Chet Adams            27   T 6- 3 240      Ohio State  1  5 26 10 FA - Cleveland (1942)
Paul Berezney         47   T 6- 2 220         Fordham  2  2 27 10
Charley Brock         29   C 6- 1 210        Nebraska  5  5 27  6 1939 Draft - 3rd round
Lou Brock             16  HB 6- 0 195          Purdue  4  4 25 10 1940 Draft - 3rd round
Tony Canadeo           3  HB 6- 0 195         Gonzaga  3  3 24 10 1941 Draft - 7th round
Irv Comp              51  HB 6- 3 192    St. Benedict  1  1 24  9 1943 Draft - 3rd round
Larry Craig           54   E 6- 0 208     S. Carolina  5  5 27 10 1939 Draft - 6th round
Tiny Croft            75   T 6- 4 298           Ripon  2  2 22  
Dick Evans            22   E 6- 3 210            Iowa  2  4 25 10 FA - Chi Cards (1942)
Tony Falkenstein      18  FB 5-10 210 St. Mary's (CA)  1  1 28 10
Bob Flowers           35   C 6- 1 215      Texas Tech  2  2 26  8
Sherwood Fries        46   G 6- 1 238     Colorado St  1  1 22  5
Ted Fritsch           64  FB 5-10 205   Stevens Point  2  2 22 10
Buckets Goldenberg    43   G 5-10 220       Wisconsin 11 11 31 10
Don Hutson            14   E 6- 1 178         Alabama  9  9 30 10
Harry Jacunski        48   E 6- 2 198         Fordham  5  5 27 10
Bob Kahler             8   T 6- 3 200        Nebraska  2  2 26  
William Kuusisto      45   G 6- 0 230       Minnesota  3  3 25 10
Jim Lankas            23  FB 6- 2 215 St. Mary's (CA)  1  2 25  3 FA - Phil (1942) 
Joe Laws              24  HB 5- 9 188            Iowa 10 10 32 10
Joel Mason             7   E 6- 0 198     W. Michigan  2  3 30 10 FA - Chi Cards (1939)
Forrest McPherson     72 T-C 5-11 248        Nebraska  1  4 31  5 FA - Phil (1937)
Baby Ray              44   T 6- 6 250      Vanderbilt  6  6 27  8
Ade Schwammel         40   T 6- 2 215       Oregon St  4  4 34  2 FA - Green Bay (1936)
Glen Sorenson         33   G 6- 0 225         Utah St  1  1 23  7
Ben Starret           63   B 5-11 215 St. Mary's (CA)  2  3 25  7 FA - Pittsburgh (1941)
Pete Tinsley          21   G 5- 8 200         Georgia  6  6 30 10 1938 Draft - 9th round
Andy Uram             42  HB 5-10 190       Minnesota  6  6 28  8 1938 Draft - 4th round
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played
1943 PACKERS DRAFT (April 8, 1943)
RND SEL NAME               POS COLLEGE      
1     8 Dick Wildung         T Minnesota      
2       Did Not Draft
3    23 Irv Comp             B St. Benedict
4       Did Not Draft
5    38 Roy McKay            B Texas
6    48 Nick Susoeff         E Washington State
7    58 Ken Snelling         B UCLA
8    68 Lester Gatewood      C Baylor
9    78 Norm Verry           T Southern California
10   88 Solon Barnett        G Baylor
11   98 Bob Forte            B Arkansas
12  108 Van Davis            E Georgia
13  118 Tom Brock            C Notre Dame
14  128 Ralph Tate           B Oklahoma State
15  138 Don Carlson          T Denver
16  148 Mike Welch           B Minnesota
17  158 Ron Thomas           G Southern California
18  168 Jim Powers           T St. Mary's (Calif.) 
19  218 Harold Prescott      E Hardin-Simmons 
20  188 Eddie Forrest        C Santa Clara 
21  198 Lloyd Wasserbach     T Wisconsin 
22  208 Mark Hoskins         B Wisconsin 
23  218 Earl Bennett         G Hardin-Simmons 
24  228 George Zellick       E Oregon State 
25  238 Gene Bierhaus        E Minnesota 
26  248 George Makris        G Wisconsin 
27  258 Pete Susick          B Washington 
28  268 Bud Hasse            E Northwestern 
29  278 Dick Thornally       T Wisconsin 
30  288 Bob Ray              B Wisconsin 
31  293 Brunel Christensen   T California 
32  298 Ken Roskie           B Southern California 
BOLD ITALICS - Played for the Packers
Don Huston had hauled in many a pass into the end zone, but he got a chance to get on the other end of the pipe on one play. Huston took a handoff and headed off to what looked like an end run. With the defenders converging on him, the fast end pulled up short and tossed a 38-yard pass to Harry Jacunski all alone in the end zone. After the play, the poker-faced Huston broke into a grin. Passing, it seemed, was not that difficult. Most of the Green Bay passes were thrown by Tony Canadeo and Irv Comp, since star tailback Cecil Isbell had quit to coach the Purdue Boilermakers. Isbell explained why he quit while still young - "I had not been up in Green Bay long when I saw Lambeau around the locker room and tell players like Herber and Gatenbein and Hank Bruder that they were all done with the Packers. I sat there and watched and then I vowed it would never happen to me. I'd quit before they came around to tell me."
Looking ahead to the 1943 season, the second one since the U.S. entered World War II, the National Football League faced a major problem. Like baseball, most of the players had been drafted by the armed forces. Unlike baseball, the NFL did not have a vast minor league system to draw on. The league had limped through the 1942 season with about 1/3 of its players in the service. Attendance had plummeted 20%. At its annual meeting in April, 1943, the NFL took stock. 150 more players had been lost to the armed forces. Most teams were decimated. The Pittsburgh Steelers had only 6 players under contract. The Philadelphia Eagles had 16, more than most clubs. The Cleveland Rams received permission to drop out of the league for the 1943 season. The good news from this move was that the Rams' 14 players could be disbused among the nine remaining clubs. The bad news was that an odd number of teams created a scheduling problem. The 1943 draft was mostly a waste of time as almost all the college draftees were already military draftees. Some players were coaxed out of retirement, led by the legendary Bronko Nagurski, who joined to the Bears at age 35 after 5 idle years. However, the Steelers still faced dire straits and might have to shut down as Cleveland had one. The Pittsburgh problem and the scheduling dilemma were solved by merging the Steelers with their cross-state rivals, the Eagles, for the 1943 season. The team would play four of its home games at Shibe Park in Philadelphia and two in Pittsburgh. Earl "Greasy" Neale of the Eagles and the Steelers' Walt Kiesling would be co-coaches. (This arrangement worked only after Neale took over the offense and Kiesling the defense.) The uniforms were the green and white of the Eagles. League standings would list the club as Phil-Pitt. However, sportswriters and fans preferred "Steagles." (SOURCE: Golden Moments in Sports Archives)
5  Washington Redskins at Baltimore      W 23-21    1-0-0   45,000 
11 Phil-Pitt Steagles at Pittsburgh      W 28-10    2-0-0   19,369
26 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0-0)               T 21-21    0-0-1   23,675
3  at Chicago Cardinals (0-1-0)          W 28- 7    1-0-1   15,563
10 G-DETROIT LIONS (2-1-0)               W 35-14    2-0-1   21,396
17 M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-0-0)         L  7-33    2-1-1   23,058
24 at Detroit Lions (3-2-0)              W 27- 6    3-1-1   41,463
31 at New York Giants (2-1-0)            W 35-21    4-1-1   46,208
7  at Chicago Bears (5-0-1)              L  7-21    4-2-1   43,425
14 M-CHICAGO CARDINALS (0-7-0)           W 35-14    5-2-1   10,831
21 at Brooklyn Dodgers (2-6-0)           W 31- 7    6-2-1   18,992
28 X-at New London Diesels               W 62-14            10,000
5  Z-at Phil-Pitt Steagles (5-3-1)       W 38-28    7-2-1   34,294
X - Non-League Game   Z - at Philadelphia G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
The photo’s original caption, in newspaper lingo, reads: “Editors: This picture is an advance for use in AMS of Sunday, Dec. 12) (CX2) GREEN BAY, WIS., Dec. 11-“STOP AND START” HUTSON IS AT IT AGAIN-Don Hutson (left), Green Bay Packers end who befuddled pass defenses by pretending to let the whole thing go and then start a winning sprint for the pigskin, wields the pen that stops one job and starts another for him. Through as a player for the pro eleven, he signed a contract today as full time assistant to coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau (right) of the Packers. (AP Wirephoto)(SOURCE: Packerville,
JANUARY 6 (Wisconsin Rapids) - Ted Fritsch, former Central State Teachers college athlete, and more recently a fullback on the Green Bay Packers, probably has played in his last professional football game for the duration. Fritsch, whose high school days were spent at the little school at Spencer, where his brother Mike does the coaching, left last week with the draft contingent of Portage county for physical examinations in Milwaukee. Since the conclusion of the Green Bay Packer schedule, Ted has been employed as a substitute mail carrier at the post office in Stevens Point. He registered in that city while attending college there. Fritsch was Eddie Kotal's personal contribution to the Green Bay Packer club. When the Packer organization hired Eddie as backfield coach late last spring, it has no idea that Kotal would also bring the 1942 Packer fullback. But Fritsch, who is built like a bull and yet is extremely light on his feet, more than filled the bill for Curly Lambeau. Naturally Ted wasn't a Clark Hinkle in his first season of professional football. As a matter of fact, try and name anyone who has been the equal of the Hink. Possibly Bronko Nagurski and Ernie Never, but who else? Norm Standlee was a great line plunger for the Bears, but who wouldn't be with that Bear line to open the holes? For a rookie Fritsch did a splendid job. His field goal kicking contributed to the Packer scoring and he saved the Green Bay team from certain defeat in New York by breaking away for a long run in the closing minutes of the game against the Giants to enable the Packers to escape with a 21-21 tie. Another example of a small town boy who made good in a big way.
JANUARY 28 (Chicago​) - Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers Thursday was named the most valuable player in the NFL for the second straight year. He is the first performer ever to repeat in the balloting. Hutson's selection was a runaway in the poll of nine newspapermen. The glue fingered Packer end received six first place votes for an aggregate total of 30 points. Only two other players received consideration. They were Bill Dudley, the great rookie halfback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who has 18 points as a result of two first place and four second place voted, and Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins, who has 15 points on one first place and five second place votes. The selection committee in outlining the reasons for Hutson's selection said: "The selection did not rest alone on his great pass catching ability. Also considered were his nuisance value as a disrupter of enemy defenses and his ability to transform the Packers into a confident, powerful aggregation in clutch situations." Hutson, a graduate of the University of Alabama, holds 17 records, more than any other player in the league. He led the league in scoring last season for the third straight time. He recently was named to the all-league team for the sixth time. Hutson has played 91 games in his pro career and has caught at least one pass in 89 of them. The passes have ranged in gains from four inches to 92 yards. Hutson will celebrate his 30th birthday Sunday. He operates a bowling alley at Green Bay.
FEBRUARY 11 (Kaukauna) - Earl (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, believes there will be sufficient players available next fall to guarantee a full campaign for the NFL. Declaring that sandlots are not a good source of pro league material, Lambeau said at a high school banquet last night that National league teams could replenish their rosters with former college stars and ex-professionals who have been out of football only a few years and who have not yet been accepted for military service. "Mel Hein, Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson, Joe Stydahar and Johnny Blood, among others, were pressing or past the 30-year mark while still starring," Lambeau said, supporting his view that younger men several years out of college can still make a go of it in the pro league. "If necessary our training periods could be lengthened to give these men an opportunity to regain their poise, and we also could adopt the free substitution rule to give them a better break in actual competition." He added that he disagreed with Elmer Layden, commissioner of the league, who said recently that the pro league "may have to go to the sandlots for players." The dinner was in honor of Paul Little, Kaukauna coach.
