HAGEMEISTER PARK GRID WILL BE ENCLOSED THIS YEAR; FENCE IS ASSURED
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - There will be a fence around the football field at Hagemeister park this fall. Furthermore, the board enclosure will be erected in time for the games the last of September. This move from an athletic point of view is the most important one that has been made in local sports circles for the past few years. It means that football, both scholastic and professional, will be put on a firm financial basis. Ever since the old W-I league park fence, grandstand and bleachers were torn down, the sport teams of Green Bay have been up against as far as the money end of the sport was concerned. It was mighty hard for the teams to make ends meet by the tagging system and many of the aggregations simply dropped out of existence because there were no funds coming in to meet expense...PACKERS BACK PLAN: Through the efforts of the Indian Packing plant, the Association of Commerce, Ludolf Hansen and a few other public spirited citizens, the fence will be put up. It will enclose a spacer 400 by 250. A meeting was held in the Association of Commerce rooms yesterday afternoon and the necessary backing was subscribed. The lumber will be donated by the Indian Packing plant, the work will be under the charge of Ludolf Hansen and Marcel Lambeau, while the labor will be donated by all interested. According to Manager Neil Murphy of the Packers football club, the labor proposition will be the most difficult one. In discussing the plans, Murphy said: "We are attempting a big undertaking now and need the help of all those interested in football. Owing to the heavy expense, it will cost about $1,400 to put up the fence, it is necessary to shave all corners. We hope to cut down the labor expense by asking for volunteers when it comes time for the actual work. The high school students have promised to get in line with aid and we can use everybody else that wants to give a hand. An announcement will be made when the actual construction work will start and I feel certain that there will be volunteers galore."...WILL TEAR DOWN FENCE: The lease for the field at Hagemeister park runs out by December 15, and those in charge have made arrangements to have everything cleared away by that time. The lumber then will be returned to the Indian Packing plant while the other materials that are used are to be turned back to the owners at face value. This step is necessary, due to the fact that the city has an option on the grounds. It is this site where the new East High school may be built...BANNER FOOTBALL YEAR: With the fence assured, Green Bay can look forward to the greatest year of football it has ever experienced. The outlook has never been rosier. Both the high school teams are looking forward to a good season on the chalk marked field. Each of the squads are blessed with plenty of material and it is within the range of possibility that the state scholastic championship may be brought home to the Bay. From a professional point of view, the Packers should rate with the best teams in the middle west. Manager Murphy has a corking good squad to start off with, even better than last year when Captain Lambeau's aggregation ran off with every game until they bumped into referee Zabel and the other eleven Beloit players at the Fairy park.
CONSTRUCTION OF GRIDIRON FENCE WILL START SOON
AUGUST 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The work of constructing the fence that will enclose the Hagemeister park football field this year will be begun this week, according to an announcement made today by Manager Neil Murphy of the Packers' football team. The Oneida Packing company has offered to furnish men from their force to superintend the work of erecting the fence if the team will secure volunteer helpers to aid with the construction. Manager Murphy has issued a call for help to all of the high school students of the city and other public spirited citizens of the city who are interested in the pigskin sport. The lumber for the enclosure, which will be donated by the Indian Packing company, will be ready for use this week and the contractors, who will have charge of the work, Ludolf M. Hansen and Marcel Lambeau, have stated that they are ready to begin work on the fence as soon as volunteer workmen are secured. All that holds back the work now is the lack of men to help with the work and Manager Murphy feels certain that enough of them will volunteer in the next few days to permit the work to be commenced either Wednesday or Thursday. The announcement that the fence would be erected has been received with the utmost enthusiasm in all sporting circles and one of the biggest football years in the history of Green Bay is looked forward to. Murphy is now negotiating with several strong teams to sign them to come here during the season. He expects to have his complete schedule ready for publication within the next few days.
PACKERS WILL WORK TONIGHT
AUGUST 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers football squad opens their regular practice season tonight on the plant gridiron. According to Neil Murphy, there will be workouts twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays for the time being and later another night of practice will be added to the training stunts every week. Tonight's workout will start promptly at 7 o'clock and every man on the squad is expected to be on hand. The gridiron outlook grows more rosier every day! With the fence question settled the management now is in a position to book some stellar attractions for the home gridiron. Negotiations are already underway and the football fans can rest assured that they are going to be treated to the best season of pigskin chasing in the history of the moleskin game here. Some members of the Green Bay squad receiving tempting offers to play with others professional teams but the management feels confident that there will be no jumping from the ranks due to the fact that the inducements are better than those received from out of town teams.
