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1963 NFL Championship Game

By George Haggis
A group that included myself and some of my high school buddies decided to head down to Wrigley Field the nfl1963-championship-ticketday of the 1963 NFL Championship Game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants.

We stood in line for a couple of hours in frigid weather (game time temp. was around 10 degrees) hoping to buy a ticket so that we could watch Papa Bear Halas lead our favorite team to the championship. In those days the local games were blacked out on television so that more people were forced to buy tickets in order to see the game.

The game featured some great players on both teams including Y.A. Tittle, Sam Huff, and Frank Gifford for the Giants, and players like Mike Ditka, Doug Atkins, and Richie Petitbon for the Bears.

The game was significant in the fact that NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle asked George Halas to move the game to Soldier Field because of the increased seating capacity and lighting it provided, but Halas had refused feeling that Wrigley provided more of an advantage to his team and a disadvantage to the Giants because of their unfamiliarity with the confines. The strategy seemed to work as the Bears prevailed 14-10 over the Giants, intercepting the future hall of famer Tittle 5 times.

About the author: George A. Haggis is a Chicago native, life long sports fan, and the author of the book “In With the Band: The Adventures of a Gate Crasher,” which features a collection of short stories and personal accounts recounting over fifty events (sports, concerts, etc.) over a span of forty years. Self published by iUniverse $11.95 paperback, $6.00 E-Book.

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