PACKERS GET CHOICE DATES ON PRO LEAGUE SCHEDULE; TO PLAY TWICE IN CHICAGO
JULY 28 (Chicago) - The NFL at its annual meeting here on Saturday and Sunday granted franchises to Philadelphia and Kansas City clubs and accepted the
surrender of the St. Louis franchise. There also was some
talk of transferring the Toledo franchise to Kenosha, Wis.,
but action on this matter was placed in the hands of a
committee. The schedule for the season, which ends
November 30, was adopted by the gridiron moguls after
lengthy discussions. The Green Bay Packers, champion
of the Northwest, received a number of choice dates
including two games in Chicago. The football magnates
predicted a banner season and it was the unanimous
opinion that this coming fall would be a banner one for
professional football. The circuit is now composed of
twenty teams. President Joe F. Carr presided at the
sessions. The Green Bay Packers were represented by A.
B. Turnbull and Captain Curley Lambeau. It was decided to
increase the player limit from sixteen to eighteen players.
JULY 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The schedule of
games mapped out for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL
is the best the eleven has ever played. True enough, there
are some tough nuts to crack but, if the Packers set the
pace they did last season, the Bay eleven should finish
pretty close to the top of the heap again this fall...The
games in Chicago are signed, sealed and delivered and
there will be no chance of these Windy City teams, the
Bears and Cardinals, crawling out of the scheduled
contests and picking on some easy meat so as to fatten
their percentage standings. The appearance of Kansas
City as the Blues are going to have a cracking good eleven.
...Playing the Bears here so early in the season is a good
move as the Chicago club is a splendid drawing card and it will start the ball arolling in good shape. What' more, this will probably be the opening fray for Halas and his huskies while the Packers will have two weeks of good training before the clash with the Bruins. The state championship titles are pretty well spread up and the Bay eleven won't have to mix with Milwaukee and Racine on successive Sundays.
LEWELLEN, 1923 NEBRASKA CAPTAIN, SIGNED BY PACKERS
JULY 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Verne C. Lewellen, captain of the 1923 Nebraska varsity eleven, the only team that defeated Notre Dame last season, has been signed to play with the Green Bay Packers. Lewellen is considered one of the greatest backfield stars that ever donned the moleskins at the Cornhusker institution. For two years, he was selected on the Mississippi conference all-star team...LAW SCHOOL GRADUATE: The new Packer backfielder, whose contract has been signed, sealed and delivered, graduated from the law school at Nebraska last June. He plans to live in Green Bay and probably will be associated with a law firm in this city. Lewellen can play either quarterback or half. Last fall Nebraska used the four men back offense and despite the fact that Lewellen was calling the signals, he carried the ball as much as any of the other backfielders...TRIPLE THREAT GRIDDER: The Nebraska star is a triple threat gridder. He tips the beam at about 175 pounds and is mighty fast for a big fellow. He is a consistent performer in the forward passing game, either on the tossing or receiving end and, last fall, was considered one of the best kickers in the midwest. In the game against Notre Dame, Lewellen's punts averaged about 60 yards. One of his kicks, early in the contest, traveled 69 yards. Throughout the season, his trusty booting got the Cornhuskers out of many a tight hole. With Lewellen in the lineup, it will be possible for the Packers to greatly vary their attack as the Nebraskan will be able to double with Cub Buck and Captain Lambeau in their specialities...ONE OF FOUR STARS: Lewellen was one of the four aces on the Nebraska squad. The two Dewitz boys and Dave Noble were the other outstanding stars. The Dewitz brothers are said to have signed with Kansas City in the pro league and Noble will probably be seen in action with the Canton Bulldogs. Milwaukee and Kansas City were trying to sign Lewellen but the Packer management beat 'em to it. The Packer followers can look forward to several other important announcements within the next ten days as the management is negotiating with several backfield and line stars who will greatly strengthen the Green Bay football machine.
