NAME                  NO POS  HGT WGT         COLLEGE YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Paul Berezney         47   T 6- 2 220         Fordham  3  3 28 10
Dick Bilda            22  HB 6- 1 200       Marquette  1  1 25  
Charley Brock         29   C 6- 1 210        Nebraska  6  6 28 10 1939 Draft - 3rd round
Lou Brock             16  HB 6- 0 195          Purdue  5  5 26  5 1940 Draft - 3rd round
Mike Bucchianeri      19   G 5-10 215         Indiana  2  2 27  8 FA - Green Bay (1941)
Tony Canadeo           3  HB 6- 0 195         Gonzaga  4  4 25  3 1941 Draft - 7th round
Irv Comp              51  HB 6- 3 192    St. Benedict  2  2 25 10 1943 Draft - 3rd round
Larry Craig           54   E 6- 0 208     S. Carolina  6  6 28 10 1939 Draft - 6th round
Tiny Croft            75   T 6- 4 298           Ripon  3  3 23 10
Paul Duhart           42  HB 6- 0 180         Florida  1  1 23  8  
Bob Flowers           35   C 6- 1 215      Texas Tech  3  3 27 10
Ted Fritsch           64  FB 5-10 205   Stevens Point  3  3 23  9
Buckets Goldenberg    43   G 5-10 220       Wisconsin 12 12 32  9
Don Hutson            14   E 6- 1 180         Alabama 10 10 31 10
Harry Jacunski        48   E 6- 2 198         Fordham  6  6 28  9
Bob Kahler             8   T 6- 3 200        Nebraska  3  3 27
Bob Kercher           18   E 6- 2 195      Georgetown  1  1 25
William Kuusisto      45   G 6- 0 230       Minnesota  4  4 26 10
Joe Laws              24  HB 5- 9 188            Iowa 11 11 33 10
Joel Mason             7   E 6- 0 200     W. Michigan  3  4 31 10 FA - Chi Cards (1939)
Roy McKay              3  HB 6- 0 195           Texas  1  1 24  3 1943 Draft - 5th round
Forrest McPherson     72 T-C 5-11 248        Nebraska  2  5 32    FA - Phil (1937)
Don Perkins           23  FB 6- 0 195     Platteville  1  1 26 10
Baby Ray              44   T 6- 6 250      Vanderbilt  7  7 28  9
Ade Schwammel         40   T 6- 2 215       Oregon St  5  5 35  9 FA - Green Bay (1936)
Glen Sorenson         33   G 6- 0 225         Utah St  2  2 24 10
Ben Starret           63   B 5-11 215 St. Mary's (CA)  3  4 26    FA - Pittsburgh (1941)
Pete Tinsley          21   G 5- 8 200         Georgia  7  7 31 10 1938 Draft - 9th round
Charles Tollefson     46   G 6- 0 218            Iowa  1  1 28  7
Alex Urban            18   E 6- 2 200     S. Carolina  2  2 27  3 FA - Green Bay (1941)
Ray Wehba             17   E 6- 0 210             USC  1  2 28 10 Trade-Brooklyn (1944)
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played
1944 PACKERS DRAFT (April 19, 1944)
RND SEL NAME               POS COLLEGE
1     7 Merv Pregulman       G Michigan
2       Did Not Draft                
3    22 Tom Kuzma            B Michigan
4       Did Not Draft               
5    38 Bill McPartland      T St. Mary's (Calif.)
6    49 Mickey McCardle      B Southern California
7    60 Jack Tracy           E Washington
8    71 Alex Agase           G Illinois
9    82 Don Whitmire         T Alabama
10   93 Bob Koch             B Oregon
11  104 Virgil Johnson       E Arkansas              
12  115 Roy Giusti           B St. Mary's (Calif.)
13  126 Bill Baughman        C Alabama
14  137 Don Griffin          B Illinois
15  148 Bert Gissler         E Nebraska
16  159 Lou Shelton          B Oregon State
17  170 Charles Cusick       G Oregon
18  181 Hugh Cox             B North Carolina 
19  192 Kermit Davis         E Mississippi State 
20  203 Bob Johnson          C Purdue
21  214 Jim Cox              T Stanford  
22  225 Cliff Anderson       E Minnesota
23  236 John Perry           B Duke
24  247 Pete DeMaria         G Purdue 
25  258 Len Liss             T Marquette 
26  269 Ray Jordan           B North Carolina 
27  280 Al Grubaugh          T Nebraska 
28  291 A.B. Howard          E Mississippi State 
29  302 Paul Paladino        G Arkansas 
30  313 Bob Butchofsky       B Texas A&M 
31  319 Russ Deal            G Indiana 
32  325 Abel Gonzales        B Southern Methodist 
BOLD - Played for the Packers
1944 IN REVIEW
Far from the greatest team in Packer history, the 1944 edition was good enough to win the Western Division title. The Packers ran off six straight victories at the start of the season and coasted home the rest of the way, leaving the Bears and Lions to fight over the second-place honors. Although Don Huston, as usual, burned defensive backs for long gains,  most of the faces in the Green Bay backfield were new. Rangy Irv Comp was Huston's new  passing partner, and popular Ted Fritsch picked up enough yardage on the ground as Clarke Hinkle once did. Baby Ray, Buckets Goldenberg and Charlie Brock gave the strong forward line a veteran flavor. Like most wartime clubs, the Packers mixed veterans and youngsters together with a salad-bowl effect that was sometimes interesting and sometimes boringly inept. But with Don Huston on hand, Green Bay remained the best team in the NFL.
THE AAFC
SOURCE: Profootballresearchers. com - Two days prior to D-Day, 1944 a group described by the A.P. as "men of millionaire incomes" met in St. Louis to organize a new professional football league. They had been called together by Arch Ward, the innovative sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and organizer of the college and baseball All-Star games. Ward reasoned that the end of World War II would provide the professional gridirons with a brand new crop of players. In addition to experienced pros, there would be high school and college players who had competed with the pros while in the service, plus the players who had remained in college during the war. The initial meeting, attended by representatives of Buffalo, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Cleveland (for whom Ward carried a proxy) led to a second organizational meeting on September 3, 1944 in Chicago. John Keeshin, a trucking executive, represented Chicago; oilmen James Breuil and Ray Ryan were from Buffalo and New York respectively; boxer Gene Tunney sought a team for Baltimore; actor Don Ameche wanted one for L.A.; Tony Morabito, a lumber executive, was from San Francisco,; and Arthur McBride, a Cleveland taxi man, came from that city. Also present was Mrs. Eleanor Gehrig, widow of the baseball Hall of Famer, who later became a league executive. It was reported that Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston were also interested in the new league. The name All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was chosen, and the football war was on.
1944 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (1-1)
SEPTEMBER (1-1)
4  Washington Redskins at Baltimore      L  7-20    1-0-0   40,000
10 Boston Yanks at Buffalo               W 28- 0    1-1-0   17,372
1944 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (8-2)
SEPTEMBER (2-0)
17 M-BROOKLYN TIGERS (0-0-0)             W 14- 7    1-0-0   12,994
24 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0-0)               W 42-28    2-0-0   24,362
OCTOBER (4-1)
1  M-DETROIT LIONS (0-0-0)               W 27- 6    3-0-0   18,556
8  G-CARD-PITT (0-1-0)                   W 34- 7    4-0-0   16,535
14 Philadelphia Eagles at Nashville      L 13-38            20,000
22 G-CLEVELAND RAMS (3-1-0)              W 30-21    5-0-0   18,780
29 at Detroit Lions (1-2-1)              W 14- 0    6-0-0   30,844
NOVEMBER (2-2)
5  at Chicago Bears (2-2-1)              L  0-21    6-1-0   45,553
12 at Cleveland Rams (3-3-0)             W 42- 7    7-1-0   17,166
19 at New York Giants (4-1-1)            L  0-24    7-2-0   56,481
26 at Card-Pitt (at Chicago) (0-8-0)     W 35-20    8-2-0    7,158
1944 POST-SEASON RESULTS (1-0)
DECEMBER (1-0) - NFL CHAMPIONSHIP
17 at New York Giants (8-1-1)            W 14- 7            46,016
G - GREEN BAY M - MILWAUKEE
According to his biography in the Northland College Hall of Fame of Ashland, Wisconsin, Edward "Mac" McGroarty was both a football and basketball star for the college. He graduated in 1939 and went on to play with Green Bay and Cincinnati before a career-ending knee injury. However, in looking at the 1944 and 1945 Green Bay rosters his name does not appear, nor can I find a single Cincinnati pro football or pro basketball team from the 1940s and 1950s. It's a minor mystery, but a mystery nonetheless. (SOURCE: Astuteo.com)
Coach Curly Lambeau and Charley Brock discuss strategy
SEVERAL CITIES SEEK BERTHS IN PRO LOOP
JANUARY 11 (Chicago) - Magnates of the National Professional Football league will meet in Chicago tomorrow and it is expected that applications will be made by a number of cities seeking berths in the loop. Commissioner Elmer Layden will preside. Although the usual draft and rules meeting features will be absent from the two day session, many items are expected to come up. The Boston club, which will be operated by Ted Collins, will be represented for the first time by Bill Shea, New York lawyer. It is doubtful that Boston will enter a team next fall. It is likely that franchise applications will be made by representatives from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Buffalo. It is just as likely that the league will take no action on those requests, Layden and the club officials being agreed that expansion should wait until the war's end. When the 1943 season ended the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh merger automatically was dissolved and these teams apparently will operate as single units in 1944. Likewise, the Cleveland Rams, who were frozen for a year, are reported to be ready to return to the gridiron. This insures the league of returning to its 10 team setup and if Boston operates, there will be 11 teams and a headache or two for the schedule makers, who had enough trouble as it was with an eight team lineup last season. It took the eight teams until December 19 to force a decision. Among those expected to be on hand are George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, and Ralph Brizzolara, manager of the Chicago Bears, both of whom were fined $500 by Commissioner Layden for their conduct at the playoff game last month. Both have protested the fine. Harry Thayer of the Philadelphia Eagles was the first out of town representative to arrive. Most of the other delegates are due today, including Marshall. Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers will come in from California. The Giants will be represented by Tim and Jack Mara. Gus Dorais will be in from Detroit. Arch Wolfe will speak up for the Cardinals. The Cardinal coach, Phil Handler, is canvassing the southwest for players. The magnates buoyed up with increased attendance records, despite loss of many stars to the services, are determined to go through another season. Average game attendance was up 37 percent. Receipt of the playoff game broke all records. Much of the increased enthusiasm for professional football stemmed from the better balance in the league. In the main, the perennial leaders remained the leaders but their margins of superiority were reduced to a minimum. Further shrinkage in these margins can be expected this fall.
