Green Bay Packers 62, New London Diesels 14
Sunday November 28th 1943 (at Bristol, CT)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(NEW LONDON, CT) - An estimated 10,000 cold but interested football fans crammed Bristol's Muzzy field Sunday afternoon and watched the Green Bay Packers put on a powerhouse and aerial exhibition in smothering the New London Diesels by a score of 62 to 14. It was the second time this year that the great Don Hutson failed to score a touchdown. In his brief appearance, however, he managed to make two conversions good. It was the other end, Harry Jacunski,
who was the hero of the day, as his hometown fans
from New Britain journeyed over to Bristol to say nice
things about the former New Britain high and Fordham
star and to present him with a War Bond between the
halves as the 70 piece New Britain High school band
serenaded the crowd. There was no particular star that
outshone his mates by the passing of Irv Comp was 
beautiful to watch. The second team, with backs like
Joe Laws and Jim Lankas doing the heavy work, looked
to be every bit as good as the first stringers.
HANDED TWO TOUCHDOWNS
The Diesels were handed one touchdown as the Bays
were either too tired and looking the other way when
Ugione dashed 55 yards for the score. Late in the last
period, Monahan caught a desperation heave of 45 
yards from St. Peter and romped 23 yards for the other
Diesel tally. The Packers did everything well. Their 
kicks boomed into the end zones. They ran off tackle
and over guard with devastating power. The line opened
holes big enough for three backs to go through. The 
New Departure Recreational council, which sponsored
the affair, got a break in the weather which was cold but
ideal for football. All attendance records were broken.
The fans got a good show as all the Packers were in 
the game at some time with the exceptions of Tony
Canadeo, who would have had to be Superman to excel
Comp at heaving the pigskin.
FIVE SCORES IN SECOND
It was the second period that saw the Packers really
roll. They scored five touchdowns and made all but one
conversion good. This is the way it went. Fritsch threw
one to Harry Jacunski on the first play of the period and
Harry romped about 11 yards for the score. Hutson then
converted. A few seconds later, Craig grabbed one of
Andy Uram's passes and traveled across the last white
line on a 26 yard run. Then it was Lankas, Evans and
Mason who chalked up their six points, two on passes and one on a four-yard buck. Jim Lankas was responsible for that. Everyone had a hand in kicking conversions. It was a tough afternoon for the Diesels, who are considered one of the state's best semipro clubs. But there were in there trying all afternoon. Frank St. Peter and Fred Mitchell did yeoman work and Perry and Olsen played their positions well. The last touchdown pass that Monahan caught from St. Peter was a beauty. The first score the Diesels made was a gift and the Packers, who were chasing Ugione, who intercepted a pass off Lou Brock, were laughing too hard to catch him. While statistics are not very revealing in a game which was decidedly one way, it must be said that the air was filled with footballs while the Packers had possession. They attempted 34 passes and completed 24 for a total gain of about a million yards. Everyone heaved them. Evans, Falkenstein, Uram, Fritsch, Comp, Craig, Brock, Kahler, Laws, all had a hand in them. Tony Canadeo was the only regular that failed to show up. But it would be very hard to convince Bristol sport fans that he can throw passes any more beautifully than Comp. No wonder Don Hutson is a great receiver with chuckers like that heaving them in there. Big Adolph Schwammel had a lovely afternoon booming those 55 to 60 yard kickoffs into the Diesels' end zone with monotonous regularity. Milt Croft pleased the crowd with his exceptional consideration by simply standing in front of the opposing ball carrier instead of dropping his 293 pound bulk on him. Buckets Goldenberg was in most of the plays near him. The sheer power of the Packer line was a joy to behold. Even though the opposition was weak, it was apparent to all present that while "Victory Is Our Business" is the slogan up at New Departure, "Football Is Our Business" is the slogan out of Green Bay. There are no superlatives that could not be used and each fan that shivered through the exhibition was well convinced as he wended his way homeward that he had seen a great aggregation of football players.
GREEN BAY  - 7 34 14  7 - 62
NEW LONDON - 0  0  0 14 - 14
1st - GB - Irv Comp, 2-yard run (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Harry Jacunski, 11-yard pass from Ted Fritsch (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Larry Craig, 26-yard pas from Andy Uram (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 20-0
2nd - GB - Jim Lankas, 4-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 27-0
2nd - GB - Evans pass from Andy Uram (Kick good) GREEN BAY 34-0
2nd - GB - Mason from unknown (Kick good) GREEN BAY 41-0
?? - GB - Evans pass from Uram (Kick good) GREEN BAY 48-0
?? - GB - Joe Laws pass from Comp (Kick good) GREEN BAY 55-0
4th - NL - Enrico Ugione, 55-yard interception return (McKenna kick) GREEN BAY 55-7
4th - GB - Laws pass from Comp (Kick good) GREEN BAY 62-7
4th - NL - Frank Monahan, 23-yard run (Frank St. Peter pass to Monahan) GREEN BAY 62-14
The Fall of 1943 was almost devoid of any real football competition, when the WEAC again was unable to field a team. The quiet was broken, however, when Bristol sports promoter, Henry Brophy, masterfully engineered a game that brought the Green Bay Packers of the NFL to Muzzy Field. Having a week off between games in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, the Packers were attempting to schedule an exhibition contest to raise some funds. They had already initiated the process when Brophy entered the picture. Utilizing his professional connections, he quickly negotiated to make Muzzy Field the venue for this game. He skillfully bargained the “game guarantee” from $5,000 to $3,000. The war had a significant impact on professional football. With players in the service, some teams disbanded while others merged in order to continue. Team rosters were limited in number and schedules were reduced to 10 games. It was not uncommon to lend players to other teams, with the promise of getting them back when conditions improved. Most teams lost more players to the service than the Packers. When Green Bay players went for induction physicals, they were often ruled ineligible for military service for being “too big.” Nice problem for a professional football team. The Packers were known as the strongest team in the West Division. A favorite player of the crowd on game day was Harry Jacunski, a New Britain native. The opponent for the game would be the powerful New London Diesels, who benefitted from having many players employed at Electric Boat, a submarine contractor. Other players came from coastal war production facilities or were stationed at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. The crowd of 8,500 spectators at Muzzy Field was not disappointed by Green Bay’s performance. Utilizing a devastating passing game, they crushed their opponent 62-14. The Packers went on to a 7-2-1 season. Their squad was recognized by having five players honored as All Pro or Honorable Mention All Pro. The loss, by New London, doesn’t seem quite as bad when viewed in perspective to Green Bay’s season accomplishments. The receipts for the game were utilized to buy cigarettes for New Departure employees in active service.

