From Jim Stevens at Insidefoos.com
Considered one of the greatest players from the “golden era” of foosball, push-kicking Texan Steve Simon was inducted into the Foosball Hall of Fame in a heart-felt ceremony held at the recent season opener in Las Vegas. Simon, who was a star on two different styles of table during his remarkable career, became the twentieth former player, promoter or contributor to be elected into the prestigious hall, which recognizes the individuals who set the early standards and helped to pave the way for today’s top performers.
A rare crossover player, Simon’s lifetime record includes numerous victories on on both the Tournament Soccer and Tornado foosball tours in both the singles and doubles style of competition. In 1975 Steve won the Open Singles titles at both the International Championships on T.S. and the Nationals on the Tornado tour, a feat no one in the history of the sport has ever accomplished. In 1977 Steve claimed the national singles title on Tornado while winning mixed doubles honors at both the World Championships and Super Singles events on the Tournament Soccer tour.
During a relatively short but successful career, this great Texas fooser used his technically precise offensive three row and intense but calm approach to the game to win several other major titles while finishing second in many of the sport’s biggest early events. With his induction Steve also became the first practitioner of the “push-kick” series ever named to the Foosball Hall of Fame.
Steve Simon is a designer, engineer, and 31-year member of the coin vending industry. Steve played his first game of foosball in 1969 at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Tx. Steve won the national foosball championships on the Tornado and Tournament Soccer foosball tables. He continued to play in foosball tournaments and won many tour events and several more tournament titles until retiring. He was then hired by Mountain West, Inc. (importer of the “Tournament Soccer” foosball table) and traveled for the company in a marketing capacity dealing with the distribution network of the coin vending industry.
Steve worked at the Tornado foosball factory and learned manufacturing techniques. He then worked for the Dynamo foosball company as “products manager”. He also worked for Striker manufacturing (builder of soccer tables) in Long Beach in ‘91.
Steve evetually designed his first foosball table called "Spaceball". That design led to his next design of another foosball table called the “Professional" table. Finally, this design led to the filing of 2 patents that are pending as of this date and ultimately led to the concepts in the “Xfoos” table (these patents encompass 9 features new to the sport of foosball).
The designs of the Xfoos table include a United States and European professional model as well as a junior home table edition.
Timeline of Accomplishments
1969 - Started playing foosball against military "GI's" stationed in San Antonio, Tx.
1975 - Won the San Antonio city championship, Texas state championship, the Tornado national championships in singles, and the Tournament soccer table's single national championships in singles
1975 - Mentioned in Sports Illustrated magazine for foosball accomplishments
1976 - Runner-up in the national singles championship. Played on the foosball tour
1976 - 1978 - Numerous tour titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events
1981 - 1993 - Steve worked for 3 different foosball companies including the Tornado, Dynamo, and Striker foosball companies in many different capacities.
1994 - Steve designed his first independent foosball table which he called "Spaceball" which led to the "Professional" model
2001 - Steve was inducted into the “Foosball Hall of Fame”. He received this prestigious award in a ceremony in Las Vegas.
2004 - Steve designed his current “Xfoos” foosball table. Xfoos stands for “Extreme foosball” and this is what Steve plans to bring to the world of foosball.