NAME                 NO POS  HGT WGT         COLLEGE YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Bob Adkins           55   E 6- 0 211        Marshall  1  1 23 11
Frank Balazs         35   B 6- 2 215            Iowa  2  2 22  7 1939 Draft - 18th round
Connie Berry         37   E 6- 3 210  N. Carolina St  1  2 25  1 FA - Detroit (1939)
Charley Brock        29   C 6- 1 205        Nebraska  2  2 24 11 1939 Draft - 3rd round
Lou Brock            15   B 6- 0 195          Purdue  1  1 22 11 1940 Draft - 3rd round
Larry Buhler         52   B 6- 2 210       Minnesota  2  2 23  8 1939 Draft - 1st round
Larry Craig          54   E 6- 0 205     S. Carolina  2  2 24 11 1939 Draft - 6th round
Leo Disend           18   T 6- 2 225        Albright  1  3 24  5 FA - Brooklyn (1939)
Tiny Engebretsen     34   G 6- 1 245    Northwestern  7  9 30    FA - Brooklyn (1934)
Dick Evans           53   E 6- 3 195            Iowa  1  1 22   
Beattie Feathers      3   B 5-11 180       Tennessee  1  7 32  1 FA - Brooklyn (1939)
Milt Gantenbein      22   E 6- 0 200       Wisconsin 10 10 30  5
Buckets Goldenberg   43   G 5-10 225       Wisconsin  8  8 28 11
Tom Greenfield       56   C 6- 4 218         Arizona  2  2 22  9 1939 Draft - 15th round
Arnie Herber         38   B 5-11 208           Regis 11 11 30 10
Clarke Hinkle        30  FB 5-11 200        Bucknell  9  9 31 11
Don Hutson           14   E 6- 1 185         Alabama  6  6 27 11
Cecil Isbell         17   B 6- 1 190          Purdue  3  3 25 10 1938 Draft - 1st round
Harry Jacunski       48   E 6- 2 198         Fordham  2  2 24 10 
Ed Jankowski          7   B 5-10 205       Wisconsin  4  4 27  7 1937 Draft - 1st round
Smiley Johnson       64   G 5-10 200         Georgia  1  1 23 11
Paul Kell            41   T 6- 2 217      Notre Dame  2  2 25 11
Joe Laws             24   B 5- 9 186            Iowa  7  7 29  3
Bill Lee             40   T 6- 3 235         Alabama  4  6 28 11 FA - Brooklyn (1937)
Russ Letlow          46   G 6- 0 215   San Francisco  5  5 26 11 1936 Draft - 1st round
Lou Midler           27 T-G 6- 1 220       Minnesota  1  2 25  7 FA - Pittsburgh (1939)
Carl Mulleneaux      19   E 6- 4 205         Utah St  3  3 23 10
Baby Ray             44   T 6- 6 248      Vanderbilt  3  3 24 11
Ray Riddick           5   E 6- 0 225         Fordham  1  1 22 10
Charles Schultz      60   T 6- 3 230       Minnesota  2  2 23  2 1939 Draft - 20th round
George Seeman        68   E 6- 0 194        Nebraska  1  1 24  1 1940 Draft - 6th round
Champ Seibold        57   T 6- 4 246       Wisconsin  6  6 27  1
Fred Shirey          18   T 6- 2 220        Nebraska  1  1 24 10
1940 IN REVIEW
When the Chicago Bears crushed the Packers, 41-10, to open their season, Green Bay fans knew that when 1941 rolled around, their team would no longer be World Champions. The Packers were still a rugged team, but, unfortunately, not as rugged as George Halas' powerhouse. After losses to the Lions, the Bears again, and the Giants, head coach Curly Lambeau became convinced that his team needed a body-building course before they could overtake the Bears. But nothing was wrong with Don Hutson, as he bounced back from his knee injury to lead the NFL in scoring. The quick end found most of his passes coming from Cecil Isbell, with Arnie Herber getting less playing time at tailback. The same solid supporting cast filled the Green Bay line and backfield, with Clarke Hinkle and Russ Letlow shining especially bright to give the Packers a respectable but frustrating role as runner-up.
THE MILWAUKEE CHIEFS
(SOURCE: Wikipedia) In 1940 and 1941, Green Bay found itself in a competition for football attention in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Chiefs of the AFL played its home games in the Dairy Bowl. Originally formed as an expansion team for the minor league formerly known as the American Professional Football Association for the 1940 season, the new team joined fellow AFL members Cincinnati Bengals and Columbus Bullies in becoming charter members of a new major-league AFL. In the two seasons of the league’s existence, the Chiefs fielded a competitive team. In 1940, the team scored the most points and gave up the fewest over the course of the season, but lost to Columbus in the final game to give the league title to the Bullies. The following year, the Chiefs and the Bullies were joined by the New York Americans in a three-way race for the championship, with the Chiefs' continuing inability to defeat the Bullies (losing in Columbus and tying in Milwaukee) led to Columbus repeating as AFL champions and Milwaukee finishing third. For the two years of the league’s existence, the Chiefs were a popular draw as they played in Wisconsin’s largest stadium. The AFL had accepted the 1941 entrance of a new Detroit team and deferred it until 1942, but the Pearl Harbor attack and the subsequent U.S. entry into World War II put all plans for football to a halt. In September 1942, league president William B. Cox announced the suspension of league activities until after the war, but the league – and the Chiefs – never returned.
