1943 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
CANADEO, HUTSON ON 1943 ALL-LEAGUE PRO ELEVEN
DEC 16 (New York) - This year, more than any other, the emphasis has been on forward passing in the NFL, and the All-League pro team, selected today by
the Associated Press and newspaper sportswriters,
bears it out. Two of the greatest passers football has
ever known, Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears and
Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins, both make
the 1943 All-League eleven. The big bad Bears won the
most positions on the powerful "dream" team for the
third successive year. But, whereas five of the Western
division champs were selected in 1942, only four made
it this year. Besides Luckman they are guard Danny
Fortmann, center Bulldog Turner and back Harry Clark.
The Redskins and Green Bay Packers placed two men
each while the New York Giants, the Brooklyn Dodgers, 
and the Chicago Cardinals share the other three spots.
Baugh, sure-fingered Don Hutson of the Packers, and
scrappy Turner were unanimous choices. Luckman was
left off two teams. Bruiser Kinard of Brooklyn, chosen
for one of the tackle spots, won the all-around player
nomination hands down. Bruiser played guard, tackle, 
end and back officially, and every other position 
unofficially. Baugh, Fortmann, Luckman, Turner and
Hutson were members of the 1942 All-League team...
WILSON, FAKRAS MISS: George Wilson, 205-pound
end from Northwestern, just missed making the first
eleven. The Bears' big wingman and Andy Farkas,
Washington fullback, two 1942 choices, were voted to
this year's second team. Others on the reserve list are:
Bob Masterson, Washington, end; Chet Adams, Green
Bay, and Vic Sears, Phil-Pitt, tackles; Augie Lio, Detroit, and
Steve Slivinski, Washington, guards; Charlie Brock, Green Bay,
center; Roy Zimmerman, Phil-Pitt, Ward Cuff, New York, and
Jack Hinkle, Phil-Pit, backs. On the honorable mention side of
the roster are ends Benton, Bears; Aguirre, Washington; Fisk,
Detroit, and Bova, Phil-Pitt; tackles Ray, Green Bay, Musso,
Bears, Bulger, Cards, and Rymkus, Washington; guards 
Younce, New York; Matheson, Detroit; Shugart, Washington;
and Avedisian, New York; centers Graves, Phil-Pitt, and Hein 
(playing his 13th year with the Giants). Backs Comp, Packers;
Manders, Brooklyn; Paschal, New York; Moore, Washington;
Hopp and Sinkwich, Detroit; Morrow, Cards, and Magnani, 
Bears.
PACKERS MAKE GOOD SHOWING ON STATISTICS
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Final team statistics released today by
the NFL show that the Green Bay Packers made a respectable
showing against their competitors. They were tops for the NFL
in a number of departments, and in most others they were 
among the leaders. In first downs the Green Bay club was third,
the Chicago Bears being credited with 161, the Phil-Pitt eleven
with 138 and the Packers with 134. By passing the Packers
and Bears each made 66 first downs for the league's best
showing. The Packers collected 60 by rushing, for fourth place,
and eight by penalty. Green Bay made a total of 3,351 yards,
being exceeded only by the Bears with 4,405. Top honors went
to the Bears for their 2,310 yards by passing, while the Packers
were second with 1,909. The Packers reeled off 1,442 yards by
rushing for third place. The Packers carried the ball 397 times
for an average gain of 3.6 yards. Better showings were made by
the Bears, 3.9 yards; Phil-Pitt, 3.8; and New York, 3.7. As a
team, the Packers had a forward passing efficiency of .451 while Washington had .547, and the Bears .511. The Packers attempted 253 tosses, the Washington club leading in that department with 254, and they completed 114. Nineteen Packer passes were intercepted, while opponents stole 39 from the Chicago Cardinals for a new league record, 37 from Detroit, 21 from Brooklyn, and 20 each from Phil-Pitt and Washington. On punts, the Packers averaged 36 yards, considerably below the 41.5 yards by Detroit. The packers kicked 52 times in their ten games. The Packers were penalized 52 times for a total of 403 yards. "Honors" in this department, as you may have been expected, went to the Chicago Bears with 86 penalties for 748 yards, Brooklyn was penalized only 292 yards and New York 293. Fifteen fumbles were committed by the Packers, the only team having a better record being Detroit with 12. The Packers recovered nine of their fumbles and Detroit seven. The Packers were the only team in the league to make good on every extra point attempt - 36 of them. Don Hutson, incidentally, alone was responsible for that showing. Twenty-one Packer touchdowns were by passing, 15 by running. They made four field goals and attempted 15 for first ranking in both cases. Defensively, Green Bay's showing was only fair. The Packers allowed their opponents 172 points, fourth best showing, and 2,707 yards, also fourth best.
MEETING POSTPONED
DEC 16 (Chicago) - The annual winter business meeting of the NFL, scheduled for Dec. 20-21, has been postponed indefinitely, Commissioner Elmer Layden announced today. Layden said the press of the holiday season combined with the Dec. 26 playoff game prompted officials to postpone the meeting, which usually features the annual player draft. The draft was eliminated this year because of the uncertainty of the military status of collegiate players. League officials also said the selection of the all-pro team would not be held this year because of opposition by several clubs.
