LEWELLEN HOLDS ALL-TIME POINT LEAD OF PACKERS
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Racking up 223 points against NFL opposition during the 1938 season, several members of the Green Bay Packer squad made impressive gains during that schedule, the official team scoring roster, covering every season since 1921, reveals. Although Clarke Hinkle, fullback, and Donald Hutson, end, leaped amazingly forward in 1938, moving ahead on the big list in great strides. Verne Lewellen, great Packer halfback of the 1924-32 era, continues to lead the all-time table with 301 points. The Packers arrive home tonight, being scheduled to reach the city at 4:47, and they will be greeted by as many loyal fans as a campaign to arouse them will attract. Despite the team's defeat at New York, its followers feel that its record in attaining the Western championship was phenomenal, and a great many of them intend to prove it by visiting the train late this afternoon...HEADED BY COACH: Not all of the players will be back, for with no post-season games scheduled for a number of the Packers have scattered for their homes immediately. It is probable, however, that some 12 or 15 of them will return to Green Bay, headed by Coach E.L. Lambeau, who experienced one of the most bitter disappointments of his life as his team fell before the Giants, 23 to 17. Two of the reasons the Packers reached the playoffs were Hinkle and Hutson, most effective scorers of the National league campaign. If Hinkle continues his play for one, or perhaps two more seasons, he has every chance of setting a new all-time Green Bay scoring record, in addition to a new mark for the league itself. The league record of 304 is held by Earl (Dutch) Clark, who has about reached the end of his playing days...GOES PAST BLOOD: During the last season Hinkle forged past Johnny Blood into second place among the all-time scorers, and now he has 239 points, 62 less than Lewellen. At Hinkle's present scoring rate he could wipe out that deficit in about one season. Hutson, handicapped by a leg injury in his last games, which undoubtedly prevented him from scoring a couple of touchdowns at least, nevertheless moving ahead impressively during 1938. He passed Curly Lambeau and stepped into fourth place, 22 points behind Blood's margin of 224...18 STILL PLAYING: There are 18 men whose names appear on the all-time list, who still are members of the Packer squad. They are Hinkle, Hutson, Hank Bruder, Bob Monnett, Buckets Goldenberg, Joe Laws, Paul Engebretsen, Milt Gantenbein, Arnold Herber, Eddie Jankowski, Paul Miller, Bernard Scherer, Carl Mulleneaux, Swede Johnston, Cecil Isbell, Andy Uram, Herman Schneidman and Wayland Becker. Lewellen has scored more touchdowns - 50 - than any other man ever to wear the Green Bay uniform. Next in line are Blood with 37, Hutson, with 33, and Hinkle with 30. The record for booting extra points still is held by Joseph (Red) Dunn, 1927-31, with 46. His closest rivals are Ernie Smith, 1935-37, with 41; Monnett, with 28; Cub Buck, 1922-25, with 24; and Hinkle, with 23..BOOT FIELD GOALS: Hinkle and Buck each has kicked 12 field goals to lead that department. Tiny Engebretsen is next in line with nine. It is interesting to note that the Packers have scored 2,936 points against National league opposition since 1921. They have gone over for 408 touchdowns, kicked 290 extra points and booted 66 field goals. Thus the team will sweep past the 3,000 mark in scoring somewhere around the middle part of the 1939 season.
EIGHT PLAYERS BACK
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Eight Packers, "disgusted with New York", left that city immediately after Sunday's game and arrived here last night, ahead of schedule. They are Bill Lee, Cecil Isbell, Don Hutson, Baby Ray, Buckets Goldenberg, Arnold Herber, Hank Bruder and Paul Miller. "We felt broken-hearted about it," Lee commented. "We gave them all we had, and we felt it was the toughest break we ever saw. We couldn't wait to get out of New York and back to Green Bay." The rest of the squad arrives at 4:47 this afternoon.
