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June 20, 1943

THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 20, 1943

* Pittsburgh Steelers & Philadelphia Eagles merge
* Phil-Pitt Steagles
* NFL football - World War II era

The front page of the sport's section (inside) has one column headings: "FOOTBALL LEAGUE APPROVES MERGER" "Eagles and Steelers Combine--Cards-Bears Union Out--Eight Teams to Play" First report coverage on the merger between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles during a shortage of players due to World War II. Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news,sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 100+ page Sunday edition, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: During World War II, the Steelers experienced player shortages. They twice merged with other NFL franchises to field a team. During the 1943 season, they merged with the Philadelphia Eagles forming the "Phil-Pitt Eagles" and were known as the "Steagles." This team went 5–4–1. In 1944, they merged with the Chicago Cardinals and were known as Card-Pitt (or, mockingly, as the "Carpets").[6] This team finished 0–10, marking the only winless team in franchise history.

Category: The 20th Century

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