The photo’s original caption, in newspaper lingo, reads: “Editors: This picture is an advance for use in AMS of Sunday, Dec. 12) (CX2) GREEN BAY, WIS., Dec. 11-“STOP AND START” HUTSON IS AT IT AGAIN-Don Hutson (left), Green Bay Packers end who befuddled pass defenses by pretending to let the whole thing go and then start a winning sprint for the pigskin, wields the pen that stops one job and starts another for him. Through as a player for the pro eleven, he signed a contract today as full time assistant to coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau (right) of the Packers. (AP Wirephoto)(SOURCE: Packerville,blogspot.com
PRO FOOTBALL BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORDS
DEC 7 (Chicago) - The NFL reported today that attendance at professional games this year has broken all previous records. Assuming that a sellout crowd will attend the New York-Washington game Sunday, a total of 1,072,469 fans have flocked to 40 pro games for an average of 26,811 per contest. This is 24 percent higher than 1941, when an average of 21,611 attended each game, the league announced. In 55 games last year, a total of 1,079,148 pushed through the turnstiles for an average of 19,620 per game. This year's total was only 6,679 less than 1942 when the schedule contained an additional 15 games. The increase over 1942 was 7,191 per game or 36.7 percent...1943 CROWDS BETTER: With the annual division playoff game included in the figures, attendance reached 1,115,154 for 56 games last season. Assuming that the championship contest at Wrigley field, Chicago, December 19, will be a sellout, the 1943 attendance will exceed last year's by 1,000 for only 41 games. League officials credited the increase to a tighter race and the ability of underdogs to defeat the favorites consistently. To support the figures, the league reported the following points: The Washington Redskins played to six consecutive sellout crowds. Green Bay's Packers drew record pro football crowds against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay and against Washington at Milwaukee. Phil-Pitt's Steagles pulled Philadelphia's record crowd for pro games - 34,294. The Detroit Lions drew a total of 160,360 in five games, with one game played in rainy weather, and the New York Giants pulled more than 40,000 fans in four of six games - a total attendance of 245,398...ARRIVING BACK HOME: Member of the Green Bay Packer squad were still showing up at the Milwaukee road and North Western railroad stations today after having finished their NFL season Sunday with a 38-28 victory over the Phil-Pitt Steagles at Philadelphia. Some of the players arrived as early as Monday afternoon, but others had to wait their turn for railroad accommodations. Coach Curly Lambeau and Assistant Coach Red Smith both were back today. A number of the gridders will remain in Green Bay, but others will spend the next several days winding up their affairs here before scattering to distant points. Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician, reported that the squad was well bruised and battered in their final game. None, however, was badly injured. Don Hutson, who scored 20 points against the Steagles to give him 117 points and apparently league honors for the season, was found to have a fractured finer. Ted Fritsch has an injured hand, although no bones were fractured, and he also received a severe kick in the back. Joe Laws had several bruised ribs, and Tony Canadeo, who had not returned this morning, hurt his ankle in the game.
CHRONOLOGY OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - Here is the third and final installment of the chronology of professional football, picking up from 1934: 1934 - G.A. Richards purchased Portsmouth franchise and moved team to Detroit (June 30). Chris Cagle and John (Shipwreck) Kelly transferred Brooklyn franchise to Daniel R. Topping (June 30). Chicago Bears held to scoreless tie by Collegians in first annual Chicago All-Star game (Aug. 31). Player selective draft and waiver rule adopted (Dec. 10). 1935 - Player limit increased to 24 men (Sept. 4). 1936 - Jay Berwanger, University of Chicago halfback, first player selected in first National league draft. Chosen in Philadelphia (Feb. 8). Player limit increased to 25 men (Feb. 9) 1937 - Homer Marshman granted franchise for Cleveland (Feb. 12). Boston franchise transferred to Washington (Feb. 13). 1938 - Player limit increased to 30 men (Feb. 19). 1939 - Kickoff out-of-bounds ruled receiving team's ball on its 45-yard line (Feb. 11). Joe F. Carr, National league president since 1921, dies at Columbus (May 20). Carl L. Storck named president of National league (May 25). 1940 - Detroit Lions fined $5,000 for tampering with Bulldog Turner, Hardin-Simmons center, drafted by Chicago Bears (Feb. 2). Fred J. Mandel, Jr., purchased Detroit Lions and franchise from G.A. Richards (Feb. 10). Membership fee increased to $50,000 (April 12). Player limit increased to 33 maximum and 22 minimum (April 12). Clipping penalty reduced to 15 yards; all distance penalties enforced from spot on field of play limited to half the distance from the goal (April 12). 1940 - Dennis Shea elected treasurer of the National league (April 12). Alexis Thompson of New York purchased Pittsburgh Steeler franchise from Arthur J. Rooney, who purchased half interest in Philadelphia Eagles (Dec. 9). Adoption of rule prohibiting sale or trading of team's first two selections in player draft without unanimous consent of league until one playing season after player's selection (Dec. 9). 1941 - Elmer F. Layden, head coach and athletic director at Notre Dame, named commissioner of professional football for five years (March 1). Carl L. Storck resigned as president-secretary (April 5). Elmer F. Layden elected president for five years (April 5). Philadelphia franchise and club transferred to Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh franchise and club transferred to Philadelphia (April 5). Umpire made official timer of National league games (April 6). Cleveland franchise transferred from Homer Marshman and associates to Daniel F. Reeves and Frederick Levy, Jr. (June 1). 1942 - NFL raised $680,384.07 for War Relief charities. 1943 - Cleveland Rams, with Co-Owners Major Fred Levy and Lieutenant Dan Reeves in service, granted permission to suspend operations for one season (April 6). Free substitution rule adopted for duration (April 7). Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers granted permission to merge under name of Phil-Pitt Eagles (June 19). Ted Collins granted franchise for Boston, to become active in season of 1944, or as soon thereafter as league deems advisable (June 20). Adoption of a ten-game schedule (June 20). Player limit reduced to 28 men for one year (Aug. 25).