DIRECTORS MEET FRIDAY EVENING
JULY 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A meeting of the board of directors of the Green Bay Football corporation will be held Friday night in the council chambers in the city hall at 7:45. Officers of the corporation for the coming year will be elected. Plans for financing the football program will be discussed by the directors at this conference. A tentative program has been mapped out and it only waits the approval of the directors' board, before being swung into action.
CHARLIE MATHYS TO AGAIN PLAY QUARTER FOR
AUGUST 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Charlie Mathys, a
Green Bay product rated as one of the best quarterbacks in
the NFL, has signed his contract to play again with the
Packers during the season of 1924. The brainy little field
general was one of the sensations of Green Bay's great
eleven for the past two years. He joined the Packers in
1922 after playing one year of the pro game with Hammond
...WEST HIGH GRADUATE: Mathys is a graduate of West
Green Bay. He starred at the Purple institution for several
years on the gridiron, being considered one of the best
scholastic stars in the state. He is a product of Murph
White's pigskin school. From West High, Mathys went to
Ripon where he was a teammate of Tubby Howard, a
former Packer star. Charlie wanted some higher education
so he headed for Indiana. He had two years of conference
football with the Hoosier squad...GREAT PASSING PAIR:
The forward passing combination of Lambeau and Mathys
is well known throughout the league. Several experts have
called 'em the best pair in the country when it came to the
aerial attack. Mathys is an old hand when it comes to
directing plays and he can run back punts exceptionally
well as he handles the ball superbly.
AUGUST 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Lewellen, the
former Nebraska captain, should be a valuable addition to
the Packers squad. He is a rare performer in the backfield
and his ability to pass and kick will make him a pretty handy
man to have around. Lewellen, Beasey and Buland are
three of the newcomers signed for this fall and, unless the
dope goes astray, several other important annoucements
will be in line for the pigskin followers within the next week.
DICK O'DONNEL, STAR DULUTH END, SIGNED FOR
AUGUST 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dick O'Donnel, star
end of the Duluth club in the NFL, has signed a contract to
play with the Green Bay Packers this fall. He will report with
the other players on or before September 7. The addition of
O'Donnel will greatly strengthen the Green Bay eleven as
he is rated as one of the greatest wingmen on the pro
gridiron. For two years, he has been the outstanding star of
the Duluth team. After several months of negotiating, the Green Bay management was able to complete the O'Donnel deal. Duluth did not want to let him go but O'Donnel desired a change of pasture and the Packers landed him in face of offers from several other clubs...SHOULD GO BIG: O'Donnel is the kind of end who should go big with the Packers. He is mighty fast, a good handler of forward passes and a scrapper from the opening whistle. Last fall in the Duluth game here, it was O'Donnel who caught the forward pass from Sternaman and dashed through the Packer secondary defense for what looked like a touchdown, but the play was ruled illegal by referee Cahn as the ball was put in play before the whistle blew. Last year when Duluth played in Chicago against the Cardinals, the Chicago papers pointed to O'Donnel as the star of the game, saying that his defensive playing was the best ever seen in the Windy City on a professional gridiron...OTHERS ARE COMING: Within the next week or so, the Packer management is in hopes of being able to announce a running mate to O'Donnel and the addition of several other new players, backfielders and linemen.
AUGUST 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Football followers welcomed the news that Charlie Mathys would again cavort in moleskins for the Packers. Mathys is one of the most popular players on the squad and his friends are legion. Charlie's ability to grab a forward, even after being knocked down, makes him a very valuable man to the Bay machine as he fits in nicely on the receiving end of Captain Lambeau's aerial hurls. This year Mathys should go better than ever as he will have a faster set of backs and greatly improved ends to work on.