GOOD PRACTICE BY FOOTBALL PLAYERS
AUGUST 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers football squad indulged in a stiff workout last night at the plant gridiron. Manager Murphy had a big squad of men on hand and quite a likely looking bunch of new material has put in appearance. Those who have seen the men at work think this year's aggregation will be better than the 1919 eleven. With but three or four exceptions, all of the veterans are back in the fold besides many star outsiders who are sure to add much strength to the aggregation. Another practice workout is schedule for Thursday night at the Packers field and Manager Murphy wants every players on the job promptly at 5 o'clock. The practice has been set ahead two hours earlier.
WORK WILL START ON GRID FENCE SATURDAY, 2 P.M.
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - That's the lineup for tomorrow afternoon when all the knockers of the city (physically, not verbally) will hotfoot it to the Hagemeister field where the first nail will be driven in the first plank that will eventually become a man-sized fence enclosing the football fence. Everything is all set for the big day. The Oneida Packing company has the lumber for the fence and the men to superintend the construction work. All that is needed now is a bunch of football fans who are willing to
don the royal blue denim and hop to it with a vengeance.
The party won't be exclusive. Anyone that can drive a nail in
a plank without converting it into a horseshoe will be
received with the open arms of Manager Neil Murphy. "We
can use anyone that wants to help us," said Manager
Murphy this morning. "The fellows don't have to have a
college education. All we want is a bunch of fellows that
aren't afraid of the business end of a hammer when used
lawfully. Everything is all set for the occasion. Marcel
Lambeau will be there to boss the job, but he has
promised that he won't play up his job too strong. With a
bunch of fellows to help us out we ought to have the fence
completed inside of a week." With football the chief topic of
conversation on every street corner, it is expected that they
will have to build a temporary fence on the field to keep the crowd back. Everyone interested in pigskin shooting will be on hand to pick on the first nail and rarin' to go. It is rumored that they intend to make the regular hammer wielders look consumptive.
STAMBAUGH TO FACE PACKERS HERE OCTOBER 10
AUGUST 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - If Manager Neil Murphy of the Packers is able to complete negotiations with Menominee, the lid will be titled off the 1920 football season in Green Bay Sunday September 19. The Packers' schedule is beginning to mold into form, and it is expected that the chart of games for the year will be completed before the second week in September. Stambaugh plays here on October 10, and a two game series with Beloit is certain. Other contests are pending with Racine, Dubuque, Rockford Maroons and a couple of crack Chicago elevens...FENCE WORK PROGRESSING: The work on the fence is progressing rapidly. A few volunteers answered the call on Saturday and nearly all the posts were set in. The enclosure will be larger than first planned as the fence will be put around a space large enough not only for football but baseball also. This shift in plans came are G.A. Walter, Jr., of the Hagemeister Realty company, owners of the field, inspected the gridiron outlay on Saturday morning. In case the school board does not exercise its option on the land, it is quite possible that the fence will be permanent instead of only temporary...PRACTICE ON TUESDAY: The Packers will resume their practice stunts tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock at the Packers' gridiron. Coach Dalton will have charge of the workout and he will put the candidates through a thorough course of sprouts.
FOOTBALL SQUAD MEETS TONIGHT
SEPTEMBER 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Manager Neil Murphy of the Packers football squad has called a meeting of the team tonight in the council chambers at the City hall at 7:30. Every candidate is urged to be on the job promptly. Coach Dalton will hold his first blackboard talk and he will explain the code of signals which will be used throughout the season.
AFTER BIG GAME
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Manager Neil Murphy of the Green Bay Packers has opened negotiations with Jim Thorpe's Canton Bulldogs. The Ohio team wants a "pot of gold" for playing here but there still is a possibility that the contest may be closed up.
PACKERS TO HAVE CLASSY GRIDIRON MACHINE-DALTON
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "Unless all signs fail," said Coach Dalton of the Packers football team, "we will have one of the fastest professional football machines in the middle west." That was his reply to a query about how the team looked to him. "I heard about the Packers before I came here," continued Dalton. "You know I was down near Janesville for the last two years, except when I was in the service, and the people down there are still talking about your Green Bay team. When Manager Murphy asked me to take charge of the team, I was greatly pleased but not until I saw the bunch in action did the outlook size us so rosy to me. We will be ready to go towards the last of September and by the time we have worn off the rough spots in the first couple of games we will be all set for the best of 'em. The squad contained no end of good material. Practically every man is a gridiron veteran, and from the way they cut capers in practice every one of 'em seems to be bubbling over with pep."
PACKERS SQUAD WORKING HARD
SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers are not letting any grass grow under their feet, and Manager Murphy's squad is putting in lots of time indulging in practice licks. With the Stambaugh game less than a month away, the Bay squad will have to do a lot of lively stepping in order to be in shape for the Miners from the Copper country. The team is working out twice a week on the plant gridiron and it is the intention of the management to add another workout each week in the near future. Coach Dalton, who is in charge of the team, continues to wax enthusiastic over the squad and he hasn't gone back on his prediction that the Packers will have one of the strongest elevens in the middle west.
