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Ruanaidh: The Story of Art Rooney and His Clan (with handwritten and signed note from Art Rooney)

Rooney, Art Jr; McHugh, Roy

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ISBN 10: 0981476023 / ISBN 13: 9780981476025
Published by Privately Printed, Pittsburgh, 2008
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. 483 pp. plus three additional pages of illustrations; illustrated with photographs. LAID IN IS A HANDWRITTEN NOTE ON PITTSBURGH STEELERS NOTECARD OF SEVEN LINES AND SIGNED IN FULL "ART ROONEY JR" . ALSO LAID IN AS A COLOR PROMOTIONAL CARD FOR THE BOOK THAT DUPLICATES THE JACKET DESIGN. Second printing (preceded by a limited edition that was not for sale). Fine in dust jacket with a touch of wear to the extremities. Art Rooney, Jr. was the son of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. and one of the four family members who inherited the team after the patriarch's death in 1988. Though the title "Ruanaidh" is the original Gaelic for the family name, the book is almost exclusively football-related. Bookseller Inventory # E16775

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Title: Ruanaidh: The Story of Art Rooney and His ...

Publisher: Privately Printed, Pittsburgh

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Second edition.

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"Ruanaidh" follows to its conclusion the extraordinary life of Art Rooney, Sr. - the Chief. The strange-looking title (pronounced Ru-ah-nee) is the Gaelic word for Rooney. Candid personality portraits of almost everybody in the Chief's wide orbit are mingled with tales from Art Rooney, Jr's own high school and college football-playing days, from his time as a failed drama student in New York, from his six months of boot camp training with the Marines, and from his subsequent career as personnel director of his father's football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Born in 1935, Art Rooney, Jr., is the second of the Chief's five sons. He listened to his father's stories and observed him in action, attempting to understand how this small-time politician and big-time horse player ended up as a beloved folk hero, the creator, after many false starts, of a football dynasty, and "a great American sportsman." For obvious reasons, the picture of Art Rooney, Sr. that emerges could not be more fully drawn.

There emerges, also, in "Ruanaidh," a marvelous supporting cast of relatives, in-laws, colleagues, rivals, hangers-on, and free spirits, of saints and sinners, titans and nobodies. About each there are stories that only a Ru-ah-nee could have known. In the 1970s, it was Art Rooney, Jr. who supervised the scouting and drafting of the Steelers' first four Super Bowl championship teams. And here he relates, with no animosity, his quest for talented players that would lead the Steelers to NFL Championships.

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