LAMBEAU PRAISES PACKERS' SPIRIT
FEBRUARY 14 (Madison) - Team spirit and willingness to make personal sacrifices to achieve an end were what made the Green Bay Packers the professional football champions of America, Coach E.L. "Curly" Lambeau old a capacity crowd of about 450 Tuesday night at the Park hotel. "We knew at the start of the season that we had good enough material to win the NFL championship," Coach Lambeau declared. "But," he added, "we also knew that there were four other teams that also had good enough material to win the title; they were the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions, the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. That being the case it became a question of which team showed the greatest desire to win, and you can imagine that it was very gratifying for us that our Packers came through," he said. Prior to showing movies of the NFL championship playoff between the Giants and Packers in Milwaukee, Coach Lambeau offered to answer any questions. Roundy Coughlin, State Journal columnist, was master of ceremonies and led off with a few and then closed with a few more. "I can't put you on the spot," said Roundy, "because you had a pretty good season, Curly." Lambeau laughed: "You wouldn't catch me down here if I'd had a bad season," he declared. "You're telling me?" retorted Roundy, "if you'd had a poor season I wouldn't have asked you." At another point where Lambeau was telling about the eating schedule made out for the players, no potatoes for those overweight, no fried foods, no rich deserts, etc., Roundy grabbed the microphone and interjected: "Looks to me like you better change that schedule. I see plenty of 250-pounders on that squad and if they don't have potatoes then what the hell do they eat?" Of particular interest was Lambeau's statement that he heartily agreed with Coach Harry Stuhldreher of Wisconsin about the advantage of calling signals direct over using the huddle. "We always like to call signals," said Lambeau, "and the only time we use a huddle is when we are forced to it." Why do punters in professional football kick 20 or 25 yards better than they did in college? "I don't know that they do," Lambeau said. "In fact, I don't think they punt any better. However, I, for instance, have a wide selection than, say, Harry Stuhldreher would have at Wisconsin. We had nine boys last fall that punted in college, yet seven of them didn't punt for us. It was just a case of Clark Hinkle and Arnold Herber being better than the others." Had Don Hutson improved greatly as a pass receiver in professional football? Lambeau disclaimed any credit for Hutson's amazing ability to snare a football. "He was a great receiver in college," said Lambeau. "I don't think we can take any credit for his ability there." The Green Bay Packers' coach said the three finest games his team ever had played were the championship playoff of 1929, where they defeated the Giants in the New York Polo Grounds, the 1938 game at Green Bay where the Packers crushed the Detroit Lions, and the 1939 title playoff where Green Bay crushed the Giants in Milwaukee. "Those," said Lambeau, "were the best three games the Packers ever had played. I hope we can play another such game in Chicago this summer." Lambeau was referring to the game the Packers as NFL champions will play against the college all-stars. They played such a game in 1937 and lose; they want revenge. And how they want revenge!
PACKER COACH AND BADGER GRIDDERS TALK OVER PRO GAME
FEBRUARY 15 (Madison) - The bids of four former University of Wisconsin football players for tryouts next fall with the Green Bay Packers were discussed by sports fans here today. The group, representing some of the best talent on Badger squads of the past two years, talked with Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau at a dinner honoring the Packer mentor and his aides. They were John Doyle, center of Plymouth, Pa., Ralph Moeller, end, of Watertown, Bill Schmitz, halfback of Madison, all of the 1939 team, and Vince Gavre, quarterback of Port Washington, who finished his collegiate grid career in 1938. Neither Lambeau nor the players, it was understood, made any definite commitments, but the Packer coach indicated he would notify them soon if he could use them.
GREEN BAY PACKERS SIGN OKLAHOMA GUARD
FEBRUARY 16 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed their first recruit for the 1940 season - J.R. Manley, Choctaw Indian guard of the University of Oklahoma eleven. Manley was No. 7 on the Packers' draft list.
PACKERS COACH SEES TROUBLES FOR '40 TEAM
FEBRUARY 17 (Green Bay) - There is no rest for a champion, according to Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers. And Curly should know. He has piloted the Packers to five world titles during his 20 years as coach and player. However, he's not wasting any time preparing for the 1940 campaign. "We know we must be 15 percent better than our opposition to repeat for the title," said Lambeau. "When you're the champion, they are set for you and the margin of victory and defeat depends upon the attitude of your players." He said the Packers needed replacements at several positions. "If we have success in signing our new men, we should have another good team," he said.
MARCH 1 (Windom, MN) - Larry Buehler, former Minnesota star now playing with the Green Bay Packers, has purchase a produce business.
