NEW FOOTBALL FIELD IS BEING BUILT AT JOANNES PARK
AUGUST 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Construction of
what will ultimately promises to be one of the finest athletic
stadiums in this part of the state has been underway at
Joannes park for the past two weeks and the football field
will be in readiness for the opening games of the season
next month. The field is being built by the city of Green Bay's
school board for the high schools and use of the stadium
has been given to the Green Bay Football corporation for
the Packer games on Sundays during the gridiron season.
The building of the new sport park has been assisted
considerably by several public spirited citizens who have
made financial contributions to help shoulder the cost of
constructions. Members of the railroad shops unions have
volunteered their services to help set up the fence. It is the
intention of the school board to make this athletic stadium
one of the beauty spots of the city. For the time being, a
wooden fence will surround the football field but it is the
plan of the city officials and the school board to later
substitute an attractive wire fence banked with shrubbery
for the wooden barriers...WILL ENLARGE FIELD: According
to the present plans, in the course of a year or two the
Armory will be removed and the field enlarged along the
Baird St. side. Park Commissioner Simmons is now
working on a suitable landscape program which will
greatly improve the surrounding adjacent to the field. The
building program, when completed, will provide for a
running track around the gridiron, suitable for field athletics
and a baseball diamond for the high school nines. The
football field, now under course of construction, lies directly
northeast of the Armory. The gridiron itself has been
plowed up and worked down to a firm foundation. This fall
it will be a dirt bed but it is planned to seed the playing
field with grass early next spring so that there will be a
gree covering when the fall of 1926 rolls around...SETTING
UP STANDS: An army of carpenters are now busy setting
up the wooden seats on each side of the field. It is
estimated that the seating capacity of these structures will
total close to 4,500. The stands are being built between the
30-yard lines and they will mount up 29 rows in the air.
The Green Bay Football corporation has loaned its 1,200
portable seats to the city officials and they will be set up at
each end of the stands for use as bleachers. The
combined seating capacity of the wooden seats will total
about 5,700 and there will be standing room at the ends of
the field for about 1,300. In this way, it will be possible to
handle 7,000 spectators at a football game. The football
field will be plentifully supplied with entrances and exists
so that there will be no traffic jams for the spectators, either
getting in or leaving the park. It is estimated that there will
be parking space in the immediate vicinity of the field for at
least a thousand cars...MAYOR ISSUES STATEMENT: In
speaking of the new athletic field, Mayor Wenzel Wiesner
said: "We aim to give Green Bay a sport stadium that it will
be proud of. Through the cooperation of the school board,
public spirited citizens and the Green Bay Football
corporation, I think we have made a splendid start. The
football field will be ready for use this fall and we hope to
have the cinder track in early in the spring in time for the
outdoor activities of the high schools. Our plans
contemplate making this stadium one of the beauty spots
of Green Bay. The program calls for the enlargement of the
field in the next year or two when the Armory is removed
and every effort under the direction of Park Commissioner
Simmons to add attractiveness to the layout. The
construction of this field is just another step in the policy of
the city administration for a bigger and better Green Bay.
We feel confident that in the years to come the seating
capacity of the football field won't be large enough to
handle the crowds. However, we are prepared for this and
we will have room enough to erect more stands."
