1937 Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL) season

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1937 Pittsburgh Pirates season
Head coach John McNally
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 4–7
Division place 3rd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1937 Pittsburgh Pirates (later to be known as the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1940) finished the season with a 4-7 record and placed 3rd in their division with John McNally as their head coach.

Offseason[edit]

1937 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1937 NFL Draft
Pittsburgh Pirates 1937 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 5 5 Mike Basrak Center Duquesne Played until 1938
2 5 15 Bob Finley Guard Southern Methodist Played Professional Baseball, never played in NFL
3 5 25 Bill Breeden End Oklahoma Played 1 season in 1937
4 5 35 Elmo "Bo" Hewes End Oklahoma Never played NFL
5 5 45 Jack Frye End Missouri Never Played NFL
6 5 55 Walt Roach Back Virginia Military Institute
7 5 65 Byron Haines Back Washington Played 1 season in 1937
8 5 75 Marty Kordick End St. Mary's (CA)
9 5 85 Matt Patanelli Tackle Michigan Never Played in NFL

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 5, 1937 Philadelphia Eagles W 27-14
2 September 19, 1937 @ Brooklyn Dodgers W 21-0
3 September 26, 1937 New York Giants L 10-7
4 October 4, 1937 Chicago Bears L 7-0
5 October 10, 1937 @ Detroit Lions L 7-3
6 October 17, 1937 @ Washington Redskins L 34-20
7 October 24, 1937 Chicago Cardinals L 13-7
8 October 31, 1937 Philadelphia Eagles W 16-7
9 November 7, 1937 @ New York Giants L 17-0
10 November 14, 1937 Washington Redskins W 21-13
11 November 21, 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers L 23-0

Game Summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 5, 1937): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 0 7 14
Pirates 7 0 7 13 27

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 8,588
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Sunday September 19, 1937): Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

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

at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 18,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Sunday September 26, 1937): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 7 0 3 10
Pirates 0 0 7 0 7

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 33,095
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • New York – Richards 13 pass from Danowski (Manton kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Karcis 4 run (Niccolai kick)
  • New York – FG Manton 13

Week 4 (Monday October 4, 1937): Chicago Bears[edit]

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 22,511
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Chicago Bears – Nolting 13 run (Manders kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 10, 1937): Detroit Lions[edit]

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

at Titan Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 16,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 11
  • Detroit – Caddel 2 run (Clark kick)

Week 6 (Sunday October 17, 1937): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 13 0 7 20
Redskins 7 0 13 14 34

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 12,835
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Washington – Battles 65 interception (Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – McNally 43 pass from Fiske (Weinstock kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 55 pass from McNally (kick blocked)
  • Washington – Malone 7 pass from Baugh
  • Washington – Justice 3 pass from Smith (Smith kick)
  • Washington – Battles 60 run (Smith kick)
  • Washington – Battles 62 run (Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – McNally 2 pass from Karcis (Niccolai kick)

Week 7 (Sunday October 24, 1937): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 8,963
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Chicago Cardinals – Deskin 18 pass from Coffee (May kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Lawrence 2 run (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Davidson 65 pass from Fiske (Weinstock kick)

Week 8 (Sunday October 31, 1937): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 0 0 0 7
Pirates 6 3 7 0 16

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 2,772
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Philadelphia – Pilconis 22 fumble run (Smukler kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Davidson 87 interception (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 27
  • Pittsburgh – Sortet 26 pass from Gildea (Niccolai kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 7, 1937): New York Giants[edit]

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

at Polo Grounds, New York, NY

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 21,447
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • New York – Burnett 5 pass from Danowski (Manton kick)
  • New York – FG Cuf 35
  • New York – Soar 25 interception

Week 10 (Sunday November 14, 1937): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 6 0 0 7 13
Pirates 7 2 3 9 21

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 12,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Washington – Pinckert 3 pass from Smith (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Davidson 68 run (Weinstock kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Baugh tackled in end zone by Mayhew
  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 21
  • Washington – Justice 40 pass from Baugh (Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 41
  • Pittsburgh – Karcis 21 run (kick failed)

Week 11 (Sunday November 21, 1937): Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dodgers 0 0 13 10 23
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0
  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 3,706
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Brooklyn – Parker 2 run (Parker kick)
  • Brooklyn – Parker 44 punt return (kick failed)
  • Brooklyn – FG Maniaci 29
  • Brooklyn – Mitchell 15 pass from Parker (Maniaci kick)

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 8 3 0 .727 6–2 195 120 W3
New York Giants 6 3 2 .667 5–2–1 128 109 L1
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 7 0 .364 4–4 122 145 L1
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 7 1 .300 2–5–1 82 174 T1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 2–6 86 177 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References[edit]