NEWS AND NOTES
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 13 (Green Bay) - Things came to pass at State Fair park here Sunday just as Coach E.L. Lambeau said they would, and as Packer fans all over the state and Upper Michigan hoped they would. The football playing field had been dried off, a welcome contrast to the fertilizer laden gridiron of a week ago. the Packers found footing. Just as the coach predicted, the Dodgers were unable to hold them. Thrills aplenty marked the Packers' 30 to 7 victory. After Don Hutson scored the first touchdown early in the first quarter, Brooklyn never really was in the running. But it remained for Andy Uram, the veteran from Minnesota, to provide the crowd of 15,621 with its greatest thrill. His 90-yard touchdown return of Dean McAdams' punt brought them all out of their seats - even Dan Topping, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who was perched on the roof of the stands with the motion picture camera operators. Yes, Uram's run caused hearts to palpitate faster than anything else, and the highlight of the spectacular play was Hal Van Every's double block that helped make it possible. Van Every made his first block per assignment. Then he got up for a second successful block as the Packer wave rolled downfield. Rhoten Shetley was the final threat to Uram's touchdown intentions. On the 40-yard line Andy faked, and then swept Shetley as if he wasn't there at all. On the whole, Coach Lambeau was pleased with all the blocking, the running and the passing. Cecil Isbell completed 12 out of 15. Eight of them were caught by Don Hutson. Pretty fair country tossing, that. It was the unanimous opinion of the coaches, scribes and fans that the Packers were better in all departments Sunday than they have been all year. "We reached our peak to date," Coach Lambeau admitted afterward. "But we can improve and we should improve. We still are not satisfied. The boys know that we can be even better than we were today, and I know that they are going out to try." The coach hesitated for only a fraction of a minute. Then he said, "We are capable of winning every ball games of the rest of our schedule. It will required great effort, and personal sacrifices. But there isn't the slightest doubt in my mind that we can do it." And that, boys and girls, included a little engagement with the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field Nov. 2. Watching the Packers perform Sunday gave credence to Lambeau's statements. Certainly Don Hutson never looked better. Isbell's fine pitching and field generalship matched anything the league has to offer. In the line, Charlie Schultz, recovered from illness of a week ago, sparked at right tackle. Pete Tinsley, who seems to thrive on work, started at right guard and turned in one of his best Packer performances. And Big Beeler Svendsen was a shining light at center, eclipsing even the brilliance of his brother, Brooklyn's Little Beeler Svendsen. George Paskvan's hard running at fullback was another noteworthy example of Packer power. Among the blockers, Larry Buhler should not be overlooked. No, I didn't forget Clarke Hinkle. Doing less ball carrying than usual, Hink distinguished himself blocking and backing up the line. The ever-reliable fullback is a real team player, and this season he has improved with every game. One of the great revelations of the game was the play of Bill Johnson at right tackle. Bill, who played end for Minnesota last year, was returned to the Packers active list last week simultaneous with the release of Mike Bucchineri. It was a surprise to almost everybody in the stands when he turned up at tackle, but there was no doubting the merit of the coaches' decision to play him there. Johnson crashed through with the abandon that makes either great football players or hospital exhibits. One of the men who played with him in the line later said, "He'll kill somebody, if he doesn't kill himself first." Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it gives you the general idea. Parents and other relatives of players have climbed on the Green Bay bandwagon in a big way. A week ago Hal Van Every's parents were at Milwaukee for the Cardinals game. Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. George Svendsen, Sr., and a large delegation of other Minnesotans were on hand. All the way from Nashville, Tenn., came Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Ray, the mother and father of Baby Ray, Sr., Mrs. W.F. Ray, Baby's sister-in-law, and Miss Louise Ray, his sister. Mrs. Joseph Burns, also of Nashville, has been visiting her daughter who is Mrs. Baby Ray...BILL LEE'S BROTHER: Eutaw, Ala., was represented by Sheriff Frank Lee, brother of Packer Bill Lee. It is Frank's first taste of Green Bay, although he has been familiar with this city's football for many years. Beside these folks, there are the Milwaukee relatives of Buckets Goldenberg and Eddie Jankowski who don't miss many in Green Bay, Milwaukee or Chicago. Pappy Ray makes the Green Bay trip an annual vacation trip now. Baby says, "He works on the farm all year, and then picks a football game for his vacation. He takes in one every year. Last year it was Detroit, the year before that was in Cleveland." The Milwaukee Road was compelled to hold its train for the Packers. Because of the rush from State Fair park to Union station, I missed seeing Dr. John Bain (Jock) Sutherland, coach of the Dodgers afterwards. But I did talk to him beforehand. He thought he was going to win. As a matter of fact, he probably entertained no more thoughts about Brooklyn losing than Lambeau did about a Packer defeat....WORST SUTHERLAND DEFEAT: Somebody reported that it was the greatest loss ever suffered by a Sutherland coached team. There has been no time to verify that statement, but the 23-point margin of Packer victory was a bitter poll for the wily Scot. Nothing of the defeatist is in the Sutherland makeup. For example, Saturday, being facetious, Jimmy Conzelman was quoted as saying that he was undecided whether to show up at Wrigley field for the Bear game, or go fishing. He added that he doesn't like fishing. In view of the Cards' 53 to 7 defeat he might just as well taken to the lakes and streams regardless. But nobody could imagine Sutherland saying anything like that. He was out to beat the Packers, and so were his ball players. This was to be their championship year. At least, so they thought. Dan Topping has made a large investment in his football machine. Sutherland has handpicked the players. They needed a victory Sunday to stay in the Eastern division championship race. Sunday morning Topping came over to the Schroeder hotel from Brooklyn headquarters in the Ambassador. He was in extraordinary spirits for a man whose football team was going out to play the Packers. He was optimistic, and justified his feeling with the comment, "We have to win this one."...PACKERS ALSO DETERMINED: The attitude was laudable; the kind that has helped to develop National league football to its present high plane. It reflected the determination of the entire Brooklyn organization. Where it missed fire was in that the Packers were being considered only a team that had to be beaten in the Dodgers' quest for a championship, not as a team that had title aspirations of its own. When the game was over, Lambeau was informed of Topping's statement. "Hell," he said, "we had to win, too." So it simmered down to the question of which of the "have to win" teams was better. That's all settled now. Mrs. Topping, the redoubtable Sonja Henie, was not at the game. Dan explained that it was necessary for her to remain in New York. But the motion picture industry was represented by actor William Frawley, the detective of countless movies, who was in Dan Topping's party. Frawley's position was strange. On the coast he and Curly Lambeau became warm friends. Still, he was in the Brooklyn party. With due deference to his host, he diplomatically stated, "I am very friendly to the Packers, but I want Brooklyn to win today." The actor - one of the most personable spotlighted men I have met since Paul Whiteman - stirred the ice in his coke, and added: "Nuts! They're both good teams."...MONTAGUE THERE TOO: John Montague, much publicized trick shot golfer and "mystery man" of Hollywood, also was in the Topping part. He too is a friend of Lambeau and while he professed allegiance to the Dodgers, the big fellow obviously had no little affection for the Packers. "Usually the better team wins," he remarked. "Let's hope that happens today." Thus, Golfer Montague, who now is a Chicago businessman with a home in Hollywood, rode with a winner without going out on a limb for either side. He may have meant Brooklyn when he spoke of "the better team", but he didn't say so. In addition to the celebrities, Dodger support came from five typical Brooklynites who drove all the way from Flatbush, with horns and drums, to cheer the team on. By their own admission in the names they gave out, in the native dialect known as Brooklynese, four out of five were jerks. Louis (Jerk) Muganero was one. Jerky Joe Matera was another. The leader of the mob termed himself King Jerk John Venezia, and a fourth was Jerky Frank Spanio. The fifth must have been outside the pale. He was lust plain Milton J. Cohen. Explaining their long trip in an automobile of questionable durability, a spokesman for the jerks declared, "You can change almost anything. You can change the love of a man's. But there's one love you can never change. That's the love for Brooklyn." The jerks left Flatbush Thursday morning...ALL FOR PACKERS: Marcy McGuire, singer recently of Kansas City and Chicago, turned up at the game in the role of Packer rooter. In Chicago she was one of the innumerable fans having no action connection with Green Bay who