NEWS AND NOTES
DEFEAT DAZES GREEN BAY; HOPES IT WILL FIRE TEAM
SEPT 2 (Green Bay) - Green Bay was a beaten city Thursday - beaten even worse than the Packers. For two weeks it had been building itself up to a psychological pitch for the night of the all-star game, when its' famous Packers, the city's pride, were to be sent to Chicago to show how professional football was really played. As game time approached, the whole city was jittery. About 6,000 home fans had migrated to Chicago and those who remained at home were tuning in their radios or gathering around receiving sets at friends' homes, in downtown taverns and cocktail rooms. There was only one question in their minds: "How badly would the Packers beat the stars?" The question of a Packer defeat never even entered their minds. The streets were almost deserted throughout the game. And they were still empty after the final horn had sounded. There were no celebrations. Green Bay simply went quietly to bed. It was dazed - it couldn't understand. There were the usual few morning-after quarterbacks Thursday who could explain just why the Packers were defeated, but the majority was just willing to forget. Only one consoling thought was voiced. Some felt that perhaps such a licking was just what the Packers needed to knock the overconfidence out of their heads. They hoped that the All-Star defeat would do for the team what the 30 to 3 licking at the hands of the Chicago Bears did last year - make a championship outfit out of the squad.
SAD, INDEED SAD, ARE THE PACKERS' LOYAL FOLLOWERS
SEPT 2 (Chicago) - Thomas Gray looked to a country churchyard for inspiration to write one of literature's foremost elegies. It is an impressive piece - and mournful. It might have even been more so had Poet Gray been a Green Bay Packer fan at the All Star game here Wednesday night. Some 84,560 football fans were at Soldier field for the contest, and the large majority expected and wanted to see the former collegians win. And the boys were up to the task. Spirits in the Packer following dropped like the mercury in midwinter as Sammy Baugh of Texas Christian university passed to Gaynell Tinsley of Louisiana State for the first period touchdown that proved to be the only score of the game. Hopes rallied slightly when Nebraska's Sam Francis missed the field goal for the point after touchdown, but the six points that were posted as good as if they had been a hundred. The great buildup given Baugh before the game was not exaggerated in the least. If anything, it was an understatement. The All Stars' captain is more than six feet tall, weighs 185 pounds, and excels in just about every department the backfield has to offer...WON'T JOIN PROS: Baugh is on the preferred list of Coach Ray Flaherty's Washington Redskins, but it is doubtful whether he will play in the pro loop this season. And it's just as well for everyone in the opposition that he isn't. And he knows it. Which indirectly is the reason he probably will not be with the Flaherty forces. Mister Baugh wants a lot more money than has been offered him, and while George Preston Marshall, Redskins owner, has bid high for the services of several of his players, he probably won't boost the ante to the level desired in this case. Besides, it is said that Baugh already has signed a baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals that will prevent him from playing football. On the diamond Slingin' Sam plays third base, and boasts a better than average batting average. If he plays baseball nearly as well as he handles himself on the gridiron, his success is assured...NOT ENTIRE STRENGTH: But Baugh hardly has the entire All Star strength. There were other lads who distinguished themselves while the Packers wilted in oppressive heat. And at least a couple of them will be in a Green Bay uniform before long. Silver lining in the clouds of defeat were the performances of Earl Svendsen at center, Eddie Jankowski at fullback and Averell Daniell at tackle for the All Stars. While they contributed materially to the Packer defeat, there is some solace in the fact that they appear to be just about ready for the pro football grind now, and should be handy to have around in the title campaign. Jankowski, who summered in the traditional
football manner as an ice man in Milwaukee, is another
player who lives up to the press notices, and Svendsen
showed that he is going to press brother George and
Darrell Lester pretty hard for the first string center
assignment...RETURNS TO COLLEGE: Getting away
from the Packer picture for a paragraph or two, there
were a few other All Star players worthy of especial
comment. Albert Aggett of Michigan State played a
whale of a game at halfback and could cause a lot of
trouble in the pro loop if last night's play is a true
example of his ability. But he won't be listening to any
referee's whistle this fall. He plans to return to the
Michigan State medical school. And Tinsley at end
made things generally miserable for the Packers,
besides catching the touchdown pass. He is the boy
who once told Huey Long that he thought he (Tinsley)
made a better end than Huey did a senator. Larry
Kelley of Yale certainly was not missed last night.