LAMBEAU TO TAKE CHARGE OF EAST
SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The cup of joy at East high school is already flowing over because it has been officially announced that Curley Lambeau, pigskin star extraordinary, will again take over the football reigns at the Hilltoppers institution. For a time it was feared that Lambeau might be out of town during the week and this would of course have shut off any possible chances of him coaching the team. However, all fears have been set at rest and Lambeau will be right on the job for the rest of the season with the red and white players. There is no question but that this boosts East's football stock about a hundred percent. With Coach Lambeau at the helm and a wealth of veteran material to build on, the East Siders are already beginning to have visions of a championship aggregation.
FOOTBALL ELEVENS REFUSE TO BATTLE ON OPENING DATES
SEPTEMBER 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) -"It seems as if the professional football team are not any too anxious to hook up with the Packers early in the season," stated Manager Neil Murphy when he was questioned about his schedule. "As yet we have been unable to close a game for either the nineteenth or twenty-sixth of September, I have been negotiating with nearly every eleven in the state for the opening date without success. They are willing to play us later in the year, but they won't consider September dates. We will have some sort of game here two weeks from Sunday even if we have to split up the squad and play 'em against each other." The Packers' manager stated that the October and November dates are being rapidly filled. Games with Stambaugh, Ishpeming, Beloit and Janesville have been closed up and negotiations are well on the road to completion with Milwaukee, Rock Island and Dubuque. In the meantime the team is working out three times a week under the watchful eye of Coach Dalton and the squad will be right on edge when the whistle blows for the opening game.
BELOIT TO CLASH WITH PACKERS AT PARK OCTOBER 31
SEPTEMBER 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Three more games have been closed by Manager Neil Murphy for his Packer football team. On Sunday October 17, the East End Badgers of Marinette will be seen in action at Hagemeister park. The Twin City aggregation on paper looks like a husky aggregation. Among the pigskin stars in their lineup are: Wagner, Erdlitz, Nelson, Hanson and Bushe. The Beloit contests are signed up and according to the contract each team is to post a $200 guarantee before October 15 to bind the terms. The Beloit eleven comes here on Sunday October 31, and the Packers travel to Beloit on Sunday November 14. Each team will furnish one official for the games. As yet Manager Murphy has been unable to sign up any opposition for an opening game on September 26 but he is burning the wires around the state in an attempt to secure an opponent.
EDUCATION BOARD PUTS ITS O.K. ON ARMISTICE GAME
SEPTEMBER 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - As predicted in last night's issue of The Press-Gazette, the board of Education sanctioned the switch of the East-West football game from Thanksgiving day to Armistice day, November 11. The board took unanimous action endorsing the plan at the meeting Friday evening. Schools will be closed at noon on this day and the board is expecting that the Association of Commerce and the city officials will cooperate in the move to have a half holiday declared throughout the city...LAMBEAU IS HIRED: Curley Lambeau was officially hired by the board as a football coach at East high. He will work with Schneider, faculty athletic director, in directing the team and during his spare moments will teach manual training. The board decided to repair the football dressing rooms in the basement at East High and the shower baths will again be put in shape for use.
PACKERS TO OPEN SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26; ANNOUNCE GAMES
SEPTEMBER 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers will open their 1920 football season here on Sunday September 26. This announcement was made today by
Manager Neil Murphy who states that he has negotiations
underway with two teams, either Little Chute or a crack
Chicago eleven for the lid lifting date. On October 3, the
Kaukauna American Legion squad will play here. Octonber
10, Stambaugh comes here. October 17, the North End
Badgers of Marinette are booked. October 24, the Packers
will clash with De Pere. The following Sunday, October 31,
the Beloit team will be in action at Hagemeister park.
Sunday November 7, the Milwaukee All-Stars are
scheduled. On Sunday November 14 the Packers will pay a
return game with Beloit. Ishpeming plays here on Sunday
November 21. The following Sunday, November 28, is still
open but Manager Murphy hopes to land the Rockford
Independents for this date...PLAYERS WORKING HARD:
Under Coach Dalton's direction, the Packers are working
out three times a week at the plant gridiron and it is said
that the team is rapidly rounding into shape. A glance over
the lineup shows the following men taking their turn in the practice stunts: Center Klaus and Sauber; Guards, Zoll and Klaus; Tackles, Wilson, Powers and Dummochelle; Ends, Martell, Abrams, Dwyer and Matterick; quarterback, Medley; Backfield, Ladrow, Rosenow, Dalton, Ladrow, Wagner, McLean and Bero.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - In the list of candidates working out for the Packers football team, Curley Lambeau's name was omitted from the backfield candidates due to an error in makeup. However, Lambeau will be there, going just as fast as ever before and he is expected to star for the Packers as in the days of old. Lambeau will probably play right halfback and will probably be called upon to do all the forward pass throwing.
