PACKERS ARE FAVORED TO VANQUISH PITT-PHIL
SEPT 10 (Pittsburgh) - The Green Bay Packers expect to post 21 runs, 48 hits and no errors on the scoreboard during Saturday night's exhibition struggle
with the Phil-Pitt Steagles at Forbes Field, home of the
baseball Pirates. The Steagles' score should run
something like this: Nine runs, 25 hits and eight errors.
This is another way of explaining that the Packers are
8-to-5 favorites according the guys who take the bets,
and that the Packers expect to make no errors during
the two-hour football period. Joe Carr, Steagle publicity
expert, is kept busy each day by pro wagerists asking
who's going to win. Coach Curly Lambeau, of course, is
flustered no end in regard to the role of favorite. "This
Phil-Pitt team is strong. It's composed of 22 veterans of
two clubs." Now that doesn't sound like optimistic Curly
but you Green Bay people take note here and now that
Mr. Lambeau is plenty worried...PAPER ON PACKERS:
The local papers are blowing the Packers up to the high
heavens - a turn of affairs that never did any team any
good. The Packer coach showed movies of the Redskin
game to his gridders Thursday night, and there were at
least 15 assorted errors. The scoring plays were
executed perfectly - especially the 60-yard scoring pass
from Tony Canadeo to Andy Uram. Incidentally, the 48
hits the Packers expect to get Saturday night represent
the number of perfect blocks. The blocking, according
to the pictures, was brilliant at times but just the
opposite at other moments. Thursday's practice was
used to stress offense, including an entirely new set of
passing plays. The players worked out a number of
intricate plays, one of which was labeled a "hand-to-
hand fighter." It seems there are some hand to hand
maneuvers in the opponents' backfield while the Bays
have the pigskin. Lambeau also is expected to keep his
mystery passer under cover Saturday. He probably will
be unveiled at the Bear game which opens the National
league season. The big surprise Saturday eve will be a
brief appearance by Lou Brock, the gentleman farmer
from Kansas. Lou reported Wednesday in excellent
physical condition, and already is delivering long punts,
catching passes and running with the ball from the right halfback position. Oddly enough this week's practice is serving a dual purpose. It's giving Lambeau a chance to instruct his boys, especially the newcomers, on the intricate T formation, which will be used by the Steagles and the Bears...BROCK MAY START: Lambeau is sticking pretty well to the lineup that started against Washington, although Charley Brock probably will start at center in place of Bob Flowers. Then there is the possibility that Glen Sorenson may open at guard in front of rugged Sherwood Fries at right guard, Don Hutson and Harry Jacunski at the ends, Baby Ray and Chet Adams the tackles, Larry Craig blocking quarter, Andy Uram right half, Tony Canadeo left half, and Ted Fritsch fullback. Word on the Pitt-Phil team finally leaked out of Philadelphia Thursday night. One of the Steagles' ends is Harold (Tex) HInte, who served a brief spell with the Packers last year, while another former Packer is tackle Leo Disend who played with Green Bay four years ago. The Steagle starting lineup has eight veterans, most unusual of whom is Bill Hewitte, fullback. Bill played end with the Bears six years and the Eagles three years. Other vets include Vic Sear, left tackle; Ed Michaels, left guard; Ray Graves, center; Enio Conti, right guard; Ted Doyle, right tackle; Larry Cabrelli, right end; Leroy Zimmerman, quarterback, who was recently purchased from Washington. A deal for Ben Kish, former Pitt halfback, was announced by the team Thursday night. Kish was obtained from Brooklyn for John Petchell, quarterback.
FIVE HALFBACKS ON GREEN BAY TEAM THIS YEAR ARE VETERANS
SEPT 10 (Green Bay) - Many complimentary things can be said about the Green Bay Packer halfback force. Most important is that five of the six runners are veterans, and the sixth - Irv Comp - is conducting himself much like a seasoned performer. The veterans are Andy Uram, Minnesota; Tony Canadeo, Gonzaga; Bob Kahler, Nebraska; Joe Laws, Iowa, and Lou Brock, Purdue. Comp hails from little St. Benedict's college. Coach Curly Lambeau has them divided evenly - Uram, Canadeo and Comp at left half, and Kahler, Laws and Brock at right. Laws is the "old man" of the bunch, since he is starting his tenth season. Joe has added about eight pounds to his 188 of other years and the Sturgeon bay welder seems to have also gained more speed. Laws is one of the two signal callers, the other being Canadeo...CANADEO FOR PASSING: Grey Ghost Tony is ticketed to do most of the passing, although he may get help from Comp and Uram. Canadeo is five pounds underweight, packing 190 instead of his usual 195. Tony has the toughest job on the club, trying to fill the aerial shoes of Cecil Isbell. Comp has great possibilities as a passer and may see much action. The lad, who weighs 192 pounds and stands 6-2, has speed to burn. Uram, starting his seventh season here, has a chance to star in a new role - passing. A year ago, he had considerable success as a pass receiver and runner. Andy, who passed to All-American end Ray King at Minnesota, weighs 190 pounds and stands 5-11...BROCK AT RIGHT: Brock was back at his home station when he joined the team in Pittsburgh this week. He came to Green Bay from Purdue in 1939 as a right halfback, but was shifted to fullback last season to help offset the loss of Clarke Hinkle. This year Lambeau plans to use him exclusively at right half where the speedster can display his shifty running. Brock goes 198 pounds and is an even six feet tall. Kahler, a former track and grid star at Nebraska, is starting his third year here although he finished out the 1941 card at Long Island. A good pass receiver, Kahler also possesses great speed. He stands 6-3 and weighs 200 pounds, reporting five pounds heavier than a year ago.
