RED-HEADED SAGGAU, DRAFTEE OF PACKERS, IS FINE PASSER
JAN 20 (Green Bay) - A natural runner with great speed and forward passing ability, Robert Joseph Saggau of the University of Notre Dame is rated high among the nation's collegiate stars with a chance to go places in professional football. He is on the draft list of the Green Bay Packers, but has not indicated his intentions regarding the pro game. Six feet tall, crowding 190 pounds in weight, with a German father and an Irish mother, Saggau is an honor student in the college of commerce. He has red hair and green eyes, and was an all-state selection at Denison, Ia., high school. Throughout his football career, Bob has starred at left halfback. He blossomed out as a triple-threater during his sophomore year at Notre Dame, and for his first two seasons averaged better than five yards every time he toted the leather...BLOCKING FALLS OFF: During 1940 competition, his ground gaining average suffered from a slump in the quality of Irish blocking, but he still was quite a man with the ball when the chips were down. Against the Navy, fourth down, seven yards to go, and Notre Dame trailing 7 to 6 with four minutes and 11 seconds left, it was Saggau who faded deep, faked a pass and scampered over the goal line with the winning touchdown. He had a net gain of exactly nothing for five attempts at rushing, but he got the six points that sewed up the game, Captain Milt Plepul adding the other to make it 13 to 7. Saggau's passes that day covered another 52 yards, and he caught one for 18 during a 78-yard touchdown advance. Saggau's passing and kicking more than offset any lack of touch that may have befallen his running game during 1940. He must be ranked with the nation's greatest in those two departments. Few of his aerials were intercepted during the season, and he piled up hundreds of yards by the overhead method...THROWS LONG PASSES: Furthermore, he clicked consistently on long passes, averaging more than 10 yards for every pass thrown, and more than 20 for every completion. His punting average for the season was well in excess of 40 yards, and he displayed deadly efficiency under fire. He averaged 47 yards against the inspired Army team and his boots were instrumental in staving off an apparent defeat. Saggau's marksmanship is not entirely accidental. He spent lots of time at Dorset, Minn., vacationing and practicing his tosses last summer. Juswik, who caught many of Saggau's aerials, said, "Bob lays the ball in here nice and soft. Anyone ought to be able to catch it. It's always right to the spot."...GREAT NATURAL SPEED: Saggau's natural speed, which won him two letters as a sprinter, makes him a constant threat, no matter what the figures say. He throws with his right hand, but kicks with his left foot - for no especial reason. "I just started that way," he explained. His hobbies include hunting and collecting swing (and track) record. He was elected president of the Monogram club, composed of campus athletic lettermen, and has mentioned returning to Notre Dame - barring professional football - to take a law degree. He also is planning to take up flying this spring, with the possibility of landing an army commission.
FREIBERGER OF RAZORBACKS IS PROSPECTIVE PACKER GRID END
JAN 21 (Green Bay) - The tallest player ever to complete at the University of Arkansas is John Freiberger, football end and basketball center, whose name appears on the draft list of the Green Bay Packers and who is expected to take a crack at professional football next fall. Freiberger hails from the little village of Point, Tex., and started his Arkansas career in 1937 by winning his freshman numerals at end. He has won three varsity letters at the same spot. The rangy wingman stands six feet eight inches in height and weighs 222 pounds. His basketball ability has helped him a lot in football, where he is an expert pass receiver. Arkansas led the nation in forward passing during the 1938 season and was second to Texas Christian in 1939. Both seasons Freiberger caught his share of passes thrown by Arkansas backs..OFTEN THREW LATERALS: While his specialty is catching short passes just over the line, often followed by laterals, he did catch a 47-yarder against T.C.U. at Fort Worth in 1938 as a sophomore. He also is a great defensive flanker and has a flaming competitive spirit. Freiberger is a senior in the college of agriculture and will receive his degree in June. He is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and belongs to half a dozen campus honor organizations, being probably the most popular athlete in school. He frequently accompanies members of the coaching staff to alumni gatherings, high school football banquets and the line, because he explains the football movies, and his slow southern drawl and pleasing personality go over big everywhere...DOESN'T USE FIRST NAME: His full name is Perry John Freiberger, but he never uses the first handle. To his teammates he is known as "Papa John" because he fathers them on the trips. Most sportswriters of the Southwest call him "Treetop" Freiberger. The prospective Packer end is coached by W.J. Lemke, a former Badger who once wrote sports for the Wausau Record-Herald.