APRIL 1 (Milwaukee) - Paul Berezney, a tackle with the Green Bay Packers last year, and Bill Combs, Philadelphia Eagles end, are students at the Marquette university school of medicine. Both are reserves in the armed forces. Berezney a lieutenant in the medical administrative corps of the Army and Combs an engineer in the Navy.
APRIL 6 (Chicago) - "We can and will play football next fall," optimistically declared Elmer Layden, league president, as owners and coaches of the NFL assembled here Tuesday for a three day discussion of war created problems. "Pro football still has to be shown," he said, "that it cannot continue in the face of whatever demands selective service or the war in general make upon it." "It's not going to be easy, I know," he added. "Our easy source of playing material, college football, is gone for the duration. We're going to have to work to get players and prepare our teams for the schedule. And we can do it." Layden said there were certainly enough 3-A players available "somewhere in the country" to allow each club a workable minimum in 1943. He said that even under an accelerated selective service schedule not all players would necessarily be taken by fall. Reports continued to persist, as the league's executive committee convened Monday as a prelude to the league meeting, that two or four clubs would disband and ask that their territorial rights be "frozen" for the duration. Layden staunchly maintained, however, that he had not been notified officially that any league members intended to fold. With the manpower problem the chief concern, it was regarded as almost certain that the player limit would be reduced from 33, probably to 25. To permit full use of the limited material, it was also considered certain that the rules committee would recommend adoption of the free substitution rule. The agenda originally called for the player draft on Tuesday, but Fred Mandel of the Detroit Lions sought postponement until Thursday. Mandel attempted last week to get the player draft postponed indefinitely, but was defeated in a telephonic poll. The Lions owner's ostensible reason for the postponement was the illness of his new coach, Gus Dorais. Dorais is at his Detroit home recuperating from a skull fracture. There was no assurance, however, that he would be able to come here Thursday either. Thus the move generally was construed as one designed to stall the draft until after a general business meeting at which time all clubs would be forced to "show their hands" by making clear cut statements of their operating intentions in 1943.
APRIL 6 (Chicago Tribune) - Manpower shortage in pro football? Banish the thought, declared Curly Lambeau, the old warrior from Green Bay, last night as he prepared to participate in the NFL's three day get together starting today. Lambeau, with gray building up at the temples, has been in pro football since he was a boy. His contemporary of those early days, Lt. Comm. George Halas of the Chicago Bears, has detached himself from navy duties long enough to participate in the league's important discussions. But Lambeau is the dean of the active pro gents. "As I look at it," said Curly, "we had our big problem last year after losing 18 of our players. Well, somehow or other we got over that hurdle and managed to have a pretty fair team. Sure, we have our troubles, but for the Packers, 1942 was a tough year." The war is a challenge to pro football, says the master of the forward pass offense. "Well, our roster looked pretty sad this time a year ago," reminisced Curly. "Something had to be done. Someone told me about a fellow named Bob Flowers who was working in California, but who had been quite a center at Texas Tech. Well, I got Bob. We went to Baltimore for an exhibition game with the Washington Redskins. One of our players played 60 minutes. You guessed it - he was Bob Flowers. He'd been out of football for two years, but he got right back in the groove in a hurry. We had another example. Fred Vant Hull had been quite a ball player at Minnesota, but none of the pro teams had gone out of their way to line him up. With this player shortage staring at us, we jumped at the chance to give the boy a chance. When the season ended he was one of our best tackles, and he had been out of football for two seasons." Lambeau, a year ago, went through what many of the league clubs will be experiencing for the first time. He ridiculed any expression that the league can't find 250 to 300 ablebodied athletes and carry on with an exposition of pro football. "A lot of good boys like Flowers and Vant Hull slipped away from us," he declared. "A football player might be a trifle rusty after a two or three year layoff, but he'll come back quicker than you think. There are any number of Flowers and Vant Hulls who'll welcome the chance to play. It's up to us to find 'em." The master of the Packers almost is convinced that Don Hutson, his all-time all-league end, really means to retire. But he isn't crying. He's waiting for the results of this meeting before putting any pressure to get another typical Green Bay team.
APRIL 8 (Chicago) - Teams of the NFL took insurance on future
operations today by drafting 300 college gridders of whom less
than 5 percent are expected to be available for service during the
war years. No. 1 player posted on the board today was Georgia's
All-American halfback, Frankie Sinkwich, to whom the last place
Detroit Lions quickly laid claim. No. 2 was Joe Muha, a huge
halfback from Virginia Military Institute, who will play for the
Philadelphia Eagles at any time he enters professional football.
In other the pro league magnates then took: Glenn Dobbs, great
Tulsa halfback, by the Chicago Cardinals; Paul Governali,
Columbia's passing wizard, by Brooklyn; Mike Holovak, Boston
college's bruising fullback, by Cleveland which will not operate
for the duration; Steve Filipowicz, Fordham's fine halfback, by
New York; Bill Laley, Minnesota's artful halfback, by Pittsburgh;
Dick Wildung, Minnesota's All-America tackle and the first 
lineman selected, by the Packers; Bob Steuber, Missouri's
passing ace, by the Chicago Bears, Jack Jenkins, Vanderbilt's
clever fullback, by the championship Redskins. For the second,
third and fourth rounds the names of outstanding collegians of
the last three years continued to be assigned to the 10 clubs.
Washington took a liking to Notre Dame men, pulling out end
Bob Dover, center Wally Ziemba and tackle Lou Rymkus on its third, fourth and fifth turns. Bill Dutton, Pittsburgh halfback, was the Redskins' second choice. The Bears took Fred (Dippy) Evans of Notre Dame and Ed Stamm of Stanford on its second and third picks. The Detroit club grabbed Wisconsin's twice all-America end, Dave Schreiner, in the second round, the Eagles took Lamar Davis of Georgia and Monk Gafford of Alabama and Brooklyn called for Blondy Black of Mississippi State, George Ceithami of Michigan and center Joe Damnanovich of Alabama.
APRIL 9 (Chicago) - Curly Lambeau and his right hand bower, the roly poly Red Smith, came out of the annual NFL draft meeting here Thursday night all smiles, and no wonder. They got everybody they really wanted for their Packers and a few they hardly dared hope to get. They got who they insisted was the best college tackle in the country last season. Dick Wildung of Minnesota; one of the best all-around fullbacks, Royal McKay of Texas; the best center, Buddy Gatewood of Baylor; one of the best guards, Bob Barnett of Baylor; the far west's best tackle, Norman Veery of Southern California, and a collection of others as good as any they have ever been able to draw out of these annual "grabs", including Irv Comp of St. Benedict's. The selection of Comp in the draft, after Lambeau had signed him as a free agent, followed what threatened for a while to become the year's "cause celebre" of the league. Lambeau signed him Sunday as the rules of the league specified he could: "No player shall be permitted to play on any club (or be signed) until his class has been graduated. The foregoing shall be construed to mean the class to which the player belonged when he first entered a collegiate institution." Comp enrolled at Wisconsin in 1937, so that his class was the class of '41. He never finished his freshman year at Wisconsin, however, subsequently enrolled at St. Benedict's, and, after four years of football there, was graduated last February. Comp's first collegiate class was clearly the class of '41. At the start of Thursday's meeting, however, Elmer Layden, president of the league, arbitrarily included Comp on the draft list. He returned the contract Lambeau had sent in, declared Comp's case a little "unusual" and flatly refused to entertain Lambeau's protest. It was hardly an auspicious beginning for Green Bay in the draft but it all ended well enough when Lambeau, on his second choice, still had a chance to pick Comp. He did. Wildung was the first choice. The players Lambeau hardly dared hope to get were those drawn in the "grab bag" by which the league disposed of the veterans and men drafted by the inactive Cleveland club. Lambeau wanted Chet Adams, one of the best tackles in the league, and Mike Holovak, the Boston Thunderbolt, above all others, but figured it was something too good to happen. And yet when he dug into a hat he came up with both. For the time in the history of the draft, 30 men were drawn instead of 20, and the selections continued from shortly before noon until 9 o'clock at night.
APRIL 7 (Chicago) - Club owners of the NFL cut the player limit today from 33 to 25 to met manpower difficulties, and voted to permit free substitution of players for the 1943 season against the wishes of most of the coaches. Elmer Layden, commissioner, said man mileage would be reduced 37 percent by adoption of the 25 player limit a cut in the schedule from 55 to 45 games, agreed upon tonight. Each team will meet the other eight clubs and, in addition, will play two other contests with traditional rivals for a total of 10 games. A rough drat of the revised schedule failed to satisfy the owners, however, and Layden was commissioner to submit it later for approval by mail. Reduction of the player limit brought about the change in the substitution rule. Coaches argues against making the rule permanent, and were of the opinion that it was against the best interests of the professional game. In agreeing to reduce the player limit some of the club owners said they did not believe any of the nine teams would be able to carry 25 players throughout the season. Curly Lambeau, coach and part-owner of the Green Bay Packers, said, however, that he was of the opinion that he could muster at least 150 players if necessary. Charles (Gus) Dorais, new coach of the Detroit Lions, will be unable to attend tomorrow's draft session, at which 200 graduating collegians will be selected. Dorais has been undergoing hospital treatment in Detroit for a skull fracture and his physician refused him permission to make the trip. Although the Cleveland Rams have dropped out for the duration, their coach, Charles (Chili) Walsh, will be retained on full salary.
APRIL 12 (Los Angeles) - Ken Snelling, UCLA fullback who was drawn by the Green Bay Packers in Thursday's draft, has been commissioned an ensign in the navy and will leave soon for training at Fort Schuyler, N.Y. The 212- pound Snelling led the 1942 Bruins' Rose Bowl team in scoring with 45 points.
MAY 21 (Two Rivers) - Football and other sports should continue if at all possible, Cecil Isbell, ace passer of the Green Bay Packers told members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce last night at their installation dinner in he banquet room of the J.E. Hamilton Community house. The famed football star told the membership and guests that sports is "one of the greatest morale builders civilians and service men have" and cited several instances of how the boys in service await with interest results of sporting events in this country.
JUNE 9 (Pittsburgh) - NFL teams, struggling to keep going despite increasingly acute manpower shortages, may turn to consolidations that would produce a six or seven team league next fall. That possibility was suggested today by Art Rooney, co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who pointed out that only four of the 10 teams in the league last fall have announced they will operate this year. The others are definitely out or doubtful starters. Rooney listed his own team and the Philadelphia Eagles in the doubtful class. "Understand," he said, "we're going to make every effort to put a Steeler team on the field. But the outlook is not too good. If we can't round up enough men, we're going to ask about a merger with the Eagles. Perhaps the two Chicago teams may also want to merge." A spokesman for the Eagles said at Philadelphia that the consolidation "has been discussed" but added that the final decision is being withheld until the league meeting in Chicago June 19. He said the Eagles have a maximum possible total of 14 players available and "couldn't begin to field a team now." Rooney reported only five holdovers from last year's great Steeler club available for this season. Aggravating the manpower shortage is the fact that most of the 1942 college stars, who normally would fill the gaps in the league roster, already are in the armed forces. The Eagles, for instance, selected 30 players at the league draft meeting and not one will be available this year. As to the Chicago merger, Rooney said he understood both the Bears and Cardinals, in addition to loss of their regular coaches, face acute player shortages. Brooklyn, too, has been hit hard. The Cleveland Rams have announced they definitely will not operate. Only the champion Washington Redskins, Green Bay, New York and Detroit have declared they are ready to operate next fall.
