PACKERS GROOM FOR BIG GAME AT DALLAS
AUG 29 (Green Bay) - The Southwest All-Star game at Dallas, Tex., in which the Green Bay Packers will participate Monday night, Sept. 4, presents one of the best college all-star teams of any of the "dream" games, in the opinion of Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. "We'll run up against a real club at Dallas," he said today. "They've beaten the pros three times running, and this year Coaches Dutch Meyer and Matty Bell claim they have a better team than ever before." The Packers will entrain for the Texas city Thursday morning, though some of the boys are expected to leave Wednesday afternoon in order to witness the Chicago All-Star game Wednesday night. The whole squad, however, augmented by four recruits from the Chicago All-Star battle, will leave the Windy City Thursday noon, arriving in Dallas Friday morning, where they headquarter at the Adolphus hotel. There will be practice sessions under the lights Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights...PACKER ALL-STARS: The four All-Stars are Francis Twedell, Minnesota guard signed Monday; Charley Brock, Nebraska center; Larry Buhler, Minnesota fullback; and Frank Balazs, Iowa fullback. Twedell and Brock are starters for the Chicago All-Stars. Coach Lambeau continued to work his squad on offensive and blocking timing at Monday morning's session, with the Bays running through all 60 of their plays, including the new 20 which were added to the list for the Dallas game. Surprise of the day was the passing of Weenie Wilson. The little Dubuque halfback had never participated in passing drill previously, but asked to take a hand at it yesterday. He turned out to be a sensational tosser, and Lambeau labeled him the best thrower on the field outside of Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell, veteran Packer pig-putters. Wilson hence saw a lot of service at the left halfback spot. Both Andy Uram and Tuffy Thompson are being bothered a bit by hangovers from the Pittsburgh doubleheader, so it appears that Wilson will get into a lot of action at Dallas, and the speedy little back is asking for just such an opportunity...1938 GRIDIRON GREATS: The All-Stars first team at Dallas will present a number of 1938's gridiron greats, including Davey O'Brien at quarterback, Ki Aldrich at center and I.B. Hale, Texas Christian's All-American, at tackle. There will be two other of the nation's leading passers last year in action, Billy Patterson of Baylor and Darrell Tully of East Texas Tech. The rest of the All-Star team lines up with Forrest Kline of T.C.U. and Jack Rhodes of Texas at guards; Allie White at the other tackle; Billy Dewell of S.M.U. and Sam Boyd of Baylor at ends; and John Hall. T.C.U., Dick Todd, Texas A. and M., and Elmer Tarbox, Texas Tech, at the backs along with O'Brien. Boys is the end who played with Pittsburgh against the Packers here last week. Coaches for the Texas All-Stars are selected on last year's records, Lambeau explained. Hence Meyer, coach of the Southwest Methodist greats, is head coach and Bell of T.C.U. is his assistant. These men then get together with the rest of the coaches in the Southwest and pick the outstanding men of the past season for their squad.
FLASHY PACKER SQUAD IS READY FOR DALLAS TILT
AUG 30 (Green Bay) - "'They're beginning to catch on now," remarked Assistant Coach Red Smith of the Packers after he had run linemen through a tough blocking drill yesterday. Smith's remarks echoed those of all concerned as the Bays went through one of the most earnest drills they have put in for almost two weeks. The big pro squad took a final workout this morning, and prepared tonight to hop the North Western's 7 o'clock train tomorrow morning en route to Dallas, Tex., where the Packers' next assignment is against a picked squad of Southwestern College All-Stars Labor day night. A number of players left today to see tonight's Chicago All-Star game, and the whole squad, consisting of 36 men, four of them pickups from the Chicago All-Star squad, will pull out of Chicago tomorrow noon. They will arrive in Dallas Friday morning where night sessions are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Bays really got down to work Tuesday and ran through a long blocking session, then went into dummy scrimmage and signal drill. Arnie Herber turned up with a sore pitching arm, but Dave Woodward was confident he would have it in shape in quick order, while injuries to Andy Uram, Tuffy Thompson and Charley Schultz also were coming along well. Ernie Smith, who broke two fingers in the Pittsburgh game, was not at practice Monday or Tuesday...ISBELL IS IMPRESSIVE: Cecil Isbell impressed during the passing drill the last few days with his long tosses. Last year he was regarded as accurate at only the shorter distances, but he has been hitting Don Hutson, Frank Steen and Carl Mulleneaux with long tosses consistently. Weenie Wilson again was taking a throwing role yesterday. In a brief punting drill Clarke Hinkle was definitely finding his form, and booted three or four out of the park and almost into East river. Another feature was Wayland Becker's passing from punt formation, Becker hitting receivers with regularity. Lambeau today announced the makeup of the squad that will take the trip to Dallas. Several men who are injured or who yet haven't showed a mastering of this season's plays are remaining in Green Bay.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 30 (Green Bay) - Lavvie Dilweg, who played a lot
