DEC 14 (Green Bay) - For the first time, since 1936,
Green Bay's football fans will assemble tonight to pay
homage to a national championship team. as the Bay
squad is honored at the Columbus club auditorium. The
Lions club, which sponsors the event, expects that all
of the available accommodations will be taken. All but a
very few of the 1,000 banquet tickets have been sold, at
$1.50 each, and football bugs also have made great
headway in clearing up the 50-cent balcony seats. All
remaining tickets are on sale at the Legion building
Packer ticket headquarters...LUMBERJACK BAND
PLAYS: The program will be conducted with a flourish
tonight, amid decorations reminiscent of the Packers'
title achievements. Starting at 6:15, the popular Packer
Lumberjack band will present a concert, which for the
first time will enable fans to hear the organization at its
indoor best. Service of dinner will begin at 7 o'clock, 
and as soon as the diners have finished their meal,
Toastmaster Lavvie Dilweg, who with Bernard Darling is co-chairman of the Lions arrangements committee, will start the program moving...GOVERNOR IS EXPECTED: This will include all manner of things. Tom Temple's orchestra, one of the best in the state, will be present to provide music. On the stage will be the speakers' table, occupied by officials of the Packer corporation, sportswriters of the Wisconsin newspapers, broadcaster Russ Winnie, Gov. Julius Heil and others. A lower table will be reserved for the Packers, who thus will be nearer the crowd, but in plain view of all. There will be introduced by Dr. W.W. Kelly, and each will speak briefly. Visiting celebrities also will speak, but Dilweg has announced that every effort will be made to speed through the program...PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE: Attractive souvenir programs have been printed and will be distributed to all banquet guests. Extra programs will be available for those in the balcony, if they desire them. An important guest will be Arch Ward, Chicago Tribune sports editor, who will invited the Packers to play in the 1940 All-Star game at Soldier field, Chicago. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau will respond for the Packers.
DEC 14 (Milwaukee) - Two members of the Milwaukee city council's special stadium committee and three other interested Milwaukeeans were in Green Bay yesterday afternoon to confer with Coach Curly Lambeau and Director of Ticket Sales E.A. Spachmann, of the Green Bay corporation. The committee members were Alderman T.R. Froemming, chairman, and Alderman August Abe. The third member, Alderman Stanley Cybulski, was unable to be present. Others in the party were Walter and Curt Claus, representing the owners of the property which the committee has approved as a site for a new sports stadium in Milwaukee, and R.M. Haydon of the Harley-Haydon company...PLAN NEW STADIUM: Froemming, acting as spokesman, said the group was in Green Bay seeking information concerning tentative plans for the proposed stadium, blueprints of which were shown both Coach Lambeau and Spachmann. From the latter the committee secured figures on attendance at Packer games played in Green Bay and Milwaukee over the past three years. The committee chairman explained that within two weeks the committee expected to make its report regarding stadium plans to the Milwaukee common council. A 15 1/2 acre site at E. Capitol drive and N. Holton street had been approved by the committee, he said. The plans provide for 26,000 permanent seats, with a possible 10,000 auxiliary seats, and a horseshoe stadium Froemming said was designed for baseball, football and other sports events, as well as night opera, concerts and conventions. Both Lambeau and Spachmann said they saw no cause to comment on the visit.
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - The state of Wisconsin, with its football coverage facilities, may feel properly chastised following a sticky assortment of ink which has been dropped by New York newspaper men regarding their accommodations at the playoff game. Boiled down to one point of attack, which is something of an achievement in journalistic wading, the complaints appeared to center on the fact that (1) the press box at State fair park was too high, (2) it wobbled in the wind, and (3) the traffic jam back to Milwaukee after the game was terrific. All of these points, except possibly the first, may be admitted without giving any ground. The trouble, as it appears to this writer, seems to lie in the fact that the Easterners are giving the impression that none of them ever had to suffer any worse accommodations. In fact, we think the biggest part of the howling wouldn't have been heard, had the New York Giants only looked more like a football team, and less like a vast, oozing assortment of doormats. After all, the boys had to take it out on someone. For Stanley Woodward of the Herald-Tribune, who shed tears at the "monumental traffic jam" and "eight miles from town", we venture a mild journalistic boo. To any sportswriter who has fought his way through the packed mass of humanity at the Polo Grounds following a professional football headliner, or has attempted to nose through the traffic back to far-away lower Manhattan, Woodward's criticism sounds just a bit silly. If we remember correctly, the traffic situation after the annual Chicago All-Star game usually is shade messy. Or are we being small townish again? The New York boys are pampered and spoiled. The engineers who put up the press coop didn't perch it on the roof so that any little breeze could blow it off. It was attached by cables, and if they were thin, they were strong. The cables on Brooklyn bridge don't look so big, either. They're doing all right. Comfort and elegance of press accommodations have been a very recent development on the American sports scene, and there are none of the New York sportswriters who have not covered athletic contests under infinitely worse circumstances than those which existed at Milwaukee. If they haven't, they aren't very old on the job. The trouble is that they had to pick something to criticize, the trend of the game being what it was, and they chose to attack a fancied insult to their own demands for good accommodations. As a mater of fact, the press coops at many of the baseball parks used by National league clubs (and do you know that Green Bay is the only team in the league which has its own stadium?) are anything but boudoirs for comfort. Until recently the setup at Wrigley field was such that all you could get was a diagonal glimpse of the playing field while the wind whispered through the rafters, and if you ever have covered an All-Star game from the third press row at Soldier field, you know what it's like to be in back of the eight ball. When we were in New York last year covering the Green Bay-Giant game, we took occasion to climb the Empire State building, which is regarded as a fairly durable structure. The attendant told us that it was swaying 18 feet in the wind, and we were quite scared about the whole thing. But we didn't come back to Wisconsin and write a lot of nasty things about it. It wouldn't have been polite.
DEC 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...OUSTS JOE MANIACI: 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...LEAGUE'S BEST TACKLE: 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.
DEC 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.
1939 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
DEC 12 (Green Bay) - A rousing program for a great
championship celebration was released to the public
today by the Lions club committee which will sponsor
the Green Bay Packer victory banquet at the Columbus
club next Thursday evening. Tickets went on sale at
the Packer ticket headquarters in the Legion building
today, and some 400 of them were snapped up
immediately. One thousand fans will be served dinner 
in the auditorium, while an additional 750 will be
accommodated in the balcony. They wont' get anything
to eat, but they'll be in position to enjoy the show...
PROGRAM IS INCLUDED: Prices are $1.50 for the
downstairs, which includes an attractive souvenir
program, and 75 cents for the gallery. Additional
programs will be available for the balcony fans, if they
desire to purchase them. Governor Julius Heil, who
attended personally the playoff game at Milwaukee, 
has informed La Vern Dilweg, who with Bernard Darling
heads the committee, that he will be present Thursday
as guest of honor. Another honored guest will be Arch
Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, whose 
presence means that the Packers officially will be invited to play in the All-Star game at Soldier field next August...LAMBEAU WILL ACCEPT: Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau will accept for the team. Sportswriters of state newspapers who have blocked the Green Bay eleven through its many championship encounters will be seated at the speakers' table, and will be introduced. The group will include Oliver Kuechle of the Milwaukee Journal and Stoney McGlynn of the Sentinel. Sportscaster Russ Winnie also will take a bow. Tom Temple's orchestra has been secured to play for the crowd while it is assembling and to provide incidental music. Following the banquet a Packer Victory ball will be held at Riverdale, and all fans who attend the dinner and receive free tickets. The Packers will be seated at a long table in front of the stage, in full view of the audience, and each will be introduced.
DEC 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers stepped off a Milwaukee Road train here late yesterday afternoon into another rousing old Green Bay welcome, such as this Wisconsin football capital reserves only for its championship teams. A crowd of several thousand people - and your estimate is as good as anyone's - packed south Washington street from Mason to Chicago streets, spilled over onto the area of fire station No.1, and skirted the rims of the old freight depot as the Packer coach, detached from the Chippewa at the junction farther south, rolled into its destination to the tune of sirens, auto horns, band music and good old American cheers. It was a reception which duplicated the enthusiastic homecoming in the championship year of 1936, but on that occasion the team has come from far-off New York, to face a crowd which had followed its playoff achievements almost entirely by radio...BACK FROM PLAYOFF SITE: Hundreds of the fans who turned out yesterday had seen the Green Bay-New York game at Milwaukee with their own eyes, but their numbers made it appear that the team has returned home from a distant battle scene. Almost every gesture of the 1936 welcome was duplicated. The players walked along the freight platform, upon which thick white paper had been spread, and confronted a microphone guarded at Art Murphy, Association of Commerce secretary, and Val Schneider and Al Michel of radio station WTAQ. Led by Hank Bruder, one of the real veterans of the Green Bay team, the Packers each halted and spoke briefly over the public address system. They were cheered loudly, with the loudest blast being reserved for Coach Curly Lambeau himself, who has piloted the Packers to five National professional football titles...BAND IS ON HAND: At the north end of the platform two Wisconsin Public Service buses, a pumper of fire station No.1, and a Leicht truck containing the red-coated Packer Lumberjack band, were drawn up in parade formation. The giant Packers worked their way through the crowd, dove into the buses, and a deliberate procession north on Washington street got underway, with police traffic officers clearing the way. The band, working hard and effectively on such hits as the Packer pep song, "On, Wisconsin", and that new national anthem, "The Beer Barrel Polka", set the pace as the small parade moved down the street, followed by a vast and admiring throng. All the way up Washington street were lines of smiling, grinning fans, waving and honking their welcome to the victorious team, once again champions of the professional world. At Main street the cars swung eastward and they turned again at Adams, to dump their occupants at the intersection of Pine and Adams streets. In the lobby of the Hotel Northland, an informal reception started all over again, as followers of the team pumped the hands of the players, sought autographs and conducted post mortems on the Sunday game, in which Green Bay once again put the metropolis of New York soundly in its place. The group, which arrived at the station, included more than a dozen Packers who arrived home early Sunday night, but who were packed into a bus and taken down to the junction, to arrive more properly a second time.
