BANQUET THRONG CHEERS CHAMPIONS
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - A ringing tribute to the nation's greatest professional football team, and a rousing response to an invitation given the Green Bay Packers to appear in the 1937 All Star game at Soldier field, Chicago, were given by 1,500 Packer fans. 975 of them diner, at the community's testimonial Victory banquet in the Columbus Community club auditorium last night. The invitation to meet the College All Stars was extended by Arch Ward, Chicago Tribune sports editor, who was one of the evening's principal speakers. The entire program was a succession of ovations, gladly given and received with appreciation by the team. Coach E.L. Lambeau, Packer officials, and by Russ Winnie, Milwaukee radio announcer
who got one of the biggest hands of the night. Although the
guests were in their chairs for five hours, the program
never dragged and was kept moving at top speed by Lavvie
Dilweg, toastmaster and member of the Lions club, which
sponsored the testimonial. Dilweg never turned in a better
job...PACKERS ON DISPLAY: Along the stage, facing the
auditorium and in front of Herman Daumler's orchestra,
was the speakers' table, and directly below sat the Packers
strung out on an extended platform, where everybody could
see them. One of the highlights of the program occured
when Dr. W.W. Kelly introduced each player individually, and
each received a handsome gold Gruen wrist watch as a
gift from the corporation. The team entered to the tune of
"Go, You Packers, Go", the official pep song, and grace was
said by the Rev. F.X. Exler, O, Praem. Service of the 975
eaters then was conducted, with uniformed Bay Scouts
serving as ushers and guides. Dilweg opened the program
by reading a series of congratulatory telegrams and in a
fine gesture of sportsmanship referred to the 1936 Packers
as "the greatest football team that ever played for Green
Bay". This from an All-American end who played through
three national championship seasons. Mayor John V.
Diener complimented the team and coach, saying: "Much
credit must go to Lambeau for Green Bay's professional
football success. Starting out in a modest way, with a club
composed entirely of local products and playing mostly
state teams, under his direction and guidance we have
seen the club advance to the top of the heap...:"...ONE OF
TOUGHEST: "The present season with its schedule has
been one of the hardest ever played by any Packer club.
Starting out with victory in the opening game, then came the
crushing defeat by the Bears. A less hardy club would have
failed to rally from this blow, but the Packer team did rally
and went on through opposition that got tougher as each
game came along, but the club was able to cope with the
best sent against it." "We've done it again," Leland H.
Joannes, Packer president, told the crowd, referring to
Green Bay's achievement in again putting across a national
championship. He paid tribute to Lambeau, his staff, the
players and fans of Green Bay, Wisconsin and the Upper
Michigan peninsula. "National league reports show that
Green Bay was the third best drawing team in the circuit,"
he continued. "New York drew 225,000, the Bears 210,000
and the Packers 165,000. Green Bay's record was second
to none." Then came Russ Winnie, to be greeted by
prolonged cheers which prevented him from immediately
speaking, and obviously pleased him immensely. He
extended congratulations to Coaches Lambeau and
Richard (Red) Smith, saying "their team played all-America
football from start to finish. I'd like to place the entire squad
on the all-America pro team."...TELLS OF TOUCHDOWN:
Winnie finished with a demonstration broadcast of the
Herber to Hutson touchdown play against Boston at the
Polo Grounds last Sunday, the effect being so realistic the
audience rocked with pleasure. Dilweg introduced several
former Packer stars, including Bernard Dilweg, Verne
Lewellen, Dave Zuidmulder, Hurdis McCrary, Jug Earpe,
Whitey Woodin and Ivan Cahoon. Then came the press,
Dilweg introducing successively Oliver Kuechle, Milwaukee
Journal' Stoney McGlynn, Milwaukee Sentinel; Howard
Purser, Wisconsin News; Russell Lynch, Milwaukee
Journal; Charles Nevada, Chicago Tribune; and George
W. Calhoun, Green Bay Press-Gazette, secretary of the
corporation. Executive committee members introduced
were Fred Leicht, Gerald Clifford, H.J. Bero, Leslie Kelly,
Dr. W.W. Kelly, Emil Fischer, Frank Jonet and A.B. Turnbull.
