GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - A sweating, fighting plunging Green 
Bay Packer team trampled over the Brooklyn Dodgers
at the City stadium here Sunday by a score of 32 to 6,
while 7,000 fans sweltered in midsummer heat and
cheered them on. The Packers had a veritable field day
at the expense of the easterners. Once underway, the
invaders were practically powerless to stop them. They
ran, they passed, they blocked - and how they blocked!
All took their turns, paving the way for one another and
the team profited. Despite the excessive heat - it was
well over 80 the entire afternoon - it was another good
demonstration of football so early in the season. New
men and veterans alike shared in the limelight, playing
football as it should be played.
FIRST QUARTER SCORELESS
The Green Bay players were held scoreless in the first
quarter but they opened up in the second period, 
counting twice and from that time until the finish, it
would have been merely a matter of protecting the lead,
but they weren't satisfied, so continued to batter their
way through for three more markers in the second half.
Standing out in this march toward a third successive
National league pennant were many men. There was
Lavvie Dilweg, for instance, who has no peer as a
wingman. The big, lanky end was all over the field, 
running interference, downing punts deep in enemy
territory, breaking up Brooklyn plays and catching
passes, one of which he took out of the air on a dead 
run and carried 55 yards for a touchdown, going down
the field in that peculiar halting, baffling pace of his to
elude at least three men who sought to stop him. Then
there was Whitey Woodin, veteran of many years, who
showed that he can still teach the best of them a few
things about the game. Whitey played a bang-up game
as guard again and scored his first touchdown in ten
years of play, intercepting a pass deep in Brooklyn
territory and racing across the goal. And was Whitey in
every play? Listen to this: He intercepted Mizzel's pass,
scored the touchdown, kicked the goal for an extra 
point, kicked off on the next play, and then raced down
and tackled Peters on the 33-yard line. That's just some
of the things Whitey did in the course of the afternoon.
FITZGIBBONS ALL OVER
And there was Milt Gantenbein, the stocky little end 
from the University of Wisconsin, and Paul Fitzgibbons,
also a veteran of many seasons, whose names
constanly were on the lips of the fans as they cheered
spectacular plays. How these men blocked! And how
Fitzgibbons backed up that line and did other things. 
And, too, there was Verne Lewellen, still the great
halfback, and Don Carlos, Mike Michalske, Wuert
Englemann and Hank Bruder to mention only a few of
the more outstanding men. But why go on. Sufficient to
say, every man on the bench, with the exception of 
Frank Baker, who has an injured foot, saw action and
all 30 did creditable work. Don't get the idea the 
Brooklyn team was weak, because the Packers ran up
such a one-sided score. The eastern eleven was 
anything but weak and before the seasons is over will
win many games. Frosty Peters, the former Illinois 
flash, Vance and Stumpfy Thomason, backfield men, all
players who are dangerous in any ball game. They
played some good football here yesterday and with a 
little better timing of plays, might have made themselves
troublesome to the Bays. Playing against the Packer
brand of football was something new to the Dodgers and
they were pulled out of position often, but with a little
more experience, their line should be a hard one to
penetrate.
LEWELLEN SCORES
​It was a case of both teams feeling the other out in the
first quarter, much as boxers do in the opening round of
a fight and a little spectacular activity developed. A run
of 33 yards by Englemann after a lateral pass and a fine
diving catch by Radick of a forward pass were features
of the quarter. A well-placed kick by Grove just before
the quarter ended put Brooklyn on the defense on their
own one-yard line. Saunders returned the Brooklyn punt
to the Dodgers' 24-yard line and from that point, straight
football carried the ball over the goal for the first score.
Blood and Lewellen gained 17 yards on four plays,
smashing the center of the line and cutting back 
through holes opened off tackle and then Lewellen found
a hole and cut between left tackle and end and weaved
his way through for the score without a man touching
him. Grove missed the try for an extra point by a place
kick. A few minutes later, the Packers caught the
Brooklyn secondary sleeping and Saunders dropped
back and hurled a pass to Dolweg, who ran 55 yards for
a touchdown. On three occasions it appeared as if
Dilweg was going to be stopped, but he checked his
stride, sidestepped and with the aid of some fine 
blocking on the part of Michalske and Fitzgibbons got
clear and continued on his way to the goal. Saunders'
kick for the extra point was wide.
BROOKLYN THREATENS
Brooklyn threatened just before the end of the first half
when Scalzi passed to Peters and the latter got clear of
the secondary and raced 40 yard before Herber, then
playing safety, cut across the field and by a flying
tackle stopped him on the 12-yard line. A pass to 
Mizell brought the ball to the four-yard line. Another 
pass to Scalzi was completed, but the latter caught the
ball out of bounds just as the half ended and the 
Dodgers went scoreless. Soon after the start of the 
second half, the Packers opened up with their passing
game again to march for another touchdown. A pass
from Fitzgibbons to Bruder was good for seven yards 
and Bruder then made a first down on the Brooklyn 28
yard line on a smash at center. On the next play, 
Bruder faked a line plunge, dropped back and passed to
Gantenbein, who sidestepped and ran to his right for
another touchdown. Woodin added the extra point with
a place kick. After Nash was downed Grove's punt on 
the Brooklyn nine-yard line, Mizel, behind his own goal
line, back to punt or pass, was rushed by Stahlman, 
Packer tackle, and tried to pass to save his team a safety. Whitey Woodin jumped into the air and caught the ball. He slid to his right and then cut back and ran for a touchdown. Woodin's placement was good and the Packers had a 26 to 0 lead.
