GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - A much improved and revitalized Cleveland football team with a scoring complex went down to defeat before an air-minded Green Bay Packer eleven, as both teams opened their NFL season before 8,247 at City stadium yesterday afternoon. The score was 26 to 17. Three touchdowns by Don Hutson, two extra points by Eddie Jankowski and a pair of field goals by Clarke Hinkle accounted for the Green Bay points. Once they overcame an early 3 to 0 disadvantage, achieved on Nelson Peterson's 18-yard Cleveland field goal, the Packers never seriously were in danger of relinquishing the lead, but the Rams, with a spirit they didn't display all last last season, never stopped trying, and provided Green Bay with a severe opening game test. The Packers tied the score on a 36-yard field goal by Hinkle, went ahead on that Herber to Hutson forward pass business, and stayed there. When the Rams crept closer, the Bays moved farther out in front. They scored when they needed the points, and that's the story of the game. The bruising power of the Chicago Bears next Sunday may be needed to give Packer fans their clearest idea as to their real strength of their 1938 team, but there certainly wasn't much to be gloomy about Sunday, despite somber skies which followed a rainy morning and carried the threat of a drenching throughout the afternoon. They may dig up a more satisfactory passing combination than Herber to Hutson, but there was nothing soggy about the old setup against the Rams. On the second play of the second period, with the ball on Cleveland's 7-yard line, Hutson raced to the left and picked up a toss from the veteran Arnie, ripping over the goal line as Littlefield of Cleveland tackled him.
50 YARDS IN AIR
Exactly 10 plays later, as the Packers held the oval on the Ram 47, Herber trotted back across midfield and turned loose an aerial that sailed 50 yards, plunking into Hutson's hands on the 3-yard line, Littlefield again tackling the receiver too late to prevent a touchdown. As the fourth period opened, with Green Bay leading 20 to 10 and the ball on the Cleveland 18-yard stripe, Herber hurried back to fire a pass diagonally across the field, and Hutson hooked it over his shoulder as he sped through the end zone with all kinds of defense men riding on his back. Hinkle's two field goals were beauties. The first was popped on a straight line from the 36-yard line, and the second sailed across at a bad angle from 24 yards out.
AWAY FROM GODDARD
Cleveland's first touchdown broke in spectacular fashion midway through the second period, when Bob Snyder passed over center to Ed Goddard, who hooked off the ball with a shoestring nab on the Packer 47-yard line, twisted free from the secondary and got away on a jaunt to the goal line, Eddie Jankowski's last despairing tackle just falling short. The Rams scored their other touchdown in the fourth period, on a perfectly executed forward pass play, Snyder to Peterson, from the 5-yard line. Goddard and Snyder kicked an extra point for Cleveland. The defenses of the two squads were split open most of the time by the surging offensive drives, both teams pounding with effect through the opposing lines and tipping well-directed passes into receiver's hands with deadly effect. It was chiefly an offensive exhibition and a crowd pleaser from the start.
CLEVELAND -  3  7  0  7 - 17
GREEN BAY -  3 17  0  6 - 26
1st - CLE - Nels Peterson, 18-yard field goal CLEVELAND 3-0
1st - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 36-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - GB - Don Hutson, 7-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Eddie Jankowski kick) GREEN BAY 10-3
2nd - GB - Hutson, 53-yard pass from Herber (Jankowski kick) GREEN BAY 17-3
2nd - CLE - Ed Goddard, 53-yard pass from Bob Snyder (Goddard kick) GB 17-10
2nd - GB - Hinkle, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-10
4th - GB - Hutson, 18-yard pass from Herber (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 26-10
4th - CLE - Peterson, 5-yard pass from Bob Snyder (Snyder kick) GREEN BAY 26-17
Green Bay Packers (1-0) 26, Cleveland Rams (0-1) 17
Sunday September 11th 1938 (at Green Bay)
NEWS AND NOTES
RAMS OFFICIALS PLEASED WITH IMPROVED SHOWING
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Tom Lipscomb, new president of the Cleveland
Rams, sums it up this way: "I never felt so good after losing a football
game in my life." That sentiment ran through the visiting club from 
Coach Hugo Bezdek right down to the property boys. The 26 to 17
defeat their team suffered at the hands of the Green Bay Packers was
no great beating as far as they were concerned. And on Oct. 30 they
feel that they can win the ball game when the Packers go to Cleveland.
