Green Bay Packers (3-1) 27, Chicago Cardinals (1-3) 20
Sunday October 8th 1939 (at Milwaukee)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Green Bay Packers struck three times in as many periods against the Chicago Cardinals at State Fair park here Sunday afternoon, and then fought off a withering last quarter rally to emerge with a 27 to 20 NFL triumph. The game was played before 18,965 - the largest crowd ever to see the Packers play here. Neither team displayed any great aptitude in the matter of breaking up the enemy aerial attack, and with one exception statistically, the contest was entirely of an offensive nature. The exception was provided by the Packer line, which granted the Cardinals but a measly 36 yards from scrimmage and had the Chicago running attack bottled up from the start to finish. The Packer pass defense failed to function effectively, allowing 14 completions in 28 tosses, but on the other hand the Green Bay aerialists punched through for eight successful throws in 18 attempts, with Cecil Isbell completing five of his seven passes. The Cardinals appeared definitely out of the scene as the fourth quarter opened with Green Bay in possession of a 21 to 0 lead, attained on touchdowns by Don Hutson, Clarke Hinkle and Andy Uram, to which Hinkle added two extra points and Tiny Engebretsen one. But the Chicagoans roared back into the game with an flaming rally, started on the first play of the last period, and at tone time drove ahead until the score was 21 to 14 in favor of Green Bay. Then the Packers struck back for a touchdown, the Cardinals added a final score, and the game ended with the ball in Green Bay's possession.
MISS THREE FIELD GOALS
The Packers missed three field goals, two by Hinkle and one by Engebretsen, all in the first half, but each was a long attempt. The first Packer score provided a sensation, and proved that when goal line passes click, there's nothing like 'em. Frank Patrick's 70-yard punt set the Packers on their own 5-yard line, and Tuffy Thompson nosed in tackle for three yards to set up the play. Arnold Herber skipped back to the goal line and lobbed a forward pass over the right side of the wall to Hutson, who reached out and snatched the ball on the Packer 24-yard line and was off on a race to the distant goal. Patrick and Rock Reed ran over to cut him off, but he twisted past the former and outran Reed, fastest man on the Cardinal squad, like a speedboat pulling away from a tug. Engebretsen's extra point made the score 7 to 0.
MARCH 50 YARDS
The Packers marched 50 yards early in the second period to score their next touchdown, getting into position when Joe Laws, who had another of many hot days, hooked off George Faust's punt while traveling toward his own goal line, and reversed his field for a 25-yard return. Line pokes by Isbell, Laws and Hinkle, a 5-yard penalty, and a 15-yard gain on an Isbell to Laws forward pass offset a 15-yard holding penalty on Green Bay, and brought the ball to the Cardinal 30-yard stripe. Another Isbell-Laws pass, and a 13-yard gain by Isbell when he ran on an attempted toss, made it first down for the Packers on the Cardinal 5-yard line. Laws picked up four yards of the distance and Hinkle rode it over, thereafter adding the extra point for a 14 to 0 lead.
STAGE SPECTACULAR PLAY
The half ended with the Packers leading by that score, and so it stayed until midway in the third period, when Green Bay turned loos the play of the game. The Packers had just stopped a great Cardinal drive upon the Green Bay goal, taking the ball on downs on the 5-yard line. Uram then broke around end, was shaken past the line by Hinkle's block, followed by Larry Craig as that individual carved a path through the Cardinal secondary, and was off to a 95-yard gallop to the enemy goal. Reed and Marshall Goldberg chased him in from the 50-yard line, and Reed made a diving tackle at the goal line, but Uram pounded across with plenty of steam to spare. When Hinkle kicked the extra point, the score was 21 to 0.
MAKE THINGS TOUGH
From then on, the Cardinals made things tough. They scored on the first play of the fourth period, a gigantic 61-yard gain on a forward pass from Jack Robbins to Bill Smith, and they counted again a few plays later, when Isbell's fumble was recovered by Zelencik on the Packer 25. On the latter play it was another Robbins to Smith pass which did the work, the receiver crossing the goal line standing up to complete an 18-yard gain. Smith kicked the extra point, as he had done before the previous touchdown, and the score was 21 to 14. Immediately the Packers bit back, Hutson starting the work by intercepting Robbins' forward pass on the Cardinal 30-yard line4 and steaming back 24 yards into Chicago country until Robbins himself bumped hin out of bounds on the 6-yard line.
THROWS SHORT PASS
Three plays later Herber eased a short pass over the battling lines to Hutson, and there was a final touchdown. Hinkle missed the extra point on that one, the score being 27 to 14. Again the Cardinals drove back, Robbins intercepting a Packer pass which never should have been thrown, and Goldberg taking another from Patrick over the goal line, the ball being on the 10-yard stripe. Smith missed the extra point, and from then on the Packers froze onto the ball.
CHI CARDS -  0  0  0 20 - 20
GREEN BAY -  7  7  7  6 - 27
1st - GB - Don Hutson, 92-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Tiny Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 1-yard run (Hinkle kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
3rd - GB - Andy Uram, 95-yard run (Hinkle kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
4th - CHI - Bill Smith, 60-yard pass from Frank Patrick (Bill Smith kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
4th - CHI - Smith, 18-yard pass from Jack Robbins (Smith kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
4th - GB - Hutson, 2-yard pass from Herber (Hinkle kick failed) GREEN BAY 27-14
4th - CHI - Marshall Goldberg, 6-yard pass from Frank Patrick (Smith kick failed) GREEN BAY 27-20
NEWS AND NOTES
KENOSHA HOLDS GUNNERS - BUT NOT LONG ENOUGH
OCT 8 (Kenosha) - An improved Kenosha Cardinal team lost to the St. Louis Gunners in an American Pro Football league game here Sunday, 14 to 0. A crowd of
3,800 saw the game. Two minutes before the half ended
Tommy Thompson, former Tulsa university star, flipped
a short pass to Peterson, West Virginia Wesleyan end,
for a touchdown. Peterson converted. With four minutes
of the last quarter left, Mike Sebastian, former Pitt
halfback, plunged over for the second touchdown. Elder
 converted. Vince Gavre, 1938 University of Wisconsin quarterback, made his pro bow with the Cardinals and gave a smart performance. Obbie Novakoski, ex-
Lawrence ace, was an offensive mainstay.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - There were two things which the
man in the stands didn't like about the Packers
yesterday as they drove their way to a National league
victory over the Chicago Cardinals at State Fair park.
