Ron Nelson

Ron Nelson


While attending the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago I worked as an Andy Frain usher. Hey, $5 a game and you got to see the action.

In 1961 I went to Wrigley and bought a ticket for the left field bleachers and shot from the end zone with my 35mm camera with a 200mm lens. The following week I brought a handful of 8x10 prints to the Bear Office on Madison Street and was ushered in to see Rudy Custer. He really liked the photographs, reached
into his desk drawer and said meet me on the 50-yard line a half hour before the game. I was on my way.

From then on I worked as a special assignment photographer for Rudy Custer and the Bears. During the '60s I photographed the great players in the NFL who played at Wrigley Field. The book "Pro Football at Wrigley Field" contains over 240 images and many of my favorite photographs. The game was different then and if you were there you will enjoy the memories.

My work is part of the permanent collection in Soldier Field, at Halas Hall and in many private collections.

I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking them.

See my gallery at and check out my book "Pro Football at Wrigley Field" on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

"Brings back many memories for me. I just wish my Dad was still here to see your wonderful photos. He would have gotten the biggest kick and memories from Wrigley Field. Wonderful!!!" -Tim Dooley

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