Racine Legion (1-1) 10, Green Bay Packers (0-2) 6
Sunday October 8th 1922 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Lacing a punch when inside Racine's 10 yard line cost Green Bay a victory in the NFL game, which was played Sunday afternoon at the ballpark before 3,000 football fans among which was a fair sprinkling of rooters from Racine. Incidentally Babe Ruetz's Legion copped the verdict to the tune of 10 and 6. Several times in the last half the Bays had victory within their grasp but once in the shadow of their goal posts down the state fought like trojans and they succeeded in turning back what looked like sure marches for a touchdown.
HARD GAME TO LOSE
It was a heartbreaking game for Green Bay to lose.
Time after time, Lambeau would hurl forward passes but
the visitor's secondary defense smeared 'em up good
and plenty. With but a half minute to play, Lambeau
hurled the pill to Glick who was across the line. Elliott
bore down on the Bay halfback fielder and Glick, Elliott
and the ball seemed to meet together at the same time.
Glick made a wonderful attempt to retain the pigskin but
Chick Harley himself couldn't have done it. During the
entire second half, the visitors were on the defensive.
Green Bay had the ball in Racine's territory nearly all
the time. Towards the close of the third quarter, it was
the Bays' ball goal to go on Racine's 10 yard line but
the visitors stuck tight and held for downs.
HIT STONE WALL
In the final quarter, it was the same story, the Bays
gaining ground rapidly in midfield but bumping up
against a stonewall when once inside Racine's 15 yard
marker. Again in this period, Green Bay had the oval on
the invaders' first marker, goal to go, but they couldn't
push it over. Towards the close of the conflict it was
just one forward pass after another with Racine fighting
desperately to keep its goal line clear. When time was
called it was the Bays' ball on the invaders' 20 yard line.
The visitors had a classy football machine. Every man
on their team was fighting all the time and they came
from behind with a rush, particularly in the second
quarter, when they played rings around Green Bay. 
Rowdy Elliott lived up to advance notices. He gave as
good an exhibition of footballing as has been seen here
in many a moon. His snakelike runs around end gained
many a yard for Racine and if he blocked one forward
pass, he knocked down two dozen.
OTHER RACINE STARS
Elliott, however, wasn't the only star in the Racine sky.
Dalton seemed to put life into the Legion combination
when he replaced Pearson at quarterback, Langhoff, at
times, looked good at half, while Hank Gillo covered
himself with glory in the fullback position. The Bays
showed one new man who looked exceptionally good.
Stanley Mills covered himself with glory at fullback and
starred both in the attack and on the defense. Cowboy
Wheeler went like a houseafire on end and Buck, as
usual, was here, there and everywhere. Captain
Lambeau shone brilliantly in the backfield along with Charlie Mathys while Regnier, when he replaced Cronin in the second half, turned in his best game of the season for Green Bay.
FREE FROM PENALTIES
The game was free from penalties, only three being called, all on Racine. They lost five yards for offside and twice paid the cost for interference on forward passes. There was some wrangling toward the close of the game as the time was growing short but on the whole it was a pretty good exhibition of football. The pigskin game is still popular here. That was evidenced by the big turnout. Not alone were the Bay fans there en masse but there were scattering delegations from many cities in this part of the state. Both of the reserved seat sections as well as the boxes were taxed to overflowing and the spectators were standing many deep behind the railing encircling the playing field.
GOOD DAY FOR FOOTBALL
It was an ideal day for football. An overcast sky rid the players of the sun glare and there was enough zip in the air to keep both the contestants and spectators on tiptoes. Many came out with blankets and overshoes while fur coats were in abundance so far as the women's toggery was concerned. The gridiron resplendent in newly chalked lines was as fast as greased lightning as the rain of the past 24 hours did not make any impression of the grass covered turf. The visitors got a good hand when they were first to appear on the south side of the field. Not long after, the Bay squad pranced on the field, looking like a million dollars in their new togs topped off by the sweatshirts which had been donated by the merchants. The Elks' band cut loose with a few strains of "On, Wisconsin" and it wasn't long before the teams hopped to it.
