NEWS AND NOTES
SEPTEMBER 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - For those who favor statistics, it will be interesting to know that the Packers gained 280 yards from scrimmage while Oshkosh only gained 67 yards...The Packers completed eight forward passes and tried 18, for a total gain of 225 yards. Oshkosh gained 30 yard by completing two of 12 passes...The Packers made 20 first downs to four for the invaders and stayed about even on the exchange of punts. The Packers were penalized 40 yards to 25 for Oshkosh. Three Oshkosh passes were intercepted by Green Bay men while no Green Bay passes were intercepted by Oshkosh. Nash intercepted two passes and Lavvie Dilweg intercepted one...Pathe Newsreel cameramen were on hand to take sound pictures of the opening game. They will be shown in this part of the country within a week or ten days, according to the cameramen...The Legion band did its share in entertainment, playing several selections before the game and between quarters and during the half rest period...The Vita-Vox public address system was used again, giving a running account of the battle. Homer Collett was at the microphone. The game was broadcast to fans throughout Wisconsin by WHBY, St. Nortbert's college, De Pere, radio station, with Harold T. Shannon and Hal Lansing at the microphone...Cal Hubbard was much in evidence rushing forward passers and holding his own on the defense. On one occasion, both he and Michalske missed Johnny Roach when they tried to stop him 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage and then handed each other verbal "razzberries"...Perry also played a great game at the tackle position and in the first three plays of the game spilled Oshkosh backs twice behind the line of scrimmage...In the closing periods of the game, Oshkosh began using the forward pass game quite extensively so the Packers used five men back of the line to knock down the passes. Darling was pulled out from the line to the secondary and broke up several of the pass plays...Carl Lidberg, who went out of the game in the final quarter with a wrenched ankle, will not be laid up more than a day or two with the injury, doctors said. The ankle is only slightly sprained and he should be in shape to play again next Sunday against the Cardinals...The field and stands presented an attractive setting for the game. The turf is in the best of shape, while the stands, recently painted, give the field the atmosphere of a college stadium...The spectators were eager to give Oshkosh men a hand when they pulled good plays. In the last half, when Johnny Roach returned a punt more than 30 yards to midfield, eluding several Packers by sidestepping the fans gave him a great hand. They also applauded for Swede Johnson, former Appleton fullback, who played a fine game for the invaders..Eddie Kotal, popular halfback of the 1929 team and now coach of the Lawrence college varsity, was an interested spectator on the sidelines. Eddie was introduced to the crowd by the Vita-Vox system, but he was too modest to take a bow.
CARDINALS PREPARE FOR PACKER GAME
SEPTEMBER 16 (Sturgis, MI) - The Chicago Cardinals,
who have been here for three weeks, will pack their
luggage Thursday and entrain for Green Bay, where
they will clash with the Packers, the 1929 national
champions in the opening game of the NFL schedule.
Three weeks of preseason work here has put Ernie
Nevers' squad in fine shape and the Chicagoans are
confident of getting off on the right foot despite the fact
Green Bay again has a corking good club...MUCH
IMPROVED CLUB: The Cardinals look like a much
improved ball club. The great line of last year is
practically intact. Strength has been added at one end
while two new centers have been imported to fill the gap
left vacant by O.J. Larson, who is coaching at De Paul.
Last year, Nevers was practically the whole show for the
Cardinals offensively but it will be a different story this
fall as there are many new backs in the fold, including
Howard Maple, an all-American quarter at Oregon in
1928. It was Maple who beat New York singlehandedly
in one of the great gridiron upsets in 1928...BOGUE,
BELDEN, BOYD: Mickey McDonald, Gene Rose, Cobb
Rooney and Bullet Baker are the backfield holdovers
from 1929. The new material includes Maple, George
Bogue of Standford, Chuck Belden of St. Mary's, Dick
Sturtridge, who was with the Bears last season, and
Bill Boyd, a speed merchant from Missouri. Chuck Kassel, who has always been a thorn in the side of Green Bay, will again perform at one end while three new aspirants are making a bid for the other wing. Joe Pappio, a big six-footer from the Haskell Indians, George Kenneally, a veteran pro who has played with Pottsville and Boston, and Fred Failing from Georgetown are all trying to make the grade as a running mate to Kassel. The Cardinals' tackle are strong. Duke Slater, a veteran of the postgraduate game, is back. Then there is Jess Tinsley, from Louisiana, who was with the Cards in 1929, and Jake Crawford Williams, another southerner, who has a year of pro ball experience. He is a product of Texas Christian U. Lou Gordon, a three year star at Illinois, is a newcomer in the postgraduate game...TWO VETERAN GUARDS: Walt Kiesling and Herb Blumer, Cardinals' flashy guards of 1929, are back in uniform. Among the new center flankers is Charlie Diehl from the University of Idaho. He was an all-American guard in 1928. Last season Diehl performed with the Olympic club of San Francisco. Buck Weaver, Chicago, is another guard who seems to know what it is all about. Hogue is a guard that has seen a lot of professional football action. Nevers always insists on aggressive centers and, when he lost Larson, he searched all over the country for a pair of pivot men who will fit in his style of play. Mickey Erickson from Northwestern was the first to be signed. He played three years at Evanston and showed so much class that Tom Lowry was never missed. The Cardinals' other center is Randolph, from Indiana, who was all-conference choice in 1928. During the fall of 1929, Randolph was a member of the Portsmouth Spartans and showed lots of class.