Everyone knew that Cleveland had an improved ball club, but even the
club officials were surprised at how much better it was. The players
were out there to win. They almost did. Bezdek feels that his line is
stronger than the Packer forward wall. From his viewpoint experience 
was the only difference between the clubs. He still carries a lot of
respect for the Herber to Hutson forward passing combination, and he
holds Clarke Hinkle in very high regard, but for the rest - he'll keep his
own. Both Bezdek and Assistant Coach Art Lewis name Hutson as the
man responsible for the Green Bay victory. Stan Pincura, the 162-pound
quarterback who is a holdover from last year's Cleveland team, voiced
the opinion that proper defensive play can halt Don. It should be able to,
but as Lewis pointed out, "that man is fast."..PLAYED AGAINST BAYS:
Lewis played against (and lost to) the Packers in 1936 as a member of
the New York Giants team. He believes that Coach Curly Lambeau's
team is stronger now than it was then, and that was a championship
year. Timing was off yesterday, and line play was spotty, but as a team
the Packers showed well. At least they are not starting the season in
the red as has been their practice in other years. Bob Snyder, who
played a lot of quarterback and wound up with a cut on his nose, was
one of the most pleased. Bob, like Pincura, is a holdover from last year,
and he knows what it means to really take a drubbing. Snyder and just
about the entire Cleveland ball club, including rookie fullback Corbett
Davis, share the opinion that Hinkle is the greatest back in the league. Davis says that he learned a lot in that game, his first as a professional...KNOW FINE POINTS: "There are a lot of fine points that a fellow has to know in pro football...it's much tougher than college play, but I like it," he said at the Hotel Northland when it was all over. Davis is only one of the first year men who placed their stamp of approval on post graduate ball. Jim Benton, the end from Arkansas who helped cause at least a couple of Packer headaches, thinks there is nothing like it, and Ted Livingston, holdover tackle from Indiana, finally is having some fun at it. Bezdek was too busy keeping track of his men to point out Packer standouts. He predicts great things for Benton, Corbett and Bob Davis, Stephens and May. The latter, a center from Centenary college, is beating out Stanford's Tsoutsouvas for a regular job. Packer centers did well with Darrell Lester coming through in good style. Hutson, taking his football very seriously this year, is looking for another championship...LOOKING FOR TITLE: "I think we can do it if the boys keep on bearing down," was his view. The general opinion seems to be that the ends are much stronger - although Carl Mulleneaux still has to appear to prove that. Lambeau cited no department weaknesses, but will demand better play all through the squad. "We need improvement," he said in his only post game comment. Wilfred Smith, Chicago newspaperman who doubled as an official and was headlinesman yesterday, thinks the Packers are stronger this year. He points out that the only changes are improvements. In a setup like that, a better club must result. One of Bunny Schoemann's greatest rooters in the stands was Art Bultman, former West high, Marquette and Packer center. Art believes that Schoemann really is going places in the league, especially because of his heads up pass defense play. Thinking back through the years, he places Ookie Miller, then of the Bears, and McNally, who played with the Cardinals, as the greatest centers he ever opposed. And he is looking for Schoemann to produce quality on that level...OPENING GAME CHATTER: The little shower at noon probably kept a few thousand fans from the park. Many persons who intended to see the game satisfied themselves with the radio. It was especially noticeable in the hotels, where men who had experienced an intention of seeing the Packers changed their minds when it began to sprinkle...LOOK FOR VICTORY: Two examples of Packer drawing power are Stan Egdahl of Wausau and Dan Steinberg of Appleton. They probably don't know each other, but both see every Packer game here and in Milwaukee. They represent thousands of fans who support the Packers from outside communities. Unlike many of the home fans they are not wolves. Both were well satisfied with yesterday's results and look for a win over the Bears next Sunday...The crowd wanted more of Cecil Isbell, but Andy Uram is the man they are going to see a lot of all season. Long before he signed his praises were sung in Green Bay. One of the men who cheers the loudest for Andy is Charles Hennick, former Green Bay West athlete, who attended the University of Minnesota with him. "He's going to be one of the greatest ball players in the league," Chuck says, and Packer officials think so, too...SVENDSEN IS BACK: George Svendsen had the members of his Antigo high school team here for the game. In all 340 high school gridders from around the state and Upper Michigan were present. At Kingsford, Michigan, merchants subscribed to a fund to send the prep players down. Oshkosh was among the Fox River valley schools represented...Because of expected Packer strength, most of the betting beforehand was on a point margin, but there was at least one spectator who was holding out for even teams. He was lad of about seven in the north stands. Just before the kickoff his well-dressed father felt that he was getting the short end of things. "When it's all over you will get a hamburger and a bottle of orange pop," he said in a voice that carried through an entire section of seats, "but what will I get?"
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - There was cause for neither widespread rejoicing nor an outbreak of mourning following the Green Bay Packers' clear-cut 26 to 17 victory over the Cleveland Rams at City stadium Sunday afternoon. The Packers, for the first time in three seasons, looked good in their initial home game. Those opening Cardinal contests had come to be regarded as natural jinxes, for when the Packers won, they didn't look impressive, and when they lost, they looked terrible. Yesterday's battle backs up to the final degree the prediction that this year's National league championship race will be decided at a reasonable distance off the turf - that is, through the air. Pass defense in pro football is getting to be a lost art. The coaches demand it, pray for it, exhort their players to show it, but when someone wants to complete an aerial, he just steps up like a little man and does it. The Packer pass defense often has looked erratic - so has that of all the other clubs. Passing has been developed to such an extraordinary degree in professional football that it is a great defense indeed which can bottle up all of the artillerymen on the opposing team's roster. Yes, the Packers are going to have pass defense trouble this season - but think of the trouble their rivals are going to have on the same score. Herber and Hutson were the connecting battery yesterday. Mulleneaux was on the bench. Isbell was used sparingly. The most powerful attack, utilizing a variety of men, is being saved for bigger and better defenses than that of the Cleveland Rams. The line forms right now for those Bear game tickets. Could it be that some of the Green Bay freshmen were kept under wraps in anticipation of George Halas' invasion? Remember what Hutson did on the first play of his first game against the Bears? The Bears do...The Packer all-time scoring list started changing its face again yesterday, as Clarke Hinkle, Donald Hutson and Eddie Jankowski broke into the point list. Hinkle kicked his 10th and 11th Packer field goals, raising his total since 1932 to 181. He ranks third on the big list, 43 points behind Johnny Blood. Hutson's three touchdowns were his 25th, 26th and 27th. Only two Packers, Verne Lewellen and Blood, have scored more touchdowns than the speedy ex-Alabama end. Hutson now rests in fourth position with 163 points, 18 less than Hinkle. Jankowski, a sophomore with the Packers, kicked his second and third extra points, and now has 27 points for his two-season career. He is tied for 29th place in the all-time list with Pid Purdy, 1926-27, and Tiny Engebretsen, 1935-38. Lewellen's total of 300 points still rides high atop the list of Packer scorers.
SCHNEIDMAN ONLY PACKER CASUALTY
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Herman Schneidman, the Packers' valuable blocking quarterback, was the major casualty as the Bays battled the Rams yesterday, and even Herman is expected to be ready for service against the Chicago Bears next Sunday, Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician announced. Although a number of the Packers where shaken up severely, the entire squad probably will be set for action, Dr. Kelly said. Schneidman incurred a cleat gash in his leg, and three stitches were taken in the wound at St. Vincent hospital during the game. He returned to the field but did not play thereafter. Cecil Isbell incurred a finger injury. Carl Mulleneaux, end, who has been laid up with the grippe, was at the stadium but not in uniform.
