PACKERS BEGIN FOOTBALL PRACTICE SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Football will come back into its own here tomorrow afternoon with the first official practice session of the Green Bay Packers at Joannes park. A squad of nearly 30 men including several new players and many veterans of the 1929 championship team will try and bring Green Bay another title. Several of the new players and veterans who make their homes in other cities during the summer have returned to Green Bay and will be on hand for the session. Capt. E.L. Lambeau said today that he expected all but one or two men to be here for the first session. August (Mike) Michalske, all- American guard with the Packers last year, is the latest arrival. Capt. Lambeau has not signed Michalske on a contract yet but expects to do so tonight. Michalske came here from the Yankees last year, and played great football. He was chosen on all-American professional teams for three successive years...EARPE TO PLAY: Another veteran who is expected to add his name to the list tonight is F.L. (Jugger) Earpe, center, oldest regular player on the Packer team in point of service. Although Earpe has been playing professional football for nearly ten years, he is still able to hold his own with the best linemen in the country. Possessed with tremendous driving power and unlimited stamina, Earpe has been the mainstay of the Packers' front wall for many years. His passing has been faultless and as a defensive lineman, he has few equals. Capt. Lambeau also announced today that J.L. (Whitey) Woodin, guard with the Packers for the past seven years, will be back in uniform this year. Woodin came to Green Bay from the Racine Legion after playing at Marquette University. Woodin is a clever lineman who seems to get better as the competition becomes tougher. He is always in the thick of the fight and does more than his share in opening holes in opposing walls...BEGINS AT 2 O'CLOCK: The practice session tomorrow will begin at 2 o'clock and continue for at least two hours, Capt. Lambeau said. After Sunday the team will work out every morning in preparation of the opening of the season Sept. 14 against Oshkosh.
TICKET SELLER BUSY
SEPTEMBER 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Over a dozen
of the season ticket solicitors checked in at the Football
corporation meeting Friday night and for several hours E.A.
Spachmann, who is charge of the distribution, and
Treasurer C.J. O'Connor were kept busy handing out seats
and taking in checks. Each day sees the Packer season
ticket total increasing but the gains are not large enough to
satisfy the officials of the Football corporation as there are
but a few days and the goal of the campaign is still about
$4,000 in the distance...SPEED UP CAMPAIGN: An attempt
to speed up the sales campaign on the north side was
launched last night. Several solicitors including Walter Mott,
Henry Lardeau, Eli Wood and Art Gotto are going to aid Joe
Feldhausen in the sector across the East river and Vice
President Clifford will also take a hand in the roundup.
Business in the rural sections continues brisk. Bill Haslam
reported in with a number of new buyers despite the fact
that he has been on the sick list for ten days. Haslam is going into Door county the first of the week and he promises more sales. Elroy Van Oss, Ward Black, Lewis Peal, Charlie Mathys, Ed Schweger and the other solicitors in the downtown districts have a busy five days ahead and every member of the drive committee is going to make a determined effort on the last lap to boost the ticket sales considerably...MANY ORDERS COMING IN: Many orders from out of town football fans are coming in daily. This advance sale is heavier than it ever was. Requests for tickets have been received from Duluth, Houghton, La Crosse, Waukegan, Beaver Dam, Madison and a number of other cities away from Green Bay. The Football corporation's central ticket office in the C.C.C. will be opened next Wednesday. This ticket window is in the lobby and business will be handled there instead of at the Press-Gazette as in former years. Tickets for the Sept. 14 Oshkosh game will be placed on sale at the usual places around town early next week.
SEPTEMBER 6 (Oshkosh) - Officials of the Oshkosh All-Stars professional football team announced Howard J. Hancock, former Badger athlete and director of athletics at the Oshkosh state teachers' college, will act as an advisory coach for the new team. The All-Stars play the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay on Sept. 14.
