PLAYER          POS       COLLEGE   G  YRS HT    WT
Roger Ashmore     T       Gonzaga  13    1 6- 1 212
Bullet Baker      B           USC  12    1 6- 0 177
James Bowdoin     G       Alabama  11    1 6- 2 220
Tiny Cahoon       T       Gonzaga  10    3 6- 2 235
Boob Darling      C        Beloit   7    2 6- 3 216
Lavvie Dilweg     E     Marquette  12    2 6- 3 202
Red Dunn          B     Marquette  12    2 6- 0 178
Jug Earp          T      Monmouth  13    7 6- 1 235
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers worked a forward passing game with good results Sunday to take the  Minneapolis Marines.  Five thousand persons witnessed the game. All three of the Packer touchdowns were made on passes with Lewellen tossing two of them to Kotal, and the other to O'Donnell, an end. One goal was kicked after the touchdown. Herb Joesting, former University of Minnesota star, was successfully stopped by the veteran Packer line. His longest gain was five yards. them to Kotal, and the other to O'Donnell, an end. One goal was kicked after the touchdown. Herb Joesting, former University of Minnesota star, was successfully stopped by the veteran Packer line. His longest gain was five yards.
MINNEAPOLIS -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY   -             - 19
GB Touchdowns: Kotal 2, O'Donnell 1 (All three on passes from Lewellen) PAT: GB 1 (Player unknown)
PLAYER          POS       COLLEGE   G  YRS HT    WT
Harold Griffen    C          Iowa   5    1 5- 9 238
Thomas Hearden    B    Notre Dame   1    2 5- 9 175
Bruce Jones       G       Alabama  13    2 6- 0 165
Eddie Kotal       B      Lawrence  12    4 5-10 165
Curly Lambeau     B    Notre Dame   8    8 6- 0 190
Verne Lewellen    B      Nebraska  13    5 6- 2 181
John Lollar       B       Samford   3    1 6- 0 200
Larry Marks       B       Indiana  11    1 5-11 185
Bo Molenda
1928 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (1-0)
SEPTEMBER (1-0)
16 MINNEAPOLIS MARINES                   W 19- 0    1-0-0    5,000
1928 RESULTS (6-4-3)
SEPTEMBER (0-1-1)
23 FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS (0-0-0)       L  9-19    0-1-0    6,500
30 CHICAGO BEARS (1-0-0)                 T 12-12    0-1-1    8,500
OCTOBER (3-1)
7  NEW YORK GIANTS (1-0-0)               L  0- 6    0-2-1    7,000
14 CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-1-0)             W 20- 0    1-2-1    4,200
21 at Chicago Bears (2-0-1)              W 16- 6    2-2-1   15,000
PLAYER          POS       COLLEGE   G  YRS HT    WT
Paul Minick       G          Iowa        1 5-11 210
Bo Molenda        B      Michigan   4    1 5-11 208
Tom Nash          E       Georgia   8    1 6- 3 210
Harry O'Boyle     B    Notre Dame  11    1 5-10 196
Dick O'Donnell    E     Minnesota  13    5 5-10 196
Claude Perry      T       Alabama  13    2 6- 1 211
Howard Webber     E     Kansas St   3    1 6- 0 185
Whitey Woodin     G     Marquette  10    7 5-11 206
1928 IN REVIEW
The Packers beat the Bears twice in Chicago, but struggle against the rest of the league and end up with an unrewarding 6-4-3 record.
