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Cleveland vs. Chicago: From The Diamond To The Gridiron

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10/26/2016

The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs are underway in this historic matchup in the 2016 World Series, it should be noted that this isn’t the first time these two cities have battled in the sports arena.
 
Right now and for the duration of the World Series, all fans are welcome to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will be honored with a $5.00 discount when wearing your favorite teams gear.
 
Cleveland and Chicago have a long-standing history on the gridiron that dates back to 1951. Interestingly, most of those games were played in iconic baseball stadiums.
 
The Chicago Bears founder/owner and Pro Football Hall of Famer George Halas changed the nickname of his franchise from the Staleys to the Bears in 1922.. His reasoning was baseball players were generally smaller than football players and if the city’s baseball team was named the Cubs then they should be recognized as the Bears.
 
Halas, coached the Chicago Bears to 324 wins over his 40-year career as a head coach in the NFL, until the record was broken by Don Shula in 1993.
 
From 1922-1970, the Bears played their home games at Wrigley Field, where they complied 198 wins, 90 loses and 19 ties.
 
The Chicago Cardinals, now in Gelndale, Ariz., also played their homes games at Wrigley Field from 1931-39. There have been a total of 335 professional football games played at Wrigley Field.
 
The Browns have also played their fair share of home game sat Municipal Stadium, which was predominantly used for baseball, from 1946-1995. Along with the Browns, the Indians football team (1931) and Cleveland Rams (1939-41) played inside Municipal Stadium.  A total of 387 football games were played at The Lakefront Stadium, which is the most of any football games played in a baseball stadium.
 
The Browns and Bears have met each other 15 times on the gridiron, with the Browns winning nine games to the Bears six.

12/15/13 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland, OH) L 38-31
11/1/09 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Soldier Field (Chicago, IL) L 30-6
10/9/05 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 20-10
11/4/01 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Soldier Field (Chicago, IL) L 27-21,OT
11/29/92 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 27-14
10/23/89 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 27-7
9/7/86 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Soldier Field (Chicago, IL) L 41-31
11/3/80 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 27-21
10/15/72 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) L 17-0
11/30/69 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL) W 28-24
10/22/67 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 24-0
12/10/61 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL) L 17-14
12/11/60 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 42-0
11/14/54 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL) W 39-10
11/25/51 Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 42-21

 

Snap Shot
 
For the Cubs, they haven’t won a Championship since 1908 and haven’t been back to the Fall Classic since 1945. The Indians haven’t won a championship since 1948. For both franchises, it’s about ending the drought and rewriting the history books.

 

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