PLAYER TOTAL OF PRO GRID TEAMS RAISED TO 30
FEB 21 (Philadelphia) - Although marked by only one trade,
the NFL's weekend conference left its stamp on league
rules today with the abolition of the temporary suspension
system, limiting of post-season games and an increase in
the number of players on the team's active list. The New
York Giants and Washington Redskins completed the
single player transaction, with Washington gaining the
rights to George Karamatic, fullback last year at Gonzaga
university, in exchange for the rights to Nello Falashi, star
quarterback of Santa Clara two years ago. Falashi coached
at Santa Clara last fall...BOOST PLAYER TOTAL: The
representatives of the 10 teams voted to increase from 25
to 30 the number of players a club may have on its active
list. They agreed to abolish the temporary suspension
system under which a player could be suspended for two
weeks and then be reinstated. Now a player suspended
is ineligible for the remainder of the season. Seeking to
halt post-season series such as the Chicago Bears and
Washington Redskins played last year, the league decided
that the 1938 titleholder may play but one exhibition game,
which must be a non-league team. No action was taken
against post-season "dream" games with all star college
teams...LINE UP SCHEDULES: Schedules for the 1938
season were discussed and lined up. The entire schedule
will be announced immediately, but the separate teams
made public their own cards. Green Bay, Wis., was
represented at the meeting by Coach Earl L. (Curly)
Lambeau and Leland H. Joannes, president of Green Bay
Packers, Inc. The league also voted to have six "teams of
officials" to work the entire season, rather than individual
officials. Three teams will be chosen by East coaches, and
three by West coaches. They will be paid by the league.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
FEB 21 (Green Bay) - The 1938 schedule of the Green Bay
Packers, announced today, appears on a part with those of
past recent seasons, despite the failure of a top-ranking
Eastern club to invade the Packers' western stronghold.
This factor is about the only one which will disappoint fans
who wanted to see New York or Washington in action next
fall, and who won't get the chance. The reason they won't
is because the Packer corporation is not given the
responsibility of drawing up the league schedule, and until
it is - a bit unlikely as a prospect - the best of the Eastern
clubs may not reach this far from the Atlantic seaboard. But
the rest of the home schedule is as attractive as the fans
could desire, including as it does games with Detroit, the
Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh, plus an opener with
Cleveland which probably will draw as well as the usual
opener. The visit of Johnny Blood - still in a playing role -
and his Pittsburgh Pirates to City stadium should be one of
the highlights of the season. The Packers pulled every
possible string to get the Pirates in here last season, but
the try was no dice, and this year's Oct. 23 is the follow-
through. If Johnny Blood is able to stand up that afternoon,
and isn't handicapped by crutches, he'll get into the game.
Probably not for a long time will Blood want quite so much
to make a final appearance before the fans for whom he
performed for so many years. And even from this distance,
it's safe to predict that there'll be a great many of them on
hand to see him. There is more than an outside chance,
however, that Byron (Whiizzer) White of Colorado will
accompany Blood to Green Bay. White still is holding out
for that Oxford education, but the Pirates are offering him
enough money to buy Oxford, throw in Cambridge and get
a prep course at Eton on the side. The games with the
Bears and Detroit here need no amplifying statement. For
the first time in Packer history last year, another team than
the Bears drew the largest crowd at City stadium. and that
team was Detroit, which thus displaced the Bears as the
Packers' most colorful rival. But there was a horde on tap
for the Bear game, too, and both contests should be
sellouts next fall. Milwaukee fans should be satisfied with
the Cardinal and Brooklyn games, although they were
hoping for a big Eastern opponent. Potsy Clark has the
Dodgers on the upgrade, and probably will present a team
25 percent more effective than the 1937 edition. The Cards,
as usual, will be tough, rough and rugged. In addition to
facing the Cards in Milwaukee, the Packers will meet them
for the last game of the season at Chicago Dec. 4.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
FEB 24 (Green Bay) - The loss of George Svendsen, who
signed last week as athletic director at Antigo high school,
is one which really bothered Coach E.L. Lambeau of the
Green Bay Packers. Anticipating the return of both of the
Svendsens, George and Bud, and Darrell Lester next
season, Lambeau did not line up any centers in the NFL
draft, concentrating upon the places where Green Bay
appeared weaker. Now he has to scratch for a big,
powerful pivot man, and they are hard to get. He needs a
man fast enough to hold his own on pass defense, and
rugged enough to play the line. It's a tough assignment.