SCOUTS WARN THAT BEARS ARE STRONG; PLAY HERE SEPT. 26
SEPT 10 (Pittsburgh) - Get your seats for the Bear-Packer classic in Green Bay Sept. 26 now. The game is going to be a dilly. Packer scouts reporting to Coach Curly Lambeau here claim that the Bears are as strong as ever despite the loss of tackles Joe Stydahar and Lee Artoe. Lambeau had operatives at the Bear-Giant tussle in Buffalo, a tilt in which the Bears won, 42 to 28. Mix the reported Bear strength with the Packers' victory over Washington last Sunday and you have the sweetest grid cocktail ever produced. The teams will "pour" two weeks from Sunday in City stadium...GUARDS TO TACKLES: Anyway, 'tis said that the Bears' tackle problem has been solved by moving two guards to tackle. The new Artoes are Al Hoptowit, No. 2 to Mr. Daany Fortmann at guard last year, and George Musso, who is in the Buckets Goldenberg class - tough and rugged. Other big shots back are Bulldog Turner at center, ends Hampton Pool and John Siegal, backs Bill Osmanski, Sid Luckman, Harry Clark, Ray McLean and Gary Famiglietti. Incidentally, Bronko Nagurski is booked for tackle play but he didn't see action last Sunday. Osmanski, by the way, is taking up where he left off on the eighth play of the Bear-Packer game in Green Bay last year when he suffered a knee injury that kept him benched until the championship game at Washington at the end of the season. Bill, a full-fledged dentist, isn't hampered with the injury this season. Optimistic as he is, Lambeau is trying his best not to go out on that proverbial limb about his Packers. He was ready to do a bit of limb climbing after watching his team whip Washington Sunday, but the big pilot has decided to wait until after the Bear game. Right now, things look rosy for a great year, but don't tell anybody we said so...IN BACKFIELD NOW: Remember Bill (Offside) Hewitt, the former Chicago Bear end who used to raise particular hob with the Green Bay Packers five or so years ago? Hewitt used to get a running start and cross the line of scrimmage just as the opponents' ball was snapped. He'll start his running from the backfield now - as a fullback with the combined Pitt-Phil eleven. What's more, Hewitt will do most of the placekicking and punting. He's said to be 35 years of age...STEAGLES NOW?: The Pittsburgh papers call the combined Pitt-Phil team the Steagles, the "St" coming from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the "eagles" from the Philadelphia Eagles. Officially, though, no name has been given the duo team. In Philadelphia, the club is known as the Eagles. So take your choice...SCOUT IS MISSING: Jack LaVelle, professional scout who has the Green Bay Packers on his list of clients, was believed to be on the ill-fated Pennsylvania Congressional Limited which was wrecked north of Philadelphia Monday night, although a complete list of passengers has not been announced yet. LaVelle sat in the Baltimore press box Sunday and went to Washington with Coach Curly Lambeau Sunday night. Lambeau left Washington late Monday night and LaVelle was to leave Washington for New York at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon on the Congressional...WAR VETERAN PLAYS: Playing against the Packers Sunday will be Max Partin, former Tennessee halfback, who was with the first wave of American soldiers that invaded North Africa. He received a leg injury and was treated in a Southern hospital before being given an honorable discharge...O.K. WITH CURLY: Ted Fritsch, in the excitement of his first touchdowns against Washington at Baltimore Sunday, touched the ball to the ground after each one, a practice frowned upon by the league veterans. But it really doesn't matter to Coach Curly Lambeau - once the touchdowns are scored. "He can do anything with the ball after he scores." Curly said.
