Birthplace of Professional Football: Southwestern Pennsylvania (Images of Sports)

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Southwestern Pennsylvania is heralded by many as the birthplace of professional football. Here lived the athletes who were first paid to play. In Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Athletic Association paid Pudge Heffelfinger $500 in 1892 to help them beat their rivals, the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. In Latrobe, the first all-professional club was fielded in 1897. The Birthplace of Professional Football celebrates the contributions that the towns in southwestern Pennsylvania made to the sport, a national obsession in this ...

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Overview

Southwestern Pennsylvania is heralded by many as the birthplace of professional football. Here lived the athletes who were first paid to play. In Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Athletic Association paid Pudge Heffelfinger $500 in 1892 to help them beat their rivals, the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. In Latrobe, the first all-professional club was fielded in 1897. The Birthplace of Professional Football celebrates the contributions that the towns in southwestern Pennsylvania made to the sport, a national obsession in this country. These stories also come from towns such as Jeannette and Greensburg and include Latrobe's failed attempt to secure the Professional Football Hall of Fame in the late 1940s and 1950s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738536750
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/27/2004
  • Series: Images of Sports Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 964,755
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Sportswriter David Finoli, a resident of Monroeville, has written three other books and has contributed to Pittsburgh magazine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Photos are great, but...

    Having read the book, I would have to agree with the reviewer who called this book 'too academic'. The photos were cool, but it is a dull read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    Too academic a treatment

    As a lifelong Pittsburgher who buys just about any book to do with football - Go Steelers! - I have to say I was a bit disappointed in this book. With southwestern Pennsylvania having such a rich history of professional football, I was hoping for a more lively read rather than a 'term paper' approach. I believe this may be a self-published book, so maybe I shouldn't be too hard on the authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    Another great book by Arcadia

    Arcadia has gotten a great reputation for their extensive list of regional books, this one 'The Birthplace of Professional Football' is one of their best. It tells the story of where professional football was first born and how Latrobe, PA lost its bid to build the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The authors do this through some classic old photos and memorabilia that helps bring this fascinating story to life.

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