BUD SVENDSEN LOST, REPORT
FEB 28 (Green Bay) - A story that Bud Svendsen, freshman
center with the Green Bay Packers last season, has
signed to coach football at Kirksville, Mo. Teachers' college,
appeared last Saturday in the Minneapolis Star. Possible
loss of Svendsen for the coming Packer NFL campaign
could not be confirmed here today inasmuch as Coach E.
L. Lambeau and President Lee Joannes were both out of
town...WOULD BE GREAT LOSS: Svendsen's loss would
be a great one for the Packers, for his older brother,
George, recently signed up as coach at Antigo high school.
If both Svendsens were out of the Packer lineup next year,
it would mean that Darrell Lester would be the only center
mainstay available for 1938. Svendsen, the Star story said,
will be head coach of football, with Mal Eiken, former
Minnesota assistant coach, as assistant to Svendsen.
Eiken would coach basketball with Svendsen as assistant.
The two are to assume their duties June 1, it was said...
HAS GREAT RECORD: Kirksville Teachers is the school
made famous by Don Faurot, now at Missouri university.. Through his ten-year tenure there is established one of the best records and longest winning streaks in college football. He was succeeded by his brother, who in turn would be succeeded by Svendsen.
LAMBEAU MUST FIND CENTERS TO REPLACE BROTHERS
MAR 4 (Green Bay) - It never rains but it pours and Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers appears to be without an umbrella so far as the center situation is concerned. Last season the Packers had a trio of great centers in George Svendsen, his brother Bud, both of Minnesota, and Darrell Lester, the Texas Christian All-American snapper-back. Green Bay was probably better fortified at the center than any other eleven in the NFL. Coach Lambeau was not worried about this post as he figured all three would be back again for 1938. However, the Packer pilot is worrying now as George Svendsen has accepted an athletic directorship in Antigo, Wisc., and Bud Svendsen has signed to coach football at the Kirksville, Mo., Teachers college. This leaves Lester the only one of the trio returning.
BUD SVENDSEN TO COACH FOOTBALL
MAR 5 (Kirksville, MO) - President Walter Ryle announced yesterday that Earl Svendsen, Minneapolis, and Malcolm Eiken, Faribault, Minn., both graduates of the University of Minnesota, had accepted positions as coaches at Northeast Missouri State Teachers college here. Svendsen lettered as Minnesota football center in 1935 and 1936. He played with the Green Bay Packers last fall.
BOARD TABLES WPA PROTEST
MAR 8 (Green Bay) - Due to the absence of Rasmus Anderson, labor representative of the board, a letter of protest from the Building Trades Council against employing WPA labor on the City stadium project was laid on the table by the board of education at its meeting last night. If requested by the labor representative, the matter will be brought up for reconsideration at an adjourned meeting to be held Monday evening....Before Harry Anderson's resolution to lay the stadium protest on the table passed, there was considerable discussion on the subject. Board members who spoke seemed unanimously of the opinion that WPA labor is still the logical solution. In its letter, the Building Trades Council threatened to place the board of education, which has management of the stadium, on the unfair list. It also said it would picket the stadium whenever it is in use, unless its demand for union labor is met...NOT FOR SCHOOLS: "Don't lose sight of the fact that we aren't enlarging the stadium for the schools," Alex Biemeret pointed out. "It's large enough now for any event by high school athletic departments. The stadium is being enlarged to accommodate the Green Bay Packers. They need a larger seating capacity if they are going to continue competition with professional from cities that have the right facilities. The Packers have done much for Green Bay, don't forget that. Why can't we return a favor?" Biemeret, along with Dr. P.M. Clifford and Johnson, and the other board members to a lesser degree, spoke on the necessity of putting relief clients to work. There are about 700 men on WPA now, and work must be provided or most of them will have to apply for direct relief, it was pointed out...WOULD RESTRICT HOURS: As far as wages are concerned, all WPA workers would be paid at the prevailing rate per hour, although the hours per week would be restricted, it was pointed out further. "And if we don't take advantage of the WPA funds, some other city is going to beat us to it," reminded Biemeret. The actual work is not expected to get underway for another month, Ira F. Clark, superintendent of buildings and grounds, reported. Ample time will be available to take action before that, the board agreed.
