PRO FOOTBALL IS SERIOUS BUSINESS IN PORTSMOUTH, O.
OCT 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Portsmouth takes its football just as seriously as Green Bay. As a matter of fact the postgraduate gridiron layout in this southern Ohio community of some 44,000 bears a Packer brand because it has been patterned exactly after the organization which has put the national champions where they are today. Last season when the Spartans played here in a non-league game, the executives of the Portsmouth club came with the team and spent all their spare moments picking up details
regarding the administration of Green Bay Football corporation. President Adolph Glocker, Treasurer Hugh M. Allen and Business Manager Harry A. Doer returned home with visions of a great football organization and their dream have been realized...GET INTO LEAGUE: Their first move was to get in the NFL. Application was filed at the Dayton meeting last January and, when tentative approval was granted from the league, the Portsmouth executives wasted little time in getting started. A stock company was formed among the fans. The issuance of certificates brought in about $20,000 and this gave the organization something to work on. In the meantime, Harold Griffen who doubles as secretary of the football corporation and coach of the team, was instructed to go and get the best gridiron knights that money could buy. Portsmouth needed a new football field badly but the Football corporation figured this was too big a job to tackle single handed. An appeal was made to the businessmen to do their bit so several of the civic leaders formed the Universal Stadium company. Permission was secured to issue $150,000 in bonds to finance the new park...NEWARK AT OPENING: Work started on the field just as soon as the frost was out of the ground last spring and the park was completed in time for the opening game of the National league season which the Spartans played against Newark on Sunday, Sept. 15. This Portsmouth stadium is one of the best in the country. It is equipped for night football and this coming spring a baseball diamond will be laid adjacent to the football gridiron. The present seating capacity is now 10,000 with seats only on one side of the field. The National league brand of football is being well received in Portsmouth and the management figures that in another year it will be necessary to enlarge the seating capacity of the stadium. The games at Portsmouth draw spectators from Wheeling, Charleston, Parkersburg, Huntington and Ashland - all West Virginia cities as well as from Ironton, Cincinnati and Chillicothe, Ohio. Every game that Portsmouth plays away from home, telegraph and radio carry the news home to fans in the big convention hall...HAS CIVIC SLOGAN: The Portsmouth management figures that it is closer to Green Bay than any other club in the league because it was through a working agreement on excess players with the Packers that the Spartans got their real start back in 1928. That year, Coach Lambeau sent Portsmouth a number of gridders including Harold Griffen, former Iowa captain and center, who is now the field director for the Spartans. This Ohio community has a civic slogan, "Forward Portsmouth", and to date it has certainly been living up to its name in the football world because in a period of two years it has done what other cities have taken many seasons to accomplish.
TAKE IN TWO GAMES
OCT 31 (Portsmouth, OH) - The distance between Portsmouth, O., and Green Bay, Wis., isn't so far to a group of rabid football fans who intend to see two games this weekend. Leaving here Friday morning the Portsmouthians will go to Chicago where they have seats for the Chicago-Princeton game Saturday afternoon at Stagg field. Immediately after this contest they will head for Green Bay for Sunday's contest between the Spartans and Packers. The return trip will be made by easier stages but the fans will check back here in time to see Portsmouth mix with the New York Giants, Wednesday, Nov. 5. Among the fans in the auto caravan are: Dr. George B. Brown, Joseph Horchow, Harry N. Snyder, Eugene Crichton, Earl Cunningham, H. Coleman Grimes, Frank Rowe, H.B. Payne and Salem Shaw.
PRO GRID NOTES
OCT 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Chicago Cardinals pulled the "ironman" stunt successfully over the weekend as the Nevers' crew chalked up a 34 to 7 victory over Frankford Saturday and then threw Portsmouth for a 23 to 13 loss on Sunday...The Cards staged quite a comeback to tuck away the Portsmouth game in the victory bag as Portsmouth got off to a flying start and the South side Chicagoans were trailing 13 to 0 after the first few minutes of play...After taking it decisively on the nose from the cards, the Frankford Yellowjackets turned around and played a much improved game of football against the Bears Sunday, losing the combat only by a 13 to 0 margin...Providence's hopes for a championship sort of went up in smoke at New York when Benny Friedman & Co. put across a 25 to 0 win on the Steamrollers. Providence has lost but two games and both of them to the Giants...Friedman was very much on against the Roller and his fancy passing cut a figure in every one of the Mara-men's touchdowns. This was a rude setup for Jimmy Conzelman as he figured his club was going somewhere. It did...Stapleton started a new winning streak by nosing out the hard luck Newark club, 6 to 0. This was the ninth reversal this season for the Skeeters despite the fact that the club has been playing first class ball...Stapleton, backed by several thousand rooters, will invade the Polo grounds, New York, this Sunday for a tilt with the Giants. The Stapes have been keying for this game and Coach Doug Wyckoff is hopeful of success...There was sort of a Florida reunion when the Chicago Cards met Frankford. Brumbaugh made a touchdown for the Bears while Crabtree, with Goodbread's help duplicated for the Jackets. They are all former Gators...Thomason, who was an outstanding football star at Georgia Tech, is the newest addition to the Brooklyn Dodgers. A number of the National league clubs bid early for Thomason but Brooklyn's offer was too good to pass up...Franta, former Minnesota forward, is showing lots of class as a tackle for the Minneapolis Redjackets. The husky Gopher has improved a lot during his second year in the pro game as he has developed considerable fight...Brown, ex-Iowa snapper back, is seeing plenty of action with the Portsmouth Spartans. Coach Griffen has been using him as a guard when he works Bull Wesley at center and the powerful Hawkeye seems to be right at home...Tony Holm, who piled up quite a gridiron reputation at Alabama, is making the grade at Providence. Latone, considered the best line plunger in Joe Carr's wheel, has been tutoring the youngster in his line crushing...George Bogue has been transferred from the Chicago Cardinals to Newark. Bogue hails from the Golden West and in California collegiate gridiron circles, he ranked highly as a ground gaining cowhide carrier...Gus Sonnenberg, heavyweight wrestling champion, is back in the Providence battle front again at his old tackle position. Several years ago, the grappling king was a unanimous choice for an all-American pro tackle...Burnett, a product from the Emporia, Ks., Teachers college, is making several of the New York Giants' veteran backs hum for the jobs. Burnett got his chance when Tiny Feather was injured and he has been flashing brightly...Minneapolis is doing a little touring this week. Wednesday night the Dunn-Ness combination exhibited their football wares in Des Moines, Ia., while on Sunday they are billed in Chicago for a tangle with the Bears...George Johnston, one of the veteran American association baseball umpires, is again drawing some gridiron officiating jobs in the postgraduate loop. Some seasons back, Johnson managed the Rock Island Independents.
JACK HARRIS BACK
OCT 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jack Harris has resumed his Packer career. The 1925 Wisconsin captain, who played halfback and end with Green Bay in 1926, practiced with the squad this morning and looked to be in good shape. Harris is associated with a bus company in Chicago, but secured a two months' leave of absence. Jack has been wanting to play football again ever since he turned in his togs here at the close of the 1926 season, and now that he has a chance Coach Lambeau figures the former Badger should be a lot of help in the final dash. Jim Bowdoin, Packer guard, is in a hospital today receiving treatment for an infection in his leg. Jim will be out of the game Sunday but is expected to be in shape for the Bear game the following weekend.