Green Bay Packers (3-1-1) 27, Detroit Lions (3-3) 6
Sunday October 24th 1943 (at Detroit)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(DETROIT) - The Green Bay Packers, regaining some of their formidable scoring power, rolled over the Detroit Lions 27-6 Sunday for their third NFL victory before 41,463 chilled spectators, including 3,879 servicemen, at Briggs stadium. Although the Packers didn't score as often as they might have, they spent most of the afternoon in the Lions' territory and occasionally flashed some of the brilliance for which they long have been noted. Everyone agreed they had shaken the lethargy which cost them a 33-7 defeat at the hands of the Washington Redskins last Sunday at Milwaukee. The Packers grabbed a 3-0 lead early in the game on tackle Chet Adams' 33-yard field goal, but lost it before the quarter ended when Fireball Frankie Sinkwich, the Lions' All-American recruit from Georgia, flipped a short touchdown pass to halfback Ned Mathews. The Lions failed to add the extra point and, for six minutes, led the Packers 6-3. However, Green Bay fought back furiously, marching 80 yards to a touchdown behind the deadly passing of Irv Comp, the newcomer from St. Benedict's college. Comp completed seven passes on the drive, the last to end Don Hutson for 17 yards and a touchdown. Huston booted the first of three conversions to put the Packers ahead 10-6, a lead which they never relinquished. Halfback Lou Brock added touchdowns on two short smashes in the second half and Hutson booted a 22-yard field goal from a difficult angle to clinch the game. Don tried to kick another field goal from the Lions' 40 late in the game, but the attempt was wide. Major credit for Green Bay's second straight victory over the Lions - the Packers beat them 35-14 at Green Bay two weeks ago - belongs to Hutson, who again proved to Detroit why he's the league's No. 1 pass receiver; Lou Brock, who ground out the yardage when it was needed most; Irv Comp, who completed 14 of 18 passes for 201 yards; Andy Uram, who turned in some nifty running, Tony Canadeo and two or three others. Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, who coached his team by telephone from the press box, fumed and fretted at time at what he saw on the playing field, but he generally was satisfied with the victory. He through Detroit was a lot better than the score of the game would indicate. "They've got a quick, hard charging line - one that gave us a lot of trouble at times," Lambeau said after the game. The statistics demonstrated Green Bay's superiority. The Packers piled up 18 first downs, 14 on passes, to Detroit's nine, rolled up 430 yards, 326 on passes, to the Lions' 187. Green Bay completed 21 of 39 passes foe 326 yards while Detroit connected on 12 of 19 tries for 144 yards. However, the Packers intercepted nine of Detroit's passes, effectively checking the Lions' aerial offense. No team in the league previously had intercepted more than seven passes in one game. It was Comp and Hutson who teamed to give the Lions their third straight defeat. Comp's deadly tossing was matched by Hutson's sensational receiving. Don caught six passes for a total gain of 84 yards despite the fact that two men tailed him most of the afternoon. It wasn't Comp's fault that the Packers didn't roll up more touchdowns. He threw one pass which end Joel Mason dropped in the end zone with no one around him. He completed a 51-yard toss to end Harry Jacunski which would have been a touchdown except the officials ruled Jacunski fumbled inches short of the goal line. Mathews recovered for Detroit in the end zone. With Tony Canadeo having only fair luck with his passes, he punted to Sinkwich with about five minutes left in the first period. Sinkwich returned 15 yards to the Packers' 38, where he was downed by Hutson and Baby Ray. Sinkwich plunged for a yard, then passed to Mathews, who lateraled to quarterback Bill Callihan, who ran to the four. Sinkwich was stopped by Buckets Goldenberg. Then he passed to Mathews for the Lions' only touchdown. Augie Lio didn't have a chance to kick the extra point because of Jerry Conlee's poor pass from center. At this point the Packers caught fire. They moved 80 yards downfield, with Comp completing seven of eight passes to Laws, Jacunski and Hutson. Don snagged the last one, good for 17 yards, in the corner of the end zone. The Lions threatened again before the half ended, but their 46 yard march sputtered and died on Green Bay's three. Sinkwich completed passes to Bill Fisk, Jack Matheson and Callihan that carried Detroit to the Packers' six. Callihan plunged to the three, but two other passes were knocked down and Green Bay regained possession. The Packers worked themselves deep into Detroit territory three times in the third period before they could score. Joe Laws intercepted Sinkwich's pass on the first play of the quarter and returned to his 47. Comp made three yards, then passed to Mason for a first down on the Lions 28. Comp picked up another two yards, then passed to Mason, who was downed in his tracks by Sinkwich on the Lions' 15. Laws picked up nine yards, but the Packers finally lost the ball on Detroit's six. Sinkwich made three yards, then tried to pass from behind his goal. The ball was intercepted by center Bob Flowers, who was downed on Detroit's 13. Mason dropped Comp's pass on the goal line and three plays later Green Bay's drive again stalled. Unable to gain, Detroit punted and Uram returned to his 44. It was here that Canadeo tossed a short pass to Uram, who ran to Detroit's one yard line where he was stopped by Riley Matheson. Lambeau complained bitterly, insisting Uram had been over the goal at least two yards. Lou Brock finally carried the ball over from the one-foot line and Hutson converted, giving the Packers a 17-6 lead with five minutes left of the third period. Laws set up Hutson's field goal early in the final period when he shot through center for 22 yards to Detroit's 17. Tony Falkenstein and Laws rammed through center for four yards, and Comp threw an incomplete pass into the end zone. Hutson then booted a field goal from the 22, widening the Packers' lead to 20-6. Goldenberg set up Green Bay's final score by intercepting Sinkwich's pass and returning it 30 yards to Detroit's 13. Canadeo passed to Hutson, who stepped out of bounds on the one, and Brock pounded over center for the score. Hutson converted. Green Bay recovered Sinkwich's fumble on its own 37 shortly before the game ended.
GREEN BAY -   3   7   7  10  -  27
DETROIT   -   6   0   0   0  -   6
1st - GB - Chet Adams, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - DET - Ned Mathews, 4-yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick failed) DETROIT 6-3
2nd - GB - Don Hutson, 17-yard pass from Irv Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 10-6
3rd - GB - Lou Brock, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 17-6
4th - GB - Hutson, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-6
4th - GB - L. Brock. 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 27-6
Nine interceptions against Lions set NFL mark (SOURCE: Pro Football Hall of Fame)
On October 24, 1943, the Green Bay Packers became the first team in
National Football League history to intercept nine passes in a single
game. The feat came against the Detroit Lions.The Packers' ground
attack that featured Hall of Famer Tony Canadeo stalled against the
Lions defense. So, they Pack went to the air. It proved to be a smart
move as the legendary Don Hutson paced the Green Bay offense. He
went to work scoring a touchdown, setting up another, booting three
extra points and kicking a 13-yard field goal. Before it was over, the
Packers had chalked up 326 yards through the air. But, on this day, it
was the Packers defense that made history. The Lions attempted to
match Green Bay's aerial attack but fell victim to an NFL record nine
interceptions which were returned for 137 yards by the Packers. Four of
those turnovers turned into three Packer touchdowns and a pair of
Green Bay field goals to give them a 27-6 win. Hutson, who caught 6
passes on offense in the game, also contributed on the other side of the
ball as he intercepted two Lions' passes. Green Bay's interception total
for the 1943 season reached a record 42 steals. That mark, which still
ranks second all-time, was surpassed when the San Diego Chargers intercepted 49 passes in 1961. 
