LAMBEAU FAVORS DRAFT OF PLAYERS IN APRIL; TEAM BREAKS UP
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers - minus 28 pints of blood - officially broke up today, but Coach Curly Lambeau remained in the swing of things which may decide the future of the Wisconsin entry and the NFL. Back from a blood donating stay in Milwaukee with his Packers Monday, Lambeau announced that the league will hold its most important meeting in history Monday after the Washington-Chicago Bear playoff in Washington Sunday afternoon. The principal business, and the very lifeline of the circuit, will be the 1943 player draft. Opinion id divided on when to hold the draft - either at next Monday's meeting or at the league's annual session in April. Lambeau announced that he is in favor of postponing the draft until April when he hopes the league will have a better line on the war and the possibility of continuing plans for the 1943 season. Like the baseball leagues, the football wheel expects to operate in 1943 and all proposals will be discussed with that in mind. Judging by the results of the 1941 draft, the league will face a difficult task. As an example, the Packers drafted 20 players at the Chicago meeting , and only one - Bob Ingalls, Michigan center - was able to play. All of the others went into the service or took defense jobs...MANY ARE MARRIED: On the brighter side is the fact that a good share of the 1942 players are married and have children. About a month ago, a survey of the Packer squad revealed that 23 out of the 30 players are married and 18 of these 23 have children. Eight members of the 1942 Green Bay team, which now has 28 players, are planning to go into the service, leaving Lambeau with a squad of 20. Sixteen members of the 1941 team are working for Uncle Same. Including drafted players and Packers of 1942, 1941 and 1940, the Packers are represented by nearly 60 men in various branches of the United States armed forces. The league has contributed nearly 300 players to Uncle Sam. Lambeau will be interviewed over radio station WGN at 6:15 Thursday evening. He expects to arrive in Washington Saturday morning. Green Bay's last official act after beating Pittsburgh, 24-21, at Milwaukee last Sunday was donating blood to the Red Cross at Milwaukee Monday noon. The blood will be sent to distant battle fronts. Most of the Packers wanted to give more than a pint, but the nurses said "nix". Pete Tinsley, veteran guard, made the statement that "you can take a gallon from me", and most of the boys seconded the motion...COACHES DONATE, TOO: Mrs. Ed Halline of Milwaukee, formerly Miss Adris Martin of Green Bay, made arrangements for the Packers' blood donation. Her husband is a former De Pere resident. Lambeau and Assistant Coaches Eddie Kotal and Red Smith also donated blood. Don Hutson, the Packers' brilliant end, was officially acclaimed today as the National league's scoring champion for 1942, with records that probably will stand longer than any others in the book. Hutson caught 17 touchdown passes, placekicked 33 extra points - both records - and added a field goal for a total of 138 points, also a record. His record output last season was 95 points. Hutson also added to numerous pass receiving marks, many of which he set in 1941. Although official word has not been released from the National league office, Cecil Isbell is holder of the 1942 passing championship, his second in two years. He needed only five completions to pass Sammy Baugh of Washington last Sunday, and picked up 17 out of 31 attempts to make it stick.
HUTSON IS UNANIMOUS ALL-PRO CHOICE
DEC 8 (New York) - High-scoring Don Hutson, the veteran Green Bay end who broke one or more records every time he caught a pass this season, was the only unanimous choice for the All-League professional football team selected by the Associated Press and newspaper sportswriters. This former University of Alabama wingman could easily qualify as an all-time, all-league performer on practically anyone's ballot and many regard him also as the greatest star in professional football history. No rival team has been able to build a successful defense against his pass snatching abilities. Danny Fortmann, the Chicago Bears guard, and Sid Luckman, Bears quarterback, trailed Hutson closely, being named on all but one ballot...THREE TEAMS UNPLACED: The thundering Bears marched off with five all-league positions, while the Washington Redskins took three. Three teams - the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit and Philadelphia - failed to place a man on either the first or second teams. In the All-League backfield along with Luckman are Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh, and Sammy Baugh and Andy Farkas of Washington. The line has George Wilson, Bears, at the other end, Riley Matheson, Cleveland, at the other guard, Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, Bears, at center, and Willie Wilkin, Washington, and Lee Artoe, Bears, at tackles. Dudley, an All-American halfback last year with the University of Virginia, was the only rookie to make the team. Repeaters from the 1941 All-League team were Hutson, Fortmann, Luckman, Wilkin and Turner...THE SECOND TEAM: Here's the second team or reserve eleven: Bob Masterson, Washington, and Perry Schwartz, Brooklyn, ends; Bruiser Kinard, Brooklyn, and Chester Adams, Cleveland, tackles; Bill Edwards, New York, and Charles Goldenberg, Green Bay, guards; Charles Cherundolo, Pittsburgh, center; Tuffy Leemans, New York, Cecil Isbell, Green Bay, Merlyn Condit, Brooklyn, and Gary Famiglietti, Bears, backs. This was the first time in many years that the name of Mel Hein of New York was missing. This great center, playing his 12th year of pro ball, was outvoted by Turner and Cherundolo.
AIRMEN LEARNS FINE POINTS OF END PLAY FROM PACKER GRAD
DEC 8 (Jacksonville) - When a Jacksonville Naval Air station end streaks down the field to take a pass or breaks through to spill a ball carrier, it's a safe bet to assume that he has leaned to do his job better because he is being coached by Lieutenant (jg) Milt Gantenbein. End coach on the staff headed by Lieutenant Hobbs Adams, formerly of Southern California and Kansas State, Lieutenant Gantenbein is a veteran of ten years' experience with the famous Green Bay Packers and one year of coaching experience - with Manhattan in 1941. After his long career with the Packers, likeable and hard working Lieutenant Gantenbein signed to assist Herb Kopf at Manhattan college. But as soon as the United States entered the war, the former professional football star, anxious to get back into battle frat, volunteered for duty with the navy and was commissioned in May of this year at Milwaukee..SENT TO ACADEMY: He was sent to the Naval academy in Annapolis for indoctrinational training and then to Jacksonville for duty at the navy's giant aviation center. A pleasant occurrence to him must have been his appointment as end coach for the football season. In addition to duties as a battalion officer, he spends late afternoons working with the football team. Top-flight ends like Kirk Hershey, Cornell and Cleveland Rams; Gene Werkheiser, Dubuque university and Kenosha Cardinals; Bill Chipley, Clemson; Mary O'Hagen, U. of Portland and the New York Giants; and Owen Reeves, Auburn, are all profiting from his experience. A veteran of the professional league, Gantenbein can think back to the early days of pro football. Standout players of the Green Bay club he likes to remember are Cal Hubbard, the 275-pound tackle who now is an American league umpire; Mike Michalske, 210-pound guard, "the best I've ever seen"; Johnny Blood, the unforgettable halfback; Bobby Monnett, streamlined backfield speedster; Clarke Hinkle, dynamic fullback; Verne Lewellen, the best kicker in the league; Red Dunn, great signal calling quarterback, and Bo Molenda and Mac McCrary, ace ball carriers...NAGURSKI WAS BEST: Roughest, toughest and best of all players in the league in the early days in his opinion was the Chicago Bears' powerhouse fullback, Bronko Nagurski. Lieutenant Gantenbein captained the Packers from '35 through '40. A University of Wisconsin graduate, he was signed for pro ball with the Packers by Curly Lambeau immediately after graduation. In Jacksonville, Lieutenant Gantenbein lives with his wife, Vivian Hall, formerly of Green Bay, and their three-year old son, Tad, at 3891 Randall street.
PRO SCORING TITLE WON BY A PACKER
DEC 8 (Chicago) - Don Hutson, the Green Bay Packers' pass grabbing end, was official acclaimed Tuesday as the NFL's scoring champion for 1942, with records
which will probably stand longer than any others in the
book. Hutson caught 17 touchdown passes and kicked
33 extra points, both records - and added a field goal for
a total of 138 points, also a record. His record output
last season was 95 points. The next four places went
to the Chicago Bears. Ray McLean posted 54 points for
second place, followed by Gary Famiglietti with 48, Frank Maznicki with 45 and Hugh Gallarneau with 42.