1940 AFL           W L T  Pct  PF  PA    1941 AFL           W L T  Pct  PF  PA
Columbus Bullies   8 1 1 .889 134  69    Columbus Bullies   5 1 2 .833 142  55
MILWAUKEE CHIEFS   7 2 0 .778 180  59    New York Americans 5 2 1 .714 116  73
Boston Bears       5 4 1 .556 120  79    MILWAUKEE CHIEFS   4 3 1 .571 105  84
New York Yankees   4 5 0 .444 138 138    Buffalo Tigers     2 6 0 .250  72 172
Buffalo Indians    2 8 0 .200  45 138    Cincinnati Bengals 1 5 2 .167  69 120
Cincinnati Bengals 1 7 0 .125  53 187                                         
NAME                 NO POS  HGT WGT         COLLEGE YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
George Svendsen      66   C 6- 4 240       Minnesota  4  4 27  3
Pete Tinsley         21   G 5- 8 205         Georgia  3  3 27  7 1938 Draft - 9th round
Andy Uram            42   B 5-10 188       Minnesota  3  3 25 11 1938 Draft - 4th round
Hal Van Every        36   B 6- 0 195       Minnesota  1  1 22 10 1940 Draft - 1st round
Dick Weisberger      33   B 5-10 194     Williamette  3  3 25 10
Bobby Wood           29   T 6- 1 235         Alabama  1  1 24  2 FA - Chi Cards (1940)
Gus Zarnas           63   G 5-10 225      Ohio State  2  3 26  9 FA - Brooklyn (1939)
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played
1940 PACKERS DRAFT (December 9, 1939)
RND SEL NAME               POS COLLEGE
1     9 Hal Van Every        B Minnesota
3    24 Lou Brock            B Purdue
5    39 Esco Sarkkinen       E Ohio State
6    49 Dick Cassiano        B Pittsburgh
7    59 Millard White        T Tulane
8    69 George Seeman        E Nebraska
9    79 J.R. Manley          G Oklahoma
10   89 Jack Brown           B Purdue
11   99 Don Guritz           G Northwestern
12  109 Phil Gaspar          B Southern California
13  119 Ambrose Schindler    B Southern California  
14  129 Bill Kerr            E Notre Dame 
15  139 Mel Brewer           G Illinois 
16  149 Ray Andrus           B Vanderbilt 
17  159 Archie Kodros        C Michigan 
18  169 Jimm Gillette        B Virginia 
19  179 Al Matuza            C Georgetown 
20  189 Jim Reeder           T Illinois 
21  194 Vince Eichler        B Cornell 
22  199 Henry Luebcke        T Iowa
BOLD ITALICS - Played for the Packers
1940 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (2-0)
AUGUST (1-0)
29 College All-Stars at Chicago          W 45-28    1-0-0   84,567
SEPTEMBER (1-0)
2  M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS                 W 28-20    2-0-0   14,798
7  KENOSHA CARDINALS                     W 17- 0    3-0-0
1940 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (6-4-1)
SEPTEMBER (2-1)
15 G-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-0-0)         W 27-20    1-0-0   11,657
22 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0-0)               L 10-41    1-1-0   22,557
29 M-CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-0-2)           W 31- 6    2-1-0   20,234
OCTOBER (2-1)
13 G-CLEVELAND RAMS (1-2-0)              W 31-14    3-1-0   16,299
20 G-DETROIT LIONS (2-2-1)               L 14-23    3-2-0   21,001
27 M-PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-4-2)         W 24- 3    4-2-0   13,703
NOVEMBER (2-2)
3  at Chicago Bears (5-1-0)              L  7-14    4-3-0   45,434
10 at Chicago Cardinals (2-4-2)          W 28- 7    5-3-0   11,364
17 at New York Giants (4-3-1)            L  3- 7    5-4-0   28,262
24 at Detroit Lions (5-4-1)              W 50- 7    6-4-0   26,019
DECEMBER (0-0-1)
1  at Cleveland Rams (4-6-0)             T 13-13    6-4-1   16,249
G - GREEN BAY M - MILWAUKEE
IT'S A TOUGH JOB OWEN HAS PICKING MEN TO FACE BAYS
JANUARY 3 (Los Angeles) - Steve Owen has worries about his national professional all-star grid aggregation, but they are all nice worries. Owen, the New York Giants football coach, has to decide which 11 of 25 picked players from National pro league clubs will start the game Sunday against the champion Green Bay Packers. "Take the quarterback post, as an example," said Owen with a grin. "I have Davey O'Brien, Parker Hall and Frank Filchock. I'll have to toss a coin to see which one goes in the starting lineup." Owen has a similar problem at end, with Jim Poole, Perry Schwartz, Jim Benton and Jim Smith awaiting action. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay Packer coach, will use his regular forces. Both teams are working out daily.
FAVOR PRO ALL-STARS TO OUTPOINT PACKERS
JANUARY 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.