​JUNE 14 (Chicago) - Pointing to the success of baseball as a pattern for the future, Elmer Layden, commissioner of the NFL, said today he was confident the nine club owners who last April pledged themselves to carry on would go ahead with their 1943 plans after a league meeting in Chicago Saturday and Sunday. The main purpose of the special session will be to adopt schedules which had to be redrawn when Cleveland pulled out of the league. There will be supplemental selection of the collegians, he said, for most of those graduating between June and October were included in the player draft last spring. "I think our members feel that now is the time to assert ourselves, to show that pro football is deserving of its high position in the sports world. Baseball surely had as many problems last year, if not more, than now confront us. I am sure the league will prove it can survive under trying conditions." Discarding talk of mergers, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, Layden declared: "We won't have talent comparable to that of last year and we can't think in these teams of great unbeatable teams, but there will be lessening of competition and games will be just as hard fought and exciting as ever. Baseball and other sports have proved that competition is the big factor." He added that club owners have always recognized the importance of competitive sports and have not been guided solely by the dollar sign. "Many of them have lost money in normal seasons. Some of them never realized any profit. But still they continue."
APRIL 7 (Chicago​) - The NFL's future was clouded Wednesday by Cleveland's withdrawal and the possibility other clubs may drop out before the 1943 season begins. Cleveland petitioned to suspend for the duration Tuesday and league officials countered by giving the Rams permission to drop out for one season. The club must notify the league by March 1, 1944, of its future intentions. The withdrawal of the Rams immediately multiplied the league's problems. President Elmer Laydrn had a schedule drawn and was to submit it for approval Wednesday. With Cleveland out, however, the schedule must not be revised. Layden doubted whether the new schedule could be completed in time for consideration at this meeting. Although officially withdrawn, Cleveland will go through with its participation in the player draft Thursday but with its title to the 20 college seniors it selects will be shortlived. The players the Rams select in the draft, coupled with 90 on the reserve list and 28 on the active list immediately will be out up for grabs by the remaining nine clubs. Layden announced the following method for distribution of the accumulated Cleveland talent: The names of all players on the active, reserved and drafted list will be placed in a hat. Then from another hat the clubs will select numbers from one to nine to determine the order in which the clubs will draw. Coach Chile Walsh of the Rams estimated that "between 14 and 15 players on the active list remain available for play next season" but be declined to divulge names. "I do not believe it would be fair to the clubs to divulge this information," he said. Walsh said the owners' decision to suspend was not a surprise to him. "I was well aware of the situation when I signed my coaching contract a month ago," he said. "My contract contains a war clause. I anticipate that I will remain with the Rams until all necessary work in the transfer of players is completed." Cleveland's withdrawal focused attention on the difficulties confronting the league. Four other club owners were known to be skeptical of their ability to operate. They were not "stampeded" into withdrawing along with the Rams, however, because, as one official explained, "it is a long time before any money has to placed on the table to indicate you mean business. You can play cards for a long time as long as every draw in the game is a free one." The rules committee, which met for the first time Tuesday night and convened again Wednesday, is concerned principally about unlimited substitutions. All the pro coaches announced expectations of training near their home bases except the Washington Redskins, who hope to go to their regular training ground at San Diego.
APRIL 7 (Green Bay) - Irv Comp, former all-city halfback at Bay View high school and a star for four years on the St. Benedict's college (Kan.) team, has been signed by the Green Bay Packers, it was learned from friends of his Wednesday. After graduating from Bay View, Comp enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, but failed to make scholastic grades. At St. Benedict's he was a triple threat star, kicking left footed and passing brilliantly. He stands 6 feet, 2 and weighs 205, but is rated 4F in the draft because of defective vision. Although reported signed by the Packers there is the possibility the NFL will again to resort to the gridiron draft and it if does he may be picked up by another club before the Packers can grab him.
APRIL 7 (Chicago) - Club owners of the NFL cut the player limit today from 33 to 25 to met manpower difficulties, and voted to permit free substitution of players for the 1943 season against the wishes of most of the coaches. Elmer Layden, commissioner, said man mileage would be reduced 37 percent by adoption of the 25 player limit a cut in the schedule from 55 to 45 games, agreed upon tonight. Each team will meet the other eight clubs and, in addition, will play two other contests with traditional rivals for a total of 10 games. A rough drat of the revised schedule failed to satisfy the owners, however, and Layden was commissioner to submit it later for approval by mail. Reduction of the player limit brought about the change in the substitution rule. Coaches argues against making the rule permanent, and were of the opinion that it was against the best interests of the professional game. In agreeing to reduce the player limit some of the club owners said they did not believe any of the nine teams would be able to carry 25 players throughout the season. Curly Lambeau, coach and part-owner of the Green Bay Packers, said, however, that he was of the opinion that he could muster at least 150 players if necessary. Charles (Gus) Dorais, new coach of the Detroit Lions, will be unable to attend tomorrow's draft session, at which 200 graduating collegians will be selected. Dorais has been undergoing hospital treatment in Detroit for a skull fracture and his physician refused him permission to make the trip. Although the Cleveland Rams have dropped out for the duration, their coach, Charles (Chili) Walsh, will be retained on full salary.
APRIL 8 (Chicago) - The NFL plunged its annual player draft Thursday morning. Off giant blackboards carrying approximately 1,000 names, each of the clubs set about to establish negotiating rights with 20 men. In a normal year the draft list included only about 400 names. THe urgency of the times, however, and the need for manpower to keep the league operating influenced the officials to expand the list. Although he is already in the marines, coaches were virtually unanimous in the belief that Frankie Sinkwich, star of Georgia's Rose bowl eleven, would be the No. 1 to be drafted. It was believed most clubs would take several big name stars for "window dressing" purposes, then settle down to draw performers who might be on hand for use next fall. The draft has been postponed twice. It was originally scheduled for last December, but delayed because of "uncertain conditions." Rescheduled for Tuesday it was put off until Thursday at the request of Fred Mandel, owner of the Detroit Lions. Mandel sought the delay in the hope his newly appointed coach, Gus Dorais, would be able to attend. Dorais, recovering from a skull fracture, has been forbidden by his physician, however, to make the trip here. Detroit, which lost 11 straight games last season to finish in the league cellar, got first choice. Philadelphia, the Chicago Cardinals Brooklyn, Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Chicago Bears and Washington followed the Lions. Although Cleveland will not operate next season, it was permitted to participate in the draft. The players the Rams select, plus those now on its active and reserve lists, then will be distributed among the nine other league members.
JUNE 19 (Chicago) - A shuffle of the NFL's membership appeared likely Saturday as club owners opened a two day meeting. The pro circuit has only seven "sure fire" members now, but the possibilities were good that the league might number 10 or 11 cities before adjournment. Clubs regarded as certain to operate next season were the champion Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and a club which may represent a merger of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dodgers, along with the Chicago Cardinals, were on the "doubtful" list until Friday. Dennis J. Shea, general manager of the Brooklyn club, upon his arrival here announced the Dodgers would operate. "I have received the go ahead sign from owner Dan Topping," Shea said. The Cardinals were left without a coach when Jimmy Conzelman resigned to take a position with the St. Louis Browns' baseball club. A recent check indicated only four players from last season were available for play. The application for the merger of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh clubs presented the league with one of its most difficult problems. If the merger should be approved, the league would lose a member, but applications have been received from three bidders who purportedly desire to operate clubs next fall. Two of the prospective owners backed their applications with cash. They were radio and screen star Don Ameche, who is seeking to place a club in Buffalo, and Ted Collins, manager of singer Kate Smith, who desires to operate at Boston. Ameche and Collins accompanied their bids by certified checks for $25,000. The third city that may be included in the league is Baltimore. While several coaches and owners were worried over the player shortage, Earl (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers was not one of them. He was confident the league would continue with at least six clubs in operation and possibly as many as 12. Lambeau indicated he was not worried about his own prospects.
JUNE 20 (Chicago) - Eight of last year's 10 NFL teams elected Saturday night to play pro ball next fall after the league owners had approved a merger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles. Two other clubs which sought to merge, the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals, withdrew their application after the league voted two rules constituting a stiff barrier to such consolidation. Subsequently, the rules were relaxed to allow the Pennsylvania members to merge after the Chicago request was withdrawn. The Bears-Cardinals merger was opposed by a group led by George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, and believed to include Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, Fred Mandel of Detroit, Jack Mara of the New York Giants and Pete Cawthon, newly employed coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Pennsylvania pro team will have no city designation, but will play most of its home game in Philadelphia. The Eagles will have the one vote in league business for the combine. Walter Kiesling of Pittsburgh and Earle Neale of Philadelphia will be co-coaches of the new setup. The league, therefore, will be represented this fall by those eight clubs: The Cardinals, Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers in the west, and the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia combine in the east. The Cleveland Rams withdrew from the circuit.
JUNE 21 (Chicago Tribune) - The NFL will operate this season with eight teams and another one on the sidelines, ready to  plunge into action in 1944. A franchise was granted yesterday afternoon to Ted Collins, radio news commentator, manager of Kate Smith, and an enthusiastic football fan. Collins' representative, Williams Shea, a suave, young New York lawyer, said arrangements will be
started immediately to set up an organization in Boston. The new
team's games probably will be played in Fenway park, home of
the Red Sox. The league tabled until its December meeting two
other franchise applications, one by Don Ameche, film and radio
star, the other by Charles Murray, Buffalo promoter. The granting
of one franchise and the holding up of two when all had been
requested at the same time and under the same conditions
puzzled sideline observers. It was reported that the league
wanted to study problems, not the least of which was
transportation before breaking major league precedent by going
to Los Angeles. As for Boston, it was in the league as late as
1936 when George Preston Marshall pulled out of that city in
favor of Washington. It was Marshall who yesterday made the
motion that the league grant Collins a Boston franchise effective
in 1944. John V. Mara of the New York Giants seconded the 
motion. Also Collins and Shea have had professional football
experience, as operators of the Long Island Redskins of the
American Association, presently a war victim. There was a report
that Frank E. Mandel of Chicago, who withdrew on Saturday an
application for a Boston franchise, looked with interest on San
Francisco in the event Los Angeles came into the league. With
the actual number of active teams for 1943 known and the flood 
of franchise business out of the way, the league proceeded to discuss the 1943 schedule, which calls for every team playing 10 games. For the first time in history, each team will play the other. Had the league told Collins to start operating this year in Boston, the coach probably would have been Verne Lewellen, former Nebraska and Green Bay star, Shea said. He described Collins as a redhot football fan, with leanings toward Fordham and Notre Dame. Shea himself has a football background, having played at Georgetown. He did not believe he would be actually engaged in the operation of the team. Before leaving for New York he said he would try to have Collins come to Chicago for the College All-Star game on August 25. The Boston franchise will become operative just before the December draft meeting, which will enable the newcomers to get in on the college player annual grab bag. The league and club officials agreed that it would be wiser to delay Boston's entrance a year to prevent any mistakes which might have been in a hasty organization.
JUNE 22 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers emerged from the special spring meeting of the NFL here Monday with four games at home for the 1943 season and six on the road. The meeting, which opened Saturday, was the most protracted in the history of the league and in some respects,
with frequent bickerings over dates, the bitterest. The Packers will
open the season against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay
September 26 and close it against the combined Pittsburgh-
Philadelphia club at Philadelphia December 5. In between, the
club will make two invasions of the east. On October 31 the team
will play the Giants in the Polo Grounds and on November 21 will
return to play Brooklyn at Brooklyn. While Green Bay's home 
games all appear as Green Bay contests, there was a strong
possibility that three of them would be transferred to State Fair
park in Milwaukee. Only the traditional Bear game will definitely
be played in Green Bay. There was better than an even chance,
President Elmer Layden hinted, that with transportation difficulties
being what they are, the Detroit, Washington and Cardinal games
all would be transferred to the population center of Milwaukee. In
addition to the league schedule, the Packers closed an exhibition
game with the combined Philadelphia-Pittsburgh club for State
Fair park September 19. New York, Washington and Philadelphia-
Pittsburgh each were awarded six home contests. The new
combined club scheduled two games in Pittsburgh and four in
Philadelphia. Because of park difficulties arising from the
complicated status of the major league baseball races, Buffalo,
which had applied for a franchise, was named as the site of the
game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Cardinals 
October 17. A last minute action eliminated, for the duration, the
September 20 date in the player limit rule. This will give each club
an opportunity to retain all its players until its first game. The old
rule made it mandatory that each team cut to 25 men September
JULY 8 (Green Bay) - City Stadium, pride of the Green Bay 
Packers and the NFL, is getting greener these days as old Mother
Spring makes her late appearance. The stadium grass, claimed
by the Packer gridders as well as opponents to be the softest
and best in the circuit, soon will get everyday attention in
preparation for the 1943 season.
