Winter 2006 Catalog > Sports > Football
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Lot 7: The 1977 Mother Cabrini Award Presented to George Halas
One of the highest Catholic honors, the Mother Cabrini award is named for Saint Frances X. Cabrini, the first American Saint. Having emigrated to the United States in 1889 at the request of Pope Leo XIII, this missionary founded 14 American colleges, 28 orphanages and several other institutions. Having passed away in 1917, she was beatified in 1938 and canonized in 1949. The award that bears her name has been presented annually since 1975 by the Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Center of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, which Cabrini founded. Sitting atop a 4" x 8" black lacquered wood pedestal which itself rests on a 6" x10" marble base is an 8-1/4" x 9" stainless steel seven-sided netted figure into which is set a 4-3/4" diameter bronze disk with a rendition of Cabrini in the center. This particular award was presented in 1977 to HOFer George Halas, one of the founders and organizers of professional football who is best known as the timeless coach of the Chicago Bears. Weighing over 15 pounds and in NRMT condition, the award bears a plaque on the front that reads "The Mother Cabrini Award For Outstanding Achievement Benefiting Mankind, Presented To George S. Halas By Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Center, The Missionary Sisters Of The Sacred Heart, Chicago, Illinois, December 3, 1977." Years ago, the home of George Halas was destroyed by fire and his awards were destroyed with it. This is the only surving award of major importance presented to Halas that has ever been offered publicly. Directly from a Halas family member.
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