CAL HUBBARD IN UNIFORM AS BAYS DRILL FOR CARDS
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Cal Hubbard, two-hundred and sixty-five pounds of beef who absence left a gaping hole in the Green Bay Packer line of 1934, was back in uniform today as the team drilled for Sunday's opening National league contest with the Cardinals of Chicago. Hubbard arrived late yesterday in time to attend a chicken dinner given for the squad by the directors, at which time the players, old and new, were introduced to the Packer officials, and all listened to a few brief talks in the Beaumont hotel dining room. Cal looked in excellent condition - in fact, no different than when he left Green Bay two years ago. He has been umpiring in the International league, which put on a heated final stretch, and was prevented from joining the Packers until today. The Packers were hard at work again this morning, with little improvement in their string of injured backs. Their chances of whipping the powerful Cardinals took another setback yesterday when George Sauer's shoulder, well on the way to recovery, was nicked in a dummy scrimmage and injured again. Sauer couldn't lift his right arm about his head last night. He had been scheduled for certain action on Sunday...TICKET OFFICE BUSY: While the t4eam drove through its pregame practice at Joannes park, there was something of a stir at the Packer ticket office, Adams and E. Walnut streets, as fans displayed more than the usual demand for seats. E.A. Spachmann, director of ticket sales, reported a steady drain on the City stadium tickets, and predicted a large crowd for the Packer-Cardinal struggle. Officials for the game, named today, will be Bobby Cahn, Chicago, referee; Gunnar Elliott, Fort Wayne, Ind., umpire; Earl Wyman, Oshkosh, head linesman; and James Keefe, Milwaukee, field judge. The Cardinals will arrive at 10:15 Saturday night over the Milwaukee Road, bringing a squad including 44 players and officials. The invasion will be headed personally by Charles W. Bidwill, club owner, and Arthur Wolfe, business manager. The team will leave for Chicago at 1:15 Monday morning. The Green Bay headquarters has not been announced...THREE NEW STARS: Three sparkling performers have been added to the Cardinal roster this season in Al Nichelini, Tony Blazine and Gil Berry, assuring the Chicago squad an even greater chance at the NFL championship. Nichelini comes to the league after a brilliant record as halfback with the colorful St. Mary's university team in California, and he represents plenty of scoring punch as well as defensive strength. Nick weighs 203 pounds and tower 6 feet 3 inches. Bidwill and Coach Milan Creighton were two of the happiest men at Soldier field when they saw Blazine outshine all other linemen in the Bears-All Star game. Blazine, playing at Illinois Wesleyan, wasn't given a tumble by the all-American selectors, but the 217-pounder played his foes off their feet in the big show. Berry, the former University of Illinois ace, needs no introduction to the middle west, as he was a star of stars for Bob Zuppke over a period of three years. The Packers were informed by Leland H. Joannes, club president; by Coach E.L. Lambeau; and by Dr. W.W. Kelly, medical advisor, that a victory over the Cardinals is essential to starting off the 1935 National league season on the right foot...RESTS ON PLAYERS: "Will the new men makes the grade?" demanded Lambeau. "The responsibility rests
entirely upon the newcomers themselves. If they think
the going will be easy, they probably won't produce. We
remember Bob Jones, the great Indiana guard, who in
his first year of professional football last year, held his
own with anyone in the league, because he accepted
his responsibility and did not take it too lightly. A
winning team is serious before a game and laughs after;
a losing team does its clowning first and later is down
and serious." Green Bay this season has the four
important ingredients for a winning football team, Dr. W.
W. Kelly told the Packers. It has the coach, the fans,
the right men and the right spirit. "You are only a
community proposition, nothing more," he added. "You
are not a commercial proposition - you belong to the
city as a whole." Joannes extended a welcome to the
new men and predicted a successful season.
EXPECT LARGE CROWD FOR PACKER-CARDINAL
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - With the advance ticket sale
assuring a large crowd for the opening of the National
league schedule here Sunday, the Green Bay Packers
pounded through a three-hour workout today. The team,
Coach E.L. Lambeau, will be at about 75 percent of
normal strength for the Cardinal game. Arnold Herber,
George Sauer, Roger Grove, George Maddox and Clark
Hinkle will not play, and Hank Bruder, while he may see
some service, will be handicapped by a shoulder injury.
