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
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.