He noted the team's apparent weakness on pass
defense and he disapproved of the habit - which lost the
previous game to Cleveland - of relying on the forward
passes in dangerous territory when it was ahead. The
Packers themselves realize the justice of the first
criticism, but they seem to feel that about all they can
do about it is do their best, and hope that the passes
won't be too accurate. One Packer who has been
around the football wars more than a few years leaned
over our chair en route home and said, "How are you
going to stop them? If a pass play is executed perfectly,
I don't care if I'm covering my man or not, he's going to
make yardage on it. You can send down a fellow who
never played football before, and if the pass is thrown
right where it is supposed to be, I won't be able to stop
him." Next to an interception, the best form of pass
defense appears to be rushing the passer. It is very
difficult, he pointed out, to start a toss successfully on
its way when you are resting upon the seat of your
pants. When the Packers, resting with a safe lead of
two or more touchdowns, start throwing that ball they
make the fans more than a little jittery, and this attitude
was very apparently in the stands yesterday. You will
remember that against Cleveland the Packers threw
three passes from within their 10-yard line, all of them
being intercepted and all resulting in touchdowns. One of the Cardinal touchdowns yesterday came the same way. Leading 27 to 14 with the fourth period half gone, the Packers started throwing that thing, and the alert Mr. Jack Robbins hoisted himself into the air to accept one of the passes, gratefully. Five plays later the Cardinals scored, and the Chicago team was right back in the ball game. The crowd's attitude was quite clear near the end of the contest, when with less than a minute to play, and nursing a 7-point lead, the Packers took the ball. The fans yelled, "Pass! Why not pass?" in elaborate sarcasm, but the Packers didn't, and pretty soon their third National league victory was wrapped up for delivery...Four Packers moved higher on the Green Bay all-time scoring list as a result of yesterday's 27-point spree. Clarke Hinkle, who is driving toward a new Packer individual scoring record, counted eight more points on a touchdown and two extra points. The touchdown was his 32nd as a Packer, and the points were No. 24 and 25, raising his total to 256, 45 less than that of Verne Lewellen, the all-time leader. Don Hutson scored his 34th and 35th Green Bay touchdowns. He has 215 points and is is fourth place, nine points behind Johnny Blood. Tiny Engebretsent's extra point was the 28th he has booted for Green Bay, and made his big total 55, three less than that of Joseph (Red) Dunn, 1927-31. Enegbretsen is in 19th place, and about due for 18th. Andy Uram's Packer touchdown was his third, and gave him an 18-point total.
BEWILDERED NEVERS FINDING PRO COACHING TOUGH RACKET
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - One of the greatest football players ever to step on a gridiron stepped out of a shower in the Schroeder hotel here Sunday afternoon and as he dried himself said: "The Green Bay Packers are the best team we have met this year." The speaker wasn't given to talking freely, He was choosing his words carefully, probably thinking more of the team that lost the game than the Packer outfit he saw win, for he was Ernie Nevers, coach of the Chicago Cardinals, and the Cardinals had just lost to the Packers out at State Fair park by 27 to 20. Ernie made his statement about the Packers - maybe because he really thought so and quite possibly because he thought it was good policy - and then went on to blame his defeat on mental and physical lapses by his team. Directing his talk at Phil Handler, the Cards' line coach who silently sat over near the door, Ernie discounted practically all the Green Bay scoring on the grounds of a general letdown in the Cardinal front. Phil was in agreement. It may be that Bernie Bierman, Lynn Waldorf, Henry Stuhldreher and the others losing coaches of the fall sport feel the same way. But it is pretty hard for the winning side to swallow the idea that the only reason for the score was that the other fellows let it happen that way. In a high geared offensive outfit like Coach Curly Lambeau's Packers, it seems more reasonable to believe that when the machinery clicks, production results...LOSES BOTH TIMES: Nevers has played the Packers twice, and both times he has lost. Besides dropping the decisions, he had lost much of the early enthusiasm that marked his appearance in Green Bay last month. Ernie know the pro league and its ways. He was tutored in the circuit as a player, and he knows the woes of a coach. Nevertheless, he appeared to be as bewildered as a novice quarterback. Ernie still feels that he has a good football team, maybe a great one, but it's all in the making. He has the stuff that gets touchdowns, but he doesn't win both game and to say that it is beginning to bother him is putting it mildly. The little that Ernie had to say after became obvious that he will nuanced the idea that he should have beaten the Packers. He wouldn't be a coach if he didn't' Players' names were tossed about and weighed as the Schroeder's room 816 became sort of a football laboratory for about 10 minutes. Where he had just about matched the teams to the extent that a listener wondered why Ernie had first asserted, "The Green Bay Packers are the best team we have met this year," he explained that statement...HAVE HUTSON, HINKLE: "The Packers have Hutson and Hinkle," Nevers said. "They are the difference between the Packers and our ball club - or any of them." It wasn't that Ernie was discounting the play of anyone else on the Packer team. But when names are mentioned, he always had someone on his own team he would just as soon have in the same spot. That is, outside of Hinkle and Hutson. Handler was disappointed in the play of his line. He liked the play of Ki Aldrich at center, Tony Blazine, Andy Sabados and Ross Carter. The latter he singled out as his choice for the best guard in the league. Referring to this column's citation of Green Bay's Russ Letlow as voiced by Cleveland players and officials a week ago, Phil said, "I'll still take Carter."...FIGURES IN BATTLE: Carter, incidentally, figured in some of the fisticuffs that marked the contest. He and Packer tackle Charlie Schultz were ordered to leave the game in the third quarter. The tempest broke when Harry Jacunski was returning a Cardinal kickoff. Tackled, he tried to push forward for a couple of more yards. Carter jumped on him. Schultz pulled him off. Carter swung. Schultz swung. Referee Bobby Cahn waved them out. But nobody was hurt. In the final period when the business of playing was almost at an end, Clarke Hinkle was ejected along with Al Barbartsky, the former Fordham Block of Granite now doing duty with the Cards. Frank Patrick picked up a first down for the Cardinals and to protect himself after being tackled started kicking at the next man coming in. It proved to be Hinkle. Hinkle objected. Barbartsky entered the fray with Patrick's interests in mind. Result: Both Mr. Hinkle and Mr. Barbartsky were directed their respective benches. As in the Schultz-Carter fracas, little was injured except the feelings of the men involved. Later, Barbartsky made it clear that he had no personal feelings about Hinkle in the matter. But for awhile it looked as if they would have to call Junius (The Just) Heil out of the stands to settle the differences. The governor was taking a football holiday, but what he was seeing out there on the field probably reminded him of the strikes he has been trying to settle ever since taking office...RANKING STATE OFFICIAL: While Heil was the ranking state official in the stands, biggest man on hand (and probably better fitted to settle the physical misunderstandings of football players) was Jess Willard, the former heavyweight champions who is now refereeing wrestling matches in Milwaukee. Jess isn't sure whether boxing is any tougher than football the way it was played Sunday. Out there on the field, however, it was little Bobby Cahn who had to arbitrate or expel, and he was just as weary as any of the football players when he dragged himself after the game. "It's getting to be too much of a job," Bobby said. "A fellow has to be a boxing referee as well as a football official to handle a situation like this one." Bobby did keep things pretty well under control. The players knew that he wouldn't stand for anything that wasn't - shall we say cricket? - and while sporadic outbursts, like the couple mentioned here, did have a spectacular tinge, they weren't serious. Coach Lambeau won't have his players howling. Many of the other league coaches feel the same way about it. Cahn was hurt in the game. A leg injury which dates back to a Packer-Bear game of 1937 was aggravated and probably kept him in bed today. As for the rest of the officials, injured or well, they had some bad moments. Lapses on little things like offsides should not be as frequent as they were Sunday. Some of the officials apparently use their jobs for little more than an excuse to get in the ball park. Zud Schammel, former Packer guard who now works for a Milwaukee drug firm, likes the Packer chances for a title this year, but does not like to see them get scored on so often. He voiced a question in the minds of many when he expressed some wonder at why the Packers were scored on after starting in such a commanding style. There is another side to that. Charlie Bidwell, owner of the Cards, was not at all surprised to see those Chicago scores. His problem, as he states it, is the fact that the Cards always spot another team one or two touchdowns before they get into paydirt themselves. Looking over the figures will reveal a lot of things to askers of questions on both sides. Bidwell, for instance, gloried in the backfield that always scored, but too late. The backfield made only 36 yards through the much maligned Packer line. That should settle the arguments about Packer line strength for the year. Coach Lambeau and the man who shares the burdens, Red Smith, have insisted from the start that "it was there." And so it was. Lot of other things were there. Packer blocking. Rookies like Larry Craig working as hard as any Packer ever did. Andy Uram showing the folks that he had a lot more than college reputation. Herber, Isbell, Hinkle, Hutson, Ray and Bud Svendsen making an art of football. Goldenberg and Jankowski giving the Milwaukee folks something to be proud of. Lee who continues to bid for honors at tackle. If there was one weakness that the fifth quarter quarterbacks made noise about, it was in the department of pass defense. However, that too may be there. And if it is, it's going to leave the second guessers with a shortage of mud to throw.
