1939 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Training Camp
Captain Demonstrates Blocking — As his teammates watch, Milton Gantenbein, of the Green Bay Packers, demonstrates with the benefit of a make-believe football player, how to block effectively. The professional grid players are shown in Green Bay Aug. 15.
AUG 7 (Green Bay) - Green Bay may be moving through a melting mid-summer, but Green Bay also is preparing to defend a Western football championship, and no one knows it better than Coach E.L. Lambeau, who directed his oversized squad of oversize players through their first officials workout Saturday
afternoon. Finding the men in surprisingly good condition, both physically and mentally for the approaching campaign, Lambeau steered the Packers through more
than two hours of activity, and then gave them the rest
of the weekend off. They were to report back for another
drill today. Football titles can't be awarded in August,
and there'll be a long, hard road down the NFL highway
to the December playoff game, but the initial test 
provided Packer fans with little new reason for worry. 
Most of the new men are big and tough; there will be
new players, punters and ball carriers competing with 
the veteran talent on the 1939 squad. There were 33 
men in sweat suits Saturday. Missing were Larry Craig,
South Carolina, Frank Steen, Rice, and Donald Hutson,
​Alabama, all ends; Paul Kell, Notre Dame, Charles
Schultz, Minnesota, Ernie Smith, U.S.C., Bill Lee,
Alabama, Champ Seibold, Wisconsin and Slats Wyrick,
U.C.L.A., tackles; Charles Brock, Nebraska, center;
Paul Miller, South Dakota State, Norman Purucker,
Michigan, and Larry Buhler, Minnesota, backs...TEXAS
END ARRIVES: This list was reduced late Saturday 
and Sunday with the arrival of Kell, Steen, Brock, 
Buhler and Al Moore, an end from Texas A. and I., who
is here on a tryout basis. Several more were expected
to arrive today. Schultz will be here next Saturday, and
Lee was expected early this week, along with Hutson.
Saturday's drill was strictly on the routine side. After a
conditional round of calisthenics, the men were put to
throwing passes, with the tossing done by Cecil Isbell,
Joe Laws, Arnold Herber, Frank Balazs, Clarke Hinkle,
Obbie Novakofski, Dick Weisgerber, Eddie McGroarty
and Andy Uram. Everyone else did the receiving. Several of the new men showed promise at throwing the pigskin. McGroarty and Novakofski doing good work, and Balazs doing exceptionally well. The tall, dark and husky Iowa All-Star, who will work out with the Packers only until the college men start practice next Saturday, showed fine all-around potentialities. Weenie Wilson, the 167-pound halfback from Dubuque, is a passer but had a sore arm...CONDUCT SIGNAL DRILL: Then time was turned over to the punters, with the kicking being Wilson, Weisgerber, Swede Johnstron, Herber, Hank Bruder, Wayland Becker, Balazs, Novakofski and McGroarty. An hour was spent on signal drill, with the men returned to the Packer shift for the first time, and Lambeau finished the workout with the usual windsprints. Johnston turned out to be the fastest of the guards at the short distance, with Carl Mulleneaux leading the ends, Baby Ray the tackles, Herman Schneidman the blocking back, Hinkle and Jankowski the fullback, and Wilson the halfbacks. At the 50-yard distance Buckets Goldenberg outdistanced the linemen, Becker the ends and centers, and Novakofski and Wilson the backs. There were four ends in uniform Saturday, their numbers to be augmented today or in the near future by Hutson, Steen and Moore. Captain Milt Gantenbein is in the shape of his life, and Becker looked tough and willing. Carl Mulleneaux was in the thick of the work all day, while the only newcomer at the wings to report Saturday was Harry Jacunski, the Fordham block of granite who also will report to the All-Stars Saturday. He is a tough looking, wiry end with a build similar to that of Lavvie Dilweg. Jacunski looks scholastic in his street clothes, and hard as nails on the field...MORE TACKLES COMING: Only four tackles reported Saturday, but their numbers soon will be increased by Kell, Schultz, Smith, Wyrick and Lee. Leo Katalinas, who at the age of 22 still is the youngest lineman on the squad, turned up with a full beard, to everyone's amusement. Warren Kilbourne of Minnesota is a gigantic individual who weighs more than 240 pounds, but plans to melt down immediately to 225. Baby Ray looks marvelous and is ready for a great season. Dick Zoll, Green Bay native who has been playing with the Cleveland Rams, reported to the Packers for the first time and looks very fit. Every one of the Packer guards reported Saturday. John Biolo, the Lake Forest star, is the most deceptive appearing man on the squad. He looks light, and scales 191 pounds stripped. Jack Brennan of Michigan seems to be a comer and is in great shape. He's big, rugged and smart, and will play the right side of the line, monopolized last season by Goldenberg, Johnston and Tinsley...BUCKETS IS BACK: Buckets, Swede Johnston, Nick Miketinac, Russ Letlow and Tinsley of the 1938 squad all are back, and all were on hand Saturday. A likely looking center is Tom Greenfield, a man from Arizona who stands well over six feet and was an all-Coast selection last fall. Brock arrived over the weekend and was to report today. Lee Mulleneaux, Bud Svendsen and Roy Schomann all were on hand to round out the corps. Svendsen weighs 187 pounds and is in the pink. The backs are numerous and the new men are talented. Veterans who were on hand were Hank Bruder, Herber, Hinkle, Laws, John Lock, Herman Schneidman, Dick Weisgerber, Isbell, Uram and Jankowski. Paul Miller is not expected to play this season, having landed himself a steady job which he doesn't want to leave. Balazs is one of the prize replacements at fullback. He kicks, blocks, passes, runs and is built like a great big hydrant. McGroarty is a big, tough Irishman with plenty of possibilities, including a tendency to smack the target with a forward pass. Novskofski of Lawrence lived up to the advance notices. He passes, kicks and did some good running during signal drill. Wilson is built much along the same lines. and is very fast. Lambeau has not yet arrived at terms with Tuffy Thompson yet, and the ex-Gopher ace isn't on hand. Larry Buhler arrived over the weekend, and was to report for practice today.
AUG 7 (Green Bay) - The sensation of the Packer practice Saturday afternoon was the beard of Leo Katalinas, who looked as though he had been playing with the House of David. Coach Curly Lambeau said the beard was raised so Katalinas could prove he is old. At 22, Leo is the youngest lineman on the squad, but Katalinas explained that "there just didn't seem to be any occasion to cut it." And Tiny Engebretsen chimed in with, "Swede Johnston has a better one already, and he shaved this morning." Swede looked as though he hadn't shaved for several morning...Beef, beef and more feef. nearly all of the new Packers are very large, with palms to husky Eddie McGroarty and powerful Frank Balazs, both fullbacks. Lambeau expressed pleasure at the appearance of both. Balazs is an Austrian by nationality, born in the United States, a resident of Chicago. He joins Joe Laws and Herman Schneidman as the Iowa delegaion on the Green Bay squad...Jack Brennan, the new guard from Michigan (and watch him) had an unusual experience this summer. July 3 his wife presented him with a 4-pound daughter, who was kept for a time in an incubator, but who is doing nicely now, thanks, along with the mother and Jack..Two speedy, tough backs who don't rate on the overstuffed list are Weenie Wilson of Dubuque and Obbie Novakofski of Lawrence. You can't rule either off the squad yet. They both pass, run and kick, which prompted Coach Curly to opine that there may be a man to fill halfback Paul Miller's spot.
AUG 7 (Cincinnati) - The American Football league
schedule was drawn up at meeting of club officials here
Sunday. The campaign, President George J. Heitzler,
announced, will open Sept. 21 with the St. Louis
Gunners meeting the Columbus professionals in the
Ohio city.
AUG 8 (Green Bay) -Tons and tons of gridiron beef,
potentially capable of engineering a successful defense
of the Green Bay Packers'  championship of the West,
continued to work out at the squad's practice field 
yesterday as Coach E.L. Lambeau turned the steam on
his 1939 drill schedule. It is a long stretch from early
August to the playoff game in December, and rookies 
who bloom in the summer sometimes fall by the side of
the gridiron highway when the lid clamps down in
September, but there was no denying yesterday that the
Packers, young and veteran, are championship minded.
Their enthusiasm and driving determination brought a
smile to Lambeau's face, and Assistant Coach Richard
(Red) Smith, himself attending his first 1939 drill, 
chuckled openly as the squad whipped through a 2-hour
session climaxed by an intensive signal drill. The
Packers now have 12 plays in their growing repertoire,
and they executed with a precision unusual for early season form. A development yesterday was the signing of Eddie Jankowski, former University of Wisconsin fullback, who has been listed as a holdout. Jankowski did not come to terms before the practice session started but he reported with the rest of the team Saturday, showed a world of fire, and agreed to the coach's proposition late yesterday. Lambeau believes that the Jank will have a terrific season. He was potent in 1938, when he attracted league-wide attention as freshman understudy to Clarke Hinkle, but a severe bump on his head at Washington laid him low, and much of his blazing talent was missing last year. Now he has recovered completely from the injury, is in the condition of his life, and looks like a red hot fullback prospect. Cecil Isbell, Donald Hutson, Bill Lee and Champ Seibold still are unsigned. Isbell is working out with the team and looking as classy as ever. Hutson and Lee have not arrived, but Lambeau expects them momentarily. Seibold has been in the city and has conferred with the coach, but they did not agree on terms and the big Oshkosh tackle has not reported for practice. Five new first year men, an extremely impressive appearing quartet, turned up at yesterday's drill. They were Charles Brock, the Nebraska center who will start at that position in the All-Star game at Soldier field Aug. 30; Frank Steen, speedy Rice institute end, who displayed class as a pass snatcher; Al Moore, a mighty youngster from Texas A. and I., who looks like the works, and no fooling, at end; Larry Buhler, Minnesota back; and Paul Kell, a big Notre Dame tackle who delighted the coaches with his display of pep and talent during his opening drill...IT'S TOUGH ASSIGNMENT: Lambeau shook his head in dismay when the subject of cutting his big squad was mentioned. "I hate to think of it," he admitted. Charley Schultz, the Minnesota tackle, will arrive Thursday, and word has been received from Ernie Smith, to the effect that the big U.S.C. tackle is motoring east with his wife and baby, and expects to arrive Wednesday night or Thursday. Lambeau has not heard from Slats Wyrick, U.C.L.A. tackle, or Larry Craig, South Carolina end, or Tuffy Thompson, Minnesota tackle. There will be no afternoon practices for awhile, Lambeau announced. He wants the men to build up their legs during their idle afternoons, and for this purpose is urging them to play all the golf they can. The Packer corporation is going to the extent of playing their greens fees at Oneida Golf and Riding club, a move which was hailed with delight by the players. Lambeau reasoned that a couple of weeks spent in touring Oneida's hills and valleys should do wonders to anybody's legs...HOLDS CALISTHENICS DRILL: Yesterday's practice opened with a long and intensive calisthenics drill, followed by a forward passing workout at which every member of the squad looked good. Lambeau commented on the work of Eddie McGroarty, Northland fullback, and Frank Balasz, Iowa full, but added that no one fell down on the aerial assignments. He had little time for punting, and placed that important bit of work foremost on today's drill schedule. "The boys are catching onto their signals remarkably well," he said. "We have given out 12 plays, and they are executing them flawlessly." By midseason, the Packers will carry about 100 plays. Kell looks like a real find, a giant pepper box who is smart, rugged and loves football. He goes many pounds above the 200 mark. Frank Balazs continued to stand out in the signal drill and appears made for professional stardom...END WORRIES OVER: "It looks like our end worries are over," continued the Green Bay coach, as he watched his talented wingmen romp through the passing exercises. Frank Steen, Harry Jacunski and Moore were picking off forwards on all sides. Steen's speed is a great factor in his end play, while Jacunski, the boy with the Dilweg build, seems to have the stuff needed to cut the buck. Moore is a likely youngster who has just finished two years in the United States Navy, a procedure which in no sense reduced his physique or made him less able to take care of himself. Lambeau announced that Captain Milt Gantenbein, for the first time in years, will be moved over to the left end, leaving the right wing to be guarded by Carl Mulleneaux, Steen and Moore. Each member of this trio is above the 6 foot 2 inch mark, and all weigh more than 200 pounds...WEISGERBER IS SHIFTED: Dick Weisgerber, who played both fullback and blocking quarterback last season, has been shifted to right halfback, where he will pair in a backfield including Isbell, one of the three veterans doing the signal calling at present. The others are Arnold Herber and Joe Laws. Larry Buhler, the Minnesota fullback who was injured in an automobile accident last winter, appears to have no ill effects remaining, and he also will be used at right half. Brock is as husky as advertised, and did much of the snapping back at Monday's practice. Today's drill, in addition to stressing punting, will involve considerable individual work with the guards, who are to receive attention in the assignment of pulling out to run interference. There will be no scrimmage until the men's legs are in shape, Lambeau said.
