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     The first win over the Cleveland Browns in Steeler history and the largest crowd to ever see an NFL game in Pittsburgh (to that time) are just a few of the highlights in this nostalgia-packed film of the 1954 Pittsburgh Steelers! This rare film (it’s the only copy known to remain in existence) covers the highlights of all 12 games of the Steelers 1954 season. With modern digital technology the 51-minute B & W film has now been restored to like-new condition and brings back great memories and the feel of Steeler football at old Forbes Field in Pittsburgh! Great shots throughout the film also show action from road games at other old ballparks that were the early homes for several NFL teams during the 1950’s: Connie Mack Stadium, Comiskey Park, Griffith Stadium and the Polo Grounds.

      In 1954, Steelers owner Art Rooney replaced Joe Bach with new head coach Walt Kiesling. Most pre-season experts expected little from the Steelers, however the club gets off to a rousing 4-1 start, highlighted by a 55-27 trouncing of the later-to-be World Champion Cleveland Browns at Forbes Field! A week later, after beating the Eagles in Pittsburgh in one of their frequent Saturday night games (remember the old white footballs?), the Steelers are tied with Philadelphia atop the Eastern Division. (Their only loss so far was to the Eagles at old Connie Mack Stadium earlier in the year).

     Watching this film, Steeler fans will enjoy seeing the players from the 1954 team in action again as they looked over half a century ago! In addition to quarterbacks Jim Finks and Paul Held, you’ll see Ray Mathews, team captain Elbie Nickel, George Sulima, Fran Rogel, Lynn Chandnois, Jim Brandt, Burrell Shields, Leo Elter, Pat Brady, George Hughes, Paul Cameron, Ed Kissell, Jack Butler, Dick Flanagan, Lou Tepe, Bill McPeak, Russ Craft and young Notre Dame rookie Johnny Lattner.

     NFL stars of 1954 on other teams shown battling the Steelers each week throughout the season are: Howie Ferguson and Billy Howton of the Packers, Adrian Burk, Bobby Walston, and Pete Pihos of the Eagles, Otto Graham, Lou Groza, Ray Renfro and Dante Lavelli of the Browns, Harry Gilmer and "Choo Choo" Charlie Justice of the Redskins, Lamar McHan, Ollie Matson and Pat Summerall of the Cardinals,, Charlie Conerly and Frank Gifford of the Giants, and Y.A. Tittle, John Henry Johnson and Joe Perry of the 49'ers, just to name a few!

     The Steelers season schedule and scores of all games are shown below:

Won 5, Lost 7

Sept 26 Steelers 21, Packers 20 at old City Stadium, Green Bay
Oct. 2 Steelers 37, Redskins 7 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh (Saturday night game)
Oct. 9 Eagles 24, Steelers 22 at Connie Mack Stadium, Phila. (Sat. night game)
Oct. 17 Steelers 55, Browns 27 at Forbes Field
Oct. 23 Steelers 17, Eagles 7 at Forbes Field (new attendance record)
Oct. 31 Cardinals 17, Steelers 14 at old Comiskey Park, Chicago
Nov. 7 Giants 30, Steelers 6 at Forbes Field
Nov. 14 Redskins 17, Steelers 14 at old Griffith Stadium, Washington
Nov. 20 49’ers 31, Steelers 3 at Forbes Field (Saturday night game)
Nov. 28 Steelers 20, Cardinals 17 at Forbes Field
Dec. 5 Giants 24, Steelers 3 at The Polo Grounds, New York
Dec. 12 Browns 42, Steelers 7 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland

     Now you can get your own copy of this rare and fascinating film for only $29.95 plus $5 shipping. (Illinois residents must add $2 sales tax).

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