PACKERS TO BATTLE ST. LOUIS ON SUNDAY
OCT 14 (Green Bay) - Off for the south, facing an exhibition gridiron skirmish with the St. Louis Gunners, today went the Green Bay Packers. They'll be back Monday night, ready to settle down for five intensive days of practice prior to the invasion of the Detroit Lions Sunday, Oct. 22. The Packers left on the Milwaukee Road train at 7 o'clock this morning, and they will return on the same line at 10:10 Monday evening. At Chicago this noon, six members of their party defected to the east, heading for Detroit to scout the Cleveland-Lions game there tomorrow...OFF FOR 
DETROIT: Watching the Rams batter against the Lion
ramparts will be Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith;
Captain Milton Gantenbein, end; tackle Bill Lee; Cecil
Isbell, haflback; fullback Clarke Hinkle and center Earl
(Bud) Svendsen. These men have been excused from
action at St. Louis, and will watch every move of the
Lions at Detroit. Hinkle and Isbell will watch the backs,
Svendsen, Gantenbein and Lee the linemen, and Smith
will chart the plays, giving the Packers a great setup 
upon which to work next week. The rest of the Packers
will appear at Sportsmen's park in St. Louis against the
Gunners, and they are expecting a strenuous afternoon.
Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau is accompanying the 
squad all the way to the Missouri metropolis...USES 
FIRST YEAR MEN: He plans to use his first year men
every minute he can, getting his first good line of the
season on some of them. There will be no letdown on 
the part of the Packers, because several of the men are
working to hand onto their jobs. Because of the rigorous opening schedule this season, Lambeau has had little chance to test some of his recruits under fire, and all of them will be used, and extensively against the Gunners. The game will be broadcast over radio stations WTAQ, Green Bay, and WTMJ, Milwaukee, with Russ Winnie doing the broadcasting.
CARDS BATTLE BEARS IN LEAGUE GAME; LIONS BUSY
OCT 14 (Chicago) - Another baseball World Series has been written into the records, with the New York Yankee powerhouse retaining their lease, at least for another year, on the world's championship. Thus, major league competition necessarily will be provided by the NFL for the balance of the year. Four games, which will bring the three undefeated teams - the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, and the New York Giants - into action, will occupy the attention of post-graduate football followers tomorrow. The Lions will meet the Cleveland Rams at Detroit; Pittsburgh invades Washington, and the Giants will open their home season at the Polo grounds, with the Philadelphia Eagles providing the opposition, in three of these games. The fourth game will pit the Bears and the Cardinals together in the 37th game of their civic series at Wrigley field, Chicago...O'BRIEN WILL PLAY: The Giant-Eagle game will introduce the sensational Davey O'Brien to the Polo grounds. Philadelphia rates an excellent chance to upset the Giants, who had their troubles defeating Pittsburgh, 14 to 7, last week. The Giants triumphed, 13 to 3, in a previous meeting, but, since then, Philadelphia has improved and the Giants have lost several key men to injuries. The Redskins, finding themselves after their scoreless tie with Giants, ran up 41 points on Brooklyn last week in a tremendous display of scoring strength, made all the more remarkable because of the absence of Slingin' Sammy Baugh on account of injuries. The Redskins are favored over the Pirates, but they may find Pittsburgh more difficult than its record indicates. The Pirates, making their debut under Coach Walter Kiesling, revealed surprising improvement against New York...STARRED FOR DETROIT: In the Western division, interest will center on the Lion-Ram game at Detroit, where Cleveland will strive to make the season a success for its young coach, Earl (Dutch) Clark, by dealing the Lions their first defeat. Clark starred for Detroit and coached the team two seasons before he took command at Cleveland. A Lion defeat and Bear victory would drop Detroit from the lead. Cleveland, with a victory over Green Bay, and sufficient offense to score 21 points against the Chicago Bears steamroller, has a splendid opportunity to confound the experts, provided its passing attack, built around the sensational Parker Hall of Mississippi, functions up to part. This is apt to be a free-scoring contest, inasmuch as Detroit also has fashioned a productive offense, fashioned around Bill Shepherd's plunging and Johnny Pingel's running and passing. The Cardinal-Bear series always is productive of spirited action. Last year, the Cards lost both games, the first, 16 to 13, and the second, 34 to 28, which is a tipoff on the caliber of competition this series generates. The Redbirds, under Ernie Nevers, gradually have gathered momentum and they now are recognized as a force to be reckoned with by all of their rivals. Their three-touchdown rally against the Packers last week indicated that they are more than a match for anything but the Bears' best efforts. Thus, a letdown, after their superb performance against Cleveland may prove disastrous to the Bears in this engagement.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 14 (Green Bay) - The breaks of the NFL schedule this season scarcely can be regarded as favoring the Detroit Lions, already will be hailed as pretender to the Western throne occupied by the Green Bay Packers. In fact, if the Lions skip past the four consecutive weekends starting Sunday, Oct. 22, without losing their pants, they'll deserve the Western division championship, and more than that, they probably will get it, too. Most people who do not think the Packers will repeat for their championship regard the Chicago Bears as the greatest threat to succeed Green Bay. There is a belief going about, and it is growing steadily, that the Bears have assembled one of the greatest teams ever to participate in the National league. It is a team, furthermore, which is likely to be even stronger, tougher and more dangerous in 1940. Strong as the Bears are, and powerful as the Packers may be - we don't know yet for certain - one still cannot overlook the threat heading on the Eastern horizon - the threat which is the Detroit football team. Working under a new coach, undefeated in three starts to date, and probable winner over Cleveland tomorrow, the Lions will roar into Green Bay in little more than a week, prepared for a terrific battle in defense of their divisional lead. And a terrific battle it will have to be. Starting with Sunday, Oct. 22, the Lions face consecutively the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears, the New York Giants and the Bears again - four sweet headache tablets for any coach to absorb. There is no mentor in the circuit who would regard those four games, coming right together with only a 6-day interval between each, as anything but a major problem of the century. Germany's drive against the Maginot line would present, in the mind of a gridiron coach, no more offensive problems as those stirred up by meeting the Packers, Giants and the Bears twice. This unlucky break in the schedule may be the stumbling block upon which the Lions will tumble. If by chance circumstances and good hard work they slide through the four games with nothing worse than a tie in one of them, look out - the Lions' roar will echo throughout the West. The Packers are fortunate in having a two week's layoff from league competition following their first four games, but they are unlucky in being the first of the four powerful teams the Lions must meet. Detroit must be stepped up for a colossal showing right now. The Lions know they must win all four of these games, and they are preparing to dump everything they have against the first of the potent quartets - the Packers. Things will be softer for the Giants and Bears, because the Lions very probably will be softened up in their opening contests of the series. You can't ride through consecutive weekends against competition like the Packers, Giants and Bears without acquiring injured halfbacks, lame tackles, and a sobering down of that flaming competitive spirit. Which is why the Bears look like a bet to finish higher than the Lions at this writing.