MILWAUKEE TO ENTER AMERICAN PRO LOOP
JANUARY 9 (Milwaukee) - Milwaukee was granted a franchise in the American Professional Football league at a meeting Sunday in Cincinnati, it was announced Tuesday by George M. Harris, who said that he and his associates would incorporate the Milwaukee Football club to put a team
in the field next season. Harris was elected to the league's advisory
board. "We have a lot of work to do," he said. "We know that Milwaukee
likes to have a winner and we intend to give the city a winning team if we
can. After the preliminaries are out of the way we will select a good coach
and be guided by his advice in obtaining players. As a nucleus for the
team six outstanding players have been made available to us, but will
not be signed until later." The American league consisted last season of
Chicago (Indians), Los Angeles (Bulldogs), St. Louis (Gunners),
Columbus (Bullies), Cincinnati (Bengals), Dayton (Bombers), Louisville
(Tanks) and Kenosha (Coopers). Harris said that 1939 was a very
successful year, financially. It has been in existence since 1934. The
decision to expand to 10 clubs, the same number as the National league
has, created two franchises, one of which came to Milwaukee. The other
has not been issued. Milwaukee will play 10 games at least six of them
at home. Dates will be announced after the annual meeting in March,
which may be held here, according to Harris. Milwaukee will take care not
to avoid home dates in conflict with the Green Bay Packers of the National
league. "We intend to make every effort to popularize our team," said
Harris. "A section will be set aside for youngsters at a nominal admission
charge." Harris has been a Milwaukee resident for many years. He once
was in the retail business, later was connected with Gimbels and now
is with the Schroeder hotels. He said that his connection with the football
venture was strictly personal. He was on the NRA conference board and
later was general chairman of NRA public relations in Wisconsin. He
also was connected some years ago with the Wisconsin U.S.A. Foreign
Trade bureau. Harris said that he would reveal his associates soon,
after the club had been incorporated.
GEORGE TRAFTON WANTS TO COACH MILWAUKEE PROS
JANUARY 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."
LAMBEAU SPEAKER AT SOUTH MILWAUKEE
JANUARY 31 (South Milwaukee) - Coach Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers denied last night that coaches in the National Professional Football league resorted to the teaching of illegal plays. Certain formations which appear to be illegal to fans, he said, were made so by mistakes in carrying out assignments. "Many so-called screen passes were screened merely because the passer was rushes, or because of a bad pass from center, getting the passer off timing and delaying the pass enough so that linemen screened or blocked with the ball in the air," he explained. Lambeau talked before more than 200 persons at a dinner sponsored by the Lions' club. He showed movies of the championship game last December between the Packers and New York Giants in Milwaukee.
CLAIM GREEN BAY CAN'T BLOCK MILWAUKEE CLUB
FEBRUARY 1 (Milwaukee) - George M. Harris, backer of Milwaukee's new professional football team in the American league, stoutly denied today that there was any agreement between the National and American Football Leagues which reserves the area for the Green Bay Packers. "Somebody has been grossly misinformed," declared Harris. "There is no such agreement, and our president, Mr. George J. Heitzler of Cincinnati, Ohio, assured me that there wasn't." Heitzler declared in a telegram that "the American League has the sole right to determine what cities are to be awarded franchises in its league regardless of proximity to cities in the National league." Harris said the only "territory agreement" is the American league rule which prohibits establishing another team within 50 miles of a league member. "In our particular case," he said, "Kenosha had the right to fight our admission, but it waived that right and moved that the league accept our application for membership." There were reports that the National League's executive board, which meets at New York, would act on the alleged agreement between the leagues and force the American League to withdraw its charter from the Milwaukee club. Coach Earl L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said the question would come before National League directors but that the Green Bay club did not wish to press the matter. He said he felt there was room for both teams and that the Packers' prestige as world champions would not be impaired in Milwaukee by an American League club.
LAMBEAU SEES PACKERS WIN OVER COLLEGIANS
FEBRUARY 9 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, champions of the National Pro Football league, is looking forward to the date with the college all-stars at Chicago August 29 with no little confidence. Mindful of the 6-0 defeat handed the Packers in the same classic in 1937, Lambeau declared: "I am sure we will make a better showing in this year's all-star game. When we played at Soldiers' field before, we had a squad limit of 25 players, requiring several of the men to do 60 minutes of football on an unbearably hot night. This year we will face them three deep at every position."
WOODWARD, PACKER TRAINER, IS DEAD
FEBRUARY 11 (Green Bay) - Dave Woodward, 57, for the past six years trainer of the Green Bay Packers, died in his sleep Friday night. Previous to joining the Packers, Woodward for 16 years was trainer for the University of Minnesota athletes. Two brothers and two sisters survive.
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.
PACKER PRODUCTS
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.
PACKER  NOTES
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.
1940 Photograph of NFL Head Coaches huddling up as they meet to discuss rules and officials for the upcoming season. Led by Packers coach Curly Lambeau and Bears Coach George Halas along with Potsy Clark (Detroit), Dutch Clark (Cleveland) and Jim Conzelman (Cardinals).
Curly Lambeau diagrams a play for Don Hutson and Cecil Isbell
CARL STORCK IS RE-ELECTED
APRIL 15 (New York) - Carl L. Storck of Dayton, Ohio, was re-elected president of the National Professional Football league for a one year term Sunday by a unanimous vote. The threatened contest over the presidency did not materialize as the league's three day meeting came to a close, although one faction of club owners had declared its opposition to Storck. Storck was advanced to the presidency last spring after the death of Joe F. Carr, who had held the office since the formation of the league. Dennis Shea, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was elected vice-president and treasurer, also for one year. Members of the executive committee will be Bert Bell, Philadelphia; George P. Marshall, Washington; L.H. Joannes, Green Bay; Charles Bidwell, Chicago Cardinals, and Storck, who serves as chairman. One change in the league's bylaws assigned to the executive committee the task of directing the selection of officials for games. This had been handled by the president's office. The opposition to Storck as president arose from a dispute between him and Marshall over the officiating in the Washington-New York eastern playoff game last December after Referee Bill Halloran called a Washington field goal attempt wide. Storck upheld Halloran and picked him to referee the league playoff game between New York and Green Bay. The most important trade of the meeting was concluded by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions. The Eagles sent fullback Dave Smukler to the Lions in exchange for linemen Ray George and Joe Wendlich. Smukler has been the regular fullback for the Eagles since 1935. George, 225 pound tackle from Southern California, played his first year of professional football last season and was one of the outstanding linemen in the league. Draft rights were exchanged in two other deals. Philadelphia acquired from the Green Bay Packers the right to sign Millard White, 1939 Tulane tackle, who was drafted in 1938 but did not play last year. The Packers made a similar deal with the Chicago Cardinals. The Cards acquired the rights to Johnny Hall, Texas Christian halfback last year, for the right to deal with Earl Brown, Notre Dame end, who was drafted in 1938 but did not play last year. George Line, Brooklyn end, was sent to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Joseph L. Kuharich, 1938 Notre Dame guard, who ignored the draft to coach last season.