A Century of Muzzy: Muzzy Field during the war years

Muzzy Field: Tales from a Forgotten Ballpark

Few ballparks still in use today can boast of hosting both Babe Ruth and Vince Lombardi during their playing days. Muzzy Field in Bristol, Connecticut, is one of them. In Muzzy Field, author Douglas S. Malan retells the stories of the events and people who shaped this municipal ballpark that is so rich in history. Tucked away in the woodsy corner of a public park located within the once-gilded boundaries of a manufacturing city, Muzzy Field's illustrious history began as a charitable land donation in 1912. With the financial backing of the sports-minded management at New Departure Manufacturing, the field became home to one of the area's strongest semiprofessional baseball teams; it also welcomed some of the greatest athletes who played the game-from Ruth to Martín Dihigo and dozens of Hall of Fame athletes. From its earliest days, the colorful stories of the great barnstorming era of professional sports defined what has become a grand old dame of New England ballparks. With photos included, Muzzy Field relates the long legacy and the fascinating stories of a field that many never knew existed. They are tales from a forgotten ballpark.
​PACKERS' UNBLEMISHED RECORD AT STAKE IN PHIL-PITT TILT SUNDAY
DEC 2 (Philadelphia) - A victory by the Packers over the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Steagles in Shibe park Sunday afternoon would help the Wisconsin eleven to
finish their season in satisfactory fashion but it cannot
solve a conundrum which Coach Curly Lambeau and his
players have been pondering for some time. The brain
twister became apparent shortly after the two eastern
elevens decided to join for the duration of the way, but it
did not take on any importance until recently. A look at
the records will show that the Bays defeated the Eagles
eight in a row and they piled up the same advantage 
over the old Steelers. Neither team has been able to
defeat the Packers. That brings up the question. Will
the Packers, if they win Sunday, have a record of 17
straight victories in the series or will they get a half
game more added to their all-win record against each?
Obviously, it would be unfair to get credit for only a half
game, the Packers say, so they are figuring to make it
No. 17...OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME: There are
doubtless several obstacles they must overcome before
the game is theirs. They must, first of all, stop the
offensive power which the Steagles used to advantage
in rolling over the Washington Redskins last Sunday 
and which gave the five previous victories in the Eastern
division. The team works off the T-formation. Secondly,
the Bays must play airtight defensive football to halt the
ground gaining abilities of halfbacks Jack Hinkle and
Ernie Steele, who stand second and sixth, respectively,
in the pro circuit's carrying department. Prospects of a
duel between Hinkle, who has 512 yards, and Tony
Canadeo of the Packers, who has 448 yards, are very
good. Both Canadeo and Hinkle can pass up Harry
Clark of the Chicago Bears, who now tops the lugging
department with 556 yards. If Canadeo can get 109
yards running and his teammates hold Hinkle to a net
of 43 yards, the Packer halfback should lead the ball
carrying department for the second straigh year..WORK
ON OFFENSE: The Packers do not expect to win the
ball game by playing on a strong defensive battle. This
was indicated in their workout Wednesday morning at
the site of Sunday's game. Lambeau sent the team
through a two hour session on offense, most of which
was confined to polishing the passing attack. Deception
in the running game also got some attention. Scouting
reports on the Steagle defense indicated to the Packer
coach that the aerial game should work to advantage
although Washington could not seem to make its 
pases click. To take advantage of the Phil-Pitt defense,
Lambeau gave the team several new pass plays. The
Packers have been aided in their drills by extremely
mild and perfect practice weather. This usually
phlegmatic sporrt town has become aroused with the
possibility that the Steagles could beat the Packers 
and also keep alive their hopes for a tie in the Eastern
half. This hinges, of course, on what the Giants do
against Washington at the Polo Grounds in the first of
two battles on successive weekends...MAY DRAW
28,000: Shibe park, which holds close to 28,000 at
capacity, may weel be filled for the clash, Steagle
headquarters said this morning. Only 4,000 seats 
remain in the racks, and there was good reason to
believe that these will be bought long before game time.
There is just one note to add to the discussion above
on the race between Canadeo and Hinkle for ground
gaining honors. The Packers' veteran guard, Pete
Tinsley, got Tony aside after Wednesday morning's drill
and threatened to take the former Gonzaa player's 
place in the backfield if he doesn't get those 109 yards.
