"The Bears Find a Den". It’s not for lack of cash, as Virginia alone is worth 1.3 billion dollars. Son of Chicago Bears' founder, George Halas, Sr. He was the iconic longtime leader of the NFL's Chicago Bears. George Stanley "Mugs" Halas Jr. (September 4, 1925 – December 16, 1979), nicknamed "Mugs," was one of four presidents in the history of the Chicago Bears franchise of the National Football League (NFL). After a brief break in 1956–57, he resumed the controls of the club for a final decade from 1958 to 1967, winning his last championship in 1963. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. Share this memorial using social media sites or email. Mr. Halas was given tne nickname “Mugs” by his 84‐year‐old father, who founded the Bear franchise in 1920 as the Decatur (Ill.) Staleys. George Halas Jr. is on Facebook. Good, right? George had planned to give the team to Mugs when he passed away, and Mugs had been in the Bears front office since 1950, spending a decade at treasurer starting in 1953 before being named team president from in 1963. At least they added more seats right? McGinnis responded by passing on the job. based on information from your browser. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to the page and details about the problem. The following source differs from Pro-Football-Reference.com and states that the record was 10-1-1 for 1921: Vass, George (1971). Bob Kraft funded Gillette Stadium stadium by himself. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). Besides his father Mr. Halas is survived by his second wife, Patricia, and two children. He was the son of George Halas, who was a player, head coach, and owner of the Bears, and the co-founder of the NFL, and Minnie Bushing. It was 45-0 at one point. Resend Activation Email. On a team which included Paddy Driscoll and Jimmy Conzelman, Halas scored a receiving touchdown and returned an intercepted pass 77 yards in a 17–0 win; the team was also rewarded with their military discharges. Join Facebook to connect with George Halas Jr. and others you may know. Please enter location or other information that may help the volunteer in fulfilling this request. And the McCaskeys wanted in on it, as they threatened Chicago Mayor Richard Daley with moving if the team didn’t get a new stadium. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. See the article in its original context from. In both 1963 and 1965 he was selected by The Sporting News, the AP and the UPI as the NFL Coach of the Year. Halas had worked his son George Jr. "Mugs" into the role of team president, and the senior flew to England for a long-overdue hip replacement.  He also became a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. From 1966 to 1996, the George S. Halas Trophy was awarded to the NFL defensive player of the year by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. The email does not appear to be a valid email address. Which is fine, right? To view a photo in more detail or edit captions for photos you added, click the photo to open the photo viewer. Upon George Sr.'s death in 1983, Mugs' sister, Virginia, inherited the team. However, due to a lawsuit from Mugs’ first wife, Therese Halas, and I’m just going to quote from the Chicago Tribune article on 9/17/1987, “[t]he suit accuses the fire and police departments, the medical examiners office, the hospital, Patricia Halas [Mugs’ wife at the time of his death] and Dr. Freidell of failing to obey state law that requires a full autopsy in sudden or mystrious deaths, failing to preserve records concerning Halas’ death and failing to preserve his body, causing his vital organs to be destroyed.” It was a lawsuit that could have granted Therese and her two children $50-100 million due to the health insurance policy they had in place. The only thing that was clear was that he had died and that the team would pass instead to his daughter, Virginia Halas McCaskey (who is still kicking today at 94), her husband Ed McCaskey and their children. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for George Stanley “Mugs” Halas Jr. (4 Sep 1925–16 Dec 1979), Find a Grave Memorial no. There are two extant awards named for Halas: the George Halas Trophy (awarded by the NFL to the National Football Conference champion) and the George S. Halas Courage Award (Pro Football Writers Association). You could also do it yourself at any point in time. “He learned football the hard way,” said a spokesman for the Bears yesterday. He was also lesser known as an inventor, jurist, producer, philanthropist, philatelist, and Major League Baseball player. Please try again later. Mr. Halas, who had served in the team's administration since 1950, was 54 years old. GREAT NEWS!  He also offered to share the team's substantial television income with teams in smaller cities, firmly believing that what was good for the league would ultimately benefit his own team. He also served in a variety of civic and charitable organizations in Chicago. GREAT NEWS! If you have questions, please contact email@example.com. Yea. The Bears? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. They always play the Packers we-they lost 55-14. They took the name Bears in 1922 as a tribute to baseball's Chicago Cubs, which permitted the Bears to play their games at Wrigley Field. , After one year with the Pros (also known as the All-Stars), Halas moved to Decatur, Illinois to take a position with the A. E. Staley Company, a starch manufacturer. A year later, Phillips got a renovation deal done to improve the classic, albeit small, stadium. GREAT NEWS! or don't show this again—I am good at figuring things out. Halas entered the Navy again after the advent of World War II in 1942, with the rank of lieutenant commander. We have 2 volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. This is a piece I wrote for r/NFL’s 32 Disasters in 32 Days. He was honored in 1970 and 1980 as the only person involved in the league throughout its first fifty and sixty years of existence. Mr. Halas, who served in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II, was a member of the N.F.L. Oops, we were unable to send the email. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. He has been recognized by ESPN as one of the ten most influential people in sports in the 20th century, and as one of the greatest coaches. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? Halas had intended for Mugs to inherit the team upon his death. The Bears somehow won 5 games, but had 2 of the worst games in franchise history… Back-to-back. He went to the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. Failed to delete memorial. Looking for a quarterback to run his new offense, Halas was particularly impressed with Sid Luckman, a passing star at Columbia University. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles.
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