Assistant Coach Red Smith spoke briefly, saying, "It was a
pleasure to work with Curly Lambeau, he's the outstanding
football coach in the world."...LOOMIS IS PRESENT: The
state of Wisconsin was represented by Orland S. Loomis,
attorney general, who spoke for Gov. Phillip F. La Follette.
"I've come from Madison, the capital of the state, to Green
Bay, Wisconsin's football capital," said Loomis. "I bring
greetings from all Wisconsin, which is proud of what you
have done. Congratulations from a great state to a great
football team!" The crowd was waiting to hear Arch Ward's
comments on the All Star situation, and the Chicago
newspapermen didn't keep them waiting. "In the Golden
Gloves," he said, "we say that a champion isn't a champion
until he gets up off the floor and fights back to victory. That
applies to the Packers, who were knocked down, climbed
back up and fought their way to the world championship."...
NEVER FINISHES SENTENCE: Ward referred to Green Bay
as part of Chicagoland, called the Packers the "Notre
Dame of professional football", and when he started to say
"I now invite your team to meet the College All Stars at
Soldier field in Chicago next - " the crowd broke loose with
a smashing roar of approval which drowned out his
sentence. The ovation continued for several moments.
Ward then sketched the development of the All Star idea,
from the baseball classic of 1933, and called attention to
the growth in the popular vote for the college team, which
totaled 615,000 the first year, 7,500,000 in 1935 and
11,500,000 in 1936. "I look forward to the most successful
All Star game in 1937," he concluded, "for I believe the
Packers are the most representative of professional
football. They play the style of game the fans appreciate. I
now warn the Packers to be in shape for that game, for they
will meet a rugged and determined team." Lambeau, next
introduced, promptly accepted the invitation, a turn of
events which caused no surprise in the crowd. "We know
the All Stars will be tough," he said. "It's a true that the pros
have the advantage of playing together, but the All Stars
can put four complete teams on the field, and they
scrimmage these teams two and three hours daily for two
weeks before the game. The pro club, for fear of injuries,
can't do this. Furthermore, we must play under rules
adapted for college football, which will mean that the Bays
must discard 25 percent of their offense."...WATCHED
THEIR HEALTH: Lambeau termed the 1936 team "the
finest bunch of fellows who ever played for the Packers.
They were the greatest trained team - they watched their
food and diet, and were on their toes to keep their health. I'm mighty glad they won, because they deserved it. They
are the smartest team we ever had, and now we'll work harder than ever for another championship." Dr. Kelly was given the privilege of introducing the players, and he started by terming Green Bay a "university town", with its "student body", "coeds", "athletic board" and "faculty". "Of course, we openly proselytize and subsidize our players,"
he admitted. "We slip them a check every Monday morning and try to find them jobs for the rest of the 'academic' year." Up came the Packers, every one of them cheered by the crowd, to receive their gifts and respond briefly. In order there were Captain Milton Gantenbein, the only University of Wisconsin graduate on the squad; Donald Hutson, who gave a fine tribute to Arnold Herber, his battery mate; Bernard Scherer, of Nebraska; Ernie Smith, the great U.S.C. tackle; and Ade Schwammel - "my first championship in 17 years of football." Champ Seibold typified the spirit of the squad when he praised Ernie Smith, whose substitute he was; Lou Gordon drew a round of cheers - "they say I talk a good game of football; well, I talked myself from a last place club to the world championship"; Lon Evans told a couple of witty stories; and Russ Letlow said "I'm very glad to be a part of this team."