BOSTON PRO CLUB TO INSIST ON PLAYING IN '44
JANUARY 12 (Chicago) - The Boston club hopes to operate in 1944, William Shea, representing the new entrant in the NFL, said yesterday afternoon upon his arrival here to attend the two day league meeting which will start at 9:30 o'clock this morning in the Blackstone hotel. Against this statement were the belief that the National league is agreed this is no time to expand the circuit beyond the 10 old line members which have signified their intention of taking the field next fall. Mr. Shea, representing the Boston owner, Ted Collins of the radio, is prepared to insist that the Boston team, if it can get enough players, has the right to go into action. It is a certainty that he faces a fight if he demands this right. When Collins was granted the franchise in Boston it was with the understanding that it would be up to the league to determine when it would start operating, according to a version given yesterday by one pro official. Owner Collins also has been reported as declaring Boston should be granted the right to get first choice in the annual draft, which will be held next April. It is known that Mr. Collins and his associates would select Angelo Bertelli, the great Notre Dame forward passers and field general, who now is in the Marines. Boston has not named a coach, but has hired Tillie Manton, former New York Giant player, as a scout. The Boston incident, therefore, has the makings of a good, old fashioned row, and no NFL meeting would be complete without a few of them. In fact, is is quite surprising when Fred Mandel, Jr., owner of the Detroit Lions, called for more harmony among his associates yesterday. At the same time, Mandel said he is confident the Lions and other members of the league will find it no more difficult to operate in 1944 than was the case last season. "There will be some former 3-A men taken," said the peppery, youthful Detroit magnate, "but there will be a number of men released from military service for reasons which will not prevent them from playing football. We had plenty of material last year. Granting that there will be a decrease of 20 percent in talent there will still be enough players for 10 teams." Then Mandel called for better understanding among the rival club owners. "If we'd meet more often, we'd have less differences," he said. "I wish we could have meetings every 60 days during the off-season. In this way the differences wouldn't pile up and make one big explosion, which is what happens each time we have our widely spaced conferences. Football is a game in which the spirit of the field is carried right into our meeting rooms and I'll grant a certain amount of bickering is necessary. But after all, if we have more harmony it would be a great thing for all concerned." Curly Lambeau, Green Bay's wheelhorse, was missing last night from California where he has been looking for players. Bert Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who is president of the Maxwell club, remained in the east to present the Heisman trophy last night.
PRO LEAGUE PONDERS EXPANSION PROBLEMS
JANUARY 13 (Chicago) - The growing NFL is trying to put the right foot forward without tripping over itself. Casting an eye beyond 1944 to the postwar future, executives convened Thursday in the final session of their annual midwinter meeting, with action still to be taken on bids for franchises from Buffalo, Los Angeles and San Francisco. After spending 15 hours Wednesday attempting to decide whether it liked or dislike the feeling of growing pains, the pro circuit still pondered expansion problems. There appeared to be three possibilities emerging from Wednesday's session:
* To continue the league's pre-war size of 10 teams by having two clubs merge, such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh did last year.
* To operate as an 11 team setup, with Boston, which was granted a franchise last June, going into business as the sixth member of the eastern division
* To accept Buffalo's franchise, backed by Sam Cordovano, line coach under Lou Little for 14 years at Columbia, and four Buffalo businessmen, and operate as a 12 team league, with Buffalo joining the western division.
It was understood that the league executive were divided on all three propositions, reacting cautiously in the face of a limited player supply. It was believed that bids for franchises by Los Angeles, which was headed by Bing Crosby and three Chicago sportsmen, and San Francisco, backed singularly by wealthy A.J. Morabito, would either be tabled until the league's spring meeting or be accepted with the understanding that neither city would operate until after the war. Ralph Brizzolara, business manager of the Chicago Bears, apologized to George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins. The two men, fined $500 each by Commissioner Elmer Layden after their altercation at the pro championship playoff game in Chicago December 26, seemingly had settled their differences without benefit of a hearing after protesting Layden's levy.
PRO LEAGUE TO OPERATE WITH 11 TEAMS IN '44
JANUARY 14 (Chicago) - The NFL's first round of shadow boxing for the 1944 season came to a peaceful conclusion yesterday afternoon at the Blackstone hotel. As matters stood when the delegates made a rush for home-bound trains, the league will operate next fall as an 11-team unit, in contrast to the eight which took the field in 1943. In 1930 there were 11 teams in the league and back in 1926, 21 clubs participated. The lineup of teams puts six in the east and five in the west, as follows: East - Washington, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn; West - Bears, Cardinals, Green Bay, Detroit, Cleveland. Last season there were four teams in each group - New York, Washington, Phil-Pitt, Brooklyn in the east and the Bears, Cards, Green Bay and Detroit in the west. Three franchise applications - Buffalo, Los Angeles and San Francisco  - were tabled. Representatives of the two coast cities were given back their checks of $25,000, which must accompany franchise requests. However, the $25,000 guarantee plunked down by Sam Cordovano, spokesman for the Buffalo syndicate, remained in the league treasury. At the next league meeting April 19 in Philadelphia, the Buffalo matter likely again will be considered, contingent on the war situation at the time. The league officials and club owners agreed that professional football for the coast is somewhat in the future because of war conditions. It was pointed out that even if the European war shortly ends, the concentration of men and material in Californian for the big push against Japan would be so terrific that football in that sector would be out of the question. Cordovano said that Buffalo, if granted a franchise in April, would be willing to operate, but only the finish of the war in Europe would make this possible. Significantly, the league set only a starting date for its next huddle - April 19. At this meeting the schedule for 11 teams will be drawn and experience has convinced Commissioner Elmer Layden that labors on it cannot be measured in hours or days. An 11th team further complicates the schedule. At the April meeting each team will draft 30 plays, a total of 330, if the 1943 pattern is followed. Last year's selection of 300 graduating collegians netted only 23 recruits, many of whom were in military service before the season closed. It was the consensus of the delegates that any player whose class graduates before Labor Day will be eligible for the draft and to compete in 1944. Official action will be taken on this at the Philadelphia conference. Under the league's rules, Boston will select last, or 11th, in the draft, although there is a possibility the club owners will make a concession to the new member. The Chicago Cardinals, who failed to win a single game, will pick first, Their choice will likely be Pat Harder of Wisconsin and the Marines. Boston would like to put a finger on Angelo Bertelli, a Massachusetts boy, would would be a big drawing card. Bertell also is in the Marines. A slight revision was made in the not-so-odd rule which prevents a team trading its top two drafted players until they have been with that team one year. It was changed to read that the players must participate with the team selecting them for one season. Thus football draftees who will not play until the war's end must return to the club which drafted them and play one season.
PREGULMAN, KUZMA PICKED BY PACKERS
APRIL 20 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers picked
two Michigan players as their first choices in the NFl draft
here Wednesday. Coach Curly Lambeau chose Mervin
Pregulman, star lineman, with experience at tackle, guard
and center, as his No. 1 selection. Halfback Tom Kuzma
was the other Michigan player picked. The Packers' other
leading picks in the draft were Mickey McArdle, Southern
California, halfback; Jack Tracy, Washington, end, and 
William McPartland, St. Mary college. The two choice
selections went to the Chicago Cardinals, who drew Marlin
(Pat) Harder, all-American back at Wisconsin two years ago
and a Milwaukee boy, and to the Boston Yankees, who won
the right to bid for the services of Angelo Bertelli, star Notre
Dame passer. Both Harder and Bertelli are in the Marine
corps. Of the 11 college stars chosen in the first round of
drafting, no more than three even possibly will be on hand
to play in 1944. Creighton Miller, Notre Dame all-America
halfback who was medically discharged from the Army, was
Brooklyn's first choice. Steve Van Buren of Louisiana State,
picked by Philadelphia, still is in college and is due to 
graduate in June, and Johnny (Presto) Podesto of St. Mary
was discharged from the Marines after playing as a trainee
at the College of the Pacific last fall. Although league 
officials spent nine hours Tuesday changing their eligibility
rule so they could make the most of available talent
without treading on the toes of the college, the uncertainty
was so great before the draft was one-third over the Green
Bay Packers named Don Whitmire, former Alabaman now
at the naval academy. Harvey Hester of Miami and Doug
Wycoff, former Georgia Tech football star who played 11
season in the professional ranks, announced they would
apply for a postwar membership in the league.
EXPANSION PLANS TABLED BY PRO FOOTBALL LEAGUE
APRIL 21 (Philadelphia) - With all new franchise applications tabled for the duration, the NFL went to work Friday on its 1944 schedule. Some difficulty was expected in drafting the schedule because of the odd number of teams in the circuit. There are now 11 with the entry of the Boston Yankees. In rejecting franchise applications, Commissioner Elmer Layden was authorized to return checks of $25,000 to each of five applicants. Those who has applied and submitted checks were Abe Wattner, Baltimore; Sam Cordovano, Buffalo; Marine Capt. Ernie Nevers, San Francisco; Anthony Morabito, San Francisco lumberman, and a group of Los Angeles businessmen, Tabling of the applications ended possibility of expanding the league to the Pacific coast until after the war. A group of Miami sportsmen also had considered membership but no formal application was filed. Layden said this action was taken because the league officials were not sure in which direction to expand in the critical war period. In approve the rules committee's recommendations Thursday the league adopted the practice of ice hockey to permit players under the free substitution rule to enter a game without reporting to an official. Other major changes, including league coaching from the sidelines and the abolition of out-of-bounds kickoffs, also were adopted. Henceforth, there is no kickoff out of bounds in pro ball. Any such kick will result in a five yard penalty against the kicking team, and the kicking will continue until the ball is handled legally. In the final two minutes of either half, time will be out until the ball is in play, thus preventing the kicking team from wasting the last minutes of a half. The coaching rule permits coaches to operate openly in an area 10 yards in either direction from the center of his team's bench. During legal timeouts, players on the field may come to the bench for instructions. Other changes cut the called time out period by 30 seconds, legislated a penalty of 15 yards from the spot of the previous down plus the loss of a down for pass interference by the passing team, and allowed a kicking team to advance any kick it recovered behind its scrimmage line. In the free substitute rule, guards, centers and tackles may change to the backfield, and vice versa, by reporting to the official and leaving the game for one play before returning to an original position.
GRIFFITH CLEARS BADGERS TAMPERING WITH PROS
JANUARY 22 (Chicago) - Maj. John L. Griffith, athletic commissioner of the Western conference, said Saturday that the evidence presented to substantiate charged that Big Ten teams were bidding against professional clubs for the services of pro football players did not bear out the accusations. Griffith, in a lengthy statement answering George Strickland, spokesman for the NFL, said he found that neither the University of Wisconsin nor the University of Iowa had "offered some of our pro players the same salary they were getting in our league to play for them," as Strickler reportedly stated. Although Strickler did not accuse Wisconsin of directly offering Ted Fritsch, Green Bay Packers' fullback, "a monetary inducement to enroll at the school," he said someone "on the outside" had done so, Griffith said. In the other case, involving Dick Aschom, former Oregon State tackle who was drafted by the Detroit Lions, Griffith said Aschom had asked Slip Madigan, Iowa coach, about the University of Iowa medical school, and was referred to school authorities at Iowa City. Aschom, who was not under contract to Detroit, did confer with medical school officials at Iowa City, Griffith aid, "but not the slightest evidence has been produced to indicate that anyone had bid against the Detroit football team in an effort to subsidize Aschom."