RUSS LETLOW SIGNS HIS PACKER CONTRACT
APRIL 19 (Green Bay) - Russ Letlow, veteran guard, has signed a 1940
contract for his sixth season with the Green Bay Packers.
GOPHERS 'GREATEST' SIGNS WITH PACKERS
APRIL 20 (Green Bay) - Harold Van Every, Minnesota's "greatest halfback"
(in the words of his coach, Bernie Bierman), signed his contract to play
for the Green Bay Packers, Coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau, Bays' mentor,
announced today. Van Every was acclaimed by teammates to be the most
valuable player on the 1939 football machine and was the most
consistent ground gainer in the history of the Gopher school. Van Every
was a regular on the Gopher squad for three years, handling the passing, kicking and a large share of the ball carrying assignments. He also did the signal calling last season from his left halfback position. A standout in his sophomore year, Van Every was expected to reach All-America fame in his junior season, but a bruised kidney received early in the 1939 campaign hampered him throughout the season. Many followers of the Gophers never expected to see Van Every run behind the powerful and devastating Gopher line again after the injury but a special brace was constructed and he carried on, his effectiveness cut down to a minimum. It was mainly through the efforts of Van Every that the 1939 Gopher machine was able to exceed the ground gaining marks of the mythical national championship squad of 1936 and the Big Ten champions of 1937 and '38. Van Every carried the oval 133 times and his piston-like carried him through the center, inside the tackles and around the ends for 733 yards, an average of 5.5 yards an attempt for an all-time Gopher record surpassing the mark of Pug Lund, all-American of 1934. Only nine times in those 133 attempts was the opposition able to stop the hard running back. And then they cut him down for only 15 yards. Though he weighed but 185 pounds, and was a marked man in every Gopher battle, Van Every's terrific leg power propelled him through and over the opposing forward walls. His power was that of a fullback and once past the line of scrimmage his speed and elusiveness sent him on his way for many long touchdown runs.
SEVEN GAMES BOOKED HERE
APRIL 22 (Milwaukee) - Seven home games were given the new
Milwaukee professional football team at the American league meeting
held over the weekend at Cincinnati. George Harris, president of the
club, said Monday that he had a contract for the State Fair park field for
all home dates. The team will play five league games on the road and
an eighth home game as an exhibition. The Columbus Bullies, 1939
champions, traded Regis Monahan, formerly of the Detroit Lions, to
the Milwaukee club for three players who were not names. Joe F. Carr, son of the late Joe Carr, president of the NFL, applied for a franchise at Hollywood, Calif., and action was postponed until June 2 to ascertain the attitude of the Los Angeles club. Carr is said to be backed by Bing Crosby. Applications for franchises at Ashland, Ky., and Kansas City were deferred until June 2. An application from Miami was rejected because the city was too far from other members. The uniform player contract in use by the National league was adopted. George J. Heitzler was re-elected president and James C. Hogan was retained as secretary-treasurer.
GREEN BAY PACKERS SIGN GEORGE SEEMAN
APRIL 23 (Green Bay) - George Seeman, Nebraska end for the last three seasons, has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers, the club announced.
MILWAUKEE PRO ELEVEN PICKS CAHOON AS COACH
APRIL 28 (Milwaukee) - Ivan (Tiny) Cahoon, athletic director and football coach at Monmouth (Ill.) college, Saturday was named head coach of Milwaukee's entry in the American football league. Announcement of the selection was made by George Harris, president of the club, at a cocktail party in Cahoon's honor at the Schroeder hotel. Cahoon, who is married and the father of five children, was selected from a score of applicants. The salary was not disclosed. The coach comes to his job with wide experience in all phases of athletics. A native of Baraboo, Wis., he had three years of football and basketball at Baraboo high school, three years of the same sports and track at Gonzaga university and the, starting in 1926, four years of professional football as a tackle with the Green Bay Packers. A knee injury halted his playing career in midseason of 1929, Green Bay's first championship season. Cahoon started his coaching career at West De Pere high school in 1928 while still with the Packers. He went to Green Bay West in 1933 and to Monmouth as athletic director and coach in 1938. In 12 years of coaching he has maintained the unusually high winning average of .810. His teams in this period have averaged 18 points a game while holding opponents to an average of 6 and have held opponents scoreless in 43 games while suffering the same fate in only 5. At West De Pere he won one conference title in football and two in track, at Green Bay West he turned out consistently good football teams and lost only one dual track meet; and at Monmouth he developed six all-conference players and one little All-American guard. In all his coaching, Cahoon has always stressed wide open football. He learned the Notre Dame system at Gonzaga under Gus Dorais and played it at Green Bay under Curly Lambeau, but has used the system himself only when he felt the material permitted. He has often switched to ordinary single wing, to a flanker or to a creation of his own which he calls the "triple wing". He said Saturday that he hopes he might be able to use a flanker of some sort here. Cahoon will start at scratch in his new job. He has no holdover squad. To provide a working basis, questionnaires have been sent to several hundred graduating college seniors and from the replies, already pouring into the office in the Plankinton Arcade, he will select most of his squad. The American league recognizes contracts which college players have signed, but does not recognize the National league draft. As a small nucleus around which to build, Cahoon will have four players either bought or obtained in trades last week. They are Regis Monahan, former Ohio State all-American, a guard; Joe Zimmerman, former Centenary guard who was named on the Jewish All-American team last fall; Obbie Novakofsky, star Lawrence halfback, who had a tryout with the Packers last season and wound up with Kenosha, and Carl Buck, former Carroll college star, also a halfback, also with Kenosha last fall. Novakofsky and Buck were bought outright from Kenosha, and Monahan and Zimmerman obtained in a trade with Columbus for three unnamed players to be turned over by August 15. The Milwaukee club will operate along the same lines followed by the Packers in obtaining off season work for its players. The team will pitch camp in the north woods August 15. Cahoon will establish his home here at once.
