Every, and exchange his moleskins for olive drab. Outside of those boys, everyone was on hand, excepting only the several prospective Packers who are drilling with the College All-Stars at Evanston in anticipation of their tiff with the Chicago Bears at Soldier field Aug. 28. These include Ernie Panell, tackle; George Paskvan, fullback, and Herman Rohrig, halfback who have signed their Green Bay contracts; Ed Frutig, end, Bob Paffrath, quarterback, and Bob Saggau, halfback, who haven't. You're just as well qualified as anyone else to decide whether the men who made their first appearances on the practice field here yesterday are due to stick around for awhile. Nobody gave away anything vital, and all the spectators received free was a chance to look over the available talent, and determine for themselves who looks good and who doesn't...HAVE FINE SPIRIT: As to conditioning, the cheering can start any time. Even Dr. W.W. Kelly, squad physician, who rarely goes overboard about the team until after its first victory over the Bears (when and if), conceded that the Packers of 1941 show few indications of overweight. In addition, most of the first year men appear to have the flaming competitive spirit which the coach regards as the first important step to a football championship. You will like the looks of Bill Kuusisto, the ex-Minnesota guard, who carries the label of professional football stardom on his wide shoulders and powerful build. Kuusisto is blondish, genial and displayed a gratifying tendency for hard work. Confusing at first are Bob Kahler, the Nebraska back, and Bill Johnson, the Minnesota end, who look more than a little alike when they're standing together and probably will carry the resemblance a lot farther when they're in uniform. Both are rangy and lean, Kahler displaying speed and punting ability during the brief workout. Johnson was with the ends during the passing drill, but the workout was perfunctory and nobody had a chance to diplay the vital talents Green Bay seeks from its 1941 crop of new men. Del Lyman and Lee McLaughlin, big tackles from the opposite ends of the country, are prospects to watch. Both are large, rugged, active men, Lyman hailing from the University of California at Los Angeles and McLaughlin from the University of Virginia...LARGER THAN SWEDE: The latter bears a strong facial resemblance to Swede Johnson, former Green Bay full and quarterback, but is much larger. He shows a tendency to hustle and unless we're mistaken, packs a lot of fight. Lyman is a different type, being larger and more blond, but also is rugged and a worker. Henry Luebcke, a friendly, talkative guy who came from the Iowa campus to the Green Bay drill grounds, is the curiosity of the staff. Reportedly a 310-pounder, he shook the ground yesterday with a tonnage of 325, a lot of which will have to melt off before he can stand the poundage of the professional line. Luebcke really is big, although he can move around all right for a man of his bulk. One newcomer who attracts instant attention is Alex Urban, an end from South Carolina, whose frame is hard and whose gaze is level. Urban reported looking as tough as his reputation claimed him to be and had a strenuous afternoon at the wing position. Duke Abbruzzi is the Weenie Wilson of the 1941 squad, although he has hopes of remaining longer than that former Green Bay candidate. The Rhode Island State Italian showed speed to burn, and is shifty, although he is troubled a bit by a back ailment. Greyhaired Tony Canadeo was easily recognized as the brother of the famous Savior, who witnessed his first practice from the sidelines yesterday...WEIGHS 190 POUNDS: Canadeo is a lot younger than he looks. His prematurely grey locks earned him the tag of "The Grey Ghost of Gonzaga", but he had little opportunity to show his wares yesterday, merely carrying the ball perfunctorily a few times during signal drills. He reported weighing 190 pounds, as the training room scale proved, but he looks lighter. On the sidelines for a time was Verne Lewellen, recently appointed coach of the Long Island Indians, Packer farm team. Lewellen said he may leave Tuesday morning for the East, taking with him Chuck Sample, former Appleton High school and Toledo university fullback, who worked out with the Packers yesterday but will be a player of the Indians. Hinkle is the only player who can directly be regarded as a holdout. Smiley Johnson, guard; Ray Riddick, end; Larry Craig, blocking quarter; Arnold Herber, halfback, and Andy Uram, half, all are unsigned, but they were