Frank Balazs         35   B 6- 2 215            Iowa  1  1 21  5 1939 Draft - 18th round
John Biolo           32   G 5-10 191     Lake Forest  1  1 23  1
John Brennan         37   G 6- 1 204        Michigan  1  1 26  3
Charley Brock        29   C 6- 1 195        Nebraska  1  1 23 10 1939 Draft - 3rd round
Hank Bruder           5   B 6- 0 200    Northwestern  9  9 31 10
Larry Buhler         52   B 6- 2 204       Minnesota  1  1 22  3 1939 Draft - 1st round
Larry Craig          54   E 6- 0 205     S. Carolina  1  1 23 11 1939 Draft - 6th round
Tiny Engebretsen     34   G 6- 1 240    Northwestern  6  8 29 11 FA - Brooklyn (1934)
Milt Gantenbein      22   E 6- 0 195       Wisconsin  9  9 29 11
Buckets Goldenberg   43   G 5-10 222       Wisconsin  7  7 27  9
Tom Greenfield       56   C 6- 4 209         Arizona  1  1 21  8 1939 Draft - 15th round
Arnie Herber         38   B 5-11 200           Regis 10 10 29 10
Clarke Hinkle        30  FB 5-11 195        Bucknell  8  8 30 11
Don Hutson           14   E 6- 1 185         Alabama  5  5 26 11
Cecil Isbell         17   B 6- 1 190          Purdue  2  2 24 11 1938 Draft - 1st round
Harry Jacunski       48   E 6- 2 197         Fordham  1  1 23 
Ed Jankowski          7   B 5-10 195       Wisconsin  3  3 26 11 1937 Draft - 1st round
Paul Kell            41   T 6- 2 217      Notre Dame  1  1 24 10
Warren Kilbourne     58   T 6- 2 217       Minnesota  1  1 23  4
Jim Lawrence         51   B 5-10 190             TCU  1  4 24  5 FA - Chi Cards (1939)
Joe Laws             24   B 5- 9 185            Iowa  6  6 28 11
Bill Lee             40   T 6- 3 225         Alabama  3  5 27 11 FA - Brooklyn (1937)
Russ Letlow          46   G 6- 0 212   San Francisco  4  4 25 11 1936 Draft - 1st round
Allen Moore          55   E 6- 2 218       Texas A&M  1  1 30  5
Carl Mulleneaux      19   E 6- 4 206         Utah St  2  2 22 11
Baby Ray             44   T 6- 6 240      Vanderbilt  2  2 23 11
Herm Schneidman      51   B 5-10 200            Iowa  5  5 25  1
Charles Schultz      60   T 6- 3 230       Minnesota  1  1 22 10 1939 Draft - 20th round
Ernie Smith          45   T 6- 2 220             USC  4  4 29  6
Frank Steen          36   E 6- 1 190            Rice  1  1 25  3
Earl Svendsen        53   C 6- 1 185       Minnesota  2  2 24 10 1937 Draft - 4th round
Clarence Thompson    50   B 5-11 170       Minnesota  1  3 24  2 FA - Pittsburgh (1938)
Pete Tinsley         21   G 5- 8 205         Georgia  2  2 26 10 1938 Draft - 9th round
Francis Twedell      62   G 5-11 220       Minnesota  1  1 22 
Andy Uram            42   B 5-10 187       Minnesota  2  2 24 11 1938 Draft - 4th round
Dick Weisberger      33   B 5-10 205     Williamette  2  2 24  4
Gus Zarnas           63   G 5-10 225      Ohio State  1  2 25    FA - Brooklyn (1939)
Dick Zoll            57   G 6- 1 223         Indiana  1  3 25  1 FA - Cleveland (1938)
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played
1939 PACKERS DRAFT (December 9, 1938)
1     9 Larry Buhler         B Minnesota
2       No choice
3    24 Charley Brock        C Nebraska
5    39 Lynn Hovland         G Wisconsin
6    49 Larry Craig          E South Carolina
7    59 Francis Twedell      T Minnesota
8    69 Paul Kell            T Notre Dame
9    79 John Hall            B Texas Christian
10   89 Vince Gavre          B Wisconsin 
11   99 Charley Sprague      E Southern Methodist
12  109 Traded to Brooklyn Dodgers
13  119 Dan Elmer            C Minnesota 
14  129 Bill Badgett         T Georgia 
15  139 Tom Greenfield       C Arizona 
16  149 Roy Bellin           B Wisconsin 
17  159 John Yerby           E Oregon 
18  169 Frank Balazs         B Iowa 
19  179 John Brennan         G Michigan 
20  189 Charles Schultz      T Minnesota 
21  194 Willard Hofer        B Notre Dame 
22  199 Bill Gunther         B Santa Clara 
BOLD ITALICS - Played for the Packers
In the middle of a game with the Lions, Curly Lambeau made a switch which added a few years to Don Hutson's career. Lambeau assigned rookie Larry Craig, a 205-pound bruiser, to play blocking back on offense and end on defense, freeing Hutson to use his speed at safety. His new secondary post spared Hutson the pounding of defensive line play, and left him more energy for his pass-catching on offense. Passes from Cecil Isbell and Arnie Herber kept Hutson busy, while the running corps gained enough yards to make the Packers the top offensive team in the NFL. The foundation for the attack was a solid line featuring guards Russ Letlow and Buckets Goldenberg, all of which combined to give Green Bay a return trip to the championship game.
(SOURCE: Wikipedia) The Pennsylvania Keystoners was the idea thought up by then-Pittsburgh Pirates owner, Art Rooney, in 1939 to have a single NFL franchise based in both Pittsburgh
and Philadelphia. The team would play half of its home games in each location. The idea for the Keystoners still exists with the most convoluted in sports history. During their early histories,
the Pirates and the Eagles were among the weakest in the league. In his first eight years of operating the Pittsburgh franchise, Pirates founder Art Rooney was estimated to have lost
$100,000. Neither the Eagles nor the Pirates-Steelers had posted a winning record in their first eight years of existence. Losses on the field were compounded by the combined loss of
about $190,000 in Depression dollars.  The Steelers were so bad that Rooney sold them at the end of the, 1940 season to Alexis Thompson, a 26-year-old steel heir from Boston.
Thompson renamed the Steelers the Ironmen, but he planned to move the franchise to Boston and play games in Fenway Park. Eagles owner Bert Bell brokered the deal, which also
involved the trade of 11 Steelers to the Eagles and eight Eagles to the Steelers. Meanwhile, the Eagles were owned by a syndicate headed by Bell, however the team lost $80,000 and 21
games in its first three seasons. Soon all of the team's investors left the franchise, and by the end of the 1935 season Bell had the Eagles to himself. Rooney and Bell had become close
friends, and soon after he sold the Pittsburgh franchise, Rooney bought a half interest in the struggling Eagles operation. The two owners planned was to field a combined Philadelphia-
Pittsburgh team called the Keystoners that would play home games in both cities. The original proposition was that Thompson would buy the franchise and take the Pittsburgh club to
Boston and Bell and Rooney would pool their interests in the Eagles to form a Philadelphia-Pittsburgh club, splitting the home games between Forbes Field in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia's
Municipal Stadium. The Pittsburgh Pirates were supposed renamed the Boston Iron Men, however Thompson's move to Boston fell through. The Rooney/Bell idea to have one franchise with
Games in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh was vetoed by the league as well. However Rooney had second thoughts about leaving Pittsburgh for Philadelphia, he caught Thompson at the right
time and the two men changed their plans. As a result, Rooney and Bell would take their Philadelphia operation back to Pittsburgh and rename it the Steelers while Thompson, could
move Rooney's original franchise to Philadelphia and play as the Eagles.
Joe Laws
Packers Alternate Uniform
AUGUST (1-0-1)
25 G-PITTSBURGH PIRATES (Game 1)         T  7- 7    0-0-1    9,416
25 G-PITTSBURGH PIRATES (Game 2)         W 17- 0    1-0-1         
4  SW College All-Stars (at Dallas)      W 31-20    2-0-1         
17 G-CHICAGO CARDINALS (0-1-0)           W 14-10    1-0-0   11,792
24 G-CHICAGO BEARS (1-0-0)               W 21-16    2-0-0   19,192
1  G-CLEVELAND RAMS (0-2-0)              L 24-27    2-1-0    9,988
8  M-CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-3-0)           W 27-20    3-1-0   18,965
15 X-at St. Louis Gunners                W 31- 0            11,000
22 G-DETROIT LIONS (4-0-0)               W 26- 7    4-1-0   22,558
29 M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-0-1)         W 24-14    5-1-0   24,308
5  at Chicago Bears (4-3-0)              L 27-30    5-2-0   40,537
12 at Philadelphia Eagles (0-5-1)        W 23-16    6-2-0   23,862
19 at Brooklyn Dodgers (4-4-1)           W 28- 0    7-2-0   19,843
26 at Cleveland Rams (4-4-1)             W  7- 6    8-2-0   30,691
3  at Detroit Lions (6-4-0)              W 12- 7    9-2-0   30,699
10 M-NEW YORK GIANTS (9-1-1)             W 27- 0            32,279
Captain Demonstrates Blocking — As his teammates watch, Milton Gantenbein, of the Green Bay Packers, demonstrates with the benefit of a make-believe football player, how to block effectively. The professional grid players are shown in Green Bay, Wis., August 15.
JANUARY 5 (Columbus, OH) - The 1938 National Professional Football
campaign was the most successful in the league's history, from the
standpoints of artistry, attendance and spectacular play, and I am looking
forward to an even better season in 1939. Climaxed by a storybook game
in which the New York Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers to take the
championship, the season presented practically everything witnessed on
a gridiron. The fans, responding to the hard fought and spectacular play,
thronged the parks in such numbers that the attendance was more than
1,100,000, an increase of 15 percent over 1937. The championship was
witnessed by 48,120, a new single game high mark for the playoff. So
evenly balanced was the league this year that any of the teams in the
lower brackets, given a few breaks, could have emerged with the title.