PACKER NOTES
DEC 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Stoney McGlynn) - One of the peculiarities of sports is that a goodly number of fans believe anything less than a championship represents failure. Sunday night a few of the every faithful, those hardy souls who braved Sunday's chilly blasts to see the 1942 Packers close their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, were talked over the game and its highlights when a sports follower of the fair weather brand interrupted and said, "Well, one thing, I'll bet Curly Lambeau is happy this season is over. Boy, did the Packers take it on the chin!" Whereupon he was promptly set down with a barrage of answers that proved the Packers, despite two defeats at the hands of the Bears, and a tie with the Giants, had anything but an unsuccessful season. Their record was surpassed by only two teams in the league, the undefeated, untied champion Bears, winners of the Western half title, and Washington's Redskins, Eastern champions, who lost but a single game. However, it might be safe to argue that if the Redskins had to meet the Bears twice their record would have included three defeats - not one...TEAM WAS REBUILT: In only one game were the Packers outclassed. That was in the Chicago fray with the Bears. They suffered a bad break early in the game, fought toe to toe from then until the latter part of the second quarter, but then collapsed. That game was a rout, a travesty upon usual Packer football. Considering that the Packers had lost more men to the service than any other club the season cannot be looked upon as anything less than a success. Of course, if everything is measured with the Bears as the yardstick, the season was a flop. But, I ask, who is beating the Bears? I feel Curly and his assistants, Red Smith and Eddie Kotal, should regard 1942 as a success. They rebuilt a team that was wrecked by enlistments and calls to service; they lost all their end candidates; they rebuilt with some players from small colleges and with players who had previously failed to make the pro grade and they came out with a record of eight wins, two defeats and one ties. Finishing with such a record under such adverse conditions, to me, is one of Curly's finest coaching achievements...BAY RECORD CLEAR: Green Bay's record in other respects was of championship caliber. It was the Packers corp. that showed the way to other pro league clubs in the art of staging a charity game for the Army fund. Of all the games played between pro clubs and the army teams the Packer-Western Army Stars fray here last September 13 was the ideal charity game. Because the Packers would not have anything to with the game unless it was played on an out and out charity basis, because they obtained the wholehearted cooperation of Marquette university, which donated the field and many other services, and because the Packers played for mere traveling and hotel expenses, this game has the lowest overhead of any of the games. There was no coordinator booking games in a certain stadium with a percentage of rental, there was no American Legion post taking a cut for promoting the game, and neither did the Packers and Marquette get a cent for services rendered...BEARS TOO GOOD: Now comes Washington's and George Preston Marshall's chance to avenge that 73 to 0 title drubbing they took two years ago. George Preston has hankered for revenge. He could hardly wait for the chance. Now he's got it, the chance, I mean. Not that the Skins figure to do much about it. Weather conditions right, the Skins can look upon a reversal of the Bears' 73 points to a mere 37 as a moral victory. The Bears, with the title at stake, are just too good for the league. They have everything, running and passing, speed and power, class and deception. The only way to stop them is to have the ICC declare them a monopoly and disband them. If so, we'd take Bulldog Turner and Sid Luckman and send Lee Artoe down with the Amazons.
1942 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
ISBELL DIDN'T LET LAMBEAU DOWN
DEC 24 (Green Bay) - Cecil Isbell sold Green Bay Packer coach Curly Lambeau a bill o' goods in Soldier Field in Chicago Aug. 31, 1938. The former Purdue university star, playing with the College All-Stars, convinced Lambeau that he was to succeed Arnie Herber, then ace of the Packer pitching corps. That night of Aug. 31, Lambeau saw Isbell pass rings around the Washington Redskins and outshadow the great Whizzer White at the same time. A good triple-threat man at Purdue but not a great passer, Isbell set the stage for his pro aerial career with a performance that gave the Stars a 28-16 win over Washington. Lambeau saw in Isbell a continuance of the Packers' air game even after Herber ended his brilliant career. The Purdue ace passed to Johnny Kovatch of Northwestern for one touchdown and kept the Redskins back on their heels all night with his air bombs. He had eight out of ten completions for a gain of of slightly over 140 yards. His yardage total exceeded that of Sammy Baugh who then was THE passer of the NFL Redskins. Since his All-Star appearance, Isbell has constructed a pitching record that probably will stand for years. It eclipses the efforts of Baugh, despite the fact that the Washington Redskin star is considered by many the greatest of football throwers. In his five-year professional stand, Isbell marked up seven new records and tied one. He pitched 61 touchdown passes; gained nearly four miles in the air (5,975 yards), and completed 408 passes in 813 attempts...CONSECUTIVE PASS MARK: Most remarkable of these records is his consecutive game touchdown mark. Starting with the first game in 1941, Isbell has thrown one or more T.D. passes in every game. His run of 23 includes the Chicago Bear-Packer divisional playoff a year ago this month. His trusty flipper accounted for 15 touchdowns in 1941 and 24 in 1942, both of which are records. He completed over half of his aerials last season (146 in 268 attempts) for another new mark, shattering Philadelphia Davey O'Brien's mark of 124 set in 1940. In the Chicago Cardinal game here, Isbell went wild, throwing five touchdown passes and gaining 333 yards in ten completions. That 333 breaks a mark of 316 set by O'Brien and his five T.D. passes tied a record set by Ray Buivid of the Bears against the Cards in 1937. His 2,021 yards gained in 11 games in 1942 is another new mark, and boosted his all-time total to 5,975...FOUR-INCH TOUCHDOWN: Isbell has had his bad days, too. Five of his tosses were intercepted in the Packer-New York game of 1938. This bit of business tied six other players. Most unusual mark is his four-inch touchdown throw to Hutson in the Cleveland game here last fall. In regular league competition, Isbell threw touchdown passes to 14 different players. Of course, Hutson, who has become something of a brother in the last two years, is his favorite. The flashy Hutson gathered in 33 for touchdowns - three in 1938; one in 1939; three in 1940; ten in 1941; and 16 in 1942. Carl Mulleneaux ranks next to Hutson with eight touchdown receptions from Isbell. He snared in five in 1940; two in 1941; and one in 1938. Lou Brock and Andy Uram each caught three. Players with two are Clarke Hinkle, Joe Laws, Arnie Herber and Harry Jacunski while singletons belong to Hank Bruder, Milt Gantenbein, Eddie Jankowski, Ray Riddick, Joe Carter and Chuck Sample...HERBER CAUGHT FIRST PASS: Oddly enough, Herber, a great tosser himself, caught Isbell's first touchdown pass in the Chicago Cardinal game in Milwaukee in 1938, which the Bays won 28-7. To make the afternoon complete, Herber tossed a touchdown pass to Isbell. In all, Cece completed three out of four passes, gained 89 yards on the ground and handled most of the punting. The Milwaukee sports scribes immediately termed him another Dutch Clark. In addition to his passing ability, Isbell gained a name for himself with his running. In 1938 he finished fourth in the league with 445 yards in 85 attempts. His average, 5.2, was tops that season. The next year, as his passing was used to a greater extent, he finished tenth among the runners, picking up 407 yards in 132 attempts for an  average of 3.0. Starting with 1940 his passing completely eclipsed his running, although he remained a dangerous runner. Since 1940 Cece had little chance to build up his yardage-by-rushing figure, chiefly because yards he loses trying to pass are deducted from the rushing total. For instance, if Isbell is thrown for a 10-yard loss attempting to pass the loss is taken from his running figure. The logic is that he would have a chance to run (if he could evade the tackler) and build up his rushing total...BEATING FROM ARTOE: Injuries to his legs handicapped his running last fall, and the payoff came in the second Chicago Bears game when he took a terrific beating from tackle Lee Artoe whose principal job was to wait until Cece passed and then dive in. A passer generally is an easy target after he throws because he's usually off balance and rigid. When will he retire? In Lafayette, Ind., visiting his wife's parent this week, Isbell said: "I think I've had enough. Five years of pro football is enough for anyone. If the opportunity comes, I'll quit the game." His coaches here, however, are of a different opinion. They say Cece still has "that old zip that should keep him in the game for two or three more years." They say the same of Hutson, the other half of the touchdown pair.
