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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has put together the following page as a guide for the best Steelers-related websites, books, and other materials available.



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Books and videos on this list are available at various Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations, and may be checked out or reserved with a valid library card.

Blount, Roy
About three bricks shy of a load: a highly irregular lowdown on the year the Pittsburgh Steelers were super but missed the bowl. (1974)
In 1973, the Pittsburgh Steelers were super, but missed the bowl. Blount's portrait of a team poised to dominate the NFL for more than a decade recounts the gridiron accomplishments and off-the-field lives of players, coaches, wives, fans, and owners. About Three Bricks Shy ... is considered a classic; Sports Illustrated recently named it one of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time.
Blount, Roy
About Three Bricks Shy -- and the load filled up
the story of the greatest football team ever (1989 & 2004)
Chastain, Bill
Steel Dynasty: The Team That Changed the NFL
Who doesn't remember the cover of this book - Jack Lambert's toothless sneer that graced the cover of Sports Illustrated during the Steelers' decade of dominance and dynasty. Author Bill Chastain looks back on the Super '70's through interviews with former Steeler greats and opponents.
Decade of Power: The Pittsburgh Steelers in the Cowher Era
Follow the ups and downs Cowher years of the 1990's as seen in the pages of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Remember Barry Foster, Bam Morris, and Erric Pegram? It's all right here.
Mendelson, Abby
The Pittsburgh Steelers: The Official Team History
The annals of seventy-plus seasons of football are compiled in this newly-revised volume that takes readers from Bobby Lane to Big Ben, from Forbes Field, Pitt Stadium, Three Rivers to Heinz Field. Packed with interesting photos, this book is a must-read for even casual Stillers fans.
O'Brien, Jim
Always a Steeler
Western Pennsylvania sports historian Jim O'Brien examines the Steeler mystique firsthand, attempting to answer the question of what makes current and former Steelers bleed Black and Gold. Why such loyalty to a franchise? What indeed sets the Steelers apart?
O'Brien, Jim
The Chief: Art Rooney and his Pittsburgh Steelers
Art Rooney bought the Steelers for a pittance in the 1930's, and persevered through forty years of failure and mediocrity (at best) before the franchise turned the corner. Cigar chomping Rooney, the man himself, is held in a high regard in these parts, and O'Brien aims to find out why.
O'Brien, Jim
Doing It Right: The Steelers of Three Rivers and Four Super Bowls Share Their Secrets for Success
After their on-field successes came to a conclusion, a remarkable amount of the Steelers who won four Super Bowl championships went on to become winners in the worlds of business, management, and politics. Learn life lessons from the pros - pro football players, that is.
O'Toole, Andrew
Smiling Irish Eyes: Art Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers
The life of venerable Art Rooney is covered again in this 2004 volume by Pittsburgh sports expert Andrew O'Toole. Follow the King of the North Side's unlikely rise from the barroom to the board room.
Pittsburgh Steelers Official 2000 Team Video [videorecording]
Many of the Steelers players who played such a big part in the dominant 2004 & 2005 squads started their careers in or around the 2000 season. This season was also the last year that games were played at Three Rivers Stadium.
Roberts, Randy and Welky, David
The Steelers Reader
This classic is an absolute for any fan of the Black and Gold. This anthology, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2001, is an anthology of writings that have appeared nationally and locally, from notable sports journalists such as Roy Blount Jr. to icons such as the one and only Myron Cope. The Steelers Reader also features candid interviews with former Steelers.
Roethlisberger: Pittsburgh's Own Big Ben
The title speaks for itself. This volume, published during the young quarterback and everybody's favorite hamburger namesake's rookie year, chronicles the unlikely 15-1 2004 season that seemed beyond belief.
Russell, Andy
An Odd Steelers Journey
Linebacker Andy Russell arrived in Pittsburgh as a fresh-faced rookie when the Steelers were still laughingstocks of the National Football League. He spins yarns, in this, his second book, about what it took for Russell, the team captain, to help build the Steelers into an on-field success.
The Steel Curtain: Pittsburgh's Front Four [videorecording]
Documentary made in the mid-1970s about the four Pittsburgh Steelers defensive linemen who constituted the legendary "steel curtain": Ernie Holmes, L.C. Greenwood, Dwight White, and Joe Greene. Includes interviews with the four men and their teammates and features game footage.
Steelers: The Complete History [videorecording]
Presents the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the few teams able to boast "one ownership, one city." The program begins with a history of the Rooney family, covering the Pittsburgh's industrial heritage, and takes the view through the Superbowl dynasty of the '70s and into the teams resurgence under Cowher.
Wexell, Jim
Tales From Behind the Steel Curtain
Pittsburgh sports journalist Jim Wexell covers the 1979 Steelers. This year's team wasn't supposed to win; they were allegedly past their prime and washed up. However, those '79 Steelers shocked everybody but themselves, and ended up winning yet another NFL championship. Sound familiar? Perhaps some day Wexell can write another book about the improbable rise of the 2005 Steelers. Until then, this entertaining and informative Tales From Behind the Steel Curtain will suffice!