CHICAGO BOOSTERS TO MEET PACKERS SUNDAY AFTERNOON
SEPTEMBER 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Calderons of Chicago, now playing under the name of the Chicago Boosters, will be the football attraction at
Hagemeister park next Sunday. Manager Neil Murphy of the
Packers closed for this game over the long distance phone
last night. The Windy City aggregation is one of the
strongest in the Chicago City league. In 1919, they scored
victories over the Pullman, Thorns, Racine Cardinals and
played a 7-7 tie with the Moline eleven. Manager Bates
claims his team will be faster than ever this year. The
Chicago eleven will arrive here Saturday night over the
Northwestern at 9:45. Arrangements are being made to
entertain the team during their stay in Green Bay. The
gridiron will be in tip top shape for the opening game. A
gang of men will be busy all week laying out the gridiron,
setting up the goal posts and sideline fences.
VETERAN REFEREE TO OFFICIATE PACKERS GAMES
SEPTEMBER 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - When the
Packers prance out on the gridiron Sunday afternoon at
Hagemeister park for their gridiron conflict with the Chicago
Boosters, they will be resplendent with new jerseys. The
other equipment from last year is in A-1 shape and the
team will have an outfit complete as any in the state.
Manager Neil Murphy has closed with R.T. Repenning, a
former Chicago football league official, to officiate in all
home games of the Packers. Repenning is well
recommended by Chicagoans for his work on the gridiron
and the local grid magnates feel confident that his work
will prove satisfactory here. As a matter of prevention,
blanket insurance against injury has been taken out for the
Packer team. Furthermore arrangements have been closed
with Dr. F.S. Rudolph to act as official field doctor.
CHICAGO BOOSTERS COMING HERE WITH STAR
SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Coached by
Jack Studebaker, former Indiana university star, and
managed by Harry Bates, ex-Princeton footballer, the
Chicago Boosters are coming here with an all-star
aggregation in an attempt to take the Packers into camp in
their game here on Sunday. The lineup of the Windy City team has been forwarded here and it includes many crack footballers. The list of players is as follows: Sacks, Fraster, LaOcha and Paden, ends; Annes, Hayes, Cropp and Bond, tackles; Bomark and Biepgrass, guards; Koeing, center; Applehans, quarter; Neilsen, Alexandra, Capt. Knop, Reilley, Miller and Goodman, backs...PACKERS WORKING HARD: The Packers are working nightly to get in shape for the game. Several additions have been made to the squad. Wagner, former Marinette High star, will be playing in the backfield, while Schneider, coach at East High, former Kenyon college star, will hold down one of the tackle positions. "Turk" Warwick, Defresne and Lurquin will help bolster the line positions.
HOEFFEL TO OFFICIATE THIS FALL UPON GRID
SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The call of the gridiron has again attracted Joe Hoeffel, former Wisconsin captain and mentioned by Walter Camp on his second All-American team. No, Hoeffel isn't going to play but he has accepted an offer by the Packers management and he will act as an official in all of the game that the Green Bay eleven stages this year. The old Badger grid star has been in retirement for a long while. He couldn't be induced to play, coach or officiate but conditions this year look for such a successful gridiron season here that he has jumped on the bandwagon and will ride along with the rest.
CRACK FOOTBALL MAN SIGNS WITH PACKERS ELEVEN
SEPTEMBER 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Wagner has arrived. And the Packers football stock has been boosted 20 percent. He reported for practice last night. Football fans here remember Wagner. He was the captain of Marinette's state championship football team that won the title game from Watertown here three years ago at the league park. It was Wagner's forward passing to Peters
that enabled the speedy Twin City end to dash across the
goal line three times for the only scores of the game.
Wagner saw Army service. Played with his division team
and last year was picked an all state halfback while playing
for Carroll college.
CHICAGO BOOSTERS MEET PACKERS ON SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Sunday
afternoon at Hagemeister park the Packers will battle the
Chicago Boosters in the opening game of the professional
football season in this part of the state. The kickoff is
scheduled promptly at 3 o'clock and 13-minute periods
will be played. Preparations have been made to handle a
large crowd. The sidelines markers are up and the field
will be kept clear of spectators. There will be room galore
inside the fence because no autos will be given parking
space inside the field. The Chicago squad, twenty strong,
gets in tonight over the Northwestern at 9:15 p.m. They will
be quartered at the Sherwood hotel during their stay in
Green Bay. The Windy City aggregation will indulge in a
short workout Sunday morning at the field. The Packers are
ready to go. With the exception of two men, Coach Dalton's
team is right on edge for the initial fracas and the Green Bay eleven can be counted on to give the visitors the hottest kind of a gridiron argument.