Last Team Standing

Last Team Standing

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During World War II, the 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 (the Cleveland Rams) and merge two others: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. And so the Steagles were born, with a roster that included military draft rejects, aging stars lured out of retirement, and even a couple of active servicemen who managed to get leave for the games. The teama€™s center was deaf in one ear, its wide receiver was blind in one eye, and its halfback had bleeding ulcers. One player was so old he'd never played football with a helmet. Yet, somehow, this motley bunch managed to post a winning recorda€”the first for the Eagles and just the second for the Steelers. But Last Team Standing isna€™t just about football. Ita€™s also about life in the United States during World War II, a time of fear and hope, of sacrifice and momentous change. Ita€™s about rationing, racism, and Rosie the Riveter. Ita€™s about draft boards, bond drives, and movie stars. Above all, ita€™s about the men and women of the Greatest Generation who couldna€™t fight, but helped win the war in immeasurable ways. Matthew Algeo is the author of Harry Trumana€™s Excellent Adventure and The President Is a Sick Man. An award-winning journalist, Algeo has reported from four continents for public radioa€™s All Things Considered, Marketplace, and Morning Edition.Epilogue: V-J. Day. 206 206 207 207 207 208 208 209 209 209 210 210 210 210 211 211 212 212 213 213 213 213 214 a€œLast fall . ... (Layden): Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, JanThe Carpits, a€ as well as contemporaneous newspaper reports and my interview with Ted Doyle. The minutes of the ... Vic Sears explained how he helped his friend John Eibner in an interview with the author. My account of theanbsp;...

Title:Last Team Standing
Author:Matthew Algeo
Publisher:Chicago Review Press - 2013-09-01


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