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Last Team Standing|Matthew Algeo
Last Team Standing : How the Steelers and the Eagles-The Steagles-Saved Pro Football During World War II
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Tracing the history of the National Football League during World War II, this book delves into the severe player shortage during the war which led to the merging of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles, creating the "Steagles." The team's center was deaf in one ear, its wide receiver was blind in one eye (and partially blind in the other), and its halfback had bleeding ulcers. One player was so old he'd never before played football with a helmet. Yet somehow, this group of players--deemed unfit for military service due to age or physical ailment--posted a winning record in the league, to the surprise of players and fans alike. Digging into the history of the war paralleled by the unlikely story of the Steagles franchise, both sports fans and history buffs will learn about the cultural significance of this motley crew of ball players during a trying time in United States history.

 

  • ISBN-13: 9781613748855
  • ISBN-10: 161374885X
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Dimensions: 8.96 x 6.1 x 0.59 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
  • Page Count: 270