GREEN BAY TRIPS UP HAWAIIAN TEAM, 19-13
DECEMBER 27 (Honolulu) - In spite of heat, humidity and
hospitality of gracious Hawaiians, Green Bay's Packers
defeated a fighting bunch of football players here Monday
afternoon by a score of 19 to 13. The Packers played the
University of Hawaii alumni team, better known here as the
Kamehameha university stars. We observed amateur rules
and had a tough grade to climb after the Kams gained an
early lead due to a beautiful pass. A light, but fast and
elusive Kam team gave us plenty of trouble. At times we
had little trouble gaining through the line on quick opening
power thrusts, but at other stages of the game, the Hawaii
boys rose up to their wrath to turn us back..SPANK AT LINE:
Playing on a beautiful island here was vastly different than
on the frozen turfs of Chicago, Green Bay and the east. But
for a light breeze that swept down off the Oahu mountains,
where it was raining, the heat probably would have been
oppressive. The Kams spanked at our line with little
success. Three times they managed to slip through for real
gains, but on all other occasions, the boys on the front wall
stood in their way and no one passed. It was a great game
and had plenty of thrills. We had to open with plenty of
plays. Out air attack functioned smoothly. Of 27 passes
tried, 13 were completed by Green Bay, netting 183 yards.
The Kams did us one better in this department with 220
yards gained, although they completed only seven tosses..
GAIN 313 YARDS: For those who like figures, we might add
that 313 yards were gained by Green Bay in running plays.
The Packers lost 36 yards. The Kams made 44 yards from
scrimmage and lost 25. In first downs, Green Bay chalked
up 19 and the Kams six. Two of our touchdowns were
called back, once when Englemann caught a pass beyond
the end zone and another time when Blood crossed the
line and Rose was offside. We drew 170 yards in penalties
due mostly to different interpretation of the rules by United
States teams than by the Hawaiian players. The Kams
drew 25 yards in penalties. Hinkle played a sweet game for
Green Bay. Our lack of substitutes and the heat didn't help
matters. The Kams had 28 men available and used them
all. There was a crowd of some 15,000 present and all
seemed to enjoy the spectacle. They were sportsmanlike
in their conduct and our good plays brought cheers...
SMASH DOWN FIELD: We smashed down the field early in
the game but a fumble hurt our chances and as soon as
the Kams got the ball they opened up with Wise tossing a
pass that was a beauty. It sailed high and far and Kerr
caught it on the dead run and raced for a touchdown. The
play was good for a 70-yard gain. When they added the
extra point with a placekick, we knew we had plenty of
trouble in store. In the second period we marched down
the field and Herber tossed a pass to Blood that was good
for a touchdown. We failed to convert however so we trailed
at the half, 7 to 6. Coming back in the third period we again
opened up and sailed down into Kam territory, but we didn't
immediately connect. After we lost the ball, Lavvie Dilweg
jumped up and intercepted a pass, then raced 37 yards to
score a touchdown. Again we failed to convert, so held to a
12 to 7 lead. In the final quarter Herber tossed a pass to
me, but one of our men on the line was offside and the play
was recalled after I had scored. Herber tossed another
pass, this time to Rose and the big end scored. He then
kicked from placement to add the extra point. With only a
few minutes to play, three passes in rapid succession
were completed over the heads of our backfield men, who
were beginning to wilter in the heat. The third to Talaku was
good for a touchdown, but Hughes failed to add the extra
point...HUGHES KICKS GOALS: The Hawaiian team,
composed of representatives from virtually every race of
the Islands, was outweighed about 20 pounds to the man.
A 150-pound halfback, Danny Wise, led the attack and
played brilliant football. It was his 50-yard pass to Kerr that
brought the first touchdown for the home team. Louis
Kahanomoku, younger brother of the famous swimmer,
Duke Kahanomoku, was one of the main obstacles in the
way of our line. He played a great game. Between halves,
Henry Hughes, Oregon university star of a few years ago,
edified the crowd by placekicking 50 and 60 yards with a
barefoot. He played with the Boston Braves in the National
league last year.