JULY 16 (Philadelphia) - A change in the date and site of the NFL opener between the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh entry and the Green Bay Packers was announced here Thursday. The Eagles-Steelers management said Curly Lambeau, coach and vice-president of the Packers, has agreed to play the game September 12 at Forbes field, Pittsburgh, instead of September 19 at Milwaukee as originally schedule. Official approval of the change is expected from Commissioner Elmer Layden.
JULY 16 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's title hopes in this fall's National league race were given a severe jolt Thursday night with the announcement that Cecil Isbell, ace passer and famous "pitcher" in the Isbell to Hutson passing combination, had accepted a job as backfield coach at Purdue, his alma mater. "Ceece has apparently made up his mind," Curly Lambeau said, "but I'm going to have one more talk with him. If he is determined to go into coaching, we certainly wish him the best of luck. Isbell has meant much to us, to the team and to the town. He'll mean a lot to Purdue, too, as a coach. We certainly hate to lose him." If Isbell has no change of heart and goes to Purdue, the pitching role in Green Bay's deadly passing attack will probably be taken up by Irv Comp, the former Bay View high school and St. Benedict's star, who was drafted last spring. Like Isbell, Comp is an exceptional marksman. In addition, he punts even better than Isbell and packs real running punch in his 195 pound frame. "We were banking on Comp a lot for this fall's campaign. Now we've got to bank on him even more. From all I've heard about him, he ought to be a honey for us." Except for Isbell's loss, Lambeau was in high spirits as he discussed the season's prospects. "Everything is coming along fine. We're going to field a team of married men with children who are going to have a lot to say about this year's championship." The Packers will start practice August 15.
JULY 17 (Green Bay) - Big Paul Berezney, graduate medical student at Marquette university, has signed a 1943 contract with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced last night. Berezney, a tackle, is the first veteran to sign, and the second Packer safely in the fold. Irv Comp, triple threat back from St. Benedict's college, was picked out of the National Professional league draft.
JULY 21 (Green Bay) - Babe Webb, Hawaiian halfback who was unable to get transportation to Green Bay last year, has sent his contract to Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Webb, now believed en route to the United States, is the third Packer to be signed. He is a former New Mexico State star.
JULY 21 (Green Bay) - Three former Green Bay Packer linemen are doing all right in the Navy. Lieut. (jg) George Svendsen, who played center and also coaches at Antigo, has been reported sent to sea on active duty. Gus Zarnas, a guard, has been commissioned an ensign and detached from Great Lakes for duty. Lieut. Milt Gantenbein, who played a lot of end for Wisconsin's Badgers before joining the Packers, has been transferred from the naval air station at Jacksonville to the base at Norman, Okla.
JULY 22 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, star pass catching end of the Green Bay Packers, yesterday reaffirmed his decision made during the winter that he would not play football this fall. Hutson, who set 16 records and scored 24 touchdowns on passes last season, said he had made up his mind before announcement was made that Cecil isbell, pass throwing expert, would return to Purdue, his alma mater, as a backfield coach. Hutson, saying 
JULY 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have only four games before Wisconsin professional football fans
next fall, two at home and two in Milwaukee. They will play the Chicago Bears at Green Bay September 26 and Detroit at Green Bay October 10. They will play the
Washington Redskins and the Chicago Cardinals at State
Fair park, October 17 and November 14, respectively. 
Besides the schedule given below, a game is under
consideration with an all-star navy team at Memphis
November 28. Coach Curly Lambeau also announced
Wednesday that he has signed Sherwood Fries, 230
pound guard, who played with Colorado State college,
and Dick Evans, who played end for the Packers in 1940
and later with the Chicago Cardinals. 
JULY 31 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the
Green Bay Packers has announced the signing of Joe
Laws, backfield man who will be starting his tenth season with Green Bay, and Milburn (Tiny) Croft, 300-pound former Ripon tackle.
AUGUST 3 (Green Bay) - Buford (Baby) Ray, veteran tackle, has signed a contract to start his sixth year with the Green Bay Packers, it was announced Monday by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. Ray is too tall for the armed services. He weighs 250 pounds and stands a fraction over six feet, six inches. Now 28 years of age, Ray came to the Packers after three years of intercollegiate football at Vanderbilt. There he weighed 280 pounds, but during the past several seasons he has managed to stay some 30 pounds under that figure. Ray won honorable mention on the NFL's mythical teams of the past three seasons. Lambeau also announced that he has hopes of signing another seasoned tackle, Chet Adams, formerly of the Cleveland Rams. Adams' name was drawn out of a hat by Lambeau last spring when the National league threw up names for grabs after Cleveland decided to disband for the duration. Adams is an investigator for a railroad company in the east but is also on Uncle Sam's calling list. Adams wired Lambeau recently that he wanted to play this fall. If the tackle, who made the league's second all-star team last fall, has time before possible induction he'll report to Green Bay. Last fall, Adams booted a 46-yard field goal against the Packers at Cleveland. The other two veteran Packer tackles under contract are Tiny Croft, who goes 300 pounds, and Paul Berezney, who weighs slightly over 220 pounds.
​AUGUST 5 (Green Bay) - The signing of two ends, Harry Jacunski and Joel Mason, was announced Wednesday by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. This brings to 14 the number of Packer players now under contract, 22 less than Lambeau's goal of 36, and includes three ends, three tackles, two guards, one center and five backs. Addition of the two ends also makes the Packer roster look something like a team. There are veterans at every position except center and guard. The tackle situation appears well in hand with Baby Ray, Paul Berezny and Tiny Croft under contract. The third end, Dick Evans, is a veteran of many campaigns with the Packers and the Chicago Cardinals. Jacunski will be starting his fifth season at Green Bay - almost. He had decided to quit the game last year in favor of a Navy career but water forces put thumbs down for physical reasons. As a result Jacunski joined the club midway in the season. A former Fordham university product recommended by Lt. Comdr. Jimmy Crowley, Jacunski labeled himself a great pass receiver in the Pittsburgh game at Milwaukee last December. On third down on the Packer 37-yard line, Jacunski took a 14-yard pass from Cecil Isbell for a first down in the Steeler 49. On the next play, Isbell fired a long pass that Jacunski caught with Steeler back Vernon Martin hanging on his shoulders near the 10 yard line. The Fordham flash shook of Martin and scored. This was the third touchdown pass caught by Jacunski in his career at Green Bay. The reason for his scoring inactivity was Don Hutson, who was Jacunski's ideal player. Harry was substitute for Hutson until last year when Lambeau switched him to right end. In all, last season, Jacunski caught eight passes for a gain of 125 yards. He is six feet two inches tall and weighs nearly 200 pounds. Mason stamped himself a promising defense end last year. He caught seven passes for a gain of 86 yards. Mason tried out for the Cardinals in 1941 but an over-supply of material forced Jimmy Conzelman to release him. Lambeau lost no time signing him. Mason is six feet tall and weighs 197 pounds. His home is at Stambaugh, Mich., and is married and the father of one child.
he had played football long enough, explained that "eight years is a mighty long time at an end or backfield position." He added that any success he had "was due largely to good passers like Isbell." President and manager of Don Hutson's Packer Playdium, Inc., the football star believes the loss of Isbell will be a tough blow to the Packers. "Cece is a great team player and would have held an inexperienced backfield together," he said. "A left halfback (Isbell's position) is as important to a football team as a pitcher is to a baseball team," Hutson said. And in Isbell's case, the similarity of the two positions in quite noticeable because Cece did all of the pitching. Retirement for Hutson now would mean bowing out at the peak of his career. The Packer end broke something like 16 scoring and pass receiving records last fall. He was named most valuable for the second straight season in 1942 and again was a unanimous choice for his position.
JULY 24 (Green Bay) - Cecil Isbell, Green Bay Packers' star halfback, who announced his retirement from professional football last week to accept a coaching position at his alma mater, Purdue university, said today that he will leave for Lafayette, Ind., Monday to assume his duties. Isbell confirmed reports that he had been visited by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, Packer coach, but said that he had not at any time considered changing his mind. "I definitely accepted the Purdue job," said Isbell this morning. "Naturally, I hated to leave the Packers, but I want to get started on a coaching career and could not pass up this opportunity." According to Green Bay reports, Lambeau conferred with Isbell in the hope that his star passer might reconsider his intention to quit pro ball. Lambeau was quoted as saying that he thought Isbell was "making a mistake". Isbell plans to continue his soft water service in Manitowoc, he said. The Green Bay Packers will play two of the home games in City Stadium at Green Bay and the other two in Milwaukee, according to an announcement by Lambeau. The game with the Chicago Bears September 26 and the game with the Detroit Lions October 10 will be played at Green Bay. Opposing the Packers in Milwaukee will be the championship Washington Redskins on October 17 and the Chicago Cardinals on November 14. The Bear game will open the league season for both clubs, following the 1942 patterns when the Bears and Packers launched firing on September 27. On October 3, Lambeau's men will visit Chicago for a game with the Cardinals. This game, incidentally, will be the first pro league battle of the season in the Windy City. After the October 10 and October 17 dates with Detroit and Washington, the Packers will go to Detroit October 24 and then to New York October 31. The classic Bear-Packer struggle in Chicago is set for November 7. After the Card game in Milwaukee, the Bays will close their season in the east - at Brooklyn November 21 and at Pitt-Phil December 5. In order to safe precious miles, the Packers will warm up in the east with two exhibition games, visiting Baltimore for a game with Washington September 5 and Pittsburgh for a  game with the combined Pitt-Phil team September 12. The Pitt-Phil game was originally scheduled in Milwaukee September 19. Under the present plans the Packers will remain in the east for the two exhibitions. Lambeau thus far has four players under contract - Paul Berezney, a tackle, and backs Babe Webb and Irv Comp, and Forest McPherson, a 230-pound Nebraska center. Berezney will be starting his sophomore year with the Packers, although he put in two seasons with the Kenosha Cardinals after a great career at Fordham. Webb is the Hawaiian star who was supposed to report last season but was unable to do so because he could not get passage from Honolulu. Comp, a star at St. Benedict's college, has been recommended highly by Coach Harry Stuhldreher of the University of Wisconsin. A Milwaukee high school star, Comp had one year under Stuhldreher. He is reputed to be a great passer. Lambeau will get his Packers onto the practice field for the first time Sunday August 18. By that time he expects to have 25 under contract. 
AUGUST 7 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson will be back in a Green Bay Packer uniform this season. This fact was announced late Saturday by Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers, five times the champions of the NFL. Termed the greatest offensive threat of football history, Don, an all league end for several seasons and holder of more records than any other player in the history of the league, announced his retirement from the grid sport to devote all of his time to his bowling alleys, "The Packer Playdium", here. He reiterated his determination to retire this summer, but with the opening practice session just around the corner and the thud of the pigskin echoing throughout this football mad community he started to weaken and it took only a little additional negotiations to swing him into line. Whether or not Lambeau will be as successful in bringing Cec Isbell, the pitching half of the Isbell to Hutson aerial combination, back into the Packer fold is problematical. Cec is now backfield coach at his alma mater, Purdue, where he is coaching in the summer practice session. He is also slated to hold that position this fall or until various member of the regular staff who are now in service return to the Boilermaker campus. "We still have some hopes of getting Isbell," Lambeau said, "but it looks doubtful at this time. We heard from Cec the other day and he seems rather satisfied with the coaching post. But we'll keep trying." Hutson for the past two years has broken the all time scoring record in the pro circuit and has had equal success against any and all teams and against various defensive setups that have been designed to stop him. Two, sometimes three men are designated to stop him, but never have been able to hold him in check. Of course, the accurate pitching of Isbell which got the ball to Don, short or long, with split second timing, played an important part in the success of the aerial attack, but it was Don's speed, faking and maneuverability that got him into the open to take advantage of the Isbell pitching. Without Isbell it is likely that most of the Packer aerial pitching burden will fall upon the young, but capable shoulders of Irv Comp, the Milwaukee Bay View High star who turned in such an outstanding college record for St. Benedict college of Kansas the last three years. Comp, rated a better runner than Isbell, was a triple threat man of the nth degree at St. Benedict, but whether he can hit the almost perfect accuracy control of Isbell, whether it was on long or short tosses, will have to be determined.
