Laws is working in the shipyards at Sturgeon Bay, but for the past several years he served as a physical education counsel for the NYA during the offseason. He is married and has three children. Kahler didn't quite make the grade with the Packers last season, but his work with the Long Island Indians have him valuable experience. Verne Lewellen, former Packer who coached the Indians, informed Lambeau that Bob really found himself during the latter part of the campaign. Married, and with a youngster in the family, Kahler apparently will not be called for military duty this year. He has been working in Seattle this summer, but will arrive here in time for the opening practice session. Speed and size are combined in Kahler's makeup. Despite his 200 pounds, distributed over a frame towering three and one-half inches over six feet, he can run the full length of the field in ten seconds flat - wearing a regulation football uniform!...TIES HURDLES RECORD: At the University of Nebraska, Kahler tied the IC-3A 70-yard hurdles record of 8.6 seconds. he has been clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60 yard dash. Lambeau first was attracted to Kahler in the Rose Bowl game of Jan. 1, 1941. Although on the losing team, he was one of the stars. He is 25 years old. Kahler is the 25th player to sign a contract for the 1942 season.
PACKERS WILL LIKE MARQUETTE STADIUM SETUP
JUL 31 (Green Bay) - Playing the Western Army All-Stars in Marquette university stadium instead of State Fair park in Milwaukee is regarded as a highly satisfactory arrangement by the Green Bay Packers, even though the seating capacity is somewhat less. The Packers are scheduled to play the service team Sunday afternoon, Sept. 13. Marquette university is practically in the heart of Milwaukee, while State Fair park is out in a suburb. In view of the restrictions on transportation, fans will find the Hilltop field more convenient. The stadium is a neat setup, seating 28,000 - and no seats are beyond the five-year line. The Packers won't make any money on that game; if anything, they lose a little. They will be reimbursed for railroad fare, hotel and meals, but that is all they'll get. All proceeds above necessary expenses will go to the army relief fund as a contribution to the war effort. Coach Curly Lambeau wants to set right any fans who may regard this game, and any others that pro teams may play with service teams, as easy picking. Indeed, Curly has said that the servicemen should win if they are as strong on the gridiron as on paper. The team with the Packers are to meet in Milwaukee will come loaded with talent. It will feature some of the outstanding collegiate and professional gridders of the past several seasons. Moreover, Lambeau points out, the team will have one of the best coaches in the country in Major Wallace Wade, late of Duke university. Two non-league games, with Brooklyn and Washington, are hanging fire. The Brooklyn game would be played in the east Aug. 29, while the tilt with the Washington Redskins would come off the following weekend, Sept. 6 or 7, in Baltimore. The Baltimore game, for navy relief, is not much more than a rumor at this stage. Lambeau tried to get the Redskins to come here, but because of traveling connections this would conflict with their schedule. Aside from needing additional players to complete the squad, Lambeau is pretty well set for starting the season. The candidates will report Saturday, Aug,. 8, and will have their first workout on the following Sunday. Trainer Carl (Bud) Jorgensen has returned to work, and at present is supervising the cleaning and painting of the Packer quarters at City stadium. The Bluejay baseball team will use the facilities at East High school for the remainder of the season. Lambeau has assured himself that both the practice field and the playing field are in excellent condition. The stadium now seats about 25,000, an additional 1,600 seats having been installed under a WPA project late last fall.