Our selective system, permitting the lower berth clubs first chance to
negotiate with graduating college players, will maintain that balance. The
selective system, now in its fourth year, started showing results last
season, and as time goes on will tend to keep the competition on a more
even plane. For next season we are planning more pageantry, more
colorful uniforms for the teams and officials, entertainment of various kinds for the intermission between halves and the hottest football games in the land. Rule changes will be few. The goal posts will stay on the goal line, and passes will be allowed from any spot back of the scrimmage line. We'll continue to play wide open ball, with the emphasis on forward and lateral passes and kicking, for the fans like to see the ball at all times and don't want it hidden under masses of players. I don't believe a team will ever dominate our league to any great extent. In 1938 Green Bay won the western division title with eight victories and three defeats, while New York's Giants lost two and tied one in 11 contests. The league teams tossed 2,030 passes during the season, and completed 824 for a 40.5 percentage. The 10 teams tallied 1,484 points. Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals caught a pass from Doug Russell for a 98-yard touchdown gain, and Don Hutson of Green Bay caught nine touchdown passes. Ward Cuff of New York and Ralph Kercheval of Brooklyn kicked five field goals each. Our friendly relations with the colleges will continue. We will sign no players until their class has graduated, thus guaranteeing colleges the use of players until the last possible minutes. We don't want players who are willing to desert the classroom.
JANUARY 17 (Green Bay) - Signing of C.M (Slats) Wynick, 225-pound UCLA tackle, was announced by the Green Bay Packer yesterday. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, on a 7,000-mile tour for 50 player interviews, signed Wynick at Los Angeles, the club announcement said. Wynick is 23 and married.
JANUARY 20 (Whitewater) - Willard Sherman, 200-pound center from the Whitewater State Teachers' college, has been signed to play with the Green Bay Packers next season, officials of the professional team revealed today.
JANUARY 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers yesterday announced signing of Frank Steen, Rice university end. He is 24, measures 6 feet 2 inches, and weighs 200 pounds.
FEBRUARY 1 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers announced yesterday signing of Charlie Brock, Nebraska university center, for the 1939 National pro football league season. The Packers drew Brock in the annual league draft.
FEBRUARY 6 (Green Bay) - If the National Professional Football league sanctions the game, the Green Bay Packers will meet a team of Southern College All-Stars at Dallas next September 4, Packer Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced today. "Promoters of the game will attend our league meeting in Chicago February 9, and if they get the league's approval, which is really only a formality, the game will go on," he said. The Packer coach reported he had signed several players during his recent scouting trip throughout the southwest and west, but refused to divulge their names.
FEBRUARY 8 (Chicago) - Football - professional variety - moves back into the sports spotlight tomorrow when National league officials and coaches convene to adopt a schedule, study rule changes and dicker for each other's playing talent. No major alterations in the playing code was anticipated. George Halas, owner and coach of the Chicago Bears, and chairman of the rules committee, thinks most of the coaches want the rules left alone. "We probably will adopt the two minor changes made in the college game," Halas said. The collegians ruled the center, guards and tackles must stay on the line of scrimmage until a pass is thrown and changed the penalty when a forward pass strikes an ineligible receiver. Under the old rule the ball changed hands, but now the team whose pass strikes an ineligible man will be penalized 15 yards and loss of a down. "Probably of most interest to fans will be trading during the convention," Halas said. "I expect quite a bit of swapping of players because we all need something the other fellow has." The champion New York Giants will be looking for a fullback; Green Bay Packers, a pair of tackles; Chicago Cardinals, a center; Cleveland Rams, passer and tackles; Detroit Lions, passer; Philadelphia Eagles, guards; Washington Redskins, tackles, blocking back; Brooklyn Dodgers, passer, and Pittsburgh, backs. The final session of the convention is set for Sunday.
FEBRUARY 9 (Chicago) - There is one thing you can be sure the coach of the Green Bay Packers will be doing in his spare moments - plotting new forward pass plays. And that's just the way Curly Lambeau occupied himself while he waited for the opening of the annual National Professional Football league meeting. Lambeau is the man who created the Green Bay Packers 20 years ago. They call Green Bay the biggest little city in professional football - a city of 44,000 souls. And, athletically speaking, it was Lambeau and his revolutionary theories of forward passing that made Green Bay what it is today. Fresh out of Notre Dame where he was a star passer under Knute Rockne, Lambeau went home to work for a meat packing concern in 1919. Football was in his blood, and he soon convinced his employers that they should sponsor a football team. That's how the Green Bay Packers were born. Formation of the team marked the start of a new era in football, an era that was to witness the evolution of the forward pass from something that was used only in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to score into an offensive weapon. Lambeau didn't adopt the passing game because he wanted to; he did it because he had no choice. "We had to use passes," he said, "because all our opponents were bigger and heavier. We always favored a passing game and we've done pretty well." Pretty well? So well that passing brought the Packers world championships in 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1936. It almost brought them a fifth league title last fall when they lost the playoff to the New York Giants because a last-minute pass fell incomplete by a fingertip. Passing succeeded so well at Green Bay that college and high school teams have copied the serial offense. Passing made Green Bay the nation's professional football capital. Lambeau was the first of a succession of great Packer passers. From 1919 through 1927, he served as player-coach and was the team's No. 1 marksman. Then, when Curly retired from the field to do his coaching from the bench, his passing tradition was kept alive by the likes of Red Dunn, Bobby Monnett, Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell. And the best of these, according to Lambeau, is Herber. "That Herber is the greatest forward passer I've ever seen on any football field anywhere," he said. "There never was a long passer like him. He throws them pretty accurately up to 35 yards, but he has no equal when it comes to heaving 'em from 35 to 60 yards. His accuracy is uncanny. He throws perfect strikes and on the dead run, too, mind you." If Lambeau decided to advertise for a passer, he would write an ad like this: PASSER WANTED - Prefer tall man who doesn't throw sidearm, but raises the ball well over his head and throws overhand. Must be cool-headed, quick thinking and have a good wrist action so he can put snap into his throw. Those whose records show frequent interceptions need not apply." So if you want a nice job in a nice town, those are the standards you must meet.
FEBRUARY 9 (Chicago) - The National Professional Football league opened its twentieth annual executive meeting today but the chief subjects for discussion involved players, schedules and officiating rather than anniversary celebrations. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, one of four delegates who have been present at each of the 19 previous sessions, brought with him a demand for better officiating. The Green Bay Packers' boss said he wanted prospective officials to pass a physical examination as well as a quiz on rules and that he was ready to play bigger salaries for better officiating. One of the most sought after draftees this year appeared to be Sid Luckman, the Columbia university passer deluxe. He's wanted by New York and Brooklyn but the Chicago Bears have first call on his services. Luckman has intimated he would give pro football the go-by, but if he plays, says George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears, it will be for the Bears. John Drake, former Purdue fullback who starred at Cleveland for two season, was another popular choice. Among the coaches, Ernie Never of the Cardinals was scheduled to be in demand for conferences. The draft favored the Cards with three Pittsburgh stars - Marshall Goldberg, Harold Stebbins and Bill Daddio. Adoption of minor rule changes and the 1939 schedule, scheduling of more night games, and re-election of President Joe Carr to a long term were expected before the four-day meeting adjourns.
FEBRUARY 10 (Chicago) - Club officials of the National Professional Football league indicated Friday that they don't want a governing commissioner at any price. In the first session of their four day conference Thursday they re-elected Joe F. Carr, Columbus, Ohio, president for 10 years. The long appointment was said to be their answer to talk of a high commissioner. Carl Storck of Dayton, Ohio, was re-elected vice-president and treasurer. So much routine business was on hand that traders had little chance of reaching anything more than the sounding out stage. One major player trade between Gus Henderson, new coach of the Detroit Lions, and Earl (Dutch) Clark, who resigned at Detroit to take over the Cleveland Rams, appeared in the making for a while, but fell through. Clark tried to land Jack Johnson, Detroit tackle and assistant coach under his regime. No major rule changes were expected. The schedule makers may have trouble, however, since there is some opposition to an early ending of the season. Most coaches have agreed to schedule several night games in order to end the regular playing season by December 1.
FEBRUARY 11 (Chicago) - The barnstorming days of big leaguers in professional football are over. The National league, in annual session here Friday, sanctioned one postseason game for pro football. For the next five years it will be a contest between the current league champion and a collection of pro all-stars, picked in a newspaper poll, in Los Angeles. Heretofore, players could engage in games here and there if given permission by League President Joe F. Carr. It is reported several played without permission in a game in San Francisco last month. Carr said if his investigation of that game revealed league men participated without permission, the penalty would be automatic suspension for a year. The pro champions each year will continue to appear in the annual preseason game at Chicago against the college senior all-stars. A Dallas committee composed of Matty Bell and Jimmy Stewart of Southern Methodist university, have asked the league to allow each year's runnerup to compete in a similar game against southwestern all-stars. Ken Strong, former New York Giant star, is back in the good graces of the pro game. He was reinstated Friday, four years after he repudiated a contract with the Giants to join another pro circuit. He will be eligible to play this fall with New York. The league voted unanimously to hold the membership to 10 teams, ignoring recurrent reports that some of the cities in the league may be represented in proposed rival organizations. Cincinnati, St. Louis, Buffalo and Los Angeles have been among the cities reported anxious to join the league, but Carr said he had received no formal applications for franchises.
FEBRUARY 12 (Chicago) - No more spontaneous fainting spells or rake injuries can tie up the timer's watch in the waning minutes of a National league football game, club owners and officials decided at their annual meeting here Saturday. They were so anxious to eliminate stalling that they accepted a rigid proposal which may even penalize a team for time out for a real injury in the last two minutes of play. George Halas, owner-coach of the Chicago Bears and chairman of the rules committee, led the fight for the new standing rule which provides the referee shall permit only one additional time out for injury in the last two minutes of the second half without penalty. If a team's supply of three timeouts have been exhausted and two players actually are injured on seperate plays in the last two minutes, the team will have the accept the usual five yard penalty for excessive timeouts. The owners also voted to accept in part the two new college rules governing ineligible pass receivers, and voted two minor changes of their own. They broke down one new college rule into two parts, ruling that the penalty for a forward pass striking an ineligible receiver at or behind the line of scrimmage shall be loss of a down and a 15 yard penalty from the spot of the previous down instead of loss of the ball. This is the same as the new college rule. In addition, however, the professionals voted that when a pass strikes an ineligible receiver beyond the line of scrimmage it shall result in loss of the ball from the spot of the previous down. The second new college rule, providing a loss of down and a 15 yard penalty if any ineligible pass receiver leaves the line of scrimmage before the pass is thrown, was adopted outright. A restriction was placed on enterprising receivers who last season batted poor kickoffs out of bounds so they could be put into play on the 45 yard line. The ruling states the ball will be placed 15 yards in from where the kick crossed the sidelines. It was Halas' team which introduced stalling into the National league games. It reached a peak in games with Green Bay and Cleveland last fall in which Bear players stopped the watch after every play, pretending injuries. Other team adopted it and marred many important games by interrupting play.
