GEORGE SAUER ASKED TO REJOIN GREEN BAY TEAM
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - A rapid-fire series of developments in the Green Bay Packer squad situation broke today as the team resumed intensive practice sessions for the meting with the Philadelphia Eagles at State Fair park, Milwaukee, next Sunday afternoon. The developments were the following:
1. Coach E.L. Lambeau announced that George Henry
Sauer, former Packer star, now coach of the University
of New Hampshire, may join the Green Bay squad next
2. Herb Banet, right halfback and field general, was
shifted to left halfback to plug the gap caused by Paul
Miller's leg injury.
3. Miller and blocking quarterback Hank Bruder were
definitely declared out of Sunday's game because of
damages received against the Chicago Bears.
4. August (Mike) Michalske, Packer guard who injured
his back in the last Detroit game, returned to Green
Bay to begin a period of convalescence.
Lambeau emphasized that the possibility of Sauer
rejoining his former team depended entirely upon the
attitude of New Hampshire university, where he is the
athletic director. His team has enjoyed an extremely
successful season and plays its last game next
Saturday. If the big left halfback can get permission of
the university authorities, he will leave by airplane
Saturday night, reaching Green Bay in time to practice
with the Packers Monday. This speed will be necessary,
Lambeau pointed out, because the Packers will miss a
full day of practice Thursday while en route to the east.
If Sauer rejoins the Packers, he will be eligible for the
games against both New York and Washington. Dr. W.
W. Kelly, club physician, definitely has advised against
the use of Miller and Bruder in Sunday's game at
Milwaukee, thus causing Coach Lambeau to shift Herb
Banet, previously a right halfback. This indicates that
Banet is due for a lively Sunday afternoon, as he and
Bob Monnett will be the only left halfbacks available.
Mike Michalske, still in a cast and able to walk with
difficulty, returned from Detroit late yesterday. He will
be confined to his home for about three weeks more.
Dr. Kelly revealed today that eleven Packers were
painfully hurt in the Bear game, but all except Miller and
Bruder will be ready for action against the Eagles.
There were no broken bones. Miller's injury was
watched the closest, as he received a terrific jar when
tackled by George Wilson in returning a punt. Miller
complained of pains in his chest, but X-rays failed to
reveal any cracked ribs. He parked in St. Vincent hospital for a couple of nights and was out today. Two backs will hold the particular interest of Packer fans Sunday when their team takes the field against the Eagles. They are Dave Smukler, great Temple star who Pop Warner says is greater than were Ernie Nevers
and Jim Thorpe, and Emmett Mortell, Appleton youth
who played at the University of Wisconsin. Smukler's
running and Mortell's passing have been key factors in
Philadelphia's games this year, and both will be turned
loose against the Bays at the earliest opportunity. With
Green Bay fans planning their usual extensive invasion
of Milwaukee, fans in southern Wisconsin are buying
tickets in wholesale lots, leading to predictions of
another big crowd. Every person that Wrigley field could
hold was jammed into that stadium last Sunday for the
Packer-Bear game, but broadcaster Russ Winnie has
to have his little joke. He wrote E.A. Spachmann, the
director of ticket sales, yesterday, saying: "Sorry the
Chicago crowd wasn't any larger."
