Last Team Standing by Matthew Algeo
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Last Team Standing
By Matthew Algeo

Last Team Standing

How the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, the Steagles, Saved Pro Football During World War II

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Last Team Standing by Matthew Algeo

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This work takes a look at the American home front during World War II, through the eyes of a unique chapter in American Football history. During the Second World War, the American National Football League faced a crisis unimaginable today: a shortage of players. By 1943, so many players were in the armed forces that the league was forced to fold one team and merge two others: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Thus were born the Steagles. The Steagles comprised military draft rejects, aging stars lured out of retirement and even a few active servicemen who managed to get leave for the games. The centre was deaf in one ear, the wide receiver was blind in one eye (and partially blind in another), and the halfback had bleeding ulcers. The team was jointly coached by two former NFL Hall of Famers who hated each others guts. Yet somehow, this motley and woebegone bunch managed to post a winning record - the first in the history of the Eagles and the second in the history of the Steelers, and beat two powerhouses (the Redskins and the Giants). They are perhaps the least remembered great team in sports history, and their fascinating story has never before been told in depth. But "Last Team Standing" isn't just about football. It's also about life in the United States during the Second World War, a time of fear and hope, of sacrifice and greed, of change - and violent resistance to it. It's about rationing, recycling drives and racism. It's about draft boards, bond drives, the A-bomb and movie stars. Above all it's about men and women who couldn't fight, but helped win the war in humbler ways.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306815768
ISBN-10: 0306815761
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Matthew Algeo

Matthew Algeo is a reporter for Marketplace, a radio news programme with a weekly audience of more than 8 million people. He's won many awards for his reporting, and lives in Virginia, USA.

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