PACKERS STRESSING AIR DEFENSE PLANS
JAN 4 (Santa Monica, CA) - In the midst of preparing for
Sunday's game with Steve Owen's all-Americans, Curly
Lambeau today took time out to make two announcements
of interest to Green Bay fans. They are: 1 - Larry Buhler will
definitely be shifted to blocking back next season. 2 - Frank
Balazs will see a lot of action at fullback. Lambeau became
enthusiastic when discussing Balazs saying: "He weighs
215 and is the third fastest man on the squad. In our sprint
races out here he was third to such speed artists as Larry
Craig and Don Hutson. He will make a mighty good man
for us."...SWITCH DRILL SCHEDULE: A change in drills
yesterday saw the Packers working on pass defense to
prepare for the avalanche that O'Brien, Hall and Filchock
will unloosen. Prior to that Lambeau has been perfecting
the timing on running plays and experimenting with new
stuff to use against Owen's star-studded aggregation. The
offense has been polished and from here out Lambeau
will bear down on defense. George Marshall, owner of the
Washington Redskins, called Curly on the telephone to
predict the Packers will take a beating Sunday. He said
Owen has the finest All-Star team ever assembled and that
the passers will drive the Bay boys daffy..HE MAY BE RIGHT:
Lambeau, while not alarmed, admitted Marshall might be
right except for the fact that "pick up" teams seldom defeat
units that have been together for some time. Curly agreed
that the All-Stars are all the name implies, but not including
any local talent as in past years. After talking it over with the
boys, many of whom are anxious to get back to their jobs,
Lambeau announced there would be no trip to Honolulu
and no making of a movie short. This did not keep Messrs.
and Mesdames Isbell, HInkle, Hutson, Lee, Gantenbein,
Uram, Weisgerber and Engebretsen from going through
the MGM studios, where they saw things that made their
eyes pop. Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and others did the
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JAN 4 (Green Bay) - It may be a project which will be
fulfilled only in the dim and distant future, but the time is
coming when Green Bay will need a municipal stadium.
This is not necessarily a development of the football playoff
situation at Milwaukee, nor does it so far as we know,
reflect the opinion of a single member of the Green Bay
executive board, not it is an attempt to copy the current
efforts of Milwaukee to construct a similar project. It just
seems to be a good idea for eventual completion. The
members of the park board are interested, although they
conceded that it may be a long day before the gates swing
open. The site which has been suggested is that vast area
on the west side of Irwin avenue, between Green Bay and
Bay Beach. At first glance, Green Bay fans might think the
section a bit isolated, despite the fact that it afford ample
parking place, and won't constitute a public nuisance
when erected. But Green Bay might as well realize that it
isn't a small town anymore. The day has gone when any
structure for public convenience must be built with a
stone's throw of the Fox River. If such a stadium ever
reaches the point of serious consideration, two points
must enter into the discussion. First, the place must be
designed for all kind of sport, such as football, baseball,
track and others. Second, it must return a decent revenue -
enough to keep up the interest payments on the bonded
indebtedness and to nibble away at the principal. If covered
stands were provided, the stadium's utility would be
increased greatly, and the risk of loss to promotional events
by poor weather would be smaller by consequence. City
stadium is doing all right for the community, up to a certain
point. But it never can be stretched to accommodate more
than an approximate 26,000. Furthermore, parking facilities
are highly inadequate, and the eastern end of Walnut street
is badly cramped at all Packer home games. The wheels
of progress grind slowly, and it sometimes seems that it
takes particularly long for them to get started in Green Bay.
And so, if a municipal stadium we are to have, it might be
well to start a spot of serious thinking on the matter. A
centralized home for football, for daily baseball, track meets,
for community affairs would be an asset to which Green
Bay could point with everlasting pride. And it would save
disputes over playoff games.