FEBRUARY 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Sunday announced signing of John Biolo of Iron Mountain, Mich., guard and captain of the Lake Forest (Ill.) college football team selected on the 1938 honorary "Little Al-American" team.
FEBRUARY 13 (Chicago) - Earl (Dutch) Clark, new coach of the Cleveland Rams, added support Sunday to his report that the Rams would not finish last again in the western division of the NFL. He was the most active trader at the league's annual meeting Sunday. Blocked on all his deals for three days, Clark finally made three trades and figured in at least one other tentative swap. He sent Vic Markov, former Washington tackle, to Brooklyn for center Gene Moore; Carl Littlefield, former Washington State backfield star, to the New York Giants for tackle Jack Hadden of Arkansas, and Dick Zoll, former Indiana tackle, to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Dick Yerby, an end from Oregon. The only other transaction canceled a trade involving Vern Huffman and Ace Gutowsky, veteran backs at Detroit, who originally were traded to Pittsburgh for the Pirates' option on the services of Billy Patterson, expert passer from Baylor. Detroit agreed to give up to Pittsburgh the option on Dick Nardi, formerly of Ohio State, as "payment" for canceling the trade. President Joe F. Carr reported a settlement between sponsors of the all-star games at New York and Chicago. He said the Chicago game would continue to have first call on the services of any college player. The world champion New York Giants will play in both all-star games. The 1939 season opens September 10 and closes December 3. The championship playoffs will be held December 10 on the field of the western division champion. The owners agreed to allow Carr to draw up future schedules, beginning with the 1940 season. The owners also voted to establish an annual award to be designated by Carr for the player deemed most valuable to his team by sportswriters. The rules committee was authorized to prepare a physical examination, a test of the rules and a course of instruction which game officials will be required to pass at a summer meeting. The first of these meetings will be held in Pittsburgh next July, with the coach of every team and the rules committee in attendance. Club owners instructed Carr to enter into a five year contract insuring the league's cooperation in maintaining the annual all-star game between the league champions and college seniors.
FEBRUARY 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will open their
1939 season September 4 against the Southwest All-Stars at Dallas,
the schedule released by Coach E.L. Lambeau showed. Returning from
the league meeting at Chicago, Lambeau made public the 12-game
schedule, which does not include the title-holding New York Giants.
FEBRUARY 20 (Chicago) - Two mainstays of Minnesota's Big Ten
championship eleven of last fall have cast their professional lot with the
Green Bay Packers, winner of western division honors in 1938. Coach
E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Packers said yesterday he had the names
of Larry Buhler, fullback, and Charles Schultz, 235-pound tackle, on the
dotted line for the next season. Lambeau went to Minneapolis to see
Buhler, recuperating in a hospital from auto accident injuries, before
talking contract with him. Lambeau said Buhler's physician assured
him Buhler would be in tip-top shape in plenty of time to join the Packers
next fall.
FEBRUARY 28 (Green Bay) - The Pittsburgh Pirates, who do not appear
on the National Professional Football league schedule of the Green Bay
Packers, were listed today for a pre-season game here August 26 - a Saturday night. League rules permit a practice game with a team not on the regular schedule. The Packers open September 4 against the Southwest All-Stars at Dallas. The Pirates, coached by Johnny Blood, the "vagabond halfback" may train at Two Rivers this fall.
APRIL 12 (Green Bay) - Marcel Lambeau, 62, father of Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, died unexpectedly last night. His son is in Europe. He had planned to return to America on the Queen Mary last week but cancelled his passage. The senior Lambeau, who succumbed to heart disease, was a building contractor and former city officials. He supervised or contracted for the erection of many Green Bay buildings, including the federal building, courthouse, labor temple and the plant of the Indian Packing Company, which later became widely known because of the team founded by his son.
APRIL 24 (Oshkosh) - Milt Gantenbein, former University of Wisconsin football star, and an end for the Green Bay Packers, received hospital treatment Sunday for injuries received in an automobile collision north of here on Highway 41. Mr. and Mrs. G. Olson of Oshkosh, occupants of the other car, were confined to a hospital with injuries regarded more serious than those suffered by Gantenbein.
APRIL 26 (Lafayette, IN) - Cecil Isbell and Clem Woltman, former Purdue University footballers now members of the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, are working out with the Boilermaker spring training squad. Both are completing work on degrees.
APRIL 30 (New York) - A jury failed to agree on a verdict and was dismissed Friday in the trial of the New York football Giants, Helen Mara, and Charles Chaplin, a clerk, who were charged with violating the amusement tax law. They were charged with responsibility for the sale of eight $2.20 (face value) tickets to the championship game between the Giants and Green Bay Packers last fall, at $3.45 each, without endorsing the price at which the tickets were sold or the names of the dealer and sales person.
MAY 6 (Green Bay) - Signing of Harry Jacunski, Fordham varsity end for three years, was announced last night by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Jacunski, 23, weighs 205 pounds.
MAY 9 (Madison) - Police didn't mind Walker Lea, 31, of 2027 East Mifflin Street posing as Cecil Isbell, Purdue University and Green Bay Packers football star, but they did become irate when Lea falsely reported his car stolen after it became mired on a roadway just east of Madison early this morning. Lea was fined $25 in superior court today for disorderly conduct. Lea said a bartender introduced him to Harry DeWitt, former high school football player, as Isbell, and that DeWitt invited him to his home. En route to the DeWitt home, he became separated from DeWitt and got onto the wrong road. The car stalled in the soft road. Lea went hone and reported his car stolen. Police found it and met DeWitt who said the machine belonged to Isbell. Suspecting a hoax, police took DeWitt to the Lea home where DeWitt learned of the hoax.
MAY 11 (New York) - The New York Football Giants, Inc., and Helen Mara and Charles Chaplin were convicted in federal court yesterday of violating the amusement and sports events tax law by omitting to stamp on the back of admission tickets, sold above face value, the names of the vendors and the actual sales price. Miss Mara is the niece of John and Tim Mara, sports promoters. Chaplin is a clerk. The government accused them of selling eight $2.20 tickets for $3.45 each for a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Giants last fall. A jury disagreed April 28 at their first trial. Judge John C. Knox postponed sentence until Monday. The defendants may be fined $100 each on each of the eight counts in the information filed against them.
MAY 11 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said today he feared Bobby Monnett, Packer halfback, will not play pro football this fall. Coach Lambeau, who recently returned from New York, revealed Monnett has got a job as assistant engineer with the Ohio highway commission.
MAY 15 (New York) - The New York Football Giants, Inc., were fined $800 by Federal Judge John C. Knox today - the maximum fixed by law - on its conviction of not recording on tickets the price charged above face value and the names of those selling them. Helen Mara, a niece of John and Tim Mara, sports promoters, who was working as a clerk, and Charles Chaplin, a clerk, were placed on probation for one day. The tickets were sold last December for a game between the Green Bay Packers and Giants.
fullback. Bree Cuppoletti, the Chicago Cardinals' veteran guard, is a former fullback, and, like John Del Isola of the New York Giants, backs up the line on defense. Their performances refute the football axiom that a guard is just a fullback with brains battered out.
JUNE 11 (Green Bay) - There is a possibility that Earl (Bud) Svendsen, outstanding center, may again snap the ball for the Packers this season. Bud played with the Bays in 1937 and returned to the squad last fall for the championship playoff game with the Giants in New York. Svendsen had a coaching job with the Kirksville, Mo., Teachers. The former Minnesota center has been in several huddles with Coach E.L. Lambeau.
JUNE 11 (Detroit) - According to reports from Detroit, Ernie Caddel, who has been a thorn in the side of the Packers for several season, may not return to the Lions' football battle front this fall as he recently has landed a "fat" automobile job in California. Executives of the Detroit club, however, are pulling some string to help get the crack backfielder a leave of absence from his motor firm connection at Sacramento and there is still a chance that Caddel could be in the Lions' lineup when the Detroiters come here to face the Packers October 22.
JUNE 11 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau has issued a bulletin to his Green Bay Packers candidates calling attention to the August 5 reporting date. This is considerably earlier than in other years. Packer gridders who are playing daily baseball and others who are in the pink of condition will be given permission to report a week later, August 12.
JUNE 27 (Manitowoc) - New addition to the Packer colony - it's a boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milt Gantenbein...A football fans' association at Ironwood, Mich., has reserved 300 seats for the Detroit-Packer game in Green Bay on October 22...The Packer practice field east of City Stadium is to be completely enclosed this fall so that Curly Lambeau can hold secret practice...Eddie Jankowski has arrived in Green Bay to start work in a manufacturing plant and Coach Lambeau greeted him with open arms, a contract in one hand...An important date on Lambeau's desk calendar is July 29 when the NFL meets in Pittsburgh to talk over the troublesome question of officiating. Curly has a few things he'd like to get off his chest.
JUNE 27 (Chicago) - Three former college football stars signed here yesterday to play professional football, two going with the Chicago Bears and one to the Green Bay Packers. George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears, signed Solly Sherman, halfback of the University of Chicago team last fall, and Charles Heileman, husky end from Iowa State. Heileman was one of the nation's leading pass receivers in 1938. Paul Kell, of Niles, Mich., 225 pounds right tackle for Notre Dame last fall, signed a contract with Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers.
JULY 1 (Manitowoc) - Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay Packer fullback accompanied Coach E.L. Lambeau to Appleton recently when Lambeau addressed the Lions club. Clarke went along for the ride and operated the projector on which the movies were shown which set the stage for Lambeau's best crack of the evening: "When a man has played as long for us as Hinkle, we let him run the machine"...Dane rumor has it that wedding bells will soon ring for Johnny Howell, Nebraska backfielder who was a freshman with the Green Bay Packers in 1938. Howell is now engaged in the real estate business at Bethesda, Maryland, and he recently queried a Green Bay jeweler about the price of rings and other things.