PRO LEAGUE TO OPERATE WITH 11 TEAMS IN '44
JANUARY 14 (Chicago) - The NFL's first round of shadow boxing for the 1944 season came to a peaceful conclusion yesterday afternoon at the Blackstone hotel. As matters stood when the delegates made a rush for home-bound trains, the league will operate next fall as an 11-team unit, in contrast to the eight which took the field in 1943. In 1930 there were 11 teams in the league and back in 1926, 21 clubs participated. The lineup of teams puts six in the east and five in the west, as follows: East - Washington, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn; West - Bears, Cardinals, Green Bay, Detroit, Cleveland. Last season there were four teams in each group - New York, Washington, Phil-Pitt, Brooklyn in the east and the Bears, Cards, Green Bay and Detroit in the west. Three franchise applications - Buffalo, Los Angeles and San Francisco  - were tabled. Representatives of the two coast cities were given back their checks of $25,000, which must accompany franchise requests. However, the $25,000 guarantee plunked down by Sam Cordovano, spokesman for the Buffalo syndicate, remained in the league treasury. At the next league meeting April 19 in Philadelphia, the Buffalo matter likely again will be considered, contingent on the war situation at the time. The league officials and club owners agreed that professional football for the coast is somewhat in the future because of war conditions. It was pointed out that even if the European war shortly ends, the concentration of men and material in Californian for the big push against Japan would be so terrific that football in that sector would be out of the question. Cordovano said that Buffalo, if granted a franchise in April, would be willing to operate, but only the finish of the war in Europe would make this possible. Significantly, the league set only a starting date for its next huddle - April 19. At this meeting the schedule for 11 teams will be drawn and experience has convinced Commissioner Elmer Layden that labors on it cannot be measured in hours or days. An 11th team further complicates the schedule. At the April meeting each team will draft 30 plays, a total of 330, if the 1943 pattern is followed. Last year's selection of 300 graduating collegians netted only 23 recruits, many of whom were in military service before the season closed. It was the consensus of the delegates that any player whose class graduates before Labor Day will be eligible for the draft and to compete in 1944. Official action will be taken on this at the Philadelphia conference. Under the league's rules, Boston will select last, or 11th, in the draft, although there is a possibility the club owners will make a concession to the new member. The Chicago Cardinals, who failed to win a single game, will pick first, Their choice will likely be Pat Harder of Wisconsin and the Marines. Boston would like to put a finger on Angelo Bertelli, a Massachusetts boy, would would be a big drawing card. Bertell also is in the Marines. A slight revision was made in the not-so-odd rule which prevents a team trading its top two drafted players until they have been with that team one year. It was changed to read that the players must participate with the team selecting them for one season. Thus football draftees who will not play until the war's end must return to the club which drafted them and play one season.
MICHALSKE NAMED TO FULL-TIME COACHING JOB
FEBRUARY 10 (Green Bay) - A.M. (Mike) Michalske, former Packer star, has been named head football coach at Iowa State college on a full time basis. He took the coaching job there in the middle of the 1942 season, succeeding Ray Donels. In 1943 Iowa State tied for second place in the Little Six conference with Missouri. Michalske played fullback at Penn State college where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1928. As a guard for the Green Bay Packers he won All-America professional honors six times. He was an assistant football coach at St. Norbert 1940 and 1941.
DON HUTSON WON PRO TITLE FOR 4TH YEAR
FEBRUARY 23 (Chicago) - Don Hutson, who will serve as coach for the Green Bay Packers next season instead of regular end, is due to make news in 1944 because he won't be the NFL's scoring champion. Under the "man bites dog" definition of news, it was nothing unusual today when official league statistics showed that Hutson once again had copped the scoring crown for the fourth consecutive year with 117 points in 10 games. Hutson is the only professional gridder ever to score more than 100 points in a season and the only lineman to win the honor. His 36 conversions and three field goals gave him a 45-point margin over Bill Paschal, the New York Giants' rookie fullback who won ground gaining honors. Both Hutson and Paschal had 12 touchdowns. Harry Clark, Chicago Bear halfback, finished third with 60 points, while fourth place ended in a three-way tie between Andy Farkas and Wilbur Moore of Washington and Harry Hopp of Detroit with 54 points each. Hutson, as usual also led in touchdown passes, while Paschal paced the league in touchdowns by rushing with 10. Bob Snyder of the Chicago Bears finished ninth in scoring without making one touchdown. Snyder set a new season record by kicking 39 conversions and marked up a new game record by booting eight extra points against New York November 14.
NEW YORK POST FOR RED SMITH
FEBRUARY 29 (New York) - Richard (Red) Smith, former New York Giant quarterback and line coach of the Green Bay Packers for the last nine years, Tuesday signed as assistant to Steve Owen, New York Giant coach. Smith, who resigned his Green Bay duties last December, will coach the Giant linemen, with Tuffy Leemans in charge of the backs. The new Giant coach started play in the NFL as a guard for the Packers in 1927 after a two year collegiate career with Notre Dame. Although he has been connected with the circuit in some capacity virtually all the time since, he also found time to coach the Seton Hall and Georgetown University basketball teams, spend three seasons with the New York baseball Giants and Boston Braves as a catcher, manage the Green Bay entry in the Wisconsin State league and serve as coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.
URAM, PACKER BACK, TO ENTER NAVY
MARCH 16 (Minneapolis) - Andy Uram, 29, former All-America halfback at the University of Minnesota and star of the Green Bay Packers, will report for duty with the Navy before the end of the month, Fort Snelling induction officials reported today. Uram, who is married and the father of a daughter, played with the College All-Stars before joining Green Bay.
LAMBEAU TO ASK PRO LEAGUE FOR DRASTIC PENALTY
MARCH 29 (Chicago) - A change in NFL rules assessing drastic penalties for out of bounds kickoffs will be advocated at the league's rules committee meeting next month by Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Lambeau said Wednesday that booting the ball over the sidelines - intentionally or accidentally - slows up the game and deprives fans of one of the game's greatest thrills - the kickoff return. He will propose to the committee that the receiving team not be permitted to put the ball in play but the defensive team must kick several times if necessary, until it kicks within bounds. For each out of bounds boot a penalty would be imposed.
NEW PRO CIRCUIT IS PLANNED, NOT BEFORE '45
APRIL 1 (Pittsburgh) - Representatives of professional football interests in ten cities are expected here tomorrow to lay the foundation for a post-war transcontinental grid circuit to go into operation as soon as manpower and transportation facilities permit. Roland D. Payne, Pittsburgh sportsman, who arranged the meeting, said planners from New York, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Seattle would attend. He said the league did not expect to operate before the 1945 season, and added that it might be a year later before the interested parties could assemble teams, depending on progress of the way.
NEW PRO LOOP IS ORGANIZED
APRIL 3 (Pittsburgh) - Organization of a postwar transcontinental airborne professional football league was virtually completed Sunday when representatives from eight cities elected temporary officers to handle operations until a permanent setup is perfected, possibly at a December meeting. Certificates of participation in the league, as yet unnamed, were issued to representatives from New York, Seattle, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington. The Baltimore and Washington representatives did not attend the meeting but confirmed by telephone their desire to be included in the league. Roland D. Payne of Pittsburgh, named temporary chairman, said it would operate in competition with but not in opposition to the NFL. Payne said it was not planned to start play until manpower conditions permitted organization of teams of such character "that the class of football will be major league." This would mean after the war or not earlier than 1945, he added. Payne said the league hoped to draw upon former football stars now in the armed services for many of its players.
CONSIDER HONOLULU FOR NEW PRO GRID LOOP
APRIL 8 (Pittsburgh) - Roland D. Payne, Pittsburgh businessman and chairman of a tentatively organized new professional football league, announced that he has received a telegram from A.J. Brickner of Honolulu asking that a team from Honolulu be considered for membership. Payne said the inquiry will be considered when the league members meet later this year for the purpose of forming a permanent organization. At a meeting here last week, "certificates of operation" were granted to representatives from Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Baltimore, Washington, Seattle, New York, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. The league would begin operations after the way.
LEADERS OF PRO FOOTBALL SEEK TO ENLIVEN GAMES
APRIL 9 (Chicago) - The men who run professional football have tried to improve the game for spectators and the agenda for the NFL's rules committee meeting April 18 in Philadelphia indicates that they still are not satisfied. The committee will consider some major changes which will affect scoring and  play. Some of the proposals:
* Extend the rule protecting the kicker to cover the holder of the ball on placekicks and tries for extra points.
*Change the penalty for kickoffs out of bounds to five yards for the first offense, 10 yards for the second and third offenses, and place the ball on the goal line for all subsequent offenses, with the kicking team being forced to kick over after each offense.
*Provide a penalty of five yards from the previous spot for a short kickoff.
*Make an exception to the backward pass rule to permit the defending team to advance a muffed snap which strikes the ground.
*Provide more than the customary five yard defensive holding penalty when eligible pass receivers are held on or behind the line of scrimmage.
*Reinstate the old onside rule permitting legal recovery of a punt by the kicker or any other player who was behind the ball at the time of the punt.
*Allow one points for a kickoff which passes through the plane of the receiving team's goal.
* Prohibit stealing of the ball from the hands of the runner.
*Permit coaching from the sidelines.
* Change the in-bounds spot from 15 yards to 20 yards in from the sidelines.
Other suggestions include retention of the free substitution rule for another season and half a dozen proposals to increase punt handling. Several new ideas have been advanced to make the extra point more of a test of skill. Gus Dorais, coach of the Detroit Lions, a member of the rules committee, wants the try made from the 10 yard line at a spot directly opposite the spot where the ball carrier crossed  the goal line for the touchdown. His boss, Fred L. Mandel, owner of the Lions, prefers a return to the old system, abandoned in 1922, of punting out from behind the goal line, then kicking the extra point from the spot where the punt is fair caught. Reinstating the old onside kick is calculated to increase punt returns, a spectacular bit of play the professionals have been stressing in their drive to eliminate dead spots, such as occur when safety men let the kick roll. Other suggestions on punts, all aimed at making a catch and return more attractive to overcautious men, include establishment of a restraining line over which members of the kicking team may not pass until the ball is caught. Hugh L. Ray, technical adviser to the rules committee, is campaigning again for the adoption of the Canadian rule which prevents a member of the kicking team from approaching any nearer than five yards to the receiver until the punt has been touched. Another suggestion would make a muffed punt dead at the spot where it was first touched by the receiver and would give him possession at that spot. The proposal to score one point for kickoffs which pass through the plane of the goal is sponsored by Earl Cavanaugh, veteran National league head linesman, who feels there should be some reward for players who make what amounts to a 60 yard field goal.
LAMBEAU AND HUTSON OFF FOR PRO MEETING
APRIL 15 (Green Bay) - The National Professional Football league will meet in Philadelphia next week to draft players and make out a 1944 schedule. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers left today for the east and Assistant Coach Don Hutson will depart Sunday. Lambeau said two important items will come up for discussion. The first will be whether the league should operate with only eight clubs as it did in 1943, or extend to 11 or 12 teams and the second should players whose classes have graduated but still have one or two years of college competition left be eligible for the league draft. The number of teams operating next season may well be more than eight inasmuch as the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh combination has been dissolved and neither has shown an inclination to renew the partnership. A complicating factor in the Eastern division is the Boston Yanks, who received a franchise and expect to operate next season. In the Western division the Cleveland Rams also expect to play, making five clubs in that half of the circuit. In view of the manpower situation, Lambeau believes that the league should include only eight teams again. This would necessitate at least two combinations if Boston plays in the Eastern division and Cleveland renews competition in the Western division. There likely would have to some crossing of divisional lines with Boston since New York, Washington, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh figure to go it alone. A compromise may bring a 10 team circuit in 1944.
PRO CLUBS PLAN TO KEEP GOING
APRIL 18 (Philadelphia) - Whether professional football continues is "up to the government", Commissioner Elmer Layden said Tuesday as club owners of the NFL opened a four day meeting. "The league's objective is getting the war over with as quickly as possible," he said. "Therefore, it is up to the government. Whenever they want us to quit we are ready. But," Layden continued, "I feel that we are making a definite contribution to the wartime athletic program by keeping the league in operation. The game is an incentive to our American kids, who gain a fighting spirit that serves them well in war or peace." Layden disapproved replenishing war shrunken club rosters with boys of subdraft age. "I think boys of 16 or 17 should definitely be in college first," he said. "We must consider the boy himself and his development."
