Kertesz, Adolf : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Kertesz, Adolf

Adolf was the youngest of the three Kertesz brothers who played for the Hungarian National team (with Gyula Kertesz and Vilmos Kertesz), Adolf was a left halfback and appeared in 11 international games between 1911-1920.

Accoring to Andrew Handler in From the Ghetto to the Games, Kertesz played with an effortless style, displayed perfect technique, possessed remarkable instinct, and was a pinpoint passer, despite being hampered with weakness in one of his arms.

Kertesz died in 1920 at the age of 28, a victim of a car accident.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1892 - d. 1920

Career Highlights:
A halfback for most of his career, Kertesz was a top player in Hungary in the 1910s. A member of the club team, MTK Budapest, he helped them win the Hungarian Championship in 1914 and 1917-1918 (the league did not play in 1915 or 1916 due to World War II). Kertesz also played for the National team during this time (1911-1920) and appeared in 11 games, but did not score during his international career.


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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
From the Ghetto to the Games: Jewish Athletes in Hungary, by Andrew Handler (Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs, 1985)