Pete, who is rounding out about two decades of ball 
and his sixth in the pro circuit, thereby set off the old
argument about what is more important, the linemen or
the ball carriers. One thing seemed certain, Tinsley is
not soon going to be allowed to forget that he kicked a
point after touchdown in the exhibition game at Bristol,
Conn., last Sunday. Some of his teammates have even
suggested that he insure his leg for a large sum of
money inasmuch as he is such a good placement
booter.
JACK HINKLE OF PHIL-PITT NEEDS 45 YARDS FOR
PRO LEAGUE HONORS
DEC 2 (Chicago) - "The Bull" - that's what Coach Earle
(Greasy) Neale of Phil-Pitt calls him. "He's nervous, full
of high pressure...just like a bull in a china shop." Neale
chirps. "Wants to tear up the bench and throw pieces at
everybody. When he gets in a game, he's a slam-bang player. The Bull, that's a good name for him." Neale was talking about Jack Hinkle, who is not a relative, as has been reported, of Green Bay's great Clarke Hinkle of a few seasons ago. Jack injured a shoulder, then a leg, and failed to get much of a running start in the NFL this season. But in the last six games, playing about 30 minutes in each, he has virtually won the league's ground gaining championship...HAS 512 YARDS: Smashing through Detroit for 132 yards and Washington for 117 on successive Sundays, the 26-year-old, 200-pound Phil-Pitt halfback has boosted his total yardage to 512. He will end his season against Green Bay Sunday, needing only 45 yards to beat out Harry Clark of the Chicago Bears for the title. Clark made 556 yards in 120 trips for an average of 4.6. It has taken Hinkle only 104 carries to post his 512 - an average of 4.9. The Packers will have to bring Hinkle to a standstill before their own Tony Canadeo will have a chance for the ball toting honors. Tony is third on the list with 448 yards. Hinkle, a shipping department supervisor in a Philadelphia war plant, working days and practicing with the team nights, was given a medical discharge from the Army Air corps this year because of ulcers. To conserve his strength, Coach Neale usually uses him only on offense. He tears his hair on the bench the rest of the time.
AD LIBBING ON GRIDIRON
DEC 2 (Philadelphia) - Along with other football coaches, officials and players, Green Bay's great end, Don Hutson, broke bread with the Shriners at their luncheon in Kugler's on Chestnut st. The former Alabama brilliant, currently making a Galli Curci or farewell tour of the NFL, did some reminiscing of his nine seasons as a professional. "The Packers used to have a quarterback named Johnny Blood, who was famous for pulling the unexpected," Don related. "Well. we were playing a particularly tough game one day, and has the ball down near the goal line, ready to try for a touchdown, when we went into huddle. Well, we had an end-around play called 75 in which I ended up with the ball, and we have another called 75-X in which Clark Hinkle took the ball. But in this huddle, Blood said quickly, '75-double X'. And we all rushed into position before any of us realized there was no such play as 75-double X. Well, I didn't know what to do, so when the ball was snapped I raced around to receive the ball. But I didn't get the ball. And Hinkle didn't get the ball either. Instead, Blood shot off behind me, sprinted around my end while the whole Detroit team chased me and Hinkle, Blood scored."...Curly Lambeau, whose Green Bay Packers - opponents of the Eagles at Shibe park Sunday - are regarded by many as the strongest team currently in professional football, told one on Walter Kiesling, now co-coach with Greasy Neale of the Philadelphia team. "We were playing our final game at Detroit," Curly recalled, "and we needed a victory to clinch the championship. Only about three minutes remained, and our passes had been misfiring all day. Now, we had a weak-side buck on which out guard went through and took out their left halfback. Kiesling was elected to go through. All afternoon the left halfback, not liking Kiesling's constant rushes - look at Kies and you'll see why, had been slugging - and getting away with it. But this time Kiesling looked down the line and saw his end had a bloody nose. 'Gimme me some of that blood,' he said, rubbing his hand over the end's face. Then he spread the blood all over his own face - rushed in, started to take out the halfback and when the latter let his fist fly, grabbed his hand and yelled murder. The officials couldn't miss it that time - and promptly called a 15-yard penalty against Detroit. We scored a couple of plays later."
