Chicago Bears 28

  All-Stars 14

December 29, 1940 


Los Angeles, Dec. 29. (AP)-The battering Chicago Bears proved too good for the National league All-Stars today, and before the largest crowd to witness a professional football game here since Red Grange made his pro debut here in 1925, won the third annual Pro bowl grid encounter 28 to 14.


Clashing with a picked squad from their rivals in the National loop, the champion Bears scored once in each quarter. The All-Stars, led by Slingin' Sammy Baugh, hit the scoreboard on a fluke play in the second quarter, and in the fading moments ot the half sailed to another tally behind the Texan's brilliant passing.


Gilmore Stadium, only field available to the pros in Los Angeles, was packed and additional seats were hurriedly thrown up. The crowd was estimated at 21,000. The place normally seats 18,500.


The game was not two minutes old, when the big Bears pounded down to midfield after the kickoff.


Sid Luckman, famed as a pass expert, too, fired a low one to Dick Glasman, his left end. He was tackled across the midfield stripe and lateraled to Hampton Pool, who streaked on down field for the tally. Phil Martinovich booted the point after touchdown. The scoring play was good for 48 yards.


Early in the second quarter the All-Stars tied the count on a freak play that brought the crowd to its feet. Bill Snyder dropped back to pass, was hit and flattened on the soggy turf. He jumped to his feet and, still trying to throw the ball, let it go just as he was hit a second time. The ball plopped into the arms of Ted Livingston, 225-pound guard from Indiana, and he took two strides and was across the Bears' goal line. Clark Hinkle, of the Green Bay team, place-kicked the extra point.


Chicago, aching to roll up another huge score as it did in its 73-0 rout of the Washington Redskins for the championship three weeks ago, took the kickoff, Luckman running it back 28 yards to his own 41.


On the first play the ex-Columbia star fired a long pass to Harry Clark, reserve end, and he continued on 25 yards for the touchdown.


With time fading in the half, Baugh came back into the lineup. The ball was on his own 20, brought out after Martinovich had missed a field goal try from the 36. One pass fell incomplete. Baugh passed the next one to Viv Spadiccini. It was good for 38 yards.  Don Hutson, the demon Green Bay receiver, caught the next one for 10. Sammy rifled another to Hutson, and a pass interference penalty was called on the belligerent Bears, putting the ball on their eight-yard line.


Don Looney got the next Bangh pass on the two-yard mark, and took the next one across the goal line. Hutson converted and the half ended with the score deadlocked at 14-14.


The All-Stars, who have yet to win this game, were seldom a threat in the last half. Plasman Intercepted a Baugh toss and ran it back 26 yards to the All-Star five. The big star line held, pushed the Bears back on one play but soon the Bears were on the one and Luckman. pushed across. Snyder added the extra point.


Late in the quarter the Bears drove 39 yards in five plays after the All-Stars had stopped them once on the three. Joe Maniaci shouldered most of the attack, and hit tackle for the touchdown. He also added the extra point.


Sitting in the stands, on opposite sides of the field, were the college squads of Nebraska and Stanford, the coming Rose bowl rivals. They sat quietly watching the proceedings- the Huskers from the Midwest particularly watching the Bears' "T" formation put into practice.


Sid Luckman led Bears to the win in the third Pro Bowl.



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