Yesterday the Steelers revealed their new throwback uniforms and my first reaction was this … WOOF!
Then my second thought was “This must be what a mug shot looks like at the bee jail.”
Then I decided to research the history of the Steelers uniforms, because you know how obsessed I am with Pittsburgh history lately, and focusing on the Steelers is a nice way for me to take my mind off of the fact that the Penguins might be eliminated by the Flyers [patooie!] and that the Pirates are making love to losing.
The Steelers started in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates Football Club and here they are:
Here’s the close-up with the super sweet city shield:
They lost their first game to the New York Giants by a score of 23-2 on September 20, 1933:
In fact, they would not break .500 ball until they changed their name to the Steelers in 1940. Which makes me think “Pirates” is just a cursed name.
Here’s a program from the September 27, 1933 game against the Chicago Cardinals, which sold on eBay for more than $2,500:
Whoa. WHOA. Did you know Art Rooney sold the team to Alexis Thompson in 1940 in order to buy a share in the [gulp] Philadelphia Eagles?!
I never knew this you guys, and I apologize if this is something I should have known.
Then in 1941, they traded teams back. Easy peasy!
And here are all the 1934 bees!
Here’s a matchbook from 1934 showing the bee uniform, and yes, I just bought that on eBay for $19.99. I have problems. Not owning a 1934 Pittsburgh Pirates football matchbook keepsake isn’t one of them. Boom.
I would much prefer they go with brown pants like they actually used back in 1934, but now that I’ve been lost in the history of the team for so many hours, I’m loving the jerseys and I’ll probably buy one and you doubt me but I JUST BOUGHT A MATCHBOOK FROM 1934.
I will own this jersey.
And I will rock the fullness of that thing all, “Bzzzzz!”