FINANCIAL EVENTS THAT SAVED THE PACKERS
A.B. Turnbull’s actions, 1922-23 - When rain threatened to keep fans away and bankrupt the Packers, Turnbull told Lambeau and George Calhoun to play their games and that he’d bail them out of debt. Turnbull then organized local investors, turned team into non-profit organization in 1923, and raised $1,000 in team’s first stock drive. Decision to play games in Milwaukee, 1933 - Allowed Packers to tap larger market. As a result, the Packers now have one of the largest territories in sports (the NFL has traditionally given teams only 75-mile radius). By playing in both Green Bay and Milwaukee (1939-94), Packers thwarted any efforts to establish another pro football team there. Court decision to appoint receiver, 1935 - After fan who fell from City Stadium bleachers sued Packers, team petitioned for friendly receiver, while litigation ran its course. Henry Graass, circuit court judge and Packers fan, appointed local accountant Frank Jonet as receiver. Despite Great Depression, Packers prospered during receivership (1934-37), thanks in part to growing popularity of NFL. Second stock drive, 1935 - President Lee Joannes raises $15,000 in “Save the Packers” stock drive, getting donations from firefighters, policemen, high-school students, housewives, civic leaders and other citizens. Joe Carr’s sending Don Hutson to Green Bay, 1935 - College star signed two contracts, including one with Brooklyn football Dodgers. League President Joe Carr awarded Hutson to Packers because team’s contract was postmarked earlier. Hutson, pivotal in timely 1936 world championship and greatest player in Green Bay history, helped team to climb out of court receivership. NFL’s installation of college draft, 1936 - Kept small-market teams such as Packers competitive with big-city teams. Lee Joannes donation, 1937 - Packers president paid $6,000 to settle case of fan who fell from stands in 1934, then convinced court to end receivership period. Decision to invest in war bonds, 1940s - Money in reserve carried team despite losses of at least $25,000 in 1943 alone, as World War II depleted rosters. Intrasquad game, Thanksgiving 1949 - Packers brought old-timers back, drawing 15,000 fans and earning $50,000. Third stock drive, 1950 - After Lambeau’s departure, team raised nearly $118,000. Bert Bell’s push for league-wide TV package, 1950s - With help from Congress, commissioner laid groundwork for CBS-TV deal that allowed all teams, large market and small market, to share revenue, eventually in place by the 1961 season. In 1966, Pete Rozelle signed first NFL TV package, with CBS and NBC, giving Packers more than $1 million (which allowed Vince Lombardi to sign Donny Anderson to the team’s first long-term contract). (SOURCE: Packer Media Guide)
September 16: Green Bay (1-0) 34, Minneapolis 0
21 at Chicago Bears (2-0-1)              W 16- 6    2-2-1   15,000
28 DAYTON TRIANGLES (0-4-0)              W 17- 0    3-2-1    3,100
NOVEMBER (2-2-1)
4  POTTSVILLE MAROONS (1-2-0)            W 26-14    4-2-1    5,000
11 NEW YORK YANKEES (1-6-0)              T  0- 0    4-2-2    5,000
18 at New York Giants (4-2-1)            W  7- 0    5-2-2   12,000
25 at Pottsville Maroons (1-7-0)         L  0-26    5-3-2    1,600
29 at Frankford Yellowjackets (8-2-2)    L  0- 2    5-4-2    8,000
DECEMBER (1-0-1)
2  at Providence Steam Roller (8-1-1)    T  7- 7    5-4-3    9,000
9  at Chicago Bears (7-3-1)              W  6- 0    6-4-3   14,000
September 23: Frankford (1-0) 19, Green Bay (0-1) 9
1928 PACKERS POCKET SCHEDULE
(Courtesy of Titletownnostalgia.com)
(GREEN BAY) - Sweeping the Packers off their feet in the first quarter with a trio of touchdowns from forward passes, the Yellow Jackets defeated Green Bay. Green Bay's touchdown came in the second quarter from a pass, Lambeau to Lewellen and O'Boyle made a place kick for the other three points. Green Bay lost a player probably for the rest of the season when Lollar suffered a serious knee injury. Griffin, Packer center, also was taken from the field suffering from injuries. Ed Weir, captain of Frankford, also was taken from thc game in the first quarter on account of a knee injury.