CHICAGO BEARS PUSH OFF WITH 16-13 VICTORY
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Professional football looked forward to its most profitable season today following curtain raising games in five National league cities before nearly 90,000 fans. Boosters predict that last year's 250,000 attendance will be more than doubled. Four games played yesterday drew 71,000 to add to the 18,000 who saw the Detroit-Pittsburgh opener Friday night. A crowd of 20,700 saw the Chicago Bears begin their season by defeating the Chicago Cardinals, 16-13, on Jack Manders' last period field goal from the 23-yard line...25,000 ATTEND GAME: Largest crowd was at Philadelphia, where 25,000 saw the Washington Redskins score a 26-23 decision over the Eagles. It was an expensive victory for the Redskins, however, as Slingin' Sammy Baugh tore a shoulder muscle, after firing a 40-yard touchdown pass to Max Krause in the second period. Baugh had passed the Eagles silly in the first half, completing 13 of 14 heaves. This still left Washington trailing 16-14 at half time, but Krause dashed 71 yards off tackle for a touchdown in the first minute of the third period, and Bill Young snared a short aerial, then ran 47 yards for a final marker just before the stanza ended...WHIZZER IS STAR: With Whizzer White looking more like an All-American than any time since he left Colorado university, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost their second straight game, 27-14, to the New York Giants. The Rocky Mountain halfback scored a touchdown and played good football, but his presence was no obstacle to the Giants' vaunted passing attack. Aerials accounted for three New York touchdowns and set up the other. A crowd of 17,340 turned out. Green Bay scored a 26-17 win over Cleveland as the Packers' Herber-to-Hutson passing combination accounted for three touchdowns and Clarke Hinkle booted two field goals. Attendance was 8,247.
PACKERS RESUME DRILLS PRIOR TO ENGAGING BEARS
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Those old acquaintances of the Green Bay Packers, who have been renewing their relationship at regular periods since 1921, will return to City stadium Sunday afternoon, when the Packers will meet the Chicago Bears for the 39th time. It will be
another showing of the oldest and most intense rivalry
in professional football, will be a regular National league
contest, and probably will be played before the largest
crowd which ever witnessed a gridiron game in Nothern
Wisconsin. A host of names familiar to Green Bay fans,
plus some lively new talent, will be included on the
roster of Coach George Halas, and no collection of
football players is calculated to strike quite as much 
terror into the hearts of Packer friends as those big,
tough Bears from Chicago...VETERANS ARE BACK:
The veterans returning for backfield duty have seen
service time and again against Green Bay. There will be
George Corbett and Bernie Masterson at quarterback,
Ray Nolting, Jack Manders and Ray Buivid at halfbacks,
Sam Francis and John Doehring at full. There isn't a
man in that group who hasn't given and received healthy
bumps during combat with the Packers. Returning
veterans in the line included Bill Karr, Henry Hammond,
Dick Plasman, George Wilson and Lester McDonald at
​ends, Del Bjork, Milt Trost, Joe Stydahar and Russ
Thompson at tackles, Joe Zeller, Danny Fortmann, Bill
Conkright and George Musso at guards, Frank Sullivan
and Frank Bausch at center. Lou Gordon, late of the
Packers and now a Chicago school teacher, will return
to City stadium in an alien uniform as he takes his 
place with the invaders..MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE:
Men appearing with the Halas-men for the first time, 
who will be watched with interest by the Green Bay
throng, include Charles Apokskis, 207-pound De Paul
end; Fred Dreher, 205-pound Denver end; Gus Zarnas,
210-pound Ohio guard who played with the College All
Stars; John Oelerich, 192-pound St. Ambrose halfback;
Gary Famiglietti, a real find from Boston who uses his
210 pounds at fullback; Imon Blackaby, 205-pound full
from Butler; Ed Michaels, 200-pound Villanova guard
who played with the Washington Redskins last year;
Dick Schweidler, 178-pound halfback from Texas who
never played college football; Andy Grant, 210-pound
Purdue guard; Dick Bassi, 210-pound Santa Clara
guard; Renio Nori, 165-pound Northern Illinois Teachers
quarterback; and Bert Johnson, 215-pound Kentucky
fullback...MET 38 TIMES: The Packers and Bears have
collided 38 times on the professional grid, but no games
in the extended series have been more thrilling than 
those of recent years. After beating the Bruins twice in 1935, the Packers divided with their rivals in 1936 and last season split again. The Bears roared into City stadium in the fall of 1936 and plastered a 30 to 3 licking onto the Bays, only to have the Packers, led by George Henry Sauer, pound back for a 21 to 10 decision at Wrigley field. The Packers looked bad before a record crowd here last year as the Bears won, 14 to 2, but again the Bays reversed the count at Wrigley field, setting up a 24 to 14 margin...GOOD WEATHER AGAIN: The Packers, heartened by a return of favorable weather after last week's sloppy business, were back at practice in earnest today, working on their timing, improving the pass attack, and doing a bit of side activity on their pass defense, which was none too impregnable against the Cleveland Rams, even though the Packers won, 26 to 17. The Bears squeezed out a 16 to 13 victory over the Chicago Cardinals at Soldier field, so Sunday's collision will be a meeting of undefeated teams.
