PIRATES HAVE STRONG LINE, GOOD BACKS READ TO PLAY
OCTOBER 11 (Green Bay) - Bringing a powerful line, a shifty backfield and an ace passer in the person of Jack Westfall, recently of the Boston Redskins, the Pittsburgh Pirates will arrive here Saturday night, via the C.M. St. P. and P. railroad, prepared to tackle the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon. Packer morale is much brighter since the Spartan defeat of last Sunday, and Coach E.L. Lambeau hopes to take his remaining two home games, with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as the victims. Larry Bettencourt, former all-American center of St. Mary's, has been signed to bolster the middle of the Packer line, and Lambeau is expecting the husky newcomer to take a regular turn at the pivot post. As a special entertainment feaure, the Fond du Lac Eagles' drum corps, one of the crack musical organizations in Wisconsin, will appear between halves. The outfit, with some 50 men in the ranks, will march through the downtown section before the game and then out Main-st. to the City stadium...HAVE GOOD BACKFIELD: The Pirates' backfield brigade includes such star as Vaughn, Clark, Brovelli, Holm, Kesich, Moore, Schwartz, Shaffer and Westfall. Most of them are inexperienced against the Packers, although Holm played with the Cardinals in last year's Packer games, and Westfall was with the Redskins when they tied the Bays here in the season's opener. Tony Holm, the 215-pounder from Alabama, is expected to do most of the fullbacking on Sunday, although if he needs helps, it will be forthcoming in the person of Angelo Brovelli, St. Mary's fullback, who is listed as a halfback on the Pittsburgh starting roster. Three Purdue linemen, all rated crack gridders, will appear with the visitors. Paul Moss, star Boilermaker end, and Oehler, a center, are best known of the trio, although the achievements of Letsinger, a guard, are familiar to Purdue fans. The end crew consists of Moss, Sortet of West Virginia, Dailey of Pitt and Tasser of Carnegie Tech. There is plenty of beef in the Pittsburgh line. Burleson, Southern Methodist tackle, tips the beam at 235, and Tiny Engebretsen, Northwestern guard, scales 223. Rhodes of Washington and Jefferson is a 225 pound tackle, Kemp of Pitt plays the same position and weighs an
even 200, while Artman of Stanford, another tackle, is
the heaviest man on the squad, weighing 240.
GIANTS BEST SCORERS
OCTOBER 11 (Columbus, OH) - Having played four
league games, the New York Giants are setting the
pace in the pro league's scoring race with 60 points.
Opponents of the New York eleven are credited with 47.
Boston with 49 and Portsmouth with 45 follow in the
point scoring table. Cincinnati in two games has failed
to chalk up a point. Defensively the Chicago Bears have
the best record as the Windy City Bruins have been
scored on only once, that being the touchdown and the
extra point chalked up by the Green Bay Packers
several weeks ago.
LOOKING UP IN REALM OF SPORTS
OCTOBER 11 (Green Bay) - "The owners of the Green
Bay team are casting covetous eyes on Milwaukee and
may move their club next season, at least four of their
eight home games," writes a Milwaukee sports editor in
his column in a Milwaukee newspaper this morning.
"The gossip in 'pro' circles is that the owners haven't been satisfied with their profits at Green Bay and that they are contemplating moving to Milwaukee to prevent some other promoter from obtaining a franchise here and taking some of their business away from them," he continues. But let's stop right there for a few moments and think of what he is saying...It certainly is "gossip". Gossip of the rankest kind, born in the imagination of someone who absolutely does not know whereof he speaks, one who does not know the history of the Green Bay Packers, the nature of the organization that runs it, or, in fact, by someone who knows practically nothing about the Packers. He says the "owners" of the Green Bay team. He probably does not know that the Packer team has 1,000 owners. It is a Green Bay institution, organized to do professional business in Green Bay and could not move to Milwaukee even if the directors wanted to do so, which they positively do not. "We have never had the remotest idea of playing three or four games in Milwaukee, let alone move the club there," says Leland H. Joannes, president of the Packer club. "As far as being 'satisfied with profits' at Green Bay, can we be anything but satisfied? This is a Green Bay club, owned by Green Bay people, for Green Bay people. Their support has been marvelous, considering the economic conditions of the past few years. We played one game in Milwaukee because we believed it would help bridge a financial gap this year. We might play a game again there next year if conditions warrant it, but that would be all."...The writer says that Green Bay owners might move to prevent some other promoter from obtaining a franchise there and taking some of the Green Bay business away from them. We wonder if he knows that the Green Bay directors were the leaders in the move to have Milwaukee organize and support its own club. The local club leaders know that if Milwaukee entered the league and should happen to develop a winning team, it would not hurt the attendance here. Rather it would increase interest in the state and a Green Bay-Milwaukee game would be a "natural". There is more "gossip" in the writer's column of a similar nature, but it is so far from fact that we won't go into it. Sufficient to say, that Green Bay's football club is Green Bay's to keep, as long as it wants it. If the time should ever come when Green Bay no longer wants professional football, it will be a time when no other city in the state, including Milwaukee, will want it either.