PACKER PICTURES START THURSDAY
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - About 1,200 feet of film, a play-by-play picture of the Giant-Packer game will be presented at the Orpheum Theater starting Thursday night through special arrangements announced today by E.R. Brennan, manager. Brennan said that Ed Thorgerson would describe the play, with the pictures running at least 20 minutes. Along with the showing the Packer short, "Pigskin Champions", will be repeated, he said, and it is also hoped to have a number of Packer players on the stage to be interviewed.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Hardened, veteran New York sportswriters babbled incoherently during the Green Bay Packer-New York Giants professional football game Sunday, when the championship of the National league hovered indefinitely before settling upon the Eastern division, and when those writers turned loose upon their typewriters, they broke loose with every superlative in the book. If you are fortunate enough to see the motion pictures of the game, appearing at the Orpheum Theater here later this week, you'll witness the most savagely fought, bitterly contested championship game since the playoff system started in 1933. Almost any New York newspaper could be used as an illustration of how scribes go overboard, but one example will serve to show the impression created by the contest. We'll use part of the story written by Arthur J. Daley of the New York Times: BY ARTHUR J. DALEY: The Giants and the Packers delved into the realm of fiction for a storybook football game at the Polo Grounds yesterday. In fact, fiction almost seemed too tame a medium for the thriller that the Eastern and Western champions of the NFL staged for the world title to the delirious delight of a record playoff crowd of 48,120. Right to the final seconds of a rousing battle of gridiron titans, the tension was such that something seemed bound to snap. But when the final gun sounded the New Yorkers had conquered the ponderous Packers from Green Bay, 23 to 17. Perhaps there have been better football games since Rutgers and Princeton first started the autumnal madness sixty-nine years ago, but no one in that huge crowd would admit it. This was a struggle of such magnificent stature that words seem too feeble tools for describing it. The last quarter was scoreless, but no one dared leave the park. The Packers were hammering along the ground and through the airways, applying terrific pressure to the doughty defense of the pupils of Stout Steve Owen. One long pass could win the game for them, and the Green Bay Monsters were eternally shooting at that tally. At the end the spectators were too emotionally exhausted even to try to rip down the goal posts. They stood untouched, silent sentinels of a magnificent football game. What a frenzied battle this was! The tackling was fierce and the blocking positively vicious. In the last drive every scrimmage pileup saw a Packer tackler stretched onto the ground. Oddly, however, not one of them was really hurt physically, although the battering their spirits took was tremendous. As for the Giants, they really were hammered to a fare-thee-well. Johnny Del Isola was taken to St. Elizabeth's hospital with a spinal concussion that just missed being a fractured vertebra. Ward Cuff suffered a possible fracture of the sternum. Mel Hein, kicked in the cheekbone at the end of the season quarter, suffered a concussion of the brain that left him temporarily bereft of his memory. He came to in the final quarter and finished the game. Leland Shaffer sustained a badly sprained ankle that verged on a break. The play for the full sixty vibrant minutes was absolutely ferocious. No such blocking and tackling by two football teams ever had been seen at the Polo Grounds. Tempers were so frayed and tattered that stray punches were tossed around all afternoon. This was the gridiron sport at its primitive best. Jim Poole and Jim Lee Howell gave one of the finest exhibitions of end play ever seen. They smothered Packer rushes at every turn and then when Clarke Hinkle, an all-league fullback if ever there was one, attempted to punt Howell flashed in, blocked the kick and then caught the ball before it hit the ground. The Packers had their stars in Bud Svendsen, at center, Buckets Goldenberg, Engebretsen and Russ Letlow, guards; Hinkle, Herber, Monnett and Joe Laws in the backfield.
IN DEFEAT, GREEN BAY'S PACKERS DRAW PRAISE FROM THE EXPERTS
DEC 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - Sportswriters unanimously agreed Monday that the Packer-Giants game was one of the great ball games of all time. Typical observations follow:
Joe Williams, New York World Telegram - It was a great game. As a matter of fact, it was more than a great game. It was one of those Hollywood films come to life. One great team beat another great team, and the answer was in doubt up to the last second of play. The game ended with the Packers trying to throw a touchdown pass, which would have tied the score and the extra kick would have won the game. There was just as much emotion and terror in this cash and carry game as ever existed in any college game. Not only because the winning team got bigger slices of the gate receipts than the losing team. There was great pride involved. The Giants weren't going to be beaten, and the Packers weren't going to be beaten. In the end, of course, one had to be beaten. As usual, we were wrong. We picked the Packers. We make no apology for this. They played a great game. That's always enough for us. They came close - so darn close that more than 48,000 people sat there wondering if they still wouldn't win in the last second of play. Very definitely we'd say the Giants proved to be the better ball club. We haven't seen a ball club all year that followed the ball with more alertness, a line that charged with such ferocity. We do not agree with the customers who claim the Packers were unlucky because two blocked kicks and a fumble led to their defeat. That's all a part of football. And usually it's the more aggressive team that blocks kicks and retrieves bobbles. Some of the decisions the officials made still puzzle us. There were times when we thought the Packers weren't being done right. Undoubtedly we were wrong.
