PACKERS LEAVE TOMORROW FOR MILWAUKEE GRID GAME
OCT 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will leave for Milwaukee tomorrow morning, and the following day will keep a very important engagement - with the championship-minded Washington Redskins of the NFL at State Fair park. On the eve of the departure, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced that two names have been pared from the squad roster. One is Jack Brennan, former University of Michigan guard, who will join the Kenosha Cardinals of the American Football league, and the other is Warren Kilbourne, ex-Minnesota tackle, who will report to either Kenosha or to the St. Louis Gunners. The rest of the Green Bay squadron will entrain on the Milwaukee Road at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning, and before noon, will be established at the Hotel Schroeder, their Milwaukee
headquarters. Lambeau will hustle the team onto the
the field Saturday for a final workout before the game
which will go a long way towards deciding the divisional
championships for both teams. Washington is tied with
New York for first place in the East, and Green Bay is
deadlocked with the Detroit Lions in the West. Coach
Lambeau expects that all of his Packers except
halfbacks Andy Uram and Larry Buhler will be ready for
service. Buhler hasn't recovered from an injury he
received in the St. Louis exhibition game, and Uram
acquired a painful leg injury against Detroit. Arnold
Herber, the veteran passing halfback who was also hurt
by the Lions, has displayed his usual imperviousness to
pain and will be ready for the Redskins. The game is
being built up partly as a hurling due between Herber, a
star of the league for many seasons, and Slinging
Sammy Baugh, recovered from his injuries in time to
take a regular turn against the Packers. Most fans
expect the game to be decided by passes. Lambeau received word today that Life magazine, a national publication, is sending a photographer and writer here to get highlights on the Packer organization...BOTH TEAMS ARE TOUGH: Statistics of the Green Bay and Washington clubs to date show that neither can relax its vigil on the other. When the Packers are attempting to move the ball along the ground the Redskins must pay particular attention to Eddie Jankowski, Cecil Isbell and Clarke Hinkle, who have monopolized the Green Bay ball toting assignment this fall. Uram also ranks high on the total yardage list, but is expected to see little action. The best Washington ball carriers are Frank Filchock of Indiana, Dick Todd of Texas A. and M., and battering Andy Farkas of Detroit, one of the most dangerous men in the National league. Playing the same number of games, the Redskins have piled up a higher yardage total in about the same number of tries, and have averaged 4.7 per try, as compared to 3.2 yards for Green Bay. The Green Bay forward passing work continues to be monopolized by Herber and Isbell, who have thrown all but two of the Packers' 110 aerials to date. The Packer yardage total of 804 is well ahead of Washington's mark, which is 720, but the Redskin percentage of completions is higher. The teams are about even on interceptions. Baugh is the big name in Washington aerial work, but Filchock has done more of the Redskins' tossing this season. He has flipped 24 successful passes in 37 attempts, for an average well above the .500 mark, while Baugh's mark is an even .500, 11 successful tosses in 22 attempts. Jimmy German, the Redskins' quarterback from Centre college, does a little of the team's aerial work, and also have a .500 percentage. Don Hutson, as might be expected, has caught more passes than anyone else on the Green Bay team, a total of 13 for the topheavy margin of 408 yards. The next best receptionists on the Packer list are Uram and Isbell, with five catches apiece, while Captain Milt Gantenbein has four. The man the Packers will have to watch is the ever-dangerous Farkas, who has nailed down nine tosses this season for 274 yards. His closest rivals are Wayne Millner, Notre Dame end, and Charley Malone, wingman from Texas A. and M. Hinkle and Herber have done practically all of the Packers' punting, with creditable results. The former is averaging 38 yards per kick, measuring from the line of scrimmage to the place the ball is received, and Herber's average is 41. Jim Meade of Maryland, a first year man with the Redskins, has done the most of that team's punting, getting considerable help from John Spirada of St. Anselm, Baugh, Jimmy Johnston of Washington, and Jim Karcher of Ohio State. Spirada's average of 42 is tops on the squad. Hutson leads the Green Bay scoring list, with 26 points, attained on four touchdowns and four extra points. Next in line is Hinkle, with 17 points on two touchdowns, two extra points and a field goal. A lineman, Tiny Engebretsen, is third on the list, having booted 10 extra points and a field goal. The Packers have converted after 14 of their 15 touchdowns to date. The Washington scoring has been distributed, leader being Farkas with 31 points. He has scored five touchdowns to date.
SAFETY RULING IN DETROIT GAME IS CLEARED BY COACH
OCT 27 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers had been swamped this week with requests for clarification of the automatic safety rule, which was used as the Packers scored their final points against the Detroit Lions last Sunday. In the fourth period, with Green Bay leading 24 to 7, Detroit took the ball on downs on its own 13-yard line. Jim Tully, Lion back, attempted a forward pass, but Carl Mulleneaux of the Packers broke through and blocked the toss as it left his hand. The ball landed in the end zone, where it was recovered by Larry Craig, Packer end. Most fans through the play either was an incompleted pass or a Packer touchdown. When a forward pass falls behind the goal line of the offensive team, Lambeau pointed out, it becomes an automatic safety, scoring two points for the defensive team. The ruling Sunday was absolutely correct, the Packer coach said.