SIDELINE COACHING IS PRO'S SUGGESTION
APRIL 19 (Philadelphia) - A suggestion that NFL coaches be allowed to coach from the sidelines during a game, already approved for a one year trial by the rules committee, was to be voted on Wednesday by the league executive board. The decision by the rules committee amounts to a compromise on the suggestion offered by Fred Mandel, owner of the Detroit Lions. Mandel asked that it be permissible to designate a coach, put him in uniform, and allow him to wander at will between the 20 yard lines - a radical departure from the existing rule which bans sideline coaching. The recommendation, one of several to be acted upon, would permit the coach to use a space of 10 yards from the center of his team bench and extending from the bench to the sidelines. If accepted, it also would permit players to run to the bench for instruction during legal timeouts, provided that the player is back in time to assume his position at the start of the next play. Otherwise, the offending team would receive a penalty for delaying the game. The committee also recommended a change eliminating the time killing out of bounds kickoff by assessing the kicking team a five yard penalty each time the kickoff is handled illegally. The change deals with out of bounds kickoffs and kickoffs touched by the kicking team before the ball has traveled the legal 10 yards. In the final two minutes of each half, it was suggested the timers watch not be started until the ball legally is in play. The committee rejected all suggestions for a revision of the extra point rules, stealing the ball from carriers, and suggestions for protection of punt handlers. The changes, in order to become effective, must be voted on favorably by nine of the league's eleven clubs.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE WILL HAVE ROVING TEAM
APRIL 22 (Philadelphia) - After three long days of meeting, during which they were not even certain how many teams they would have next fall, the NFL club owners settled Friday on an 11 club circuit in 1944. Rumors of withdrawals and mergers were set at rest when all 11 clubs, including one newcomer since last season, the Boston Yankees, definitely announced their intention to operate independently. To balance up a schedule for an uneven number of teams, the owners decided to designate one eastern club as a rover, not required to play home and home games against the other clubs in the division. Designation of the club for the roving assignment was postponed until Saturday, when the club owners hoped to adopt a schedule. The Philadelphia Eagles appeared most likely to be the rover. Five clubs in each division will play home and home games in their own division and some intersectional contests to complete a 10 or 11 game program. The rover will play one against each of the other 10, and an extra game if an 11 game schedule is settled upon. The league outlawed postseason exhibition games by the teams and sharply limited individual participation by players in such games. It banned selection of all-star or all-opponent teams by owners or coaches. Dennis J. Shea was re-elected treasurer for three years, and George Strickler of Chicago was re-engaged as publicity director for a like term. A proposal to alternate the league headquarters between Chicago and New York for five year periods was voted down.
STEELERS AND CARDINALS MERGE IN PRO LEAGUE
APRIL 23 (Philadelphia) - The Pitsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Cardinals agreed Saturday to merge for the 1944 NFL season. The league, which had asked the merger as one way to avoid schedule problems attendant upon an 11 team circuit, immediately gave its blessing to the move. Pittsburgh-Chicago will play in the Western division, but the Steelers, who merged last year with the Philadelphia Eagles, made it clear that they want to play as a single team in the eastern division after this year. The merger will leave the league with five teams in each division. Boston, newest member, would have made the eleventh team but for the merger. At Friday's session, the league had decided to operate with 11 teams and make one of them a roving club. This was made unnecessary. The combined team, as yet unnamed, will get the use of any available players from the draft lists of both clubs. Phil Handler of the Cardinals and Walt Kiesling of the Steelers will serve as co-coaches of the new squad, which will pitch its training camp at Waukesha, Wis., next fall.
PRO FOOTBALL CIRCUIT DRAWS 10 GAME CARD
APRIL 23 (Philadelphia) - The NFL announced a 10-game
schedule, opening September 17 and closing December
10, as the league's six-day meeting ended late today.
Commissioner Elmer Layden said as the club owners
started home that agreement only became possible after
the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to
merge as a western division team for the 1944 season.
Fifty games were arranged, on a home and home basis
in each division, and each team was given two 
interdivision games. The Cards-Pitt, as the joint team 
was named, will meet the Champion Chicago Bears and
the Green Bay Packers in Chicago, and will play the
Bears, Cleveland and Detroit at Pittsburgh. Brooklyn and
Green Bay will open the season at Green Bay with 
Cleveland at Philadelphia and New York at Washington 
on the final playing day. In the only night game, which also
will be the only midweek game, the Philadelphia Eagles
will meet the newly admitted Boston Yankees at Boston
September 26.
BUCKETS GIVING STIDHAM A HAND AT MARQUETTE
MAY 6 (Milwaukee) - Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, a
guard with the Green Bay Packers for 11 years, is helping
coach Tom Stidham train the Marquette University football
team in spring practice. Goldenberg operates two
Milwaukee restaurants. Stidham's other assistants, also
volunteers, are Myron (Mike) Hanley, former University of
Washington star, and line coach Carl. E. (Bus) Owen, 
who has been on the Northwestern University staff for 15
years.
BROOKLYN DODGER GRID TEAM RENAMED 'TIGERS'
MAY 10 (Brooklyn) - The Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL,
sometimes confused with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the
National baseball league, will be known in the future as
the Brooklyn Tigers, general manager Tom Gallery said
today.
GREEN BAY PACKERS BOOK 2 PRACTICE GAMES IN EAST
MAY 11 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday that the team will play two practice games in the east early in September before meeting up with the Brooklyn Tigers in the first game of the NFL at Green Bay September 17. The Green Bay eleven will battle the Washington Redskins in Baltimore September 4 and the new Boston Yankees, the league's new entry, at Buffalo September 10. Meanwhile, the Green Bay coach sent out the first bulletin to team members and prospective players who were selected two weeks ago in the league's annual draft session at Philadelphia. The bulletin, urging the players to get in shape during the summer months, explains that the first practice session will be held at Green Bay Sunday August 20. The Packers will do part of their training while in the east at U.S. naval training center at Sampson, N.Y. Lieut. Comdr. Jimmy Crowley was recently assigned to the Sampson station as athletic director, and may coach the football team there this fall. Crowley has also been named postwar coach of the Yanks. He, no doubt, will be on hand during the exhibition game to determine what strength the team has, where it will need bolstering and to answer the host of other questions that all professional circuit coaches are heir to.
ISBELL DOES NOT INTEND TO RETURN TO PACKERS
MAY 12 (Detroit) - Contrary to word passed along the football grapevine, Cecil Isbell of the Purdue university coaching staff has no intention of returning to the Green Bay Packers. "If I continue to coach, I won't play football," said Isbell Thursday while in Detroit to attend a Purdue alumni meeting. "I decided that last fall and haven't changed my mind." Isbell said he had conferred with Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers and had informed him of the decision.
ISBELL NAMES HEAD COACH AT PURDUE
MAY 16 (Lafayette, IN) - Cecil Isbell, the Houston, Texas boy who gained fame as a forward passer at Purdue university and later with the Green Bay Packers, today was appointed head football coach at Purdue. Isbell was 
AN OLD ENEMY, TRAFTON, BECOMES PACKER COACH
JUNE 11 (Green Bay) - George (Brute) Trafton, who made a career of being nasty to Green Bay Packers, is coming back to coach them. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced Saturday that he had signed the colorful former Chicago Bear center as line coach to succeed Richard (Red) Smith, who resigned. Big George has been out of football 12 years, running a gym in Chicago and handling boxers, but time has done little to dim the memory of his football exploits here. Oldtimers vividly recall his play - and byplay - against the Packers. He invariably played 60 minutes in those bitter dogfights, all the while harassing and heckling the Packers with caustic comment and little tricks. One of his favorite stunts was to stand near by while the Packers carefully built a tee on which to place the football before the kickoff. When it was done he would casually saunter over and kick it down. He had other annoying habits of untying opponents' shoelaces or tossing a little dirt in their faces - all in fun, you understand. He developed heckling into an art and it paid dividends, with many fans turning out for Packer-Bear games just to ride him. More than one irate fan took a swing at him in those early days. Trafton was the original and only center on the original Chicago Bear club which started in 1920 in Decatur, Ill., under George Halas as the Staleys. He played with the team for 13 consecutive years. He was one of the first centers to pull out of a seven man line at the snap to cover on passes and was a pioneer in the one handed pass from center. He was an iron man through most of his career and in one season - 1925 - when Red Grange made his professional debut - played in 30 games and in most of them for 60 minutes. Trafton will work with the linemen in Green Bay, Lambeau said, with Don Hutson, the other assistant coach, concentrating on the ends.
BROCK, PACKER CENTER, SIGNS TO PLAY THIS YEAR
JUNE 28 (Green Bay) - Charlie Brock, probably the best center in the history of the Green Bay Packers, will be back next fall, Coach Curly Lambeau announced at Green Bay Wednesday. It will be Brock's sixth season with the Packers. He joined the pros after graduating from Nebraska. Brock is rated the best defensive center in the league. Charlie tackles the ball as well as the player and he has a copyrighted trick of taking the pigskin out of an opponent's grasp. This snatching maneuver of Brock's has baffled other coaches, and officials as well. It is seldom a game passes without Brock helping himself to a couple of loose balls. The stellar Packer center is married and has a boy and girl in his family. He is 28 years old, stands an inch over six feet in height and his football weight is about 205 pounds. Brock, formerly lived in Hastings, Neb., but he is not a year round resident of Green Bay and is working on an important night shift at a Green Bay industrial plant engaged in war production.
NEW PRO FOOTBALL WHEEL FORMED ON WEST COAST
JUNE 28 (Hollywood) - The Pacific coast, which sought but never obtained a franchise in the NFL, finally has found its way into the big leagues - by organizing its own. The new setup, to be known as the American Professional Football league, will face a lot of problems next year - manpower, transportation, and the like - but no league on the west coast - and there have been several - has been so thoroughly planned or so financially strong as this one. The league is a brain child of William (Big Bill) Freelove, aviation industrialist of Los Angeles, who is such a football nut that he climbed into a suit a couple of years back and filled a tackle position to help out in a game. Freelove has come up with financially sound backers to take over franchises in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, Hollywood, San Diego and two in Los Angeles. Best known of these franchise holders are George Zaharias, the former wrestler, and his wife, Mrs. Mildred (Babe) Didrikson Zaharias, star of half a dozen or more sports. They will run the San Diego team. Boat builders, electrical concern heads and restaurant operators are included among the owners, giving the league an impressive bulge in the bankroll department. These owners tossed $5,100 apiece on the conference table, so the league starts off with a $40,000 bank account. Uniforms have already been bought and paid for by each club, and a constitution patterned after the NFL has been adopted.
NEW PRO LOOP TO START PLAY IN '45
JULY 6 (Pittsburgh) - Organization of a new professional football league, which may begin operation in the season of 1945, is expected to be completed at a meeting of representatives of 12 embryo teams at the Philadelphia Athletic club July 23. Dick Payne, Pittsburgh sportsman and acting head of the proposed league, said nine groups holding "certificates of operation" in the circuit and three others seeking admittance will be present. Teams now holding certificates are New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Akron, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Chicago. Teams seeking admittance include Honolulu, San Francisco and Buffalo.
COMP SIGN FOR 1944 SEASON ON PACKERS SQUAD
JULY 6 (Green Bay) - Irv Comp, who became a regular on the Green Bay Packers the first year by reason of his passing ability, has signed his 1944 contract, Coach Curly Lambeau announced. He was secured in the 1943 draft and is a graduate of St. Benedicts in Kansas. His home is in Milwaukee. Comp is married and 25 years of age. The official NFL records for 1943 placed Comp as the third best passer in the loop. He was topped only by Sammy Baugh of Washington and Sid Luckman, the Chicago Bears' overhead expert. Comp completed 50 percent of his 92 passes for seven touchdowns and 662 yards gained. Only four of his tosses were intercepted and in this respect he topped the circuit. Irv's longest completed pass sailed some 79 yards. The Packer backfielder was also in the first division as a ball carrier. He lugged the pigskin 182 yards in 77 offensive jaunts. This was an average of 2.3 yards on each attempt.