HERBER CROSSES THE LINE
After the kickoff, Gantenbein intercepted a Dodger pass and brought the ball to the Brooklyn 23-yard line before he was stopped. McCrary smashed center on two plays for 13 yards and Davenport added another couple of yards as the quarter ended with the ball on the eight-yard line. Again McCrary hit center and the line yielded, putting the ball on the three-yard line. Herber then swept through left tackle for a touchdown. Woodin's placement was wide. Vance figured in a spectacular play on the kickoff, finding a hole on the right side of the field and cutting through it to race 60 yards before Dilweg overtook him and knocked him out of bounds on the 27-yard line. Vance was clear and only by great sprinting was Dilweg able to get him to stop the run. A pass to Peters was good for five yards and another pass to Nemecek put the ball on the Packer five-yard line. Vance then circled left end for the Dodgers' first and last marker. Peters' drop kick from placement was high but wide of the posts for the extra point.
BROOKLYN  -  0  0  0  6 -  6
GREEN BAY -  0 12 14  6 - 32
2nd - GB - Lewellen, 7-yard run (Grove kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0 
2nd - GB - Dilweg, 55-yard pass from Saunders (Saunders kick failed) GREEN BAY 12-0
3rd - GB - Gantenbein, 20-yard pass from Bruder (Woodin kick) GREEN BAY 19-0
3rd - GB - Woodin, 5-yard pass interception (Woodin kick) GREEN BAY 26-0
4th - GB - Herber, 3-yard run (Woodin kick failed) GREEN BAY 32-0
4th - BR - Joe Vance, 5-yard run (Peters kick failed) GREEN BAY 32-6
Green Bay Packers (2-0) 32, Brooklyn Dodgers (0-2) 6
​Sunday September 20th 1931 (at Green Bay)








THE BROOKLYN DODGERS
The Brooklyn Dodgers were an American football team that played in the National Football League from 1930 to 1943, and in 1944 as the Brooklyn Tigers. The team played its home games at Ebbets Field. In 1945, because of financial difficulties, the team was merged with the Boston Yanks. The franchise was not related to the American Football League franchise that played as the Brooklyn Tigers for the first half of the 1936 season before moving to Rochester and playing as the Rochester Tigers. Another NFL team that played in Brooklyn was the Brooklyn Lions (which became the Brooklyn Horsemen after merging with an AFL team of the same name) in 1926. Owner Dan Topping pulled the team out of the NFL in 1946 and placed it in the newly established All American Football Conference.
​Early years
The team began play in 1930 after two Brooklyn businessmen bought the Dayton Triangles for $2,500 and moved the team into Ebbets Field. These two individuals were Bill Dwyer, a past owner of the New York Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Hockey League, and Jack Depler, a player-coach for the NFL's Orange Tornadoes. Dwyer and Depler then renamed the Triangles the Brooklyn Dodgers, borrowing the name of Brooklyn's then major league baseball team. The 1930 Dodgers, built largely from the roster of the 1929 Tornadoes, finished fourth in the NFL with a 7–4–1 record. The high point of their season consisted of a 7–6 upset over the New York Giants at the end of November. The Dodgers star back was Jack McBride, a former Giant. He led the league in scoring with a total of 56 points in 1930. However the 1931 season saw the Dodgers post a 2–12 record. Once the season ended, Benny Friedman was brought in as the team's new player-coach. The 1932 season started off promising with wins over the Staten Island Stapletons and the new Boston Braves (later renamed the Redskins). However the team soon hit a five-game losing streak. The streak ended with a 3–0 win over the Chicago Cardinals, however that win was followed by four more losses. The Dodgers ended their season 3–9.
Post-Dwyer era
At the end of the 1932 season, Bill Dwyer had enough of professional football. His three years with the Dodgers had cost him an estimated $30,000. The Dodgers were then purchased by two former New York Giants players, Chris Cagle and John Simms Kelly for $25,000. Cap McEwen, a successful college football coach, was then brought in to replace Friedman, who would continue to play tailback for the Dodgers through half of the upcoming season. The 1933 season also saw the NFL split into two divisions. The Dodgers were placed in the Eastern Division. Dodgers had a chance for first place, by posting a 5–2–1 record, however a 10–0 loss to the Giants in front of 28,000 Brooklyn fans at Ebbets Field ended that chance in November. The following season Dan Topping bought Chris Cagle's half of the team. Topping would later become an owner and president of baseball's New York Yankees. Meanwhile, Cagle continued to play in the Brooklyn backfield. However the only positive story to come out of the season for Brooklyn was the signing of Ralph Kercheval. Kercheval would go on to become one of the great NFL kickers. He returned to play for Brooklyn for the next seven seasons. He also scored every point for the Dodgers in their last six games as they finished with a 4–7 record. In 1935 Paul Schissler. the former coach of the Chicago Cardinals, took over as the Dodgers coach. However the team's stars Cagle, Friedman, and Kelly all retired. As a result, the Dodgers line-up consisted of 15 rookies. The 1935 season did show the team posting a 5–6–1 record and second place in the Easter Division. Over the next four seasons, the Dodgers placed either in the fourth or third place in the Eastern standings. Several of the star players to wear a Dodgers uniform during this time included Harold "Bunker" Hill, Bob Wilson, and Bill Lee. The roster also included future Hall of Famers, Red Badgro and Ace Parker. Both men had played professional baseball in the majors. Badgro played for the St. Louis Browns before playing in the NFL for the Giants and Yankees. Meanwhile, Parker played under Connie Mack, while as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics. He is best known for hitting a home run his first time at bat as a pinch hitter, becoming the first player in American League history to do so. Another future Hall of Famer joined the team in 1938, Frank Kinard. Kinard would play for Brooklyn for the rest of the franchise's history. The Dodgers made NFL history on October 22, 1939. That day, at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers played the Philadelphia Eagles in the first NFL game shown on television. The Dodgers won the game 23–14.