PACKERS TO MAKE FIRST APPEARANCE HERE SINCE 1933
OCT 14 (St. Louis) - The curtain unfolds on professional football in St. Louis tomorrow afternoon with the formidable Green Bay Packers displaying their razzle-dazzle fireworks against Choppy Rhodes' new model of St. Louis Gunners in an exhibition contest. The game is at Walsh Stadium with a 2:30 kickoff. Many of the nation's better known collegiate and pro players of the past few seasons will be among the fifty or more athletes in uniform. The Packers, perennial pro champions, are focusing attention on such stars as Arnie Herber, Don Hutson, Paul Kell, Pete Tinsley, Cecil Isbell, Charlie Brock, Andy Uram and other assorted 200 pounders of All-American reputation. The Gunners in turn are not overshadowed. Choppy Rhodes is offering his own football greats in Joe Beinor of Notre Dame, Denny Cochran of the Billikens, Tommy Thompson of Tulsa, Jack Kinnison and Les Pieper of Mizzou, Mike Sebastian of Pitt, Nelson Peterson of West Virginia Wesleyan, and others of equal fame. Although tomorrow's game is the opener of the local schedule of eight home games for the Gunners, it is the first appearance of the Packers on a local field since 1933.
LOCAL PRO SEASON ARRIVES
OCT 14 (St. Louis) - Professional football, making several attempts to crash the major circuit in St. Louis during the past decade, will come out for another airing tomorrow when the Gunners, of the American League, oppose the Green Bay Packers, of the National League, at Walsh Memorial Stadium in an exhibition game. Pro football has had its ups and downs in the home neighborhood. The game seemed to be on the right road during the coaching regimes of "Chile" Walsh and Gwinn Henry. Something snapped behind the scenes, however, and a valuable franchise all but faded out. J.W. (Bud) Yates has been the untiring promoter in an attempt to establish the pros on a sound basis here. He has come up with a new backer almost annually. His current financial sponsor is A.W. Jaudes. The Gunners have toured their own circuit for four games this season, and will now present themselves in person against the nationally-known Packers from Wisconsin. The Packers rate in their own field, They have won more championships than any other team in the professional league. It is an organization that is controlled by Green Bay's leading citizens. The Packers are always represented by top football talent. They have Charley Brock, all-America center from Nebraska last year, on the 1939 squad. Yet, Brock is the No. 3 center on Coach Curly Lambeau's team. That gives you a fair idea of the quality of the players on the Green Bay roster. The 1939 edition of the Gunners is one of the best assembled in St. Louis in some time. Denny Cochran, St. Louis U.; Tommy Thompson, Tulsa; Jack Dodd, Nebraska; Nelson Peterson, West Virginia Wesleyan; Jack Kinnison, Missouri, and Joe Beinor, Notre Dame, are among the players in this year's personnel.
PACKERS BATTLE GUNNERS SUNDAY
OCT 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay Packers, contenders for the NFL pennant, invade St. Louis Sunday for a game that Coach E.L. Lambeau hopes will prep his boys for the contest with the Detroit Lions which follows. With Detroit pacing the league's western division on a record of three victories and no defeats, and the Packers and the Chicago Bears hot on the Lions' heels with a like number of wins, but one loss each, the race has resolved itself into a tight affair where no quarter may be given. Thus, Coach Lambeau welcomed the idea of a practice game at St. Louis, coming on an idle Sunday. He feels that the contest against the Gunners will prove valuable in correcting Packer faults, as well as giving many rookies a plying chance they have missed in the tough league games. Out of the St. Louis game probably will come the lineup that Coach Lambeau will send against Detroit here in the last home game October 22. Certain to see considerable action is Jimmy Lawrence, league veteran who was recently acquired from Washington after spending three full years with the Chicago Cardinals. Lawrence, a former Texas Christian halfback, is being groomed in practice for a spot left vacant by the retirement of Bobby Monnett. Monnett was one of Lambeau's most dependable left halfbacks. His absence this season has left almost too great a burden on the shoulders of Cecil Isbell. If the rugged Lawrence can fill the bill he is sure to be in the thick of it against the Lions.
PASSING DUEL LIKELY WHEN GUNNERS BATTLE PACKER ELEVEN TODAY
OCT 15 (St. Louis) - Green Bay's Packers, many times champions of pro football, will be on exhibition at Walsh Stadium this afternoon, when they tangle with the Gunners in opening the local professional season. Kickoff off at 2:30 o'clock. Coached by Curly Lambeau, one of the organizers of the Packers and their coach for the past 21 years, nine of which were served as an active player, the visitors will present many of the outstanding stars of the National league. Such college stars as Don Hutson of Alabama; Arnie Herber of Regis; Andy Uram of Minnesota; Paul Kell of Notre Dame; Charlie Brock of Nebraska; Clarke Hinkle of Bucknell; Charles Goldenberg of Wisconsin and Hank Bruder of Northwestern are on the Green Bay roster. However, the Gunners are not to be overshadowed in this respect as Choppy Rhodes has gone far and wide in gathering his share of the varsity aces for the St. Louis club. Rhodes will trot out such college stylists as Tommy Thompson, the Tulsa U. ace, whose passing accuracy yielded his school a couple of Missouri Valley titles; Denny Cochran, moving up from the Billikens into faster company; Les Pieper, the big Missouri end; Joe Beinor, Notre Dame's great tackle; Keith Elder, who ran off with all the laurels in the Kansas State Conference, and Bob Scudder, all Rocky Mountain Conference center. After a series of road engagements in which they defeated Columbus, Dayton and Kenosha in their own league, and lost to Cincinnati, the Gunners are making their home bow with a goal line that is still uncrossed. According to the coaches, today's contest will be an exhibition of wide open football. The Packers make no secret of their plans to pass from anywhere and at any time. They have what is generally conceded to be the best pass combination in the game in Herber and Hutson and Lambeau keeps them in constant action. Whatever mode of attack the Gunners have used in the past will be thrown overboard in an effort to gain a national reputation by defeating Green Bay. With Tommy Thompson in the game the St. Louisans are set to throw the football all over Walsh Stadium. While Coach Rhodes is opening with a heavy, veteran combination to offset some of the weight and experience of the Packers, he is expected to have such offensive stars are Cochran, Sebastian, Ellstrom, Peiper and Gainor in the fray as quickly as he deems advisable.
