100 moments for 100 years of the Bears: First game played as the Decatur Staleys

100 moments for 100 years of the Bears: First game played as the Decatur Staleys

With the Chicago Bears and the NFL celebrating 100 years in 2019, ChicagoNow will be remembering great moments in the franchise's history by sharing 100 of the best Bears memories.

On Oct. 5, 1919, the Decatur Staleys, a football franchise that later would be renamed the Chicago Bears, began its history with a 3-0 loss to the Peoria Tractors.

Made up of A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company employees, the team posted a 6-1 record in their opening season — en route to winning the Central Illinois Championship.

A year later, no longer an amateur operation, the franchise became one of the original teams of the National Football League.

For more historical information on the Decatur Staleys and the Chicago Bears, browse the Chicago Tribune on Newspapers.com.

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