PRO FOOTBALL TEAMS DISPLAY SCORING PUNCH IN EARLY GAMES
SEPT 14 (Chicago) - The offense, at the moment, is mightier than the defense in professional football. Four National league games Sunday produced 22 touchdowns and 162 points, an average of 40.5 per game. None of the eight contestants scored less than two touchdowns. There are two reasons for this unprecedented display of early season scoring power. Larger squads and longer training periods have enabled coaches to devote more attention to the perfecting of the offense. Consequently teams are coming up to opening games with better coordinated attacks. Forward passing is the other factor. Eleven of the twenty-two touchdowns Sunday were made on passes. Two others were set up by this method. These figures are another manifestation of the growing importance of an aerial attack in football. Its extensive use is a natural outgrowth of the success of Sammy Baugh and Arnie Herber, who have made Washington and Green Bay feared throughout the league...A VULNERABLE SPOT: Their records have driven home that protection against passes is the most intricate and difficult phase of defense to teach. Consequently it becomes every opponent's most vulnerable spot. At the same time, if a passer of any ability at all is available, an aerial attack is the easiest form of offense to perfect. Three passes, Herber to Don Hutson, gave Green Bay three touchdowns, which, with two field goals, enabled the Packers to beat the Cleveland Rams, 26 to 17. Cleveland's 17 points came from passes. Baugh gave his usual demonstration as Washington opened defense of its title by whipping Philadelphia, 26 to 23. He threw nine passes, completing eight, two for touchdowns, before an injured shoulder forced him out of the game...BAUGH'S INJURY IS SERIOUS: The victory may prove costly to Washington, for Baugh's mishap has been diagnosed as a bone separation. Physicians assured Coach Ray Flaherty yesterday that Baugh would be ready to play by Sept. 25 against Cleveland, but veteran trainers doubt that a separation can heal sufficiently in two weeks. Herber was of little aid to the Packers for two months last season after suffering a similar injury in the All Star game. Results of Sunday's
games gave little hint of what to expect in the title race
beyond the fact that all teams appear strengthened
over last season. The Cardinals gave an impressive
exhibition in Soldiers' field, although beaten, 16 to 13, in
the last few minutes by Jack Manders' field goal. In fact,
the Bears may consider themselves fortunate to have
made away with the game...CARDINALS SHOW
STRENGTH: Despite the fact that they outrushed the
Cardinals, 129 yards to 67 yards, outgained them 127
yards to 106 yards on passes, and led in first downs,
14 to 9, they needed the break that developed when a
Cardinal pass struck an ineligible man to score the
winning points. The Cardinals, sparked by rookies, gave
evidence of great strength, while the Bears appeared to
be ragged and listless at times. Coach George Halas
was dissatisfied with the showing of his club and is
prepared for the worst at Green Bay next Sunday
unless vast improvement is made this week. He was
especially upset by the Bears' eight fumbles, one of
which was turned into the Cardinals' first touchdown by
tackle Tony Blazine. The Cardinals tackle Cleveland
next Saturday night. They are being tabbed by National
league coaches as the team to watch in the Western
division race despite Sunday's defeat. Their roster is
liberally sprinkled with talented newcomers and in the
opinion of observers they have greater opportunity to
improve than the Bears or even Green Bay. Detroit, the
other Western division contender, which opened its
season last Friday with a 16 to 7 victory over Pittsburgh,
has given evidence of running strength, but it is apt to
have trouble balking the passing attacks the Cardinals,
Packers and the Bears can thrown against them.
PACKERS PREPARE FOR LIVELY DAY AGAINST
CHICAGO
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - Thirty members of the Chicago
Bears football team will be escorted onto the turf at City
stadium next Sunday afternoon, to do battle with the
Green Bay Packers for the 39th time since 1921, and
Coach E.L. Lambeau's team is giving evidence in this
week's practice sessions that the reception will be 
warm. Although the advance seat sale has been highly
satisfactory, and has brought forth predictions that the
game will be played before a record crowd, Packer fans
are reminded that the stadium is enlarged considerably
this year. The entire east end of the stands, including
some excellent seats, remain to be sold, and fans are
urged to secure their reservations immediately, to 
assure themselves the best possible accommodations.
All Bear game seats which have been reserved at the
Packer ticket office positively must be picked up by
Thursday night at 9 o'clock. All those which have not
been called for at that time will be placed on an open
sale, and there will be no exceptions to this rule. In
addition to drilling against the lashing Bear ground
attack, always one of the strongest in the NFL, and in
bolstering their pass defense, which looked soggy 
against Cleveland, the Packers this week have stressed
​their own mighty offense, with the intention of launching
a first period score against the invaders from Chicago.
Andy Uram, Minnesota halfback, has been displaying
speed on offense and considerable talent upon defense,
to the coach's pleasure, and Johnny Howell, Nebraska
halfback, now appears ready to take his regular turn in
the Green Bay lineup. Howell's forward passing this
week has been particularly effective, and with Arnold
Herber, Cecil Isbell and Bob Monnett set for extensive
firing, the Bears' aerial defense is likely to be taxed to 
the utmost. Lambeau has started using Dick
Weisgerber at both blocking quarterback and fullback,
with the view to getting him into the games more
regularly...FULLBACKS ARE STRONGER: "We placed
Weisgerber at fullback," Lambeau said, "but Clarke
Hinkle and Eddie Jankowski are too good football 
players to leave on the bench - and so is Weisgerber."
Lambeau didn't say whether or not last Sunday's injury
to Herman Schneidman had anything to do with the
switch. Schneid is out for practice, carrying a few 
stitches in the calf of his leg. Carl Mulleneaux, Utah
State end who was laid up last week with the grippe, is
out for drill again and looking good. Pete Tinsley has
been assigned regular duty at right guard, alternating
with Buckets Goldenberg, and Tom Jones is learning 
the assignments at both right and left guard, to increase
his effectiveness, which is considerable already. Rough
work was scheduled for today, following a lengthy skull practice at Hotel Northland last night.
IN THE VALLEY
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - Tip-Off, Shawano Leader: "The Packers will win the pennant chase this year in a walk...They played horse with Cleveland, and as soon as Curly brushes up the boys on their pass defense, the team will be well nigh invincible."...Lloyd Larson, Milwaukee News: "Another football season, but the same old chant: 'Herber to Hutson for a touchdown!'"...Harry Chandler, Manitowoc Herald-Times: "In general, the Packers functioned mighty nice for an early season appearance..The new Packer stadium is a nice looking layout, with many improvements for the comfort and convenience of fans."