Record Days:
Interceptions by Packers (10/24/43): Charley Brock, Tony Canadeo, Irv Comp, Bob Flowers, Charles Goldenberg, Don Hutson (2), Joe Laws, Andy Uram
Interceptions by Eagles (12/12/65): Maxie Baughan, Irv Cross, Jim Nettles (3), Nate Ramsey, Joe Scarpati (2), George Tarasovic
always up in front - playing hard. And on the defense, he's always back as our safety man, to protect against passes chiefly. He doesn't have to do much battering or tackling."
HINKLE - FORMER GREEN BAY STAR BEST BALL CARRIER IN PRO LOOP HISTORY
OCT 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - Skipping through the pages of the New Pro Football league manual just released - and what a mine of information it is: All-Time Ball Carrying Record - Clarke Hinkle of Green Bay with 3,860 yards on 1,171 plays, an average of 3.29 yards a play. Hinkle, who is now in the coast guard, started in 1932, bowed out in 1941. Most Yards Gained in One Season - Beattie Feathers of the Bears. In 1934, one of the Bears' biggest years, Feather piled up 1,004 yards rushing despite the fact that a shoulder injury kept him out of two games. Most Yards Gained in One Game Rushing - Cliff Battles of Boston. On 16 plays in a game against the Giants, Battles gained 216 yards. Longest Run From Scrimmage in History of League - Andy Uram of Green Bay. In a game against the Cardinals at State Fair park, Uram ran 97 yards for a touchdown. Longest Punt Return - Gil Le Febvre of Cincinnati. Against Brooklyn in 1933, Le Febvre carried a punt 98 yards for a touchdown. Longest Return of an Intercepted Pass - Vern Huffman of Detroit. The old Indiana star caught a pass on the goal line and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown against Brooklyn in 1937. Longest Run With a Fumble - George Halas himself. While a player with the Bears in 1922, the big bad Bear scooped up a loose ball on his own two yard line and continued 98 yards for a tally. Most Passes Completed in Pro Career - Sammy Baugh with 546. Cecil Isbell follows with 419 and Arnie Herber with 410. Most Passes Completed in One Game - Davey O'Brien of Philadelphia, who pitched 33 good ones against Washington in 1940. Most Passes Attempted in Pro Career - Arnie Herber of Green Bay with 1,011. Baugh is close behind with 990. Most Passes Had Intercepted - Arnie Herber. In nine seasons, Herber had 82 passes go awry. Most Yards Gained on Passes - Arnie Herber with 6,741. Sammy Baugh, in second place, has gained 6,625 and Cecil Isbell in third, 5,945. ​Most Yards Gained on Passes in One Game - Cecil Isbell with 333 against the Cardinals last year. ​Longest Completed Pass Play - Frank Filchock to Andy Farkas of Washington for 99 yards against Pittsburgh in 1939 (includes pass and run.) Best Passing Efficiency - Sammy Baugh with an all-time record of 55.1%. Isbell is second with 50.6% and Ed Danowski of the Giants third with 48.5%. Most Passes Caught in Career - Don Hutson with 337. Most Passes Caught in One Game - Don Looney of Philadelphia and Hutson with 14 each. Most Touchdown Passes - Hutson with 72. Most Touchdown Passes in One Season - Hutson with 17. Most Touchdown Passes in One Game - Joe Carter of Philadelphia with four against Cincinnati in 1934. Most Yards Gained Passing - Hutson with 5,534. Most Points Scored in Pro Career - Hutson with 524. Jack Manders in second place with only 368 points. Most Points in One Season - Hutson again with 138. Most Points in One Game - Ernie Nevers of the Cardinals with 40 on six touchdowns and four extra points against the Bears in 1929. Most Field Goals in Career - Jack Manders of the Bears with 40. Most Field Goals in One Season - Manders with 10. Most Extra Points in Career - Manders with 134. Most Extra Points in One Season - Hutson with 33. Longest Punt - Ralph Kercheval of Brooklyn, 86 yards against the Bears. Most Years as an Active Player - Johnny Blood of the Packers with 15 years. Most Years as Head Coach - Curly Lambeau of Green Bay, 22. The manual is a mine of information like this.
COMP IS SICK, MAY NOT PLAY
OCTOBER 29 (New York) - Green Bay's hopes for a victory over the New York Giants here Sunday were given a stiff jolt Wednesday when Irv Comp, rookie left halfback who completed 14 out of 18 passes against the Lions last week, doubled up with a pain in his side in the midst of practice and was excused from further work. A doctor who examined him said he probably had a slight attack of appendicitis. Comp was better Thursday, but was excused from practice again. The Packers, close on the heels of the Bears in the fight for the western division championship, can ill afford to lose Comp. Without him, Tony Canadeo would have to carry the whole load at left half against the Giants and in a game as bruising as this promises to be, it might be too much. Whether Comp will be able to play Sunday depends entirely upon the doctor who is taking care of him. The team, meanwhile, has put in two drills a day at the Westchester Country club where it is living. It has had a steady diet of football from morning until night. Largest crowd of the pro season, 50,000, is expected to see the game.
NEWS AND NOTES
CURLY LAMBEAU IS GLOOMY ABOUT HIS TEAM'S CHANCES - BEFORE TILT
OCT 25 (Detroit) - Curly Lambeau professed to be uneasy about the outcome of the Packer-Lion clash before the game started. "I'm not sure whether my boys have forgotten the 33-7 beating they took from Washington last Sunday." he said...FRITSCH HURT AGAIN: Ted Fritsch, the Packers' 205-pound fullback from Stevens Point Teachers, was carried off the field late in the first period when he suffered a recurrence of the injury he sustained in the Redskins' game at Milwaukee. Fritsch cracked the center of Detroit's line and was smeared by Alex (Wojie) Wojciechowicz and guards Riley Matheson and Augie Lio. In other words, Ted was stopped by 650 pounds of linemen-in-motion...SINKWICH STEALS BALL: Although Joel Mason dropped one pass in the end zone when no one was around him, he caught a bullet pass from Comp late in the fourth quarter, although a handful of Detroit players surrounded him. A few second later Mason caught another pass from Comp, but Sinkwich stole the ball from him and the officials gave the Lions possession on their own 13...HARRY HOPP HELD: Although beaten by Green Bay, the Lions, playing their first season under Gus Dorais, maintained once mark. They have scored in every game this year. However, Harry Hopp, the league's leading scorer, was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. Hopp now has 42 points to 37 for Don Hutson...CURLY SUFFERS: Curly Lambeau kept sportswriters amused by his performance in the press box. With Assistant Coach Red Smith in charge of the Packers on the field, Lambeau alternately screamed and whispered strategy through the telephone connecting him with the Green Bay bench. The writers thought Lambeau would suffer a nervous breakdown when the officials rules that Andy Uram had been tackled on Detroit's one-yard line. Curly insisted Uram had been over the goal line by at least two yards and he said so in a voice that should have been audible throughout Wayne county...COMP SECRET WEAPON: John Sabo, Detroit Free Press sportswriter, said Green Bay's secret weapon against the Lions was Irv Comp. Irv's passes accounted for 201 of the 326 yards the Packers gained through the air. He didn't score a point himself, but anyone who can throw passes as well as he does doesn't have to...INTERCEPTIONS MANY: The Packers returned nine intercepted passes 137 yards. The Lions intercepted only one Green Bay pass. Art Van Tone, the former Mississippi back, grabbed one of Lou Brock's passes just before the first half ended and ran it back 24 yards. On the next play, however, Hutson intercepted Sinkwich's pass and returned it to his own 40...25 PACKER FANS: Only about 25 Packer followers from Green Bay traveled to Detroit to watch their team overwhelm the Lions. Transportation difficulties doubtless discouraged many from making the trip...GIANTS ARE NEXT: The Packers move on to New York to battle the Giants there Sunday. The Giants warmed up for Green Bay's invasion Sunday by trampling Philadelphia-Pittsburgh, 42-16. Ward Cuff, the former Marquette star, converted six extra points.
