'SCOUT' TORINUS FINDS PACKER MATERIAL IN AUBURN-TECH GAME
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Scout John Torinus of the Green Bay Packers and a captain in Uncle Sam's army saw professional blood in the recent Auburn-Georgia Tech game, and advised Curly Lambeau to rush to a telegraph office in a letter from his post at Fort Benning,
Ga. Former Press-Gazette sports scribe and state
editor, Torinus points out Frankie Sinkwich of Tech and
Monk Gafford as a definite pro prospects. Although
Sinkwich is ticketed for the navy, Torinus says that
Lambeau can do well to lock him up for future years.
Gafford hasn't signed with the army or navy yet. Of
Sinkwich, Torinus says: "This boy can really pass and
run and kick. His forte is a quick start, which enables
him to slip through minor holes and really break away.
But his passing this year is better than his running and
he really comes close to Isbell in that department.
Throws the same way, bullets that hit the mark. And he
had five men on his neck every time he threw Saturday."
Of Gafford, Torinus says: "This boy, he isn't signed by
the army or navy yet, is good but not as versatile as
Sinkwich. He's just a runner but very fast and shifty,
especially good at sliding around ends, though." The
Fort Benning camp, Torinus says, has quite a letdown
when the Packer-Bear score came out in the papers.
So did Green Bay...FIRST TIME SINCE: For the first
time since the divisional system was adopted in 1933,
none of the closing day contests Sunday have any
bearing on the league's final alignment. The Chicago
Bears and Washington Redskins clinched their titles
two weeks ago...A BLOOMIN' GAME: This story has
drifted out of New York after the Giant-Packer game. It
seems some British Tars were guests at the game and
playing at their ends of the field, changed goals for the
start of the last quarter it was too much for them and
they up and left in a befuddled body. "Lord loves a duck,
but it's a bit beyond us," said one. "They play a bloomin
game called football at a place called a polo field (Polo
Grounds) where they're supposed to play a game
called baseball."..YARD RATIONING: Here's how Jimmy
Conzelman sums up his Chicago Cardinals football team: "We opened the season with high hopes and wound up with yard rationing. At the start we have had
18 bouncing boys. Most of them are still bouncing."...
BEST AIR DEFENSE: When the Steelers and Packers
meet at Milwaukee, the Green Bay team will be facing
the toughest passing defense squad in the league. The
Pittsburghers have allowed only 923 yards in the air.
The next best is 1,093 for Washington. Opponents have
made only 40 first downs by passing against Pittsburgh.
..THIS AND THAT: Don Hutson has scored 30 of the
Packers' 36 extra points this year. And two of those six
would have given Hutson a new record for extra boots
in one season. Of the Packers' 38 touchdowns, Hutson
had made 17 - all by catching passes. Tony Canadeo is
still the leading ground gainer on the Packer team, with
256 yards in 82 attempts. Second is Chuck Sample
with 204 and Lou Brock is third with 195. Green Bay
and New York on Oct. 1, 1933 played a game of football
with neither team making a first down.