LAMBEAU JOINS LAYDEN IN DENIAL OF GAMBLING IN PRO GRID LEAGUE
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers today joined with Commissioner Elmer Layden of the NFL in making a denial that league players were associating with gamblers following rumors to that effect which have been circulating through the league for several weeks. Lambeau said he had conferred with Layden recently on the rumors. "The trouble with most gamblers is that they have never played in sports of any kind and they cannot appreciate the fact that upsets are possible in professional football just as they are in other sports," the Packer coach said. "There is, so far as I know, absolutely no tie-up between players and gamblers in the league." The matter came to a head Tuesday, when the Washington Times-Herald called Layden and told him the paper was
preparing an expose of betting by league members in
which they would "name names", according to press
dispatches from Chicago. George Strickler, the NFL's
publicity director, said the story appeared but "named
no names."...NO SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: At the
same time, Strickler denied that "any investigation" was
in process. He added that the Washington newspaper
had "misquoted" Layden. Strickler pointed out that the
league constantly makes investigations of any rumors
as a matter of course and that such rumors had been
heard by league headquarters. "An investigation was
made long before the recent Bear-Redskin game and as
far as I know it is closed," Strickler said. "It turned up
nothing. There has never been the slightest bit of factual
evidence to substantiate such charges." Layden said he
investigated all rumors and never found the "slightest 
bit" of collusion between gamblers and anyone in the
pro league. Substantially the same stand was taken by
Coach Lambeau when he asked for a statement this
morning relative to the announcements from league
headquarters. First of all, the Packer coach said such
rumors are perennial and have gone the rounds of the
league ever since it started. All have been investigated,
he said, and in no case has any tie-up between players
and gamblers been uncovered...IS SPECIFICALLY 
FORBIDDEN: He pointed out that the constitution of
the league absolutely prohibits gambling. The specific
provision of the constitution covering gambling says:
"Any person connected with the NFL or any league
member, in any capacity, whether stockholder, officer,
director, coach, player, employee or official, who bets
money or any other valuable thing on the outcome of 
any game or games played in the National Football
League, shall be expelled from the league by the
commissioner and there shall be no appeal from his
decision." As far as the outcome of specific names is
concerned, Lambeau said, as soon as the so-called
"favorite" is defeated, immediately the rumors begin to
circulate that there is something wrong. Actually, there
is just as much chance for an underdog professional
team to rise up and win as there is for any college or
high school team to do the same thing, he emphasized.
"Psychology plays a big part in all sports, professional
or amateur," the Green Bay coach explained. "The
gamblers who probably never played in any sport of any
type can't understand this but those who have followed
games in the National league know that it is true. I
have heard the rumors about gambling and discussed
them with Mr. Layden but I have been unable to find any
evidence whatsoever to substantiate the rumors." The
coach said that all club owners would agree with 
Layden's statement today that "we welcome factual
evidence from anyone. The penalty for betting is 
expulsion from the league and it will be enforced swiftly
and vigorously."
'THEY'RE LIARS,' SAYS REDSKINS' PRESIDENT
DEC 8 (Washington) - President George P. Marshall of
the Washington Redskins said today he had moved to
clear his players of reports that some had associated
with gamblers by asking police to check on their leisure
time habits. Expressing complete confidence in the
integrity of his men, Marshall said: "Anyone who says
any Redskin has been betting on professional football
games is a liar. I am willing to pay $5,000 in cash for
proof. That's how much confidence I have in my team."
Major Edward Kelly, district superintendent of police
who said Marshall's request was made after the Phil-
Pitt and Redskins' 14-14 tie at Philadelphia Nov. 7, said
he had complied with the request and that no evidence
had been obtained by his men that any Redskin had
been "frequenting gambling houses or liquor bars." Club
policy, Marshall explained, forbids players visiting any
drinking establishments. Redskin coach Arthur J.
Bergmann expressed belief that adverse reports on the
players had been started by gamblers who, he said, 
"have been taking a beating" as a result of some upset
results in the fall schedule.