LAWRENCE COMES TO PACKERS BY VERY ROUNDABOUT COURSE
OCT 12 (Green Bay) - It may be that nobody ever told Jimmy Lawrence that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. More likely it's because he couldn't help it. At any rate, the newest Packer halfback came to Green Bay from the south of Texas by a route that no crow could fly. This year Jimmy returned to the Chicago Cardinals with whom he had played three full previous seasons. Shortly after the Cards' first game against the Packers here, Lawrence was traded to the Washington Redskins for Hal Bradley, an end from Elon College. Bradley, incidentally, started with the Cards against the Packers at Milwaukee last Sunday...ACQUIRED FROM REDSKINS: Jimmy's roundabout trip to Green Bay came to an end early last week when Coach Curly Lambeau acquired him from the Redskins whose cup was running over with tailbacks. No such bumper crop was evident here, where Bobby Monnett has been missed plenty. So, Lawrence steps in at a time when he can do himself as well as the Packers some good. It's pretty much up to him. More than pleased with being on a ball club that is up in the standings after three cellar years with the hapless Cardinals, Jimmy probably will produce. His attitude is right. His background is right. And with a well distributed 190 pounds on a 5-foot, 10-inch frame, in sound condition, he is physically right. Lawrence has moved into the Hotel Northland with a suite full of other Packers. In his new abode, through puffs of smoke from a pipe that has seen younger if not better days, he related some of the athletic events in his life that preceded the Green Bay jaunt...NATIVE OF TEXAS: His hometown is Harlingen, Texas, and at high school there he played both football and basketball. In a state the size of Texas, coming up to Fort Worth to enroll at Texas Christian university was moving north for Jimmy. He was attracted to TCU by the coaching of Francis Schmidt. After his sophomore year, however, Schmidt left for Ohio State, and Jimmy played his last two seasons under Dutch Meyer. Lawrence made three football letters as a halfback and three baseball letters as a catcher at the university. He was a freshman when Lon Evans, great Packers guard, was a senior. For three years he was a teammate of center Darrell Lester, and for two years he was in the backfield with Sammy Baugh. After a brilliant college career, he received all-America mention in 1935, and played with the College All-Stars against the Detroit Lions in Chicago in 1936. The game ended in a 7 to 7 tie. He was picked up by the Cardinals in the draft, and for three years was one of the mainstays of Coach Milan Creighton...PLAYED RIGHT HALF: Last season saw him, usually in the starting lineup, at right halfback. Through high school and college he played the tailback, or left half. It is at the latter position that Coach Lambeau hopes to utilize the former Horned Frog. Filling the shoes of the diminutive Monnett is no simple job. But you can bet that Lawrence is going to give it a man-sized try. Jimmy says in condition year around, playing baseball in the summer months. For the last two seasons he has caught and managed the Tiffin team of the Ohio state league, a Toledo-Detroit property. Having to report for football 15 days before the baseball season closed, he left the club in second place, only to sigh from a distance as it fell to fifth. In his first year out of college, Lawrence was sent to Lake Charles of the Evangeline (Louisiana) league by Forth Worth. When he finds time between the baseball and football seasons, this active young man, who turned 25 last March 15, runs his own grapefruit and orange farm near Harlingen. He took a physical education course at TCU and someday may turn to coaching. Meanwhile, after three years with a professional team that was winning about two games per year, he'd like to spend some time contributing services where ball games are won. This may be his spot.
NOVAKOFSKI TURNS DOWN CONTRACT WITH CHICAGO
OCT 12 (Kenosha) - A contact offer from the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL has been rejected by Obbie Novakofski, halfback for the Kenosha Cooper Cardinals of the American pro league, it was announced today. Novakofski has been watched by scouts in both the Coopers' games this season. Novakofski was co-captain of the Lawrence college football team last year. He had a tryout with the Green Bay Packers this fall.
​PACKERS DRILL FOR GUNNERS, EYE LIONS
OCT 12 (Green Bay) - Drilling for an exhibition game, but much more concerned about their next league opponent, the Green Bay Packers continued practice today for their Sunday engagement with the St. Louis Gunners at St. Louis. Tremendous enthusiasm is being stirred up throughout the St. Louis area, where the newspapers are giving the game the plug of the season, and the Gunner management anticipates its largest crowd...LEAVE ON SATURDAY: The Packers will leave Green Bay on the Milwaukee Road train at 7 o'clock Saturday morning, arriving at St. Louis at 5 o'clock that night. The team is in good shape, and Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau will take no chances of bumping into an upset. The game will start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and will be broadcast over both stations WTAQ, Green Bay, and WTMJ, Milwaukee, with Russ Winnie at the mike. A portion of the squad will be missing. While Lambeau leads his men against the Gunners, Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith will escort five or six others to Detroit, where they personally will scout the Lions in their engagement with the Cleveland Rams...USES NEW MATERIAL: Lambeau plans to use his new material as extensively as possible against St. Louis, giving many of his first year men their first real test under fire. The Gunners are outranked in the American Football league only by the Cincinnati Bengals, and are well capable of providing the Packers with a strenuous afternoon. It has been impossible to keep the Packers from looking past the St. Louis collision to their important date with the undefeated Detroit Lions at City stadium Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22. Most of the Packers feel that the game, and their return match with the Chicago Bears at Chicago Nov. 5. will go a long way towards determining the Western division championship for 1938.
2 PACKERS, 3 CARDS FINED FOR ROW HERE
OCT 12 (Dayton, OH) - Carl Storck, president of the National Professional Football league, today announced he had fined five players of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals teams for unsportsmanlike conduct and for conduct against the best interest of the sport in last Sunday's game at Milwaukee. A fine of $25 each was assessed Clarke Hinkle and Charles Schultz of Green Bay, and Al Barbarsky, Ross Carter and Milton Popovich of the Cardinals.
BAY RESERVES TO GET TRIAL AT ST. LOUIS
OCT 12 (Green Bay) - Confident the Green Bay Packers will outshell the St. Louis Gunners on the latter's field Sunday, Coach Earl Lambeau said today that its new players will see most of the action in the exhibition game. This will be the first time this season Lambeau is using the untried recruits exclusively. He feels the early National league contests are bad risks with yearlings in action. After the Gunners, members of the American Pro league, the Packers engage Detroit.
