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
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 and merge two others: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles—the Steagles. Its 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 team’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 record—the first for the Eagles and just the second for the Steelers.             But Last Team Standing isn’t just about football. It’s also about life in the United States during World War II, a time of fear and hope, of sacrifice and momentous change. It’s about rationing, racism, and Rosie the Riveter. It’s about draft boards, bond drives, and movie stars. Above all, it’s about the men and women of the Greatest Generation who couldn’t fight, but helped win the war in immeasurable ways.


“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.