FOOTBALL IS HERE - FIRST ROOKIE SHOWS UP
AUG 1 (Green Bay) - First of the Packer rookies to show up for the 1942 season is Ben Starrett, a chunky, broad-faced chap with a burning ambition to earn a permanent berth on Curly Lambeau's squad as a blocking back. He lost no time getting out to the practice field for some preliminary work, even though Lambeau is not asking the players to report until next Saturday. Starrett seems to be in fine shape, but he's so anxious to make good that he figures some rigorous calisthenics every day won't do him any harm. He was bothered a little by one of those summer colds, and he wants to make sure that he'll be in top condition when the practice grinds really gets underway. During the past several months Starrett has been working in a shipyard at Wilmington, Del, as a member of the launching crew. The job paid him pretty good money, and the work wasn't too hard, but he'd much rather play a nice, bruising game of football. Starrett claims he still has a great deal to learn, but he is no newcomer to professional football. In 1940, his first year out of college, he played with the San Francisco Packers. Part of last season he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, having been drawn in the NFL draft of the year before, and the rest of the season he played with the Wilmington Clippers. After playing four years of high school football at Santa Rose, Cal., Starrett went to St. Mary's college for two years. He then transferred to Louisiana State, continuing his work toward a degree in physical education. He still needs a few credits and hopes to pick them up soon. "I've always liked playing football, and certainly hope I make the grade with Green Bay," he declared on his arrival here. "It's my belief that pro ball far surpasses the college brand - better to watch and better to play, and I believe it is at its best with the Packers." Starrett saw the Packers play at Pittsburgh last season. That was right after the Steelers had released him, so he didn't get into the game. The only member of the Packer squad he knows personally is Mike Bucchianeri. Mike, a guard from Indiana, was severely injured here early last fall, but managed to play with the Clippers the latter part of the season, so the two became teammates. Starrett has few interests outside of football - and collecting pennies. He left the pennies back in Wilmington; they're too heavy to lug around.
PRO FOOTBALL SEASON AT HAND; PRACTICE OPENS MONDAY FOR EAGLES; FIVE TEAMS DRILL IN STATE
AUG 2 (Chicago) - The July sheet came down off the calendar Saturday and there on the August page were red circles around the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th. The pro football season is here. On Monday the Philadelphia Eagles will beat the other nine NFL teams to work by setting up training camp at Two Rivers, Wis., with approximately 50 men due to report. Thursday the New York Giants will move into Superior, Wis., for the third year and Saturday the Green Bay Packers will answer Coach Curly Lambeau's whistle on their home field. They'll be followed on August 9 by the Detroit Lions, drilling at Charlevoix, Mich., and on August 10 the six other teams will begin the practice grind. The Chicago Bears, with their immediate objective the College All-Star game August 28 at Chicago's Soldier field, will drill at Delafield, Wis. The Washington Redskins will be at San Diego, Calif., the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hershey, Pa., the Brooklyn Dodgers at Hun school, Princeton, N.J., the Cleveland Rams at Hiram college, Hiram, O., and the Chicago Cardinals at Carroll college, Waukesha, Wis. The first days of August send George Halas and Lambeau and Steve Owen and all the rest into a frenzy over charts and signals and rosters. And with but one change the head coaching lineup in the pro league will be the same this year. The exception is at Brooklyn where Mike Getto has replaced Jock Sutherland. At Pittsburgh, where the 1941 coaching brigade changed almost as rapidly as the panorama of a fireworks display, Walter Kiesling will be back where he ended last season. Halas will again boss the two-in-a-row champion Bears. Jimmy Conzelman will direct the Cards, Lambeau the Packers, Earl "Dutch" Clark the Rams, Bill Edwards the Lions, Owen the Giants, Earle "Greasy" Neale the Eagles and Ray Flaherty the Redskins. With the exception of Washington which will train on the west coast for the second yard, the rest of the league will stay in the Midwest or East, the heaviest congestion being in Wisconsin where five teams will work out. The league season will officially open on September 13 when Philadelphia goes to Pittsburgh and Cleveland and the Chicago Cards clash at Buffalo. It ends with three games on December 6, after which the playoff between champions of the eastern and western divisions will be held.
PACKERS PLAN BENEFIT EXHIBITION
AUG 2 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L "Curly" Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said today verbal agreements had been made for Packer exhibition games at Brooklyn with the football Dodgers on August 29 and at Baltimore with the Washington Redskins September 6 or 7. Arrangements were made by telephone, Lambeau said, and he is awaiting contracts. He had he was not sure whether the Baltimore game would be played on Labor Day, September 7. Lambeau said he understood the games would be benefits for one of the military or naval relief services.