PACKERS PUT 'FINIS' ON 22ND LEAGUE YEAR
AGAINST PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT MILWAUKEE
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Green Bay closes its 22nd season
in the NFL at State Fair park in Milwaukee at 2 o'clock
Sunday afternoon. The once-lowly Pittsburgh Steelers
will furnish the opposition in a contest that will decide
the circuit's second-best team. The Packers, humbled
twice by the Chicago Bears, who are the Western
division champions, will try to win their eighth straight
game from the Steelers. Pittsburgh, on the other hand,
will be looking for its first victory over Green Bay. A look at the past scores is just plain foolishness in coloring up Sunday's game, because the 1942 Steelers are making history in the Eastern division. Pittsburgh has won seven games and lost only three - a deed which past Steeler teams never have been able to accomplish. Two of those defeats were at the hands of Washington, powerful Eastern champions. Although neither is going any place, the game shapes up as a terrific duel because of literally scores of individual championships at stake. Virginia Bill Dudley, the nation's classiest collegiate runner a year ago, has the ground gaining championship of the National league in his grasp but will need a hundred stripes or so to make it safe. He has gained 647 yards in ten tests...SLAUGHTER RECORDS: The Packers' Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson will be out to slaughter the records. Isbell will be trying to pitch a touchdown pass in his 23rd straight game. He launched his string at the start of the 1941 season. Isbell also has the league passing championship at stake. Cece can complete five aerials and beat out Sammy Baugh of Washington, who closed the season last Sunday. Isbell, then, would win the league title for the second year in a row. Hutson, who has taken Record as a middle name, has scored in 24 straight games and will be out to make it 25 Sunday. Hutson started scoring back in November of 1940 against Detroit and hasn't gone scoreless since. Known for his pass catching ability, Hutson will cross the river, so to speak, and try to break into a new field - extra point kicking. Hutson needs two points to break Jack Manders' record of 31 set for the Chicago Bears in 1934. Hutson broke the one-game record this season by booting six against the Chicago Cardinals. The previous mark was held by five players, all with five...LONG STRING OF MARKS: Hutson already possesses a long string of records involving passes caught, yards gained and scoring. He has totaled 132 points thus far. His 1941 record was 95, so it is quite obvious that no other player ever touched him. The question around here as the team left this afternoon concerned Hutson's bruised ribs. The Packer wing injured them in the New York Giant game. He will play Sunday, and that's for sure, but whether he'll be able to scamper as usual is something else again. A fleet set of backs, spearheaded by Dudley, plus a stalwart line built around Chuck Cerundolo, offer the reasons for Coach Walter Kiesling's success at Pittsburgh. Dudley has been aided and abetted by a lesser known teammate in Curt Sandig, who plays the other halfback. When these two boys are given a rest, Andy Tomasic, ex-Temple star, and George Gonda of Duquesne take over their posts. Other backfield stars include Dick Riffle and Joe Hoague, fullbacks, and Vernon Martin, quarterback. Cherundolo's line mate are paced by tackle John Woudenberg; guard Mike Simington and Walt Kichekski at end...BAY LINE IN SHAPE: Despite bruising games at New York and Philadelphia, the Packer line is in good shape. Coach Curly Lambeau is expected to start a veteran team with Hutson and Ray Riddick at ends; Paul Berezney and Baby Ray at tackles; Captain Buckets Goldenberg and Bill Kuusisto at guards; Charley Brock at center; and Larry Craig at blocking quarter; Isbell and Lou Brock at the halves; and Ted Fritsch or Chuck Sample at full. Brock may be shifted to fullback if Andy Uram is able to cavort before his injury at halfback. A service flag will be presented Captain Goldenberg, representing the Packers, between halves by the Sullivan Post 11, American Legion, of Green Bay. The presentation will be made by William Berry, post commander, or Chief Ralph Drum, past post and county commander. The flag is in red with a white square in the middle. Eighteen stars, one for each Packer player now in the service, are on the white...GIVE BLOOD MONDAY: The Packers left Green Bay at 5:30 this afternoon and will headquarter at the Hotel Schroeder. They'll remain in Milwaukee Sunday night and will give blood to the Red Cross Monday noon. The blood will be distributed to blood banks on the battle fronts of the Allies. Another highlight of the between-halves entertainment will be the auctioning off of an autographed football to the person buying the most defense bonds. The ball will carry the signature of all members of the Packer team.
VERDICT DUE ON HUTSON
DEC 5 (Pittsburgh) - This is the day both Green Bay Coach Curly Lambeau and Steeler Coach Walt Kiesling have been looking forward to all week. Some time this evening the Packers' team physician will examine the separated cartilage which Don Hutson suffered in the first quarter of the Philadelphia game last Sunday and his ruling will determine whether or not the great pass catching end will play in the season's finale tomorrow...ABSENCE WILL HURT PACKERS: Should he be ruled out it would be a blow to the attack of Lambeau's eleven which gets most of its yardage on Cecil Isbell's passes to the shifty, elusive Hutson. While Kiesling would feel very much relieved if Hutson were unable to play, he was expressed a fond desire to see Hutson at his familiar left end position. Kiesling reasons that if the Steelers are to beat Green Bay for the first time in history, he wants the Packers to be at their best. Even art full strength the Lambeau aggregation is rated no better than even choice outside of their own province...FANS BACK STALWART: Around here the Packers are still the pride and joy, despite their two setbacks by the Chicago Bears. Badger State fans are wont to call Green Bay to second best club in the league, Washington, Eastern Division champion, notwithstanding. This morning the Steelers drilled lightly at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Stadium, scene of tomorrow's battle. The workout consisted of little more than a kicking and passing drill and some running designed to get the Steelers accustomed to the frozen ground.