MODERN PUNTING FAR BELOW VERNE LEWELLEN'S STANDARD'
DEC 26 (Green Bay) - Punting in the NFL is taking something of a beating. At any rate, that's the impression one gets when Verne Lewellen, former Green Bay Packer booter, is discussed. At the Lions club banquet for Lavvie Dilweg recently, somebody made the statement that a "50-yard punt now is considered quite a feat, but our Mr. Lewellen used to kick them 80 yards without batting an eye." The unfortunate part of Lewellen's punting (1924-32) is that he kicked before the press box statisticians started keeping records of long boots, averages and so on. Observers believe Lewellen averaged nearly 60 yards. The present top average is 48.7 by Sammy Baugh in 1941. Baugh won the title again this year but averaged 45 yards. Besides distance, Lewellen had that unbelievable knack of putting the ball where he wanted it to go. No receiver ever had to wait for a Lewellen punt to come down; he had to catch it running to his left or right. The longest punt listed in the league's record manual is an 86-yarder booted by Ralph Kercheval for Brooklyn in 1935. Lewellen had been known to kick 'em 90 yards and more...RENTNER VICTIMIZED: Of the seven league passers who each had five passes intercepted in one game, Earnest Rentner, former Northwestern university and Boston Redskin star, takes the cake. He threw only six passes and watched the Pittsburgh Steelers take five of them in 1935. That still stands as one of the most unusual records in the book...IDENTICAL SCORES: Did you know the Packers won three games by the same score in 1938? They beat the Chicago Cardinals, Cleveland and Detroit by 28-7 counts. Cecil Isbell, in his first year here, threw one touchdown pass in each game, pitching to Arnie Herber against the Cards; to Hutson against Cleveland; and to Hinkle against Detroit...THIS AND THAT: Guard Russ Letlow, tackle Paul Berezney and trainer Bud Jorgensen worked for Uncle Sam (the post office) during the Christmas holidays. The Letlows recently became parents of a baby boy. Mrs. Letlow is the sister of Eddie Jankowski, who formerly played with the Bays. Ed Frutig, former Michigan and Packer end, is an instructor at a naval air base near Detroit. Frutig was not fond of airplane rides in 1941 when the Packers made several overhead trips, but the navy changed that. O'Beil Adams, who played end for the New York Giants against Green Bay, has joined the Oshkosh All-Stars basketball team. Connie Mack Berry of the Chicago Bears also is on the Star roster...EARNED GRID 'RUNS': How about earned "runs" and errors for football pitchers? For instance, an intercepted pass taken back for a touchdown would be an unearned score, but would also go down as an error for the thrower. Other errors would be fumbles. Another unearned score would be picking up a fumble and running for a touchdown. But what's the use. It's the final score that counts, anyway. The Kahler boys, Royal and Bob, may be brothers but their off season duties are quite different. Packer Bob is coaching track the University of Nebraska and will assist in football practice this spring. Royal is working for the United States Naval ammunition department in Hastings, Neb. He's in the engineering department, making high explosives for the navy.
PRO ALL-STARS CONFIDENT THEY CAN BEAT REDSKINS
​DEC 26 (Philadelphia) - Heartley (Hunk) Anderson was a completely satisfied individual Saturday as his National league all-stars went into their last day of drills before their clash with the Washington Redskins in Sunday's pro bowl classic at Shibe park. If morale could do it, his team was a cinch to walk off the field with victory - and in his case, revenge, Anderson was convinced. He and his assistant, Luke Johnsos, had completed a terrific task of drilling a mixed group of players in two systems of football in one short week, and the results, they said, were all they could ask for. "We took a vote of players," Hunk explained, "and they voted for the T formation. But we put in the Notre Dame box, too, just in case. You ought to see the way those fellows have wolfed down the work. Cecil Isbell of the Packers, for instance. He figured we'd just use the T, but we gave them the Notre Dame shift, too, and we told Isbell, 'This is your style. Think you can show up Sammy Baugh?' We haven't been able to hold him since. I guess we have those kids 70 plays, not counting variations, and not one of them has beefed." "They're smarter than college kids, too," Johnsos put in. "After all, what did you know when you were in school? If you had sense enough to come in out of the rain, they probably made you valedictorian. These guys know what they want. They want to beat the Redskins and we..." "We got licked by the Redskins," Anderson concluded, "what do you think we want?" Meanwhile, Ray Flaherty, coach of the Redskins, continued to worry about lack of enthusiasm on his squad. The champions went through a light drill Friday, confining their practice to touch football. Wee Willie Wilkin, the Redskins' all-league tackle, reported for duty with the Redskins. He had been called home to California after the title game with the Bears two weeks ago. The all-stars lost another player Friday when Dr. W.W. Kelly, physician to Don Hutson, ordered the Green Bay kicking and pass grabbing to stay out of the game. The doctor said Hutson, injured November 22 in a game against the New York Giants, had a cold, severe cough and chest injury. Milt Simington, Pittsburgh Steelers' guard who was on the all-stars' first string line, suffered a heart attack Thursday and announced he would quit football for good.
STARS TIP REDSKINS IN BAUGH'S ABSENCE
​DECEMBER 26 (Philadelphia) - The failure of Sammy Baugh, star of the champion Washington Redskins, to appear for Sunday's pro bowl football game at Shibe park caused a furor which overshadowed the National league all-stars' 17 to 14 victory over the league champions. A field goal by Lee Artoe of the Chicago Bears decided the game. The scoring was spectacular. Ki Aldrich, Washington center, scooped up the ball after a punt and ran 30 yards to score. Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh intercepted a pass and ran 97 yards for a touchdown. Each side scored again on a brilliant passing,Sid Luckman pitching for the stars and Zimmerman for the Redskins. John Petty of the Bears
plunged a few yards for the stars' second tally after Sid
Luckman's passes had gained 41 yards. Zimmerman's
passes set up and scored the Redskins' second score,
with Seymour scoring. Artoe's field goal broke a 14 to 14
tie. Commissioner Elmer Layden ordered an investigation
"to bring out the full facts on Baugh's absence." Dick Todd,
running back, also was missing. He was reported to have
had an argument with Owner George Marshall. Another
league official explained: "From all we know Baugh may
have a legitimate excuse for not showing up, but so far we
can fine no legitimate reason for his not notifying us that
he could not or was not coming." Baugh said at his Rotan
(Tex.) ranch: "I tried my best to make the game. They
were supposed to have a car ready for me in Sweetwater
(about 30 miles from Rotan) so I could catch a plane out
of Dallas about 11:50 p.m. Saturday. The car was not
there." The announcement Baugh would not play was
made late Saturday night. Many in the crowd of 18,671
knew nothing about it when they appeared at the park. All
the proceeds of the game, above minimum expenses,
were turned over to the United Seamen's service. The
players were not paid and many of Baugh's Washington
teammates were reported  "sore" at his failure to appear.
George Strickler, director of public relations for the league,
said Baugh was expected here Saturday morning. Two
airplane tickets were delivered to his home last Tuesday.
A telephone call to Rotan Saturday afternoon disclosed
Baugh was "not feeling well" and did not think he could
make it. M. Dorland Doyle, vice-president of the Redskin
club, talked with Baugh and he finally agreed to make the
trip, Strickler declared, adding: "We made arrangements
with the Sweetwater police to give Baugh an escort to
Dallas. He was to get the 11:30 p.m. through plane, or if
he missed that the 1:30 a.m. plane for Washington. Late
Saturday we were informed by the Sweetwater police
Baugh had decided there wasn't time to get to Dallas so
he went back home." At the start of the game it looked as
though the Redskins would have things pretty much their
own way as the All-Stars were unable to click with any
combination of players. The hard charging Washington line broke through frequently to throw the stars for loses. Midway in the first period Harry Hopp of the Detroit Lions kicked from his own 11. The ball landed on the 45 and bounced back to the 30, Aldrich picked it up and raced for a touchdown. Bob Masterson converted. The score remained 7-0 until the third quarter, when a tough, tight ball game became a scoring spree. The All-Stars struck into scoring territory in the first period and again in the second. With the second quarter half gone, nine Chicago Bears were sent in with the ball on the Stars' 29. Luckman's 18 yard pass to Bosh Pritchard of the Eagles was the main piece of the march to the Redskins' 33, where Cecil Hare intercepted a pass. The punt set the Stars back to their 46, but Luckman connected with a pass to Wilson and another to Siegal which put the ball on the Redskins' 18. Famiglietti carried twice and it was first down on the three. He hit the line again but slipped and was stopped on the one. Luckman failed on a quarterback sneak and Famiglietti lost a yard as the half ended. Washington also muffed a chance in the third quarter, after Fred Davis blocked Hopp's punt on the All-Stars' 29. They moved to the eight and stalled. after the punt out, the champions struck pay dirt again but Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh intercepted a pass and ran 97 yards for a touchdown. He got beautiful blocking. Maznicki's kick tied the score at seven. Artoe kicked off over the goal line and Hare punted back to the Stars' 49. Two passes by Luckman to Siegal and Wilson gained 41 yards and John Petty plunged for the tally. Maznicki made it 14-7. Washington tied the score almost immediately. Zimmerman's pass to Masterson, good for 39 yards, put the ball on the 16 and another pitch taken by Bob Seymour in the end zone. Masterson's kick tied the score. Merlyn Condit of Brooklyn took Masterson's kickoff and ran 59 yards to Washington's 37. Bill Young caught him from behind. The Stars bogged down on the 27 and Artoe made his field goal from the 43.
Packers receiver Don Hutson, left, and coach Curly Lambeau take a light repast after donating blood at the Red Cross plasma center in a photo dated Dec. 8, 1942. Serving them is Mrs. Albert Ostermann. Hutson and Lambeau were just two members of the entire Packers squad who remained in Milwaukee to donate blood a day after a victory over the Steelers.