NOW IT'S MR. DONALD HUTSON, ET AL, AS PRO
GRID STAR FINALLY RETIRES
DEC 8 (Chicago) - Effective as of now, Don Hutson, left
end, becomes Mr. Don Hutson of Green Bay, Wis.,
"solid citizen", Red Cross chairman, Lions' club prexy
and favorite son. When the final gun sounded ending
 the Green Bay-Phi-Pitt game last Sunday, Hutson
closed the book on a nine-year career of professional football. It was all legal, too. For Hutson specified in his contract that he and the gridiron part company after the 1943 season. However, the "solid citizen" from Pine Bluff, Ark., leaves behind a full page in his football record book. Under "Hutson's records" reading from left to right: Lifetime Records: Most passes caught, 383; Most touchdown passes caught, 83; Most yards gained catching passes, 6,291; Most points scores, 641; Most touchdowns scored, 86; Most consecutive games scoring one or more points, 35; Shortest touchdown pass caught, 4 inches. Season Records: Most passes caught, 78; Most touchdown passes caught, 17; Most yards gained catching passes, 1,211; Most points score, 138; Most touchdowns scored, 17. Game Records: Most yard gained catching passes, 237 yards against Brooklyn, November 21, 1943. Miscellaneous: Most years named most valuable player, 2; Most years leading pass receiver, 6; Most consecutive years leading scorer, 4; Most records held, 17. As the above testifies, for a guy who didn't know what pro football was nine years ago, Hutson did all right. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay coach, talked Hutson into returning to pro ball for one more season last year. But he agreed to Hutson's clause in his contract that this would be his last year. That's worried Lambeau ever since. He can't realize that his boy, Don, is really gone. Hutson didn't know a football from a toy balloon back in Pine Bluff, where he was a track star and baseball player. But he had a close friend, Bob Seawell, who did know the difference. When Seawell got an offer from Coach Frank Thomas of Alabama to come to college, he said: "Not unless Hutson can come too." Wondering who this guy Hutson was, Thomas said O.K. and gave Hutson a track scholarship, just to get Seawell. After discovering Don's speed, he made his first string end and three years later Hutson was in the Rose Bowl game. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay coach, dropped into Thoma's secret Rose Bowl practice via the fence. He was stranded by a rip in his pants when the gendarmes came to throw him out, but Thomas recognized him and invited him to watch his boys play. Lambeau saw a slightly-built fellow running from punt formation and cutting back. He jotted down his number, figuring he would make good halfback material. At the Rose Bowl game, he looked up the number and found it was a kid named Don Hutson, listed as end. He offered him a contract to play with the Green Bay Packers. Hutson didn't know who the Green Bay Packers were. Lambeau explained. Shipwreck Kelly also rushed Hutson to sign for his Brooklyn team. Don signed both Kelly's and Lambeau's contracts, but Lambeau's arrived at the pro office postmarked 13 minutes ahead and Hutson was a Packer. It didn't take Hutson long to discover that he needed something besides speed and pass catching to remain a pro. So he perfected his famous "dodges". He learned to apparently "give up" on a pass and then suddenly sprint away from the defense to catch it. He invented the "tag out" pass, so called because it comes in at the receiver's shoe tops, like a catcher's throw to second base. And that's the kind of guy pro football is losing when Don Hutson resumes a domestic life in Green Bay with his wife, two daughters, bowling alley, cocktail lounge, the Red Cross and the Lion's Club of which he is the duly elected president. In the statistical departments not invaded by Hutson, Sammy Baugh of Washington paced passers with 117 completions in 211 attempts for .511, and Jack Hinkle of Phil-Pitt led ball carriers with 571 yards gained in 116 cracks.
ANOTHER HONOR IS SIGHT FOR HUSTON
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - This is by way of serving notice that our Don Hutson probably will get a new award this year - new, because it will be the first time the Los Angeles Times has sponsored the National Sports Award Dinner. The dinner, according to the sponsors, "will make the first time in sports history that outstanding individual achievements in ALL fields of sports will be recognized and honored with awards." It is only logical to assume that Don will come in for some of the glory. Nominations for the various honors will be received until Dec. 23, according to Braven Dyer, sports editor of the L.A. Times. These nominations may include not only individuals who have been outstanding in all major sports, but also those who have contributed to the advancement of sports. Dyer is a member of the board of selection, along with Grantland Rice, Dean Cromwell, W.R. (Bill) Schroeder and Ellsworth Vines. Members of the executive committee are Robert Svensson, chairman; Jerry Giesler, Charles W. Boggs, Jules Covey and Oscar Reichow. Winners of the award will be announced at the Sports Awards Dinner to be held in the Biltmore bowl, Los Angeles, on Monday evening, Dec. 27. Sports celebrities from all parts of the country will be in attendance, and Bob Hope will be honorary master of ceremonies. Attendance will be limited to 850, and net proceeds from the price of ten dollars per plate will go to buy sports equipment for men in the U.S. armed forces.
​LAMBEAU EXPLAINS WHY PACKERS FAILED TO ENTER LEAGUE PLAYOFF
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - Early in September, just before the Packers were to begin their 23rd NFL campaign, Coach Curly Lambeau expressed the belief that his ball club would be in the thick of the championship race...but he appended an "if" to that conclusion. Today, the Bays' head man still believes that the Packers should have finished better than second. Glancing back over the season, his 25th as coach of the Packers, Lambeau naturally puts the finger on the two big reasons why the Green Bay club is runner-up and not in the driver's seat in the Western division. First, he explains, was the 33-7 defeat by the Washington Redskins, and second, the 21-7 beating registered by the Chicago Bears in the mud and rain at Wrigley field in early November. Except for those two games, the Packers zipped through their season with several remarkable performances, including especially the 35-21 victory over the New York Giants and the 38-28 win over the Phil-Pitt Steagles last Sunday. In compiling seven victories in their 10 league contests, the Bays showed they had manpower, as Coach Lambeau said they had way back in September..."IF" IS IMPORTANT: At that time, he said "If (and he emphasized that word) we can get by the Bears in our first game, we'll have an inside track to the crown." As it turned out, the game was a 21-21 standoff, although there was little question in the middle of the sell-out crowd that the local eleven should have won. But it didn't and that "if" loomed larger and larger as the season progressed. Lambeau naturally is disappointed about the second place. "It's still second and not first," is the way he puts it. He adds, "We had a good enough team to win but those two defeats, plus injuries and a lack of spirit put us where we are today." He did not single out any one or series of incidents which provided a turning point in the season but constantly referred to the Redskin and second Bear clashes. "The Redskins did not play one good game up to that time they defeated us in Milwaukee," he said. "They improved 50 percent from the time we defeated them in an exhibition in Baltimore and they also caught our team over-confident. In the second Bear game, we could have won if there had not been a let-down during the third and fourth quarters."...PLAYED GOOD BALL: Without mentioning names, Lambeau said several of the players deserved a championship because of their whole-hearted play in every contest. As for the others, he said they didn't deserve better than second because they didn't play championship ball. All of these factors add up to the Packers' final standing in the Western division. There was some consolation in the fact that the Bays played to larger crowds than ever before, testifying to the esteem in which they are held by fans throughout the country. Final official attendance figures show that 281,405 customers poured through the gates to see the Packers perform. The "gates" included sellouts in Green Bay, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Philaelphia. Now that the season is over, Lambeau is beginning already to look forward to the 1944 campaign. He has analyzed the team's weak points and is prepared to bolster them. You can be sure he is going to leave nothing undone to make the 1944 combination as strong as possible under existing conditions.
