100 Years of the Chicago Bears: The 1940s

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Dan Bernstein
October 30, 2019 - 1:11 pm

When you hear the term Monsters of the Midway, know that is was first applied to the Bears in the 1940s, the decade in which they became a sports dynasty.  1940 was the year George Halas unleashed Sid Luckman in the T Formation, eventually embarrassing Washington 73 to nothing in the championship game.  The next year the Bears routed the Giants for another title.

But in 1942 Halas and a total of 45 Bears players joined the armed forces to fight in World War II.  Despite this, the team reached the title game that year and won it right back in 1943, again defeating Washington 41-21 thanks to five Luckman touchdowns.  After two lackluster seasons after that, Halas made his return to the Bears in 1946, and they again won the Western Division crown.  They played the NFL championship game at the Polo Grounds in New York in front of a record crowd of over 58 thousand, and they defeated the Giants 24-14 for their final title of the glorious 1940s.

The NFL's All-Decade team featured eight Bears of the '40s:  Luckman, halfback George McAfee, fullback Bill Osmanski, ends Jim Benton, Ed Sprinkle and Ken Kavanaugh, tackle George Connor and center Clyde "Bulldog" Turner."