HUTSON CRACKS RECEPTION MARK
OCT 12 (New York) - Brilliant offensive play during the
first month's campaigning promises an orgy of record
breaking in the NFL 1939 season. Already one mark 
has been tied and one broken. Don Hutson, Green Bay
end, has caught 11 passes to bring his total to 136, one
greater then the old mark held by John Blood. Ace
Parker of Brooklyn completed 15 passes against the
Washington Redskins to tie the mark set by Pat Coffee
of the Cardinals in 1937. Other records definitely are in
danger. Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears, scoring 16
points, boosted his lifetime mark to 320, only four less
than Ken Strong's record total. Ace Gutowsky of the
Brooklyn Dodgers now is within seven yards of Cliff
Battles' ground gaining record of 3,398 yards, and Jim
Benton of Cleveland has scored five touchdowns in four
game for a flying start in an attempt to better the record
of nine for one season held by Hutson. Averaging 7.7
yards in 41 attempts, Joe Maniaci of the Chicago Bears
is setting a sizzling pace in ground gaining. Bill 
Osmanski of the same team, with a 5.6 average in 38
attempts, is in second place. Parker Hall of Cleveland
has tossed 75 passes, completing 41 of them for 544
yards and an efficiency average of .546 to lead in that
department, with Ace Parker, batting .500 in 64 tosses,
in second place. Although Benton has scored five times
on passes, from a catching standpoint he is only tied 
for third. Perry Schwartz of Brooklyn leads the parade
with 15 catches and Vic Spadaccini of Cleveland is
second with 13. Jack Manders of the Bears tops the
field goal kickers with two out of three, the longest 38
yards. Bill Smith of the Chicago Cardinals leads in total
points with 34, on four touchdowns, four conversions
and two field goals. Benton is second with 30 points.
BEINOR DUE TOMORROW TO JOIN GUNNERS
OCT 12 (St. Louis) - With Joe Beinor expected to report
tomorrow, Coach Choppy Rhodes of the Gunners is
gleefully revising his plans for combating the Green Bay
Packers when the local professional football season is
opened at Walsh Stadium Sunday afternoon. Rhodes is
looking forward to the clash with the Packers. "If I could
have selected any player in the country I would have
given the nod to Beinor," is the way Rhodes expressed
it. "Personally I think the big Notre Dame boy is one of
the finest linemen in the country today, professional or
collegiate. He is aggressive, never knows when to quit
driving and is probably the hardest blocker that even
Notre Dame has ever developed. It will be easy for him 
to absorb our plays. I've already mailed Joe a complete
chart of each formation as well as our signals. To a 
player of his experience that is about all he needs." The
coach now finds himself in the enviable position of
having five tackles, each weighing over 220 pounds,
ready for the Packers. Beinor tips the beam around 225.
Sandberg weighs 238 while Ewell Phillips and Herb
Marrow will go at 230 or better. King Kong Farroh is the
lightweight at 220. Beinor, of course, will fit into his
regular slot on the strong side of the line. Joe has 
always been a 60-minute player but in pro circles many
substitutions are made and he will be given ample
opportunities to rest. The final tuning up process of the
Gunners naturally revolve around Beinor. As soon as he
reports he will step into the right tackle position to get
the feel of Rhodes' system. But Joe's outstanding
performance in the recent All-Star game here indicates
he needs little in the way of rehearsals. He had about
30 minutes practice for that contest, yet was generally
rated as the star of the game. The Packers will not 
arrive in St. Louis until Saturday. If they check in early
enough to work out, the stadium will be turned over to
Coach Curly Lambeau for whatever practice program he
may want.
PACKERS DRILL IN BAD WEATHER FOR INVASION
OF GUNNER FIELD
OCT 13 (Green Bay) - Taking advantage of sloppy
weather today prior to their departure for St. Louis, 
where Sunday they will meet the American Football
Gunners, the Green Bay Packers held their final
outdoor workout before game time. All day tomorrow 
they will ride to the south and west, leaving on the
Milwaukee Road train at 7 o'clock in the morning and 
arriving at St. Louis at 5 o'clock that evening, after a 20-
minute wait in Chicago...RETURN MONDAY NIGHT: At
St. Louis, they will make their headquarters at the
Chase hotel, and they will return to Green Bay on the Milwaukee Road at 10:10 Monday night. The team has acquired no injuries in practice this week, and Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau expects that the entire group, minus a handful which will scout the Cleveland-Detroit game, will be available for service against the Gunners. He has made no attempt to key the Packers for their St. Louis appearance, as the players are looking past the exhibition contest to the all-important visit of the Detroit Lions to City stadium Oct. 22. Tickets already are selling rapidly, and once again the stadium attendance record of 21,968 may be threatened...PLAN INTENSIVE WEEK: Next week will be one of intensive activity in the Green Bay camp, starting Tuesday, when the squad will be reassembled. Lambeau and Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith will leave no process untried to build a defense capable of stopping Detroit's mighty attack, and to fashion a scoring campaign which will send the Lions back home again on the short end of the score. The St. Louis publicity buildup has been colossal, and the Gunners expect to play before the largest crowd of the season. They have been on the road to date, winning three of their four league games, and losing only to the powerful Cincinnati Bengals, favorites for the American loop championship...LIKES BAD WEATHER: Today's bad weather was received gratefully by the Packer coach. "We may be playing in this stuff one of these days," he commented, "and a little practice with a wet ball is a good thing." After this morning's outdoor workout the team was called into a lengthy afternoon indoor skull drill.
NOVAKOSKI SPURNS CARDINAL CONTRACT
OCT 13 (Kenosha) - An offer from the Chicago Cardinals of the National Professional Football league has been rejected by Obbie Novakosky, halfback for the Kenosha Coopers of the American Pro league, it was announced here Thursday. Novakoski had been watched by scouts in both of the Coopers' games this season. A speedy and shifty ball carrier, Novakoski was co-captain of the Lawrence college football team last year. He had a tryout with the Green Bay Packers last fall.
PIRATES RELEASE WAYLAND BECKER
OCT 13 (Pittsburgh) - Two more men were cut from the roster of Pittsburgh's professional football club Thursday in the wake of the team's fourth straight defeat. John Tosi, recruit center and guard from Niagara university, was sold to the Brooklyn Dodgers while Wayland Becker, a veteran end, recently obtained from the Green Bay Packers, was given his outright release.
PACKERS' LINEUP FOR GUNNERS GAME HERE ANNOUNCED
OCT 13 (St. Louis) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has notified St. Louis Gunner officials that he will start his most formidable lineup in their professional football game at Walsh Stadium Sunday afternoon. If he does, nine out of the eleven Packers who answer the whistle will be veterans of the NFL. According to Gunner officials, Lambeau said he will start the game with the following lineup: Hutson, left end; Ray, left tackle; Letlow, left guard; Svendsen, center; Goldenberg, right guard; Kell, right tackle; Mulleneaux, right end; Craig, quarter; Uram, left half; Herber, right half, and Jankowski, fullback. The Gunners today will complete their strenuous preparation for the contest. The addition of Joe Beinor has strengthened the forward wall and the big Notre Dame tackle is expected to report in time to work out.