FOOTBALL SALESMEN ARE KEEPING BUSY IN BOX SEAT DRIVE
AUGUST 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Staring like the Packers do in a football game, members of the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Football corporation, working
under the leadership of Chairman Ray Evrard, got off to a
pretty good start in their box seat campaign over the
weekend. It is the plan of the committee to gain speed with
each day out and get the soliciting all cleaned up within the
next days. The campaigners are making personal calls on
all of the last year box seat holders and also aim to pick up
new ones en route. The football salesman still have a long
ways to go and some cooperation on the part of the box
seat buying public will tend to make the work of the
campaigners a whole lot easier. Those wishing box seats
are asked to phone The Press-Gazette and a committee
member will call immediately. Several requests for
reservation have been received from out of town fans and it
is possible that later in the drive a flying squadron will make
the neighboring cities in an attempt to sell all the football
fans in this neck of the woods. One Green Bay football
follower who soon sails for abroad met a member of the
executive committee on the street and handed him a check
for $50, saying: "I won't be here for many of the game this
fall but I feel it is a duty of every sport loving citizen to do
something towards financing the Packers. I consider the
football team Green Bay's greatest asset as a publicity
AUGUST 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dick O'Donnel's
appearance in the Packers' lineup will be welcomed with
joy by the followers of Green Bay's great football machine.
O'Donnel is just as good an end as there is in the pro
football league. He is a bearcat on the defense and, on the
attack, he grabs forward passes as if they were baseballs.
O'Donnel would rather chase the pigskin than eat and
when he is in the game, he is in a fighting fool. O'Donnel is
going to be a popular favorite here before the season is
many weeks old...Football fans of Green Bay and the
neighborhood vicinity who attend the Packer games
throughout the season are urged to make reservations for
their box seats immediately with members of the campaign
committee. Box seat holders of last year will get first chance
on their old reservations. The committee members are
making a drive throughout the city and the fans will be
called on. However, if any of last year's box seat ticket
holders are not called upon, a phone to the Press-Gazette
will bring a campaigner in a hurry. This all applied to
newcomers, who want box seats this season.
CANTON BULLDOGS DROP OUT OF PRO FOOTBALL
AUGUST 4 (Canton) - Canton's supremacy on the pro
football field is a thing of the past for one year at least. This
developed when it was announced from headquarters of
the Canton Athletic company that the Bulldogs, undisputed
and undefeated professional champions last fall, had been
sold to Sammy Deutsch of Cleveland and will henceforth
compose the Cleveland team with a few additions. While
the Canton franchise in the NFL, which includes a
membership of about 20 teams in the Middle West and
East, is thus vacated and the home of the famous Bulldogs
is left without the professional sport a franchise can be
obtained whenever application is made, according to
Secretary Lester Higgins who made the startling
announcement of the sale. Thus the way is left open for the
reentry into the game next year should any individual or
organization care to do so. A loss of approximately $13,000
last season and lack of a bright financial outlook for the
coming campaign caused the Canton Athletic company to
abandon football for this year and sell the athletes under
reserve according to the statement by Higgins after a
meeting of the stockholders who could not see the wisdom
of entering another season with prospects of further deficit.
BOX SEAT SALESMAN SAY FOOTBALL FANS GETTING
AUGUST 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Football circles in
Green Bay were greatly startled by the exclusive
announcement in Monday night's Press-Gazette that the
Canton Bulldogs had dropped out of the NFL. It is the
prevailing opinion here that the Packers have a splendid
chance to replace the Bulldogs as the national champions.
Gridiron interest is soaring here and the box seat
salesman who have been going the rounds report that never before have they bumped into so much interest over football. The box seat sales campaign is moving along nicely but, it is understood, that the campaigners are having some trouble making calls as many of the prospects are enjoying vacation. However, the leaders of the drive are confident of success if they get support from the Packer followers. The management is burning up the wires trying to land another good end but no announcement is ready as yet. The club leaders expect to close with several players within the next few days.
