The Steelers Encyclopedia
Publication: Sep 12
8.3125 x 10.875
302 tables, 209 halftones
The definitive history of the Pittsburgh SteelersRead Chapter 1 (pdf).
The definitive history of the Pittsburgh Steelers The Steelers Encyclopedia Chuck Finder The pitiful Pittsburgh Pirates, established in 1933 by the inimitable "Chief," Art Rooney Sr. defied both belief and the odds by becoming the six-time Super Bowl champions that the Pittsburgh Steelers are today. They began as lovable losers, the Pirates, degenerating into the Same Old Steelers, the Steagles, and the Car-Pitts, but wound up one of professional sports' most iconic franchises. In The Steelers Encyclopedia, veteran sportswriter Chuck Finder nimbly chronicles this remarkable team from conception to Immaculate Reception to today. From turnovers to the Terrible Towel, Finder interviews nearly 100 ex-Steelers, coaches, front-office personnel, and fans, and includes more than 150 photographs-many of them never published before. In The Steelers Encyclopedia, fans will- Read about wild behind-the-scenes tales such as: ";Jack Lambert, the gap-toothed linebacker considered the game's scariest player, screaming down a hallway clad in his undies, boots, and cowboy hat because he was afraid of a teammate's prank snake ";One Super Bowl team making an unscheduled pit stop because they, um, imbibed too many celebratory refreshments after leaving the stadium ";Driving with the club's legendary founding father, Art Rooney Sr., to his day job-the horse track Get a look at the stars, the games, and the franchise: ";New details about the Rooneys, the sale of their team, the difficult times and decisions they faced in surviving, then thriving ";Characters ranging from bonus-baby Byron "Whizzer" White, a future U.S. Supreme Court Justice, to league MVPs Bill Dudley and Terry Bradshaw ";The parade of Hall of Fame ex-Steelers that continues in 2012 with Dermontti Dawson and Jack Butler . . . and includes one Canton honoree who was almost moved to a different position and another whose career took off upon ditching his glasses for contacts ";The nasal voice that provided the team's historic soundtrack and belonged to the inventor of the Terrible Towel, Myron Cope Learn the Steelers by the numbers: ";A year-by-year history of the team from 1933 to the present, with stats from each season ";Chapters about each Super Bowl and the scouting staff responsible for building champions ";Individual profiles of every Steelers head coach and more than100 Steelers players-from Jerome Bettis to Rod Woodson ";Revealing the man who wrote the Steelers polka, the kid who named the Steel Curtain, and the first weightlifting coach of the Super Steelers ";The cheerleaders-both female and male For everyone who lives in Steeler Nation, this is the most comprehensive history of football's most beloved franchise, the Black and Gold. Chuck Finder was a sportswriter and columnist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 25 years, covering the Steelers in Super Bowls XXX, XL, and XLIII. He also served as a correspondent to CBSSports.com and the New York Times. A contributor to several books about Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania sports, he has also worked for the Birmingham News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Sports/General Interest/History September 336 pages, 302 tables, 185 b/w illustrations, 8 3/8 x 10 7/8" Cloth 978-1-4399-0832-7 $35.00T £25.99
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments 1 Beginnings (1933–1947) 2 The Owners 3 Generation Lost (1948–1968) 4 The Coaches 5 Scouting 6 The Man and His Towel 7 The Players 8 The Super ’70s 9 The Super Bowls 10 The Hall of Fame 11 The Super Second Generation (1980– ) 12 Steelers Nation 13 Stadia 14 Sidelines Appendix: Statistics