2,500 WATCH PACKERS IN FIRST WORKOUT
SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - More than 2,500 fans turned out to see the Packers go through their first official practice session of the year Sunday at Joannes park preparing for another National league season. Capt. E.L. Lambeau led 23 players on the field and the men went through about two hours of drills. Forward pass plays were stressed again and by the manner the players executed their duties, followers were satisfied that the team would be just as dangerous as ever in this department. Last year, Green Bay gained its greatest victories by skillful execution of the overhead game, and Capt. Lambeau plans to build up similar strong passing formations for this season...16 VETERANS PRACTICE: The group was made up of 16 veterans of the 1929 national championship team and seven new men. Four more men are due to arrive today to complete the roster for the 1930 squad. Fitzgibbons and Englemann, new halfbacks, were among those working out who made good impressions. Fitzgibbons is built similar to Eddie Kotal while Englemann is a tall rangy young man who showed considerable speed. Bloodgood, quarterback, who has had considerable professional experience, also was present and showed up well. Herber, former West high star, played at the quarterback position for awhile and showed enough form to indicate that he will make a determined bid for a job. His punting was excellent. Radick, also a former West high star and later Marquette varsity regular for three years,, was used at left tackle, between Dilweg and Michalske. Sleight, all-American tackle from Purdue, was another newcomer who left a good impression with the fans. He is tall and heavy, yet quite fast and should be a valuable addition to the team. Duke Hanny former Bear tackle and end, performed at an end position in the workout. He appears to be in fine shape and did some good work breaking up forward passes...IN GOOD SHAPE: All of the veteran appear to be in fine shape. No one appears to be much overweight and they stepped through a lively clip without letup. Lewellen, Blood, Dunn, Molenda, McCrary, Lidberg, Zuidmulder and Lambeau held down backfield jobs with a lot of spirit. Dilweg was just as noticeable as ever, grabbing forward passes, while Dick O'Donnell looked great at the other end position. Earpe, Darling, Bowdoin, Michalske, Woodin and Perry saw action on the line. The only absentees were Nash, end; Hubbard, tackle; Zuver, center, and Minick, guard. Michalske and Earpe were the final pair of Packers to sign for the 1930 season. Capt. Lambeau secured their contracts Saturday afternoon. The team will practice every morning at Joannes park. The first game will be staged next Sunday against the Oshkosh eleven. It is a practice contest.
OSHKOSH PREPARES FOR FIRST GAME HERE
SEPTEMBER 9 (Oshkosh) - Len Darling's Oshkosh football team invades Green Bay Sunday to tackle the Packers and, from the talk heard in Winnebago county, it seems as if everybody is going to the game. Word has been passed around that Oshkosh has a surprise in store for the NFL champions. Over the weekend a lot of huskies have arrived in town and some two dozen gridders have been working out twice daily at the fairgrounds under the direction of Earl Britton, who is coaching the squad. Howard Hancock of the Oshkosh Normal is giving a hand at every opportunity, although his own team keeps him busy. About 24 players will be taken to Green Bay for the game. Included in the list are a number of topnotch gridders. Oshkosh boasts a corking good set of backs. For quarter, there is Red Martin of Ripon, Phil Klems of Pennsylvania and O'Keefe, Marquette flash of a few years ago...ROACH AT HALFBACK: Three fullbacks are in the fold. Earl Britton of Illinois is a veteran pro player, having played with Dayton, the Chicago Cards and Philadelphia. Ben Griewski played at Michigan in 1924 while Ralph Curtiss has been heralded as the best fullback ever developed at Oshkosh Normal. The halfbacks are headed by Johnny Roach, a product of Knute Rockne's school. Nason was a flash at Lawrence while Giebel performed at Miami while Cub Buck was coaching the Florida college. Stilp, who starred at La Crosse Normal, is a first class open field runner. He also is a motorcycle officer at Nee-Menasha. Three centers are under contract. Rose and Streyzewski both played varsity ball at Ripon, while Bill Herman captained the Cincinnati team two years ago. His home is in Manitowoc. Five guards are under contract. Budd Laabs, of Ripon, is going to be used as a center, flanked by Rube Schipper, Oshkosh, lightheavy pugilist; Caile of Wabash; Brennan of Oshkosh Teachers and Bloomquist from Lake Forest. None of these guards go less than 200 pounds...DRAFTZ ON TEAM: The tackles look pretty good. Hauser was a star at Ripon while Hall, assistant coach of the Oshkosh Teachers, has quite a reputation. There is also Duber Draftz of Oconto. The big fellow hasn't any college degree but he is a real player. In practice, he has been outkicking Britton. Dunham, 240 pounder, who played one year with the Canton Bulldogs, is the fourth tackle. Oshkosh has signed five ends. Bizer of Ripon, who played with Buffalo last fall in the National league, and Hank Jensen, Oshkosh Teachers, will probably start the game. Both are 200 pounders. The other wingmen are: Ladwig of Ripon; George Hotchkiss of Wisconsin and Clarence Bredendich, a graduate of Oshkosh Normal. When the Oshkosh team steps out on the field at Green Bay next Sunday, the players will be togged in brand new red and white uniforms. The Oshkosh management has purchased the best possible gridiron equipment.
