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McKeesport Olympics
Founded 1896
Folded c1940
Based in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States
League Independent
Team History McKeesport Olympics (1896-c1940)
Team Colors Unknown
Owner(s) McKeesport Athletic Club

The McKeesport Olympics were a professional football team from McKeesport, Pennsylvania from 1896 until around 1940. The Olympics were considered one of the top football teams in Pennsylvania from 1910 until 1919.

The Olympics played against many of the teams that would go on to form the National Football League. These teams included the Buffalo All-Americans, Rochester Jeffersons and the Canton Bulldogs. The primary reason the Olympics never joined the NFL during the early era was the state of Pennsylvania's blue laws which prevented football from being played on Sunday; as a result, no Pennsylvania team joined the NFL (which played most of its games on Sundays) until 1924, though because most teams were available to play on Saturdays, they were able to schedule exhibition games against NFL teams fairly easily. Why the Olympics never joined after that was unclear. The team also played against a current NFL team, the Pittsburgh Pirates (renamed the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1940) twice. The first game between the two clubs was held on October 31, 1938. The Pirates, led by Byron White, would go on to win that game 21-6. However almost a year later, on October 4, 1939 in McKeesport, while the Pirates would go on to win that game too, the semi-pro Olympics held them to a much closer score, 9-6.

The Olympics also played against several strong clubs that never made it into the NFL. These teams included the Youngstown Patricians and the Shelby Blues. However the Olympics main rivals were the Pitcairn Quakers, another strong team from the Pittsburgh-area. In 1919 the Olympics had won the first game of the two-game series, 3-0 and had employed the entire Cleveland Indians team just for that game. However Pitcairn would win the second game due to a last minute field goal by Paul Rupp.

Season-by-seasonEdit

Year W L T Pct. PF PA Coach League Comments
1896 0 0 0 Independent
1897 0 0 0 Independent
1898 0 0 0 Independent
1899 0 0 0 Independent
1900 0 0 0 Independent
1901 0 0 0 Independent
1902 0 0 0 Independent
1903 0 0 0 Independent
1904 0 0 0 Independent
1905 0 0 0 Independent
1906 0 0 0 Independent
1907 0 0 0 Independent
1908 0 0 0 Independent
1909 0 0 0 Independent
1910 0 0 0 Independent
1911 0 0 0 Independent
1912 0 0 0 Independent
1913 0 0 0 Independent
1914 0 0 0 Independent
1915 0 0 0 Independent
1916 0 0 0 Independent
1917 0 0 0 Independent
1918 0 0 0 Independent
1919 0 0 0 Independent
1920 0 0 0 Independent
1921 0 0 0 Independent
1922 0 0 0 Independent
1923 0 0 0 Independent
1924 0 0 0 Independent
1925 0 0 0 Independent
1926 0 0 0 Independent
1927 0 0 0 Independent
1928 0 0 0 Independent
1929 0 0 0 Independent
1930 0 0 0 Independent
1931 0 0 0 Independent
1932 0 0 0 Independent
1933 0 0 0 Independent
1934 0 0 0 Independent
1935 0 0 0 Independent
1936 0 0 0 Independent
1937 0 0 0 Independent
1938 0 0 0 Independent
1939 0 0 0 Independent
1940 0 0 0 Independent
Totals 33 23 9 .589 799 455

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