2020 Inductee Al Fink (Posthumously)
Al Fink’s application was submitted by his family to honor their humble father-
Albert “Al” Fink is a name that was often found in the newspaper reports, especially when he was scoring important goals for the Raiders, Zenthoefers and Kutis of the St. Louis Major Soccer League. He was an important member of a team stacked with Hall of Famers like Keough, Wecke, and Meisemann, and opposed by formidable foes such as Colombo, Wallace, and Borghi. It was the (Reinforced) Zenthoefers Team that chose the best of the Raiders and Zenthoefers, including Al, to play the German powerhouse Eintracht Frankfurt in 1951 while on an exhibition tour of the US, and defeated them 2-1. As a member of the Schultes and McMahons teams before moving to the Raiders, Zenthoefers and Kutis, Al was instrumental in their successes, winning 5 league titles. A physical force in the air and in the clutch, he scored over 40 goals in his Major League career including numerous and important goals that helped his team advance to State (’53 Mo. State Cup, 1 goal) and National titles (’52 National Amateur Cup, 2 goals). After retirement, Al continued to give back to the game coaching for his parish team, St. Blaise in the CYC league.