STEELERS WIND UP BEST SEASON AGAINST PACKER ELEVEN
DEC 5 (Pittsburgh) - With victory still as cherished and as novel to them as a new toy to a youngster, the ebullient Pittsburgh Steelers are no less than an even bet to close out there National League season with a victory over Green Bay this afternoon at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Stadium. However, if Packer end Don Hutson's cartilage separation has not healed sufficiently to permit him to face the Iron Men, then the Steeler aggregation will take the field a decided favorite. Even though the contest means nothing in the league standings, inasmuch as each club has clinched second place in its respective division and is out of the championship running, the Pittsburghers come to the game with as much pep and determination as if the championship hung in the balance. This spirit is easily explained. Whereas the Steelers in previous years wound up either in or just a stone's throw removed from the cellar, this eleven, in achieving the best record of any Pittsburgh team, considers the campaign quite successful even though the championship eluded them...ANXIOUS TO TAKE PACKERS: Spurring Coach Walt Kiesling charges on is their anxiety to become the first Pittsburgh team ever to beat the Packers and because by so doing they'll register their fifth consecutive victory. Seven of the Steelers' last eight games have been put down on the right side of the ledger. Only black marks on their escutcheon are two defeats by the Eastern Division Champion Washington outfit and another by the last-place Philadelphia Eagles. Green Bay has a slightly better record, having been beaten only twice, both times by the irrepressible Chicago Bears, and their record also shows a 21-21 tie with the New York Giants. However, even with this record the Packers are somewhat disappointed as they had their hopes set on the title. Individual battles for championships heighten interest in the contest. Bill Dudley, with a 44-yard edge over Brooklyn's Merlyn Condit will be attempting to hang onto this advantage as Condit goes to work against the New York Giants...RIFFLE MAY PASS FARKAS: Dick Riffle needs gain only 26 yards to pass Washington's Andy Farkas for third place in the ground gaining division. The former Albright star is virtually certain to do this as is Cecil Isbell to complete five passes to pass Washington's Sammy Baugh and thereby set a new mark for completions, 133. Hutson, whose pass catching record, which are certain to stand whether or not he plays, wants to boot two more points after touchdown to break Automatic Jack Manders' mark of 131 set while with the Bears in 1934. In the all-time series history the Packers have thumped the Steelers seven times, the worst beating being last season when they drubbed the Iron Men, 54-7, at Forbes Field. Green Bay has made 248 points to the Smoky City team's 34.
PACKERS TO PLAY HERE SUNDAY
DEC 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - Football fans will have their last chance of the season, perhaps of the duration, to see professional football here when the Green Bay Packers close their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. The game will start at 2 o'clock. The battle will bring together the two second place clubs in the eastern and western divisions of the league. The Steelers have runnerup honors in the eastern end of the league already cinched, the Packers runnerup honors in the western. Two distinctly different types of clubs will meet. The Packers, with Cecil Isbell pitching and Don Hutson catching, will almost surely come by air again. Hutson, who was slightly injured at Philadelphia last week, was completely recovered Saturday and ready to start. The Steelers, with Bill Dudley, prize rookie of the year, and Curt Sandig, lead the National league in yards gained rushing. On the ground they have outdone the Chicago Bears. They are almost certain to come by ground Sunday. Workmen had cleared the field of snow Saturday and a good gridrion awaited the teams.
