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Philadelphia Steam

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November 26, 2019, 05:02:05 pm Last Edit: December 13, 2019, 10:36:25 am by Armorbeast

Philadelphia Steam

The foundation for the Philadelphia Steam actually begins in 1895 with the Duquesne Country and Athletic Club which became owned by William C. Temple in 1898. The Duquesne's were the best team in the nation until 1900 when most of his team was stolen away by the Homestead Library & Athletic Club which was the best team in 1900 and declared national champion in 1901 when they folded due to losing money. Rather than abandoning pro football, William temple became the financial backer of the National Football League... the original NFL of 1902 that is. Dave Berry had been a driving force for promoting the game of American football and made a name for himself managing the Latrobe Athletic Association. The 1902 NFL intended to have at least five teams with Philadelphia having two teams; Pittsburgh, Chicago and New York each having one team. Only the three Pennsylvania teams actually came into being and the Pittsburgh Stars would win the championship. When the league dissolved at the end of the year, the Pittsburgh Stars would absorb the other two franchises and relocate to become the Philadelphia Stars. This team began in 1901 as the Philadelphia Professionals (aka Philadelphia Stars, All-Stars, Quakers and Pros) which had also been formed from former Homestead players not taken by Pittsburgh. The third team was the Philadelphia Athletics which was unrelated to the old Homestead team but would lose many of their players to the Frankford Athletic Association which later became known as the Yellow Jackets. They would purchase the Franklin Athletic Club in 1903 after they had won the second World Series of Football. Franklin had formed in 1890 giving the Stars an older lineage and, for good measure, they also purchased the WSF as a cornerstone to a new league being put together called the United States All-American Football League or USAAFL for short. When Temple died in 1917, Barney Dreyfuss (Temples secret partner) took over the team and placed a very forceful woman named Emma Brandt* as President over the team. She would rename the team as the Philadelphia Phantoms, a name taken from legends about ghost trains and Pennsylvania's rich railroad tradition.

The Pitcairn Quakers formed in 1904 and lasted until 1920 when they folded. Pitcairn was named for Robert Pitcairn, an official for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Quakers would be purchased by the Union Club of Phoenixville. The Phoenixville club had been formed in 1907 and sought to rebuild in 1920 by becoming the Union Quakers of Philadelphia in 1921 where they became the city champions. While this team would collapse and be absorbed into the Frankford Yellow Jackets, many behind that team resurfaced in 1926 with the first American Football League's, Philadelphia Quakers winning that leagues only championship game. Buying the franchise, they would assume the Quakers identity associating it with how trains made the ground seem to quake as they thundered by. They would also purchase the assets of the All-Lancaster Red Roses, Bethlehem Bears, Mount Carmel Wolverines and Shenandoah Red Jackets from the failed Eastern League of Professional Football. The Pottsville Maroons were a relatively young team that had grown quickly, won the Anthracite League championship in 1924 and then fell into decline by 1929 when they relocated to become the Boston Bulldogs. The USAAFL purchased the team after it folded and split the franchise leaving it's ownership in Boston while relocating the team itself to be merged with the Quakers preserving it's heritage within Pennsylvania. Adding the Coaldale Big Green in 1934 would give them the powerhouse of the Anthracite League with it's three championships and surviving fan base as they had fallen on hard times after that leagues collapse. When the Frankford Yellow Jackets folded in 1931, they were turned back over to the NFL which allowed the team to permanently cease operations and replaced it with the expansion Philadelphia Eagles in 1933. Ownership of the teams assets would, however, still belong to the Frankford Athletic Association which sold those assets to the Philadelphia Quakers when the NFL abandoned all claims of it's own. They would then absorb the Pittsburgh Americans from the Second AFL during the 1937 season and filled key positions helping them to win the 1938 USAAFL America's Cup.

The McKeesport Olympics had been rivals of the old Pitcairn Quakers and many other teams until 1940 when the team finally folded. Purchasing the Olympics, the Quakers would become prosperous and majority ownership was finally given over to the city of Reading, Pennsylvania rather than neighboring Philadelphia. The reason for this is competition with the emerging pro sports franchises in Philadelphia as Readings ideal location between nearby Harrisburg and Philadelphia. They would keep their identity as the Philadelphia Quakers because of it's more recognizable, and commercially attractive, name value for gaining fan support. By 1954, a movement to change the teams name began as people were no longer understanding the teams identity and fans wanted a name that better reflected the teams association with the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad. The name they settled upon in 1956 would be the Philadelphia Steam, a name they felt symbolized the region best not only for the railroad, but for the coal they used to fire up the trains engines. As the USAAFL began preparing to join the World Football Federation, the Philadelphia Steam arranged the purchase of a rival league team called the Philadelphia Bell in 1975. It was from this acquisition that they finally allowed the election of a Governor using the purchase to oust the primary owner / private investor who had assumed that role for himself. The team would struggle over the next several years when the USFL began play placing two teams in Pennsylvania called the Philadelphia Stars and Pittsburgh Maulers. When the Maulers closed down in 1984, the USFL purchased the franchise sending some of it's personnel to the Philadelphia Steam and merging the rest of the franchise with the Memphis Maulers. Beginning in the 1970's, fans of the Steam began appearing at games dressed in classic Victorian age clothing to better enjoy the experience. As the steampunk sub culture developed it's identity in the 1980's, the Philadelphia Steam took full advantage and began attracting people to their games just to share the steampunk experience with others.