FRANKFORD - 12  7  0  0 - 19
GREEN BAY -  3  6  0  0 -  9
1st - GB - O'Boyle, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - FR - Charley Rogers, 35-yard pass from Ken Mercer (Kick failed) FRANKFORD 6-3
1st - FR - Mercer, 2-yard run (Kick failed) FRANKFORD 12-3
2nd - FR - Mercer, 8-yard pass from Wally Diehl (Ed Weir kick) FRANKFORD 19-3
2nd - GB - Lewellen, 24-yard pass from Lambeau (Kick failed) FRANKFORD 19-9
September 30: Green Bay (0-1-1) 12, Chicago Bears (1-0-1) 12 (T)
(GREEN BAY) - The Chicago Bears and the Packers fought to a tie Sunday afernoon before a record crowd of 10,000. The first Chicago touchdown came in the first half on an end run by Joe Sternaman. The other came in the same period when Sturtridge caught Lewellen's punt on the Bears' ten-yard line and zigzagged down the field for a touchdown. Both attempts at extra point failed. The Packers carried the fight to the Bears in the second half and in the third quarter after working the ball down the field put it across on a pass, Kotal to Lewellen. In the last period after a series of line plays and passes. Lewellen crashed through on an off-tackle play for two yards to tie the score. O'Boyle failed on the extra point. Green Bay came close to victory in the last minute of play when O'Boyle attempted to field goal from the 25 yard line, but it fell five feet short. George Trafton, Bear center, was forced to leave the game in the third quarter from injuries.
CHI BEARS -  6  6  0  0 - 12
GREEN BAY -  0  0  6  6 - 12
1st - CHI - Joey Sternaman, 3-yard run (Kick failed) CHICAGO BEARS 6-0
2nd - CHI - Dick Sturtridge, 80-yard punt return (Kick failed) BEARS 12-0
3rd - GB - Lewellen, 15-yard pass from Kotal (Kick failed) CHICAGO BEARS 12-6
4th - GB - Lewellen, 2-yard run (Kick failed) TIED 12-12
October 7: New York Giants (2-0) 6, Green Bay (0-2-1) 0
(GREEN BAY) - In a close and hard fought game, the New York Giants defeated the Packers Sunday before a crowd of 9,000. The Giants scored in the third quarter on a triple pass, Wilson to McBride to Caldwell, which brought the ball to the one-yard line. The Packers held the Giants for two downs but on the third try Caldwell carried the ball off tackle for a touchdown. McBrlde's attempt to kick goal was blocked. In the third quarter the Packers also threatened with passes and end runs, and in the fourth quarter forced the play most of the time in New York's territory.
NY GIANTS -  0  0  6  0 -  6
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
3rd - NYG - Bruce Caldwell, 1-yard run (Kick failed) NEW YORK GIANTS 6-0
October 14: Green Bay (1-2-1) 20, Chicago Cardinals (1-2) 0
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers defeated the Chicago Cardinals Sunday. The Wisconsin team excelled in every department of the game and displayed a varied attack. The first touchdown came in the second period when Kotal made a long run around left end. In the same period, a long pass, Dunn to Kotal, carried the ball to the Cardinal 1-yard line and Lewellen carried it over on a following play. In the fourth period, Kotal tossed a 30-yard pass to Lewellen, who was downed on the Cardinal one-yard line. Lewellen then slipped through for the third touchdown. O'Boyle kicked two out of three goals.
CHI CARDS -  0  0  0  0 -   0
GREEN BAY -  0 13  0  7 - 20
2nd - GB - Kotal, 40-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - GB - Lewellen, 1-yard run (O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 13-0
4th - GB - Lewellen, 1-yard run (O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 20-0
October 21: Green Bay (2-2-1) 16, Chicago Bears (2-1-1) 6
(GREEN BAY) - Green Bay did something Sunday that other teams in the NFL have been hankering to do for a long time, they beat the Chicago Bears. Playing magnificent ball and putting up a strong fight, the Green Bay eleven took the lead in the first quarter on a field goal by Harry O'Boyle. After a series of smashes, Lewellen drove outside left tackle for the first Packer touchdown in the second period, and O'Boyle added the extra point. In the last period, the Bears drove over for a touchdown but missed the kick and then on a pretty play, Jones nabbed an attempted pass as the ball popped into the air to make the score, 16-6.