PACKERS TAKE GREAT DELIGHT IN NICKNAMES
DEC 3 (Philadelphia) - The Packers do not want to become known as the Gene Tunneys of football by virtue of their ready reference to the works of Shakespeare. But there was a growing suspicion among some people in this town today that these rough and rugged football players are at least acquainted with the bard's immortal question, "What is in a name?" And there is foundation in fact for the suspicion. Although the players have been working hard this week for their NFL game against the Steagles at Shibe Park Sunday afternoon, they have had time to ponder proper appellations for each others...NO MALICE MEANT: For those who believe there is malice in the names let there be a warning that the "name ceiling" is all in the spirit of good fun and the player who finds himself with an added name takes it in the spirit meant. There is, for example, "Aches and Pains" Peter Tinsley, the guard whose constant witticisms are enjoyed by all. Pete starts practice every day by complaining vociferously about his aching bones. But after a few minutes of practice, he forgets about the aches and displays unlimited pep and chatter. Pete has two decades of football behind him. Larry Craig, the blocking back on offense and left end on defense, is "Superman". This started some time ago because of Craig's two yard wide shoulders that taper down to his hips that aren't there. An alternate nickname for him is "Thumbs', so applied because he misses forward passes by partly closing his hands...SCHWAMMEL GETS ONE: By the vote of the team, the best two nicknames are "Desert Head" for Ade Schwammel, and "Bugle Beak" for Baby Ray. Those who have seen Schwammel, without his hat on will remember that he has a "fringe" of hair just above his ears but otherwise his forehead extends to the back of his head. Ray, who is just big, claims his nose is the right size - if it were larger or smaller, he says, it would be out of proportion with his classical features. This story
NEWS AND NOTES
PHIL-PITT STEAGLES SCORE BIG UPSET IN PRO FOOTBALL LOOP BY 27-14 WIN OVER REDSKINS
NOV 29 (Washington) - The Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Steagles passed and sprinted to a 27-14 upset vicrtory over the Washington Redskins today in a NFL game before 35,826 customers. It was Washington's first defeat of the season. The league champions, who were held to a 14-14 tie by the Phil-Pitt at their last meeting, looked like a badly worn carbon copy of the team that defeated the Chicago Bears a week ago. Slingin' Sammy Baugh was far off form in the aerial department and a hard-charging Steagle line smothered the Washington ground attack repeatedly. The Steagles were able to shake Roy Zimmerman, Jack Hinkle and John Butler loose for 19 Phil-Pitt first downs against Washington's 10. They counted a touchdown in the first period, added another in the third and crashed over for two more in the final stanza...65-YARD MARCH: Butler, Hinkle and Cabrelli sparked a 65-yard first period Steagle march, which was climaxed with Bob Thurbon's six yard slice off tackle for a score. Zimmerman added the extra point with the first of three placekick conversions. Zimmerman set up another score with a pair of passes to Tony Bova early in the third and then sent Thurbon over tackle for the marker. The Redskins counted a few minutes later when Joe Zeno blocked a Zimmeman punt on the Phil-Pitt 34. Baugh and Moore worked the ancient Statue of Liberty play for 14 yards and Masterson took a pass from Slingin' Sam over the goal line. Masterson converted...STEELE RUNS 47 YARDS: Ernie Steele, former University of Washington flash, broke for a 47-yard dash for the Steagles in the fourth after Zimmerman's interception of a Baugh toss set the Phil-Pitts in offensive motion again. Ted Doyle, one-time Nebraska star, made the day almost a total loss for Baugh by breaking through to block one of Sammy's quickicks for a Steagle recovery on the one-yard line. Hinkle plunged for the final score. George Cafego and Baugh tossed to Frank Seno and Joe Aguirre for Washington's second touchdown, Aguirre taking the ball on the goal line. Aguirre converted. The Steagles gained 297 yards on rushing plays to 58 for Washington. The Redskins completed 14 out of twice as many pass attempts for 211 yards while the Steagles clicked on six of 13 aerials for 82 yards.
DON STILL LEADS
NOV 29 (Green Bay) - Although idle Sunday, Don Hutson of the Packers continues to lead the NFL scoring race with 97 points. Bill Paschal of New York and Harry Clark of the Chicago Bears are tied for second with 60 points each. Wilbur Moore of Washington and Harry Hopp of Detroit are tied for the next spot with 54 each. Andy Farkas of the Redskins has the highest total with 48. Six other players have points ranging from 45 to 31.
PACKERS PLAY FINALE SUNDAY
NOV 30 (Rye, NY) - Fresh from hitting the jackpot in their exhibition game Sunday, the Packers were set to leave this country spot today to move into Philadelphia and there begin strenuous preparations for their NFL finale next Sunday against the Pitt-Phil Steagles, The Steagles will also be winding up their 1943 campaign. Bounced out of the Western division race by the Chicago Bears' victory over the Cardinals, the Packers are itching for the chance to knock the Steagles for a loop and thereby prove that their 33-7 lacing at the hands of the Washington Redskins early in the season was not indicative of the relative strength od the teams. The Steagles, an in-and-out ball club all season, did their best work against the Redskins, holding them a 14-14 standoff in their first meeting and then putting a clincher on the capital eleven last Sunday, 27-14. The Bays feel they can show the Steagles a few tricks in the football line that Washington was not allowed to uncover last Sunday...LAMBEAU IS AFRAID: Coach Curly Lambeau is afraid of the combination eleven. He already has reminded the players that their 28 to 10 victory in an exhibition game early in September did not mean a thing. To bolster his argument he used the prime example of the manner in which the Redskins smacked the Packers but good in a league game after they had lost, 23-21, in a Baltimore exhibition contest. Although it is the fag end of the season, the Packers will be allowed no letdown so far as workouts are concerned. Offensive and defensive drills are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday because the Bays must be in top shape in both departments if they want to hang up their seventh victory in league play. If they need any further prodding, the Wisconsin eleven got it this morning from Rep. LaVern Dilweg, a former Packer himself and a keen analyst of the grid game. Dilweg wrote Lambeau that he saw the Washington-Steagle game Sunday and he started his note off with this statement, "Look out next Sunday, Packers!"...STEAGLES HAVE POWER: Dilweg went on to say that the Steagles handled the ball with beautiful precision and that they have power to burn. He especially warned against the team's ace ball carriers, Jack Hinkle and Ernie Steele, who hold second and sixth places, respectively, in the league's ground gaining division. Hinkle ran off the "T" for 117 yards to aid the Steagles to victory. The Packers were to leave around noon for Philadelphia. They will headquarter at the Warwick hotel. This morning they spent about an hour warming up. There were no injuries in the game against the Electric Boat Diesels and the team is expected to be in top shape for the Steagle contest. Both Tony Canadeo, who was injured in the Brooklyn game, and center Charley Brock, who has completely recovered from an appendectomy, are expected to see action.