OUTSIDE FOOTBALL FOLLOWERS AFTER TICKETS TO GAMES
AUGUST 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - From the queries received by the members of the Green Bay Football corporation box seat sales committee, it is evident that many gridiron fans from neighboring cities are planning to be regulars at the Packer games this fall. Several letters have been received regarding box seat prices and whether it will be possible to have the same seats received for each of the games at home. The Bear game here on September 21 has already kicked up considerable interest in Northern Michigan and a letter from Ishpeming carried the news that about 30 football followers want reserved seats for that date.
AUGUST 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Duluth is going to stay off the high priced football stars as the experience with "Little Joe" Sternaman was not entirely a happy one. Sternaman was pulling down a pile of jack at Duluth last year and this tended to breed some displeasure among the other members of the team. It is understood that this season the Northerners are going to be satisfied with more "lesser lights" in hopes of keeping harmony in the machine...From reports filled by the sales committee of the Green Bay football corporation, interest in the Packers is not alone confined to this city as requests for box seat reservations are being received from many towns in this immediate vicinity. Last year, the spectators came from all over Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan to the games here and it is reasonable to believe that this fall the crop of outsiders will be much longer than in former years.
LIVE WIRE WRAPS AROUND MURRAY'S CAR; JAB ESCAPES
AUGUST 9 (Marinette) - Attorney Richard (Jab) Murray of Green Bay Packer football fame had a narrow escape from being electrocuted, when a trolley wire snapped. The live cable was wrapped around the coupe in which Murray was driving. He stopped the car and made a hasty exit. Street car service in both Marinette and Menominee was at a standstill until the cable was repaired.
CLEVELAND FOOTBALL MOGUL HAS ABOUT 40 PLAYERS SIGNED UP
AUGUST 9 (Cleveland) - The purchase of the Canton football machine by owner Deutch of the Cleveland Indians has turned this city into the professional football player market of the country. Deutch paid $2,500 for the Canton team, fifteen players in all, and he plans to get some of his money back by selling a few of the pigskin gridders now under contract. It is understood that he has some 40 players signed up and the league limit is only eighteen. One of the first clubs to flash Deutch about players was the Green Bay Packers, who finished third in the NFL race last year. Deutch has several deals hanging fire with Green Bay, it is said, and they may be closed up within a few days. Cleveland has a number of good ends and several backfielders who will be sold by Deutch to other clubs in the pro wheel.
JUG EARPS WIRES HE WILL PLAY WITH PACKERS THIS
AUGUST 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jug Earp, a
mainstay of the Packers football eleven, has wired the
management that he will be back in the moleskins here
this fall. There was some uncertainty about the big lineman
returning as he has been living on the Pacific coast since
last fall but the telegram on Tuesday set at rest the rumors
that he would be among the missing. With Earp in the fold,
the Packers will have as good as a pair of tackles as there
is in the pro league as Cub Buck and Jug are a duo mighty
hard to beat. For two years, these two players have stood
out prominently in the Green Bay football machine...
POPULAR WITH FANS: Earp is popular with the fans. He is
a clean living athlete and always gives his best services to
the club. Jug likes to play football and, when he is in there
battling, there isn't a tackle in the country that can outplay
him. Earp joined the Packers early in the season of 1922.
He came here from Rock Island, where he had played with
the Independents for several seasons. While with Rock
Island, Jug held down the center post but when he joined
the Packers, he assumed the tackle job. This was the
position he played while at Monmouth college.
WHITEY WOODIN TO AGAIN PLAY GUARD FOR PACKER
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Howard Lee
Woodin, better known as "Whitey", will be back in the
moleskins for the Green Bay Packers this fall. He signed
his contract on Wednesday. Woodin is a corking good
pigskin chaser and his aggressive tactics on the field of
play has made him very popular with the army of Packer
followers. Woodin has been living here since last fall. He is
employed as a salesman by the Fox River Motor Car
company. Woodin is a product of Marquette U, where he
gained considerable fame as a knight of the moleskin. He
played on the Marquette varsity for three years. After leaving
college, Woodin busted in the pro game with the Racine
Legion. About the middle of the season in 1922 he came to
Green Bay in a trade that sent Jab Murray to the Horlickville
city. Woodin's position is left guard. He plays alongside of
Cub Buck and this side of the Packers' forward wall has
always stood a lot of smashing without giving much
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - There will be a
meeting of the board of directors of the Green Bay Football
corporation in the council chambers of the City hall at 7:15.