DEC 12 (Green Bay) - Bill Corum, sports editor of the New York Journal-American, who last week said that Green Bay eventually must lose its franchise in the NFL, bit back at his critics in a weekend column. He wrote: "Some of the more fervid fans of this section became exceedingly worth at your correspondent last week because he was so bold as to say that eventually something would have to be done about the Green Bay situation in the pro league. It still goes. Nobody knows better than I how stable and solvent the Green Bay situation is, how well the players are care for with year-round jobs, how much of a cradle of the pro game the town has been. Still, the day must come, if the National league is to be what it should be, when all the teams in it will have their own parks and be able to play their own world's series in 'em. Cooperstown was the cradle of baseball. It can't have a team in the major leagues just because of that. Eventually the situation would crack up from the inside. Even now there is resentment among Green Bay merchants and citizens about this game being moved to Milwaukee. They are putting up the age-old beef that they support the team through its regular season, only to miss out on the glittering after piece that attracts nationwide attention. They're right. Yet the fault is inherent in this setup and will continue to be. I'm afraid, until pleasant little Green Bay grows into a metropolis. In some ways pro football today is where pro baseball was 50 years ago. It is going through a period of change and adjustment. It is suffering from growing pains. A bigger percentage of pro league football clubs made money this past season than baseball clubs in the major leagues. And two of the gridiron outfits that finished in the red managed to do so in spite of fine attendance. Notably Brooklyn. The Dodgers drew fine crowds at home and fairly well on the road, but wound up about $8,000 in the barrel due to the natural mistakes of management in a comparatively new enterprise. The Brooklyn franchise is one of the best, if not the very best, just as it in baseball. Some day somebody is going to give our faithful Flatbush friends a winner, and then what a golden harvest and Arabian Nights celebration there will be in the city of homes. However, being quite definitely and obviously a small town boy myself, I'm for Green Bay to go as far as it can before what would seem to be the inevitable overtakes it. That Curly Lambeau can put together as good a football team as any man, and run it well, has  been proved over and over."
DEC 12 (Green Bay) - The playoff game of 1939 was one of those things which you run over in your mind for days and weeks after it occurs. You can write a lot of words about it, and you can discuss it constantly, but yet new angles and thoughts keep bobbing up, enough to refuel the hot stove league for many a long month. Thousands of football fans will recall the occasion in years to come as the greatest team exhibition they ever witnessed. There have been many more thrilling games; there have been hair-raising dogfights in which competing teams were matched to a fine point; hundreds of championships have been won in more spectacular fashion; but few fans will remember a squad performance as methodical, as determined, as flawless as that which the Packers submitted in reducing the New York Giants' reputation to shreds. How can you pick individuals from such a contest without doing the gravest injustice to those unmentioned? You think of Bill Lee, perhaps - one of the most valuable men on the Packer team, and you wonder how any selection of a mythical team can ignore the giant tackle from the south. And then the work of those two great guards, Buckets Goldenberg and Russ Letlow, crosses your mind and you shake your head in admiration at their work. So it goes, throughout the squad. Cecil Isbell said after the game that "it was won in the line," and to an extent he was correct, in that completely inspired play in the Green Bay forward wall enabled the Packer backs to do anything they wanted, at any time. But while any great football team must depend upon the work of its centers, tackles, guards and ends, so must a championship team have the pounding, ripping backs it needs to charge through for yardage, to pass over the heads of a crumbling defense. The Packers used their relentless ground attack Sunday to drag the New York backs forward, and when they struck through the air, it was with terrific force. Almost the entire Green Bay squad saw action, and not a man fell down on his assignments. The Packers played only one really great game in 1939 - one game in which they looked like title holders every minute of the way. They reserved this great show - this demonstration of what they really can do - for the last game of the season, when the chips were on the table and hundreds of dollars were waiting for distribution to the victors. Somehow, we couldn't help but feel yesterday, as the homecoming parade wound its way through the business section, that this little old city deserves an awful lot of credit for what the Packers have accomplished. Thousands of  upturned faces, waiting at the station for a glimpse of a team which had played only a little more than a hundred miles away, represent a great community spirit. Dozens of other small cities - small in terms of great communities - started in the NFL, back in its early days, and had the same chance as did Green Bay. They've all washed out, leaving us with New York, with Chicago, with Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Pittsburgh. Leaving us with them, not only capable of staying in that company, but of beating the daylights of its best teams. Green Bay is indeed writing for itself a glorious athletic history.
DEC 12 (Green Bay) - Several New York sportswriters attacked the facilities at State Fair park, but nearly all of them had complete praise of the Packer football team, as indicated in excerpts from their stories following the game. Packer fans are interested in the attitude of Bill Corum, Journal-American sports editor, who has been a sharp critic of the Green Bay franchise. An earlier statement by Corum appears in another column on this page. After the game he wrote as follows:
BY BILL CORUM (N.Y. JOURNAL-AMERICAN) - My advice to Tim Mara (owner of the Giants) is just to pretend it never happened. The Giants were sadly handicapped; they had the second best team. The previous Sunday they beat Washington, for the dubious pleasure of coming to Milwaukee to tangle with the Packers, by the margin of a missed kick. Yesterday they lost by a kick; this one in the pants. The large small town boys from Green Bay wound up with everything in the frolic at the fairgrounds, including the prize-winning pumpkin or football. To tell the truth they acted as though they'd never even heard of our Giants. The Giants trained at Superior, Wis., last summer. That was the closest they came to being superior in Wisconsin this football season. I'm afraid those Packers were mad at us. They chucked us around as though we were so many hams and not from peanut fed porkers, either. They treated us with the utmost lack of consideration and of course wound up on the long end of the 27-0 score. You can't very well say "Under the spreading Green Bay tree the village Gantenbein stood," can you? Or Isbell? Or Hutson? All the Packers were up high and hot as firecrackers in this smashing and vengeful triumph over a Giant team that tamed 'em three times running prior to yesterday.
BY STANLEY WOODWARD (N.Y. HERALD-TRIBUNE) - The NFL can't stand many more events of this kind and expected to be taken seriously by the football public. The league revealed itself as definitely small time. For a day at least, professional football dipped back into its unsavory past and did itself incalculable harm. A large scale of the public and most of the shares were disgusted beyond words as they attempted to fight back to town through a monumental jam after the game. State Fair park is eight miles out. The Giants were in a state of collapse. The setting struck a new low for league competition. The press box, hung out on a projecting lip of the grandstand roof, waved and wobbled in a 35-mile gale. Never in 20 years of this sort of thing has your reporter extracted less enjoyment for a football game. You couldn't watch it for feat of the press box, anchored with two thin wire cables, would come loose entirely or the lip of the rook would break off. Probably no one was as unhappy as the press, unless it was the Giants, who demonstrated how dreadful a good team can be; the speculators who got stuck; or the people who bought seats in the front of the grandstand or chairs on the horse track beside the field. They might as well have listened to the radio. Perhaps they did get a peek or two at proceedings by standing on their chairs, which they all did. At that they probably had the edge on the Giants' linemen, who were flat on their backs most of the afternoon. Steve Owen, the Giant maestro, who went west to attend the funeral of his mother, telegraphed his players, "block and tackle. I am with you wholeheartedly." The players did neither. They played the worst ball they have exhibited since they lost the night game to Pittsburgh in the Polo Grounds a year ago last October. The Packers, who were hot, split their line, ran their ends and riddled their secondary with passes. It was a holocaust. There were a few redeeming features. One was the play of the Packers, who did everything right. Another was the squealing of the scalpers, who took a terrible hooking. An hour and a half before the game they were selling tickets in the entry of the Schroeder hotel for what they could get. The night before they had asked $30 a pair for tickets. No one could stand for that, particularly after listening to the stories of bogus tickets which were around.
BY ARTHUR J. DALEY (NEW YORK TIMES) - It was brutal! The Packer line ripped the vaunted Giant forward wall to ribbons, opening vast holes on the offense and defensively smothering virtually every New York threat at its inception. The Packer backs were terrific in their driving force and artful aerials. The Maramen were dull and lifeless. The Packers even stole their thunder in opportunities as they intercepted six passes. They stole it, too, in field goal kicking. All season long Green Bay had booted only five placements. They hammered in two Sunday. Not once did the Packers advance into pay dirt without mining a rich nugget. In sharp and bitter contest the Giants crossed the 30 yard line only twice. There was not a bad player on the Packers. Every man did a grand job, with the line more important than the backs. Baby Ray, Russ Letlow, Bill Lee, Buckets Godenberg, Charlie Brock, Svendsen, Larry Craig (defensive end in place of Hutson), Gantenbein and Carl Mulleneaux all were gorgeous performances. Green Bay used less than half a dozen straightaway plays, Spinners, half spinners and reverses wrought havoc with the New Yorkers. Passes riddled them completely. Even Leemans was stopped, just to show how the New York attack bogged down. On the defense, so violently did the Packers block that even Mel Hein was not at his best. The only New York standout was Johnny Del Isola. The rest of the Giants hardly were worth their salt. That may sound a bit cruel since every Giant played his heart out, but the psychological fillip was missing. Perhaps the absence of Coach Steve Owen, in Oklahoma for his mother's funeral, left the team uncertain and without confidence. That is not to be construed as an alibi, however. The Giants were beaten by a better team.
BY WILLIAM T. EVJUE (MADISON CAPITAL TIMES) - Wisconsin may not be able to win football championships at Camp Randall, but Wisconsin can win a football championship - and how. Only one needed to be present among the 32,279 bug-eyed fans at State Fair park along about the third quarter yesterday afternoon to realize that a team assembled in Wisconsin and sponsored in the little city of Green Bay was making a monkey out of a highly touted team that won the championship last year and was playing a brand of championship ball that is rarely seen on any gridiron. The Green Bay Packers were champions yesterday - everything worked and there was beautiful machine-like precision as the team moved on to one touchdown and field goal after another. Yesterday's game was an eloquent testimonial to the great strides made by professional football in 20 years. A crowd of 32,279 people paid $83,510 to see the game. Back in 1919 Curly Lambeau borrowed $500 from an official of the Acme Packing company to buy the uniforms and the equipment to start the Packers. In the first year of the Packer history, there was no admission charge and the only revenue received was represented by the nickles, dimes and quarters that came from the sidelines when the hat was passed. When the proceeds of the first season in 1919 were divided, each player got $16.92 for the whole season's work. Yesterday, each Packer got $703 for playing in yesterday's championship game while each member of the New York squad got $445. There are members of both teams who receive as high as $5,000 for the season's play. The gulf between the $16.92 paid to each Packer in 1919 and the thousands of dollars paid to a Hinkle or a Danowski today represents the great strides that have been made. Incidentally, the Acme Packing company, from which the Packers got their first $500, has long since disappeared but the Green Bay team continues to be known as the Packers.
BY GENE WARD (N.Y. DAILY NEWS) - Green Bay's mighty Packers ground a jittery, spiritless band of New York Giants into the turf. The Giants never had a chance. Everything they tried went wrong. Everything the Packers did was right. They couldn't miss. The Giants made a last desperate attempt to avert a humiliating shutout. Little Eddie Miller pitched one to Leland Shaffer and the big Giant back was bashed out of bounds just as the final gun cracked. One more play probably would have meant a touchdown. That was the last, decisive touch of irony, a fitting finish to the streak of hard luck which started early last week when Coach Steve Owen's mother died. The Packers were far superior to the Giants, it was no contest. As they steamrolled their way to victory, the Packers stole all the Giants' thunder. Our guys are rated as great pass interceptors - the Packer stole six Giants aerials, two of these interceptions set up touchdowns. Our Ward Cuff is a placekicker supreme - Green Bay's Paul Engebretsen and Ernie Smith toed one three-pointer apiece while poor Cuff missed two and Feets Barnum one.