SELLOUT CROWD CERTAIN SUNDAY
JAN 5 (Santa Monica. CA) - A sellout crowd with many
turned away is almost a certainty for Sunday's Pro Bowl
game between the Packers and the All-Americans. The
only thing that will keep Gilmore Stadium from being filled
with 18,000 is rain. It has been raining the last couple of
days, this being Southern California's damp season. Coach Curly Lambeau was all smiles after talking to Bernie Bierman of Minnesota and Andy Kerr of Colgate, who stopped here on their way back from the East-West game at San Francisco. Here's what made the Packer chief happy: Bierman said Harold Van Every will make the Packers a great back. He revealed Van Every is a fine passer, this ability being somewhat veiled because the Gophers lacked skillful receivers...TWO POLISHED STARS: Kerr stamped Dick Cassiano of Pitt and Bill Kerr, Notre Dame end, as two polished performers who will fit into the Packer picture. Thus, Lambeau is pretty certain that these three, along with Ambrose Schindler, Phil Gasper and Lou Brock are sure possibilities. He will interview Schindler and Gasper before leaving California, then take off for Nebraska to see George Seeman. From there he will go to Oklahoma to talk with J.R. Manley, then back to Green Bay. Due to the rain neither team worked out yesterday. The All-Americans held a meeting and elected Mel Hein and Ki Aldrich as co-captains for Sunday's game. The Packers indulged in a blackboard drill and quiz.
GOPHER HAD UNUSUAL START, BUT HAS GREAT COLLEGIATE CAREER
JAN 5 (Minneapolis) - Maybe there is something in this business of learning to play football by unusual methods. At any rate, versatile Harold Van Every, who has completed three seasons as an outstanding halfback at the University of Minnesota, is convinced that his odd introduction to football was no handicap. As a youngster in the resort center of Minnetonka Beach, near Minneapolis, young Harold has plenty of playmates in the summer. But in the fall, the summer visitors moved back to town and Harold, needing a teammate and opposition to play football, drafted his sister and a neighbor's daughter...STAR WOMAN GOLFER: The scene of these early football endeavors that were to form the ground work for Van Every's later career at the University of Minnesota was a gold course, and the neighbor's daughter was Bea Barrett, now a nationally ranked woman golfer. From this beginning, Harold progressed to a starting role on the Wyzeta, Minn., high school team., and from there to the university, where he spent the customary year on the freshman squad. As a sophomore, he was rated as one of the season's outstanding first-year men, turning in consistently fine performances in the necessary halfback arts of kicking, passing and running...VICTIM OF INJURY: At the outset of his second season, Van Every was the victim of a stubborn injury that took several weeks to respond the treatment and he was on the sidelines most of that year. However, he did come into the Michigan game with the Gophers trailing by six points and with only a few minutes left to play. In three key plays, he recovered a fumble and threw two sharp passes, the second good for a touchdown. Minnesota won, 7-6. The 1939 season saw Van Every improve on the form that had stamped him as an outstanding sophomore. In addition to his triple-threat duties as the key spot at left halfback, he was given the assignment of calling the signals. Burdened by these "quadruple threat" duties, he performed each of them efficiently, but it was in that ball-carrying department that he shone, leading the squad in ground gaining. In all, Van Every carried the ball a total of 667 yards in eight games. In December, he was selected on the draft list of the Green Bay Packers. Also a valuable basketball player, the Gopher senior now is spending his third season on the Minnesota quintet as a forward.
