Rock Island Independents (1-0) 19, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 14
Sunday October 1st 1922 (at Rock Island)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(ROCK ISLAND) - In one of the most sensational games of football ever staged here, the Rock Island Independents defeated Green Bay, 19 to 14, in the opening fray of the NFL. About 3,500 football enthusiasts were treated to thrill after another. Off to a
bad start the Bays fought an uphill battle and in the last
quarter came within inches of turning defeat into victory.
It was a great exhibition of gameness and the handful
of Green Bay rooters considered the result as good as
a victory. Rock Island opened up as if they were going
to run wild over the Badger state champions. After
receiving the kickoff, they marched straight down the
field for a touchdown. Lauer plunging over for a score 
after the Islanders had been held for their downs inside
the Bays' five yard mark, a pair of forward passes which
sailed over Regnier's head helped materially, the team's
march down the field. Conzelman missed the goal.
DROPKICK INCREASE LEAD
In the second quarter, Rock Island held much the upper
hand for the first six minutes and Conzelman boosted
the home team's lead with a dropkick from the 25 yard
line. After this field goal, Lambeau's team began to 
show flashes of their real form. Three forward passes
netted 25 yards and then Wheeler caught a long toss
for a 45 yard gain. He was downed on the Islanders' 15
yard line. Three back smashes netted a first down and
then Taugher slipped through a hole opened around the
mighty Slater for a touchdown. Lambeau kicked the
goal. Rock Island kicked off. Conzelman booted to
Davis who had substituted for Taugher at fullback, Davis
fumbled and Novak fell on the pigskin on Green Bay's
15 yard line. The Bays made a game stand, the
Islanders only making first down by inches. Then Lauer
battered his way outside of tackle for another
touchdown. Conzelman kicked the goal. In the second
half, the Bays came back strong. Two lucky breaks in
the third quarter for Rock Island cut short Green Bay's
marches down the field and during the third period, the
teams battled without a score.
BAYS START ADVANCE
The fourth quarter was but three minutes old when
Conzelman booted another kick between the uprights.
This gave the Islanders a 19 to 7 lead, but the Bays
never quit fighting. They received the next kickoff and 
Lambeau's team started a march down the field, forward
passes after forward passes coupled with short
smashes past Slater put the Islanders on the run and they are beating a hasty retreat. The Green Bay offensive smeared everything before them and two sensational catches by Cronin put the pigskin inside the Islanders' final chalk marker. The mighty Rock Island line turned back the Bays on three rushes but on the fourth play, Cronin caught a short pass from Lambeau and wiggled his way for a touchdown. Lambeau kicked the goal.
NOVAK SAVES GAME
With but a few minutes to play the Bay went at it harder than ever. Rock Island received the kickoff, but the Bays stopped them in their tracks and one sidekick went out of bounds and it was Green Bay's ball in midfield. Once more Lambeau opened up and the Rock Islanders were moving backwards again. Manager Fanigan shoved in all his reserves in an attempt to halt what looked like the turning tide. The final break of the game came with two minutes to play. The ball was on Rock Island's 40 yard line fourth down six to go. Lambeau hurled a long forward to Wheeler who had apparently run past the Islanders' second defense, the oval was sailing straight into Wheeler's waiting arms when Novak, by a super human effort, leaped about three feet in the air and just tipped the pigskin blocking the pass. Final time was called with ball in midfield. Green Bay played wonderful football with Cronin, Buck, Owens, Wheeler and Lambeau shining brilliantly. Lauer, Novak, Johnson and Gavin were the stars for Rock Island.














DOUGLAS PARK - ROCK ISLAND
Douglas Park is located at 18th Avenue and 10th Street in Rock Island, Illinois. A former National Football League venue, it was the site of the first National Football League game on September 26, 1920. The stadium was home to the Rock Island Independents from 1907 until 1925. The Independents were an original franchise of the National Football League (1920–1925). It was a minor league baseball stadium for the Rock Island Islanders from 1907 until 1937. The Islanders played in the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (1920–1921), Mississippi Valley League (1922–1933) and Western League (1934–1937). Numerous Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees, including NFL legends George Halas, Curly Lambeau and Jim Thorpe, performed at Douglas Park.
