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Rooney : a sporting life

Author: Rob Ruck; Margaret Jones Patterson; Michael P Weber
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born to an Irish Catholic working class family on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Art Rooney (1901-88) dabbled in semipro baseball and boxing before discovering that his real talent lay not in playing sports but in promoting them. Though he was at the center of boxing, baseball, and racing in Pittsburgh and beyond, Rooney is best remembered for his contribution to the NFL, in particular to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Art Rooney; Art Rooney
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Ruck; Margaret Jones Patterson; Michael P Weber
ISBN: 9780803222830 0803222831
OCLC Number: 429227344
Description: xxvi, 641 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Coming to Pittsburgh --
The young athlete: the northside --
On life's learning fields: 1922-28 --
Dreams, depression, and commitment: 1929-33 --
Pittsburgh joins the NFL: 1933-36 --
Rooney's ride: 1937 --
Between the races and the fights: 1937-38 --
Returning to the ring: 1939-41 --
Season of reckoning: 1940-41 --
The world at war: 1941-45 --
The Sutherland Years: 1946-47 --
Shamrock farm --
Same old Steelers: 1948-56 --
Buddy, Bobby, and Bert: 1957-59 --
Renaissance for Pittsburgh, not the Steelers, 1960-64 --
Not the same old Steelers--worse: 1965-68 --
Changing history: 1970-71 --
1972 --
Football's promised land: 1973-74 --
Super redux: 1975 --
City of champions: 1976-79 --
The fourth quarter: 1980-88.
Responsibility: Rob Ruck, Maggie Jones Patterson, and Michael P. Weber.

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