On This Date 6/19/1943

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With each team losing several players to military service during World War II, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers are forced to merge into one team to compete during the 1943 season. The team would be unofficially called the “Steagles” by the press and post a 5-4-1 record during the season. The Cleveland Rams, already facing a similar problem, announced they would suspend operations and not field a team for the season.