turn out at Packer-Bear games and cheer for the Packers. "No matter where I live, the Packers are my team," she said. It's an unusual psychology, but understandable to those who have followed the fortunes of the most colorful team of all. Chick Van Ess, Green Bay follower of all sports, wandered over to the Ambassador hotel to have a meal with the Brooklyn football team. It's not quite clear just where his connection came in, but it probably has something to do with his trip to the Packer-All Pro game on the coast season before last. Chick met just about everyone who meant anything in the league on that trip...DILLON DOESN'T MISS: Others seem to follow the team pretty much wherever it goes in the western division. Fred Dillon, former St. Norbert player and a member of the De Pere police force, is one of these. Fred usually makes a weekend of it, getting in ahead of time to answer all opposition arguments and to back his hand with an occasional bet it it's within reason. Jimmy Kimberly of Neenah moved ahead of Don Larson as the Packers No. 1 fan this week. Jimmy made the game while Don was compelled to go to Cleveland on business, and the official scorekeeper now reports Kimberly almost a lap ahead. Three of the Packers went to the hospital upon their return to Green Bay. Carl Mulleneaux was expected to remain a few days. Somebody stepped on the calf of his left leg. Carl was the hard luck boy of the game. Once he caught a touchdown pass in the end zone, only to have the play recalled and the Packers penalized. Another touchdown possibility for Carl went askew on a fumble. Carl was in the clear, yards beyond the ball. But the ball was bouncing around the ground in the Packer backfield...STITCH IN LIP: Tony Canadeo, who made his third Packer touchdown, had to visit the hospital to have a stitch put in his lip, and Bill Lee required stitches for cuts on the face.
BULLIES DEFEAT CHIEFS
OCT 13 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Chiefs fought a brilliant but
losing battle with the Columbus Bulls today. The final score was
14-7. Coach Tiny Cahoon's Chiefs battled the Bulls, American
loop leaders, to the finish and were in there fighting as the final
gun sounded. A crowd of 6,300 attended. Coach Phil Bucklew's
eleven held a 7-0 lead at half time. A 61-yard pass from Bob
(Twenty Grand) Davis to Nels Peterson, placed the ball on the
Chief 24. Two passes were incomplete but the Davis to Peterson
combination worked again and the latter was dropped on the 10
for a first down. On the first play, Davis jackrabitted through the
right side of the Chief line for a score. Jack LaBay converted. The
Bulls, at the start of the second half, marched to the Chiefs' 10
yard marker, but Davis fumbled and Earl Ohlgren, who played a
magnificent game at end, recovered on the 15. After the Chiefs
failed to gain through the line, Obbie Novakofski dropped back to
punt. Guard Nick Kerasiotis broke through and blocked the attempt, recovering himself on the 12. For three plays the Chiefs held for little or no gain, but again the flashy Davis raced between off right tackle to score. LaBay again converted. The Bulls kicked off and three plays thereafter little Johnny Maltsch flipped a short pass to Bob Temple, who lateraled to Phil Manders, who raced 40 yards for a touchdown. The play netted the Chiefs 69 yards. Bob Eckl split the uprights, making it 14-7. Cahoon's warriors had another fine chance to score when Ohlgren smacked Joe Aleskus on the Columbus 21-yard line, forcing him to fumble. Eckl recovered at that point as the quarter ended. A pass, Novakofski to Howie Weiss, made it first down on the Bulls' 5. Three line plays failed and Eckl's attempted field goal was blocked by Rocco Spadacinni. Milton Merka, smashing halfback, and Connie Mack Berry, end, were forced out by injuries in the first half. Cahoon's team looked more like the Chiefs of old, even while losing.
THERE MAY NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE DON HUTSON
OCT 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - Jock Sutherland, a dour Scot if there ever was one, was striding across the field Sunday. He had just seen his Brooklyn Dodgers, a good, tough, resourceful football team, take a 30 to 7 licking from the Green Bay Packers. He was fuming over the last touchdown - a gift to the Packers on a pass which never had a chance for anything but interception. "What did you think of Hutson?" we asked. "He's the best I ever did see!" replied Sutherland. "There has never been another like him. It's hard to say just what makes him so good - physical coordination,
instinct, speed, change of pace - he just gets there and
catches the ball. There's nothing you can do about it. He
had speed we couldn't match." "A good college coach
told us Hutson could be stopped," we said. "Humph!"
snorted Sutherland. "He never tried it!" That is tribute
from one of the greatest coaches the game's produced..
