000 Finale in
Denver Colorado.1975 Chicago Music Operators show has eighteen
different table soccer manufacturers exhibiting tables.
- Dynamo puts on $15,000 Texas State Championship at Granddaddy's in
Houston Texas. Darkhorse Kansas team Mark Crowell and Marty Chase
surprise top Texas teams by taking top honors in open doubles.
- Tornado National Championships held at the Rusty Keg in Houston
Texas. $10,000 in cash and prizes are awarded. Micky Starks and Joe
Burkholder win ope doubles and Steve Simon wins singles.
- Tournament Soccer increases pro tour to $375,000. Belz and Bednar
avenge 1975 loss by dominating doubles competition in the $125,000
World Championships before a partisan hometown crowd.
- $16,000 4th Annual Tornado Nationals held in August at the Ramado
Inn in Irving Texas. Open doubles first prize $2,000 won by Mark
Crowell and Marty Chase. Lane Hunnicutt wins open singles.
- Budweiser announces $25,000 Tournament to be held on custon
Budweiser Fussball table being produced by Leisure Sports Systems,
manufacturer of the American Table. Event scheduled to be played in
St. Louis is cancelled at the last minute.
- Dynamo stages $75,000 National Tour culminating with a national
championship in St. Louis that awards three Honda Civics to Ronnie
Lewis and Joe Compean (Doubles) and Mark Crowell (Singles).
- Tournament Soccer announces $500,000 tour to introduce new bluetop
table. Doug Furry tops money winner list after winning a new Porche in
Super Singles. Furry's earnings totao $27,175.00.
- Playing under the team name "Lost in Space" teenagers Todd
Loffredo and Gil Jackson against amazing odds win the largest
participation tournament of all time capturing 1st place open doubles
cash and prizes of $25,000. 64th place pays $500 and 1st in Novice
Doubles is a whopping $4,000. Lee Peppard's dream of "Bigtime"
Professional table soccer competition is a reality!!
- Tornado Nationals awards $20,000 in prize money. Ronnie Lewis and
Lee O'Quinn come through the losers bracket to defeat Jim Wiswell and
Lori Schranz in a tense open doubles final. Steve Simon wins Singles.
- Tournament Soccer announces one Million dollar tour to span eighteen
months and hit forty cities. Tour includes 15 - 10 granders, 2 - 25
granders, 2 - 100 granders, and a $250,000 World Championship. The
Browntop table is introduced at Portland Open in September 1978.
- Wiz & Furry continue hometown domination by winning two
Corvettes at Super Doubles Memorial Weekend in Minneapolis.
- Tournament Soccer hires World Heavy Weight Champion Larry Holmes to
endorse Table Soccer prducts at A.M.O.A. Show in Chicago.
- Kaiser and Martin win 2 $50,000 tournaments in Rochester and
Portland, ending Mike Bowers 4 year domination of Portland Doubles
- Furry and Wiz win Table Soccer World Championships. Open Doubles and
$30,000 the largest place prize ever awarded.
- The Complete Book of Foosball is published by Contempoorary Books,
worlds largest sports book publisher.
- Tournament Soccer has East-West World Championship Playoff with cash
awarded to overall winner Mike Bowers and Tim Burns, Johnny Lott wins
- Three-time World Champion Jim Wiswell found dead in his home.
- Teen idol, Leif Garrett stars in "Long Shot" a full length
feature film about three teenagers' quest to capture the National
- Coinsport, Inc. contracts with Dynamo Corp. to produce Pro Bilt
Soccer Table. CSI holds 2 majors Tournaments $12,000 U.S. Open in L.A.
and $25,000 World Championship in Chicago to introduce new table
designed to appeal to both Texas and Northwestern style players.
- Dynamo sponsors $80,000 tour culmination with $30,000 World
Championship in Chicago.
- Tony Bacon and Don Chalifoux defeat Bob Gibson and Johnny Lott in a
tremendous match. This tournament tops all expectations for turn-outs.
Tod Loffredo wins singles.
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