BY LOUIS EFFRAT (N.Y. TIMES) - The setup here at the state fairgrounds, site of the Giant-Packer playoff, presented the most amazing and fear inspiring picture of the day, overshadowing, by far, the action on the field. With a 25-mile wind, increasing in velocity, it appeared that a crowd was in danger of being swept into the next county. Not alone were many of the seats in the temporary, none too secure stands, but the wooden bleachers at the north and south ends of the field veered at such a crazy tangent that if the spectators looked straight ahead they saw might little of the football game. However, the greatest peril befell the writers assigned to cover the big game. A hurriedly wooden press box, perched 100 feet above the ground, trembled and swayed continuously and it appeared that any moment the whole thing would crash. When finally the men descended one remarked: "We're lucky to be alive," and all agreed.
BY KEN SMITH (NEW YORK MIRROR) - After holding out for most of two seasons, stubbornly refusing to admit they were underdogs, the Giants finally broke down and confessed they belonged on the short end of the betting. Fans back home who have seen the level headed New York eleven weather storm after storm, losing only one of their last 24 games, will scarcely believe...that the Giants fell apart and floundered to the joy of 32,000 Green Bay rooters, who hooted them as soft touches. The Packer made monkeys of them, throwing the Giants' aerial defense into confusion in the first half, and in the second half even the New York line collapsed. Their offense was so inept that though they had the ball in Green Bay territory many times, nobody seemed to worry that the Giants would score. The Giants were suffering their worst off day of two years.
BY BUD RENNIE (N.Y. HERALD-TRIBUNE) - It was the Giants' worst defeat of the year. They couldn't pass and they couldn't run against a fast charging Packer line which was forever breaking through. The Packers simply outplayed the Giants. Their plays clicked. They had a terrific defensive charge. They were alert and intercepted six Giant passes. They were easily the champions today over a Giant team which payed without its coach, Steve Owen, who was in Kansas, having attended his mother's funeral. Owen sent a telegram of encouragement to the team. It did no good.
BY ROUNDY COUGHLIN (MADISON STATE JOURNAL) - The Packers trimmed the Giants in the Dairy bowl game yesterday. They were carrying the cream and the butter while the Giants couldn't get warm enough to say pass the skim milk. The Packers had no troubles in trimming the Giants at all. The Giants were lucky to get into the dressing room with their pants. The Packers came onto the field, looked at the goal post, saw that $700 cabbage leaves laying on the cross bars and said let's go bunch and Merry Christmas to you all. The Giants played as if they were glad to get out of the Dairy bowl game with the milk stool and the pail. The Packers had two centers who carried the ball much better than lot of Big Ten backs I saw all year. It was Brock and Svendsen. They were running and twisting like star Big ten backs when they intercepted passes. Every time you looked up Brock had a Giant pass intercepted and was running it back like a Kentucky colt through clover. One time Brock carried Giants on his back 15 yards just for a shoot the shoots ride. Coach Molenda sat in chair alone in front of Giants. He seemed dazed as the way the Giants were playing. He tried to pep them up by they had no pep in them yesterday. They were just a team who had a bad day and couldn't shake it off. In second half the Packers came out to put that game on ice and they just simply mauled them Giants around the second half something awful. The Giants didn't know they were in game in second half. The Packers tackles, Lee and Ray, were great, especially Lee who stood out. Ernie Smith was great when in also. The way that Andy Uram sneaks through that line. It was most lightning speed I ever saw a back use darting through hole in line. That Andy Uram folks is a wonder. He is one of the best I ever saw. The real star of the game was Brock at center for the Packers. Curly Lambeau outsmarted them Giants yesterday plenty. Why Curly had all this doped out beforehand. He was too cagey for them yesterday. The Packers played that game just as Lambeau wanted them to play it. The Packers were far more smarter team yesterday they were far greater outcoached. You got to tip your hat to Mr. Curly Lambeau of the Packers. Lambeau has the proper spirit that goes with a great coach also. You get Lambeau away from the Packers and they'll go to pieces folks. Take that from me. The Packers had one touchdown play there yesterday that was slickest thing I ever saw in football. It was pass from Isbell to Laws. It was so smooth it was like glass the Giants don't know yet where the ball came from or who got it. This Hinkle is great they stopped Hink cold yesterday from scrimmage. But his punting and kickoffs were great and his spirit was wonderful. Hinkle is one of the three greatest all around backs I ever saw play football. The Packers are one pro team who have that ol' college spirit in their play they are just like college boys out there they play for keeps they got the spirit and the will that goes with it to make them one of the greatest teams to ever play off all times folks.
DEC 13 (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.
DECR 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."
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Not only the tumult but the shouting, dies lingeringly last night as Green Bay's championship football fans paid another remarkable tribute to their championship football team. It was a civic Victory banquet, staged at the Columbus club auditorium, sponsored by the Lions club, and aimed at recognizing the world title achievements of the Green Bay Packers, the honored guests of the evening. As such, it attracted 1,500, of whom 1,000 were dinner guests. Through four hours, the event was handled  beautifully, and despite the many parts of its program, the crowd maintained its interest, applauding and cheering the various speakers and celebrities with complete enthusiasm. The chief purpose of the gathering was to acclaim the Packer championship, and that was
done to the last minute. Every speaker poured his 
expressions of praise and appreciation upon the players
and their coach, Earl L. Lambeau, who has brought to
Green Bay five National league crowns in 11 seasons.
Beautifully decorated, the stage included a giant series
of tables, three in number, the first two of which were
occupied by players and the top row by the speakers..
PRESENTS ALL PACKERS: The evening's feature for
most persons was the introduction of the players by Dr.
W.W. Kelly, Packer executive board member and former
corporation president. who humorously presented the
Packers in order of service, starting with the group he
termed "freshmen". Of the 30 Packers who were eligible
for the playoff game with the New York Giants last
Sunday, all but four were present last night. Absentees
were Harry Jacunski, Paul Kell and Cecil Isbell, who
are on their way to be married, and Larry Buhler. Up
from the platform to receive the plaudits of the crowd,
plus handsome gold wristwatches from Leland H.
Joannes, Packer president, came in order: Al Moore,
Frank Balazs, Gus Zarnas, Charles Schultz, Charley
Brock, Tom Greenfield, Jimmy Lawrence, Larry Craig,
Andy Uram, Baby Ray, Carl Mulleneaux, Pete Tinsley,
Bud Svendsen, Dick Weisgerber, Eddie Jankowski, Bill
Lee, Ernie Smith, Paul Engebretsen, Milt Gantenbein,
Russ Letlow, Hank Bruder, Buckets Goldenberg, Clarke
Hinkle, Joe Laws, Donald Hutson and Arnold Herber...
MUCH SOUTHERN TALK: They sounded like a reunion
of the Confederate army. Speaking with broad southern
accents were Moore, Lawrence, Craig, Ray, Tinsley, 
Lee and Hutson, which linguistic effect drew comments
from several latter speakers. Most of them said the
usual thing. They thanked the fans, the corporation, the
coach and expressed a desire to help add further to
Green Bay's great football reputation. Carl Mulleneaux said the
banquet made him want to win every year, which was perfectly all
right with the fans. Lee, who was married yesterday morning, 
drew a big hand, and introduced his bride, who was seated in the
auditorium. Lee remarked that he had been rooming eight years
with Don Hutson, both at the University of Alabama and with the
Packers, playing on strong teams all the time, "so one of us must
be pretty good."...NINE YEARS OF SERVICE: Gantenbein, who
has finished his ninth year of service with the team, said, "My 
only regret is that Coach Lambeau didn't draw me in this year's
draft." Hinkle was given the longest ovation, except perhaps the 
one tendered Hutson. The latter termed the banquet "just another
of the happy things which happen to one who lives in Green Bay,"
and took the opportunity to slyly ask for a raise in salary. Herber,
now a De Pere businessman, put in a bid for the next playoff game
to be staged at Minahan stadium, near De Pere. With Dr. Kelly's
humorous introductions, all this caused a lot of fun. Included in the
introductions were Dave Woodward, the Packers' all-America
trainer, who helped send the team into this final game
without an injury; Bud Jorgenson, assistant trainer and
property manager; helper Tim O'Brien and the wives of
the players. Interest attended the appearance of Arch
Ward, Chicago Tribune sports editor for his function was
well known in advance. He was present to invite the
Packers to play in the 1940 All-Star game at Soldier
field next Aug. 29, which he did immediately. He termed
last Sunday's playoff game "the finest exhibition of 
football it has been my pleasure to watch in my 25 
years of traveling about the country."...ALL-STAR 
ALUMNI: Ward noted that more than one-third of the
present Packer team consists of All-Star alumni, and
he praised Joannes and Lambeau as "two of the finest
sportsmen I've ever known." "There never was a time,"
Ward concluded, "when America so needed men who
are unafraid of competition - men who do not need to be
led by the hand by someone who is assuming all the
risks. It is wonderful that America still is able to admire
men who are equipped with football armor, instead of
with swords and high-topped boots." An incident of the
program was the presentation of the Schroeder trophy,
a handsome award given to the Packers by Walter
Schroeder of Milwaukee. In accepting the All-Star
invitation, Coach Lambeau termed the Chicago setup 
the best, bringing as it does stars of the entire nation
into competition against the professional champions...
DESERVED TO WIN: "Our boys deserved to win this
year," he said. "We will win few places, probably, on the
All-America teams, but if you vote for an entire All-
America team, you'll have difficulty in leaving out the
Green Bay Packers." Lamebau reviewed the late trends
of the season, and paid high tribute to the Packer
executive committee of Joannes, A.B. Turnbull, Gerald
Clifford, Dr. Kelly, Emil Fischer, Fred Leicht, Frank 
Jonet and H.J. Bero. Men whose professions bring 
them constantly into contact with the Packers were
introduced, and several spoke briefly. They included
Russ Winnie, popular Milwaukee sportscaster; Stoney
McGlynn of the Milwaukee Sentinel; Oliver Kuechle of
the Milwaukee Journal, and George Strickler of the
Chicago Tribune. Gov. Julius Heil offered congratulations
to the team, and to those who have built its great
reputation...CITY KNOWN EVERYWHERE: "There is
no better known city in America than Green Bay," he
said, "and your Packers have loyal fans everywhere 
within the confines of Wisconsin." Spirit and loyalty of
the Packer followers also were praised by Dr. Kelly.
"They cannot banish this spirit from the NFL," he said,
and added, "what we are in football, we owe to Curly
Lambeau." President Joannes commented that "the
verbal contact in this game is almost as tough as the
physical contact." He continued: "We're proud of our
world championship football team, and its coach, the
smartest in the game," which drew a husky burst of
applause. Also appearing on the program were the
co-chairmen, Bernard Darling and La Vern Dilweg, the
latter serving as toastmaster; Elmer Eisenman, the
president of the Lions club; and the Rev. L.F. Gast, who
gave the blessing.
