[16] While Halas was in the Navy, the Bears won another title in 1943 under Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos. From Times staff and wire wire service reports. [17] That same year, Halas met with the Army Chief of Staff, General Dwight Eisenhower, the Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Carl Spaatz, and offered to set up an annual charity football game, with the Bears as hosts, whose proceeds would go to the relief agencies of the armed forces. 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His 324 victories stood as an NFL record for nearly three decades, and are still far and away the most in Bears history; they are three times that of runner-up Ditka. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. [19] He did win his 200th game in 1950 and his 300th game in 1965, becoming the first coach to reach both milestones. Halas was not satisfied with other players who succeeded Luckman under center. Halas had intended for Mugs to inherit the team upon his death. A funeral mass will be said in Chicago on Wednesday. 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). "University of Oregon and University of Pennsylvania (1917)", in, Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 14:46. Halas died of pancreatic cancer in Chicago on October 31, 1983, at age 88, and is entombed in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Niles, Illinois. He helped Illinois win the 1918 Big Ten Conference football title. Luckman launched his Hall of Fame career playing quarterback for the Bears from 1939 to 1950. Every other team in the league immediately began trying to imitate the format. George Halas McCaskey is the current chairman of the NFL's Chicago Bears, who replaced his brother Michael McCaskey as chairman in 2011. Notable players were Wibs Kautz, Bill Hapac and Ralph Vaughn. [10] In 1920, Halas represented the Staleys at the meeting which formed the American Professional Football Association (which became the NFL in 1922) in Canton, Ohio. Halas and Shaughnessy had created a revolutionary concept with the T-formation offense. Later that year, Halas played for the Hammond Pros and received about $75 per game. Due to complications after Mugs' birth, the couple were not able to have more children. The Times endorses one incumbent and three newcomers for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. [15] He was awarded the Bronze Star during his recall and released from duty in 1946 with the rank of captain. United Press International Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. Jackie Lacey vs. George Gascón: What to know about L.A County district attorney’s race. Halas entered the Navy again after the advent of World War II in 1942, with the rank of lieutenant commander. His son George, Jr. served as president of the Bears from 1963 until his sudden death at age 54 in 1979. This time around the Bruins were more successful, reaching the World Professional Basketball Tournament finals in 1940, losing to the Harlem Globetrotters 31–29. Minneapolis Morning Tribune (1909–1922),10. 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). was that Halas was succeeded as the Yankees' right fielder by Babe Ruth, but in reality, it was Sammy Vick. The complex spins, turns, fakes, and all around athletic versatility required to execute the scheme limited the possible players available. Halas believed he'd found the perfect quarterback for his new offense in Sid Luckman, a passing star at Columbia University. The George Halas Jr. Sports Center was dedicated on September 2, 1982 on the campus of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Halas was not only the team's coach, but also played end (wide receiver on offense, defensive end on defense) and handled ticket sales and the business of running the club. A look at California’s November ballot propositions. [11] After the Staleys' season ended, Halas and teammates George Trafton, Hub Shoemake, and Hugh Blacklock joined the Chicago Stayms for a December 19 match against the Chicago Cardinals, marking the only time Halas would be an NFL team's opponent for another team besides the Staleys/Bears. For his son, also an American football executive, see, American football player, coach, executive and owner; baseball player, George Halas—awards, championships, and honors. After ten seasons, Halas stepped back from the game in 1930, retiring as a player and handing coaching duties to Lake Forest Academy coach Ralph Jones; but he remained the team's owner, becoming sole owner in 1932. Other notable players included Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack from 1948 to 1951 and Zeke Bratkowski from 1954 to 1960. Serving as an ensign in the Navy during World War I, he played for a team at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station,[8] and was named the MVP of the 1919 Rose Bowl. Upon George Sr.'s death in 1983, Mugs' sister, Virginia, inherited the team. He was running late, however, as he was attempting to gain weight to play Big Ten football and missed the capsizing, which killed 844 passengers. [24], The Bruins struggled during their existence, failing to reach the playoffs in every season, but featured several notable names, including two Hall of Famers in player-coach Honey Russell and Nat Holman who played for half a season in 1926. How to vote. 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). Halas was one of the co-founders of the National Football League (NFL) in 1920, and in 1963 became one of the first 17 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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