...DREAM COME TRUE: Then there was Tiny Engebretsen - "I've been most everywhere and this is the first place I could stick"; Walt Kiesling, for whom the orchestra played "Silver Threads Among The Gold", saying "I started playing football right after the Chicago fire"; big Frank Butler, Michigan State center; George Svendsen - "I'll be here on the breadlines this winter - After the Bears game an inebriate told me "The music was good but the floor show was lousy' - Green Bay is the swellest place in the world"; Arnold Herber, greeted by a mighty shout - "I'm all keyed up for the All Stars already"; and Cal Clemens - "It's a privilege and honor to play on a Green Bay team. It's a dream come true." Add to these Good Luck Hank Bruder, getting another great hand -"I'm proud to be a citizen of Green Bay"; Herman Schneidman - "Proud I'm a Packer"; Clarke Hinkle, greeted by the Wedding March - "I'm not doing much talking anymore; under new management"; Joe Laws - "Hope to be here as long as Kiesling"; George Henry Sauer - "If we show the right pep, we'll have many more championships"; and then speedy Bob Monnett. Said Buckets Goldenberg: "It sure is great to play for you people. I'll never play for any other team." Paul Miller, so happy he could hardly talk, said "There's nothing in the league as great as the Packers," and Swede Johnston spoke briefly - "Awfully glad to get into the championship game. With a minute and a half to play, Coach Lambeau yelled, 'Swede, warm up a couple of minutes.' But I got in." There was a note of pathos in Dilweg's final announcement. Johnny Blood, the beloved Vagabond Halfback, didn't show up and no one knew where he was. But Dilweg asked for a cheer in Johnny's behalf and the crowd hit the chandeliers. Tony Paulekas and Wayland Becker also were absent. Motion pictures of outstanding football plays, featuring the Packer-Boston contest, ended the program. A Victory parade at the Northland hotel later in the evening.
FAR HORIZONS OPEN FOR BAYS
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Far horizons are opening before members of the national championship Green Bay Packers as Coach E.L. Lambeau prepares to take his team on an extensive post-season journey. The Packers have been ordered to report Monday noon, Dec. 28, in Denver, where on New Years' day they will meet a combination Detroit-Chicago Cardinal team coached by Potsy Clark. The trip will be made under auspices of the football corporation...BLOOD MISSING MEMBER: All players will make the trip except Johnny Blood, halfback. The Packers have offers for two games on the Pacific coast, one against the Chicago Bears and the other against the Los Angeles Bulldogs, and for a game in New Orleans Feb. 7. There will be another game, either in San Diego or San Francisco, sometimes during January. This schedule, Lambeau indicated, may be interrupted if the Packers accept a bid to go to Honolulu for a January game.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - New scenes, strange places and experience which they'll remember all their lives were unfolded to players of the Green Bay Packers last evening as 1,500 fans gave them the greatest testimonial banquet in their memories. While the post-season schedule is still hazy, Coach E.L. Lambeau mentioned such widely separated places as New Orleans, Denver, the Pacific coast cities, Hawaii, as possible scenes of January and February games. Hawaii in the winter - New Orleans at the Mardi Gras - already the Packers are learning their worth of their brand new national championship. And the All Star game! What a cheer went up when Arch Ward started his sentence of invitation - a phrase he didn't have time to finish, because of the crowd's approving roar. And before Spike Spachmann, director of ticket sales, left the hall he had received 175 reservations for All Star game tickets. The Lions club of Green Bay has placed itself in a position of deserving the community's extreme gratitude. Not only was the magnificent tribute daringly conceived, but it was flawlessly executed, and you had only to see those hundreds of upturned faces to realize that five hours of sitting hadn't dimmed the intense interest in Green Bay's epochal event. In any of the bigger cities which are represented by National league football, a championship unit would have been permitted to trail off the train and break up without fanfare. The fans would have approved, but their approval would have stopped short of hysteria. This, however, is Green Bay - three hundred years old, the sporting capital of the state, with a reputation known wherever sports fans gather. The time for three more Packer championship seasons has arrived.