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Members of the Green Bay Lions
club, who worked to make the Packer championship
testimonial banquet such a great success, deserve 
more than passing acclaim. It was a tremendous
undertaking. At least 1,000 were served swiss steak at
the tables, and almost 500 more were at hand in the
balcony. Members of the club, including East High grid
coach Tom Hearden, acted as ushers and managed to
squeeze the huge crowd in without any reported injuries
..Refreshments and appetizers were served to members
of the team, visiting dignitaries, banquet principals and
the sports scribes before the banquet in the Marquette
room of the Columbus club. The Lions were host. Eddie
O'Brien, who dispensed the beverages, had a bottle of
milk on hand for Gov. Julius Heil, but the champion of
dairy promotion failed to show...Probably no group ever
has sat down to eat under closer scrutinization than the
men on the stage. All through the dinner 1,500 pair of
eyes were directed their way as the fans guesses the
identity of the players. Many used field and opera
glasses for the purpose. It was evident that sensitive
diners who object to being watched have no business
becoming celebrities...Tribute to Coach Curly Lambeau,
which came from the players as well as the the guest
speakers, found favor with the audience. Every time the
Packer mentor's name was mentioned, a wave of 
applause swept over the auditorium. From Packer
President L.H. Joannes to the trainers, it was generally
agreed that without Curly not only would there have 
been no championship, but no Green Bay football team
such as we know now...The Rev. L.F. Gast, sportsman
and sports follower, delivered the invocation before the
banquet. But up in the Marquette room in a less solemn
moment he wound up in a situation that Press-Gazette
Sports Editor John Walter puns was "ghastly". In
meeting Charlie Schultz, Packer tackle from Minnesota,
he said, "Oh, yes, I've followed your play this year. You
are from Michigan." When the smoke had cleared away
and it was explained that Charlie hailed from Michigan's
arch rival in the Big Ten, Rev. Gast attempted to recoup
his lost yardage with, "Well, anyway, Schultz is a good
German name." "Maybe so," Charlie said, "but I am
Polish." The conversation died a natural death at this
point...Before, during and after the fete autograph hunters besieged the players. Probably a dozen footballs were signed for fellow players, Radio Announcer Russ Winnie, business executive, and just plain fans. The souvenir banquet program furnished a good base for autographs. Clarke Hinkle, one of the most popular Packers of all-time as well as one of the most able, reports that last night he signed his name "50 or 60, maybe 100, times."...Russ Letlow's appearance on crutches was convincing evidence of Packer spirit. After the 27 to 0 title win over the Giants, in which Russ played a stellar game of guard, he spent three days in St. Mary's hospital with a leg injury. But despite how badly he was hurt, he had only one desire when he was on the bench last Sunday. He wanted to get back in the game...INCIDENTAL INTELLIGENCE: The mean was arranged under the direction of Adolph Heisenhamp, manager of the Columbus club grill. The regular Columbus club waitress corps was augmented through cooperation of the employment office until the crew numbered 83. Chairs in most of the aisles were back to back. How the girls managed to get through to serve the food may go down in history as one of the unsolved mysteries of Packer lore. But they managed...It may have been an oversight, or  it may have been due to a natural reticence on the part of thee Packer assistant coach, but Richard (Red) Smith almost was the forgotten man off the evening. Everyone but Red had a chance to toss a banquet, or a rib without malice, into the microphone. Nobody who knows him, however, overlooked the fine job he did with the line this season. Head Coach Lambeau swears by him, which should be testimonial enough...Some of the boys really have time on their hands as a result of winning Packer championships. Watch collections are growing. Which brings to mind one of the best cracks of the evening, and one well worth repeating. The imitable Don Hutson, who has been cited for just about every kind of an honor that can go to a gridder, drawled as he received his second timepiece within three years: "In 1936 I stood in just about this same sport and received a watch. Tonight I received another. I can visualize a time when the Bears are leading the Packers - the gang will get in a huddle and the older boys will tell the freshmen, 'Come on, boys. Let's have a couple of tallies and the Packer corporation will give us each a nice big watch."...John McNally, a quieter individual than the Johnny Blood football fandom knew as the 'vagabond halfback', made a very inglorious entrance with Joseph (Red) Dunn just before the program started. They sat in a dark corner with Oliver Kuechle, Milwaukee sportswriter, for most of the evening, but the plaudits of the multitude brought them to the stage for a few words each. What Blood-McNally said was particularly significant. Apparently the vagabond is becoming settled; the prodigal has returned. John said: "In traveling around, and growing older, I have learned that Green Bay not only is the city of champions, but the champion of cities." He will go to work for a Minneapolis lithographing and advertising firm after the first of the year. Now grey - almost white - around the temples, John says that football has seen the last of him, at least for the present. His role from now on is that of the spectator...The Lions' decoration committee deserves a hand. Flowers in the Packers' gold, crossed green and gold flags with a football between them and a scroll bearing the words "World Champions", drapes and signs with Packer game scored around the balcony, and the remarkable moving main dinner table with appropriate decorations and background impressed the crowd and the visitors. Clarence Orde made the illustrated signs which advertised the season's record. Note to the lady who wondered how the speakers' table was put in motion: It was on wheels, and powered by man, not machine...Tom Temple's popular orchestra played during the banquet. The musicians were on the stage behind the players and speakers. From 6:30 until 7 o'clock the Packer Lumberjack band played a well-received concert. In its first year, the Lumberjack unit of 25 has cut a real niche into the Packer setup. It is directed by Alex V. Enna...Lloyd Larson of Milwaukee was missed when the newspaper writers were introduced. He is one of the most analytical of the grid scribes....Included among the fans were number from Appleton, Neenah, Shawano, Manitowoc, Marinette, Milwaukee, and, yes, even from Chicago. Two from the latter city said, "I just wanted to see if the stories about Green Bay football spirit were true." He was convinced...Walter Schroeder, president of the Schroeder hotels, came up with a surprise in the way of a large trophy that was presented to Coach Lambeau and the Packers. Unable to be present, Schroeder wired, "I regret very much that it is impossible for me to be present at your testimonial dinner to the Green Bay Packers. Please extend to Coach Lambeau and the 1939 champions my warmest congratulations on their victory." The presentation was made by Toastmaster Lavvie Dilweg of the 1929 championship team, several members of which were present. Failing to acknowledge his introduction as a member of that winner was Dick O'Donnell, who, however, was on hand.
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - There were ghosts in the auditorium last night, when the Packer Victory program rolled through its extensive length, but they were a quite lively crew of haunts, well removed, it may be hoped, from the hereafter. These spirits were a bit heavier, a bit balder, less active than most people remembered them, but they were well known and well received for all that, as those members of Green Bay's first national championship football team acknowledged their introductions. Did you, somehow, get the idea during those few moments that the Packer alumni are doing as much for their community in their after years as ever a college alumni could do for his? There they were, most of them - settled businessmen, a credit to any community, and in the case of eight of them that community is Green Bay. A fine thing, don't you think, for these football players to establish themselves as a part of Green Bay's civic life, long after their playing days with the team are ended? There were Verne Lewellen, the highest scoring Packer of all time, looking as though he still could knife through a fast line, and Hurd McCrary, one of the greatest Packer backs of all time. And up to the microphone came popular Red Dunn, heady field generals of three championship campaigns, and that most idolized of all Packer football alumni - Johnny Blood, one-time vagabond halfback. Bernard Darling, Lavvie Dilweg, Dick O'Donnell, Jugger Earpe, Whitey Woodin, Mike Michalske - those were names which drew high respect during their active playing days. And it was great stuff - real, dramatic - to see them seated around the auditorium, adding their applause to the accomplishments of another great, young Packer team. Up with the speakers sat Red Smith, tireless assistant coach, who was with that Packer championship team of 1929. And Toastmaster Dilweg brought word of other great stars of that decade - old football squad - Cal Hubbard, Tom Nash, Claude Perry, Jim Bowdoin, Paul Minnick, Bo Molenda, Bullet Baker, Bill Kern, Carl Lidberg. Most of them are successes in the business world. Most of them continued the hard charge which led them to a little city's first great football achievement into the world which followed the championship year, and through a vast depression and a period of unrest, have left their marks. This is the finest accomplishment of the Green Bay Packers.
DEC 15 (New York) - Mel Hein, the New York Giants' tall, aggressive ball-hawk, was selected today for the seventh consecutive year as center on the NFL All-
League team as chosen by the pro coaches. The burly
pivot was one of the four repeaters from among those
making the honor eleven a year ago. The others were
Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers' sensational pass
snatching end, and a pair of Chicago Bears aces, guard
Dan Fortmann and tackle Joe Stydahar...HUTSON 
GETS MOST VOTES: Hutson, who makes the squad
for the third time, drew more votes than any of the other
players, while Fortmann was runner-up. The Giants
placed four men on the team, more than any other club.
In addition to Hein, they were Tuffy Leemans, elusive
back; Jim Poole at end and Johnny Dell Isola at guard.
A pair of rookie stars also made the No. 1 team. Both
were backs, Davey O'Brien of the Philadelphia Eagles, who was the nation's outstanding college star a year ago for Texas Christian university, and Bill Osmanski of the Chicago Bears, an eastern ace in 1938 with Holy Cross. Andy Farkas, back, and Jim Barber, tackle, of the Washington Redskins, complete the team...O'BRIEN STARTS LATE: Osmanski was the leading ground gainer of the league with 699 yards in 121 attempts. O'Brien got off to a slow start and then broke the league record for pass completions with 21 bulls-eyes against the Bears. Farkas was the leading scorer of the loop with 68 points, including 11 touchdowns for a new record. He also figured in the bettering of another mark by catching a pass from Filchock that was good for a 99-yard gain.
DEC 16 (New York) - More than one and a half million spectators witnessed NFL warriors in combat in 1939, a record-breaking total, it was announced by President Carl L. Storck. Official figure show that 1,280,332 attended 55 league games, 32,279 saw the championship playoff and another 262,678 witnessed nine preseason all-star contests. The combined league
and playoff attendance of 1,312,611 is an increase of
12.3 percent over last year's record of 1,168,225. The
reported nation's college attendance increase in 1939
was one percent...LARGEST HOME ATTENDANCE:
The New York Giants had the largest home attendance,
drawing 233,301 to six home games, including 62,543 
for the Washington encounter and 58,693 to the Bears
contest, the two largest single game crowds of the
season. The Washington throng was the second largest
in National league history, topped only by 65,000 for the
Giants-Bears clash in 1925 at which Red Grange made
his professional debut. Detroit was second with 185,061
home attendance in six games and Washington third
with 164,509 in six games. Six home game records
were established in Milwaukee (Packers-Washington),
Detroit, Cleveland, Washington and Brooklyn during the
regular season and in Milwaukee (Green Bay-Giants)
for the championship playoff...RECORD PLAYOFF
GATE: A total of 48,492 viewed New York at Detroit;
36,183 for Detroit at Washington; 34,032 for New York
at Brooklyn; 30,691 for Green Bay at Cleveland; and
24,308 for Washington-Green Bay at Milwaukee. The
32,279 at the Green Bay-New York playoff at Milwaukee
was the largest crowd ever to see a sports event in that
town, topping the Washington-Green Bay crowd.