PACKERS ARE WELL KNOWN AT FARRAGUT
NOV 30 (Green Bay) - Dear Ray: I see in your column how many of the servicemen tell how well known the Packers are. Well, that really holds true here at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Farragut, Idaho. Tony Canadeo must have embedded himself in the hearts of the fans when he was at Gonzaga. They are giving him plenty of ink. The pro league in general has been adopted by the fans here. I think that is because they are so well represented here on the base. The Washington Redskins have the most former players here. Their former coach and manager, Red Flaherty, is a lieutenant commander, and Ki Aldrich and Ed Justice are also here. The Packers' No. 1 choice in the draft last year, Urban Odson of Minnesota, is a company commander in one of the camps. Ed Widseth, formerly of Minnesota and the New York Giants, is another player in training here. I had the privilege of meeting Lieutenant Commander Flaherty and we had quite a talk. He spoke very well of Green Bay, and recalled many incidents that took place there in his playing days. In closing I would like you to say hello to my old friend Calhoun of the Packer publicity department. How is he behaving these days? Tell him if he thinks it was tough listening to the games at (name of pub censored by editor), he should be out here when you know the Packers are playing the Bears and you can't get it on the radio. All you can do it sit back until the Spokane paper comes out on Monday. John Vandersteen, F 3/C, U.S. Naval Training Station, Farragut, Idaho...PALM FOR PACKERS: Editorial in the Sheboygan Press: "There have been many upsets in the professional football world this fall, and as we look at the tally sheet three teams are outstanding, the Packers of Green Bay, the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. While the Packers may not be in the playoffs, their recent achievement in the east places them in the front ranks as an outstanding football team. Wisconsin is proud of the record that the Packers have made down through the year, and especially so because they have been the product of a small city when compared with the other cities in the league." Ditto for the Sheboygan Redskins of the professional basketball world.
CHRONOLOGY OF PRO FOOTBALL
DEC 4 (Green Bay) - Professional football has come a long way since the first recorded game was played as a YMCA-sponsored contest at Latrobe, Pa., on Aug. 31, 1895. A great many exciting and significant things have taken place in those almost-50 years, with the Green Bay Packers playing a prominent role since the time they were granted a franchise in 1921. George Strickler, director of public relations for the NFL, has compiled a chronology of the professional grid sport. Here's the first installment: 1895 - First professional football game, Latrobe, Pa., vs. Jeannette, Pa., under YMCA sponsorship, played at Latrobe Aug. 31 with Latrobe winning, 12-0. 1902 - Connie Mack organized Philadelphia Athletics with Rube Waddell in the lineup, and claimed professional football championship of the United States after defeating Pittsburgh, with Christy Mathewson at fullback, 12-5 (Nov. 26). First night football game, Philadelphia Athletics vs. Kanaweola A.C. at Elmira, N.Y. A's won, 39-0 (Nov. 18). First indoor football game, Syracuse vs. Philadelphia Nationals, in Madison Square Garden. Syracuse won, 6-0 (Dec. 15). 1905 - Charles (Cy) Rigler organized Massillon Tigers with Charlie Moran in the lineup, Organization of Canton Bulldogs. 1920 - Formation of the American Professional Football association at Canton, O., with the Canton Bull Dogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Akron Professionals, Massillon Tigers, Rochester (N.Y.); Rock Island (Ill.); Muncie (Ind.); Staley's of Decatur (Ill.); Chicago Cardinals and Hammond (Ind.). (Sept. 17). Jim Thorpe (Canton) elected president; Stan Cofall (Massillon) vice president; A.F. Ranney (Akron), secretary-treasurer/ Membership set at $100. 1921 - American Professional Football association reorganized at Akron, O. Joe Carr (Columbus) elected president; M. O'Brien (Decatur) vice president; Carl Storck (Dayton) secretary-treasurer (April 30). J.E. Clair of Acme Packing company granted franchise for Green Bay, Wis. (Aug. 27) 1922 - Franchise of George Halas for Staley A.C. (Decatur) transferred to Chicago and team renamed Chicago Bears (Jan. 28). J.E. Clair turned Green Bay franchise back to the league following discussion over alleged use of ineligible players (Jan. 28). Professional football gets first eight-column newspaper headline: "Stagg Says Conference Will Break Professional Football Menace" (Chicago Herald and Examiner of Jan, 30). Earl Lambeau granted franchise for Green Bay (June 24). Name of American Professional Football association changed to National Football League (June
24). First professional football player deal - Chicago
Bears purchase Ed Healey, All-American Dartmouth
tackle, from Rock Island, Ill., for $100 (Oct. 8) (To be
continued)
PACKERS IMPATIENTLY AWAIT TILT AGAINST
PHIL-PITT TEAM SUNDAY
DEC 4 (Philadelphia) - Anxious to get on with their own
personal gridiron wars, Coach E.L. "Curly" Lambeau
and his Green Bay Packers are impatiently awaiting the
kickoff Sunday against the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh
Steagles at Shibe park. The Packers, who arrived in
Quakertown last Tuesday, are in good physical shape 
for the contest which involves the second place teams 
in both the Eastern and Western divisions of the NFL.
The boys from Wisconsin have had several spirited
workouts at the big baseball plant but it wasn't until
Friday that they were able to hold a "secret" drill. At
other sessions here Coach Lambeau and his assistants
notice several interested spectators high up in the
grandstand. Further investigation by Red "Mr. Ten by
Ten" Smith and Trainer Bud Jorgenson revealed that the
visitors were busily marking down diagrams on paper.
Smith, so the story goes, decided after some thought
that the lads weren't trying to dope out the day's races.