WIND UP TICKET SALE
SEPTEMBER 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dashing down the final lap, officers, directors and season ticket solicitors of the Green Bay Football corporation are making every effort to build up the list of prospective ticket purchasers in hopes of swelling the season sales total. There are only a few days to go and, according to Treasurer Charles O'Connor, the fund is still several thousand short of the desired goal. Last minute returns will cut down this gap somewhat...TWO MEETINGS THIS WEEK: The solicitors will meet this evening and some encouraging reports are hoped for. The final conference will be held Friday night at which time every solicitor must turn in his order book. Ticket customers, who have been mailed their tickets and who have not forwarded checks, are asked to do so at once. This will eliminate a lot of calls for collection purposes. The Football corporation has never conducted a more thorough campaign during the season ticket sale drive. Many members of the committee have given daily to the solicitation...SEVERAL THOUSAND SHORT: "We are well satisfied with the results of the campaign," said President L.H. Joannes, "despite the fact that the returns are several thousand short of what we had hoped for. The majority of fans have rallied to the support of the Football corporation splendidly in a financial way. However, we still have a few days to go and there is still a chance to sell a lot of season tickets this week. The solicitors are determined as ever to carry on and, if the fans who haven't bought, come through immediately, we ought to cut down that 'several thousand' shortage considerably. The season ticket purchaser is assured of the same seat for every game and has no worry about reservations for the major contests. We believe there will be sellouts at all major encounters this fall despite the fact that we have added 1,500 more seats at the park."
JOE KRESKY SIGNED TO PLAY ON PACKER TEAM
SEPTEMBER 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Joe Kresky, former University of Wisconsin guard, has been signed to
play with the Packers, it was announced today by Coach E. L. Lambeau, coach and manager. Kresky was a star at Marinette before going to Wisconsin, playing against East and West high school teams a few years ago. He weighs close to the 200-pound mark and last year played with the Ashland, Ky., professional eleven. He was expected to report today. Cal Hubbard and Tom Nash, veterans of the 1929 team, are due late this week. Nash has been playing baseball, while Hubbard has been an umpire during the summer months.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Oshkosh) - The Chicago Bears have signed to play here against the All Stars on Saturday Sept. 20. Manager Darling tried to book the Chicago club for the Sunday date but the Bear management refused as the squad is to be taken to Green Bay to see the Cardinals and Packers clash in a National league game on Sept. 21.
KOTAL CLAIMS OSHKOSH WILL BE TOUGH FOE
SEPTEMBER 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Coach Eddie Kotal of Lawrence college, who lugged a football for five years with the Packers, came up from Appleton to visit old teammates yesterday and dropped a warning that Oshkosh is coming here Sunday with an aggregation that will prove troublesome. "From what I hear from the fans, it is the general opinion that Oshkosh will be nothing but a pushover for the Packers. They are mistaken, as Len Darling is going to have a real ball club on the gridiron. Nothing would please Oshkosh more than to throw a stiff scare into Green Bay and that is what they are aiming to do. True, Oshkosh hasn't many outstanding stars like the Packers but the Sawdust City squad will be in there fighting with the underdog spirit. They have everything to win and nothing to lose."...NASON PLENTY FAST: Kotal enumerated a number of the Oshkosh players and he was high in praise of several of the gridders. Speaking of Nason, a former Lawrence back, Kotal said: "Don't let this fellow get out in the open because even Lewellen would have a tough time catching him." Ladwin, an end from Ripon, is a tough customer, according to the former Packer
star, while Hall and Hauser are a pair of corking good
tackles. "This Bizer is a product of Carroll. He is a fast end,
while Hank Jensen, who plays the other wing can take care
of himself on a football field," continued Kotal, who added
that both these huskies go over 200 pounds...ON SALE
TONIGHT: Tickets for Sunday's game with Oshkosh will be
placed on sale at the usual places about town tonight and
the Football corporation's central ticket office in the C.C.C.
on the lobby floor will also be open for business. Tickets
can be secured at this office in the morning from 9 to 12;
during the afternoon from 2 to 5, and in the evening from 7
to 9. A member of the Packer sales department will be on
hand at all hours to take care of the tickets and handle
reservations for any of the games...SPEED UP CAMPAIGN:
The Football corporation solicitors got together Tuesday
evening and the "home stretch" drive drive was mapped
out. Last minute call sheets were handed out by Vice-
President Clifford in an attempt to secure the $2,000
needed to reach the goal of the drive. Out-of-town orders
are coming in briskly for league games. Ralph Cofburn, a
member of the Theta Phi fraternity at Lawrence, placed an
order for 40 seats for the game with the Chicago Cardinals
here on Sept. 21.
