1941 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1941 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Bert Bell, Aldo Donelli, Walt Kiesling
Owner Art Rooney, Bert Bell
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 1–9–1
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1940 1942 >

The 1941 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the club's ninth as a member of the National Football League. In the off season, the team had been sold and then re-acquired (more or less) in a bizarre series of transactions which has come to be referred to as the "Pennsylvania Polka". The roster consisted of many players who had played for the Philadelphia Eagles the previous year, who joined the Steelers as a result of the moves.

Bert Bell became half-owner of the team and he named himself the head coach. After starting the season with two straight losses, Aldo "Buff" Donelli was brought in. Donelli was acting concurrently as head coach at Duquesne University, and when the team's schedules prevented him from fulfilling both roles, he stepped down as the Steelers' coach in favor of Walt Kiesling.

The team held training camp in Hershey, Pennsylvania.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 3 0 .727 238 114 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 7 4 0 .636 158 127 W-2
Washington Redskins 6 5 0 .545 176 174 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 119 218 L-3
Pittsburgh Steelers 1 9 1 .100 103 276 L-2

Schedule[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 7, 1941): Cleveland Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 0 14
Rams 10 7 0 0 17

at Rubber Bowl, Akron, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 23,720
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – Magnani 93 kick return (Adams kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Adams 40
  • Pittsburgh – Hackney 4 run (Sanders kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jones 34 run (Sanders kick)
  • Cleveland – McDonough 10 pass from Hall (Adams kick)

Week 3 (Sunday, September 21, 1941): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 3 7 0 10
Steelers 0 0 7 0 7

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 12,893
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Philadelphia – FG Barnum 43
  • Pittsburgh – Brumbaugh 4 run (Sanders kick)
  • Philadelphia – Tomasetti 40 pass from DeSantis (Barnum kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 5, 1941): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 0 14 20 37
Steelers 3 0 7 0 10

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 13,458
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 22
  • New York – FG Marefos 24
  • New York – Cuff 9 pass from Leemans (Cuff kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Cichefski 72 pass from Brumbaugh (Niccolai kick)
  • New York – Yeager 53 pass from Pugh (Marefos kick)
  • New York – Poole 16 pss from Eshmont (Cuff kick)
  • New York – Reagan 21 run (kick failed)
  • New York – Reagan 8 run (Cuff kick)

Week 6 (Sunday October 12, 1941): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 3 14 0 24
Steelers 0 7 0 13 20

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 30,842
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Washington – Todd 35 pass from Filchock (Materson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Riffle 10 pass from Donelli (Niccolai kick)
  • Washington – FG Aguirre 39
  • Washington – Todd 7 run (Masterson kick)
  • Washington – R. Hare 7 run (Masterson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jones 59 pass from McDonough (Niccolai kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Brumbaugh 1 run (kick failed)

Week 7 (Sunday October 19, 1941): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7
Giants 0 7 7 14 28

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 34,604
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • New York – Cope recovered blocked kick in end zone (Marefos kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Looney 66 pass from Brumbaugh (Sanders kick)
  • New York – Leemans 1 run (Cuff kick)
  • New York – Marefos 1 run (Marefos kick)
  • New York – Reagan 3 run (Marefos kick)

Week 8 (Sunday October 26, 1941): Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7
Bears 7 14 7 6 34

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 17,212
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Chicago Bears – Osmanski 13 run (Snyder kick)
  • Chicago Bears – McAfee 33 run (Snyder kick)
  • Chicago Bears – Kavanaugh 45 pass from Luckman (Maniaci kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoague 14 pass from Rivvle (Niccolai kick)
  • Chicago Bears – Pool 56 pass from Luckman
  • Chicago Bears – Gallameau 1 run (kick failed)

Week 9 (Sunday November 2, 1941): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Redskins 7 10 0 6 23

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 30,755
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Washington – Moore 42 run (Masterson kick)
  • Washington – FG Aldrich 17
  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 19
  • Washington – Farkas 1 run (Aguirre kick)
  • Washington – Carroll 25 interception (kick failed)

Week 10 (Sunday November 9, 1941): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 0 7
Eagles 7 0 0 0 7

at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 15,601
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Philadelphia – Castiglia 47 run (Basca kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jones 25 run (Sanders kick)

Week 11 (Sunday November 16, 1941): Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dodgers 7 0 0 0 7
Steelers 0 7 0 7 14

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 20,843
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Brooklyn – Manders 3 run (Condit kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Riffle 1 run (Niccolai kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jones 25 run (Niccolai kick)

Week 12 (Sunday November 23, 1941): Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 26 7 21 54
Steelers 7 0 0 0 7

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 4,593
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Hoague 1 run (Niccolai kick)
  • Green Bay – Hinkle 3 run (kick failed)
  • Green Bay – Hutson 8 pass from Isbell (kick failed)
  • Green Bay – Hinkle 1 run (Hutson kick)
  • Green Bay – Panell 26 fumble run (Hutson kick)
  • Green Bay – Urban 12 pass from Canadeo (Adkins kick)
  • Green Bay – Van Every 5 run (Adkins kick)
  • Green Bay – Van Every 31 run (Adkins kick)
  • Green Bay – Van Every 86 interception (Rohrig kick)

Week 13 (Sunday November 30, 1941): Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7
Dodgers 14 7 7 7 35

at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 12,336
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Brooklyn – Condit 6 run (Condit kick)
  • Brooklyn – Condit 43 run (Condit kick)
  • Brooklyn – Kracum 1 run (McAdams kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jones 6 run (Niccolai kick)
  • Brooklyn – Shetley 25 lateral from Schwartz after 32 pass from Parker (Condit kick)
  • Brooklyn – Kracum 17 run (Peace kick)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sell, Jack (August 8, 1942). "Steeler Squad Awaits Start to Grid Camp". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 24, 2011.