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Rooney, Rooney, 0803222831, 0-8032-2283-1, 978-0-8032-2283-0, 9780803222830, Rob Ruck, Maggie Jones Patterson, and Michael P. Weber, , Rooney, 0803228287, 0-8032-2828-7, 978-0-8032-2828-3, 9780803228283, Rob Ruck, Maggie Jones Patterson, and Michael P. Weber, , Rooney, 0803237677, 0-8032-3767-7, 978-0-8032-3767-4, 9780803237674, Rob Ruck, Maggie Jones Patterson, and Michael P. Weber, , Rooney, 0803267991, 0-8032-6799-1, 978-0-8032-6799-2, 9780803267992, Rob Ruck, Maggie Jones Patterson, and Michael P. Webe

Rooney
A Sporting Life
Rob Ruck, Maggie Jones Patterson, and Michael P. Weber

hardcover
2010. 704 pp.
43 illustrations, 1 genealogy
978-0-8032-2283-0
$36.95 t
 
paperback
2011. 704 pp.
42 illustrations, 1 genealogy, 1map
978-0-8032-3767-4
$24.95 t
 

Born to an Irish Catholic working-class family on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Art Rooney (1901–88) dabbled in semipro baseball and boxing before discovering that his real talent lay not in playing sports but in promoting them. Though he was at the center of boxing, baseball, and racing in Pittsburgh and beyond, Rooney is best remembered for his contribution to the NFL, in particular to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team he founded in 1933.
 
As Rooney led the team in the early years, he came to be known as football’s greatest loser; his influence, however, was instrumental in making the NFL the best-run league in American pro sports. The authors show how Rooney saw professional football—and the Steelers—through the Depression, World War II, the ascension of TV, and the development of the NFL. The book also follows him through the Steelers’ dynasty years under Rooney’s sons, with four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s alone.
 
The first authoritative look at one of the most iconic figures in the history of the NFL, this book is both a critical chapter in the story of football in America and a thoroughly engaging in-depth introduction to a character unlike any other in the annals of American sports.

Rob Ruck is a senior lecturer of history at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of The Tropic of Baseball, available in a Bison Books edition. Maggie Jones Patterson is an associate professor of journalism at Duquesne University and coauthor of Behind the Lines: Case Studies in Investigative Reporting. Michael P. Weber (1936–2001) is the author of Don’t Call Me Boss: David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Mayor.

"One of the best books on football written so far this century. . . . Assiduously researched, Rooney is more than a biography."—Allen Barra, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Filled with incredible details, Rooney gets behind the man and the legend who founded the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1933."—frommersports.blogspot.com

"An authoritative look at one of the most iconic figures in the history of the NFL, Rooney, A Sporting Life, is both a critical chapter in the story of football in the United States and a thoroughly engaging, in-depth introduction to a character unlike any other in the annals of American sports."—Pennsylvania Heritage

"Rooney: A Sporting Life is an exceptional biography. Rich in detail, thick with insights, and wonderfully written, it stands as the definitive statement about one of the most important figures in American sport history."—David Welky, International Journal of the History of Sport

Rooney: A Sporting Life is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn about a true American success story in sports. This book fully captures the early life of Art ‘the Chief’ Rooney Sr., an American icon who is known for the legacy he left in the Steelers but isn’t known as well for his amazing accomplishments in racing and as an athlete. The Chief is to sports what Seabiscuit is to horse racing, and this book captures the man and the legend.”—John Clayton, ESPN


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