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The true story of how George Halas nearly lost the Bears Sam Acho Jersey , when a soon-to-be rival pitched in to save them." The Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansGeorge Halas came 50 minutes from losing the Bears in 1933 — until soon-to-be Cardinals owner Charles Bidwill bailed him outNew,11commentsThe true story of how George Halas nearly lost the Bears, when a soon-to-be rival pitched in to save them.CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:George Halas came 50 minutes from losing the Bears in 1933 — until soon-to-be Cardinals owner Charles Bidwill bailed him outTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailCharles Bidwill. (Photo from the Chicago Tribune, January 30, 1967, via Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night, as the St. Louis Blues skated ever closer to the franchise’s first ever championship after 52 seasons, the announcers told the tale of the team’s origins, and the role that Blackhawks owner Arthur Wirtz and James D. Norris played in its creation.The two men owned the St. Louis Arena, a decaying stadium some 30-something years old, built in 1929, and wanted to sell it. With the NHL seeking to double its team count, league officials added St. Louis as a possible city, in part because the city already had the stadium. As detailed here by our friends at Lighting the Lamp, the Black Hawks (as it was known) duo helped guide the NHL to St. Louis to start in the 1967-68 season, with the stipulation that the owner of the new franchise would also purchase the stadium.Bears fans watching the Cup may have noted that the story of one Chicago sports team owner helping launch or save a geographic rival sounded familiar. In 1956, George Halas traveled to Green Bay to speak at a public rally and support a referendum to fund a new Packers stadium — what became Lambeau Field. As WCG friend Laurence Holmes tweeted: “So Halas saves the #Packers. Wirtz helped birth the #Blues.”The “Halas saves the Packers” story is a popular one in Chicago, as we Bears fans can use it as a leg up in our neverending quest for supremacy in the rivalry. But there is another story, similar to the two above, that does not shine so sweetly on our dear Papa Bear. It’s not a negative story, per se, but certainly not one that Bears fans will brag about. Because in this case, it was the Bears who were in peril. And it was a soon-to-be rival who bailed us out.As Halas wrote in 1967, in chapter nine of his 20-part Bears history he published in the Tribune called “That’s The Way the Ball Bounces,” Halas came 50 minutes from losing the Bears to his old teammate, co-owner and de facto co-coach Edward “Dutch” Sternaman. In 1931, with Sternaman focused on his other businesses, he proposed a buyout to his partner Halas.To do so, Halas needed to come up with half of Sternaman’s stake in the team: $38,000. “Raising that $38,000 in the depths of the [D]epression wasn’t easy and I never could have managed without the help of friends ,” Halas wrote. Three people bought shares in the team to give Halas his ownership stake: the mother of Bears Hall of Fame center George Trafton, former All Pro Bears guard Jim McMillan and Halas’ old friend Ralph Brizzolara.Halas’ purchase agreement with Sternaman was to be paid off in installments. The contract stipulated that if Halas defaulted on any of the payments, ownership of the team reverted back to Sternaman.All was well until late 1932, when despite a stellar season that ended in a Bears championship, the franchise suffered $18,000 in losses.“When the final payment came due in ‘33, I was exactly $15,000 short,” Halas wrote. “It was a case of finding $15,000 in a hurry — or losing everything I’d worked for since moving the Staleys from Decatur to Chicago in 1921.”Enter Halas friend — famed sportsman and soon-to-be Chicago Cardinals owner — Charles Bidwill. As Halas wrote:Halas notes that another huge help in guiding the Bears organization through the financial troubles of 1932 was three players agreeing to take promissory notes in lieu of their payments: Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski for $1,000 each, and Jack Manders for $500. Head coach Ralph Jones also deferred his pay for a $1,000 note.Halas adds that the team’s financial troubles is what caused Jones to step down after the ‘32 season and take a position as athletic director at Lake Forest College. This led to Halas stepping in for what would be his second of four head coaching stints.Later that year, in September of 1933, Bidwill purchased the Chicago Cardinals from Dr. David L. Jones for about $50,000. To do so, he said that he would immediately “dispose of his interest” in the Bears, which he did. Bidwill died in April of 1947, just months before the Cardinals would win the franchise’s second — and as of now, last — NFL championship. The team remains in the family: Bidwill’s son, William, owns it now, following moves to St. Louis and then Phoenix. The Bears, of course, remain in the family too: though Halas’ 10 living grandchildren from his daughter Virginia McCaskey hold a collective majority share at 41.8% compared to McCaskey’s 19.7% (per Tribune reporting in 2013), McCaskey controls the votes of her 10 children, and controls the 11.3% of the team that came from the Brizzolara stake, making her the principle owner.A look at the ownership divisions, as laid out by the Trib’s Melissa Harris and Jared Hopkins:From the Chicago Tribune, July 28, 2013 Danny Trevathan Color Rush Jersey , via Newspapers.comMcCaskey, now 96, is the team’s beloved matriarch. Last weekend at the “Bears 100” reunion, alumni players along with veteran media members took every opportunity to speak with her and pose for pictures. Her family has no plans to sell — as she told Dan Pompei of The Athletic in 2016, the McCaskeys will hold the team “until the second coming.”If not for two mothers, one ex-player, one old friend and future NFL owner, that option may not have come at all.