LAMBEAU OFF BENCH
OCT 25 (Detroit) - Curly Lambeau tried something new here Sunday when he spent the entire game high up in the press box with a telephone connection to the Packer bench. Other teams frequently use spotters up in the press box, with connections to the bench, but none has ever had the head coach up as a spotter. "You can see so much more here," Lambeau said. "I'm going to do it again." Asst. Coach Red Smith handled the team on the bench.
PACKERS ARRIVE IN NEW YORK TO PREPARE FOR GIANT TILT SUNDAY
OCT 26 (Rye, NY) - The Green Bay Packers arrived here this morning from Detroit and took up temporary quarters at the Westchester Country club, where they begin preparations Wednesday for their National league game next Sunday against the New York Giants at the Polo grounds. Coach Curly Lambeau, who formed a vanguard of one to get things in working order
for the Packers, had several definite pronouncements to
make about the Bays' showing against the Lions, who
were defeated the second time this season Sunday, 27
to 6. The Green Bay coach also indicated there would
be double workouts Wednesday through Friday. The
principal setbacks to the Packers' hopes for victory over
​the Giants was that back Ted Fritsch, who had turned
in pile-driving games against three league opponents,
would be shelved Sunday with an ankle injury which 
was aggravated against the Lions. Fritsch sustained the
injury against the Redskins. Except for Fritsch, who is
expected to be ready for the Packer contest against the
Chicago Bears in Chicago Nov. 7, all the players came
out of the Lion tussle in fairly good shape. With no drill
scheduled for today, their aches and pains should
subside enough by Wednesday to allow a scheduled
scrimmage to be held, Lambeau said. The principal
objection Lambeau had to the play of the Wisconsin
eleven against Detroit was its failure to score with the
many opportunities offered. "We'll have to work to
correct this situation," the coach said Monday night as
he prepared full scale operations for the remainder of 
the week. As against the Redskins, the Bays' blocking
was not sharp enough or tough enough against the
 Lions. Backfield timing and deception were slated for principal attention to get the Packers back to the peak they had reached against the Lions when they played in Green Bay...LANKAS TO BE READY: Considerable aid in the ball carrying department is expected to be offered Sunday by Jim Lankas, the former St. Mary's of California fullback, who was obtained just before the Redskin tussle from Philadelphia. Lankas has yet to see action but Lambeau said he would be ready for Sunday in either the fullback spot as understudy to Tony Falkenstein or to fill a probable vacancy at the blocking back spot when Larry Craig moves to offensive left end. The latter maneuver is the other half of a Packer stratagem which in the last several seasons had Craig playing defensive left end when Don Hutson moved to defensive halfback because of his value as an interceptor of enemy passes. Craig is fairly fast and a good pass snatcher although he hasn't had much opportunity to do any catching previously because of his blocking assignments. Ade Schwammel, who joined the squad in Chicago last Friday, is also expected to be in good enough shape to play against the Giants, who are still nurturing a grudge from the 27 to 0 pasting they took in Milwaukee in the 1939 championship playoff. In 1940 they managed to take a 7 to 3 victory and last year the teams fought to a 21 to 21 deadlock. Schwammel is a tackle and knows the "ins and outs" of that position from three years of previous experience with the Packers...SEEK FOURTH VICTORY: The Packers, seeking their fourth league victory over the Giants and a chance to go into a tie for first in the Western division the following Sunday by beating the Bears, will find Coach Steve Owen's gridders no pushovers. The Giants knocked off Pitt-Phil with a display of power Sunday, 42 to 14, to take second in the Eastern division. Lambeau indicated he appreciates what the Packers will run up against when he assembled the squad this morning for a brief talk about the practice schedule. The main tipoff on his feeling about the Giants came when he told the players they would receive no permission to go into New York during their off-time. "It's all business this week, boys," he said. "You'll see plenty of New York in the Polo grounds Sunday afternoon."
NATIONAL GRID CIRCUIT ATTENDANCE THIS YEAR SHOWS 28.7 INCREASE
OCT 26 (Chicago) - Attendance for the first 18 games of the 1943 NFL season is 460,612 - an increase of 28.7 percent over the first 18 games last year, league officials said Monday. Much of the increase was attributed to the drawing power of the Lions in Detroit. The Lions failed to win a game last year, but started the 1943 season strongly, attracting more customers for their first three home engagements that for their entire home schedule in 1942.
HUTSON HOUSEHOLD WILL HAVE PLENTY OF MUTTON TO EAT
OCT 26 (Detroit) - Don Hutson, sticky fingered Green Bay Packer end, headed east with his team Tuesday after donning a black and blue cap and gown to receive a live sheep and degree of "dean of the catchers" from Linsdale university, mythical college "down by the tracks". Hutson received the award at the Detroit Times quarterback luncheon Monday from "the only college in the country that give away the whole sheep - not just the sheepskin."
