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VOLUME 1 (1979)
The First All-Star Game from the Pittsburgh Press.
Five years after the first
recognized pro football game, a selected team of all-stars took on the
NFL Competitors, 1935-41 - by Bob Braunwart.
Four or more leagues that
wanted to be major league rivals of the NFL failed during the Depression.
Ohio Tiger Trap: Ohio's First FB Ringers
- by Bob Carroll. Massillon
wanted an amateur team to rival Canton, but they ended up going pro.
The Ironton Tanks: 1919-30 - by Tom Nikitas.
Brief history of a strong
The Story of the [Youngstown] Patricians - by Vic Frolund.
This strong pre-NFL team vied
for the Ohio championship in pre-NFL days.
Wee Davey's [O'Brien] Big Day - by Bob Braunwart
& Bob Carroll. Davey O’Brien
was exceptional even before he set passing records.
The Curious Case of the 13th Import - by Bob Braunwart
& Bob Carroll. How Frank
Tripucka lost by winning in a Canadian twit.
Peggy Parratt, MVP - by
Milt Roberts. He dominated
(and saved) the pro game 1908-14.
The First Pro Pass - by
Bob Carroll. Who threw it ?
Find out here.
Johnny Blood: Vagabond Halfback - by Jack Henry in Pittsburgh Steelers Weekly.
The story of one of the great
characters of football history.
A Closer Look: 50-Yd DKs - by Bob Carroll.
Some claims of the
good ol’ days don’t stand up.
The Day They Clobbered the Bronk
- by Bernie McCarty. Lone
Star Dietz sets a trap for Nagurski.
The Panhandles: Last of the Sandlotters - by Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll.
Joe Carr and the Nesser
brothers gain fame. Before World War I.
A Closer Look: Pro Myth?
- by David Shapiro. Does the
run establish the pass or visa versa?
Ken Strong - by Bob
Carroll. His name matched his
game in the 1930s.
[Jock] Sutherland - by
Bob Carroll. The great coach
in both college and pro ball.
All-American Flops! - by Bob Braunwart
& Bob Carroll. College stars
who flunked as pros in 1920s-30s.
George McAfee: ‘One-Play’
- by Bob Barnett & Bob Carroll.
One of the greatest breakaway
Those New Records: What Do They Prove?
- by David Shapiro. Comparing
yesterday with today.
Big Foot - courtesy of Ironton Evening Tribune. Glenn Presnell sets a field goal record.
PFRA members receive six issues of our official newsletter-magazine, The Coffin Corner. Each issue is 24 pages crammed with pro football history: articles on great players, teams, and games of the past (and some not-so-great), occasionally a stat article, some opinion, and organization news.