AUG 8 (Spokane, WA) - George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, predicted yesterday the NFL soon would "reach from coast to coast". Marshall arrived from Los Angeles to supervise training of his team at nearby Cheney. St. Louis and Los Angeles are the two most likely spots for new pro grid teams, he said, explaining "it is apparent the National circuit must expand."...LIKES ST. LOUIS: "Some claim St. Louis is a poor sports town," he said, "but Branch Rickey talks differently. He's convinced St. Louis will support high class sports and will go strong for professional football. Clark Gable and Bob Taylor have signified their readiness to back a league team in the movie center, and I think Los Angeles would be a grand spot for our teams."
AUG 9 (Green Bay) - Cecil Isbell, one of the NFL's leading ground gainers in 1938 following a brilliant career at Purdue university, late yesterday signed his contract for the coming season. He has been practicing with the tears since Saturday, the opening day of drills. Isbell never was a holdout, Coach E.L. Lambeau emphasized in announcing the action. He just never got around to talking terms. Lambeau sent him a contract several weeks ago. Isbell arrived on scheduled time, ripped through two or three practice sessions, and last night dropped into the coach's office with the message: "Your terms are O.K. Here's the contract." Isbell, signed when his Purdue career ended, was added to the Green Bay squad principally to bolster the team's forward passing standard. He turned out instead to be a magnificent ball carrier. He was off to a great start in the Chicago All-Star game of 1938, when here terrorized the field and led the Collegians to a decisive victory over the Washington Redskins. Big and tough, with a blazing competitive spirit, the sophomore left halfback already is rated one of the team's most valuable men. He can do everything with a football, and has his heart set upon playing with a National professional championship team... RAIN NO HANDICAP: A steady drizzle of rain which fell throughout their third practice session failed to keep the Green Bay Packers indoors yesterday, as they punched through another speedy workout under the direction of Coach E.L. Lambeau and Assistant Richard (Red) Smith. Time hasn't started to cramp the Packers yet, but as a matter of record their opening contest is but little more than two weeks away, being a doubleheader engagement with the Pittsburgh Pirates at City stadium Friday night, Aug. 25. Following the usual lengthy calisthenics drill yesterday, the squad was divided into two sections. One, under Smith, consisted of all guards and tackle, the men being given instruction and practice in the delicate art of pulling out to run interference...PRACTICE FORWARD PASSING: While this was going on the ends, centers and backs met with Lambeau and participated in a forward passing session. Most of the tossers did satisfactory work, and Carl Mulleneaux, veteran end, turned in some classy receiving. Frank Steen, the wingman from Rice who comes here with a great reputation as a pass snatcher, also lived up to his reputation. The Packers then swung into punting practice, with no less than 12 men booting the ball. Kickers were Clarke Hinkle, Arnold Herber, Wayland Becker, Eddie McGroarty, Larry Buhler, Swede Johnston, Obbie Novakofski, Weenie Wilson, Cecil Isbell, Frank Balasz, Dick Weisgerber and Hank Bruder. Balazs' kicks averaged 10 yards farther than those of the others...LIKE KELL'S WORK: Following the drill Lambeau commented favorably on the work of big Paul Kell, the Notre Dame tackle who is beginning to look as though he is the answer to part of the Packer line problem. Kell, weighing 228 pounds fresh from the showers, is an enthusiastic, peppery individual with a world of fight, and the coach didn't pull punches in praising his attitude. Of course, the Packers haven't engaged in scrimmage yet, and none is contemplated pending further conditioning work, but there certainly is no cause for pessimism in the city yet...ARRIVE ON THURSDAY: No further new men joined the squad yesterday, but others are on the way. Tuffy Thompson and Charley Schultz, Minnesota halfback and end, respectively, will arrive Thursday, possibly too late for practice that day, and Ernie Smith has sent word that he will report the same day. The absolute deadline is Saturday, Lambeau said. Bill Lee has wired from the south that he will head north soon with his Alabama teammate, Don Hutson. Both are unsigned. Thus by Saturday the squad should be about intact, except for Norman Purucker, halfback who is completing summer scholastic work at the University of Michigan. He will report Aug. 21. Lambeau, who became enthusiastic over the team's end situation the day before, yesterday commented favorably regarding his centers, another spot which became soggy with wear before the end of the 1938 campaign...CENTERS LOOK GOOD: "We have five, big tough centers," he pointed out, "and we regard ourselves as very strong in that position. A coach would find it hard to be downcast with such men as Lee Mulleneaux, Tom Greenfield, Bud Svendsen, Bunny Schoemann and Charley Brock on the squad." Brock is one of the four All-Stars who will work with the team only until Friday, leaving that evening for Chicago to report to Head Coach Elmer Layden of the College All-Americans. The coach added that he believes the 1939 team will be the fastest in Packer history. He particularly liked the running of right halfback Larry Buhler yesterday. Today's program was expected to include the assimilation of more new plays - four were added yesterday - and perhaps a workout on pass defense, slated to be a vital matter in the league this season, with all teams preparing aerial artillery.
AUG 9 (Green Bay) - If anyone asked you to pick, two or three seasons in advance, the fifth place clubs in each of the major baseball leagues, you might come quite close, but you very likely would find the assignment requiring serious thought and more than a little break in the luck. Yet that gag wouldn't be half as exacting as the job facing coaches in the NFL each fall, as they glance through thousands of names prominent on collegiate rosters, and therefrom select their choices in the annual league draft. The word draft means lots of things. It is the way soldiers are called to go to war, and it is what you sit in when you catch cold. It also means drawing things, and it is applied to horses when they are not nimble, but draft in football means you will play with us next season, if the price is right? The job is no setup for any coach. For one thing, he never knows for certain just what he'll be needing the most next fall, in the way of talent. Perhaps he will be short on blocking backs, perhaps his center needs bolstering more, maybe his ends collapsed with a reverberating swoosh and the wings have to be revarnished for the next campaign. To help him out - in reverse English - many professional football players have a habit of retiring at the conclusion of a long and bitter campaign. After some four months of sweating and being tossed about during the raw months of the year, the idea of continuing their gridiron careers is usually well impregnated with salt come mid-December, and they very frequently comments, for all to hear, "That's enough! It's my last season of football." This makes it necessary for a coach to be a mind reader, as he doesn't want to draft players for their positions if they are just kidding - and he doesn't want to be caught short if they aren't. A rough glance at the galaxy of stars now assembled under the banner of the Green Bay Packers indicates that the team did excellently last fall in its long-range draft selections. Of the 19 drafted by Green Bay, six are signed and already are working out with the squad; two were signed and have not reported yet; another accepted terms and was prevented from reporting because of an operation. The last-named chap is Bill Gunther, Santa Clara blocking back, who not only went under the knife, but experienced hemstitching which made it impossible for him to attempt a 1939 pro football career. New Packers who were drafted, who agreed to terms and now are working out here are Larry Buhler, Minnesota back; Charles Brock, Nebraska center; Frank Balasz, Iowa fullback; Jack Brennan, Michigan guard; Paul Kell, Notre Dame tackle; and Tom Greenfield, Arizona center. Men who signed and are planning to report this week are Charles Schultz, Minnesota center, and Larry Craig, South Carolina end. The latter, a magnificent pass receiver, is playing daily baseball but is expected to arrive here before the weekend. The rest of the draftees didn't come to terms. They are Lynn Hovland, Wisconsin guard; Francis Twedell, Minnesota guard; Vincent Gavre, Wisconsin quarterback; Dan Elmer, Minnesota center; Roy Bellin, Wisconsin halfback; Johnny Hall, T.C.U. blocking back; Charles Sprague, S.M.U. end; Bill Badgett, Georgia tackle; John Yerby, Oregon end; and Williard Hofer, Notre Dame back.
AUG 9 (Manitowoc) - The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Green Bay Packers, who are scheduled to open the 1939 professional football season with a doubleheader exhibition game at Green Bay on the night of August 25, will get together 10 days earlier for a softball game at Walsh Field, Two Rivers. The Pirates are training at Two Rivers while the Packers are getting in condition on their home field. Arrangements for the softball game next Tuesday night were completed last night when the Packers' emissary, Arnie Herber, invade the Pirates' lair to confer with George Kast, manager of the Pittsburgh club's softball team. Proceeds of the game which is to be played under lights starting at 8 o'clock will go into the clubhouse funds of the softball teams.
AUG 10 (Green Bay) - The devastating speed with 
which the Green Bay Packers' 1939 team is gifted was
demonstrated at yesterday's practice, when Coach E.L.
Lambeau wound up his workout by chasing the players
through a spectacular relay race, involving every 
member of the team. The Packer drill program now has
settled down to something of a routine, and it will 
continue was such until the time for the first scrimmage.
This will take place at some time as yet unannounced
by the coach, but it will be prior to the doubleheader
with the Pittsburgh Pirates at City stadium Friday night,
Aug. 25. With the practice program as yet less than a
week old, two facts already have been established - the
team will be the fastest in Green Bay's history, and the
new men appear to be the equal, at least, of any
freshman class the Packers have had. Whether the
latter estimate will be revised under stress of scrimmage
remains to be seen...EIGHT STILL ABSENT: Eight men,
expected to report by Saturday, still are missing, and of
these three - Don Hutson, end, Bill Lee, tackle, and
Tuffy Thompson, left halfback - are not under contract.
The other five - Larry Craig, end; tackles Charles 
Schultz, Ernie Smith and Slats Wyrick; and Norman
Purucker, left halfback, are signed up and on their way
​Thirty-eight men were on the practice field yesterday,
which means that the complete squad, if all report, will
total 46. The Packers who worked out Wednesday
included six ends, five tackles, eight guards, five
centers, three blocking quarterbacks, three left halfbacks, four right halfbacks and four fullbacks. This collection of gridiron beef and talent will be reduced tomorrow night when Buhler, Balazs, Bruder and Jacunski leave to join the College All Stars at Evanston. After the usual lengthy calisthenics yesterday, the squad conducted an equally long drill on pass defense and offense. During the offensive work, defensive backfields and lines were set up to simulate game conditions. Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith then worked out with the tackles and guards, who practiced pulling out to run interference, and Coach Lambeau took over the ends, backs and centers...POLISH UP PLAYS: Punting occupied the players' time again, with most of the men being pretty consistent. They then went into a signal drill, absorbed a few new plays and polished up their old ones. The relay was a real treat. The squad was divided into two teams, with men from the same positions running against each other, and the galloping gridders surged back and forth down the field, each man running a good 50 yards. The team members worked themselves into a frenzy of excitement, and the relay served to display some astonishing speed on the part of many of the Packers. Charley Brock, a center burned up the turf like an end, while Al Moore maneuvered his 220 pounds in a way surprising to the coach, Frank Balazs, Swede Johnston and Baby Ray were others showing a world of smoke, remarkable in such large men. An interesting duel was staged between Wilson and Novakofski, two of the fastest men on the squad. Both halfbacks, they started their lap when Wilson holding a one-yard lead, and the margin was just the same when they handed the footballs to the next runners.
AUGUST 10 (Green Bay) - Veterans of the Green Bay Packers who have made professional football a career faced a stiff fight today from a score of college hopefuls who sought their jobs. From all part of the country the boys from college fields have come to join the Green Bay squad and fight it out with 28 veterans for places on the 1939 team. The complete squad of 50 is the largest in Packer history. It is no easy job these recruits have cut out for themselves, for the men they would replace brought Green Bay a western division title last year in the National league and many were on the team which took the championship three
years ago. Some of the veterans - like Milt Gantenbein, an end, Clarke Hinkle and Hank Bruder, backs - have grown old in the Packer service, but show little sign of slowing up. They are back again, more intent than ever to prove their worth. Only four members of last year's team are missing. Bob Monnett and Paul Miller, halfbacks, retired. Frank Butler, a center, and Bernie Scherer, an end, were traded to Pittsburgh for Tuffy Thompson of Minnesota. Coach E.L. Lambeau, who has guided the team since it was formed in 1919 and to four national championships, believes he has the making of another great club. "We have backs to burn," he said today, "and we should be stronger than ever on the line." The coach has 11 veteran backs and eight recruits trying for regular positions. He probably will carry 12 to 14 backfield men, so six or seven of the potential ball carriers will be among the missing when the time comes to cut the roster, after the second league game. Lambeau and Line Coach Richard (Red) Smith also are confronted with the problem of cutting down their big squad of linemen. There are 31 candidates for jobs on the forward wall. About 20 is the limit which can be carried. The club begins play with a doubleheader with Pittsburgh here August 25. Two practice games will be played to give the coaches a chance to see what all of their men can do under fire.