HEADMASTER LAMBEAU TOPS THE CLASS AGAIN
OCT 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay's play against the Detroit Lions at Detroit Sunday, good as it was, was still only half the show - at least for the newspapermen in the press box at Briggs stadium. The other half, perhaps even the better half, was provided extemporaneously by the old head master himself - Curly Lambeau. The easy Belgian, who was the first pro coach to send his team around the country by plane, the first pro coach to keep all his substitutes in the warmth of the dressing room on a cold day and called them out by telephone as he needed then, which he did at the Pittsburgh game a year ago, the first pro coach to do these things and other quite as revolutionary came up with another "first" Sunday. He spent the entire game, not on the bench with his players, but high up in the press box with a telephone strapped around his neck and connected with his assistant coach, Red Smith, on the bench. The idea of press box "spotters" with connections to the bench is not new of course. Most teams operate with such spotters. The idea that the head coach himself should be up as the spotter, however, at least in the pro league, had never been used before. "Why shouldn't the head coach be up there?" Lambeau asked. "Funny I never thought of it before. You can see everything so much better. Down low, your perspective is bad. Up high, you can see for yourself what is right and wrong and you can make your decision quickly. I'm going to do it again whenever I can." If Lambeau had confined his conversation with the bench to the low voice usually used in a telephone conversation, nobody today would be richer in the king's English, in Green Bay's signals or in Lambeau's eloquence which has long been suspected but never proved in public. But Lambeau likes to win and, because he does, he forgot himself enough to shout. The curtain on the show rose auspiciously when Lambeau, as tense as anybody else in the stadium at the kickoff, developed a difficulty in adjusting the earphones over his head and the mouthpiece band around his neck. He had to yell for help, which came just in the nick of time as the ball sailed down the field. "Now look, Red," he began slowly but quickly speeded up. "Look, Red. Gosh, they're passing down there on first down. What's the matter with Fritsch? He should take that second man down. Red, listen, we're going to get beat if we play like this. Look, Red, what's Craig doing way out there? Oh, heaven help us, we're sunk. What's the matter with those guys, anyway? Ah, that's it, Tony, that's it. A lot of fire, guys. Fire, that's what we need. Now look, Red, let me talk to Goldenberg. Buckets? Look, Buckets. We need some fire down there. They're outcharging us. The first time out, go in and tell 'em to fog. Buckets. Oops. Holding? Why those officials are blind. Holding? Buckets, go in and tell those guys we're going to lose this game unless they fire up. Lou, my gosh, what's getting into you. Well, that's better, Tony, don't ever call anything like that again never. Seventy-five A is wide open, Tony. My gosh. We'll run them ragged all day with 75-A. Red, look, send Joe in there. Tell him 75-A and 42-A right will score all afternoon. Lemme talk to Joe. Joe, listen, 74-A and 42-A, right! My gosh, look at that. They got two men on Hutson and Tony you keep throwing the ball to Hutson. Listen, Joe, and keep cool. 75-A and 42-A right are wide open. See? Go in there and - we were not offside. Holy smokes. Look at that." By this time Lambeau was so wound up and he turned to the rest of the press box to protest. "We were not offside. Gosh, we're sunk. Look, Red, put Tinsley in there right away - right away. Look where that right tackle is playing, Red. I knew it. I knew it. We're going to be licked. Fritsch. Wider. Wider. Oh, why did we come over here." And so it went, with increasing tempo from beginning to end. The action hit its peak in the last minute of the first half when Lambeau at the top of his voice yelled for Goldenberg again. "Look, Buckets," he shrieked, "now keep cool. See, we have one minute and 10 seconds left. Keep cool. It we're close, let Don kick. If we're out a ways, let Chet try it. Now, Buckets, keep cool. Keep cool. We got one minute and 10 seconds left. Oops. Holding again. Why, this is impossible, I tell you, impossible." The boys came out of the game with bumps and bruises, but none more spent than Lambeau, even though he never touched a foot on the field. Every minute of it was worthwhile, even at $3.30, to discover how a coach like Lambeau ticks during a game.
COMP SECOND AS A PASSER
OCT 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - Irv Comp, the Bay View Bazooka, with 14 out 18 completions against the Detroit Lions Sunday, moved into second place in passing efficiency in the National Professional league this week with a season average of 61%. Comp, who has understudied Tony Canadeo at left half, has completed 26 out of 42 passes. Only Fred Nix, a rookie with the Giants, has a better average than Comp - and Nix had thrown only 14 passes. He has completed nine for an efficiency mark of 64%. Wilbur Moore of the Washington Redskins clung to his lead as the leading ground gainer with 130 yards on 14 plays for an average of 9.2 yards a play. Joe Laws still leads the Packers with 186 yards on 26 plays for an average of 7.2. Ed Rucinski of the Chicago Cardinals tops the pass receivers with 15 good for 255 yards. Don Hutson of the Packers, off to a slow start, has moved up into second place with 15 completions good for 225 yards. Johnny (Hippity-Hop) Hopp of the Lions still sets the scoring pace with 42 points. Hutson has also moved into a contending position here with 37 points. Augie Lion of the Lions leads in field goals with two and Sammy Baugh in punting with 14 for an average of 44.5. Hutson leads the league in pass interceptions with five which he has returned 68 yards. Attendance in the pro league has also showed a tremendous jump for the first 18 games of the season. In 1942, the first 18 games drew an average crowd of a little under 20,000. The first 18 games this year have drawn an average of 25,589, an increase of 28.7%. Only the Bears have fallen slightly off in attendance.
PACKERS POLISH UP ON OFFENSE FOR NEW YORK GIANT CONTEST SUNDAY
OCT 27 (Rye, NY) - An hour and a half's ride from the hustle and bustle of the country's largest city, the Green Bay Packers were uninterrupted in a long workout on offense this morning in preparation for their Sunday afternoon NFL tussle against the New York Giants at the Polo grounds. That is, the Packers were uninterrupted except for the short time they took off to
display their football wares for almost a score of New
York newspaper photographers who described Coach
Curly Lambeau's team as extremely photogenic. The
practice was the first since the Detroit contest Sunday.
Staying at the Westchester Country club, the Green 
Bay eleven has the advantage of being far enough away
from the metropolitan center not to be dazzled by the
lights of New York. Lambeau described the situation as
ideal because the team can work on football morning,
afternoon and night. This afternoon, the team was 
scheduled to get a long workout on defense with double
drills also scheduled for Thursday and Friday. A scout
report on the Giant-Steagles contest last Sunday
showed New York a much improved team. The Giants
defeated Phil-Pitt, 42-14. The Packers coach said the
present principal worries of his team are rookie Emery
Nix and Tuffy Leemans, who sparked the attack against
the Steagles. However, there are such others star ball
carriers as Ward Cuff, the veteran right halfback, and
rookie Bill Paschal, fullback, to help the offense of
Coach Steve Owen. Ahead of the backfield the Giants
have a hard-charging line which repeatedly sifted
through the Steagles' forward wall to throw ball luggers
for big losses last Sunday not to mention the blocking
of two punts with the veteran tackle, Frank Cope,
leading the surge each time...KUUSISTO HAS INJURY:
Another blow was dealt the Packers Tuesday, when it
developed that the veteran guard, Bill Kuusisto, had
suffered a leg injury in the Detroit game. While the
injury is not expected to keep Kuusisto from seeing
action next Sunday, it is doubtful whether he will be in
top shape for the contest. Fullback Ted Fritsch will
definitely be on the bench for the entire game, Lambeau
indicated. Fritsch has a bad ankle. With no practice
scheduled Tuesday, the Packers spent their time
looking over the Westchester layout. They turned their
attention during the afternoon to the swimming pool,
where they loosened stiff muscles. Fullback Tony
Falkenstein and guard Glen Sorenson were "taught" 
how to swim shortly after their teammates found out
they didn't know how. They learned rapidly after they
were tossed in...GET NEW PLAYS: Lambeau gave his
team several new plays to use against the Giants. The
Packers must defeat the New Yorkers to keep their
second place spot in the Western division. If they win,
the Bays have a chance Nov. 7 in Chicago to go into a
tie for first place with the Bears, who are undefeated to
date but who have a tie with Green Bay. To become
better acquainted with the team, newspapermen from
New York are scheduled to have dinner tonight at the
Westchester. The Packers have been getting favorable
publicity notices in all the New York sheets and present
indication are that a crowd of some 40,000 will be on
hand for Sunday's clash.