GROOM LAWRENCE FOR MONNETT'S POSITION
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers is beginning to think that perhaps Jimmy Lawrence, tailback recently obtained from the Washington Redskins, may go a long way toward plugging the gap left by the retirement of Bobby Monnett. Lawrence will get his first test of fire under the Packers at St. Louis next Sunday, when the Bays battle the American league Gunner in an exhibition clash. The newest Packers is as fast as Monnett, and quite a bit heavier. He passes well, although perhaps not as accurately as the Michigan State veteran, and his punting is excellent. Running and conditioning exercises are taking up much of the Packers' time this week, as Lambeau wants every player to be in shape for 60 minutes of football, if necessary. "A player never knows when an injury to another may make it necessary for him to play an entire game," the coach said, "and he must be in condition to stand that ordeal, if it occurs. We are also stressing speed, and absence of mental lapses when the team is a few points ahead.' The Packer have displayed a distressing inclination to let down this season, whenever they pile up a halfway reasonable lead, and this tendency already has cost them one game. Had the Cardinals started earlier at Milwaukee last Sunday, it might have resulted in another defeat...SEE MOTION PICTURES: The Packers met at the Hotel Northland at 9:30 this morning to witness motion pictures of last Sunday's game, and find out just where their mistakes were made. Later they took to the practice field for a workout which lasted two and a half hours. St. Louis, pointing for Sunday's game with far more enthusiasm than the team has displayed towards its league opposition, started its reserves against Kenosha last Sunday, and saved its first sting as much as possible...KEEP REGULARS IN RESERVE: The usual first backfield of Ray Johnson, Norman Lehnert, Nelson Peterson and Tommy Thompson were kept in reserve, the starting backs being Danny Cochran, Mike Sebastian, Swede Ellstrom and Rolland Coffey. Other Gunner stars who were used sparingly were Fred Dreher, Sandy Sandberg, Libero Betagniollo and Tex Reynolds. The Gunners have won three out of four games on the road this season, losing only to Cincinnati, and defeating Columbus, Dayton and Kenosha.
CHICAGO BEARS DEMONSTRATE POWERFUL FOOTBALL ATTACK
OCT 11 (New York) - With the Chicago Bears showing the way with one of the strongest attacks ever seen in the major leagues, all existing NFL offensive records are in jeopardy, according to team statistics for the fourth week of play. League forward passing and scoring, and team forward passing, scoring and ground gaining averages are far ahead of all present records in these departments. The Bears have an average of 358 yards and have tallied 113 points for an average of 28 a game, which is 67 yards and 8 points higher than present league records. Scoring for the entire league is two points a game higher in 19 games than the record high established last season...PASS AVERAGES HIGH: Cleveland, Washington and the Bears are pacing the National league to a new mark in forward passing efficiency by keeping their averages at 50 percent or better. All are ahead of the record 48 percent made by the New York Giants last year. Cleveland with 55 out of 101 for 54 percent, Washington with 56 percent and the Bears with an even 50 percent. Cleveland's 55 completions put the Rams three completions a game ahead of the league mark of 114 for one season made Washington and the Chicago Cardinals last year., The entire league forward passing efficiency remains three points higher than last year's
record 40 percent. These continued offensive gains are
proving preseason predictions by the coaches that the
National league is in for its greatest offensive year. It is
more amazing when it is pointed out that the league 
and team averages have a tendency to drop in the third
and fourth week of play and continue at about an even
pace from then until the end of the season, rather than
increase as they have done for the past two weeks.
Washington is second to the Bears in ground gaining
with an average of 319 yards and Green Bay is third 
with a 305-yard average. Detroit and Green Bay, with
averages of 21 points a game, and Cleveland with a 20
point average follow the Bears in scoring. Detroit has
held opponents to the least yards - 467 - and the New
York Giants have yielded the least opponents' points -
10. 
SWEDE JOHNSTON LOST TO PITTSBURGH SQUAD
OCT 11 (Pittsburgh) - Ernie Wheeler, sensational recruit
of the Pittsburgh Pirate pro eleven, who has been out
with a foot injury, will return to action Sunday when the Bucs tangle with the Washington Redskins in the nation's capital. His return coincided with the announcement that Swede Johnston, powerful backfield veteran who came here recently from the Green Bay Packers, would be lost to the team for at least a fortnight due to a chipped bone in his knee.
JOE BEINOR, NOTRE DAME TACKLE, IS SIGNED BY GUNNERS
OCT 11 (St. Louis) - Joe Beinor, Notre Dame tackle, who made nearly every All-America team last fall, will play this season with the St. Louis Gunners and will make his first appearance with the pros when they open their home season next Sunday, opposing the Green Bay Packers of the National League, at Walsh Stadium. Agreement of Beinor to play here was effected last night and Joe will report to Coach Choppy Rhodes of the Gunners at the end of the week...IN ALL-STAR GAME: Joe has been seen in St. Louis once this season. When the Gunners played an exhibition game with the Chicago All-Stars Sept. 8, Beinor started in the line for the All-Stars, went into the Gunner backfield on about the first play and remained there most of the evening. He's that kind of a player - in on every action and usually doing pretty well for his side. The All-Star game here was the second for Beinor. He played in the Chicago game against the New York Giants, champions of the National League, and afterward members of the Giants were quoted as saying Beinor was the man who kept them from scoring touchdowns. The Giants won the game, 9-0, on field goals. With the addition of the former Notre Dame star, the Gunners fell they will take the field against Green Bay with a real chance to win. The St. Louis team has been seeking an additional tackle with little hope of getting Beinor, although they dickered with him at the time of the early September game. Last winter, at the National League meeting, Brooklyn drafted Beinor, which means it got the first right to negotiate with him for his services in professional football. He declined to sign. Under his agreement to play with the Gunners, he will continue with his high school coaching job at Harvey, Ill., and come to St. Louis each weekend. Coach Rhodes declares that a tackle of Beinor's unusual ability will be able to fit into the lineup even though he will not practice regularly with the team. Rhodes' plans for the Green Bay game seems to be to guard against a Packer pass on every play. The Packers are a scoring team, with Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell passing and Don Hutson catching, and Rhodes believes that with Beinor, the Gunners will be able to play the Packers at their own game. He expects Beinor to get through to rush the visiting passer. On the other hand, he considers Tommy Thompson good enough to pass against any team. Hence, Rhodes' belief that the Gunners will give the Packers a real battle...RECORDS OF TEAM: Each team will go on the field with a record of three victories and one defeat in league play - Green Bay in the National League and the Gunners in the American League. All the Gunners' game so far have been played on the road. No touchdowns have been made against them in four games. As for Green Bay, the team has made many touchdowns and has been scored against often in the powerhouse play of the National League. Coach Rhodes expects to have three players who recently have been out with injuries back for the game with the Packers. They are center Jack Kinnison, end Les Pieper, and quarterback Jack Dodd. Beginning play at home for eight successive Sundays, the Gunners have opened a ticket office in the Arcade Building.
