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1938 Pittsburgh Pirates season
Head Coach John McNally
Home Field Forbes Field
Results
Record 2–9
Place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1937 1939

Regular season

Schedule

Week 1 (Friday September 9, 1938): Detroit Lions

1 2 3 4 OT
Pirates 0 0 0 7 7
Lions 9 7 0 0 16



at Titan Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 17,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Detroit – FG Shepherd 27
  • Detroit – Caddel 5 run (kick failed)
  • Detroit – Cardwell 5 run (Moscrip kick)
  • Pittsburgh – White 3 run (Niccolai kick)

Week 1 (Sunday, September 11, 1938): New York Giants

1 2 3 4 OT
Giants 6 14 0 7 27
Pirates 7 7 0 0 14



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 17,340
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – White 4 run (Niccolai kick)
  • New York – Leemans 1 run (kick blocked)
  • Pittsburgh – Manske 23 pass from Filchock (Niccolai kick)
  • New York – Shaffer 3 pass from Danowski (Soar kick)
  • New York – Shaffer 11 pass from Danowski (Cuff kick)
  • New York – Soar 1 run (Soar kick)

Week 2 (Friday September 16, 1938): Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 OT
Eagles 7 13 7 0 27
Pirates 0 0 0 7 7



at Civic Stadium, Buffalo, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 19,749
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Philadelphia – Arnold 20 fumble run (Smukler kick)
  • Philadelphia – Arnold 34 pass from Riffle (Reese kick)
  • Philadelphia – Arnold 23 interception (kick failed)
  • Philadelphia – Riffle 44 run (Smukler kick)
  • Pittsburgh – White 1 run (Niccolai kick)

Week 3 (Friday September 23, 1938): Brooklyn Dodgers

1 2 3 4 OT
Pirates 0 0 7 10 17
Dodgers 3 0 0 0 3



at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 21,494
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Brooklyn – FG Reissig 18
  • Pittsburgh – Manske 27 fumble run (Niccolai kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 5 run (Niccolai kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 18

Week 4 (Monday October 3, 1938): New York Giants

1 2 3 4 OT
Pirates 0 7 0 6 13
Giants 7 0 3 0 10



at Polo Grounds, New York, NY

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 18,805
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • New York – Cuff 18 pass from Danowski (Cuff kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Sortet 24 pass from Filchock (Niccolai kick)
  • New York – FG Cuff 10
  • Pittsburgh – Sortet 13 pass from Filchock (kick failed)

Week 5 (Sunday October 9, 1938): Brooklyn Dodgers

1 2 3 4 OT
Dodgers 0 10 0 7 17
Pirates 0 7 0 0 7



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance:
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Brooklyn – FG Kercheval 34
  • Pittsburgh – Sortet 50 pass from White (Niccolai kick)
  • Brooklyn – Barreturnt 54 pass from Parker (Kercheval kick)
  • Brooklyn – Parker 77 run (Parker kick)

Week 7 (Sunday October 23, 1938): Green Bay Packers

1 2 3 4 OT
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0
Packers 7 0 6 7 20



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 12,142
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Green Bay – Isbell 38 run (Hinkle kick)
  • Green Bay – Laws 38 interception (kick failed)
  • Green Bay – Mullenaux 19 pass from Monnett (Monnett kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 6, 1938): Washington Redskins

1 2 3 4 OT
Redskins 0 0 0 7 7
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0



at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 12,910
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Washington – Karamatic 39 pass from Baugh (Manton kick)

Week 11 (Sunday November 20, 1938): Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 OT
Pirates 0 0 7 0 7
Eagles 7 0 0 7 14



at Laidley Field, Charleston, West Virginia

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 6,500
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Philadelphia – Hewitt pass from Smukler (Smukler kick)
  • Pittsburgh – White 79 run (Niccolai kick)
  • Philadelphia – Carter 11 pas from Smukler (Reese kick)

Week 12 (Sunday November 27, 1938): Washington Redskins

1 2 3 4 OT
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0
Redskins 3 0 0 12 15



at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 22,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Washington – FG Manton 23
  • Washington – Millner pass from Baugh
  • Washington – McChesney 52 pass from Baugh (kick failed)

Week 13 (Tuesday December 4, 1938): Cleveland Rams

1 2 3 4 OT
Rams 7 0 6 0 13
Pirates 0 0 0 7 7



at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 7,500
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – Benton 28 pass from Snyder (Snyder kick)
  • Cleveland – Benton 11 pass from Snyder (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Sortet 8 pass from White (Niccolai kick)

Standings

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 2 1 .800 194 79 W-1
Washington Redskins 6 3 2 .667 148 154 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 4 4 3 .500 131 161 T-1
Philadelphia Eagles 5 6 0 .455 154 164 W-2
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 9 0 .182 79 169 L-6

References

Eastern Division Western Division
Brooklyn Chicago Bears
New York Chicago Cardinals
Philadelphia Cleveland
Pittsburgh Detroit
Washington Green Bay
1938 NFL DraftNFL Championship
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