PACKERS SIGN PURDUE BACK
APRIL 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Monday announced the signing of Lou Brock, 205 pound right halfback from Purdue. Coach Curly Lambeau visited Brock in Indiana and got his signature on a contract. Lambeau predicted a brilliant career for Brock in professional football. He was second, behind Harold Van Every of Minnesota, on the Packers' draft list. Van Every was signed by the Packers last week. Brock was a teammate of Cecil Isbell, the Packers' star halfback, as a sophomore at Purdue two years ago.
BUHLER OF GOPHERS SIGNED BY PACKERS
APRIL 30 (Green Bay) - Larry Buhler, former Minnesota back, has signed a 1940 contract with the Green Bay Packers. Buhler, a right halfback last season, will be used both at the fullback and blocking back positions next fall, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau said. Signing of Howard (Smiley) Johnson, University of Georgia guard, also was announced by Coach Lambeau. Johnson weighs 210 pounds and stands 5 feet 11 inches. His contract brings the growing Packer roster to 17.
PACKER NOTES
MAY 4 (Madison Capital-Times) - Curly Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers was expected today to watch the Badger Army-Navy football game. Lambeau won't admit it, but he is interested in George Paskvan, who won't see action in the game, being at South Bend with the Badger track team. Paskvan should be ready to fit into the Packer team a year from now. Clark Hinkle, Packer fullback, is getting no younger and Eddie Jankowski, a reserve fullback, is having eye trouble and may have to give up the game. "Roaring George" should be a sensation with the Green Bay club.
GANTENBEIN, HERBER SIGN WITH PACKERS
MAY 10 (Green Bay) - Arnie Herber, sharpshooting passer of the famed Herber-Hutson aerial combination, and Capt. Milt Gantenbein Thursday signed their 1940 Green Bay Packers' contracts.
PACKERS SCHEDULE EXHIBITION GAME
MAY 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have schedule a preseason exhibition game against the Washington Redskins at the State Fair park in Milwaukee September 2. Regularly scheduled league games will bring the Packers to Milwaukee on September 29 against the Chicago Cardinals and on October 27 against the Pittsburgh club.
PACKERS SIGN DICK EVANS, HAWKEYE IRON MAN
MAY 18 (Iowa City, IA) - Dick Evans, one of the last fall's University of Iowa "ironmen", said Friday he has signed a contract to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers.
GAVRE IS NEW GRID COACH AT MERRILL HIGH
MAY 31 (Madison) - Vince Gavre, one of Wisconsin's greatest quarterbacks, has been named football and basketball coach at Merrill high school in the Wisconsin Valley conference, it was learned Thursday by the Capital Times. The prediction that the former Badger grid ace was a certainty for the job was made in this newspaper last Friday. Gavre, who competed at Wisconsin in 1936-37-38, succeeds Palmer Mickelson and will begin his new duties on September 3. Vince also will teach chemistry, biology and general science. Mickelson was promoted to the post of director of athletics. Gavre recently signed a professional football contract with the world champion Green Bay Packers, but Coach Curly Lambeau already had informed the ex-Badger he will not be bound by the signature. The Port Edwards ace played a year of pro football with the Kenosha Coopers last fall.
PACKERS SIGN SHIREY
JUNE 3 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers announced Saturday that Fred Shirey, former All-America tackle, had been signed for 1940-41. He will join the team for the September encounter with the college All-Stars at Chicago.
PACKERS CHALLENGE FEDERAL TAX CLAIM
JUNE 5 (Washington) - Green Bay Packers, Inc., operator of the National Professional Football league team of Green Bay, has told the tax appeals board it should not have to pay a treasury claim for $5,865 of undistributed profits taxes for 1937. Its petition contended it was a non-profit-sharing organization, that any proceeds from its operations went to the Sullivan post of the American Legion or to Green Bay charities, and that as a charitable organization it as not subject to the tax.
TEAM TO BE CALLED MILWAUKEE CHIEFS
JUNE 10 (Milwaukee) - The new Milwaukee club in the American Professional Football league will be known as the Milwaukee Chiefs, George M. Harris, club president announced today. Three former University of Illinois gridders were signed Saturday by Coach Tiny Cahoon. They were Ralph Bennett, fullback; Ralph Hathaway, guard, and William Lenich, center. Lenich was chosen most valuable player in Illinois' 1939 team.
BEATTIE FEATHERS SIGNED BY PACKERS
JUNE 10 (Green Bay) - Beattie Feathers, former halfback for the Chicago Bears and the Brooklyn Dodgers, has been signed by the Green Bay Packer, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced today. Feathers, signed as a free agent, was out most of last season with an injury.