LENGTHY DRILLS GIVEN PACKERS AS GAME NEARS
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - Handicapped by wet grounds, which interfered considerably with their timing, the Green Bay Packers nevertheless looked impressive yesterday as they rode through another set of practice sessions prior to their game with the Chicago Bears at City stadium Sunday. The tickets are moving fast, and there are free predictions that the game will set a new all-time record for Green Bay, but plenty of space still is available in the greatly enlarged stadium. The new setup can accommodate some 23,500 spectators, about 6,000 more than ever jammed into the place before. The Packers received their longest drill of the year yesterday. Cecil Isbell and Andy Uram, the two backs from the All Star squad, revealed definitely that they are ready to fit into the pro football picture, and Coach E.L. Lambeau announced that he will give both extensive service on Sunday. Carl Mulleneaux, Utah State end who was set back first by an injury and later by an attack of grippe, now is ripping things up in practice and Lambeau plans to use him against the Bears. If Mulleneaux and Don Hutson land in the game at ends at the same time, with left halfback Isbell and right halfback Arnie Herber in the identical backfield. Lambeau believes that a few pass defense men will be in for a lively afternoon...DRILL IN
MORNING: Today's program was even more extensive.
The Packers drills this morning, were to report again
this afternoon, and planned an evening skull session at
the Hotel Northland. The city and surrounding territory,
meanwhile, begins to buzz with the usual tension
attending a Packer-Bear football game. The NFL rivals
will be meeting for the 39th time Sunday afternoon, and
the occasion will draw thousands of fans from hundreds
of miles. Statistics on the first league games of the two
clubs reveal that Johnson, Kentucky halfback, is the
man the Packers will have to watch. In four chances at
lugging the freight against the Cardinals he ripped off 25
yards. Clarke Hinkle is the Packers' top ball carrier, 
having attained 73 yards against Cleveland. The Bears'
most successful passer to date, and the one who will
probably demand the most attention Sunday, is Bernie
Masterson of Nebraska. His aerials have picked up 64
yards in one game, while Arnie Herber, the Packers'
chief pitcher, has gained 89 yards with six completions
in eight attempts. Dreher of the Bears and Hutson of
the Packers rank as the two most successful pass
receivers on the two squads, from the standpoint of 
total yards gained. Hutson speared no less than five
tosses against the Cleveland Rams and has a husky
lead over his rival from Chicago. Karr and Hutson, both
ends, are leading the scoring total for the Bears and
Packers, respectively, and will be two young men much
under scrutiny by opposing defenses on Sunday. 
Nolting, halfback, is tied with Karr for the Bears' lead.
HUTSON TIED FOR SCORING LEADER
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - Only one of last year's individual
leaders in the NFL made a bid to regain his title in the
first week of the season. Max Krause, Gonzaga and
Washington, and Joe Carter, Southern Methodist and
Philadelphia, two five year veterans, however, made
strong starts. Biggest surprise of the week was the
return to form of Krause and Carter. Krause served four
years with the Giants before acting as substitute for
Cliff Battles, leading ground gainer of the league last
year with the Redskins. In his first attempt to fill the
spot vacated by Battles, Krause gained 132 yards in
six tries for a 22-yard average to take a commanding
lead for this year's ground gaining honors. His total is
double the yardage he made in the last two seasons
combined...NABS SIX PASSES: Carter led the league
in pass receiving in 1934, but wasn't a leader again until
this week when he caught six for 116 yards and two
touchdowns. This is better than a third of the total he
caught in 1934. Don Hutson of Green Bay, league title
holder the last two years, is tied with Charlie Malone,
Washington, each with five catches. Krause and Hutson
are tied for scoring honors with three touchdowns each.
Whizzer White, Pittsburgh; Carter, and Leland Shaffer,
New York, are tied for second with 12 points. Clarke
Hinkle, Green Bay, kicked two field goals Sunday to 
take the lead in this department...TIGHT PASSING
BATTLE: The "Big Three" passers of the circuit, Arnie
Herber, Green Bay, Sammy Baugh, Waashington; and
Ed Danowski, New York, again jumped to the fore in 
their specialty in what appears to be a tight battle for
supremacy right through the season. Slingin' Sammy 
made the strongest bid for retaining the title he
captured last season in his first year of pro football by
completing 12 out of 13 passes for 134 yards, an 
average of 92 percent. This is one more pass than he
completed in any one game last season when he set a
new mark of 81 completions. Danowski completed 7 out
of 9 for 77 percent, and Herber made good on six out of
eight for 75 percent in their first games.
GREEN BAY YOUTHS HELD FOR THEFT IN
KEWAUNEE
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - Green Bay and Brown county
authorities went to Kewaunee where four northside
today are being held in the county jail, after allegedly
attempting to steal gasoline. They are William Bostedt,
18, Gordon Lade, 20, George Feldt, 20, and Fred
Meunier, 19. Several articles identified as having been
stolen here, some of them from the Packer stadium
last Sunday, were found in the youths' possession,
according to Lieutenant Otto M. Cronce, including some
fog lights and an automobile radio. They are suspected
of other offenses here. If the charges are substantiated,
they will probably will be brought back here to face
prosecution, Cronce stated.
BEARS AND CARDS NEED WORK, BUT THERE'S
THE RAIN
SEPT 15 (Chicago) - Coaches George Halas and Milan
Creighton, two energetic gentlemen striving diligently to
prepare the Bears and Cardinals for weekend football
engagements, have just about decided to switch to
water polo. The heavy precipitation of the last few days
has hampered work to the extent that the two elevens
will leave on extended road trips little improved over a 
week ago. The Bears go to Green Bay for their 38th
meeting with the Packers Sunday and the Cardinals 
are scheduled against the Rams in Cleveland Saturday
night. Both had hoped to be better prepared for their
second starts in the National league race than they 
were last Sunday when they met in Soldiers' field.
