Saturday, October 07, 2006

Another Steagle has passed away: Ted Doyle, the team’s starting right tackle, died yesterday (Friday, October 6). He was 92. A funeral service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury, Nebraska, on Monday, October 9.

Ted was one of the oldest living Steelers. He played eight seasons for the team. In 1938, his rookie year, one of his teammates was future Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White, and his head coach was the legendary Johnny Blood.

In 1943, the season the Steelers merged with the Eagles to form the Steagles, Ted worked fulltime in a Westinghouse factory in East Pittsburgh, taking the train to Philadelphia on Saturday nights for home games. Ted retired from football after the 1945 season and returned to his native Nebraska. He managed a bowling alley for a time, then worked for an agricultural products company.

I was fortunate enough to meet Ted in the summer of 2005 when I interviewed him for my book. He and his wife Harriet were simply a joy to meet. Without their cooperation and support, I wouldn’t have been able to write the book.

Ted is the second Steagle to pass away in a little more than two weeks; Vic Sears died on September 21. Just six Steagles remain: Bucko Kilroy, Allie Sherman, Al Wistert, Ernie Steele, Ray Graves, and Jack Hinkle.

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