So he sat down among them and advised all to move
along. The Smith, a mighty man is he, and the
Philadelphians immediately saw the wisdom of his
counsel and reasoning...FOG BLOWS IN: Friday,
however, a low sea fog blew in from the Atlantic and the
Packers, covered by this protecting blanket, ran through
all their plays without being observed from the stands.
This all may sound a bit off the beam, but after you
witness what a sea fog can do in Philadelphia you will
believe anything. Interest in the game is running high
and a sellout crowd of more than 30,000 is expected to
pack Shibe Park when the 2 0'clock kickoff goes sailing
through the air. The Steagles have been impressive in
these last few games and the fans here are backing 
them to the limit. Proof that Philadelphia has power is
shown in the statistics of their two games with the
Washington Redskins. The Steagles played a 14-14 tie
with the Marshallmen in the first meeting of the teams
and then handed Washington its only defeat by a 27-14
score Sunday in New Deal land...STEAGLES GIVEN
EDGE: Around town they are inclined to give the 
Steagles an edge over their Wisconsin rivals and one of
the papers today published a series of figures designed
to show that the season's records favor the local team.
In spite of that, however, Coach Lambeau feels his
gridmen will do themselves proud in their finale. Don
Hutson, the guy who usually catches 'em, is going to
appear in a new role tonight, this time tossing one. The
great end has been engaged to throw in the opening
disc at the ice hockey game between the Philadelphia
Falcons and the New York Rovers in the Philadelphia
arena. Don will be in no danger as the boys on a complimentary faceoff of this kind make faces at each other but swing no clubs so the ace receiver will not receive a bruised shin for his efforts. The entire Packer team will take in the game as guests of the Arena management and the gridders are looking forward to the ice contest as some of them have never seen a league hockey game. Of this they are certain, there will be plenty of action and rough play to take their minds off their own impending struggle with the Steagles...FORMER APPLETON PLAYER: The hockey tilt will be of especial interest to old Mr. Ten by Ten Smith as he will be rooting for a one time rival. Stellar wing on the Philadelphia sextet is one Stewart (Stu) Cousins, who is the property of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. As such Stu had played on several of the Indian farm teams and at one time saw service with Appleton in the Wisconsin State league. A hurler, he faces Brother Smith's Bluejays but this time Smith won't have to worry about Cousin's curve ball. It has been mild in Philadelphia during this past week and if the weather remains as it had the team will play in topcoat temperature on a fast field. All of that brings smiles to the Lambeaumen as they want a dry rapid footing to turn loose the scourge of the circuit, pleasant Don Hutson.
LOS ANGELES BID
DEC 4 (Los Angeles) - Bing Crosby has applied to the Los Angeles Coliseum commission for permission to stage Sunday professional football games in the big stadium after the war. The movie actor and singer hopes to obtain a franchise in the National league for Hollywood and has asked permission to stage 11 games a year. Associated with Crosby in the propose enterprise are Capt. Graham T. Smith of the U.S. Marines and Frank Mendel, Chicago sportsman.
​EASTERN CROWN STILL AT STAKE
DEC 4 (Manitowoc Herald-Times) - There's an if in each and every package as the NFL settles down to the serious business of deciding whether Washington, New York and the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh combine will be the eastern partner for the Chicago Bears in the post-season playoff. Two games listed for tomorrow, in New York and Philadelphia, may decide the issue or it may go down to the final New York-Washington tilt in the nation's capital on December 12. If the proper combination of scores result, a three-way tie that necessitate postponement of the December 19 playoff until the holiday season is possible. If the Redskins are able to win the first of a home-and-home series with Steve Owen's Giants at the Polo Grounds tomorrow all will be over. The New Yorkers and the Eagles will be on the outside no matter what happens in Philadelphia when the burly Packers from Green Bay stop off for a visit with end Don Hutson making his "positively final and last appearance". If the Giants can stop Sammy Baugh and upset the Skins as the Eagles did last Sunday, and if the Eagles win, the triple tie situation will pop up. That's based on another if - if New York can repeat against Baugh and Co. a week later. The Packers, who remained in the east after their win two weeks ago over the Brooklyn club, have nothing at stake Sunday at Philadelphia except to wind up the 1943 season with a win. The Bears are already in for the western title. About 20,000 are expected to be on hand for Don Hutson's "farewell".