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JAN 21 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers is back from California, and he has talked with a lot of football players since he headed west to witness the East-West All-Star game, but there probably won't be any immediate contract announcements. Curly picked up a lot of gridiron gossip on the coast, got some lines of Packer draftees, and said that his next immediate task will be to discuss terms with George Paskvan, University of Wisconsin powerhouse whose name rests on the Green Bay draft list. "Nick Drahos, the all-America tackle from Cornell, got most of the honors," Curly reported, "but on the coast the East-West coaches through that Mike Enich, Iowa tackle drafted by the Packers, is the better prospect of the two. Enich is solidly built, and probably will play guard here, if he signs, which we think he will. Both Coaches Andy Kerr and Bernie Bierman believe that he would be as effective in professional football as a guard than as a tackle." Curly had a lot to say about Ed Frutig, Michigan's great end. "You write these men, and you see pictures of them, and you get information," he added, "but you have to talk to them and watch them work before you can get a true idea of their worth. Frutig is the clever type of end. His coaches said his pass receiving is heady, and he is able to maneuver around his opposition without having to crash through it. He's willing to play professional football, but he wants a year-round job to keep him busy during his offseason. This we are trying to get for him." Bill Telesmanic, the San Francisco U. end, had been a mainstay of his team for three years and is regarded as a likely pro player. Russ Letlow, Packer guard, recommends him highly. Telesmanic, who stands three inches over six feet and weighs 210, was just one day too young to register for the national draft. Lambeau also bumped into many friendly phrases regarding Tony Canadeo, Gonzaga back drafted by the Packers. "Several coast players told me," the Packer coach said, "that Canadeo was the hardest tackler they ever encountered." Ed Heffernan, St. Mary's back, turned out to be a fine forward passer. He weighs 192 pounds and is willing to play in the National league. Curly also went overboard on Herman Rohrig, halfback of the University of Nebraska, who threw the Cornhuskers' second touchdown pass against Stanford in the Rose bowl. Rohrig was the shiftiest man his team showed against Stanford, despite a recent attack of the flu, which weakened him. He is rated the best goal kicker, passer and punter on the Nebraska roster. "John Freiberger, the Arkansas end we said measured six feet seven inches," Curly added, "isn't six feet seven at all. He's six feet eight and probably will be the tallest man in pro football next year, if he signs. I also likes the looks of Del Lyman, big left tackle of U.C.L.A., who has been an outstanding Pacific coach lineman for the past three years. Lyman has made no decision regarding pro football, but will let me know within three weeks, he said."
PACKERS' PROSPECT EARNED TITLE OF 'IRON MIKE' ON IOWA FIELD
JAN 22 (Iowa City) - Iron Mike Enich, captain and right tackle of the 1940 University of Iowa football team, 1941 draftee of the Green Bay Packers, has been a standout in the Hawkeye line since he was moved from the backfield in midseason of 1938. His name, incidentally, is pronounced EE-nick, with the accent on the first syllable. He is believed to be interested in professional football, and recently conferred with Coach Curly Lambeau on the west coast. In 1939, when Iowa became the "Cinderella team" of the nation, Enich played 60 minutes against Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, Minnesota and Northwestern. He was named on Collier's all-western team. And in 1940, he played 397 minutes out of a possible 420 in the major games, going full time against Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Notre Dame, 58 minutes against Illinois, 57 against Purdue, and 42 against Wisconsin. He broke his nose in the Wisconsin game and missed slightly more than a quarter...GOOD STAYING QUALITIES: He was given the name of Iron Mike because of his remarkable staying qualities as a member of the Iowa Iron Men of 1939. Of 24 games in three seasons, Enich was a full timer in 10 of them. In some of the games, Enich made fully 50 percent of the tackles, beat the ends downfield under punts, and otherwise did everything expected of a fine tackle. Enich was extremely difficult to take out of any play, being adept at both offense and defense. He was an excellent tackler, quick at solving plays, and a fine team leader who inspired by his deeds rather than by words. A 205-pounder, Enich was adept at recovering fumbles. Against Notre Dame he grabbed Piepul's fumble out of the air and ran 40 yards to midfield, breaking up the Irish threat inside Iowa's 10-yard line. He blocked two punts in the 1939 Purdue game, which led to Iowa's winning safeties, 4-0...SON OF SERBIANS: Enich is the son of Serbian parents. He is from Boone, Ia., where his father is a railroad worker. Mike is six feet tall and was 22 last fall. In high school at Boone, Enich was an all-state fullback. He was a fullback and quarterback at Iowa during the first half of his sophomore season (1938), then was shifted to tackle to fill in for an injured