JULY 7 (Green Bay) - A pair of husky guards, Tony Engebretsen and Russ Letlow, have renewed their contracts with the Green Bay Packers, according to Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. Letlow was one of the three Packers picked for the honorary all-league team last season. Engebretsen is noted as a field goal kicker.
JULY 9 (Madison) - Dr. W.W. Kelley, Green Bay, was here Friday in connection with his duties as a member of the State Board of Health. As a sideline, Dr. Kelley is the medical adviser for the Green Bay Packers and one of the organization's strongest boosters. He says that 48 men have been signed up, and that the Packer coaching staff is particularly enthusiastic about a star end from North Carolina. Wisconsin's star guard, Lynn Hovland, has not signed - he wanted too much money. Dr. Kelley says that Buckets Goldenberg is expected to have one of his greatest years as a running guard and that he will be the outstanding guard in the pro circuit.
JULY 13 (Manitowoc) - Almost every day brings word of additions to the Green Bay Packer fold. Latest to sign is Nick Miketinac, former St. Norbert college guard, who played four varsity seasons for the Green Knights. At the start of last season the Hermansville, Mich., boy joined the Packers and began the stiff assignment of breaking into pro ball. At mid-season he was released and returned to St. Norbert, where he coached freshman football and basketball teams. Now he's back for another crack at the pro league. He weighs between 205 and 210 pounds, is extremely strong and is anxious to make good with the Packers.
JULY 13 (Green Bay) - Norm Purucker, star University of Michigan halfback from Youngstown, O., has signed a contract to play with the Green Bay Packers, it was learned today. Purucker reached the peak of his gridiron career when the Wolverines opposed Yale and Minnesota last fall. He was also a sprinter on Michigan's Big Ten championship track team.
JULY 21 (Madison) - Four new appointments have been made to the University of Wisconsin athletic coaching staff, it was announced today by M.E. McCaffrey, secretary of the board of regents. New assistants were named in football, track and freshman basketball. Lynn Hovland, regular guard on Coach Harry Stuhldreher's 1938 football team, was appointed assistant with the grid squad. Hovland's appointment sets aside reports that the Bloomer, Wis. husky would join the Green Bay Packers roster this August. Hovland was asked to become a Packer, but refused when the Green Bay management would not meet his salary demands.
JULY 21 (Pittsburgh) - The NFL's annual officials meeting opening here Saturday has for its chief purposes clarification of rule interpretations and improved officiating. More than 100 club owners, coaches and game officials are expected to attend. The first day will be devoted to officiating problems with Hugh Ray of Chicago, one of the country's leading authorities, conducting an interpretation session. This will be followed by mental and physical tests for the league's staff of officials. Officiating qualifications this year are the strictest in the league's history. Not only must handlers of games be mentally proficient, but also must possess physical ability to keep pace with speedy ball carriers. Sunday the club owners and coaches will try to consummate pending player trades and complete routine league business. One Pittsburgh deal hanging fire would send Clarence (Tuffy) Thompson, speedy halfback from Minnesota, to the Green Bay Packers for Frank Butler, 246-pound tackle who spent one year at Notre Dame but played three years of football for Michigan State.
JULY 22 (Madison) - Champ Seibold, former frosh grid star at Wisconsin and for the past several years a member of the Green Bay Packers, has joined the Chicago police force. Lou Gordon is another former pro gridder, who has joined the force. Lou having passed the exams with the highest grade of any rookie policeman. Chicago has a number of ex-college grid stars on the force and the boys are making good in fine fashion.
JULY 23 (Pittsburgh) - The National Professional Football league wound up its annual summer meeting Saturday after much conversation but with little action on trades among the 10 clubs. President Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Tuffy Thompson, former Minnesota halfback, to the Green Bay Packers for Frank Butler, former Notre Dame center. Rooney also purchased Bernard Scherer, an end, from the Packers. Carl L. Storck of Dayton, acting president of the league, was named president until the next meeting in April 1940, when the owners will choose a permanent successor to the late Joe Carr, who founded the league in 1921. President Bert Bell of the Philadelphia Eagles moved to reduce the number of preseason games between professional and collegiate all-star teams but action was deferred until the December meeting. President Storck announced the league will pay higher compensation to officials and will demand increased efficiency. A doubleheader football game - the first between teams of the National league - will be played the night of August 26 by the Pirates and the Packers at Green Bay, the Pittsburgh club announced.
JULY 24 (Pittsburgh) - The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Green Bay Packers will play a doubleheader football game the night of August 26 at Green Bay, it was decided here at the annual summer meeting of the National Professional league. The twin bill will be the first ever played by league teams. The quarters will be limited to 12 minutes and the games will be played principally to permit the coaches to watch all candidates under fire. There was considerable dickering but little dealing as the league heads and coaches cut their scheduled two-day meeting to one day.
JULY 24 (Louisville, KY) - Nine clubs are going after the American Professional Football league title this year. Team representatives, meeting yesterday, accepted the Columbus, O., Buckeyes, Los Angeles Bulldogs, Nashville Volunteers, Cincinnati Bengals as new league members. Other league members are the Chicago Indians, St. Louis Gunners, Dayton Rosies, Kenosha Cardinals, Louisville Tanks. Some of the new teams replaced members dropping out after last season. The club representatives drafted a season schedule starting September 10 and concluding December 10.
JULY 30 (Dallas) - College grid stars, seniors of last season, will meet the Green Bay Packers in the Cotton Bowl here Labor Day. For the third time since the game was originated in 1936, coaches Leo "Dutch" Meyer of Texas Christian and Matty Bell of Southern Methodist will pilot the All-Stars, whose predecessors turned in three victories against the pros. The Dallas salesmanship club, which sponsors the charity event, said the Packers had agreed to terms. The game will be played at night.
AUGUST 1 (Pittsburgh) - John Blood, coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Pro Football league, announced Monday night his retirement as a player after 15 years of strenuous competition in the circuit. Barring an "unforeseen emergency", Blood said, he will manage the Pirates next season from the bench. The team leaves Wednesday to train at Two Rivers, Wis. Blood played for St. Thomas before turning pro in 1924 with the Minneapolis Marines. He played with Milwaukee, Duluth and Green Bay before succeeding Joe Bach as Pittsburgh coach in 1937.
AUGUST 3 (Green Bay) - Buckets Goldenberg, veteran guard, and Carl Mullenueaux, who starts his second season at end, signed Green Bay Packer contracts today and will report Saturday when the team holds its first regular practice session. This is Goldenberg's seventh year of pro ball.
AUGUST 4 (Green Bay) - A squad of 50 prospective 1939 Green Bay Packers will gather at Joannes Park Saturday afternoon for the first practice session of the professional football season. Immediate objectives will be conditioning, selection and instruction of the largest squad in the team's history. A doubleheader exhibition will be played with the Pittsburgh Pirates, training at Two Rivers, Wis., the night of August 25, and an all-star team will be met at Dallas September 4. A total of 43 Packers have signed contracts. The only holdouts are Champ Seibold, tackle; Andy Uram, halfback, and Eddie Jankowski, fullback. Four other veterans are unsigned, but are expected to report to Coach E.L. Lambeau later this week and come to terms. They are Cecil Isbell and Dave Miller, halfbacks, Don Hutson, end, and Bill Lee, tackle. Four Packers who are members of the 1939 college all-star squad will report for a week of practice before going to Evanston to work for the all-star game August 30. They are Charles Brock, Nebraska, center, Larry Buhler of Minnesota and Frank Balasz of Iowa, fullbacks, and Ed Jacubski of Fordham, end.
AUGUST 5 (Green Bay) - E.A. Spachman, who handles ticket orders for the Packers, says pre-season applications indicate a new Green Bay attendance record.
MAY 20 (Columbus, OH) - Joseph F. Carr, founder and president of the NFL, died here late today. He was 58 years old. Carr, reelected for ten years to the presidency of the league at the annual executive meeting in Chicago last February, had been ailing for some time. In September of 1937 he was admitted to the Grant Hospital in Columbus to undergo treatment for a heart ailment. He recovered sufficiently to resume his duties on a part time basis and presided at the league meeting in Chicago. He suffered a heart attack early this afternoon and was rushed to a hospital where he died several hours later. Born in Columbus, October 22, 1880, Carr's interest in sports dates from the time he managed a baseball team while in elementary school. When 20 years old, in 1900, the year the American League was organized, Carr, an ardent follower of the White Sox, organized among employees of the Pennsylvania railroad, where he worked, a team known as the "Famous Pan Handle White Sox." The team gained a reputation in semi-professional ranks throughout the country. About that time Carr went to work as assistant sports editor of the Ohio State Journal, continuing in that position for six years. In 1904, when professional football first gained recognition in the midwest, he organized the Pan Handle football team, featuring the six Nesser brothers. This team for many years was the outstanding club in the professional game. In 1905, he became secretary of the Ohio State Baseball league and two years later was made president. The league was disbanded in 1916 because of the way, but in 1922 a disagreement split the old Blue Grass league in Kentucky and some of the teams joined with the Ohio State organization. Carr was made president of the joint organization. The NFL had its birth at a meeting at Canton in 1920. Carr was made president in 1921. He was reelected to head the league year after year and under his administration it grew to imposing proportions. When professional basketball began to get a foothold in 1925, Carr organized the American Basketball League, with clubs in Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Rochester, Cleveland, Fort Wayne and Chicago. He induced the Arena corporation, Philadelphia, and the Madison Square Garden corporation, in New York, to install basketball teams. Carr was the league's first president but withdrew after three years because of other business. In meantime he had become president of the Columbus Baseball club. After operating the team through the season of 1926, the owner, Thomas E. Wilson of Chicago, sold the club to the Cincinnati National league club, and Carr continued as president until the winter of 1931-32, when the St. Louis Cardinals bought the Columbus club and made Larry S. McPhail, another Columbus resident, its president. Since 1932 his baseball activities have been centered on promoting minor leagues. He had intended to retire from baseball that year, but when the National Association offered him a place in its executive committee to develop a program to rehabilitate minor league baseball, he accepted. In that capacity he engineered the revival of minor league baseball from the time when only a dozen leagues were operating, and most of them in danger of folding up, to last year's successful season for thirty-seven leagues. He expected forty minor leagues to operate through the 1939 campaign. He succeeded in establishing the rule that professional football teams would not sign up college players until four years from the time they entered the university. This rule prevented the proselyting of outstanding college players before they had finished their collegiate careers. Carr's last official act as president of the National league was the signing of a five year contract with the Chicago Tribune Charities, Inc., assuming the preeminence of the Chicago All-Star game by prohibiting league teams from competing against graduating players withheld from the contest.
