Hall of Fame

Foosball Hall of Fame

LEE PEPPARD Inducted 1986

LEE PEPPARD Inducted 1986The mastermind behind the original pro foosball tour, Peppard ran the first-ever national championship tournament as a $1,500 event in 1972 in Missoula, Montana. His monumental 1974 event, The $50,000 International Championships, was the first big-money championship in the sport's history. In 1975 he created the first professional foosball tour and proceeded to give away more than $3,000,000, in over 100 major tournaments through 1980.

BOB HAYES Inducted 1986

BOB HAYES Inducted 1986Bob, a former Dallas tavern owner, designed the first American-made table, the Tornado, in 1970. Setting a standard of table quality that continues to this day, Hayes built a durable piece of equipment that would withstand the rigors of heavy everyday use. This allowed foosball to become a commercial vending success and help make the game more popular throughout the country .

LAWRENCE PATTERSON Inducted 1986

LAWRENCE PATTERSON Inducted 1986 Patterson was the founding father of coin-operated foosball in the United States, importing tables from Germany, built according to his own specifications in 1962. He was also involved with the running of the first local tournaments in 1969. One of the game's true pioneers.

LORI SCHRANZ Inducted 1986

LORI SCHRANZ Inducted 1986

Considered by many "old schoolers" to be the best all-around lady player ever, Lori won her first major title at the 1973 Nationals, taking home the mixed doubles title with fellow Texan Gary Pfeil. She earned multiple world championships in doubles, singles and mixed doubles and added tour victories in open doubles as well.

LINK PENDLEY Inducted 2003

LINK PENDLEY Inducted 2003

Link was one of the sport's top promoters during the 1990s when his Oklahoma foosball program was considered one of the strongest ever. Link was also the USTSA Tournament Director for many years and went on to work the overseas market for Valley-Dynamo in the late 1990s.

JOHNNY LOTT Inducted 2000

JOHNNY LOTT Inducted 2000

Johnny's 20 year foosball career saw him enjoy success as a player, promoter, table designer, Hollywood technical director and author. As a player he won world titles in both singles and doubles and was renowned as man who could play both positions equally well. Lott's knowledgeable participation helped make the 1980 feature film "Longshot" into the best movie ever made about the sport.

STEVE MURRAY Inducted 2002

STEVE MURRAY Inducted 2002One of the most fiercely-competitive players to ever play the game, Steve Murray used his exquisite offensive 5-row and Texas-style pull shot to put together a career record that places him among the best to ever play the game. Steve won more than twenty major open titles during an illustrious playing career that began in the late 1970s and concluded at the end of the 1996 season.

The 1979 World Open Doubles Final

The 1979 World Open Doubles Final

(Courtesy Larry Davis Foos History Collection)

CARRIE WALEGIR Inducted 1999

CARRIE WALEGIR Inducted 1999

Known by the last names "Westbrook" and "Crowell" during her playing days, this very succesful female fooser won 26 times on the T.S. tour in a career that spanned the years 1977-1981. She earned four career world championship titles, winning doubles and singles at both the 1979 and 1980 events, and was named the top lady forward in 1979.

DAVE COURINGTON Inducted 1999

DAVE COURINGTON Inducted 1999

Considered the father of the modern Tornado pro tour, Courington was instrumental in creating today's American foosball-playing environment. Originally from Alabama, Dave began his career in Houston, Texas as a player, promoter and operator of tables in the early 1980s.

BOB FURR Inducted 2003

BOB FURR Inducted 2003

Texan Bob Furr designed and manufactured the original Tornado foosball table back in the early 1970s. Bob was the brains behind many of the innovations that make the Tornado table unique, including the heavy duty cabinet, faceted handle, and the counter balanced man. Bob also created the name "Tornado" and helped design the table's logo which is still in use today.

DOUG FURRY Inducted 1996

DOUG FURRY Inducted 1996

Considered one of the truly great table-soccer perfromers of all time, Doug paired with the late Jim Wiswell to form one of the sport's most successful championship teams, "Wiz and Furr". This Minnesota legend won major titles in singles and doubles, playing both forward and goalie and was one of the smartest competitors to ever play the game.

MIKE BOWERS Inducted 1986

MIKE BOWERS Inducted 1986

Mike Bowers was one of the sport's earliest champions, notching victories at both the 1973 and 1974 Tournament Soccer National Championships in singles. Considered one of the greatest goalies ever, he teamed with Tim Burns to win the world doubles title in 1980 on the Tournament Soccer tour and won world honors with Todd Loffredo on Dynamo tables in 1983.

JIM WISWELL Inducted 1997

JIM WISWELL Inducted 1997

Jim Wiswell (pictured left, above) was one of the sport's most overpowering forwards during a short but successful career that began in Minnesota in the middle 1970s. Jim played in a remarkable 29 open finals during the years 1977-80, winning nineteen times, including victories at the $250,000 World Championships in 1979 in open doubles, and 1980 in the mixed doubles event.

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