Jock Sutherland era
In 1940, the Dodgers chose Jock Sutherland as their team's next coach. Sutherland brought to Brooklyn the Single-wing formation, which he had used at Lafayette College and Pitt. Under Sutherland, Brooklyn finished in second place in the Eastern standings behind the Redskins. Meanwhile, Parker was awarded the Joseph Carr Trophy as the leagues Official Most Valuable Player. During this time, Dodger staples Mike Gussie All American from West Virginia University, Dick Cassiano and Ben Kish, who played for Sutherland at Pitt; George Cafego and Banks McFadden were signed by the team. In 1941, the team again landed in second place of the Eastern Division, behind only the Giants. Dodger Clarence "Pug" Manders won the NFL rushing title that season with 486 yards. His title still represents the smallest amount of yards carried to ever win this title. Warren Alfson and Merlyn Condit joined the team that season. Sutherland's 1940 and 1941 campaigns would be the most successful during the franchise's history.
Decline
Beginning in 1942, the team went into a steep decline, as World War II caused a shortage of players and fans. Coach Sutherland, along with Ace Parker and several other players left the team to join the military. Mike Getto took over the coaching duties; however with the core of the team gone, the Dodgers sunk to a 3–8–0 record. A year later the team ended up only winning two games. In 1944, the team was renamed the Tigers but suffered a 0–10 regular season record. In a desperate attempt for survival, the team merged with the Boston Yanks for the 1945 season. The merged team played four home games in Boston and one in New York, but fans from neither city cared as they finished with a 3–6–1 record. The merger occurred on April 10, 1945 after the 1945 NFL Draft.
Topping, the Dodgers and the AAFC
In December 1945, Topping announced his intentions to accept the All-America Football Conference's New York franchise. In response, the NFL cancelled his NFL team franchise and all of its players were assigned to Boston. Meanwhile, the AAFC planted another team in Brooklyn called the Dodgers. The two teams would later merge in 1949. Topping's Yankees employed several former Dodgers players in 1946 and 1947 such as Parker, Kinard and Manders. The Yankees would lose the AAFC Championship in 1946 and 1947 to the Cleveland Browns.
Indirect ties to the Indianapolis Colts
The sequence of events begun by the demise of the Brooklyn Dodgers NFL team eventually resulted in the creation of what is now the Indianapolis Colts. The Boston Yanks moved to New York as the Bulldogs in 1949. After the 1949 season the NFL added three teams from the AAFC. The AAFC Yankees players were split between the Giants and Bulldogs. The Bulldogs renamed themselves the New York Yanks in the same season. After the 1951 season, Yanks owner Ted Collins sold the franchise back to the league. The NFL then sold it to a new owner, Giles Miller, who moved the team to Dallas and renamed it the Dallas Texans. Miller returned his franchise to the league in the middle of the 1952 season, and the NFL operated it as a traveling team before folding it at the end of the season. In 1953, the NFL granted an expansion franchise to a Baltimore-based group and awarded it the remains of the Texans organization. The team, named the Colts, relocated to Indianapolis in 1984. However, the NFL currently does not consider the Colts to be a continuation of the franchise once known as the Brooklyn Dodgers.
(SOURCE: Wikipedia)
NEWS AND NOTES
SIDELIGHTS
SEPTEMBER 21 (Green Bay) - Old rivals were on opposing teams as the game started. Art Bultman, former Marquette center, played the pivot job for Brooklyn, opposing Waldo Don Carlos, former Drake center. The pair were opponents for thee years on college gridiron...Ken Radick made a great catch of a pass over center from Bruder for a 15 yard gain in the first period. Ken had to dive almost on his face to get
the ball. Ken played end and did a good job of it...Brooklyn's signal caller was guilty of an error in judgment of time in the first period. After the ball had been downed on the five yard line and there was only a few seconds to play, he called two line plunges instead of punting. The quarter ended before the team could get out of the dangerous position and they had to punt against the wind as the second quarter opened...An exchange of fumbles took place in the opening period. Grove fumbled on the 40 yard line and Brooklyn recovered. On the first play, Brooklyn fumbled and Whitey Woodin recovered for the Packers...The "wolves" howled when it appeared as if Brooklyn got five downs late in the second period. The mixup came when Referee Tommy Hughitt called a first down, goal to go,
after a pass, and many thought the pass had not made
a first down...Bernard Darling, veteran center, who was
injured two weeks ago, got into the game late in the 
final period and showed he will be just as good as ever.
