1942 National Football League All-Star Game (January)

The 1942 National Football League All-star Game (January) was the professional football league's fourth all-star game. The game pitted the Chicago Bears, the league's champion for the 1941 season, against a team of all-stars. The game was played on Sunday, January 4, 1942, at the Polo Grounds in New York City. The Bears defeated the all-stars by a score of 35–24.[1]

1942 NFL All-Star Game (January)
1234 Total
Chicago Bears 02177 35
NFL All-stars 30147 24
DateJanuary 4, 1942
StadiumPolo Grounds, New York City
MVPnone selected
TV in the United States
Networknot televised

The George Halas' Bears entered the game as 4–1 favorites over the All-Stars led by New York Giants head coach Steve Owen.[2] Although as many as 40,000 fans were expected,[2] cold and snowy weather kept the crowd down to 17,725.[1]

The game was originally planned to be played in Los Angeles where the first three All-Star games had been held, but it was moved to New York due to travel restrictions brought on by World War II.[2] To support the war effort, half of the game's proceeds went to the Naval Relief Society, a sum that amounted to $25,529.84.[3] It was the first January football game ever held in New York.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Guenther, Jack (January 5, 1942). "'Incredible' Bears Crush Gallant Stars". Pittsburgh Press. AP. p. 20. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Scheffels, Paul (January 1, 1942). "Bears Set to Face All-Stars". San Jose Evening News. United Press. p. 7. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Bears Roll For Three Touchdowns In Second Period To Beat All-Stars, 35 To 24". Hartford Courant. Associated Press. January 4, 1942. Retrieved January 26, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.