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While the Baltimore Major Soccer League hoped to expand to eight to ten teams for the 1951-52 season the league only had four teams return when Kelly Buick dropped out in the offseason. The league extended invitations to two teams each from the Pen-Mark League and the Washington Suburban league to attend their off-season organizational meetings but none of those clubs ended up joining the BMSL. Wr...Baltimore BMSL
Prior to the 1950-51 season, the Baltimore Major Soccer League was down to five teams. Antlitz Seafood and Locust Point had combined to form Wroten's Cafe, and Combined Taverns had dropped out. Sugar Radio of Washington, D.C. was supposed to be the sixth BMSL team but did not reorganize for the season. Santa Maria became Conkling P.C. prior to the season. During the offseason, the BMSL consider...Baltimore BMSL
For the 1950-51 Baltimore Major Soccer League season, Combined Taverns, Kelly Buick (coached by Cal Ermer who was also the coach of University of Baltimore), and Pompei replaced Serra's Cafe, Esso, and Reisterstown which dropped out at the conclusion of the prior season. This kept the league at the desired roster of eight clubs. Pompei was the biggest addition to the BMSL. Formed in 1940 and or...Baltimore BMSL
A new Baltimore Major Soccer League emerged for the 1948-49 season. Eight teams formerly associated with Baltimore's city Department of Recreation branched out in hopes of making a higher-level semi-pro league. The league included three teams from Patterson Park (Serra's Cafe, Esso & Santa Maria), two from Clifton Park (Parkville Tavern & Davis Tavern), two from Latrobe Park (Antlitz Seafood & Loc...Baltimore WISL
The Maryland State and D.C. Soccer Association again made plans to operate the War Industrial Soccer League and Baltimore Major Soccer League for the 1944-45 season. The BMSL had been dormant the prior season due to the lack of players able to fill clubs and the same again happened the 1944-45 season as only the WISL carried on as the top-level amateur league in the area. The WISL dropped down ...Baltimore WISL
The Maryland State and D.C. Soccer Association decided to operate a soccer league made up of various area defense plants along with the Catholic Soccer League, the Baltimore Major Soccer League, and several junior leagues for the 1943-44 season. But, due to the number of players working at war plants and in military service, the BMSL went dormant and was replaced by the War Industrial Soccer Leagu...Baltimore BMSL
The Baltimore Major Soccer League returned for the 1942-43 season after a year's hiatus. Only Hasslinger returned from the earlier season with five new teams joining: Dundalk A.C. (also called Baltimore County A.C.); Catonsville A.C.; Fox S.C.; Rustless Iron and Steel Corp.; and Stemmers Run. The race was as tight as almost possible with both halves ending tied between the top two teams with Du...Baltimore BMSL
Big changes to the roster occurred in the Baltimore Major Soccer League offseason as only Ashton and Wingfoot returned for the 1940-41 season. A Maryland Germans team returned after a hiatus and two new Baltimore clubs, John Hasslinger S.C. and Morstein S.C. (sponsored by Morstein Jewelry Co.) joined. And, for the first time, clubs outside of Baltimore took part in the competition as Victor Hosier...Baltimore BMSL
While the double-round robin single table format had been used in the first two seasons, a new format was implemented for the third Baltimore Major Soccer League season. Beginning in 1939-40, a split season was implemented in all Baltimore amateur leagues including the BMSL. The winners of each half would meet in a two-game total goals series to settle the BMSL title. M. Shaivitz left the leagu...Baltimore BMSL
In the offseason, the U.S.F.A. approved a request by the Maryland State Soccer Association to widen its scope to include the D.C. territory. As such, the body was renamed the Maryland State and District of Columbia Soccer Association. Another big offseason move was the German Sports Club's acquisition of a franchise in the American Soccer League. The team was named the Baltimore Germans and was pr...Baltimore BMSL
The Baltimore Major Soccer League was created as a higher-level men's amateur league embracing the stronger teams from the Southeastern and Maryland leagues. Eight clubs took part in the inaugural season: Bethlehem S.C. from Dundalk; Colonial S.C.; German Sports Club; Maryland-Germans (a second team from the German Sports Club); Parkville; St. Gerard Y.M.A.; M. Shaivitz; and Wingfoot S.C. Parkvill...
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