.A FIELD DAY: The crowd of 15,000 who saw Sunday's
game got more than their money's worth. Not only did
they see a corking good game, despite the score; they
can tell their grandchildren that they saw the famous
Don Hutson have his biggest day. It was a field day,
indeed, for the Alabama star. He caught right passes
and missed only two, which were over his head. The
eight he caught were good for 113 yards. Two of the
Packers' four touchdowns were personal triumphs for
the irrepressible Hutson. The first was made on a 44
yard drive in the first quarter - 44 yards on three passes
Hutson started it with a catch for 15 yards and speared
another for 32 and the touchdown. Between these,
Riddick caught one for seven. The third touchdown was
all Hutson, in the third quarter. He caught a pass for 32
yards. Hutson caught another for seven yards and a
third for 12. Everybody in the stands and on the field
knew it would be Hutson again on that third pitch, but
all the Dodgers could do was keep him from running after he caught the ball. Then it was Hutson on an end around for 18 more and the touchdown. He even added the point after, but the Packers had to kick again after a 15 yard penalty and Hutson does not kick from any distance so Hinkle added the point...GIVE ISBELL CREDIT: Hutson's eight completions Sunday gave him a record for the second of 23 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Great as Don is, much credit must be given Cecil Isbell. The former Purdue star is an ideal passer for Hutson. He is a great passer and one of the things which makes Hutson look so good is the way Isbell "leads" him. That enables Don to coast along with the two opponents who invariably are guarding him, then suddenly draw away with a burst of speed and get to the ball just in time. Isbell's record is brilliant, too. Sunday, he completed 12 out of 15 passes. Besides the eight Hutson caught, Brock pulled down two and Riddick and Rohrig, one each. For the season, Isbell has completed 44 out of 76 passes, four for touchdowns, and his passes have gained 535 yards. Curly Lambeau is not a very religious man but it would not surprise us at all if he got down on his knees every night and prayed for Hutson's health and well-being. A broken leg for the loose jointed Alabaman would be a catastrophe for the Packers.
HUTSON LEADS SCORING GROUP
OCT 14 (Chicago) - Don Hutson, Green Bay Packer
flankman, who topped the NFL scorers last year, tops
the circuit after five games. He scored 13 points against
Brooklyn Sunday to run his total to 32. Close behind
are his teammate, Clark Hinkle, and New York's Ward
Cuff, last week's pacesetter. Hutson and Cuff have
kicked the most points after touchdowns, eight apiece.
Hinkle's three field goals give him the lead in that department.
HIGH-SPIRITED, SERIOUS-MINDED PACKERS POINTING FOR CLEVELAND
OCT 14 (Green Bay) - A squad of high-spirited, serious-minded Green Bay Packers returned to the practice field today, anxious to stay in the running for the Western division championship of the NFL. With a record of four victories and one defeat, the Packers remain the only team likely to head off the Chicago Bears, who are leading the Western division with three straight wins. All of the other teams have been beaten at least once...GOING TO CLEVELAND: The Packers will leave Wisconsin for the first time this season when they go to Cleveland to battle the Rams next Sunday afternoon. In a previous meeting at Milwaukee, Sept. 21, the Packers trounced the Rams by 24 to 7. A meeting at 9 o'clock this morning gave the squad a chance to study the motion pictures from Sunday's game in Milwaukee, when the Packers trimmed the Brooklyn Dodgers, 30 to 7. Field practice followed the session. Coach Curly Lambeau always discovers important angles from the motion pictures. Drills during the week will be based partly upon the notes Lambeau made this morning. Two practice sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, and two more for Thursday. Tapering off drill will occupy the squad Friday morning...FINALLY HIT STRIDE: Last Sunday against the Dodgers the Packers finally hit their stride. Every department showed improvement, although it was the passing from Cecil Isbell to Don Hutson that was most spectacular. Lambeau isn't satisfied, however, that the team has yet reached its peak. "The boys are going to work hard every day, because they want to win just as much as any of the fans." The coach said he was pleased at the squad's "fire" and enthusiasm against the Dodgers. Several players did not meet Monday, the lame legs and shoulders were not tested until today. Hutson, the National league's leading scorer last season, again is holding first place this season. He scored 13 points against Brooklyn Sunday to run his five-game total to 32 points. Close behind are his teammate, Clarke Hinkle, with 29 points and New York's Ward Cuff, with 26...KICKED MOST POINTS: Hutson and Cuff have kicked the most points after touchdowns, eight apiece, while Hinkle's three field goals give him the lead in that department. In summarizing the all-time records in the Press-Gazette Monday night, it was stated that "Hinkle's touchdown and field goal boosted his first place position on the Packer all-time list to 351 points." Obviously this was an error of transcriptions, since it should have read, "Hinkle's point after touchdown and field goal." The point total of 351 is correct.