LAMBEAU FEELS IT IS HIS DUTY
TO OPERATE BAY PACKERS IN
1943
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - 1943, the Green
Bay Packers' first question mark year in their 22 seasons in the NFL, will have professional football. That's the opinion of Coach Curly Lambeau. Pointing to a service flag with 18 stars - each representing a Packer player in the service of Uncle Sam - Lambeau announced: "It is our duty to operate in 1943 as a morale builder, and for that reason we are going ahead with plans for next year. However, no more will be made if we discover that we are hurting, in any way, the national war effort." Lambeau pointed out that every club in the league will lose heavily and Green Bay will be no exception. "But the league needs only 250 men for its ten teams, and certainly 250 players out of 13,000,000 persons can be found to provide a source of entertainment that is so necessary to the American public. Only last week nearly 50,000 persons attended various sporting events in Europe, and Europe is in the
hotbed of the war." Unlike in the past, Lambeau will not
make his countrywide scouting trips to the various bowl
games this fall. All scouting will be done by "operatives"
in the various sections where the games are played...
POSTPONE LEAGUE DRAFT: The Packer mentor will
express his views on an interview over radio station
WGN at 6:15 Thursday evening and later at the annual
draft meeting scheduled in Washington Monday. Coach
Lambeau is in favor of postponing the draft meeting until
next April by which time "we can better tell the course
of the war." Looking over the 1942 season, Lambeau
pointed out the Chicago Bear game here as his biggest
disappointment. "That one game might have resulted in
a Western division tie and necessitated a playoff like a
year ago. Realization that they played poorly against
the Bears (44-28) helped our boys, however, in the rest
of their schedule. Loss of two veteran tackles, Bill Lee
and Ernie Pannell, hurt us in the second Bear game,
although the Chicago club was just plain hot. Addition
of ends Harry Jacunski and Ray Riddick helped the 
club to a great degree in the last three games, and we
are in better shape now to meet the Bears in a playoff
than any time this season." The Bays' best defensive
performance was against Philadelphia's tough Eagles,
said Lambeau. After scoring in the first few minutes,
"the boys just dug in and held the rest of the way." The
best offensive performance? "Without a doubt it was
our game with the Cardinals here which we won, 55 to
24." Curly pointed to Lou Brock as the most improved
player on the team. "Lou was outstanding wherever we
put him. Originally a halfback, we shifted Lot to full at
the start, and he was great. He finished brilliantly as a
halfback again." The most improved lineman, from the 
start of the season to the end, was 300-pound tackle
Tiny Croft, of which Lambeau said is "strong, fast and
hard to handle." The Packer coach liked the spirit of the
"boys" in the Pittsburgh game which Green Bay won,
24-21, although "we did get a bit careless in the last
few minutes. The score should have been only 24-7."
What about Don Hutson and Cecil Isbell? Lambeau 
said he'd rather let the records speak for those two 
boys. "They're the greatest in football and their services
were invaluable." It may be added that Hutson scored
138 of the Packers' 300 points and Isbell tossed 17
touchdown passes. Coaching a "war" team for the first
time, Lambeau said he has just as much material this
year as in any other season. The pilot said the caliber
of the league's first teams was not lowered, but, with 
the exception of the Bears and Washington, the reserve
material was not strong. The Bears and Washington
lost few reserves.
ISBELL IS LEAGUE'S FIRST PASSING CHAMP TO
WIN TITLE SECOND TIME
DEC 9 (Chicago) - Cecil Isbell, Green Bay's rubber
armed halfback, today became the first NFL forward
passing champion to succeed himself. Official statistics
reveal Isbell, who closed the season Sunday by tossing
touchdown passes to three fellows, none of whom was
named Don Hutson, had nipped Sammy Baugh in the
closest race in league history. Baugh and Isbell wound
up in a tie on the basis of the league's rating system,
but the Packer veteran retained his championship 
through marked advantages in yards gained, total
completions and touchdown passes, in all three of 
which he set new league records...HUTSON RETAINS
TITLE: Other individual champions officially designated
are Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh's sensational running back,
who won ground gaining honors; Bill Daddio, Chicago
Cardinal veteran, who led field goal kickers; and Hutson,
who set several records in successfully defending his
scoring and pass receiving championships. Although
Dudley was the first player to gain more than 600 yards
since Bill Osmanski accomplished it in his first year 
with the Chicago Bears, only Hutson and Isbell set new
records. Baugh bettered the old marks for touchdown
passes, gains and completions, and Bud Schwenk,
another rookie, also bettered Davey O'Brien's former
record for completions. Schwenk, the leading college
passer in the country last year, took further part in the
record breaking by cracking O'Brien's mark for attempts
and increasing the league mark for interceptions. 27 of
his passes were intercepted.
BAUGH SNARES PUNTING TITLE
DEC 10 (Chicago) - Sammy Baugh, the No. 1 Redskin,
who lost a lose race to Cecil Isbell for the NFL passing
championship, had an equally close squeeze with Dean
McAdams in defense of his punting title. McAdams,
one of Brooklyn's backfield mainstays, finished in a tie
with Baugh under the league's rating system, but lost
out on the basis of average distance per punt. Baugh,
in winning the championship for the third consecutive
year, averaged 46.6 yards for 37 punts. McAdams
kicked 52 times for an average of 41.3 yards. They also
tied for the longest punt of the season, getting off 74
yard efforts. Merlyn Condit, taking over the punting
chores left vacant at Brooklyn when Ace Parker joined
the Navy, took over the championship surrendered by
Whizzer White, last year's winner when he also entered
the Navy. Condit beat out Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh by a
single return 20 to 19. Marshall Goldberg of the Chicago
Cardinals had a better year all around in handling 
kickoff returns, retaining his championship by returning
15 kicks, three more than last year, for more yards, a
better average and one touchdown. He did not score
while bringing back 12 kicks for an average of 24.1
yards in 1941. This year he got away for 85 yards and 
a touchdown against Green Bay and averaged 26.2 
yards per return. Bulldog Turner of the Chicago Bears
set a new high for pass interceptions, snaring eight to
beat Don Hutson of Green bay. The previous season
high in this comparatively new department of National
league statistics was seven in 1941.
EVER SINCE OPENING MINUTE OF PRO CAREER,
HUTSON HAS BEEN PILING UP SCORES; HOLD 14
RECORDS
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - Seventy-four touchdowns, 74
extra points and two field goals for 524 points in eight
years! That, ladies and gentlemen, represents the 
greatest scoring feat in the history of football. This
record is owned by Green Bay Packer Don Hutson, the
most spectacular point manufacturer the game has ever
known. Hutson started scoring in the first minute of the
first Packer game he ever played in. It was in 1935 and
the Chicago Bears were guests at City stadium here.
on the initial play, Arnie Herber tossed a pass to the
former Alabama flash, and, needless to mention to Bay
fans, he caught it for the only score that won the game,
7-0. The Poker Face (that's how he looks on the field) is
still scoring, after eight years in the toughest football
circuit in the country. He reached the climax of his
career so far during the last season when he scored
138 points - more than any other players ever scored in
a single year. This year he rolled 17 touchdowns, 33
extra points and one field goal. All except the field goal
represent records. A year ago he set the National 
league record by counting 95 points to break Chicago
Bear Jack Manders' mark of 67..HOLDS 14 RECORDS:
Hutson scored 14 records in such departments as pass
receiving, touchdowns, scoring and extra points. He 
also has a consecutive performance that may go down
as a record, pending an investigation into Manders'
scoring achievements. Hutson has scored in 25 straight
games starting with the Packer-Detroit battle late in the
1940 season. The Packer wing swiped two of Manders'
extra point marks in 1942. He finished with a total of 33
boots - two more than Manders' record. In the Cardinal
game here he kicked six extra points to break the mark
of five held jointly by Manders, former Packer Clarke
Hinkle, and Jack McBride of the Giants. An interesting
fact about Hutson's extra point achievements is that he
scored his first "boot" by catching a pass from Johnny
Blood against the Detroit Lions in 1935. Hutson had
just caught a 41-yard aerial from Herber for the score
after which Blood, a pass catcher himself, crossed up
the Lions by throwing to Hutson in the clear for the 
extra marker...LATE ON PAT'S: Hutson didn't kick an
extra point until 1938, when he got three. He added two
in 1939; 15 in 1940; and 20 in 1941. The Packers were
fortified with kickers like Hinkle, Ade Schwammel, Tiny
Engebretsen and Ernie Smith in those days. Hutson's
kicking is merely a sidelight when compared to his 
touchdown making system. He has scored seventy-four
touchdowns in his career and made 17 alone in the 
1942 season, both of which are records. Of the 74
passes, only two were made on running plays, both of
which, incidentally, were end around scampers. His
second-best TD year was in 1941, when he counted 12.