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - Larry Bettencourt, former St. Mary's center, who signed to play with the Green Bay Packers this week, arrived in Green Bay at noon today. He came by automobile from Texas where he had been playing baseball.
PACKERS ANXIOUS TO STAY IN WIN COLUMN
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - Determined to remain in the victory column of the National Professional Football league, the Green Bay Packers are drilling this week for Sunday's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Packers scored their first win last Sunday, against the league leading Portsmouth Spartans, after two defeats and a tie. The Pirates scored their second victory in four starts by defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 17 to 3, at Pittsburgh last night. The Ohioans tallied in the opening period on a 12-yard drop kick by Myers Clark. A little later, the Pirates blocked a punt and recovered on the Cincinnati two-yard line. Ed Westfall smashed over for the touchdown and Brovelli, the former St. Mary's flash, kicked the extra point. In the final period, Mose Kelsch kicked a goal from placement on the 23-yard line, followed a little later by a touchdown by halfback Harp Vaughan. Westfall kicked the extra point.
PASS DEFENSE STRESSED IN PACKER DRILL
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - The threat of a strong Pittsburgh aerial attack has caused Coach E. L. Lambeau to place stress upon pass defense in this
week's practice sessions, but the Green Bay Packers,
facing the Pirates here Sunday afternoon, planned to
do considerable passing on their own account. The
Packers well remember Jack Westfall, quarterback,
who appeared here with Boston in the opening National
league game on the current season. It was Westfall
who faded back and flipped a pass to Frankian, Boston
end, which led to the touchdown and extra point that
tied the score at 7-all, robbing the Bays of a victory...
MOSS STAR RECEIVER: Westfall will be wearing a
Pittsburgh uniform, and there will be a number of other
receivers for his passes, including Paul Moss, lengthy
Purdue university end, who was rated one of the best
wingmen in the country during his years at Lafayette.
Another set of outstanding backs are Tony Holm and
Angelo Brovelli. Holm was with the Cardinals last year,
and faced the Packers twice, but Brovelli, rated an all-
American while playing for Coach Slip Madigan's
Galloping Gaels of St. Mary's, will be making his pro
debut against the Bays. He is rated one of the hardest
hitting fullbacks in the business, although he probably
will be placed at halfback when the starting whistle
blows Sunday...DRUM CORPS TO PARADE: Fans who
witness the aerial battle will have further entertainment
provided for them, as the crack Eagles drum corps of
Fond du Lac is scheduled to appear between halves.
This 75-piece organization, attired in snappy uniforms
and playing a stirring set of beats, has placed well up in
national contests, and is widely known. The Packers
came through the muddy Portsmouth battle without
serious injuries, and with new morale to face their
remaining National league foes. The Spartans were
rated as tough as any team in the league, and their
defeat has given the Packers a new lease on life. One
week after the Pittsburgh game the Packers will be in
Chicago to play the Bears, and if the champions can be
subdued, the Packers will be right in the thick of the
pennant race...DILWEG FEELING FIT: Lavvie Dilweg's
injured knee finally has responded to treatment, and it
is likely that the ace end will be able to take his turn on
the field after two week's rest. Fans also are anxious to
see the men who starred against Portsmouth. Five of
the Packers - Bultman, Bruder, Gantenbein, Rose and
Hubbard - pulled the "iron man" act Sunday, playing
through 60 minutes of the grueling struggle. Goldenberg,
rapidly becoming one of the the most popular men on
the squad, is sure to see action. The rain soaked crowd
let up a howl when the stocky fullback trotted into the
game Sunday, despite the fact that he replaced Clark
Hinkle, as hard hitting and popular a player as ever wore
a Green Bay uniform...BUCKETS LEADS BAYS:
Buckets is the leading scorer of the Packer squad, and
he is tied for fifth place in the National league scoring
TWO SOUTHPAW PASSES
OCTOBER 12 (New York) - Southpaws are an accepted
fact in baseball with a definite place on every pitching
staff but in football there are few capable of making the
major leagues. There are only two southpaw backs in
the NFL. Bull Doehring, former Illinois back of the
Chicago Bears, and Otto Vokaty, former Heidelberg
college star now with the Chicago Cardinals, are the
sole southpaw flingers in the major league grid circuit. Stu Wilson, from W. and J., was with Stapleton last fall but he is out of action now after a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Doehring, while a rarity as a southpaw, is one of the best tossers in the circuit. The 215 pounder is one of the longest heaver in the circuit despite his being lefthanded. A 50-yard toss is a mere trifle for him and with the possible exception of Arnold Herber, Green Bay ace, he is the longest passer of the circuit. Vokaty was with the New York Giants last fall but got little opportunity to display his southpaw slants since Jack McBride, Syracuse veteran, was doing the heaving and doing it so well that he led the league in 1932 by completing 52 percent of his tosses.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - One of the most colorful performers in professional football this year is Mose Kelsch, Pittsburgh halfback and sandlot performer who has been kicking field goals at random for the Pirates. Kelsch is one of the few professional performers able to keep going after reaching the age of 35. He is 38 years old and has been playing football around Pittsburgh semi-pro and professional gridirons for 20 years. When not kicking he runs a barber shop in the Pennsylvania city. Against the Cincinnati team last night Kelsch dropkicked from the 28 yard line to give his team three points. He weighs 225 pounds. Four former Purdue stars appear with the Pirates this year. Paul Moss, an end, Don Rhodes, tackle, Howard Letsinger, guard, and John Oehler, center, are the former Boilermakers. Buckets Goldenberg says that Oehler is one of the best centers he ever saw perform in Big Ten circles. He is fast, aggressive and strong. Moss and Oehler got all-American rating last year on many selections. Moss is six feet, two inches tall, the same height as Ray Tesser, the other end who probably will start. Tesser also does the punting for the Pirates, dropping back from the line. He hails from Carnegie Tech.