Workouts this week, however, have been limited to
signal drills in the mud, not only retarding the progress 
of the clubs, but setting them back. Improvement is
imperative if the Bears are to carry on and the Cardinals
are to recover from the setback they suffered when Jack
Manders kicked them into defeat Sunday night..GREEN
BAY CONFIDENT: Green Bay expects a record crowd
for the Bear game. It also expects the Packers to 
remain undefeated. Cecil Isbell and Andy Uram, Green
Bay's two prize rookie backs, will be given their first
real test against the Bears. They joined the club late
after playing in the Tribune's All-Star game and were held out of the Cleveland game. Isbell was permitted to make his professional debut against the Rams, but he played only two minutes and carried the ball only once. On that occasion he gained eleven yards. Buford Ray, a giant tackle from Vanderbilt, also will see considerable action against the Bears. It is the veterans, though, who are worrying Halas. He would consider it a great favor if some one would call either Don Hutson or Arnie Herber or Clarke Hinkle to the telephone in China along about 2 o'clock Sunday. Herber threw three touchdowns to Hutson against Cleveland last week and Hinkle kicked two field goals...BEARS TO START VETERANS: Halas plans on starting the game veterans who kicked off against the Cardinals and fell behind 13 to 0 before reserves started the drive that initiated a 16 point rally.
CHICAGO BEARS ARRIVE HERE SATURDAY
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - A special coach carrying the Chicago Bears football squad will roll into the Milwaukee Road station here Saturday evening at 5:47, and some 16 hours later the same collection of athletes will line up at City stadium against Green Bay's professional football team, the Packers. On the eve of the battle, Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers, busy drilling his players, made little comment other than to promise an improved defense and a stepped-up defense following Green Bay's practice schedule succeeding the game with the Cleveland Rams. A crushing, bruising ground attack behind a powerful line, and a constantly alert defense is the chief stock in trade of the Bears, championship hungry after a five-year lapse. The team's two best forward passers are Bernie Masterson, Nebraska quarterback, and Ray (Buzz) Buivid, Marquette halfback...SUPERIOR AIR ATTACK: The Packers have an air attack which appears far superior to that of the Bruins, and their backs, performing on the ground, seem at least the equal of Corbett, Ronzani, Mandes, Nolting, and Francis of the Chicago team. Their line, however, is experienced and untested by such a severe attack as that carried by the Bears. Their pass defense, moreover, was nothing exceptional against Cleveland, and Coach Lambeau has stressed that angle in rehearsals this week. It may be assumed that the Packers will lose no time turning loose their vaunted sky drive against the invaders. With Arnold Herber, Bob Monnett, Cecil Isbell and Johnny Howell all prepared to sling the leather, and any number of talented receivers - Milt Gantebein, Don Hutson, Hank Bruder and Moose Mulleneaux, to name only a few - whatever the Chicagoans have in the line of a pass defense is certain to be tested severely...POWER ON GROUND: If the Green Bay air attack bogs down, Lambeau will turn loose Clarke Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski, Andy Uram, Isbell, Joe Laws, Monnett and the rest of the Packer ball carriers. The traditional rivalry between the two teams bid certain to establish a new attendance record at City stadium. Late tomorrow cars from all points in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan will start rolling toward the focal point of professional football in this area, and Sunday morning there will reign the usual traffic battle as fans make their way to the enlarged stadium. After their arrival tomorrow night, the Bears will make their headquarters at the Hotel Northland. They will leave on the Milwaukee Road train at 5:35 Sunday immediately after the game...DRILL TWICE DAILY: The Packers have been drilling twice daily recently, due to the handicap provided them by heavy rains of the last 10 days. Soggy ground and wet football have interfered with the timing of their plays, but the team morale has continued at high pitch as all Green Bay players realize the importance of a victory over the Bears. Both the Packers and Bears are undefeated in the Western division standings, and if the Bays gain a notch on their rivals, they will be in strategic position for the first part of the championship race. If the Bears win Sunday, the Packers will be fighting from behind, as they face two games with the Chicago Cardinals in four days, while the Bears do not have another league engagement until Oct. 2 at Philadelphia.
5,000 SEATS LEFT
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - Approximately 5,000 City stadium seats remained to be sold at noon today for the Bear-Packer football game Sunday afternoon, it was announced by Ralph Smith, in charge of ticket sales during the illness of Spike Spachmann. The game today was far from a sellout, he added. 
ISBELL AND URAM TO SEE SERVICE AGAINST BEARS
SEP 16 (Green Bay) - A football rivalry which dates back 17 years will be renewed here Sunday when the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears engage in a National league game. The teams, both winners of their opening league contest last Sunday, will be meeting for the thirty-ninth time. The Bears have won 18 games, Green Bay 16. Four were tied. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers expects a much better performance from his line and more alertness on pass defense than the team displayed last Sunday when it nosed out Cleveland. The squad was ragged then, but long practice sessions this week have ironed out the rough spots, he said. Andy Uram, Minnesota; Cecil Isbell, Purdue, and Johnny Howell, Nebraska, all new backs who joined the team late, are being groomed for extensive service against the Bears. Dick Weisgerber, a fullback from Williamette college on the west coast, has been shifted to a blocking quarterback position and is expected to play that post Sunday.
ALL-TIME MARK FOR ATTENDANCE IS HELD LIKELY
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - Before the largest crowd which
ever witnessed a football game in Northern Wisconsin,
the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will renew
their Western division rivalry at City stadium tomorrow
afternoon in a NFL contest. Because of a special
ceremony which has been whipped up for the occasion,
the kickoff will be at 2:15 instead of 2 o'clock. The
weather apparently will be as favorable for the struggle
as that of last Sunday, when the Packers launched their
league schedule with a decisive victory over the 
Cleveland Rams. Fred Cone, government meteorologist,
announced that while a drizzling rain is expected for
tonight and perhaps tomorrow morning, he expects no
downpour during the Sunday afternoon hours. This was
substantially the game forecast Cone issued for the
Cleveland game last week, and he hit it on the chin.
The Bears arrived late this afternoon on the Milwaukee
Road, and are making their headquarters at the Hotel
Northland. Thousands of incoming fans began their
invasion of the community today, and by tomorrow
morning highways and trains leading into Green Bay
will be well choked with rabid professional football fans.