player. So rapidly did he adapt to that position, that he stayed there through the remainder of his college career. The Iowa captain became known as a players' player. He is the type who does everything right. Mike knew the assignment of every man and could cooly straighten out any football situation. The boy has real brains, although he does not talk a lot or parade his knowledge of the game...GETS HIGH MARKS: He is a good student, too, receiving the grades of A in two courses, B in six courses, and never has dropped below C. He is majoring in economics and plans a career in some business field. Enrolled in the college of liberal arts, Enich lives at the Quadrangle men's dormitory. He is a member of A.F.I., senior men's honorary organization, but did not join a social fraternity. He has two brothers and three sisters. Dancing and music are his favorite recreations and meat and potatoes is his favorite food. The Iowan in 1940 was named by Bill Stern on Life magazine's second all-American team and also was picked on the second team by United Press. His teammates selected him in 1940 as the most valuable player. He played 17 minutes in the East-West charity game at San Francisco Jan. 1.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JAN 22 (Green Bay) - There will be an all-out emphasis upon spirit when the Green Bay Packers dive into their 1941 schedule, if the type of new candidate for the team can be taken as an indication. Coach Curly Lambeau, who just back from his annual trek to California and intermediate parts, is a great believer in the importance of contracting an individual personally before putting his name on the dotted line. In a great many cases of course, this isn't possible, but whenever it is, Curly makes it a point to drop in on the draftee or prospect. "For 1941, I want the type of player who shows spirit," he said yesterday. "It is true that I am disappointed to date in some of the men we drew on our 1941 draft list, but on the other hand I am elated over others. The annual draft total of 20 usually simmers down to seven or less, and I anticipate that there are about that many on our present list who should make us good material for next fall." The Packers won't have to worry about preparing for an All-Star game this summer. The Chicago Bears can do that, and can attempt to crack the lengthening jinx which decrees that no National league champion can emerge from the Chicago stadium struggle and successfully hold its crown. The Packers can dig right into their league schedule, aiming to recapture, against the strongest opposition, the title which slipped from their grasp in 1940. While on the coast Lambeau dropped into to see the Los Angeles Bulldogs play the Hollywood Bears for the Pacific Coast league championship, a bitter fight which the Bulldogs won, 16 to 14. "Bears had the better personnel," quoth Curly, "but they lacked the Bulldogs' will to win."
BIG PASSING, DEFENSIVE STAR IS ED HEFFERNAN OF ST. MARY
JAN 23 (St. Mary's College, CA) - A forward passing halfback who ranked among the best in the nation during 1940 may appear with the Green Bay Packers next fall, if Ed Heffernan of St. Mary's college comes to terms with the National league team's management. Heffernan played left halfback for the St. Mary's varsity during the past three years, and participated in better than 40 minutes of play during every game he played during that period...THREW NINE IN ROW: There have been many highlights in his career. The first came when he was a sophomore, and threw nine straight strikes against the Santa Clara varsity to defeat the Broncos for the first time in three years. His major performance was reserved for last season, when as captain of the St. Mary team he hurled the winning touchdown pass against Fordham at New York, pegging the ball while on the dead run...MAKES HONOR ROLL: Heffernan's kicking has been average, but his blocking and defensive play have been far above that standard. Aside from playing football, he has been on the college honor roll every year since he entered, and next June will receive a degree in bachelor of science and economics of business administration. Heffernan is regarded by Coach Norman (Red) Strader as one of the greatest backs to graduate from St. Mary in a long time. He weighs 190 pounds, measures an even six feet in height and is 20 years old. As a prep player he starred with Bakersfield High school in California, winning all-state honors.
MILWAUKEE CHIEFS INCREASE CAPITAL STOCK TO $30,000
JAN 24 (Milwaukee) - An increase of the capital stock of the Milwaukee Chiefs to $30,000 has been allowed by the Wisconsin Securities Commission, officials of the American League football club announced today. Seven teams have been named to sell stock at $5 a share. Owners of the old $20 shares will receive four shares of the new issue. The Wauwatosa State Bank has been set up as trustee for the Chiefs. If $18,000 is realized on sale of the stock the club will go forward on this capital investment plus approximately $7,000 now in the club treasury. If $18,000 is not realized, all the stock money will be refunded. Payment of league dues, retirement of present obligations and posting of $9,000 to insure completion of the scheduled 1941 games is contemplated with part of the stock money.