BAYS RECEIVE KICK
Racine kicked off to Green Bay. After a trio of line plunges, Buck booted far down the field to Pearson but was dumped in his tracks. Racine found the going rather difficult and the visitors were forced to punt after a trio of rushes. The Bays gained a few yards but played safe and Buck booted again. He was gaining about 15 yards on each exchange of kicks. The visitors were back on their 20 yard line. Two downs netted about four yards and Gillo dropped back for a punt. Buck broke through and blocked the kick, the pigskin rolled back of the uprights and Cowboy Wheeler hopped on it for a Green Bay touchdown. The attempt for the point after touchdown hit the upright and bounced outside.
RACINE KICKS AGAIN
Racine kicked off again. The kick was badly handled and the Bays were well in their own territory. However, the old machine was working nicely and Racine was soon forced to beat a retreat. Green Bay again got within scoring distance but the invaders pulled together and held for three downs. On the fourth lineup, Lambeau tried for a field goal but the pigskin sailed wide of the bars. Racine scrimmaged on the 20 yard line and the oval seesawed on an exchange of kicks. The second quarter started with Racine having the pigskin on their own 10 yard line. Here the visitors had a change of life and they started a march down the field. The invaders spotted a hole about a mile wide on the right side of the Green Bay line and Gillo, Elliott and Langhoff smashed through for gains galore. With the ball about on the Bays' 30 yard line, Elliott snaked around right end. He shook off a couple of tacklers en route and darted for a touchdown. The goal was kicked.
VISITORS DRIVE ON
After the next kickoff, the visitors continued to drive on. They had Green Bay up a tree and Gillo's team made the best of the opportunities. The Bay line, along with the right forward wall, was dented frequently by Elliott, Gillo and Langhoff who took turns carrying the ball. Twice the Bays checked the advance inside their own 25 yard line but Racine kept coming on and it wasn't long before Hank Gillo got in a good spot to dropkick and he made the best of his opportunity which netted the visitors another three points, increasing their lead to 10 to 6. There was no further scoring in this period.
MARCH DOWN FIELD
The Bays received the kickoff in the third quarter and slowly but surely started a march down the field. Racine gave ground when in midfield and Green Bay's first downs were quite frequently. Off tackle plays by Regnier and Lambeau coupled with some splendid center smashes by Mills played a prominent part in the offense but as we started earlier in the story, the Bays couldn't gain an inch when the goal line was only a few yards away. The fourth quarter was a repetition of the third only worse because nearly all the play was inside of Racine's 30 yard line and the Bays stood a chance of scoring at least a half dozen times. It was a bad fourteen minutes for a person with a weak heart.








RACINE LEGION
The Racine Legion was a professional American football team based in Racine, Wisconsin, of the National Football League from 1922 to 1924. Its official name was the Horlick-Racine Legion. The team then operated as the Racine Tornadoes in 1926. In 1915, the Racine Regulars formed Wisconsin's first important semi-professional team. They primarily played against teams from Illinois and Indiana. The team became known as the Racine Battery C in 1916 after many of the players joined the First Wisconsin Reserve Artillery Battery C. Because of World War I and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 the team took a break. It was reorganized in 1919 with sponsorship from the local American Legion post and William Horlick, president of his family's malted milk company. The reorganized team was known as the Horlick-Racine Legion. In 1922, the American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League. Racine, now known simply as the Racine Legion, but it's official name remained the Horlick-Racine Legion, was one of four new teams admitted to membership that season. Led by the fullback-kicker Hank Gillo, who led the league in scoring with 52 points, Racine finished sixth in the 18-team league with a 6–4–1 record. Despite two more respectable seasons, the team failed because of finances. In 1925, the franchise was held over by the NFL, but they did not field a team that season. Facing the threat of Red Grange's American Football League in 1926, the NFL was eager to get as many teams and players as possible into the fold to keep them away from the AFL. The Racine franchise was reactivated. The team, now called the Tornadoes, had a few of the same players as the Legion but many stars went to other teams in 1925. After winning their first game, the Tornadoes lost four in a row and disbanded in late October because of struggling finances.
