(GREEN BAY) - Alertness in following the ball and in taking advantage of opponents' misplays, traits of the Packers that have brought many victories in past games, netted the Green Bay team a win against Portsmouth here Sunday, 14 to 0, in the opening tilt of the football season. The game was played at the City stadium before a record opening day crowd of 5,000 fans. The Portsmouth eleven put up a great game and gave the Packers a lot of opposition. The Ohio team was always dangerous, and not until the fourth period when the Packers went over for their second touchdown, was victory assured. A great punt by Lewellen put the Packers in a position to push over their first touchdown in the second quarter. Lewellen punted from his own 20-yard line and the ball sailed far over the head of Brambaugh, safety man for Portsmouth, and crossed the goal. Brambaugh ran back for the ball and tried to run it out, getting as far as the four-yard line before he was stopped. Had he let it go, Portsmouth would have been given possession of it on its own 20-yard line. A poor punt by Armil went out of bounds on Portsmouth's 23-yard line, and the Packers were given possession of it at that point. Kotal then made two yards at right tackle and on the next play, Eddie ran far to the left while Dunn cut through the line and leaped into the air to take a forward pass from him.
​Dunn sidestepped and shifted as far as the five-yard line before he was stopped. While the fans howled for a
touchdown, Molenda tried center for no gain. Lewellen then dove over right guard for two yards, and on the next play, cut back over right tackle for three more yards and a touchdown. Molenda booted a perfect placekick for the extra point. The second touchdown came in the fourth period after an incompleted forward pass over the goal line gave Portsmouth the ball on the 20-yard line. Armil then passed to Joseph for a gain of four yards. Bennett dropped Armil's pass on the next play after a hard try. On the third play, Michalske broke through and spilled Armil for an eight-yard loss. On the fourth down, a bad pass from center caused a fumble and gave the Packers the ball on the five-yard line. Lidberg crashed through for a yard at left guard and Blood followed with three more yards in the same spot. Lidberg again took the ball and went over the center of the line for the touchdown. Blood dropped back and sent a perfect dropkick between the uprights for the extra point. The Packers used nearly all of their men, as 23 players saw action. Several new players made favorable impressions and assured themselves regular jobs on the team.
Both lines put up great defensive games, and neither team could gain consistently by plays of the smashing type. Portsmouth showed little in the way of a forward passing offense until the final quarter when several plays of this nature were tried, but few completed. A good spearhead defense used the Packers proved effective in breaking up passes. Lewellen's punting, despite the strong southwest wind that blew across the field, again was outstanding. He kicked the ball offside beyond the Portsmouth 20-yard line many times. His open field running also was good and he totaled more yards gained on running plays than any other player. The fullbacks, Molenda, Lidberg and McCrary, also did great work. Molenda was good both on defense and offense, and always could be counted on for a gain. Lidberg was just as powerful as he was in 1927 at backing up the line, and his offensive strength was shown on many occasions. McCrary appeared to have a little more drive on the offense than either Molenda and Lidberg but was not as outstanding as the latter pair on defense. Eddie Kotal played the same kind of a game that made him the favorite ball carrier of the Packers last year. He did not have a chance to shine in open field running, but did
turn in some fine work, cutting over tackle and in blocking. He went high into the air in the third quarter to catch a pass from Dunn that was good for 15 yards.
Baker, Laabs, Blood and Dave Zuidmulder all looked
good at halfback posts. Baker and Blood saw action
and came through in fine style, both in offensive and
defensive play. Little could be learned about the ability
of Laabs and Dave Zuidmulder as they were only in the
game a short time. Laabs carried the ball a few times
and gained on every try, so it is likely that he will see
more work next week. Dave did some fine blocking and
good work on the defense.
Proof the the line will hold up against any competition
that teams in the National league can offer, also was
given Sunday. Almost every new man that worked,
showed enough ability to warrant his getting steady
employment. Michalske was the most outstanding 
player of the new men. He broke through on nearly 
every play and often tossed Portsmouth players for
losses. He also opened many holes for Packer ball
carriers. On a trick play in the fourth quarter, Michalske
showed a lot of speed and nearly came through with a
touchdown for the Packers. He was shifted to an end
position on the play and then ran far to the left and
across the goal line. Lewellen dropped back on the play
and then also ran to the left and heaved a long pass to
Michalske. Charles Joseph, ever alert Portsmouth end,
followed Mike on the play, however, and managed to
jump into the air and touch the ball enough to knock it
from its path just as Mike was set to receive it. 
Michalske made more tackles than any other man on
the team. Kern, formerly of Pittsburgh, also was one of
the outstanding linemen. He broke through on many
occasions to smash up plays before they could get
underway and did some fine work on the offense. He
has a lot of drive and is very fast in getting started.