First NFL game
Douglas Park was the site of the first ever National Football League contest on September 26, 1920. After the league had formed on September 17, 1920, Douglas Park was the scene when the Rock Island Independents defeated the non-member St. Paul Ideals 48-0 in the new league's first contest. A week later, on October 3, 1920, the Independents defeated the Muncie Flyers 45-0 at Douglas Park in the first full week of league play.
Early NFL play at Douglas Park
After beginning play at Douglas Park in 1907 (with undefeated seasons in 1908, 1910, 1912, 1912, 1918), the Rock Island Independents were an original franchise in the National Football League.[6] Today's National Football League was formed on September 17, 1920 at a meeting in Canton, Ohio with Rock Island Independents representation in attendance. Jim Thorpe was the first League President. First known as the American Professional Football Association, the league would change names to the "National Football league" in 1922. The 14 original 1920 Franchises were the: Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Decatur Staleys, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Hammond Pros, Muncie Flyers, Rock Island Independents, Rochester Jeffersons, Buffalo All-Americans, Columbus Panhandles, and Detroit Heralds. The Green Bay Packers would join the league a year later. Independents owner (and former player) Walter Flanigan was the driving force in establishing the franchise as an early football professional franchise. Flanigan was present at the September 17, 1920 meeting in Canton and after the formation of the league, Flanigan was named to a committee that created the league's constitution. The Independents posted records of 6–2–2 (1920), 4-2-1 (1921) and 4-2-1 (1922) in the NFL's first three seasons. Five of their six losses were to the Decatur Staleys/Chicago Staleys/Chicago Bears and George Halas. After 2-3-3 (1923), 5-2-2 (1924) and 5-3-3 (1925) records in the next three seasons, the team, now owned by Dale Johnson, folded as an NFL Franchise. The Independents then played some of 1926 at Browning Field after joining the short-lived American Football League. The Independents overall NFL record was 26-14-9, with five winning seasons in six years. Douglas Park played host to several famous NFL teams including the Chicago Bears and their early franchise, the Decatur Staleys, Green Bay Packers, and the Chicago Cardinals. Numerous Pro Football Hall of Fame players played at Douglas Park, including: Jim Thorpe, Curly Lambeau, George Halas, Paddy Driscoll, and George Trafton.
Independents in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Four Independents players, who played at Douglas Park, were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Jim Thopre (1963), Tackle Ed Healey (1964), Back Jimmy Conzelman (1964) and Joe Guyon (1966). Thorpe played with the Independents in 1924 and created a touring team called the "Thorpe Independents" after the season.
Notable NFL games at Douglas Park
On November 22, 1925, the Independents defeated the Milwaukee Badgers 40-7 in the Final NFL game at Douglass Park.
On October 4, 1925, the Independents defeated the Green Bay Packers, coached by Curly Lambeau, 3-0.
On Sept 30, 1923 the Independents defeated the Chicago Bears 3-0. The Bears Coach was George Halas.
On both September 28, 1924 and September 20, 1925, the Independents and the Chicago Bears played to a 0-0 tie.
On October 1, 1922, in the NFL Home opener at Douglas Park, the Independents defeated the Green Bay Packers 19-14.
On October 16, 1921, the independents defeated the Chicago Cardinals 14-7.
On October 7, 1920, the Independents defeated the Chicago Cardinals 7-0.
Rock Island Islanders
The Rock Island Islanders were a minor league baseball franchise that played at Douglas Park. The Islanders played in the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (1920–1921), Mississippi Valley League (1922–1933) and Western League (1934–1937). The Islanders were Class D affiliates of the St. Louis Browns (1932) and Cincinnati Reds (1933). They won league championships in 1907, 1909 and 1932 and had many alumni play in the Major Leagues.
Other notable events
The first college football game in the rivalry between the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois was played at Douglas Park on November 30, 1899. Iowa beat Illinois 58-0. Douglas Park played host to the ISC World Fastpitch Softball Tournament from 1961 thru 1969, and again in 1973. In August, 2015 a throwback football game was played at Douglas Park to honor the history of football at the site. Early football rules were used in the game, in which the Rock Island Independents team defeated the Moline Universal Tractors 24-0.
