Posts tagged football.

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 12, 1892 

The world’s first pro football game kicks off at Rec Park as "Pudge" Heffelfinger is paid $12,900 by the Allegheny Athletic Association.


1980s: "Remembering L. C. Greenwood"

Although L.C. Greenwood displayed the qualities of NFL Hall of Famers and was a finalist twice for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he never was elected. He was a Pittsburgh legend nevertheless. No doubt about it. During his 13-year career with the Steelers, he helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls and seven division titles.

When Greenwood died on Sunday, team Chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement, “L.C. was one of the most beloved Steelers during the most successful period in team history and he will be missed by the entire organization. He will forever be remembered for what he meant to the Steelers both on and off the field.”

The Steelers drafted L.C.Greenwood in 1969, the same year they picked Joe Greene in the NFL draft. For 11 years, he teamed with “Mean Joe” at left tackle as part of the legendary “Steel Curtain,” the defense that brought glory and fame to the Steelers.

"L.C. was a quiet guy; he didn’t attempt to position himself as the center of attention even though he played an integral part of that front four," said former Steelers scout Bill Nunn, who had scouted Mr. Greenwood. "I used to call him and Jack Ham the quiet assassins because neither one of them would say a word, or put on a show for you. They both just went about their business quietly."

His speed, his athleticism and his tactics earned L.C Greenwood a reputation of a great player. He also was famous for his gold-colored shoes he wore on the football field and his nickname “Hollywood Bags” — he earned it because he claimed he kept his bags ready to go so he could leave quickly when Hollywood calls.

Mr. Greenwood lived in Point Breeze after being cut by the Steelers before the 1982 season. He died last Sunday at age 67.

— Mila Sanina  

Pittsburgh Pirates football team photo, 1933 (via

On This Day in Pitsburgh History: September 20, 1933 

Modern professional football began in Pittsburgh when the Pittsburgh Pirates, under ownership of Arthur J. Rooney, lost 23-2 to the New York Giants before 25,000 at Forbes Field. [Historic Pittsburgh]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: January 21, 1979 

The Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl 35-31 over the Dallas Cowboys. Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is named Super Bowl MVP[Youtube

Super Bowl 1975 - Steelers vs. Vikings (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: January 12, 1975 

Steelers win the Super Bowl in New Orleans, 16-6 over Minnesota Vikings. Ten thousand people invade Downtown area after victory; 224 were arrested for drunkenness. [Historic Pittsburgh

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 27, 1975

The Steelers wave Terrible Towels for the first time as they take the Three Rivers field for a divisional playoff against Baltimore. Andy Russell wins the game on a 93-yard return for a touchdown.  [Wikipedia

From Pittsburgh Magazine (2010):

In 1975, Cope’s bosses at WTAE Radio asked him to come up with a clever promotional gimmick for the station that would be embraced by Steelers fans. After considering black masks emblazoned with then-head coach Chuck Noll’s motto, “Whatever It Takes,” Cope came up with a less expensive idea: a gold rally towel.  Cope spent several weeks promoting the idea on the radio, with little apparent success. He even took a sample towel into the Steelers’ locker room for a straw poll.

"I think your idea stinks," said linebacker Jack Ham.  One can imagine Cope reacting to Ham’s assessment with his trademark, “Feh!” (more)

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 26, 1991

Steelers coach Chuck Noll retires after 23 seasons, 209 wins, seven title games and four Super Bowl wins, the most by any NFL coach. [Wikipedia

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 23, 1972 

In the first Steelers playoff in 25 years (and their first postseason win), Franco Harris salvages a Terry Bradshaw pass in the greatest NFL play in history—to beat the Raiders 13-7 at Three RiversArt Rooney and Bob Prince miss the play while in the elevator to the locker room. [Wikipedia; Pro Football Hall of Fame]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 21, 1947 

Forbes Field hosts the city’s first NFL Playoff game as the Steelers lose to Philadelphia.


Mel Blount. Cornerback. Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-1983). Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV Champion. Hall of Fame, Class of ‘89.

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 12, 1892 

The world’s first pro football game kicks off at Rec Park as "Pudge" Heffelfinger is paid $12,900 by the Allegheny Athletic Association.

Pitt vs. Notre Dame program, 1965 [Pitt Script Logo]

Dorsett of the Pittsburgh Panthers on the cover of Sports Illustrated, November 1976 (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 23, 1976 

Pitt’s Tony Dorsett breaks the all-time NCAA college football rushing record. [Wikipedia


Nov. 10, 1956: When Pittsburgh was a smoky steelmaking powerhouse, Pitt Stadium was its football mecca. On this day, 58,679 fans showed up to watch the Panthers whip Notre Dame 26-13.

Pitt once played its football games at nearby Forbes Field, but under coach Pop Warner the team became so popular the concrete baseball stadium could no longer accomodate the large number of fans seeking admission. So the University of Pittsburgh purchased nine acres of land and hired Pitt graduate W.S. Hindman to design a new venue.

Pitt Stadium was completed in 1925, and on Sept. 26 of that year, Pitt christened the concrete bowl with a 26-0 victory over Washington and Lee. Record attendance for the stadium was reached on Oct. 29, 1938, when 68,918 fans watched Pitt beat Fordham 24-13. Seating changes and new safety rules set by Pittsburgh’s fire marshall reduced the capacity in the 1940s.

Pitt played its final game at the stadium on Nov. 13, 1999. The Panthers defeated Notre Dame 37-27 that day. The old facility went out in rowdy style. With nine seconds remaining in the game, fans rushed onto the field, tore down both goal posts and tore out chunks of artificial turf.

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— Steve Mellon