Author Ian Thomson will be appearing at Lucky Bar in Washington, D.C. on Saturday 19th October with signed copies of his new book “Summer Of ’67: Flower Power, Race Riots, Vietnam and the Greatest Soccer Final Played on American Soil.”
“Summer Of ’67” charts the story of the Washington Whips, D.C.’s first professional soccer team, and the short-lived United Soccer Association tournament launched by multimillionaire sports promoters including Lamar Hunt and former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke.
Washington’s Hilton Hotel served as the team’s base while training sessions took place on the old polo grounds between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. An average of almost 8,000 fans watched the Whips’ seven home games at the District of Columbia Stadium, as RFK was originally known.
The Whips won the USA’s Eastern Division to earn a place in North America’s first continent-wide league championship decider against Cooke’s Los Angeles Wolves (represented by England’s Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Nearly 18,000 fans attended the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 14, 1967 to watch the Whips and the Wolves produce 11 goals, two hat-tricks, last-minute equalizers in normal and extra-time, one sending off, countless punch-ups and a heartbreaking golden own goal in sudden-death overtime.
It was the greatest soccer final played on American soil.
Ian will be at Lucky Bar from 9 a.m. until noon. Copies of the book, which is also available through Amazon, cost $13.
Lucky Bar is located in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood at 1221 Connecticut Avenue, near the intersection with 18th St NW.
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