The park today
The park is still in use today by Little League Baseball and Rock Island High School's freshman baseball team. The Quad City 76ers Semi-Pro Baseball Club has called Douglas Park home since 1986.
(SOURCE: Wikipedia)
300 RACINE ROOTERS TO FOLLOW TEAM HERE SUNDAY
OCTOBER 4 (Racine) - Three hundred Racine football fans will
board a special train, leaving here early Sunday morning for
Green Bay where the Legion eleven will meet Captain
Lambeau's squad in a NFL game. Aside from the army of
rooters, subscriptions are being taken up to finance the trip of
the Horlick Fife and Drum Corps, and according to Manager
Babe Ruetz, it is practically assured that this famous
organization will help enliven the Green Bay invasion...AT
BEAUMONT HOTEL: Racine is suffering for a bad attack of
"footballitis" this fall and the city is behind the team to a man.
Aside from the rooters on this special train, about sixth autos
will make the trip. Racine headquarters in Green bay will be at
the Beaumont hotel. Seven of the Racine players are former
Marquette university stars, and two, Langhoff and Shackleton,
were captains at that school. The others are Hayes, Woodin,
Linnan, Roessler, McGill. Shackleton is considered the best
defensive lineman, and fastest ever turned out at Marquette;
Langhoff is without question the best open field dunner the M.
U. boasts: Linnan at tackle and Roessler at end were two of 
the strongholds of the Marquette line in 1921. McGill, at guard,
excels at punting; Woodin played at Marquette several years
ago and since on other college teams as well as in the Army;
Hayes, well known in Green Bay, that being his hometown, is
at the height of his career. He starred with Marquette four
years ago...220 POUND GUARD: Bud Gorman, 220 pound
guard and pugilist of Kenosha, who stood out prominently in
the Green Bay game last year, is a tower of strength again
this fall. He outplayed Anderson of Notre Dame here Sunday
against the Bears. Hueller, 200 pounds, is another strong
guard as is George who performed with the Packers a few
years ago. The quarterback position is well taken care of by
Pearson, running mate two years ago to the great George
Gipp of Notre Dame. Dalton, who piloted the Packers and
Beloit Fairies in the past is ready to assist at quarter and is
expected to start in the backfield Sunday. He will have as a
running mate the great Rowdy Elliott of Wisconsin university
last year and an all-western selection. Captain Hank Gillo,
who booted the Legion to a tie with the Bays last December
will be seen in fullback again...TWO STAR BACKS: In 
Langhoff and Foster the locals have a couple of dependable
halfbacks. Coach Rockne of Notre Dame who saw Bob Foster
smashing the line in an Indiana professional game once
remarked: "Was Foster attending one of the country's
universities, there is no doubt in my mind but that he would be
an All-American choice. He is the hardest hitting back I ever
saw." Heinsch, Sieb and Baumann are the three Racine boys
trying out for the squad.
TOMMY MILLS AND REX SMITH, GRID STARS, ARE HERE
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - When the Green 
Bay team steps on the field Sunday afternoon at the ball park
to give battle to the Racine Legion in a NFL game, there will be
seven "hometown" gridders in moleskins. Curley Lambeau, 
Eddie Glick, Joe Secord, Fee Klaus, Cowboy Wheeler, Charlie
Mathys and Martin Zoll are members of this year's team.
Dunnigan has lived here since last spring. Strange as it may
seem, every man on the squad with but two exceptions are
honest-to-goodness Badger state products. The outsiders are
Peaches Nadolny, who hangs his hat in Ironwood, Mich., and
Doc Regnier, whose hometown is in Minneapolis, Minn...BUCK
FROM APPLETON: Northeastern Wisconsin is pretty well
represented on the Green Bay team. Cub Buck hails from
Appleton; Faye is a dentist in Menasha and Paul Davis lives in
Oconto. Jab Murray is a Marinette lawyer. Owens' hometown is
Waukegan while Moose Gardner lives in Ashland. Taugher
comes from Marion, Wis., while Janesville is Paddy Cronin's
birthplace. The hometown members of the Green Bay team are
traveling at a fast clip this year. Captain Lambeau looks better
than ever at halfback and his forward pass throwing nearly
scared the daylights out of Rock Island in the closing minutes
of the memorable game last Sunday...MATHYS IS STAR:
Charlie Mathys, the former West side star, is playing the game
of his life at quarterback. This is Charlie's second year in pro
football. Last season he was with Hammond. The Mathys-
Lambeau forward pass combination bids fair to be as famous
as the Wyman-Bastion pair of a few years ago. A pair of Bay
boys, Joe Secord and Fee Klaus, are fighting it out for the
center berth. They are both Westsiders and the old Purple
fighting spirit is much in evidence. Cowboy Wheeler has come
into his own. He is playing the game of his career at the end.
