On this day in 1920, the Decatur Staleys played their first professional game.

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    Today is the 93rd anniversary of the Chicago Bears (and NFL's) very first game. The Staleys defeated the Moline Universal Tractors by a score of 20-0. The Bears (Staleys) would go on to win 5 of their first games, tying the 6th, win their next 4, and finish the season 10-1-2:

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi/1920.htm

    NFL was known as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) at the time.

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    Moline Universal Tractors........ Where are they now
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    Jimmors The Rhymenoceros Staff Member

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    According to Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moline_Plow_Company
    At least they have the honorable distinction of being the first team to play (and lose) to the Chicago Bears. (Staleys)
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    Jimmors, obviously, we dislike each other intensely...BUT, with that having been said, quality post.
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    Jimmors The Rhymenoceros Staff Member

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    We do? Thats news to me, especially since i do not dislike anyone "intensely'
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    ???

    That would be surprising to me. Jimmors loves to debate things, but in all the years I've known him here, he doesn't hold grudges. Truly a stand up guy, even if he is wrong from time to time. ;)
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    Bearstuff Yes, in the woods. Staff Member SuperFan

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    lol, I thought the same thing.
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    In 1920 the Decatur Staleys shutout 10 of their 13 opponents in their first year of existence posting at 10-1-2 overall record. The team lost only once to the rival Chicago Cardinals 7-6. Each player was compensated $1,900 for the season.

    During the the teams’ very first game against the Packers in 1921, Chicago’s John (Tarzan) Taylor threw a sucker punch that broke the nose of Packers tackle Howard Buck. It set the tone for all Packers-Bears matchups for years to come.

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    thanks guys, classic photos.

    13 games, 21 points allowed, 1.6 per game.......and only good for 2nd.
    Akron gave up just 7 in 11 games.
    I wonder if even back then the "original" Bears defense was taking the criticism.
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    HAHAHA! That must be Howard Buck with the tape across his face.
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    Ill just assume it is and leave this here:

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    And who can forget the Rock Island Independents or Chicago Tigers.
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    Their uniforms look like the Steelers throwbacks...

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    Akron had the hottest cheerleaders in 1921 though. Check this gal out:

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    The Big city was calling them
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    Where the rest of the 53 man squad. I wonder what there paychecks looked like back then
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    I think typical salaries were like $100 per game in the early 20's.
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    looks like a highly spirited jocund group, unlike the below who seem mostly lugubrious[​IMG]
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    The FOUNDER of the NFL in UNIFORM !
    Halas looked like the smallest guy in the pic.
    However he had the biggest brain.
    My all time favorite where are they now team : The Pottsville Maroons!

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