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Bear With Me
Bear With Me

Bear With Me

A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears
By Patrick McCaskey, By Mike Sandrolini

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600781285

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Jul 2009)

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Overview

In Bear With Me, George “Papa Bear” Halas' grandson, Patrick McCaskey, tells this and many other stories about his famous grandfather from a fresh and personal family perspective. Inviting readers to share and reminisce not only about George Halas, the founding of the NFL, and the history of the Chicago Bears, this collection is also about what it was like growing up in the family that founded and owns one of the most valuable franchises in all of professional sports.

Author Biography

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.

Media

The Daily Herald mentioned Bear with Me and author Patrick McCaskey's speaking appearance at the Batavia Library on April 3rd. McCaskey talked about "the compelling story of those who made the Bears the Monsters of the Midway — from the early days of leather helmets to today’s team."
TribLocal Batavia announced that Patrick McCaskey, author of Bear with Me, would be appearing at the Batavia Public Library to talk about his book, his grandfather (George "Papa Bear" Halas), and of course, the Chicago Bears.
Crain's Chicago Business mentioned Bear With Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears.
The Pioneer Local talks Mike Sandrolini and Bear With Me.
Patrick McCaskey talks to the Lake Forester about Bear with Me.
Learn more about Bear With Me and Mike Sandrolini from WGN-TV.
The Bureau County Republican checks in with a great review of Bear With Me.
My Web Times talks to Mike Sandrolini about Bear With Me.
Elliott Harris at the Chicago Sun-Times suggests Bear With Me as a good read.

Book Signings

Past Events


Nov
08
Pat McCaskey - "Bear With Me" ›
Chicago, IL
10:00am
Oct
29
Pat McCaskey and Mike Sandrolini - "Bear With Me" ›
Palatine, IL
7:00pm
Sep
19
Pat McCaskey & Mike Sandrolini - "Bear With Me" ›
Lake Forest, IL
12:00pm

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In June 1915, a couple of George Halas' fraternity brothers from the University of Illinois knocked on the door of his mother's house to pay their condolences.  They read his name in the paper listing him as one of the casualties of a horrific boating disaster on the Chicago River that killed 844 people.  Fortunately for Halas, the Chicago Bears and for the National Football League, he had missed the boat and was very much alive and well.

 

Bear With Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears tells this story and many others from the perspective of his grandson Patrick McCaskey, who invites readers to share and reminisce not only about George Halas, the founding of the NFL and the history of the Bears, but also what it was like growing up in the family that founded and owns one of the most valuable franchises in all of professional sports.  McCaskey shares many never before heard stories, including:

 

  • The first year of the team when they were called the Chicago Staleys
  • What happened in an automobile showroom in Canton, Ohio, in 1920 to form the NFL
  • Why Art Rooney was sent on a secret mission to Philly to check out Halas' future son-in-law
  • What it was like to have Bill Wade teach the finer points of playing quarterback
  • What it was like to spend Sundays on the Bears sideline as a child.

 

McCaskey offers all this and much more, plus personal tales on many Bears greats including Walter Payton, Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Brian Piccolo and others.  Bear With Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears is a book that no Bears fan will want to be without.

 

About the Authors:

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.  Patrick and his wife Gretchen live in Lake Forest, Illinois, and have three sons.  He first began working on this book in 1969.

 

Mike Sandrolini, a native of Peru, Illinois, is an award-winning writer, editor, and columnist whose stories have appeared in several Chicago newspapers and nationally-published magazines.  He has either contributed stories to, or has helped edit, five books.  Mike is a graduate of Illinois State University.

 

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Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.252.1248, b.ames@triumphbooks.com