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Assurances: "Packer football 
fans in this section are celebrating the championship
with gusto, and the comment of a New York sportswriter
that Green Bay isn't a big enough town to support the
squad and the league has been forgotten in the 
enthusiasm," writes Gordon R. McIntyre of the Appleton
Post-Crescent. Another thing that has put the fans at
ease, adds McIntyre, is the assurances of Tim Mara of
the New York Giants and George Halas of the Chicago
Bears. "While Bill Corum's comment may have been a
little uncalled for, William isn't so far from wrong in
mentioning it," McIntyre continues. "He's late, however,
for apparently the shrewd gentlemen who direct the
Packers anticipated it several years ago when they tied
up State fair park at Milwaukee for 10 years...We're not
worrying about the matter. The time may come, if 
Milwaukee gets a big stadium, when the Packers will
play three games in Milwaukee and only three in Green
Bay, but the Packers will never leave Green Bay while
the present group directs its activities. The northeastern
section of the state can support three big games in 
Green Bay, and likewise Milwaukee and the southern section can support three. So we're going to anticipate a lot more games in the little town in the big league, put our faith in the gentlemen who direct the Packers, and forget about Bill Corum's rather gloomy thoughts," McIntyre's readers are assured...WISE MOVE: Regarding the NFL, Hank Casserly says in the Madison Capital times that "Green Bay can accommodate 24,000, which is ordinarily enough. Too much praise cannot be given the citizenry of that city for their support of the Packers. At least two games a year in Milwaukee is a concession to the fans from the southern part of the state, and is a wise move by the Packer management."...JUST MEDDLING: "My, how those boys in the big city worry about their country cousins!" remarks Harry Chandler in the Manitowoc Herald-Times. "Bill Abbott, a publicity man, comes out of New York expecting to hire a band and try to drum up a crowd for the playoff in Milwaukee between the Giants and Packers, and finds that seats were all sold out 24 hours before he burst upon the scene. Then there is Bill Corum, sports ed of the New York Journal American. Corum comes right out and advocates the withdrawal of Green Bay from the NFL. What the sophisticated scriveners in the big town can't realize is that the Packers belong to the whole state of Wisconsin, not just Green Bay. The Packers have struck a happy medium in playing two or three of their games in Milwaukee, but if they would ever try to move the show to Milwaukee permanently, much of their appeal would be lost. A couple of lean years and they'd be skidding out of the league."
DEC 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.
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - If it is true that a draft may be a wind, and that it is an ill wind that blows no good, it may be assumed that the NFL's draft is one of the better sort, definitely resulting in a great amount of good to the the league, its members and the players. Shirley Povich, Washington Post sportswriters, raises what he believes will be a controversial subject when he questions the justice of limiting a college's star field of professional activity to the team which selects him in the draft. He specifically mentions George Caefgo of Tennessee as the victim of some imagined injustice because Cafego was picked up by the Chicago Cardinals right off the bat. "For the likes of Cafego," Povich asserts, "the pro football draft is a brutal thing. Apparently he is famous enough and skillful enough to make good with any team in the league. But he is prevented from shopping around for the best offer. He can't sell his services to the highest bidder. If he could, he'd probably align himself with such teams as the Packers or Giants and thus be able to anticipate a share of the heavy dough."...TEAMS DO TOO WELL: Povich refers to the Cardinals as a "perennial loser", which is true enough. But elsewhere, his arguments don't hold water. The league's lowly teams have done right well by their top-flight draft selections financially - almost too well for their own good and the league's. Five figure salaries such as Whizzer White received from Pittsburgh, Marshall Goldberg obtained from the Cards, and Davey O'Brien found in Philadelphia are unique to bottom-rung clubs. In fact, White, Goldberg and O'Brien all had announced in no uncertain terms that they would NOT play professional football anywhere. It was only the high price set upon their services by Art Rooney of Pittsburgh, Charlie Bidwill of the Cardinals and Bert Bell of the Eagles that lured them into post-grad ball. If Cafego entertains any idea of reaping that kind of hay, it is certain that he would not have found it in Green Bay, the championship notwithstanding, and it is doubtful whether Tim Mara of the Giants would have come up with anything to match it...NOT WORTH HUGE SUMS: No one player, untried and of speculative pro league value, is worth huge sums to a winning club. Furthermore, in many cases big money to one individual often is the cause of dissension on a team. Blood ran into trouble at Pittsburgh early in the 1938 season, and Bidwill had his fill of it with the Cardinals early this year. Their experience may tend to end the extremely high salaries that are all out of proportion with what the other boys receive. At least, it probably will keep such deals out of the headlines. There is another little matter that Povich overlooked in his criticism of the draft. Unless the lower teams get first choice in the selections, and that choice carries some weight, how can they build squad strength and drawing power? They need the players with the fancy reputations to stimulate fan interest. The winner already has customers waiting in line. Without the first handful out of the college grab-bag, the bottom teams would stay on the bottom, and continue to play to empty houses. When the league season is in full swing, they can expect nothing from their more fortunate colleagues...FAILURE TO HELP: Hugo Bezdek, who was coach of the Cleveland Rams up to midseason in 1938, rapped other coaches and owners for their failure to help the low ranking teams, such as Cleveland was then, with the sale and trade of players. He complained that the seasoned players of real value were kept under lock and key. True enough. But a winner, wishing to remain a winner, cannot dispense with its key men to try to produce a winner in a rival town. So, the loser's only recourse is the draft. Cleveland this season is a fine example of what can be done in just two years of careful selecting under the protection of the league draft rules. Ram President Tom Lipscomb helps scout and pick the Cleveland choices. At least one of them, Parker Hall of Mississippi, was a standout rookie this season. He was first on the Rams' list last year. The wisdom of the draft system needs little, if any, further proof. It was Hall who helped put Cleveland football on something of a firm footing. This year Dutch Clark went to the draft meeting looking principally for ends, backfield replacements and a smattering of linemen. He believes he has them. But without the reservation on players provided by the draft, Cleveland, in all probability, still would be floundering about with only the second and third rate players who were willing to cast their lot with a loser...SOUGHT AFTER LEE: As for Povich's charge that it is a "brutal thing", the players seemed to suffer more under the old plan of laissez-faire. Bill Lee was one of the most sought after tackles on the college rolls when he was finished at Alabama. Coach Curly Lambeau bid for his services, as did a number of others, before losing out to Brooklyn. Stan Kostka, Minnesota fullback, was another the coaches wanted. Brooklyn, a big spender that year, got him too. Both were dissatisfied. Lee wanted to come to Green Bay, and finally did after Lambeau arranged a trade. Kostka quit. Better regulations regarding contact in general have resulted from the draft. Without it one big bankroll could put the entire league behind the eight ball in short order. For the coaches, the free-handed method was the cause of numerous headaches. It means that the team mentors had to scour the country, first stirring the interest of players in the pro game, and then selling them on the home club before a rival outfit puts its bid in. The system may be improved. It could stand some changes. But from all appearances at present, the restrictive clause regarding the players is a good thing. A study of draft results of the past two years reveals that year in, year out, the plan works pretty well. All that glittered was not gold, and some unheralded lads turned out to be diamonds in the rough. More about them later.
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - We loaded a column with clippings from other newspapers last week and found, when finished, that there still remained a sizeable collection. The first one which now comes to hand, as might be expected, deals with the Packers. It's from the Rockford, Ill., Register-Republic, and was sent in by our good friend, Coach Charley Beyer, athletic director of Rockford High school. The story, written by Steve Snider of the United Press, was attached to an eight-column streamer which screamed from the first Register-Republic sport page, and included the words: "The self-styled 'biggest little city' in professional football - busting Green Bay - once again held the world championship today." Charles Larson, sports editor of the Escanaba Daily Press, who keeps up well posted on Upper Peninsula events, sent in a copy of his sheet with the news that Don Pfotenhauer, fullback, has been elected captain of the 1940 Escanaba Eskymos, succeeding his brother, Merle, a halfback. Both Pfotenhauers formerly lived in Green Bay. Merle, incidentally, was selected on the all-Michigan team of the Detroit Free-Press. Dutch Clark's recent promotion at Cleveland caused one newspaper from that city to comment as follows: "Probably the year's most outstanding job in any line of sports was done by Earl (Dutch) Clark, whose Cleveland Rams came within a few minutes and a single point of upsetting the great Green Bay Packers for the second time this season. The improvement which Clark made in the Rams within a few months is almost incredible. Even this year's personnel - which the quiet coach himself says must be altered before the team will be a title threat - proved itself a worthy competitor for the best in the business. The town at last had adopted the Rams as its own. Any time 31,000 people develop so close an attachment to a team that they shout loud and long in an effort to disconcert the opponents who are trying to hear their own signals, well, there may be some question about their sportsmanship but there can be none about their loyalty.
DEC 19 (New Britain, CT) - Harry Jacunski of New Britain, end of the Green Bay Packers, 1939 professional football champions, and Anna Juzyik of Winsted filed marriage intentions yesterday with the city clerk here. No date was set, but under Connecticut law they must wait at least five days.
DEC 20 (Los Angeles) - The Pro Bowl game between the Green Bay Packers and the National League All-Stars in Gilmore Stadium Jan. 7 is likely to be a battle in the skies. The effectiveness of the Packer passing game, which played a big part in the Wisconsin team's successful quest of the championship, is known. In Don Hutson, the onetime Alabama great, Coach Curly Lambeau has probably the top pass catcher of all time. And Arnold Herber, Cecil Isbell, Ed Jankowski and others are expert throwers...SEVEN RECORDS: But the All-Stars need take no back seat in the aerial department. Final National League passing statistics released yesterday revealed that seven marks went by the boards during the 1939 campaign - and nominees for the All-Star lineup played the major roles in that siege of record-breaking. Two rookies, Parker Hall, fresh from the University of Mississippi campus, and Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian wonder boy who everyone said was too little to make good in pro ranks, staged a thrilling battle for the passing crown. Both will play here Jan. 7...BAUGH ECLIPSED: Hall, flipping for the Cleveland Rams, gained the sharpshooting title in the final game on the calendar. He pitched 206 passes and completed 106 for 1,227 yards and nine touchdowns. Hall's feat broke the former record set by Baugh to the tune of 25 surplus completions. O'Brien, the 150-pound Texan who tossed the aerials for the Philadelphia Eagles, was in the running for the title right down to the final game between the Rams and Eagles but lost out to the 210-pound Hall in the windup battle. Little Davey, given scant protection, completed 99 out of 201 passes for 1,324 yards and six touchdowns. His yardage broke the 11-game mark of 1,127 and also the 12-game mark of 1,239. He also completed 21 passes against the Chicago Bears for a new league record for one game...FILCHOCK CLICKS: Other passing records were made by Frank Filchock, Washington, 61.7 percent efficiency; Dwight Sloan, Detroit, only three interceptions all season; and Filchock's pass to Andy Farkas for a 99-yard gain. Filchock and Farkas are en route here. Hall was the greatest offensive player in the league, accounting for a total of 1,685 yards. In addition to the 1,127 yards he netted by passing, Hall gained 458 in 120 running plays. Frank Filchock, the Redskins' halfback, was second, completing 55 out of 89 passes for 1,094 yards and gained 413 on 103 running plays for a total of 1,507 yards...OSMANSKI LEADS: Bill Osmanski, Chicago Bears' rookie fullback, was the league's leading ground gainer, ripping his way through the opposition for 699 yards in 121 attempts. Andy Farkas, Washington, was second with 547 yards in 139 attempts. Osmanski was picked by the fans for All-Star duty, but couldn't come because of an injury.