He scored nine each in 1936 and 1939. Hutson scored
at least one touchdown in each of his eight years
against the Chicago Bears, the Packers' most hated
rivals. In all, Hutson scored 13 times on the Bears. The
Cleveland Rams were soft as Don pushed over sixteen
touchdowns - three in 1937, six in 1938 and five in 
1942. On four different occasions Hutson scored three
times against Cleveland...NO JINX AFTER ALL: Hutson
waited until 1942 to score against his biggest jinx - the
New York club. He counted twice in the game at the
Polo grounds and kicked three extra points for a 21-21
tie. The Packer end holds eight records in receiving
alone. He gained slightly over three miles (5,515 yards)
in his career by catching passes. He picked up 1,211
yards in 1942 alone, and jammed 209 against the Rams
here for a one-game record...FOUR-INCH PASS: 
Probably the most unusual record in Hutson's book is
the four-inch throw he caught from Isbell in the Ram
game here last fall. Hutson made a spectacular catch
of the ball, snaring the pigskin on the dead run. Hutson kicked only two field goals in his career, but both were the margin of victory. A year ago he booted out in the last few seconds to edge out Cleveland, 17-14, and last Sunday against Pittsburgh his second quarter kick was the difference in the Packers' 24-21 win. Detroit proved something of a jinx to Hutson in one game this season. The Lions, who went without a victory all year, prevented Hutson from scoring a touchdown at Detroit but Don kept his scoring string alive by kicking two extra points. He scored twice on the Lions at Milwaukee. Hutson failed to score a TD against Pittsburgh but the famous end was handicapped with bruised ribs. He entered the game only to kick extra points and a few minutes of action after each kick.
DON HUTSON, PACKER ACE, IS RANKED THIRD
GREATEST ATHLETE IN ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Third place among all the male
athletes of 1942 is the latest honor bestowed upon Don
Hutson, the sensational record-breaking, pass catching
end of the Green Bay Packers. Hutson collected 42
points in the annual Associated Press poll of 69 sports
editors, it was announced today. In the voting, he
competed with stars in major league baseball, boxing,
track, golf, swimming, collegiate and pro football and all
other sports. First place, with 94 points, went to All-
America Frankie Sinkwich, who ran and passed the
Georgia football team to the Southeastern conference
championship and into the Rose bowl. Ted Williams,
the slugging star of Boston's American league baseball
club, drew 55 points for second place. Sixteen athletes
drew first-place votes in the balloting. Sinkwich was
named first by only 15 of the voters, but received 19
second and third-place votes to account for his leading
margin, figured on the basis of three for first, two for
second and one for third. Williams finished second in 
the voting for the second straight year. The lanky
outfielder, now training in the army air forces, poled a
dozen first-place votes but received little support
elsewhere...BEAZLEY IS FOURTH: Last year's winner,
Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees, was forgotten
in the balloting this time. Johnny Beazley, the rookie
hurler who pitched the St. Louis Cardinals to two wins
in the World Series, came fourth with 38 points. Gunder
Haegg, the Swedish track star, who cracked world
records at distances from a mile to 5,000 meters, was
voted first on 10 ballots, but had a point total of only 37,
good for fifth place. Due to the fact that professional
football is a comparatively new sport, and that the NFL
operates only in the midwest and east, Hutson's third 
place ranking may be considered of special significance.
He drew six first-place votes toward his point total of 42.
Last year he was accorded the No. 5 position in the
poll...ALL-PROFESSIONAL CHOICE: Hutson was the
only unanimous choice in the Associated Press All-
Professional team, and he appears a safe bet to land a
first team berth on the official National league team. The
last season was a sensational one for the Green Bay
end, and during the campaign he shattered a total of 14
records. Among them were two scoring records - 138
points for the season and 524 points for his career of
eight seasons. In pass receiving, Hutson produced
records by catching 74 aerials for the season and 
bringing his total for eight seasons to 336. He caught
17 touchdown passes this year and built up his total to
72 for additional records. He holds records on yards
gained by passes - 1,211 for the season and 5,515 for
his career...209 YARDS BEST: Additional receiving
records include 209 yards in one game, against the
Cleveland Rams, and the shortest touchdown pass - 
four inches. the 17 touchdown passes caught by 
Hutson automatically gave him the record for the most
touchdowns scored by any player in one season. Two
additional touchdowns by rushing makes his total 
during all eight years 74 touchdowns for another record.
During the last season, Hutson booted 33 extra points,
which produced a new standard, and he chalked up still
another record by scoring six conversions in one game
against the Chicago Cardinals. Since the Detroit battle
in December, 1940, Hutson has not failed to score a
point in a National league game, making it twenty-five
consecutive games that he has marked up points for 
the Green Bay Packer team.
HUTSON UNABLE TO PLAY SUNDAY
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, 29 year old top
pass receiver and scorer of the NFL, announced on
Wednesday that he would be unable to play in the
annual pro bowl game at Philadelphia December 27. The
star left end of the Green Bay Packers suffered a chest
injury in a game against the Giants at New York Nov.
22. This injury was said to have been aggravated in
subsequent games against the Eagles at Philadelphia
November 29 and against Pittsburgh at Milwaukee Dec.
 6. Hutson has played with the Packers eight years and
was chosen six times on the all-league team.
SEVEN PACKERS HAVE SCORED POINTS IN ALL
THREE DEPARTMENTS; HUTSON FIRST, HINKLE
NEXT ON LIST
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Heading the all-time scoring 
table of the Green Bay Packers is an exclusive group of
seven men who have chalked up points in all three of 
football's scoring departments - touchdowns, points 
after touchdowns and field goals. The membership
includes halfbacks Curly Lambeau (1921-27) and Bobby
Monnett (1933-38); quarterbacks Red Dunn (1927-31)
and Pid Purdy (1926-27); fullbacks Clarke Hinkle (1932-
41) and Eddie Jankowski (1937-41); and end Donald
Hutson (1935-42). They scored 1,280 of the Bays' 4,137
points in 21 years in the NFL. Oddly enough, these
versatile scorers represent every season since the 
Packers started playing league ball. Coach Lambeau
started the ball rolling in 1921, and Hutson is still going
strong. In total points, Hutson is tops with 524 on 74
touchdowns, 74 points after and two field goals. Next is
Clarke Hinkle, the Bucknell flash, who was steady in
his point getting - 46 TD's, 30 PAT's and 28 FG's for
390 points. Lambeau is third in this select group with
12 touchdowns, 19 points after and six field goals for 109 points. Monnett scored nine touchdowns, 26 extra points and five field goals for 99 counters. Jankowski, who played under Hinkle, just barely qualified with one field goal, four extra points and 11 touchdowns for 73 marks...DUNN GREATEST QUARTERBACK: Dunn, believed to be the greatest Packer quarterback, scored only one touchdown but kicked 46 extra points and two field goals for 58 points. And last but not least is that 145-pound midget quarterback, Purdy, who counted one touchdown, 15 extra points and two field goals for 27 points. Many outstanding scores starred in one or two departments of counting but failed in a third. For instance, Paul (Tiny) Engbretsen booted 48 points after touchdowns, second only to Hutson, but he failed to get a touchdown. Engebretsen didn't get any chances to score touchdowns, however, because he was a guard. Tiny added 16 field goals. Big Ernie Smith, a tackle, is another example. He kicked 45 extra points and seven field goals, but, of course, didn't carry the ball from his tackle position...LEWELLEN BEST PUNTER: Verne Lewellen, who never was matched as a punter, is the opposite of Smith or Engebretsen. Lewellen missed the Big Seven society by failing to get a field goal, even though he gained most of his fame with his kicking - or, rather, punting. Lewellen scored 50 touchdowns and one point after for 301 points - still third behind Hutson and Hinkle. Of the 91 scorers on the Packer list, 83 scored touchdowns, 29 made extra points and 15 kicked field goals. Six new names were added to the scoring list during the 1942 season. Tops among the group is fullback Chuck Sample, who rolled up 30 points on five touchdowns for 27th place on the list. Other 1942 newcomers and their point totals are: Ted Fritsch, 13; Keith Ranspot, Joe Carter, Bob Ingalls and Ray Riddick, six each...URAM NOW 11TH: Andy Uram, who scored 13 points last season, leaped from 20th to 11th place with a total of 85 points, just one less than Lavvie Dilweg, who closed up football business in 1934. In rolling up 138 points for a new league record, Hutson booted his eight-year mark to 524 - 134 more than Hinkle who played 10 years before retiring to join the U.S. Coast Guard.