Arthur Daley, New York Times - The Giants and the Packers delved into the realm of fiction for a storybook football game at the Polo Grounds. In fact, fiction almost seemed too tame a medium for the thriller that the eastern and western champions of the NFL staged for the world title to the delirious delight of a record playoff crowd of 48,120. Perhaps there have been better football games since Rutgers and Princeton started the autumnal madness 69 years ago, but no one in that huge crowd would admit it. This was a struggle of such magnificent stature that words seem such feeble tools for describing it.
Bill Corum, New York Journal-American - The New York Giants football team which topped the Green Bay Packers was the greatest football team I have ever seen. Here was football at its absolute tops - a meeting of two teams with everything, including experience and a grim determination to win. No college outfit, dying for all the ivy that climbed a cloister wall, ever staged a grander, more determined uphill battle than the pounding Packers. That "Benedict Arnold" Herber alone was a one man eleven, who tried to betray our inspired and inspiring Giants right down the bitter, black and murky end. What a player, what a competitor, that fellow was.
Jack Miley, New York Post - Remember the Notre Dame-Ohio State game three years ago? That was the super thriller. Coming from behind, the Irish, with Andy Pilney and Wayne Miller, put on the most spectacular passing attack that was ever seen in college football. The Packers almost duplicated this within in two minutes, except that they could not score. But the idea was the same. The reason the Giants won was their edge in the line. Both ends, Jim Poole and Jim Howell, played as if their lives depended on it - and maybe they did. The least the big-hearted Mr. Mara can do is to give those boys a bonus. Without them, the Giants would have been also-rans. Ward Cuff stands alone and kicks alone. He is an all-America pro if ever there was one, not only for his pedal specialty, but also because of his blocking, tackling, and pass defending. He did everything but write a letter home to his mother. And he is taking care of that today.
Richards Vidmer, New York Herald Tribune - The Packers dominated the offense in the last part of the game and might have pulled it out of the fire if an eagle eyed official hadn't noticed that Gantenbein, an end, wasn't actually playing end on a play where a pass was completed deep into the Giants' territory. Cecil Isbell, playing a wide wing back, had moved up to the line of scrimmage and technically become the end before the ball was put in play. The referee, of course, was quite right in calling the pass to Gantenbein illegal and enforcing the penalty which gave the Giants the ball. But he did seem to be carrying things just a bit too far when he penalized the Packers for unnecessary roughness on the next play. After all, nobody pulled a knife!
Lou Niss, Brooklyn Eagle - The best line in football brought the professional championship to the New York Giants. The forward wall, which Coach Steve Owen claims is the greatest he ever saw, was the deciding factor.
HINKLE, HUTSON, LETLOW ARE HONORED
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - Three members of the Western
championship Green Bay Packer team - Clarke Hinkle,
Donald Hutson and Russ Letlow - today were named to
the official professional all-American eleven, selected
by a vote of the 10 coaches in the NFL. Two other
Packers, Milton Gantenbein, end, and Cecil Isbell,
halfback, were placed on the second team. Hinkle is a
fullback, Hutson an end and Letlow a guard. Honorable
mention was received by Bill Lee, tackle; Buckets
Goldenberg, guard; Paul Engebretsen, guard, and
Robert Monnett, quarterback or halfback. The Packers
and New York Giants, respective winners of the West
and East divisional titles, each placed three men on the
first eleven. Only four players who made last year's
honor team retained their places this year, but for the
first time in three years no first year men were given
first team rating. Ed Widseth, Giants tackle, formerly of
the University of Minnesota, received 46 votes, the
highest polled by any player this year. Other Giants
placed on the first string were Mel Hein, center,
selected for the pivot post for the sixth consecutive
season, and Ed Dankowski, halfback. Records of the
Green Bay men honored reveal their talents. Hutson, a
6-foot-1, 180-pound left end, is 25 years old, and
starred formerly with the University of Alabama. He was
named to the pro all-America team in 1934. This is his
fourth season with the Packers, and he holds the NFL
record for nine touchdowns scored in one season,
established in 1936 and tied this season. He is tied
with Gaynell Tinsley with 41 catches in one season for
a league record. This year he was the second leading
scorer of the league, with 57 points...LEAGUE'S TOP
SCORER: The leading scorer was Hinkle, who edged
out his teammate by one point. Clarke is 28 years old,
and is all-league fullback for the third consecutive year.