He downed a punt on the five yard line a few moments
after he got into the game..The Legion band entertained
again before the game and between halves. Station
WHBY, St. Norbert's college, was on the air with a 
broadcast of the tilt.
EIGHT INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENTS
SEPTEMBER 21 (Green Bay) - Eight persons were
injured, two seriously, in a variety of weekend accidents,
two of which occurred during the Packer-Brooklyn
Dodgers game at City stadium Sunday afternoon...
FELL OF SEAT: W.J. Bent's injury caused considerable
excitement at the Packer game, as he toppled from the
last row of the northwest bleachers, and necessitated a
call for a doctor, issued over the public address system
at the stadium. During an exciting moment in the first
quarter, the entire row of persons on the top position
arose to watch the play. In the confusion, Bent's seat
was displaced in such a way that, when he sat down,
he missed the row and fell backwards to the ground
below. A physician, summoned from the crowd, gave
the injured man such first aid treatment as was possible
and with the arrival of Mohr's ambulance, he was taken
to St. Mary's hospital. His condition was regarded as
serious, as he incurred a fractured vertebrae. Blood,
Packer halfback, went to the hospital last night after he
was injured and removed from the game. Blood had
completed a sweeping left end run and was lying upon
the ground when a belated tackler, running into him, 
struck the prostrate man with his knee. The "vagabond
halfback" trotted from the game under his own power,
but reported at the hospital for treatment last night. He
is expected to be in condition for next Sunday's game.
Two other Packers received medical treatment as a
result of injuries incurred during the course of Sunday's
game. Fay (Mule) Wilson was kicked in the ankle, and
was ordered to report to a physician today, while Russ
Saunders, backfield star, also turned up with a stiff leg.
He also was to visit a physician today.
CAPACITY CROWD EXPECTED SUNDAY FOR BEAR
BATTLE
SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - President Joe F. Carr of
the National league has assigned Art Von of Duluth to
referee the Packer-Bear game in Green Bay Sunday.
Von is one of the veteran officials of he pro wheel. K.M.
"Bunk" Harris, one of Duluth's ironmen of a few years
back, will be the umpire while R.J. Erdlitz of Oshkosh is
to act as head linesman...The largest crowd that ever
witnessed a professional football game in Green Bay is
expected to jam the City Stadium for Sunday's National
league contest between the Packers and their ancient
rivals, the Chicago Bears. The Green Bay Football
corporation is making arrangements to handle the
overflow throng in the best possible manner. For weeks,
the gridiron fans have been clamoring for tickets to the
Bear game and now that the crucial fracas is just
around the corner the rush has turned into a mad
scramble...BLEACHER SEATS RESERVED: There is
nothing to the rumor about a sellout. The seats in the
big stands have been cleared out but there is still a
large number of bleacher reserved seats available. Every
seat in the park will be reserved. In addition a number of
park benches are to be placed around the playing field
edges as has been the custom of past years. There
will also be standing room for about a thousand
spectators. Come early and avoid the rush. That is the
plea of the football executives. At every Bear game,
there has been a last minute jam around the entrances
and often the rush was so great that many of the
spectators were unable to get inside of the park in time
for the kickoff..SET UP TURNSTILES: Turnstiles will be
used at the City Stadium Sunday for the first time. A rush order was sent to a Chicago manufacturer and the turnstiles are to arrive here Thursday. Marcel Lambeau and his crew will set up the new gate outfits immediately. Only one person can pass through a turnstile at a time and it will help greatly if everybody hold his or her own ticket. Never before has there been so much pre-game interest shown over a Packer-Bear argument. Fans are coming here from miles around to see what has been termed the crucial contest of the 1931 pennant hunt. Orders for seats have been received from five other states, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and South Dakota. Sunday's game will start as usual at 2 o'clock. The turnstiles at the park are scheduled to start clicking at 12:15 p.m. This will give an additional quarter of an hour to handle the crowd. All ushers, gate men and the concession crews must be inside the park promptly at noon.
EXPECT 13,000 WILL SEE BEARS, PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Football corporation is making arrangements to seat 13,000 spectators in the Packer-Chicago Bear game in the City Stadium here on Sunday. Extra seats will be provided along with benches that are to be placed around the playing field. There is no truth to the statement about a complete sellout. The seats in the big stands are pretty well cleaned up but some 3,250 bleacher seats were placed on sale Tuesday and at least 2,500 of these are still available. Every seat in the park will be reserved for the Bear game and in addition there is standing room for another thousand. The national champions resumed their practice sessions. The team came out of the Brooklyn game in pretty fair shape and Coach Lambeau should have his entire squad ready for the crucial fray with the Windy City Bruins.