Lambeau is giving this group as much of a rest as
possible, as he wants all of them in shape for the Bear-
Packer game Sept. 22. With Herber on the bench, the
entire responsibility for calling the signals will rest with
Joe Laws, second year pro halfback. Laws has been
looking very good this fall in directing the team as field
general, and he is a probably starter on Sunday. The
starting Chicago Cardinals backfield will include Doug
Russell, Iron Mike Mikulak, Dave Cook and Paul
Pardonner, a versatile quartet with plenty of speed and
power. All four saw heavy service for the Cardinals last
fall, with Russell proving a sensation by his brilliant
running...102-YARD RUN: In one game at Cincinnati,
Russell turned in a 102-yard run for a score. Mikulak
proved valuable as a pounding fullback, and Cook again
is expected to do his share of work in the backfield.
Coach Milan Creighton practically has decided on his
starting lineup. He will use Capt. Lou Gordon and Harry
Field at the tackle posts, Howard Tipton and Bree
Cuppoletti at guards, Bernie Hughes at center, Bill
Smith and Bob Neuman at ends. While in Green Bay,
the Cards will headquarter at the Beaumont hotel.
PRO GRID NOTES
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - The New York Giants, pennant
winner in 1934, are gunning for another championship.
Coach Steve Owen has nearly all his veterans back in
togs and a healthy supply of recruits out of the colleges
from coast to coast...Joe Bach of Notre Dame fame is
making his debut this year as pilot of the Pittsburgh
Pirates. Bach coached at Duquesne last season and
has brought along a number of his stars who should
make the grade in postgraduate football...The Chicago
Cardinals in Milan Creighton have the only playing
coach in the league. Creighton will take his regular turn
as an end and besides handling the entire team. This is
a man-sized job but Creighton likes to keep busy..Eddie
Casey has stepped from Harvard to the Redskins and
George Marshall feels certain that he'll have a winning
club this season. The Boston management has spent
plenty of cash lining up stars of the collegiate world...
Bert Bell and Lud Wray, leaders of the Philadelphia
Eagles, are determined to go place this season. Wray
has severed his other business connections and is
spending all his time directing the activities of the team.
..Dan Topping, president of the Brooklyn club, is very
confident that Paul Schissler will put a top-notch team
on the field for the Dodgers. Schissler knows the pro
game like a book and he has the faculty of getting a lot
out of his players...George Halas, coach and president
of the Chicago Bears, is pulling every string possible to
get back on championship row. The Windy City Bruins
have a young army of gridders under contract and they
have been working for a month..Potsy Clark, the Detroit
Lions' mentor, thinks he has a championship team in
the making this fall. Clark's elevens have always been
right up there near the top but he still has to dream
about the golden football tokens...Curly Lambeau is
starting his 17th season as coach of the Green Bay
Packers. Lambeau has grabbed off some colorful artists
this fall, and, if the veterans come through as expected,
the Bays may again be in their gridiron glory...John
(Shipwreck) Kelly has burned his moleskins and will
center his attention to the treasurer's duties of Brooklyn.
Kelly was a great halfback and he gained a lot of ground
for both New York and the Brooklyn teams..Al Nichelini,
the toast of St. Mary's for several seasons, will be
lugging the cowhide for the Chicago Cardinals this fall.
He is a big, husky, bruising backfielder is just the type
that should make the grade on the pro grid...Glen (Turk)
Edwards will be doing business as usual at a tackle
position for the Boston Redskins. This will be Edwards'
third season on the front line of the Hub-town team. He
is as good a forward as there is in the loop..."Ben Ben"
Smith is to draw his check again from the Pittsburgh
Pirates. This former Alabama star is a smooth working
end and he is husky enough to make it tough for any of
the "man-mountain" tackles whom he faces...Herman
Everhardus, three-year Michigan star, is making his
debut with the Detroit Lions. The Wolverine back
coached at Penn State in 1934 but an attractive offer
from the Lions made him dig out his playing uniform
again...The Bear coaching staff is expecting great
things from Chuck Mucha, a 200-pound guard who
played football under Jimmy Phelan at the University of
Washington. Mucha should be at home with the Bears
as he is a Chicago product...Les Corzine is making a
determined bid for a job in the New York backfield.