ROOKIE BILL PASCHAL OF GIANTS NEEDS 92 YARDS FOR PRO CROWNS
DEC 9 (Chicago) - Stour Steve Owen, skipper of the New York Giants, thumbed the big blond kid off the field. "You're doing a lot of running without getting anywhere," said Steve without joking. "You've got to get off the treadmill. Keep behind your interference, not ahead of it." So Bill Paschal harnessed himself to give his blocking time to materialize. The guy who started as if he always saw a green light now is being ushered to the ground gaining championship of the NFL. Paschal, 204-pound fullback, who set a season's high of 188 yards rushing against Washington last week, needs only 92 against the Redskins in anotehr meeting Sunday to become the sixth rookie in nine years to win the ball carrying title...HINKLE IS AHEAD: He must accumulate that yardage to beat out Jack Hinkle of Phil-Pitt, who picked up 59 yards against Green Bay, including a 38-yard touchdown spring, for a season's output of 571. The record of 22-year-old Pascahl is one of the most startling in modern pro football, for he hit the big time without the benefit of ever playing varsity collegiate ball. He reached the campus of Georgia Tech via Tech High school in Atlanta, and in the fall of 1939 was hailed as one of the finest freshman prospects in the south. That winter he underwent a knee operation and the following spring he reported in good shape for practice. But the Army Air corps intervened before he could display his talents on the varsity. When he received a medical discharge, he started out to find a job to support his wife and child (another child was born during the football season). He got some good plugging from Bill Alexander, the veteran George Tech coach, and it was upon his recommendation that Stout Steve snapped him up...NEVER BEEN SORRY: "And I've never been sorry; in fact I've been delighted," Owen insisted. "Bill was on the bench in the fourth quarter against Washington last week. I asked him how he felt and he said 'tired'. I told him to get on the field pronto because he had all winter to rest. So he goes out and runs 53 yards for the winning touchdown. Whata guy!" After trailing Sid Luckman all season, the Redskins' Sammy Baugh appears destined to wind up Sunday with the passing championship. He only needs to keep his season percentage above Luckman's .545 to win after surpassing in number of completions - 117 to 110. Baugh's current average is .555.
DON HUTSON SIGNS AS ASSISTANT COACH FOR PACKERS
DEC 11 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, the Packer end who smashed NFL records in several departments during his nine years of play in the professional circuit, was cast in a new role today with the announcement by Coach Curly Lambeau that Hutson had been added to the team's staff as an assistant coach. Thus, Hutson continues his affiliation with the football club of which he has been the star for almost a decade, the while he was compiling seven National league lifetime records, six season records, one game mark and a variety of others which have never been assembled in one list. Evidently pleased with the fact that Hutson signed a coaching contract, Coach Lambeau said the former Alabaman's duties would continue through the year and would not be confined only to the football season. Hutson will assist the Packer coach in scouting material and will also aid in working out the team's offense...LAST AS ACTIVE PLAYER: Hutson announced in mid-season that this year would be his last as an active player. He pointed out that he felt nine years in the pro loop were sufficient. As a matter of fact, he related, he had decided against playing this year but because of the manpower shortage had agred to don the famous No. 14 again. Testimony to his continued effectiveness was given just this week in the National league's official statistics, which again showed Hutson leading three departments - pass receiving, scoring and field goal kicking. With Hutson out of active competition, the records he holds will probably stand for years to come as a tribute to his magnificent ability. Coach Lambeau, who has always had the highest regard for this star end's ability, asserted today that in his estimation Hutson was more valuable to the club during the past season than he ever was before, both offensively and defensively. Other coaches in the league expressed the same opinion while despairing of ever stopping him...MADE 11 TOUCHDOWNS: Offensively, the record show, Hutson scored 11 touchdowns on passes while his teammtes were scoring 10 via the same route. On most of the latter, Hutson acted as a decoy to draw defensive men out of position to put other Packers in the clear. Besides this, Hutson made 36 points after touchdown and three field goals. A defensive halfback, the new assistant coach was known and feared for his ability to diagnose opponents' play, especially those which wound up in aerials. He intercepted eight passes. The highlight of these was that against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee when he grabbed a Card pass on his own 16-yard line and romped the remaining 84 for a touchdown. In all, he tallied 117 points, 45 better than his nearest competitor. Twice winner of the National league's Joe F. Carr trophy as the circuit's most valuable player is only one of Hutson's records. He holds most marks in the league, has been leading scorer for four straight years, and leading pass receiver for six consecutive seasons. He has been named on every all-time professional team and a variety of other "all-time" squads...HOLDS MANY RECORDS: His lifetime records in the pro circuit include: most passes caught, 383; most touchdown passes caught, 83; most yards gained catching passes, 6,291; most points scored, 641; most touchdowns scored, 86; most consecutive games scoring one or more points, 35; and shortest touchdown pass caught, 4 inches. The season records he holds are: most passes caught, 78; most touchdown passes caught, 17; most yards gained catching passes, 1,211; most points scored, 138; most touchdowns scored, 17. This year his 1942 record of 33 extra point kicks was broken by Bob Snyder of the Chicago Bears. Hutson also had three more but Snyder collected 39 for the new mark. Huston used his last year as a player to break one of his own marks, that of most yards gained catching passes in one game. Against Brooklyn Nov. 21 he ran up 237 yards with passes to wipe out the old figure of 209 he made during the 1942 campaign.