MAY 31 (Green Bay) - Two Minneapolis gridders were signed today to play with the Green Bay Packers in their football campaign this fall. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau engaged Wallen Kilbourne, University of Minnesota varsity lineman, and Eddie McGroarty, fullback from Northland college, Ashland, in a weekend trip to Minneapolis. Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith recommended the new  men.
JUNE 10 (Green Bay) - One of the most unusual squads in history will enter training here when the Green Bay Packers assemble in August for the NFL championship race. Fifteen of the 45 players ordered to report are fullbacks. It is not unusual for Notre Dame to have 12 fullbacks. Notre Dame's squad generally consists of 12 teams. But it is extraordinary and constitutes some kind of a record for one-third of a pro squad to be assigned, or have had experience in major competition at one position. Green Bay's fullback squadron is led by the veteran Clarke Hinkle, regarded by many authorities as the greatest football player of all time, surpassing in all around ability and team value even the famous Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski. Immediately behind Hinkle, the All-National league fullback, come Eddie Jankowski, formerly of Wisconsin, who is an established Packer star, and Frank Balasz of Iowa, obtained in the draft last winter. These men will handle Green Bay's fullbacking in the championship race. The 12 others are men who played the position in college, or in the National league, but because of specialized talents have been assigned to other places in the lineup. They include veterans Hank Bruder and Herman Schneidman, quarterbacks; Buckets Goldenberg, Swede Johnson and Pete Tinsley, guards; Brute Mulleneeaux, center; and Cecil Isbell and Dick Weisgerber, halfbacks. Rookies under contract who have had major college experience at fullback, but who will be made over into professional halfbacks are Larry Buhler of Minnesota; Bill Gunther of Santa Clara, Ed McGroraty of North College in Ashland, Wisc., and John Locke of Fordham. Locke reported last fall with a knee injury and was ordered to remain idle for a year. Fullback for years has been the proving ground of some of the game's outstanding stars. College coaches more than those in the National league switch players between fullback and guard. The recent trend toward putting out guards to lead interference has increased this practice. Fullbacks must be versatile players, accomplished in blocking and possessed of extreme ruggedness. These requisites make them excellent guard prospects, especially in the modern game where guards are also utilized extensively as secondary defenders against forward passes. Mike Michalske, former Green Bay star and one of the outstanding guards of all time, was a former fullback. Guard Joe Zeller, who for years was the Chicago Bears' most reliable pass defender, also moved into the line from
AUGUST 5 (Green Bay) - Broad, bronze, bare backs glistened in a scorching sun, and footballs filled the air as the fittest looking Green Bay Packer squad in years went through their first 1939 practice at Joannes park here today. Thirty-five players participated in the drill directed by Coach Curly Lambeau. About 500 watched the workout. No one doubted that Lambeau's crew was the best conditioned early season outfit that ever took the field here. After a turn at setting up exercises, passing and kicking, the squad was put through a ball carrying drill. Regular formations were used to allow the new men to demonstrate their wares. Don (Weenie) Wilson, Dubuque, will be watched with interest by Packer fans. He is fast, but he weighs just a scant 167 pounds. Herman Schneidman, Iowa blocking quarter, signed yesterday and reported for practice. His 200 pounds of fast moving bulk should help strike a balance in the backfield. LeRoy Schoemann, former Marquette center, did not report. Missing from the first session, for one reason or another, were Charlie Schultz, Don Hutson, Lee, Larry Buhler and Tuffy Thompson. Huskies on hand included Cecil Isbell, Andy Uram, Bud Svendsen and Ernie Smith. The latter two after being absent from the squad last year. Tackle Leo Katalinas looked out from behind a three months growth of beard and said, "This is my wrestling mug."
AUGUST 7 (Cincinnati) - An eight game schedule confronts Kenosha's new entry in the American Professional Football league this season. The schedule was drawn at the annual meeting of the league here Sunday. Kenosha will play home and home games with Dayton, St. Louis and Chicago and single games with Columbus and Louisville. Only three games will be on the road. Kenosha's schedule follows:
October 1 - Dayton at Kenosha
October 8 - St. Louis at Kenosha
October 15 - Open
October 22 - Chicago at Kenosha
October 29 - Kenosha at Chicago
November 5 - Kenosha at Dayton
November 12 - Open
November 19 - Columbus at Kenosha
November 26 - Open
November 30 - Louisville at Kenosha
December 3 - Kenosha at St. Louis
Eight clubs were represented at the meeting as follows: Kenosha, Chicago, Louisville, Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Los Angeles and St. Louis.
AUGUST 9 (Manitowoc) - The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Green Bay Packers, who are scheduled to open the 1939 professional football season with a doubleheader exhibition game at Green Bay on the night of August 25, will get together 10 days earlier for a softball game at Walsh Field, Two Rivers. The Pirates are training at Two Rivers while the Packers are getting in condition on their home field. Arrangements for the softball game next Tuesday night were completed last night when the Packers' emissary, Arnie Herber, invade the Pirates' lair to confer with George Kast, manager of the Pittsburgh club's softball team. Proceeds of the game which is to be played under lights starting at 8 o'clock will go into the clubhouse funds of the softball teams.
DECEMBER 12 (New York) - A total of 1,279,379 fans saw the National league professional football teams perform last season. With all of the clubs in the league
operating on a profit making basis, only two - the Pittsburgh
Pirates and Chicago Cardinals, which finished last in their
division - failed to show a considerable gain. The New York
Giants, eastern champions this year, and world titleholders
last year, led all other clubs in attendance with a total of
233,427 for six home games and 149,382 for five games on
the road. Second largest crowd ever to watch a professional
game - 62,530 - jammed the Polo Grounds December 3 as
New York closed its season by winning the eastern crown
from the Washington Redskins. The game in which Red
Grange made his debut attracted slightly more than 65,000
to set a mark that still stands. The Chicago Bears' visit to
the Polo Grounds drew 58,693, while the Giants' visit to
Detroit to play the Lions drew 48,294.
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay
Packers will rest only 10 days before they go back into
training to collect the first spoils which await them as
champions of the professional football league. They will meet an all-star pro team, selected by fans in the nine league cities at Los Angeles January 7. Lambeau has ordered the squad to report on the coast December 23. Dutch Clark, coach of the Cleveland Rams, probably will coach the all-stars. George Halas of the Bears declined because of his business. Green Bay has received offers for exhibition games but the league rules prohibit any games beside the coast all-star game and the Chicago all-star game. A special dispensation might be granted, but Coach Curly Lambeau is not inclined to ask for it. Honolulu has offered $10,000 and expenses for a game at the Hoolawiea celebration late in January. The Packers came out of Sunday's game with only one casualty. Bill Letlow, guard, got a bad bump on the knee and may not play in the Los Angeles game. The Packers were a little piqued upon learning after the game that the Giants had used Potsy Clark, former coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as a spotter with a telephone connection from the roof of the stand to the Giant bench. While the practice is general, the Packers felt they should have been appraised of the arrangement. The big break of the game, as some Packers saw it, was Brock's tackle of Tuffy Leemans on Green Bay's nine yard line in the first half. Leeman was apparently headed for a touchdown. Had he scored and the extra point been made, tying the score at 7-7 at the half, it might have been a different game. Lambeau doesn't agree. "We were getting better right along," he said, "and we would have still blown them off the field the second half. Had we kept our strongest lineup on the field in the fourth quarter, with the wind, I believe we could have scored two more touchdowns.
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - This is the story of a not too freshly painted sign which epitomized the flaming spirit of this capital of the football world - and of champions who refused to short change the home folks, whose faith in them had never wavered. Otherwise, the sign wouldn't have been there, hanging on the weathered side of the old freight depot, and perhaps there wouldn't have been a homecoming of champions, either. But for things like that and folks like that, there might not even be the Packers. But the sign was there, proclaiming in bold letters of green and gold: "Welcome, Champions", and so were most of the townspeople as the mighty Packers came home Monday with their fifth world championship in the last 10 years. That sign was painted days ago; surely before anyone but these fans up here knew that the Packers were going to win the championship. These folks didn't dare dream of anything like that smashing 27-0 triumph over the New York Giants in Milwaukee Sunday - but they knew the Packers would come home as champions and they went right ahead with the sign, and with other signs and other plans, while the rest of the country trifled with such details as odds and points. Gone was the bitterness over the transfer of the championship game to Milwaukee. Cheering wildly in the crowd of more than 10,000, most of whom hadn't seen the game Sunday, were all those who had said they'd never go to another Packer game - and there were more than a few of them, from all walks of life. The Packers were coming home as champions and nothing else mattered. "But what if they had lost - what about the sign and all the other signs, then?" the reporter who should have known better, dared to ask. He got only a withering look of scorn and he knew there never had been any real doubt up here. As for the champions, they repaid that kind of confidence with a magnificent gesture of their own. Some of the boys - among them Hinkle, Laws, Mulleneaux, Gantenbein, Weisgerber, Tinsley and others - had driven back from Milwaukee after the game Sunday. But the fans were planning to welcome them at the depot and the fans had been told they would be there. So they piled into a bus, went out to De Pere and boarded the train there in order to be with the rest of the gang when the Packer special pulled into the spur at the old freight depot down at Mason and Washington sts. The train puffed in to the accompaniment of locomotive whistles, cheers, music and flares. The Packers' lumberjack band belabored its instruments over "On, Wisconsin", "Go You Packers" and "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight". The crowd clogged all available space around the long freight platform and nearby streets seethed with excited humanity. The din increased as the players appeared from the train and headed toward the waiting buses. On the way each was stopped briefly before the microphone presided over by Art Murphy of the Association of Commerce and Lavvie Dilweg, old Packer star. "The boys played their best game of the season; one of their best games of all times," said Curly Lambeau. "They sure deserved to win," seconded Red Smith. "Thank you, Green Bay," from Bill Lee. "Sure glad to be a winnah," drawled Jimmy Lawrence. "Glad we could bring back the championship," said Buckets Goldenberg. And so down the line as they filed along the platform. Then, with motorcycle and fire truck escort and blaring band, the procession moved downtown along streets lined with cheering fans. The champions will be honored at a dinner Thursday night at which they will be given their checks for $703.97, the winners' cut of Sunday's receipts. Cecil Isbell, Bill Lee, Buford Ray and Paul Kell are to married Saturday. Behind on the station platform two workmen in overalls looked after the crowd as it disappeared in the early evening darkness. "We ain't loaded the baggage yet," one of the reminded the other. "What do you want to do with the sign?" "Better store it somewhere," the other replied. "They'll probably want it for next year."
DECEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - Green Bay will roar its official welcome to the 1939 champions of the National Professional league, the Packers, at a civic banquet sponsored by the Lions' club Thursday night. The guests will include Gov. Julius Heil, city officials and members of Green Bay's 1929 team, the first of five pro championship elevens which the city had had. Movies of last Sunday's 27 to 0 victory over the New York Giants in Milwaukee, with which the Packers cinched the championship, will be shown. The formal invitation to appear in the annual all-star game in Chicago next August will be extended by Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune. The day started particularly auspiciously for Bill Lee, veteran right tackle, who Thursday morning was married at the cathedral parsonage to Rosemary Maloney of Green Bay. Don Hutson, Packer end and a teammate of Lee at the University of Alabama, was best man. Miss Irma McMahon of Green Bay attended the bride. Mr. and Mrs. Lee will leave on a honeymoon to the west coast immediately after the banquet.
DECEMBER 14 (New York) - Take the whole country from coast to coast and pick the 11 best players - lump every all-American team picked and get the consensus - use any formula you wish but unless you delve into the NFL you still haven't the best bunch of football players in the land. The 1939 all-professional team was named today by the United Press. The all-pro backfield is made up of Parker Hall, Cleveland; Tuffy Leeman, New York; Andy Farkas, Washington, and Bill Osmanski, Chicago Bears. Hall, a rookie from the University of Mississippi, is the league's No. 1 player of the year. He completed 106 out of 208 passes for 1,227 yards and nine touchdowns. He was fifth in yardage gained, 458 yards in 120 attempts, and was one of the league's best punters. The two halfbacks, Leemans and Farkas, are breakaway runners capable of getting away for a touchdown from any spot on the field. Leemans, famed for wriggling out of tackler's arms and running away, gained 429 yards in 128 attempts for a 3.3 average and Farkas, a power runner, gained 547 yards in 139 attempts for a 3.9 average. Osmanski led the league in ground gaining, ripping off 699 yards in 121 attempts for a 5.7 average. Mainstay of the line again was Mel Hein, New York Giants' center. Although 29 and playing his ninth year in the cash and carry ranks, Hein continued his outstanding defensive play. The two guards are Dan Fortmann, Chicago Bears, a holdover from last year's team, and John Wiethe, Detroit, a newcomer. Both are speedy and aggressive and stars at leading interference and crashing through to break up plays. Joe Stydahar, Chicago Bears, again was the league's best tackle. Jim Barber, Washington, having his best season in the five years he's been in the circuit, was given the other tackle berth by a slight nod over Bruiser Kinard, Brooklyn. Don Hutson, Green Bay's great pass catcher, and Jim Poole, the Giants' defensive star, won the end berths without an argument. Hutson, who holds or shares every pass catching record in the league, grabbed 34 passes this season for a total of 846 yards and 6 touchdowns. It takes two men and sometimes more to stop him. Poole, a fine receiver, blocked three punts the last season and is a standout on defense. The champion Green Bay Packers landed only one man on the first team and two on the second club. The Chicago Bears and New York Giants each placed three men on the first team.
AUGUST 10 (Green Bay) - Veterans of the Green Bay Packers who have
made professional football a career faced a stiff fight today from a score
of college hopefuls who sought their jobs. From all part of the country
the boys from college fields have come to join the Green Bay squad and
fight it out with 28 veterans for places on the 1939 team. The complete
squad of 50 is the largest in Packer history. It is no easy job these
recruits have cut out for themselves, for the men they would replace
brought Green Bay a western division title last year in the National
league and many were on the team which took the championship three
years ago. Some of the veterans - like Milt Gantenbein, an end, Clarke
Hinkle and Hank Bruder, backs - have grown old in the Packer service,
but show little sign of slowing up. They are back again, more intent than
ever to prove their worth. Only four members of last year's team are
missing. Bob Monnett and Paul Miller, halfbacks, retired. Frank Butler, a
center, and Bernie Scherer, an end, were traded to Pittsburgh for Tuffy
Thompson of Minnesota. Coach E.L. Lambeau, who has guided the
team since it was formed in 1919 and to four national championships,
believes he has the making of another great club. "We have backs to
burn," he said today, "and we should be stronger than ever on the line."
The coach has 11 veteran backs and eight recruits trying for regular
positions. He probably will carry 12 to 14 backfield men, so six or seven
of the potential ball carriers will be among the missing when the time
comes to cut the roster, after the second league game. Lambeau and
Line Coach Richard (Red) Smith also are confronted with the problem
of cutting down their big squad of linemen. There are 31 candidates
for jobs on the forward wall. About 20 is the limit which can be carried.
The club begins play with a doubleheader with Pittsburgh here August
25. Two practice games will be played to give the coaches a chance to
see what all of their men can do under fire.
AUGUST 11 (Green Bay) - Tuffy Thompson, speedy little ex-Minnesota
left halfback, joined the Green Bay Packers football team yesterday as
they drove through a spirited drill. The Packers are preparing to meet Pittsburgh, now training at Two Rivers, Wis., in a night doubleheader here August 25. Forward passing was stressed yesterday. Four Packers - Frank Balasz and Larry Buhler, fullbacks, Charley Brock, center, and Harry Jacunski are leaving the squad to report to the College All-Stars at Evanston, Ill.
AUGUST 15 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, pass-snatching end from Alabama, signed his Green Bay Packer contract today as the western division champions drove through their regular workouts. Hutson, in four seasons with Green Bay, has scored 202 points. The Packers were given their first rough drill yesterday by Coach E.L. Lambeau, donning pads for work on the blocking dummies. They will meet the Pittsburgh Pirates, training at Two Rivers, in a night doubleheader here August 25. The Packers cancelled a softball game with Pittsburgh in Two Rivers. "Positively not," was Lambeau's answer when his approval for the game was sought.
is looking forward to what both he and Lambeau believe will be one of his best season. Arnie won a bonus of $100 by scaling 200 pounds as the second week of practice got underway. Eddie Jankowski, hampered ​somewhat last year by an injury received late in 1937, reported in condition. Coach Lambeau plans to make no cuts in his large squad until after the Pittsburgh doubleheader. He will use four full teams in the bargain bill against Johnny Blood's team. Competition for positions on the Packer squad is keener than ever before, and several of the youngsters are pressing the old players for jobs.
AUGUST 22 (Green Bay) - Frank Balasz, Green Bay Packer recruit, who was injured in scrimmage with the college all-stars at Evanston, Ill., returned to the Packers Tuesday under arrangements made by Coach Curly Lambeau. Lambeau wanted the former Iowa backfield star here for treatment for a dislocated shoulder which may keep him out of the first two games of the pro season. Larry Craig, South Carolina end, caught Lambeau's eye with defense work Monday. Norm Purucker, Michigan halfback, reported to the squad, bringing it to full strength.
AUGUST 22 (Kenosha) - Coach John Rise of the Kenosha club (American Pro Football league) Monday signed Fritz Borak, Kenosha end, who won Missouri Valley conference honors with Creighton. Reis says he has a working agreement with Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers.
AUGUST 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Pirates drilled on timing of plays Wednesday as they prepared to give Wisconsin football fans a National Pro league preview in their doubleheader Friday night. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau sent the Packers, western division champions last year, through two outdoor drills Tuesday, working on blocking and backfield assignments and pass defense in dummy scrimmage, followed by long periods of signal drill. At Two Rivers, coach Johnny Blood, the onetime "vagabond halfback" of the Pirates, tapered off the Pirates' workouts with only one man on the injured list: Bill Davidson, blocking back. Lambeau reported his entire squad ready for the double bill, with no player nursing injuries more serious than bruises. Norm Purucker, Michigan halfback who was the last player to report with the exception of Packers draftees in the all-star squad at Chicago, worked into backfield combinations yesterday. President Carl Storck of the pro league has assigned Verne Lewellen, former Packer star now on the loop's officiating staff, was referee for the doubleheader.
AUGUST 24 (Two Rivers) - The Pittsburgh Pirates National Pro Football team eased up Thursday its strenuous workouts in preparation for the practice game with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay Friday night. Coach Johnny Blood declared that he was satisfied with the condition of his squad and announced that his probable starting lineup for the Packer tussle would be Sam Boyd and Bernie Scherer at the ends, Lou Midler and Capt. Armand Nicolai at the tackles, Byron Gentry and John Perko guards, and John Tosi at center. In the backfield Blood has picked a quartet making its initial appearance with the Pirates. Hugh McCullough and Dick Nardi, formerly of the Detroit Lions, will be at the halves, Rink Bond, formerly of Washington U, will call signals and Sam Francis, formerly of the Chicago Bears, will start at fullback.
AUGUST 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers in a surprise move by Coach Curly Lambeau yesterday went through their first scrimmage of the season. While expected rough spots were evident in the session, there were a number of cheering aspects for Lambeau, notably the work of four rookies. Especially impressive were Warren Kilbourne and Charles Schultz, tackles from Minnesota, Jack Brennan, a guard from Michigan, and Frank Steen, Rice Institute end. Among the veterans Eddie Jankowski served notice that he is in for one of his best years. The former Wisconsin star has completely recovered from injuries that handicapped him last season. Also in the limelight was Clarke Hinkle, veteran fullback, who is in great condition.