(SOURCE: Wikipedia)
OTHER: Racine Legion website
NEWS AND NOTES
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - They say the first hundred years are the worst, but somehow or another, those three defeats handed to Green Bay's pigskin aggregation over the weekend has sort of spread gobs of gloom over the football horizon in this old town. So far as we can remember never before have the Bay elevens suffered three reversals right at the same time...And then to cap the climax, Racine beat Green Bay in a pro league game. It was a good exhibition of football. The Bay eleven, aside from the second quarter, made things more than interesting for their hard fighting opponents, who when in the shadow of their goal posts developed a defense which would have turned back the best team in the country. There is a jinx somewhere around the Bay eleven. If they can shake the hoodoo, there is no question but that they will prove a mean foe for the best squads cutting capers on the pro grid.
GREEN BAY PRO FOOTBALLERS RESUME PRACTICE; BOOKED TO PLAY CARDINALS ON SUNDAY
OCTOBER 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Green Bay's pro footballers resumed their practice sessions at the ball park this morning in preparation for Sunday's game with the Chicago Cardinals. All of the men came out of the Racine conflict in pretty good shape and, despite minor bruises, they are ready for action. The three straight upsets haven't set very well on the Green Bay squad and every man on the team is determined to go in there Sunday and show the fans that the Bays has got a real football team which can be rated among the best in the country..."IS JINX SOMEWHERE": One of the players in discussing the string of defeats had this to say: "There is a jink somewhere. It has trailed us for three games and the breaks against us have cut a big factor in our upsets. We have got plenty of good material for a bangup football team and when we shake our hoodoo Green Bay is going to win a lot of games. We feel just as bad about our poor start as the fans do. I feel sure there wasn't a man on the squad who wouldn't have given all he had and then some to have put over the touchdown which would have beat Racine last Sunday. We've got to make good and I feel sure that the worm will turn before long."...NO STONES UNTURNED: The Bay management is leaving no stone unturned to place a winning club in the field and they are burning up the wires in an attempt to get a couple of men who will bolster the battlefront.
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - This Sunday the Green Bay eleven travels to Chicago to give battle to Chris O'Brien's Cardinals. The game will be staged at the White Sox ball park. The Windy City pigskin organization is making great plans for this contest as it marks the reopening of the historic ballyard as a gridiron field. In Mohardt and Paddy Driscoll, the Cardinals have a pair of the greatest halfbacks in professional football and their line contains many of the stars of the gridiron game.
CHICAGO FOOTBALL FANS WARMING UP TO BAY GAME
OCTOBER 12 (Chicago) - The game between the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay eleven which will be staged here on Sunday is attracting more than passing interest from the football colony here. The Green Bay team is remembered from last year as one of the
"fightingest" aggregations of footballers that ever played
on a professional gridron here. In 1921, they played the
Cardinals to a 3 to 3 tie and the following week met 
defeat the hands of the mighty Staleys. The Badger city
takes its football team like Princeton does its Tigers.
Green Bay is considered one of the best football towns
in the county and whenever the team plays a raft of fans
follow along. Last year at the Staley game Green Bay
sent down 300 fans in a special train, headed by their
famous Lumberjack band and they opened the eyes of
the loop when they parades down State street with
colors flying. Manager Chris O'Brien has set aside a
special block of seats for the Green Bay delegation and
incidentally he is working his squad overtime to have
them in the pink of condition to repel the Badger
invasion. In Mohardt and Paddy Driscoll, the Cardinals
have a pair of the greatest backfielders in pro football
but the feeling around here is that the smashing Green
NIEMAN, GARDELLA AND HOWARD JOIN BAY FOOTBALLERS
OCTOBER 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Walter Nieman, former Michigan varsity center, Hope Gardella, a plunging backfielder from Holy Cross, and Tubby Howard, who played with Green Bay last year, were three new additions to the Green Bay eleven when the squad trotted out for practice at the league grounds this morning. Nieman is a center with college experience. He has been the "Ace" of the Marinette-Menominee team for the past three years, but until the season all efforts to get him to play elsewhere have failed. Both Klaus and Secord have played good ball for the Bays at center but they were handicapped by the lack of experience...FROM WORCESTER, MASS.: Gardella come here unknown to football fans of this part of the state but Coach Carey of St. Norbert's college of De Pere claims that he will be a sensation in professional football. His hometown is in Worcester, Mass., and while in college he was an All New England backfielder. Gardella is of the plunging type and tips the beam about 200 pounds. He will alternate with Mills at fullback. Tubby Howard has come home to roost again. The pride of Mondovi, Wis., didn't think he would play this season but the "call of the pigskin" got a hold of him again and he is back in togs. Howard looks in splendid condition and reports that his knee is not giving him any trouble at all. Howard will probably be used on the Green Bay line, either at guard or tackle...ARE PRACTICING HARD: The Bay team went through a long workout this morning and Captain Lambeau hopes to get in three more drills before the squad hops the train for Chicago, where they will give battle to the Cardinals, headed by the mighty Paddy Driscoll, Sunday afternoon at Normal park. Two blackboard talks are also scheduled.