AUG 11 (Green Bay) - Boiling over with fire and early season determination, the Green Bay Packer football squad was joined by Tuffy Thompson, former Minnesota fullback, as Coach E.L. Lambeau sent the team through another stiff workout yesterday. Thompson, who was obtained from the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, promptly displayed a world of speed, a lot of pep, and the same wiry build which made him one of Minnesota's most feared ball toters a very few seasons back. The tackle personnel took an upward bounce today when three men reported - veteran Ernie Smith, Southern California; Bill Lee, the giant from Alabama;' and Charley Schultz, a Minnesota husky who is breaking into the pro game. All three arrived last night...SPORTSWRITER PRESENT: A visitor at yesterday's practice session was George Strickler, Chicago sportswriter who is en route to Superior to cover training activities of the New York Giants. He handled his newspaper's publicity on the Packers prior to the All-Star game in which Green Bay figured. Only three Packers now are missing, and Lambeau expects that all but one will be in uniform by tomorrow. The lone exception is Norman Purucker, Michigan halfback who is mopping up credits at Ann Arbor summer school. He will report Aug. 21. Lambeau took today action on the case of Champ Seibold. He pronounced the Oshkosh veteran tackle as a definite holdout, and added "we doubt very much that Seibold will play with the Packers this season."...FAILS TO REACH TERMS: Champ failed to come to terms with the Packers this season, and has not reported for practice, although he has been in the city several times. Except for Seibold, the only missing players are Don Hutson, Alabama end; Larry Craig, South Carolina end; and Slats Wyrick, U.C.L.A. tackle. Lambeau expected all of them to arrive tonight or early tomorrow. Hutson is the only one of the trio who is unsigned...DISPLAYS GREAT SPIRIT: Witnessing the daily workouts of the Packer squad this season leaves these two prime impressions - the team packs speed in excess of any previous Green Bay squad, and its spirit is equal to that of any. Whenever a play went wrong yesterday - a dropped pass, a fumble, a misunderstood signal - the entire squad stormed verbally over the offender, in a barking chorus, which left the shamefaced individual determined to prevent the mishap from happening again - and it never did. They shoved off with the usual intensive calisthenics drill, and then tried shooting a few forward passes, with the tossing done by Eddie McGroarty, Andy Uram, Joe Laws, Tuffy Thompson, Frank Balazs, Arnold Herber, Weenie Wilson and Obbie Novakofski. Uram, who did little passing for the Packers last year, was throwing the oval with accuracy yesterday from his left halfback position...ALL-STARS TO LEAVE: For Balazs, Harry Jacunski, Larry Buhler and Charley Brock, the early season practice with the Packers is about finished. All four leave early Saturday morning for Evanston, Ill., where they will report to the College All-Stars. They won't be back in Green Bay until Aug. 31, the day after the All-Star game. Following the aerial session the squad was split up, with most of the linemen reporting to Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith for blocking instruction and practice. The rest engaged in punting drill. With Bunny Schoemann and Lee Mulleneaux snapping the ball, the kickers were Arnold Herber, Wilson, McGroarty, Novakofski, Dick Weisgerber, Clarke Hinkle, Balazs, Hank Bruder and Cecil Isbell. Back in the safety position, receiving the boots, were the men who'll be handling that work during the fall campaign - Eddie Jankowski, Joe Laws, Herman Schneidman, Buhler, John Lock, Uram and Thompson...RED CAN TAKE IT: Red Smith was his own blocking dummy during the other drill, letting the Packer ends, tackles, guards and centers smack into him, and failing to acquire a dent in the process. There has been no rough work as yet, but Lambeau, in looking over his squad, said that it probably will hold its first scrimmage Monday. Here's a warning to enemy backfields - keep your eyes on Herber and Hinkle during the fall months. Both of them were spearing passes yesterday, which may mean that Coach Lambeau has decided to use them both at times on the receiving end, same as last year. When the signal drill started, short passes rattled on all sides as the Packers clicked through an aerial offensive workout. Some of the combinations who were especially effective were Uram to Becker and Isbell, Novakofski to Gantenbein, Al Moore and Frank Steen, Herber to Carl Mulleneaux, Moore, Becker, Jankowski and Steen, Isbell to Gantenbein and Thompson to Isbell...SHOWS CLASS ON SPINNER: Thompson showed class on a spinner play, barging through the line from his left halfback position, and drew the favorable comments of both Lambeau and Smith. The players fooled the coach on one play. They whooped through a quarterback sneak, with Herman Scheidman lugging the ball, and Lambeau commented, "I haven't given them that play yet. It's one we had last year." The drill brought out the fact, already suspicioned, that the Packers right flank will feature three great pass receivers this season. Steen, Moore and Carl Mulleneaux all are right ends, all are big, all fast and each a fine hand at gathering in those aerial bombs. Moore is an amazing prospect. He weighs 220 pounds and is one of the fastest men on the squad. Furthermore, he looks capable of walking through a brick fireplace standing up...SET UP INTERFERENCE: There was much hard running on display yesterday, with Isbell, Novakofski, Balazs, Herber, Hinkle and Buhler monopolizing the ball carrying behind powerful screens of interference. They wound up with 100-yard races by positions, the men lining up at the fence and galloping the length of the field. Competition among the tackles and centers was won by Baby Ray and Charley Brock, who finished in a virtual dead heat. Swede Johnston led the guards for most of the way, but fell back near the end and the race was won by Nick Miketinac, with Jack Brennan right on his heels. When the ends cruised the distance, Steen, Moore and Carl Mulleneaux finished on the line together. The backs all ran at once, with Thompson speeding home first, Novakofski second, Uram third and Balazs fourth.
AUG 11 (Green Bay) - The thing which is most surprising to Dave Woodward, trainer of the Green Bay Packers, is the amazing condition in which the squad has reported for its first 1939 rehearsals. Now Dave is no newcomer to athletic squads. For years he did the chief rubbing down and patching up work at the University of Minnesota, and already he has become an institution with the Packers, presiding over the squad's tiny but well-organized training quarters, tucked away under the southeast end of massive City stadium. He has seen football players, not by the hundreds but by the thousands, and yesterday he said: "This is the finest looking bunch of athletes I ever have seen." Dave likes to enlarge upon his statement. He went on enthusiastically: "Can you believe it? Only two or three of that squad of nearly fifty men are overweight. Look at Milt Gantenbein - down to 198 pounds, and looking like a youngster breaking into the game. Look at Tiny Engebretsen - best shape he's started a season in years. Look at Buckets Goldenberg. Look at these new kids - long, stringy, tough, hard as nails. Did you ever see a better conditioned bunch of men?" No, we never did, but we hesitate to stress it too strongly for the reason that it sounds so very much like preseason ballyhoo. The team is marvelous, we can't lose, we will win the championship. Our cause will conquer. Well, maybe it will and maybe it won't. A fumbled punt along in November, a blocked kick at Detroit, a touchdown run at Cleveland, an intercepted pass - any one of these things may wipe out all the magnificent work done under the hot summer sun. The Packers may lose to an inferior squad. They may defeat a superior one. But they do look great right now. Whatever next week's opening scrimmage will develop, whatever weaknesses, as yet unsuspected, crop out among the individuals, the fact remains the Green Bay Packers have reported for a season's work at the peak of their several physical and mental conditions. There are no injuries on the Packer squad at present, other than two or three leg strains which resulted from too strenuous stretching on opening day. These are being thinned out under the lamps. Of course, scrimmage is another thing. The four All-Stars - Frank Balazs, Harry Jacunski, Larry Buhler and Charley Brock - pulled the smartest stunt of the season by reporting to the Packers for this first week. They showed an eagerness to cooperate with the Green Bay championship campaign, they enabled themselves to establish an early acquaintanceship in Green Bay, and familiarity with Packer plays, and they steamed themselves into advance condition for the All Stars. Coach Curly Lambeau's chief regret is that, now they are here, they can't remain straight enough.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Trying out combinations he hopes will bring success to the Green Bay Packers' aerial campaign this fall, Coach E.L. Lambeau yesterday unearthed a pair of athletes he expects will carve quite a reputation for themselves in National league warfare. The hookup goes like this - Herber to Hutson. The pass combine which has struck terror throughout the pro football zone, scoring touchdown after touchdown for Green Bay, broke loose in Thursday's workout as Don Hutson, starting his fifth season as a Packer, tore into the open again and again to pull in Arnold Herber's bombshell tosses. The two veterans found their work rivaled by a couple of young fellows not long out of the collegiate ranks - Cecil Isbell and Frank Steen - who did some passing and receiving which compared very favorably to that of the Herber-Hutson firm. Once again, it appears, the Packer attack will possess a well-grounded, lightning aerial attack to supplement a potent drive along the ground. The team rode through pass play after pass play yesterday, and the tosses clicked with unerring accuracy. After Wednesday's strenuous scrimmage, work was lighter yesterday, and the men did not don their pads. They spent a major part of the workout on pass defense, and looked very good in the art of breaking up their teammates' passes...DRILL ON PASS DEFENSE: During the pass defense drill, in which both offensive
and defensive teams were lined up, Ernie Smith, Dick
Zoll and Carl Mulleneaux did a bit of placekicking on the
side, splitting the posts consistently from wide angles.
Lambeau gave a nod of approval to Smith, who seems 
to be faster than he was prior to his layoff of one year.
In his first play of Wednesday's scrimmage, Ernie broke
through to block a punt, a stunt at which he specialized
during his first pro football years. Tuffy Thompson, who
laid off Wednesday because of a sore leg, was running
signals again yesterday, but fullback Eddie Jankowski
rested because of a twisted ankle. It wasn't anything
serious, Trainer Dave Woodward said, and in fact Eddie
was walking around on it all morning...EXECUTION IS
IMPROVING: The Packers worked up a great sweat
performing the plays in their still limited repertoire. The
execution is improving steadily, and so is the deception.
During the signal drill the pullout guards and blocking
backs did not always move fast enough for the ball
carriers which meant that the freight toters occasionally
ran up their backs, and Lambeau worked to speed up 
the interference. Clarke Hinkle, fullback who is starting
his eighth season with the Packers, looks better at
every practice. In the best condition of his well-
conditioned gridiron career, he looks every inch capable
of defending successfully his all-league rating. Just one
week from tonight, the Packers will meet the Pittsburgh
Pirates in a doubleheader at City stadium. Game time has been set for 7:30, and tickets are on sale at the Packer headquarters, American Legion building.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Statistical notes from the Packers' all-time scoring table: Verne Lewellen has scored more touchdowns than any other man who ever wore a Packer uniform. He accounted for 50 in the years from 1924 to 1932. His closest rival is Johnny Blood, who knocked off 37, and won't be getting any more, but Don Hutson, in third place, has chalked up 33 and has a lot more on the way. The Packer with the greatest total of successful extra point kicks is Joseph (Red) Dunn, 1927 to 1932, who booted 46. Next in line is sure-footed Ernie Smith, still very much in the race, with 41. Bob Monnett, who retired this season, is third on the list with 28. Field goals are harder to get, but two Packers have 12 apiece on their record. They are Clarke Hinkle, of the present team, and Howard (Cub) Buck, whose last scoring season was 1925. Their closest rival is Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, with nine.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Just a year ago Johnny Blood still fancied himself a player as well as a coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was his second with the Pirates, and his 13th as a professional gridder who had scampered over the chalk lines on all the major gridirons in this country. Maybe it would have done John well to heed the superstitions that go with 13. Maybe not. At any rate, time catches up with all of them, whether it is on the football field, in the prize ring, or wherever else physical equipment is so important to success. The important thing about John's retirement from the playing field is that many observers believe that it will greatly increase the effectiveness of his teams...BETTER STICK TO BENCHES: The dual role of player-coach provides a moot question that may never be decided to everyone's satisfaction, but in the highly specialized game that NFL football has become, it appears that those coaches who stick to the benches wind up better than the few who persist in playing. Fulfilling a promise he made earlier, Blood was in the game 60 minutes against the Packers last season, but it is doubtful whether he was effective either as player or coach that day. Everyone in City stadium admired his courage. It was the Johnny they all knew, and liked, unpredictable and self-confident. But with all their enthusiasm, not one of them would have picked Johnny to play blocking back, the spot he selected that day. And strictly as a coach, it is not likely that Blood will send in a player like himself to perform that type of job...GREAT MONEY PERFORMER: This is no attempt to belittle one of the most colorful gridiron figures of all time. No one who has seen him ever will forget the days when Johnny was really great. When the chips were down, he usually came up with the winning hand. In 1936, after a dismal start in which the Packers dropped games to both the Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears at the offset, Blood was called back into the fold, and helped pace Green Bay to a championship that season. In his first appearance after his return, John turned the tide in a game against Detroit, and the team bounded back to pave the way for a last minute placekick by Tiny Engebretsen that spelled victory. That, in the minds of many, was John's last great year in moleskins. More than a decade of bumps and bruises failed to leave any visible mark on the rangy halfback's body, and nothing short of an earthquake could shatter John's spirit. In fact, it would have to be a pretty good earthquake to shake that morale...WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE: There is a wealth of football information, and experience, wrapped up in the former New Richmond lad. What is more, there is a good mind to administer it. Directing the abilities of McCullough, Nardi, Francis, Tommerson, Bernie Scherer (the former Packer end), Sam Boyd of Baylor and others, Blood may be on the brink of a coaching era that will eclipse his great playing record. His start in this role will come where he achieved his greatest success as a halfback - at City stadium a week from Friday when he sends his players against the Packers in a doubleheader exhibition bill. It will do no harm to keep an eye on Boyd that night. It was he who caught many of the passes that put Billy Patterson, the Bears' prize rookie, in the limelight. Both Bert Bell of Philadelphia and Charlie Bidwell of the Cardinals have made cash offers for Boyd, but Johnny says, "No sale." One member of the Packer squad who hails from that part of the nation says that it was Boyd who made Patterson. The NFL will furnish a great spot to find out. Blood himself believes Boyd will rank with Lavvie Dilweg and Tom Nash, both of whom made Packer history, Bill Hewitt of the Bears and Eagles, and other great league flankmen. The Texan is 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs 205 pounds.