Reports will be filed on the sale campaign. Chairman
Evrard of the sales committee urges a full attendance.
OPTIMISM PREVAILS AT CONFERENCE OF FOOTBALL
AUGUST 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - An air of
optimism prevailed at the meeting of the board of directors
of the Green Bay Football corporation held Thursday night
in the council chambers at City hall. Reports were filed on
the sale of box seat tickets and, according to Chairman Ray
Evrard, the outlook is favorable but there still remains a lot
of work to be accomplished. In speaking of the sales
campaign, Mr. Evrard said: "Our greatest difficulty so far has
been in reaching prospective ticket holders. In some cases,
members of the committee have made a half dozen trips to
the same place only to find their customers out."...
CONFIDENT OF SUCCESS: "I am confident that, if we can
reach the football fans, we can dispose of the box seats.
We are still holding the old reservations from last year for
the same occupants of the seats. During the next ten days,
we plan to speed up the arrival and hope to have the sales
campaign completed successfully by September 1.
However, if there are any football followers who we have
not got in touch with as yet, a call to 4400 will soon result in
a member of the committee making a hurried visit on his
sales mission."...CAPTAIN LAMBEAU FAILS: Captain Curly
Lambeau of the Packer team attended the meeting and
gave the board of directors firsthand information about the
players who have been signed and those in prospect.
According to Captain Lambeau, the Packers of 1924 will be
the greatest football machine that ever represented Green
Bay on the gridiron. One of the directors asked the Packer
captain: "How about ends?" This was his reply: "You can
rest assured that we will have a good running mate to O'Donnel. We have our lines out for another good wingman and it is very likely that his game will be made public within a few days. I can confidently say that our other end will be on a par with O'Donnel, who last year, while playing with Duluth, was rated as one of the best in the professional football league.
HIBBING WILL HAVE GRID TEAM; URSELLA WILL COACH ELEVEN
AUGUST 16 (Hibbing, MN) - This city won't be without professional football this season after all. For a time it was feared that the Miners could not get the necessary back to place a representative eleven on the gridiron but, when the outlook seemed the darkest, the American Legion post "went over the top" and announced that they would place a squad on the field. The first step was a futile attempt to get the management of the Green Bay Packers to release Beasey, star fullback, and Coach Walter Buland, who played at guard. The Bay management turned the proposal down cold...BUSY ON SCHEDULE: Manager Grinols is busy working on the schedule and the Miners will probably open the season on September 7. Negotiations are underway for a game with the Green Bay Packers and the deal may be closed within the next ten days.
CALIFORNIA END IS SIGNED BY PACKERS FOR FOOTBALL YEAR
AUGUST 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jack Milton, varsity end on the University of Southern California for two years, has signed a Packer contract for the coming season. He was in the city over Sunday and came to terms with the Green Bay management. Milton had a year of professional football. He was a member of the St. Louis club last year but broke his hand early in the season and was forced to decorate the sidelines until the closing games of the year. Ollie Kraehe, who managed the St. Louis club in 1923, praised Milton to the skies in a letter to Captain Lambeau, saying that he was one of the best receivers of forward passes in the game. Milton played varsity football on the coast in 1920 and 1921. In 1922, he went to Transylvania College at Lexington, Ky., and made the team the first year out. In playing shape, he tips the beam at about 180 pounds. With O'Donnel and Milton at the ends; Buck and Earp at the tackles; Woodin and Buland at guards; Mathys, quarter; Lambeau and Lewellen, halves, and Beasley, full, the Packer team is rapidly being molded into shape. It is expected that during the coming week, there will be several more additions to the fold, both newcomers and veterans.