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - No sir, you cannot go panning
those Packers to a real Packer fan, and a recent article
by a Chicago newspaperman, in which he compared
Green Bay's Clarke HInkle to Bronko Nagurski with high
credit to the latter, brought forth a bark from a fellow
who says he is "one of the 50,000 football fans around
Green Bay who think that the Packers are the greatest
football team on earth and Clarke Hinkle the greatest
fullback in the world." The fan sent us a carbon copy of
his letter to the Chicago scribe, and here are excerpts
from it: "You begin your masterpiece by saying that
Curly Lambeau can't make up his mind as to whether
he is majoring in insurance or football. For your information let me inform you that he does pretty well in both. Four world championships isn't bad for any coach. And now a word about the Big Nag, who can't make up his mind whether he is a football player or a wrestler. Here is what I think of him: he is a very large and powerful man, who can smash a line, but that is all...In your article you said about Hinkle, in a very sarcastic way, 'It's his versatility.' You are right. Hinkle can smash a line, run an open field, placekick, punt and pass. If Nagurski can do anything besides hit a line, I'd like to see him do it. You say that the Bears have no need for a fullback to placekick; you have experts to take care of those details. I noticed an 's' in 'experts'. If you have so many experts, why does Jack Manders come trotting on the field every time the Bears make a touchdown? The Packers don't have to substitute when they need an extra point. They have fine men on their first team who can split the uprights every time. Hinkle is one of them. No, a fullback doesn't have to do everything but he comes in mighty handy when he can do it. Nagurski loves to knock down a would-be tackler. That makes it very nice for him. He certainly cannot run around him. He can't compare with Hinkle as an open field runner. In your article you say Dutch Clark is a more gifted open field runner and Red Grange a better pass defender. When comparing fullbacks, please don't bring in the world's greatest quarterback and halfback. Stick to fullbacks. Just a word about Hinkle's durability. You don't think he's tough - well, let me say this: Hinkle never stayed on the sidelines for a whole season because of injuries, like Nagurski did in 1935. In fact, I can't remember Hinkle missing even one game because of injuries. Last year when the Packers were fighting for the championship Hinkle played 60 minutes of several of the hardest games. Any 60-minute man in pro football is very, very tough. If you think that Nagurski is a better defensive player, I beg to differ with you. He can't even tackle. You yourself say that he is famous for the way he blocks a ball carrier. A good football player tackles him. You are right when you say that their feud came to a climax last year in the Bear game at Chicago, but you have some of the details mixed up. As I remember it, Hinkle came through the line and met the big Nag head-on. Hinkle hit him and set him flying back for six yards. He then ran through the entire Bear team, 64 yards for a touchdown. After the game Nagueski said: 'That was the hardest I was ever hit in my life.' If you think that Nagurski didn't say that, ask him. That isn't the only time Hinkle ran through the Bear team. In 1933 he took the ball on the kickoff and went 94 yards for a touchdown. Where was the Nag on that one? Outside of the gridiron and mat I do not know Nagurski very well, but here is what I do know about Clarke Hinkle he is the ideal athlete. He is a good, clean sportsman. He is the kind of man I would be proud to have as a son." That's all, George - see you at the next Packer-Bear game.
PACKERS GET HEAVY DRILL FOR EAGLES
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau, fearing his Green Bay Packer charges are in for a letdown after their thrilling wins over Detroit and the Chicago Bears the past two weeks, put his squad through a long, heavy workout Wednesday in preparation for the game with the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday at State Fair park, Milwaukee. The Packer coach recalls past letdowns and also is well aware of the fact that the Eagles, no pushover by any means, caught an over-confident Washington Redskin team and defeated Sammy Baugh and company, as one of the major surprises of the current pro league campaign. With the exception of Hank Bruder, who pulled a leg muscle in tackling Bronko Nagurski Sunday on the first play of the game, and Mike Michalske, injured at Detroit, all of the Bays are in prime condition for the game. It will be the Packers' last Western appearance of the year and early ticket sales indicate a crowd at least equal to that which saw the Bays defeat the Cardinals in Milwaukee. The Packer coach is drilling the ever reliable Buckets Goldenberg to help Herman Schneidman with the blocking back duties as it is doubtful whether Bruder will be able to play. Goldenberg had been used at guard since the backfield got straightened around after the Bears' win here, but Buckets is ready to take a whirl at the backfield post once again. The game is expected to give Eddie Jankowski, Milwaukee favorite, a chance to do his stuff, but Clarke Hinkle, veteran fullback, will see as much action as ever as he has a chance to cop the league scoring honors. He is leading Dutch Clark of Detroit by a fairly comfortable margin.