FIRST TRANSOCEANIC GRID BROADCAST IS BIG
DECEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - The first transoceanic-
international football broadcast ever undertaken brought
each play of the Green Bay Packers vs. University of Hawaii
game into Green Bay was just three minutes after the play
was made in Honolulu. The hookup employed telegraph,
wireless, telephone and radiophone. The sender was
stationed right at the stadium in Honolulu, his messages
going through the wireless transmitting station at Diamond
Head without intermission. It crossed the Pacific Ocean in
wireless signals then shot across the sheet to the Western
Union building in San Francisco and there translated to
Morse code and put on a direct San Francisco to Green
Bay wire which was run into the studios of the broadcasing
station...CIRCUIT HELD OPEN: From Honolulu to San
Francisco an exclusive circuit was held and a high speed
radio teletype used so that there was no manual typing at
San Francisco nor delay for the telegrapher there. The
average time in the pneumatic tube was 23 seconds. The
time from Honolulu into the Green Bay studios of Station
WHBY was continuously between 2 and one half and three
minutes. Both the circuit across the Pacific and the circuit
from San Francisco were reserved for the exclusive use of
these messages. The success of this unusual press
service was even officially acknowledged by the telegraph
company itself. A message from E.B Boening, General
Manager of Western Union received Tuesday said, "We
have no knowledge nor record of the press heretofore
covering any football game played outside this country. This
certainly was the first case involving professional football.
The story was handled by R.C.A. Honolulu direct from field
to San Francisco; there tubed to our office across street
and placed on direct San Francisco to Green Bay wire."...
USED PREPARED CHART: The only delay was in Green
Bay and this was necessary to convert the dispatches into a running story interesting to the fans. No liberties were taken with the information. By previous arrangement the reporter at the game used a chart prepared here and carried to Honolulu by Coach E.L. Lambeau. On this chart were three columns. In the first was the name of the player who carried the ball. In the second the movement of the play and in the third the result in yards gained or lost. Plays which required explanation and penalties and the preliminary picture of the trip and game as well as the summary of facts after the game were sent in great detail. At the studios Verne Lewellen, veteran Packer backfielder, took the message which told him of the player, the play and the gain or loss and visualized the play as he knew it. He then dictated to his stenographer the customary shift and interference, adding nothing however to the facts as received except the enlargement of the picture necessary to show the squad shifting into formation, moving into play and running off the play which was reported. There therefore was no padding nor imaginary color as the veteran of many seasons in nearly every play sensed immediately the formation used and the play called which brought about the result reported. It is not likely that he missed one more than a very few plays and these were still a mystery when the game ended. They involved penalties for a supposed illegal shift. Were the game played in the city stadium here however the fans watching it probably would know no more about these decisions as officials seldom explain themselves to the spectators...FEW PLAYS BEHIND: The time required to convert the telegrams into this running story was the only lapse of time over the 3 minutes in transmission. The fans in Northeastern Wisconsin were hearing the game while it was still being played in Honolulu and only a very few plays behind the game itself. This unusual press service was arranged during the past week by the Press-Gazette and the broadcast over Radio Station WHBY, St. Norbert college station, was sponsored for the fans by Walkers' Cleaners & Tailors, 404 W. Walnut-st.
VERNE LEWELLEN TO QUIT GRID; BOOTED PIGSKIN 50,000 MILES
DECEMBER 28 (Sheboygan Press) - After nine years of professional competition, Verne Lewellen of the Green Bay Packers announces his retirement. There is still a lot of good football in that 34-year old framce, but Verne's best days are over, so he is quitting for good. Lewellen must be written down among the immortals of football. For nine years he did practically all the kicking for the Packers. It was Lewellen who carried the ball over for touchdowns when the last few yards were needed. He ran back punts, called signals, ran interference - he could do all things well. There was a game with the Chicago Cardinals in 1929 when Lewellen punted out of bounds beyond the Cardinal 10-yard line eight times. And he was one of the finest ball carriers on cutback plays I have seen. He was adept at pivoting and reversing the field. He seldom failed to gain the needed ground in those cutbacks over tackle. Lewellen played four years in high school and four more years at the University of Nebraska. He has kicked footballs in nearly 200 games. He must have booted the leather 50,000 yards. During his professional career he made 51 touchdowns. Now he returns to the little town in Nebraska where he will practice law and raise his two motherless children. His wife died eight months ago. For the last four years Lewellen has been district attorney of Brown County, but he was defeated in the democratic landslide of November, and leaves office in January.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT - PACKERS IN HAWAII
DECEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - Who are the Packers playing in Hawaii? We've been asked that question many times recently and until today we weren't sure just who they were playing or why. Considerable research and cable communications finally have brought out the whole story. We'll pass it on. When the Packers first were approached by representatives of the Honolulu News-Bulletin, a newspaper on the islands, sponsors of the games, it was understood that they were to play the 1932 University of Hawaii eleven in the first game Christmas day and the Townies, a semi-professional eleven in the second game next Monday. Before we go on, we'll explain the conditions in Honolulu. There is only one major university there. It is the University of Hawaii, which is part of the Kamehameha school system, for boys and girls of the island. Grade, high school and the university are part of the Kamehameha system. Other advanced schools are the St. Louis college, Normal school and Oahu college, all minor in comparison with the University of Hawaii. Football is played in all the schools and is well supported...The University of Hawaii, unable to get competition from the small colleges of the islands, annually plays in a Hawaiian island tournament against semi-pro and professional teams. There are no amateur squabbles because if the University did not play against these other teams, it would have no football. The island squads are made up of former football stars from many points. Some are army officers stationed on the islands. Others played in the States with major schools and now are residents of the island. Others played with some Hawaiian college team or the University eleven. Others probably only saw service with high school teams of the Kamehameha system. In recent years the outstanding football teams of the island that annually met the University of Hawaii eleven were the Honolulu Athletic club, St. Louis college Alumni, McKinley high Alumni, Honolulu Town club, Kamehameha Alumni. The Honolulu Town club team is known as the Townies. The Kamehameha Alumni is made up of players who were either at the University of Hawaii or played with high school or normal school teams of the Kamehameha system. On the Kamehameha Alumni team that the Packers played last Monday were 18 players who in recent years played on the University of Hawaii eleven. Danny Wise, the flashy little quarterback who turned in a sensational game, had no university experience but was one of the greatest high school players ever seen on the Islands, so was invited to play on the Kamehameha eleven. In last year's island tournament the Townies won the championship by defeating the University of Hawaii eleven in the final game. The McKinley alumni team, or Mickalums, as they are called, placed second. This year the Kamehameha alumni, better known as the Kams, tied for the island championship with the Mickalums. Both won all games except those played against one another. The Kams beat the Mickalums once, 6 to 0, and the Mickalums won over the Kams, 13 to 0. Both teams beat the University of Hawaii, St. Louis Alumni and Townies in other games...When the Packers arrived at Honolulu, sponsors decided that a game against the Kamehameha team would draw better than a game against the University as the University's year had not been good. Next Monday's game had been planned against the Town club, or Townies, but as McKinley Alumni beat the Townies, 23 to 0, recently, it was decided that McKinley would be a better attraction against the Packers, so were engaged to take part in the game. McKinley is one of the island's prep schools, also part of the Kamehameha system. On the McKinley alumni team's roster are 10 men who have played with the University of Hawaii eleven. Several others played with university teams of the United States and others had no university training. Our cable dispatches report that the team is very fast and has an excellent passing attack. The game should prove interesting.
BROADCAST PLANNED OF HONOLULU GAME
DECEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Press-Gazette and Walkers Cleaners and Tailors, one of its largest advertisers, have again associated to provide a play-by-play account of the January 2 football game in Honolulu direct from the playing field. The Green Bay Packers will play their second and last game on the island at 2:30 Monday afternoon, against a team known as the Mickalums, and rated as the best of Hawaiian teams. Because of the great interest created by the Packers' presence in Honolulu and their performance in the Christmas game against the Kams, this team was substituted for the Townies, the original opponents. A complete sellout of stadium capacity is expected, according to wireless dispatches received last night. The Mickalums' goal line has been crossed only once this season, that time by the Kams, whom the Packers defeated last Monday. The team this season has defeated the Kams, 13 to 0; defeated the Townies, 23 to 0; defeated the University of Hawaii, 13 to 0, and St. Louis college 7 to 0. They were defeated by the score of 6 to 0 by the Kams, the sensational Danny Wise heaving one of his 50 yard passes for the single score of the game...BACKED BY ALUMNI: The team is backed by the McKinley High alumni and gets its' name "Mick-alums" therefrom. It is coached by Neil Blaisdell, former coach of Bucknell college, the alma mater of Clark Hinkle, Packer fullback. The squad is composed of the pick of ex-college stars and players without college training. Several of the men were prominent with United States college elevens and a number of them are U of Hawaii stars. The star performer of the team is Hiram Kaakua, full-blooded Hawaiian, who played with St. Mary's college, California, one year. He is rated by far the best backfielder on the Hawaiian