In the afternoon, the Packers will match their vaunted
air attack and a great set of running backs against the
sterling Chicago defense, and will attempt to keep in
check such spectacular ball carriers as Ray Nolting,
Gene Ronzani, Gary Famiglietti, Sam Francis and Jack
Manders. If they run into trouble anywhere within the
sight of the Packer goal, Manders will be called upon to
try for three points by the same route as that which
earned him the nickname of "Automatic" Manders. His
late kick against the Cardinals at Soldier field last 
Sunday night gave the Bruins a narrow 16 to 13 victory.
At 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon all members of the 
Green Bay squad will be presented to the crowd
formally in All Star fashion, being introduced by Jim
Coffeen, announcer, over the public address system, 
and thereafter running to their positions on the field..
SEE NEW PLAYERS: The little stunt will aid spectators
in getting acquainted of the new men, and to give the
Packer veterans a few extra rounds of applause. The
crowd will be far from united in support of Green Bay,
as north bound trains from Chicago today were
disgorging dozens of Chicago Bear rooters, bent on
enjoying their weekend to the utmost by cheering
George Halas' team to victory. Not since 1935 have the
Packers defeated the Bears at City stadium. On that
occasion a Herber to Hutson forward pass swept over 
the Bruins on the first play of the game, and the home
team emerged with a 7 to 0 hairline decision. Coach E.
L. Lambeau will settle for half that many points in the
game tomorrow...MANY TICKETS LEFT: One of the
busiest men in town was E.A. (Spike) Spachmann,
ticket sales director, who despite a brisk business at 
the Legion building headquarters announced today that
plenty of seats remain for the annual epic struggle. For
several reasons the Packers have attempted vainly to
even their all-time series with the Chicagoans, a feat
which can be accomplished if the Bays win two games
a season from the Bears. Since 1921 Green Bay has 
won 16 games, the Bears have taken 19 and four were
tied. The Packers will take the field without a serious
injury, and with every member of the squad ready for
service. Herman Schneidman, blocking quarterback,
will play despite a calf injury, and end Carl Mulleneaux,
recovered from the grippe, will be in there at a wing
position.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - Because the Chicago Bears
have dropped two sound licking upon the Green Bay
Packers in their last two visits to City stadium, and
because the big, bad boys of George Halas always are
prepared for a rough and tumble battle, there never is a
shortage of betting when Green Bay's key Western
division rivals step into formation here. There never is a 
shortage, moreover, of support for the Bears.  And from
the talk traveling the rounds on the eve of their 39th
meeting, it seems that quite a number of Packer fans
are scared stiff about the results of tomorrow's game.
The Packers themselves don't seem to share this
despondency, although there is no denying that they 
are apprehensive enough. The Bears never ranked with 
a first rate sanatorium as a rest cure. The Bears have a
line which on paper, and this early in the season, ranks
the superior of Green Bay's forward wall. Their defense
possibly may be a bit more rock bound than the Bays,
although it was riddled often enough by the Cardinals
at Soldier field last Sunday. The backfields, offensively,
give an edge to the Packers and before the season 
ends it is likely to be quite an edge. The Packers,
provided the new men respond as they are expected to,
should wind up with one of the greatest assortment of
backs ever to play professional football. In forward
passing the Packers appear to hold a decisive edge,
even with Bernie Masterson and Buzz Buivid ready to
sling it for Chicago. These two, both better than average
in the air, aren't classed with Arnold Herber, Cecil Isbell,
Bob Monnett and Johnny Howell. At least Packer fans
hope they aren't. So don't be surprised if the Packers
win tomorrow, and don't be alarmed if they accomplish
that feat after being pushed around a bit on the ground.
For a team which packs a superior passing attack, even though its line may be outplayed, is in a strategic spot. It may be outgained steadily for 10 minutes at a stretch, and be shoved back under its goal posts time after time, only to ruin everything the other team has shown by scoring with one completed pass. When men like Don Hutson, Carl Mulleneaux, Milt Gantenbein, Wayland Becker and Hank Bruder are streaming through the opposing defense as a crack marksman fades backward, ready to hit them on the chest with a forward pass, any secondary is apt to be demoralized, because there's a scoring threat every second of the ball game. And the Packer line may surprise you, too. That early season stuff can't be taken too seriously.
FAN INTEREST HITS PEAK FOR BEAR-PACKER BATTLES
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - Days, like names, make news. Some are highlighted as religious festivals; some get prominence as the occasion of patriotic observance; some are dedicated to the passing of centuries or the turning of the year. Others, like Derby day in Louisville and auto race day in Indianapolis, achieve crowd greatness on their own. Such a day is that on which the Bears and Packers meet in Green Bay.Other Packer games have been of equal importance in the standings from time to time. From the technical viewpoint some produced better football - although this will be stoutly denied by the thousands of spectators who have wept, laughed and yelled themselves hoarse whenever the Bears and Packers have settled down to determine grid supremacy. At any rate, for sheer fan interest that borders on hysteria (and sometime violates the border), there is nothing on the sports' calendar that comes close those days when Coach Curly Lambeau send his best against the toughest George Halas of Chicago has to offer. The set-to at City stadium Sunday afternoon will be no exception. There are many reasons for this crowd interest, but when it is sustained year after year (these games date back to 1921) the real answer is the type of ball played by the teams. Not many of them have anything to say these days, but the Simon-pures who used to sit back and smugly state that the money gridders were lacking in spirit need only one Packer-Bear game to convince them of the error of their statements...TEAMS ARE INSPIRED: The lads on both Bear and Packer teams have been inspired to unprecedented heights when the two outfits tangle. The great Packer comeback of 1935 when Arnold Herber and Don Hutson figured in a rally that barely beat out the gun to defeat the Bears, 17 to 14, is only one example of the fiery play. From the Bears' initial appearance in Green Bay when Dutch Sternaman kicked a field goal to nose out the Packers, 3 to 0, it has all been hell-for-leather football. Sunday may be the test of a number of the new boys in the Packer lineup. A real baptism of fire is in store for Cecil Isbell, whom players and the crowd will be watching