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When the Monsters of the Midway Ruled the NFL

with Joe Ziemba


November 7, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm


Madden Auditorium




Originally the Decatur Staleys, the Chicago Bears are one of the oldest team franchises in the NFL, today. Their history is full of triumphs and heartbreaks, with seasons when they were a powerhouse in the league and those seasons stakeholders and fans consider "rebuilding" years. Joe Ziemba will be presenting on the 1940's era Bears, the decade they first earned the moniker "The Monsters of the Midway".

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. In 2022, he was the recipient of the Ralph Hay Award presented by the Professional Football Researchers Association for lifetime achievement in pro football research and historiography. He lives in Frankfort, Illinois. - Google Books