PLAN MEMORIAL TO PACKER TEAM
MAR 9 (Green Bay) - Plans to memorialize the Green Bay Packer football team as a community institution are being developed by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, it was announced today. While lacking in details, initial ideas included the naming of the upper East De Pere road "Packer Boulevard", and designating the highway at each end with suitable markers. It also is contemplated to erect an appropriate monument at the midway point of this boulevard. The movement has gained considerable support from various groups and organizations, according to the Junior Chamber committe working on the plans, and representatives of the Brown County Historical society, Association of Commerce and other civic bodies who have been approached indicated they would support the project. Several members of the Allouez town board, through which the highway runs, as well as members of the city councils of Green Bay and De Pere, and the Brown County board of supervisors and other public officials have expressed enthusiasm about the memorial and tentatively have promised to lend support, according to the sponsors. The J.C.C. will now seek the cooperation of governing units of the town of Allouez and city of De Pere through which the boulevard runs. It is planned to include that portion of the highway from the Webster avenue viaduct into the De Pere city limits, a distance of around four miles. At the present time the road is a single lane highway but provision has been made to widen this stretch and build a parkway in between two one-way roads.
PACKERS SIGN U.S.C. CENTER
MAR 11 (Los Angeles) - Gil Kuhn, three-year varsity center of the University of Southern California, today signed a contract to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Kuhn signed today with Coach E.L. Lambeau of Green Bay, who is visiting here. The former Trojan's last season with U.S.C. was in 1936. After the league season he participated in two exhibition games with Ernie Smith, Packer left tackle, who has praised his work highly...GREAT GRID SPIRIT: Kuhn stands five feet, 11 inches in height and weighs 205 pounds. He has a great competitive spirit and leading sportswriters of the Pacific coast area predict that he is capable of making the professional grade with any club. During his last season at U.S.C, Kuhn was regarded as that team's most rugged linemen. With Kuhn added to the list of Packers signed for 1938, the growing Green Bay roster now totals eight men.
SUGGEST VOTE ON WPA JOBS
MAR 14 (Green Bay) - Voters of Green Bay may be given a chance to indicate in a referendum whether they prefer to have public work done under WPA projects or under contract by union labor, according to sentiment expressed at a meeting in the council chamber Saturday afternoon between Mayor Farrell and members of the council, and representatives of the Building Trades Alliance of the Federated Trades council. Mayor Farrell declared he favored such a referendum to settle the question once and for all. Louis Butterfield, representing the alliance, said the building trades would welcome it...CHARGES "BUCK PASSING": The alliance, Butterfield declared, especially opposed making WPA projects out of the addition to the Packer stadium, the construction of sewers and removal of the old street car tracks. All of this work, he said, properly fell within the province of crafts composing the alliance. In the stadium project, he charged "buck-passing" between the board of education, to which the Packer corporation made its $15,000 payment, and the council, which sponsored the WPA projects for which the $15,000 was to represent material cost. The council's sponsorship was necessary as a matter of form, it was brought out. "How can you carry out an entire contract for $15,000 when $15,000 is only the cost of material?" demanded Councilman Olejniczak. Butterfield declared his belief that the entire job could be done for that sum..
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
MAR 15 (Green Bay) - George Svendsen is going to coach at Antigo and Bud Svendsen is going to coach at Kirksville Teachers at Missouri, and if you think the general exodus of all the Svendsens from the Green Bay Packer football team hasn't started Coach Curly Lambeau worrying, you don't know the coach. "I feel that lightning has struck twice in the same place," he commented yesterday after returning from California. "The loss of these two centers really is serious, as we have no one in the draft to replace them. We could have had our choice of two or three centers at the National league meeting, but no position on our team appeared to be better fortified. With the two Svendsens and Darrell Lester returning, we seemed to be assured the services of three good men. Now there is only one. I expected George Svendsen to be the best center in the league next fall. Gil Kuhn, the Southern California center who signed with us last week, is promising. He is built like Nate Barrager, and is extremely aggressive, but he is a new man in the league, and at this time we don't know how he'll come through. In the meantime, we are pulling every string possible to line up several other candidates at center." There is a strong possibility that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film corporation will send a production unit to Green Bay next August to take another Packer short. Success of the last one, "Pigskin Champions", was far greater than the studio had anticipated, and brought favorable comment from all parts of the country. The film enjoyed its greatest success, strangely enough, in Texas. If the Packers win the championship next fall, and go to the Pacific Coast, they will be engaged immediately to film another subject under the M-G-M banner, with Pete Smith supervising the job. The film will be more elaborate and may contain the elements of a plot. If the Packers do not win the title, M-G-M is considering sending its production men, plus Pete Smith, to Green Bay to film the Packers in their native habitat. This move would attract no more attention locally than the engulfing of the Fox River by an earthquake, but at present it's all in the discussion stage. Lambeau saw plenty of the California flood during his stay in that state, and commented that the rains really kicked up an awful fuss thereabouts. Coming through the Cajon pass he saw automobiles overturned on every side, and at places railroad tracks were torn up and twisted away a quarter of a mile from their proper locations.
