8 Pittsburgh Area Football Banquet and Testimonial Programs and 2 Letters to Chet Smith.
Lot 494. 8 Pittsburgh Area Football Banquet and Testimonial Programs and 2 Letters to Chet Smith. Smith was the highly regarded sports editor of the “Pittsburgh Press” from 1931-66. Three Curbstone Coaches Awards Banquet programs are in this collection, for Jan. 1961, Dec. 1961 and Jan. 1964. Each year, this organization honored Pittsburgh Steelers and college and high school players and coaches. The programs are vg with extensive notations in two of them. Individuals honored include Mike Ditka, Dick Hoak, Art Rooney, Big Daddy Lipscomb, Pete Dimperio, Buddy Dial and Myron Pottios. Smith was the toastmaster at all three of these events. The letters to him are from, in 1947, Thomas J. Herbert, the Governor of Ohio, and, in 1958, Charles Alvin Jones, Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. (Their signatures have not been authenticated.) Smith was the toastmaster at other events represented here. The other programs honor: 1. 1945, Mt. Lebanon Wildcats, undefeated in eight games, Smith as toastmaster with Pie Traynor participating, vg, extensive notations. 2. 1946, Lt. Richard J. Pitzer of Langley High, Connellsville High and Army’s 1944 and 1945 undefeated teams, vg-ex. 3. 1947, Springdale High School, W.P.I.A.L. Class A champion, vg+. 4. 1949, Lou Kusserow of Glassport and an All-American at Columbia, vg-ex. 5. 1968, Louis Nemec, Penn Hills football coach, vg. Also, a Pittsburgh Builders 1953 program; a flyer for a 1940 surprise birthday party for Lawrence J. Fagan, “Pittsburgh Press” city editor, 1930-60, and Curbstone Coaches membership cards for 1969 and 1970. Winning Bid $10.