Bears vs. Cardinals

The NFL’s Oldest Rivalry

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About the Book

In their early years, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals— the two oldest teams in the National Football League —travelled the country with only rare mention in the newspapers. Both teams later saw their official records destroyed by fire. Most of what is now known about those initial seasons is based on often inaccurate statements made many years later.
Reconstructing their missing history, this book draws on newly available resources to document the battles and brawls both on and off the field, the cunning backroom deals, the financial woes and the 40-year rivalry that endured while both teams were in Chicago. Figures like Al Capone, Red Grange, Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski make appearances in the unearthed lore of two old adversaries whose uneasy alliance helped ensure the survival of the fledgling NFL.

About the Author(s)

Joe Ziemba first became interested in the history of pro football after discovering that his father was a draft choice of the Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals in the 1940s. Because of his knowledge of the early days of the professional game, he has been a resource for articles or reports in Sports Illustrated, New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Daily Southtown, NBC Sunday Night Football, and many others. He hosts the podcast “When Football Was Football” on the Sports History Network which focuses on the history of the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals, and is a frequent guest on numerous other pro football podcasts. He lives in Frankfort, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Joe Ziemba
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8851-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4733-3
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

In their early years, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals— the two oldest teams in the National Football League —travelled the country with only rare mention in the newspapers. Both teams later saw their official records destroyed by fire. Most of what is now known about those initial seasons is based on often inaccurate statements made many years later.
Reconstructing their missing history, this book draws on newly available resources to document the battles and brawls both on and off the field, the cunning backroom deals, the financial woes and the 40-year rivalry that endured while both teams were in Chicago. Figures like Al Capone, Red Grange, Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski make appearances in the unearthed lore of two old adversaries whose uneasy alliance helped ensure the survival of the fledgling NFL.