DEC 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.
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Verne Lewellen, one of the 
greatest halfbacks in professional football history, still
rules the Green Bay Packer individual scoring list, but
for the first time since he retired after the 1932 season,
his throne is tottering. Lewellen's all-time scoring record
of 301 points, achieved in nine seasons between 1924
and 1932, is menaced by the onrushing performances
of two younger Green Bay gridders, one a fullback, the
other an end. If Clarke Hinkle plays one more season,
he is virtually assured of a new Packer scoring mark,
and he may even charge past that total to threaten the
National league record. Hinkle now has 274 points, 27
less than Lewellen, and he has played one season less
than did Lew. If Hinkle doesn't break the record, it
appears likely that Don Hutson will. That brilliant end is
charging along in third place, and his exploits this year,
his fifth in the National league, sent his total up to 240,
only 34 points less than Hinkle's, and achieved in three
less seasons. Hank Bruder this fall, his ninth as a
Packer, became the sixth member of the team to reach
the century mark in scoring. He scored one touchdown,
and now has an even 100 points. Joe Laws, halfback in
his sixth year, moved into the high ranking scoring
class and now ranks eighth with 90 points, achieved on
15 touchdowns...KEEPS ON KICKING: In tenth is Paul
(Tiny) Engebretsen, moving into exalted ground entirely
on the strength of his redoubtable toe, which has
accounted for 40 extra points and 14 field goals, and a
grand total of 82. Ernie Smith, veteran tackle, has 
climbed up to 12th place, also without benefit of a 
touchdown. His scoring record includes 45 extra points
and seven field goals for 66 points. Eddie Jankowski is
in 20th place on the big list, with 57 points, gleaned on
nine touchdowns and three extra points...GETS NINE
TOUCHDOWNS: Right behind him, in 21st, is Captain
Milt Gantenbein, who has counted nine touchdowns for
54 points. Arnold Herber scored again this year, and 
has made a total of 44 points. Other Packers who
dented the scoring column this season, and their grand
totals, are the following: Andy Uram, 30; Cecil Isbell,
27; Carl Mulleneaux, 24; Harry Jacunski, 12; Charley
Brock, Tom Greenfield, Bud Svendsen, 6 each.
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - In addition to being present at an
historic occasion - the celebration of Green Bay's fifth
National league football championship - men and 
women who attend Thursday night's Victory banquet at
the Columbus club will see motion pictures of Sunday's
game. Arrangements to show the film, which is said to
include 13 minutes of the action at State Fair park, 
have been completed by the Lions club committee in
charge, headed by Lavvie Dilweg and Bernard Dilweg.
The football pictures will be only a part of the big 
program, which will start at 7 o'clock with the serving of
dinner...GOVERNOR TO ATTEND: On the stage will be
a variety of celebrities, headed by Julius Heil, governor
of Wisconsin, and Arch Ward, Chicago Tribune sports
editor whose main function will be to invite the Packers
to play in the Chicago All-Star game next August. This
invitation will be accepted officially by Coach Curly
Lambeau of the Packers. The players will be introduced
by Dr. W.W. Kelly, member of the Packer executive 
board and past president of the corporation. There will 
be a number of other speakers, including Leland H. Joannes, Packer president; sportswriters Oliver Kuechle, Stoney McGlynn and Lloyd Larson of Milwaukee; and the players themselves...MOVE PROGRAM ALONG: Dilweg will be toastmaster and he plans to rap the program through in good time. A special decorative theme will be carried out, and will be highly attractive. Tom Temple's orchestra will be present early to dispense music appropriate to the occasion. The Lions committee is attempting to contact all members of the 1929 championship Packer team, and already has received assurance of Joseph (Red) Dunn, the team's quarterback, that he will attend. Tickets are on sale at the Packer Legion building headquarters, and are going rapidly. They are priced at $1.50, including dinner and souvenir program, or at 50 cents for the balcony, which includes neither.
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - The reddest face among New York sportswriters who covered the Packer-Giant game Sunday probably belongs to James A. Burchard of the World-Telegram. It would take a noble soul to refrain from reprinting his pregame story. Here it is, just as Burchard penned it on the eve of the conflict: "Curly (Lambeau) has been holding secret practice for the past week, with all visitors, including sportswriters, not permitted within 25 miles of the field. What's Curly got to hide? We've seen that ball club of his for the last eight years, and he's got 10 old men of the mountain with their beards tangling in their cleats. The score? Well, we pick the Giants by two touchdowns with a field goal tossed in for good measure by Ward Cuff, the local boy who hopes to make good." The post-game statement by Mel Hein, New York center, you will find much less nauseating. Hein said: "You fellows have a right to be proud. You have a great team. You beat us thoroughly. It was almost brutal. You beat us in the line. You beat us up passing. You beat us kicking. You beat us in every department. We have no alibi. We were ready, You just gave us a terrific whipping."...The Packer all-time scoring list, which appears elsewhere on this page, provided some interesting statistics. It shows, for instance, that Green Bay players have scored 3,194 points over a period extending from 1921. It shows that the Packers have counted 444 touchdowns, and to these scores they have added 321 extra points. In addition, they have kicked 73 field goals. Verne Lewellen has scored the most touchdowns for Green Bay, getting 50, while second in line is Don Hutson, with 39, and third are Clarke Hinkle and Johnny Blood with 37 apiece. Toe ace kicker of points after touchdown still is Joseph (Red) Dunn, with 46, although Ernie Smith now has 45 and Tiny Engebretsen 40. The three leading Packer field goal booters are Engebretsen, with 14; Hinkle, with 13; and Cub Buck, with 12.
DEC 21 (Green Bay) - 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.
DEC 21 (Green Bay) - Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, and A.B. Turnbull, executive board member of the football corporation, will leave late tomorrow afternoon for Los Angeles. In Gilmore stadium at that community Sunday, Jan. 7, the Packers will play a picked team of National league opponents in the second annual Pro Bowl game. The players will report next Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Coach Lambeau already has their opening assignments ready for them. The men who carried the chief playing burden during the past season will spend their first two days conditioning themselves, and playing touch football...START HARD WORK: The younger squad members, including those whose activities were limited during the strenuous league season, will plunge right into hard work, with scrimmage on the bill of fare, as Lambeau hopes to make use of their services extensively. This group includes Frank Balazs, Jimmy Lawrence, Gus Zarnas, Larry Buhler, Tom Greenfield, Paul Kell, Al Moore, Charles Schultz, Pete Tinsley and Dick Weisgerber. The team will be headquartered at the Riviera Country club near Los Angeles, and will do its practicing on a large adjacent polo field, ideal for the assignment at hand.
DEC 21 (Los Angeles) - What about this Green Bay Packer team that's coming out to play the National League All-Stars in the Pro Bowl game? A mighty tough outfit, lads. To begin with, the club won nine out of 11 games to capture the Western Division honors this season - and both defeats were by bare 3-point margins...GIANTS ROUTED: Then the Wisconsins, underdogs in the wagering, amazed with a 27-0 rout of the New York Giants, Eastern Division leaders and 1938 league champions. But winning titles in the world's toughest football company is nothing new for Green Bay. This year's was the fifth for Coach Curly Lambeau and his cohorts - or, rather, for the city of Green Bay. For that Packer football team is as much a part of Green Bay as are its sidewalks, its business houses, its schools and its city officials. Green Bay's population is only 37,000, but home games of the Packers drew consistently around 25,000. Ten thousand were down at the railroad station to welcome the players home after this year's campaign. The victory banquet drew 1,250 diners, with an overflow of 750 others packed into a balcony. There were parades and other high jinks. The Packers are a part of Green Bay. Fans are stockholders in the club and the players are solid citizens who work in the city the year around - and stay there after their playing days are over. What the population thinks of its team and players was well illustrated a few years ago when Vern Lewellen, a former University of Nebraska ace, was landslided into the office of County Attorney...FOOTBALL DID IT: "He's a Packer - and some punter!" the voters said. And that settled it. Apparently Vern was a pretty good politician, too, for he was reelected. The team generally is top heavy with Midwestern talent - and this year is no exception. There are Frank Balazs and Joe Laws of Iowa, Hank Bruder and Paul Engebretsen of Northwestern, Larry Buhler, Charles Schultz, Andy Uram and Earl Svendsen of Minnesota, Milt Gantenbein, Chuck Goldenberg and Ed Jankowski of Wisconsin, Charlie Brock of Nebraska, Gus Zarnas of Ohio State, Paul Kell of Notre Fame, Cecil Isbell of Purdue...FAMED GUYS: Then there are such guys you all know as famed Clarke Hinkle of Bucknell, Arnold Herber of Regis, Willard Letlow of San Francisco, Carl Mulleneaux of Utah State, Buford Ray of Georgia and others. And last, but of course not least, a fellow by the name of Don Hutson, who is the mostest of the bestest in the matter of spearing forward passes and going places, particularly across goal lines. He's that Alabama gent who played that never-to-be-forgotten ball in the Rose Bowl game of '35. Dixie Howell to Don Hutson - 'member?...STILL PESKY: Huston hasn't been back since, but you'll see him at Gilmore Stadium on Jan 7. And he's just as pesky as every - even the pros have never been able to squelch him. Back of this array of talent are a pair of swell coaches - Curly Lambeau and Red Smith. But it's that community spirit which makes Green Bay squadrons really tough. It promises to be a lively afternoon for Steve Owen and his All-Stars. And for the fans.