HINKLE CONSIDERS GRID COACHING JOB AT STANFORD
MARCH 9 (Green Bay) - Clarke Hinkle, veteran fullback of the Green Bay Packers, is considering an offer to become backfield coach at Stanford University. "I'm very much interested in the offer made by Clark Shaughnessy (new head coach at Stanford)," Hinkle said last night. "I feel it would be a real break for me." Should Hinkle accept the position, his departure would mean a serious loss to the Packers. The former Bucknell star has been a mainstay of the Green Bay eleven since 1932. In eight seasons he has scored a total of 274 points.
LAMBEAU TO SEEK NEW PRO RULING
MARCH 9 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, coach of the world champion Green Bay Packers, will sponsor a professional football league rule which will make goose-neck goal posts compulsory. This would do away with the present goal post rule which credits a ball carrier with a touchdown provided he comes in contact with the posts even though he does not carry the ball over the line.
GAVRE TO SIGN WITH PACKERS
MARCH 10 (Green Bay) - Vince Gavre, former University of Wisconsin quarterback, may join the Green Bay Packers in the fall, it was reported here Saturday. Picked by Coach E.L. "Curly" Lambeau in the 1938 draft, Gavre declined to sign with the Packers because he still had some work to complete at the university. Gavre played with the Kenosha Cardinals in the American League last fall.
LAMBEAU WILL PAY HIS WIFE $125 MONTHLY ALIMONY
MARCH 19 (Green Bay) - E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, has agreed to pay his wife, Mrs. Sue Lambeau, $125 per month temporary alimony and $125 attorney's fees, court records showed today. The Lambeaus were married in 1936 and separated the following year. They have one son. Mrs. Lambeau testified at an alimony hearing Monday that she had been receiving $100 a month, but said the amount was not sufficient for herself and child.
WIFE OF PACKER COACH IS GRANTED A DIVORCE
MARCH 26 (Green Bay) - Mrs. Sue Lambeau was granted a divorce late yesterday in circuit court from E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers. They were married at Waukegan, Ill., June 26, 1935. Lambeau was the plaintiff in the divorce action but his wife was granted the divorce on her counterclaim. She was given custody of their son, Earl Jr., age 2, and $25 a month for his support. By stipulation, read into the record, Lambeau will pay a settlement of $6,750, plus $125 already paid in attorney's fees. Lambeau charged in his complaint that incompatibility of the couple made it impossible for them to live together. In Mrs. Lambeau's claim she said she refused to live with her. Lambeau did not contest the counterclaim. It was Lambeau's second marriage, his first marriage to Mrs. Marguerite Lambeau ending in divorce in 1934.
KODROS MAY HELP COACH WOLVES' FROSH
MARCH 30 (Ann Arbor, MI) - Archie Kodros, who captained the University of Michigan's 1939 football team, is considering a position as assistant freshmen grid coach at Michigan, it was learned today. Kodros, a 200-pound center from Alton, Ill., has been discussing the job offer with Coach Fritz Crisler but is awaiting an offer from the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him last winter.
MARCH 31 (Wisconsin State Journal) - Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers was in Minneapolis Wednesday. He is trying to get Van Every to sign with the Packers. The Bays got him in the draft. If Van Every signs up that will be four Minnesota men with the Packers. They are: Warren Kilbourne, tackle; Charles Schultz, tackle; Bud Svendsen, center, and Andy Uram, tackle.
FULLBACK ADKINS IS NOW A PACKER
APRIL 1 (Green Bay) - Bob Adkins, 205-pound fullback and end from
Marshall College, Huntington, W. Va., has signed a contract with the
Green Bay Packers.
MICHALSKE NAMED AIDE AT ST. NORBERT
APRIL 2 (De Pere) - Thirty-nine candidates for the 1940 St. Norbert
College football team reported for the spring drill here Monday under the
direction of Coach Micky McCormick, assisted by Line Coach Mike
Michalske and Fred Dillon. Michalske's appointment as line coach and
head track coach was announced shortly before the opening of spring
practice by the Rev. T.G. Fox, athletic director. Michalske, who lives in
Green Bay, is a graduate of Penn State, played professional football for
the Green Bay Packers and was line coach for the Chicago Cardinals
last year. He formerly coached at Lafayette College at Easton, Pa., and
Central State Teachers College at Stevens Point.
GAVRE IS SIGNED BY PACKER TEAM
APRIL 3 (Green Bay) - Vince Gavre, University of Wisconsin quarterback
in 1938, was signed today to play with the Green Bay Packers. Coach E.
L. (Curly) Lambeau said he would probably use Gavre, a 190 pounder,
at right halfback.