PACKERS VOTE SPLIT OF MONEY
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - The Packers yesterday took time
off to split up the second place money they will receive
from the NFL's championship game in Chicago Dec. 26.
Twenty-seven full shares were voted to the players and
Assistant Coach Red Smith. Following custom which
he set some time ago, Coach Curly Lambeau turned his
share into the players' pool. Half shares were voted to
Trainer Bud Jorgensen, Assistant Trainer Gus Seaburg,
players Jim Lankas and Ade Schwammel, both of
whom joined the club in mid-season, Don Perkins, who
was injured in pre-season practice but remained with
the club in an inactive status, and G.W. Calhoun,  Bay
publicity director. Those receiving full shares besides
Smith include: centers Charley Brock, Bob Flowers,
Forrest McPherson; guard Buckets Goldenberg, Bill
Kuusisto, Pete Tinsley, Sherwood Fries, Glen Sorenson;
tackles Buford Ray, Paul Berezney, Chet Adams,
Milburn Croft; ends Don Hutson, Harry Jacunski, Joel Mason, Dick Evans; backs Larry Craig, Tony Canadeo, Lou Brock, Ted Fritsch, Andy Uram, Joe Laws, Ben Starrett, Bob Kahler, Irv Comp, Tony Falkenstein.
N.J....BROUGHT BLUEJAYS FLAG: The "Red Head", as he was affectionately called by his numerous friends, was manager of the Bluejays, Green Bay's entry in the Wisconsin State Baseball league, during the 1941 and 1942 seasons. In the latter he lifted the club to first place. In baseball, he has become known as a coach who can develop young players into stars with evidence to that effect in the rise of outfielder Andy Pafko, who went from teh Bluejays under Smith to the Pacific Coast league and then the Chicago Cubs. Smith, a native of Combined Locks, near Kaukauna, played three years of varsity football at Notre Dame, where he was a guard and tackle. After his graduation from the South Bend school, he joined the New York baseball Giants as a catcher during the 1927 season. That year he signed with the Packers as a guard. During the summer of 1928, he played for Montreal of the International league. After the baseball season he joined C.C. Pyle's New York Yankees of the NFL. After one season with the Boston Braves of the National league, Smith returned to the Packers in 1929, when the club won its first world's championship. He was then named athletic director at Seton Hall. 
FANS REGRET RED SMITH'S DEPARTURE
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - Quite a number of Green Bay football fans called up on the phone or stopped on the street to say that they were sorry and also rather surprised to hear about Red Smith quitting his job as an assistant coach of the Packers. Red has become such a fixture with the Packers that hearing of his resignation was a real shock to the fans. It takes more than one player or one coach to make a good football team, so it's impossible to estimate just how much Red's work has meant to the Packers. There's no doubting, though, that he deserves as a big share of the credit for the Green Bay club's successes during his eight years as line coach and handy man. Line coaches don't come in for much glory; neither, for that matter, do linemen. Nobody really is to blame for that, because their work seldom is spectacular and there are no accurate statistics to measure what they do. A weak or poorly-coached line is much more obvious than a good one like the much berated sore thumb. During the last eight years the Packers have had pretty good lines, and it will be generally admitted that material usually was not too plentiful. Smith deserves much credit, too, for the relationship he maintained with the players. He was the constant victim of practical jokes, and he dished out plenty, too, but the players respected him and he did a fairly good job of keeping them in line. And playing mother hen to a gang of playful huskies like the Packers isn't a simple matter. Red figured in three Green Bay football championships. He played guard when the Packers won their first National league title in 1929, and he was line coach when they won pennants in 1936 and 1939. The Packers never finished worse than second in the Western division during his eight years on the staff. In 1938 they won divisional honors but lost to the New York Giants in the playoff. More colorful, of course, and also highly successful, was Red's tenure as manager of the Green Bay Bluejays. In 1941 be brought Green Bay the Wisconsin State Baseball league championship, and in 1942 his club finished second - just a shade below Sheboygan. The football and baseball fans of Green Bay wish Red all kinds of success in his affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers and in any other venture he finds himself.