PRO GRID MATERIAL NOT ALWAYS HOT ON DIAMOND
MAR 22 (Green Bay) - While baseball is taking over the feature sports news spots, and track is crowding basketball off the pages, worried confronting the pro football coaches continue to get a play from the writers. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers is scanning the horizon for man-mountain material to replace the brothers Svendsen at the center of his line, and the efforts of Owner Art Rooney and Coach Johnny Blood to get Colorado's Whizzer White into the Pittsburgh fold are followed from coast to coast. For general interest, however, George Preston Marshall's reported concern about Slingin' Sammy Baugh possibly being outside the Washington lineup next fall is taking top honors at the moment - probably because Baugh is a rookie of speculative worth in the St. Louis Cardinals' camp at St. Peterburg, Fla...CRASH BIG TIME: Authoritative reports on Baugh's diamond prospects are lacking, but it appears safe to say that he is not meeting the same success as yet, that he did on the gridiron. Because of this it is interesting to review in brief the records of other football stars who have tried to crash big time baseball and have failed. Branch Rickey, Cardinals executive, is reported to once have stated that: "It shouldn't be so difficult for a famed athlete to sock a little baseball delivered by a pitcher." With this in mind, he has delved into the all-America rolls each fall with the hope of coming forth with a grid star for the Gas House Gang. He has tried several, but Baugh appeared to be the best bet that has come his way. Besides his football fame, he has turned in some fancy baseball fielding in the Texas Christian university infield, and led the batters in the Texas conference. But until he proves himself, opponents of the Rickey theory present the following evidence of alleged fallacy: Ernie Vick, all-America center at Michigan, served a brief term as catcher for the Cardinals, and was released in short order...TRIED BY ST. JOSEPH: Bill Glasgow, one-time all Big Ten halfback at Iowa, who was given a trial with St. Joseph in the Western league and then released. Wes Fesler, all-America end at Ohio State and brilliant all-around athlete just a couple of seasons ago, quit baseball when he was unable to hold a minor league job. Frank Thomsen, last fall's football coach at the University of Arkansas, was considered a great catching prospect during the years he romped about Big Ten gridirons, as an all conference halfback, but he lasted only a few semesters on the diamond. Hitting inability proved to be the downfall of Lou Bush of Massachusetts State, Joel Hunt of the Texas Aggies, and Ted Saussele of Washington university. The latter, like Green Bay's Don Hutson, stuck to the minors. Hutson spent last season in the Albany outfield...TALENTS ARE LIMITED: There were others of course who made the grade from time to time, most notable of whom was Michigan's all-America George Sisler, but most of football's "name boys" find their talents limited. It is probable that Marshall has more to fear from the coaching ranks as an inducement for Baugh to leave the pro playing field than from baseball, although the deciding factor in the deal undoubtedly would be the Washington owner's checkbook. With the fleet-footed Cliff Battles signed to help Lou Little at Columbia, and Dixie Howell off the roster again, the National league champions have some real backfield gaps to fill. More football jottings: Gil Kuhn, the 1936 Southern California captain signed as a Packer center hopeful, was voted the outstanding athlete at his his university during his senior year...played varsity rugby as well as football three years...and is a radio vocalist...EVANS HIT HARDEST: In a Chicago interview at the close of last season, Baugh credited Packer guard Lon Evans with tackling him hardest...Baugh was 23 years of age St. Patrick's day last week...and John V. Mara, son of Tim Mara, and president of the New York Giants, was 30 yesterday. Last season Ned Irish, publicity man for the New York Giants, was winner of a sizeable sum by betting on the Packers to beat the Bears at Wrigley field... and immediately announced that he was going to play it all back on the Giants to stop the Packers despite warnings he did, and enjoyed the sport expert's greatest delight, saying: "I told you so."