PROS SEEKING ADDED TALENT
DEC 17 (Chicago) - Semipro and sand lot gridders may provide an answer to professional football's wartime manpower problems in the opinion of Commissioner Elmer Layden. "Baseball builds up its talent from the sand lot diamonds," Layden declared. "There is no reason why professional football couldn't find some diamonds in the rough on the semipro gridirons." Layden said he also believed many young coaches in small colleges would be available for the pro ranks next season. He said he based this assumption on reports that decreased enrollments would force suspension of some sports at many institutions. Layden said that the fact that many semipro gridders did not play college football should not keep them from a fling at pro football. "Many high school boys take industrial arts courses," he explained, "and therefore don't have the proper credits for entrance into college. They become bread winners or family men at an early age and continue playing football for the love of the game. Lots of these boys now are defense workers, and as such, in good condition and still active in football."
DON HUTSON IS UNABLE TO PLAY
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, famous pass catching end of the Green Bay Packers, today denied an Associated Press announcement out of Philadelphia that he had made arrangements to play in the NFL's annual "pro bowl" game there Dec. 27. "Because of the shape I'm in, it's impossible for me to take part in the game," Huston declared. He still has not recovered from severe chest injuries received in the New York Giant game Nov. 22 and aggravated in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh games. The story said that Hutson had volunteered to do the field goal and extra point kicking in the pro classic, which will pit the Champion Washington Redskins against the league all-stars. Proceeds of the game will go to the Merchant Marine fund. 
END OF PRO FOOTBALL IS SEEN FOR DURATION
DEC 11 (New York) - After a session of listening to some of the NFL's "smart guys", who can see the handwriting on the wall, you were left with the idea today that that gridron's top professional loop probably will close up for the duration. The chief reasons for suspension of the circuit - as now appears likely - are (1) the fact that playing material next fall is going to be a lot scarcer than it was in '42 - which was bad enough, the coaches tell you - (2) the fact that the loop's moguls don't need a crystal ball to figure out fans aren't going to force anyone to hand out the S.R.O. sign next fall, what with a lot of players gone to war, plus the extra difficulties of transportation. Even the boss-man of the highly-successful Chicago Bears, George Halas - who is now teaching the navy's V-5 fellows at Oklahoma - has been heard to tell pals that pro ball, at best, would be operating under trying conditions next season. This is not to say that the circuit's ten club owners are going to announced any decision to suspend at their important meeting in Washington Monday, even though Danny Reeves, the Cleveland club owner, has indicated he'd be all for that. At this moment, the magnates are split up about 50-50 over playing next season...SOME HAVE OBJECTION: Some of the anti-suspension drumbeaters want to operate just to avoid any possible competition from "wildcat promoters". One or two others, with considerable investments, don't want to leave their money idle. One has $225,000 tied up in his club, and didn't do too well at the gate this season. Another has "sunk" $100,000 into his team. However, there's considerably more than an outside chance that the loop's championship playoff in Washington Sunday, between the Bears and the revenge-seeking Redskins, may be the last game for the duration. According to a couple of men close to the league, the magnates probably all will see the light next spring. And one fine day when the buds are popping and the hunting season is over, they'll admit "c'est la guerre" and wrap it up until the war ends.
YES, SON, THAT FELLOW HUTSON REALLY
HANDED THE RECORDS A BEATING
​DEC 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - A father speaks to his
young son a generation hence: "So you think so and so
can catch passes, eh? The best you ever saw, you say.
Well, back in the forties where was a fellow by the
name of Don Hutson, who played end with the Green
Bay Packers. You heard of him? Sure you did. Who
hasn't? Well, I saw him. Son, there was never another
guy like him. And see here, don't laugh. I'm not just an
old fogey living in the past. I'm telling you there never
was another guy like him. This fellow Hutson wasn't big as a lot of ends go. He only weighed 178 pounds. But he was lithe and trim, and boy, how fast. You think some of those ends you see today have tricks? None of them had Hutson's tricks. He could hook, and change his pace, and suddenly dart ahead, and wheel better than anybody else I ever saw - and I've seem some of the guys of today you've mentioned. He didn't have such big hands, but he sure could snag that ball. He'd have fellows right on top of him, or he'd be going full blast, or he'd seem to be hopelessly short of a pass, but he'd get it. They used to say that his trick in holding the ball lay in the way he glued his eyes on it. He wouldn't turn to run with it before he had it. He'd make sure of the ball above everything else. You know - just like in golf. Look, I've got an old clipping somewhere around here from 1942. I guess that was the year he had finished eight seasons with Green Bay. Here it is. You talk about so and so today? Just let me check off the records that Hutson held at that time. Why, the things he had done covered more than a page in the book: He caught 336 passes, 72 of them touchdown passes, and gained 5,515 yards in the eight seasons from 1935 to 1942. He caught 74 passes in the season of 1942, 17 of them touchdown passes, and gained 1,211 yards. He gained 209 yards on passes in one game against Cleveland in 1942 and then a little while later, also against Cleveland in a return game. caught a pass thrown from the four inch line - or that's what they said anyway. He scored 74 touchdowns in those eight seasons and 17 in one season, 1942. He kicked 33 extra points in one season, 1942, and against the Chicago Cardinals in the same year he kicked six of them in one game. He scored 524 points in those eight years on 74 touchdowns, 74 extra points and two field goals, and in 1942 he scored 138 points alone on 17 touchdowns, 33 extra points and one field goal. And from November of 1940, right through all of 1941 and 1942, he caught at least one touchdown pass in 25 consecutive games. All records. And he made them although he was a marked man every time he pulled on a suit. They'd hold him, knock him down, put two men on him, use every trick in the book. You've heard of George Halas of the Bears, of course. Pretty smart coach. Halas used to tear his hair every time his team had to face Hutson. Even he finally admitted he was stumped. He just conceded Hutson about two touchdowns a game and hoped his own team could score more. And what a grand guy. A gentleman. Always smoked a pipe. Spoke in a soft southern drawl. He came from Alabama, you know. Was the star of one of the Rose bowl games in which Dixie Howell did the passing. They say that Curly Lambeau got him for Green Bay by a matter of minutes over a fellow named Kelly - Shipwreck Kelly - who wanted him for Brooklyn. No, son, when you tell me about so and so, I've got to vote you down. There never was another guy like Hutson. Who did the passing? Well, there were several of them, but principally two. A fellow by the name of Arnie Herber came first. Why, on the first play from scrimmage in Hutson's first game in 1935, against the Bears, Herber threw a 60 yard pass which Hutson pulled in and carried across for the only touchdown of the game. Herber to Hutson was the top combination in those days. But then came an even greater one. Yes, sir, that's it - Isbell to Hutson. This Isbell was really a sharpshooter. No short, little flips for him. No, sir. He pitched the ball out and Hutson snagged them. And he pitched them true. People used to go to the park just to see him thread the needle. He held a slough of records himself. Won the National league passing championship two years in a two, 1941 and 1942. But that's something else. You talked about so and so catching passes, and I told you about Hutson. Just listen to your old man in this: There never was another guy like Don Hutson."
PRO FOOTBALL DETERMINED TO CONTINUE; DRAFT IS POSTPONED
DEC 14 (Washington) - The NFL, the professional gridiron's major loop, adjourned its regular December meeting Monday without holding the annual draft of graduating college players. It was the first time in seven seasons that the draft has been passed up at the December session. Owners of the ten clubs, or their representatives, met with Elmer Layden, league commissioner. After a discussion concerning the loop's wartime future, they adjourned "subject to the call of the commissioner." The session lasted less than two hours. It was known before the meeting that nine club owners favored putting off the draft, because most of the players graduating from college are earmarked for military service anyway...VOTE TO CONTINUE: The clubs owners voted unanimously to continue operations during the way, "subject to whatever regulations or conditions might arise." "We know there will be limitations and difficulties," Layden said later. "However, the sentiment of the members now is to continue." Although there was no official decision on just when the draft meeting might be held, if at all, the player selection could be accomplished at the loop's annual meeting in April, or at any time the commissioner might decide to call a session...PRO BOWL GAME: Layden also ironed out details concerning the "pro bowl" game between the championship Washington Redskins and a league All-Star team in Philadelphia Dec. 27. The entire proceeds, Layden said, will be given to the united seamen's service. The All-Stars will begin gathering in Philadelphia Tuesday. They will be coached by Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos, pilots of the Chicago Bears, who were beaten by the Redskins in the title playoff Sunday. In a conference with Anderson, Layden named 33 players, gathered from every club in the league, to make up the All-Star squad. Nine of them were picked from the Bears.