Young, Ohio guard, who is playing his first year of pro
football, also turned in a fine game. He constantly 
kept Portsmouth players from gaining through the
center of the line, by driving his man back as he
Cahoon, Woodin, Earpe, Ashmore, Bowdoin, O'Donnell,
Perry, Darling and Dilweg, veterans of last year, also
appeared to be in fine condition and played good 
football, preventing Portsmouth players from making
much headway. Perry and Earpe were the outstanding
veterans. Neither team turned in any outstanding plays
in the first quarter and it was mostly a punting duel with
the Packers having the better of the argument. Blood
did most of the kicking for the Packers in this period.
Play was mostly in Portsmouth's territory. The Packers
made two first downs in the period and held Portsmouth
to none. In the second period, play again was resumed
in Portsmouth's territory. Lewellen was in the game in
this period and had the better of the exchange of punts.
The touchdown came late in the quarter. Portsmouth
made its only first down of the game in this period when
Bennett made eight yards and Lumpkin added another
pair. The third quarter was much like its predecessors,
with the lines holding well, forcing both teams to punt to
keep out of danger. The final period saw the second
touchdown go over. The Packers made three first downs
in the last half. Bennett, Indiana flash of 1928, was the
outstanding Portsmouth player, although Lumpkin
pressed him closely for honors. The former Big Ten star
showed a lot of speed and shiftiness in running the
ends and off tackle, while Lumpkin was great at line
plunging. Armil also did good work at the quarterback
position, running plays well and keeping the team
fighting at all times.
PORTSMOUTH -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY  -  0  7  0  7 - 14
2nd - GB - Lewellen, 3-yard run (Molenda kick) GREEN
BAY 7-0
4th - GB - Lidberg, 3-yard run (Blood kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
SEPTEMBER 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The crows, estimated at 5,000, was the largest opening day gathering ever seen in Green Bay. All of the stands were comfortably filled. The north grandstand was the only stand that had vacant sections in the corners. The bleacher seats on both sides of the stands and at the ends of the field were filled as well as the entire south stand...The American Legion Lumberjack band was on hand again to provide music and color. The band played a number of selections before the game and during the half...The Vita-Vox public address system used by the Platten Radio company did a lot to make the game understandable and enjoyable. Loud speakers were placed at various parts of the field and penalties, substituting and other features of the game were broadcast. Fans expressed approval of the service as the announcements were heard plainly at all parts of the field...Dave Zuidmulder, former East high backfield star, got his first chance in a Packer uniform a few minutes before the end of the game. Dave turned in a fine account, breaking up two attempted forward passes and did some excellent blocking. He had only one chance to carry the ball and that after receiving a punt...It didn't take the fans long to begin picking their favorites among new men. Cheers for McCrary, Michalske, Blood, Kern, Young, Lidberg and others were given frequently...Portsmouth guards wore white jerseys and headguards, something new in football uniforms. It was an attractive contrast to the new golden colored jerseys of the Packers...Charles Joseph, who has been seen here before with Dayton, turned in his usual brilliant performance at end. He was down on every punt and did some fine work on the defense. Joseph joined the Portsmouth team this spring...Howard Webber, a former Packer, also turned in a good game at end for Portsmouth, breaking through to smash up many plays. He also was a tower of strength on the defense...Griffen, also a former Packer, ran the Portsmouth team from the sidelines. He is a manager of the squad but seldom plays...The strong wind constantly sent punts far outside. The Packers had advantage of the wind in the first and third periods...In the first quarter, Baker was set to throw a forward pass when three Portsmouth players rushed him. Referee Doyle blew his whistle indicating that Baker had been stopped, but the latter tossed the ball over the line of scrimmage. It was caught by Randolph of Portsmouth, who raced the length of the field to cross the goal line. The touchdown was not allowed as the referee ruled that the play was over when Baker was stopped. No one on the Packer team tried to stop Randolph as they all heard the referee's whistle...Hill, backfielder, was about the only player that did not get in the game for the Packers. Captain Lambeau kept him out because he sprung a charley horse Saturday. He'll probably get his chance next Sunday against Dayton.