CARD GRID TEAM PLAYS PACKERS
OCTOBER 11 (Chicago Tribune) - It will make no difference whether it rains or shines Sunday when the Chicago Cardinals meet the Green Bay Packers in the first big football game of the season at White Sox park. The Cardinals and Packers are among the few teams in the American Football league who have a clean slate. The players from the northwoods are touted as a bunch of heavies, most of them ex-Minnesota and Wisconsin stars.
Bay line, headed by the famous Cub Buck, will give the Cardinals no end of trouble. The advance sale gives every indication of a capacity crowd. If the city series ends Saturday, the game will be played at the White Sox park but if the Cubs and Sox are not finished the scene of the conflict will be at Normal park.
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Sports scribes in upper Michigan take delight in the three defeats suffered by the Green Bay footballers. Several of the "column conductors" daily take a rap at the Bays and some of 'em even comment sarcastically on what would happen to Lambeau's team if they invaded Michigan territory this season. Ironwood and Bessemer, together with Stambaugh, have the best teams in the northern country but somehow or another none of them broke their backs trying to book Green Bay when the pro league team's schedule was an open book.
IMPORTANT GAMES BOOKED ON SUNDAY IN PRO LOOP; RACINE PLAYS MILWAUKEE
OCTOBER 12 (Columbus) - Eight games are scheduled in the NFL on Sunday, according to the outline of contests drafted by President Joe Carr. Several undefeated aggregations are booked to rub elbows, namely the Chicago Bears and Rochester, and Marion and Canton. The professional pigskin sport will come into its own in Chicago on the Sabbath day as the Cardinals and Green Bay will also have it out on the gridiron. A battle of great importance to Wisconsin football fans will be played at Milwaukee between Racine and Joe Plunkett's Brewers. Jim Thorpe's Marion Indians face Canton in a game which will go a long ways towards deciding the pro championship of Ohio. According to President Carr, the pro league games are drawing capacity crowds this year and the teams appear so evenly matching that breaks of luck are deciding nearly all the contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Arrangements have been made to receive the play by play report of the Green Bay-Chicago Cardinal game on Sunday at the Elks club. A direct wire will connect the B.P.O.E. hall here with Normal park, Chicago. A second after the Bay eleven has made a gain or loss, the fans at home will know about it. This play by play service worked here unsuccessfully last year for both of the Chicago games and those "hearing" the game at home waxed just as enthusiastic as if they were along the sidelines.
GREEN BAY FACES CARDINALS IN CHICAGO ON SUNDAY
OCTOBER 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Morrison hotel will be the headquarters of the Green Bay football contingent in Chicago over Sunday for the Cardinal game. The switch from the Brevoort was made at the eleventh hour, due to an overflow registration. It
is expected that at least three hundred Bay rooters will
be in the stands when the Bay eleven prances out on
the gridiron to give battle to Driscoll, Mohardt & Co. A
block of 300 seats will be saved for the Green Bay
delegation up until a half hour before the game, which is
scheduled to start at 2:30...INVASION UNDERWAY:
Some of the advance guard of Bay rooters started the
Milwaukee invasion Friday night. About two dozen auto
parties are making the trip. The bulk of the playing
squad pulled out of here at 3:15 over the Northwestern
in a special car. Several other members of the team will
be picked up en route. "We're going to be in there
fighting every minute," said Captain Lambeau. "The
addition of Niemann at center, Tubby Howard at end and
Gardella in the backfield gives us a much stronger
lineup and I feel confident that we will make things more
than interesting for the Cardinals. Every man on the
squad is in good shape and I think that we are going to
break into the win column. Anyway we will be in there
fighting every minute."...THE PROBABLE LINEUP: The
probable lineup of the Green Bay squad in Sunday's
game will be as follows: Ends, Wheeler, Howard, Smith;
Tackles, Buck, Murray, Nadolny; Guards, Owens,
Gardner, Davis; Center, Niemann, Secord; Backs,
Lambeau, Glick, Cronin, Regnier, Mills and Gardella.