ANOTHER PRO SEASON
SEPT 10 (Pittsburgh) - The opening of the professional football season here tomorrow night, with a game between the Green Bay Packers and the merged club of the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia clubs, marks the eleventh season for Pittsburgh in the modern professional football setup. Back in the handset days, around the turn of the century, the town had some of the best pro ball in the country, but nothing compared to the vast ramifications the game flourishes now. The modern pro game here was the outgrowth of Art Rooney's dabbling, both as a player and as a backer, of semi-pro clubs. He had a team then, called the James P. Rooneys, and, made up of local sandlot and college stars and as many ringers as Art could dig up to beat the local rivals, the club did fairly well. Then, in 1933, the late Joe Carr, a baseball man with a flair for promotion, was bolstering his dream of big league professional football, induced Rooney to back a Pittsburgh entry in the league. The initial bite was a basement bargain proposition for Rooney got the franchise for a mere $2,500. Recently the new Boston franchise retailed at $50,000, and, on another occasions, a well upholstered gentleman, anxious to break into the field, put out some $200,000 for the franchise and the players that went with the purchase...HE LIKES IT ANYWAY: Were he a wealthy man, Rooney would ask for nothing more than to support a professional team, for he maintains that the fun coming out of the fighting and bickering among his rivals excels in excitement anything any other sports sphere, at least, could produce. Never having won a championship, and its attendant gold, Rooney has always pictured himself as a waif among such fabulous money makers as Marshall, of Wasington, and Mara of New York, Halas of Chicago, and Lambeau, of the Packers, among others. The local owner somehow jocularly represents himself as a tattered child, with nose pressed against a window pane, looking at the goodies, over which his colleagues haggle about so much. He thinks he and Bert Bell, a partner now, and who owned the Philadelphia franchise in his own right, have been stooges for his pleasant companions among the more wealthy clubs. Rooney likes to run over this phase in the presence of his brother magnates and he made no exception to his general rule as he sat around with Curly Lambeau the other night, and laughed at the elegant position Lambeau occupies among the elect of the league. "There he is," said Art. "Coming to town with such guys like Hutson and Ray and all the rest of them. They're all set to pin our ears back so far we won't be able to find them. Yes, I know, I guess, on account of the crowd, I ought to be saying that we will win, but what's the ruse of the old phoney buildup. The Packers. And Lambeau, there. Why, if we'd beat them, Curly would want the whole league reorganized. That's why it would be nice to push these big fellows around - but we never do and I'm not sure that we ever will."...LAMBEAU'S VIEW: "We have a good team," Lambeau conceded, "but we're not as deep in reserves as we ought to be and we can't expect to be with the war. But it's a pretty good team, although no football man would look for an easy game at any stage in this league. They're too many good players, everywhere. We're lucky that we've come along this good, beating the Washington club, but we're not as good as Art there is making us out to be. We could be beaten here?" "Yeah," asked Rooney, somewhat wearily, denoting he was past the stage of illusionment on that score. Yet, Rooney is proud of one thing. He has managed in the stress of war times to keep his hometown identified in the professional game. It was at his insistence, when his club merged with Philadelphia, that some of the games be played here - at a financial sacrifice. Thus, the Green Bay game would have meant more, in a financial way, had it been played in Philadelphia, but to repay the nucleus of pro fans here who have been faithful over the years, Rooney held out for three games here, two to come after the Green Bay event. Beyond that, the local owner has never lost the same zest for putting on a game that marked his promotion of the old semi-pros, the James P. Rooneys...SEES AN EXPANDED LEAGUE: Lambeau sees the post-war pro game expanding - not into a rival league, as some promoters have envisioned, but a bigger and a more far-flung setup in the present two divisions of the pro league. He would not be surprised if in the future each club would play against each other, in an expanded schedule, and that territorially, the league might stretch to the Pacific coast. Seriously, Rooney would enjoy going broke in the process of outwitting such cagey rivals whose competence he admires so much. He thinks it would be worth a fortune to hear the groaning that would come out of the fact the groaning that would come out of the fact that Pittsburgh managed to beat them out. "That won't make much difference," laughed Rooney, "except that you and Halas and Marshall will gather in more shekels. But if I keep my team - that will be worthwhile, anyway." With the coming of peace, Rooney will have his own Pittsburgh entry again, of course, and as he showed when he startled his rivals by paying $15,000 to Whizzer White for one season's play, he may realize his dream of having a winner in the realm that so fascinates him. "Sure," Rooney concluded, "we have a pretty good team. But the trouble is we have to meet the Packers. Too bad what the war did to those poor fellows. Just watch how riddled they are when they trot out those babies Saturday night. The crowd? I hope it's big, but if it isn't - well that's not the town's fault. If we could give them a winner, Pittsburgh fans would turn out in such a way to make those other towns look like minor leaguers. But you've got to win." For a man who has had a great disregard for the dollar, Rooney, once on the winning path would stand to keep his rivals fairly busy in ever caching up.
