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June 20, 1943

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, sport's section only, Massachusetts, June 20, 1943

* Pittsburgh Steelers & Philadelphia Eagles merge
* Phil-Pitt Steagles
* NFL football - World War II era
* Sport's section only

The front page of this section has a two column heading: "Steelers and Eagles Merge In National Football League" First report coverage on the merger between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles during a shortage of players due to World War II.
Other sporting news of the day. Complete sport's section only with all 8 pages, light toning at the margins, good 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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