Unfortunately the Packers are not through dealing with
Tinsley. He is under contract with that chummy team
from Chicago, the Cardinals. Around the press boxes
the opinion prevailed between halves that the Packers
would come back to win. After looking bad in the first
quarter, the pro champions snapped out of it and
manifested their strength in a march to the All Stars' 3
yard line. But even then they didn't put it across...
LOOKS FAGGED OUT: Maybe it was the heat, coupled
with the All Star advantage on replacements, that made
the Green Bay team look so completely fagged even in
the early stages of the game. Whatever it was, it
seemed to carry an air of resignation rather than of
determination. And while several of the boys played
stellar games, they lacked the fire that marked some of
their great victories last season. So the wolves will get
off to an early start in their howling this year. Coach
Curly Lambeau and his assistants, Mike Michalske and
Red Smith, will have the sideline experts pouring out
advice and criticism even before the season opens. But
one thing was obvious. When Arnold Herber was
compelled to leave the game with an injury to his
pitching arm in the third stanza, the Packer attack was
75 percent less effective. As he trotted off the field he
was given a fine hand by the crowd, regardless of team
allegiance. That will be a good thing to remember when
Arnie returns to his own lot and the attendant gang that
jeers his efforts. Notes at random: The All Stars'
starting lineup was introduced in a colorful manner...
after a bugler had played "To The Colors" and the band
played "The Star Spangled Banner", the individual
players came on the field to the strains of their college
songs...Svendsen was first...but Steve Reid of
Northwestern was cheered the loudest. Observation by
John Walter, Press-Gazette sports editor..."The crowd
was twice the size of the population of the city the
Packers represent." Question that remains unanswered
..Where was Ray Buivid, the Marquette university flash?...JOIN BLOOD'S TEAM: Mike James Basrak, who did some swell centering for the All Stars, immediately will join Johnny Blood's Pittsburgh Pirates...he is a Duquesne university product...and captain of his team in 1936...he too was an iceman this summer. Sam Francis, much publicized halfback in the All Star starting lineup, will join the Chicago Bears...Jankowski did as good a job last night. Unless he makes a last minute change in his decision, Merle Wendt, who had a good night at end for the All Stars, will not be with the Packers...he is on Green Bay's preferred list...but attended summer school at Ohio State university and will return to do graduate work in engineering. Sad spot after the game: the Knickerbocker hotel...Packers and many of their Green Bay followers make the Knickerbocker their Chicago "home"...and not a few of the bellhops were riding with the "home" team...the team did not return to the hotel after the game. The combined vocal efforts of two bellhops at the Sherman hotel failed to arouse much enthusiasm for the All Star supper dance in the Louis XVI room...but then, it was only midnight. One Green Bay fan almost missed the trip...he left his train to pick up something at De Pere, and caught it on the dead run as it was pulling out of the station. Many out of town fans boarded special trains at Green Bay...including Bob Meyer, former Algoma high school gridder...who passed along the information that former Packer Cowboy Wheeler had gone down a couple of days before. Darrell Lester and Zud Schammel were the only new Packers who played...there appears to be no doubt about their making the grade. Two armored cars were used to carry the receipts away from the office at Soldiers field...so it doesn't only happen in motion pictures...URLICH ON HAND: Phil Kenneally, brother of St. Norbert colleg boxer Tom Kenneally, was an usher at the game...he is a professional fighter...and was a classmate at Notre Dame of Don Clancy, Green Bay...picture Tom about four inches shorter and 40 pounds lighter for a good likeness of Phil...Al Urlich, another Chicago boy on the St. Norbert boxing team, was in the Packer cheering section. Gerald Dennerlein, who saw a lot of service at tackle for the All Stars, will report to the New York Giants...he attended St. Mary's (California) college...and Lloyd Cardwell, former Nebraska halfback, goes to the Lions...the Bears get a fine piece of tackle in Delbert Bjork of Oregon...he looked as good as any of them last night. Big Edwin Clarence Widseth of Minnesota, who started at tackle for the All Stars, is another who becomes a Giant...he was high point man in the college of agriculture stock judging class...that may come in handy for sizing up the opposition.