'SKINS REGARD SUNDAY'S GAME WITH PACKERS AS CRUCIAL BATTLE
OCT 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - Washington's undefeated Redskins rounded out a week of work here Friday morning in high spirits and confident that they would win Sunday's football game with the Packers at State Fair park. "We're ready," Coach Ray Flaherty announced as the squad completed its last day of heavy work at Borchert field. "We're in better shape than at any time since the Giant game a month ago. If we lose, the Packers simply have it on us - they're a better team. But we - " Flaherty didn't have to say it. He does not think his club will lose. He's high on this team, very high. He says it is the best balanced team he has ever had. It is not as strong in the first string as his 1937 championship club, perhaps, but it is better all around. It has better reserve strength. "We have 29 men here, all in tiptop shape," Flaherty said, "and all 29 know what this game means to us. If we can get over this one, we'll be in a good spot to keep right on going, with Philadelphia, Brooklyn and the Cardinals coming in the next three games." Of the 29 men, incidentally, 11 are in their first year with the Redskins and seven in their second year. It's a young club as pro football teams go. Flaherty announced that Sammy Baugh, one of the league's boss passers, would definitely return to the game Sunday. "We could have used him last week," Flaherty said, "but wanted to save him for this one. He's ready." Baugh pulled a muscle in his leg several weeks ago, and except for a few minutes last week, has chafed on the sidelines since. With Baugh back in shape, the Redskins can probably match anything the Packers have in passing skill. As a matter of fact, with Frank Filchock of Indiana and Baugh, they can probably exceed anything the Packers have, at least in the records. Filchock, obtained from Pittsburgh a year ago, has one of the finest passing records in the league. Including last Sunday's game with Pittsburgh, he has completed 61% of his pitches. Even Herber and Isbell can't point to anything as good as that. The Redskins frankly regard Sunday's game as the turning point of their season. It means everything to them. With a tie game with New York, in which they outagined the Giants in the mud almost two to one, and with victories over Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (2) and Brooklyn, they feel that if they win Sunday, they won't be stopped the rest of the way. The Redskins will take a last light workout at State Fair park Saturday morning. Out of Green Bay, meanwhile, have come reports of a Packer eleven which intends to start right where it left off against the Detroit Lions a week ago. If the Redskins regard this as a crucial game, so do the Packers. A victory here, and they will do much to strengthen their hold on first place in the western division of the league, which they now share with Detroit. The Packers, who escaped without injuries last Sunday, will arrive in Milwaukee in time to work out at State Fair park Saturday afternoon. Ticket sales continued to boom Friday and it was almost certain that a record crowd would see the game. Only 5,000 seats remained to be sold.
PACKERS BATTLE WASHINGTON AT MILWAUKEE TOMORROW
OCT 28 (Milwaukee) - Two great football teams, each the leader of its division in the National league, assembled here preparatory to taking the State Fair park gridiron tomorrow before what probably will be the largest professional football crowd in Wisconsin's history. With tickets disappearing like ice cream under the August sun, and predictions of a 25,000-plus crowd being tossed about, all preparations were completed for the first meeting of the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers since 1937. The score on that occasion was 14 to 6, and the game, played at the national capital, marked an end to a dismal defense of Green Bay's 1936 league championship - the last won by the Packers. With that score to settle, and faced by the urgency of remaining at the peak of the Western division currently, the Packers are believed ready to dump all of their offensive artillery upon the Redskins...HERBER IS READY: A considerable part of that machinery is represented by the right arm of halfback Arnold Herber, who made on of his usual rapid recoveries this week from an injury received against the Detroit Lions last Sunday. Herber's leg was bruised to a degree sufficient to incapacitate the average man, but he was running signals before the end of the week and apparently will be in at least as good condition as Slinging Sammy Baugh, ace aerialist of the Redskins. Baugh has been out with injuries in recent games - much of his professional career has been spent on the shelf - but Coach Ray Flaherty has announced repeatedly this week that the former Texas Christian all-America will be in condition to compete. The Redskins may need him, for the Packer air defense tightened up excellently against Detroit, and Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau is of the opinion that it will not yield touchdowns as easily as it did in the early stages of the race...FLOCK TO STATE PARK: Green Bay and Northern Wisconsin fans will flock by the thousands, supplementing the horde from the southern part of the state already nearing the scene. One group, including the Green Bay Lumberjack band and its guests, will leave en masse on the Milwaukee Road train at 10:40 Sunday morning, arriving at 1:25 p.m. Coach Lambeau announced that all the players, except probably Andy Uram and Larry Buhler, halfbacks, will be ready for action tomorrow. Curly has enough halfback replacements, but he will miss Uram in particular, as that individual is having himself a fine season. The Packers are staying at the Schroeder hotel, and appear to be in great mental condition for the battle.