working out yesterday and have signified their willingness to talk. Herber wore a rubber shirt yesterday and is in the midst of a weight reduction campaign, which bids well to be successful. He is under 200 pounds already and sweating hard...ZARNAS NOT SIGNED: Gust Zarnas, guard, hasn't reported yet and is unsigned, but Lambeau expects he'll be wandering in some time this week. Practice was resumed today, and again was open to the public, but starting tomorrow the lid of secrecy will be clamped on the workouts as the Packers drill for their engagement with the New York Giants here Saturday night, Aug. 23. After that will be All-Star week, which this year involves the Packers only as spectators, and there will be no game for the Green Bay team over the Labor day weekend. Sunday, Sept. 7, they will meet the Philadelphia Eagles in a non-league game at Milwaukee, and then will plunge into their National league slate Sept. 14, facing the Detroit Lions here.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 11 (Green Bay) - Right now, this minute, is the time to let that dormant football feeling, which you've suppressed as useless during the off season interval, shoot up like a skyrocket and spread all over the place, because the Green Bay Packers, the biggest, most colorful, most widely publicized professional football team of all time is at work again. Days may yet be sultry and hot, and the temperature may crowd the upper reaches of the thermometer, but the foundation is being laid this week for the greatest entertainment the sports world provides - those crisp, cool autumn afternoons when the only major league city in America whose population isn't in the big league class will send its football warriors to battle against the best of them. Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Washington, Detroit, Pittsburgh - the biggest cities of the country - will storm the Green Bay redoubts or will attempt to hold fast against the Packer storm troops, and if the fiery Green Bay tradition of 23 years' duration still holds, they'll do well to hold the Wisconsin professionals even. Since last football season, the Green Bay spirit has been slumbering peacefully along, resting during the winter, calm enough for the spring months, undisturbed by the ebb and flow of a daily baseball season. But today things are different than they've been at any time since last December, for the Packers are united again, and they're working once more for a goal which is common among them, and you and the rest of us. Green Bay soared to the gridiron heights because the spirit behind its Packers was as explosive as dynamite, as competitive as the energy of the players themselves. We're on the threshold of another season. In less than two weeks, the mighty Giants of New York will be here, and while it's a non-league game, it nevertheless is a contest between the smallest and largest cities of football's greatest league, a concrete example of the place Green Bay occupies on the gridiron firmament. Tonight, as the Packers rest weary limbs and aching bodies from their first strenuous workouts, citizens of Green Bay will gather to formulate plans for the community's mightiest sale of season tickets - a campaign which, when carried to its expected success, will not only enable the Packers to stand firm in maintaining their home schedules, but will increase the home attractions, guaranteed only the needed support of the fans. If you're one who howled because the Packers didn't get five or six home league games for this fall, but who didn't see them play others than the Bears and Lions last year; if you're one who has cried "Milwaukee franchise", but didn't buy a 1940 season ticket because part of the schedule conflicted with the hunting season; if you're one of those who thinks it's an easy job to buck the giant bankrolls and vast attendance totals of the nation's biggest cities with a small community organization; then you more than anyone else should regard yourself as obligated to aid this drive with the purchase of a season ticket. This backing, and this alone, not only will keep the Packers in Green Bay, but will enable them to enlarge their schedule, play more rivals locally, improve in every way.
MILWAUKEE CHIEFS OPEN TRAINING ON AUG. 22
AUG 11 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Chiefs, of the American Professional Football league, will begin training at West Bend, 26 miles northwest of Milwaukee, on Aug. 22. Coach Ivan (Tiny) Cahoon said he expected to have 35 players signed before training begins.