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Two more veteran professional football players were added to the roster of the Packer football team today and joined the squad in its workout at Joannes park. The men were Cal Hubbard, all-American pro lineman who was purchased from the New York Giants, and Red Smith, who returned to the Green Bay lineup after a season with the New York Yankees. Hubbard, a former Geneva college captain and star lineman, appeared to be in fine shape and, after working out with the team for the first time, predicted a championship outfit. Mrs. Hubbard accompanied the giant lineman to Green Bay and it is possible that they may located here this winter...GOOD FIELD GENERAL: Smith was with the Packers in 1927 but was loaned to the New York Yankees last year where he did great work. He was used at quarterback and was rated as one of the best field generals in the league. Smith's home is at Kaukauna. He is a brother of Les Smith, who manages the Kaukauna baseball club. His father is president of a paper mill at Combined Locks. Red has been playing baseball in the Eastern and International leagues this summer and is ready to step into the game immediately. He is a catcher in baseball. Two other missing Packer players are due to arrive in Green Bay this week. A wire was received from Minick saying that he would be here by Wednesday evening without fail. Tom Nash is scheduled to finish his baseball today in Asheville and should be here in time to watch his teammates perform against the Dayton Triangles on Sunday at the City stadium...EXPECT HARD GAME: Red came to the Packers after graduating from Notre Dame. He played at quarterback and as a running guard with the Irish school. He is a fine blocker and as the Packers are in need of players who can block is likely to find a lot of employment. The game with Dayton is likely to be just as tough as the Portsmouth encounter, according to several of the Spartan players, who formerly drew salaries from the General Motors' outfit. Red Joseph, a former Dayton player, who was with the Portsmouth team here Sunday, has a lot of respect for the Ohio team this year. "Mike Redelle is going to have a first class outfit here this fall," Joseph said, in commenting on the squad after the game here. "He had added some offensive strength and I think Dayton will be good enough to give many of the clubs in the National league a real battle. Wallace and Carlson, two ends who formerly played with the Chicago Bears, are with the Motors this year. Sillen of Maryland and Brewer of Georgia are two sweet running backs while Mankat of Colgate and Red Graham, the all-American pro guard, a pair of aggressive linemen. I think the Packers will have to step pretty lively next Sunday if they hope to keep their 1929 record clean." Tickets for the game will be on sale at the usual places about town within the next 24 hours and the management advises early purchasing as another big crowd seems assured.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Cincinnati) - Evar Swanson and Pid Purdy, two Cincinnati National league outfielders, have announced they had signed to play professional football this fall with the Ohio National Guard squad, a local organization. Purdy played quarterback with the Green Bay Packers for two seasons. Swanson, an end, played two years with the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - Richard "Red" Smith, Combined Locks, has signed with the Green Bay Packers, according to word from Green Bay Tuesday morning. Smith arrived in the valley Saturday after playing baseball with eastern clubs all season and handled the big mitt Sunday afternoon when Kaukauna defeated the Kimberly-Little Chute ball club. Packer officials heard about the red head being around home and being judges of good football material got in touch with Smith and soon had his name scrawled out on a Packer contract. Smith was with the Big Bays a couple years ago as a lineman and back, later going to the New York Yankees in a trade that brought a couple easterners to Green Bay. He played with the Yankees last season visiting at Green Bay on one occasions and showing as the star in the invaders' backfield. He played quarterback for the Giants and will act in that capacity for the Bays. Red's first bid for football fame came a few years back when he was a freshman at Lawrence College and burned up the old Lawrence athletic field along with Bill Smith, Punk McGlynn, Kubitz and Basing. The next year he went to Notre Dame and starred with the Irish until graduation. He also played a guard on the Rockne squad. After he entered pro football he went into the backfield and has been making a neat job of his ball carrying ability. The acquisition of Smith by the Packers is expected to stir up unusual interest of Fox Valley grid fans in the Bays. Two valley men, Eddie Kotal and Smith now are with the squad which makes it almost as much a local proposition as it is at the Bay. The Packer management also announced Tuesday that big Cal Hubbard, all-American pro center and end joined the Packer squad Monday. The big fellow is expected to help make the Bay line one of the strongest in the country this season and will go far to putting the squad up among the leaders in the National pro league tangle. Next Sunday the Bays are booked to play Dayton at Green Bay and after the showing the team made against Portsmouth last Sunday when they beat the Spartans, 14-0, fans are looking for another win this week. Eddie Kotal, former Lawrence gridder who again is playing halfback on the Bay squad and who injured a knee last week, is hobbling around but says the injured member will be O.K. The injury is not a recurrence of the injury he received last year while on the eastern trip and with a little rest should come around.
