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PAT ON THE BACK

Dec. 24, 1956
Dec. 24, 1956

Table of Contents
Dec. 24, 1956

Table of Contents
Spectacle
Preview
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Events & Discoveries
  • A CREDIT TO THE GAME, HERB AND LEW, VIC AND KEN, FRIENDS OF ART LARSEN, GEORGE BREEN AND THE NON PARTICIPATING AUDIENCE, A NEW GOLF HAZARD, MOSEY KING'S LAST DAY

  • It has been 10 years since the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, once the powers of pro football, reached the championship playoff. Now they meet again, and, though the cast has changed, the plot is more exciting than ever

Scouting Reports
Los Angeles Golf
A Fender, A Poem
The Ferrari
Sporting Look
1956 Silver Anniversary All-America
Snow Patrol
Acknowledgments
The Ball
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

PAT ON THE BACK

OLD PROS OF THE EARLY BEARS
Thirty-six years ago one of the hottest professional football teams in the country was the Staley Bears of Decatur, Ill. That assemblage of bright young men brought honor to their mentors and sparked the beginning of an era of professional football brilliance that gave birth to today's Chicago Bears and launched some lustrous names into the world of sports. George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, was coach and played end for the 1920 team, and his present head coach, John L. (Paddy) Driscoll, was a teammate. A young man named Charles (Chuck) Dressen, known to sport fans as manager of the Washington Senators, played quarterback for the Staleys. Burt Ingwersen, assistant football coach at the University of Illinois, and Leo T. Johnson, track coach at the same university, were both Staley Bears. The old Bears, now sportsmen and dignified businessmen, gathered for a recent anniversary reunion in Chicago and a look at their old photo (above). Standing in back row (left to right) are Randolph Young, Leo T. Johnson, Kile MacWherter, Ralph L. Lanum, William Walter Veach and Chuck Dressen. In the center row (left to right) are George S. Halas, George E. Trafton, James Conzelman, Roy S. Adkins, Lennie L. High, Andrew J. Feitchinger and Walter I. Pearce. Seated on the floor at right are Manley Ross Petty and John T. Mintun.

This is an article from the Dec. 24, 1956 issue Original Layout

PHOTOARTHUR SIEGEL