NEW PACKER COACH PLAYED IN PRO GAMES' ROUGH DAYS
JULY 7 (Green Bay) - For 13 years starting in 1920, George Trafton swaggered in the center of the Chicago Bears' line, a truculent, blustery competitor, to whom diplomacy was just a nine letter word meaning a punch in the nose. Every team he played against attempted to make a deal for him, some in self defense. Trafton returns to professional football this fall after 12 years of retirement. It is a good thing for the game. Three Finger George's return is strictly in step with the rest of his career. He not only joins his archenemies, the Green Bay Packers, for whom he becomes line coach, but he made himself a candidate for the job by criticizing them in a chance meeting with their coach, Curly Lambeau. "What's wrong with that club of yours?" he demanded. "They don't scrap back like that old Green Bay crowd. Why right now, in this dinner jacket, I could chase those mugs out of the park." "You've got the job," Lambeau replied. "Show up in Green Bay August 20." Trafton will find things a little different from the way they were back there, say in 1925, when he played 30 games in one season. "Imagine," he says in amazement, "thirty-three players on one squad. Why, when I started with the Bears we had 15. You were hired to play a football game and you played it - all 60 minutes of it, brother. That Halas used to come into the dressing room and say: 'Now boys, this half Trafton will replace Trafton, Hunk Anderson will replace Hunk Anderson and Healy, you'd better replace Healy." In Rock Island, Ill., in 1920 the gamblers did a landoffice business, not on the outcome of the Bears-Independents game, but on whether Trafton would last out the 60 minutes. By way of insurance some of the public spirited citizens had imported a huge center by the name of Gunderson. "That Gunderson," says Trafton, "was the biggest, toughest Swede I ever saw. He knocked me out four times in the first half. But I lasted the 60 minutes. Every time I got knocked out Hughie Blacclock and Jerry Jones, our guards, would pick me up and stand me on my feet. They had a bet on me." Among other things Trafton, who began his collegiate career at Notre Dame, has a fling at prize fighting. As in football, Trafton took on all comers in the ring until he ran up against an offer for a bout against Frank Nesser, one of the fabulous seven Nessers of early professional football fame. The fact that the Nesser offer came early in his career explains why Trafton did not profess beyond the first stages of what his manager commonly calls his "pursuit of the heavyweight championship". Trafton explains it this way: "Eleven of the Bears ganged on that Nesser in 1926. We used everything but ice picks. After 60 minutes of it he walked off the Polo Grounds into a hospital. It wasn't that I was afraid of him, but I begin to wonder what I could possibly accomplish against him in there along in five rounds if 11 of us couldn't get him down in an entire afternoon. So I retired to think it over." So George Trafton returns to football, not the game he left, but football nevertheless. And it will do the game good to have him back.
2 MORE GRIDDERS SIGN CONTRACTS WITH PACKERS
JULY 12 (Green Bay) - A total of 12 players have now signed to play football this fall for the Green Bay Packers. The latest addition to the squad are Glenn Sorenson, Utah State guard who played a little with the Packers last year, and Walter Gudie who saw backfield service with Wisconsin a few years ago. Sorenson weighs 210 pounts and stands over six feet tall. He is 28 and lives at Salt Lake City. He lost a couple of fingers in a hunting accident and was turned down for war service. Sorenson is a kickoff specialist and his skyscraping boots often land in the opponent's end zone. Under the new rulings against out of bound kickoffs, Sorenson's trick of kicking 'em on a straight line will be doubly valuable this season. Gudie, the Badger backfielder, made the preseason eastern trip with the Packers in 1943 but did not see any action. His grocery business connections in La Crosse prevented him from reporting for the early drill. However, this season he has arranged to arrive for practice August 20 and there is every expectation that he will make the grade. Gudie is a husky individual. He is a 210-pounder built on a six-foot frame. The former Badger is 24 years old and played several seasons of Army football after leaving Wisconsin. Season ticket holders will have first chance at seats for the Packer home games this fall, according to Ralph Smith, ticket sales director. There will be three home games, the Bear game at Green Bay September 24, the Card-Pitt game October 8 and Cleveland October 22. Milwaukee games this year include Brooklyn September 17 and Detroit on October 1.
PACKERS MAY SEE ALL STAR CONTEST
JULY 17 (Green Bay) - The All Star game will be played at Evanston on August 30 and this date is O.K. with the Green Bay Packers because they will probably get a chance to see the fracas between the All Stars and the Chicago Bears, 1943 pennant winners in the National league. The Packers tackle Washington in Baltimore September 4 and it is quite possible that Coach E.L. Lambeau will arrange his traveling schedule so that the All Star game will be the first stopoff of the eastern trip.
TINY CROFT SIGNS PACKERS CONTRACT
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - Milburn "Tiny" Croft, 298-pound veteran tackle from Ripon College, has been signed for his third season with the Green Bay Packers. Coach Curly Lambeau also has announced the signing of Glenn Sorenson of Utah State, who will be in his second season with the Packers and halfback Walter Gudie, a newcomer from La Crosse. The Packers are reported to be seeking the services of Dick Bilda, Marquette University halfback, of the Paddy Driscoll era.
COAST PRO LOOP SIGNS ITS COACHES
JULY 23 (San Francisco) - The newly organized American Professional Football league virtually completed for its 1944 Pacific coach opening next fall with the signing of two coaches. One coaching position in the eight team circuit remains vacant. In Los Angeles, George Zaharias, owner of the San Diego club franchise, announced he had signed Ed Storm, former National Pro league player, as coach. Marty Brill, former Notre Dame halfback and more recently coach of Loyola university, Los Angeles, was announced as the coach of Oakland. Other coaches already singed include Earl (Dutch) Clark at Seattle, Robert Mathews at Portland, Bill Sargent, Hollywood; Dan Barnhart, Los Angeles Mustangs and Gus Henderson, Los Angeles Wildcats.
LAWS BACK FOR 11TH SEASON WITH GREEN BAY TEAM
JULY 25 (Green Bay) - A veteran of 11 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Joe Laws will be back for another season. The former Iowa quarterback this week signed a new Packer contract. He joined the Packers in 1934, directly after participating in the All-Star game in Chicago. Laws ranks sixth on the Packers' all time scoring list with 108 points. The gridders ahead of him are Don Hutson, Clarke Hinkle, Verne Lewellen, Johnny Blood and Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau in the order named. The Tiger has accounted for 18 touchdowns during his career as a Packer. Laws suffered a knee injury early in the 1940 season and it was feared his playing days were over. But he came back the next season and has been going strong ever since. Official NFL records for 1943 show that Laws was among the first dozen gridders in ground gaining. He made 232 yards in 43 attempts for an average of 5.4 yards per rush. Joe's longest thrust was for 31 yards. Laws is a smart signal caller and the recruit gridders take to him like a "Dutch-Uncle". He handles punts probably as well as any back in the loop. One New York scribe, a few years ago, termed him an "outfielder on the gridiron."
NEW PRO LOOP FLYING CIRCUIT
JULY 24 (Philadelphia) - A new professional football circuit spreading from Boston to Honolulu will begin operations in 1945, "war conditions permitting", franchise holders in 10 cities announced Monday. The organization, to be known as the United States Football league, will be composed of eastern and western teams with the teams traveling by airplane. Cities to which franchises have been issued are Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the eastern division and Akron, Cincinnati, Chicago, St. Louis and Honolulu in the western half. Roland D. Payne, Pittsburgh industrialist, who fostered the circuit, said that applications for two remaining posts have been made by Seattle, Portland, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Fort Worth and Dallas, and that franchises would be issued in the near future. The Honolulu team, to be known as the Bears, will coached and managed by F.J. Brickner, former St. Mary college player from 1931 to 1935, who later scouted for the Gaels. He said the team would establish a camp in California early in the season and remain in the States for a complete circuit of the cities, returning to Hawaii to play each of the other league members there. Brickner, civilian athletic director for the navy at Pearl Harbor, said a stadium with a seating capacity of 35,000 would be available there. Payne said the clubs had capital posted at from $60,000 to $250,000. The league will meet again in December to draft players and draw up a schedule. Each team will visit every other team for a round robin of 20 games.
KUUSISTO RETURNS TO GREEN BAY PACKERS
JULY 28 (Portland, OR) - Bill Kuusisto, former University of Minnesota and Green Bay Packers football player, has announced he would return to the Green Bay lineup this fall.
NEW GRID LEAGUE CAN OUTBID RIVAL
JULY 28 (Erie, PA) - Roland D. Payne, president of the United States Professional Football League said today that franchise holders in the newly-formed league were financially equipped to match such long-established football powers as the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins, on a dollar for dollar basis in the player market. Payne added, however, that team owners in both the USPFL and the NFL would tired of costly bidding and would band together to establish a less expensive means of procuring players and would result ultimately in the creation of a National Professional Football Commission. "It is inevitable that both leagues will draft the same men, and it is reasonable to believe the drafted players will go to the highest bidder," said Payne, who is here on vacation from his Pittsburgh industrial duties. "We are prepared," he stated, "to offer as much per player or more than any team in the National league." He also pointed out that in addition to cash bonuses for signing with the USPFL, his circuit could offer such attractive incentives as a trip each season to Honolulu, one of the nine franchises. The USPFL, preparatory to swinging into action in 1945, will hold its first player draft in December.
INFORMAL DRILLS FOR PACKER TO GET UNDERWAY ON TUESDAY
JULY 31 (Green Bay) - Up Green Bay way they are beginning to talk football again and that means another Packer season. Tuesday Trainer Bud Jorgenson will unlock the players quarters at City stadium to give the 'early birds" a chance to get hold of a football and work in a few practice licks. The Green Bay Packers will not start official practice until August 20 but the training quarters will be open daily and Jorgenson will have a half dozen balls for players who want to get in preliminary workouts to boot around. George Trafton, new line coach, will arrive August 15. Coach E.L. Lambeau expects to have forty-odd players on hand for the opening workout. He has 18 under contract, including seven members of the 1943 squad - Charley Brock, center; Pete Tinsley and Glenn Sorenson, guards; Tiny Croft, tackle; Joe Laws, Don Perkins and Irv Comp, backs. New players under contract are Ervin Dzierzewski, Milwaukee, and Charlie Tollefson, Iowa, guards; Norbert Ebbers, Kenosha, and Don Clark, St. Mary's, tackles; Roy McKay, Texas; Bob McRoberts, Stout; Lenj Clligaro, Wisconsin; Babe Webb, New Mexico; Dick Bilda, Marquette, Paul Dukart, Florida, and Walter Gudie, Wisconsin, backs. Lambeau has sent contracts to 16 other veterans. Tony Canadeo and Andy Uram, halfbacks; Dick Evans, end, and Chet Adams, tackles, are in the armed services. The coach also has deals hanging fire with a half dozen other players. Several are former college stars who have been honorably discharged from the fighting ranks. The Packers will have only two weeks to get ready for their exhibition game in Baltimore September 4 with the Washington Redskins. After that they will drill several days at the Sampson naval training center, Sampson, N.Y., before going on to Buffalo for a game with the new Boston Yanks. They they will come home to polish rough spots in preparation for the National league opener September 17 with the Brooklyn Tigers at State Fair park, Milwaukee.