PRESEASON - Green Bay Packers 14, Portsmouth Spartans 0
​Sunday September 15th 1929 (at Green Bay)

The Spartans formed in 1929, drawing players from defunct independent professional and semi-pro teams in the Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tri-state area. During that same year, Portsmouth residents agreed to fund the construction of a football stadium that was comparable to those in neighboring communities along the Ohio River. That approval prompted the National Football League to offer the city a franchise in July 1930, and led to the construction of Universal Stadium, which opened September 14 with a capacity of 8,200. With less than 43,000 residents in 1930, Portsmouth became the NFL's second smallest city, ahead of only Green Bay, which had a population under 38,000. During the team's first year in the league, the Spartans compiled a record of 5–6–3, eighth in the 11-team league in 1930. Early highlights as the Portsmouth Spartans include the "iron man" game against Green Bay in 1932. In that game, Spartan coach Potsy Clark refused to make even a single substitution against the defending NFL champion Packers. Portsmouth won 19–0 and used only 11 players all game. At the end of the 1932 season, the Spartans were tied for first place in the league with the Chicago Bears. That prompted what in retrospect became known as the first NFL playoff game. Blizzard conditions in Chicago meant the game was moved from Wrigley Field's outdoor field to the indoor field at Chicago Stadium, which allowed for only an 80-yard field. The game was won 9–0 by the Bears, on a touchdown pass from Bronko Nagurski to Red Grange. The resulting interest led to the establishment of Eastern and Western conferences and a regular championship game beginning in 1933. Despite success on the field, low revenue and the Great Depression threatened the Spartans' survival. On March 24, 1934, it was announced that a group led by George Richards, the owner of Detroit radio station WJR, bought the Spartans and moved them to Detroit for the 1934 season. Richards renamed the team the Lions, as a complement to the Detroit Tigers.
(SOURCE: Wikipedia)

What if the NFL had stayed in town?
By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor - February 6, 2011

(CNN) -- "Sometimes I'll drive by the old stadium," Lisa Carver said, "and it kind of feels like a dream. You can almost hear the cheers from the crowds, even though the place is empty." Carver is the administrator of the Chamber of Commerce in Portsmouth, Ohio, a river town at the southern tip of the state. The town's population has dwindled to fewer than 20,000 as, over the decades, manufacturing and retail jobs have disappeared, and when Carver, from her car, glances at the stadium she can scarcely believe who once played there: A National Football League team. "I often think about how different things might be here if they had stayed in town," she said. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, and renewed attention will be paid to how the NFL has been such a large factor in putting its smallest member town, Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the map. For generations of Americans, the name Green Bay has equated to big league, because of the Packers and the NFL. [Portsmouth] sometimes wonders how the course of its fortunes might have varied had it, like Green Bay, managed to stay in the game.But in the early and struggling days of the NFL, when no one knew that the league would turn into the sports, entertainment and marketing giant it is today, it was not such a rarity for smaller towns to have a team. For four years in the 1930s, the Portsmouth Spartans were full-fledged members of the NFL. The team departed -- it moved to Michigan, where it was renamed the Detroit Lions -- but the stadium remained, and still stands, in a city that sometimes wonders how the course of its fortunes might have varied had it, like Green Bay, managed to stay in the game. "I played in that stadium," said Portsmouth Mayor David Malone. "After the NFL team left town, the stadium was used for high school football, and it still is. I played safety and wide receiver for Portsmouth High School in the 1970s, but even by then, the Spartans had been gone for a long time, and people didn't talk about them much. We know that something like that will never happen again -- a National Football League team in a small town like ours." It's hard to quantify the effect of a professional sports team on a city. Some of it is financial, but much is symbolic. What would have happened if Portsmouth had been able to hold on to the Spartans? In 1930, the first year that Portsmouth played in the NFL, the town's population was more than 42,000; the reasons that number has been more than cut in half have little directly to do with football. The big steel manufacturing plant closed down; other manufacturers also left town. Still, though, the civic leaders in Portsmouth today think that if the NFL had remained, the trajectory of the town might have been altered for the good. "This was a booming shoe town," said the Chamber of Commerce's Carver. "There were four or five shoe factories here. One by one, they closed up. And, of course, when Detroit Steel left, everyone in the county felt the effect. You can't help thinking that if we still had an NFL team, people around the country would think of Portsmouth the way they do of Green Bay." The Spartans, during their brief NFL life, had some pretty good years. In 1932, they tied for first place in the league with the Chicago Bears. The teams met for a playoff game in Chicago to determine the championship. Heavy snow and freezing temperatures necessitated moving the game indoors, to Chicago Stadium. The contest was played on a shortened 80-yard field, and was won by the Bears on a touchdown pass from -- how's this for big names? -- Bronko