EXPECT BIG CROWD
OCTOBER 14 (Chicago) - The Green Bay eleven, one of
the most talked of pro football squads in the country, will
give battle Sunday afternoon to the Chicago Cardinals.
Seldom has a professional gridiron argument kicked up
so much interest in the Windy City. Unless all signs
fail, the game will draw at least 5,000 persons. The "Fighting Badgers" as they are known here for their 1921 exhibitions in Chicago, have one of the most feared teams in the country. The average weight of the squad is close to 200 pounds and despite the poundage the Wisconsin eleven has speed to burn. They specialize on the forward pass and their aerial attack is second to none. The Cardinals have been working their heads off to get in shape for the game and with Paddy Driscoll and Johnny Mohardt leading the attack the followers of Chris O'Brien's team are looking forward to a win. In order to better their chances for a victory, the Cardinal management has added several new faces to the scrimmage line. The game will be called at 2:30. Regulation periods of 15 minutes will be played. Percy Moore, Harvard, will referee while Holloway, Chicago, is the umpire.
CAL'S COMMENTS
OCTOBER 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Football
fans from this part of the state will turn their attention on
Chicago tomorrow where Green Bay will have it out with
Chris O'Brien's Cardinals. The trio of upsets, one right
after another, handed Lambeau's aggregation hasn't set
very well with the followers of the Bay eleven and in
many instances the anvil chorus is bursting forth loudly.
A victory will shut this up in a jiffy and the players, realizing the condition of things at home, can be counted on to battle doubly hard to break into the win column. There are hundreds of loyal fans around these parts who are sticking with the team through defeat but as we have said before nothing succeeds like success and everybody loves a winner.
SCENE OF FRACAS STILL HANGING FIRE
OCTOBER 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The scene of the Cardinal-Bay fracas is still undecided. If the Cubs defeat the White Sox today and cop the Chicago city ball series, the gridiron fray will be staged at the White Sox ball park. However, if the Sox are victorious in today's contest, the decisive game will be played at the American league park and the Cardinal-Green Bay football fray will be on tap at Normal, Sixty-first St. and Racine avenue. This park is the old stamping grounds of the Cardinals and it was on this gridiron that Green Bay played the Cardinals to a 3 to 3 tie game last season.
CARDINAL SPEED TO MEET PACKER BEEF TOMORROW
OCTOBER 14 (Chicago Tribune) - Brawn will be opposed to speed and cunning tomorrow afternoon, when the Green Bay Packers battle the Chicago Cardinals. The combat place is tentative. White Sox park is the battle scene, in the event the city baseball title is settled today, and Normal park at Sixty-first street and Racine avenue, if the baseball series is still on. Cub Buck, captain and manager of the visitors, reports he has an aggregation averaging close to 200 pounds. Buck a few years ago was All-American tackle at Wisconsin. Driscoll of Northwestern fame and Mohardt, who made the Army and other opponents remember Notre Dame, will be the mainstays on offense for the Cards.
CUB BUCK, HEAVY GREEN BAY PACKERS BUCK CARDS TODAY
OCTOBER 15 (Chicago Tribune) - Green Bay Packers, who play the Chicago Cardinals, southside members of the American Professional Football leagues this afternoon, will start the battle at Normal park with more than twenty pound handicap per man, according to weights given off by the managers of the two teams. But the local players hope to make up for the difference in poundage by superiority in the open game. The Packers this fall are a heavier combination than last season, with several men scaling more than 200 pounds. Cub Buck, captain, weighs 230. Football fans of the Big Ten circuit a few years ago remember Buck as the famous tackle on the University of Wisconsin team. Chris O'Brien, manager of the Cards, however, has a wonderful trio of backfield men in Mohardt, Driscoll and McMahon, all adepts at the forward passing and kicking game, and shifty runners. The game will be called at 2:30 o'clock.