PACKER COACH SIGNS UP A SCOUT
AUGUST 4 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has announced signing of Robert G. Conrad, former Utah State and University of Arizona halfback, as his full time assistant in the role of scout and representative. Conrad has been scouting college teams for Lambeau for some years, although he missed last season when he served as a United Service Organization representative in Latin America. A native of Phoenix, Conrad played high school football there with Carl Mulleneaux, former Packer end, and then both played together at Utah State in 1932 and 1933. Conrad spent his senior year at Arizona U., and in 1935 he accepted a position with the A.G. Spalding Company out in Los Angeles, covering the entire southwest area. Since 1939 until last year he worked as a Lambeau scout during the football season.
PRO GRIDDERS START DRILLS FOR '44 SEASON
AUGUST 7 (Manitowoc Times-Herald) - Some 450 pro gridders - a number which compares favorably with pre-war turnouts - have begun assembling at various training sites for the opening of the NFL season next month. The Washington Redskins and Brooklyn Tigers were scheduled to start practice today at a San Diego high school and Hardin Simmons college, Abilene, Tex., respectively. The Redskins arrived in camp last week and expected to have about 49 players on hand. The Tigers, formerly known as the Dodgers, were preparing for some 60 men - largest in the 10-team league. The NFL reported the largest advance ticket sales in history and officials looked forward to a banner season which possibly might equal or surpass last year's attendance mark of 1,151,016 - a record average of 28,073 per game. Official practice at Green Bay for the Packers is set for Sunday August 20. Right now, Coach Curly Lambeau has 11 backs, five guards, three tackles and a center. Of the 20 players signed eight were with Green Bay last year. Everything is set at the City stadium in Green Bay. The green turf blanket covering the playing field has never been better. Even the practice lot adjacent to the stadium has been carefully watered and raked all summer. Trainer Bud Jorgenson has house-cleaned the players' room under the west stands all week and the quarters have been given their annual coat of paint so everything will be spic and span for the pigskin chasers when they check in. A number of players are expected this week. According to Ralph C. Smith, director of ticket sales for the Packers, the Bays are sure to enjoy a bumper season at the gate. Interest in the Packers is again mounting rapidly and queries about ducats are coming from all corners of Wisconsin, and upper Michigan as well. "Not in a number of years has the Packer ticket office had such a brisk pre-season sale of pasteboards," said Smith. This is true of both season and individual game tickets. "In previous seasons Packer tickets were late in reaching the business office and purchasers were given a receipt for their money in place of the actual tickets which were delivered about a week before the first home game. This year the Packer tickets are already racked and fans get their ducats on their first trip to the ticket office. For the Bear game in Green Bay, scheduled for September 24, the advance sale has been unusually heavy and many requests also have been filled for the Card-Pitt contest here October 8 and the Cleveland encounter October 22. 
​PACKERS TO HOLD FIRST DRILL OF THE SEASON SUNDAY
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) - Tomorrow will be a big day up Green Bay way. For it will mark the initial practice of the 1944 Packers. On the eve of the first workout Curly Lambeau announced that
seven more players have come to terms, which means that he should have a
sizable squad of men available for the opening drill. Joining Lambeau at Green
Bay today was George (Brute) Trafton, former Chicago Bear center, who will be the
Packer line coach this season, succeeding Red Smith. Lambeau has announced
that two veteran ends, Harry Jacunski and Joel Mason, have accepted terms and
are expected in Green Bay tomorrow. This will be Jacunski's fifth year as a Packer.
He is one of the most valuable wings on the post-graduate gridiron because the
former Fordham captain can play at either end of the line. Harry is 28 years old,
stands 6 feet, 2 inches and weighs about 200 pounds. Mason, who hails from
upper Michigan, joined the Packers in 1942. He is over six feet tall and weighs
205 pounds. Today Lambeau announced that five more players have signed, two
veterans and three recruits. Forrest McPherson, husky center from Nebraska, will
return for his second year with the Bay. He weighs 248 pounds. Mike Bucchanerri,
who saw some service with the Packers in 1942 will be back. He played guard at
Indiana. John Coty, a 187-pound halfback from Michigan State, will make his pro
football debut with the Packers. He was a scholastic star at Dearborn, Mich.,
before making the grade at State. The newcomer is said to be a fair passer. Mark
Hammel. a resident of Huntington, Ind., and a former star in the Hoosier
conference while playing at Wabash, will seek an end berth with the Bays.
Hammel is 24 years old, weighs 187 pounds and is 6 feet 2 inches. Peter Forte, a
Chicagoan who had two years at Illinois, is another candidate for a wing position. He is 5:11 and weighs 190 pounds.
PACKERS GET GOING WITH MIXED HOPES
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay) - They'll pump the air back into Green Bay's football Sunday and another season will get underway. Some 32 or 33 huskies, the main body of a complete squad of 40 or 42 which will be assembled by mid-week, will report to Coach Curly Lambeau for the first workout of the campaign. The roster includes 17 veterans. There probably will not be much doing the first day. Lambeau has called for only one workout starting at 2:30 o'clock. Thereafter, though, until the Packers head east to play Washington in a charity game at Baltimore September 4 and the new Boston Yankees in another at Buffalo September 10, there will be nothing but hard work. The time before the opener is so short. The 17 veterans, in a war year like this, represent a pretty fair starting point. Not many clubs have many more. In quality, however, they fall far short of the nuclei of other years. Off last year's team alone such seasoned and valuable performers as Buckets Goldenberg, Don Hutson, Chet Adams, Andy Uram and Tony Canadeo, just to mention some, will not be back - and you can't laugh off any losses like that. Even Lambeau, generally an incurable optimist in August, now hesitates in any prediction. He concedes nothing to any of the other clubs, all more or less in the same boat, but he claims far less for his own, too. The list of veterans follows:
Centers - Charley Brock and Forrest McPherson
Guards - Pete Tinsley, Glenn Sorenson, Bill Kuusisto and Mike Bucchanerri
Tackles - Buford Ray, Paul Berezney and Milburn Croft
Ends - Harry Jacunski, Joel Mason
Backs - Larry Craig, Joe Laws, Irv Comp, Ted Fritsch, Don Perkins, Lou Brock
A pretty fair starting team could be picked off this list. A starting team, though, is not enough. The starters need support. It is this which bothers Lambeau most, especially at the focal tackles and at the ends. The help must come from new men. Except for Roy McKay, Texas All-American back, and a dandy, now drilling with the College All-Stars; Babe Webb, the bare footed punter from Hawaii, and Charlie Tellefson, who played fair ball for Iowa, the new men have still to prove themselves. Most promising among these are Ercin Dzierzewski of the Milwaukee Falks; Norbert Ebbers of Kenosha; Don Clark, a three year varsity man at St. Mary's (Winona); Mark Hammel of Indiana; Pete Forte, a Chicago scholastic star, who had a year at Illinois; John Cody of Michigan State; Bob McRoberts of Stout, and Ken Douglas, a rugged ball carrier from New York. While development of the new men constitutes the chief hope, there is also an outside chance that Lambeau will be able to persuade Hutson and Goldenberg to pitch in for one more year. Either or both in a year like this would mean everything to the club - Hutson especially, for after nine years he is still the greatest threat and pass catching end in football's history. Lambeau still has not given up hope. Two new assistants will help the big Belgian this year. George Trafton, up from Chicago, will take Red Smith's job as line coach, and Hutson will take Eddie Kotal's place. It used to be that Green Bay folks had nothing but jeers for Trafton in the days he played with the Bears. Today they have nothing but cheers. Hutson helped as a part time coach a year ago. Smith, now with the Brewers, will help Steve Owen with the New York Giants this season. Lambeau will have almost a full month to appraise his new material. Under league rules, the squad must be cut to the player limit of 28 before the first game. The Packers will open the league season against Brooklyn at State Fair park September 17.
backfield coach of the Purdue team that went through last season undefeated and untied. Isbell started his college football career at Purdue in 1935 and was a backfield star for three years. He played with the Green Bay Packer five years and returned to Purdue last year.
POSTWAR PRO LOOP PLANNED
​MAY 23 (Pittsburgh) - Permanent organization of a new transcontinental postwar professional football league, temporarily organized last April 3, is expected to be completed at a meeting here Sunday. Roland D. Payne of Pittsburgh, temporary chairman, said that permanent officers would be elected, franchises issued, a constitution ratified, a name chosen, and headquarters established. Eight teams were issued "certificates of participation" at the April meeting. These are to be exchanged for franchises Sunday. Several additional applications, including one from Honolulu, have been received, he added. Tentative plans are for air transportation of teams in the league, with a schedule calling for two games a week. Cities represented by temporary certificates are New York, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Seattle. Payne said operation of the league probably would not begin until after the way, or "at least not until manpower conditions are such that the quality of football we play will be definitely of major league."
HAL VAN EVERY, PACKER STAR, REPORTED MISSING
MAY 26 (Minneapolis) - Captain Harold Van Every, 26, fullback for University of Minnesota football teams in 1937-38-39 and later for the Green Bay Packers, has been reported missing in action since his fourth mission as a bomber pilot over Germany May 12, his wife, Mrs. Drexel Van Every, Slayton, Minn., was notified yesterday by the war department. Captain Van Every graduated from the university in 1940 and enlisted in the Air Corps soon after Pearl Harbor. While a member of the Army Air Corps he added to his football laurels while touring the country with an Air Corps team.
PACKER SQUAD GOES EAST FOR TWO FOOTBALL GAMES
AUGUST 31 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers left Thursday for the east, where they will play their first football game of the season. They will meet the Washington Redskins in a night game at Baltimore next Monday and will play the Boston Yanks at Buffalo N.Y. September 10. Both will be exhibition contests. In between the two games the Packers will lay over at Sampson, N.Y., on
the invitation of Lieut. Commander Jimmy
Crowley, former Packer, who is athletic
director at the Sampson naval training station.
Following the eastern games, the Packers will
return home to prepare for their NFL opener
in Milwaukee September 17 against Brooklyn.
This will mark the first time they have ever
opened the league season in Milwaukee. The
Chicago Bears will come to Green Bay
September 21 for the opener here. The 
Packers have been working out here for the
last 10 days, but Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau
said the team is far from peak form. Paul
Berezney, veteran Packer tackle, is completing
his medical internship at a Fresno (Calif.) hospital and will not be able to join the team until September 12, Lambeau said.
ARNIE HERBER ATTEMPTS COMEBACK WITH GIANTS
SEPTEMBER 1 (Bear Mountain, NY) - Arnie Herber of Green Bay, one of the greatest passers in Packer history, was a surprise arrival in the camp of the New York Giants here Thursday as practice got underway for the fall campaign. Herber, who retired two years ago, was invited by Coach Steve Owen to try a comeback this season, but had not made his decision until he arrived here unexpectedly. He expected to sign a contract Friday or Saturday. Sixteen veterans of last year were included in the squad of players who reported for the first drill.
