*Note: the Steelers at the time were named the Pirates until a name change in 1940. The Steelers were founded in 1933, so therefore they didn’t play the whole decade.

No. Player POS College Tenure (Years w/ PIT)
47 Ed Matesic QB Pittsburgh 1936
33 Johnny Gildea QB St. Bonaventure 1935-1937
45 Frank Hood QB Pittsburgh 1933
9 Frank Filchock QB Indiana 1938
25 Hugh McCullough QB Oklahoma 1939; 1943
10 Boyd Brumbaugh QB Duquesne 1939-1941
55 Coleman Coley McDonough QB North Carolina State 1939-1941; 1944
24 Byron Whizzer White HB Colorado 1938
35, 15 Johnny Blood McNally HB Norte Dame 1934; 1937-1938
15 Warren Heller HB Pittsburgh 1934-1936
44 Art Strutt HB Duquesne 1935-1936
12 Bill Davidson HB Temple 1937-1939
27 James Clark HB Pittsburgh 1933-1934
27 Heinie Weisenbaugh HB Pittsburgh 1935
4 Mike Sebastian HB Pittsburgh 1935
12 Mike Nixon HB Pittsburgh 1935
19 Max Fiske HB DePaul 1936-1939
27, 16 Clarence Tuffy Thompson HB Minnesota 1937-1938
21 Charles Cy Casper HB Texas Christian 1935
29 Angelo Brovelli FB St. Mary’s (CA) 1933-1934
64 John Bull Karcis FB Carnegie Mellon 1936-1938
29, 44 Stu Smith FB-LB Bucknell 1937-1938
47 Isadore Izzy Weinstock FB-BB Pittsburgh 1937-1938
23 Ed Scrapper Farrell FB Muhlenberg 1938
33 Thomas Swede Hanson FB Temple 1938
21 Lou Tomasetti FB Bucknell 1939-1940
26 Carl Littlefield FB Washington State 1939-1940
18 Chester Swede Johnston FB Elmhurst 1939-1940
50 Sam Francis FB Nebraska 1939
36 Bernard Tony Holm FB Alabama 1933
21 John Harp Vaughan BB No College 1933-1934
33, 22 Silvio Zaninelli BB Duquesne 1934-1937
20 Bill Sortet WR West Virginia 1933-1940
30 Paul Moss WR Purdue 1933
40 Ray Tesser WR-DE Carnegie Mellon 1933-1934
29, 44 Ben Smith, Jr. WR Alabama 1934-1935
38 Joe Skladany WR Pittsburgh 1934
25 Vinnie Sites WR Pittsburgh 1936-1937
33 George Platukis WR Duquesne 1938-1941
21, 24 Paul McDonough WR Utah 1938
42 Sam Boyd WR Baylor 1939-1940
21 Wayland Becker WR Marquette 1939
24 Bernie Scherer WR Nebraska 1939
47 Frank Souchak WR Pittsburgh 1939
24 Edwin Jeep Brett WR-DE Washington State 1936-1937
33, 26 John Cap Oehler C-LB Purdue 1933-1934
16 Ben Ciccone C-LB Duquesne 1934-1935
18 Cecil Lee Mulleneaux C-TE Northern Arizona 1935-1936
11 Mike Basrak C-RET-K-P Duquesne 1937-1938
22 Joe Maras C Duquesne 1938-1940
11 Ted Grabinski C-LB Duquesne 1939-1940
46, 44 Jap Douds G-T Washington & Jefferson 1933-1934
25 Bull Snyder G Ohio 1934-1935
23, 53 George Rado G Duquesne 1935-1937
47 Bob Hoel G Pittsburgh 1935
18 Dave Ribble G Hardin-Simmons 1934-1935
40 Lindy Mayhew G Texas-El Paso 1936-1938
14 George Kakasic G Duquesne 1936-1939
18 Byron Gentry G Southern California 1937-1938
35 Clarence Janecek G Purdue 1933
35 Walt Kiesling G St. Thomas 1937-1938
39 John Perko G Duquesne 1937-1940; 1944-1947
48 Jess Quatse T Pittsburgh 1933-1934
22 Ted Dailey T Pittsburgh 1933
37 Ray Kemp T Duquesne 1933
28 Sigurd Sandy Sandberg T Iowa Wesleyan 1935-1937
30 Stan Olejniczak T Pittsburgh 1935
29 Don Campbell T Carnegie Mellon 1939-1940
11 Maury Bray T-P-RET Southern Methodist 1935-1936
36 Ed Karpowich T Catholic 1936-1940
28 Ted Doyle T Nebraska 1938-1945
26 Paul Tiny Engebretsen T Northwestern 1933
30 Joe Cardwell T-DE Duke 1937-1938
36 Robert Cal Hubbard T-LB Geneva 1936
17 Armand Niccolai T-K Duquesne 1934-1942