Nagurski to Red Grange. The Spartans came that close to bringing the championship of the National Football League home to Portsmouth. Portsmouth has been going through some rugged times lately. The town and surrounding Scioto County were singled out in a recent Associated Press report that detailed the troubles that have come with rampant abuse and illegal sales of prescription painkillers. In the last 10 years, Portsmouth voters have twice removed sitting mayors in recall elections. Whatever excited noise and game-day color the National Football League once brought to the little town can seem like an increasingly distant echo. "If they were still here, it would be such a great thing for the town to identify with," said Del Duduit, the sports editor of the Portsmouth Daily Times. "My goodness, it would have been the town's lifeblood. Look at Green Bay. With an NFL team as the draw, I think Portsmouth would have been a hustling, bustling town, really developed." Duduit, like the mayor, played high school football games in Spartan Municipal Stadium. "It's still as it was," he said. "Big, old-style locker rooms. We'd be getting dressed for our games in the same room where NFL players used to get dressed for their games." Detroit Steel, when it shut down its Scioto County factory in 1980, dealt a devastating economic blow to Portsmouth. The steel plant once employed as many as 5,000 workers. "The town has been economically down since then," Duduit said. "My wife's father was 40 when Detroit Steel closed and he lost his job. He worked at the open hearth in the steel mill. It was that kind of a blue-collar, manufacturing town." There is a 20-foot-high floodwall that runs for thousands of feet along Front Street where the Ohio River meets Portsmouth; the floodwall features a mural that depicts the history of the town, and of course the Spartans are represented by their own section of the wall. But on Super Bowl Sunday, the attention of the people of Portsmouth, as with much of the nation, will be focused on the Packers and the Steelers playing for the NFL championship in Texas, not on the fading memories of Portsmouth's team. "It would have meant an awful lot to this town if the team had stayed," said Josh Richardson, managing editor of the Daily Times. "If Portsmouth had a team playing every Sunday, with Portsmouth team merchandise selling all over the world ... it's hard to even imagine the difference that might have made." As it is, new generations of Portsmouth residents are further and further removed from knowing anything about the time when the National Football League was a part of the town's fabric. Del Duduit may cherish the experience of having played high school games in what was once an NFL stadium. But when he mentioned the Spartans to his own boys, he said, the reference drew a blank:
"My sons didn't know who they were."
SEPTEMBER 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Another large crowd will comfortably fill the City stadium Sunday afternoon when the Green Bay Packers open the NFL season with a game against the General Motors eleven from Dayton, O. A brisk ticket sale has been reported in the city while the mail order business has averaged higher than usual. Football fans, after looking over the Dayton lineup, are satisfied that the Motors have a club with enough class to give the Packers a real battle. Jab Murray, mayor of Marinette, is leading a delegation of 50 fans from the Twin Cities. Murray played with the Packers a few years ago and still is an ardent booster for the Bay eleven. The Nekoosa high school squad of 25 boys will be among those present. They are coming here as guests of the Nekoosa Legion post. Dr. E.J. Ball is serving as director of the Nekoosa visitors. Darling, one of the Packer players, sold a block of tickets in Oshkosh for Sunday's game while Eddie Kotal has many orders from fans in Appleton. Mulligan Seroogy at Neenah reports the demand unusual for this time of the season. Sunday's game will start promptly at 2 p.m., the starting time for all Packer contests. It will be hurried through with little delay as possible as the Dayton club wants to catch the 4:20 Northwestern train on the first lap home to Ohio. 
SEPTEMBER 20 (Kaukauna) - Several hundred fans
from this section of the Fox River valley are going to
Green Bay Sunday to see the Packers play Dayton. 
Combined Locks, Little Chute and Kimberly are pulling
for Red Smith to make the grade with the Packer again
this season. He is the son of Paul Smith, head of the
Combined Locks paper mill; the family has hundreds of
friends in this section. Les Smith, who managed
Kaukauna in the Valley league, is a brother of Red and
he will be there pulling for a Green Bay victory, 
something that he never does during the summer 
months when baseball rules supreme.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Dayton) - The Dayton Motors, who 
will do a lot of touring around the NFL circuit this fall,
will make a quick jump to Green Bay, Wis., and return
over Sunday. Leaving here late Saturday the Dayton
club will reach Chicago in time to make connections
with an early morning C. and N.W. train which will get
them to Green Bay about 9:35 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Motors will come back home immediately after the
game. The team goes to the station director from the
field, not even stopping at a hotel to change clothes.
The change from moleskins to other garments will be
made aboard a special car, which will be attached to
the train leaving Green Bay about 4:20 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The
pennant race in the National league will get underway
Sunday. One game is scheduled, Dayton playing in
Green Bay. Two of the other league clubs, the Bears
and Minneapolis, meeting in an exhibition contest at
Madison, Wis...Five games are booked over the Sept.
