There have been a lot of moments in the century-long history of Wrigley Field, but not all involve the Chicago Cubs or even baseball for that matter. 1963 saw one of the most significant moments in Chicago sports history take place at the corner of Clark and Addison.
In the spirit of Super Bowl weekend, we rewind the clocks to December 29th, 1963. It was a day that saw the Friendly Confines host the 1963 NFL Championship between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. This would be the fifth and final NFL title game the Bears would host at Wrigley Field in their near-50 years playing there.
Why is this particular championship such an essential piece in Chicago sports history? A few reasons. For starters, it was the final title won by “Papa Bear” George Halas, who is after all one of the most significant figures in Chicago sports history. He coached many games along the Wrigley sidelines, and this was his final moment being on top. It would also be the Bears final NFL title in the pre-Super Bowl era and the last major sports championship to be clinched at Wrigley Field.
From 1940-1963 the Bears won five titles and made seven of them. Several of those being clinched at Wrigley…