PACKERS' IRV COMP CITED AS ONE OF YEAR'S
PRIZE FOOTBALL ROOKIES
OCT 27 (Chicago) - "Football's finest talent scout" is 
the tag National league rivals were willing to concede 
today to Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay
Packers. The distinction is due for his discovery of one
of the prize rookies of the 1943 campaign, halfback Irv
Comp for St. Benedict, a small Kansas college. 
Lambeau had to make a bitter fight to get Comp under
contract, but he's reaping huge dividends for the
achievement. The latest pro circuit statistics show 
Comp has displaced the great Sammy Baugh as the
second ranked passer, and the Packer freshman is 
seventh among the ball carriers. Comp played freshman
football at the University of Wisconsin in 1938, and won
the acclaim of Coach Harry Stuhldreher as the "greatest
prospect I ever saw." The next year Comp switched to
St. Benedict and played four seasons there under the
tutelage of a pair of former Notre Dame stars, Marty
Peter and Don Elser...GREAT OFFENSIVE THREAT:
​Although splitting the left halfback assignment with
Tony Canadeo, Comp has proved to be one of Green
Bay's greatest offensive threats. He's completed 26 out
of 42 passes for an aggregate of 331 yards. The only
passer with a better record is Sid Luckman of the
Chicago Bears, who has connected with 53 out of 90
aerials for a gain of 943 yards. Baugh is third with 36
completions in 66 tosses for 435 yards. Comp's
completion percentage of .619 tops Luckman and
Baugh, however. In ball carrying, the 200 pound rookie
has netted 158 yards on 41 attempts. The leader in this
department is Harry Clark of the Bears with 255 yards
on 52 attempts. Canadeo is second with 217 yards in 45 tries, and Johnny Butler of the Phil-Pitt Eagles follows with 214 yards in 35 efforts...HUTSON MOVES UP: Don Hutson of Green Bay had his best day of the season as the Packers downed Detroit last Sunday and, as a result, threatens the leaders in two divisions, pass receiving and scoring. Eddie Rucinski of the Chicago Cardinals and Hutson each has caught 15 passes, but the former's catches have netted 255 yards to 225 for Hutson. The Packer star is second to Harry Hopp of Detroit in scoring with 37 points as against 42.
PACKERS WORK IN WET, GIANTS, DODGERS DRY
OCT 27 (New York) - In yesterday's pitchforky downpour, the pro gird Giants and Dodgers cancelled field practice to watch movies of their last games against the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins, whom they meet here respectively next Sunday. However, a third NFL team was in town, and the Packers - either because they're that much tougher, or because they haven't the sense to come in out of the rain - went through light scrimmage drill at Rye. The local clubs went in for "Stop" slogans. At the Polo Grounds' clubhouse, it was "Stop Hutson!" as Coach Steve Owen kept re-running strips of film showing the technique of the league's Most Valuable Player. Up to last year, when the teams played a 21-21 tie, Hutson had never scored against the Giants, and Owen outlined the perennially successful pass defense, on which the boys will drill today (weather permitting). Over at the Ebbets Field skull session, the watchword was "Stop Baugh!" Coach Pete Cawthon is just as perturbed about Slingin' Sam's ground threat as his aerial arm. Behind Baugh's bucking, the undefeated league champions have gained 440 yards rushing as opposed to 469 yards in the air. Cawthon complimented his charges for their showing in the Bears' game, saying they had played as a real unit for the first time since he took charge, and asked them to try as hard against Washington next Sunday. A brand new Dodger received a uniform yesterday from Danny Comerford, clubhouse chief. He's Johnny Matisi, husky tackle who played with Duquesne last year and was signed over the weekend. Coach Curly Lambeau scoffed at the surprises over his Packers braving the rain. "Call this rain? Out in Wisconsin, it comes down as big as half dollars!" He thinks the right side of his line will be just as tough as the Giants.
PACKERS-GIANT CONTEST EXPECTED TO DRAW OVER 50,000 SUNDAY
OCT 28 (Rye, NY) - Although the Green Bay Packers are holding secret workouts at the Westchester Country club here for their game against the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon at the Polo grounds, enough information about Coach Curly Lambeau's club has leaked out to the burghers of the big metropolitan center to cause a rush to the ticket windows. Not that New Yorkers haven't had the opportunity to see the Packers in action. The two clubs have been tangling in the NFL since 1928. But still the urbanites can't resist the urge to get space in the stands in the lee of Coogan's Bluff, resulting in an announcement today by Pres. Jack Mara of the Giants that Sunday's attendance would be a near record. The Polo grounds, home of the baseball Giants, holds a mere 58,000 comfortably. While Mara is not optimistic enough to say every seat in the place will be sold, he has ventured an opinion that over 50,000 will be on hand to watch the pro elevens attempt to break a tie in the 15-year old series. Each team has won 10 game and the 1942 contest ended in a 21-21 tie, first in the history of the rivalry...PACKERS WANT VICTORY: It would be most unusual to say the Packers are not interested in the indication that their drawing power is greater perhaps than that of any other team in the pro loop. But they are infinitely more interested in gaining revenge for that 1942 tie, which could have been a victory except for momentary mental lapses which they committed. The Packers saw those lapses again in motion pictures Wednesday night. There was good reason to doubt whether Lambeau's team will be in top shape for the encounter. The latest blow was added during Wednesday afternoon's heavy drill on defense. Irv Comp, the Bays' prize rookie halfback from St. Benedict's college, doubled up with pains in his side and was forced to forego further practice. The nature of Comp's distress was not announced but it was believed to be a danger signal. Should the freshman left halfback fail to recuperate by Sunday, the Packers will be without a new star who got first major attention last Sunday with his performance against Detroit. Comp's aerials in that tussle began to click and he completed 14 out of 18 for 201 yards and a touchdown. He is second in the league with 26 completions out of 42 attempts...TWO OTHERS OUT: Two other players were unable to practice Wednesday. Guard Bill Kuussisto rested an injured leg and fullback Ted Fritsch was also on the sidelines with a bum ankle. Kussisto, Lambeau said, would probably be ready for action against the Maramen but Fritsch probably will be kept on the bench to eliminate the possibility of further aggravating the ankle injury he sustained against Washington two weeks ago. The Giants, on the other hand, are in fine condition after their one-sided victory over the Steagles. No serious injuries were suffered by the New Yorkers last Sunday and they will be at full strength for the Packers, Coach Steve Owen said. This gave Lambeau an additional worry besides others, including the Giants' championship aspirations in the Eastern division and the good chance that they will be at their peak against the Wisconsin team. The Packers are not overlooking their chances in the Western division. A victory over the Giants would put them in a fine position to tie for the top spot the following Sunday, when they meet the Chicago Bears in Chicago. A loss would practically put them out of the race for the division title since it seems almost impossible the Bruins could lose two of their remaining four games after they meet the Packers. The Bays held double practice again today with offense getting a going over this morning and defense during the afternoon. The last of three double drills is scheduled Friday. After Saturday morning's light workout, the team will move into New York. In the meantime, they are getting large doses of football morning, noon and night.