CANADEO, URAM DUE THIS WEEK FOR CONTRACT TALKS WITH LAMBEAU
AUG 4 (Green Bay) - Halfbacks Tony Canadeo and Andy Uram are headed for Green Bay and a contract session with Packer Coach Curly Lambeau. Uram expects to arrive Wednesday, while Canadeo is due to come in Thursday. Although Canadeo was reported to be dissatisfied with his contract, he is expected to sign after a meeting with Lambeau. Only three other regular backs are under contract - Cecil Isbell, Lou Brock and Joe Laws...START SECOND SEASON?: Provided they come to an agreement, Canadeo will be starting his second season, and Uram his fifth. Uram did his collegiate grid work at the University of Minnesota, and Canadeo was a star at Gonzaga. Lambeau has his desk cleared for a busy week, since a number of 1941 stars are expected in for conferences. Among the missing are Don Hutson, great pass snaring end and the NFL's most valuable player last year, and Harry Jacunski, also an end...16 ARE NEWCOMERS: The Cleveland Rams put Lambeau in an envious mood today when they announced that all of their players for the 1942 season have been signed. The Packers have 26 players under contract, but 16 of them are newcomers. The Green Bay squad will assemble at City stadium Saturday morning for a report meeting with the coaching staff. The gridders will plunge into their first drill Sunday. A number of players already have started working out at City stadium.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CLUBS OPEN PRACTICE SESSIONS
AUG 4 (Green Bay) - All teen members of the NFL will launch their practice sessions no later than next Monday, and a significant fact is that five of them will be headquartered in Wisconsin. That's a talking point for you Badger State boosters! The Packers, of course, will stay right here in Green Bay, Coach Curly Lambeau believing that is as good a place as any for the early season work. Visitors to Wisconsin will include the Chicago Bears at St. John's Military academy in Delafield, the New York Giants at Superior, the Chicago Cardinals at Carroll college in Waukesha, and the Philadelphia Eagles at Two Rivers. Washington's Redskins will leave the hustle and turmoil of the nation's capitol for a brief sojourn at San Diego, which is about as far as they can travel without leaving the continental limits of the United States. Other clubs will stay nearer home, the Detroit Lions going to a camp at Charlevoix, Mich., the Pittsburgh Steelers to Hershey, Pa., the Cleveland Rams to Hiram, Ohio, and the Brooklyn Dodgers to Princeton, N.J. First to start practice are the Philadelphia Eagles, at Wisconsin's coolest city. It has never been explained whether they go to Two Rivers to become inured to the frigidity of the National league cellar, since they often wind up in that position, or whether the cool temperature unfits them for the hear of the championship race. The Eagles opened practice Tuesday, and the New York Giants will put on their togs Thursday. Saturday the Bears will have their opening workout, and Sunday the Packers and Detroit get underway. The five other clubs have their initial practice sessions scheduled for next Monday. This year's squads will reveal the most sweeping changes in personnel since the National league was organized. Approximately 100 players of last season have entered the various branches of the armed forces, and a few others simply have retired from professional football. With 33 players permitted a club, that means nearly one-third of the veterans gone. A survey of National league forces will disclose, however, that most of the clubs will have their best men back. Unfortunately, this is not quite true of the Packers, although Curly Lambeau is confident that replacements will prove satisfactory. The Packers lead the circuit with 16 players - virtually half of last year's squad - in the armed forces. The champion Bears will have Clyde (Bulldog) Turner at center, Sid Luckman at quarterback and Bill Osmanski at fullback. Sammy Baugh is returning to Washington. Tuffy Leemans and Mel Hein still loom on the New York Giants' roster. One new coach appears this season, Mike Getto replacing Jock Sutherland at Brooklyn. Chile Walsh, an assistant under Jimmy Conzelman for the Chicago Cardinals last year, will work with for Dutch Clark at Cleveland. Bull Karcis, former New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steeler backfield star, is an assistant coach under Bill Edwards at Detroit. The change of most interest to Green Bay fans, naturally, is the addition of Eddie Kotal as backfield coach for the Packers. Kotal is an old Packer star, and is coming back after resigning his post as athletic director at Central State Teachers college in Stevens Point. George Berg, Green Bay East high basketball coach, replaces Kotal at Point. Coach Lambeau thinks the addition of a backfield coach will prove highly important this year. With a large crop of new material, Lambeau will have general supervision of the team, while Kotal will handle the backs and Red Smith will work with the linemen.