He led the league in scoring this season with seven
touchdowns, seven points after touchdown, and three
field goals for 58 points. He gained 299 yards from
scrimmage in 114 attempts. Letlow, a 212-pounder, is
24 years old and starting from scratch has become one
of the finest guards in the country. Extremely tough and
rugged, impervious to pain or injury, he made an
outstanding success of his third season of pro football.
MOVIES REVEAL CONOVER ERROR
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - "The football season is over; the
Packers are disbanded." So said Earl L. (Curly)
Lambeau, coach of Green Bay's professional football
team, after he and several members of his squad
returned to the city from New York on the Milwaukee
Road Chippewa early last evening. Several hundred
faithful followers assembled at the station to greet the
returning players. There was no demonstration, but fans
gathered around the platform and shook hands with the
professional gridders, who fought their hearts out in
New York only to lose their playoff game with the
Giants last Sunday...STILL IS ANGRY: There'll be no
Packer news for awhile, Lambeau repeated. He was
still extremely angry over the outcome of the game,
and complained bitterly over rulings by Head Linesman
Larry Conover. "We're not going to take this sitting
down," he predicted. "We had that championship taken
away from us, and the boys didn't deserve it. I never
felt so sorry for a football team in my life, except
perhaps at the All Star game two years ago, in the heat
between halves. The boys took the defeat very hard.
They though they had the game coming to them, and I
know they did."...TACKLED BY HINKLE: Lambeau
witnessed the Pathe News film of the game at the Bay
theater last night, and saw his argument on at least
one of Conover's two disputed rulings sustained.
Barnum of New York, in receiving a pass from Leemans
as he was tackled by Hinkle, scarcely got his hands on
the ball, which bounced off his chest out of bounds.
Conover ruled it a completed pass, and three plays
later the Giants scored a touchdown. The other play
that was disputed, involving a completed pass thrown
by Milt Gantenbein, and followed by a ruling that the
Packer captain was ineligible on the play, will be aired
at the Orpheum Theater on Thursday night, when the
complete film will be shown. The management of the
Orpheum plans to have several Packers present to be
interviewed, and the Packer film short, "Pigskin
Champions", will be repeated...CRUSHES VICTORY
HOPES: The ruling on Gantenbein definitely crushed
the Packers' victory hopes. At one moment they were
pounding away at the Giants' goal; the next New York
had the ball, and one play later the Packers drew a 15-
yard penalty for "hitting too hard". Lambeau protested
this ruling bitterly. "We don't complain about the usual run of penalties," he said. "Holding, offside and similar rulings have to be taken. At Washington last year Hutson caught a pass and got into the clear for a touchdown, but the play was called back and we were penalized for being offside. We didn't complain much about that."