STEAGLES' PROBLEM IS BACKFIELD
SEPT 10 (Pittsburgh) - If the new backs come through - That's all Coaches Greasy Neale and Walter Kiesling are hoping for their Steagles, the combination of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, who open their campaign with an exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers at Forbes Field tomorrow night. The reserve strength in the backfield is something the Steagles need almost as much as Hitler needs a friend, and if they get it all will be well, if not - well, who can tell? Here in advance of the squad, Al Ennis, the club's publicity director, gave out the lowdown on the squad last night. He said the line that will face the Packers has experience, power and plenty of football savvy. Ted Doyle, Eberle Schultz, Tony Bova and Harold (Tex) Hinte, of last year's Steelers, and Vic Sears, Enio Conti, Ray Graves and Larry Cabrelli, of the 1942 Eagles, all know their way around a football field. A line composed of these stalwarts does not suffer by comparison with any in the league...UNKNOWN QUANTITY: But the backfield is something of an unknown quantity. Only Roy Zimmerman, Ernie Steele, Bill Hewitt, Joe Hoague and Reds Pollock have had any experience in big league play. Zimmerman, recently obtained from the Washington Redskins, is a passer known ability, while Ernie Steele, sensational rookie halfback of the Eagles last year, may duplicate his startling performances of 1942. Pittsburgh fans are familiar with the ability of Joe Hoague, through his work with the Steelers. Hewitt, with eight years of experience in the league, in four of which he was named all-league end, will be starting in a new role as fullback, a position he has not played since his high school days. Pollock, another veteran, has been lugging the leather well in practice, but he has been away from the game five years and may not hit his stride in his first start...THURBON ON SQUAD: Among the rookie backs who will receive their baptism by fire in league play against the Packers will be Johnny Butler, breakaway star from the University of Tennessee; Bob Thurbon, shifty former Pitt halfback; Al Sherman, lefthanded passer from Brooklyn College; Ted Laux, of St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia; Charley Gauer, of Colgate and Tennessee halfback Max Partinm, wounded war veteran, recently signed. All of these boys have come up to the big time with great collegiate records for gridiron performances. Sherman, 165-pound quarterback, proved his spirit when, in his sophomore year, his team scrimmaged against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Unawed by the reputation of his opponents, Sherman reared back and heaved them far and wide. Eleven times he fired the pigskin and eight times he connected with a receiver and three time the receiver sped for a touchdown. Gauer, a young giant from Colgate, is a line plunger of the bruising type. Partin, known in college as a slippery back, has shown up in practice as one of the fastest man on the squad. These are the youngsters upon whom Kiesling and Neale are pinning their hopes. Every one of them is potentially a great football player - and has college records to prove it.
KISH MAY BOLSTER STEAGLES' DEFENSE
SEPT 10 (Pittsburgh) - An 11th hour move by the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia professional football club in purchasing Ben Kish, former Pitt quarterback, from the Brooklyn Dodgers, today bolstered the Steagles' defense against Don Hutson, one-man aerial blitz, for the opening preseason game with Green Bay. Recognized as a fine defensive back, Kish's presence in the Steagle lineup may go a long way in curtailing the efficiency of the Canadeo-to-Hutson passing act tomorrow night when the Pennsylvania eleven collides with the Packers at Forbes Field...TO PRACTICE TODAY: The deal that made Kish a Steagle was a straight cash transactions, for an undisclosed amount. The ex-Panther had been working out with Brooklyn since receiving an honorable medical discharge from the Army. He was slated to report to the Steagles' Philadelphia training camp to take part in the final morning and evening workouts today. His addition boosts the squad, which will make the trip to this city tonight, to 34. Kish, North Tonawanda, N.Y., product, played quarterback on the 1937-38-39 Panther elevens. He was a good punter and placekicker in addition to his linebackingup and quarterbacking chores. His placekicks for extra points provided the margin of victory in Pitt's 14-13 upset of the Duke Blue Devils in 1939 - lone setback for the Durham boys that year. The part-Indian, known to his Panther mates as "Big Chief", joined the Dodgers in 1941 on graduation from Pitt. He played only one year and then moved into the Army, until his recent discharge. According to advance reports, the Steagles will rise or fall on the ability of a green backfield to develop a good touchdown wallop in a hurry. While the two members of the tentative first-string quartet are pro veterans, Leroy Zimmerman, recently secured from the Washington Redskins, is the only established backfield star. Zimmerman plays in the key quarterback role...STEAGLES BANK ON ROOKIES: The other veteran fullback, Bill Hewitt, former all-league end, is trying a comeback and at the same time doing it the hard way in switching to the backfield. He played occasional 'spot" backfield roles for Michigan and the Chicago Bears in his earlier days, but this will be his first full-time backfield fling. Johnny Butler, former Tennessee ace, at left half, and Jack Hinkle, Syracuse grad at right half, are beginning their first full seasons in the National League. Two years ago, Hinkle played with Tom Harmon and John Kimbrough for the New York Yankees, but the American League collapsed and Hinkle was signed by Philadelphia, although playing only in the final game of the season. Last year he served in the Army Air Corps, but was honorably discharged because of stomach disorders...THURBON MAY START: Two other backs, who may help develop the Steagles' scoring punch, are Bob Thurbon, ex-Pitt Panther, and Al Sherman, slick passer from Brooklyn College. However, like Butler and Hinkle, they have yet to prove that they are of National League stature. Joe Hoague, Steeler-Colgate fullback, might have helped considerably, but the Packer engagement will be his first and last game of the season, as he has been ordered to report for naval training on the 25th. The Steagle line shapes up strong enough to give the crack Packer forward wall a good battle.