PACKERS BATTLE PROFESSIONAL ALL-STARS ON SUNDAY
JAN 6 (Los Angeles) - Four of the best football teams in the nation will take the field at Gilmore stadium Sunday for the professional bowl battle between Green Bay, National league champions, and the All-Americans coached by Steve Owen. The Packers can produce at least two teams from its squad of 32 that rank near the top of the football ladder. Likewise, Owen can select two teams with outstanding men in every position from his all-star aggregation. It will be a battle of the giants, with every one an expert...EXPECT GOOD WEATHER: The weather forecast is good, and this means that a capacity crowd of almost 20,000 will be on hand to see the real McCoy so far as football goes. In the game Coach E.L. Lambeau sees an opportunity to give his new men their greatest test, and from the results determine how many draftees he will need next season. In the regular National league season, the new men with the exception of Larry Craig and Charley Brock were used for little more than replacements when the regulars needed a rest. In the pro league, a third stringer may spend a lot of time on the bench while the veterans are gunning for a title. There is no time for experimenting. But Sunday will provide a real test for the freshmen as they will work mostly with new plays which have been perfected since arriving here...LOOKING FOR REVENGE: To Coach Owen the game means a chance to avenge the defeat his New York Giants suffered at the hands of the Packers in Milwaukee. Although Steve has no alibis for that blasting - that 27 to 0 beating can be called nothing else - he is happy over the prospect of showing what he can do against the mighty men of Green Bay. Owen, a conservative, is none too confident despite the fact that he has a sparkling array of passers, kickers and runners. To the fans of Los Angeles it means a chance to see professional football at its best. And this will be a welcome relief after some of the woozy exhibitions that have been staged around here by pickup teams and castoffs...PACKERS ARE FAVORED: The Packers are 9 to 5 favorites in the betting, of which there will be considerable before the last pistol shot rings out. The first year men who will start in the Green Bay line are Harry Jacunski at left end, Charles Schultz at left tackle, Gus Zarnas at left guard, Tom Greenfield at center, Paul Kell at right tackle and Allan Moore at right end. The line's only veteran will be Pete Tinsley, who gets the call at right guard. This is Pete's second year with the Packers. Dick Weisgerber will start at blocking back for Green Bay. While this is Weisgerber's second year with the Packers, a wealth of veteran backfield talent has kept him in the background. One real "name player" is on the list. He is Arnold Herber, who will direct the team from his usual right halfback position.
FAVOR PRO ALL-STARS TO OUTPOINT PACKERS
JAN 7 (Los Angeles) - The citizens of this vicinity are in for a rude shock. Right now they feel that Southern California, which trampled Tennessee, 14 to 0, in the Rose Bowl, is the best football team in the country. On Sunday afternoon, in rain-soaked Gilmore stadium, they will see two football teams, either of which could take the Rose bowl Trojans and chase 'em to the hills. The two clubs are the National professional league champions, the Green Bay Packers, and the National league all-stars, chosen from the other teams in the fastest, biggest, smartest and toughest football circuit in existence. This game, which probably will be played before a capacity crowd of 19,000, amounts to the pro bowl. It is the only postseason game sanctioned by the professional fathers and will field, at one time, more gridiron greats than ever stepped on a field before. The lineups of the two teams read like a roll call of the all-Americans and should produce the most brilliantly played game of the year. Southern Californians like to think of the Trojans as a power team, a team of giants. Wait until the all-stars, coached by Steve Owen, lumber on the field. This outfit, chosen by a poll, is without question the heaviest in history. The starting line will average 219 pounds a man, and the backfield will come in at 212. In reserve will be such dinosaurs as George Musso, 270 pound guard from the Chicago Bears; Tony Blazine, 230 pound Chicago Card tackle and 256 pound Turk Edwards of the Washington Redskins. Even so, the all-stars won't dwarf the regular team of the Green Bay Packers. The men from Wisconsin will field a team averaging 216 pounds in the front line and 200 in the backfield. Curly Lambeau, coach of the champions, will start Don Hutson and Milt Gantenbein at ends, Baby Ray and Bill Lee at the tackles, Paul Engebretsen and Chuck Goldenberg at guards, Tom Greenfield at center, and Joe Laws, Cecil Isbell, Arnold Herber and Clark Hinkle in the backfield. Coach Owen of the all-stars, with more talent than any one coach could imagine at his disposal, has not decided on the 11 men he'll start. It is believed that he will use Jim Poole and Perry Schwartz, ends; Joe Stydahar and Ray George, tackles; Byron Gentry and Bruiser Kinard, guards; Mel Hein, center, and Fred Vanzo, Parker Hall, Erny Pinckert and Johnny Drake in the backfield. The all-stars, despite the fact that they have never played together as a unit, are favored. There is a general belief that the all-stars, with the game's two greatest passers in Hall and Davey O'Brien, the best field goal kicker in Ward Cuff, and two of the greatest along with the ground gainers in Andy Farkas and Drake, won't be stopped. The two teams have not trained for the game as if they were just on an outing that provided a vacation in California. They have been working hard and will go out for the kickoff as hard as nails and ready to give Los Angeles the outstanding football game of the year.