AUGUST 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Joy reigns in Packertown this morning. Don Hutson has signed to play another football season with the Green Bay Packers. That adds up to touchdowns and victories in any language. And that bitter grinding noise you've heard coming out of the south the past few hours is merely the molar gnashings of the Chicago Bears, who thought that at long last they would not have the Hutson bugaboo to contend with any longer. This corner believed right along that Don would be back in Packer regalia despite his "annual" retirement last winter and later statements that he had definitely decided to give up the game and devote his time to the bowling business...DON IS GRATEFUL: First of all the kind of money Don draws from the Bays is important money. Pro football has been good to Don. Not any more so than he deserved, due to his unparalleled record, but the fact remains that it was through pro football and the Packers that Don, comparatively young, is well established. Don, himself, brought the point up after signing, saying, "Green Bay and the Packers have been very fine to me. I wanted very much to retire and devote my time to business, but the more I thought of what this community has done for me the more my conscience clamored that it wouldn't be quite cricket to leave at this time when there is a shortage of available talent and when the league needs every experienced player. So I'm ready to give the grand old game another fling." Well said, Don, my lad, well said. And here's hoping you run the pants off rival pass defenses...FIVE LEAGUE RECORDS: Just how valuable the shufflin' man from Alabama is to the Packer cause is attested by the frank statement by Lt. Com. George Halas, now of the U.S. Navy, but in civilian life owner-coach of the Bears, who said: "I gave up believing long ago that any defense can stop him. We concede him two touchdowns per game and then stress our own offense with the aim of scoring more than two touchdowns." It must be admitted that George is right, not only on the Hutson angle, but also in building an offense that scores more than two touchdowns. Fleet footed Don holds five NFL records: Most passes caught, 336; most touchdown passes, 72; most yards gained on passes, 5,515; most points scored, 524; and most touchdowns, 74. He had been the loop's leading scorer three years in a row and twice was named the loop's most valuable player. Last year the veteran flanker had one of his greatest campaigns, establishing five season records: Most passes caught, 78; most points scored, 138; most touchdowns, 17; most extra points, 23, and most yards gained, 1,211.
AUGUST 11 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has
announced the signing of three more players, increasing the roster to 19 men.
Initial drill of the Packers will be held Sunday afternoon at the Packer stadium.
Halfback Ben Starrett of St. Mary's (Calif.) and center Bob Flowers of Texas Tech
are two newest members to sign contracts. A third contract came from Glen
Sorenson, 190-pound guard from Utah State who has two fingers missing from
his right hand. Lambeau, with 19 players in the fold now has a working capital of
seven backs, two centers, three guards, three tackles and four ends, including
the incomparable Don Hutson. Lambeau is working late trying to get the 15
unsigned players to send back their signed contracts. There is a string attached
to Sorenson's signing. He is a junior and should Utah State rescind a previous
order to abandon football he would return to school. Flowers starred for the
Packers last year in the exhibition game against Brooklyn. Don Hutson will be
recognized as the NFL's most valuable player for the second straight year at the
college All-Star game in Dyche stadium, Evanston, August 25. He will be
presented with the award between halves of the game.
AUGUST 12 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, who expects to have two dozen players out for the initial practice session at Green Bay Sunday afternoon is in high hopes of landing two former college stars after the Washington Redskins-All Star game in Evanston August 25. Lambeau has his eyes on tackle Dick Wildung of Minnesota and fullback Ray McCay of Texas. The former was his first choice in the player draft while the Texan was the coach's third selection. Lou Brock, backfield player, has sent in his contract but will not report to the Packers until early September. He is laboring on his father's farm in Kansas. Richard (Red) Smith, Packer line coach now with the Milwaukee Brewers will quit his first base coaching duties at Louisville Monday to join the Packers for the football season.
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - On the eve of the opening of the 1943 practice season at Green Bay Sunday, Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers predicts "one of the best" Packer teams. Though he has only 20 players Lambeau figures that before the drills as many days old he should have close to 35 men answering his call. He added that if certain veterans not in service sign up, Green Bay can have one of the best teams in the National pro loop. The coach says the end and tackle berths should be well taken care of with such veterans as Don Hutson, Harry Jacunski, Chet Adams, Dick Wildung, Baby Ray, Paul Berezney and Tiny Croft available. The guard problem is tougher and Lambeau is dickering Buckets Goldenberg and Bill Kuusisto, two veterans, who are expected to sign. Bob Flowers is the only veteran center sure to be back. Charley Brock is undecided. Lambeau has eight backs signed and four or five in prospect. Andy Uram and Ted Fritsch are due in Green Bay tomorrow to talk "turkey" with the coach. Larry Craig will come as soon as he located a man to run his farm in South Carolina. Lou Brock, Joe Laws, Bob Kahler and Ben Starrett are already signed. The Packers will assemble Sunday morning at the Hotel Northland and at 2 o'clock in the afternoon don togs for the first drill at the practice field.
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - Line Coach Red Smith of the Green Bay Packers will resume his old position with Curly Lambeau's club August 17, but he plans to commute to Milwaukee nightly to continue his work as assistant to Manager Charley Grimm of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers will make a long home stand late this month and Smith will be able to hold both his major athletic jobs.
AUGUST 16 (Green Bay) -  Seventeen Packers turned out at Green Bay Sunday afternoon for the first practice of the 1943 season as Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau launched his 25th year in professional football and his 23rd year in the National league. Lambeau announced the signing of two more players. They are Ted Fritsch, former Stevens Point Teachers' college fullback, and guard Bill Kuusisto of Minnesota. The coach announced also that Bill Welch, 205 pound fullback from Minnesota, had also come into the fold. Welch was recommended to Lambeau by Coach Bernie Bierman, former Gopher coach. Lambeau is giving a Milwaukee high school star a chance to make the grade with the Packers. He is Dan Quinn, a left halfback from Nathan Hale High in Milwaukee Suburban conference, a punter and passer who weighs 178 pounds. He is 19 years old. Travel problems prevented Bay Ray, a tackle, center Bob Flowers and fullback Tony Falkenstein from reaching Green Bay yesterday in time for the first drill. Coach Lambeau expressed satisfaction with the work of Irv Comp, Milwaukee, who is ticketed to fill the shoes of Cecil Isbell, Manitowoc soft water merchant, who is now backfield coach at Purdue. Comp threw some nice passes, kicked the longest punts of the afternoon and fitted into the Packers' running game. Other rookies who starred were Glen Sorenson, eight-fingered guard from Utah State; Sherwood Fries, guard of Colorado State, and Forrest McPherson, a Nebraska center. Fritsch is starting his second season with the Packers while Kuusisto is there for the third year. There was the usual half hour of loosening up drills at the Packer field yesterday followed by passing, punting, running and charging drills.
AUGUST 17 (Manitowoc) - R.C. Smith of Green Bay, director of ticket sales for the Packer Football corporation, was in Manitowoc and Two Rivers Monday arranging for the sale of season tickets for the home games of the Packers. These home games at the Bay this year are with the Chicago Bears, opening game of the season, Sunday September 26 and the Detroit Lions Sunday October 10. A season ticket for these two games will cost from $1.10 to $3.30 including tax, according to location. They may be purchased at the Stangel Hardware company in this city, at the Galecki Clothing Store in Two Rivers or be procured by sending direct to the Packer ticket office in Green Bay. Top price for a season ticket for the two games will be $6.60. While there is no reduction in purchasing tickets for these two games the advantage is that the purchaser will have them in advance. Mr. Smith said that persons buying the $3.30 tickets can be assured seats in the south stand, below the broadcasting and press booth. Season tickets may also be purchased for the two games to be played by the Packers in State Fair park, Milwaukee. The price range for these two games is $1.10 to $2.75. The Packers meet the world champion Washington Redskins in Milwaukee October 17 and the Chicago Cardinal November 14. Mr. Smith said there is already a heavy demand for the Bear game, opening the season for both clubs and Manitowoc fans are urged to get their reservations in as quickly as possible if they desire the choice locations. The scale of prices for the Bear and Lion games in Green Bay are $1.10, $1.65, $2.20, $2.75 and $3.30 including tax.
AUGUST 18 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer football players will have a full schedule if the plan of Coach E.L. Lambeau works. Lambeau has contacted Sturgeon Bay shipyard officials and Green Bay war plants for jobs for his athletes. He reasons that if they expect to play on the professional gridiron they'll have to go into war work. Lambeau is suggesting a 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. work day for the gridsters with football practice in the early evening...Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Packers announced yesterday the signing of the veterans Andy Uram, former Minnesota back, and Larry Craig, a blocking back from South Carolina, for his 1943 professional football team.
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) -  Green Bay Packer football stock took a bound upward Wednesday when Chet Adams, 240 pound tackle who played with the Cleveland Rams in the National pro loop last season, arrived in Green Bay and signed a Packer contract. Arrival of Adams brought the Packer roster up to 28 members. Coach Curly Lambeau got Adams in the draw last winter in Chicago. When Cleveland withdrew from play this fall all the players were divided by lot among the other teams in the league. Lambeau drew the Cleveland tackle's name out of the hat. The Packers now have four experienced tackles, the others being Baby Ray, who arrived Tuesday night, Paul Berezney, the former Fordham block of granite, and Tiny Croft, the 300-pound giant from Ripon, who played last year. Adams is an experienced kicker and last year kicked 14 out of 15 extra points for Cleveland and three out of six field goals. Adams is starting his fifth year in pro ball with the Packers. He played tackle and guard at Cleveland South high and made the all-city team in his senior year. He made the Little All-American team at Ohio University at Athens, O., in his senior year. Graduating after a summer session at Ohio August 5, 1939, he joined the Rams nine days later. The tackle situation at the Bay will be strengthened still more when Dick Wildung, All-American from Minnesota, reports after the All-Star game at Evanston next Wednesday night. Line Coach Red Smith is on the job and is getting some of the excess fat off the big fellows by calling strenuous drills. Efforts are still being made to get Charlie Brock, the veteran center, and guard Buckets Goldenberg into the fold. Goldenberg, it is said, is interested in playing this season but is having trouble finding a capable person to manage his restaurant in Milwaukee during his absence. Brock is in business in Columbus, Neb., and is undecided about playing. Andy Uram, who was on hand for the first drill Sunday has signed his contract and Lambeau expects to come to terms with Larry Craig, blocking back. The latter, at Central, S.C., has been trying to get someone to manage his farm during the grid season. The coach has already given the team a dozen plays to familiarize the new men with the Packer style of offense. Two different lines worked in front of the backs and in back of the dummies. One wall included Don Hutson and Dick Evans at ends; Chet Adams and Paul Berezney at tackles; Bill Kuusisto and Gadauskas at guards; and Forrest McPherson at center. The other line contained Joel Mason and Harry Jacunski at ends; Berezney and Tiny Croft at tackles; Sherwood Fries and Glen Sorenson at guards; and Flowers at center.
