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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
"Galloping Ghost" helps to save Giants
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 6, 1925

"The Galloping Ghost" comes to New York, and a crowd estimated at 70,000 comes to see him. Red Grange's presence at the Polo Grounds helps save the financially troubled Giants franchise. Signed by the Chicago Bears two weeks earlier, Grange also profits from the huge crowd, with The New York Times reporting that the running back receives $30,000 for the game.

Grange scores a touchdown on a 35-yard interception return in the Bears' 19-7 victory. Offensively, he runs for 53 yards on 11 carries, catches a 23-yard pass and completes two-of-three passes for 32 yards.

To take advantage of Grange turning pro, the Bears have concocted a hybrid schedule -- part regular season, part exhibitions -- in which they play 19 games in 67 days. The first part of the frantic tour has them playing 10 games in 18 days in the East and Midwest. After a two-week break the Bears will play nine games in the South and on the West Coast. Grange will play in 17 games and earn about $100,000.

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