AUG 18 (Spokane, WA) - George Marshall, president of the Washington Redskins, claims he has abandoned for all time the farm system for professional football. "With 200 college stars to draw from each year," he said, "why should we - or any other pro team - support a farm club? The turnover of talent is so rapid that those who can't make the grade the first time can't be expected to do it later." Marshall had announced previously the Redskins were giving up their farm at Hazelton, Pa. At that time there were reports a farm arrangement might be effected with a Richmond, Va., team.
AUG 12 (Green Bay) - Several distinctive features, in addition to the arrival of three big tackles, marked yesterday the regular workout of the Green Bay Packers, as they drilled for a Pittsburgh doubleheader which now is less than two weeks in the future. For one
thing, the practice gave spectators a tipoff as to the
probable coterie of ball carriers who will be lugging
much of the freight in Green Bay's ground campaign
this fall. Then, it revealed a niceness of ball handling
and deception unusual for an early season drill, and
finally it showed further class in a few of the first year
men, gratifying to fans who are anxious to see last
year's weaker spots plugged satisfactorily. The three
squad additions, each working out for the first time,
were Ernie Smith, veteran Southern California tackles,
returning to the Packers after a year's absence; Charley
Schultz, powerful Minnesota lineman who resembles
Lou Gordon, former Packer now with the Bears; and Bill
Lee, Alabama giant who dropped back into his regular
right tackle post...THREE IN GOOD SHAPE: Coach E.
L. Lambeau commented favorably regarding the
condition of the trio. "They're all reporting in good 
shape," he said. "They won't hold us up and we won't
hurt them." Still missing were Donald Hutson, Alabama
end; Larry Craig, South Carolina end; and Slats Wyrick,
U.C.L.A. tackle. Hutson, the only one of the three not
under contract, informed Lambeau yesterday that he will arrive ready for practice Monday morning. Craig and Wyrick haven't been heard from, and are believed en route. The only Packers who have not signed their 1939 contracts, other than tackle Champ Seibold, whom Lambeau doesn't expect to report, are Hutson, Lee and halfback Tuffy Thompson...MOVE THAT BALL AROUND: The Packers' ball handling yesterday was exceptional. They moved the oval around on fakes and off-tackle plays in midseason form, only a few fumbles and missed signals marring the procedure. A lengthy punting and passing drill also was on the program. Frank Steen, the new end for Rice institute who spears passes in the style popularized by Hutson, gave a great demonstration of that specialty yesterday. He picked off two long heaves from the arm of Cecil Isbell which had that touchdown appearance. The practice also revealed that Tuffy Thompson, recently acquired from Pittsburgh, may snatch Hutson's title as the fastest man on the squad. Cast in the role of a ball toter, his favorite spot, he showed speed to burn and a shifty tendency while moving around the ends...HERBER IS LOOKING FINE: That old failing - inability to stop Arnold Herber's passes - will be experienced by Packer opposition again this fall if this first week's drill is a criterion. The veteran aerialist, still the best man in the league at a pass over 40 yards, is hitting the target with every bit of his old-time skill, and is in splendid physical condition. Lambeau expressed approval with the way John Lock, former Fordham fullback, is breaking into the blocking back position. He looked especially good on pass defense, always a nervous assignment in the pro league. Charley Brock definitely is the team's fastest center, and his presence, along with that of Bud Svendsen, gives Bunny Schoemann a tough assignment for this season. Last year Schoemann, in the short time he worked before he was injured, was the Packers' best center, but now Svendsen is back, Lee Mulleneaux is breaking in for his first full season, Brock looks like a house afire and the Packer coach is lavish in his praise of Tom Greenfield, the lanky pivot man from Arizona...BALL TOTERS WORK HARD: The ball carriers had an intensive workout yesterday. While the personnel may vary with the addition of new plays, the men getting the most attention at the important item of moving  the apple along the sod were Clarke Hinkle, Isbell, Andy Uram, Frank Balazs, Larry Buhler, Obbie Novakofski, Weenie Wilson and Dick Weisgerber. The bulk of the carrying was handled by Uram, Novakofski, Balazs and Isbell. Balazs more and more appears to be the man slated to succeed the great Hinkle, when and if that all-league fullback decides to succumb to the advancing years. (Note: Hinkle has his best year in 1938.), but Balazs, weighing well over 200 pounds, tough as nails, a hard runner, vicious blocker, excellent passer and the farthest punter on the Packer squad, appears to need only seasoning to fit perfectly into the Green Bay machine...KNOCKED OUT FOUR MEN: During one touchdown run against U.C.L.A. last year Balazs knocked four men cold merely by running roughshod over them, and as he banged through the line in yesterday's signal drill, pounding along the turf, Lambeau remarked. "That guy is going to hurt somebody this season." The powerful Austrian from Iowa seems to have a perfect competitive disposition, and he'll be missed from the squad during his period of training with the All-Stars at Evanston, starting today. With Balazs went three other Packers rated great prospects for professional stardom - Brock, Harry Jacunski and Buhler. Successful passing combinations yesterday were Isbell to Steen, Becker to Carl Mulleneaux; Novakoski to McGroarty and Mulleneaux; Wilson to Laws; Herber to Uram and Becker; Uram to Balazs and Gantenbein; Laws to Mulleneaux and Gantenbein. That last-named individual, who captains the squad and responds to his teammates' nickname of "Goose", is in the condition of his life. Normally weighing around 205, he is tripping around the field with a scant 198 in tow, and he never looked better.
AUG 12 (Dayton, OH) - Announcement of the revised and official NFL schedule for the 1939 championship season was made here today by Carl L. Storck, president of the league. Each of the 10 teams will play 11 title skirmishes. The major league professional football championship scramble will begin Sunday, Sept. 10, with the Chicago Cardinals invading Detroit to engage the Lions and the Pittsburgh Pirates providing the opposition for the Eagles at Philadelphia. Before the week has ended, three more teams will begin championship competition and the Pirates' second game will have been written into the records...MEET CLEVELAND RAMS: Pittsburgh will meet Brooklyn in the first night game of the season Thursday, Sept. 14. The following night, Friday, Sept. 15, the Chicago Bears will meet the Cleveland Rams in the Cleveland opener at the Municipal stadium, Cleveland. Two more teams - the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers - will launch their championship campaigns the following Sunday, Sept. 17. The Packers will open against the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay and Philadelphia will be host to the Redskins. Oddly enough, the New York Giants, champions of the league, will be the last team to get into the championship campaign. The Giants will not begin the defense of their title until Sunday, Sept. 24, when they engage the Eagles in Philadelphia. Also, they will be the last league team to open their home season - Sunday, Oct. 15, being the date and the Philadelphia Eagles the opponent...SEASON ENDS DEC. 3: The regular season will end Sunday, Dec. 3, with Washington and the champions Giants playing the only game scheduled, at New York. The following week, Sunday, Dec. 10, the winners of the Eastern and Western divisional championships, respectively, will meet in the seventh annual playoff for the world's championship. The playoff will be contested on the home grounds of the winner of the Western division championship this year. Five night games, one less than last season, are on the schedule. Besides the Pittsburgh-Brooklyn and Chicago Bear-Cleveland game already mentioned, Cleveland and Brooklyn will pay under the arcs in Brooklyn in Brooklyn Wednesday, Sept. 20; the Cardinals will meet the Detroit Lions in their home opener at Soldier field, Chicago, Sunday night, Oct.1, and the Chicago Bears will battle the Pirates under lights Monday night, Oct. 2, at Pittsburgh. The Pirate-Bear game originally was scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 1...TWO MILWAUKEE GAMES: Only two league games will be played on foreign fields this season. Both of these games will involve the Green Bay Packers and they will be played in Milwaukee. The first of the Milwaukee games will find the Packers and the Chicago Cardinals meeting in an encore engagement Sunday, Oct. 8. The Washington Redskins will be the Packers' opponent in their second Milwaukee engagement Sunday, Oct. 29. Under the sectional playoff setup, adopted in 1933, each team must meet the other four teams in its respective division twice and three other teams, with the choice optional, from the rival division during a season.
AUG 12 (Two Rivers) - The big job facing Johnny Blood, coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is finding a replacement for Whizzer White in the backfield. While the Pirates are training here, the Whizzer is cycling through Sweden on a vacation tour preparatory to taking up his studies at Oxford university in England. In the Whizzer's absence, the Pirates' destiny lies in a deceptive running game and in aerial attack, Coach Blood thinks, and the principal actors in this offense may be Jack Lee of Carnegie Tech and Rink Bond of Washington U., who have been working out at quarterback. Blood also has high hopes for Sam Francis, former Nebraska fullback who was obtained from the Chicago Bears, and halfbacks Dick Nardi of Ohio university and Clarence Tommerson, formerly of Wisconsin. The Pirates' first test will come the night of Aug. 25, when they face the Green Bay Packers in a double bill at Green Bay.
AUG 14 (Green Bay) - The winning of a $100 bonus by Arnold Herber on a littler matter of weight reduction, and the arrival in town of Donald Hutson, veteran end from Alabama, highlighted weekend activities of the Green Bay Packers, who a week from next Friday night meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in a doubleheader at City stadium. Herber, promised his bonus by Coach E.L. Lambeau July 3, when he weighed in at 227 pounds, came through amid howls of glee from his teammates after Saturday's practice, when he stepped on the scales and moved the arm around to 199. "We told Herber we'd add an extra $100 to his contract." Coach Curly explained, "if he could get his weight below 200 pounds by Aug. 12. It looks like we'll have to settle up."...IN GREAT CONDITION: It's a matter of comment on the practice field that Herber is looking very much at the peak of his game. Always a tough a man who ever stepped onto a gridiron, Arnold is in the peak of condition and his forward passes are smacking the target with deadly effectiveness. If any fans have settled down to witness Herber's early retirement from the professional game, after a long career in which he has tossed many dozens of touchdown passes, they can turn their attention to some more weighty matters, for Arnie is in for a big season. Hutson arrived too late for Saturday's drill, but was expected to report this morning. Lambeau also received word that Larry Craig, his big pass snatching end from South Carolina, will arrive Tuesday. He has not heard from Slats Wyrick, U.C.L.A. tackle...TAKE SUNDAY OFF: The big squad continued to show in Saturday's practice the fire and snap which characterized its workouts all week, and Lambeau gave the players a free Sunday. He expressed particular pleasure that the three tackles who reported late - Bill Lee, Ernie Smith and Charley Schultz - bobbed up in nearly perfect condition, enabling them to step immediately into the signal drills. Lambeau decided against conducting scrimmage today, as he had planned originally, and probably will not order any rough stuff until Wednesday. Andy Uram's punting was a standout in Saturday's drill, the former Minnesota ace continuing to substantiate predictions that he is up for a fine season. Lambeau has been running him steadily, using him as a forward passer, and his kicking is better than it ever has been...NOVAKOFSKI DRAWS PRAISE: The coach also had words of praise for Obbie Novakofski, speedy Lawrence halfback, who looked particularly good on pass defense. A new forward passing combination loomed out of the practice - Isbell to Steen - and Packer fans will be cheering that pair heartily before many weeks pass. Steen, an end from Rice, picks 'em out of the air like Hutson, and is almost as fast. He grabbed two of three 40-yard tosses from Isbell Saturday while on the dead run. Charley Schultz, the new tackle from Minnesota, looks very good. He weighs 230 pounds, is strong, heady and experienced. Paul Kell, the Notre Dame tackle continues to fire up the drills. He's a natural pepper box and a lot of man. Eddie McGroarty, the big back from Northland college, is a mite slow for the fullback position, and may be shifted to blocking quarterback, what with Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski and Frank Balazs all looking hot at full. McGroarty is in magnificent physical condition...FASTEST MAN PRESENT: Tuffy Thompson, Minnesota halfback, is the fastest man on the squad, without Hutson present, and now that that veteran end has arrived Thompson may even challenge his laurels. Tuffy executes the left halfback spinner to perfection. He isn't too good a passer. Eddie Jankowski should be twice as effective this year as last. He is running very hard, is full of dive, and seems to have forgotten completely the head injury which handicapped his play in 1938.
