A weekly look at the 1974 season, the first time the Steelers went on to lift the Lombardi Trophy:
CHANGE OF SCENERY
Alexander Haig, the White House chief of staff in the final year of the Nixon Administration and into the transition of President Ford, left that post to become NATO commander, effective Dec. 1. Haig was credited with keeping the government running while Richard Nixon was embroiled in the Watergate scandal. The new position was one Haig would hold through 1999.
CALLING IT QUITS?
Baseball slugger Dick Allen, the Wampum native who was leading the American League in home runs for the Chicago White Sox, stunned the team by walking out with two weeks left in the season and announcing his retirement. Allen was the AL's highest-salaried player at $225,000. The White Sox eventually sold his contract to the Atlanta Braves for $5,000. Allen refused to report but did resume his career in 1975 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
ELSEWHERE THIS WEEK IN 1974
- The first broadcast of "The Rockford Files" aired on NBC (Sept. 13)
- The America's Cup was claimed by "Courageous," which was skippered by Ted Hood and defeated Australian challenger "Southern Cross" (Sept. …