HUSTON IS ON ALL PRO TEAM
DEC 5 (New York) - Herewith is the International News Service all NFL team for 1942. Look 'em over, fans, and then try and picture what havoc they could wreak on the rest of the league it turned loose as a unit. Coach Steve Owen of the New York Giants once remarked that he'd rake the Chicago Bears intact for his all-league team and after looking at this year's selections we realize just what he meant. No less than five men selected for the first team are members of the awesome Bears, western division champions again this year and favorites to win the world's championship next Sunday. Washington placed two, and Pittsburgh, the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and Green Bay Packers one man each on the dream club. The Bears put four more men on the second team. The Steelers placed two on the alternate squad, with the remaining positions shared by Dodger, Redskin, New York, Philadelphia and Green Bay players. Four men qualified almost automatically for this year's No. 1 club. They were Don Hutson, Green Bay; Sammy Baugh, Washington, and Clyde Turner and Sid Luckman of the Bears. Hutson once more proved the one man team of the league. Dashing Don did everything but collect tickets at the gate and established more records than any player in league history. Every time he catches a pass, scores a touchdown or kicks an extra point out come the erasers and another new mark goes into the record book.
SEASON FINALE SUNDAY
DEC 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers' air attack against one of the stoutest defensive units in the league will be the football menu, no matter the weather when Coach Curly Lambeau's Bays tackle the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park Sunday at 2 p.m. The Packers are favorites in the season finale. Pittsburgh, ably coached by Walt Kiesling, a giant guard of old who earned his pro spurs with the Duluth Eskimos, Packers, Cardinals and Steelers, finished second in the Eastern division of the National league race. They attained that lofty, for them position largely through the offensive talents of Bill Dudley, who won his all-American rating last fall with Frank Murray's Virginia Cavaliers, and the stout hearted defense taught them by Big Walt. From a Packer standpoint, the show, of course, will be centered around Don Hutson and Cec Isbell. Hutson, scoring leader this year and holder of so many records the league record book looks like the Hutson family register, has scored 132 points, compared to his own all time loop mark of 9last two games of the 1940 season and during this time Dandy Don piled home 245 points. Teaming up with Don is Isbell, who also will be shooting for new records. Cec has completed 128 aerials this fall, 21 for touchdowns, and aggregated 1,778 yards through the air. Among Milwaukee favorites in the Bay lineup will be Buckets Goldenberg, veteran Packer guard, who has been having one of his greatest seasons despite a lengthy gridion career. Even in the rout at the hands of the Bears, Buckets was the lion of old, holding his own and giving a bit more than he received. It is also likely that Tiny Croft, the former Ripon giant, will see more than spasmodic action at tackle as he, too, proved in the Chicago game he can play some tough defensive ball if given the chance.
DEC 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Stoney McGlynn) - What might be the last professional football game in Milwaukee for the duration, or, at least, until Herr Adolph has his goose well cooked and full attention can be paid to the sneak punch Nipponese, will be put on for the edification of the every faithful this afternoon at State fair park. Coach Curly Lambeau's Packers, as parties of the first part, will meet up with Coach Walt Kiesling's Pittsburgh Steelers, who will enter the battle as parties of the second part. The Steelers, first of all, have Bill Dudley as the bell cow, or, better yet, as the Moses who led them out of the wilderness (perhaps it was only Pittsburgh smoke) into a position where they finished as the No. 2 team in the East, the same spot where the men of Lambeau finished out here. Of course, the Steelers did not have to meet the Bears twice, a little task that was thrust upon the Packers, and, as you might suppose, resulted in two defeats...SHOOT FOR RECORDS: For the first time in a goodly number of years the Packers will enter a Milwaukee game as no better than an even choice to win. Of course, if Don Hutson's shoulder injury is not too serious he will be good for a touchdown or three or four, making it imperative that the Steelers go out and do some ball lugging of their own. Walt's line is said to be rather tough to go against, but the Packers frown on such bourgoise tactics as hitting a line, except upon rare occasions. Weather permitting, Don will likely be down dragging in a few passes, just for old times sake. Besides he has his scoring record and lead to protect. He's not only cracked the all time league record, but has lapped the field in points. The man simply will not hold still and allow defenders to catch up with him. It is worth the price just to see him and his battery mate, the aforementioned Isbell, demonstrate the art of pitching and catching strikes for touchdowns, the last Bears game, of course, being excluded. Isbell also has something in the way of a record to maintain - the feat of pitching a touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games, a pretty fair job in itself even with a Hutson to bring 'em home to roost. Cec will be shooting for No. 23 today.
