If 20-year-old George Halas had arrived on time to a work outing in 1915, his Bears might never have been established. Halas and other Western Electric employees were invited to ride a steamship across Lake Michigan for a picnic. But Halas showed up late, possibly because he overslept. By the time Halas arrived, the ship -- the Eastland --- had overturned in the Chicago River, sending more than 800 people to their deaths.
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How the Eastland disaster almost reshaped Chicago sports
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