Profile Bio Courtesy of John Maurath
Correct spelling is Butch Ammann Plaque has Amons
John B. “Butch” AMMANN (this is the correct spelling).
Born 28 January 1882 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Died 9 September 1932 (young) in special hospital on S.
Broadway in Lemay, from pulmonary tuberculosis. Buried at
Valhalla Cemetery in north St. Louis.
Son of John B. Ammann (1859-1922) & Katherine “Katie”
Powers (1863-1884). Both from St. Louis.
Grandson of Johann B. Ammann (1833-1880) & Carolina Eischer
Married in Clayton, MO on April 25, 1906 to Bessie Lasie Pesold
Son Also named John B. Ammann, born 1908 in St. Louis.
Occupation Several. Coal Clerk & Tire Salesman.
Grandpa Johann (John in America) B. Ammann came to St. Louis
from Prussia (northern Germany). The family dropped an “n”
at the end of the name, making the spelling as Amman. But
people still kept mis-spelling the name in many ways, but
mostly as Ammons and Amons, and the family just finally gave
up and accepted that spelling. I’ve seen this a lot with German
names (I’m a family historian and genealogist). But amongst
themselves and in official records, they kept the original
spelling of Ammann, if they could. But in the papers, his name
was always spelled as Ammons and sometimes as Amons. The
papers used both “John” and “Butch”.
Butch Ammons name was in the papers from 1901 until 1927
(he died 5 years later in ’32), but I’ll only give a few articles here
below. In 1903 (and other years) he played (baseball) for
1901 Announcement for upcoming game. Ammons to be a
forward for Cycling Club vs. C.B.C. (run by Kavanaugh). Jarrett
to be Cycling Captain and will add Kane & Mathews to forward
line with Ammons. (Paraphrasing) “The game is the outcome of
the recent ‘scrapping’ between the 2 teams, which resulted in
the disbandment of the Association Football League”.
Another 1901 Announcement. Ammons will be forward for
Lindells team vs Thistles. The team worried, but paper said
“…but with forwards like Ammons, they are very confident of
1903. Played shortstop (baseball) for Greelys & for Hicks
1907 March. Announcement of future game. Ammons picked
with other members of the Association Football League as “all-
stars” on a special team to play against St. Leos (his own team).
He will be on forward line with Connie Reid and Jimmy Hagerty
(father of my Dad’s best friend Joe Hagerty, killed in Korea),
with Sheahan in goal and Kavanaugh as Captain. Kulage Park.
1907 Dec 2. Forward with St. Leos vs. Kinloch. Won 3-1. Scored
two of the three winning goals, first one 5 minutes after game
1907 Dec 16. Forward for St. Leos. Scored 1 of the 3 winning
1907 Dec 25. Announcement of upcoming game with Coal City
team. Ammons cited as a “star” soccer player, along with Jim
Donahue, Monahan, Flynn & Kavanaugh. Playing for St. Leos at
1908 Feb 23. Star of the game. Inside left with St. Leos. Scored
both of the winning goals.
1908 Nov 16. Mentioned as forward for St. Leos. Played with
Kavanaugh, Abstein, Tully and other “greats”.
1909 Feb 28. Ammons mentioned as being out for 4 weeks with
hip injury. Cited as being one of the brightest of the St. Leos
stars, and when he’s absent, team doesn’t appear so strong.
Playing for St. Louis Soccer Football League.
1909 March 8. Playing forward. 4-0 win. Ammons back after
being out 5 weeks. “His presence made the champs play a
better game and his forward line was never as better”.
1909 April 26. Played center field and pitcher for the Ben
Millers baseball team vs. Maplewood. 12-7 victory. In next
article he was mentioned as a forward for St. Leos soccer.
1909 Nov 29. Forward for St. Leos vs St. Theresas 2-2 tie. He
scored one of the goals on a penalty shot.
1920’s. Played mostly baseball.
*1922 Nov 25. Ammons mentioned as the “star” center
forward for St. Leos vs. Thistles. Scored one of the 4 winning
In another article (this same date), it was announced that
Ammons (star center forward of the St. Leos team) and Paul
Murphy (CBC soccer player) were named as new referees by
the St. Louis Soccer League. Ammons was a Municipal League
referee 3 seasons back. He will quickly establish himself as an
excellent official. Their first game is tomorrow at High School
Field, the Ben Millers vs. the Barrett-Hoovers.
1927. Ammons mentioned as Assistant Soccer Coach with
Klosterman for the Blues team.
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