AUG 15 (Green Bay) - Donald Hutson, greatest offensive end in the NFL, signed his 1939 Packer contract last night and was in uniform today as the ream pounded through its regular daily drill. Hutson, who ranks fourth on the Green Bay all-time scoring list, trailed only Verne Lewellen, Clarke Hinkle, and Johnny Blood, is one of the best known names in professional football. His magnificent pass receiving ability, plus an appalling speed, have made him feared throughout the league, and last year he was named to an end position on the official all-professional first team. Don weighs 185 pounds, is married, and during his undergraduate days was a star of star at the University of Alabama. He is starting his fifth year with the Packers. Hutson came close to retiring from professional football this year, which was the reason for his delayed arrival. He operated a dry cleaning establishment in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and on the side has a year-round assignment assisting Coach Frank Thomas in the University of Alabama athletic department. He seriously considered devoting his entire time to this work, and came north feeling a bit lukewarm on the subject of playing further with the Packers. One day of witnessing the 1939 team in action was enough, and last night he met with Lambeau and quickly agreed to terms...GRABS HERBER'S AERIALS: In his four seasons with the Packers Hutson has caught the amazing total of 33 touchdown passes, most of them from the right arm of Arnold Herber, although last year several of them were tossed by Cecil Isbell. In addition, he has scored four extra points, for a grand total of 202, only 22 less than those scored by third place Blood. The first rough work of the season was dished out to the Packers yesterday, as they whirled through a lengthy drill in anticipation of their double-barreled engagement with the Pittsburgh Pirates at City stadium a week from next Friday night...PLAYERS PUT ON PADS: Coach E.L. Lambeau ordered the men to don pads, and they went at the blocking equipment with a will, incurring a few minor injuries in the process. None of the players was hurt badly. Lambeau said there being but the usual assortments of strained muscles and bruises incidental to the initial rough practice session. The coach decided his squad, during its workout, did pretty fair work, and he voiced no complaints, at least publicly. There was a long drill on pas offense, and another on pass defense, to keep the men occupied further. Hutson, who arrived in town Sunday, was not in uniform yesterday. Larry Craig, South Carolina end with a reputation for picking passes out of the air, was due today, and the Packer coach regarded his roster, with the exception of the four All-Stars at Evanston, about complete.
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - One week from tomorrow night, on Friday, Aug. 25, Green Bay Packer fans will have the opportunity to see the 1939 edition of their professional football team in action for the first time. On that evening the Pittsburgh Pirates, now training at Two Rivers, will bring their large and talented squad into City stadium to engage the Packers in a unique gridiron offering - a doubleheader. Two complete games will be offered, the first starting at 7:30, and the two bringing into action every player on both teams. The ticket sale is now underway, at the following prices: reserved seats, boxes, on both sides of the stadium, $1.50; general admission, seats on both sides of the field and at the west end, $1; general admission, 7,000 seats in east horseshoe, 50 cents; and children, 25 cents. Entertaining Johnny Blood's Pirates, who now are in executive session on the lakeshore, will be no tea party, and Coach E.L. Lambeau sent his Packers through another rough and strenuous workout yesterday, with blocking pads the order of the day. Larry Craig, South Carolina veteran, reported, and in a surprise move Lambeau placed him at the blocking quarterback position. Craig was listed as an end, and is a great pass receiver, but the Packer wing corps looks superb without him, and he is constructed ideally for the blocking back spot. In general, the practice was a shade more rugged than others of recent days. There was much forward passing, and the receivers couldn't keep their hands on the oval. Time after time passes were looped into the paws of the men they were intended for, only to have the ball spin towards the ground...HUTSON IS IN UNIFORM: Don Hutson, in uniform for the first time this season, caught his first 1939 Packer pass from Weenie Wilson, left halfback. Hutson, never bothered by overweight, reported weighing 178 pounds and appeared to be his usual speedy self. If he still is bothered by last season's leg injury, he gave no indication of it. The backs took a strenuous workout on the blocking and tackling dummies, after which the linemen, under Assistant Coach Red Smith, swung into action on the same equipment. Some of the backs appeared to need more coordination before they will be ready for scrimmage, and Lambeau said he doubted that step will be taken before Thursday. During passing drill, Lambeau tried Eddie McGroarty, fullback, on several long passes to Hutson. McGroarty has a flair for long throws, but in general the aerial drill revealed that Arnold Herber and Cecil Isbell still are the best passers on the squad. Andy Uram is doing well, but still is a bit erratic. Obbie Novakofski also hit the target regularly....SPEARS LONG AERIAL: The catch of the day was made by Carl (Moose) Mulleneaux, right end, with a looping stab of a power shot by Isvbell, 50 yards down the field from the scrimmage line. Frank Steen, who has established himself as a great pass snatcher, again looked hot.  Finally, the team reassembled for a fast offensive drill with the blocking dummies, prior to which Lambeau introduced a few new plays. The first, which was executed successfully by fullbacks Ed Jankowski, Clarke Hinkle and McGroarty, was a power push through the line which appears slated to gobble up lots of territory this season. The men soon started passing, but indifferently, as there were many fumbled receptions. Wayland Becker made one excellent catch of a long toss from Isbell. The workout was fast, and the overweight boys soon headed for the water bucket. The only Packer not running signals was Tuffy Thompson, who pulled a leg muscle during the drill the day before and was excused from strenuous work.
AUG 16 (New York) - The NFL announced yesterday that President Roosevelt's change in the date of Thanksgiving had altered the schedule. Two games - Green Bay at Detroit and Philadelphia at Cleveland - were moved from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23.
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - For a half-dozen reasons, the doubleheader football bill between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Pirates on the night of Aug. 25 should not be overlooked. The two games on the same night at City stadium will give the fans an ante-season grid show on a scale never before attempted. First of all, the Packers will place four full teams on the field in the course of the evening. Coach Curly Lambeau's largest, and possibly strongest, squad will get its first test against worthy competition. No intra-squad contest, or opposition from Cedar Rapids, La Crosse, Merrill or other well-meaning but mediocre aggregation, will provide the initial fire for the players this season. In Pittsburgh they will have a determined foe that in itself is a candidate for NFL title honors...JOHNNY BLOOD SERIOUS: John, the McNally who calls himself Blood, has his squad working out at Two Rivers, and it is a serious John indeed whose position in the league this year is enigmatic until the season is well along. Blood and big Walt Kiesling, the former Packer guard who is his assistant, have little to say about their prospects this season. The comparatively silent role is new to John who in other years has sounded the trumpets of victory long before the first ticket was sold. John's attitude this year is: "Come out and see us when we play the Packers...We both will be able to tell more about it then."...HAND-PICKED SQUAD: What does the erstwhile Vagabond Halfback have to work with? A hand-picked squad of players selected entirely on merits and not on press notices. He and Kiesling scoured the country for this year's team, and the result is very much like Curly Lambeau's efforts with liitle-known gridders. John has weeded out the ineffective prima donnas of other years. He has retained the strong foundation of 1937 and 1938, and has material to build a real contender upon it. One of his most notable additions, who will appear here in the exhibitions, is Sam Francis, the Nebraska back who was all-America and leader in the Chicago Tribune all-star poll of 1937. Francis has been with the Chicago Bears for the past two seasons. He and Dick Nardi of Ohio State were traded to Pittsburgh for Billy Patterson, the Baylor passing star...HAS IDEAL PRO BUILD: Sam first appeared against the Packers in the All-Star game of Sept. 1, 1937. His work, offensively and defensively, was an important factor in stopping the Packers' attack at Soldier field that night. Weighing 210 pounds and standing 6 feet 2, his build is ideal for the pro game. Differences with George Halas, coach of the Bears, on how he best fitted into the system interfered with Francis' effectiveness, although he always was one of the league's best backs. At Pittsburgh, Blood will keep him at fullback, the spot he likes best. Sam was on the United State Olympic team in 1936, finished fourth in the shot put at Berlin. He won the shot put and discus at the Drake, Kansas and Texas relay meets in 1938. On the gridiron he captained the West team in the Shrine All-Star game at San Francisco, and punted 97 yards in the air against the East all-stars. Close associates claim that Sam is taking his professional football more serious than ever. He is gratified with the change to the Blood management. The game here will provide his first chance to prove the effects of the transfer. It should be a good one-man show in itself.
AUG 17 (Green Bay) - Donning their heavy gridiron armor for the first time this season, the Green Bay Packers rolled through their initial scrimmage at their practice field yesterday afternoon, with Coach E.L. Lambeau and Assistant Red Smith getting their first glimpse of the players under fire. The scrimmage was not anticipated until today, but Lambeau, reading reports of the rapid progress the Pittsburgh Pirates are making at their Two Rivers headquarters, and regarding his own men in condition for the rough program, ordered the drill. Most of the men showed up excellently, although the various offensives were overshadowed by the defenses much of the time. Lambeau was well satisfied with the work of his veterans, particularly Eddie Jankowski and Clarke Hinkle, a pair of roaring fullbacks whose whose heavy running was a nuisance to their scrimmage opponents every time they launched as a charge at the line. Among the new men the coach singled out Charley Schultz and Warren Kilbourne, two Minnesota tackles; Jack Brennan, Michigan guard; and Frank Steen, Rice end; as new men worth watching, but he added that most of the first year men performed satisfactorily. Larry Craig, the latest addition to the squad, was used sparingly, but he revealed enough class to indicate that he has the necessary stuff for success in pro football. Lambeau lined up his first defensive six-man line, with Milt Gantenbein, Ernie Smith, Tiny Engebretsen, Buckets Goldenberg, Bill Lee and Steen, but he changed his men about constantly as they drove through the long, hard scrimmage. Hinkle and Tom Greenfield backed up that line...PICKS OFF FORWARDS: Steen promptly revealed himself as a ball hawk. He broke through to follow the pigskin toters several times, and at one stage in the scrimmage recovered a fumble. Wayland Becker grabbed a couple of short passes from Arnold Herber, and after a period of indecisive maneuvering Andy Uram broke loose for a sprint which carried to the 5-yard line. At this point the veteran defensive team braced. Uram was thrown for a loss at right tackle, Jankowski piled up for no gain, and Engebretsen slid through to cuff down Uram on an attempted forward pass. On fourth down Jankowski attempted a field goal, with Herber holding the ball, and Greenfield pounded through to block the kick...BOOTS FIELD GOAL: Coach Lambeau gave the ball back to the attackers and Jankowski tried another goal, which sailed perfectly over the crossbars. The teams exchanged sides, which left a defensive line including Wayland Becker, Schultz, Nick Miketinac, Brennan, Paul Kell and Al Moore opposing and offensive backfield including Hinkle, Dick Weisgerber, Hank Bruder and Cecil Isbell. With Hinkle contributing some hard running, the ball moved out. Wayland Becker of the opposing team recovered a fumble, but the ball didn't change hands. Isbell kept trying to land with a long forward pass to the nimble Steen, receiving beautiful protection, but each time the throws were too strong. Moore broke through to smear Isbell on another pass attempt, but Cecil, on the next play, threw an off-balance pass as Baby Ray smothered him, Gantenbein making a nice catch for what would have amounted to a touchdown...HERBER IS RUSHED: Steen was replaced by Don Hutson, and another certain touchdown was spoiled when Herber was rushed on an attempted pass to the former Alabama star. After the ball switched sides again Jankowski came through with some hard running. Craig rushed Isbell on several pass plays, but Cecil had a knack of getting the ball into the air without a loss of yardage. Isbell fired a forward pass to Steen, who received the ball but lost it on an attempted lateral to Pete Tinsley. Lambeau slapped a 5-yard penalty on the offending team for using a forward after a lateral. An Isbell to Gantenbein pass play worked well, and Steen hooked off a beauty to Isbell. Baby Ray showed class at getting through the interference...MOVES IN TO GOAL: The offensive team moved in close to the goal, and Isbell tried an end zone forward pass to Jankowski, who couldn't reach it. Isbell got loose on a twisting run around right end to the 1-yard line, where it was first down. Isbell, calling signals, sent Jankowski slanting off right guard, but both teams were offside. Kell was on the bottom of the pile as Weisgerber was stopped for no gain. Jankowski, attempting to skirt left end, was halted by Weenie Wilson and Bud Svendsen. Finally, Isbell faded back and shot a perfect pass over the goal line to Steen for a touchdown. Schultz broke up a couple of plays when work was resumed, and Laws speared a pretty pass from Wilson. On a tackle thrust Wilson was bumped by Miketinac. Jankowski banged through, running heavily, to bring the ball into scoring position. Laws' tackle poke was piled up by Kilbourne, but Jankowski ran the ball to the 5-yard line, at which point Lambeau took it away from the offensive team...BRUDER CALLS SIGNALS: Hank Bruder was brought in to call signals and cautioned the defensive team, "Careful now, boys!" Eddie McGroarty and Lee Mulleneaux rammed in a potent collision, but there was no casualty. Obbie Novakofski ran hard off right tackle, and then stepped fast for a beautiful left end run, following his interference perfectly. A moment later Novakofski's forward pass was intercepted by Wilson. When the ball changed hands, Wilson clicked on a pass to McGroarty, and then sailed the ball to Laws for a touchdown, Joe running fast laterally along the 20-yard line...STEEN RUMBLES THROUGH: The last play of the scrimmage was a beauty. With the ball 30 yards from the goal, Novakofski shot a spiral pass to Steen, who executed a 20-yard broken field run for a touchdown, evading seven or eight men in the dash. Lambeau announced after the practice that there will be a skull drill for the entire squad at Hotel Northland tomorrow night. He expressed the opinion that the team needs much more work on offensive line play, but found the defense in good shape. The pass defense also needs improvement.