Pittsburgh Steelers (Pirates) 1930’s Decade Team (1933-1939)

 

Arthur Rooney, President & Founder

Head Coaches (1933-1939)

Jap Douds (1933); 3-6-2

Luby DiMeolo (1934); 2-10-0

Joe Bach (1935-1936); 10-14-0

Johnny Blood McNally (1937-1939); 6-19-0

*Walt Kiesling (1939); 1-6-1

*Kiesling’s record only in 1939, 3 games into the 39’ season. Kiesling coached until 1942 with Pittsburgh, then had a second stint with the team from 1954-1956.

If it were up to myself to hire a head coach for the decade, it’d be non-other than Joe Bach, who had the best record overall over the other coaches.

Starting Lineups:

Offense (Wing T-Formation):

QB Ed Matesic

TB Byron Whizzer White

FB John Bull Karcis

WB Johnny Blood McNally (Player-Coach)

WR Bill Sortet

WR George Platukis

LT Robert Cal Hubbard [HOF]

LG John Perko

C Mike Basrak

RG Walt Kiesling (Player-Coach)

RT Ted Doyle

 

Defense (5-3-3):

LE Joe Skladany

DT Ed Karpowich

NT Sigurd Sandy Sandberg

DT George Kakasic

RE Vinnie Sites

LOLB Stu Smith

MLB Cap Oehler

ROLB Ted Grabinski

CB Warren Heller

CB Art Strutt

FS Bill Davidson

 

Special Teams:

K Armand Niccolai

P Maury Bray

RET Sam Boyd

 

 

MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS: None

Yet again, with the Pittsburgh Steelers (Pirates during the 30’s) 1930’s all-time decade team, there were no difficult decisions to make. Obviously, Robert Cal Hubbard had an outstanding career, mainly playing with Green Bay, and was elected to the Hall of Fame for his play. He would immediately start at left tackle, without question. I’d rather start long-time Steelers tackle Ed Karpowich on the defensive side of the ball, as he could either play defensive tackle or end. This roster is designed for players not to play both ways, as I would assume would help Pittsburgh win some NFL Championships in the thirties (30’s).

 

INTERESTING NOTES:

Even though Pittsburgh never had much success in the thirties, some players stuck with the team for their whole careers, including such notable figures such as (in case you’re planning on buying a customizable jersey.)

17 Armand Niccolai, Tackle/Placekicker

20 Wilbur Bill Sortet, Wide Receiver

39 John Perko, Guard

28 Ted Doyle, Tackle

36 Ed Karpowich, Tackle

14 George Kakasic, Guard

33 George Platukis, Wide Receiver

22 Silvio Zaninelli, Fullback

15 Warren Heller, Halfback

19 Max Fiske, Quarterback/Halfback

 

Other players notable figures in NFL history and Pittsburgh’s history have passed through also, such as:

35 Johnny “Blood” McNally, Halfback (NFL HOF – 1963)

36 Robert Cal Hubbard, Tackle/Linebacker (NFL HOF – 1963)

35 Walt Kiesling, Guard/Defensive Tackle (NFL HOF – 1966)

26 Paul “Tiny” Engebretsen, Tackle/Placekicker (Packers HOF – 1978)

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