Bertram Albert "Bert" Patenaude is at the center of one of the great statistical discrepancies in World Cup history -- who scored the first-ever hat trick?
The Massachusetts-born center forward helped lead the United States to its best-ever World Cup finish in 1930, where it took third place ahead of fellow semifinalist Yugoslavia by virtue of allowing one less goal. No third-place match was held in the inaugural tournament.
Patenaude scored the final goal in the United States' first World Cup match, a 3-0 win over Belgium on July 13, with Bert McGhee registering the first two.
Patenaude is often credited with scoring the first World Cup hat trick four days later in a 3-0 victory against Paraguay at the Parque Central Stadium in Montevideo. Some sources, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, credit Patenaude with all three goals. Others credit one of the tallies to Thomas Florie.
Argentina's Guillermo Stabile hit a hat trick two days later in a 6-3 win over Mexico.
Patenaude had begun his American Soccer League career with Philadelphia in 1928, and went on to play for J&P Coats, Fall River Marksmen, Newark Americans, New York Yankees and New York Giants. He scored 114 goals in 158 league matches from 1928 to 1931 in the ASL. He won the U.S. Open Cup in 1930 and 1931 with Fall River and scored five goals in the first leg of the 1931 final against Chicago Bricklayers. He won a third Open Cup in 1935 with St. Louis Central Breweries.
He was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1971.