LAMBEAU HOPES FOR VICTORY
OCTOBER 13 (Green Bay) - Heartened by the fine showing of his Green Bay Packers against the Portsmouth Spartans, leaders of the National Professional Football league, Coach Curly Lambeau dared hope today for victories in the Bays' last two home games. Sunday the Packers entertain the Pittsburgh Pirates, but Lambeau refuses to do more than hope for a win. He still remembers the deadly forward passing accuracy of Jack Westfall, who had a large part in scoring the touchdown that gave the Boston Redskins a 7-7 tie in the Packers' opening game. Westfall is now quarterback for the Pirates. Larry Bettencourt, former all-American center at St. Mary's, has joined the Bays and Lambeau expects him to take a regular turn at the pivot post. The Fond du Lac Eagles drum corps will drum it up for the Packers Sunday, leading the parade to the City Stadium and presenting an exhibition drill between halves.
PROFESSIONAL GRID CROWDS SHOW GAINS FOR SEASON - HALAS
OCTOBER 13 (Chicago) - Professional football is keeping in stride with the college brand in drawing increased crowds this year, George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, said today. "The eastern clubs are drawing big crowds and are in fine shape financially," Halas said on his return form the east. "Pittsburgh, a new member of the National league, also is drawing well and so are the western teams." Halas increased his controlling interest in the Bears last night by purchasing the stock held by Charles Bidwell, Chicago sportsman. Bidwell recently purchased the Chicago Cardinals and was forced to sell under league rules whereby no man can have an interest in more than one club.
PIRATES LEAVE EASTERN CITY FOR GREEN BAY
OCTOBER 13 (Pittsburgh) - Fresh from their 17 to 3 conquest of the Cincinnati Reds here Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates professional football squad left late today for Wisconsin, where Sunday afternoon they will attempt to better their National league standing at the expense of the Green Bay Packers. While the Pirates are not underestimating the strength of the Packers, who swarmed all over Portsmouth last Sunday to win their first league game, the Pittsburgh club is inclined to let its record stand on its own merits beside that of the Green Bay team. As a matter of fact, the Pirates rate higher in the league than do the Packers, and a victory on Sunday will stamp Pittsburgh as a contending club. The only two defeats suffered by the Pirates this season were administered by Boston and New York. The former team tied the Packers this season and the Giants defeated them, so that according to comparative scores, Coach Jap Douds' crew rates at least an even break with Green Bay. The squad which left today for Chicago and Green Bay included, besides 22 played, Coach Douds, President Arthur Rooney, Secretary Arthur Guy and Trainer Mike Streck. The Pirates planned to stop off in Chicago long enough to practice on the De Paul football field Saturday. Late Saturday they will entrain for Green Bay, arriving at the football capital at 10:20 o'clock that evening on the C.M. St. P. and P. line.