Corzine was a star at Davis and Elkins and has played
with the Cincy and St. Louis pro clubs. He was with the
Giants on the west tour last winter...Duane Purvis, one of Purdue's greatest backfielders, is counted on a lot of ground for Philadelphia. While with the Boilermakers, Purvis was a triple threat artist who ranked with the best in the Western conference...Stan Kostka, the Minneapolis battering ram, should be one of the standouts for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The plunging backfielder is rated every bit as good as Herb Joesting, Bronko Nagurski and Jack Manders, other great Gopher fullbacks...Cal Hubbard, after a year's recess to coach at Texas A. and M., will return to the battle front of the Green Bay Packers, Hubbard is one of the greatest tackles in National league history and the Packer fans are jubilant over his return...Bobbie Cahn is starting his 13th season as an official in the National league. The midget official is well liked by players and spectators alike. He keep right on top of the ball and is quite a "show man" out on the field.
CARR IS EXPECTING SUCCESSFUL LEAGUE
SEPT 13 (Columbus, OH) - Joe F. Carr, president of the NFL, pictured the 1935 outlook today as the brightest in the circuit's history. The National league will open its fourteenth consecutive season tonight with the Pittsburgh Pirates meeting the Philadelphia Eagles at Temple stadium in the Quaker city. Green Bay will meet the Chicago Cardinals Sunday in the Wisconsin city. Other teams in the league will go into action Sept. 29. Carr said about 65 percent of the players who participated in the recent All Star-Chicago Bear game have been signed by National league clubs. The league will function as usual on an Eastern and Western division basis. Five in the East are Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The four Western entries are the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit and Green Bay.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Professional football is going in for the farm system. The Detroit Lions have contracted to send their young players to Louisville in the American Football league for development.
PACKERS FIRST CARDINAL FOE IN PRO LEAGUE
SEPT 14 (Chicago) - A Chicago Cardinal football team which is regarded as one of the strongest in the NFL will open its bid for the 1935 championship at Green Bay tomorrow. Milan Creighton, who succeeded Paul Schissler as coach, will start a veteran lineup against the Packers. Later in the contest he expects to use of his eight new men, but it will be up to the members of last year's squad to get the Cardinals over the first obstacle. Creighton is confident he has a team which will prove itself the strongest to represent the Cardinals since the days of Ernie Nevers. Last year's team, composed largely of new men, revealed flashes of power. It played two close games against Detroit and whipped the Packers twice. The year of experience and eight new men, including Tony Blazine and Al Nichelini, leading performers in the recent All-Star game, have strengthened the club. The chief obstacle is a difficult schedule which throws the Cardinals against three of the strongest elevens in the league on the first three Sundays. After the Packers tomorrow, the Cardinals meet Detroit at Detroit, then the Bears. Owner Charles Bidwill and Creighton feel this the Cardinals' year. They will have one of the fastest teams in the league and one that will not be at a disadvantage in weight. Blazine, the Illinois Wesleyan tackle, and Nichelini, halfback from St. Mary's, are the outstanding men among the newcomers, but Creighton expects to get considerable help from Gil Berry, former Illinois star; Glen Dowell, Texas Tech fullback, and Ken Peterson, a flashy little back from Gonzaga.
