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1938 Pittsburgh Pirates

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2-9-0, Finished 5th in NFL East Division  · 1938 NFL Season Summary

Scored 79 points (7.2/g), 10th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 169 points (15.4/g), 9th.
 Differential of -90 points (-8.2/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 1.6-9.4.

Coach: Johnny Blood (2-9-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: St. Francis University (Loretto, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/General Manager Art Rooney

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 79 2330 651 3.6 32 0 103 72 194 916 5 32 4.7 457 1414 5 3.1 103
Team Defense 169 2581 610 4.2 22 8 74 185 1213 13 14 6.6 425 1368 7 3.2
Lg Rank Offense 10 7 9 1 7 6 9 8 9 10 4 6 8 7
Lg Rank Defense 9 7 10 10 1 3 6 9 10 8 6 7 4 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Fri September 9 boxscore L 0-1 @ Detroit Lions 7 16
2 Sun September 11 boxscore L 0-2 New York Giants 14 27 6 251 73 178 3 13 223 135 88 1
3 Fri September 16 boxscore L 0-3 Philadelphia Eagles 7 27
2 Fri September 23 boxscore W 1-3 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 17 3 13 371 235 136 4 6 205 152 53 3
3 Mon October 3 boxscore W 2-3 @ New York Giants 13 10 10 216 50 166 2 7 186 104 82 3
6 Sun October 9 boxscore L 2-4 Brooklyn Dodgers 7 17
7 Sun October 23 boxscore L 2-5 @ Green Bay Packers 0 20
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 2-6 Washington Redskins 0 7 4 178 178 13 351 351
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 2-7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 14
10 Sun November 27 boxscore L 2-8 @ Washington Redskins 0 15 13 309 180 129 9 362 252 110
11 Sun December 4 boxscore L 2-9 Cleveland Rams 7 13

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Frank Filchock 22 tb 6 3 30 74 40.5% 392 3 4.1 7 9.5 0 5.3 1.9 13.1 65.3 32.0 0 0
Whizzer White+ 21 TB 11 11 29 73 39.7% 393 2 2.7 18 24.7 0 5.4 -5.2 13.6 35.7 27.2 0 0
Max Fiske 25 b 10 2 11 37 29.7% 121 0 0.0 4 10.8 0 3.3 -1.6 11.0 12.1 1.1 0 0
Tuffy Thompson 24 HB 10 3 0 7 0.0% 0 0 0.0 3 42.9 0 0.0 -19.3 0.0 0.0 0 0
Bill Davidson 23 b 10 2 2 2 100.0% 10 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 5.0 5.0 5.0 1.0 87.5 0 0
Tom Burnette 23 bb 6 1 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 24.7 11 72 194 37.1% 916 5 2.6 32 16.5 0 4.7 -2.2 12.7 83.3 21.7 0 0
Opp Total 11 74 185 40.0% 1213 13 7.0 14 7.6 6.6 4.56 16.4 110.3 54.6 0 0 6.6 4.6 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Whizzer White+ 21 TB 11 11 152 567 4 79 3.7 51.5 13.8 7 88 12.6 0 0 0.6 8.0 655 4 0
Stu Smith* 23 FB 11 11 80 241 0 0 3.0 21.9 7.3 3 30 10.0 0 0 0.3 2.7 271 0 0
Scrapper Farrell 23 fb 5 2 46 176 0 0 3.8 35.2 9.2 176 0 0
Tuffy Thompson 24 HB 10 3 39 139 1 0 3.6 13.9 3.9 9 55 6.1 0 0 0.9 5.5 194 1 0
Bill Davidson 23 b 10 2 33 52 0 0 1.6 5.2 3.3 12 229 19.1 0 0 1.2 22.9 281 0 0
Max Fiske 25 b 10 2 29 83 0 0 2.9 8.3 2.9 83 0 0
Frank Filchock 22 tb 6 3 17 20 0 0 1.2 3.3 2.8 20 0 0
Bull Karcis* 30 3 0 16 31 0 0 1.9 10.3 5.3 31 0 0
Swede Hanson 31 b 5 1 15 50 0 0 3.3 10.0 3.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.2 0.4 52 0 0
John Oelerich 22 hb 3 1 12 21 0 0 1.8 7.0 4.0 2 23 11.5 0 0 0.7 7.7 44 0 0
Eggs Manske 26 LE 6 4 5 29 0 0 5.8 4.8 0.8 9 113 12.6 1 23 1.5 18.8 142 1 0
Bob Douglas 2 0 4 10 0 0 2.5 5.0 2.0 10 0 0
George Platukis 23 e 5 2 3 6 0 0 2.0 1.2 0.6 4 82 20.5 0 0 0.8 16.4 88 0 0
Johnny Blood 35 BB 10 4 2 -5 0 0 -2.5 -0.5 0.2 2 5 2.5 0 0 0.2 0.5 0 0 0
Bill Sortet 26 e 8 3 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.6 0.1 11 166 15.1 4 50 1.4 20.8 161 4 0
Mac Cara 24 e 9 3 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 4 18 4.5 0 0 0.4 2.0 17 0 0
Tom Burnette 23 bb 6 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.2 0.5 3 0 0
Izzy Weinstock 25 fb 2 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0 0 0
Paul McDonough 22 e 6 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 86 14.3 0 0 1.0 14.3 86 0 0
Jess Tatum 24 RE 5 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 16 16.0 0 16 0.2 3.2 16 0 0
Team Total 24.7 11 457 1414 5 79 3.1 128.5 41.5 72 916 12.7 5 50 6.5 83.3 2330 10 0
Opp Total 11 425 1368 7 3.2 124.4 38.6 74 1213 16.4 13 6.7 110.3 2581 20 0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Armand Niccolai 27 K/RT 11 10 5 1 20.0%% 10 10 100.0%%
Johnny Blood 35 BB 10 4 1 0.0%%
Tom Burnette 23 bb 6 1 1 0.0%%
Team Total 24.7 11 6 1 16.7%% 11 10 90.9%%
Opp Total 11 5 23 16 69.6%%

