RED DUNN SIGNS HIS CONTRACT TO PLAY WITH PACKERS
AUG 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Packer football stock sailed sky high over the weekend with the official announcement that Red Dunn had signed his contract to play with the Big Bay Blues. Ever since the NFL meeting the word has been noised around that the Packers were after Dunn and it is needless to add that the Green Bay football colony is all smiles today over the fact that the famous Marquette gridder will do his stuff with, instead of against, the Bays this season. Dunn has always wanted to play in Green Bay. Back in 1924, when he launched his pro football career, Dunn passed up his own wishes so as to be loyal to his hometown and he signed with Milwaukee. When Alonzo McGurk, who owned the Milwaukee club at that time, ran short of money, he unloaded several of his star players and Dunn, together with Weller and Erickson, were sold to the Chicago Cardinals for a considerable amount of cash...WITH CARD TWO YEARS: Dunn played with the Cardinals in 1925 and '26. Last fall, when Chris O'Brien, helmsman of the Cardinals, let Paddy Driscoll go to the Bears, Dunn stepped into Paddy's shoes as team leader of the Chicago South Siders. He did everything that was asked of him - and a little bit more in the bargain. At the end of the 1926 season, Dunn told Manager O'Brien that he would like to play elsewhere than Chicago and expressed a preference for Green Bay. However, at that time, O'Brien couldn't see this at all. When the Cardinal owner closed a deal by which Guy Chamberlain was to handle his team, the Green Bay management got busy with negotiations with Dunn. It was known here that Chamberlain intended to "clean house" with the Cardinal team as he had a raft of new players lined up. During the league meeting, representatives of the Green Bay club got together with Chamberlain and O'Brien and a temporary deal, subject to the approval of all parties concerned, was put through for the purchase of Dunn...WANTED TO PLAY HERE: Negotiations ran along for several weeks awaiting the final O.K. from the Cardinal management and, in the meantime. Capt. Lambeau of the Packers got in touch with Dunn. "I have always wanted to play with Green Bay," said Red. "And nothing will please me better than to be with your team." When the Packer management got word from O'Brien that the deal was on, Capt. Lambeau lost little time in hustling to Milwaukee and getting Red to sign on the dotted line. And that's the story of how Dunn joined the Big Bay Blues. Dunn needs little instruction to the football fans of Green Bay because he has been a thorn in the side of the Packers for three years. In 1924 he played quarterback for the Milwaukee club that took a 17 to 0 licking here and a few weeks later in Milwaukee was bumped off 17 to 10. In this game Dunn kicked a field goal that tied the Packers early in the fray. In 1925, he played with the Cards against the Packers in that wild and wooly 9 to 6 affair. This was the game that Paddy Driscoll, coupled with the assistance of Head Linesman MacGregor, pulled out of the fire for the Cards in the last minutes of play after George Abramson had come through with a pair of nifty field goals...TWO FIELD GOALS: Last fall, Dunn came here with the Cardinals and proceeded to play a lead role in the 13 to 7 defeat that the Packers suffered. It was Dunn's educated right hoof that chased the cowhide through the uprights for a pair of field goals. The famous Red started his football career in the Milwaukee high schools and then entered Marquette where he blazed forth as a stellar gridder. Red had three years of varsity football under Coach Murray and, probably aside from LaVerne Dilweg, was the greatest player ever turned out of the Milwaukee Hilltop institution. He captained the team in his senior year...TRIPLE THREAT ARTIST: Dunn will be a valuable addition to the Packer squad because he is a triple threat artist. He can pass, kick and run and what's more there isn't a better field general on the pro gridiron. The addition of Dunn to the Big Bay Blues will give Green Bay a backfield second to none in the National league. Several other important announcements about players can be looked for within the next two weeks, according to officials of the Green Bay Football corporation.
REX ENRIGHT WILL AGAIN PLAY WITH GREEN BAY ELEVEN
AUGT 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Rex Enright, who was one of the greatest fullbacks that Knute Rockne ever turned out of his football school at Notre Dame, will again cavort in Packer moleskins this fall. In a letter which contained his signed contract, Enright wrote Cap. Lambeau that he is already getting in shape and that he hopes to show the Packer followers a brand of football this fall that will open their eyes. Enright had some trouble getting started here last year. It seemed as if a jinx was camping on his trail. Injuries slowed him up a lot and not until the Packers began their final road trip did the former South Bender hit his real stride. In the last game of the season against Detroit, Enright gave as brilliant an exhibition of footballing as put up by any Packer player during the 1926 schedule. Slowly but surely, the Packers squad is being rounded together and within the next two weeks the Green Bay management hopes to have the battle front completed and from all indications it should be plenty good enough to hold its own with any enemy in the NFL.