work, and lots of it, next season. Martin Schreyer of Purdue, a tackle who captained the team and was picked on the first eleven for the Chicago All-Star game, was the second name drawn by Green Bay in 1937. Schreyer signed, but a leg injury, aggravated in the All-Star practice, took him off the gridiron for good. Charlie Brock, the Nebraska center, was second up in 1938. He was stamped himself as one of the best in the business. In 1937 Andy Uram of Minnesota was No. 3 on the list. He is shaping into one of the league's best running backs. Third last year was Lynn Hovland, rugged Wisconsin guard, who didn't sign. That is a chance the coaches must take. Besides wondering if a player will make the grade, the selector must weigh the chances of getting his choice to affix his name to a contract. Joe Doakes may be a red hot back, but there is nothing to be gained by picking him if he has other ideas for the future...SEVEN SIGNED CONTRACTS: In 1937, out of 10 players on the Packer draft list, seven signed. Besides Isbell, Schreyer and Uram, the men who came to terms were Phil Ragazzo, guard from Western Reserve; Johnny Howell, back from Nebraska; Frank Burkhart, guard from Greeley State; and Pete Tinsley, guard from Georgia. Chuck Sweeney, who was Lambeau's fourth choice after a great season at end for Notre Dame, passed up pro ball. Johnny Kovatch, Northwestern end, was high on the list, but the Packer coach later decided that he was not rugged enough for the pro game. So, Kovatch was allowed to sign with Cleveland, and results proved that Lambeau again was right. He was severely injured in his second or third game. Ragazzo also went to Cleveland, his hometown, and still is on the Rams' roster. Lambeau relinquished him for center Ookie Miller, in a three-way trade that sent Lou Gordon to the Chicago Bears. Howell and Tinsley both played all last season, and the latter was here this year as well. Barnhart was given his release early in the season, and faded from the major league picture. The tenth player desired by Coach Lambeau in 1937 was Tony Falkenstein, St. Mary's college back. He just could not make up his mind...NAME 20 PLAYERS EACH: Last year the teams each named 20 pl;ayers instead of 10 on their list. Seven of Green Bay's two score were with the Packers when they annexed the
championship. All probably will be back next year. They
are Buhler, Brock, Paul Kell, tackle from Notre Dame;
Tom Greenfield, center from Arizona; Frank Balazs,
back from Iowa; Charles Schultz, Minnesota tackle, and
Larry Craig, end from South Carolina. Three other 1938
draftees returned signed contracts, but are not on hand.
Francis Twedell, guard from Minnesota, missed fire.
Jack Brennan, Michigan guard, was sent to the
Kenosha pro team. Charles Gunner, back from Santa
Clara, was kept out by an appendicitis... RELEASED
BY CLEVELAND: The fourteenth choice was John
Yerby, an Oregon end, whose playing right were traded
to Cleveland for the services of Dick Zoll, Green Bay
boy who was a tackle at Indiana. Yerby reported at
Cleveland, but was released. Zoll went to the Cincinnati
Bengals after being cut loose here. Kaplanoff, an Ohio
State tackle, was ninth on the Packer list, but that
particular choice was owed to Brooklyn on a trade deal.
Kaplanoff remained with the Dodgers the entire season.
The boys who would have been pro league freshmen,
with the title winner if they had signed, but did not, were
Hovland, Vince Gavre, Wisconsin quarterback who
played with Kenosha; Johnny Hall, Texas Christian
back; Charley Sprague, Southern Methodist end; Dan
Ellmer, Minnesota center; Bill Badgett, Georgia tackle
Roy Bellin, Wisconsin halfback; and Willard Hofer,
Notre Dame back...PLAYED AGAINST PACKERS: Hall
played against the Packers in the Dallas All-Star game,
and while he had a great reputation in the Southwest
he showed little to indicate that he would have burned
up the National league. It is doubtful that either Bellin or
Gavre would have beaten out any of the present Packer
backs. The same applies to Sprague at end. Badgett
and Hovland both were highly thought of, and might have
clicked. Hofer was a good back, but he was 19th on the
Packer list and that is a long way down. Many are
called, but few are chosen. Those few, however, in nine
cases out of nine, will be the boys who are destined to
be key men of the future teams. Between five and ten
surefire replacements are just about certain from the 20
picked at Milwaukee a couple of weeks back. There is
more to be said about the draft, and it will - later!
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Buckets Goldenberg and Arnold
Herber, Packer guard and halfback respectively, left 
today for the Pacific coast, being the last two players to
head west for the Pro Bowl game at Los Angeles Jan. 7.
Coach E.L. Lambeau and A.B. Turnbull, executive board
member, left late yesterday. The other players were on
the way earlier in the week, most of them traveling by
auto. The entire squad will assemble at the Riviera 
Country club near Los Angeles next Tuesday, when
routine drills will start.
DEC 23 (New York) - Andy Farkas, Washington, and
Jack Manders, Chicago Bears, who finished in a tie for
fifth in scoring last year and rose to first and third this
year, were the only two players among the first five for
the second straight year according to final 1939 NFL
statistics. Each of these played established a new 
league record in scoring. Farkas, with 11 touchdowns
and two conversions for 68 points, broke the former
season's touchdown mark of nine made by Green Bay's
Don Hutson in 1936 and equaled in 1938. Manders, with
four touchdowns, 17 extra points and three field goals 
for 50 points, brought his lifetime total to 19 touchdowns,
117 extra points and 38 field goals for 345 points, taking
the all-time scoring championship from Ken Strong, 
New York. Strong now has 35 touchdowns, 67 extra
points and 21 field goals for 340 points in his National
league career. John Drake, Cleveland fullback, was
second in scoring with 54 points; Jim Benton, Cleveland,
and Bill Osmanski, Bears, tied for fourth with 48 points
each. Paul Engebretsen's 18 conversions with Green
Bay was the season's highest individual accumulation.
The 68 points tallied by Farkas exceeded the 1938 total
of Clarke Hinkle, Geen Bay, by 10 points. Hinkle 
finished 11th this year. Osmanski was the only rookie to
crash the first five places in scoring last year.
DEC 24 (Los Angeles) - First local workouts of the 
Green Bay Packers and the National League All-Stars,
opponents in the Pro Bowl grid fracas scheduled for
Gilmore Stadium Jan. 7, will be staged Tuesday. The
Packers, 1939 pro champs, will toil at Riviera Country
Club, starting at 10 a.m., with the All-Stars awaiting
until 2 p.m., when they will hie themselves to Rancho
Cinega Playground...COACHES CONFER: Coaches
Curly Lambeau of the Packers and Steve Owen, Giant
mentor who has the job of whipping the Stars into a
team, will confer Tuesday on a training program for the
remainder of the practice period. If possible, hours will
be adjusted so that fans can watch both squads go
through their daily paces. Players continued to arrive
yesterday and today's influx should find a majority of the
men on hand...OTHERS CHECK IN: Andy Farkas, the
former Detroit University ace who set a new pro scoring
record as a Washington Redskin this season, arrived
with his bride. They are making a honeymoon out of the
western junket. Others to check in were Tony Blazine of
the Chicago Cards, Ward Cuff of the Giants, Turk
Edwards of Washington, Frank Filchock of Washington,
Byron Gentry of Pittsburgh, Ray George of Detroit, John
Johnson of Detroit, Pug Manders of Brooklyn and
Bruiser Kinard of Brooklyn. Coach Owen pulled in late
last night. Owen, who because of illness in his family
missed the playoff game in which the Packers beat the
Giants, 27-0, for the league championship and the right
to play in the Pro Bowl game, also got in yesterday.
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 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.
DEC 27 (Santa Monica, CA) - It's a tough life the Packers are leading out here as they prepare for the tussle with the National league All-Stars on Jan. 7. Here is the schedule: 8 a.m. - breakfast, including papaya and a bit of abalone. 10 a.m. - practice for two hours in the glorious sunshine. Noon - more food, including a few sand dabs. 2 p.m. - a round of golf over the magnificent Riviera Country club course. 6 p.m. - chicken. 7 p.m. - bridge. Most of the boys spent Christmas day on the links. Curly Lambeau and Red Smith tackled Bill Lee and Don Hutson for a small side bet. It was a thriller until the seventh hole, when Bridegroom Lee had to retire. At a meeting of players yesterday, Lambeau asked how many men hadn't telephones in their rooms. Four held the their hands up. They were Bridegrooms Lee, Isbell, Ray and Kell. Lambeau afterwards lodged a squawk with the management only to learn that there is a telephone in every room. "Funny they didn't notice the telephones," Lambeau mused. About the only man who doesn't give golf a whirl is Frank Balazs. He spends his spare time ice skating around in an indoor rink. Fancy coming to California to ice skate. Outside of Buckets Goldenberg and Arnie Herber, all the boys are in camp. These two are due today. The only casualty is Russ Letlow, but Dave Woodward says he will be ready without question Jan. 7...HAS MOVIE PROPOSITIONS: Lambeau has movie propositions from MGM and Everett Crosby, brother and business manager of the celebrated Bing. He also has an offer for an exhibition game against an aggregation of stars in Honolulu. While the bridegrooms are very much in favor of the junket to Hawaii, Lambeau is lukewarm and will need much persuasion to pass up the movie offers. He is scheduled to confer with Pete Smith of MGM today while the boys visit Universal studios for a bit of gaping. There is much interest in the Packer-All Star game and it is almost certain to set a new attendance for pro contests in the state of California, which seems to grow gridders on every tree. "Get me a good tip on the races Saturday and the trip will be a success," Lambeau announced as he and Smith made plans to attend the opening of Santa Anita track Saturday.