Punch is in perfect condition and he bids fair to make a rep for
himself on the pro gridiron. Wheeler has been doing some 
great work receiving forward passes...GLICK LOOKS GOOD:
Eddie Glick looks superb behind the line. He is as fast as 
greased lightning and in the pink of condition. Glick is a fair
defensive player and has a knack of intercepting forward
passes. Martin Zoll is going good. His line work against the
mighty Healy last Sunday shows that he can be used at any
time to pull up a gap in the forward wall.
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Racine takes its
football team like Princeton does its Tigers and it looks as if
the Badger city has jumped into the front tank of banner
gridiron cities in the short period of two years. It is civic pride
with Racine to make good on the chalkmarked field and they
don't stop at anything to put over a winner. And you know 
nothing succeeds like success.
BULLETIN
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Tommy Mills, who
played fullback for Buffalo last season, and Rex Smith, a
Canton Bulldog end of 1921, reported to Captain Lambeau of 
the Green Bay football team today. Mills weighs about 185 and
is of the plunging type of backfield while Smith is a big six
footer weighing about 200 pounds and has a nation reputation as a gridder. Both of these stars will be in the game Sunday.
GEORGE DOWNER TO REFEREE FOOTBALL FRAY HERE SUNDAY
OCTOBER 5 (Columbus) - Included in the list of officials for Sunday's game in the NFL is the appointment of George Downer of Milwaukee to handle the
Racine-Green Bay at contest at Green Bay.
Downer is the football critic of the Milwaukee
Journal. Eight games are carded on Sunday,
according to schedule given out by President Joe
Carr. Three games stand out as important. Middle
west honors will probably hinge on the Rock 
Island-Chicago Bears game at Rock Island. Canton
and Dayton mix at Dayton. These two squads,
together with the Columbus Panhandles, are rated
the strongest in the Buckeye state. The first battle
for Wisconsin pro honors will be fought at Green
Bay between Racine and the Green Bay team. 
Both these teams met reversals last Sunday but
they gave Rock Island and the Chicago Bears such
stubborn battles that football dopesters rank them
among the best in the country.
GREEN BAY ELEVEN IN PINK OF CONDITION
FOR SUNDAY'S BATTLE WITH RACINE LEGION
OCTOBER 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) -
Sunday's football game between Racine and Green
Bay, which will be played at the league grounds
here, will make football history in Green Bay. At
least that is the opinion of those who have their
ears to the ground and are watching developments.
Never before has there been so much football talk
in the air. Never before has there been such a
heavy advance demand for tickets and never before
has there been such loyalty shown to a Green Bay
team. Despite the two upsets, the city is behind
Captain Lambeau's squad to the last man and 
when the whistle blows Sunday afternoon at 2:30 it is a good bet that standing room will be at a premium. It looks like a 4,000 crowd...SUPPORT BAY TEAM: Northeastern Wisconsin is rallying to the support of the Green Bay eleven. Applications for blocks of seats have been received from Sturgeon Bay, De Pere, Oconto, Shawano, Appleton, Kaukauna, Little Chute, Neenah, Menasha, Marinette-Menominee and even so far as Escanaba. According to Babe Ruetz, manager of the Racine team, plans for the invasion have been changed a bit. The Legion rooters instead of making the trip by train will make the jaunt in the giant carry-all buses. Fifteen of them will be in the Racine caravan, each carrying about 20 rooters. Several of these giant cars were seen here when the highway opening tourists arrived several weeks ago. The Racine drum corps will be not be able to make the trip on account of a previous booking. The Racine management has reserved a block of 200 seats in the south stands back of the Legion bench...SECURE GOOD OFFICIALS: Agreement was reached on officials Thursday night. Aside from George Downer, referee, who is appointed by President Carr of the NFL, the umpire and head linesman will be selected from Neil Murphy, Allen Davey, Coach Carey of St. Norberts and Joe Hoeffel. It is probable that Davey will act as umpire and Joe Hoeffel, head linesman. The Bay squad worked out two hours at the park this morning with Mills and Smith in the lineup. There will be a blackboard talk tonight and a snappy signal drill Saturday morning. At the close of practice this morning, Captain Lambeau said: "You can tell the fans we are ready. Every man on the squad is right and I think we'll beat Racine.