islands and is called "The Black Grange". Spalding's Football Guide for this year in its review, "Football in Hawaii", says: "Closing the season the University of Oklahoma arrived for two games, Christmas and New Years. Opening on Christmas Day, Oklahoma took the locals off their feet in the first half and went off to the dressing room with a 20 to 7 leads. Hiram Kaakua, Hawaiian ace, who was kept on the sidelines during the entire first half because of an injured leg, was sent in at the beginning of the third period and proved to be the deciding factor of the contest....INTERCEPTS FLAT PASS: After running the opening kickoff 75 yards, he led an attack that finally gave the locals their second touchdown. Shortly after the beginning of the fourth period, with Oklahoma still leading, Kaakua intercepted a flat pass and ran 55 yards for the score that tied the game. The final score, thanks to 'The Black Grange', was 39 for the islanders and 20 for Oklahoma U." The Hawaiians, though not calling their game professional football, have a system that very closely approximates it. These former college stars are organized into teams and backed by groups, usually by alumni societies. These teams play the university teams and among themselves. They even loan star players around it seems, because Kaakua has at time appeared in the lineups of the Mickalums, the Townies and the Kams. He may well be an alumnus of McKinley school and a member of the Town A.C. and thus qualified to play on both teams...BROTHERS ON TEAM: Coach Blaisdell has two of his brothers at Honolulu with him and both play in the backfield of the Mickalums. Brother Bill is a West Pointer and played on the Army team. Brother Tim is a former Bucknell player; played there when his brother was coach. Both are in the backfield of the Bucknell coach's Hawaiian team, the Packers' next opponents. A wireless dispatch from Don Watson, football writer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and who again has been engaged to report the January 2 game from the sidelines said: "Lambeau tells me the Packers were slowed up a bit in the first game by the warmness and he expects them to be in better condition for next game. Packers tell me diminutive Danny Wise, who tossed passes for two touchdowns, would be star on any man's team, anywhere. Honolulu is talking nothing but the Packers since the game and indications are that much larger crowd will see next game. Final check showed 13,362 paid admissions Monday and the financial success of the venture makes it seem certain Packers will be invited to return next year. The Packers are uninjured after first game and resumed practice today with Lambeau driving the team hard on a defense against aerial barrage he expects and has reason to expect from Mickalums." Radio Station WHBY, the St. Norbert college station, West De Pere, has again been engaged by Walkers Cleaners and Tailors for the broadcast of the play-by-play, arranged by this newspaper. The broadcast will probably begin again at 9 o'clock, although this may be advanced a quarter hour or half hour if possible. The final decision on the hour will be announced by the sponsors later.
ALL-STAR WESTERN ELEVEN TO OPPOSE PACKERS JAN. 22
DECEMBER 30 (San Francisco) - Acclaimed by sports editors and gridiron experts as "the world's greatest football team", the famous Green Bay Packers, of Green Bay, Wis., three consecutive times champions of the NFL, have been booked for the annual Knights of Columbus charity football game, to be played at Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate park, San Francisco, Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22. This spectacular and colorful squad, said to be "the perfect football machines", was selected from a large field of noted teams seeking consideration for the coming K. of C. post-season classic, and gridiron fans are looking forward enthusiastically to the Packers' visit to San Francisco. Red Grange, the famed "Galloping Ghost" of King football, is to be included in the Green Bay lineup; which consists of eleven former collegiate captains, seven varsity All-Americans and seven All-American pro stars comprising the fastest and most thrilling team in America. The Packers will be opposed in the K. of C. benefit classic by a team of Pacific coast All-Americans, which the local Knights of Columbus hope to have coached and captained by the immortal Ernie Nevers. Proceeds of the Jan. 22 K. of C. charity even are to be distributed 75 percent to the Archdiocesan Charities, under the patronage of His Excellency, Most Rev. Archbishop Edward J. Hanna, D.D., and the Saint Vincent de Paul society, and 25 percent for the maintenance of the Knights of Columbus free non-sectarian employment aid bureaus. The San Francisco chapter of the order, comprising eight K. of C. councils, is sponsoring the contest, with the active support of many fraternal, civic, patriotic veterans and welfare organizations of Northern California. Throughout this part of the state, committees are being formed in communities and societies to support the game, and assist in the advance ticket sale. The arrangements committee has announced that all seats will be reserved; with 40,000 tickets at $1 and 10,000 seats in the center sections at $2 each. There will also be two special sections for children and students exclusively, at 50 cents each. The U.S. government has exempted the ticket tax, due to the charitable nature of the game. Preceding the contest, a brilliant pageant will be staged in the Kezar stadium oval, with more than 100 military, veterans, civic, patriotic and uniformed fraternal orders taking part. The pageant will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the game at 2 o'clock.