PACKERS PREPARE TO TACKLE GUNNER TEAM
OCT 10 (Green Bay) - Still deadlocked with the Chicago Bears for second place in the NFL's Western division, and facing a tough exhibition struggle with the St. Louis Gunners next Sunday, the Green Bay Packers already are looking ahead to their next league encounter, an all-vital engagement with the Detroit Lions at City stadium Oct. 22. Praising his team for its spirit in the Chicago Cardinal game at Milwaukee Sunday, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced today that the Packers who have seen little action to date will carry the major portion of the work against the Gunners. "Because all of our league games have been close through the fourth period," Lambeau said, "we have not been able to give many of our new men a real taste of action, and we'll look them all over at St. Louis."...GET INTENSIVE WORK: Among those slated for intensive work are Jimmy Lawrence, Larry Buhler, Frank Balazs, Dick Weisgerber, Al Moore, Harry Jacunski, Charles Schultz, Warren Kilbourne and Jack Brennan. Ernie Smith, veteran tackle who has been laid up with a set of broken fingers, will get his first rough work since the Pittsburgh doubleheader here last August. Lambeau shifted Schultz from left to right tackle this week, but made no other changes on positions. The team will leave for St. Louis Saturday morning, he said. "The mistakes we made at Milwaukee can be corrected," Lambeau added. "We ran up against a tough club in the Cardinals - a team that wanted to win."...LIONS BATTLE RAMS: Detroit also, he indicated, will be wanting to win very strongly when it invades City stadium a week from Sunday. The Lions play Cleveland next Sunday. The Lions have scouted the Packers thoroughly, Assistant Coach Hunk Anderson having seen every game except that against Cleveland, but the Packers have done some scouting, too, and hope to be prepared for the lightning Detroit attack. The Packers are stressing defense this week - particularly pass defense. Opponents have been completing aerials against them almost at will all season, and Lambeau hopes to tighten the strings before embarking on further league engagements...CAUSED BY MENTAL LAPSES: He believes that most of the touchdowns scored against the Packers this season were caused by mental lapses, which would not have occurred in key games if the team had been behind instead of ahead. The players have displayed a tendency to relax as a soon as they gained a good lead, and, as a result, the Cardinals scared them badly twice and Cleveland handed them a totally unexpected drubbing. There will be lots of running on the Packer schedule this week. "We want each man ready to play 60 minutes if necessary," Lambeau explained.
PACKERS ONE OF THE HEAVIEST TEAMS IN GAME
OCT 10 (St. Louis) - The jumbos of American football - the Green Bay Packers - will bring one of the brawniest collections of players ever assembled on one squad when they appear here Sunday to open the local professional football season against the St. Louis Gunners. If Coach Curly Lambeau chooses, he can send in a team averaging around 230 pounds. Of the 35 players the Packers will bring here for the game at Walsh Stadium Sunday afternoon, only four weigh less than 190 pounds and only 12 under 200. His tackles give a general idea of the team. There is Wallen Kilbourne of Minnesota at 250, Ernie Smith of U.S.C. at 220, Buford Ray of Vanderbilt at 238, Bill Lee of Alabama at 224 and Paul Kell of Notre Dame at 220. Curiously enough, Kell, who was one of Coach Layden's stars at South Bend last year, is the only Notre Dame player with the Packers. Lambeau is more partial to Big Ten material with a dozen or more of the Western Conference grads on his payroll. Charlie Brock, the Nebraska all-American center, is the lone Big Six member with Green Bay. The Packers are coming to town with the same record as is now held by the Gunners. Each of the teams have won three league games and lost one. Green Bay beat the Chicago Bears once and the Ernie Nevers' Cardinals twice. The Gunners have trimmed Dayton, Columbus and Kenosha, but lost to Cincinnati on a placekick. Whereas the local goal line has been uncrossed in four games the Packers pay little attention to defense. Lambeau's idea is simply to score more often than his opponents in Sunday 's game against the Cardinals at Milwaukee the Packers won, 27 to 20. Choppy Rhodes brought his players home in good shape after winning, 14 to 0, over Kenosha. The three Gunner cripples who have been out of uniform for the past week will be ready for Green Bay. They are Jack Kinnison, center; Les Pieper, end, and Jack Dodd, halfback.
PACKER NOTES
OCT 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It appears as if this department has been a little too severe on our Green Bay Packers. After the events of the last weekend the state's football brethren should give thanks we have such a gridiron unit as the Packers. Wisconsin and Marquette lost; Lawrence, Beloit and Ripon all supposedly stronger than in several years, took it on the chin from other Middle Western colleges, but the Packers came out on top of a ding-dong battle with the Chicago Cardinals, 27 to 20, as some 20,000 fans howled themselves hoarse at State Fair park. The showing of the Cleveland Rams against the Chicago Bears, who knew what to expect after the Rams' game against the Packers and weren't caught asleep at the switch as were the Bays, indicated the Packer defeat a week ago is just one of those things to be expected in the National league whenever one of the so-called tailenders happens to be hot and a leader should be prone to coast along to a win. Any club with passers like Parker Hall of the Rams or Jack Robbins and Frank Patrick of the Cardinals will give trouble. Those lads throw 'em on a dime and with that control, plus fine receiving, they'll always give trouble. The pros have been criticized for their so-called lax pass defense. Buckaroo, say we. This corner is the first to admit the passing defense is inadequate in the league - but subscribes to the theory it is because of the class of the passers and receivers and not because of the lack of class on the part of defensive players...OFFENSE HAS EDGE: First of all the offensive player knows what he is going to do; the defensive player has to attempt to keep between the receiver and the goal, match stride for stride - and pick up the two or three steps the receiver gains when he cuts one way or the other. Those steps are the difference between a completed pass, especially when you have tossers who can put them right where they belong to take advantage of the lead the receiver has. Of course, there are times when receivers aren't covered perfectly; there are times when a good tackle after a catch would have held the gain to a minimum, but for the most part the passes are completed because everything else being equal the offensive player's knowledge of what he is going to do gives him the fatal two or three steps edge. The Cards completed 14 of 28 passes against the Packers. It is a .500 percent average. Even the most severe critic of the pro game cannot say the Packer line didn't rush the passers, that the receivers weren't covered. Yet, the Cards clicked for that remarkable average. Why? Because of the class of the talent and the fact offensive has the edge over the defense when a passer is unerring and the receiver is just as fast as the man covering him...THREE ILLEGAL PLAYS: It is getting to be an old, old story, but National league officiating is still bunk. Among glaring officiating mistakes of Sunday were three plays in which the offensive Cardinals had only six men on the line of scrimmage. Head linesman Irv Kupcinet, whom I consider one of the few able men in the league, should have caught all three infractions, so glaring as they happened to be. But he didn't. On one of the plays the official slip almost proved costly to the Bays. This occurred on the play in which Faust drove through the Packer center of the line to the 7-yard line. Either the Card left tackle or left guard pulled out and was moving laterally before the ball was snapped. Another time on the pass which was deflected into Hutson's hands, the right guard pulled out and back for protection before the ball was snapped. The other infraction occurred on another pass play - and this time the pass was complete...THAT MISSED KICK: The fans got a tremendous thrill when Clarke Hinkle's try for extra point after the last touchdown hit the crossbar and bounded back onto the playing field into a Packer player's hands. The player picked up the ball, tried to run it over, lateralled to a mate when tackled, but even this mate was downed before he could get across. It was a thrilling bit of maneuvering, one that had the crowd on its feet and one that caused disappointment when it failed. But it was just as well. The point would not have counted if the player had crossed the goal line with the ball. The kick for the point crossed the point of the line of scrimmage and once it does that the point rests solely upon the success of the kick. If the try had been blocked on scrimmage line a Packer could have picked it up and carried over as Billy Schmitz did against the Hilltopppers, but the fact the ball hit the crossbar and bounded back across scrimmage line makes an entirely different case.