Great Lakes History Trail Stop 9Throughout WWI and WWII, athletic opportunities for recruits included swimming, basketball, hockey, water polo, boxing, wrestling and track & field. But, it was in WWI football that Great Lakes achieved national prominence. Among the thousands of recruits streaming through the gates were players from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Iowa, Washington, Detroit, Ohio State and a host of others. One of the players who would achieve fame in professional football was George Halas ("Papa Bear" of the Chicago Bears). The 1918 undefeated season culminated in Pasadena, California in the Rose Bowl where Great Lakes defeated the Mare Island Marines, 17-0. During WWII, the Great Lakes Bluejackets twice defeated Notre Dame in football and the baseball team competed well against professional teams.
|Placed By||Naval Station Great Lakes|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:28pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 431130 N 4684678|
|Decimal Degrees||42.31130000, -87.83566667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 18.678', W 87° 50.14'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 18' 40.68" N, 87° 50' 8.40" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 61-99 Decatur Ave, North Chicago IL 60088, US|
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