AUG 17 (Chicago) - Coaches of the College All-Star squad which faces New York's Giants Aug. 30 were confronted today with a possible shortage of ends because of injuries. Four wingmen were on the sidelines and another gridder, Charles Gross, Bradley Tech guard, definitely was out of the charity game as a result of a chipped right elbow incurred yesterday. Bill Castelo, end from Illinois, suffered a broken hand but will continue training, using a special brace, and still may get into the contest. Frank Petrick of Indiana, Don Wemple of Colgate and Harry Jacunski of Fordham all had leg injuries.
AUG 17 (Two Rivers) - Scrimmaging for 60 minutes, the Pittsburgh Pirates showed an abundance of defensive strength yesterday as they prepared for the coming NFL campaign. The arrival of Sam Boyd, end from Baylor U., boosted the squad roster to 28 men. However, end Bernie Scherer, halfback Clarence Tommerson and quarterback Rink Bond were forced to the sidelines with minor injuries. The only touchdown came on two well-directed passes from halfback Dick Nardi to Hugh McCullough and Ed Karp.
AUG 17 (Duluth) - Gaynell Tinsley, the Louisiana State all-America football player, suddenly closed his professional gridiron career last night by leaving the training camp of the Chicago Cardinals for his home, Coach Ernie Nevers revealed. Nevers said he understood Tinsley was en route to Louisiana to take a high school coaching job. Tinsley has been with the Cardinals two years.
AUG 17 (Green Bay) - A red-hot halfback from Oklahoma, Hugh McCullough, is giving Johnny Blood and the Pittsburgh Pirate staff at Two Rivers a boost in spirits. McCullough has been a standout in practice, and the gap left by the Oxford departure of Whizzer White appears to be at least partially closed. McCullough tossed 120 forward passes last season and completed 63 percent of them for an intercollegiate record. He is an even six feet tall, and weighs 185 pounds. And to top it off, those who have watched him claim that he carries the ball and kicks it as well as he throws it. Across from McCullough, Blood has big Clarence Tommerson, the former University of Wisconsin halfback who is starting his third year with the Pirates. Tommerson is two inches taller than McCullough, and weighs 10 pounds more than the Oklahoma lad. Of him Blood says: "He has all the physical equipment and this season appears to have the proper mental attitude to make him a great player."...OBTAINED IN TRADE: And not to be overlooked is Dick Nardi, the former Ohio State back who came to the Pirates through a trade. Nardi showed well against the Packers in two games last fall. He is a rugged customer, spreading 200 pounds over a 5-foot-10 frame. Add those boys to Sam Francis, and it should keep the Packers busy a week from Friday night...When Bert Bell called the Philadelphia Eagles into practice, he ruined the Seymour A.A. (Philadelphia) softball team, because it meant that Emmett Mortell, the Appleton product, had to change from sneakers to cleats. Mortell was rated the "best in the city" according to sportswriter Joe Cox of the Philadelphia Record. He pitched his team to a city title, and burned up the Bi-State league. He averaged a dozen strikeouts per game. After hitting his stride, Mortell won 16, and lost only one. A no-hit, no-run triumph over the Primo ten also went down in his record book. But while the applause showered down on Emmett from the bleachers, he told a friend that it was just because they had only mediocre softball pitchers thereabouts. In relieving Mortell of his softball duties over the protests of teammates and fans, Bell explained: "Although Davey O'Brien is counted on for most of our passing, Mortell and Smukler also will be used. I don't want Emmett overworked." The Packers play in Philadelphia Nov. 12...When Coach Curly Lambeau announced that there would be two workouts daily for Packers who weren't playing golf afternoons, he started a near stampede toward the fairways and greens. No less than 18 gridders signed the training quarters bulletin board as daily golf addicts. Speaking of golf and Packers, Walter Hagen and John Montague spent an extra day at the Hotel Northland following their exhibition at the Oneida Golf and Riding club. They encountered the Bud Svendsen's son Mike with a toy automobile, and joined the youngsters in a game of pushing the tiny car around the floor...Martin Schreyer, the former Purdue tackle who almost was a Packers, is the father of a son. Schreyer, who was a Boilermaker captain and a teammate of Cecil Isbell, signed a Packer contract last season, but a leg injuriy was so aggravated in the Chicago All-Star game that he was unable to report. Schreyer was a starting tackle for the All-Stars against the Washington Redskins. Congratulations to the new born boy can be addressed to the Schreyer home in Monessen, Pa.
AUG 21 (Green Bay) - With new men again playing important roles, Coach Curly Lambeau ran his large Green Bay Packer squad through its second scrimmage of the year Saturday, and then let the boys rest until today. The only casualy of the day was Jimmy Coffeen, who was acting as head linesman during the workout. The familiar play-by-play announcer was bowled over by Lee (Brute) Mulleneaux, when the latter intercepted a forward pass and started down the sidelines. While there is still room for improvement in all departments, Coach Lambeau and Assistant Coach Richard Smith were fairly satisfied with the workout. Running plays and passing were well mixed, with the ball remaining in the possession of one group for the entire scrimmage...HINKLE, THOMPSON GOOD: Clarke Hinkle, the old reliable, and Tuffy Thompson, the Minnesota speed merchant obtained from Pittsburgh, showed flashes of rare backfield offensive form. Jack Brennan, rookie from Michigan, has some great moments in offensive guard play. Carl Mulleneaux, the rangy right end from Utah State, joined the long list of Packer field goal kickers when he split the uprights for the only three-pointer of the day. It is a new role for Carl, who last year established himself as an accomplished end in both offensive and defensive play. After a summer of softball and baseball, "Moose" was one of the men who reported in playing condition when the squad was called together two weeks ago. He is ticketed to be one of the outstanding flankmen in the league this season. Also sparkling was the defensive end performance of Larry Craig, sent to the Packers from South Carolina by his coach, Rex Enright, who did some fullbacking for Green Bay before he turned to tutoring in the game. Craig crashes through in a manner that brings to mind the play of Bill Hewitt, who gained fame with the Bears and held it as a Philadelphia end. Tom Greenfield, whom Arizona followers claim will make the league sit up and take notice in center play, looked good in the scrimmage, as did the veteran Brute Mulleneaux...KELL IS IMPRESSIVE: At tackles, Coach Lambeau seemed most impressed with Paul Kell, Notre Dame recruit, on the right side of the line and Baby Ray, the Vanderbilt giant, on the left. Charlie Schultz of Minnesota also drew attention. The only players missing from the drill were fullback Eddie Jankowski and quarterback Hank Bruder. Both are nursing injuries, but Trainer Dave Woodward reports that they will be in shape well before the exhibition contests against Pittsburgh at City stadium Friday night. Coach Lambeau intends to use every man on the squad in the doubleheader. At Two Rivers Coach Johnny Blood put two teams through a regular game before a good sized crowd Saturday night. The result was a 7 to 7 tie between the Veterans and the Recruits, division of the players not strictly following the team titles. Sam Francis is looking good at fullback for the veterans, but he was pressed for line bucking honors by Bob Masters who played with the recruits...SCHERER AT END: Bernie Scherer, the former Packer, saw considerable end service with the Pirate recruits. Sam Boyd, star flankman from Baylor, was impressive at times, while Lou Midler of Minnesota and Ed Karp of Catholic U looked best at tackles. Hugh McCullough and Earl Bartlett were two of the hardest working backs on the field. A newcomer to the squad who saw a few minutes' action was Bunny Ellis, great St. Norbert running back of 1937, who signed a Redskin contract last season, but obtained his release after failing to report. Francis made the touchdown and placekicked the point for the veterans in the second quarter. Masters tallied for the rookies in the third period, McCulllough placeckicking the point.
AUG 21 (Dallas) - Football's oaken knot - durable, 150 pound Davey O'Brien - Saturday signed with the Southwest Collegians for their Labor day charity game here against the professional Green Bay Packers. Thus, the all-America kid who took Texas Christian university through an undefeated season last year and riveted them to the nation's No. 1 spot with a Sugar Bowl triumph over Carnegie Tech, gave the Southwesterners two of football's finest passers. Spindly legged Billy Patterson, formerly of Baylor but now chief reliance of the Chicago Bears, previously had signed.
AUG 21 (Green Bay) - Norman Purucker, University of Michigan halfback, reported for Packer practice here today, completing the roster of the 1939 Green Bay pro football squad. Purucker just finished up summer school work at Michigan. He has been receiving Packer plays all along and will be ready to fit right into the practice schedule this afternoon, Coach E.L. Lambeau said. Lambeau planned to get in touch with Chicago All-Star authorities this afternoon regarding the condition of Frank Balazs, Iowa fullback who showed so much talent in early workouts here. Balazs sustained a dislocated shoulder in practice at Evanston Saturday, and will not be able to play in the All-Star game. Lambeau said he wanted to get the fullback to Green Bay immediately for treatment of the injury. He said, at any rate, he would be unable to appear in opening Green Bay games.
AUG 21 (Green Bay) - Packer fans are on the job at rehearsals of the New York Giants in Superior, and the Chicago Cardinals in Duluth. This week's mail brought identical newspaper clippings from Edwin Sweetman, who has contributed to this column before, and J.C. Docter. The excerpts are from the Duluth Herald, and give Green Bay a fine plug. Sweetman added several other items indicating the great interest in pro football which exists at the head of Lake Superior. The Herald's story said: "There is a little city in Wisconsin which has made great strides in the NFL. The city we speak of is Green Bay and sports followers know the power of the Packers in the pro circuit. But what has made this city so successful as a member of the NFL? Only this. It is civicly-owned and receives the full support of every individual, business firm and civic organization in Green Bay." Sweetman is of the opinion that the news breaks the Giants and Cardinals are getting should boost Packer attendance, as the Green Bay banner is constantly waved before the Duluth-Superior fans. Says Docter: "I spent a few hours watching the New York Giants work out. They looked good, but not as good to me as the Packers. Evidently the Green Bay Packers rate very high in this community (Duluth). While watching the Giants work out, I heard several of the fans talking about the rotten deal Green Bay got in New York, after pushing the Giants all over the field all afternoon. One of the fans remarked that the Green Bay Packers really were the champions of 1939, and not the New York Giants. I want my subscription to the Press-Gazette extended another week, as my work keeps me up here, and I certainly like to ready about the Packers. I have the issue of Aug. 9 before me and I note good old Iron Man Hinkle is going as strong as ever. I surely hope to be back in Green Bay to see them in action when the season opens." The Duluth News-Tribune, of which Sweetman sent several copies, ran several streamers and large photos of the professional teams in action. Sweetman also contributed a story from the Minneapolis Star-Journal, headlined, "Don't say Green Bay, say Gophers!" and pointing out that six former Minnesota players are appearing on the Green Bay squad roster. The ex-Gophers with the Packers are Andy Uram, Larry Buhler, Bud Svendsen, Tuffy Thompson, Charley Schultz and Warren Kilbourne. The story makes much of the fact that all of them play different positions, so that conceivably they all could be in the lineup at the the same time. Actually it isn't so. Uram and Thompson both are left halfbacks.
AUG 22 (Kenosha) - Coach John Rise of the Kenosha club (American Pro Football league) Monday signed Fritz Borak, Kenosha end, who won Missouri Valley conference honors with Creighton. Reis says he has a working agreement with Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers.
