Last Team Standing: How the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles-The "St Eagles"-Saved Pro Football During World War II

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Last Team Standing: How the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles-The "St Eagles"-Saved Pro Football During World War II

Format:  Paperback,

270 pages

Publisher: Da Capo Press

Publish Date: Aug 2007

ISBN-13: 9780306815768

ISBN-10: 0306815761

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During World War II, the national Football League faced a crisis unimaginable today: a shortage of players. By 1943, so many players were in the armed forces that the league was forced to fold one team (the Cleveland Rams) and merge two others: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Thus were the "Steagles" born. The Steagles included military draft rejects, a superstar lured out of retirement, and even a few active-duty servicemen who got leave for the games. Yet, somehow, this motley crew posted a winning record-the first in Eagles' history and the second in Steelers' history. A book about football, about life during the war, "Last Team Standing" is, above all, about those of the Greatest Generation who, against all odds, contributed to America's war effort in the unlikeliest ways.

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Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publish Date: Aug 2007
ISBN-13: 9780306815768
ISBN-10: 0306815761
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 270
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.91 x 0.8 x 8.25
Walmart No.: 9780306815768

Chapter outline

Roster: 1943 Phil-Pitt Steaglesp. vii
Preface: 1941p. ix
A Bad Breakp. 1
Keystonersp. 12
New Prioritiesp. 20
Making Changesp. 29
Hatching the Steaglesp. 40
Greasy and Waltp. 57
Unfit for Military Servicep. 78
Birds of Steelp. 100
Chicagop. 120
Strikesp. 141
Thanksgivingp. 166
Survivalp. 186
Win and Inp. 196
Epilogue: V-J Dayp. 206
Postscript: 2003p. 221
Notesp. 229
Acknowledgmentsp. 247
Sourcesp. 249
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 259

Book description

During World War II, the national Football League faced a crisis unimaginable today: a shortage of players. By 1943, so many players were in the armed forces that the league was forced to fold one team (the Cleveland Rams) and merge two others: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Thus were the “Steagles” born. The Steagles included military draft rejects, a superstar lured out of retirement, and even a few active-duty servicemen who got leave for the games.

Yet, somehow, this motley crew posted a winning record-the first in Eagles’ history and the second in Steelers’ history. A book about football, about life during the war, Last Team Standing is, above all, about those of the Greatest Generation who, against all odds, contributed to America’s war effort in the unlikeliest ways.

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