Michael Bookie (September 12, 1904 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – October 12, 1944 at Camp Eglin, Florida) was a U.S. soccer forward. He was a member of the U.S. team at the 1930 FIFA World Cup and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
|Full name||Michael Bookie|
|Date of birth||September 12, 1904|
|Place of birth||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Date of death||October 12, 1944(aged 40)|
|Place of death||Camp Eglin, Florida, United States|
|1924–1925||Boston Wonder Workers||5||(1)|
|1925–1926||New Bedford Whalers||4||(0)|
|–||Curry Silver Tops|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Bookie began his athletic career as a minor league baseball player playing shortstop in Pittsburgh. He then joined several amateur soccer clubs, including Jeannette F.C. in western Pennsylvania before signing with the Boston Wonder Workers of the American Soccer League in 1924. In January 1925, he moved to Vestaburg SC where he finished out the season. In the fall of 1925, returned to the ASL, this time with the New Bedford Whalers. He saw time in only four games with the Whalers. From February through April 1927, he played for American Hungarian. In December 1929, he moved to Cleveland Slavia of the Mid-West Professional League. Bookie was with Slavia when selected to the U.S. 1930 World Cup team. In March 1931, he left Cleveland Slavia. He may have played for other Cleveland teams before finishing his career with Pittsburgh Curry Silver Tops.
While selected to the U.S. roster for the 1930 FIFA World Cup, Bookie never entered a game in the cup. After Argentina eliminated the U.S. in the semifinals, the U.S. went on a tour of Uruguay and Brazil. In the only official international game of the tour, Bookie earned his only national team cap in a 4-3 loss to Brazil.
He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and died after being accidentally killed by machine gunfire during a training simulation.
He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.