FRITSCH LOST TO PACKERS SUNDAY
OCT 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Hops, steps and jumps - The Packers will be without fullback Ted Fritsch in their game with New York at the Polo Grounds Sunday. A twisted ankle. He should be ready, though, for the party with the Bears at Wrigley field a week hence. Tony Falkenstein and Jim Lankas will take over in Fritsch's absence. Only a few years ago, George Cafego of Tennessee had one of the big names in football. The Dodgers signed him. Thursday, the Dodgers asked waivers on him, putting him up for grabs for the paltry sum of $100...Don Hutson's picture adores the cover of the National league's new record manual which has just been released...The Packers are living a cloistered life of football at the Westchester Country club this week. Curly Lambeau made himself clear as soon as they arrived in New York from Detroit. "Nobody leaves the club this week go into town. You guys will see plenty of New York at the Polo Grounds Sunday."...A statistical oddity: Every team the Bears have played this season has scored 21 points on them except the Chicago Cardinals, who failed to score...The Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins hog just about all the honors in the weekly review of statistics in the pro loop. The Bears led in total yards gained per game (366), in yards passing (201), in passing efficiency (53%), and in defense against passes (105 yards). The Redskins lead in total defense (169 yards), in defense against rushing (62 yards). The Packers lead in yards rushing per game (165), and the Cardinals in punting (41 yards)...The average time of the first 18 games in the pro league this season has been reduced seven minutes and the average number of plays has been increased from 114 to 118, giving Gus Fan more of a run for his money and less of a run for the streetcar to get home in time for dinner...Green Bay's game with New York Sunday will be the rubber meeting in a series of 21. Each team has won 10 games. Last year's game was a 21-21 tie.
LAMBEAU WILL DIRECT PACKERS BY PHONE
OCT 28 (New York) - You probably won't see Curly Lambeau, Green Bay Packer coach, on their bench Sunday afternoon when his boys invade the Polo Grounds to squabble with the Giants over possession of a football. Maybe it's the wartime emphasis on aerial reconnaissance, but anyway, Curly is planning to abandon his seat on the ground for one in the press coop atop the stands. From there he'll direct his team's offensive and defensive strategy by direct telephone to the bench. Every team today has an assistant coach posted at a press box-to-bench phone, pointing out flaws on the part of the opposing clubs, but this will be the first time in New York football history that the head coach has forsaken his intimate contact with the players to direct play by phone...DID IT AGAINST DETROIT: Lambeau revealed his re-seating at yesterday's workout of his heavy outfit on the sodden Westchester Country Club field, where the Packers are quartered. "It won't be the first time for me," Lambeau said. "I directed the team from the press box in our game with the Lions in Detroit last Sunday, and everything worked out swell. I hope to do it all the time hereafter because you can see so much better from a high position than you can from the field. Mistakes stand out." The only thing that will cause Lambeau to change his mind is the possibility that it will take much time to work his way down from the press box to the dressing room to give his talk between halves. Lambeau has a high regard for the Giants. "I've got to have," he explains. "After all, they've been beating us too often in the last few years. This time I know they've got a good, tough club. I saw them against Detroit in an exhibition game at Akron. Detroit is strong, but I had the impression that the Giants could have piled it on if they wanted to."...PACKERS MISS ISBELL: As for his own club, Lambeau mourns the loss of Cecil Isbell, ace passer, now backfield coach at Purdue. "You can't lose a man like Isbell, a great passer and a great quarterback, without hurting your team," Lambeau said. Tony Canadeo, veteran back from Gonzaga, is taking Isbell's place with Irv Comp, lanky rookie from St. Benedict's, who has been one of the league's freshman sensations, supporting Canadeo. Both are good passers, Lambeau says, but, he adds, with a sob, "neither is Isbell." While the rustic Packers sploshed through the soggy turf, the citified Giants again called off their practice yesterday. Centerfield at the Polo Grounds was puddle-covered, so the boys remained in the locker room and went through blackboard drill. Since they were rained out on Tuesday and had the day off the day before, it's now been four days since the Giants have handled a football.
WENDELL WILKIE TO ATTEND PACKER GAME AT MILWAUKEE
OCT 30 (Milwaukee) - Roy R. Stauff, chairman of the Republican part of Milwaukee county, today announced the program planned for Republican presidential aspirant Wendell Wilkie's visit to Milwaukee Nov. 13 and 14. The activities, all sponsored by the country party, include a public breakfast the Hotel Schroeder at which Wilkie will speak, a luncheon and an afternoon reception open to the public at Republican headquarters on Nov. 13. On Nov. 14 Wilkie will attend the Green Bay Packer-Chicago Cardinal professional football game here. Wilkie's forthcoming visit to Wisconsin has brought an "enthusiastic response" from Republicans in many counties, John Dickinson, West Bend, a leading Wisconsin backer of the 1944 GOP presidential aspirant, told a press conference. Wilkie will visit Madison, West Bend and Milwaukee Nov. 11, 12 and 13, but will not make any major speeches, Dickinson said. He said Wilkie would return to Wisconsin in December or March for a "major political speech." Questioned about Secretary of State Fred R. Zimmerman's remarks this week that Wilkie was an "uninvited guest", Dickinson replied that "Mr. Wilkie is quite capable of talking for himself when he gets here."