SCHERER NAMED AIDE AT MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE
JUNE 17 (Sioux City, IA) - Bernie Scherer, former University of Nebraska end, Saturday was named assistant varsity football coach and head freshman basketball coach at Morningside college here. Scherer, who has been playing professional football with the Green Bay Packers, also will teach courses in the physical education department, president Earl Roadman announced.
PACKER NOTES
JUNE 21 (Manitowoc Herald Times) - Although nine members of the Green Bay Packers are unsigned, the three real holdouts are Larry Craig, Eddie Jankowski and Bill Lee. Curly Lambeau's efforts to sign them has met a stone wall. Craig wants a salary far in excess of what was paid him last year. He probably is worth more but Lambeau does not believe his present demands are justified. Lee, who was married last fall, thus far is demanding considerably more than Lambeau feels he can allow him. Jankowski takes the point of view that he won't play for the salary offered him but he doesn't mention what he regards as a satisfactory figure and the negotiations are somewhat at a standstill. Curly is getting along fairly well in negotiations with the other unsigned veterans and believe that with minor adjustments all will be satisfied to sign. They are Don Hutson, Baby Ray, Paul Kell, Jimmy Lawrence and Clarke Hinkle.
PACKER NOTES
JUNE 24 (Madison) - The exhibition football game here September 8 between the Green Bay Packers and another pro eleven will be sponsored by the local Shrine. Either the St. Louis Gunners or the Cincinnati Bengals will oppose the Packers in the clash here.
FAMED ATHLETE HERE FRIDAY TO LAUNCH NEW NYA PROGRAM
JUNE 26 (Wisconsin Rapids) - Three famed athletes, helping to promote the physical education program which is a part of the National Youth Administration's special project in the field of preparedness training, will be here next Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. to meet with boys who have joined or expect to join the local training center. They are Chuck Fenske, University of Wisconsin sensational mile runner; Eddie Jankowski, former U. of W. football star now wit the Green Bay Packers, and Joe Laws, also a Packer star and onetime University of Iowa player. The trio has been hired by NYA to stimulate the interest of youth in physical fitness. The meeting will be Witter vocational school.
COLUMBUS GRID TEAM WANTS TO TRAIN HERE
JUNE 27 (Manitowoc) - The Columbus Bullies, 1939 champions of the American Professional Football league has offered to come to Manitowoc late in August to train for the 1940 seconds but lack of a lighted field here is expected to work against putting through the deal. According to a letter received by Mead Hansen, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, from Phil Bucklew, general manager and coach of the Columbus team, the squad would be willing to train here providing their hotel and training accommodations are taken care of. In return Bucklew said the club will play a series of exhibition games, in which the local community may retain the receipts. Secretary Hansen said he planned to advise Mr. Bucklew that because there are no facilities here for night football, there would probably not be enough revenue from Sunday or afternoon games to make the project an even break for the city. There has been agitation on here for months to provide a municipal athletic field in the Seventh ward on part of the Washington junior high school grounds which could be equipped with lights for both night baseball and football. However nothing has come of it, and it appears the project is dead, at least for the 1940 season. Bucklew, in his letter, said Manitowoc was suggested to Columbus as a training base by George Harris of the Milwaukee team in the American Professional league. Bucklew wrote: "The Columbus Bullies, champions of the American league in 1939, are very much interested in such a proposition and would be agreeable to playing exhibition games as designated by your people in exchange for their hotel and training accommodations during the preseason period. I understand Wisconsin is being boomed as the 'leading professional football center of the world' for the coming season and that such agreements as forementioned are already in effect for the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates of the National league and the Milwaukee Chiefs and St. Louis Gunners of the American league. Please let me hear from you." Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates trained at Two Rivers and played a doubleheader night game with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay. The New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals trained at Duluth-Superior, and the Chicago Bears at Delafield, Wis. Fond du Lac is trying hard to have one of the National pro league squads train there in August.
GREEN BAY PREDICTS STRONGER TEAM FOR PACKERS
JUNE 29 (Green Bay) - Those husky Green Bay Packers, undisputed champions
of professional football, will be stronger and tougher to beat than last year, if
something doesn't upset Coach Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau's applecart. Lambeau
has assembled a rugged crop of promising football players, including the best
performers from the 1939 team which crushed the New York Giants, 27 to 0, in
the pro league's playoff game at Milwaukee last December. He has a head start
on his rivals but he has not time to spare because the Packers, only team which
has won the pro title five times, are scheduled to play the college all-stars at
Chicago's Soldier field August 29. And that's an important game to Lambeau.
"The all-star game will be a fine test of our squad's frame of mind," he said. "If we
win that contest, it means the Packer have the correct mental attitude for the 1940
season. If we are fortunate enough not to have more than the average amount of
injuries, and our share of the breaks, plus the right kind of mental attitude, I feel
confident the Packers will win the championship again." Lambeau has 38
men under contract. Some of his topnotch players haven't signed yet, but he's
confident they will accept teams by July 15. Lambeau is counting on new men to
plug some of the weaknesses uncovered in his team last fall. Right end on
defense was one of the weak spots but the coach feels he's got that position
materially strengthened by new talent. He's also pleased with signing of halfbacks
Harold Van Every of Minnesota and Lou Brock of Purdue. "Both are big boys, and
good passers and should strengthen our offense considerably," he said. "They'll
also give us a better defensive backfield." Other new men are expected to win
their spurs in pro ball with the Packers are J.R. Manly, Oklahoma, guard; Fred
Shirey, Nebraska, tackle; George Seeman of Nebraska and Raymond Riddick of
Fordham, ends, and James Gilmore, triple-threat backfield star from the
University of Virginia. A new player who may prove helpful to the Packers is Beattie
Feathers, former University of Tennessee ace and veteran pro player. A free agent,
Feathers signed with the Packers after playing last year with the Patterson, N.J., 
team in the American Football league. He holds the NFL's ground gaining record,
set while a member of the Chicago Bears in 1934. Veteran Packers expected to
sign contracts soon include Don Hutson, the pro league's No. 1 pass receiver;
Clarke Hinkle, powerhouse fullback, and precision kicker; Cecil Isbell, former Purdue star; Eddie Jankowski, rugged fullback and former Wisconsin star; tackles Buford Ray and Bill Lee and guard Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg.
