1933 Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL) season

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1933 Pittsburgh Pirates season
Head coach Forrest Douds
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 3–6–2
Division 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 principal owner until his death in 1988. The Rooney family has retained a controlling interest ever since. The team took 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 got its first win, defeating the Chicago Cardinals at home 14–13.

The team finished 3–6–2 for the season.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

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

Standings[edit]

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 summaries[edit]

Week 1 (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 2 (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

  • Game time:
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  • Game attendance: 5,000
  • Referee:
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Week 3 (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

  • Game time:
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  • Game attendance: 15,000
  • Referee:
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Scoring drives:

Week 4 (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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  • Game attendance: 5,000
  • Referee:
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Week 5 (Sunday October 15, 1933): at 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

  • Game time:
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  • Game attendance: 4,000
  • Referee:
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Week 6 (Sunday October 22, 1933): at 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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Scoring drives:

  • none

Week 7 (Sunday October 29, 1933): at 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

  • Game time:
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  • Game attendance: 7,500
  • Referee:
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Week 8 (Sunday November 5, 1933): at 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

  • Game time:
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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

  • Game time:
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  • Game attendance: 12,000
  • Referee:
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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): at 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

  • Game time:
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  • Game attendance: 6,000
  • Referee:
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Scoring drives:

Week 12 (Sunday December 3, 1933): at 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

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 10,000
  • Referee:
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Scoring drives:

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