1934 Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL) season

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1934 Pittsburgh Pirates season
Head coach Luby DiMeolo
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 2–10
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1933 1935

The 1934 NFL Pittsburgh Pirates (later to become the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1940) began the season with a new coach, Luby DiMeolo, but again found themselves finishing in 5th place in the Eastern Division. The Pirates suffered a miserable 2–10 season, in which they were shut out in 5 games and only scored more than 10 points in 3 games.

One point of interest of the season was the arrival of John McNally for one season from the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately this All-Pro and future Hall of Famer did not have much of an impact for the Pirates before returning to the Packers the next season.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 9, 1934 Cincinnati Reds W 13–0
2 September 16, 1934 Boston Redskins L 0–7
3 September 26, 1934 Philadelphia Eagles L 0–7
4 October 3, 1934 New York Giants L 12–14
5 October 7, 1934 at Philadelphia Eagles W 9–7
6 October 10, 1934 Chicago Bears L 0–28
7 October 14, 1934 at Boston Redskins L 0–39
8 October 21, 1934 at New York Giants L 7–17
9 October 28, 1934 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 3–21
10 November 4, 1934 at Detroit Lions L 7–40
11 November 11, 1934 at St. Louis Gunners L 0–6
12 November 18, 1934 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 0–10

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 5 0 .615 147 107 L-1
Boston Redskins 6 6 0 .500 107 94 W-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 4 7 0 .364 61 153 L-3
Philadelphia Eagles 4 7 0 .364 127 85 W-2
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 10 0 .167 51 206 L-7

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 9, 1934): Cincinnati Reds[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Pirates 0 7 0 6 13

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 14,164
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Clark 27 lateral from Sorlet after pass from Heller (Kelsch kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Kelsch 13
  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 13

Week 2 (Sunday September 16, 1934): Boston Redskins[edit]

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 17,171
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Boston – Malone 16 pass from Hokuf (Battles kick)

Week 4 (Wednesday September 26, 1934): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 7 3 17
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 11,559
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Philadelphia – Hanson 16 run (Hanson kick)
  • Philadelphia – Hanson 34 pass from Kirkman (Hajek kick)
  • Philadelphia – FG Wiener 17

Week 5 (Wednesday October 3, 1934): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 0 7 0 14
Pirates 6 6 0 0 12

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 13,020
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • New York – Badgro 25 pass from Newman (Newman kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Skladany 28 pass from Heller (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Heller 2 run (kick failed)
  • New York – Strong 7 run (Newman kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 7, 1934): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 3 0 0 6 9
Eagles 0 0 0 7 7

at Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 9,000
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 28
  • Pittsburgh – Brovelli 5 run (kick blocked)
  • Philadelphia – Gonya 4 pass from Barnhardt (Kirkman kick)

Week 6 (Wednesday October 10, 1934): Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 0 14 28
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 19,386
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Chicago Bears – Ronzani 6 pass from Burmbaugh (Manders kick)
  • Chicago Bears – Feathers 82 run (Manders kick)
  • Chicago Bears – Molesworth 2 run (Manders kick)
  • Chicago Bears – Johnsos 3 pass from Molesworth (Manders kick)

Week 6 (Sunday October 14, 1934): Boston Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0
Redskins 13 6 20 0 39

at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 15,515
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Boston – Malone pass from Hokuf (kick failed)
  • Boston – Battles run (Wright kick)
  • Boston – Battles 19 run (kick failed)
  • Boston – Wright 59 run (Wright kick)
  • Boston – Pinckert run (kick failed)
  • Boston – McPhail 14 fumble return (McPhail kick)

Week 7 (Sunday October 21, 1934): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 7 7
Giants 3 0 7 7 17

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 11,000
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • New York – FG Strong 44
  • New York – Strong 2 run (Strong kick)
  • New York – Smith 3 run (Molenda kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Sortet 21 pass from Vaughn (Kelsck kick)

Week 8 (Sunday October 28, 1934): Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 3 0 0 0 3
Dodgers 7 0 0 14 21

at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 8,000
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Brooklyn – Grossman 72 punt return (Kercheval kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 50
  • Brooklyn – Grossman 26 pass from Cagle (Kercheval kick)
  • Brooklyn – Kercheval 15 pass from Montgomery (Kercheval kick)