PACKERS LAUNCH TICKET CAMPAIGN
AUG 12 (Green Bay) - The first salvo in what will be one of the shortest but most concentrated Packers season ticket drives in the team's history was fired last night as Packer directors met with representatives from more than 40 of Green Bay's leading industrial plants to discuss plans for the 1941 drive. The meeting took place in the supervisors' room of the courthouse. The drive this year will be short for the reason that the tickets include the Packer-New York Giant exhibition game to be played here the night of Aug. 23 - less than two weeks away. And it will be highly concentrated because of the fact that, in the words of Ralph Smith, committee chairman, "the Packers are in a good position financially, but nevertheless they are in a precarious position." Prices for season tickets, which include besides the Giant game the Detroit game Sept. 14, the Bear game Sept. 28 and the Cardinal game Nov. 16, all in Green Bay, are as follows: sections E,F,O,P, $9.90; sections D,G,M,Q, $7.70; sections C, H, J, L, R, $6.05; sections A, B, K, S, V, W, X, $4.40; and sections in the East end, $3.85. The main theme of the speakers last night was the difficulty the Packers are having in getting teams to come to Green Bay. President L.H. Joanne, who presided at the meeting, explained that while the crowds at the Bear and Detroit games are sufficient to keep those teams coming here, the crowds at all other games were such that teams were reluctant to come to Green Bay. "This problem is getting tougher all the time," Joannes said. "Teams like the Cardinals and the Cleveland Rams have found that they get much more in gate receipts when they play us in Milwaukee than they play in Green Bay. A large season ticket sale, however, acts as a sort of cushion to this situation. If the other teams in the league know that the fans here are buying season tickets, they'll be much less reluctant to come here."...WANT LARGE SALE: Later, Smith expressed the opinion, in which the other directors agreed, that "these teams would in fact rather come to Green Bay and play if we had a season ticket sale of 5,000 or more than go to Milwaukee and gamble on the receipts." In proving his point, Joannes explained the way in which the gate receipts are divided among the teams. Each team that comes here to play the Packers is given a guarantee of $5,000. It has, however, the alternative of taking 40 percent of the total receipts minus certain portions for the park and the league. The visitors, of course, take whichever is larger. The president then gave the following figures on attendance and gate receipts at Cardinal games since 1937 as an example of what he meant. In 1937 the Cardinals played in Green Bay, drew a crowd of 8,741, and took their guarantee of $5,000. In the same year, they played the Packers at Milwaukee, drew 15,197, and took home $7,500 as their share of receipts. In 1938 they played again at Milwaukee, and got $7,700. In 1939 they returned to Green Bay, drew only 10,780, and again had to be satisfied with the $5,000 guarantee. In a game at Milwaukee later that year, they drew 16,780, and took in $8,400. And in 1940 they played in Milwaukee and got $8,700...INVOLVES OTHER TEAMS: This situation also exists in regard to the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and other teams of mediocre drawing power, Joannes explained. A good season ticket sale, however, would boost the crowd at the Cardinal game here this year, and encourage them to come back next year, he said. An interesting sidelight at the meeting was the impromptu history of the Milwaukee game given by Coach Lambeau in answer to a question from the audience. "A few years ago, before the Packers started playing game at Milwaukee, there was a lot of talk around the league of making the Packers 'a traveling club', and eliminating their home games altogether. Then, however, we made our first experiment of playing at Milwaukee. The result was encouraging, and the other teams, seeing that we were making an effort to make our home games more profitable to them, stopped the talk about a 'traveling club'." Lambeau emphatically stated that there is "no possibility of the Packers ever leaving Green Bay." As to the number of games to be played in Green Bay, that, he said, will depend on the attendance at the ones there are now."...WINNING TEAM HELPS: "Of course, if we have a winning team, that will help things considerably," he added. "Er - what can you tell us now about the prospects for a winning team this year?" came a query from the audience. "We're just hoping the Bears will show up," was the quick reply. Spike Spachmann, ticket sales director, spoke briefly on the procedure of the sales in the plants. Among other things, he pointed out how persons who do not wish to go to the Giant game still will save by buying a season ticket. "For instance, in sections D, G, M and Q, the total for four games would be $9.90, and the season ticket costs only $7.70. One ticket for the Giant game costs $1.65; if a person bought only the tickets for the three regular games he would be paying $8.35; seventy-five cents more than the season ticket, which gives him all four games," he explained. At the close of the session the directors and representatives were met in the rotunda by the Packer Lumberjack band, which added a bit of spirit to the occasion by playing, "Go, You Packers, Go", "On, Wisconsin," and other fight songs.