RECORD CROWD TO SEE EAGLES END SEASON AGAINST HUTSON, GREEN BAY HERE TODAY
DEC 5 (Philadelphia) - Philadelphia, which has pooled its resources with Pittsburgh this year, winds up its most successful season in the modern history of the NFL today - and even before they kickoff against the Green Bay Packers at 2 P.M. they are apparently sure of at least one record. The biggest crowd ever to see a professional football game at Shibe Park - bigger, even, than the 32,693 that saw them play Washington to a 14-14 standstill Nov. 7 - is expected to see the Eagles-Steelers oppose the Wisconsin team that features the great Don Hutson. Hutson, all-time all-league end, says this will be his final appearance here, and his team is a 4-to-3 favorites. Green Bay stands second in the Western division of the NFL, and the Eagles are apparently due for the same position in the Eastern section. Howevr, the Philadelphians still have a mathematical chance to tie Washington and New York for Eastern honors. To achieve that lofty place, however, the Eagles must beat the Packers today - and New York must win its two-game series with Washington...SECOND MEETING: This will be the second meeting of the year between the Eagles and the Packers. In a preseason exhibition at Pittsburgh, the Packers beat the Eagles, 28-10, but experts who viewed that clash left with strong doubts that the Midwesterners could do it again. The Eagles-Steelers dominated the statistical battle, pushing the Packers all over the field, but fumbling - a habit they have at least partially broken since then - cost Coach Greasy Neale's myrmidons their chances for victory. Curly Lambeau, veteran Green Bay coach, afterwards declared he was deeply impressed by the Eagles' power, particularly on the line. And since then the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh wall has been further strengthened. Even for today's games, the management announces, the Eagles have acquired an additional player - Hodges West, a soldier on furlough from a North Carolina base...WEST NEW PLAYER: West, who played tackle on Coach Bob Neyland's 1940 University of Tennessee eleven and last year for Major Neyland's Eastern Army All-Stars, has received his commanding officer's
permission to play for the Eagles today. Playing for
Philadelphia will be no new experience for him. A 225
pounder who stands 6 ft. 1 in., he was with the Eagles 
in 1941. The former Tennessee star, a resident of South
Carolina, will be in the seecond Army man in Eagles'
moleskins today. Rocco Canale, the savage guard who 
has seen action in several games for the Eagles this
season, is due over from his New York base to go in,
if needed, at guard. At Boston college last year Canale
won All-American honors...HINKLE NEARS RECORD:
Jack Hinkle, the Eagles' right halfback, will hold the
spotlight in the starting backfield, for he needs only 45
yards to gain the season's honors in rushing the ball.
LeRoy Zimmerman, under the center, Johnny Butler and
Ben Kish are the other probable Philadelphia starters,
with the line the same as that which figured prominently
in the 27-14 upset scored at Washington last Sunday.
The Packers, who operate from a modified Notre Dame
shift with an unbalanced line, have no Cecil Isbell this
year to defeat the Eagles as they did here last season,
7-0, but in Hutson they still have the man who caught
the pass that decided the issue in the first five minutes
of play. To replace Isbell they have two passing and
running threats, Tony Canadeo and Irv Comp, each of whom scales over 190 pounds.
PACKERS ARRIVE IN PHILADELPHIA TO PREPARE FOR STEAGLE CONTEST
DEC 1 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers arrived in town Tuesday afternoon and have very definite intentions of finishing their NFL season with a victory next Sunday over the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Steagles despite the fact the latter eleven is going to be fired to the skies. The game will be played at Shibe park. The Steagles and their fans figure they can sneak into a playoff for the Eastern division championship, a feeling that was bolstered by the combination's victory over the Washington Redskins last Sunday. Although the Bays themselves are out of the Western division race, they are intent on stopping the Steagles from going into a deadlock in the east via the "back door". The clash will be the final of the season for both clubs. If the Steagles win, their chances for a tie hinge on the outcome of Sunday's game between the Redskins and New York Giants in the first of two battles on successive Sundays. Should Washington lose, the Pitt-Phil hopes would be kept alive until the end of the New York-Washington clash in the capital Dec. 12...PACKERS WANT NO. 7: A tie or victory for Washington over the Giants would crush the Steagles' hopes. But the Packers want to put the strangle on those hopes by winning their seventh game in 10 starts. Rested up after their exhibition last Sunday, Coach Lambeau's crew should be in better shape than the Steagles, who had to put out everything they had to defeat Washington. The Packers had their first of five workouts in preparation for the game at the Westchester Country club in Rye, N.Y., Tuesday. After supper on Tuesday, a two-hour skull session was held with principal attention going to scouting reports on the Steagles. The reports gave the Packers enough reason to put extra zip into their practice sessions because they showed the home team has plenty of power and deception. Green Bay will be in 100 percent shape for the first time since the New York game Oct. 30. Center Charley Brock is in perfect condition following a period of convalescence from an appendectomy. Lambeau said Brock will start at the pivot post Sunday, thereby increasing the Packers' effectiveness, especially on the defense...INJURIES ARE HEALED: Others who have recovered from injuries include tackle Baby Ray, who hurt a knee in the Bear game Nov. 7; halfback Andy Uram, also injured in that contest; guard Bill Kuusisto, who sustained a leg injury against the Cardinals Nov. 14; and halfback Tony Canadeo, who was banged up in the Brooklyn clash. The possibility that the Steagles can beat the Packers and also the lure of the offensive flashiness of the Wisconsin eleven has given the ticket headquarters reason to grin, it was reported today. Fans have been rushing the ticket windows and a crowd of upwards of 20,000 is expected to be on hand. The Packers, who are staying at the Warwick hotel, are working out at the site of Sunday's clash.
​PROS SCORE OFTENER BY AIR ROUTE
DEC 1 (Chicago) - Although it's fairly well established that this is the age of air power, the NFL has further evidence to submit, namely: For the first time in the loop's history, more touchdowns have been scored via passes than on the ground. With four teams having completed their 10 game schedule and the other four almost finished, figures today showed that aerials have accounted for 106 touchdowns while rushes have netted 95 in all league games. Passing artists such as Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears, Sammy Baugh of Washington, Leroy Zimmerman of Phil-Pitt, Irv Comp and Tony Canadeo of Green Bay have helped build an average gain of 6.3 yards for every pass completed in the league. Average rushing gain is 3.3 yards. Luckman has had a mighty hand in establishing the Bears' new loop record of 404.5 yards gained a game. The previous league record of 388 yards was set by the Bears in 1939. This week's runner-up offensively is Green Bay with 341.5 yards. The Packers, who meet Phil-Pitt Sunday in the season's finale for both, also run second to the Bears in passing with 200.7 yards net per game, compared with the Western division champions' 239. In upsetting the Redskins last Sunday and endangering their Eastern division title hopes, Phil-Pitt also has displaced the Bears as rushing leaders. The Eagles boast a 176.5 yard gain per game compared with the Bears' 161.1. Washington, though whipped 27 to 14, completed 14 of 18 passes, maintaining its leadership in aerial proficiency with a completion mark of .533. The Redskins also clung to top defensive honors, having yielded 223.5 yards a game while Phil-Pitt replaced the Bears as runner-up with a 224.8 mark.