PACKER TILT HELD UP BY THREATENING SKIES
JAN 8 (Los Angeles) - Sunny California failed to live up to its reputation for fine weather over the weekend, and threatening skies plus a sloppy gridiron caused postponement of the annual Pro Bowl football game between the champion Green Bay Packers and the National league All-Stars. Showers fell Saturday night and Sunday with the skies threatening to let loose a steady downpour at any time. The game will be played next Sunday...CARD GAMES PLAYED: As the players of both teams stuck pretty close to quarters while the California "dew" settled, bridge, rummy, hearts and pinochle were favorite pastimes. The prospect of another week on the coast met with practically no opposition in the group. It prolonged the honeymoon for the Packer newlyweds. Shortly before the postponement was announced, Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers listed a veteran lineup which probably will be used as a single substitution when the starting freshmen get weary next week. This team has Bud Svensen at center, Buckets Goldenberg and Tiny Engebretsen at guards, Bill Lee and Baby Ray at tackles, and Don Hutson and Milt Gantenbein at ends. The backs are Larry Craig, Andy Uram, Cecil Isbell and Clarke HInkle...PROBLEM FOR OWEN: Coach Steve Owen of the All-Stars was faced with tough assignment of keeping his team keyed up for another week. An assortment of players with several different allegiances during the league season, the Stars have little in common but the fact that for one game the Packers are their common foe. More than any other single thing at this moment, Owen fears a letdown in spirit. Arrangements for the game next Sunday are the same as they had been before the postponement. Sponsors look for a capacity crowd of near 20,000.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JAN 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers next March 1, will dip into an extended savings plan idea in an effort to step up the annual sale of season tickets to a new high point. As you know, the funds from the season ticket sale provide a neat and sizable kitty with which the corporation starts its schedule. Were this money not available, the Packers would have to draw upon their reserves and otherwise retrench, to provide the cash necessary to start rolling the ponderous machinery of a professional football team. Before the playoff game turmoil came onto the Green Bay sports scene, the Packers were playing with the idea of issuing a special Christmas ticket, properly decorated, which could be purchase locally and given away during the holidays, but the deluge of work which swamped the officer after the team won the Western championship forced that project temporarily into the background. But the extended, or monthly, purchase payment idea has persisted, and starting March 1 it will be tried out. Briefly, it means that Packer fans may purchase their 1940 home game tickets by paying any amount they wish each month. E.A. (Spike) Spachmann, director of ticket sales, believes that quite a few people are forced to forego the pleasure of seeing the Packers in action every game every fall just because they find the total amount for a season ticket or tickets hard to locate. They can scrape together the money for a single game, perhaps, but they'd indefinitely prefer to see all the games. Spachmann thinks that if the same loyal fans, a bit short on cash in large chunks but possessing a steady income, is given an opportunity once a month to pay a certain amount to the corporation, he will be able to clean up his obligation by September, when the guns start firing. Or at least he will reduce the amount so that when the balance must be paid, it won't react as such a kick in the pants. The Washington Redskins go farther than any club in the National league in the matter of greasing the slides for season ticket sales. The Redskins sell not only for one season, but for two or three seasons. You can put down your currency on the line and receive tickets which will guarantee you your game seat for a three-year span, covering all home games, and that idea is building up fans. The Packers haven't come to that idea yet, although they do make it possible for fans to have the same seats at City stadium year after year. The Green Bay corporation sold 2,345 season tickets last year, which netted some $19,000 before the season opened. Under the extended saving plan operating after March 1, the corporation hopes that the 1940 sale will exceed 3,000, and the 1941 sale, perhaps, 4,000.
