100 Years of the Chicago Bears: The 1930s

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There were two league championships for the Bears in the 1930's, a period that established them as the team of Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski, and saw them front and center during a period of revolution and growth for the burgeoning NFL.

In 1930, the Bears and Cardinals played the league's first ever indoor game, a 9-7 Bears win on an 80-yrd field in Chicago Stadium, with the proceeds donated to charities helping those suffering due to the Great Depression.  The Bears would return to that arena for the 1932 title game against Portsmouth, which they won 9 to nothing.  

The league was split into divisions for the first time in 1933, and the championship game became official.  They won the league title that year over the Giants, but lost in 1934 to that same New York team, unable to finish off a perfect season.  They again fell short in the final game in both 1935 and 1936, before a downturn in their fortunes led George Halas to draft a quarterback second overall in 1939.

That man was a Columbia College prospect named Sid Luckman, and Halas also brought in innovative coach Clark Shaughnessy from the University of Chicago to create a new and explosive offense, a re-imagined version of the T Formation, ready to be unleashed after the 1930s came to a close.