PACKERS TRADE TO LAND END FROM BROOKLYN
AUGUST 23 (Green Bay) - In the midst of their second day's drills at Green Bay yesterday the Packers secured an end in exchange for a fullback, Coach Curly Lambeau announced. In a trade with the Brooklyn Tigers the Packers secured Ray Wehba, an end, in exchange for fullback Tony Falkenstein. Wehba is now with the Brooklyn team in California and will come to Green Bay at once. A star performer in his three years of undergraduate football at the University of Southern California, Wehba broke into the professional game in a hurry last season. He started every league contest for the Tigers and was described by Packer players as a rough, tough end. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 215 pounds and is 26 years old. Falkenstein joined the Green Bay team last year and saw reserve duty as a fullback. He played his undergraduate football at St. Mary's of California. After announcing the trade, Coach Lambeau said the Packers have also asked waivers on end Pete Forte and halfback John Cody. Forte formerly played at Illinois and Cody at Western Michigan. The acquisition of Wehba will help considerably to bolster the wing positions, for which only three veterans are available including Larry Craig, who had been used principally as a defensive wingman. The other veterans are Harry Jacunski and Joel Mason. Center Bob Flowers has arrived to start his third year with the Packers. Another new arrival is Ted Fritsch, also starting his third year at fullback for the Bays. The 32 players have started contact work in practice sessions. Asst. Coach Don Hutson worked with the backfield on raking, pivoting and ball handling. After the session, it was generally agreed that halfback Paul Duhart, former Florida star, appears to be the best passer among he newcomers and that he may go a long way toward filling the shoes vacated by Tony Canadeo. At the fullback spot, Len Calligaro of Wisconsin also looked impressive. The Packers' opening game will be a Labor Day exhibition at Baltimore September 4 against the Washington Redskins. The annual one-day drive for sale of season tickets to Packer games is on at Green Bay today with 10 sales squads at work.
IRV COMP GROOMED TO TAKE PLACE AS PACKERS' PASSER
AUGUST 24 (Green Bay) - A rugged, young halfback from a small Kansas college, groomed by Don Hutson, the master pass receiver of them all, is slated to do most of the football pitching for the Green Bay Packers this year. He is Irv Comp, a Milwaukeean, who came up to the Packers last year from St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kansas. It was quite a jump from a college with an enrollment of 235 to Green Bay, home of the five time National league champions, but thanks to Hutson, Comp made it without stumbling. Comp was a big, willing youngster, a little bewildered by it all when he came up. He had one bad eye that had kept him out of the armed services but could pass well despite it. However, he wasn't in the class of former Packer greats like Arnold Herber and Cecil Isbell. Then Hutson went to work. He toiled with Comp daily after others had quit practice. Comp would throw footballs. Hutson would catch them, trot back and tell Comp what he was doing wrong. Hutson taught Comp how to sidestep, dodge and pivot. He taught him how to lead a receiver, how to throw a soft pass, a hard one and a long one. This week as the Packers began morning and afternoon workouts, Comp looked like a finished performer. Hutson wasn't on the receiving end, but he was there as an assistant coach and was satisfied with what he saw. The Packers have a squad of 33 men, including 20 veterans preparing for the 1944 National league season. The veterans are probably as good as any other club has this year but they aren't up to the holdovers of other years. Six veteran backs have returned. They are Comp, Larry Craig, Ted Fritsch, Don Perkins, Lou Brock and Joe Laws, who is starting his 11th year with the Packers. Three 1943 centers have returned - Charley Brock, Forrest McPherson and Bob Flowers. Veteran guards available are Pete Tinsley, Glenn Sorenson, Bill Kuusisto and Mike Bucchanerri. At tackles there are Buford Ray, Paul Berezney, Milburn Croft and Ed Schwammel. Ends with experience are Harry Jacunski, Joel Mason and Ray Wehba, acquired from Brooklyn. New backs include Babe Webb, the bare-footed punter who has been trying to get here from Hawaii for three years, Charlie Tellefson of Iowa, Ken Douglas, New York, and Len Calligaro, Wisconsin. In addition Roy McKay, Texas fullback, will join the team after the Chicago Bear All-Star game.
PACKERS BEAR DOWN HARD FOR REDSKIN TILT
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today had their first intra-squad practice of the season in preparation for the exhibition game at Baltimore Labor Day evening against the Washington Redskins. Coach Curly Lambeau is not any too well pleased with the work of some of his regulars. He indicated some of them have fallen down on their assignments. During the first stiff contact work on defense, two rookie linemen - end Mark Hammel and tackle Don Clark - looked especially good with Tiny Croft, 287-pound tackle, and Ben Starrett, who was used at an end spot as well as at blocking back. The biggest surprise of the season was the work of Hammel. In the practice on offense, the passing of veteran Irv Comp and rookie Paul Duhart was hitting the mark frequently. Signal calling has been borne by the veteran right halfbacks, Lou Brock and Joe Laws, who divide the assignments for two teams. Despite these bright spots, the coaches are  not satisfied with the all-around knowledge of plays that is necessary to beat opponents, the first of which is only nine days away. The Packers will be able to put in only a short week of drill next week before leaving for the East. The team will remain in the east to play a second exhibition game with the Boston team of the pro league, in Buffalo.
PACKERS READY FOR EASTERN TRIP
AUGUST 29 (Green Bay) - The Packers at Green Bay will take their final drills Wednesday before entraining for the east to play their first exhibition game of the season against the Washington Redskins in Baltimore Monday evening September 4. They will meet the Boston team in Buffalo September 10 before returning to Green Bay. After the first scrimmage Coach Curly Lambeau said he anticipated that the starting lineup will be strong but the question of reserves may trouble. Lambeau announced that halfback Babe Webb had returned to his home in Texas. The former New Mexico and Hawaiian Polar Bear player told the Packer coach that he has not felt well and that he had not regained his strength after suffering an attack of malaria while in the Army. His departure leaves the squad with three left halfbacks, including Dale McKay, who will join the team in Chicago on Thursday for the trip east. Workouts tomorrow will be handled by Asst. Coaches Don Hutson and George Trafton. Lambeau will be in Chicago attending a meeting of the NFL, annually held before the All-Star contest.
TUNNEY ANGLING FOR A PRO ELEVEN
AUGUST 29 (Baltimore) - Baltimore hopes for a franchise in a new professional football league were given impetus Thursday when it was reported that Gene Tunney, former heavyweight boxing champion, was investigating attendance figures and other data concerning pro football games played at Baltimore municipal stadium. Sources close to Tunney, now a commander in the United States naval reserve, reported that sponsors of the proposed league would meet in Chicago Tuesday night prior to the Chicago All-Star game Wednesday. These sources also said that Tunney had arranged to have representation at the meeting. Tunney is now on a 10 day leave with his family, but it was not known whether he would attend the Washington Redskins-Green Bay Packers exhibition game Monday night at Baltimore stadium. Two years ago, the Redskins and Packers drew 34,697 paid admissions in Baltimore. The paid admission last year was 27,500. A week later, 32,300 paid to see the Chicago Bears and Washington play a Sunday afternoon exhibition at the stadium.
7 PACKERS ON THE INJURED LIST AS TEAM ENDS DRILLS
AUGUST 30 (Green Bay) - A heavy workout at Green Bay wound up the Packer preparation for an exhibition game next Monday night at Baltimore against the Washington Redskins. The Bays leave tomorrow for the east. No less than seven members of the squad have shown the result of rough contact work the coaching staff threw at them Monday. Guard Mike Bucchianeri is hospitalized with a bad foot but should be out in time to entrain with the squad Thursday morning. Four other linemen and two backs are also shaken up. Those on the hurt list are end Harry Jacunski, center Charley Brock and guard Pete Tinsley. The backs bruised up are Walter Gudie and Dick Bilda. Coach Curly Lambeau, who is attending a meeting of the NFL in Chicago, said that all the men would be available against the Redskins. The squad was reduced when Lambeau announced that rookies Jack McKnight, end from Colorado college, and Norbert Ebbers, tackle from Kenosha, had been released. One man will be added Thursday when Roy McKay, Texas fullback, joins the team after the All-Star game in Chicago. No word has been received about the arrival of end Ray Wehba, recently acquired in a trade with Brooklyn. The only other addition in prospect now is tackle Paul Berezney, who is completing an internship in a California hospital. After playing in Baltimore the Packers will move to Sampson, N.Y. naval training center to prepare for their second exhibition game against the Boston Yanks in Buffalo September 10.
HUTSON WILL PLAY AGAIN; PACKER STOCK GOES UP
SEPTEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's football stock jumped to a new high with the announcement by Curly Lambeau in Baltimore Saturday, whence he has taken his Packers for an exhibition game with the Washington Redskins Monday night, that Don Hutson had had a change of heart and would play again this season. Hutson, with nine years in the league behind him, had intended at first only to coach. The old desire to be back in the thick of things gripped him as he helped Lambeau and George Trafton send the squad through its daily workouts, however, and Saturday he decided to fall in line. A contract was signed at once. Hutson, who will break a record of some kind every time he catches a pass this season, or scores a touchdown, has worked out lightly since the start of practice and will not need a great deal of heavy work to regain his best condition. Lambeau naturally was enthusiastic about Hutson's decision. "Now we're right up in the front line again," he gleefully said over the telephone from Baltimore. "They've got to beat us. Everything has panned out great so far. We've got more zipper than we've had in several years, some of our new boys have exceeded expectations, and most of our old fellows have showed they haven't lost a thing. And now we have Don. We were a little doubtful about things at first, but not anymore. We're definitely going to be a first rate contender again." Earlier in the week, on a short layover here on his way to Baltimore, the big Belgian went into detail about some of the developments in practice which have encouraged him so. The spirit of the club was one of the first. "We haven't had such fine spirit in years," he said. "It's real team spirit this year. Everybody is working for the team. And everybody is really working. Except for a couple of guys who have reported overweight and who still have some excess beef to lose, I think we've accomplished more in the short time we've been out than ever before." The performance of some of the new men has been especially satisfying - Paul Duhbart, a 180 pound halfback from Florida; Chuck Tollefson, a 215 pound guard from Iowa; Erv Dzierzewski of Milwaukee, a 195 pound guard who never played college football; Mark Hammel of Huntington, Ind., a 170 pound end, who also went directly into semipro football after his high school days; Len Calligaro of Wisconsin, 190 pound fullback, and Babe Webb of New Mexico A&M, 185 pound halfback. Duhart, who played on one of the army camp teams last year and who was recommended to Lambeau by Tom Greenfield, the old Packer center, and Tollefson, have probably been the biggest and most happy surprises - Duhart with his passing and running and Tollefson with his all around play. Duhart, in fact, has showed himself the best short passer on the squad so far. Calligaro, Wisconsin captain last year until he was declared ineligible, has been in and out, but has showed flashes of good football, and Hammel, despite his lack of weight, has looked consistently good. Webb has been inclined to tighten up, but has undoubted ability as a runner and kicker both, and Dzierzewski has tickled the coaches with his desire and willingness no matter how rough the going - and Trafton likes it rough. Likewise, the performance of the veterans has been highly satisfactory so far. Lou Brock, for instance, has shown better passing form than ever before, Baby Ray has learned to use his hands more at tackle - and better - Joel Mason, with a chance to win a regular starting assignment at end, has been one of the real surprises, and even Tiny Croft, the 285 pounder, has started to perk. Irv Comp, upon whose passing so much will depend, reported about 12 pounds overweight, but has shown a willingness to work and should be down to his best playing weight shortly. Except at ends, Lambeau will be well set with veteran material at all positions, and even at ends, with Hutson now back, the situation has brightened up. He has three veteran centers, Charlie Brock, Forrest McPherson and Bob Flowers, four veteran tackles, Baby Ray, Paul Berezney, who will join 
the squad this week; Ad Schwammel and Tony Croft; three veteran ends, Joel Mason, Harry Jacunski and Don Hutson, and several veteran backs, Larry Craig, Ben Starrett, Irv Comp, Joe Laws, Ted Fritsch, Don Perkins and Lou Brock. Lambeau will carry his complete squad on the exhibition jaunt through the east. A week from Sunday, the Packers will meet the new Boston Yankees in a charity game at Buffalo. Immediately after this, though, the squad will be cut to 28 as required by league rules. The Packers will open their league campaign against Pete Cawthorn's Brooklyn Tigers at State Fair park Sunday September 17.