INVITE PAYING GUESTS
OCTOBER 13 (Green Bay) - Invitations have been extended to 60 high school football squads in Wisconsin and upper Michigan to be "paying" guests at the remaining two home games on the Packers' schedule. Bargain day prices are being offered by the football corporation, provided the high school gridders attend in groups totaling 15 or more, and it is expected that a considerable number of youngsters will avail themselves of the opportunity to see top notch football. The Packers' inferiority complex, evident on the gridiron and spreading to the fans, was wiped out by last Sunday's victory over Portsmouth, which sent the Spartans back to Ohio, thoroughly whipped and stinging under a 17 to 0 defeat. The Bays ripped through practice sessions this week with an enthusiasm which promised the invading Pittsburgh Pirates a busy afternoon. The Packers, whatever their fans may think, have not yet counted themselves out of the championship race. A couple of defeats for the Chicago Bears, regarded as highly probable in view of the Bears' extensive schedule, and one more licking for Portsmouth would throw the Bruins, Spartans and Packers into a grand muddle for first place, with the winner just as likely to be one team as another. Added strength for the Packer line arrived late Thursday in the person of Larry Bettencourt, St. Mary's all-America center, who completed, with his wife, a 1,600-mile drive from San Antonio, Texas. Bettencourt climbed right into grid togs to work out with the Packers, and Coach E.L. Lambeau regarded his work with satisfaction. The husky pivotman won national grid laurels at St. Mary's university, and is a California product. He played football with the Memphis team that handed the Packers a shellacking in a 1929 post-season game, and continued to star in the Memphis line in 1930 and 1931. Last season he was with the St. Louis Gunners, managed by Bullet Baker, former Packer backfield ace. Bettencourt played this past season with the San Antonio club of the Texas baseball league. He has seen service twice with the Milwaukee
ADD TEAMS IN ACTION
OCTOBER 13 (Columbus, OH) - The Philadelphia Eagles, only National league team that has yet to play a game, will make its debut in the major league this week when it opposes the New York Giants in the opening circuit game in New York next Sunday. The Chicago rivals, the Bears and Cardinals, meet for the first time this season at Wrigley Field with the championship Bears striving to maintain their unbeaten record and first place in the western division of the race. The Portsmouth Spartans, closest rivals to the Bears for the lead, invade Boston to meet the Redskins, leaders in the Eastern section. There is only a half a game between the Redskins and Giants in the race for the Eastern crown so Sunday's game may mean a change in the standing. The Cincinnati Reds invade Brooklyn to encounter the Dodgers in the other circuit contest listed.
PRO GRID NOTES
OCTOBER 13 (Green Bay) - Every club in the league will be in action this weekend as five games are scheduled. It begins to look as if it will be a blanket race to Pennantville as the majority of the clubs seem to be evenly matched...One of next Sunday's choice intersectional combats will be in Brooklyn where the Dodgers will play host to the Cincy Redlegs. Neither of these clubs have chalked up a victory this fall in the postgraduate circuit...Jim MacMurdo, Boston guard, didn't see action against the Giants last Sunday as an illness that he suffered in Pittsburgh last week is still hanging on. This is a tough break for the Hub as Mac is a star lineman...Determined to have a winner at any cost, President Arthur Rooney, of the Pittsburgh club, has taken on two more players. Quarterback Westfall was purchased from Boston and Gil Burleson, a guard, secured from Portsmouth...Benny Friedman, the Brooklyn ace, got bumped so hard early in the game with the Chicago Bears that he had to be carried off the field. Benny was cold for a few minutes. He did not see any further action in the combat...Tiny Feather is turning in a good job at end for the Giants. When Badgro was injured in the Green Bay game, Coach Steve Owen sent Feather, a halfback by trade, to the wing position and he has been doing everything asked of him...Ookie Miller is getting full time service at center for the Chicago Bears as Bert Pearson, the other Bruin snapperback, is on the shelf with a bad leg. Miller is a good passer and he is right at home in the "thick" going...George Johnson, American association baseball umpire, is drawing some assignments as a football official in the pro loop. Some years ago, Johnson served a season as manager of the Rock Island Independents with success...Bad weather raised havoc with Cincinnati's opening game at home and the clash with the Chicago Cardinals attracted but a small crowd. The game was late in starting as the groundskeepers had to mop up the playing field...The Bears and Cardinals resume their gridiron feud in Chicago this Sunday. There is little love lost between the clubs as they have been battling each other around for years. The Halas-men again rule as favorites...The educated toe of Joe Lillard, Chicago Cardinal halfback, paved the way for Coach Schissler's outfit to snatch a 3-0 victory from Cincinnati. The Reds failed twice in attempts to boot the ball between the uprights...Lud Wray's Philadelphia club starts its National league schedule in New York this Sunday against the Giants. The Phillies lost a 7 to 0 exhibition game to Stapleton last Sunday after they had muffed several chances to come through with touchdowns...Harry Newman steamed through the Boston Redskins for 90 yards and a touchdown. This is the longest run of the season. The former Michigan back was right in the shadow of his own goal posts when he started his record sprint...Dutch Clark, All-American pro quarterback in 1931, '32, who is now coaching in Colorado, may return to the Spartans for four games during the last lap of the season, according to Harry Snyder, vice-president of the Portsmouth club...Les Caywood, husky Cincinnati guard, and Halfback Lillard of the Chicago Cards put on a fistic exhibition which resulted in both players being chased from the field. This was the second week running that the Cards were in scraps.