GUNDER HAGG, SWEDISH RUNNER, NAMES GREATEST
ATHLETE OF 1943
DEC 20 (New York) - Gunder Hagg, Swedish runner, is 1943's
athlete of the year. Hagg, whose eight straight triumphs on
United States tracks last summer, netted $150,000 for the
Army Air force relief society, received 109 points in the annual
Associated Press poll. Of the 69 sportswriters who cast 
ballots, 27 listed the Swede first, 12 ranked him second and
four listed him third. Points were awarded on a basis of three
for each first place vote, two for second and one for third. Don
Hutson of the Green Bay Packers was tied for sixth place in
the voting. Spurgeon Chandler, whose 20 victories for the New
York Yankees won him the American league's most valuable
award, was a distant second with eight first place votes and an
aggregate of 59 points, only two ahead of Angelo Bertelli, 
former de luxe passer of the Notre Dame football team, who
collected 12 firsts...FIRST FOREIGNER HONORED: Hagg is
the first foreigner ever to talk off with the banner in the 13 
years of the poll and the first track man to be honored since
Jesse Owens triumphed in 1936 following his four Olympic
games victories. He continues the virtual monopoly which the
amateur athletes have had in the voting. Only Joe DiMaggio of
the Yankees, whose consecutive hitting streak of 56 games
in 1941, has been able to crash through from the ranks of the
play for pay boys since Joe Louis was picked in 1935.
HUTSON IS PLACED ON U.P. FIRST TEAM; CANADEO ON SECOND
DEC 20 (Chicago) - Four Chicago Bear players were selected today on the United Press all-professional football team for 1943 - a year that presented a surplus of great backs and tackles. Sid Luckman, Harry Clark, Clyde (Bulldog) Turner and Dan Fortmann of the
Bears gained positions on the first team. The 1942 
world champion Washington Redskins placed Sammy
Baugh and Dick Farman; the New York Giants placed
Ward Cuff and Al Blozis; the Green Bay Packers Don
Hutson; the Chicago Cardinals Eddie Rucinski; and
Phil-Pitt Vic Sears. Two rookies - Bill Paschal of New
York and Jack Hinkle of Phil-Pitt - pressed hard for first
team mention on strength of their one-two finish for
ground gaining honors. But the NFL's freshmen were
relegated to second-team honors behind the more
consistent performances of Cuff and Clark. Neither
Hinkle nor Paschal showed brilliant form until late in the
season. The other major bottleneck came in the tackle
positions, where there were at least seven logical picks.
Blozis was rated by the Chicago Bear team as the
"toughest customer" in the league. Sears took a slight
precedence over Chet Bulger of the Cardinals and
Buford (Baby) Ray of Green Bay because he was 
credited with making Phil-Pitt the league's best team
on defense statistically. Ray and Tony Canadeo, a back.
of the Green Bay club was placed on the second team. At least four choices were virtually undisputable. They were Luckman, Baugh, Hutson and Turner. Hutson finished his ninth year in pro football by sweeping honors in three departments - scoring, with 117 points; pass receiving with a total gain of 776 yards, and field goal kicking, with three out of five. Reflecting the tendency of pros to count heavily on the forward pass for scoring, Baugh and Luckman, the league's No. 1 and 2 passers, both placed in the backfield. Baugh led all flingers with .577 percent completed for 1.754 yards while Luckman hit .545 percent for a new league record of 2,194 yards and broke another mark by throwing 28 touchdown passes. Bulldog Turner is an almost unanimous choice of the players themselves as the outstanding center in the game. Clark was a consistently brilliant ball carrier as well as a pass receiver, finishing third in ground gaining with 556 yards. Cuff held the highest rushing average in the league with 6.5 yards a crack and totaled 523 yards for fourth place. He's one of the best defensive players in the game and an excellent placekicker...FIGHT FOR POSITION: The most hotly-contested line spot came between Rucinski and George Wilson of the Bears. However, Rucinski, a faster man, won the respect of all opposition as a fine pass receiver and a scrapping defensive man. Dr. Fortmann, although noticeably slower, retained a guard spot in spite of lack of grid practice. Most of Fortmann's practice is medical and he was forced to fly in for Bear games each Sunday, but his experience and braininess gave him the honor. Farman got the nod for the other spot, although he had some competition from Augie Lio of Detroit and Clyde Shugar, whom the Bear class as the "most underrated" guard in the business. The intensity of this year's race for backfield honors was emphasized by the fact that backs of the caliber of Ernie Steele of Phil-Pitt and Tony Canadeo of Green Bay were forced to the second team...CANADEO PLACES FIFTH: Canadeo gained 489 yards to finish fifth and Steele, named by opponents as the "hardest running back in the league", was sixth with 409 yards. Frankie Sinkwich of Detroit, a great all-around back who could block, punt, run and pass, missed honors because of his inability to score and the fact that so many of his passes were intercepted. Backs were not rated according to specific positions.