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - How are Rock Island and the Chicago Bears coming out? if the writer has been asked this question once, it has been a score of times. Unless the Halas-Sternamen-Stinchomb combination have got down to work during the past week, they are apt to be in for a licking because Flanigan has been grooming his Independents especially for this game. The Bears' forward line is likely to crumble a bit when Usher, Gavin and Johnson start their smashing drives through the holes opened by Slater and Healey...Green Bay's pro football stock took a big jump when Mills and Smith joined the fold. These two players are pigskin chasers of known caliber and they will be valuable additions to Captain Lambeau's squad. Both the men have seen service in major league football and their presence in the Bay lineup will greatly increase the offensive strength of the big blue team.




























DUKE SLATER
Fred "Duke" Slater was the greatest African American football player of the first half of the 20th century. Born into poverty, he developed into a two-time All-American tackle at the University of Iowa from 1918 to 1921. When the College Football Hall of Fame opened decades later, Duke was the only African American elected in the inaugural class. He then became the first black lineman in National Football League history in 1922, embarking on a remarkable ten-year career in the NFL. Incredibly, Slater was the only African American in the entire NFL for most of the late 1920s, yet he was widely recognized as one of the League's best linemen. But his pioneering influence extended beyond the gridiron. After retirement, he broke ground in the legal field as just the second black judge in Chicago history. On the field or on the bench, the inspirational life of Judge Duke Slater is a true American success story.
NEWS AND NOTES
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The NFL opened up in a blaze of glory. The games on Sunday were spiritedly contested and the class of play equal to what was expected from the pigskin chasers, the majority of whom had at least three years of gridiron cavorting in college. If the professional football magnates tend to their own knitting and don't meddle with the present day collegiate pigskin, the pro game is going to prosper and in our opinion place itself on just as firm a foundation as organized baseball.
RACINE LEGION PLAYS GREEN BAY HERE ON SUNDAY
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Football comes into its own for the 1922 season in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon at the ballpark when the Racine Legion eleven and Green Bay battle in a NFL game. The pro league season is off to a late start here due to the fact that the Bays played their first two games on foreign grids but the fans at home have been whetting their appetites and with a fair break in the weather over 4,000 gridiron enthusiasts should jam the park on Sunday...AN AUSPICIOUS OPENING: All earmarks point to an auspicious opening. True enough the Bays met reversals in their first two games but the team has rounded into form as was shown by the great game they played against Rock Island last Sunday and when they step out on the field to battle the Legion this weekend, it will be a smooth running aggregation which bids fall to have much to say about the national football championship. Work at the park started on Monday and the stands, bleachers, and box seats will be ready for occupancy on Sunday. The present seating arrangement will take care of about 2,500 with standing room space for another fifteen hundred...TICKETS ON SALE: The reserved seats tickets can go on sale Wednesday morning. They can be purchased at The Beaumont, The Congress, Bobby Lynch's, Schweger's drug store, Bokel's drug store and McDonald's in De Pere. Out of town football patrons desiring reservations may secure by writing the football management. Sunday's game will start promptly at 2:30. The doors at the park will open promptly at 1 o'clock. Some opening day frills are being mapped out and Mayor Wenzel Wiesner will kickoff the first ball. The Racine team ranks among the best in the country. Last Sunday, the famous Chicago Bears beat them 6 to 0 but the Windy City tribe did not cross the Legion goal line, the points being made via the dropkick route. Racine boasts some star players. In the backfield, there is Hank Gillo, Colgate, Rowdy Elliott, Wisconsin, Pearson, Marquette and Foster, Illinois. Butch Hayes, a former Green Bay boy, plays on one end while Jack Dalton, former backfield star for the Packers, is a quarterback. Woodlin, Hueller and Shackleton stand out prominently in the line. There are 24 players on the Racine squad.