GEORGE SVENDSEN JOINS PACKERS AGAIN
JULY 2 (Antigo) - George Svendsen has resigned as athletic coach at Antigo high school to rejoin the Green Bay Packers. Svendsen, former University of Minnesota center, left the Packers at the end of the 1938 season to accept the coaching position, and still had one year to go under this his three-year contract. At the end of the pro season he will resume his studies for a master's degree at Minnesota.
BROCK OIL WORKER
JULY 5 (Lafayette, IN) - Lou Brock, Purdue halfback under contract to the Green Bay Packers, has gone west to work in the Kansas oil fields until the Packers open practice August 12.
BEGIN ALL-STAR FOOTBALL POLL
JULY 12 (Chicago) - Balloting began today in the nationwide poll to name the 1940 college football squad which will oppose Green Bay's Packers, professional champions, in Chicago's seventh annual all star game at Soldier field the night of August 29. At the close of the poll, July 23, the two ends, two tackles, two guards, center, quarterback, two halfbacks and fullback receiving the most votes will be delegated to start against the Packers. To qualify for the all star game a player must have completed his college eligibility last year. After the player squad is determined, another poll to select the all star coaches will be held. Leading vote getters from each of five areas - the east, south, far west, Western conference and the midwest area outside the Big Ten - will comprise the five man coaching staff. In this year's polls, the Chicago Tribune Charities, Inc., sponsor of the event directed  by the Chicago Tribune sports editor, Arch Ward, will have the cooperation of 385 newspapers and radio stations in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Delaware is not represented. The all stars and pro title holders are all square after six battles, each having won two, lost two and tied two. The New York Giants won last year, 9 to 0, to give the professionals their second victory.
AMERICAN PRO LEAGUE OFFICIALS TO MEET SUNDAY
JULY 17 (Cincinnati) - President George J. Heitzler announced tonight that American Professional Football league officials would meet in Chicago Sunday to discuss activities of a group which he said had "been trying to entice a few of the American clubs into their pro league." Heitzler said heads of most of the American clubs would be present, adding that there was a possibility Louisville, Hollywood, Calif, and several other cities would be represented. The meeting originally was scheduled for August 4.
PACKER SIGN LEE
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - Bill Lee, veteran tackle and captain of the Alabama Rose Bowl team of 1934, has signed a 1940 contract with the Green Bay Packers, bringing the list to 39.
AMERICAN GRID LOOP TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 15
JULY 22 (Chicago) - The American Football League announced at a schedule-making meeting Sunday that its season would open September 15 with at least six teams in the circuit. The league, as set up now, consists of the St. Louis Gunners, Kenosha Cardinals, Milwaukee Chiefs, Chicago Indians, Dayton Bombers and Cincinnati. All of these cities except Milwaukee had teams in last year's league. Columbus, Louisville and Los Angeles were represented a year ago but will have no team in the circuit this season. Several club owners attending the meeting were present a recent conference here to consider formation of a "new" American league. League officials said, however, that this plan had apparently fallen through.
PACKERS SIGN SEIBOLD
JULY 23 (Green Bay) - Champ Seibold, veteran Green Bay Packers tackle who was a season-long holdout last year, has signed his 1940 contract, Coach Curly Lambeau said today. Forty Packers have signed on the line this year.
PITTSBURGH TO BID FOR HANK BRUDER
JULY 26 (Pittsburgh) - President Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers will confer this weekend with Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers in an effort to bring Hank Bruder to Pittsburgh next season. The conference will take place at the annual rules interpretation meeting of the NFL in Cleveland. A former Northwestern university star, Bruder, 32, has been a backfield ace with the Packers for the last nine years. The Packers are said to be willing to trade him because of a dispute.
LAMBEAU CALLS ALL-STAR GAME NO. 1 SPECTACLE
AUGUST 4 (Chicago Tribune) - If this were an assignment to discuss the three factors that have contributed most toward football's tremendous popularity, these articles would be devoted to President Theodore Roosevelt, the Rockne-Dorais passing combination and the Chicago All-Star game. Not since Roosevelt assumed control of and saved the game in 1905, when charges of brutality threatened its existence, and Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais (the 1937 All-Star coach) established the practicability of the forward pass in 1913, has football received such impetus from a single event as it derives from the contest originated by the Chicago Tribune. It is the contest with which these articles will be concerned. I have seen a  half a dozen Army-Navy games, been a sideline observer at as many Rose Bowl contests and witnessed innumerable other recognized headline gridiron attractions. But after seeing them all, the Chicago All-Star game remains football's greatest spectacle. This statement includes even the 1937 games, though at the time the only spectacle I could see was the one we made of ourselves on the All-Star's 2 yard line. We lost that one, 6 to 0, much to our surprise. But it did have its compensations. It taught us a great deal about that mysterious football intangible, mental attitude, if there was anything about it we should not have known from sad experience. And it made us strive just that much more to qualify for another All-Star assignment. We will profit by that 1937 experience when we step out on Soldiers' field in Chicago on the night of August 29. This is the most precious opportunity that has come to the Packers, and we do not intend to outsmart ourselves again, either on the two yard line or in our preparations for the game. It is the opportunity for which the Packers were battling when they evened an old score with the New York Giants in the National league championship game last December. There was a rumor around that the Packers did a pretty fair sort of job for country boys in that game. The score was 27 to 0. I will be satisfied with the same margin of victory on August 29. 