PACKERS BATTLE CARDINALS SUNDAY
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will open their NFL schedule at City stadium tomorrow by engaging the Chicago Cardinals of Coach Milan Creighton. Creighton, the only playing coach in the pro league, is bringing a powerful, husky squad here to face a Packer team which possesses an apparently powerful line, but a set of crippled backs. Cheering to Packer fans, who have been expressing their interest in the contest at the box office in no uncertain terms, was the news that Hank Bruder, believed out of service with an injured shoulder, will be available for action tomorrow. Four other players - Clarke Hinkle, fullback, Arnold Herber and Roger Grove, halfbacks, and George Maddox, tackle - definitely will not play Sunday, and George Sauer's delayed appearance before the home fans is also unlikely. Coach E.L. Lambeau has little choice in his selection of a starting backfield. A good guess places Herman Schneidman at blocking quarterback, Bob Monnett at left halfback, Joe Laws at right halfback and Swede Johnston at fullback. The Packer linemen are in excellent shape. Lambeau's choice for a starting center lies somewhere among Frank Butler, Michigan State veteran who has been playing excellent ball, Nate Barrager, the U.S.C. veteran and George Svendsen, Minnesota ace who scored two touchdowns against La Crosse last Sunday...DEPENDS ON WEATHER: The size of tomorrow's crowd will depend largely upon the weather, and Packer officials read gratefully today a forecast for clear skies. If moderate temperatures prevail, and there is no threat of rain, the opening day crowd may approach record proportions. Creighton probably will make full use of Iron Mike Mikulak, his battering fullback, against Green Bay tomorrow. Mikulak staged a couple of great shows in the Cardinal-Packer games last year, being particularly troublesome on defense. The Packer management has received 1,500 copies of the new publication, "Who's Who in Major League Football", and these will be sold at the game, as well as at local news stands. The publication contains first hand information on all NFL clubs.
CARDINALS OPEN WITH PACKERS AT GREEN BAY TODAY
SEPT 15 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals today will open the championship race for which they have been preparing since last September. Their opponents will be the Packers, whom they meet at Green Bay. The kickoff has been set for 2 o'clock, central standard time. One year ago Charles Bidwell, then entering his first season as owner of the club, ordered Coach Paul Schissler to release all except four of the members of the 1933 team and build from the ground up with new men fresh off the campus. Schissler rounded up a corps of highly efficient performers...CREIGHTON MADE COACH: Schissler resigned last spring, after the Cardinals returned from a triumphant tour of the Pacific coast, which they concluded with a decisive victory over the Bears. Milan Creighton, regular end, was elevated to the coachship, and he made further changes in the personnel, filling in with stars from last June's graduating classes where the regulars of 1934 failed to meet expectations. Today, after four weeks' practice at Mills stadium, Creighton has fashioned a team which he is confident will be the best to represent the Cardinals since Ernie Nevers was tearing up the professional league. It is a fast team, one of the fastest in the league, and is well fortified at each position with the weight necessary in a professional league race...VETERANS START IN BACKFIELD: The starting backfield assignments, which will be handled by veterans of last season until the newcomers have had an opportunity to get their feet under them in the pro league, will be entrusted to Paul Pardonner, Doug Russel, Dave Cook and Mike Mikulak. Russell, the former Kansas State star, is one of the fleetest men in the league. Last year he opened the season with a 102 yard run against Cincinnati and galloped 87 yards through Detroit for the Cardinals' first touchdown in the futile fourth quarter rally at Wrigley field. Mikulak at fullback is regarded as one of the best defensive men in the league. Cook, a former Illinois star, is blocking halfback and Pardonner is a field goal expert who directed Purdue's attack for three years. In the line Creighton will start players who established themselves last year. The only men with more than one year experience will be Lou Gordon, tackle, who has been in the league six years, and Tipton. Tony Blazine, Illinois Wesleyan star, who was the outstanding lineman in the All-Star game promoted by the Tribune, will relieve Gordon...NICHELINI AND BERRY WILL AID: Al Nichelini, St. Mary's All-American who also distinguished himself in the All-Star game, and Gil Berry, former Illinois halfback who did not play last year, will help out in the backfield. The Cardinals are out to win a championship. In New York and Brooklyn, where fans had an opportunity to see them whip the Dodgers last year; in Detroit, where they remember the two narrow escapes the Lions had, and in Green Bay, where fans are trying to forget the two whippings administered the Packers last season, the Cardinals have definitely declared in the championship race. Chicago, where the Bears have become the favorites because of repeated success, also will vote for the Cardinals if they can get past their first three foes. These are the Packers tomorrow, Detroit next week and the Bears the following week. Green Bay, according to reports, will not be at its full strength for today's game. Roger Grove, George Sauer, Arnie Herber and Clark Hinkle, all backs, and George Maddox, tackle, are out with injuries. Nevertheless, the Packers are said to be considerably improved over last year and will be represented by sufficient able bodied men to make the 1935 debut a severe test for the Cardinal team, which hopes to dethrone the New York Giants.