PACKERS TO MEET NEW YORK GIANTS IN SUNDAY CLASH
OCT 30 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers arrived in town this afternoon, 24 hours before they make their bid for victory against the New York Giants at the Polo grounds Sunday aftenroon at 1:30 Central War Time. The Packers had their final workout of the week at the Westchester Country club in nearby Rye this morning. Somewhat nonplussed by the turn of events which sent the veteran center, Charley Brock to the hospital Friday morning for an appendectomy, the Packers nevertheless were anxious to be done with their tussle against the Giants. All indications were that a crowd numbering in the neighborhood of 50,000 would be on hand to see the clash. Coach Curly Lambeau expressed confidence that his team is not going to let Brock's sudden illness disturb them but rather it will serve as an incentive to present the stricken pivot man with a victory. The only thing that Lambeau doesn't like is that his club is ruled seven-point favorites over the Maramen...HOLD DOUBLE SESSIONS: Nothing was left undone in drills this week. Double sessions each day - in the morning on offense and in the afternoon on defense - have put the Packers in good trim. They need the victory not only to keep their second place spot in the Western division but also to break a tie in the series with the Giants. Each team has won 10 games in regular league contests since 1928. A victory for Green Bay would give them a chance to tie for the top spot in their division with the Bears a week from Sunday, when the two bitter enemies clash in Wrigley field, Chicago, for the 50th time since 1921. First, however, the Bays know they must defeat the Giants. They are in anything but 100 percent physical shape to turn the trick. Coach Lambeau will have at three reserves in his starting lineup. Bob Flowers, who has seen considerable action as understudy to Brock, will be at the center spot. Fullback Tony Falkenstein will take over Ted Fritsch's duties, probably for most of the 60 minutes. In the line, the veteran Pete Tinsley will be at Bill Kuusisto's left guard position...COMP IS INJURED: Local sportswriters have given gobs of space to the Packers' aerial gam, not realizing perhaps that Irv Comp, who had a big day against the Lions last week, will not be in top shape. Comp's side has given him trouble since Wednesday. He may be used only sparingly with Tony Canadeo adding considerable passing activity to his strong running game. Andy Uram, Lou Brock and Joe Laws are also likely to do some passing from a new set of plays which Lambeau gave the boys this week. Defensively, the Packers will have to be plenty tough if they want to stop the Giants. After faltering against the Steagles in their first contest, the New Yorkers wound up last Sunday and ran away from the same team by a 42 to 14 count. Stout Steve Owen, their affable coach, makes no bones abuot the fact he expects the team to be in peak form Sunday. That means the Packers will have to contend with the passing and running of Tough Tuffy Leemans, ace fullback and long one of the National league's hardest runners, rookie Emery Nix and Ward Cuff, who rarely missed points after touchdown and few field goal attempts, besides doing a good job of lugging the leather. These men are the big guns in the Giants' attack...PASCHAL IS READY: Bill Paschal, a tough youngster from Georgia Tech, will spare off Leeemans at fullback. Paschal has been having good success with his tossing, especially to the gigantic Walls at end. The Giant forward wall is led by the veteran Frank Cope, who blocked two of the Steagle punts last week to give his team touchdowns in the runaway battle. The revenge angle is stonger for the visitors than it is for the New Yorkers. Although the teams battled to a 21-21 deadlock in 1942, the Giants won the previous clash by a 7 to 3 margin. The Packers feel that both games should have been theirs although they are not blaming the Giants for taking advantage of mental lapses which they turned into one touchdown in the 1941 game and three last year. The chance that the Giants can win and the constant lure offered to citizens of this city by the apperance of the strong eleven from the league's smallest city have cuased the money-changers in the Giants' ticket headquarters to clink a merry turn in the cash boxes. Pres. Jack Mara himself is smiling happily at the thought of half a hundred thousand crowd, most of whom are just small city folks themselves at heart. The game
will probably outdraw any other in the league Sunday.
Other tussles pit the Chicago Bears against the Detroit
Lions at Chicago, the Cardinals against Brooklyn in
Flatbush, and the Washington Redskins against Pitt-
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh. The Packers will leave here
two hours after the game and arrive in Chicago shortly
after noon Monday. Arrival in Green Bay is scheduled 
for 4:38 p.m.
CONDITION GOOD
OCT 30 (Port Chester, NY) - Center Charley Brock of 
the Green Bay Packers were reported in good condition
at a hospital here today following an operation late 
Friday morning for appendicitis. Provided there are no
complications, Brock is expected to able to leave the 
hospital at the end of next week, an attending physician
said. 
LIMPING PACKERS MAKE BOSS WEEP
OCT 30 (New York) - Pointing to injuries sustained by
backs Irv Comp and Ted Fritsch, Packer Coach Curly
Lambeau yesterday bemoaned the fact that his team
has been made "unjustified" favorites over the Giants in
Sunday's Polo Grounds battle. "Just look at them," 
wept Curly as Comp and Fritsch limped through their 
two hour drill at Rye, N.Y. "I can't even be sure they will
play." But reporters, who recall that Lambeau cried 
about Don Hutson's condition before last year's game
and then saw the incomparable end crack a record 
every time he turned around during the contest, hinted
that Comp, who has taken up the Packer passing and
punting duties, and Fritsch, their line-cracking fullback,
will see plenty of action. And that, boys and girls, and
you, too, Curly, is why the Packers are favored.
50,000 FANS TO SEE PACKERS AND GIANTS
OCT 31 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers and the
New York Giants, occupants of second place in their
respective divisions of the NFL, will meet at the Polo
Grounds Sunday before a crowd expected to exceed
50,000. The game will be the "rubber" game in a series
that began in 1928 and has seen each team win ten
times. The teams played a 21 to 21 tie last year. Green
Bay ruled a slight favorite. Each team needs a victory to
stay in the race. The Giants showed power in triumphing
over the Pitt-Phil Steagles, 42-14, last week. Green Bay
meanwhile looked equally impressive in rolling to a 27-6
victory over Detroit. The Packers, who came to New
York directly from their Detroit conquest, have worked
out here all week in secret drills. It has been football,
football and football from morning to night. Coach Curly
Lambeau has been satisfied with results. Leading the
backfield charge of the Giants will be reliable Ward Cuff,
veteran halfback and former Marquette university star;
rookies Bill Paschal and Emory Nix, and Tuffy Leemans,
Superior (Wis.) ace. The New York line is anchored
around veteran tackle Frank Cope. Bill Kuusisto, Packer
guard, has a bad leg and may not see fulltime service
for the Packers and fullback Ted Fritsch is a definite
casualty with a bad ankle. The rest of the Packer squad,
paced by backs Irv Comp, Tony Canadeo, Joe Laws and Lou Brock, and linemen Don Hutson and Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, is ready to go. Comp, who had an attack of appendicitis early in the week, was fully recovered.
PACKERS, REDSKINS FACE GIANTS, DODGERS TODAY
OCT 31 (New York) - The best passes in football will be pitched at Ebbets Field this afternoon, and the best pass plucking will be done at the Polo Grounds, Not the same passes, of course. The chuckin' will originate from the incomparable whip of Sammy Baugh as his undefeated Redskins roll against the non-victorious Brooklyn Dodgers, and the clutching will be executed by those famously prehensile paws of Don Hutson whose ponderous Packers crash into the upcoming Giants. This double offering is undoubtedly Gotham's high-point grid offering this war-lean season. And aside from thrilling quality of football offered, both games exert a strong influence on the flag races of both NFL divisions. The Redskins, leading the Eastern pack, must win to hold off a victorious Giant eleven. Similarly, the Giants and Packers, each once-beaten, face virtual elimination in the event of a defeat...BIG THRILLS INDICATED: Some 50,000 are expected to cheer the 2:30 Polo Grounds kickoff and a bitterly fought battle throughout, predicated on the previous games in the thrill-packed series in which the Giants have won 11, the Packers 9, with one tied. That deadlock was the 21-21 hair-raiser of last year in which Don Hutson played under wraps because of a  strained back - yet still broke a half-dozen or so records as the Packers surged from behind three times to earn a dazzling draw. Huston will be in perfect shape today, but counteracting this is the fact that he will not have Cecil Isbell tossing to him. In addition, rookie Irv Comp, who has taken up the bulk of the heaving duties, is hobbling around as a result of injuries incurred in the Lion game last week, and consequently will not be at peak effectiveness. Another blow at Green Bay's chances is the twisted ankle of fullback Ted Fritsch, which will detract from his line-cracking success.
