After receiving my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Rutgers University in 1973, I began my professional career in the news media with my home town (New Brunswick, New Jersey) daily newspaper, The Home News, first as a copy boy and then as a sports writer. I continued my career as a sports writer for The News Tribunedaily newspaper in Woodbridge, New Jersey and as sports editor of the weekly newspaper out of Piscataway, New Jersey, the pd review.
The highlight of working for these newspapers was covering the professional soccer team, the Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. I had the opportunity to travel with the team which included the great Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto and other outstanding players.
Here you will find various items I collected dealing with the Cosmos team.
The official scoresheet of the 1972 North American Soccer League championship game played at Hofstra University between the New York Cosmos and the St. Louis Stars on August 26, 1972. The Cosmos won the match 2-1.
The official watch of the 1972 North American Soccer League champions New York Cosmos given to me by the team.
The official pen of the 1972 North American Soccer League champions New York Cosmos given to me by the team.
The 1972 North American Soccer League champion New York Cosmos banner presented by Jack in the Box restaurants.
Alfredo Lamas and America Paredes
Jorge Siega and Juan Masnik
Manoel Maria and Mark Liveric
Mordechai Shpigler and Omar Caeteno
Tony Picciano and Werner Roth
Pele with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the White House in Washington on March 28, 1977.
Photographs I took at the New York Cosmos practice session on April 9, 1977 in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Quicksilvers won the match 1-0. Soccer great Eusebio played for the Quicksilvers.
Photograph I took of Pele signing an autograph for a youngster at the New York Cosmos practice session on April 9, 1977 in Las Vegas. Enjoining a refreshment is Ramon Mifflin and in the background is Professor Julio Mazzei, Pele's personal trainer.
Photograph I took from the press box at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii on April 13, 1977 just before the New York Cosmos faced the Team Hawaii. The Cosmos won the North American Soccer League contest 2-1.
Photographs I took at the New York Cosmos practice session on May 28, 1977 in Tampa, Florida. At right pictured are Vitomir Dimitrijevic, Giorgio Chinaglia, coach Gorden Bradley and Franz Beckenbauer.
Photograph I took on May 28, 1977 at Tampa Stadium in Florida of the press conference featuring newly arrived New York Cosmos player Franz Beckenbauer seen in the background speaking to the news media.
Photograph I took on May 28, 1977 at Tampa Stadium in Florida after the New York Cosmos practice session where newly arrived Franz Beckenbauer is interviewed by Jon Miller with Werner Roth acting as interpreter. It was the first Cosmos match for Beckenbauer with the Tampa Bay Rowdies winning 4-2 spoiling the German player's debut with the New York club. Beckenbauer did manage to score in the contest.