EXPECT RECORD CROWD AT GRID OPENER SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With the
Packers working out at a championship clip and tickets
selling fast, it looks as if the 1930 football season will be
ushered in here Sunday in a blaze of glory. There is a hum
of activity in football circles as the opening encounter draws
near. Reports from Oshkosh carry then news that the
Sawdust City is coming here about 500 strong and the
followers of the red and white hope to pick up additional
supporters in Nee-Menasha, Appleton and Kaukauna...
EXPECT RECORD CROWD: From present indications,
Sunday's turnout should be a record breaker as the season
ticket sale is larger than in past years while the out of town
demand for opening game tickets has surprised the
football corporation executives. However, the management
will be all set for the thousands who file through the gates
as the improvement work at the park, which has been
underway for six weeks, will be completed on scheduled
time. The big grandstands, together with the additions,
have been given two coats of paint and bright new numbers
mark each seat in the reserved sections. New bench seats
have been constructed for the north side of the gridiron while the bleachers dot every point of vantage around the playing field. The football corporation, aside from using its own portable bleachers, has borrowed bleachers from East and West high schools, the Northeastern Wisconsin Fair association and the Manitowoc Fair association. These bleachers will all be set up for Sunday's game...LAYOUT IS UNCHANGED: The entrance fates remain the same as other years and there is no change in the seating layout. Sections A, B, C and D are on the north side of the field while Sections E, F, G, H, J and K are across the gridiron on the East high school side. Sections J and K are the new additions to the south grandstand. Both of the big grandstands have been wired off so that there will be no room for prowlers underneath the reserved seat sections. There will be the usual efficient policing of the park during the game during the game. Eli Wood and Tubby Bero will be in charge of a detachment of 30 Legionnaires while Lyle Trotter will supervise the activities of ten of the city policemen. In addition, there will be both city and county motorcycle officers on duty...LADROW, BUTH HEAD USHERS: Nearly all of the 1929 ushers will be back on the job, according to the applications on file at the Football corporation. Ray Buth will be the head usher on the south side while Wally Ladrow will again be in charge of the north stands. All veteran ticket tackers have been signed for another year and there will be a few extras to help during the rush hour before game time. An improved method of program distribution has been worked out and the football corporation has incureased its program order so that even the late comers can be supplied. All the Packers' home games will start promptly at 2 p.m. The ticket offices at the park and the entrance gates will be opened each Sunday promptly at 12:30. Every usher, gateman and park attendant must be on duty at 12:15. This opening Sunday, all the park workers are asked to report at noon as there is the usual first game delay in
handing out badges and getting the squad lined up for duty.
The football corporation's central ticket office in the C.C.C.,
which is now open for business, will handle the sale of
tickets on Sunday morning for late purchasers. All unsold
tickets from the usual places about town will be picked up
early Saturday evening and taken to the central ticket office.
No tickets will be sold at the Press-Gazette building.
SEPTEMBER 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Tom Nash,
former Georgia end who gained all-American fame in
college and a member of the Packer team last year, joined
the squad in practice this morning. Nash, who has been
playing baseball in the Southern league all summer,
appeared to be in perfect shape. With the arrival of Nash,
the Packer roster is complete. Paul Minnick is the only man
signed who has not reported. He notified Capt. Lambeau
that he would not do so as he is to be occupied with other
business interests this fall.
PACKER COACH PLANS TO USE ALL PLAYERS
SEPTEMBER 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Meyer Morris
of Chicago, one of the veteran officials on the National league staff, has been named to referee the football game here Sunday afternoon between Oshkosh and the Packers. Working with Morris will be Ecky Erdlitz, member of the
coaching staff at the Oshkosh State Teachers' college, as umpire, while Bill Doyle of Menominee will be headlinesman. According to the plans of Coach Lambeau, every player will see action against Oshkosh and it is quite possible that some of the newcomers will be in when the opening whistle blows. With the material on hand, the Bay leader will be able to juggle his lineup frequently without weakening the battle front...WORK ABOUT COMPLETED: Marcel Lambeau's crew of men at the park are rushing along the final improvements at the stadium
and it will be ready to house a capacity throng. Painters have just about completed touching up the goal posts and
the small fence encircling the playing field. The big flag pole has been set up at the west end of the stadium but the 1929 national championship pennant will not be raised until Sunday, Sept. 20, when the Chicago Cardinals play here in the opening game of the league season. Invitations have been extended to league officials to attend the ceremonies...SOLICITORS MEET TONIGHT: Season
ticket solicitors hold their final meeting tonight and all
workers are asked to turn in their subscription books so
that Treasurer Charles O'Connor can balance the orders
with checks deposited at the bank. Members of the Suilivan
Post, American Legion, who have volunteered to serve as
police at the city stadium during the home games of the
Packers will meet at the Legion building at 7 o'clock this
evening, according to an announcement by Eli B. Wood,
BIG TICKET SALE
SEPTEMBER 12 (Oshkosh) - According to manager Lon
Darling of the All Stars, over 500 Oshkosh fans will attend
the football game with the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday.