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay) -  Coach Curly Lambeau is working overtime to get someone to pitch passes to the incomparable Don Hutson, now that Cec Isbell has gone away to coach at Purdue. At Green Bay yesterday, as the Packers went through their drills, special attention was given to passer Irv Comp and at the end of the drill Lambeau was told by Hutson that Comp "has improved 200 percent." Despite a chest cold which shortened his wind considerably, Hutson revealed all of his old tricks while Comp tossed. The gridiron magician showed Comp his famous "take off" to the right or left, his equally famous stop-on-a-dime maneuver and other actions that have baffled Packer foes for years. Comp was taught how to "lead" the receiver and how to work his timing for Hutson's moves. Hutson believes that Comp is beginning to settle down. "All that talk about him replacing Cece kinda had the boy on edge and he was pretty tight but he's loosening up and improving every day now," Hutson said. Lambeau feels Comp has the necessary physical equipment and the right mental attitude to handle the hurling. For the second straight day, Andy Uram was used at left halfback and divided passing duties with Comp, with Bob Kahler and Joe Laws at right. Tony Falkenstein worked with Fritsch at fullback. With the surplus of tackles, Lambeau was toying with the idea of moving Chet Adams, former Cleveland tackle, from left to right tackle. Adams played both positions in school while at Cleveland he saw action at left tackles and both ends. So far the Packers have been working out in sweat suits. They will don regular suits tomorrow and work out in the morning.
AUGUST 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers got a big lift in their none too rosy outlook this football season with the unexpected appearance in camp Saturday of the veteran halfback Tony Canadeo. Given an honorable discharge by the Navy air corps earlier in the week, Canadeo came immediately to Green Bay, signed a contract Saturday noon and got into a suit in time to take part in the afternoon's work. "This really gives us a lift," Curly Lambeau explained over the phone in announcing the news. "I had heard that Tony might be discharged, but had no idea he's get here as soon as he did." Canadeo, in excellent shape after his military service, dug into the practice with vim. He completed a succession of passes to Hutson and got off the longest punt of the afternoon. Lambeau said he was highly satisfied with the results of the first week of work. He was especially pleased with the improvement of Irv Comp, Milwaukee boy, as a passer for Hutson.
AUGUST 24 (Green Bay) - Who''ll fill the shoes of Cecil Isbell, Manitowoc soft water merchant, as the ace passer on the Green Bay Packer team this fall? That is the burning question in the mind of Curly Lambeau as he sends his squad through daily drills at Green Bay. He is grooming three backfield men for the No. 1 passing spot, which is the most essential to the Packer offensive, in view of the pass catching ability of one Don Hutson. The three men trying to fill Isbell's shoes are, namely. Tony Canadeo, No. 2 man behind Cece last season; Andy Uram, the Minnesota utility ace who can do everything but play center, and Irv Comp, the flashy rubber-armed back from St. Benedict's college. The guy who wheels the ball to Don Hutson will have a lot of shoes to fill, since this Mr. Isbell won the NFL passing championship the second time in succession last fall. He threw the ball 268 times, and completed 146 aerials for a gain of 2,021 yards. 24 of his heaves went for touchdowns. When Isbell quit the Packers to take a coaching job at Purdue he left a mark that probably won't be snapped in many a pro moon - 23 consecutive games in which he completed one or more touchdown passes starting in 1941. Last year he set eight new records and tied another. How long Canadeo will be with the Packers this fall is something of a question. After receiving a dishonorable discharge from the Navy Air corps, Tony was given an alternative of going into the Navy as a seaman or entering civilian life where he'd be eligible for the draft. He is single. Canadeo, at present, seems to be the best passer on the field, although Comp and Uram, who recently was shifted from right to left halfback, are pressing him hard. Comp, built along the lines of Isbell, is hitting the mark well on short bullet-like tosses but still needs polish. There is a fourth prospect, too, whose name is a secret but he will be revealed come the Bears game time September 26. Larry Craig, blocking back of the Packers, dropped into the Packer camp Monday, from his farm down South Carolina way. He reported 10 pounds underweight and apparently ready to go. Lambeau is stepping up the tempo of the drills and scrimmage is due this week. The first exhibition game of the Packers will be against the Washington Redskins in Baltimore on September 5.
AUGUST 25 (Green Bay) - There is to be an important conference sometime today in the Sherman Hotel in Chicago between Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers and Cecil Isbell, famous Packer passer who quit the pro game this year to coach at Purdue. Both will be in Chicago for the All-Star game and Lambeau told the directors of the Packers at the annual meeting in Green Bay Tuesday that "there is a 50-50 chance of getting him back." Lambeau said he expects to return from Chicago with Dick Wildung, All-American tackle from Minnesota, who is co-captain of the All-Stars and is highly rated. The two have agreed to salary terms. L.J. Joannes was renamed president of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., operators of the Packer football team at the annual meeting. Other officers named include E.L. Lambeau, vice president; F.J. Jonet, secretary and treasurer; G.W. Calhoun. publicity director. In reporting on the team Coach Lambeau said the running game of the 1943 Packers should be a definite improvement over last year "when we depended too much on passing". He listed Ted Fritsch at fullback, Larry Craig at blocking quarterback, Tony Canadeo at left half and Lou Brock at right half as a "tough" combination. Lambeau spoke highly of the newcomers, saying that they will help considerably at every position. "Although the 25-player limit makes it hard for us to cut the squad, we feel that we will outman the Bears for a change," he pointed out. Under the present limit, he can carry the minimum of five ends, five tackles, five guards, two centers and only eight backs. "We need more than eight backs, although unlimited substitutions will give us an an opportunity to give the players a rest," he added. The coach admitted he was puzzled about center Charley Brock and guard Buckets Goldenberg, explaining that "I don't know whether they are holding out for more money or just intend to quit." Lambeau signed a fullback, Don Perkins of Platteville State Teachers college, and an end, Don Wilson of Milwaukee West High school, after practice Tuesday. Perkins, who packs 190 pounds around a five foot, 11 inch frame, had been here on a tryout basis. Wilson, who stands 6-2 and weighs 220, arrived Sunday night and put in a good showing. Bill Kuusisto, Minnesota guard, was the only casualty in the initial scrimmage. He sustained a cut over his left eye. Tony Falkenstein, new fullback from St. Mary's, is bothered with a charley horse. Of the newcomers, Chet Adams, former Cleveland Ram tackle, and Forrest McPherson, who has nearly 10 years of football under his belt, looked best in the rough stuff workout.
AUGUST 26 (Chicago) - The NFL clubs took notice of an improved manpower situation yesterday by increasing the player limit from 25 to 28 men. The professional circuit also was motivated by worries over what the new draft of fathers might do to team personnel and, having no minor league reserve on which to fall back, adopted the increased limit. The standard of 25 players was set at last April's meeting. Some of the owners sought to have the limit boosted to 33 or 35 but were dissuaded by others who felt it would put an unnecessary burden on transportation facilities. There was considerable backroom discussion of trades but none materialized. The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers were reported discussing a swap of linemen and the combined Pittsburgh-Philadelphia club was seeking to do business with the Chicago Cardinals.
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, now drilling for the opening of the pro season expect to be joined by Dick Wildung, Minnesota tackle, who started at one of the tackle spots for the All-Stars against the Washington Redskins in Evanston last night. Coach Curly Lambeau was at Evanston for the game and also conferred in Chicago with Cecil Isbell, who quit the Packer fold to return to Purdue as a backfield coach. Curly sent back no word to the Bay this morning on how his conference with Cece came out. The Packers open against the Washington Redskins in Baltimore Sunday September 5 in an exhibition game. With the exception of Isbell, center Charley Brock and Buckets Goldenberg, the Packer roster is fairly complete. Lambeau will cut his squad to 28 players for the Bear game September 26.
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - Reports still persist that Cecil Isbell, former Green Bay Packer passing star, will be back with the team this fall. He is now at Purdue as backfield coach. Coach Lambeau conferred with Cece in Chicago just prior to the All-Star game. Inside dope is that Isbell is not satisfied with the Purdue setup which is probably only for the duration and it will not surprise the fans to see the Manitowoc soft water merchant back in Packer togs come the Bear game at Green Bay September 26. When Don Hutson was presented with the most valuable player award before 50,000 in Dyche stadium Wednesday night his most significant statement was: "It it wasn't for him (Isbell) I wouldn't be here tonight."
AUGUST 28 (Green Bay) - Charlie Brock, Green Bay Packer center, agreed to terms Friday and will report for practice early next week. Brock is the third veteran center. The other two are Bob Flowers and Forrest McPherson, who played 10 years of pro ball on the West coast. The Packers will leave Thursday for a game with the Washington Redskins in Baltimore September 5.
AUGUST 30 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers opened a shortened third week of drills today, preparatory to leaving September 2 for a charity game at Baltimore September 5 against the world's professional champion Washington Redskins. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau was enthusiastic over development of his squad in the past two weeks and said "The more I see of this outfit, the better I like it." He added that it looked as though the Packers would have a tougher line than in 1942, and except for Cecil Isbell, just as strong a backfield. Isbell recently took a coaching job with his alma mater, Purdue. The Packer headmaster admitted he was doubtful that Isbell would give up his new job to return to pro football. He told of a long talk with the passing ace at Chicago last week in which Isbell indicated his mind was made up to stick to coaching. Lambeau's squad was expected to be boosted to 34 men today with the arrival of Dick Wildung, tackle, and Mike Welch, fullback, former Minnesota stars. Veteran Charley Brock was signed late last week. After the game at Baltimore, the Packers were to remain in the east for another charity game September 12 at Philadelphia against the combined Pittsburgh-Philadelphia club. The Chicago Bears were to be the Packers' first home opponent September 26.
his decision to quit the Packers.
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau has picked the tentative starting lineup of the Green Bay Packers. At least, this will probably be the way the team lines up when its starts an exhibition game against the Washington Redskins, pro league champs, in Baltimore next Sunday afternoon: Ends, Harry Jacunski, Don Hutson; tackles, Chet Adams, Baby Ray; guards, Sherwood Fries, Bill Kuusisto; center, Bob Flowers; quarterback, Larry Craig; right halfback, Andy Uram; left halfback, Tony Canadeo; fullback, Ted Fritsch. A likely change may be that the veteran, Charley Brock may be at center. The Packer squad entrained for the east at Green Bay today. After the Washington game the team will remain in the east to meet the Philadelphia-Pitt eleven in Pittsburgh September 12. Lambeau put the team through stiff workouts yesterday in preparation for the first game of the season. The coach received a jolt yesterday when Dick Wildung, All-American tackle at Minnesota, wired the coach that he had received orders to report to the U.S. Navy. Wildung, a tackle, was expected to bring greater strength to the Packer line, as well as enable the coach to switch one of his tackles to a guard position. On the brighter side, however, there was the possibility that Buckets Goldenberg may sign his contract. Buckets, who would be starting his 11th season here, had several conferences with Lambeau Tuesday and the Packer pilot believes the 230-point guard is on the fence. Expected to join the club in the east is Lou Brock, right halfback.
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers continued to lay stress on their running game as they went through their final drill today before meeting the Washington Redskins here in an exhibition football game here tomorrow. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers said he planned to start a team composed mostly of new men to see what they could do. He indicated he would use Don Hutson, his brilliant and veteran end, only on offense to save him for more crucial games. Charley Brock, veteran center, who reported this week, probably will be used a great deal when the Packers are on defense, the coach said. Brock is one of the best pass defense men on the squad. Word from Washington is that Sammy Baugh, the Redskins' passing ace, has recovered from a back injury and will see plenty of action Sunday.
SEPTEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - The inclination to feel a little sorry for the Packers this war torn football season, with Cecil Isbell and Pete Tinsley and Bill Lee and Ernie Pannell and Ray
Riddick all gone, just to mention a few - the inclination to feel a little
sorry for the Packers might be strong. But forget it. The Packers need
none of this. The Packers will do all right again. It's just not a wish
that the men from the north will be their high flying old selves again,
or just a guess, or a confidence. It's Coach Curly Lambeau's own
prediction to the whole National league - and without a hedge. 