LUCKMAN AND CLARK RECORDS ARE IN DANGER
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - Sid Luckman and Harry Clark, two of the more self-reliant young men in the Chicago Bears' championship cast, have finally been thrust into a spot where they are utterly helpless. While they prepare for their appearance in he NFL's championship playoff, Sammy Baugh and Jack Hinkle most likely will be making off with the individual titles in passing and ground gaining, respectively. As a result of last Sunday's play, Baugh needs only to complete 10 attempts to two games while keeping his percentage above Luckman's .545 to regain the passing crown. The Bears have finished their schedule. Hinkle, who for the second time in a week gained more than 100 yards when he ran from Phil-Pitt's T to 117 yards against Washington, passed Tony Canadeo in the ground gaining race and pulled within 44 yards of Clark. Hinkle meets the Green Bay Packers and Canadeo in Philadelphia Sunday and, unless injury or some other unfortunate accident, like an aroused Packer line, overtakes him, he appears certain to climax his greatest season by succeeding Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh, as the league's leading ball carrier. Canadeo needs 108 yards against the powerful Phil-Pitt line Sunday to tie Clark. Ward Cuff, New York veteran who has been becoming more of a ball carrier as he ages, moved up to fourth place with 70 yards against Brooklyn last week. The other important chance in ground gaining was brought about by Hinkle's teammate, Ernie Steeler, who went from 12th to sixth place with a net of 69 yards against the Redskins. Baugh continues to lead the punters and pass interceptors and Don Hutson, the Green bay veteran, who was idle last week, remains well out in front in scoring and pass receptions. He also is first among field goal kickers.
GREEN BAY PACKERS WORKOUT HERE TODAY FOR EAGLES
DEC 1 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers, led by the redoutable Don Hutson, arrived in town late yesterday afternoon, and took up headquarters at the Hotel Warwick. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau has ordered practice for this morning at 10 a.m. at Shibe Park in preparation for the Packers' meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon. Lambeau reported his entire team in good physcial condition for Sunday's encounter, a game which means much to the Eagles. The Packers are out of the National League Western Division race, the division title having been clinched by the Chicago Bears in their victory over the Cardinals last weekend. The Eagles, on the other hand, still have a mathematical chance to cop in the Eastern Division. A win over the Packers and a double win by the Giants over the Washington Redskins in their remaining two games would result in a triple tie for first place between the Eagles, the Giants and the Redskins. Big Jack Hinkle, Eagles halfback, needs 45 yards against the Packers to take over the top spot among the league's ball carriers. Hinkle gained 117 yards against the Redskins last Sunday to pass Tony Canadeo, of the Packers, amd move up only 45 yards behind the leader, Harry Clark of the Chicago Bears. Clark played his last game Sunday, while Hinkle has one more to go. The big Eagle back, by his performance against Washington, passed Canadeo, who was idle over the weekend, and leads the Grey Ghost of Gonzaga by 64 yards.
may be untrue but last Sunday, when all the linemen took turns kicking points after touchdown in the exhibition game, Ray was the only one to miss. The Packers immediately told Baby that he missed because his nose was in the way; next time, they said, hold your nose up and you'll get the extra point. Other nicknames include: "Zoot Suit" for guard Sherwood Fries, who recently purchased a suit coast the Packers swear gets tangled in his knees; "Jockey" for tackle Chet Adams, because he is so rough in practice; "Bruiser" for end Don Hutson, for the opposite reason that Adams is called "Jockey"...BUCKETS CAN'T ESCAPE: Which all leads to the classic among nicknames and the one which is applied to guard Buckets Goldenberg. Sometimes Buckets gets heated up considerably, especially when the tide of battle is turning against the Bays or when practice isn't going along as he figures it should. With one voice, the entire team shouts at the veteran of 11 seasons of play, "Angel". Sunday's game will be the last for both teams. A sellout crowd of 28,000 was a virtual certainty today as the Packers held their last long practice of the year.
EAGLES LEAD GREEN BAY IN RUSHING AND DEFENSE
DEC 3 (Philadelphia) - As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to meet the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon at Shibe Park, a comparison of the team records shows the local club leading the Wisconsin aggregation in five of seven departments. Both have played nine league games, and wind up their campaigns Sunday. The Eagles, whose ground attack leads the league, have averaged 176 yards per game by rushing, to Green Bay's 141. In passing, however, the Packers have averaged 200.7 yards per game to the Eagles' 107, giving them a total yardage per game of 341.4 as against the Eagles' 283.3 yards. Defensively the Eagles outclass the Packers, according to league statistics. The Eagles have limited their opponents to 224.8 yards per game, while the Packers have allowed their rivals 274 yards. On the ground the opposition has been able to advance only 68.7 yards per game against the Eagles, while Green Bay's rivals have averaged 107.8 yards. Philadelphia has held opposing passers to 120 yards per game, while Green Bay has permitted 139 yards per game through the air. The Eagles' ball carriers have carried 419 times for an average of 3.6 yards per try. The Packers' ball toters have averaged 3.5 yards in 359 attempts.