PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Since the 1940s Houghton, Michigan has claimed to be the birthplace of professional hockey, but new evidence proves they are mistaken. Pittsburgh is the birthplace!
John Schalcosky, Researcher and the Founder of the Odd, Mysterious and Fascinating History of Pittsburgh on Facebook says some people have known this to be true for years but now there are plenty of newspaper articles to prove it.
“First off, it was a well-known fact around Pittsburgh circles that we were indeed the first team to pay their players,” said Schalcosky. “Many historians in the past have tried to secure records through newspaper sources stating this fact. However, due to the recent addition to digitized newspaper sources, finding information that was once considered a 'lost-cause' can finally be discovered and brought back to the forefront of history.”
He also has physical evidence that proves Pittsburgh beat Houghton by at least a year or two.
A player that was paid $15 a week in 1903 would be making close to $430 a week today.