PRO GRIDDERS ARE WORKING HARD
AUG 12 (Green Bay) - Further indications that Clarke Hinkle may not play for the Green Bay Packers this year, and sparkling performances by several players, emerged from yesterday's workout of the Green Bay Packers, second of the young drill season. Monday's practice was the last which was open to the public, Coach Curly Lambeau planning secret sessions for his future activities, currently pointing toward the invasion of the New York Giants Saturday night, Aug. 23. Nothing further has been heard from Hinkle, nine-year veterans of the Packers, since his conference with the coach broke off unsatisfactorily Saturday afternoon. Concerning him, Lambeau had this to say: "Hinkle has not reported and it is beginning to look as though he will not play with the Packers this season. Although we recognize Clarke's great contributions to the team in the past, we feel that he is unreasonable in his present demands, which are far out of line from what we possibly can offer him. If we gave in, a general readjustment of our whole salary schedule would be necessary, and that is impossible." Several other Packers haven't signed their contracts yet, but they are out working, and that gave the coach cause for satisfaction. "I can't get worried about the prospect of not signing a man who is out on the field twice daily, working his head off to get in condition and play with the Packers," he said. "As a matter of fact, we have been so busy with practice preparations the last few days that I have not had time to discuss terms with several of the men." As things stood today, guards Gust Zarnas and Smiley Johnson, end Ray Riddick, blocking quarterback Larry Craig, and halfbacks Andy Uram and Arnold Herber remained in the unsigned class, but all were in suits. Herber's problem involves the matter of excess poundage, and he is clipping off the weight in every workout. Only two or three of the men now are overweight. One of them, Russ Letlow, lost seven pounds in his first two workouts and is nearly down to playing size. He went almost to 250 during the summer, hits 225 now and is on his way down. Henry Luebcke's exact weight can't be determined because the training room sales do not go over 325 pounds, but the giant Iowa tackle is losing tons by the hour, and expects to get within measuring distance soon. Tony Canadeo, Gonzaga university fullback and halfback, shaped up as a better than average forward passer in yesterday's drill, and the punting of halfback Lou Brock was surprising, Lou consistently getting off towering kicks down the field. Canadeo and halfback Bob Kahler also did some good kicking. Herman Rohrig, the Packer back now with the College All-Stars, is known to be an outstanding punter, so Lambeau feels the Packers will be well fixed in that important department. Rain fell throughout the drill yesterday, but the team didn't halt its work for a minute. A squad meeting to discuss plays was held this morning, and two drills were scheduled thereafter, the Bays having all too little time before the invasion of the Giants a week from Saturday. Alex Urban has been assigned to left end, and Bill Johnson, the wingman from Minnesota, will play right end. Lee McLaughlin of Virginia has been placed at left tackle and Del Lyman, U.C.L.A., at right. Lambeau planned to do some moving about himself today, heading for Chicago to discuss terms with Ambrose Schindler, former U.S.C. halfback who was drafted last year and remains Green Bay property. Schindler coached in California last year, but has indicated he might like to take a whirl at professional football. He was a sensation in the 1940 All-Star game at Chicago.