KILBOURNE, BRENNAN JOIN KENOSHA TEAM
OCT 28 (Kenosha) - Strengthening of the Kenosha Cardinals of the American Pro Football league was continued today with the addition of Tiny Kilbourne, former Minnesota tackle; Jack Brennan, former Michigan guard recently released by the Green Bay Packers, and Paul Berezney, former Fordham tackle. Kilbourne and Brennan were recommend by Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers. The Cardinals meet the Louisville Tanks of the American league here tomorrow.
BEARS, LIONS BATTLE IN CHICAGO
OCT 28 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears, highest scoring team in the National Professional Football league, will try to beat back from their 16-13 setback by the New York Giants last week when they clash with the Detroit Lions here Sunday. Second in importance to the Packers-Washington game in Milwaukee, the battle at Wrigley field must be won by the Bears if George Halas' crew is to remain a contender in the western division of the league. With a record of four victories and two defeats, the Bears can displace Detroit, in second place, by defeating the Lions and take first place if the Packers also lose. The Bears lead the league with 170 points scored and 2,209 yards gained. In both of their losing games with New York and Green Bay, Halas' club gained enough ground to win hands down but penalized themselves by their own blunders. Sunday's schedule includes the interborough meeting of New York and Brooklyn's Dodgers on the latter's field. Reports of a sellout were received here Saturday. The game brings together the season's two leading field goal booters - Ward Cuff of the Giants and Ralph Kercheval of the Dodgers. Each kicked three goals last Sunday to tie a league record. The day's other game brings together Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
PACKERS FAVORED TO WIN TILT AT STATE FAIR PARK TODAY
OCT 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The choicest morsel ever offered Milwaukee grid fans - a meeting between the Green Bay Packers, tied for the western half lead in the NFL, and the Washington Redskins, tied for the eastern half lead, will bring a capacity throng of some 26,000 to State Fair park Sunday afternoon. In top condition and apparently at the peak mentally, the Packers, victors over the previously undefeated Detroit Lions last Sunday, are slight favorites to win, largely because of the Herber to Hutson combination. The Redskins, too, have their great passers in Slingin' Sammy Baugh and Frank Filchock, but no combination in the league is as feared as is the Packer duo. Last week, Herber tossed one touchdown pass to Hutson and another to Uram after Hutson had decoyed the defense out, while Cee Isbell, one of the truly great triple threat artists in the league, hurled another touchdown pass to Don. Not only in the air does the Packers passing attack make itself felt, for the fear it instills in rival defenses often opens the defenses up so that the ground attack gets an opportunity to function. Coach Red Flaherty of the Skins is not conceding the Packers a thing. He believes this year's Redskin squad is better than the one that won the 1937 league title and confidently expects a triumph. In their last meeting, in Washington in 1937, the Skins won, stopping the H.and H. team except for short passes. It is likely Red will employ largely the same defensive tactics as then, but unless the Packers slump off badly from a week ago he will find the team is vastly different from the tired, haggard outfit that his club faced in the 1937 finale. The game is likely to be a wide open affair with the laurels finally coming to rest on the good right arm of either Baugh or Herber, whoever happens to be the boss passer of the day.
25,000 TO SEE PACKERS HERE
OCT 29 (Milwaukee) - The largest crowd that has ever watched a football game in Milwaukee, college or professional, will be in the stands at State Fair park Sunday afternoon when the Packers and Washington Redskins take the field in their battle over first place in the National Professional league. While 5,000 or 6,000 general admission tickets remained Saturday there was every indication that if Sunday dawned clear and cool, as the weatherman had predicted, the attendance would reach 24,000 or 25,000. The better seats have been at a premium for almost a week. The prospect of a great aerial duel with Frank Filchock and Sammy Baugh on one side, and Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell on the other, has been a lure that the fans couldn't resist. Both sides complement their passing with exceptional pass receiving. Victory is all important to both. A victory for the Redskins, who have yet to lose a game this season, and they will be in a fair way to smash through to the eastern division championship. They have only the Philadelphia Eagles, Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions and New York Giants left, and only the Lions and Giants loom as stumbling blocks. A victory for the Packers and they will take undisputed possession of first place in the western division if the Bears can beat Detroit Sunday. Green Bay has left only the Bears, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Cleveland and the Lions. The Packers, on the strength of their great showing against Detroit last week, ruled slight favorites Saturday. It was 8 to 5, or 5 1/2 points, in the betting. Both teams completed their hard work Friday and took only light drills Saturday. The Redskins, who have worked out at Borchert field all week, took their final drill at State Fair park Saturday morning. The Packers, who arrived in town Saturday morning, worked out Saturday afternoon.