FIVE TEAMS IN PRO LEAGUE GIVEN CHANCE FOR HONORS
SEPT 10 (Pittsburgh) - Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, dean of professional football's coaching fraternity, sees a scramble in the NFL this fall with at least five teams having a chance for first place. The Detroit Lions, he predicts, will fight it out with Green Bay and the Chicago Bears in the western division while the combined Philadelphia-Pittsburgh club or Washington should win the eastern flag. Lambeau, in town with the Packers for an exhibition game with the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh entry tomorrow night, feels that Detroit, a doormat for other league teams last year, may be one of the real surprises of the season. "The Lions," he said, "have strong personnel which includes seven veterans from last year who have been discharged from the Marines, and probably will have Frankie Sinkwich. The Lions haven't lost much and with two fine new coaches in Gus Dorais and Joe Bach they'll be tough." Lambeau, who has made the Packers a civic institution at Green Bay in 25 years and has had five championship teams, comments that "the Chicago Bears, of course, are strong again despite the loss of some manpower." What about his Packers? "I think we've got a good chance," he replied. "With Cecil Isbell, I'd say we were stronger than last year and not feel it.No credit from Tony Canadeo, understand. He did a good job Sunday (when the Packers beat the Redskins 23-21) and had a better percentage of completions and more yardage than Sammy Baugh. The champion Redskins and the Packers are about on a par, Curly believes - but hastens to add that the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh team with "17 veterans as a nucleus will be a definite threat."
DON HUTSON IS LAST WORD IN ENDS; STARTING NINTH SEASON
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - There is only one gent to discuss when chattering about the Green Bay Packer ends. He is Don Hutson, the greatest offensive end and scorer in the history of professional football. With free substitution this season, Packer fans will see considerably less of Hutson on defense. However, on offense the ace will be carrying the torch as a receiver and decoy. Huston has an all-veteran supporting cast - Dick Evans of Iowa, Harry Jacunski of Fordham and Joel Mason of Western State. There is a possibility that Coach Curly Lambeau may keep two rookies, although the reduced player limit may force him to release them. They include Bob Kircher of Georgetown university and John Wilson, Milwaukee high school star. Hutson is starting his ninth season. Whether he can reach the peak he attained in 1942 is a question that will not be answered until after the Chicago Bears game here Sept. 26. Hutson, for the first time in five years, will be without the excellent throwing of Cecil Isbell. This season Tony Canadeo, Andy Uram and Irv Comp will do the passing. Hutson weighs 178 pounds and stands six feet, one inch tall. Working directly under Hutson is Mason, who passes a pretty fair pair of receiving mitts and a lot of ability on defense. He likes to mix it and will see much more duty than last year. Mason weighs an even 200 pounds and is six feet tall...JACUNSKI IS FAVORED: On the right side of the line, Jacunski seems to have the inside track. A good pass receiver, Jacunski, like Mason, specializes in defensive crashing and offensive blocking. Evans, who last year played with the Chicago Cardinals after a two-year career here, is pushing Jacunski for the starting role. He's developing as a fair pass receiver and a good defensive end. Whether Larry Craig will see much play at end is problematical. Larry, in past years, played defensive end in place of Hutson who moved into the backfield. With free substitution keeping Hutson on the bench when the opponent has the ball, Craig may remain in the backfield.