closely. Andy Uram, Johnny Howell, Dick Weisgerber, Carl Mulleneaux, Bunny Schoemann, Pete Tinsley, Baby Ray and the rest who have shown great "promise", but still haven't been submitted to the greatest pro football test of all. That will come tomorrow. Halas will use a lineup largely composed of veterans. Lou Gordon, sure to see some service at right tackle, had one of his greatest seasons in football here last year. Bill Karr, Bernie Masterson, Gene Ronzani, Jack Manders, Joe Zeller, George Musso, Dan Fortmann, Joe Stydahar and Ray Nolting all are names that have figured prominently in past Bear-Packer tussles. They inspire awe everywhere around the NFL...FAMIGLIETTI IS STAR: Besides Gordon, only eight new men will be on the Bear roster. Like the Packer recruits, they still have to prove themselves. Among them the outstanding back to date probably is Gary Famiglietti, the former Boston university fullback who has been quarterbacking for the Bears. Famiglietti showed well in the All Star game at Chicago and will bear watching tomorrow. Six feet tall, he weighs 210 pounds and is 24 years old. Last season he ran 60 yards to give Boston university in its first win in history over Boston college. He sounds like a Bear type. But in comparing the crops of new men he seems little enough to put on the scales against the Packer yearlings. Outside of Famiglietti, Halas offers Bert Johnson of Kentucky, John Olerich of St. Ambrose, Renio Nori of Northern Illinois State Teachers college, and Dick Schweidler, no college experience, all backs, and Richard Bassi of Santa Clara and Gus Zarnas of Ohio State, guards, and end Fred Dreher of Denver as his rookie hot shots. Johnson has tried pro ball in Brooklyn. The others are strictly freshmen. Zarnas was a member of the All Star squad at Chicago and his 210 pounds may cut a figure in the line, but Zeller, Fortmann and Musso will be carrying most of the guard burden for the Bears tomorrow...HAVE VETERAN PLAYERS: That is the way they stack up. Both sides will have a number of veterans, and about an equal number of practically untried material with the Packers, on paper at least, having some edge in the latter department. But it is going to be a tough ball game for everyone concerned. It always has been. And to pass on some idea of the Halas temperament this year, the boys in Chicago claim that between halves when his team was trailing the Cardinals by 7 to 13, he carried a "No Loitering" sign into the dressing room, and then proceeded to explain just what he meant. The Bears hustled out to turn back the Cards by 16 to 13, and it was the toe of Jack Manders that finally turned the trick. One thing appears certain. There will be no loitering in Packer ranks tomorrow.
CEDAR RAPID FAN ON WAY FOR GAME
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - "Can you spare five tickets for the Bear-Packer football game," E.A. Spachmann, director of sales, heard over a long distance telephone from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, late last night. "If you can, I'll start for Green Bay right now," continued J.T. Utter of that city. Spachmann assured him that plenty of seats were left, and presumably he's on his way now.
EAGLES CRUSH BLOOD'S TEAM
SEPT 17 (Buffalo) - A tight defense proved the best offense last night as the Philadelphia Eagles kept Byron (Whizzer) White bottled up and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 27 to 7, in a NFL game. Two comparative unknowns, Dick Arnold, a 200-pound back from Texas U., and Dick Riffle, a slender speedster from Albright, both playing with the Eagles, stole the Coloradon's thunder...GETS THREE SCORES: Arnold scored three touchdowns in the first half to put the game on ice. White contributed to the Pirates' downfall when he fumbled a punt on his own 20 which Arnold scooped up and concerted into a touchdown. In the second quarter Riffle heaved a 34-yard pass to Arnold over the goal line for the second score and a few minutes later the husky Texas back picked a Pirate pass out of the air and dashed 20 yards to his third touchdown. A fast charging Eagle line kept the Pittsburgh offense in its own territory throughout the first two periods...44 YARDS TO GOAL: The Eagles picked right up where they left off as the second half opened. Dave Smukler intercepted a Pirate pass on the Pittsburgh 44. On the next play Riffle cut through center, reversed his field and galloped 44 yards to score. White swung into action as the last quarter opened. Faking a pass on his own ten, he twisted 28 yards down the field. A sensational catch of Filchock's pass by Davidson placed the Pirates on the Eagles' 13-yard line and White finally dove over the one yard marker for the only Pittsburgh score. The attendance was officially announced at 19,749.
BEARS AT GREEN BAY
SEPT 18 (Chicago) - Fifteen years ago George Halas and sixteen fellow pioneers went up into the north country to play a NFL game against a team called the Green Bay Packers. Chicago papers carried no reports of the departure or predictions on the outcome of the impending encounter. The National league and the Packers were precocious infants then, one struggling for recognition as a bona fide organization in a legitimate pursuit, the Packers just emerging from the status of a homespun, sand lot aggregation to that of a full blown professional outfit. The Bears, as player-coach Halas and his sixteen teammates called themselves, were amazed at their reception. Old Bellevue park, long since abandoned as an athletic field, was jammed. Fully 2,500 were there. A herculean struggle raged throughout the afternoon, finally ending with a spectacular placekick by Dutch Sternaman, which gave the Bears a 3 to 0 triumph...BEARS RETURN TODAY: Today the Bears make their annual pilgrimage to Green Bay. Halas again leads them, this time as owner and coach. On the opposite bench will be Curly Lambeau, who coached the first Packer outfit from a fullback position. Aside from the presence of these two old friends and rivals, the entire scene is changes. The National league has established itself as a reliable and respectable organization. Professional football has been accepted as a major sport. And around the gridiron, now encircles by a trim, well planned little stadium, 25,000 fans, the capacity, will look down on two of the outstanding football teams in the country. Both teams have come through their opening games successfully, the Packers defeating Cleveland and the Bears turning back the Cardinals. Today's contest is extremely important to each team for it brings together the two elevens considered the strongest contenders for the Western division championship. Success in the race for each depends a great deal on ability to defeat the other...GREEN BAY IMPROVED: Green Bay, fortified by the addition of nine outstanding players from last June's college graduating class and two veteran National league linemen obtained in trades, is vastly improved over the eleven which lost to the Chicago Tribune's All-Star team last fall and bogged down in the stretch after making a desperate attempt to rally in defense of their championship.