PACKERS REVIVE HOPES THEY WILL 'PUSH' BEARS
OCT 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers did more than win another football game Sunday afternoon. They raised hopes, after a succession of spotty games, that they might have more than an outside chance at that in the return battle with the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field November 2. The smiling Belgian, Curly Lambeau (and he is smiling again after Sunday's victory), never admitted, of course, that they would have anything except an even chance the next time out. But the smiling Belgian was pretty much alone at first. Nobody who saw the Bears explode in the first game at Green Bay had quite the same idea. There was too much power, too much class in the Halas powerhouse. And until last Sunday's game, there was nothing in the play of the two teams to indicate that the idea was wrong no matter how Lambeau felt. Two weeks ago, the Bears slaughtered the Cleveland Rams, 48-21, and the Packers barely beat the Cardinals, 14-13. But Sunday, against Brooklyn, the picture started to change. The Packers performed like the Packers of old. They blocked marvelously, passed right to the button, tackled well. They were up on their toes, alert, sharp. And they not only won the game in a walk, but immediately raised hope that with football like this they would give the Bears one grand argument November 2 as Lambeau had maintained right along they would. Lambeau is one of the first to admit that Halas has put together one of the greatest teams in the history of the pro league. "When they turn on the pressure," he said after Sunday's game here, "there is no team going to stop them from getting three or four touchdowns. We're ready to give them three or four. But if we play as we did Sunday, we'll get three or four, too. We'll score just as often as they will and maybe a lot easier." When Lambeau speaks as he does, he has in mind, of course, football of the kind the Packers played Sunday. Anything else would not be enough. He concedes that the team has been inconsistent this fall, that often it was not "mad" enough to play the football of which it is capable. "We got a little fat in Green Bay," he continued. "We've tried to take things leisurely. Our mental attitude through most of the season hasn't been right. Sunday we hit our peak because for the first time it was right. The sour game against the Cardinals the week before and some of the things said about the team after the game woke up the boys. You saw what happened. And don't forget this: We'll be right for the Bears, too." As they played Sunday, the Packers may not beat the Bears, but they certainly will give them a terrific argument. Meanwhile, though, two other engagements occupy the team, and if there is any great letdown, they may prove troublesome. Sunday the Packers play the Rams in a return engagement in the municipal stadium at Cleveland. A week later they meet Detroit at Detroit. And then the Bears.
LIONS DRAFT MANAGER FOR FULLBACK JOB
OCT 14 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions, desperately in need of backfield talent for their NFL game Sunday against the Chicago Bears, today recruited their equipment manager as a fullback. Coach Bill Edwards announced that Steve Belichick, 190 pound dispenser of uniforms and towels, would henceforth be a candidate for the job held by Harry (Hippity) Hopp, formerly of Nebraska. Belichick played fullback at Western Reserve under Edwards. Edwards said the move was occasioned by injuries to backs Lloyd Cardwell and Ned Mathews. A deal with the Cleveland rams is reportedly being negotiated to acquire a Detroit wingback. Advancement of Belichick was said to be the first move of its kind in professional football since Arnie Herber graduated from clubhouse boy into a vital role with the Green Bay Packers.