THOMPSON READY TO BUY FOOTBALL TEAM
DEC 14 (Washington) - Twenty-one players he said he would but at the owners' prices were listed Sunday night by Corporal Alexis Thompson, millionaire owner of the Philadelphia Eagles pro football team, who declared he intended to give Philadelphia the "best team money can buy." "We will not quibble about the expense," Thompson asserted. Here to attend the Washington-Chicago Bears game, he left immediately afterward to report for duty today at Camp Patrick Henry, Va. Included on Thompson's list, rookie fullback of the Green Bay Packers, who played his college football at Stevens Point Teachers. Other listed were Sid Luckman, Ray McLean, Frank Maznicki, Bulldog Turner, Pug Manders, Perry Schwartz, Frank Kinard, Merle Hapes, Bill Edwards, Wee Willie Wilkin, Bob Masterson, Dick Farman, Vincent Banonis, Ray Bray, Joe Stydahar, Hampton Pool, Chuck Cherundolo, Jack Sanders, Curt Sandig and Jack Jacobs...WAR DEPLETES RANKS: Discussing the fact that enlistments depleted the Eagles' ranks during the year, Thompson said that "sometimes lately I've been tempted to suspend our activities for the duration, so our boys would have no choice but to go to work for Uncle Sam. But I have decided to postpone that for the time being, at least, and await further developments in the war situation," Thompson added. "I appreciate the loyalty of Philadelphia football fans. We want to keep faith with them and we will still make an effort to give them the best team in the league."
RED SMITH NAMED TO CCC STAFF
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - Richard (Red) Smith, line coach of the Green Bay Packers and manager of the Green Bay Bluejays, has been named assistant director of the Columbus Community club, it was announced today by the Rev. S.M. Killeen, club director. Smith, former Packer lineman and major league baseball catcher, started his duties today. Father Killeen announced that Smith will be in complete charge of the bowling alleys, and will promote activities in the alleys and auditorium. Smith will represent the CCC at all business meeting in the building. Among activities planned tentatively by Smith are organization by exercise clubs and conditioning group. Such activities would be the first at the club in several years. A native of Combined Locks, Wis., Smith has been connected with Green Bay athletic programs for a number of years. He played with the Packers in 1927 and 1929 and acted as line coach at the same time. He coached Georgetown university, Seton Hall and the University of Wisconsin before renewing his contract with the Packers in 1936...PRO BASEBALL PLAYER: In baseball, Smith played with the New York Giants in the National league in 1926 and 1927. He joined Montreal of the International league in 1928 and then played with the Boston Braves in 1929. Since 1935 Smith has been connected with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American association. Besides playing with them, he managed their farm clubs in the south. Smith managed the Green Bay Bluejays in 1941 and 1942, leading them to the Wisconsin State league pennant in 1941 and to second place this year.
15 MEMBERS OF PACKER TEAM SHARED SCORING PAST SEASON
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - Despite the fact that one player scored more than one-third of the points, the Green Bay Packers point-making for the 1942 season was divided among 15 gridders - something of a record in itself. The average number of scorers for the Packers
usually ran around ten, and the 1942 figure of 15 is
believed to be an all-time high. Thirteen of these scored
at least one touchdown. The other two, Ted Fritsch and
Dick Weisgerber, scored by the toe, Fritsch getting four
field goals and an extra point and Weisgerber booting
two extra points. The Packers rolled up 41 touchdowns,
39 extra points and five field goals for an even 300 
points in 11 league contests. They counted thirteen on
rushing and 28 by passes. Don Hutson scored 17 of 
their air touchdowns and finished with 138 points. He
added 33 extra points and one field goal. Outside of
Hutson, who was nothing short of miraculous in 
blasting the league's scoring record, Andy Uram led the
Packers in scoring. Andy was second to Hutson with
31 points. Chuck Sample, new fullback, was next with
30...CREATE DISTURBANCE: Seven of the 15 scorers
are linemen. The two top-string centers - Charley Brock
and Bob Ingalls - each got a touchdown. Brock created
a disturbance with his TD. He stole the ball from John
Morrow, Chicago Cardinal fullback, and ran 22 yards for
the score that gave the Packers a 17-13 victory, their
first of the league card. The Cards yelled about that run
until they were bumped off good and proper, 55-24, a
month later. Ingalls intercepted a pass and ran 24 yards
for his TD in the Packers' rout of the Cardinals here.
Other linemen who scored touchdowns are Hutson,
Keith Ranspot, Joe Carter, Harry Jacunski and Ray
Riddick, all ends.
PACKERS, BEARS BOTH OWN FIVE NATIONAL
GRID PENNANTS
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Thanks to the Washington
Redskins, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears
are still running neck and neck for NFL championships.
When the Redskins upset the Bears, 14-6, Sunday for
the 1942 title, the Packers remained in a 5-5 knot with 
the Chicagoans for league championships. The Bears
won their fifth crown in 1941 by clipping the New York
Giants, 37-9, while the Green Bay club copped No. 5
by downing the Giants, 27-0, in 1939. The Giants, who
seem to have taken plenty of lickings from the Bears and Packers, are in a commanding championship position. They hold three titles, having won in 1927, 1934 and 1938. Locked behind New York are Canton, with titles in 1922 and 1923, and Washington in 1937 and 1942. The Bears, incidentally, were the Redskins'
victims in 1937, too, falling 28-21..DIVISIONAL TITLES: Since the league split into Eastern and Western divisions in 1933, the Bears captured six Western titles - one in a playoff with the Packers in 1941. New York won six in the Eastern sector. The Packers and Redskins each hold three sectional crowns and the Detroit Lions and Boston one each. The traditional Packer-Bear rivalry, started on a league basis by Curly Lambeau and George Halas in 1921, becomes more colorful as the years go on. The Bears won both tests this season but up here the Packer fans are still saying the Chicagoans were lucky to win that first one at City stadium. The Bears recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass for two quick touchdowns that gave them a 44-28 win...UNBEATEN SEASONS: The Bears have played 276 games and the Packers 268. The Bears won 189 and the Packers 177. Chicago has 59 defense compared with the Packers' 71. The Bears lead in ties, 28-20. The Packers went through one season without a defeat (12-0-1 in 1929) and Chicago has two perfect years (13-0 in 1934 and 11-0 in 1942). The Bears' unbeaten mark was spoiled, however, by the Redskins Sunday...$5 PLEASE: News that each member of the championship Washington Redskin team will receive $966.87 for  beating the Bears was sweet to Marty Morgan, former Green Bay West and Gonzaga center. It seems Morgan was official pants presser at Gonzaga back in 1937, and Ed Justice, Redskins halfback, was a man who likes a sharp press in his pants. Justice ran up $5 worth of pressings but somehow there just wasn't any "justice" when school closed...SHAME ON SCRIBES: Coach Curly Lambeau was quite surprised that none of the football "experts" noticed Larry Craig backing up the Packer line in the Pittsburgh game. For years, Craig teamed up with Don Hutson, playing end while Hutson took over Craig's spot deep in the defensive backfield. On offense, of course, Craig remained at blocking back. In the Steeler game, Craig never got to play end because
Ray Riddick and Harry Jacunski happened to be in
uniform...THEM TIE GAMES: The NFL played 128 tie
games since 1921. The Bears hold the one-year record
with six in 1932 when they won the title with only seven
wins and one defeat. Green Bay finished second with
ten wins, three losses and one knot. The only "tieless"
year was 1934 when the Bears won 13 straight for the
title. The most knots, 25, were produced in 1923...
WADE WAS RIGHT?: Early this season NFL moguls
laughed when Major Wallace Wade, then coach of the
Western Army All-Stars, said that the Chicago Cards
were "just a good college team". They laughed more
when the Cards won their first two games. Now it is
Wade's turn to snicker. The Cards finished with three
wins in 11 starts.
FOUR PACKERS ON STAR TEAM
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Four members of the Green Bay
Packers were named today by Commissioner Elmer
Layden as members of the NFL's All-Star squad of 32
players for the pro bowl game against the champion
Washington Redskins in Philadelphia Dec. 27. They 
are Charley Brock, center; Don Hutson, end; Cecil
Isbell, back; and Cecil Isbell, back. Hutson, however,
will be unable to play because of several badly bruised
ribs which prevented him from any contact in the
Pittsburgh game at Milwaukee recently. He injured his
ribs in the New York Giant game Nov. 22...ISBELL IN
LAFAYETTE: It is not known whether the other three
Packer players will accept their invitations. Isbell is
visiting the parents of his wide at Lafayette, Ind., and
expects to stay there until after Christmas. Craig is at
home in Central, S.C., and Brock is at his residence in
Columbus, Neb. Hutson, who set the league on fire by
scoring 134 points, doesn't expect to take any active
exercise for about a month. The two Chicago Bear
coaches, Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos, will pilot
the team.