CONNIE BERRY IS SIGNED BY CHIEFS
AUG 12 (Milwaukee) - Coach Tiny Cahoon announced today the signing of Connie Mack Berry, grid and basketball star, to play with the Milwaukee Chiefs professional football team. Mack, an end, played college football at North Carolina State. In the pro game, he played with the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Bengals in the American league and with the Cleveland Rams and Green Bay Packers in the National league. Mack stands six feet, three and one-half inches and weighs 210 pounds. He is exceptionally fast and rates as a good pass receiver. He played basketball last year with the Oshkosh All-Stars.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 12 (Green Bay) - Veteran officials of the Green Bay Packers said that last night's meeting of industrial representatives at the courthouse was just like old times, when the fans put their shoulders to the wheel and helped move the big gridiron machine along its national roadway. Certainly it has been several seasons since such enthusiasm has been shown in a mass meeting before the start of competition, and it's a good indication of the fans' awakening to the necessity of elevating the season ticket total for the purpose of maintaining a consistently attractive home schedule. It was brought out at the meeting, as it was previously, that the problem of the Packers isn't so much in maintaining a favorable financial balance in the treasury, which it has been doing since its reorganization of the early thirties, but in dealing successfully with the individual clubs and their owners. Thus it's fine to have near capacity crowds for the Bear and Lion games here, but that doesn't help a bit in convincing Tim Mara that his New York Giants should visit Green Bay, or in selling George Marshall on the matter of an invasion by the Redskins. You may say, "Why doesn't the league make those fellows play at Green Bay?" but the thought isn't bright. Let the league force one or two others to bring their expensive material to Northern Wisconsin at a smart loss and the clamor to eject the Packers from the National league would raise the roof of that venerable organization. Or would, if it had a roof. The obvious answer is the season ticket sale. Let fans purchase the tickets which not only will enable them to see the Bears and Lions against the Packers, but also will help fill up the vacant seats for the other games, and the matter of arranging games at the annual league meeting will be infinitely easier. The franchise is not leaving town. Who'd vote it anyway? As Curly Lambeau indicated last night - there'll always be the Packers.
PACKERS HAD 20 IN DRAFT BUT ONLY SEVEN RESPOND
AUG 13 (Green Bay) - It is an old saw in pro football that many are called each season, but few are chosen. Take the Packer draft list of last December, for instance, the list which first set Curly Lambeau off on the high road of such high hopes for 1941. Of the 20 collegians he drafted, only seven have been signed, and even they, with one or two exceptions, have no assurance of sticking when Lambeau finally wields the ax to reach the player limit of 33. Seven have signed - George Paskvan of Wisconsin, Ed Frutig of Michigan, Bill Kuusisto of Minnesota, Tony Canadeo of Gonzaga, Del Lyman of UCLA, Ernie Pannell of Texas Aggies and Herman Rohrig of Nebraska. And the others? Well, some are in or will shortly be in the army, others were passed up and still others passed up pro ball. Consider the list: Bob Paffrath of Minnesota - Passed up for the time being although if Bob Adkins joins the army, he may be signed. Bill Telesmanic of San Francisco - Ready for induction. Mike Byelene of Purdue - Present arms! Paul Hiemanz of Northwestern - Passed up pro ball. Mike Enich of Iowa - Here come the marines. Ed Heffernan of St. Mary's - "I'm in the army now." John Freiburger of Arkansas - Passed up pro ball. Bob Saggau of Notre Dame - Passed up pro ball although in a pinch he may be induced to change his mind. Heike Pukeman of Minnesota - One more year of college eligibility on a technicality. Bob Hayes of Toledo - Hobnailed boots instead of cleats. Jim Strasbaugh of Ohio State - Pro ball is too tough. Joe Bailey of Kentucky - Pass up pro ball. Bruno Malinowski of Holy Cross - Ditto. Seven out of 20. It is about the usual percentage of draftees who catch on. If it is not one thing which makes them hesitate about pro ball or pass it up all together, it is another. The percentage of about 30% is average. Incidentally, considering everything, the turnover of material in pro ball is slow - some think, too slow. It would be better for the boys themselves and even for the league, some argue, if a rule restricting competition in pro football to a fixed number of years. Harry Stuhldreher, who played pro ball himself, once suggested three. Others have suggested five or six. It is almost impossible to fix a hard and fast rule, of course, because individual cases differ, and the league has never officially considered the matter. But some restrictions might not be bad. A few of the pro football bums, if nothing else, would have been saved their rather sad fate, and the pro crowds some declining antics.