PACKERS, STARS BOTH LOST - HEAT TOOK OFF WEIGHT
SEPT 2 (Chicago) - The Packers probably don't want to play another football game for some time. Neither, for that matter, will the all-stars. The heat in which the two teams battled it out at Soldier field Wednesday night was terrific and not one of the men on either squad escaped without losing anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds. Lou Gordon, giant tackle of the Packers, lost the most weight, going into the game at 232 pounds and coming out of it at 215, a loss of 20 pounds. Clark Hinkle, another Packer, lost 16 pounds, going in at 205 and coming out at 189. Ed Widseth of the collegians lost 14 pounds, going in at 224 and coming out at 210. These instances were typical. Curly Lambeau, coach of the Packers, described the scene in the stuffy, badly ventilated dressing room between halves as something akin to the rowing benches of a slave galley on the equator. "I never felt as sorry for a team as I did for this one," he said. "The heat in the dressing room was terrific. The men dripped perspiration and had funny looks in their eyes., It was something I won't forget."
PACKERS SILENT IN DEFEAT - AND VERY DISGUSTED
SEPT 2 (Chicago Tribune) - A chastened, surprised Green Bay Packer football team dressed in silence and slipped away from Soldiers' field last night with its only manifestation one of disgust. The opinion of National league friends that they had given a better demonstration of football than their professional predecessors in the annual All-Star game was small solace for the 6 to 0 defeat Sammy Baugh and company draped on a smug championship eleven in the first quarter and doggedly defended against a determined assault for the rest of the night. Nothing cut quite as much as the knowledge that they had failed to score. Arnie Herber, his dislocated shoulder strapped in a sling preparatory to departure for the hospital and an X-ray examination, led the praise for Sammy Baugh. Herber will be out about a month. Coach Curly Lambeau, who was more interested in winning last night's game than repeating in the National league race, tempered praise for Baugh with a eulogy of Gaynell Tinsley, whose run for the winning touchdown rivaled anything Green Bay's own Don Hutson has ever done. "We lost the game on the three yard line on third down in the second quarter," Lambeau said. "It was the first time in three seasons that we have gotten down there and failed to score. Widseth played an exceptional game at tackle and the entire All-Star line charged as hard as any we have ever met. Baugh, however, was the difference in the ball game. He's in a class by himself as a passer. He can kick with anyone, and I hope we don't have to try to catch him all year in the pro league." Hutson, who played in the All-Star game two years ago, was impressed with the All-Star's offense. He did not think this year's squad measured anywhere near the other All-American squads on defense, however. To other observers last night's game once more proved the football axiom that a good team defeats itself more often than opponents beat it. The Packers were not up for the game. Baugh's shots to Tinsley and the touchdown aroused the champions, but other than to take the upper hand for the rest of the game they couldn't do much about it. Red Smith, assistant coach, paid tribute to the All-Star coaches. "They turned out one of the best jobs in the history of this game. That offense was superb. And that Baugh can do us a great favor by joining the St. Louis Cardinals instead of the Washington Redskins." Outside of Herber, whose injury occurred in the third period and left the Packers without their chief offensive threat when they were making their most desperate effort, all the men came out of the game in good condition. Joe Laws, who was the offensive star of the first All-Star game and who led the Packers on several futile marches last night, was unwilling to take anything from this year's crop of All-Americans, but said he did not believe they measured up to the 1934 group. None was willing to discuss the chief reason for the Packers' failure - the air of detachment which characterized the team's preparation for the game. This indifference toward the All-Stars held over until after Tinsley scored. Then it was too late. The football team was there, as statistics reveal. The Packers led in nearly every department of the table. The lone and most important exception was in points scored, and the more the Packers realized that the team which hurried over the touchdown in the first quarter could not make a real threat the rest of the way they more they became disgusted and sought unwatched exits. It was a great lesson, but it came high.
