Chicago Bears Traditions

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Highlights from the 1930s

Halas left the coaching ranks in 1930 and Ralph Jones led the club to a 24-10-7 record from 1930-32. The Bears won the 1932 championship before 11,198 fans at Chicago Stadium. The franchise lost $18,000 that season and Sternaman sold his half of the club to Halas. The 1933 season marked Halas' return to coaching and the beginning of the National Football League. The Bears beat the Giants 23-21 in the NFL's first championship game that year. The Bears advanced to the NFL title game twice more in the decade, but fell to the Giants in 1934 and the Redskins in 1937.

1930

After a 4-8-2 1929 season, George Halas replaces himself as head coach with Ralph Jones. Jones posts a 24-10-7 record during his three seasons.

12/15/30

Bears and Cardinals play football's first indoor game on an 80-yard field in Chicago Stadium. The exhibition aids unemployment; Bears win 9-7 before 10,000 fans.

11/15/31

New Yorkers (including Gov. Alfred E. Smith and Mayor Jimmy Walker) in field boxes at $100 a seat watch Bears top Giants at Polo Grounds 12-6.

12/18/32

Bronko Nagurski hits Red Grange with a two-yard TD pass and the Bears top the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 for the NFL championship. The game was played before 11,198 indoors at Chicago Stadium on an 80-yard field.

1932

The Chicago Bears won their NFL Championship with a 9-0 victory over the Portsmouth Spartans before 11,198 fans inside Chicago Stadium on an 80-yard field. Leading the way was Bronko Nagurski who hit Red Grange with a two-yard touchdown pass. The season, however, was not a finacial success as the team lost $18,000 prompting co-owner Dutch Sternaman to sell his share of the team to George Halas.

1933

George Halas returns as head coach and takes club out of town for training camp for the first time. University of Notre Dame is the host.

11/5/33

Boston Redskins beat Bears, 10-0, ending Chicago's 16-game unbeaten string.

12/17/33

Bears use rookie Jack Manders' accurate kicking for 11 points and defeat the Giants 23-21 in the NFL's first championship game.

1934

Halas University, the Bears alumni association begins. Annually, Bear veterans return during season for Homecoming Weekend.

1934

Bears hold training camp at Lane Tech High in Chicago.

8/31/34

A classic is born as 79,432 watch the NFL champion Bears held to a scoreless tie by the first College All-Star team in a game sponsored by Chicago Tribune Charities at Soldier Field.

12/2/34

Rookie Beattie Feathers becomes first pro to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1,004), leading the NFL.

12/9/34

Undefeated Bears slip before Giants in NFL title tilt at Polo Grounds 30-13 before 35,059. With Chicago leading 10-3 at the half, NY dons basketball sneakers and scores 27 points.

1935

Training camp is conducted at St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin.

1936

Bears make Joe Stydahar, a tackle from West Virginia, their first draft pick ever.

12/12/37

Bears win Western Division title but lose NFL Championship 28-21 to Redskins at Wrigley Field. Sammy Baugh hits 18 of 33 for 335 yards and three TDs. Jack Manders scores 15 of the Bears points. A Chicago player's share is $127.78.