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When Football Was Football - Sports History Network EPISODE 22, 15th March 2021
First-Ever Bears vs. Packers Game

First-Ever Bears vs. Packers Game

When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sports' Yesteryear.


the focus of this program will be to drift back to 1921 when the two teams first met on the gridiron. Some familiar names were already in place with Curly Lambeau leading the Packers and George Halas fronting the squad then known as the Decatur Staleys. Halas had recently worked out an agreement in October of 1921 with owner A.E. Staley where Halas would take over the operation of the club and move its home games from Decatur, IL to Chicago. As part of this agreement, the team would play under the name of the Staleys for the remainder of the 1921 campaign. In 1922, Halas would officially change the name of his team to the Chicago Bears.

The inclusion of tiny Green Bay into membership in the NFL was not unusual in the early 1920s. Many smaller towns and cities such as Hammond, IN, Canton, OH, and Rock Island, IL were also members of the league during that time. Green Bay, however, is the only representative from the smaller communities that has survived to this day in the NFL. Through solid community support, an innovative method of financing the team, and eventual league television revenue sharing, the Packers remained viable in the NFL over the last century..........

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Each episode takes the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Author Joe Ziemba will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!. See Joe's books below.

Cadets, Canons, and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy

When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL

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