Historical timeline of the Chicago Bears

(Source: ChicagoBears.com)

George Halas, representing the Decatur Staleys, meets with representatives of 12 other clubs at Ralph Hay's Hupmobile showroom in Canton, Ohio, forming the American Professional Football Association -- which later became the NFL. Membership is set at $100.

Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, play in Wrigley Field, and win the APFA title with 9-1-1 record. A. E. Staley gives Halas the club with $5,000 to keep the Staleys name for the year. Halas makes Dutch Sternaman his partner.

Franchise renamed Chicago Bears.

Harold "Red" Grange signs with Bears.

After a 4-8-2 1929 season, George Halas replaces himself as head coach with Ralph Jones. Jones posts a 24-10-7 record during his three seasons.

Bronko Nagurski hits Red Grange with a two-yard TD pass and the Bears top the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 for the NFL championship. The game was played before 11,198 indoors at Chicago Stadium on an 80-yard field.

George Halas returns as head coach and takes club out of town for training camp for the first time. University of Notre Dame is the host.

Bears use rookie Jack Manders' accurate kicking for 11 points and defeat the Giants 23-21 in the NFL's first championship game.