"When Football Was Football"

Sunday, October 23 2016 at 2:00PM

Join author Joe Ziemba for a humorous look at the wacky early days of professional football, focusing on the NFL’s oldest franchise, the Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals. Relive the rowdy, formative years of football through audience interaction, rare archival photos, and surprising insight into local historical figures such as Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, George Halas and Al Capone. Joe will also touch on the rich history of the football program at nearby Morgan Park Academy which produced four members of the College Football Hall of Fame. All are part of the curious (and often comical) history of football—back “When Football Was Football!”



“Out from the Cardinal bench poured a group of men with guns on to protect their idol, Paddy Driscoll! You had the Al Capone crowd…so here came that bunch of south side rooters! I stood there in amazement. A couple of days earlier, I’d sign for a hundred bucks and now I’m out here liable to be killed!”
--Ed Healey, Chicago Bears, 1922

Joe Ziemba is the award-winning author of the book "When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL." He is live-long resident of Chicago's south side, who first became interested in the history of professional football after discovering his father had been a draft choice of the Chicago Cardinals in the 1940s. He is now nationally recognized for his historical knowledge and has been a resource for articles in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-times, and many others.

Price of admission is $5 for members, $10 for Non-members.
Light refreshments will be served. Reservations can be made by contacting the RHS office at (773) 881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com