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Bear With Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears Hardcover – July 1, 2009


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Patrick McCaskey is the grandson of George Halas, a board member of the Chicago Bears, and the team's senior director of special projects.  He currently serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Sports Faith International, the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, and the Chicago Bears Outreach. He lives in Lake Forest, Illinois. Mike Sandrolini is an award-winning writer, editor, and columnist whose stories have appeared in several Chicago newspapers and nationally-published magazines.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600781284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600781285
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Patrick McCaskey in "Bear With Me" shares stories - memories of Papa Bear George Halas, a history of the Chicago Bears and many of its great players, a history of the National Football League and many of its great owners, reminiscences of his personal relationship with Halas, his father and mother, many of football's greatest stars, and his years at Notre Dame High School (Niles, Ill.) - he has compiled or composed over several decades. This is a great read for football fans and coaches everywhere, and Chicagoans like me who grew up with George Halas and "duh Bears."

McCaskey provides insights gained only by someone who shared Halas' life as his grandson, godson, and great friend. Halas, as McCaskey highlights throughout the book, was someone who loved and cared for his family and had a tremendous influence not only in his family, but also on his colleagues, coaches and players, and friends.

Halas' life also had an element of divine providence. He just barely missed taking the ill-fated passenger ship, the Eastland, for a trip across Lake Michigan in 1915. The ship overturned taking 812 lives. God had important things for him to accomplish before he called him home...and accomplish them he did. Halas continues through McCaskey's stories as an example for all.

McCaskey takes us through Halas' early years in Chicago; his years at the University of Illinois where he lettered in football, baseball, and basketball; his Navy years as recreation officer at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center; his time as a New York Yankee only to be replace by a youngster, Babe Ruth; his formative years in the pros as a player/coach for the A.E. Staley company football team (Decatur, Ill.); the creation of the American Football League at a Hupmobile Auto Agency in Canton, Oh.
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By Brian R. on February 2, 2012
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This book is a great read for most Bears fans. It provides some unique and interesting insight into the Halas/McCaskey family. However, there are times in the book that stray from the "Bears Family" theme. For example, there is close to one chapter that focuses solely on the author's high school football team. While the author received some tutoring from Bears players, the recap of the season has little, if anything, to do with the Bears. I guess when I see the title "Bear With Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears" I expected to hear about only Halas and the Bears, not the personal life of one of his grandchildren.

For the most part, this is a great read!
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By B. K. Smith on May 22, 2013
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Whether you are a die-hard Chicago Bears fan or love a interesting book. This book is it. The history and the life George Halas and his beloved football team is a timeless story. It is an excellent book to curl-up in front of a fire with.
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My husband just finished this book. He's a die-hard Bears fan and has read many books about the organization. He said this book was okay. Many pages had information not too relevant to the Bears.
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By Kurt A. David on November 12, 2014
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A well-layed out, must read for anyone interested in the NFL.
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