ContentsList of Illustrations 000Introduction 000Arthur J. Rooney's Family Tree 0001. Coming to Pittsburgh 0002. The Young Athlete: The Northside 0003. On Life's Learning Fields: 192228 0004. Dreams, Depression, and Commitment: 192933 0005. Pittsburgh Joins the nfl: 193336 0006. Rooney's Ride: 1937 0007. Between the Races and the Fights: 193738 0008. Returning to the Ring: 193941 0009. Season of Reckoning: 194041 00010. The World at War: 194145 00011. The Sutherland Years: 194647 00012. Shamrock Farm 00013. Same Old Steelers: 194856 00014. Buddy, Bobby, and Bert: 195759 00015. Renaissance for Pittsburgh, Not the Steelers: 196064 00016. Not the Same Old Steelers--Worse: 196568 00017. Changing History: 197071 00018. 1972 00019. Football's Promised Land: 197374 00020. Super Redux: 1975 00021. City of Champions: 197679 00022. The Fourth Quarter: 198088 000Notes 000Bibliography 000Index 000
Biography of Art Rooney - an iconic figure in the history of the NFL
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.
"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 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 "Art Rooney personified Pittsburgh as much as any person can epitomize a city. His weathered face, hard accent, love of gambling, and enormous heart captured the very soul of the three-rivers city. It is hard---hell, impossible for any person not living in Dallas---not to love Rooney. And it is impossible not to love this biography of Rooney. It is true to Rooney and Pittsburgh. Reading it, I could feel the pre-Renaissance grit of the steel town."---Randy W. Roberts, Distinguished Professor of History at Purdue University and coeditor of "One for the Thumb: The New Steelers Reader", 2nd edition