DURABLE ED FRUTIG POPULAR MEMBER OF MICHIGAN TEAM
JAN 24 (Ann Arbor, MI) - If Ed Frutig, crack University of Michigan wingman, signs this season with the Green Bay Packers, that National league eleven will possess one of the greatest ends in 1940 collegiate football. Only 21 years old, measuring six feet one inch, and weighing 185 pounds, Frutig has made a name for himself as equal to any of Michigan's famous flankers. During his senior year he received 12 forward passes for 181 yards, intercepted one toss for a 26-yard return, scored three touchdowns and blocked six punts. On at least four occasions punts blocked by Frutig came a crucial times in the game and were followed immediately by Michigan touchdowns. Scholastically, he switched from physical education to journalism at the end of his sophomore year...MILD PREP CAREER: After what has been termed a "mediocre" career as an end on the River Rouge, Michigan, high school football team, Frutig entered Michigan and reported for the freshmen football team. His height and weight weren't of the quality necessary for college football, the coaches believed, and they failed to recognize his ability, not even giving him numerals. As a freshman footballer he was a member of the physical education squad that numbered but 15 players. Undaunted, Ed reported for the varsity the next fall and again failed to make the grade because he still was too small and light for college football. Although he possessed a great competitive spirit, the coaching staff didn't feel that this would offset what he lacked physically. Again as a junior he reported for the football team after having made splendid showings in the previous spring drills, and for the first part of the season got but slightly more attention than had been accorded him previously. However, near midseason he broke into the lineup and his stellar play both on offense and defense won him a starting berth which he never relinquished. His uncanny talent for snaring pases under difficult circumstances and brilliant defensive play made him a valuable asset to the team. At the conclusion of his junior year he was further honored by being selected on numerous all conference teams...BOTHERED BY INJURY: At this juncture, when scholastically he should have been a senior, Frutig still had two years of competition under the Big Ten eligibility rules. From the beginning of the season he was regarded as one of the finest flankers in the league and certainly lived up to that reputation throughout the season. Despite an injury which forced him out of the last two games, Frutig repeated on many of the mythical conference honor teams. He was regarded as one of the best pass receivers and finest defensive players since the immortal Bernie Oosterbaan, who incidentally is his present mentor. He was overshadowed somewhat during his last year of eligibility because of the presence of Tom Harmon, who garnered all the press notices for his excellent play. Despite the fact that Harmon stole the spotlight, Frutig nevertheless was one of the finest players in the Michigan lineup. His remarkable personality and quick wit made him one of the most popular players on the team, both with the coaches and the players. This, his senior year, climaxed one of the most amazing success stories ever written into the Michigan gridiron books. At the conclusion of the season he was chosen one of the best ends in the Midwest and received recognition on many all-American teams. He was one of the most durable players on the team and in at least five contests went the entire 60 minutes.
FINEST END OF COAST, TITLE GIVEN TELESMANIC OF S.F.U
JAN 24 (San Francisco) - When the Green Bay Packers launch their drills for the 1941 football season late next summer, West Coast fans will not be surprised if rangy Bill Telesmanic, University of San Francisco end, is among those present. They will be less surprised if this same individual remains as a member of the National league squad throughout the season. Telesmanic has sold himself thoroughly to the area which sent Packer Russell Letlow to the Packers...FINEST END ON COAST: During the 1940 season he proved to be the finest end on the Pacific coast. He is a personable young man with a lot of hustle and plenty of will to win. In addition to being a football player of outstanding ability, he is an excellent first baseman on the baseball team, and a good basketball player, where he stars at center. Receiving the unanimous vote of his teammates at the end of last season, Telesmanic was voted the coveted Boyle Loyalty medal, gift of William S. Boyd, San Francisco '07, presented annually to the U.S.F. football player who by his conduct on the field has been the source of most inspiration to his mates. Telesmanic goes well over 200 pounds in weight, and is a famous pass receiver. He has indicated that he is willing to play professional football. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers was given a tip on his ability from Green Bay guard Letlow, who never played with Telesmanic but is familiar with the end's accomplishments.
LARGEST BACK ON HOLY CROSS SQUAD IS GREEN BAY DRAFTEE
JAN 28 (Worcester, MA) - Pounding through his third consecutive football season for Holy Cross university last fall was 215-pound Bruno Malinowski, drawn by the Green Bay Packers on their 1941 draft list. Malinowski has not signified his intentions towards a professional football career, but his friends and fans think he is an outstanding prospect, from the standpoint of physical power alone. He stands two inches above six feet, and packs his 215 pounds on a hefty frame...LARGEST ON SQUAD: Malinowski was the largest back on the Holy Cross squad last fall, and one of the most effective. Possessing big, powerful legs, he was difficult to tackle, and a strong punter. He kicked with the left foot, and was one of the best long distance boosters in college circles during 1940. He also played right field on the varsity baseball team. Holy Cross rode through a tough schedule, which included games with Louisiana State, Carnegie Tech, New York university, Brown, Colgate, Mississippi, Temple, Manhattan and Boston college.