of end for the Green Bay Packers in his day and who
still maintains an active interest in the game as an
official, have his first-hand impressions of the 1939
Packers at the Lions club Monday, based on the debut
against Pittsburgh last week. Lots of hidden power and
lots of possibilities was the general way in which he
characterized the team, which he said was equal to
former years and if anything stronger. The end material
was outstanding in Lavvie's opinion, and he singled out
two new wingmen for praise, Frank Steen and Larry
Craig. Steen he called "an excellent running mate for
Hutson, and almost as fast." He envisions another
Hutson-Blood combination to worry pass defenses in
Hutson and Steen. Craig he called outstanding on the
defense. Using him in the blocking back position on
offense and at end on defense when Hutson will shift into the backfield will provide a successful combination, relieving Don of a lot of bruising defensive play which his build is not too well suited to sustain, he pointed out. Baby Ray he called the outstanding tackle on the field, and Milt Gantenbein is in the best shape of his career, he believes. He called Carl Mulleneaux the outstanding man on the field, and said that if he continues such type of play he will be hard to keep off the pro All-American, though he emphasized that there still are a lot of games left in the season. Clarke Hinkle was his usual self...Notes from Packer practice Tuesday: The picture of Don Hutson working on Baby Ray in blocking practice, and holding his own. One Packer official on the sidelines remarked, "They're getting the right kind of line instruction now. Just look at those boys throw a block and stick it to a man. They don't fall down on the ground like they used to and let the defensive man step over them."
PACKERS THREATEN AERIAL ATTACK ON DALLAS STARS
AUG 30 (Green Bay) - The good folk of Dallas, it was promised tonight by Green Bay Packer officials, are going to get a dose of spiraling prickly pears every bit as thorny as those grown by the current crop of Southwest All-Stars. This gentle hint as to the tactics the professional grid club may employ against the All Stars, was made on the eve of departure for a Dallas training camp in preparation for the battle Labor day. The Bays, 36 strong, leave in the morning. They are scheduled to work out among the cacti Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Coach Curly Lambeau will rely principally on Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell as bombers, and Don Hutson, Carl Mulleneaux and Frank Steen as targets for aerial maneuvers. These players have been improving right along, and given the right sort of cooperation, should slip a few over. Lambeau warns the team is really handing assignments and is much better on timing, which was woefully lacking here last week against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although Herber has a sore throwing flipper, it should be all right with rest and massaging. The southwest "dream" team has beaten down pro opponents three years in succession and observers say the Packers will have a hard time to put anything that's passed over on these gentry. who have been rigorously schooled in the advanced Southern methods of executing a pass.
PACKERS LEAVE FOR DALLAS TO ENGAGE SOUTHWEST ALL-STARS
AUG 31 (Green Bay) - Keyed for action, their machine functioning with a high degree of efficiency for so earl in the season, the Green Bay Packers left today on the
long jump south to Dallas, Tex., where they will engage
the Southwest All-Stars in a football game on Labor day
night. Despite the early hour, a fair sized crowd had
gathered around the Milwaukee road station at 7 o'clock
this morning to see the pro gridders off. They are
scheduled to arrive in the Lone Star metropolis at 9:35
tomorrow morning. At Chicago the contingent was
joined by the four recruits who had been elected to the
College All-Star roster, as well as several other Packers
who had gone down to Chicago yesterday to take in the
annual classic. 36 men is making the invasion. Coach
E.L. (Curly) Lambeau indicated that the Packers will
rely heavily on forward passing in their game at Dallas.