Team Colors

Home Colors:
Away Colors:
Neutral Colors:

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Cheerleading Squad

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Team Nicknames

"The Big Red" (Phoenixville)

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Booster Club

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1914 - 1916 Schuylkill Champs Conshohocken AC
1919 E. Pennsylvania Champs Conshohocken AC
Anthracite League 1921, 1922, 1923 (Coaldale Big Green)

Legacy Teams

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Athletic_Club 1890 - 1903

Oil City Athletic Club 1891 - 1903

Latrobe Athletic Association  1894 - 1909

Pittsburgh Athletic Club 1891 - 1898 (Purchased by the Franklin Athletic Club)
Duquesne Country and Athletic Club in 1898, the Frankford Athletic Association in 1899
Pittsburgh Imperials  1896
Pittsburgh Emeralds  1897

NFL (first) 1902

Pittsburgh Stars 1902  team colors Gold, Navy
Philadelphia Athletics 1902 team colors Navy, White
Philadelphia Phillies team colors  Red, White, Blue  The Phillies began as the Philadelphia Athletic Club in 1901, Became called the Philadelphia Pros

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrobe_Athletic_Association 1895 - 1909


Homestead Library Athletic Club in 1900
Coaldale Big Green in 1912
Conshohocken Athletic Club Team Colors Orange, White 
Catasauqua Majestic A.C.  1915
Altoona Indians  1914, 1915, 1916
Bradley Eagles 1917
Carlisle Indians  1893 - 1917
Pittsburgh Lyceum 1906 - 1925
Glassport Odds 1913-1950


Pitcairn Quakers 1904 -1920 eam Colors Red, Yellow
Union Quakers of Philadelphia 1921 Team Colors    Red, White
Phoenixville Union A.A. 1907 - 1921
Erie Veterans 1921
Coatesville Legion 1923
Holmesburg Athletic Club 1915 - 1923
Shenandoah Yellow Jackets in 1923.

In 1924 Anthracite League formed for one season laying a foundation for a professional football league in the state.

In 1926, this league would reform as the Eastern League of Professional Football with teams based in New Jersey which again lasted only one season.

Bethlehem Bears 1926 - 1927
All-Lancaster Red Roses 1926
Mount Carmel Wolverines 1926

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Quakers_%28AFL%29]Philadelphia Quakers[/url] 1926 Team Colors Light Blue, Yellow, White
Shenandoah Red Jackets 1926
Bessemer Bearcats 1927
Bessemer Bears 1928
Pottsville Maroons 1920 - 1929
Overbrook White Jackets 1929 -


Frankford Red Jackets  1931
Frankford Steel Jackets   1931
Frankford Vikings  1931
Overbrook White Jackets  1931
Frankford Yellowjackets 1899 - 1931
Bethlehem Panthers 1927 - 1931
Clifton Heights Orange & Black 1921 - 1932 Team Colors Orange, Black
Philadelphia Yellow Jackets 1932
Frankford Legion 1931 - 1933
Frankford Legion AA (not the same as Frankfort Legion) 1932 becomes Philadelphia AA Yellow Trojans 1933
Coaldale Big Green 1912 - 1933 Team Colors - Green, White     Independent (1912-1923, 1925, 1927-1933)
Chester Pros 1934
Philadelphia Pros 1935
Reading Keys 1934, 1935
Pittsburgh Americans 1936 - 1937
1935 Shenandoah Presidents 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937


McKeesport Olympics 1896 - 1940


http://www.tech2nite.com/pitcairnmohawks/history/118-2/  1917 - 1932, 1946 - 1950


Philadelphia Bulldogs (former Canton Bulldogs) Continental FL 1966 - 1967

East Pennsylvania League
Hazelton Redskins
Philadelphia Blues ?
Altoona All-Stars ?

Anthracite League 1924

Eastern League of Professional Football 1926 - 1927


Tri-State Champions  1909 (champions of Pennsy
lvania, West Virginia, and Ohio)

Development Leagues

Penn State Football League

The Penn State Football League began as the Anthracite League in 1924 which lasted only for one year but unified the regions coal belt teams into a single organization. When the league folded, the USAAFL purchased several of the regions teams and the assets of the Anthracite League to preserve it as a development league for the Philadelphia Phantoms (before they became the Quakers in 1927). Until this time, the teams in the Anthracite League had been playing for the Curran Cup

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Song: Terror Train - Demons & Wizards


Pittsburgh Power

The Pittsburgh Power began play in 1965 in the WPFL as a team called the Pittsburgh All-Stars. They would be called the Hurricanes before becoming the Powderkegs in 1968 and are recognized as the second women's pro football team from that era. In 1972, the WPFL was wholly bought out by the USA-AFL and the Powderkegs became known as one of it's most powerful teams. When the men's Arena Football League Pittsburgh Power folded, they were purchased by the USA-AFL as a development team for the Philadelphia Steam. However, the Powderkegs made a deal to gain the Power's identity and began play in 2015 under it's new identity.

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