GREEN BAY -  3  7  0  6 - 16
CHI BEARS -  0  0  0  6 -  6
1st - GB - O'Boyle, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Lewellen, 1-yard run (O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
4th - CHI - Milt Romney, 1-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 10-6
4th - GB - Jones interception (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 16-6
October 28: Green Bay (3-2-1) 17, Dayton (0-5) 0
(GREEN BAY) - Using straight football the Packers defeated the Dayton Triangles here Sunday. Dayton never threatened the Packers' goal line, and most of the play was done in Dayton territory. The first score was marked up by O'Boyle, who made a place kick from the 26-yard line for three points in the first period. Shortly after this kick, Lewellen went over for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, after a 35-yard run by Marks, O'Boyle carried the ball over for a second touchdown.
DAYTON    -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY -  3  7  0  7 - 17
1st - GB - O'Boyle, 26-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Lewellen, 3-yard run (O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
4th - GB - O'Boyle, 7-yard run (O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 17-0
November 4: Green Bay (4-2-1) 26, Pottsville (1-3) 14
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers passed to a victory over the Maroons Sunday. About 6,000 saw the game. The Packers made three touchdowns in the first half, Kotal making two of them, one on a pass from Red Dunn. The third made by Marks. O'Boyle kicked goal for one of the extra points in the first half. In the third quarter Pottsville staged a comeback and carried the ball from their own 20 yard line across the Packer's goal on a series of plunges with Latone gaining most of the ground and plunging over for the first Pottsville touchdown. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Maroons started another march down the field which ended in their second TD, Latone going over again. At this point in the game, the Packers rushed their first string backfield into the game and in a few minutes Lewellen went over for the fourth Green Bay TD on a pass from Dunn.
POTTSVILLE -  0  0  7  7 - 14
GREEN BAY  -  6 13  0  7 - 26
1st - GB - Kotal, 42-yard pass from Dunn (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - GB - Kotal, 5-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 12-0
2nd - GB - Marks, 9-yard pass from Dunn (O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 19-0
3rd - POTT - Tony Latone, 2-yard run (Pete Henry kick) GREEN BAY 19-7
4th - POTT - Latone, 3-yard run (Henry kick) GREEN BAY 19-14
4th - GB - Lewellen, 30-yard pass from Dunn (O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 26-14
November 11: Green Bay (4-2-2) 0, New York Yankees (1-6-1) 0 (T)
(GREEN BAY) - A scoreless game was played by the Packers and the New York Yankees Sunday afternoon. Both teams threatened to score several times, but lost their chance when passes went astray near the goal line. The Packers were on the Yankees' 11-yard line in the third quarter, but lost the ball on downs. The New Yorkers' attack started functioning in the fourth period and they had the ball on the Packers' 12-yard line, but a penalty put them back to the 17-yard line. Grube tried a place kick from the 30-yard line, but it was blocked by Nash. The Packers' famed passing attack was not functioning. They completed only three out of about 20 tosses, moat of the attempts being wild.
NY YANKEES -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  0  0 -  0
November 18: Green Bay (5-2-2) 7, New York Giants (4-3-1) 0
(NEW YORK) - The Packers beat the New York Giants in a close, hard-fought NFL game Sunday. Verne Lewellen scored the touchdown in the second quarter after Green Bay had recovered a blocked Giant punt well in New York territory. Dunn kicked the extra point. Green Bay consistently outplayed the Giants. Lewellen and Kotal were the outstanding stars for the Packers although every man on the club covered himself with glory. Lewellen was a kicking fool and his punts averaged over 60 yards. He placed them so nicely that one Hinky Haines didn't get any where trying to run them back. Kotal starred on the offense. Time after time he would side step the husky Giants, forward and travel along for a first down or more.