PRO LEAGUE TEAMS PLAY A FULL ROUND
OCT 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - Sunday's game in New York will be one of a complete round in the National league. In others, the Washington's defending champion Redskins will meet Brooklyn in Brooklyn, Detroit will play the Bears in Chicago, and the Cardinals will face the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Steagles at Pittsburgh. Washington, the Bears and the Steagles are favorites.
CHARLEY BROCK IN HOSPITAL; LOST FOR GIANT GAME
OCT 29 (Rye, NY) - The heaviest blow to hit the Green Bay Packers this season fell this morning when center Charley Brock was operated on for appendicitis at the Port Chester, N.Y., hospital about 12 miles from the Westchester Country club, where the Bays are drilling for their NFL game against the New York Giants Sunday afternoon at the Polo Grounds. The veteran center, whose home is in Hastings, Neb., began to complain about pains in his right side shortly before Wednesday afternoon's two-hour drill on defense. The pains became progressively sharper through the evening and about 2 o'clock this morning a Rye physician ordered Brock to the hospital. When Charley's blood count rose from 13,000 to 18,000, an operation was deemed imperative. Loss of the big pivot man, whose play has been outstanding on both offense and defense during his five years with the Bays, put a severe crimp in their plans for a victory over the Giants. This is especially true since Brock's ability as a pass defensemen was expected to aid considerably in stopping the Maramen's aerial game, led by rookie Emery Nix and the veteran Tuffy Leemans...TIME OUT INDEFINITE: Whether Brock will be out for the remainder of the season cannot be determined at the present time. Much depends on the rapidity with which he recuperates from the operation. It is certain, however, that he won't be able to don a uniform until after the Packers' second contest against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee Nov. 14. He probably won't be released from the hospital until the day of the second Bear game in Chicago Nov. 7. The loss of Brock leaves Curly Lambeau with two centers, Bob Flowers and Forrest McPherson. Flowers has seen action in all the Bays' games this season and probably will be used the majority of the time against the Giants Sunday. McPherson, a rugged individual, has been used sparingly in previous tussles. Even with these two in reserve, Brock's loss is a severe blow to the team. Missing from Wednesday's practice also was Irv Comp, the rookie left halfback from whom much is expected Sunday. Comp was sent to New York Wednesday for an examination, which revealed badly bruised muscles in his side. He probably will be ready for Sunday but won't be able to put in the amount of time Lambeau had figured on using him...TWO OTHER CASUALTIES: The two other casualties in the Green Bay camp are guard Bill Kuusisto, who has a bad leg, and fullback Ted Fritsch. Kuussito also missed Wednesday's practice, held in heavy rain, but the Green Bay coach said he would be used against the Giants. Fritsch's ankle injury is responding to the rest treatment, but there was every indication he won't even suit up for the contest. With Comp on the sidelines, Lambeau used a halfback combination of the veteran Joe Laws and Andy Uram with Tony Falkenstein at fullback and Larry Craig at the blocking back spots. Jim Lankas, a newcomer to the Packer fold, also saw considerable action at fullback. He should be ready to go against the Giants after two and a half weeks of becoming acquainted with the Bays' offense. After two long sessions Thursday, the Packers got another dose of football last night with a chalk talk on Giant strength. Lambeau pointed out that the fast charging New York line is the principal defensive danger to the Packers. Coach Steve Owen's club made two touchdowns against the Steagles last Sunday on blocked punts, an indication of just how fast they seep through...NIX, LEEMANS GOOD: With Nix and Leemans doing most of the tossing and the latter the best ball carrier the New Yorkers have, the Giants can be expected to throw everything into their bid to keep the Eastern division runnerup spot and give the Packers a jolting which will put them far behind the Chicago Bears in the Western division race. The best pass received for New York is the giant end, Walls, who is six feet four inches tall and weighs 225 pounds. Despite the injuries to four key players in the Packer camp, New York sportswriters continue to give Lambeau's team a seven point advantage over the Giants. This is distinctly not to the Green Bay coach's liking although he expressed the opinion today that the team spirit is good. The Packers are aware, he said, that they need a victory to keep their Western division title aspirations. The team is apt to get its final workout at the Westchester Saturday morning. Shortly after noon they will shove off for New York, 23 miles away. The Bays will be going into the Polo Grounds Sunday afternoon without a chance to practice there once before the game. The return trip to Green Bay will start at 6:45 p.m., Sunday with arrival home scheduled for 4:35 Monday afternoon.
HUTSON QUITTING IS YEARLY GAG, LAMBEAU AVERS
OCT 29 (Rye, NY) - After a separate interview with Don Hutson and Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, we can state definitely: (1) Hutson, the Packers' mighty end, will or will not retire at the close of the season. (2) Hutson has not or has worn shoulder pads while participating in every Packer game for nine seasons. (3) The Packers' safety man is Hutson or Lambeau. We garnered these "scoops" during a reportial workout with the Packers who are grooming here at the Westchester Country club for Sunday's game with the Giants at the New York Polo grounds. During the workout we galloped past Hutson, apparently the safety man, and thought we were stepping over the goal stripe for a journalistic touchdown, when suddenly thrown up by Coach Lambeau. We woke up right in midfield. Hutson, a lanky, soft-spoken southerner who is generally regarded as the greatest pass receiver in grid history, told us: "I'm playing my last season of football. That's positive! I'm quitting because I've played long enough - nine years as a pro, four years in college, and one in high school. I'm 30 years old; and I have a good bowling alley business in Green Bay. I don't have to play any more." Then we encountered Coach Lambeau, standing in the club lobby, and sounded him for words of regret over Hutson's planned retirement...AN ANNUAL GAG: "Are you kidding? Don't you that's an annual gag with Hutson? Why - h'e's been announcing his retirement about this time every season for the past five years. Does he play like a guy who's ready for the ash can? He'll retire, all right - about 1950." During our chat with Hutson, we asked the tall fellow about his shoulder pad. It always has seemed to us that Don never wore pads. Watching him in a game, his shoulders seem almost scrawny against those of his mates, equipped with the big leather harnesses. "No, I never have worn shoulder pads during my nine years of pro football." Hutson said. "I go without them for two reasons - speed and more freedom of movement in reaching for high passes. No, I've never been injured seriously without hurting them. I've never been hurt enough to miss an entire game during my nine season." During our later encounter with Lambeau, we remarked that Hutson must be an iron man to have gone nine seasons without pads and without injury. Lambeau snapped: "Who said Hutson doesn't wear pads? Why - he wears pads in every game. I see him put them on. Maybe what Don meant was that he wears soft leather pads instead of the hard leather ones. No, I don't see anything remarkable out his not getting hurt. On the offense, he's