FOOTBALL CORPORATION OPENS BOX SEAT SALE DRIVE
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The finance
committee of the Green Bay Football corporation, headed
by District Attorney Ray E. Evrard, who is chairman, has
started its solicitation in the sale of box seats and season
tickets for the Packers' games at home. The city football
field at Joannes park, which is being used by the Big Bay
Blues, through the courtesy of the school board, is well supplied with box seats and they are all located close to the center of the field. In past years, the Football corporation disposed of approximately 225 box seats but this year the sales committee hopes to sell every one of the 288 being built at the park. Holders of box seats in past years and other prospective purchasers are being called upon and, according to the report of the committee men, they are meeting with fair success. Often some willing-to-be box seat owner is passed over in the sales drive. Those who want box seats and have not been called upon are asked to get in touch with the sport department of The Press-Gazette, and one of the committee men will pay a visit at once...DISCUSS BOX SEAT SALES: In speaking of the box seat and season ticket sale, Chairman Evrard said: "The Packer football team is a civic proposition. It is absolutely necessary that we carry some of the financial load through the sale of these seats. In this way, each purchaser of a box seat contributes something towards the support of the club, aside from the actual cost of the ticket. The board of directors is pulling every string possible to make this year's Packer team the greatest in the history of professional football at Green Bay. It has been decided to carry one more player than last year and this amounts to quite an extra burden when it is taken into consideration that the Packers will play fourteen games, thirteen of which are league affairs."...MIGHTY GOOD ADVERTISEMENT: "The Packers are a mighty good advertisement to the city. During the fall while they are active on the gridiron, there is hardly a day that the name of Green Bay doesn't break into print in the big city papers. It has been said that Green Bay is as proud of its Packers as Princeton is of its Tigers and the best way for the folks at home to show it is by the purchasing of box seats or season tickets. I am confident that we won't fall down in this football money drive, even though we have set our quota considerably higher than in past years."...SELL SEASON TICKETS: Season tickets, which met with such a splendid response last year, will also be placed on sale by the Football corporation. Applications for these tickets will be accepted by any member of the Green Bay Football corporation board of directors and they will be filled, as last year, about a week before the opening game. Purchasers of season tickets or box seats have their same reservation at every home game and they don't have to worry about sellouts at the eleventh hour when trying to get tickets. This is a feature that appeals to a goodly number of football fans in Green Bay and neighboring towns, who have learned by experience that choice reservations for Packer games are pretty hard to get the last day or two before a contest is scheduled...RUN EXCURSIONS HERE: The demand for tickets this fall promises to be greater than ever before. Arrangements have been practically completed with the railroad companies to run excursions into the Bay whenever the Packers play at home. Plans have been completed for an excursion from Iron Mountain for the opening game on September 13 and reports from the Upper Peninsula have it that a thousand fans are coming down here for the game.
JUG EARP SIGNS UP FOOTBALL CONTRACT WITH BAY PACKERS
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jug Earp signed his contract Thursday afternoon to play with the Green Bay Packers during the football season of 1925. The husky lineman is one of the most popular members of the Big Bay Blues and the gridiron fans are sure to welcome the news that he will be back in the fold. This will be the fourth year of service for Earp with the Packers. He joined the team about midseason in 1922 and has been a prominent factor in the team's success ever since. Earp came to the Bay from the Rock Island Independents where he played tackled and center. During 1922 and '23, Earp played at tackle for the Packers. Last fall, Captain Lambeau shifted Jug over to the center of the line where he turned in a good job as a snapper back...MONMOUTH COLLEGE GRID: The veteran Packer is a graduate of Monmouth college where he starred in football with the college teams for three years. Earp found Green Bay so much to his liking that he took up his residence here last fall and is living here the year around. He is employed as a salesman for the Brown County Motors.
ABRAMSON, ALL WESTERN GUARD, SIGNS WITH PACKERS
AUGUST 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - George Abramson of Minnesota, considered the greatest lineman in Western Conference football last year, has signed his contract to play with the Green Bay Packers. He will be on hand for the opening practice of the Big Bay Blues which is scheduled for Sunday September 6. The new Packers' fame as a gridder, however, was not alone confined to midwest circles as the late Walter Camp placed Abramson on his second All-American selection in 1924...ON ALL STAR TEAMS: Abramson was picked for a guard position on every all-Conference selection and there were but few all-Western teams picked that did not have him in the lineup. Walter Eckersall, football expert for the Chicago Tribune, put Abramson on both of his selections, saying that there wasn't a better guard in the midwest. Abramson had four years of college football at Minnesota. In 1920, fresh from Virginia, Minn. high school, he made the freshmen eleven at the Gopher institution and, for the next three years, held down a regular berth on the line, performing at both guard and tackle...DUMPED RED GRANGE: In the Illinois rout of 1924 in Minneapolis at the hands of Minnesota, Abramson played a leading role and a number of sportwriters gave Abramson credit for taking all the wind out of Red Grange's sails. The newest addition to the Packers is a pretty husky specimen. He tips the beam over 200 pounds and is fast on his feet for a big fellow. Abramson is also a good basketball player and saw service last winter with the Minnesota varsity five. Abramson and Lidberg were rated as two of the toughest defensive guards in Big Ten caging...HARRIS PRAISES HIM: Jack Harris, the 1924 Wisconsin captain, who has signed with the Packers for fullback, has bumped into Abramson a few times on the football field. Harris claims there is none better. "I played against Abramson three times," Harris said. "And you can take it from me that he is a whale of a gridder. There isn't a better lineman in the country. Last fall, I nearly cracked my neck trying to make a yard or two over his territory. Abramson charges fast and often is down the field as soon as the ends. The Packer management made no mistake when they signed up George. If he don't burn up the pro grid, then I miss my guess."...FIFTH NEW PLAYER: Abramson is the fifth new player signed by the Packers for the coming season. The others are Harris, fullback; Jean, guard and tackle; Wilkins, end, and Bahr, halfback. Within the next week, the management hopes to be in a position to announce the signing of two more new players which will boost the Packer football stock considerably.