PROS POSTPONE DRAFT UNTIL SPRING PARLEY
​DEC 15 (Washington) - The National Football league
Monday voted unanimously to try to continue in 1943,
but that was merely for the record. What the owners
actually did was  to decide not to make future plans
until their April meeting, when, if the manpower
situation warrants, they will try to keep going. More
than 350 players already are in the armed forces. The
meeting adjourned without holding the annual draft of
graduating college players. It was the first time in
seven seasons that the draft has been passed up at the league's December session. Although there was no official decision on just when the draft meeting might be held, if at all, the player selection could be accomplished at the loop's annual meeting in April, or at any time the commissioner might decide to call a session. Layden also ironed out details concerning the pro bowl game between the championship Washington Redskins and a league all-star team in Philadelphia December 27. The entire proceeds, Layden said, would be given to the United Seamen's Service. The all-stars will begin gathering in Philadelphia Tuesday. They will be coached by Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos, pilots of the Chicago Bears, who were beaten by the Redskins in the title playoff Sunday, 14-6. The following 32 players, selected from every team in the league, were named Monday by Layden for the Philadelphia game. Layden said the only players on the "doubtful" list were Goldberg and Hutson, both injured during the regular season.
GREEN BAY THIRD IN ALL-TIME STANDINGS OF NATIONAL LEAGUE
DEC 30 (Green Bay) - All-time standings of the ten teams now in the NFL put Green Bay in third place - a couple of notches behind Washington's Redskins who
have yet to earn their No. 2 ranking. The Packers rest
an even 40 percentage points behind the leading Bears
who have a rating of .762 on 189 wins, 59 losses and 27
ties. Green Bay won 174 games, lost 67 and tied 20 for
a mark of .722. Washington has a percentage of .744 on
47 wins, 16 losses and 3 ties. Technically the Packers
are second, the Redskins having played only 66 games
compared with the Packers 261 in 21 years. They
entered the league in 1937, and games played by the 
old Boston Redskin team which later was moved to Washington are not counted in the standings. The rating are based on regularly-scheduled league games only. Both the Packers and Bears have been in the league for its duration - 22 years. The Chicago Cardinals also have been in since 1921, but won only 92 games, lost 129 and tied 19 for a sixth-place ranking of .416. New York is fourth - 99 percentage points behind the Bears. The Giants are the third team to win over 100 games, capturing 114 while losing 48 and tying 13.
SCORELESS TIES
DEC 30 (Green Bay) - The Packers played their last scoreless tie in 1936, and chances are that they'll never play another one - with NFL rules permitting the emphasis on wide open scoring play. In 22 years of football, Curly Lambeau's athletes played only eight scoreless ties, and all but one were in league competition. The non-loop knot was with the Duluth Eskimos in 1926. League scoreless ties involved the Milwaukee Badgers and Rock Island Independents, both in 1922; St. Louis Gunners, 1923; New York Yankees, 1928; Frankford, 1929; Chicago Bears, 1932, and Chicago Cardinals, 1936. The Bears and Packers had an eye for zeros in 1932 when the teams opened with scoreless ties. Then the Packers beat their rivals, 2-0, after which the Bears nipped Green Bay, 9-0. In 1936, the Packers won the first two games from the Cards, 10-7, and 24-0, before the clubs battled to a scoreless tie...Speaking about ties, the Packers and New York Giants are keeping themselves well tied together. In 21 games, the Packers won ten and the Giants won the same number. The 21st game played in New York last month resulted in a (you guessed it) tie, 21-21. The Packers held a slight edge in points, though, 150 to 200.
MANDEL FAVORS A PLAN TO KEEP FOOTBALL GOING
DEC 20 (Detroit) - Owner Fred L. Mandel, Jr., of the Detroit Lions, who once thought 1943 operations of the NFL out of the question, now is solidly behind Commissioner Elmer Layden's plan to continue even at the extreme of putting play on a semipro basis. Perhaps because he has nothing to lose (his team dropped all 11 games last fall), Mandel said Saturday war plant workers with college, high school or sand lot football experience would be invited to try out with the Lions next fall. "I admit right now that the caliber of play will be far below standards," Mandel declared, "but so long as the competition is keen it should meet with public approval. Mandel favors an eight game schedule confined strictly within divisional limits.
HUTSON REITERATES HE WILL NOT PLAY
DEC 21 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, Green Bay Packer end, Monday denied a story originating in Philadelphia that he would play in the pro bowl game at that city December 27. The NFL's record making pass catcher reiterated an earlier statement that injuries received late in the season would prevent him from appearing in the charity contest. The eastern story had reported Hutson was to assume the duties of kicking for touchdown conversions but would see little scrimmage action because of his injuries.
QUARTERBACK IS FORGOTTEN MAN ON BAY ELEVEN
DEC 21 (Green Bay) - Since the days of Red Dunn, the quarterback has been the forgotten man of the Green Bay Packers. Dunn was the last of the Packer quarterbacks who passed, punted, ran with the ball, blocked and called signals. Since his heyday, Packer quarterbacks were chiefly blockers although boys like Johnny Blood, Hank Bruder, Joe Laws and Bobby Monnett were used at blocking quarterback depending on the system of play Coach Curly Lambeau had in operation. When Dunn passed out of the picture, Lambeau revised his "Lambeau-Notre Dame" style so that the quarterback's chief duty was blocking on offense and backing up the line on defense. They no longer operated in the sense of the word - quarterback, whose duties in most cases are to call signals, watch the team's defense and run, pass and punt. Modern examples of the Dunn-type of quarterback are Sid Luckman and Charley O'Rourke of the Chicago Bears; and Tommy Thompson of the Philadelphia Eagles. Prominent Packer blocking quarters since Dunn's day include Harry O'Boyle, Paul Fitzgibbons, Roger Grove, Buckets Goldenberg, who is now a guard, Herman Schneideman, Dick Weisgerber, Bob Adkins and Larry Craig. Wiesgerber, Adkins and Craig handled the B.Q.B. duties in the last four years when Lambeau kept his quarterback on hand chiefly to lead the interference...PLAY TWO POSITIONS: Craig has had an unusual experience in his four-year career here. He played blocking quarterback on offense and end on defense, pulling into the line in place of Don Hutson, fleet pass catcher whose speed was valuable in covering opponent ball hawks. This move gave Craig an opportunity to star at two positions. The official all-league team, selected annually since 1931, a year before Dunn closed business, never has been a representative at quarterback by a Packer. All of the all-league quarterbacks were signal callers, runners, passers, kickers and what have you. Among them are Luckman, 1941; Clarence Parker, Brooklyn, 1940; Davey O'Brien of Philadelphia, 1939; Dutch Clark, Detroit, 1937, 1936, 1935, 1934; Harry Newman, New York, 1933; Clark, Portsmouth, 1932, 1932. The Packers have placed 12 different players on the official all-league team. They include Clarke Hinkle, fullback; Don Hutson and Lavvie Dilweg, ends; Cal Hubbard and Ernie Smith, tackles; Mike Michalske, Russ Letlow and Evans, guards; Nate Barrager, center; and Johnny Blood, Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell, halfbacks. Barrager is the only Packer ever to make the center position, while Hinkle is the only Packer to place in the fullback spot. The Hink won the honor in 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1941, and Barrager was chosen in 1932. Hutson captured the honor five times, starting in 1936. He placed second in 1937 but then gained the starting end position in the next four years, and he's a cinch to make five straight when the selections come out soon for 1942. Dilweg won his honor in 1931. Hubbard captured tackle laurels in 1931, 1932 and 1933 and Smith succeeded him, as a Packer, in 1936. Scores of unofficial all-league teams were picked by newspaper service and other organizations before 1931, and the names of Dunn, Cub Buck, Verne Lewellen, Bo Molenda and others were mentioned prominently.
CECIL ISBELL MAY CLOSE GRID CAREER AS ALL-STAR
​DEC 22 (Lafayette, IN) - Cecil Isbell, star of the Green Bay Packers and passing ace of the NFL, may close his brilliant grid career December 27 when he plays with the all-stars against the champion Washington Reddkins at Philadelphia. "I think I've had enough," the former Purdue star said Monday. "Five years of pro football is enough for anyone. If the opportunity come, I'll quit the game." A keen passing rivalry exists between Isbell and Sammy Baugh of Washington. Isbell has completed more passes than Baugh, but the percentage of completions gives Baugh the edge. "We're the best of friends," Isbell said, "but even though I like Sammy, I would like to complete some tosses just to see how this competition will come out." Isbell said the Redskins have a better team than the all-stars. "You can't just throw together a bunch of fellows who have worked out a week and expect them to beat a club that has five months of hard work." Isbell believes a short pass will work best against Redskin defense if they use the standard 6-2-2-1. Isbell said, "Pro ball is done for the duration. Half the boys are in the armed forces. The rest of the players are married or have other jobs, so they won't be too hard hit. I guess I'll just work at my soft water business in Neenah."