Chicago Bears Traditions

History by Decades



Highlights from the 1950s

The Bears began the decade with a title run, but lost to the Rams in the 1950 Western Division title game, 24-14. Paddy Driscoll replaced Halas as coach in 1956 and the Bears lost to the Giants in the NFL Championship game at Yankee Stadium. Halas returned for his final stint as head coach in 1958.

12/17/50

Bears and Rams tie for Western Division title with 9-3 marks but Rams trip Bears in LA 24-14 to break the tie.

1956

Halas retires for a third time. Paddy Driscoll gets the position.

12/30/56

Giants, with their sneakers again, trounce Chicago 47-7 before 56,836 in Yankee Stadium for NFL title.

11/2/58

The Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams establish an NFL attendance record drawing 90,833 paid (100,470 actual) in the LA Colisseum. The Bears lose 35-41.