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Joe Santoni submitted name in contest

Updated: October 14, 2003, 1:37 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PITTSBURGH -- Joe Santoni, who named the Pittsburgh Steelers in a contest in 1940, died at 82.

Santoni died Friday of complications from heart surgery.

Santoni was an avid sports fan and in the 1930s followed an NFL team then known as the Pittsburgh Pirates. But the team wanted a new identity to differentiate it from the city's baseball team.

Santoni, who worked in the mills for Pittsburgh Steel, submitted the name "Steelers" through a joint contest held by the team and the Pittsburgh ...

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