JONES SAW PLENTY
SEPTEMBER 22 (Chicago) - "I saw plenty." That was the comment of Coach Ralph Jones of the Chicago Bears who was an interested spectator at the Packer-Brooklyn game in Green Bay Sunday. Immediately upon his return here, the Bruin mentor went into an executive huddle with George Halas, head of the Bear football machine, and, as a result, orders were issued to the players to report twice daily for practice during the remainder of the week. Members of the Bear squad figure that the team which wins the game Sunday at Green Bay will have an inside track to the pennant. Veteran of the Halas team would rather whip the Packers than any eleven, and they are urging the recruits to peak efforts in the combat Sunday. There are some 30 odd players in the Bear squad but there will be a cut immediately after Sunday's game and only the fittest will survive. Coach Jones has about a dozen backs and aside from Red Grange, Nagurski and Brumbaugh none of the other carriers are sure of their jobs. Dame rumor has it that the Green Bay game may drop the curtain on Brute Trafton's career as a Bear. The veteran center is fighting for his job against Pearson, who had the call over him last season, and Kawal, a former Illinois center, who is making a determined bid for a job. Trafton always does good against Green Bay and he may flash so brilliantly that the Bear management will decide to hand the pink slip to some other gridder. The Bear squad is scheduled to arrive in Green Bay Saturday at 10:30 p.m. over the Milwaukee road. They will make the trip in a special parlor car. While at Green Bay, the Chicago club is to headquarter at the Northland hotel.
GRANGE, NAGURSKI HEADLINE BEARS' GRIDIRON ELEVEN
SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - Brute strength and football cunning in the line, plus speed and more brains in the backfield, characterize the threat which will be tossed against the Green Bay Packers, national professional football champions, by the Chicago Bears, serious title contenders, at the City Stadium here Sunday.The Bears are bringing to Green Bay one of the 
few lines in the National circuit which can match the
Packers in bulk, and to this array of power is added a
dangerous, shifty backfield, featured by the appearance
of Captain Harold (Red) Grange and Bronko Nagurski.
The Bears' weight in the line extends even to the four
capable wingmen, Flanagan, former Carnegie Tech
flash, tips the scale at 185, while Drury, St. Louis,
weighs 193. Another veteran flankman is Luke Johnsos,
one time Northwestern star, who scales 195, and there
also is Garland (Pinky) Grange, whose 178 pounds are
no indication of his worth as an end...LOTS OF GUARD
TONNAGE: All kinds of tonnage at guards will be used
against the champions here. Captain Grange may call
upon the services of Buckler, Alabama, whose 230
pounds will see plenty of use during the 1931 season.
Other guards with their weights are Anderson,
Northwestern, 195; Carlson, Oregon Aggies, 211;
McMillen, Nebraska, 226; Schuette, Wisconsin, 233;
and Myers, Iowa, 206. Scheutte, a Wisconsin product,
living in Manitowoc and is married to a Green Bay girl.
Green Bay backs skirting the Bears' tackles will meet
lots of opposition in the row of vets and star yearlings
assembled by the championship-bent Chicago squad.
Lyman, of Nebraska, is the heaviest man on the team,
sending 252 pounds and he may be supported by
Burdick, Illinois, at 232; Lyon, Kansas, is certain to
bring his 241 pounds into play, and Murray, Wisconsin,
who weighs 195, also may be given the call. Another
strong tackle is Hibbs, Southern California, at 195...
BRUTE TRAFTON AT CENTER: Brute Trafton, veteran
Chicago center, who has aged to the extent of 34 years
but who is still as spry as a kitten on the professional
gridiron, is sure to be tossed into action against the
Packers for at least part of the time Sunday. Trafton's
antics in past years have always brought sincere
choruses of Bronx cheers from the Bay stands and
although he has quieted down temperamentally during
the past few seasons, he still ranks as poison to many
Packer fans. He weighs 225 and once played at Notre
Dame. The Bears however may also rely upon Pearson,
209-pound Kansas Aggies center, and Kawal, Illinois,
who weighs 200. Two Bears quarterbacks were
poisonous to the Green Bay defense last season. There
were Brumbaugh, Florida 165-pounder, and Walquist,
former Illinois speed star, who cales but 163. The two
midgets possess a large supply of assorted football
 brains, which will be used, presumably to the detriment
of Red Dunn, Paul Fitzgibbon and Roger Grove of the
Packers. ..NAGURSKI STAR FULLBACK: Possibly the
Bears' greatest single threat in the backfield is the
oversized Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota fullback, whose
217 pounds are hard to bring down. Other fleet backs,
however, extend the threat and any portion back of the
line. Red Grange, the Illinois ghost, weighs 185 pounds
and is faster than ever. Nesbitt, Drake right half, scales
202 and is a constant threat. Bill Senn, Knox, hits the
beams at 176 and has always tortured the Packer line,
as has Lintzenick, St. Louis, 190 pound back. If
Nagurski tires, which is unlikely the Bears will use
Franklin, who played with Franklin College for obvious
reasons and who weighs 194. Another halfback who will
be tossed into play is Leo Jensvold, Iowa, 173 pounds.
Jensvold won action in his undergraduate days as a
shifty broken field speedster.