Lambeau, more than anybody else, perhaps, refuses to minimize the
loss the Packers have had. Isbell? Pannell? Lee? Sample? Tinsley?
Vant Hull? Ingalls? What coach wouldn't like to have them. Lambeau
does not kid himself about what he has lost. But he also knows what
he has left and what he had added - and he is high on it. "We're not
going to be the passing team we were," he summed up. "We just
can't be, without Isbell. And when you speak of him, don't forget his
quarterbacking, too. But we're still going to have a pretty good football
team - wait and see. We're going to have a better running attack than
we've had in several years, better defensive strength, better kicking all
around, and more team speed - a lot more speed." The improvement
is running stems partly from the addition of some promising new backs, men like Irv Comp, Tony Falkenstein, Don Perkins and Bill McWilliams, partly from reshuffling of old backfield material which the presence of the new  backs has permitted, and partly from improvement in some of the veterans. A year ago, for instance, Lou Brock had to give up his familiar role at right halfback to take over at full. Hinkle, Jankowski and Paskvan all were gone and only the untried rookies, Ted Fritsch and Chuck Sample, remained. Brock did a good enough job, but he was still a right halfback, and at right halfback he belonged. Lambeau knew it. This fall, with Fritsch looking better than ever at fullback after a year's experience and with men like Falkenstein and Perkins to back Fritsch up. Brock has returned to his old role at half - and with glee. He is off to one of his best starts. Fritsch has been one of the really pleasant surprises with his improvement at fullback, and Falkenstein and Perkins have more than satisfied the whole camp in their roles as alternates. The biggest lift of all in running, however, has been provided by the left halfbacks - the veteran Tony Canadeo and the newcomer Comp. Canadeo only recently honorable discharged from the Navy, showed up here rarin' to go and on the few occasions Lambeau has untied him, he has gone. Unless the injury jinx still dogs him, he unquestionably should have his biggest year. Comp, long legged, rangy and powerful, has lived up to every advance notice with the ball tucked under his arm. He does not pass like Isbell, although he has fine promise, nor does he improve on Isbell's kicking, although he kicks well. But he does run with the ball - and how he runs. Lambeau's enthusiasm over the team's running potentialities is matched only by his enthusiasm over the line. And again, the presence of new men partly explains it. If the league has any better tackles than the 240 pound Adams, for instance, obtained in the distribution of Cleveland material after the Rams folded for the duration, Lambeau would like to see him - 
unless it be some of the Packers' other tackles, 250
pound Baby Ray and 220 pound Paul Berezney. Adams,
with a chance to play on a winning ball club, has been 
little less than terrific in everything he does. Around these
tackles, with 285 pound Tiny Croft and 200 pound Paul
Newell of Nebraska State thrown in for good measure,
Lambeau believes he can fashion one of the team's
strongest defensive lines in years. There is good veteran
material at all other spots except the guards, and even
there, with Goldenberg now in the fold, the situation will
not be pressing. At ends, the veterans Larry Craig, Don
Hutson, Joel Mason, Harry Jacunski and Dick Evans
remain, with Bob Kircher of Georgetown and John Wilson
of the Milwaukee Falks around just in case. At center the
veterans Charley Brock and Bob Flowers have come back,
supported by 248 pound Forrest McPherson of Nebraska,
who played with the Los Angeles Bulldogs the last few
years, and at guards the veteran Bill Kuusisto and
Goldenberg have returned, helped by four promising new
men, Pete Gudauskas of Murray State, Glen Sorenson of
Utah State, chosen on the little all-American last year;
Sherwood Fries of Colorado State and Walter Guddie.
Almost any defensive combination will average more than
230 pounds from end to end. Adams, besides bolstering
the tackles, also provides the additional threat of a very
good placekicking toe. In fact, the whole kicking department has been strengthened. Fritsch and Canadeo both have looked better than ever, Comp is no slouch as a punter, and Sorenson specialized in field goals in college. Without Isbell, the passing attack naturally has come in for less attention. But you'll still be able to recognize the Packers as the Packers. It all adds up in September to a pretty good season. Lambeau above all will be disappointed if it doesn't turn out to be one. The Packers will open their league season against the Bears at Green Bay September 26.
SEPTEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, Green Bay's oldest player from the point of service, will return to the Packers, L.H. Joannes, club president, announced Saturday. Joannes said he received word from Coach Lambeau, who is in Baltimore, where the Packers play Washington Sunday that Goldenberg had accepted terms and would join the squad in a few days. It will be the eleventh season for Goldenberg. He joined the squad as a fullback after leaving the University of Wisconsin and played fullback the first few years. Then he was shifted to guard and has been at the spot since.
SEPTEMBER 1 (Green Bay) -  The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, while ostensibly practicing for exhibition games in the offing, have their eyes cocked on a more important date - Sunday September 26. At that time the two bitter rivals in the National Pro loop will meet in the first scheduled game for both elevens, in City stadium at Green Bay. Coach Curly Lambeau this week is giving the Packers final drills before they entrain tomorrow for the east to meet the Washington Redskins, pro league champions, in an exhibition game in Baltimore September 6. The coach is much impressed with Ted Fritsch, plunging fullback who, he said, gets to look more like Clarke Hinkle every day. Development of a running attack by the Packers has been one of the highlights of the practice sessions so far. One backfield listing included Larry Craig at blocking quarter, Tony Canadeo at left half, Lou Brock at right half and Fritsch at full. "Besides that we have Andy Uram for left or right half, Irv Comp at left half, Bob Kahler and Joe Laws at right half, Don Perkins and Tony Falkenstein at fullback and Bill McWilliams and Ben Starrett at blocking quarterback," Lambeau said. The coach admits he is pretty well stocked with tackles. In discussing Cecil Isbell, his great passer the past five years, Lambeau said, "Cece may come yet but everything is quite indefinite," and added that, "Isbell was a natural passer, a man who cannot be replaced in one season and many times in many years." Discussing the College All-Star game, the coach said that Dick Wildung, the Minnesota star will will report to the Packers, "didn't allow the Redskins to gain a foot over his tackle all night." He described Washington as a "great club that was far off color against the Stars." Down at Delafield the Chicago Bears are getting in some heavy practice sessions. Battle-scarred Bronko Nagurski evidently fits solidly into the 1943 comeback plans of the Bears, who relinquished the NFL championship to the Washington team last season after a two-year supremacy. Getting the 34-year old Nagurski out of professional wrestling arenas - where he accumulated a vast share of the mat, mauling "champeen" belts in circulation - and back into his old football harness has brought snickers from some corners of the pro grid league. "The Bears have signed him for inspirational purposes and to help coach the youngsters," these critics decry. They like to think that Bronk, All-America at Minnesota and three-time All-National League fullback a decade ago with the Bears, is burned out. But the fact is the roughhewn Minnesota farmer is going to play a lot of tackle for the Bears this fall. He is about all they've got at that position. All of last year's keymen are now in the Delafield training camp with the exception of the tackles - Joe Stydahar, Lee Artoe and Art Kolman. "The tackle situation had us worried, but when the Bronk arrives we won't have anything to fret about," Co-Coach Luke Johnsos frankly asserted. "He isn't washed up by a long shot."
SEPTEMBER 1 (Green Bay) - Gloom hung over the Packers' practice field Tuesday. Dick Wildung, Minnesota's All-American tackle, and Mike Welch, Gopher fullback, who were expected to report Wednesday, sent word that they had just been called for Navy training. Both will be sent to school in the V-7 program. They had not expected to be called until October or November. The Packers meanwhile tapered off on training for their exhibition with the Washington Redskins in Baltimore Sunday. The team will leave for the east Thursday morning. An exhibition with the combined Pittsburgh-Philadelphia team in Pittsburgh will follow a week later.
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - It begins to look as if the Green Bay Packers will have to get along this season without their passing ace, Cecil Isbell, who quit the pro ranks for a coaching job at Purdue. Associated Press advises from Lafayette today said Isbell started teaching tricks of the trade to Purdue's grid squad yesterday. Isbell, a Purdue graduate, returned to his alma mater this year as assistant to coach Elmer Burnham and yesterday Burnham had Isbell drilling the Boilermaker passers. Burnham indicated the 113-man Purdue squad probably would have it first scrimmage today. Coach Curly Lambeau endeavored to get Cece to reconsider
DECEMBER 7 (Chicago) -  The NFL reported today that attendance at professional games this year has broken all previous records. Assuming that a sellout crowd will attend the New York-Washington game Sunday, a total of 1,072,469 fans have flocked to 40 pro games for an average of 26,811 per contest. This is 24 percent higher than 1941, when an average of 21,611 attended each game, the league announced. In 55 games last year, a total of 1,079,148 pushed through the turnstiles for an average of 19,620 per game. This year's total was only 6,679 less than 1942 when the schedule contained an additional 15 games. The increase over 1942 was 7,191 per game or 36.7 percent. With the annual division playoff game included in the figures, attendance reached 1,115,154 for 56 games last season. Assuming that the championship contest at Wrigley field, Chicago, December 19, will be a sellout, the 1943 attendance will exceed last year's by 1,000 for only 41 games. League officials credited the increase to a tighter race and the ability of underdogs to defeat the favorites consistently. To support the figures, the league reported the following points: The Washington Redskins played to six consecutive sellout crowds. Green Bay's Packers drew record pro football crowds against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay and against Washington at Milwaukee. Phil-Pitt's Steagles pulled Philadelphia's record crowd for pro games - 34,294. The Detroit Lions drew a total of 160,360 in five games, with one game played in rainy weather, and the New York Giants pulled more than 40,000 fans in four of six games - a total attendance of 245,398.
DECEMBER 8 (Chicago) -  Effective as of now, Don Hutson, left end, becomes Mr. Don Hutson of Green Bay, Wis., "solid citizen", Red Cross chairman, Lions' club prexy and favorite son. When the final gun sounded ending the Green Bay-Phi-Pitt game last Sunday, Hutson closed the book on a nine-year career of professional football. It was all legal, too. For Hutson specified in his contract that he and the gridiron part company after the 1943 season. However, the "solid citizen" from Pine Bluff, Ark., leaves behind a full page in his football record  book. Under "Hutson's records" reading from left to right:
Lifetime Records: Most passes caught, 383; Most touchdown passes caught, 83; Most yards gained catching passes, 6,291; Most points scores, 641; Most touchdowns scored, 86; Most consecutive games scoring one or more points, 35; Shortest touchdown pass caught, 4 inches.
Season Records: Most passes caught, 78; Most touchdown passes caught, 17; Most yards gained catching passes, 1,211; Most points score, 138; Most touchdowns scored, 17.
Game Records: Most yard gained catching passes, 237 yards against Brooklyn, November 21, 1943.
Miscellaneous: Most years named most valuable player, 2; Most years leading pass receiver, 6; Most consecutive years leading scorer, 4; Most records held, 17.