Halfbacks Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell will do the
passing, with ends Don Hutson, Carl Mulleneaux and
Frank Steen as their targets...WILSON TO THROW:
Also expected to do some passing is halfback Weenie
Wilson, newcomer from Dubuque who is one of the
year's surprises. Recent workouts showed that he has
the ability to thrown sensational passes with great
accuracy. The trip is not being regarded as a pleasure
excursion, although in the last few days the Packers
showed that they are rapidly getting in form. Coach
Lambeau has attempted to disillusion any players or
fans who might have had thoughts of a pushover Labor day night. "These All-Stars have beaten NFL teams three years running. We are going to have a job on our hands," he asserted before leaving. Playing conditions also will be somewhat different from what the Packers enjoyed in Green Bay. The Packers want to make full use of the time given them before game time to get accustomed to the weather and other details. Coaching the Southwest All-Stars are Dutch Meyer and Matty Bell. By no less authority than Coach Lambeau, it is stated that this aggregation of gridders is a really top-notch outfit of footballers, hand-picked from the best of recent college crops...TEAM IS BETTER: "The team at Dallas, we have good reason to believe, is better than ever this year," Lambeau added. Injuries to the Packer squad are clearing up rapidly. Of men who have been hurt, only Ernie Smith is missing the trip. Ernie fractured two fingers in the Pittsburgh doubleheader here last Friday, and while he is improving rapidly, he had to be absent from recent workouts. A lame wing - the one with which he does his spectacular pitching - has bothered Arnie Herber to some extent for several days, but Trainer Dave Woodward does not regard it as serious. Andy Uram, Tuffy Thompson and Charley Schultz also have had slight hurts, but are coming along fast.
PACKERS OFF FOR DALLAS
AUG 31 (Green Bay) - As the Green Bay Packers boarded the train here Thursday for their Dallas engagement with the Southern College All-Stars, a veteran ventured his opinion that should passes fail the Bays - like the New York Giants - may fall back on field goals. What Coach Curly Lambeau and his board of strategy have in mind, besides an aerial attack to employ against the Southwest dream team, is not known, but it's generally conceded that a strong line and a single purpose may turn the trick. Last night, the Giants turned back the All Stars at Chicago, 9 to 0, only via the educated toe of Ward Cuff and Ken Strong, the latter gent thus celebrating his reinstatement into the National league after playing with an outlaw team. The Packers have a strong line, what with Larry Craig, Ray Svendsen, et al, and they are presumed to have a single purpose, This, club officials hint, will be passing. Lately, Lambeau has been schooling his players into the mysteries of complicated aerial maneuvers. And the Bays have some nimble kickers, too, in the persons of Clarke Hinkle, Tiny Engebretsen and Dick Zoll. In the last few practices this trio has been polishing up on their aerial footwork. They may not be able to excel Cuff or Ralph Kercheval of the Brooklyn Dodgers, but on occasion they can split the goal posts neat. Of the squad of 36 en route to a Dallas training camp for the Labor day workout Cecil Isbell is expected to share as big a burden as any. The Purdue youngster, who is now a passing hope, will be double effective, as he can always fall back and start hoofing it. Then there is recruit Craig, who may be used as a buffer for pass catcher Don Hutson on offensive plays, being switched from his end post to the blocking back position. Others are Ray, giant tackles, Eddie Jankowski and Frank Steen.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 31 (Green Bay) - Cecil Isbell of the Green Bay Packers, who overshadowed the 1938 College All-Star game in Chicago as no one player succeeded in doing last night, again has a starring role in the 1939 contest. After the impressive band display at halftime, Cecil was presented with a huge trophy for being the outstanding player in last year's classic, and Cecil responded to the presentation speech by Purdue university's beauty queen with an address which not only created a great impression with the crowd but also brought the Green Bay Packers into the conversation. "I think I'm the luckiest man in all the world," Isbell said. "The only disappointment I have tonight is that the Green Bay Packers aren't representing the professional league instead of the New York Giants. I don't want to take any credit away from the Giants. They beat up and did it up right, but my only hope is that some year when I'm still with the Packers I'll be coming back to play in front of a great crowd of people like this again." "If the Packers are here next year they better send Cecil Isbell out to talk," the announcer commented, "and they'll have them all beaten." President Carl Storck followed Isbell on the stand and presented Mel Hein with the NFL's ousttanding player award for 1938, a beautiful diamond ring in memory of Joe F. Carr. "I know that there were a lot of other players in the league who are entitled to this the same as I am," Hein said, "but just the same I'm going to keep it." Center Charley Brock of Nebraska, a 1939 Packer recruit, was the first All-Star to appear on the field in the glare of the giant floodlights, and he was followed by Francis Twedell of Minnesota, giving Packer fans at the game another thrill.