PACKERS AND BEARS RIVAL FOR 10 YEARS
SEPTEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - A rivalry as old as
Green Bay's participation in the NFL will bring together
next Sunday the Packers and the Chicago Bears, two
teams which are conceded the inside track to the 1931
league championship. The Packers and Bears will clash
at City stadium in the twenty-first meeting between the
two teams, the series stretching back through a decade
of football history. Green Bay has won nine hard fought decisions, while the Bears have taken eight. The other three contests ended in tie counts. A general washout of Green Bay players before the first game in 1921 aided in bringing about a Packer defeat in the first game ever played before the now historically rival elevens. The Bears, then known as the Staleys, pounded their way to a 20 to 0 victory, in a contest featured by the hard playing of Jab Murray, now Marinette mayor. A few hours before game time several Bay players found it impossible to compete, and the result was generally disastrous to Green Bay hopes...STERNAMAN KICKS FIELD GOAL: IN 1922 there was no game, but in 1923 the rivals resumed play, with the Bears edging out a 3 to 0 win, at old Bellevue park. Myrt Basing, pounding Packer fullback, fumbled a punt exactly at the wrong time, and Joie Sternaman, who even then was cavorting in the Bear back garden, connected for a field goal and the winning points. The Packers came back strong in 1924, the first year in which two games were played between the two elevens. Trafton, Bear center, broke into print with a sour pass to the backfield which gave the Packers a safety, and Cub Buck contributed three points via the field goal route, to aid in a 5 to 0 victory. Later in the season the Packers were entertained at Cub park by a group of revengeful Bears, who erased the earlier decision with a 3 to 0 decision. Dutch Hendrian, Packer back, cuffed a punt and Sternaman again packed the punch needed to connect for a field goal..."TOUCHDOWN" PLAY WINS: Green Bay fans are still talking about the home contest in 1925, when the Packers outlasted the Bears in a 14 to 0 decision. In the closing minutes, Lewellen connected on the famed Packer "touchdown play", scooting into the end zone to take a pass from stocky Charlie Mathys, Bay quarterback. Then the Packers traveled to Chicago and were subdued in thorough fashion by the Bears, 21 to 0, one of the two worst trimmings ever handed to Green Bay by Chicago. This was the first game which Red Grange witnessed as a member of the Bears. The Illinois redhead had just joined the squad, and he observed the contest from the vantage point of the Bear bench. The Packer threat to the National league title began to take on a national title in 1926, when one game was played at Soldiers' field, Chicago, as a Christmas benefit fund attraction. Prior to this, the Packers split a 6 to 6 game at Green Bay, and accepted a 19 to 13 trimming at Cubs park. The Soldiers' field battle went to a 3 to 3 deadlock, when Pid Purdy, diminutive Packer quarterback, dropkicked a 50-yard field goal for Green Bay's only score...PURDY MISSED KICK: The Bears twice walloped the Packers in 1927, although by this time the Chicago victory string was drawing to a close. Purdy played the role of goat at Green Bay, and the Bears won, 7 to 6, and then the Chicago team rubbed it in with a 14 to 6 pasting at Chicago. Packer fans howled at the decision, claiming that Lewellen was pulled back by the Bear players after he had crossed the opposing goal line. It was the last Bear victory, however, for many a day. Shades of the great Green Bay championship team were becoming more and more real in 1928, which passed without a Bear win. First the two teams played a 12-all tie, which the Packers came from a 12 to 0 disadvantage to knot the count. With a minute to go, Harry O'Boyle tried a field goal which missed by the scantest of margins. Then the Packers mopped up the Bears at Chicago, 16 to 6, and aided by Dick O'Donnell's touchdown gallop, finished the season with a 6 to 0 victory...PACKERS WON THREE IN 1929: In 1929, the champions made it three straight. The Bears were smeared at Green Bay, 23 to 0, and then were trimmed at Chicago, 14 to 0. Returning from their eastern trip, the Packers stopped
in again at the Windy city and annexed a parting cuff,
25 to 0, to sew up the title. It was the end of a great 
year for a great team. Lewellen's touchdown, followed 
by Dunn's extra point, provided the only score in the 
home game last fall, and at Chicago the Packers were
able to nose out a narrow 13 to 12 victory. Blood and
Lewellen scored for the champions, and Dunn made 
one kick good. Walquist and Joie Sternaman scored for
the Bears, but neither kick connected and the Packers
walked off with the decision. In the last game, the Bears
finally defeated their old rivals, snaring a 21 to 0 count
with two touchdowns in the final period, after leading 7
to 0 at halftime. The Packer roster was completed today
when Cal Hubbard, veteran tackled, reported for practice
with the squad at Joannes park. Hubbard has been 
serving as a baseball umpire in the International league
and appears to be in good condition.
JOINS BROOKLYN TEAM
SEPTEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - Richard (Dick)
O'Donnell, veteran end with the Green Bay Packers, has been signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and reported for training with that squad at Magnetic Springs, Ohio, according to word received here today. O'Donnell has been playing professional football for nearly ten years, most of that time with the Green Bay squad. He is fast and shifty on offense and one of the best defensive ends in the country. 
PACKERS TO OFFICIATE AT KAUKAUNA GRID TILT
SEPTEMBER 24 (Kaukauna) - Verne Lewellen, Packer grid star, and Lavvie Dilweg, also of the Packer team, will be the officials at the Kewaunee-Kaukauna football game at Kewaunee Saturday afternoon, according to a notice by Olin G. Dryer, principal of the high school. Kubitz and Erdlitz will act in official capacity at all of the high school's home games.
