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Rooney: A Sporting Life

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 704 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by University of Nebraska Press
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Seems like an incredibly info-dense biography. Talks about the Chief's social connections to all kinds of Pittsburgh sports, including Negro League baseball and hockey. (For anyone wondering who on earth the Chief is, it's the nickname of Art Rooney, Sr., the first owner of the Steelers. He was a really larger than life guy an example of what I like to call the local gentry. He parlayed a big win on horse racing into ownership of the Steelers, which became a huge sports empire.) ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is as good and thorough a look at Art Rooney's life as I have seen. It is extremely well researched, tightly written, and a heck of a lot of fun. The book is a great read for followers of the Steelers, the NFL, the City of Pittsburgh, local politics, industrial history, and 20th century life. As much social history as sporting history, the book handles multiple topics very well. Well worth reading.
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Nov 12, 2010 Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing
A thorough, well researched biography of an exemplary sportsman. Superior to Ruck's Sandlot Seasons and The Tropic of Baseball, Rooney ends on a perfect note: "Art Rooney had become the story that many Pittsburghers would use to tell about themselves to the world."
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Rob Ruck teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Author of Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh and The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic, his documentary work includes the Emmy Award–winning Kings on the Hill: Baseball’s Forgotten Men. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Maggie Patterson, his coauthor for Rooney: A Sporting Life.
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