PACKERS HAVE WON SIX, LOST FOUR, TIED TWO WITH CARDS
SEPTEMBER 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Since 1921, the Chicago Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, who meet here Sunday, have been battling in football and of the dozen games played, the Bays emerged victorious in six, lost four and tied two. The first game the Packers ever played in Chicago was against the Cards and it ended in a 3 to 3 tie. Lambeau
kicked a field goal in the third quarter but Paddy Driscoll
knotted the count with a couple of minutes to go. In
1924, Green Bay invaded the Cardinals' home lot and
suffered a 16 to 3 reversal. Charlie Mathys got Green
Bay's field goal while the Horween boys, who played
under the name of McMahon, starred for the Cardinals.
Arnold Horween is now coaching Harvard. Driscoll
kicked a field goal for the Cards in 1924, winning the
fracas, 3 to 0. In this contest, Cub Buck made a half
dozen attempts for placekicks but without success.
Tillie Voss once ran the ball for the Packers to the Card
ten-yard line but the Bays were held tight. The 1925
game, which was played at White Sox pack, was
enlivened with a battle royal. The Cards won 13 to 6, coming from behind after George Abramson scored two field goals. A weird decision on a forward pass by the officials and Paddy Driscoll's educated toe doomed the Packers. Two games were played in 1926. The Cards came here early in the season and whipped the Packers, 13 to 7, thanks to the brilliant play of Red Dunn, who at that time was sporting a Chicago uniform. The return game in Chicago was won by the Packers, 3 to 0. Pid Purdy starred with a dropkick. This was the first game Green Bay won in the Windy City. In 1927, the Cardinals showed in Green Bay for the early game and met defeat, 13 to 0, but when the Bays invaded Chicago later in the season Chris O'Brien's crew upset the dope bucket by holding the Lambeau-men to a 6-6 no decision fracas. The Packers and Cardinals only met once in 1928 and this resulted in a 20-0 upset for the Chicagoans. Guy Chamberlin was coaching the Cards at this time and fans still remember how he barked at his players to "watch that guy Kotal" during the contest at the City stadium. In 1929, the Packers' National championship, the Cardinals took it on the chin three times but not without a struggle in each combat. In the first game of the series played here, the Packers won 9 to 2. The Bays twice invaded Chicago, winning by 7 to 6 and 13 to 0 scores. Last season's upsets haven't set very well on Nevers' aggregation and the players were threatening vengeance this fall. The first meeting of the teams is scheduled here this Sunday while the Packers play a return engagement with the Cardinals at White Sox park in Chicago Sunday November 16.
PACKER STAR WINS GREEN BAY PRIMARY
SEPTEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - Verne C. Lewellen, many time chosen All-American professional halfback and still a star performer with the Green Bay Packers, proved Tuesday that a football player is not without honor in his own country, whatever may be true of prophets. Lew was easily nominated for the office of district attorney on the Republican ticket, when 24 of the 49 precincts in Brown County gave him a lead of 1,000 over Lee Cranston. Lew is seeking his second term in the office. During the two years he served he was selected as All-American halfback, and recognized as the world's greatest punter. In addition to all this his campaign material claimed that there were fewer criminal cases pending in the courts at the opening of the polls than at any time in the past six years.
1929 PENNANT TO BE RAISED HERE SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Packer
football fans who usually arrive at the city stadium about
2 p.m. are urged to be on hand 20 minutes before that
time Sunday if they want to see the 1929 national
championship pennant raised. Rather than set back the
starting hour, the Football corporation directors decided
to raise the flag to the breeze in a brief ceremony
promptly at 1:45. Joe F. Carr, president of the NFL,
Mayor John V. Diener, L. H. Joannes, president of the
Football corporation, players from both the Packers and
Cardinal elevens, a detail of soldiers and sailors, serving
as color guards, and the Green Bay Legion band will
take part in the ceremonies. It was originally planned to
have the Chicago Bears' squad participate as it was
figured that they would be here to watch the Packers
after playing in Oshkosh Saturday. However, the Bears
called off the Oshkosh game and instead will play
Brooklyn at Cubs' park. The program as mapped out
calls for a parade down the gridiron to the south end of
the field where the flag staff towers high in the air. While
movie cameras are clicking, President Carr will present
the pennant to L.H. Joannes, who in turn will hand the
bunting to Dr. W.W. Kelly, who served as president of
the Football corporation in 1929. Then there will be a
few words of congratulation and appreciation exhanged
by the officials. Following this while the Star Spangled Banner is being played, the color guard will loft the American flag to the top of the flag pole and then, while "On, Wisconsin" reechoes through the park, Dr. Kelly will pull the ropes raising the championship banner, which bears the insignia - "National Champions, 1929". All indications point to a large crowd at the flag raising game as a brisk advance ticket sale is reported. According to E.A. Spachmann, who directs the ticket distribution, this year's demand for seats at the Cardinal game is one of the heaviest on record. Mail orders are being filled promptly and in consideration of the last minute purchasers the central ticket office at the Columbus club will be open Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.
ARRIVE SATURDAY NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 18 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals' football squad of 30 players, headed by Ernie Nevers and Dr. E.H. Jones, owner, will leave early Saturday for Green Bay, where they are scheduled to play the Packers, national champions, in the opening game of the National league season. Last Sunday, the Cardinals won a 30-0 game from the Sturgis, Mich., club. While in Green Bay, the Cardinal squad will headquarter in the Northland hotel.