Frankfort, IL – The Frankfort Public Library District will host Joe Ziemba, an award-winning author, for a special event titled “Tall Tales and Lost Legends of the Chicago Bears” on December 3 at 2:00 PM. This engaging presentation will delve into the early days of the NFL, featuring stories about the Chicago Bears’ intriguing past.
Attendees will hear about events such as the Capone gang disrupting a game, a Bears quarterback’s unique passing style, and more from the era when the Bears were known as the Monsters of the Midway. Additionally, discounted copies of Ziemba’s book will be available for purchase, perfect for inscribing as holiday gifts for Bears fans.
The book sheds light on the early history of both the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals, the NFL’s two oldest teams, whose records were largely lost to a fire. Ziemba’s work draws upon new resources to reconstruct their history, covering on and off-field battles, strategic dealings, financial struggles, and the enduring rivalry while both teams were based in Chicago.
The narrative includes iconic figures like Al Capone, Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, and Bronko Nagurski, offering a rich account of this pivotal era in NFL history.