O'DONNELL ACCEPTS CONTRACT FOR 4TH YEAR WITH PACKERS
AUG 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dick O'Donnell, veteran end, is the fourteenth member of the 1927 Packer football machine to put his game on the dotted line. This will be O'Donnell's fourth season with the Big Bay Blues. He joined the club in 1924, coming here from Duluth where he had played two years of pro football. O'Donnell is one of the best defensive ends in the business and last fall he broke into the limelight frequently on the offensive by snagging forward passes which spelled plenty of yardage for the Big Bay Blues. Dick adopted Green Bay as his home shortly after he joined the Packers back in 1924, and has been living here ever since. The Packer star is employed as a salesman by a well known automobile concern. Unless the handwriting on the wall is all wrong, there will be several surprises for the Packer followers in the way of new players within the next ten days.
PACKER SIGN UP MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE STAR
AUG 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Pete Jackson of Missouri, who starred in the Missouri Valley conference during the seasons of 1924 and 1925, is the newest addition to the Packers of 1927. Jackson was a backfielder on two championship conference teams and, along with Baccus, a star end, was elected to captain the 1926 Missouri varsity. Jackson can play quarter, half of full. He is credited with having lots of football sense and, according to Coach Gwinn Henry, was in a class by himself when it came to clearing a path for the ball carrier...LEFT HANDED PASSER: The former Missouri star stands but two inches under six feet and he tips the beam at 185 pounds. He is a left handed passer and this tends to make him extra valuable on the offense as a port side tosser often confuses a defending team. Jack Crangle, former Illinois player, who was an assistant coach at Missouri, had this to say about Jackson: "I think Pete should go in pro football. Sometimes a gridder fresh from college finds the postgraduate game pretty tough going but Jackson should be right at home because he is rugged enough to stand a lot of punishment. In the two years we had him at Missouri he was generally the first out for practice and the last to leave. A player like that likes his football."...FIFTEEN PLAYERS SIGNED: Jackson is the fifteen Packer to sign a 1927 contract. Several other important announcements are scheduled within the next ten days, it is said.
PID PURDY TO JOIN GREEN BAY PACKERS MIDDLE NEXT MONTH
AUG 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - R. Pidney Purdy, half pint quarterback and drop kicking specialist, will join the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 15. Purdy, who is playing centerfield for the Seattle ball club of the Pacific coast league, has secured permission from Managed Wade Killifer of the Seals to toss away his diamond spikes for his gridiron cleats on Sept. 10. Purdy will hustle cross country and should reach here five days later. He will make a stop at his home in Beatrice, Neb. to pick up some of his football equipment. The return of Purdy will be welcomed by the football fans here because the diminutive quarterback was listed high among the Big Bay Blue stars of 1926. It was his educated toe that whipped the Cardinals in Chicago 3 to 0 and in the Paddy Carr booster fund game at Soldiers' field in Chicago. Pid booted a 50-yard field goal that tied the Bears, 3 and 3. One of the Seattle papers carried the following story about Purdy and his footballing: "Pid Purdy will go to a National league club on or about September 10. But the club won't be Pittsburgh, Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati or Brooklyn. The bright diamond student in the second row says that's all the clubs there are in the National League. He's right and wrong. Purdy is going to a club in the NFL - Green Bay - with which he played last season upon the frost-bitten Eastern professional gridirons. Since the National League season gets underway September 25, with the Green Bay Packers entertaining Cleveland, Pid will have to get back there early in September for fall training. Baseball, of course, will have him in good shape, but formation work, passing and kicking will require some practice. Purdy is an expert punter and drop kicker, so he will have to spend some time with his educated toe."
GRANGE'S TEAM TAKEN INTO NFL
AUG 18 (New York) - The war between the National and American professional football leagues that cost over half a million dollars last season has been definitely ended. The announcement was made Wednesday night by Joe Carr, president of the NFL. As a result of the peace plan there will be but one professional league this year, it will be the NFL, and will include twelve teams. Under the reorganization plan the following teams will be active: the New York Giants, Red Grange's Yankees, the Cleveland Panthers, Philadelphia Yellow Jackets, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Pottsville, Providence, Green Bay, Duluth, Dayton and Buffalo. The Chicago situation caused the most trouble in merging the leagues but it was ironed out by the combination of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cardinals.