AUGUST 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - According to reports, several advertising solicitors are selling space in a so-called football guide which, it is alleged, they claim is a benefit for the Green Bay Football corporation. This is not a fact as the publisher of the football guide has no connection with the Green Bay Football corporation. The only program advertising sanctioned by the Green Bay Football corporation is being sold by Emmet Platten, a director of the Green Bay Football corporation who is turning over the entire profits to help finance the Packers on the gridrion.
"OJAY" LARSON WILL PLAY FOOTBALL WITH PACKERS
AUGUST 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Frederick (Ojay) Larson, considered one of the greatest centers ever developed by Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, has signed his contract to play football with the Green Bay Packers. Larson is no novice at professional football as has seen several seasons of service on the postgraduate gridiron. The former Notre Dame star played with the Chicago Bears in 1922 and was with the Milwaukee Badgers in 1923 and 1924...HAS GOOD REPUTATION: The new Packer has always been considered a great center. He was not pleased with his berth on the Milwaukee club and jumped at the chance to get a "change of pasture". Larson played with Notre Dame in 1918, 1919, 1920 and 1921. He was one of that famous trio from Calumet, Mich., who helped greatly to put Rockne's pigskin chasers on the football map. The two other stars were Hunk Anderson, now playing with the Chicago Bears, and the late George Gipp, one of the greatest backfielders in the history of football...IS GREAT FIGHTER: It is expected that Ojay will add a lot of fight to the Packer machine as he is the aggressive type of football who never knows when he is beaten. The Packer management considers itself fortunate in coming to terms with Larson, as the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals and Rock Island Independents were dickering for his services. Larson is the sixth newcomer to the Packers of 1925. The management hopes to be in a position before the end of the week to announce another new player who will be a great addition to the battle front of the Big Bay Blues.