DEC 26 (Los Angeles) - On Christmas Day, appropriately enough, Steve Owen relaxed in a deep chair at the Hollywood Athletic Club, eyes twinkling merrily as he watched a parade of wide-shouldered, square-jawed young men saunter past. Steve was living a coach's dream. These muscular lads, 25 of the outstanding football players in the country, had been tossed into his lap by discerning fans who voted them the National League All-Stars of 1939...JOB AHEAD: Yesterday Steve had nothing to do but contemplate this dream team come to life, but today he'll start a hurry-up job of welding the array into a fighting unit to tackle the Green Bay Packers, pro football's championship club, in the Jan. 7 Pro Bowl game at Gilmore Stadium. "I'll have to give the fans credit - and thanks," the veteran boss man chuckled. "Wait til you see that Parker Hall in action. And that Johnny Drake - he played against us out here last year and gave me an awful case of jitters. And that little hunk of dynamite, Davey O'Brien. And that smashing Manders and Cuff and Vanzo and Stydahar. Those ends, Schwartz and Poole. Bruiser Kinard - he's well named. And all the others."...NEW EXPERIENCE: "This All-Star stuff is new to me - I'm usually on the other side of the fence - but I am sure looking forward to working with that gang. Those Packers will know they've been in a ball game." Owen normally coaches the New York Giants, 1938 pro kings and winners over a similar all-star outfit in last year's Pro Bowl classic here. He's been successful in two other games against star teams this year, beating the college squad in the annual preseason extravaganza in Chicago and New York. The Giants won the Eastern Division title again in the season just completed, but lost to the Packers in the title playoff. That was one of two games the Gothams dropped during a tough 15-game schedule. Steve missed the playoff because of illness in his family and he's boiling to get back at Curly Lambeau and his lads...PRO VETERAN: Owen is one of the old guard of pro football. He started playing as a Giant back in 1926, when pro football was getting horse laughs - especially from the colleges - and with some cause, too. Steve became the Giants' playing coach in '31 and hung up his uniform two years later to concentrate on master-minding. And he's been on the job ever since to reap the satisfaction of seeing pro football develop into well-regulated, high plane game that is packing 'em in - and giving some of the college big-wigs heebee jeebies. "This so-called pro-college hatred is a myth," Owen says. "We have no fight with the colleges. the more they prosper the more we prosper. The better their players and teams the better ours will be. The bigger their gates the bigger ours. We 'steal' no college players - our rule against signing boys before their class is graduated is rigidly enforced."...DRILL TODAY: "If we are outdrawing some of the former pack-them-in schools, it's because their schedules are weak. Fans used to flock to the big schools regardless of the game - they followed the team. Now they shop for the best games, regardless of what teams may be playing. And pro rules permit of more colorful play. And fans are convinced that pros nowadays train just as faithfully as college boys, have just as much fight and spirit, are as well coached." Steve and his assistants, Bo Molenda and Roy (Bullet) Baker, will assemble the All-Stars at Cienega Playground at 2 o'clock today for the opening workout...PACKERS ARRIVE: Meanwhile, the Riviera Country Club was neck-deep in football players yesterday as the Green Bay delegation, 50 strong, arrived. Coaches Curly Lambeau and Red Smith brought 30 players, plus a sizeable wives' auxiliary and several dyed-in-the-wool fans. The champions also will resume practice today after a welcome respite from the rigors of a long campaign. The Packers will toil on the Riviera grounds, starting at 10 a.m. "Give my regards to Steve Owen," Lambeau grinned, "and ask him if he's having Don Hutson nightmares. (Hutson of Green Bay is the league's all-time pass catcher). We're going to take Steve's scalp back to Green Bay for our trophy case."
DEC 27 (Los Angeles) - University of Nebraska football followers won't soon forget Charley Brock, who wound up three great seasons at center a year ago. And Charley promises to make just a big a splash in the pro puddle. A freshman with the Green Bay Packers this year, Brock received lots of favorable comment, many writers and fans calling him the best first-year lineman of 1939...BROCK'S FORTE: Brock's forte is linebacking, and pass defense. At Nebraska, his pesky habit of shouting out opponents' plays as they came out of huddles proved very disconcerting because his diagnosis usually was dead right. And what a tackler! Brock, who stands six feet one and weighs 195, comes from a family of footballers. Three brothers also are well known to Middle Western fans. Incidentally, all four boys played on different college teams..WILL BE SEEN: Brock will be seen in the Pro Bowl game at Gilmore Stadium Jan. 7. He'll share the pivot job with Bud Svednsen, former Minnesota strong man, and Tom Greenfield, Arizona U. product. And that lineup should mean lots of action in the middle for Mel Hein and Ki Aldrich will be the opposing All-Star centers.
DEC 28 (Green Bay) - Steve Owen, coach of the All-American Stars who will tackle the Green Bay Packers in the Pro Bowl game here Jan. 7, sat back in his chair at the Hollywood Athletic Club and discussed the battle. Asked what he planned to do, the usually silent Owen said: "With only two weeks to work, it will not be possible to perfect a running attack, especially with a miscellaneous assortment of men. Accordingly, we will throw the leather around and let the Packers try to stop us." Owen then enumerated as follows: "For passing we have Davey O'Brien, Parker Hall and Frank Filchock, three men who gave the Packers plenty of trouble during the season. For receivers we have Perry Schwartz, Jim Poole, Jim Benton and Joe Carter. Pretty fair catchers, I would say."...PRETTY GOOD CREW: "And for fullbacks all I will have are Johnny Drake, Pug Manders and Andy Farkas. How about that?" Well, the man Owen was beginning to wax eloquent. Then he went into the shell upon remembering that everything he said he would be flashed to Green Bay. There was a silence. "Do you plan any changes in the starting assignments?" Owen was asked by your faithful correspondent. "Yes," he snapped, "I am going to use Bruiser Kinard at guard instead of tackle." "Why?"...THAT OLD MOUSE TRAP: "Because he is fast enough to be a good running guard and he might be able to mouse trap the Packers." "I thought you going to concentrate on a passing attack," we pursued. "Yes, yes," he countered, "we will pass from Hell to breakfast, but once in awhile we will alternate, if you get what I mean. Kinnard might mean a big difference. I haven't forgotten that debacle at Milwaukee, although I could not be present on account of the death of my mother. I took this assignment just to get my mind off things and maybe I can reverse the Milwaukee defeat." Owen has 23 men in camp and is working them every day. He wants to win and he is seeking information to aid him. Tarzan Taylor of Marquette arrived today and proceeded to tell Owen what happened to his team in Milwaukee...LINE MUST CHARGE: "Get that line to charging if you want to stop the Packers," Taylor advised. Taylor planned to attend today's practice and give Owen the benefit of his reactions. Both being former linemen, the All-Americans are likely to get a lot of first, second and third guessing from here out. The Packers in the meanwhile continued on their serene way and all is order for the big battle.
DEC 28 (Los Angeles) - With the suiting up of Parker Hall, Joe Carter, Jim Benton and George Musso and the belated arrival of Joe Stydahar, who has been snowbound en route, the National League All-Star grid squad was practically at full strength yesterday. Only Andy Farkas, who is ill at the Hollywood Athletic Club headquarters, and Davey O'Brien, who has not yet checked in, were absentees. Coach Steve Owen "celebrated" in characteristic fashion the reunion that swelled the crew to 23 players - he drove his men through an especially rigorous workout at Cienega Playground. Owne hopes to school the squad in at least 25 plays during the two-week training period; he added several to the repertoire yesterday. One lineup which seemes to strike the veteran mentor's fancy had Perry Schwartz and Jim Poole at ends, Turk Edwards and Ray George at tackles, George Musso and Bruiser Kinard at guards, Mel Hein at center, and Fred Vanzo, Johnny Drake, Parker Hall and Ward Cuff in the backfield. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers labored at Riviera Country Club. Coach Curly Lambeau began to overhaul the champions' offensive and defensive system in order to thwart the All-Stars, who have pooled their information on Packer tactics until the Wisconsin club has only about as many secrets as a husband who talks in his sleep. "We're certainly the best scouted team in the world," Lambeau lamented. "Our only 'out' is to cook up some new stuff."
DEC 28 (Los Angeles) - The "grand old man" of professional football is Earl. L. (Curly) Lambeau, whose Green Bay Packers will oppose the National League All-Stars in the Pro Bowl game at Gilmore Stadium Jan. 7. Lambeau organized the Packers in 1919 as a packing company booster stunt and is solely responsible for making that city of 37,000 a community of football-mad fanatics who make it a year-around job to worry about the fortunes of the Packers. Curly, who played under the late Knute Rockne at Notre Dame in the George Gipp era, wore Green Bay armor himself until 1928 and chalked up 109 points until his retirement from active duty. Lambeau not only has the longest service record in the National League but also has piloted the most championship teams - five since 1929, including the season just completed. In the moments when he's not tied up with football, Curly is in the insurance business. And if he sells the Green Bay citizenry as well in that field as he has in football, he should be rolling in folding money.
DEC 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.
DEC 29 (Los Angeles) - At the University of Minnesota,
they run big and tough, those footballers. So when Andy
Uram trotted is 5 ft.-10, 185-pound chassis out on the
practice lot a few years ago, nobody gave him a glance.
But Andy turned out to be one of the best backs in
Gopher history, and that's saying something. Coach
Bernie Bierman rates him one of the top four in the eight
seasons that Bernie has fashioned Gopher elevens.
Uram averaged more than 7 yards for three seasons of
varsity play, although he was sorely handicapped by
injuries. This is Andy's second term with the Green Bay
Packers, champions of the NFL. Watch the little guy
run against the All-Star giants in the Pro Bowl Jan. 7 at
Gilmore Stadium.
DEC 30 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers were
reported just a bit green about the gills last night after
hearing the latest bulletin from the camp of the National
League All-Stars, with whom they'll do battle Jan. 7 in
the Pro Bowl football game. The news was a double
barreled blast. First, it was announced that Davey
O'Brien, the famed passing mite from Texas Christian
university and pitcher deluxe for the Philadelphia Eagles
last fall, will arrive tomorrow to join Steve Owen's 
already brilliant galaxy...FARKAS PRESENT: Second,
Andy Farkas made his appearance on the practice lot
yesterday after being confined to his bed with an attack
of flu ever since his arrival here. Farkas, former Detroit
University bombshell and present holder of the National
League scoring championship as a member of the
Washington Redskins, unlimbered and said he felt 
ready to take his regular turn in next week's drills. Both
clubs stressed passing in yesterday's workout,
apparently agreeing that the going's going to be too
tough for straight ahead rolling. Coach Curly Lambeau
had all - virtually all - his backs propelling the pigskin
through the Riviera Country Club ozone. Clarke Hinkle,
Cecil Isbell, Ed Jankowski, Jimmy Lawrence and Joe
Laws uncorked most of the heaves, with sensational
Don Hutson, Milt Gantenbein and Carl Mulleneaux the
top fielders...RECEIVERS IN SPLIT: With Parker Hall
and Davey O'Brien, the No. 1 and No. 2 pro passers of
1939, and Frank Filchock, who paced the league in efficiency by completing approximately two-thirds of his tries, Steve Owen has no worries on the throwing end.
DEC 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 December 18, 1939 issue of LIFE Magazine ran a small article on the little town who had a football team and regularly beat the teams from the big cities - For more information, click here.
DEC 22 (Green Bay) - It's like fishing, this business of selecting football players for National league play by the draft. Fishing, that is, are displayed before the eyes of the anglers. The sportsman may select his own game. Landing his choice is up to the fisherman, but at least he has the assurance that nobody is going to run off with his prey. Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers, assisted by Richard (Red) Smith, always has fared well at the draft table. There is no blind; groping in the dark on his part; no blunders such as Pittsburgh's choice of a Penn State junior. Every players picked comes highly recommended by at least one of Curly's acquaintances in the farflung college grid empire. They are picked for talents which it is believed will fit them into the Packer picture. If they prove to be deficient in some department, its unfortunate, but a look at the record shows that less dead freight comes to Green Bay than to most of the others. Mere reputation means nothing in the pro league. A player must produce to stick. Some idea of what to expect from this year's selections may be gained from a review of how the draftees of 1937 and 1938 measured up. First choices of these years signed contracts and still are with the team. Lambeau's pick of the 1937 college crop was Cecil Isbell of Purdue. Not bad. Last year he selected Larry Buhler, who was named to several honor elevens at Minnesota. Kept pretty close to the bench this year to insure complete recovery from serious injuries suffered in an automobile crash a year ago. Larry is slated for hard