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1939 Pittsburgh Pirates

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1-9-1, NFL East Division  · 1939 NFL Season Summary

Scored 114 points (10.4/g), 7th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 216 points (19.6/g), 8th.
 Differential of -102 points (-9.3/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 2.0-9.0.

Coach: Johnny Blood (0-3-0) and Walt Kiesling (1-6-1)

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
HB Lou Tomasetti 23 Rook 6 49 rushes for 86 yards, 1 td, & 4 catches for 22 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Pirates / 11th / 92nd pick / 1939
TB Hugh McCullough 23 Rook 6 60 rushes for 96 yards, 1 td, & 4 catches for 57 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Pirates / 4th / 26th pick / 1939
FB Carl Littlefield 23 1 4 39 rushes for 141 yards, 0 td, & 1 catch for 18 yards and 0 td
BB Rink Bond 25 1 11 1 rush for 4 yards, 0 td, & 0 catches for 0 yards and 0 td
LE George Platukis 24 1 6 7 catches for 170 yards, 3 td Pittsburgh Pirates / 6th / 44th pick / 1938
LT Don Campbell 23 Rook 6
LG Byron Gentry* 28 2 11
C Joe Maras 23 1 8 Cleveland Rams / 10th / 81st pick / 1938
RG George Kakasic 27 3 6
RT Armand Niccolai 28 5 8
RE Bill Sortet 27 6 8 16 catches for 196 yards, 1 td
 Special Teams Starters
K Armand Niccolai 28 5 8 3 of 8 field goals & 15 of 15 extra points
P Hugh McCullough 23 Rook 6 31 punts for a 32.5 average, 0 blocked Pittsburgh Pirates / 4th / 26th pick / 1939
PR Earl Bartlett 31 Rook 0
KR Earl Bartlett 31 Rook 0

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
Earl Bartlett 31 KR 1 0 200 6-0 Centre 12/16/1908 Rook
Wayland Becker 29 e 2 1 198 6-0 Marquette 11/2/1910 5
Rink Bond 25 BB 11 11 200 5-10 Washington 11/14/1914 1
Sam Boyd 25 e 11 4 190 6-2 Baylor 8/12/1914 Rook Pittsburgh Pirates / 6th / 41st pick / 1939
Boyd Brumbaugh 24 b 6 4 195 5-11 Duquesne 8/24/1915 1 Brooklyn Dodgers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1938
Don Campbell 23 LT 11 6 225 6-0 Carnegie Mellon 11/25/1916 Rook
Ed Cherry 26 2 0 208 6-0 Hardin-Simmons 7/16/1913 1 Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 55th pick / 1938
Bill Davidson 24 b 7 2 182 6-0 Temple 6/15/1915 2
Ted Doyle 25 t 9 3 224 6-2 Nebraska 1/12/1914 1 New York Giants / 8th / 68th pick / 1938
Len Dugan 29 1 0 218 6-0 Wichita St. 2/19/1910 3
Vinnie Farrar 29 6 0 200 5-10 North Carolina St. 12/22/1910 1
Max Fiske 26 1 0 199 6-0 DePaul 9/27/1913 3
Sam Francis 26 fb 5 3 207 6-0 Nebraska 10/26/1913 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 1st pick / 1937
Byron Gentry* 28 LG 11 11 227 5-11 USC 10/20/1911 2
Ted Grabinski 23 c 10 2 207 6-2 Duquesne 2/6/1916 Rook
Swede Johnston 29 b 8 2 197 5-10 Marquette,Miami (FL),Elmhurst 3/7/1910 8
George Kakasic 27 RG 10 6 200 5-10 Duquesne 4/24/1912 3
Ed Karpowich 27 t 7 3 220 6-4 Catholic 9/28/1912 3 Pittsburgh Pirates / 8th / 66th pick / 1936
Jack Lee 22 5 0 205 5-10 Carnegie Mellon 3/28/1917 Rook Pittsburgh Pirates / 10th / 81st pick / 1939
Carl Littlefield 23 FB 10 4 200 6-0 Washington St. 8/6/1916 1
Joe Maras 23 C 10 8 203 6-1 Duquesne 1/19/1916 1 Cleveland Rams / 10th / 81st pick / 1938
Bob Masters 26 hb 4 1 200 5-11 Baylor 1/16/1913 2
Hugh McCullough 23 P 10 6 185 6-0 Oklahoma 5/18/1916 Rook Pittsburgh Pirates / 4th / 26th pick / 1939
Coley McDonough 24 7 0 189 6-1 North Carolina St.,Dayton 10/10/1915 Rook
Lou Midler 24 g 11 4 223 6-1 Minnesota 7/21/1915 Rook Pittsburgh Pirates / 5th / 34th pick / 1938
Dick Nardi 24 b 3 2 200 5-10 Ohio St. 9/25/1915 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 66th pick / 1938
Armand Niccolai 28 K 11 8 226 6-2 Duquesne 11/8/1911 5
Stan Pavkov 23 2 0 212 6-0 Idaho 10/23/1916 Rook
John Perko 25 g 8 3 207 6-1 Duquesne 2/20/1914 2
George Platukis 24 LE 11 6 196 6-0 Duquesne 3/15/1915 1 Pittsburgh Pirates / 6th / 44th pick / 1938
Bernie Scherer 26 e 9 3 190 6-1 Nebraska 1/28/1913 3 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 25th pick / 1936
Karl Schuelke 25 1 0 200 5-10 Wisconsin 9/5/1914 Rook
Bill Sortet 27 RE 11 8 187 6-1 West Virginia 6/25/1912 6
Frank Souchak 24 4 0 205 6-0 Pittsburgh 4/30/1915 Rook New York Giants / 6th / 48th pick / 1938
Lou Tomasetti 23 HB 11 6 198 6-0 Bucknell 1/8/1916 Rook Pittsburgh Pirates / 11th / 92nd pick / 1939
Clarence Tommerson 24 1 0 196 6-2 Wisconsin 4/8/1915 1
John Tosi 26 c 3 1 225 5-10 Niagara 12/3/1913 Rook Pittsburgh Pirates / 15th / 132nd pick / 1939
Ernie Wheeler 24 db 5 3 190 6-1 North Dakota St. 1/29/1915 Rook Pittsburgh Pirates / 5th / 32nd pick / 1939
Joe Williams 24 1 0 178 5-9 Ohio St. 3/19/1915 2
Team Total 25.3 11 202.9 5-0.0 1.6