The 1963 Chicago Bears

George Halas and the Road to the NFL Championship


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About the Book

This thorough examination of the 1963 NFL Championship chronicles the trials and triumphs of Chicago’s historically most neglected champions against the economic, social, legal and human-interest backdrop of professional football in the 1960s. The Bears and their legendary owner/coach George Halas adjusted to the increased revenue of the television era and the behind-the-scenes drama of a gambling scandal, while developing into one of the greatest teams of the pre–Super Bowl era. Their tumultuous rise and tragic deterioration are covered in detail.

About the Author(s)

Charles N. Billington is a rehabilitation administrator and sports historian with longtime interests in 20th-century baseball and football. He lives in the Chicago area.

Bibliographic Details

Charles N. Billington

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9043-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5095-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface 1
Introduction 5
1. January: He Who Gambles Lives in Shambles 7
2. February and March: Rozelle Takes His Time and Papa Bear’s Youth Movement 20
3. April and May: Hornung and Karras, Welcome to Shambles 32
4. June and July: Mugs Halas, Your Table Is Ready, and Papa Bear’s White Whale 43
5. August: Back Home Again, in Indiana 54
6. September: Best Start in 15 Years! 74
7. October: The NFL Takes Notice 92
8. November: Declaring Their Dominance, Surviving a Tragedy 116
9. December: Earning It the Hard Way 141
10. December: The Irrepressible Force Meets the Immovable Object 159
11. December: The Nation Witnesses a Classic 176
Afterword: Trouble, Sadness, and Fleeting Success 201
Epilogue: The Price They Paid 213
Chapter Notes 221
Bibliography 235
Index 239

Book Reviews & Awards

“Billington is a tireless researcher…. As fine as [he] is at writing about games, he is equally adept at providing historical and societal perspectives.”—Chicago Tribune