29 weekend. Dayton plays in Frankford Saturday and
Providence Sunday. The Bears go to Green Bay while
the Cards perform in Buffalo and the New York Giants
go to it at Orange, N.J...The New York Giants are
booked for "twins" early this season. This Saturday, the
New Yorkers will exhibit in Millvale, N.J., while on
Sunday Friedman and Co. are slated to display their
gridiron wares for the Passaic fans...As usual the
Frankford Yellowjackets will pry the lid off their gridiron
season with an exhibition game at the "shore", Atlantic
City is all "het" up over the fray as the Blue Tornadoes
are mighty strong this fall...Chuck Bennett, Western
conference football medal winner, is playing with the
Portsmouth Spartans, a crack independent team. Along
with Bennett is Lumpkin, of Georgia Tech, and Armil,
former Iowa quarterback...Followers of the New York
Giants are breathing easier these days as Benny
Friedman has put his name on the dotted line. Benny is
quite a tourist having already seen service with Detroit
Wolverines and Cleveland...The Orange eleven has rounded up a first class squad of pro footballers. Among the stars who have joined the Skeeter fold are Henry Benkert, John Depler, Kenneth Hauser, Andy Salata, Ray Wagner and Frank Kirkleskie...The official schedule of the National league, recently released, show the professional season running from Sept. 22 until Dec. 15. Aside from the Sunday bookings, many Saturday and holiday encounters are also arranged...The year in the National loop, four officials may be worked in some of the important games. Decision to this effect rests with the visiting club. A number of the teams in the circuit are very much in favor of the extra man...Duke Slater, one of the veterans of professional football, will again sport the colors of the Chicago Cardinals. As a tackle, Slater still ranks with the best of them. While in college, he was All-American at Iowa...Harvey Long, one of the stars of Detroit university for the past two seasons, is going to play with the Chicago Bears. Long is a fast moving aggressive tackle who is said to specialize in blocking punts and passes...Bull Graham has donned the moleskins again and will perform with Dayton. It was figured that the big lineman would not play again this fall but the call of the grid was too much for him and he reported early...Johnny Fahay, who has seen considerable professional experience, will be in the lineup of the Minneapolis Redjackets. Fahay can play either end or back and he should be of valuable assistance to the clan of Joesting...Charlie Rogers, of Pennsylvania, is going to carry the ball again for the Frankford Yellowjackets. As a chance of pace expert in the backfield, the Hornet star can hold his own with any halfback on the professional gridiron...Only a handful of the N.Y. Giants of 1928 will be seen in action with the Polo Grounds team this fall as the management has cleaned house pretty thoroughly, plugging up the gaps with players from last year's Detroit 11...Jolley from the Kansas Aggies has been signed by Jerry Corcoran to handle the Buffalo club on the field. Owners of the Bison franchise are going the limit to round up an aggregation that should win many encounters...Some of the professional football promoters on the Pacific coast have already started dickering with National league clubs for several weeks of gridironing in California during the Christmas holiday season...Chuck Kassell, Illinois captain of 1926, will chase the cowhide for the Chicago Cardinals. Kassell has had two years of pro football as he joined the Frankford Yellowjackets about midway during the season of 1927.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Dayton) - The squad of players for the opening game of the NFL, to be played by the Dayton Motors against the Green Bay Packers September 22 has been picked by Manager Mike Redelle. This year's Dayton team is expected to make a strong showing in the league.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - The latest model of the Green Bay Packers football machine which was found good in the first road test against the Portsmouth aggregation last Sunday, will be matched against the General Motors product of Dayton, in a NFL game here Sunday afternoon. The kickoff is at 2 p.m. sharp. The General Motors squad under the leadership of Manager Mike Redelle has been turned out with all of the latest improvements such as full forced lubrication, down draft carburators, rubber mounted motors, cross flow radiators, fuel pumps, hydraulic brakes and Fisher bodies. Their lineup included a sturdy frame, a lone wheelbase and plenty of get-away power. However, the Packers are coming onto the field next Sunday greatly strengthened by the addition of big Cal Hubbard, All-American pro linesman who will be ready to step in at center and Red Smith, former Packer backfielder who is returning to Green Bay after a season with the New York Yankees. Last Sunday the Packers used some twenty-odd men and the fans had only brief glimpses of many promising players such as Hurdis McCrary, Lidberg, Michalske and Molenda, not to mention Dave Zuidmulder, the home boy whose fortunes with the team are being closely watched. The fans are now anxious to see how these players go against such a machine as Dayton will bring to town. The Dayton lineup boasts such celebrities as Carlson and Wallace, ends, and Wynne, fullback, all of Chicago Bear fame and therefore highly respected in professional football circles. There are also Kinderline, center, and a veteran in the pro game; Zimmerman, Purdue; Spencer, Dayton U., and Bull Graham, All-American pro at guard and Ballanich, Mankate and Faust at tackle, and Singleton a great triple threat man at quarter. About, a veteran pro at half does the kicking and passing for the visitors and has the help of such men as Sillen, Western Maryland; Brewer of Georgia Tech; Duffy of Dayton U., and Buchanan of Miami, in the backfield. There will be stars a plenty to watch.
SEPTEMBER 18 (Dayton) - Manager Mike Redelle of
the Dayton General Motors eleven has picked his squad
of players for the opening game of the NFL, which the
Motors will play in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Sept. 22.
