Last Team Standing

Last Team Standing
Last Team Standing

Last Team Standing

How the Steelers and the Eagles—"The Steagles"—Saved Pro Football During World War II
By Matthew Algeo


288 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

ISBN 9781613748855

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2013)


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An almost unknown chapter of sporting—and American—history

Tracing the history of the National Football League during World War II, this book delves into the severe player shortage during the war which led to the merging of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles, creating the “Steagles.” The team’s center was deaf in one ear, its wide receiver was blind in one eye (and partially blind in the other), and its halfback had bleeding ulcers. One player was so old he’d never before played football with a helmet. Yet somehow, this group of players—deemed unfit for military service due to age or physical ailment—posted a winning record in the league, to the surprise of players and fans alike. Digging into the history of the war paralleled by the unlikely story of the Steagles franchise, both sports fans and history buffs will learn about the cultural significance of this motley crew of ball players during a trying time in United States history.


“Algeo’s account . . . is a colorful and sympathetic one about the struggles and determination of a handful of men.”  —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A great account of how different life was during World War II . . . geared toward both football fans and history buffs.” —Penn State Daily Collegian

Author Biography

Matthew Algeo is the award-winning author of Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure and The President Is a Sick Man. He has reported from four continents for public radio’s All Things Considered, Marketplace, and Morning Edition. He lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.