GEORGE VEGARA WILL PLAY END FOR GREEN BAY PACKERS
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - George Vegara, a 195-pounder, who earned his gridiron spurs at Notre Dame under Knute Rockne in 1922 and 1923, has signed his contract to play with the Packers during the coming football season. In the closing game of the schedule last fall, Vegara appeared in a Packer uniform but did not get into action as Captain Lambeau deemed it best not to use a player who was not acquainted with the Big Bay Blues' style of play. At that time, Vegara promised the Green Bay management that, if he played professional football this fall, he would like very much to come to Green Bay...COACHED AT NOTRE DAME: Vegara coached at Notre Dame during the school year of 1924-2 while he finished his law course. He handled the freshmen football, basketball and baseball teams as one of Rockne's assistants. When school closed in June, he joined the Louisville club of the American Association and was with the Colonels for a few weeks. Vegara asked the Louisville club for a leave of absence, which was granted, and he went to his home in New York City. He had planned on taking the N.Y. state bar examination this fall but he was induced by the Packer management to change his mind and he will be here for the opening practice on September 6. It is possible that Vegara may make a connection with a prominent law firm and live in Green Bay throughout the year...PLAYED REGULAR END: Vegara is a graduate of the Rose Poly high school in New York City. He spent a year at Fordham university before entering Notre Dame. In 1922, the first year he was eligible at Notre Dame, Vegara earned a regular job as end. In 1923, Rockne started him off at the same position but, just before the Army game, Vegara was switched to guard as Rockne wanted a "crasher" near the center line to stop Tiny Hewitt, the Soldiers' famous fullback. Stories of that West Point-Army game tell how Hewitt was stopped in his tracks and the name of Vegara broke into the headlines of the metropolitan dailies. He rolled Hewitt "for a goal" every time the famous backfielder tried to ease through...CROWLEY PRAISES VEGARA: Jimmy Crowley of Green Bay, a member of the famous "Four Horsemen" of Notre Dame in 1924, claims that Vegara will be the greatest end that has ever played with the Packers. Crowley knew Vegara well while at Notre Dame. "I think Vegara will play wonderful football for the Packers," Crowley said. "I have never seen a better end in action on the gridiron. He is always 'in the pink'. George never drinks or smokes and condition is his middle name."....FAST FOR BIG MAN: "Vegara is just the type that will make a name for himself on the pro gridiron. Although he weighs about 195, he can step off the hundred in less than eleven seconds. George is a wonder receiver of a forward pass. When he was playing end for Notre Dame, he was our ace receiver. I will be very much surprised if Vegara doesn't turn out to be the greatest end that has ever played with the Packers." Vegara is the sixth new player signed for the Packer team. The others are: Wilkins, end; Jean, tackle; Bahr, halfback; Harris, fullback, and Larson, center. This practically completes the list of new players with the possible exception of another backfielder. Within the next few days, the Packer management will close contracts with the members of last year's team who are to be with the Big Bay Blues again this fall.
IRON MOUNTAIN TO HAVE STRONG TEAM AGAINST PACKERS
AUGUST 28 (Iron Mountain, MI) - With the opening game of the football season against the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay on Sunday September 13 only two weeks off, the Iron Mountain gridiron candidates are getting down to hard work and, in the meantime, fans from all over the Upper Michigan peninsula are making reservations on the special train which will carry an army of football fans to the Bay for the pigskin battle. Manager Erdlitz is working his gridders three times a week and, starting next Monday, daily practice will be the rule. The Iron Mountain manager is going out and getting the best football players that "money can hire" and a number of former college stars will be in the Mountaineers' battle front when they give battle to the Big Bay Blues...BEST IN PENINSULA: Iron Mountain is getting all "het up" over football. This year's team will be the greatest in the Upper Michigan peninsula. Manager Erdlitz is gabbing off the best gridders from the Stambaugh, Ironwood, Ishpeming and Marquette elevens in addition to several players from the Hibbing Miners and Minneapolis Marines. The makeup of the Iron Mountain team is still being kept somewhat under cover but it is known that several former Packer players are going to perform here this fall. Dame Rumor has it that Jab Murray and Wally Niemann are certain to play with Iron Mountain. The Iron Mountain management as been promised a block of 500 seats for the game with the Packers. These tickets will be placed on sale in Iron Mountain a week before the game. From present indications, at least, 750 football fans from Upper Michigan contemplate making the Green Bay invasion on September 13.
CHARLIE MATHYS IS SIGNED BY PACKERS FOR 1925 SEASON
AUGUST 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Charlie Mathys, one of the most popular players on the Packer team, has put his name on the dotted line and he will again perform with the Big Bay Blues this fall. Mathys is one of the "homers" on the Packer team. He is a graduate of Green Bay West high where he starred on the gridiron. Charlie went to Ripon college for a year and then entered Indiana where he played two years of conference football very successfully...JOINED PACKERS IN 1922: After graduating from college, Charlie was with Hammond for one year and in 1922 came back to his old hometown. He has been with the Packers ever since. The Bay quarterback is considered a splendid field general and he plays conservative football all the time. Mathys is an expert receiver of the forward pass and the Lambeau-Mathys combination has gained considerable territory for the Big Bay Blues.