PROS GAMBLE TO GIVE FANS A REAL SHOW
NOV 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - You have to give the pros credit. They give you a show. Take Sunday's game between the Bears and Packers, for instance. The Packers, coming out in the third quarter, had the game all but sewed up with their 17 to 0 lead, had they elected to play defensive ball the rest of the way. And understand, the pros like to win as badly as any college team. Yet what did the Packers do the first time they got the ball? They started to pass. They continued to put on a show, playing with one of the boomerangs of the game, to satisfy 45,000 fans. The worst happened, too. Manders intercepted one of the passes in midfield and streaked 55 yards for a touchdown. In a way, I suppose, this might be called stupid football. Certainly any college coach would arch his eyebrows at a quarterback who gambled like this with a flat pass in midfield and his team out in front, 17-0. And yet you have to admire the daring and showmanship of the play. It is football like this, stupid or not, that is winning fans by the thousands for professional football...Incidentally, on the intercepted pass in question, the failure of Wayland Becker, end, to go out for the pass as he should have, permitted Manders to cut in from the secondary and intercept it almost out of Hinkle's hands. Becker, missing the signal, blocked on the line of scrimmage. Had he gone out, he would have kept Manders downfield and Hinkle would been free for the ball...THOSE TIE GAMES: The question of tie games, and what to do about them, has again come to plague pro fans, who feel that some rearrangement should be made to include ties in the standings. Packer fans especially have become exercised again because the percentage system
now in use does not take in account the recent tie
between the Bears and Giants. This letter from Ole
Olseon expresses the attitude. Mr. Oleson mentions
the solution most popularly suggested - the half
point for a tie, half point for a defeat. Unquestionably
it has merit. The pro league at one of its meetings
might well take the matter up. It is interesting to
recall in this connection the freak race staged by
the Packers and Bears in 1932 when the Bears, with
seven victories, one defeat and six ties, nosed out
the Packers with 10 victories, three defeats and one
tie. The Bears finished with a percentage of .875 and
the Packers with .767. Quite a roar was raised
against the injustice of the percentage system at
that time, too, but nothing came of the matter.
PACKER FOOTBALL CROWDS
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - Both at Green Bay and Chicago
football management has shown good judgment in
turning away thousands from hotly contested games rather than make uncomfortable by overcrowding those who were already placed. That is the sort of sportsmanship that belongs with American's premier sport. Box office receipts are necessary but when due consideration is given to the enjoyment of the public receipts must always take a secondary position.
SAUER INVITED TO JOIN BAYS
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - George Sauer, former all-American fullback at Nebraska and for two years a Packer star, may rejoin the team on its eastern invasion this year. Sauer has been invited to join the team Monday. He is head football coach at the University of New Hampshire, which will end its season Saturday. Coach Lambeau shifted Herb Banetfrom right to left halfback in practice Wednesday to bolster a backfield that will be without the services of Paul Miller or Hank Bruder against the Eagles in Milwaukee Sunday. Both are Bear game casualties. Buckets Golderberg will go back to his blocking back position from a guard post to fill Bruder's vacancy. August Michalske returned to the city Wednesday from a Detroit hospital, where he was confined in a cast for a back injury he received in the Detroit Lions' game two Sundays ago. He may never play again. Eddie Jankowski, Milwaukee, will play a good part of the game against the Eagles to give Clarke Hinkle a well-deserved rest. Jankowski is a favorite of Milwaukee fans and gave them a great exhibition when the Packers played the Cardinals in Milwaukee earlier this season. Hinkle continues to set the pace in the race for individual scoring honors in the NFL. Hinkle's total of 53 points, the result of seven touchdowns, eight conversions and one field goal, gives him an eight-point advantage over the runnerup, Dutch Clark of the Detroit Lions. Clark, with 45 points, is three in front of Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears. Bob Monnett continues to lead the forward passers. He has completed 28 aerials in 55 attempts. Sammy Baugh of the Redskins, although his average is lower, has to his credit 56 completions out of 118 tosses.