MAYOR KELLY WIRES CONGRATULATIONS TO CITY
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Congratulatory telegrams read at last night's Packer testimonial banquet at the Columbus Community club, to the champions and the crowd, came from leaders of the judiciary and public life and included those of Justice Joseph Martin of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Governor Phillip F. LaFollette and Mayor Edward Kelly of Chicago. President Joe Car of the NFL also sent his best wishes as did William Kinsella, Milwaukee, prominent in state Republican affairs and the civic life of the Cream City. The local North Side Business Men's association sent a testimonial of greetings and pledge of support...The inevitable "Herber-to-Hutson" pass was revealed last night for the first time in history and none other than Hutson, the receiving end of the world's greatest forward passing combination, did it. The feat came about when Hutson tossed a big Armour's "Premium" ham to "Little Arnie" which he received from the Chicago packing firm for having scored in the Packer-Bear game. "I won't be going home tonight," said Don, "so I'll just toss this to 'Little Arnie'." The gesture touched the crowd and the modest looking gentleman with the pleasing southern drawl was given a hearty ovation for the manifestation. Clarke Hinkle, Tiny Engebretsen, George Sauer and Ernie Smith were also given hams, Smith getting two for having two placements after touchdowns...A beautiful floral piece of chrysanthemums shaped like a football but immense in size, was presented to the 1936 World Champions by Myron S. Locke, local investment brokerage firm operator, who is a rabid Packer fans. The decoration graced the stage immediately in front of the squad's table. A total of 386 golden mums were used to make it...A large and beautifully decorated cake which adorned the Packers table was donated by the Bohemian Baking company. Its flat top simulated a gridiron and miniature players were on the field...Scores of people overheard in conversation were loud in their praise of the celebration. For this bouquets should go to the Green Bay Lions club in general and in particular to the banquet committee which included Owen B. Smith, general chairman; LaVern Dilweg, toastmaster; Bernard E. Darling, V.G. Geisel, E.A. Bode, John Reinhart, C.L. Atkinson, A.D. Murphy, William Servotte, William Lane, J.D. Moffatt and R.R. Seibert...Serving 950 people, the biggest banquet crowd in the city's history, was no small task and orchids should go, too, to the Columbus club, the grill management and the 72 extra waitresses who served, for having accomplished a splendid job. It took a good-sized Texas longhorn steer to furnish the 600 pounds of tenderloins which were required to feed the crowd with steaks besides the other items on the menu. Seven additional gas stoves were pressed into service in the grill's kitchens..The applause meter recorded Arnie Herber as tops with the audience. Among other players who "rang the bell" more than others were Johnny Blood - there in spirit but not in the flesh - Gantenbein, Sauer, Hinkle and Russ Winnie. All the others, however, were given tremendous ovations when they took their bows before the microphone.
HUTSON TOP IN PASSES CAUGHT
DEC 17 (New York) - Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers was the NFL's outstanding pass receiver of the 1936 season. Hutson caught 34 passes for a total of 526 yards gained, good for an average of slightly more than 15 yards per catch. His nearest rival, Bill Smith of the Chicago Cardinals, speared 20 passes for 414 yards and an average a little more than 20 yards. Average honors, however, went to the veteran bare-headed Bill Hewitt of the Chicago Bears. Bill caught 15 passes and gained 358 yards, fractionally under 24 yards a pass. John Sisk of the Bears caught only one pass, but it was good for 39 yards. On the other hand, Karpowich of the Pittsburgh Pirates caught one pass that resulted in a six-yard loss.
WASHINGTON GETS BOSTON FRANCHISE
DEC 17 (Washington) - Transfer to Washington of the franchise of the Boston Redskins of the NFL was announced last night by George Preston Marshall, majority stockholder. Marshall said arrangements had been made to lease Griffith stadium, home of Clark Griffith's American league baseball club, for the 1937 football season.