Dayton is one of the pioneer clubs of the National
league. Manager Redelle's eleven has been in the
league since 1917 and this year's team looks like the
best that has ever represented this city. For the past
several seasons, the Redelle man have been strong on
the defense but lacked a powerful attack. This fall
Dayton has several ball carriers who should produce
yardage against the best teams in the country. Three
members of the 1928 Chicago Bear machine are now
working in the Motors' plants here and playing football.
They are Carlson, Bradley Tech, and Wallace, Virginia,
ends and Wynne, Notre Dame, fullback. The Bears
planned to use these players this year, but, when jobs
were secured for them in this city, the Chicago Bear
management released the trio to Dayton..KINDERDINE
AT CENTER: Kinderdine, Kentucky, a veteran of pro
league football, is again passing the ball at center, while
Zimmerman of Purdue, Spencer of Dayton U and Bull
Graham, all-American pro, are holding down the guard
positions. The Motors have a lot of class at the tackles.
Bellanich, a veteran, is rated as one of the best "ball
hounds" in the league. Mankat of Colgate and Faust of
Otterbein are the other two tackles. Both of these men are heavy but fast. At the ends, besides Carlson and Wallace, are the two Fenner brothers. Ed played his college football at Ohio State while Louis is a product of West Virginia. These two brothers are ranked among the best professional basketball players in Ohio...TRIPLE THREAT QUARTER: Singleton is the quarterback. He comes from Wabash college where for three years he wrote football history. Singleton is a triple threat star and is credited with being a brilliant field general. During his career at Wabash, records show that he never fumbled a punt. The halfback material is above par. Abbott of Syracuse, a veteran pro leaguer, is the star of the outfit. He does most of the passing and kicking. Then there is Sillen of Western Maryland, Brewer of Georgia Tech, Duffy of Dayton U and Buchannon of Miami, who in 1926 was ranked as the best open field runner in Ohio conference football. Manager Redelle is seeking another fast back and a second string center. He is negotiating with the New York Giants for these players and hopes to have them join the team in time to make the jaunt to Wisconsin. The Motors' squad leaves here Saturday noon for Chicago where they will make connections for Green Bay, arriving there Sunday morning. A hurried homeward jump is scheduled as the players are nearly all working in the General Motors' plant here.
SEPTEMBER 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The game here on Sunday between the Packers and Dayton Motors will officially open the pennant chase in the National professional league. It will be the only league game of the day although two other league clubs, the Chicago Bears and Minneapolis, are billed to tangle in an exhibition engagement at Madison, Wis. A
lot of interest is being shown here over the game as 
fans figure the Dayton team is about 50 percent strong
offensively than it was last season. The addition of
Singleton, former Wabash flash, give Dayton the much
desired spark that has been missing in other seasons.
Singleton is a triple threat artist and he can pass, kick
or run with equal efficiency. Capt. E.L. "Curly" Lambeau
has been sending his charges through regular seasons
every morning at Joannes park and expects to have
them in nearly perfect shape for the game. All the
players except Eddie Kotal and Young came through
the game against Portsmouth in good shape and will be
ready to go into action. Kotal tore a ligament in his
knee, but it is healing nicely and he will be able to work
again Sunday. Young strained the muscles of his leg
but also is expected to be in shape for Sunday's tilt...
SMITH TO PLAY: Red Smith, former Packers and last
year with the Yankees, has been working out regularly
​with the Bay team again, and will get to see some 
action. Cal Hubbard, giant lineman, also will be used in
the tilt. He has been showing a lot of drive in practice
and is fit to play as long as he is needed Sunday. 
Several Valley residents are expecting to come here to
see Red Smith perform, as the former Notre Dame star
makes his home at Kaukauna and has a host of friends
and followers. A large delegation of Lawrence college
students also are expected to be present and watch 
their assistant football coach, Eddie Kotal, perform. One of the fraternities at Lawrence has ordered a block of 40 seats for the game...LAWRIE TO REFEREE: George Lawrie of Chicago, one of the veteran professional football referees in the middle west, has been assigned by President Joe F. Carr of the National league to handle the game. Working with him will be Wilfred Smith, a Chicago sports writer, and George Downer, Milwaukee. Lawrie has been coming to Green Bay for the past eight years and has given good service. Business for the Dayton game is picking up nicely and the Packer management is gratified with the support being shown by local and out of town fans. A crowd as large as the opening day gathering is expected this weekend. Tickets for the game against the Chicago Bears here Sunday, Sept. 29. will be on sale at the City stadium at the close of the Dayton game. These seats will be in Section A and the management advises those who can to take advantage of the sale as the turnout for the Bear game is expected to be the greatest in Green Bay's football history.