A block of 300 seats was received from the management
here Thursday morning and nearly all have been sold. Two
hundred more tickets have been asked for. There is a lot of
interest in the game here and the daily practice of the team
at the fairgrounds is well attended. Earl Britton, who is
handling the club on the field, is well satisfied with the
squad. Fans here are wondering how the Darling family will
take sides on the game. Lonnie is managing the Oshkosh
club while a brother, Bernard, has been a member of the
Packer eleven for several seasons.
PACKERS OPEN GRID SEASON HERE SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Football, the
sport that takes a stranglehold on all Northeastern
Wisconsin about this time every year, is prepared to take up
its stand again here Sunday afternoon when the Green Bay
Packers open the 1930 season with a game against the
Oshkosh All-Stars at the City stadium. The game is a
prelude to the National league season that opens a week
from Sunday with the Chicago Cardinals as opponents for
Green Bay. It starts promptly at 2 o'clock. Oshkosh, playing
its second year in the professional field, will come here
with a strong team, eager to show Green Bay that it is set
to make a place for itself in the postgraduate circuit. The
team will boast a line that averages over the 200 pound
mark and a fast and shifty set of backfield men...EXPECT
GOOD FIGHT: Few of the Oshkosh players have extensive
experience against such teams as the Packers, however,
and while they are expected to put up a good fight, the Bay
squad is an odds-on favorite to come out on top. Manager
Lonnie Darling, of the Oshkosh team, has been predicting
that his team will give the Packers the surprise of their lives
however and has visions of a victory. Judging from the way
the Packers have been stepping through practice sessions
this week, they should be in fine shape for the fray. Every
player on the roster reported in excellent condition and
began stepping through the training sessions with a lot of
energy...NINE NEW MEN: Nine new men will be seen in
Packer uniforms where the team takes the field as the
Legion band strikes up the tune of "On, Wisconsin." The
Legion band has been playing at all the previous games of
the Packers here and will be out in full force again this
season. Besides the new players, there will be 18 veterans
of the 1929 championship team back in uniform. Capt. E.L.
Lambeau has announced that he plans to give every man
on the roster a chance to perform. Several newcomers
have been showing up in good shape in practice sessions
and should make a hit with fans. New backs who look good are Englemann, Fitzgibbons, Bloodgood and Herber. New linemen on the squad are Sleight, all-American from Purdue; Hanny, former Bear end and tackle; Radick, Marquette and West high star; Kresky, a guard, and Zuver, a center or guard...EXPECT RECORD CROWD: Interest in the battle has led football officials to predict the largest opening day crowd in the history of the sport here. Fans from Oshkosh, Appleton, Fond du Lac, Nee-Menasha, Marinette and several other cities in this part of the state have reserved seats. At least 500 fans from Oshkosh will be among the out of town spectators, the All-Star manager said today. The City stadium shines like a new dollar in its fresh coat of paint and additional bleachers. The playing field also has been put in perfect shape and the rains of the past two days have put the finishing touches on it. The gates will be opened at 12:30 and all ushers, ticket sellers and others working at the game are requested to be present at 12:15 o'clock. Lieut. William Walters, of the police traffic squad, who has charge of the parking at the park, has asked that all who will work with him meet at the courthouse at 10 o'clock in the morning to map out their work. Meyer Morris, Chicago, veteran National league official, will referee; Erdlitz, Oshkosh State Teachers' college coach, will umpire, and Bill Doyle, Menominee, will be the headlinesman. The Vita-Vox public address system, installed and operated by the Platten Radio company, again will be in operation with several improvements over last year's broadcasting equipment. Hummer Collette and Hal Lansing will announce interesting sidelights and a running account of the battle. Lansing formerly was connected with the WLS station in Chicago. Tickets for the game Sunday and for other contests are on sale at the Columbus club ticket office. The office will be open until noon Sunday and then move to the park. Tickets also can be had at various other agencies around town. There is no office at the Press-Gazette building this year.