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1933 Pittsburgh Pirates season
Head Coach Forrest Douds
Home Field Forbes Field
Results
Record 3–6–2
Place 5th Eastern Division
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
N/A 1934

The 1933 Pittsburgh Pirates was the debut season of the team that would eventually become the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team was founded after Pennsylvania relaxed its blue laws that, prior to 1933, prohibited sporting events from taking place on Sundays, when most NFL games took place. The new squad was composed largely of local semi-pro players, many of whom played for sports promoter Art Rooney. Rooney became the Pirates owner, paying the NFL a $2,500 fee to join the league. Except for a brief period in 1940 and '41, Rooney would remain the franchise's principle owner until his death in 1988. The Rooney family has retained a controlling interest ever since. The team would take the field for the first time on September 20 against the New York Giants at Forbes Field, losing 23–2. The following week, the team would get its first win, defeating the Chicago Cardinals at home 14–13.

The team would finish 3–6–2 for the season.

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game Site
1 September 20, 1933 New York Giants L 23–2 Forbes Field
2 September 27, 1933 Chicago Cardinals W 14–13 Forbes Field
3 October 4, 1933 Boston Redskins L 21–6 Forbes Field
4 October 11, 1933 Cincinnati Reds W 17–3 Forbes Field
5 October 15, 1933 Green Bay Packers L 47–0 City Stadium
6 October 22, 1933 Cincinnati Reds T 0–0 Redland Field
7 October 29, 1933 Boston Redskins W 16–14 Fenway Park
8 November 5, 1933 Brooklyn Dodgers T 3–3 Ebbets Field
9 November 12, 1933 Brooklyn Dodgers L 32–0 Forbes Field
10 November 19, 1933 Philadelphia Eagles L 25–6 Baker Bowl
11 December 3, 1933 New York Giants L 27–3 Polo Grounds

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 11 3 0 .786 244 101 W-7
Brooklyn Dodgers 5 4 1 .556 93 54 L-2
Boston Redskins 5 5 2 .500 103 97 T-1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 5 1 .375 77 158 L-2
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 6 2 .333 67 208 L-3

Game summariesEdit

Week 2 (Wednesday September 20, 1933): New York Giants Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 7 0 16 23
Pirates 0 0 0 2 2



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 20,000
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Week 3 (Wednesday September 27, 1933): Chicago Cardinals Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 6 7 0 0 13
Pirates 0 7 0 7 14



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 5,000
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Week 4 (Wednesday October 4, 1933): Boston Redskins Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 0 7 7 21
Pirates 0 0 0 6 6



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 15,000
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Week 5 (Wednesday October 11, 1933): Cincinnati Reds Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Reds 3 0 0 0 3
Pirates 7 0 0 10 17



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 5 (Sunday October 15, 1933): Green Bay Packers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0
Packers 7 20 13 7 47



City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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  • Game attendance: 4,000
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Week 6 (Sunday October 22, 1933): Cincinnati Reds Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0



at Redland Field, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Week 7 (Sunday October 29, 1933): Boston Redskins Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 9 7 0 16
Redskins 7 0 0 7 14



at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

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  • Game attendance: 7,500
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Week 8 (Sunday November 5, 1933): Brooklyn Dodgers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 3 3
Dodgers 3 0 0 0 3



at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

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  • Game attendance: 15,000
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Week 9 (Sunday November 12, 1933): Brooklyn Dodgers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Dodgers 6 7 13 6 32
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 12,000
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Scoring drives:

  • BrooklynKelly 15 run (kick failed)
  • BrooklynKelly 70 punt return (Hickman kick)
  • BrooklynNash 61 pass from Cagle (kick failed)
  • BrooklynKelly 2 run (Kelly kick)
  • BrooklynFishel 7 run (kick failed)

Week 10 (Sunday November 19, 1933): Philadelphia Eagles Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 6 6
Eagles 6 0 13 6 25



at Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 6,000
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Week 12 (Sunday December 3, 1933): New York Giants Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 3 0 0 3
Giants 0 0 7 20 27



at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

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  • Game attendance: 10,000
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ReferencesEdit

Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Chicago Bears
Brooklyn Chicago Cardinals
New York Cincinnati
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Portsmouth
NFL Championship

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