WOODIN, VETERAN PACKER GUARD, TO BE BACK IN TOGS
AUGUST 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Whitey Woodin, veteran Packer guard, will again be very much in evidence when the Big Bay Blues do their stuff on the chalk marked field this fall as he has signed his contract for the season. This will be Woodin's fourth season with the Packers. He joined the team about midseason in 1922 and has been going good ever since. Woodin was a star gridder at Marquette for several years and was picked for an honor post on the Milwaukee Hilltop's All Star teams. After leaving college, Woodin got his first taste of pro football with the Racine Legion...IS WELL LIKED: Woodin is well liked by the football contingent in Green Bay. He has always given his best on the field and when the scrimmage is the thickest he is generally found in the height of the battle. Whitey is a pepper box on the field and his rallying cry often stirs up a lot of fight in his teammates. Woodin is an all year round resident of the Bay. He holds a responsible position in the sales force of the Fox River Motor Car Company.
DICK O'DONNELL TO PLAY WITH PACKERS AGAIN THIS SEASON
SEPTEMBER 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dick O'Donnell,a member of last season's Packer football squad, will again chase the pigskin for Green Bay this fall. The former
Duluth star has signed a contract to play end for the Big
Bay Blues. O'Donnell is rated high among the wingmen of
the NFL and will again be a valuable addition to the Packer
squad. O'Donnell, in addition to being a fair pass snagger,
is rated as one of the best defensive ends in professional
football. He is a fast tackler and dumps his man hard and
cleanly. The Duluthian's experience as a basketball player
has made him proficient in the art of pulling down aerial
heaves...PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: O'Donnell has plenty
of experience as a gridiron warrior, both as a professional
and amateur. He played four years at Duluth Central High
school and also was on the freshmen football team at the
University of Minnesota. He also saw service for three
seasons with the Duluth Kellys previous to joining the
Packers last fall. Like many of the other players who have
come to Green Bay for the sole purpose of playing football,
O'Donnell has settled here. He now resides in the city and
is a member of the Fox River Motor Car company's sales
LEWELLEN SIGNS UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR WITH
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Verne
Lewellen is another member of last year's Packer football
squad who has turned in his signed contract to the
management and will again carry the ball for the Green Bay
eleven in the NFL. Lewellen is a backfield man of
considerable repute. This will be his second season as a
member of the Blues. Lewellen is a former Cornhusker
having graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1923
where he established an enviable record as a pigskin
chaser. He played freshman football and three years on the
varsity, captaining the team in his senior year. While at
Nebraska, Lew attracted considerable notice as a kicker,
and was rated as one of the fastest players in collegiate
football. Football is not his only sport accomplishment,
however, as Lew is a good baseball player and has already
built up a reputation as a mound artist in Fox River Valley
baseball circles. Early this season Lewellen hurled for the
Menasha State league outfit and, at the present time, does
the bulk of the chucking for the Oshkosh K.P. nine. Lewellen
is another Packers who casts his vote in Green Bay. He
recently passed the state bar examination and is
associated with the law firm of Kittell, Joseph and Young.
NORTON, MINNEAPOLIS MARINES STAR, SIGNS WITH
SEPTEMBER 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Marty Norton,
famous backfield ace for the Minneapolis Marines, has
signed his contract to play with the Green Bay Packers and
he will be on hand for practice when the Big Bay Blues start
their regular workouts on Sunday afternoon. Norton is
considered one of the most sensational backfielders on
the pro gridiron. He is known for his habit of pulling the
unexpected and he always gets away big. Green Bay fans
can recall one example of his feature play that stood the
Packers on their heads...SCORED AGAINST PACKERS: It
was in 1922 when the Marines were mixing with Green Bay
at Joannes park. The score was 0 to 0 when Norton
dashed through the line and down the field on a 50-yard
gallop for a touchdown. However, the Packers came back
in the final period and scored twice, winning the game.
When the Marines decided not to have a team this fall, the
Bay management immediately got in touch with Norton.