STAGE SET TO HANDLE RECORD CROWS AT PACKER-BEAR GAME
SEPTEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - Come early and hold your own ticket at the turnstiles. This is the appeal of
the Green Bay Football corporation as the stage is set at the City stadium to handle a capacity throng expected Sunday for the National league gridiron fracas
between the Chicago Bears and Packers. The kickoff is
at 2 p.m. Every effort will be made to handle the crowd
with as little congestion as possible. There will be
additional ushers and gate men in service along with an
augmented detail from the American Legion under the
direction of H.J. (Tubby) Bero. In addition, some 20
members of the Naval militia will help patrol the park...
POLICE FORCE INCREASED: The police force will be
increased to 18 men. A half dozen regular patrolman
have been assigned to the stadium along with seven 
city motorcycle men and five county officers. Special
instructions have been issued and every rule will be
enforced to the letter. The main entrance is located at
the southwest corner of the stadium. Here are four
turnstiles, each with an individual runway. Legion men
will be stationed at the entrance to runways to prevent
any jam. If each spectator holds his or her own ticket,
the click of the turnstiles will proceed more rapidly. The
other turnstile entrance is at the southeast corner of the
park, which has sometimes been known as the "knot
hole" gang gate, yet is used by many who park their
cars back of East high school...HAVE PASS GATE: A
pass gate is to be set up directly behind the main ticket
booth at the west end of the field. No passes will be
accepted through the turnstiles. All ushers, park help,
concession employees, radio workers, etc., must use
the pass gate. Sunday, the turnstile entrances will be
opened at 12:15. In order to have all park employees at
their place to handle the crowd, it will be necessary for
them to report before noon. None will be admitted after
the turnstiles have started clicking. This rule will be
strictly enforced...EXTRA BENCH SEATS: Extra bench
seats have been placed on the south side of the playing
field. This is Section W. There are three rows in the unit
of seats. Benches have also been placed inside of the
railing surrounding the playing field at both the east and
west ends. These seats are all reserved. A detail of
police has been assigned to patrol the gridiron space
and only bench seat ticket holders and the sideline
badge wearers together with the players will be allowed 
inside. Last Sunday, many of the youngsters camped
too close for safety to the sidelines. This will not be
tolerated at the Bear game.
PRO GRID NOTES
SEPTEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - Cleveland will open its
National league season at home in the municipal 
stadium Saturday night with Brooklyn as opponents.
These clubs are tied for the cellar..Business is booming
in the Portsmouth sector. The Spartans, under the
direction of Potsy Clark, have visions of an NFL pennant
and fans are giving the team splendid support...The
starlight brand of gridironing got off to a flying start in
Chicago when the Bears whipped Cleveland, 31 to 0, at
Loyola field. George Halas even admitted he was 
surprised when the paid gate tipped the 7,000 mark...
The New York Giants turned up for Sunday's game with
Providence by defeating the Orange A.C, 32 to 0. The
Owen machine clicked perfectly and probably could 
have run up a much larger score against the Skeeters...
The Brooklyn club hastened back to Magnetic Springs,
O., after their 32 to 6 upset in Green Bay at the hands
of the Packers. Depler, Brooklyn mentor, claims the
Ohio resort is the best conditioning spot in the country...
There will be a raft of footballers looking for jobs after
Sunday as the National league rules provide for all clubs
to cut their squads after the third Sunday. Some of the
teams are carrying 35 men...The Green Bay Packers
will raise the 1930 pennant before the game with the
Giants on Oct. 4. The champions are planning quite a
ceremony and Joe F. Carr, president of the National
league, will be the guest of honor...Bronko Nagurski is
still doing things for the Chicago Bears. He played a
whale of a game against Cleveland. The former
Minnesota ace was a sensation in 1930 and promises
to make the headlines often again this fall..Bill
Fleckenstein, who has toured considerable in the NFL,
bobs up this season with the Frankford Yellowjackets.
Fleck still has a lot of good football left in him and he
should do well with the Hornets...Francis Deig, who
made quiet a name for himself in a gridiron way at
Marquette, will make his pro football bow with the
Providence Steamrollers. Deig was one of the
Milwaukee collegians' stars for the past two years...
Pederson and Pharmer, two members of the 1930
Minneapolis Redjackets, have signed to play with
Frankford. Pharmer made quite a rep as a bootsmith at
Minnesota while Pederson is an all around backfielder...
Red Cagle, who has been suggested to fill Benny
Friedman's shoes with the New York Giants, burned up
the gridiron in the exhibition game with Orange. The
former West Point cadet made one run of 60 yards for a
score...Manager John Depler of Brooklyn has uncovered
a speed merchant in Vance who hails from a Texas
college. In the Green Bay game, he pranced 60 yards
after receiving a kickoff and then ran around end for a
touchdown..Ken Strong, who has been playing baseball
in the International league, reported to Stapleton this
week. The sensational backfielder is in the pink of
condition and he immediately assumed his regular post
on the team...Hurley, end from Washington, has made
the grade with the Cleveland club. He was originally the
property of Portsmouth. The lanky westerner is built for
speed yet he has plenty of beef...Walt Holmer of 
Northwestern, who played with the Bears in 1930, is
displaying lots of class in the Cardinal backfield. With
Glassgow as his running mate, Holmer is showing the
ability that made him famous under Dick Hanley. 