HOVLAND WILL BE COACH AT ASHLAND HIGH
APRIL 11 (Ashland) - Lynn Hovland, All-Conference guard at the
University of Wisconsin eleven of 1938, was named head football coach
at the Ashland, Wis., high school Wednesday by the Ashland school
board. Hovland, who starred for three seasons for the Badgers, was the
outstanding lineman on the 1939 College All-Star team and was sought
by numerous pro elevens, particularly the Green Bay Packers. Lynn
refused to turn pro last season and returned to the U.W. to finish work in
physical education and to assist in coaching the Badger line. Recently
he was again approached by E.L. "Curly" Lambeau regarding a job with
the Packers for the 1940 season but failed to reach a decision. He will
probably confine his activities to coaching, although he has received a
handsome offer from Lambeau. Hovland will take up his new duties
early next September.
PROS INCREASE PLAYER LIMIT TO 33 MEN FOR 1940
APRIL 13 (New York) - The NFL turned down a Boston application for a
franchise today, then boosted the cost of new franchises from $10,000 to
$50,000 and increased the player limit at the second session of its
annual meeting today. The application of William A. Shea for a franchise
for a new Boston club was returned. President Carl Storck explained
because the league has no western club to match a new eastern
member, it was decided to continue the present 10 club setup, with five
teams in each division, for the 1940 season. In returning the application, Storck informed Shea that if at any time there is a western team to pair up with a new eastern member, his application will be carefully considered. Boston formerly operated a National League club which was shifted to Washington. The new price for franchises applies only to those granted to new members. The price for the transfer of an operating franchise to a new owner would be based entirely upon its market value. The raising of the player limit from 27 to 33 players was the only important business transacted. Perhaps the most surprising feature of this meeting has been the absence of trades. One man very much interested in making a few deals is Curly Lambeau of the Packers. The Green Bay expects that most of his draft men will be heavy favorites in the Chicago Tribune's All-Star poll and probably will be playing against the Packers in that game. He's willing to trade them off for some talent already in the league. As yet he has had no takers. Lambeau is very serious about winning the All-Star game. One reason is that his Packers were beaten, 6 to 0, in 1937, when his veterans were slow in rounding into form. He wants no such slip to happen again. Steve Owen of the Giants, Potsy Clark of the Detroit Lions and Dutch Clark of the Cleveland Rams were in brisk conversations, but reached no decision. Later Owner Dan Topping, Coach Jock Sutherland and Business Manager of the Dodgers were in conference with Art Rooney and Walter Kiesling of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nothing happened there either. Sutherland also had a talk with Jimmy Conzelman, new coach of the Chicago Cardinals. He was interest in prying the Cards loose from his favorite football player, Marshall Goldberg, once his pupil at Pitt. But Conzelman merely grinned at the idea of parting with Mad Marshall.
MILWAUKEE PRO GRIDDERS TO PLAY AT FAIR PARK
APRIL 14 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee entry in the American Professional Football league will have State Fair park as its home field and will play six league games there, plus two or three exhibitions. Announcement to that effect was made Saturday by George M. Harris, president and general manager, who will represent the Milwaukee group at the American League meeting in Cincinnati next Saturday and Sunday. The schedule, tentatively adopted at a preliminary session at Columbus, will be formally adopted and league officers elected during the two day conclave. Milwaukee's home games will be arranged to avoid conflict with the Green Bay Packers, who have booked two tilts at State Fair park for next fall. President Harris plans to reveal the identity of the coach at the time of the meeting. Negotiations have been completed with a well known former college player and National Pro league star who, in turn, will release the roster of the players already under contract.
4 GAMES IN GREEN BAY SCHEDULED BY PACKERS
APRIL 14 (Green Bay) - The 1940 schedule of the Green Bay Packers Football club, announced today, lists four games in Green Bay, two in Milwaukee and five on the road, including a contest in New York November 17 with the New York Giants. The Packers open the National Pro league season at home September 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The complete schedule follows:
September 15 - Philadelphia at Green Bay
September 22 - Chicago Bears at Green Bay
September 29 - Chicago Cardinals at Milwaukee
October 6 - Open
October 13 - Cleveland at Green Bay
October 20 - Detroit at Green Bay
October 27 - Pittsburgh at Milwaukee
November 3 - Chicago Bears at Chicago
November 10 - Chicago Cardinals at Chicago
November 17 - New York Giants at New York
November 24 - Detroit at Detroit
December 1 - Cleveland at Cleveland
Last season the Giants and Packers did not meet in a regularly scheduled game, but Green Bay defeated the eastern eleven in the post season playoff for the championship. The Packers will play the College AllStars at Soldier's field, Chicago, on the night of August 29.