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Bill Sortet 26 e 8 3 4 4 24
Whizzer White+ 21 TB 11 11 4 4 24
Armand Niccolai 27 K/RT 11 10 10 1 13
Eggs Manske 26 LE 6 4 1 1 2 12
Tuffy Thompson 24 HB 10 3 1 1 6
Team Total 24.7 11 5 5 1 11 10 1 79
Opp Total 11 7 13 16 5 169

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1938-09-09 @ DET L, 7-16 4 3 rush Whizzer White 3 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
2 1938-09-11 NYG L, 14-27 1 4 rush Whizzer White 4 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
3 1938-09-11 NYG L, 14-27 2 23 pass Eggs Manske 23 yard pass from Frank Filchock (Armand Niccolai kick)
4 1938-09-16 PHI L, 7-27 4 1 rush Whizzer White 1 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
5 1938-09-23 @ BKN W, 17-3 3 27 fumble Eggs Manske 27 yard fumble return (Armand Niccolai kick)
6 1938-09-23 @ BKN W, 17-3 4 5 rush Tuffy Thompson 5 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
7 1938-10-03 @ NYG W, 13-10 2 24 pass Bill Sortet 24 yard pass from Frank Filchock (Armand Niccolai kick)
8 1938-10-03 @ NYG W, 13-10 4 13 pass Bill Sortet 13 yard pass from Frank Filchock
9 1938-10-09 BKN L, 7-17 2 50 pass Bill Sortet 50 yard pass from Whizzer White (Armand Niccolai kick)
10 1938-11-20 @ PHI L, 7-14 3 79 rush Whizzer White 79 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
11 1938-12-04 RAM L, 7-13 4 8 pass Bill Sortet 8 yard pass from Whizzer White (Armand Niccolai kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1938-09-09 @ DET W, 16-7 1 5 rush Ernie Caddel 5 yard rush
2 1938-09-09 @ DET W, 16-7 2 5 rush Lloyd Cardwell 5 yard rush (Monk Moscrip kick)
3 1938-09-11 NYG W, 27-14 1 1 rush Tuffy Leemans 1 yard rush
4 1938-09-11 NYG W, 27-14 2 3 pass Lee Shaffer 3 yard pass from Ed Danowski (Hank Soar kick)
5 1938-09-11 NYG W, 27-14 2 11 pass Lee Shaffer 11 yard pass from Ed Danowski (Ward Cuff kick)
6 1938-09-11 NYG W, 27-14 4 1 rush Hank Soar 1 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
7 1938-09-16 PHI W, 27-7 1 20 fumble Jay Arnold 20 yard fumble return (Dave Smukler kick)
8 1938-09-16 PHI W, 27-7 2 34 pass Jay Arnold 34 yard pass from Dick Riffle (Hank Reese kick)
9 1938-09-16 PHI W, 27-7 2 23 interception Jay Arnold 23 yard interception return
10 1938-09-16 PHI W, 27-7 3 44 rush Dick Riffle 44 yard rush (Dave Smukler kick)
11 1938-10-03 @ NYG L, 10-13 1 18 pass Ward Cuff 18 yard pass from Ed Danowski (Ward Cuff kick)
12 1938-10-09 BKN W, 17-7 2 54 pass Jeff Barrett 54 yard pass from Ace Parker (Ralph Kercheval kick)
13 1938-10-09 BKN W, 17-7 4 77 rush Ace Parker 77 yard rush (Ace Parker kick)
14 1938-10-23 @ GNB W, 20-0 1 38 rush Cecil Isbell 38 yard rush (Clarke Hinkle kick)
15 1938-10-23 @ GNB W, 20-0 3 38 interception Joe Laws 38 yard interception return
16 1938-10-23 @ GNB W, 20-0 4 19 pass Carl Mulleneaux 19 yard pass from Bob Monnett (Bob Monnett kick)
17 1938-11-06 WAS W, 7-0 4 39 pass George Karamatic 39 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Tillie Manton kick)
18 1938-11-20 @ PHI W, 14-7 1 pass Bill Hewitt unknown yard pass from Dave Smukler (Dave Smukler kick)
19 1938-11-20 @ PHI W, 14-7 4 11 pass Joe Carter 11 yard pass from Dave Smukler (Hank Reese kick)
20 1938-11-27 @ WAS W, 15-0 4 pass Wayne Millner unknown yard pass from Sammy Baugh
21 1938-11-27 @ WAS W, 15-0 4 52 pass Bob McChesney 52 yard pass from Sammy Baugh
22 1938-12-04 RAM W, 13-7 1 28 pass Jim Benton 28 yard pass from Bob Snyder (Bob Snyder kick)
23 1938-12-04 RAM W, 13-7 3 11 pass Jim Benton 11 yard pass from Bob Snyder