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
SEPTEMBER 25 (Chicago) - Secret practice has been
the rule for the Chicago Bears since Wednesday when
a couple of stranger were seen looking things over
during the workouts. Of course, Coach Jones did not
have any proof that the two strangers were Packer
scouts but just the same he isn't taking any chances
and the gates at Loyola field were closed.Admission
now is by ticket only and these pasteboards have to be
countersigned by George Halas, president of the Bears.
"Beat the Packers and win the pennant." That's the
battle slogan that someone has posted in the Bears'
dressing room and the players can't help glimpse it as
they changed their togs before and after practice. The
Bears have been working out twice daily this week and
there even will be a signal drill Saturday morning before
the squad entrains for Green Bay. With the exception
of Garland Grange, brother of Red, all the Bears, big
and little, are in good shape. Young Grange has a
sprained shoulder which is slow in mending.
MILWAUKEE INTERESTED
SEPTEMBER 25 (Milwaukee) - According to veteran
sport scribes, it has been a long time since a sport 
event in the middle west has attracted so much interest
in Milwaukee as Sunday's game at Green Bay between
the national champion Packers and the Chicago Bears.
Some 500 Milwaukee football fans will be in the stands
at the Bay this Sunday and there would have been 
double that number if seats could have been secured.
Nearly all week, local football folks have been pulling
every kind of a string to land tickets to the contest.
"You'd think those Packers were Milwaukee's own,"
said Billy Sixty, a member of the sport staff of the
Milwaukee Journal after he had worked a shift at the telephone desk and had answered about 20 inquiries in
an hour about the ticket sale situation at Green Bay. "Never saw anything like it in my life," he continued. "Evidently depression hasn't hit the pockets of the professional football fans who follow the fortunes of that great Packer team."
PACKERS, BRUINS READY TO DO BATTLE
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - The greatest battle of the year - before the largest crowd in history. That, in brief, sums up the advance story of the Green Bay Packer-Chicago Bear football game at the City stadium here tomorrow afternoon. Traditional rivals for ten years, these teams are expressed to wage a more bitter fight than ever tomorrow when they meet for the first time this year. It has been generally admitted that the team that wins the game will be the one to beat to win the National league championship. On paper, there appears to be little difference in the teams' strength. In three meetings last year, the Packers won two and lost one. This year, both have clean records, Green Bay turning back Cleveland and Brooklyn while the Bears whipped Cleveland in the only game played to date...LINES ARE STRONG: The lines appear about on the same plane, both on the offense and defense. The Bears have two great ball carriers in Grange and Nagurski as the main backfield threats, while the Packers have a host of good backs to make up for the ability of this pair. Green Bay's forward passing game has been strong enough to shade the overhead game of the Bears most of the time in recent years, but late last year and this season, the Chicagoans perfected this department and have strengthened their pass defense, so its doubtful whether the Packers will have it over them again. The game will be an exhibition of two distinct styles of football. The Packers, using fast running plays, much on the order of the Notre Dame style, will fight against the Bears, using what is commonly known as the Warner system, with two wingbacks and quick passing of the ball behind the line of scrimmage with off-tackle slants, plunges or passes developing from the same formations...ALL ARE FIT: The Bear attack is one that is hard on the ends, but, with four wingmen available, the Packers should be able to stand up under it. Linemen will have plenty of work with the tough Nagurski hitting with all of his force, but the team has more reserves than ever before, so should be able to stand up against his attacks. Every man on the Packer squad with the possible exception of Russ Saunders, will be available for duty. Saunders sustained a leg injury last week and may be held out for another week. The swelling has done down by Saunders was not able to practice until today so probably will not be used. Darling, who was injured three weeks ago, is better again and Cal Hubbard, who was missing the first two games, reported this week, so the squad is complete. Blood and Wilson, who received minor injuries last Sunday, have recovered. The gates will be opened at 12:30 o'clock and the game called promptly at 2 p.m. A crowd of between 13,500 and 14,000 fans, the largest in Green Bay history, is assured. WHBY, St. Norbert's college, and WTMJ, Milwaukee, will be on the air with radio broadcasts.
BEARS, PACKERS RENEW DUEL AT GREEN BAY TODAY
SEPTEMBER 27 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, rated as two of the best teams in the NFL, will meet here tomorrow. A pounding set of backs, including Nagurski, Red Grange, Brumbaugh, Senn, Lintzenich and Jensvold will attempt to break the Packer forward wall. The Chicago line will include such stars as Drury, Johnsos, Lyman, Anderson, Pearson, Buckler, Murry and Flanagan. The Packers survived the Brooklyn game in great shape. Johnny Blood, Russ Saunders and Mule Wilson will be on hand to face the Bears. They have recovered from minor injuries. The Bear line is one of the few in the National league which compares in bulk with that of Green Bay. Nine players, including Bronko Nagurski, scale more than 215 pounds. The rivalry between Green Bay and the Bears is one of the oldest in professional football. The teams have met 20 times, with nine games going to the Packers. Eight games were captured by the Bears, and three have ended in ties.