PACKERS EXPECTING TOUGH BATTLE WITH MICKALUMS MONDAY
DECEMBER 31 (Green Bay) - Another huge radio audience is anticipated for the broadcast of the play-by-play report of the Green Bay Packers second and last game on the Hawaiian Islands, Monday night at 9 o'clock. The game will be played Monday afternoon at 2:30 in Honolulu and the difference in time puts this between 8 and 9 o'clock at night, Green Bay time. A development of the abbreviated wireless report which informs who carried the ball, what play was used and what the net result was will again be made by one of the players not making the trip, probably Verne Lewellen. This service assures the fans that the game they hear will be practically the exact game which the paid spectators in the Hawaiian capital will be seeing. The Press-Gazette has again contracted for a hookup of wireless, telephone, telegraph and radio duplicating service provided last Monday night. Don Watson of the sports staff of Honolulu's Star-Bulletin has been engaged to write the play by play at the sidelines. A Western Union key will be set up again in the studios of St. Norbert college station WHBY, and the broadcast beginning at 9 o'clock will be sponsored again by Walkers Cleaners and Tailors. A cablegram received from Coach Lambeau Saturday morning indicated that he expected plenty of trouble from the team his pros will meet. Several of the better players on the Kams team are listed in the possible lineup of the Mickalums, Monday's opponent. The Mickalums have been scored on just once this season, and have defeated every team on the island of comparable strength. The University of Hawaii, the Townies (Town club), the St. Louis college alumni and the Kams have all gone down to scoreless defeats before the Mickalums. The team is composed of former college stars, and some who have not played college football. It is coached by Neil Blaisdell, formerly at Bucknell. His brother, now an army officer in Hawaii, plays one halfback position and Hiram Kaakua, full-blooded Hawaiian who played for one season with St. Mary's in California, plays opposite in the backfield.
LOOKING UP IN THE REAL OF SPORT - "HAWAIIAN FOOTBALL"
DECEMBER 31 (Green Bay) - "To some citizens, coming down to earth Tuesday morning, to the return of the workday world, the most astonishing piece of news, which greeted them was on the sports page. It was from Honolulu and related that the Green Bay Packers, the professional football team which was just nosed out of the championship it held for years and years, had barely managed a victory over a Hawaiian team of youngsters who were outweighed thirty pounds to the man. The Honolulu outfit was described as being composed of high school alumni representing the various races of the islands. The star performer for the Hawaiians, Danny Wise, seems to be still in high school. The Packers were unable to do anything with the light Hawaiian line, and scored by forward passing, at which the Hawaiians also were adept and scored twice. It is maintained that professional football in the United States is much superior to the college game for a number of reasons which seem logical. A star is sought for each position and stars are obtainable from the college game. The collegians have never been completely satisfied that the teams of graduates were better than their own, but the assumption has gained ground and credibility. There may have been too much Christmas in the Packers' approach to the game, or the Hawaiians may be very good. McGuire, the great Wisconsin player, is a Hawaiian, and the islands have produced some notable athletes. Sport lovers were not quite prepared to find a distinguished professional team so nearly taken to a licking as the Packers apparently were when they met this Honolulu outfit. American coaches may be started looking out into the Pacific."...The above editorial appeared in Friday's issue of the Chicago Tribune. It expresses the sentiment of many fans, although a few statements are misleading. The editorial writer says that "the Packers were unable to do anything with the light Hawaiian line and scored by forward passing." This is not quite true. Statistics reveal that the Packers were able to gain more than 300 yards through the line. He also says that the Hawaiian squad was a "team of youngsters". There were a few "youngsters" on the squad, including Danny Wise, but most of the players had college experience. However, the reaction of many followers of sport is similar to the thought expressed by the editorial writer. We know that to use the narrow victory was startling. True the game was played in strange surroundings, under unusual conditions. It was only an exhibition contest and reports indicated that the Packers gained almost at will. Yet, the Green Bay team came close to losing. If they had been beaten professional football would have suffered a blow that would be hard to outlive.