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - With the date for their opening
competition less than one week in the future, the Green
Bay Packers henceforth will practice in complete
secrecy, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today as he
prepared his squad for its second scrimmage session
of the week. The new fence around the Packer practice
field has been completed, and runs back to East river
on both sides. This means that a person to get inside
either must use the gate or resort to swimming. The
former will be locked, and the river is wet, so Lambeau
anticipates little fan trouble as he pounds his schedule
for next Friday's doubleheader against the Pittsburgh
Pirates here. The twin bill, for which tickets are selling
rapidly, will mark the first time professional football
teams have collided in two full-length games on the 
same day, and the entire personnel of both squads will
be brought into play. Packer fans not only will witness
their own club's powerful 1939 forces, but they will see
the stars of Johnny Blood's new gridiron machine, now
in training at Two Rivers..CONDUCTS SKULL SESSION:
Lambeau held a skull drill with his squad at the Hotel
Northland last night, and clamped down on training
rules, especially the 12 o'clock "curfew". The team looked good on pass defense yesterday, as it held a long, intensive practice behind its shiny new fence. The players were snapped through all their plays, improving their coordination for today's scrimmage, and the coach added half a dozen new plays to their repertoire. Lambeau is of the opinion that most of the other National league clubs have started scrimmaging too early, and he is anxious to avoid early season injuries caused by too much rough work at the start...WHOOPS! LAWS TO HUTSON: The most startling event of the pass defense drill was a 60-yard pass which was completed by Joe Laws to Don Hutson, on a "touchdown" play. Laws never has been known as a long distance passer, although he snipes successfully from the shorter distances, using a southpaw delivery. Two 11-man teams lined up for dummy scrimmage, and on the first play Clarke Hinkle squeezed through on a lunge off right tackle, breaking into the open with some hard running. It looked like old times. The team which took the offensive first had Milt Gantenbein at left end, Ernie Smith at left tackle, Tiny Engebretsen at left guard, Bud Svendsen at center, Jack Brennan at right guard, Bill Lee at right tackle, Frank Steen at right end, John Lock at blocking quarterback, Weenie Wilson at left halfback, Laws at right halfback, Laws at right halfback and Hinkle at fullback...HOLD DEFENSIVE POSITIONS: On defense at the start were Larry Craig, left end; Baby Ray, left tackle; Lee Mulleneaux, center; Swede Johnston, right guard; Paul Kell, right tackle; Al Moore, right end; Don Hutson, quarterback; Cecil Isbell, left half; Dick Weisgerber, right half; and Eddie McGroarty, full. They showed a world of pep, with the veterans possessing established reputations talking it up as much as the yearlings. The three men who won all-league ratings last season - Hinkle, Hutson and Letlow - are looking hotter than ever, and primed to defend their all-America positions. McGroarty showed up well on pass defense, among others, and so did Hutson. On one occasion the latter, playing in the backfield, intercepted a pass intended for Gantenbein and earlier he knocked down a long one headed for the same individual...ATTEMPT PLACEKICKS: During intervals in the drill Hinkle and Carl Mulleneaux tried a few placekicks, with Andy Uram holding the ball and Tom Greenfield centering. Eddie Jankowski, who has been bothered by a turned ankle, limped around the field but did no running. Herman Schneidman moved fast to break up one forward pass to Tuffy Thompson, but Isbell and Hutson, with Moore executing a beautiful decoy, completed a 30-yard gainer. Thompson, who was out of action with a leg bump earlier in the week, was back and going strong yesterday. He is the fastest back on the squad. A Herber to Thompson pass hit the mark consistently, but Isbell had trouble landing with his aerials, most of them traveling too far or being too fast...HOLD FINAL SIGNAL DRILL: The Packers moved over to the dummies and went through a final signal drill, using their new plays. They tried to send out passes to Steen, but the backs couldn't hit the speedy end regularly. They missed so many passes that Lambeau finally barked, "Complete one and you can go in!" Then on the side the coach whispered to Assistant Red Smith, "See if you can break this one up." Red did his best, but it was a toss from Herber to Hutson, and it clicked to perfection, Don spearing the ball on the dead run and the Packers whooped it off to the dressing rooms.
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - Seventy-five percent of last year's season ticket holders have completed reservations for this fall, E.A. Spachmann, Packer ticket sales director, announced today. All others who plan to keep their tickets must notify Spachmann at the Legion building no later than Sept. 1, or the seat will not be held. The ticket off will be open until 9 o'clock every evening next week except Friday. On that day it will close at 5 o'clock, and thereafter tickets will be sold at City stadium, prior to the Pittsburgh-Green Bay doubleheader.
AUG 19 (Dallas) - John Widman, rangy pass catching end from the University of Indiana, was added today to the roster of college all stars who meet the Green Bay Packers in a Labor Day football game here.
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - It might have been rainy Monday
night for most people, but it gave Coach E.L. Lambeau
and the Green Bay Packers a timely opportunity for
practicing on heavy ground and with a wet ball, and now
come what may the Bay pro football squad will be ready
for anything when it faces fire against the Pittsburgh
Pirates in two games here Friday night. The night game
with Coach Johnny Blood's team is most apt to find the
ground covered with dew even if it is a fair day, Coach
Lambeau pointed out, and he was glad for the chance
of giving his charges their water legs. With all hands on
deck, including Norman Purucker, last of the 1939
Mohicans, the boys went through an afternoon drill
stressing running and ball handling. A heavy session at
the blackboard took place yesterday morning, and the
squad was out for some contact work this morning in
pads and headgears...PURUCKER BEGINS WORK:
Purucker contented himself with catching a few punts
and running behind the teams in signal practice, but
Coach Lambeau said he seems to have the plays and
signals down well and will be ready to fit in at a left
halfback spot. He weighed in at 182 pounds and he
showed promise of leg speed in his first drill. Injuries
have been at a minimum on the 1939 squad, and the 
major one to show up so far this season was the
dislocated shoulder Frank Balazs suffered practicing
with the College All-Stars at Chicago last Saturday.
Both Lambeau and Dave Woodward expressed some
concern at the way the treatments would be handled
there, and said they hoped to get him back here right
away since he won't be able to appear in the All-Star
game now anyway...JANKOWSKI, BRUDER BACK:
Eddie Jankowski and Hank Bruder, who were out of
Saturday's scrimmage, were back running plays
Monday. Clarke Hinkle sustained a clean cut of the
hand but it wasn't bothering him at all. Coach Lambeau
pulled a new stunt at the end of the drill when he called
out eight men for 10 minutes of extra calisthenics at 
high speed. He called them the overweight crew, and 
said he would detail certain men to this extra duty each
day until everyone on the squad is down to their playing
weights. Clarke Hinkle, Weenie Wilson and Arnie
Herber stood out with their consistent booting during
punting practice, with most of the rest of the session
devoted to running plays. Startling observation about the
signal drill was the versatility of every backfield combination the coach used, for in each set of four backs there were at least two who were hitting receivers all over the field...THROWS LONG AERIALS: Coach Isbell probably saw the most service, and he was not only tossing at short range but firing them way down the field to Don Hutson. Hutson had some of the new men talking to themselves at the way he was grabbing them. In another backfield, Obbie Novakofski and Arnie Herber took turns slinging the ball to each other and to Milt Gantenbein and Frank Steen. Other receivers hooking in their share included Carl Mulleneaux, Andy Uram, Al Moore, Joe Laws and Larry Craig.
AUG 22 (Two Rivers) - Coach Johnny Blood tapered off the training program of his Pittsburgh Pirates today, with no more scrimmages planned before Friday night's doubleheader with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay. With the exception of Bill Davidson, blocking back, Blood expected his squad to be complete. Davidson is out of the lineup for at least 10 days with an eye injury.
AUG 24 (Green Bay) - With almost three weeks of intensive practice behind them, the Green Bay Packers will stage their first public appearance of 1939 at City
stadium Friday night in a unique exhibition involving two
regulation games against the Pittsburgh Pirates,
currently training for the coming NFL race at Two Rivers.
The first game is scheduled to start at 7:30. Both will be
of 40 minutes duration, with 10-minutee quarters, and
time between periods and games will be shortened to 
the minimum to run the program off in fast time. There
will be free substitution in both games. The host of 
Packer fans as well as Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau
expect this game to give a pretty good indication of
whether all the preseason hopes built around the 1939
​aggregation are well or ill-founded. It will be the first test
in fire for 15 young men making their initial appearances
under the famous Green Bay banner, 13 of them 
freshmen to the sport of professional football...FIRST
PRACTICE TEST: It will also be the first practice test of
its kind for the Green Bay squad which in the past has
indulged with weak opponents before the regular season
opened. Tomorrow night a fellow National league team
will provide the opposition, and Coach Lambeau is
expecting plenty of it. Staging final preparations for the
contest, the Packer squad ran through a long and 
vigorous drill Wednesday morning, took pad and pencil
to an examination session on signals and assignments
at the Hotel Northland this morning, and will work out
under the lights for the first time this year tonight at City
stadium. Lambeau gave the boys the works yesterday
after expressing dissatisfaction at the lack of specific
improvement in the general appearance of the squad
since last week. The team came along in great style
right off the bat during practice sessions, seemed to
develop a lag this week...BOYS RESPOND TO HEAT:
The same haphazardness in executing plays, forward
passes in particular, was noticeable at the start of 
Wednesday's drills, but as Lambeau put on the heat the
boys responded and were in high spirits by the end of 
the morning. They were divided into two groups, backs
and ends in one and linemen in the other, at the start,
with Red Smith working the heavy duty boys out on the
blocking dummy and Lambeau putting the offensive 
stars through a forward pass offense and defense drill.
He had Norman Purucker, newly arrived Michigan
product, tossing the leather at time and the Wolverine
showed promise in that direction after impressing the
coaches earlier with his speed and shiftiness afoot. Old
Arnie Herber was the most consistent tosser, however,
with Frank Steen, Don Hutson and Carl Mulleneaux
handling the brunt of the catching. Cecil Isbell, Eddie
McGroarty and Joe Laws were the other tossers...
ISBELL IN NEW ROLE: Isbell will appear in a new role
this year. Along with Herber and Laws the Purdue ace
who made such a great start in pro ball last season with
the Bays will be calling signals this season, but from 
the left halfback spot instead of the usual right. This will
give the Packers added versatility in the backfield. 
During the following signal drill McGroarty stood out for
his powerful running. The import from Northland college
seemed a bit slow in early sessions but he is getting 
his legs limbered up now and is really stepping out when carrying the ball and leading interference. Dick Weisgerber is another who is showing great promise at apple lugging, while Tuffy Thompson continues to sustain his reputation as one of the greatest runners Minnesota ever produced.
AUG 24 (Two Rivers) - "Don't let our show the other night fool you," Johnny Blood said as he walked out of Two Rivers high school to start his football team practicing on the adjoining field. John was talking about the intra-squad game here on the previous Saturday night. As is to be expected in the early workouts of any team, plenty rough spots were evident. Forward passing was generally poor. John pitched a ball to Rink Bond, Washington quarterback in his second year with the Pirates, and continued: "Inadequate lighting made any kind of success with long passes impossible..It also destroyed effectiveness in other departments. Sure, there was a lot of room for improvement, and there still is, but we are better than the exhibition game indicated."...SMALL IN NUMBERS: Looking over John's squad, small in numbers but big in the matter of individuals, an observer is inclined to agree with him. It is easy to understand how this lakeside community has developed such strong feeling toward the Pittsburgh team. A week ago Blood said that he had good men at all positions, but no standouts. It appears that John was underrating several of his boys, probably by design. Hugh McCullough, the Oklahoma rookie is being groomed for Whizzer White's job, and that is a star's role if there ever was one. McCullough seems to have what it takes, and a brilliant college record serves as further recommendation. Friday night when he faces the Packers at City stadium here, Hugh will show Johnny, and the football world, whether he is ready to take an important position in a league that demands the best. He welcomes the chance. Sam Francis has been getting most of the fullback notice with the Pirates, but Bob Masters, former Baylor fullback coming up for the third time, has demonstrated a tremendous amount of drive in practice. In Saturday night's tussle, he was the hardest driving back on the lot. Another veteran who has escaped notice, but seems determined to break the eclipse this season is Earl Bartlett, halfback from Centre college with two years experience. Bartlett is a 6-foot triple-threat back with tremendous possibilities...FAMILIAR TO FANS: Names familiar to followers of football are Byron Gentry of Southern California, Armand Nicollai of Duquesne, Max Fisk of De Paul and Bill Davidson of Temple. All are veterans in the Pittsburgh lineup. Gentry, an outstanding guard, has been named to many honor teams. This will be his fourth season. Nicollai, the tackle who is one of the league's best field goal kickers, is starting his fifth season. Before the Blood regime he captured the team under Coach Joe Bach. Fisk is one of the most dependable ends in the eastern division, and Davidson ranks with the leading backs. Despite a lacing by a three-touchdown margin last season here, Pittsburgh was acclaimed as a game, fighting team, if a bit spotty, by fans who sat through a drizzle to watch the contest. This year, both Blood and the usually reticent Walter Kiesling, assistant coach, insist that the team will be much better. "I won't know just how good we'll be until Friday night's games are over," John admitted, "but we'll be much better than last season...If you don't believe me, just ask any of the boys." After looking over the crew, that wasn't necessary.
AUG 24 (Green Bay) - Three former Packer stars will handle the doubleheader game with Pittsburgh Friday night. National league President Carl Storck has assigned Verne Lewellen to the game as referee. Whitey Woodin will act as umpire and Jug Earpe has headlinesman.
