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Pittsburgh Steelers founded | July 8, 1933

Though this site is about the history of amusement parks, there are other amusements that are historic in their own way. In this case, today is the first home game of the season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and so let’s take a look at two newspaper articles from July 8 and 9, 1933, in The Pittsburgh Press.

1933-07-08 The Pittsburgh Press (p9)
From The Pittsburgh Press, July 8, 1933, on page 9.

The NFL will expand to 10 or 11 teams. The two favorites were Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, while Philadelphia was expected to make a strong attempt to have a franchise.

1933-07-09 The Pittsburgh Press (pSports-1)
From The Pittsburgh Press, on July 9, 1933, in the Sports section, page 1.

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Cincinnati were all awarded franchises, while the Staten Island Stapeltons (or Stapes), a previously existing NFL team, elected to take a year absence (they never returned to the NFL). The Cincinnati franchise was called the Reds, and they only survived for one and a half seasons. Of course, the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia franchises continue to operate today.

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