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - In the professional grid world, the three middle west conflicts sort of upset the dope. Green Bay played remarkable football against Rock Island and, but for Novak's brilliant block of a forward pass in the last few minutes of play, would have defeated the chesty Islanders. The Racine Legion gave the famous Chicago Bears the surprise of their lives while Joe Plunkett's Milwaukee club made it interesting for the Mohardt-Driscoll combination, playing under the name of the Chicago Cardinals...Sunday, the professional football lid will be lifted in Green Bay with the Racine Legion squad rubbing nose with Captain Lambeau's aggregation of pigskin chasers. This is the first game in a three corner series between Milwaukee, Racine and Green Bay for the professional football championship of Wisconsin and the result will also be figured in the nation pro league standing.
GREEN BAY MEET RACINE ELEVEN HERE ON SUNDAY
OCTOBER 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The first
home game of the 1922 professional season will be
played Sunday afternoon at the ballpark when Green
Bay gives battle to the crack Racine Legion eleven in a
NFL contest. The kickoff is set for 2:30. The stage is all
set for season's opening. During the past week, an
army of carpenters have been at work on the field. The
stands have been set up, the book seats put in place
and everything will be in readiness for tomorrow's
moleskin fracas. The layout at the park is similar to 
last year, making the Green Bay football field equal to
any in the country...EXPECT BUMPER THRONG: All
signs point to a banner crowd. The advance sale of
reserved seats has never been equaled here before.
Hundreds of football enthusiasts are coming in here
from many cities in Northeastern Wisconsin and 
Michigan. With an even break from the weather man, it
is expected that at least 4,000 persons will jam the
park for the opening game. Tickets will be on sale at the
usual places about town until Sunday morning at 10 
o'clock. The gates at the park will be opened at 1 
o'clock and there will be three ticket sellers on hand to
take care of the throng. Mayor Wiesner is scheduled to
kickoff the first ball. "Hiz honor" will prance out on the
gridiron about 2:25 and give the pigskin the official boot.
Then the oval will be brought back and the rival gridders
will go at it in earnest....RACINE IS STRONG: Racine
comes here with a strong squad. Last Sunday they held
​the Chicago Bears to a 6 to 0 score. The famous Halas
combination making their points via the dropkick route.
The invaders have an all star lineup. Included in their
battlefront is Rowdy Elliott, who made a name for
himself at Wisconsin for the past three years; Hank
Gillo, a former All American fullback at Colgate. It was
Gillo who placekicked Racine into a tie with Green Bay
last season in that great game at Milwaukee. Jack 
Dalton, who formerly played with the Bays, and Butts
Hayes, a former Green Bay boy, are with Racine along
with many other stars. Trained to the minute and in the
pink of condition, Green Bay is ready to meet the invaders. Captain Lambeau's team is right and that means a whole lot. Those who have seen the squad working out during the past week are unanimous in their opinion that the Bay eleven as it now stands is the greatest and most popular gridiron squad that ever represented Green Bay. George Downer, Milwaukee, has been appointed by President Joe Carr of the NFL to referee the game. Allen Davey, former Wisconsin gridiron hero, will serve in the capacity of umpire. Fourteen minute periods have been agreed upon.
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Evidently, Green Bay's fame as a football town is not alone confined to Wisconsin. President Joe Carr of the National Football association called the Bay one of the best pigskin communities in the country. The honor is justly deserved, however, because in the past four years, Green Bay has mounted the pigskin ladder of fame until now it is pretty near to the top. Nothing succeeds like success, and Green Bay appears to be thriving immensely on its gridiron progeessiveness.
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL IN GREEN BAY HAS CLIMBED TO FRONT WITHIN FOUR YEARS
OCTOBER 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Professional
football has made rapid strides in Green Bay during the
past few years. The game has moved forward with leaps
and bounds until now the Bay has taken its place in the
front rank of the football world. Green Bay is considered
one of the best football towns in the country and despite
the fact that the Green Bay teams compete against
aggregations representing some of the largest cities in
the country, they have managed to hold their own and
then some. Before 1918, some of the Sunday teams
managed to scrape out an existence but it was pretty
slim going. Late in the fall of 1917, a Red Cross benefit
game played between Marinette and Green Bay started
the ball arolling. In 1918, the Bay had a semipro squad
which wormed through an existence. The gate those
days seldom reached more than expenses for the
visiting team and the players even outfitted themselves.