John Dunn, manager of the Minneapolis eleven, released
the backfielder to the Bay. It is said a half dozen other clubs
were after him. Norton is a graduate of Minneapolis Central
high and had has several years of college experience. He
saw service with the Marines for three years...GOOD
BASKETBALL PLAYER: Marty is a great basketball player
and has toured through Wisconsin frequently with crack
caging fives from the Gopher state. His basketball ability
makes him right at home in handling the forward pass on
MOOSE GARDNER AGAIN WILL PLAY WITH PACKER 11
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Moose
Gardner, a member of the Green Bay Packers' stonewall
forward line for the last three years, will be found at the last
three years, will be found at his guard position when the
Badger state champions step out on the gridiron a week
from Sunday September 12 to mix with Iron Mountain at the
new city stadium. Gardner's signed contract reached the
Packer headquarters on Thursday. For a time, it was feared
that Moose would not be able to play this fall as his auto
business at Ashland, Wis., was demanding all of his time.
However, the call of the gridiron proved too strong for Gardner to resist and he rushed through his contract in a hurry...STEADY RELIABLE PLAYER: Gardner has played a big part in the Packers' string of victories. He is a steady
reliable player and is always giving his best. Last fall, Moose had one of the greatest seasons on the gridiron and his pigskin chasing was a feature of nearly every Packer game. Moose is a product of Ashland, Wis., where he used to play high school football. Then he went to Madison and was a varsity gridder for three years. After graduation from college, Gardner played one fall with Detroit and Buffalo. His gridiron career with Green Bay started in 1922.
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - George Abramson, all western guard from Minnesota; Jack Harris, 1924 captain at Wisconsin, and Walter Jean, 240-pound lineman, who played with Milwaukee last year, have arrived in the city for the football season with the Green Bay Packers.
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Red Dunn, Marquette's greatest contribution to the professional football world, has been sold to the Chicago Cardinals. Last fall, Dunn was with Milwaukee but Manage McGurk of
the Cream City team aims to start off with an entire new team. Dunn was a basketball star with Fondy last winter... Marty Norton, who starred with the Minneapolis Marines on the pro football gridiron for three years as a halfback, has signed his contract with the Green Bay Packers. Norton is a deer running backfielder and he is quite adept when it comes to snagging forward passes...Wallie Neimann of Menominee has accepted an offer to play with Iron Mountain this fall and will make his initial appearance with the club on September 13 in Green Bay against the Packers. For three years, the former Michigan star chased the pigskin for Green Bay's state champions.
SEPTEMBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer squad will start their regular practice sessions Sunday afternoon at the new football field. It is probable that with but one or two exceptions all the candidates will be out in
togs chasing the pigskin. Daily workouts will be the rule from now on during the season.
BASING SIGNS HIS CONTRACT TO PLAY WITH BAY PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Myrt Basing, Packer backfielder for the past two years, signed his contract for the coming football season with the Big Bay Blues. There was some question, right up to the last minute, about Basing playing professional football this fall as he had an attractive coaching offer but the lure of active competition on the gridiron finally swinging him around and he put his name on the dotted line. Basing is a well known athlete in this part of the state. He was a three sport star during his days at Appleton high and followed this up by winning letters in football and basketball during his four years at Lawrence college. Basing is rated as one of the greatest backs ever turned out at the Appleton institution. He captained the varsity eleven in his senior years. The Appletonian has given the Packers good service in the past two years. It didn't take him long to make good in pro football and his slashing line smashes have gained many a first down for the Big Bay Blues against some of the greatest teams in the country. With Basing in the fold, the Packer lineup is practically complete for the coming season.
IRON MOUNTAIN BUSY
SEPTEMBER 5 (Iron Mountain, MI) - The Iron Mountain Professionals are working out daily in preparation for their game with the Green Bay Packers at the Bay on Sunday September 13. Some 500 fans are going to make the trip
on a special excursion to see the game. Iron Mountain's football stock climbed about 50 percent with the announcement by Manager Erdlitz that he had signed five new players, three of whom were former Packers. Rosatti, who is employed as an engineer at a town near here, will captain the team and play tackle. Wally Neimann is slated for the center job while Hearden will be in the backfield. Aside from these three gridders, Hall and Jensen, former Oshkosh Normal stars, who play tackle and guard respectively, will be in the lineup.