FANS STILL ARGUE ABOUT RELATIVE POWER OF PRO FOOTBALL DIVISIONS
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - The perennial argument about which is stronger, the Western or Eastern division of the NFL, is due to get a few more kickings about during the long winter ahead - and the result will be about as usual when the fans take their feet off the legendary cracker barrels behind the pot bellied stoves and move outside to whittle and prognosticate about the 1944 baseball season. The season just finished shows that the Packers, runners-up in the Western half, and the Chicago Bears, who will seek another world title Sunday at Wrigley field against the Redskins, finished percentage points ahead of the Washington club. The latter, it will be recalled, did something of a nose dive late in the season but bounced back to take the Eastern playoff last Sunday...CAN'T BE DECIDED: There are those who will say the final percentages should be lumped after the season is over and the teams given ratings despite their position in the division they belong to. This method, they claim, would be fairer since all the teams play each other once anyway. Immediately comes the other side to say, "Shucks, you can't do that." As with so many questions relating to the strength of that team or this individual, no definite conclusion can be drawn. But the fact still remains that the Packers had a .778 percentage and wound up second behind the Bruins while the Redskins finished with an even .700 percentage and yet took the Eastern half crown. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Bays pointed out in a discussion the other day that normally the pro league eleven which wins all but two of its games is considered "in" for the championship of its division. He also remarked that perhaps that belief was truer before the Bears did a bit of juggling and managed a corner on the grid manpower...THEORY WORKS OUT: On the basis of the "two-loss" theory, Green Bay should have finished at least in a tie for the Western division top. The result would have been just that if the Packers had managed to topple the Bears in the first game here when the result was a 21-21 deadlock. Subsequently, fans will remember, the Packers lost to the Bears once and Washington while
the Bruins got clipped by the Redskins. But for the tie
with the Bears and, if that game had been won by 
Green Bay, both top clubs in the Western half would
have completed their season with .800 figures, which
would have necessitated a playoff for the title here as 
well as the other in New York last Sunday. As we have
aforementioned, two losses mean a title or at least a 
tie - before the Bears guaranteed an average team with
16 first choices to the other team's six, a piece of 
juggling which Lambeau can't forget...BRISTOL LIKED
IT: Fans in Bristol, Conn., still can't forget the exhibition
which the Packers put on there Nov. 28. A recent letter
from officials of the New Departure division of General
Motors, whose team played the Bays, said the "hot
stovers" are having a great time discussing merits of the
Packer offense and defense. End Harry Jacinski, whose
home is 12 miles from Bristol, recently started work as
an accountant with the firm, the letter said...STICKY
FINGERS: Looking over the final statistics of the 1943
season, Lambeau singled out as most significant the
new pass interception record set by the Bays. By
hauling in 42 enemy aerials, they broke their own record
of 40, set during the 1940 campaign. The record is all
the more indicative of a strong pass defense this year
because it was made in ten contests whereas the
previous mark was set in 11. More than half of the
steals were accounted for by three players - Irv Comp
with 10, Don Hutson with eight and Joe Law with seven..
SCOUTING TOUR: After watching the championship
game Sunday, Coach Lambeau will depart for the west
coast on his annual scouting tour for new talent. He will
attend the Rose Bowl game Jan. 1 and remain in Los
Angeles until Jan. 5. He expects to have a chance to
talk to both players and coaches of the East and West
teams which play in San Francisco and Rose Bowl
participants also. The actual player draft probably won't
be held until late spring but Lambeau expect material
to be plentiful.
'UNKNOWN' HURT, BEARS CHANCE TITLE TILT
PLANS
DEC 23 (Chicago) - A broken wrist suffered by an anonymous Chicago Bear lineman Wednesday threw consternation into the ranks of the coaches and made it necessary for them to revise tactical plans for Sunday's battle with the Washington Redskins in Wrigley field for the professional football championship. Pete Gudauskas is the name. Never heard of him? He's the fellow who had been playing an increasing number of minutes in each of the Bears' concluding games of the season. For Sunday's encounter, Pete was to be distinctly a sleeper. If the game started with the Bears kicking off, Pete was to have been at right guard and in charge of booting the ball down the field. In Tuesday's line scrimmage, Pete suffered the injury - maybe because he was a little too overambitious. Dr. John F. Davis came in with the bad news late Wednesday morning. X-ray pictures had revealed a break. Pete, who is a native of Georgetown, Ill., and who played college football at Murray (Ky.) State Teachers, was a forlorn figure, his arm in a sling, as his half frozen teammates bounced into Wrigley field's dressing room at the noon hour. All season long the Bears have had only a thin spread of linemen. That's one of the reasons they claimed Gudauskas on waivers from the Green Bay Packers. Pete started his pro career with Cleveland in 1940. Bill Steinkemper, another of the newer Bears, had a long session with Trainer Andy Lotshaw on the rubbing table. Andy declares he'll have the former Notre Dame player, a tackle, in shape for the Redskins.
RED SMITH, ASSISTANT COACH FOR EIGHT YEARS, RESIGNS
PACKER JOB
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Richard (Red) Smith, assistant coach of the
Packers for the last 8 years, resigned his position after a conference
with Coach Curly Lambeau, it was announced today. The resignation
becomes effectively immediately, the announcement said. Connected
with the Bays since 1936, Smith said he would remain in Green Bay
until he begins his duties as assistant coach of the Milwaukee Brewers
on March 18. He will also continue as manager of the Columbus club
bowling alley, a position he held for the last two seasons. He said that
he expects to be connected with football next year in a capacity not 
yet fully determined. Smith issued the following statement: "I wish to
express my appreciation to the Green Bay and northeastern Wisconsin
fans for the support they have given me during my stay here. I also 
wish to thank the executive boards of both the Packers and Bluejays.
Because of the fine treatment I have been accorded I shall always
consider Green Bay my home."...DECIDED AFTER CONFERENCE:
Lambeau, in announcing that he had accepted Smith's resignation from
the Packer staff, said the decision had been reached following the
conference. Lambeau explained: "Pro football has been growing so
rapidly and the duties of coaches have increased to such a great extent
that is desirable to have a year around assistant. Because of Red's
baseball connections, which he felt he could not give up, he decided to
resign." Lambeau said there is a possibility that another coach may be
added to the staff but such a move in in the indefinite stage at the 
present time. Smith's resignation comes after eight years of coaching the Green Bay line. He joined the staff in 1936 after three years as assistant to Clarence W. Spears at the University of Wisconsin and four years as head coach of baseball and football and athletic director at Seton Hall college in South Orange,