The game is the first in NFL history to not feature any penalties by either team.[1]

Week 9 (Sunday November 4, 1934): Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 7 0 0 6 13
Lions 7 13 13 7 40

"at University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 6,000
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Skladany 62 pass from Vaughn (Niccolai kick)
  • Detroit – F. Christensen 1 run (Clark kick)
  • Detroit – Clark 45 run (kick failed)
  • Detroit – Ebding 37 pass from Caddel (Clark kick)

Week 10 (Sunday November 11, 1934): St. Louis Gunners[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0
Gunners 0 6 0 0 6

at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 13,678
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • St. Louis – FG Senn 35
  • St. Louis – FG Alford 12

Week 11 (Sunday November 18, 1934): Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dodgers 0 0 10 0 10
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 9,087
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Brooklyn – Kercheval 23 pass from Cagle (Kercheval kick)
  • Brooklyn – FG Kercheval 22

References[edit]

Roster[edit]

Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs
Angelo Brovelli 24 B 5 5 193 6’0 St. Mary's (CA) August 21, 1910 1
Ben Ciccone 25 C 11 0 197 5’10 Duquesne October 10, 1909 R
James Clark B 9 3 170 5’9 Pittsburgh unknown 1
Jack Dempsey 22 T 1 1 225 6’2 Bucknell 3/12/1912 R
Jap Douds 29 T-G-C 11 8 216 5’10 Washington & Jefferson April 21, 1905 4
Norm Greeney 24 G 11 3 212 5’11 Notre Dame 5/7/1910 1
Warren Heller 24 HB-TB 12 12 195 5’11 Pittsburgh November 24, 1910 R
George Kavel 24 HB 1 1 170 5’11 Carnegie Mellon March 3, 1910 R
Mose Kelsch 37 FB-HB 8 0 223 5’10 none January 31, 1897 1
Zvonimir Kvaternik 23 G 1 0 210 5’11 Kansas October 18, 1911 R
Jim Levey 28 B 1 1 156 5’10 none September 13, 1906 R
Basilio Marchi 25 G-C 5 4 220 6’2 NYU July 14, 1909 R
Harry Marker 24 B 1 0 155 5’6 West Virginia September 17, 1910 R
Johnny McNally 31 TB-HB-WB-BB-DB 5 1 188 6’1 N.D., St. John's (MN), Wis-River Falls November 27, 1903 9
Buster Mott 25 B 1 0 193 5’8 Georgia June 21, 1909 1
Armand Niccolai 23 T-G 12 12 226 6’2 Duquesne 11/8/1911 R
Cap Oehler 24 C-LB 12 12 204 6’0 Purdue 8/5/1910 1
Bill Potts HB 1 0 200 Villanova unknown R
Jess Quatse 26 T 12 12 226 5’11 Pittsburgh April 4, 1908 1
Alex Rado 23 HB-DB 8 4 200 6’1 West Virginia Tech July 19, 1911 R
Peter Rajkovich 23 FB-LB 3 3 190 5’10 Detroit Mercy January 17, 1911 R
Dave Ribble 27 G-T 10 8 225 6’1 Hardin-Simmons March 28, 1907 2
Jack Roberts 24 B 6 0 210 6’0 Georgia September 27, 1910 2
Pete Saumer 24 B 3 0 195 6’1 St. Olaf April 30, 1910 R
Joe Skladany 23 E 12 12 210 5’10 Pittsburgh May 25, 1911 R
Ben Smith 23 E-BB-DE 11 10 208 6’3 Alabama June 16, 1911 1
Bull Snyder 23 G 5 0 230 6’2 Ohio October 29, 1911 R
Bill Sortet 22 E 12 1 187 6’1 West Virginia June 25, 1912 1
Ray Tesser 22 E-DE 12 1 204 6’2 Carnegie Mellon 6/2/1912 1
Harp Vaughan 31 B 11 7 150 5’7 none November 19, 1903 1
Henry Weinberg 24 G-T 8 1 190 5’7 Duquesne 3/4/1910 R
Silvio Zaninelli 21 B 11 11 207 5’10 Duquesne 12/9/1913 R