FOUR PACKERS ARE HONORED
DEC 18 (New York) - The best eleven players from the fastest football league in the country were named today on the United Press all-professional team. Four of them were from the champion Green Bay Packers, three from the Boston Redskins, and two each from the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. The balance of power in the professional league this season swung heavily to the West - that section placing 16 players on the first two teams. Earl (Dutch) Clark, dynamic Detroit quarterback, was picked as the foremost player in professional ranks. Besides being the smartest quarterback, Clark starred as a ball carrier, passer, dropkicker and defense man. He was the third leading ground gainer in the league, clicking off 628 yards in 123 attempts. He completed 38 out of 71 passes for 467 yards, and dropkicked four field goals.
Other places in the first string backfield went to Cliff Battles,
the Redskins' hard-running halfback; Clark Hinkle, Green
Bay's smashing back, and Bronko Nagurski, the Chicago
Bears' battering ram. Battles won recognition as the
league's best running back, although his yardage total was
not quite as impressive as that compiled by Tuffy Leemans,
New York Giants' freshman star, but overshadowed
Leemans the day the Redskins beat the Giants for the
Eastern title. Hinkle and Nagurski both played fullback
during the season, but the Green Bay star was moved to
halfback. Hinkle's defensive work behind the line and his
magnificent kicking were two of the big factors in Green
Bay's drive to the title. Nagurski, out most of last year with
injuries, won back his title of the "hardest man in football to
stop" in 1936. He ripped off 529 yards in 122 plunges.
Three Green Bay players, Milt Gantenbein at end, Ernie
Smith at guard, and Lon Evans at guard, were awarded
places on the first team line. Somewhat submerged in the
ballyhoo for his teammate, Don Hutson, the uncanny pass
catcher, Gantenbein seldom made the headlines, but he
nevertheless was the league's best all-around end.
Although acting as a decoy for Hutson most of the time,
Gantenbein managed to catch 15 passes for 221 yards.
Ernie Smith, the bald headed tackle, and Evans, the hard
hitting guard, made the Green Bay line a championship
unit. Turk Edwards, Boston's 260-pound forward, was
awarded the other tackle berth. Despite his size Edwards
was a terror at smashing plays behind the line. Emerson,
Detroit's charging forward, was paired with Evans at the
guard posts. Pete Bausch, Boston, broke the grip of Mel
Hein, New York Giants veteran, on the center job. When
Bausch was matched with Hein in Redskin-Giant games, he more than held his own. Bill Hewitt, Chicago Bears veteran, won the other end berth. Hewitt was outstanding on defense, and caught 15 passes on 358 yards, averaging more per pass than the highly-touted Hutson.
DUTCH CLARK BEST SCORER
DEC 18 (New York) - Earl (Dutch) Clark, who was picked from an obscure Colorado college team for the quarterback post on the 1928 all-America eleven, was the leading scorer in the NFL this year. The Dextrous Dutchman of the Detroit Lions scored 73 points during the twelve-game campaign, giving him an 11-point margin over his nearest rival, Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears, with 62. Others who finished in the first five were Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers, 54; Cliff Battles, Boston Redskins, and Bill Hewitt, Chicago Bears, 42 each. Stripping scoring down to its three classifications - touchdowns, points after touchdowns and field goals - league statistics reveal Hutson led with nine touchdowns; Clark with 19 points after touchdowns, and Manders and Armand Niccolai of the Pittsburgh Pirates with seven field goals each. Three players tied for runner-up honors in touchdowns, Clark, Battles and Hewitt, with seven each; Manders and big Ernie Smith of the Packers kicked 17 points after touchdown each while Ralph Kercheval of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Paul Engebretsen of the Packers kicked five field goals each to tie for second place.
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau announced at 2 o'clock this afternoon that the Green Bay Packers game in Denver New Years' day definitely is set. Green Bay will play a combination team of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Cardinals. Pacific coast games have not been contacted definitely, but Lambeau expects the Packers to play the Los Angeles Bulldogs Jan. 17 and the Chicago Bears Jan. 24.