Towards the close of the season, the team nearly went
to pieces because in the final draft for war service, there
were a half dozen players. However, as the boys were
marching off to the station, the armistice was signed
and the orders to depart annulled. This kept the squad
intact and they completed the season. Art Schmael
coached and captained the 1918 eleven. 1919 saw
professional football come into its own in Green Bay.
The team was called the Packers and they made a
great reputation winning all of their games except a 
battle at Beloit in which umpire Baldy Zabel played a
leading role. That year, the Packers made a couple of
trips into Upper Michigan and increased their game by
downing Ishpeming and Stambaugh. Neither of these
teams had ever been beaten on their home grounds
until the Packers pulled the trick. Bill Ryan coached 
this squad and Curley Lambeau was captain. In 1920,
the Packers carried on successfully and the gridiron
sport was put on a much firmer foundation. A fence was
built at the ballpark and stands set up. Neil Murphy was
a leading figure this season and it was entirely due to
his ability as an executive that the team prospered. 
Lambeau and Jack Dalton shared the leadership honors
on the field. Aside from the hoodoo Beloit game, the
Packers moved on without a defeat. Last fall, the Clair
brothers, who were identified with the Acme Packing
company, took control of the team and a franchise was
secured in the NFL. This was the final step into big
show football. The Packers made good. Green Bay
finished fifth in the pro league standing ranking higher
than many cities with a population many times as large.
The Packers won all their games but three, playing a tie
with the Chicago Staleys and losing to Rock Island
and Beloit. At the end of the season, the Packer
organization was ousted from the pro league for alleged
violations of the eligibility rules. A new organization was
formed here and a new franchise secured, under which
the eleven is playing this season. In four years, pro
football has climbed by a 400 a year proposition to an
investment which involves the expenditure of many
thousand dollars each year. In the olden days a crowd
of 400 was considered big. Now it is necessary to 
secure close to 3,000 to foot the bill. Since the Packers
came into existence, Green Bay has won close to 40
games and have lost but six contests. Beloit has
beaten the Bays twice, Rock Island has won two
games and the Staleys upset Green Bay once. Rock
Island was the only team to defeat Green Bay on its
home field. Green Bay has held the undisputed
championship of Wisconsin for the past three years
and, unless the dope goes wrong, they will rule
supreme again this season.
STAR PLAYERS OF NATIONAL FAME IN GREEN BAY
LINEUP
OCTOBER 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The team
representing Green Bay this season is one of the
strongest aggregations of pigskin chasers ever molded
together in the country. There are nineteen men on the
squad and nearly every player is a veteran chaser of the
pigskin. In the backfield there is Captain Lambeau, who
played at Notre Dame; Eddie Glick, Pat Cronin, Biff
Taugher and Paul Davis of Marquette; Regnier of the
University of Minnesota, Tommy Mills of Pennsylvania 
and Charlie Mathys of Indiana. This is as good an
aggregation of backfielders as are to be found in the pro
game with the possible exception of the Chicago Bears.
Faye of Marquette, Smith of Penn State, Wheeler of
Green Bay and Dunnigan of Minnesota are holding
down the end berths. All of these players are big and
husky enough to stand the battering of pro football and
Wheeler is a receiver extraordinary of the forward pass.
Green Bay's tackles are the equal of any pair in the 
country. There is the mighty Cub Buck on one side of
the line and Jab Murray holding down the other job.
Buck is a footballer of national fame. He has been in the
pigskin limelight for a number of years. Murray is
coming to the front rapidly. He is well known throughout
the state for his ability on the gridiron. Buck is a
Wisconsin man and twice was picked on Walter
Camp's All American team. Murray played three years
at Marquette. Both men weigh over 200 pounds.
Peaches Nadolny, Notre Dame, is the reserve tackle
and only the super ability of Buck and Murray keeps
him on the sidelines. In Moose Gardner and Rip Owens,
Green Bay has a pair of 200 pound guards who will
cause trouble for any team they buck up against.
