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Lamar Hunt
Hunt in 1972
Hunt in 1972
Personal information
Born: (1932-08-02)August 2, 1932
El Dorado, Arkansas
Died: December 13, 2006(2006-12-13) (aged 74)
Dallas, Texas
Career information
High school: The Hill
(Pottstown, Pennsylvania)
College: SMU
Career history
As executive:
Career highlights and awards

Lamar Hunt (August 2, 1932 – December 13, 2006) was an American businessman most notable for being one of the sons of H.L. Hunt. Lamar made a name for himself by his promotion of American football, soccer, and tennis in the United States.

He was the principal founder of the American Football League (AFL) and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as MLS's predecessor, the North American Soccer League (NASL), and co-founder of World Championship Tennis. He was also the founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL), the Kansas City Wizards of MLS, and at the time of his death owned two other MLS teams, Columbus Crew and FC Dallas. In Kansas City, Hunt also helped establish the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks.

The oldest ongoing national soccer tournament in the United States, the U.S. Open Cup (founded 1914), now bears his name in honor of his pioneering role in that sport stateside. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972; into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982; and into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993. The National Soccer Hall of Fame bestowed upon Hunt their Medal of Honor in 1999, an award given to only three recipients in history thus far. He was married for 42 years to his second wife Norma, and had four children, Sharron, Lamar Jr., Daniel, and Clark Hunt.

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