---Jack M Silverstein is Windy City Gridiron’s Bears historian, and author of “How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls.” He is the proprietor of Chicago sports history Instagram “A Shot on Ehlo.” Say hey at @readjack.To learn more about Dutch Sternaman and Jack Manders — and eventually George Trafton, Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski — see the Windy City Gridiron top 100 Bears list. It happens every offseason. The Chicago Bears draft a fresh class of rookies or signs an exciting free agent or two, and the NFL whips up a new batch of jerseys for fans to purchase. How many of..." Latest NewsNewsNotesWhat’s the most embarrassing Bears jersey to own? New,112commentsCDTJeff Berckes, Sam Householder, Ken Mitchell, Erik Christopher DuerrwaechterShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:What’s the most embarrassing Bears jersey to own? TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailIt happens every offseason. The Chicago Bears draft a fresh class of rookies or signs an exciting free agent or two, and the NFL whips up a new batch of jerseys for fans to purchase. How many of you guys ran out to get a Muhsin Muhammad #87 in 2005, a Julius Peppers #90 in 2010, or a Kevin White #13 in 2015?Muhammad’s Bears’ career was most memorable for his quote about Chicago being, “where receivers go to die.” Peppers made four straight Pro Bowls, but after being released he ended up playing north of the border. And White’s career never got on track. But not every jersey purchased has a cautionary tale attached to it. Brian Urlacher’s #54 had staying power, as did Devin Hester’s #23. In our latest WCG offseason, roundtable topic, we wanted to know the answer to the following question. What’s the most embarrassing Chicago Bears jersey to own?Considering I’ve never owned a Bears jersey, I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer this one. If I were to ever get a jersey (but I probably won’t because I’m very cheap), I have a strict throwback-only rule. I’d never buy a current player because with free agency there’s no telling how long he’d be relevant. In recent years there have been several Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Howard, and Brandon Marshall jerseys purchased by fans. I’ve seen Grossman, Terrell, and Enis in my travels. My advice to jersey buying fans, stick with the classics like #34, #50 Cody Whitehair Jersey , #54, #23, #57, #33, #65, #99, #95 and #81. Here’s how a few of our other staffers answered today’s topic. Jeff Berckes - Buying the jersey of anyone the Bears drafted gets an automatic pass from me as there is always hope that player will develop and / or live up to expectations. I think the worst thing you could do is buy the jersey of a player who played the vast majority of his career for an enemy squad and signed on for one last run with the Bears. In recent history, that’s Jared Allen. Owning that jersey tells me you’re either related to Mr. Allen or a closet Vikings fan. Sam Householder - I think this is a case of it has to be a player that was so bad that not only did he bust out as a player but also as a person. At least you can rock a Kevin White jersey and be like ‘hey he was a nice kid that got hurt, that’s too bad.’ But David Terrell it’s like ‘He was bad and kind of an a-hole.’ And then it has to be someone that the burn has kind of worn off but is not so old that you can wear the jersey ironically (like a McNown or Enis jersey). So I think like a Jeremiah Ratliff jersey or a Ray McDonald (did they even sell those though?) would be embarrassing. Of ones that are still out there though, Brandon Marshall has to be up there. Sure he set a lot of records but he has a lot of issues.Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter - Any jersey previously worn by a Bears QB not named McMahon, Cutler, or Trubisky. Ken Mitchell - There are several levels of cool, jerseys, and a few that are just embarrassing. Let’s start with several types of cool ones. First, there is any Bear in the Hall Of Fame.Secondly, any easily recognized Bears great like Jim McMahon, Kevin Butler, Keith Traylor, Israel Idonije, Thomas Jones, Matt Suhey Olin Kruetz, Mike Brown even up to guys like Josh Sitton. Bearman Don Wachter be inducted into the fans wing Hall Of Fame for fans this summer in Canton, Ohio wearing Doug Plank’s 46 jersey. Then there’s the “obscure cool”, show up at any function wearing 87 (Tom Waddle), 85 (Keith Jennings), 67 (Jerry Fontenot) or 37 (Tony Parrish). The most embarrassing ones are for the flops... I mean absolute flops... Show to the tailgate up wearing Kevin White’s 13, or David Terrell’s 83 and you deserve to be mocked.I wanted to open this roundtable up to the fans too, so I posed the question to our Facebook and Twitter audience. Now it’s your turn. What’s the most embarrassing Bears jersey to own? And if you own one you’re embarrassed of, share apic in the comment section!
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