MORTELL, SMUKLER FACE PACKERS IN MILWAUKEE CLASH
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - Emmett Mortell's return to his home state, the first appearance in Wisconsin of the great Dave Smukler, and the final 1937 showing of the Green Bay Packers before friendly fans will attract another near-capacity crowd to State Fair park at Milwaukee Sunday afternoon. This appeared to be the trend of the current ticket sale, as professional football enthusiasts, disregarding the submerged position of the Philadelphia Eagles in the Eastern division race, scooped up their pasteboards for the coming game. There will be another general exodus of Green Bay and Northern Wisconsin fans for the combat, but indications are that the contest will draw more heavily than ever before from the Southern Wisconsin area...NATIVE OF APPLETON: Mortell, a native of Appleton and a former University of Wisconsin halfback, is no stranger to Green Bay fans. It was in 1931, as a senior at Appleton high school, that his spectacular forward passing at City stadium nearly upset Green Bay West's Valley conference championship hopes. The Wildcats, with one of the greatest teams, barely squeezed out a 19 to 14 victory. Mortell still holds the Valley conference low hurdles record, set in 1932, at :26.8 seconds. He is remembered as one of Appleton high school's greatest athletes. Smukler hasn't made an appearance at Green Bay yet, but his feats have resounded throughout the nation's gridiron. He is rated a fullback who can do everything with a football, and Philadelphia fans are beginning to put him in the class with the Packers' Clarke Hinkle. In fact, Sunday's game will provide something of a comparison between Hinkle and Smukler, although Eddie Jankowski, Green Bay's freshman star from the University of Wisconsin, is slated for plenty of action before his hometown folks...COMES LONG WAY: Jankowski had traveled a long way along the professional road since the day earlier this season when, all full of pep and the old punch, he made his Milwaukee professional debut against the Chicago Cardinals. With the possible exception of Buckets Goldenberg, he is the most popular Packer among Milwaukee's many loyal fans, and paired with Hinkle, he provides a punch which is terrific. The Packers are well on the road to recovery from the bumps they received at Chicago last Sunday in subduing the Bears. Although almost every player who saw action is nursing sore muscles and painful bruises, the list is clearing up rapidly, and only Paul Miller and Hank Bruder definitely will be on the sidelines. This throws the responsibility of the blocking quarterback position squarely upon the shoulders of Herman Schneidman, one of Green Bay's most improved players, who saw nearly 60 minutes of the roughest possible play against the Bears last Sunday. Although shaken up with the rest of the Packers, Schneidman is fit and anxious to repeat his performance...TRIBUTE TO GORDON: From the assortment of Bear alibis which floated from the Chicago scene following last Sunday's crackup, came a tribute to Lou Gordon, giant Green Bay right tackle, from the typewriter of Jim Gallagher, Chicago scribe. Said Gallagher: "Five years ago they said he was through, and two years ago the Cardinals gave him away for nothing. But if there was a better player of the field yesterday when Green Bay was beating the Bears than Lou Gordon, 44,977 fans couldn't see him. The giant Packer right tackle stopped everything that came his way, smothered the Bears' passing attack by getting through to murder the Bear passer, and played a tremendous game on offense, opening huge holes for his backs. Hutson, with his pass catching, may possibly have been more important, but it was Gordon who really made the Packer plays click." The Packers will leave for Chicago on the Milwaukee Road train at 5:36 Saturday evening, and as usual will make their headquarters at the Schroeder hotel.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - The Chicago boys are dying hard after that walloping the Packers gave the Bears, and the most pathetic part of the whole setup is this - how they hare to give the Green Bay team any credit! Bob Houle, former East high athlete en route to Los Angeles, took time off to clip an article from a Chicago newspaper which states the reason the Packers won the game was because Referee Bobby Cahn called a 5-yard penalty on the Bears for taking too much time in the huddle. The writer says: "Someone missed a signal; the play was checked; Referee Bobby Cahn called a 5-yard penalty for too much time - and so a potential victory for the Chicago Bears became a 24 to 14 defeat by the Green Bay Packers...Before the third quarter was half over, the Bears had made the score 17 to 14, and their supporters, at least, figured they were a cinch to win. Then came the fatal penalty. Green Bay was wilting. The Bears were on the rise. One more first down would have set up a touchdown or a field goal, which would have tied the score...After the penalty, the Bear spark was gone, the Packer confidence restored. Cahn was right in his decision. The Bears did take too much time. And that was what beat them yesterday. They were a cinch to have won otherwise." To which I say just this - nuts. The writer neglects to recall that Buckets Goldenberg and Lou Gordon broke through to smear Bernie Masterson for big losses after the penalty, and that young Bud Svendsen busted up a forward pass play to make the Bears punt. The Bears wouldn't have won the game if the Packers had been tagged with the penalty, and the Chicago writers know it as well as anybody. They just can't give Green Bay a break - it slays 'em. The Packers sat back in their cages during that blazing third period and gave the Bears a swell chance to cool off. When they cooled, the Green Bay heavy artillery swung into line and just about blew the Bears off the field. The Bears were so far back on their heels in the fourth period that their noses scarcely showed above ground. They were licked to a frazzle, and by the greatest break of luck weren't scored on twice more in the closing minutes of the game.