PACKERS AND STEELERS PLAY HERE ON SUNDAY
DEC 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - The farewell to professional football around here, for the season at least and perhaps for the duration, will be said Sunday afternoon when the resurging Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers meet at State Fair park. The kickoff is scheduled at 2 o'clock. As far as the championship race is concerned, it will be just another game. The Packers can do no better than the second place they already have cinched in the west, the Steelers no better than the second place they have claimed in the east. As a football game, however, it promises to be one of the best and hardest fought of the year. It used to be that everybody in the league pushed the Steelers around. They were the Phillies of professional football. They were knocked off here and knocked off there and their woes filled Owner Art Rooney's cup to the brim. The days of pushing around, however, are over. Pittsburgh today, under the able guidance of Walt Kiesling, an old Packer tackle, has developed into one of the real powers in the league. Pittsburgh comes with more than a team which has second place in the east already cinched. Pittsburgh comes with a team which leads the league in yard gained rushing, and with a rookie, Bill Dudley, late of the University of Virginia, who is just about the hottest thing as a runner to come up from college ball in years. The Steelers dropped their first two games, then righted themselves and won seven of their last eight. At the moment they are at their peak. There is nothing fancy about the Steelers, just as there is nothing fancy about Minnesota in college ball. They play sound, conservative ball, with a minimum of passing, and good defensive play - but how they run. The 1,765 yards they have gained rushing, of which Dudley has picked up 647, speak for themselves. Even the Bears have gained only 1,694 yards rushing. Except for Dudley, a unanimous all-American last year, the lineup contains football players rather football names - Curt Sandig, Dick Riffle, Andy Tomasic, Russ Cotton, Joe Hoague, George Gonda, Vernon Martin, Tony Bova, Eberle Schultz, Jack Sanders, Chuck Cherundolo late of the Rams; Milt Simington, John Woudenberg, Walt Kichefski, George Somers, George Sirochman, Ralph Wenzel, Ted Doyle, Armand Niccolai, Joe Lamas, Tom Brown, Hub Law, Clure Mosher, Mike Rodak, Art Albrecht, a Manitowoc boy who started the season with the Packers, and Tex Hinte, another former Packer. Green Bay's hopes, as usual, rest almost entirely on Isbell's passing, Hutson's receiving and just enough running from backs like Brock, Uram, Canadeo and Sample to make the passing effective. If the Steelers have done well with their running alone, so have the Packers done well with their passing alone. They have jammed the ball down everybody's throat, and they will probably jam it down Pittsburgh's. Whether they can match Pittsburgh's running in this way, though, remains to be seen. The Packers, who have not lost a game in Milwaukee since way back when, ruled seven point favorites Saturday night. All manner of individual championships for the season will be decided, and all manner of records may be broken. Hutson, Isbell, Dudley and the Steelers as a team, all have the opportunity to set new marks. Both teams arrived in Milwaukee Saturday night. Snow, which had covered the field early in the week, was all cleared off Saturday, assuring fairly good going. The game will be one of three with which the league will wind up its season. In the others, the Bears will meet the Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey park, Chicago, and the Giants will play Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds in New York.
DEC 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - Shall the pro football league continue in 1943 or shall it fold up? The question will come up for discussion, may even be announced, at the annual league meeting in Washington next week. Sentiment, according to his nibs, Elmer Layden is divided...And while on the league meeting, Curly Lambeau wants the league's annual draft postponed until April. "An April draft will give coaches more time to size up material," Lambeau explains, "more time to determine if a boy really wants to play pro ball, and in these times, when the armed services, of course, comes first, more time to get a better picture of the whole situation."...The scoring pace in the NFL has fallen off a bit this season. A year ago the pros averaged 4.4 touchdowns per game. This year they averaged 4.3.