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - "You'll see," predicted Curly Lambeau vigorously as he tossed clothes from his suitcase at his Northland hotel room. "Just wait until you get a look at the motion pictures of our game in New York. The two outstanding decisions of the game, one leading to a New York touchdown and the other occurring when we were marching to another one, both were wrong." Curly looked awfully mad. He was remembering the scene in the Packer dressing room after the game, when the men made no move to leave for the bus; when they sat around more sad than they'd ever been before; and three were crying and one was hysterical, because they thought they deserved a championship and they saw it taken away. "I don't howl about offside decisions, and 15-yard penalties for holding, and those things," Curly continued, "but two decision by Conover, the official, were completely wrong, and we are going to have a showdown on it. The Giants are champions, of course, and nothing can be done about it, but something must be done about incompetent officiating." Curly objected to two rulings. The first came in the second period, and shot the Giants into a 16 to 7 lead. Tuffy Leemans tossed a pass to Barnum on the Packer 22-yard line for a gain of 20 yards. Barnum, hit by Hinkle's savage tackle as he grabbed the ball, fumbled, the ball rolling out of bounds on the 22-yard stripe. Conover ruled the pass complete, giving New York the ball there, and three plays later Danowski passed for a touchdown. The later objectional decision came when a pass to Gantenbein was called back because Gantenbein was declared ineligible to receive a pass. "They thought he was playing tackle," said Curly bitterly. "Then, on the next play we came through and cracked Leemans. There was nothing dirty; the boys just cracked him hard. And do you know what the referee said? He said he was penalizing us 15 yards for 'hitting too hard'? That's a new one on me." Curly certainly was one-half right, and he'll know by tonight whether or not his average is one hundred percent. Because a short time after the above conversation we sat in the Bay theater and witnessed Pathe news reel shots taken from Sunday's game. If the pass to Barnum was complete, I'll eat the football, with mustard. He scarcely got his hands on it at all before Hinkle's savage tackle hit him, and the ball skipped out of bounds. There wasn't a second that the ball rested in his possession. So, Larry Conover, the headlinesman, can draw a complete blank on that one. Tonight we'll take a look at the complete pictures of the game, which are being shipped in airmail and will appear at the Orpheum theater starting tomorrow. The disputed pass to Gantenbein will appear in that film, and Curly, with the Packers, will look it over.
GIANTS REFUSE TO OPEN BOOKS
DEC 14 (New York) - A federal order to show cause in connection with the price jacking of football tickets and the failure to pay the government the required tax was filed Tuesday against the New York Football Giants, Inc., and its president, John B. Mara. The order, returnable before Federal Judge Alfred C. Cox December 16, follows the refusal of the football company to turn over to the bureau of internal revenue all its books and papers from 1934 to 1938, according to the complaint. Two of Mara's assistants - Charles Chaplin and Mrs. Helen Mara, a niece - were arrested last week on charges of attempting to defraud the government of taxes by charging more than the face value of tickets. In the complaint Samuel Litwin, an agent of the bureau, alleged that he bought a ticket for Sunday's championship game between the Giants and the Green Bay Packers for a price above face value. As a result, it is charged, the government is entitled to 50% of the price in excess of the figure marked on the ticket. Other tickets were bought in the same way, it was alleged. Litwin asserted that he issued a summons to the company asking for the books and the order was denied.
PACKERS OUTSMARTED GIANTS - ALSO OFFICIALS!
DEC 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers
are known throughout the pro football league as about the
foxiest club in the circuit, so it probably will give the rest of
the boys a chuckle to learn that Curly Lambeau and his lads
were victimgs of their own cuteness in Sunday's playoff.
They used a play, in the clutch, which was designed to
mislead the Giants. It not only misled the Giants, it also
misled the officials. As a result, instead of having the ball on the Giants' 40 yard line, the Giants got the ball on the Packers' 44. The play is the one which led Lambeau to denounce the officiating after the game. It was a forward pass to Gantenbein late in the last quarter, when the Packers were driving for the tying or winning touchdown. The officials ruled Gantenbein an ineligible receiver. Only the movies of the game can show definitely whether the officials were correct - or whether they were "sucked in" by a play intended to make the Giants believe that Gantenbein was ineligible. Russ Winnie, back from New York after broadcasting the game over WTMJ, contributed this diagram of the play and this explanation: "Scherer, the left end, went wide, and Isbell, right half, went wide on the right side, behind the line of scrimmage. Gantenbein, the right end, went around to Scherer's place alongside the left tackle. With that lineup, Scherer and the right tackle were eligible receivers and Gantenbein was not. The trick was to have Scherer drop back and Isbell move up to the scrimmage line just before the ball was snapped. When Scherer dropped back, Gantenbein became an eligible receiver. Isbell had to move up to make a seven man line. I knew what was coming. I had seen the Packers pull it before. I think the play went off as it should have, but I can't honestly say that Scherer dropped back in time. The head linesman was in a better position to see that. Only the movies can tell."