NEWS AND NOTES
OCTOBER 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Annual
homecoming ceremonies took place between halves of
the game. Sixteen players who contributed largely to
the Packers' success in years past, were introduced...
Jab Murray, now mayor of Marinette, Cub Buck, Neenah
businessman, and Eddie Kotal, Lawrence college
coach, spoke over the Vita-vox public address system.
Murray invited all of his old friends to visit him all of his
old friends to visit him at the Marinette city hall. Cub
Buck paid a tribute to Coach Lambeau and George
Calhoun, secretary, for their untiring efforts in the
interest of the team. Eddie Kotal's message was short.
He wished the team success in their fight for another
title and expressed a desire to be out in a uniform...
Besides the three mentioned, other old-timers on hand
were Joe Secord, Fee Klaus, Andy Muldoon, Myrt
Basing, Herman Martel, Carl Zoll, Butts Hayes, Tubby
Bero, Wally Ladrow, Gus Rosenow, Cowboy Wheeler,
Tiny Cahoon and Charley Mathys...Herb Joesting,
former all-American with Minnesota, was the best
ground gainer for the Red Jackets. Early in the game,
he broke through between tackles and end for a 15 yard
dash to the Packers' 45 yard line. Lewellen intercepted
a pass on his own 33 yard line on the next play to halt
the Jackets' march...Herber got off a great kick in the
first period. Standing on his own 20 yard line, he kicked
over the Gopher goal line. He had advantage of the wind,
but the ball traveled 80 yards...Darling played most of
the game at center but had to be relieved in the fourth
quarter when a kick in the nose started blood flowing.
Zuver took his place and turned in a nice game. Zuver
had worked the entire first half at guard. Whitey Woodin
was used at the right guard in the second half and was
conspicuous again, getting many tackle and leading the
interference on some offensive plays...Lidberg also was
injured, but not seriously. He sustained cuts over and
under his right eye in the second period and Molenda
took up the fullback duties, finishing the game...Perry
relieved Sleight in the second half at a tackle position
and was prominent again. On one occasions he broke
threw the Jacket interference to throw Pape for a 10
yard loss...The Legion band was on hand again,
entertaining between halves and before the game...The
game was broadcast by radio stations WHBY and
WTMJ...Nate Barragar, all-American center with the
Minneapolis team, did not play as injuries kept him on
the sidelines. The towering pivot man hurt his leg last
week and finished the game and after two days of rest
tried to resume practice, but he was forced to rest
again...Ken Radick, former West High and Marquette
star, was used at end in the last period in place of Nash
who retired after turning in a fine game. Radick was in
the thick of the play and got several tackles. He also
knocked down two Redjacket forward passes...Joesting
and Nydahl were called on for most of the ball carrying
for the Redjackets. They were outstanding on the
Minneapolis backfield while Haycraft turned in a good
game at end.
PACKERS WILL END HOME SEASON SUNDAY
OCTOBER 28 (Green Bay) - The 1930 curtain will be dropped on the Packer home season Sunday afternoon at the City Stadium and the farewell attraction is the Portsmouth Spartans, a team that has been the sensation of this season's play in the National league. This club from southern Ohio looms as a barrier which the national champions must hurdle for their second march to a title. The Spartans have clung tenaciously near the top of the column in the league
since the opening of the season and considered the
outstanding rivals of the Packers and New York Giants
for the 1930 bunting. The Portsmouth club is directed
by Harold Griffen, former Iowa captain and center, who
saw a bit of service with Green Bay early in the fall of
1928. After leaving here, Griffen went to Portsmouth
where he has won a home (and a bride as well) by his
success in developing a winning machine. Griffen has
rounded together a stellar team. His backfield is
probably one of the greatest that ever played in pro ball
and he has a front wall of giants flanked by four
outstanding wingmen...GLASSGOW IN BACKFIELD: In
the backfield, for example, there is Bill Glassgow who
was an All-American halfback with Iowa last fall.