BAUGH GAVE ALL-STARS EDGE, SAYS LAMBEAU
SEPT 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - If somebody wins, somebody has to lose, and Wednesday night it was our turn - our turn to lose. I can't say enough for the all-stars, the kind of football they played, and the great coaching job done by Messrs. Dorais, Phelan, Moore, Layden and Waldorf. We know we were going to have a battle on our hands, but we had no idea it would be as tough as it turned out to be. I don't mean by this that we went into the game slightly under wraps. We were out there to shoot all we had, and we did and today I can only say that the better team won. Without qualification I nominate Sammy Baugh as the greatest passer we have ever faced. He was superb. Never have we had to face anybody who could spot a receiver as quickly as he and never have we faced anybody who could get rid of the ball as quickly as he did. In the final analysis, I think nobody will disagree with me when I say he provided the margin of difference Wednesday night. Almost as surprising as Baugh's passing was the line play of the all-stars. They outcharged our forwards almost all the way. Widseth and Dennerlein at the tackles, Svendsen and Basrak at center and Tinsley and Wendt at the ends were especially effective. Like Baugh, I think that Tinsley is also everything they have so long said about him. His coordination, his sidestepping and his speed, in the run after catching the pass that gave the stars the winning touchdown, was one of the finest pieces of individual play I have ever seen. The play of the stars' backfield measured up to the high standard set by the line. Drake's defensive play was beautiful, and Huffman's and Jankowski's blocking were no small factors in the outcome. The coaches took excellent advantage of their manpower and turned out the best all-star team I have ever seen. I do think, however, we should have scored. We had an excellent chance in the second quarter with the ball on the two-yard line and two downs to go. It's easy to second guess, I know, but I think a better selection of plays, might have put us across. (Lambeau refers to Monnett's end run, without gain on third down and a pass to Hutson, without gain, on fourth down after Hinkle on the first two downs had gained seven yards through right guard.) I never felt so sorry for one of my teams as I did for this one and the scene in the dressing room between halves was something I shall never forget. It was up around 118 or 120 in the small, poorly ventilated room when the boys came in, dripping wet and all fagged out, and for the first time I didn't have the heart to bawl anybody out. We'll never have another crack at the fine bunch of college boys we met Wednesday, but we'll have another crack at another bunch next year - I hope. All our attention now will be focused on the league schedule to that end. Arnie Herber, our passer, who was injured in the third quarter and whose loss, I think, hurt us a little the rest of the game, will be out of the game for a month. He tore a ligament in his left shoulder and will be on the bench in some of our most important league games. But we've set our eyes on another meeting with another bunch of all-stars - that's our goal - and if we have anything to say about it, it'll be next year.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 2 (Green Bay) - The strong arm of Sammy Baugh, as great a back as any All Star game ever saw, can be blamed more than anything else for the defeat of the Green Bay Packers at Soldier field last night. When a fine athlete has a great night, the result is likely to be very unpleasant to the opposition, and because Baugh was in that position last night, the Packers have the stigma of being the first professional team to lose to the Collegians in the four-game series. This means the chief ambition of every Packer from now on will be to repeat for the championship, and attain revenge next Sept. 1 against the 1937 All Star seniors. The defeat, just as was the Chicago Bears' triumph here early last season, may be the factor which will fire up the Packers for another championship achievement. Certainly, the team should be in fine mental condition to meet the Chicago Cardinals in the National league opener a week from Sunday. Funny thing, this sports psychology. There's so little you can do about it. Coach Curly Lambeau all week has been preaching about overconfidence and praising the All Stars, yet there was a visible letdown in the Packers when they took the field last night. It was a mass frame of mind which is unexplainable, and which only a smart licking can eliminate. The team playing the better ball won last night. The Packers, at their best, probably would have beaten them, but more than a few of the Green Bay players were off color. They knew it, and regretted it as much or more than anyone, but that fine championship touch was lacking, and they groped for it in vain. Don't start announcing that the Packers need ends, or back, or tackles, or guard, or anything else. That performance last night was the usual slow professional start and the Green Bay team which will be in action next month and later will look entirely different. More than that, these new Packers are going to bolster the team. Eddie Jankowski's blocking, Averell Daniell's tackle play, and Bud Svendsen's performance at center all gave great promise of fine things to come...Sammy Baugh, No. 1 hero of the evening, is built like Johnny Blood and resembles him a bit on the field...but Gay Tinsley, the end, catches passes like Blood...too bad Baugh and Tinsley haven't the opportunity of working up a permanent combination..it'd be hot..Too bad they don't count first downs for points...the Packers made 17 to 8 for the All Stars...Mark down a probably good year for Champ Seibold...he gave hard working Ernie Smith a rest at a couple of points in the game and was pitching All Stars around enthusiastically...Joe Laws showed about as much energy as anyone...the temperature was terrific, and the humidity hung low over the sunken field...this seemed to bother the Packers much more than their younger opponents, although it couldn't account for the team's lack of pep in the first period...the Green Bay blocking was off by miles, but the tackling was good most of the way...in fact, it was pretty much a defensive game, always excepting Mr. Baugh and Mr. Tinsley...incidentally, be sure and see Tinsley in action here with the Chicago Cardinals, Sept. 12...he's a real end.