As the above testifies, for a guy who didn't know what pro football was nine years ago, Hutson did all right. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay coach, talked Hutson into returning to pro ball for one more season last year. But he agreed to Hutson's clause in his contract that this would be his last year. That's worried Lambeau ever since. He can't realize that his boy, Don, is really gone. Hutson didn't know a football from a toy balloon back in Pine Bluff, where he was a track star and baseball player. But he had a close friend, Bob Seawell, who did know the difference. When Seawell got an offer from Coach Frank Thomas of Alabama to come to college, he said: "Not unless Hutson can come too." Wondering who this guy Hutson was, Thomas said O.K. and gave Hutson a track scholarship, just to get Seawell. After discovering Don's speed, he made his first string end and three years later Hutson was in the Rose Bowl game. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay coach, dropped into Thoma's secret Rose Bowl practice via the fence. He was stranded by a rip in his pants when the gendarmes came to throw him out, but Thomas recognized him and invited him to watch his boys play. Lambeau saw a slightly-built fellow running from punt formation and cutting back. He jotted down his number, figuring he would make good halfback material. At the Rose Bowl game, he looked up the number and found it was a kid named Don Hutson, listed as end. He offered him a contract to play with the Green Bay Packers. Hutson didn't know who the Green Bay Packers were. Lambeau explained. Shipwreck Kelly also rushed Hutson to sign for his Brooklyn team. Don signed both Kelly's and Lambeau's contracts, but Lambeau's arrived at the pro office postmarked 13 minutes ahead and Hutson was a Packer. It didn't take Hutson long to discover that he needed something besides speed and pass catching to remain a pro. So he perfected his famous "dodges". He learned to apparently "give up" on a pass and then suddenly sprint away from the defense to catch it. He invented the "tag out" pass, so called because it comes in at the receiver's shoe tops, like a catcher's throw to second  base. And that's the kind of guy pro football is losing when Don Hutson resumes a domestic life in Green Bay with his wife, two daughters, bowling alley, cocktail lounge, the Red Cross and the Lion's Club of which he is the duly elected president. In the statistical departments not invaded by Hutson, Sammy Baugh of Washington paced passers with 117 completions in 211 attempts for .511, and Jack Hinkle of Phil-Pitt led ball carriers with 571 yards gained in 116 cracks.
DECEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has added his "bit" to protest against charges that pro league players have been associating with gamblers. Lambeau said he conferred with lately with Commissioner Elmer Layden about the rumors. "The trouble with most gamblers is that they have never played in sports of any kind and they cannot appreciate the fact that upsets are possible in professional football just as they are in other sports," the Packer coach said. "There is, so far as I know, absolutely no tie-up between players and gamblers in the league." The Green Bay head man said that these same kind of rumors have gone out before. He said that as soon as a favorite team is beaten the rumors begin to circulate that there is something wrong. Actually, there is just as much chance for an underdog professional team to rise up and win as there is for any college or high school team to do the same thing, he emphasized. Lambeau said that all club owners agree with Layden's statement that "we welcome factual evidence from anyone. The penalty for betting is expulsion from the league, and it will be enforced swiftly and vigorously."
DECEMBER 11 (Green Bay) -  Don Hutson, one of the all-time "greats" of professional football, has signed a contract as assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers, head coach Curly Lambeau announced Saturday night. The length and terms of the contract was not announced, but Lambeau hopes that his "most valuable player" will team with him indefinitely. Hutson, who last Sunday completed nine years as a professional player with the Packers, said that he feels he is getting too old to withstand the grueling pro game any longer. He tried to retire last  year, but Lambeau induced him to return for one more season - his greatest. However, Hutson insisted on putting a clause in his contract specifying that it would be his final year as a player. It worried Lambeau considerably that the kid he plucked out of Alabama University was leaving him after he had developed into the greatest pass catcher in pro football history. With a coach's contract, Lambeau feels that Hutson will be able to pass along his vast knowledge to the younger, greener ends in the ranks. "Hutson was never more valuable to the team than he has been this season," Lambeau said. "In many ways, 1943 was his greatest year. His importance went way beyond the 117 points he scored. He became an excellent leader on the field and did a splendid job handling men. He should be very successful as a coach. The most convincing demonstration of his value in the final game against Phil-Pitt a week ago. In the last 17 minutes, we were without a quarterback. Hutson stepped into the breach and called signals for the first time in his career. He called the two touchdown passes which he caught to save the game for us. We feel fortunate to keep a man of Hutson's reputation and capabilities in the National League. To us it is one of the most important contributions we can make to professional football. Ironically enough, Hutson's biggest thrills in nine years of pro ball came this season, which caused Lambeau to remark, "Well, then why the ---- are you quitting now when you're just beginning to get a kick out of the game." The thrills were his 85-yard return of an intercepted pass for a touchdown against the Chicago Cardinals and his 35-yard touchdown pass to Harry Jacunski against New York, the only touchdown pass he ever threw. Hutson said his most important catch came on the touchdown pas that defeated Washington in 1941 and sent Green Bay into a divisional playoff with the Chicago Bears. He caught three scoring tosses in the second half to hand the Packers a 22-17 victory after the Redskins had a halftime margin of 17-0. However, in his personal book of memories, Hutson can't forget the 87-yard heave he caught in 1935 on the first play of the first game of his pro career. The catch beat the Packers' arch rivals, the Chicago Bears, 7-0. "That catch gave me the confidence I needed to hold a job in pro football," Hutson said. "I wasn't at all convinced that I wasn't making a fool of myself trying to play pro ball until I caught that pass."
DECEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers yesterday took time off to split up the second place money they will receive from the NFL's championship game in Chicago December 26. Twenty-seven full shares were voted to the players and Assistant Coach Red Smith. Following custom which he set some time ago, Coach Curly Lambeau turned his share into the players' pool. Half shares were voted to Trainer Bud Jorgensen, Assistant Trainer Gus Seaburg, players Jim Lankas and Ade Schwammel, both of whom joined the club in mid-season, Don Perkins, who was injured in pre-season practice but remained with the club in an inactive status, and G.W. Calhoun, Packer publicity director. Those receiving full shares besides Smith include: centers Charley Brock, Bob Flower, Forrest McPherson; guard Bill Kuusisto, Buckets Goldenberg, Pete Tinsley, Sherwood Fries, Glen Sorenson; tackles Buford Ray, Paul Berezney, Chet Adams, Milburn Croft; ends Don Hutson, Harry Jacunski, Joel Mason, Dick Evans; backs Larry Craig, Tony Canadeo, Lou Brock, Ted Fritsch, Andy Uram, Joe Laws, Ben Starrett, Bob Kahler, Irv Comp, Tony Falkenstein.
DECEMBER 17 (Green Bay) -  Don Hutson, Green Bay Packer end, who recently retired at the end of his ninth season in the NFL, was chosen Thursday on the league's all-star team for the seventh time. He missed in his first two seasons, was picked in 1936, skipped 1937 and has been picked every season since. The team was picked by Associated Press and newspaper sports writers. Tony Canadeo, dynamic little running and passing halfback of the Packers, also was chosen on the all-league team. The Packers placed center Charley Brock and tackle Chet Adams on the second team, while tackle Bay Ray got honorable mention. The lion's share of berths went to the Chicago Bears, but only four of them were picked this year, compared with five in 1942. The four are Sid Luckman, passing back; guard Danny Fortmann, guard Clyde (Bulldog) Turner and back Harry Clark. Two places went to the Washington Redskins - Sammy Baugh, the league's passing champion, and guard Dick Farman. The other selected were Eddie Rucinski of the Chicago Cardinals at end, Al Blozis of the New York Giants and Bruiser Kinard of the Brooklyn Dodgers at tackles. Along with Hutson, four of these men were selected in 1942 - Luckman, Baugh, Fortmann and Turner. Hutson, Baugh and Turner were unanimous selections. Luckman was picked by all except two who cast ballots.
DECEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - Richard (Red) Smith, for the last eight years assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL, resigned his job Thursday, effective immediately. Smith said he would remain here as manager of the Columbus club bowling alleys until March 18 when he will resume his coaching job with the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. Smith said after a conference with Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, "I expect to be connected with football later in a capacity not yet determined." Lambeau said that pro football was growing so rapidly and duties of coaches had increased to such an extent that it was desirable to have a year round assistant. Don Hutson was signed for this post last week. "Because of Red's baseball connections, which he felt he could not give up, he decided to resign here," Lambeau added.
DECEMBER 20 (Chicago) - Four Chicago Bear players were selected today on the United Press All-Professional football team 
for 1943 - a year that presented a surplus of great backs and tackles. Sid Luckman, Harry Clark, Clyde "Bulldog" Turner and Dan Fortmann of the Bears gained positions on the first team. The World Champion Washington Redskins placed Sammy Baugh and Dick Farman; the New York Giants placed Ward Cuff and Al Blozis; the Green Bay Packers, Don Hutson; the Chicago Cardinals, Eddie Rucinski, and Phil-Pitt, Vic Sears. Two rookies - Bill Paschal of New York and Jack Hinkle of Phil-Pitt - pressed hard for first team mention on strength of their one-two finish for ground-gaining honors. But the NFL's freshmen were relegated to second team honors because of the more consistent performance of Clark and Cuff. Neither Hinkle nor Paschal showed brilliant form until late in the season. The other major bottleneck came in the tackle positions, where there were at least seven logical choices. Blozis was rated by the Chicago Bear team as the "toughest customer" in the league. Sears took slight precedence over Chet Bulger of the Cardinals and Buford Ray of Green Bay because he was credited with making Phil-Pitt the league's best defensive team statistically. At least four choices were virtually undisputable. They were Luckman, Baugh, Hutson and Turner. Hutson finished his ninth season in pro football by sweeping honors in three departments - scoring, with 117 points; pass receiving with a total gain of 776 yards, and field goal kicking, with three out of five. Reflecting the tendency of the pros to count heavily on the forward pass for scoring, Baugh and Luckman, the league's No. 1 and 2 passers, both placed in the backfield. Baugh led all flingers with .557 percent completed for 1,754 yards, while Luckman hit .545 percent for a new league record of 2,194 yards and broke another mark by throwing 28 touchdown passes. Bulldog Turner is an almost unanimous choice of the players themselves as the outstanding center in the game. Clark was a consistently brilliant ball carrier as well as a pass receiver, finishing third in ground gaining with 556 yards. Cuff held the league's highest rushing average in the  league with 6.5 yards a crack and totaled 523 yards for fourth place. He's one of the best defensive players in the game and an excellent placekicker. The most hotly-contested line spot came between Rucinski and George Wilson of the Bears. However, Rucinski, a faster man, won the respect of all
opposition as a fine pass receiver and a scrapping defensive man. Dr. Fortmann,
although noticeable slower, retained a guard spot in spite of lack of grid practice.
Most of Fortmann's practice is medical and he was forced to fly in for Bear
games each Sunday, but his experience and braininess gave him the honor.
Farman got the nod for the other spot, although he had some competition from
Augie Lio of Detroit and Clyde Shugar, whom the Bears class as the "most
underrated" guard in the business. The intensity of this year's race for backfield
honors was emphasized by the fact that backs of the caliber of Ernie Steele of
Phil-Pitt and Tony Canadeo of Green Bay were forced to the second team.
Canadeo gained 439 yards to finish fifth and Steele, named by opponents as the
"hardest running back in the league", was sixth with 409 yards. Frankie Sinkwich
of Detroit, a great all-around back who could block, punt, run and pass, missed
honors because of his inability to score and the fact that so many of  his passes
were intercepted.
DECEMBER 23 (Chicago) - A broken wrist suffered by an anonymous Chicago
Bear lineman Wednesday threw consternation into the ranks of the coaches and
made it necessary for them to revise tactical plans for Sunday's battle with the
Washington Redskins in Wrigley field for the professional football championship.
Pete Gudauskas is the name. Never heard of him? He's the fellow who had been
playing an increasing number of minutes in each of the Bears' concluding games
of the season. For Sunday's encounter, Pete was to be distinctly a sleeper. If the
game started with the Bears kicking off, Pete was to have been at right guard and
in charge of booting the ball down the field. In Tuesday's line scrimmage, Pete
suffered the injury - maybe because he was a little too overambitious. Dr. John F.
Davis came in with the bad news late Wednesday morning. X-ray pictures had
revealed a break. Pete, who is a native of Georgetown, Ill., and who played
college  football at Murray (Ky.) State Teachers, was a forlorn figure, his arm in a
sling, as his half frozen teammates bounced into Wrigley field's dressing room at
the noon hour. All season long the Bears have had only a thin spread of linemen.
That's one of the reasons they claimed Gudauskas on waivers from the Green
Bay Packers. Pete started his pro career with Cleveland in 1940. Bill Steinkemper,
another of the newer Bears, had a long session with Trainer Andy Lotshaw on the
rubbing table. Andy declares he'll have the former Notre Dame player, a tackle, in
shape for the Redskins.