Everyone knows of Glassgow one of the outstanding
men in the Big Ten. With him is Chuck Bennett, all-
Western halfback from Indiana. In 1928 Bennett won the
Chicago Tribune trophy presented annually to the most
valuable man to his team in the Big Ten. Glassbow won
the same trophy in 1929. Among the other halfbacks
with this team is Father Lumpkin, the rambling wreck
from Georgia Tech, who through his spectacular work
in the Tournament of the Roses game against Stanford in January 1929, received more radio publicity than any other players ever knew. He plays a terrific game at fullback, and is a line plunger and a blocker of note. He weighs 220 and is 6 feet 2 inches long. Everyone in Green Bay will remember Fleckenstein, the most ferocious of the Bear players when there were bears in Chicago outside of the Lincoln Park Zoo. Fleckenstein took his A.B. in football in Iowa, and then put in several years of postgraduate work with the Chicago Brute Trafton, and others, who believed in football for football's sake...VETERANS AND NEW MEN: The Spartans are made up of a combination of veterans who have seen one or more seasons of play in the professional game, and college players, who have been gathered from the current graduates of the larger schools. Mayes McClain, one of the several fullbacks on this team is the former Indian star from Haskell and later with Iowa U. He scored 276 points for his team one season. Ernie Meyer is said to be one of the best guards ever seen at Portsmouth, and is playing his second season with the club. He received his training at Geneva College, and his team defeated Harvard in 1926. Dud Harris, former Ohio State player is regarded by some as the outstanding tackle in the pro game. He weighs 240 pounds. These are a few of the heavyweights, and the men with heavy reputations carried by the visitors.
PACKERS CLOSING HOME GRID CARD WITH PORTSMOUTH
OCTOBER 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The greatest squad of backs that ever stepped on a football field. That is a description of the Portsmouth Spartans'
men who are to appear here Sunday afternoon against
the Packers in the final home of the national champions'
1930 season. Dr. Harry A. March, president of the New
York Giants, who probably knows postgraduate football
as well as anybody in the country, rightfully termed the
Portsmouth backfield a "$100,000 backfield" adding that
the only thing he was thankful for was "that he didn't
have to fill out their weekly salary checks". Bull
Behman, coach of the Frankford Yellowjackets, who
has seen professional footballer come and go for the
past 10 years, claims he never saw a group to the equal
of the Portsmouth backfield. Speaking of the game in
Portsmouth when his club took it on the nose 39 to 7,
Behman said: "It seemed as if every back that was
substituted was better than the man he replaced.
McLain hits the line like Tony Latone while Glassgow
looked to me like the second edition of Tony Plansky.
And don't forget this Father Lumpkin is a pretty tough
cookie to stop."..RECORD OF MEN: Here is a brief
description of the Spartans' quartet of backfielders and
their individual records show why they can easily be
placed in the $100,000 class. Byron Eby, rated as the
greatest backfield star produced at Ohio State since the
days of Chick Harley. The former Buckeye is an
outstanding field manager and runs back punts in a
manner very similar to Two-Bits Homan of the Frankford
Yellowjackets. Eby weighs 185 pounds and this is his
first year in the National league. Father Lumpkin hails
from Georgia Tech. This is his second year with the
Spartans and he is continuing his brilliant work that
made him the talk of the country after the California
Tournament of Roses game in January 1929, against
Stanford. Lumpkin is the handy man of the backfield as
he gits in at every position. He is a 220 pounder...
BENNETT WINS AWARD: Chuck Bennett was awarded
the Chicago Tribune trophy for being the most valuable
player in 1928 Western Conference football. He was a
three year varsity halfback at Indiana. Bennett is one of
the fastest men on the team. He weighs 190 pounds.
Following in the footsteps of Bennett, Willis Glassgow
of Iowa won the Tribune Big Ten cup in 1929. Next to
Benny Friedman, Glassgow is the highest priced player
in professional football. Glassgow is a triple threat artist
but specializes in punting. He tips the scale at 190.
Mayes McLain, who played with the Haskell Indians before enrolling at Iowa, is a 250 pound fullback. The big fellow is a wonder at backing up a line and is generally good for yardage when on the offensive. McLain tossed several 60-yard forward passes in the game against Philadelphia. Last season he starred for the Olympic club in San Francisco...LEWIS AT FULLBACK: Tiny Lewis, a mere 210 pounder, is credited with being the best fullback in Northwestern's football history. Lewis does the punting when Glassgow is decorating the bench. In 1929, Lewis was the star of the Ashland, Ky., club. Cy Kahl of North Dakota is showing lots of class as a running back. It was his touchdown that played the lead role in the defeat of the Chicago Bears in the "starlight" game at Portsmouth a week ago tonight. Kahl weighs 195 pounds and is a splendid open field runner. Ray Novotny comes from Ohio University and in 1929 was listed as the fourth highest scorer in collegiate ranks. Speed is the middle name of this 190-pound Ohioan.
ALL HANDS ON DECK
OCTOBER 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - For the first time since before the New York Giant game Oct. 5, all players on the Green Bay Packer squad were out for practice this morning at Joannes park. Johnny Blood, who has been out for several weeks, was in uniform again and stepping through his paces. Jim Bowdoin, guard; Dick O'Donnell, end; Wuert Englemann, halfback, who also have been ailing, all were on hand and getting around in good shape. All except Blood will be ready to play against Portsmouth. Blood probably will be given another week of rest from actual competition, although he will continue to practice daily.