MILWAUKEE HAS LOOP FRANCHISE
JAN 10 (Milwaukee) - George M. Harris, Milwaukee hotel man, announced
yesterday that he has been awarded a franchise in the American Football
League, which is composed of eight members. The Kenosha club
waived territorial rights to permit Harris to join with a Milwaukee club,
since a league rule prohibits a club from operating within 50 miles of
another member of the loop. Other members of the league are St. Louis,
Mo.; Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Los Angeles, and Louisville,
Ky....WATCHES STADIUM PLANS: Harris explained that his franchise was
awarded at the league's meeting Jan. 7 at Cincinnati, but that information
on it was withheld pending conference with Milwaukee city officials
regarding stadium facilities. Proposed construction of a new stadium site
in Milwaukee is under consideration. Present plans call for six games in
Milwaukee and four in other cities of the league, Harris said. He added
that if the proposed municipal stadium is erected the games will be
played there, but if plans for it fall through, application will be made to play
at the State Fair play, where Green Bay and New York played for the
World's championship in the National league this fall...WILL NOT BUCK
PACKERS: He announced that a corporation has been formed to handle
the club and that application has been made at Madison for a charter. "We
will not buck the Green Bay Packers," Harris asserted. "No game will be
scheduled in Milwaukee on dates already allotted to the Packers, whether
or not both the State Fair park and the proposed new municipal stadium
are available." Harris said that a strong Milwaukee team will be organized.
"After the preliminaries are out of the way we will select a good coach and
be guided by his advice in obtaining players," Harris said. "As a nucleus
for the team six outstanding players have been made available to us, but
will not be signed until later."...EXPANDS TO 10 CLUBS: Decision to
expand 10 clubs, the same number as the National league, created two
new franchises. One was assigned to Milwaukee. Assignment of the other
will be announced at the March meeting of the league when dates of the
games will be announced, according to Harris. He said that this meeting
will be held in Milwaukee. Harris was elected to the league's advisory
board at the Cincinnati meeting. The league was formed in 1934. Harris
is a native of Hernando, Miss., and he came to Milwaukee 35 years ago.
He was in retail business, later associated with a large chain department
store here, and five years ago became publicity manager of a chair of
hotels. He was on the NRA conference board and later was general
chairman of the NRA public relations in Wisconsin. Some years ago he
was connected with the Wisconsin USA foreign trade bureau. A lifelong interest in sports was one of the motives which prompted him to enter professional football, he said. He played first base in college baseball and fullback in football while attending the University of Maryland from 1902 until 1906.
ACTION IS DELAYED
JAN 10 (Milwaukee) - The common council's joint finance and buildings and ground committee yesterday delayed for one month action on a proposal to erect a municipal stadium. The committeemen expressed strong sentiment against any plan which would involve the city financially.
GEORGE TRAFTON WANTS TO COACH MILWAUKEE PROS
JAN 11 (Milwaukee) - "I hear Milwaukee got a franchise in the American pro league," said George Trafton, reaching for the writer's lapel with one of those big paws which used to smack 'em down in the NFL, when George played a lot of center for the Chicago Bears. "Who's this fellow, George Harris, that got the franchise? Tell him I'd like to coach a team for him. Yeah, I got the football fever again...can you imagine it, at my age? After I left the Bears, I could sit in the stands and watch 'em play and it left me cold. But last season it began to get me again. I was yelling like a college boy. I'm not kidding about coaching. I'd like that job in Milwaukee. There's going to be two big leagues - can't help but be - and that American league is going to be the second. Those National league owners have had everything their own way and they're quaking in their boots for fear somebody will give 'em some competition. They divide up the college stars as if they own 'em. No reason why a second league can't go after those name players. How did the American league get started in baseball? It went after the players and forced the old National to give it recognition. That's what will happen in pro football. The National league can't play enough game to satisfy demand. Other cities want pro ball. It's the biggest thing in sports, and I want to get in on it. Tell those fellows who the Milwaukee franchise they can get a coach who knows all the answers."