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers of 1939 will go on review tonight in a production entitled "Two in One Against the Pittsburgh Pirates". It will be two regulation games of football against the fellow league Pirates, currently training at Two Rivers, coached by two former Packers and starring a galaxy of pro league veterans and outstanding freshmen. But the main interest will be in the frosh of the Packer squad, and Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau plans to give his group of 15 new men the works for the benefit of himself and his coaching staff as well as the fans. There will be two 40-minute games, with the first starting promptly at 7:30. In between periods will be speeded up to move the program along, and there will be uninhibited substitutions in both games. Officials are Verne Lewellen, referee; Whitey Woodin, umpire; and Jugger Earpe, headlinesman...ANNOUNCES NO LINEUP: Coach Lambeau today had no starting lineup to announce. He said he didn't lay much stress on who will start the games, as he plans frequent substitutions to test out various backfield and line combinations in order to get an idea of which one's work best under fire. Coach Johnny Blood on the other hand has submitted a starting lineup of eight veterans and three freshmen and featuring the best he has in gridiron talent. The backfield will be composed of rugged Sam Francis and Dick Nardi, traded to the Pirates this year by the Chicago Bears, Rink Bond, veteran Pirate, and Hugh McCullough, Oklahoma recruit Blood is grooming to fill the empty shoes of Whizzer White.. Bernie Scherer, veteran Packer end sent to Pittsburgh this year, will be an end starter along with Sam Boyd, while Lou Midler and Armand Niccolai are at the tackles; Byron Gentry and John Perko at the guards, and John Tosi at center. Tosi and Midler are yearlings...DRILL AT NIGHT: The Packers went through a light one-hour drill under the lights of City stadium last evening in preparation for the game, and held a skull session at the Hotel Northland this morning for a final brushing up on play technique. They spent most of the time last night passing and punting to get used to the lights, and running through signals. This first appearance of the new Packers has been awaited with an unusual amount of anticipation in the city, for the dope on paper has it that Green Bay definitely has another championship contender this year to defend the Western division honors. But what the squad has in the way of fighting spirit and ability at blocking and tackling and the other rougher aspects of the game does not come out in practice; it must be tested in fire. It is the first time in the league's history such an event as a doubleheader has been tried, too, and a number of officials from other clubs will be here to see how it works out. Offhand it looks like an ideal way to present the new team to the public, giving the coach a free hand to use its untried material without staking a championship on the outcome...WILL INTRODUCE SQUAD: Coach Lambeau announced that the whole squad of 42 players will be introduced separately before the grandstand at the game time. Every one of the 42 will see action in addition, for there are no serious injuries on the squad, none bad enough to interfere with any of the boys getting in some minutes of play. Seen in action for the first time with Green Bay will be two league veterans traded to the Packers this year, halfback Tuffy Thompson of the Pirates and formerly of Minnesota; and tackle Dick Zoll, hometown product who went with Cleveland after starring at Indiana. Packer freshmen making their first appearances will include backs Norm Purucker, Michigan speed merchant; Obbie Novakofski, Lawrence star; Eddie McGroarty, well-built fullback from Northland college; and halfback Weenie Wilson, another speed demon from Dubuque Teachers college. Among the ends are Larry Craig of South Carolina; Frank Steen of Rice; Al Moore of Texas A. and M. Tackles include Minnesota's Charley Schultz and Frank Kilbourne; Notre Dame's Paul Kell; at the guards are Jack Brennan of Michigan and Johnny Biolo of Lake Forest; while at center will be Tom Greenfield of Arizona.
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - The ticket office at City stadium will open at 5:30 tonight for the Packer-Pittsburgh doubleheader. Seats at $1.10 are available anywhere in the park, while seats in the east end sell at 55 cents and children's seats in the northwest end at 25 cents. Reserved box seats are $1.65. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m.
AUG 25 (Two Rivers) - The unquenchable spirit of Johnny Blood the player still remains 100% with Blood the coach. The Vagabond just won't be downed. As a player, Johnny is through. It was tough to reach the conclusion, but he has. His cleats are up. As a coach, however, Johnny still figuratively reaches for those high, hard. tough ones his unmatched stock in trade for 17 years on the field, and he always will. He's still the Blood you know. Things have happened to his Pittsburgh Pirates that would make most other coaches tear out their hair. He has had players sold or given away. He had had others quit. He had come to camp here with the smallest squad in the league - about 30 men. But where most coaches might mutter and mope at such a state of affairs, the irrepressible Johnny, in his third year as coach, concedes nothing. "Maybe the Giants in the east, and the Bears and the Packers in the west have a little on us," he admits, "but that's all - and that's only a maybe." Blood's losses in the last year have really been disheartening. Whizzer White, after a $15,000 season, decided to stay at Oxford. Jim Farrell and Frank Filchock were sold outright by Owner Rooney. Al Burnett, Bill Karcis, Swede Hansen, Eggs Manske, and Izzy Weinstock, good football players all, were given away or dropped because their contracts called for too much money. Tuffy Thompson was traded for players needed more. Mike Bazrak, one of the best centers in the league, has a job coaching high school ball. If it hasn't been one thing, it has been another and yet Johnny believes he will have a much stronger club this year than last. "A lot of things which have happened to the squad with which we started a year ago," he said, "but after everything I think we have come out of it with a better personnel than before. In the line I know that's true, and you know there isn't any problem a good, hard charging line can't solve. We lost Bazrak, although he may have a change of heart about pro ball, but we gained such boys as Lou Midler of Minnesota, Sam Boyd of Baylor, Don Campbell of Carnegie Tech, John Tosi of Niagara and Bernie Scherer of the Packers, whom we got for Thompson. In the backfield, which will be composed almost entirely of new men, I think we hit the jackpot. That's especially true of left half, where we now have Hugh McCullough of Oklahoma, a kid who had the best passing record in the country last year bar none. He hit on 63%. We also have Ernie Wheeler of North Dakota State, who completed 11 out of 13 passes against Minnesota two years ago; Lou Tomasetti of Bucknell, Jumping Joe Williams of Ohio State and Tex Bartlett of Centre."
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - In an effort to perfect timing of blocking, faking and ball carrying assignments before their first appearance of the year Friday night in a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Coach E.L. Lambeau sent the 1939 Packers through two outdoor workouts Tuesday and one long one today. None of the work was particularly strenuous. It was designed more to develop finesse in the various football movements of the group of 41 giants who have been working off excess poundage, getting legs and arms and shoulders into shape and recapturing the feel of pigskin and turf in the two weeks they have been practicing thus far. For from now on, Lambeau will be seeking to make a championship club out of his material rather than only a football team which runs plays, tackles, passes and punts in just adequate style. This means perfect timing on offense and defense, perfect coordination of the blockers with the runners, passers, punters and pass receivers, perfect coordination of the various units which go to make up an all-around air-tight defense. It means deception, trigger-like execution of mass movements, the ability to strike quickly and effectively...LAMBEAU, OFFICIALS SMILE: Squad workouts still bring a concluding smile to the face of Lambeau and other Packer officials present as they look over the men who will be Green Bay's representatives this year on the pro gridiron. "We'll find out Friday night if they've got the fight," Lambeau mused yesterday. Game time Friday is 7:30. "I don't know what the fans think about it, but in my opinion that game will be one of the most interesting ones we have ever staged here," the coach went on. "It'll give everybody a great chance to see the new men in action, for there will be free substitution, no limit on the number of times a player can re-enter the game." Lambeau said today that unless a serious injury crops out before Friday, every man on the Packer squad will see some service against Pittsburgh. Norm Purucker, last team member to arrive, was in there running signals in Tuesday's sessions, and will be all set by Friday, he said...PURUCKER HAS SPEED: Purucker has caught the coach's eye with his evident speed and shiftiness. He ran the 100-yard dash in well under the 10-second mark at Michigan, and he led the field of backs and ends by five yards in the closing sprints at practice yesterday. Pass defense received attention in Tuesday morning's drill, with Don Hutson, Cecil Isbell, Hank Bruder, Eddie Jankowski and Bud Svendsen in the defensive backfield, and Arnie Herber, Obbie Novakofsky, Herman Schneidman and Pat McGroarty on the offense. Svendsen featured by pulling down several tosses for interceptions. Later Joe Laws alternated with Herber, Purucker and Tuffy Thompson took Novakofsky's place, Weisgerber and Lock went in for Schneidman and Johnson and Hinkle for McGroarty. Carl Mulleneaux was the most consistent among the receivers. In yesterday afternoon's session, men who are a bit behind on their signals and assignments, about 14 in all, received special attention, while last night a quarterback's meeting was called.
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau is leaving for Chicago right after the Pittsburgh doubleheader Friday night to visit the camp of the College All-Stars at Evanston. His main purpose is to have a talk with Francis Twedell, Minnesota All-American guard, and Lynn Hovland, guard from the University of Wisconsin. Both of these boys are on the Packer draft list, but neither one has decided yet whether to play pro football. Lambeau is not particularly worried about either one. He has a plenty hot guard contingent already working out at the East side practice field. But he'd be willing to give the boys a chance if they decided at this late date to take a try at the pro game, and from the publicity angle it wouldn't hurt to sign either one of them. The leg injury which Harry Jacunski of Fordham, Packer signee on the All-Star squad, sustained last week apparently wasn't very serious. Jacunski took a 22-yard pass from Everett Kischer of Iowa State to score the only touchdown in a scrimmage between the first and second teams at Evanston Monday and chalk up a win for the seconds over the varsity. Little it yet known about Frank Balazs' dislocated shoulder, however. If he doesn't hear anything definite before that time Lambeau will take a peak at the X-rays and see what the medicos have to say about it when he's down there Saturday. It's fairly definite that Frank won't appear in the big game Aug. 30, however. Fans have a right to be a little irked about Balazs' injury. Up here in Green Bay, Frank was expected to be a big addition to the Packer squad this year, as he showed all the necessary talents to fit right into as an understudy to Clarke Hinkle. Down in Chicago where the All-Star coaches have so many players they don't know what to do with, Balazs, a great fullback, was made into a right end when four right ends were hurt in practice, and the next day Frank sustained the shoulder hurt. Never before have Packer practices have been so interrupted by visiting sportswriters and photographers. At almost every session there is a representative of some metropolitan paper here with a cameraman. It is almost a tribute to the name the Packers have woven in national grid history. And it's a good bet those newspapers can file those shots away for use later this fall, for the Bays look like they are going to add another chapter to that interesting story.
AUG 24 (Two Rivers) - The Pittsburgh Pirates National Pro Football team eased up Thursday its strenuous
workouts in preparation for the practice game with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay Friday night. Coach Johnny Blood declared that he was satisfied with the condition of his squad and announced that his probable starting lineup for the Packer tussle would be Sam Boyd and Bernie Scherer at the ends, Lou Midler and Capt. Armand Nicolai at the tackles, Byron Gentry and John Perko guards, and John Tosi at center. In the backfield Blood has picked a quartet making its initial appearance with the Pirates. Hugh McCullough and Dick Nardi, formerly of the Detroit Lions, will be at the halves, Rink Bond, formerly of Washington U, will call signals and Sam Francis, formerly of the Chicago Bears, will start at fullback.
AUG 24 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau will unleash his Green Bay Packers, old and new, before the homefolk here Friday night as the big Bays take on Johnny Blood's Pittburgh Pirates in a pre-season doubleheader that is expected to show just what the Packers have or have not in regard to prospects for the 1939 National Professional Football league season. The twin bill is unique in football annals, but was arranged so Coaches Curly and Johnny could get a pre-season preview of the players they wish to keep and get ready with the windup boot for those players who can't make the grade. There'll be considerable bootin' in the Packer camp, but Johnny, less fortunate in the number of players of pro worth, will have to do little cutting, if any. The games will consist of four 12 minute quarters instead of the customary 15 minute periods and free substitutions will be allowed, meaning the mentors will be able to start, remove, replace and re-insert their hopefuls and nonhopefuls as often as they please. Right now the Packers have 42 in camp, while four others are cavorting o'er Evanston, Ill., greenswards with the College All-Stars preparing for the Soldier Field game next Wednesday night against the New York Giants, champions of the pro league. Of the 42 in camp there are a goodly number of veterans assured of their posts, a number of rookies who look like cinches - and in contrast several vets and even more rookies who'll have to start cutting the buck Friday night or have their necks bobbed off in the Packer payroll guillotine. With a few exceptions, the Packer veterans reported at camp early in August in remarkably fine condition. Milt Gantenbein, for instance, reported at 196 pounds, the lightest he has been since first joining the Bays back in the long ago. The veterans who have not been cutting the buck are concerned over their Packer futures and right well they should be. Luckily, the Packer rookies are of such caliber they'll fit right in at the posts where the veteran problem seems to be most acute. Coach Lambeau plans to work all of his men, but, at the same time, won't put such Greyhounds and Peter Astras of the gridiron through such strenuous tests. Instead, he'll be working the youngsters who are battling tooth and nail for second and third string assignments to the limit in an effort to ascertain their full value. It should behoove the kids to really go out there and lug the leather and do some good mopping up in the line if they plan to connect with the payroll on a regular basis. In fairness to the fans Lambeau will work such established stars as Clarke Hinkle, Cecil Isbell, Joe (Family Man) Laws, Arnie (Flash) Herber and others who have been put through the mill and not found wanting part of the time. The rest of the two games the kids will be put through the fire.