Gardner played three years at Madison and for the past
two years played pro football with the Detroit and
Buffalo clubs. Owens was an all state guard when at
Lawrence and played Army football for two years. Zoll,
Green Bay, is the extra man for the center flanking job.
A pair of Green Bay boys are holding down the center
berth. Joe Secord and Fee Klaus are making good in 
the position. Both of these players starred while at
West High. Although not blessed with national fame of 
some of the others.
BUCK TURNED DOWN BIG TEN COACHING JOB TO
STAY WITH BAY ELEVEN
OCTOBER 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green
Bay team boasts of one player, who in several respects,
is one of the most talked of players on the football
gridiron. Cub Buck is his name and he hailed from
Appleton where he is the Boy Scout director and line
​coach of the Lawrence college eleven. Buck is the type of player that the professional football magnates love to talk about. He is a credit to the game. The giant Green Bay tackle has been playing football for 16 years and in that time has participated in many games but as yet has never been taken out out of a contest on account of injury. Buck started chasing the pigskin up in the northern part of the state. He was an overgrown youngster and made his high school team in his freshman year. Four years he played with the schoolers and then tucking his moleskins under his arm lit out for Madison to enter the university. Buck made the freshman team without moving a hair and then saw three years with the varsity. In his senior year, he captained the team. Buck is credited with being the greatest lineman ever turned out at Madison. For two years he got All American mention. After graduating at Madison, he coached at Carleton for several years and then entered professional football. He has been at it ever since. Buck played three years with the Canton Bulldogs before joining the Green Bay squad last season. Buck is 32 years old, is married and has one child. He is always in perfect condition due to the fact that he has never touched anything to drink and makes no use of tobacco whatsoever. Buck is a prominent member of the Rotary club in Appleton. Last Sunday night, Slater, the giant negro tackle of the Rock Island club, who was picked on the All American in 1921 by Walter Camp when playing with Iowa, had this to say about the Green Bay star: "Buck is the greatest lineman I ever played against. I have never met his equal on the scrimmage front. I was told Buck was slipping. If this is the case I would hate to have met him in his college days."
PRESIDENT JOE CARR CALLS GREEN BAY ONE OF THE GREATEST FOOTBALL TOWNS IN COUNTRY
OCTOBER 6 (Columbus) - "Green Bay, Wis., is one of the greatest football cities in the country," stated President Joe F. Carr, president of the NFL, when discussing the makeup of his organization which includes twenty teams, nearly all of whom represent cities with a population of a hundred thousand or more. Included in the makeup of the pro football league is, Buffalo, N.Y.. Rochester, N.Y.; Dayton, O.; Cleveland, O.; Marion, O.; Akron, O.; Columbus, O.; Louisville, Ky.; Chicago, Ill.; Rock Island, Ill.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Evansville, Ind.; Hammond, Ind.; Racine, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Green Bay, Wis., and a number of other cities. "Green Bay is the smallest city holding a franchise in the league," stated President Carr, "but in the case of this Badger town, it is a question of quality, not quantity. The Green Bay team made its bow in the pro league last season and they finished fifth among the twenty teams in the race. They defeated the Minneapolis Marines, Chicago Boosters, Hammond and Evansville. Green Bay met defeat at the hands of Rock Island and the Chicago Staleys but played the mighty Chicago Cardinals to a 3 to 3 tie game on their home lot. Despite the size of Green Bay, we cannot complain about the attendance at league games. Of course if is not as large as in Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, Dayton and some of the other cities but nevertheless the turnouts at the games in Green Bay are nothing less than wonderful. From what I hear every man, woman and child in Green Bay and for a radius of miles around must be a football follower. When Captain Lambeau arranged his schedule at the league meeting in Dayton I was surprised at the stiff outline of games he drew up. The Bay captain fought shy of the supposed to be weak sisters and only sought bookings with the stiffest teams. The Green Bay line up as it now stands looks like one of the strongest in our league. In Buck, Lambeau and Moose Gardner, they have a trio of players of national reputation while the other members of the squad are far above the average. I take off my hat to Green Bay as one of the greatest football towns in the country."