PACKER TRAINER BACK IN TOWN
JAN 11 (Green Bay) - Dave Woodward, trainer of the Green Bay Packers, arrived in Green Bay from Los Angeles late Wednesday, reporting that the team is in great shape and that the spirit, especially among the older players, is fine. Woodward had arranged with Coach E.L. Lambeau to leave immediately after the game against the National league All-Stars which was to have been played last Sunday. Business committments which previously had been made, affecting his winter work, necessitated Dave's departure when the game was postponed because of rain. He received special permission from Lambeau, with the approval of Assistant Coach Red Smith and the players, to leave...SPIRIT IS GOOD: "Yes," Dave said this morning, "the spirit is fine, especially among such fellows as Hinkle and Gantenbein, but they are going to need all they have. The All-Star lineup is powerful, and Steve Owen is out for revenge for the defeat the New York Giants suffered at the hands of the Packers." In speaking of last Sunday's postponement, Woodward stated that the boys were being taped and bandaged (this work is always done on the morning of the game) when they were called into a meeting and Coach Lambeau announced that the rain and the threat of another downpour would make it impossible to play as scheduled. "Outside of the rain," the trainer said, "the trip was wonderful for me, and I know that the rest of the boys feel the same way about it. We received the best of treatment at all times."...BRUDERS ON WAY: Dave further reported that Hank Bruder and Mrs. Bruder, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kell had left the coast. The Bruders, he said, are being called back by a combination of circumstances which include Hank's tire and battery business and the care of Hank. Jr., from whom they didn't wish to stay any longer than necessary. Kell had a job to which he was scheduled to report today.
JACUNSKI HURT, HUTSON STARTS
JAN 12 (Santa Monica, CA) - The rains came - and brought nothing but bum breaks to the Packers. First of all, the postponement should give Steve Owen's All-Americans a decided advantage in Sunday's game. It means Owen has another week to perfect his plans, mold his machine, and work out plays. And yesterday Harry Jacunski turned an ankle in dummy scrimmage, and will not able to start. He collided with Joe Laws and slipped on the west turf. This caused Coach Curly Lambeau to shift Milt Gantenbein from right to left end, and it is probable Don Hutson will be a starter. Otherwise the lineup will be the same as released to Wisconsin papers exclusively last week. Lambeau's job has been to keep the boys running, and fire up the morale during the letdown period. Most of the fellows have been playing golf (when it wasn't raining pitchforks), while a few attempted to make a few bucks at the races. Mr. Owen is feeling rather frisky and the twinkle in his eye may be recorded as an indication he feels confident of victory. More than one expert has commented favorably on the All-American lineup and this sort of back-slapping may be the very thing his lads need to spur them Sunday. Yes, the rains came and the rains have not let up a single day. But under the agreement Sunday's game will be played even if it is necessary to outfit the gridders with water wings.
PRO GRIDDERS PREVENTED FROM WORKING; THEY CAN STILL EAT
JAN 12 (Los Angeles) - Fancy taking a few guests such as Turk Edwards, Ki Aldrich, Ernie Smith and some 50 other behemoths of the gridiron to dinner for three solid weeks and you have the reason for a promoter's nightmare. In the present instance, the grid giants are members of the rival Green Bay Packers and National league All-Star teams, the harassed promoter is Tom Gallery, and the game is the once-postponed Pro Bowl clash...GOES ON SUNDAY: "It won't be postponed again, though," declared Gallery. "Rain or shine, it will go on Sunday at Gilmore stadium. My, my," he added, "how those young men can eat!" The two aggregations reported in Los Angeles Dec. 23. They've been hard at it since, but most of their work has been at the dinner table. Time and again rain has forced them to abandon outdoor practice, but the indoor drills haven't interfered with their respective appetites. The two squads look very healthy...SMALLEST OF LOT: "I kinds like your unusual weather," drawled Davey O'Brien, the former Texas Christian university passing star. Davey, incidentally, is the smallest man of the lot, but he seems to hold his own in such eating company as Bruiser Kinard and Pug Manders. He adheres closely to the old rule of never passing on fourth down; in fact, he won't pass until after the first down. "Four minutes after we found we couldn't play last Sunday I walked into the dining room and there was Davey, parked behind the biggest T-bone I ever saw," Gallery observed. "He's a speedy boy, that Davey." "So are the rest," he went on, "if they tear into each other as they do to those potatoes, it will be a ball game."