NEW PRO GRID LEAGUE LISTS SIX ELEVENS
AUGUST 6 (Buffalo) - The American Professional Football league was a toddling infant today, after a hectic birth, and it appeared that it might learn early an important natural law - survival of the fittest. Only a few hours after the organizers took two days to elect officers, decide a schedule and select team names, the new league's right to call itself the "American professional football league" had been questioned by an organization claiming it is in business under the same name. In Cincinnati, Charles J. Heitzler, president of American Professional Football league, declared the loop formed in Buffalo had no authority to use the name "American". He said his organization, five years old and formerly known as the Mid-West Professional football league, was incorporated as the American last year. Meanwhile, William D. Griffith, Columbus, O., president of the Buffalo-born "American" league, asserted member teams would be allowed to draft college players, who were not still in school, beginning next year. Griffith, former Ohio State university publicity director, listed the six teams in his league, their nicknames and home stadiums as follows:
Buffalo Indians, Civic Stadium
Boston Bears, Fenway Park
New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium
Cincinnati Bengals, Crosley Field
Columbus Bullies, Red Bird Stadium
Milwaukee Chiefs, Dairy Bowl
A 25-player limit for each team has been set, Griffith said, with three additional players for the "suspended list", but a minimum of 20 players will be required for each squad. Griffith said the league's schedule would be played on a home-and-home basis from September 15 to December 1. Headquarters will be at Columbus, he said...CHIEFS' SCHEDULE SAME: Word from George M. Harris, president of the Milwaukee Football club, Monday was that Milwaukee's schedule as previously announced will be adhered to and that the Chiefs will include home and home games with Chicago and Kenosha, non-members of the newly re-organized American Professional Football league. The new league is actually an organization made up of the stronger teams in the old American league and an eastern group. Although the Chiefs were not organized until this year Harris and Coach Tiny Cahoon have gathered a strong unit for that classification. The Milwaukee setup was so bright, Harris said, the league wasted no time in granting the club a franchise.
​NEW PRO LOOP SCHEDULE OUT
AUGUST 9 (Columbus) - President W.D. Griffith of the new American
Professional Football league announced Friday that the six members
of the league would play home and home games with every other
team in the circuit during the 30 game schedule this fall. In addition to
league games, the teams - Milwaukee Chiefs, Buffalo Indians, 
Boston Bears, Columbus Bullies, New York Yankees and Cincinnati
Bengals - have scheduled exhibition games with other pro teams,
Griffith said. The schedule lists six night contests, three to be held at
Buffalo and one each at New York, Cincinnati and Boston. The league
opens its season September 15 with Columbus at Milwaukee and
winds up December 1 when the Chiefs play Cincinnati.
BAYS OPEN DRILLS
AUGUST 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, five time National
Professional league champions, tonight were hurdling toward the
dawn of the 1940 season, opening tomorrow with a secret drill. On
the eve of the training schedule, four players were still unsigned - 
Eddie Jankowski, Cecil Isbell, Clarke Hinkle and Don Hutson.
Jankowski, however, is the only real holdout. "We don't know what he
plans to do about his contract," worried Coach Earl Lambeau. "The other boys are about set on their terms."
COLUMBUS BULLIES GRID TEAM WILL TRAIN IN TWO RIVERS
AUGUST 10 (Two Rivers) - The Columbus Bullies of the American
Professional Football league will train in Two Rivers. Word was
received in that city this morning that the team will arrive August 20 to
condition for the 1940 season, which opens Sunday September 15.
The Bullies will bring a squad of between 35 and 40 players. The
letter asked Arthur Eckley, Recreation director at Two Rivers, to 
arrange facilities at the hotels and also a training table for the players at the community house. The players will practice on the high school field, in the northern limits of the city. Two Rivers has also been advised by the Columbus management that a tentative game has been arranged with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay on Sunday September 8, which is an open date for the National Pro league champions. The Bullies are scheduled to meet the Milwaukee Chiefs, also in the American loop, Sunday September 15 in the opening game of the schedule. Two Rivers may also get a glimpse of the Packers next week. Coach Curly Lambeau has promised Two Rivers that if the weather continues to be hot next week at Green Bay, where the Packers begin training for the All-Star game tomorrow, he will bring this team to Two Rivers for practice sessions. 
WEYWAUWEGA MAKES PLANS TO ENTERTAIN MILWAUKEE GRIDDERS
AUGUST 10 (Waupaca) - Ivan "Tiny" Cahoon, head coach of the Milwaukee Chiefs, who are to be in training for two weeks on the Weyauwega fairgounds, will arrive in that city August 13 to prepare the field for the 40 football players who will arrive the 14th. On the evening of his arrival he will be greeted by 150 Lions of clubs from Waupaca, Stevens Point, Manawa, Appleton and Oshkosh who will hear his talk on his favorite sport. Cahoon was formerly a member of the Green Bay Packers. An inter-squad game is to be played on August 18 and an exhibition game is scheduled for August 25 when Governor Julius P. Heil will be the guest of honor. Also expected that day will be George Harris, president of the Chiefs, and one of the governor's colonels. Russ Winnie is also expected to announce the game by radio broadcast. Fifteen mayors from surrounding cities will be at Weyauwega to greet the governor.
The 1940 Green Bay Packers - 6-4-1 (2nd-Western Division)
Head Coach: Curly Lambeau