Presented here is an outstanding original program from one of the most significant games in American professional football history — the very first meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Staleys, who would become known as the Chicago Bears in 1922. On the day this program was issued — November 27th, 1921, Curly Lambeau led his Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Staleys at Cubs Park (renamed Wrigley Field in 1926) where they were routed 20-0 by George Halas’ men. This initial contest kicked off a classic rivalry that has stood for exactly 100 years as of the current NFL season. Though the Packers lost the very first encounter their current all-time record against the Chicago Staleys/Bears stands at 102-95-6. Presently, the NFL ranks the 1921 Chicago Staleys #86 on their list of "100 Greatest” teams. It’s worth noting that the National Football League (NFL) was known as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) from 1920-1921 before changing their moniker to the National Football League prior to the 1922 season.
Condition of the program appears excellent with minor wear to the edges and spine along with minor age-related toning consistent with delicate paper from this era. There are two folds down the center of the program (one vertical, one horizontal) which are heavier on verso than front. Verso has some paper loss near spine and also contains some handwriting in pencil. Interior pages are clean throughout. Though there is a small hole in center of final three pages this does not detract from overall eye appeal when opened.