AUGUST 17 (Green Bay) - The doubleheader attraction between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Piratesdwhich will be staged here Friday night August 25, under the lights at the City stadium, is attracting no end of interest and all indications point to a large crowd for the pre-season game. Johnny Blood and his Pirates are practicing at Two Rivers and reports from the Cool sector indicate the Pittsburghers have a great gridiron machine in the making. Blood is putting extra stress on the twin bill with Green Bay as he figures this is the chance to get even with Lambeau and company. The Green Bay squad, over 40 strong, has been working out daily since August 5 under the watchful eye of Coach E.L. Lambeau and his assistant Richard (Red) Smith. The Packers have a great contingent of freshmen gridders this year and all these new gridders will be on display against the Pirates. Bargain day prices will prevail for the doubleheader with only the box seat sections on both sides of the field reserved. The kickoff for the first game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay) - Less than 40 miles apart, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Professional Football league are tuning up for the first test of the season - a doubleheader at City Stadium here next Friday night. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers put his charges through their first scrimmage sessions last week. New players who showed up well were Warren Kilbourne and Charles Schultz, Minnesota tackles; Jack Brennan, Michigan guard, and Frank Steen, Rice Institute end. The latter is especially adept at pass receiving and may share honors in that department with Don Hutson. Arnie Herber, veteran passer, 
AUGUST 24 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau will unleash his Green Bay Packers, old and new, before the homefolk here Friday night as the big Bays take on Johnny Blood's Pittburgh Pirates in a pre-season doubleheader that is expected to show just what the Packers have or have not in regard to prospects for the 1939 National Professional Football league season. The twin bill is unique in football annals, but was arranged so Coaches Curly and Johnny could get a pre-season preview of the players they wish to keep and get ready with the windup boot for those players who can't make the grade. There'll be considerable bootin' in the Packer camp, but Johnny, less fortunate in the number of players of pro worth, will have to do little cutting, if any. The games will consist of four 12 minute quarters instead of the customary 15 minute periods and free substitutions will be allowed, meaning the mentors will be able to start, remove, replace and re-insert their hopefuls and nonhopefuls as often as they please. Right now the Packers have 42 in camp, while four others are cavorting o'er Evanston, Ill., greenswards with the College All-Stars preparing for the Soldier Field game next Wednesday night against the New York Giants, champions of the pro league. Of the 42 in camp there are a goodly number of veterans assured of their posts, a number of rookies who look like cinches - and in contrast several vets and even more rookies who'll have to start cutting the buck Friday night or have their necks bobbed off in the Packer payroll guillotine. With a few exceptions, the Packer veterans reported at camp early in August in remarkably fine condition. Milt Gantenbein, for instance, reported at 196 pounds, the lightest he has been since first joining the Bays back in the long ago. The veterans who have not been cutting the buck are concerned over their Packer futures and right well they should be. Luckily, the Packer rookies are of such caliber they'll fit right in at the posts where the veteran problem seems to be most acute. Coach Lambeau plans to work all of his men, but, at the same time, won't put such Greyhounds and Peter Astras of the gridiron through such strenuous tests. Instead, he'll be working the youngsters who are battling tooth and nail for second and third string assignments to the limit in an effort to ascertain their full value. It should behoove the kids to really go out there and lug the leather and do some good mopping up in the line if they plan to connect with the payroll on a regular basis. In fairness to the fans Lambeau will work such established stars as Clarke Hinkle, Cecil Isbell, Joe (Family Man) Laws, Arnie (Flash) Herber and others who have been put through the mill and not found wanting part of the time. The rest of the two games the kids will be put through the fire.
AUGUST 25 (Two Rivers) - The unquenchable spirit of Johnny Blood the player still remains 100% with Blood the coach. The Vagabond just won't be downed. As a player, Johnny is through. It was tough to reach the conclusion, but he has. His cleats are up. As a coach, however, Johnny still figuratively reaches for those high, hard. tough ones his unmatched stock in trade for 17 years on the field, and he always will. He's still the Blood you know. Things have happened to his Pittsburgh Pirates that would make most other coaches tear out their hair. He has had players sold or given away. He had had others quit. He had come to camp here with the smallest squad in the league - about 30 men. But where most coaches might mutter and mope at such a state of affairs, the irrepressible Johnny, in his third year as coach, concedes nothing. "Maybe the Giants in the east, and the Bears and the Packers in the west have a little on us," he admits, "but that's all - and that's only a maybe." Blood's losses in the last year have really been disheartening. Whizzer White, after a $15,000 season, decided to stay at Oxford. Jim Farrell and Frank Filchock were sold outright by Owner Rooney. Al Burnett, Bill Karcis, Swede Hansen, Eggs Manske, and Izzy Weinstock, good football players all, were given away or dropped because their contracts called for too much money. Tuffy Thompson was traded for players needed more. Mike Bazrak, one of the best centers in the league, has a job coaching high school ball. If it hasn't been one thing, it has been another and yet Johnny believes he will have a much stronger club this year than last. "A lot of things which have happened to the squad with which we started a year ago," he said, "but after everything I think we have come out of it with a better personnel than before. In the line I know that's true, and you know there isn't any problem a good, hard charging line can't solve. We lost Bazrak, although he may have a change of heart about pro ball, but we gained such boys as Lou Midler of Minnesota, Sam Boyd of Baylor, Don Campbell of Carnegie Tech, John Tosi of Niagara and Bernie Scherer of the Packers, whom we got for Thompson. In the backfield, which will be composed almost entirely of new men, I think we hit the jackpot. That's especially true of left half, where we now have Hugh McCullough of Oklahoma, a kid who had the best passing record in the country last year bar none. He hit on 63%. We also have Ernie Wheeler of North Dakota State, who completed 11 out of 13 passes against Minnesota two years ago; Lou Tomasetti of Bucknell, Jumping Joe Williams of Ohio State and Tex Bartlett of Centre."
DECEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - A large share of his cut from the loser's end of the professional championship Green Bay Packer-New York Giant playoff game here last Sunday was nicked from Ward Cuff's slice Wednesday when he contributed $250 in the settlement of an accident case. Just before the $5,000 damage suit of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Exarhos, 1100 N. Twentieth St., against Cuff, a halfback for the Giants and former Marquette fullback, and the Boynton Cab Co., was to be tried before a jury, Civil Judge T.J. Pruss suggested that the litigants and attorneys settle the case in his chambers. A settlement of $2,500 was finally agreed upon and the jury was dismissed. J.A. Hedding, a former classmate of Cuff at the university, was Ward's attorney. Cuff's check from the football game was $455.57.
DECEMBER 14 (New York) - Shorn of their team title, the New York Giants today salvaged a measure of satisfaction with the announcement that four of their number were
selected for the 1939 NFL first all-star team, chosen by a vote of
the 10 coaches. The Chicago Bears placed three men, the
Washington Redskins two and the Philadelphia Eagles and the
newly crowned Green Bay Packers, one each. Only four players
were repeaters, and for the first time in league history two first
year men - Davey O'Brien of the Eagles and Bill Osmanski of the
Bears - were selected. Mel Hein was chosen for the seventh
consecutive year at center, and other players who repeated their
1938 performance were Don Hutson of Green Bay, Dan Fortmann
and Joe Stydahar of the Bears. Hutson, holder or sharer of every
pass receiving record, received 43 points, the highest individual
vote. Fortmann was second with 37, with Hein and Stydahar tied
for third with 36 each. Two rookies - Ki Aldrich of the Chicago
Cardinals at center and Parker Hall of the Cleveland Rams at 
halfback - won second team berths, and three others chosen for
the second team were first team choices last year. They were Ed
Widseth, New York Giant tackle; Ace Parker, Brooklyn quarterback,
and Lloyd Cardwell, Detroit halfback.
DECEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - Green Bay loudly acclaimed its
Packers, world professional football champions, Thursday night
as only an old hand at such things can. Nearly 1,800 persons, 
including Gov. Julius Heil, attended. The Lions club of Green Bay
was host. It was another gala night in Green Bay's history, the
fifth in a succession of such happy occasions since the Packers
won their first championship 10 years ago. Everybody had a 
bouquet for the team, everybody from the governor down, and the
party lasted well toward midnight. "The Packers deserve the
championship," Curly Lambeau said in discussing the season.
"We probably didn't have the individual stars that some of the other teams did - in fact, after looking over some of the all-star teams that have been picked I wonder whether we had any. Only one of our men placed on the official first team and nobody on the second. I feel sure, though, that as a unit, the Packers would draw the votes of all. These boys were willing to sacrifice for the good of all. They had a great spirit. After the second Bear game in Chicago, they knew that they would have to win or tie every one of their four remaining games, all away from home. They went at their task with a mental determination and a willingness to cooperate with one another that couldn't be denied. The ability of the boys to come back was one of the most pleasing features of the season. They were behind at Cleveland, at Philadelphia and at Detroit in this race down the stretch, but they never flinched. In the clutch they proved themselves champions." Dr. W.W. Kelly spoke briefly about the team and introduced each of the players. He gave credit to Lambeau for what the Packers are. Gov. Heil gave credit to the men who built up the organization. Lee Joannes, president of the Green Bay Football Corp., patted the town on the back and thanked the press and radio for their part in putting the Packers over. There was never such a night for bouquets. The official invitation to appear in the annual college all-star game at Soldier field August 29,1940, a highlight of the evening, was extended by Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune. Members of Green Bay's first championship team, the 1929 team, were introduced, and received ovations, especially the irresistible Johnny Blood and Red Dunn, "the greatest Packer quarterback of all time." A big trophy was presented to the team by Walter Schroeder of Milwaukee. Bernard (Boob) Darling, a former Packer center, was chairman of the committee in charge of arrangements. Lavvie Dilweg, a great Packer end several years ago, was toastmaster. A brief address of welcome was given by Mayor Alex Biemeret. Movies of the victory over New York in the playoff at State Fair park last Sunday topped off the proceedings. Wrist watches were give to each member of the team, the members of the executive board and sportswriters and radio announcers who traveled with the team. The Packers will reassemble in Los Angeles December 26 for their game against the National league all-stars in the Coliseum January 7.
DECEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - Pres. Lee Joannes of the Green Bay Packers this afternoon abruptly squelched rumors that the world's football champions would forsake Green Bay for a larger camp, specifically Milwaukee. The president jeered at the terrible thought and, with a flash of that vigor which his companion in pigskinning, Coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau, uses to affright National league referredom, boomed: "Definitely not - in capital letters." While admitting there have been many rumors to that effect, Joannes asserted the pro club has never considered the matter seriously. He then cast a lifeline to those Green Bay (and northern Wisconsin-Michigan) fans who have been spieling unkind things in resentment the Packers staged the playoff game with New York's Giants in Milwaukee. "We intend never to leave this city as long as we have the support of local fans." he declared. "The Packers are a Green Bay institution and would lose much prestige and thousands of followers by moving. Anyway, a big place, like Milwaukee, probably wouldn't support us the way this town does." He said "moving" was "not dicussed" with a group of Milwaukee men were here last week - after the Bays won their fifth world's title - to secure some ideas on a proposed new stadium in their community. While the possibility Green Bay may play three games next season in Milwaukee instead of the customary two was broached at that time, the president said it would depend upon the schedule and local support.
DECEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Although a week has passed 
since some of the New York writers had to eat crow when the Packers
manhandled their prides, the Giants, the eastern typewriter pounders
have not been allowing any opportunity to knock Green Bay and
Milwaukee escape them. They've smoked up a deal, evidently,
between themselves to rid the National league of the Green Bay
franchise and they'll continue to hammer at the idea every chance they
get. Sporting proposition, what? They can take, can't they? Let's get
down to the bedrock on their complaints and see just where the
trouble lies. First of the Green Bay Packers draw well at home and
will draw better for at least the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions
games as soon as the stadium is enlarged. Secondly the Packers
are one of the best drawing cards in the league on the road. Thirdly,
the eastern writers should worry about getting Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
and Brooklyn on a sound basis, footballically and financially in others.
Why worry about the champions when the also rans have neither
football players nor money? Why worry about the club that has always
paid its bill, travels in big league style and has won more titles than
any other? Why worry about a club that is controlled by business and
professional leaders of a great little city when some of the league
clubs are controlled by gamblers?...MUST ENLARGE STADIUM: The NFL will never have to worry about Green Bay. The Packers, no longer, are just a Green Bay enterprise - they have been appropriated by the entire state and by Upper Michigan as well, Green Bay's population of around 40,000 seems to have the experts worried, but they do not consider that thousands of Milwaukeeans and thousands of fans from every other sector of the state support the Bays at home, in Milwaukee and in Chicago. There has been much talk that Green Bay's franchise will go to Milwaukee. President Lee Joannes denies it emphatically. Other officials deny it. All Green Bay and the Packers corp., has to do to keep the franchise there is to continue to play the game the way the Packers have played it and to enlarge their stadium so that at least 35,000 can be accommodated for the Bears and Lions games there. I understand the seating capacity at City stadium there will be increased by another 3,000 next year. That is fine, but an even greater increase should be made as soon as possible. If Milwaukee does build a sports stadium for baseball and football it should be built so that a crowd of at least 40,000 can be accommodated with the installation of steel bleachers. Then, between Green Bay and Milwaukee the Green Bay franchise will be safe, all Wisconsin and upper Michigan will have been served - and it will be up to the rest of the National league clubs to try and outdistance Curly, Red and Co., on the gridiron instead of with alibis, smoke screens and red herrings.
DECEMBER 20 (New York) - After only five years of professional football, Don Hutson of the champion Green Bay Packers either holds outright or shares every pass receiving record in the books of the National Pro league. The past season the former great Alabama end caught 34 passes for 846 yards and six touchdowns, breaking three more records and leading the league in that department for the third time in five years. His yardage total was a new mark for one season. He raised his lifetime record of 159 catches for 2,890 yards, passing the former records of 135 catches for 2,755 yards set by Johnny Blood in 14 seasons with Milwaukee, Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Officials figures released today show Hutson's wide superiority over all league rivals as an offensive end. His closest rival, Perry Schwartz of Brooklyn, snagged 33 passes for 550 yards. Jim Benton, Cleveland end, caught seven touchdown throws, one more than Hutson, but his total gain was only 388 yards. Other leaders were Vic Spadaccini, Cleveland quarterback, with 32 catches for 292 yards, and Herschel Ramsey, Philadelphia, who caught 31 for 359 yards. Ward Cuff of the New York Giants, who never kicked a field goal in college, led the league in this specialty for the second straight year. He booted seven out of 16 attempted, while Ralph Kercheval of Brooklyn scored on six of 13 tries. Clark Hinkle of Green Bay compiled the worst record, cutting the bars only once in 10 attempts. Kerchval kicked the longest field goal, a 47 yarder. A total of 52 were kicked during the season, breaking the former record of 48.
DECEMBER 26 (Santa Monica, CA) - The decision of the Milwaukee Brewers to operate the Sheboygan club in the Wisconsin State league meets with the warm approval of Richard (Red) Smith, who is enjoying a California vacation with the Green Bay Packers. "Under this arrangement," Smith said, "I will turn my Green Bay franchise over to the Cleveland club and let the Indians operate it. The Green Bay fans want a good team and Cleveland will be able to give them one. With Eau Claire in the Northern league, Madison in the Three-Eye and Sheboygan in the state loop, Pres. Henry J. Bendinger will have the ideal setup for the development of youngsters. Each of the farms is so located that we can keep in close touch with them, which is a big advantage." Ensconsed in the palatial Riviera Country club a few miles from Santa Monica, the Packers are living the life of Riley. It is practice in the morning and golf in the afternoon with perfect weather conditions. With the exception of Buckets Goldenberg and Arnie Herber, all the boys are in camp. They are driving Coach Curly Lambeau's car and are scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Outside of Bill Letlow, the athletes are in good condition. Letlow has water on the knee as the result of a kick and is being treated by Trainer Dave Woodward. The Packer-All-Star game, which will mark the end of a brilliant football season out here, is attracting much attention and the biggest crowd ever to see a pro game in California is expected. Most of Steve Owen's players are in camp and have started daily drills. Lambeau and Smith are looking around for hot tips as they will be on deck when Santa Anita blows the lid off racing Saturday.
DECEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Steve Owen of the New York Giants may get a fine measure of revenge after all for the 27 to 0 beating his club took at the hands of the Green Bay Packers in their championship game here a few weeks back. The portly New York mentor is coaching the National league All-Stars who meet the Packers January 7 in Los Angeles in the Pro Bowl game, only sanctioned professional league tilt of the winter season, and will have the greatest galaxy of stars in the history of the classic to help him measure the Packers. Both clubs are in training on the coast and Howard Purser, former Wisconsin News sports editor and now connected with one of the Los Angeles papers, reports the game will be an exhibition in name only, that both clubs will be gunning in earnest and that the Stars hope to take the game as a means of putting the Packers - and little Green Bay - in their place. And so the Goliaths gang up on little David! But what a job of ganging they're doing and if Curly Lambeau doesn't have his boys back up near that peak they reached against the Giants he'll be coming home with a defeat tagged on the champions...LOADED WITH TNT: Take a gander at that All-Star squad. It's loaded with TNT. For instance, a guy by the name of Parker Hall of the Cleveland rams will be the first string quarterback and will have Wee Davey O'Brien and Frank Filchock of the Washington Redskins as understudies. There, ma friends, is the greatest trio of passing talent ever assembled in one spot and what they can do with a football would make some of P.T. Barnum's old circus following shell game artists look like an Oxbo parlor magician. Reinforcing this trio of bombers is the light tank brigade consisting of such grid misfits as Andy Farkas, league's leading scorer; Johnny Drake of Cleveland, Fred Vanzo, great blocking, running back of the Detroit Lions; Pug Manders of Brooklyn and Ward Cuff of the Giants, who can also boot field goals from hell to tea time. That backfield has everything, running, passing, kicking, blocking. Owen's problem will be to coordinate it in the short time he has at his disposal and get it working in conjunction with a line of behemoths that also only needs coordinate to be able to meet everything and anything the Bays have to offer...WON'T MISS CHANCE: Mel Hein, aging veteran of the Giants, and Ki Aldrich of the Cards will be at center with the chance that Ki will be doing most of the work. The guards will be augmented by Bruiser Kinard of Brooklyn, a tackle who has been shifted to that spot for the game. Other pivot flankers are George Musso of the Bears, Byron Gentry of the Pirates and Iron-Ore Tuttle of the Giants, Joe Stydahar of the Bears, Turk Edwards of the Redskins, Tony Blazine of the Cards and ray George and Jack Johnson of the Lions are the "only" tackles Steve has at his disposal. The flankers are a sprightly crew with Perry Schwartz of the Dodgers, the Cardinals' Bill Smith, Lanky Jim Benton of the Rams and Joe Carter, ace of the Philadelphia Eagles, rounding out the line. With that crew of revenge thirsting pirates, and with the Bays sure to be below form following the round of championship celebrations, there is a very good chance that Steve will have a chance to rub it in. And don't think he'll miss the chance if it is presented. If at all possible he'll try and beat the 27 to 0 score, so it behooves our Packers and Mister Curly Lambeau and his honor, Richard Van Antwerpt Smith-Smythe, to be on their toes and to start smacking 'em in the first quarter like they did at State Fair park...THE PLAYER AWARD: Members of the Professional Football Writers' Association have  been asked to vote on the league's most valuable player award. The winner will be awarded the Joe F. Carr memorial trophy. Carr, former president of the NFL, died last May. It is hardly likely that he'll get it, but if Don Hutson of the Packers isn't honored then the honor will be an empty, political thing for the man who does. Most valuable player? It's Hutson in a walk. Don is the only player in the league who can take two - sometimes three - defensive men out of a play just going for a stroll. He's the only one in the league who can catch passes with an enemy riding piggy-back and another combing his hair. He's the menace and nightmare of every opposing coach. He caught six touchdown passes and set up goodness knows how many more; he decoyed rivals out to make other plays look simple. Rival coaches and players say stop Hutson and you stop the Packers. The answer is the Packers won the title and Hutson wasn't stopped - for any length of time. However, a preponderance of votes from the large eastern papers and the inability of many of these experts to see beyond the Alleghenies makes it a good bet that Don will be overlooked in the balloting.
DECEMBER 31 (Los Angeles) - Professional football will take over the gridiron front next week when the Green Bay Packers and the all-America all-stars of the National league play their annual pro bowl game at Gilmore stadium. Sanctioned as the only post-season affair for National league players, the game will pit the league champions against a picked squad from the other clubs in the league, coached by Steve Owen of the New York Giants. The all-star outfit heard encouraging news Saturday when it was announced that Davey O'Brien was en route to join Owen's stars. The former Texas Christian sensation who starred for Philadelphia this season was a doubtful starter. Playing on the same team will be his former college lineman pal, Ki Aldrich. Owen has three of the best passers in pro football in O'Brien, Parker Hall and Frank Filchock, together with Andy Farkas, the high scorer of the National league. A capacity throng of 18,500 is expected.
The 1939 Green Bay Packers - 10-1-1 (1st-Western Division)
Head Coach: Curly Lambeau