GREEN BAY -  0  7  0  0 -  7
NY GIANTS -  0  0  0  0 -  0
2nd - GB - Lewellen run (Dunn kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
November 25: Pottsville (2-7) 26, Green Bay (5-3-2) 0
(POTTSVILLE) - The Pottsville "jinx", which troubled the Packers in 1925, is still working. That was proved here Sunday when the Maroons put the skids under the Packers, marking the worst defeat suffered by the western team since 1925. The game was staged in a blinding snowstorm and the Bay offense failed to function as efficiently as it has in past games. Only once did the Packers have the ball inside the 30-yard line. Tony Latone was the individual star of the game although he made no touchdowns. Ernst, Keaneally and Blood made the Maroon touchdowns.
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  0  0 -  0
POTTSVILLE -  6  7  6  7 - 26
1st - POTT - Jack Ernst, 40-yard pass from Hap Moran (Kick failed) POTTSVILLE 6-0
2nd - POTT - George Kenneally, 8-yard pass from Ernst (Johnny Budd kick) POTTSVILE 13-0
3rd - POTT - Johnny Blood, 21-yard pass from Ernst (Kick failed) POTTSVILLE 19-0
4th - POTT - Blood, 35-yard interception return (Blood pass reception) POTTSVILLE 26-0
November 29: Frankford (9-2-2) 2, Green Bay (5-4-2) 2
(FRANKFORD) - In a game in which they held the edge in power, both offensively and defensively, the Packers nevertheless were defeated by the Yellowjackets Thursday. A pass from center which sailed over Lewellen's head early in the first quarter, gave the Yellowjackets a two-point margin via the safety route. The Jackets not once had possession of the ball inside the Packers' 35-yard line. Their opponents on the other hand swept into the shadow of the goal posts several times, but lacked the punch to put the ball over.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
FRANKFORD -  2  0  0  0 -  2
1st - FR - Safety FRANKFORD 2-0
December 2: Green Bay (5-4-3) 7, Providence (8-1-2) 7 (T)
(PROVIDENCE) - The Providence Steamrollers today held the championship of the National Professional football league for the first time. They won it by playing the Packers to a tie in their final game of the season. After a scoreless first half, the visitors put on a 35-yard march after recovering a Providence fumble for the first touchdown. On receiving the next kickoff, the Rollers traveled 90 yards on sustained drive for the equalizing touchdown and extra point. The two scoring plays were almost identical. Marks caught a 20-yard pass from Lewellen for the Green Bay tally and then Wildcat Wilson and Curly Oden duplicated the same feat eight minutes later in the same period, to draw back to even terms. Such an outcome gave the Rollers a season's record of 8 victories and 2 ties in 11 games. The fact that Frankford lost to the Chicago Bears today leaves the Rollers in first place.
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  7  0 -  7
PROVIDENCE -  0  0  7  0 -  7
3rd - GB - Marks, 20-yard pass from Lewellen (O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
3rd - PROV - Curly Oden, 20-yard pass from Wildcat Wilson (Gus Sonnenberg kick) TIED 7-7
December 9: Green Bay (6-4-3) 7, ChIcago Bears (7-4-1) 0
(CHICAGO) - A 35-yard pass from Red Dunn to O'Donnell in the last two minutes of play gave the Packers a victory over the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field Sunday. It was the Packers' last game of the season. The Bears outplayed the Packers in the first half but wilted before their furious line smashes and passes in the last two periods, but held them at crucial moments.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  6 -  6
CHI BEARS -  0  0  0  0 -  0
4th - GB - O'Donnell, 48-yard pass from Dunn (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
Rare find: 1928 Packers recruiting letter - Green Bay Press Gazette (November 21st 2014)