be soaring high or will be lying dead behind the stands at the City stadium tomorrow after the Bays and Dayton tangle in the first National league professional football game of the 1929 season. The tilt will start promptly at 2 p.m. The Ohio team is expected to settle the question uppermost in the minds of Packer followers, of the Packers' prospects in the National league. It is true that one game will not decide the championship, but it will give fans a line on the strength of the local players when they battle in an official league game against a team that is making a bid to be one of the topnotchers this season. Some idea of the power of the Green Bay eleven was gained in its first tilt of the year last Sunday against Portsmouth, but as the players had been working together for but a week before that game. It would be an injustice to judge them on the strength of that showing...PLAYS RUN SMOOTHLY: There was nothing wrong with the showing of the Packers last Sunday. Many of the new men showed flashes of brilliancy that led fans to predict that the team would be the greatest ever to represent the city. Few players were in the game long enough, however, to display what they could do in long stretch of play. The coordination and smoothness of play, that comes after weeks of training and play, naturally was missing, but is expected to be shown to a greater degree against the Dayton outfit. The daily practice sessions at Joannes park have been impressive. The plays have been run off with hardly a hitch in them and all of the men have been charging into imaginary foes in fine style. Captain Lambeau has not announced his starting lineup, but is expected to keep his strongest players in the game most of the time, as he fears an upset at the hands of the Ohio squad. The Dayton line, which always has been one of the best in the league, is rated above par this season. A number of new men have been added and Lambeau figures his backfield aces will have a tough time gaining yards through it. The offensive strength of Dayton also has been impressed and to counteract this threat, the Packers leader probably will work in his best defensive men...MANY GOOD MEN: The work of Singleton, shifty little quarterback of Dayton, will be watched with more than passing interest. The field general gained a great reputation at Wabash as a triple threat star, running, kicking and passing with equal ability. He is one of the shiftiest open field runners in the country and is a heady quarterback. Wynne, former Bear fullback, also will get his share of attention from Green Bay fans. He will be remembered for outstanding work with the Chicago team last year. Brewer, Georgia Tech halfback, Buchanon of Miami (Cincinnati), and Abbot, Syracuse, are other backs who will bear watching. Linemen of the Dayton team who are expected to go great work are Carlson, former Bear end, Graham and Spencer, guards, and Kinderdine, Kentucky center. All have proven their ability in professional circles...WATCH NEW MEN: The playing of many of the new men of the Packer squad also will be watched closely by local fans. Michalske and Young at guard, Kerne at tackle, and McCrary and Lidberg at fullback posts and Blood at a halfback, came in for favorable comment after the game last Sunday, and are counted on to turn in great games again. Red Smith, Cal Hubbard and Hill will get their first taste of action against Dayton. Hill was unable to play last week because of a charley horse while Smith and Hubbard joined the team this week. Another good turnout of fans is expected as advance ticket sale has been heavy both in Green Bay and out of town agencies. The Legion band will be on hand to entertain before the game and between halves and the Vita-Vox public address system, inaugurated last week, again will be in use by the Platten Radio company. Loud speakers are installed at various part of the field and substitutions and other details of interest announced to fans. The service proved interesting and entertaining last week. Meyer Morris has been named as umpire in place of Wilfred Smith as was announced previously. George Lawrie will referee and George Downer will be the head linesman.
SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - There are a lot of reserved seats still available for the Chicago Bear game, which will be played at the City stadium in Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 29. The Green Bay Football corporation is reserving every seat in the park, the capacity of which has been increased to approximately 9,000 through the courtesy of the Seymour fair management. An additional 1,000 seats have been loaned to the Football corporation by the Fair executives. The big stands, which are made up of Sections A, B, C and D on the north side and E, F, G and H on the south side, are practically sold out but none of the seats in the other stands have been put on sale as yet. The prices of the seats in the newly lettered sections will be but $1.00, the same charge that in the past has been asked for bleacher tickets. The Packer management hopes to provide every spectator at the Bear game with a seat but in case there is an overflow, standing room for about 1,500 has been provided in the northwest and southwest corners of the City stadium. In order to handle the expected rush of ticket applications, the Green Bay Football corporation's office will be open every day during the week previous to the Bear game and in the evenings. Mail orders will be filled as they are received. Out of town applications should include a check with postage for return mail or self-addressed stamped envelope. No reservations for the Bear game, unless paid for, will be held by the Football corporation after 8 p.m. Thursday evening, Sept. 26. All tickets not sold and uncalled for reservations will be returned and uncalled for reservations will be returned to the Football corporation's main ticket office and used in the general sale. Present indications point to the biggest crowd that ever witnessed a football game in Green Bay, even larger than the Red Grange contest which was staged here two years ago.
SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Championship hopes of the Green Bay Packers will either