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Marilyn Monroe may be pregnant; spying on Rams, October 20, 1958

October 20, 2008 |  7:51 am


Above, trouble with Marilyn Monroe on the set of "Some Like It Hot," which has been in production at the Del Coronado in San Diego.

1958_october_20_sports By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer

The Rams were clobbered by the Chicago Bears, 31-10, and suggested that the Bears might not have been playing fair.

Rams assistant Bill Swiacki was quoted in The Times claiming that someone from the Bears listened in on phone calls from the press box to the Rams' bench. He said he couldn't reach another Rams official on one call but "I heard foreign voices on the line. And they weren't Ram voices."

According to the story, the Bears installed the phones used by the offensive coaches. The Rams provided their own communications for the defense.

Pete Rozelle, Rams general manager and future NFL commissioner, had an interesting quote in The Times' story: "If the wires were tapped, I feel that they were without the knowledge of [Coach] George Halas." Sounds like he was already running for the NFL job.

Halas was quoted in the same story suggesting that a Rams assistant coach was telling players to put out of the Bears "out of commission."

Just in case you weren't sure where The Times stood on the matter, here's a paragraph deep in the story: "It's the feeling in certain quarters that Halas purposely brought up the ... incident as a smoke screen following the excessive number of penalties levied against the Rams." 

The Rams and Bears will meet again on November at the Coliseum.