MILLIONAIRES ORGANIZE NEW PRO GRID LEAGUE
SEPTEMBER 3 (Chicago) - Organization of the All-America Football conference, a new coast to coast professional football league, sponsored by "men of millionaire incomes", was announced here Saturday. A spokesman said the new league would begin operations next year. An eight club league is a certainty and a 10 club league is a probability. Seven franchises have already been awarded as follow: Chicago, John L. Keeshin, president of a trucking concern; New York, Mrs. Lou Gehrig, widow of the famous Yankee baseball player, and Ray J. Ryan, oil company president; Baltimore, Commander Gene Tunney, former heavyweight boxing champion; Buffalo, James Breuil and Will Bennett, oil company executives, and Sam Cordovano, construction company head; Cleveland, Arthur McBride, taxicab company owner; Los Angeles, actor Don Ameche and Christy Walsh, former newspaer syndicate director; and San Francisco, Anthony J. Morabito and Allan E. Sorrell, co-owners of a lumber terminal concern, and Ernest J. Turre, construction company manager at Phoenix. In addition, the spokesman said prominent businessman in Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston have sought franchises for their cities. Organization of the league was started several months ago and was completed during the last two days at a meeting of club owners here. The owners adopted two resolutions which, according to a statement, "are certain to help shape the success of the conference" and avoid talent raids on the long established NFL. They were: 1. No club will be allowed to employ a coach or player who is under contract to any team in the NFL. 2. No player will be admitted into the organization who has college football eligibility remaining. Pointing out that the wealthy owners of the new league "are prepared to engage in a battle of dollars" with the National league, if necessary, the spokesman said the restriction on talent raids would avoid such conflict. The second resolution, he asserted, was intended to protect college football since many undergraduate players whose careers were interrupted by war might prefer grabbing "quick money" in football to returning to their studies after the war.
STATEMENT BY LAYDEN
SEPTEMBER 3 (Chicago) - "I have no contact, direct or otherwise, with the new All-America Football Conference," Elmer Layden, commissioner of the NFL, said last night, "but anything which fosters cooperation for the good of the game is all right with me."
NEW PRO LEAGUE HAS NOVEL PLAN OF SELECTION PLAYERS
DECEMBER 18 (Akron, OH) - Representatives of the newly organized United States Football League, which plans to operate franchises in six cities next year, met here Sunday and discussed an entirely new method of selecting players. League President Harold (Red) Grange said players who would play on league teams would be distributed from a players' pool selected by a league scouting organization. "We propose to establish a central scouting system and the scouts will select players and distribute them to the various teams in the league with the man thought of keeping en even balance of power among the teams," Grange explained. "Under this revolutionary plan of signing players the league has abandoned the draft system, which has worked to a disadvantage in pro football."
NATIONAL PROS SLAP AT FOES
DECEMBER 19 (New York) - The NFL has cleared its decks for any possible action against the newly organized professional league which hope to operate next year. At the end of an all-day meeting Monday, Commissioner Elmer Layden declared that "any player who, while under contract to or on the reserve list of any National league club, plays with any club in any other league or with any independent club, will be suspended from playing in the NFL for five years." George Strickler, Layden's assistant, explained that enforcement of this rule was aimed primarily at the All-American conference. "We understand," Strickler said, "the All-America has given the impression to college players that they have a tie-up with us. This is not the case. There never will be any tie-up between the NFL and any other league until the new leagues are ready to accept Layden as commissioner and until they demonstrate they can operate on a sound basis." Angelo Bertelli, star forward passer for Notre Dame in 1943, and Bill Daley, former Minnesota star, recently were signed by Los Angeles and New York, respectively, of the All-America, for postwar play. The next meeting of the NFL will be held in Chicago January 10.
LAMBEAU'S FINE JOB BIG FACTOR; HUTSON FOOLS GIANTS AS DECOY
DECEMBER 19 (New York) - For the record, the Packers won their sixth pro football championship by beating the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds Sunday, 14-7. Actually, they won it in the two weeks which preceded the game. Whatever the superlative play of the Packers out on the field itself, the fact is that Curly Lambeau seldom has done such a grand job of coaching, in all its phases, as he did with this team in the brief time since the close of the regular season against the Card-Pitts at Comiskey park. It was not that the Packers were emotionally "high". They had been beaten by the Giants a month ago, 24-0. They had money riding on almost every play, for the difference between the shares of the winning and losing teams was about $500 a man. They had genuine incentive...HUTSON-WHAT A DECOY!: It was more than this. It was that Lambeau, in the three weeks since the Card-Pitt game, had worked wonders with this team in its approach to the game and in its offensive strategy and its defensive strategy. The Packers Sunday were a letter perfect team. The old Belgian can take a bow. Defensively and offensively he had the Giants cased down to their last ace. He set up a defense - a six man line, spaced like a seven with Charlie Brock and Ted Fritsch up close - that choked the Giants off with 70 yards on the ground. He chose an offense predicated almost entirely upon the preoccupation he knew the Giants would show for a pass receiver like Hutson. Hutson Sunday was little more than a decoy. The Packers Sunday tossed no more than 11 passes, just about an all-time low for them in any game, but with devastating spinners, against a really tough line, ground out 162 yards on the ground. The Giants couldn't match it...KICKOFF STRATEGY WORKS: Lambeau can take a bow, along with Baby Ray and Joe Laws and Ted Fritsch and Don Hutson and Buckets Goldenberg and the others who did the actual work, and such good work, out on the field. The old Belgian did one of his grandest coaching jobs in preparing his team for Sunday's game. The Packers got an unexpected break on the flip of the coin to start the game. They had decided to kickoff if they had won the toss, banking on their defense to keep the Giants in a hole, then saw the Giants win the toss. The Giants, however, chose the goal which gave them the advantage of a slight wind, so the Packers till were able to choose to kick off. How well the strategy worked the charts of the game show. The Giants never had position in the first half. They were in a hole on the opening kickoff, and they stayed there through the first two periods. Lambeau himself called New York's choice on the toss the biggest break of the game. The Packers split their end of the game into 29 3/4 shares. Twenty-six players, including Asst. Coach George Trafton, each got a full share. Tony Canadeo, who played three games on a furlough; Alex Urban, Bob Kahler, Trainer Bud Jorgenson and Gus Scaburg, property man, each got one-half share. Scout Eddie Kotal got one-quarter share. Lambeau was voted a full share, but turned it back into the pool. The Packers had three 60 minute ballplayers - Charlie Brock, Larry Craig and Don Hutson - and all three of them played 60 minutes of honest to goodness football. Brock's defensive play was some of the finest the Packers have ever had. Craig's deadly blocking on spinners helped Laws and Fritsch break loose so often. And Hutson, although he caught only two passes, did decoying which had the Giants running in circles most of the afternoon. On the touchdown pass to Fritsch, Hutson had the whole Giant team around him. Fritsch was all alone. Neither score nor statistics actually told the story of Green Bay's superiority. Off to a 14 to 0 lead in the second quarter, the Packers chose to play it safe. They protected their lead, rather than trying to add to it. They hardly used a pass in the second half, depending upon Lou Brock's fine punting and never choosing to gamble. There was always the feeling that if the Giants managed to tie up the score the Packers would come back and score again. This was Green Bay's day..."FLOPS" REVERSE FORM: Laws, in his eleventh year, did one of this finest jobs. It must have been apparent in the radio report. He popped through center repeatedly on spinners, with the help of Craig's deadly blocking. No fewer than four times, on defense, he came up from his fairly deep safety position to make tackles on end runs. At the finish he was weary - but happy, too. The two biggest flops of Green Bay's first game here a month ago, Ted Fritsch and Irv Comp, came up with sparkling ball. Fritsch was a "bull" again and gave more than one Giants a memento of his ball carrying, Comp was sharp in everything. The tumble he took covering Liebel on New York's touchdown drive was entirely unavoidable. He had the Giant end covered perfectly but slipped on the treacherous footing as he started to go up to bat down the ball. And an extra word for Baby Ray. The big boy, all 250 pounds of him, played one of the most savage games of all in the line. The game had the largest coverage of any football game in history, with 192 radio stations in this country carrying the game and an unannounced number of short wave outlet broadcasting to men overseas. The press boxes, of course, were packed.
GREEN BAY CHEERS PACKERS; LAWS AT BEST IN TITLE GAME
DECEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - Ignoring the temperature that hovered above the 5 degrees above zero mark, a crowd of between 750 and 1,000 roared a welcome to the Green Bay Packers, champions of the NFL, tonight.As the train bearing the champions rolled into the station, some 20 minutes late, the Packer Lumberjack band, directed by Wilmer Burke, added a musical salute to the vociferous vocal manifestations of Green Bay fandom. L.J. Joannes, president of the Green Bay Packer corporation, led the official welcoming committee which included several city councilmen. The welcoming committee deviated from the usual procedure of turning the keys of the city over to the Packers; the committee merely gave the champions the town. The arrival of the train was merely the signal for the civic celebration to start, and it extended thru the early hours of the morning. There were cries of "Where's Ted?", "Where's Laws?" as the train coasted to a stop. The men in question - Ted Fritsch, who scored both of Green Bay's touchdowns in the 14 to 7 triumph over the New York Giants in the championship game yesterday, and Joe Laws, who played one of the greatest games of his professional career, appeared, and the railway station rafters fairly shook with the applause and the cheers that greeted them. The applause did not stop with Fritsch and Laws. There were salvos for Craig, Hutson, and the entire team that brought the championship to Green Bay. There was talk tonight of a huge civic celebration with a dinner, speakers, etc., but President Joannes said the matter of the celebration would have to be left to the choice of the players themselves. One of the Packers - Pete Tinsley, a guard - took an early train home, but he was engaging in another kind of celebration. His wife gave birth to a son earlier in the day and Tinsley forgot such minor things as championships and the New York Giants as he sped to the side of his wife and his son. Another Packers, Lou Brock, stopped off in Chicago and will undergo an operation for a knee injury tomorrow morning in Michael Reese hospital. Dr. Daniel Levinthal will perform the operation. Head Coach Curly Lambeau and assistant George Trafton will arrive home later this week.
DECEMBER 19 (Chicago Tribune) - An added thrill to any championship game is the sight of an athlete rising to the heights, especially if in ordinary times he is a player of no unusual luster. Such a man was chunky, 190 pound Joe Laws Sunday when the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants for the NFL title. Laws knew it was up to him and so did the other Packers, from Coach Curly Lambeau on down. The other wingback, Lou Brock, hasn't shaken the effects of an October knee injury, so Joe, 33, and in his 11th season with Green bay, called on more skill that many suspected he had. "I thought Laws was the best player on the field," said Phil Handler, coach of the Chicago Cardinals. "He proved his greatness by coming thru when it was necessary that he do so. Why, he actually looked faster than when he broke into pro football!" Laws was such a potent force in Green Bay's triumph that a summary of the important contributions of the former University of Iowa star is presented:
FIRST QUARTER - Hit the line for the first down of the game; returned two punts for 4 and 15 yards.
SECOND QUARTER - From the Giants' 43 on the first play ran 15 yards. This sparked the first touchdown drive. Ted Fritsch then bolted to the 1 and finally drove over on the fourth down. After Green Bay kicked off, Laws intercepted Arnie Herber's pass on the New York 45 and returned 12 yards. Later he returned a punt 11 yards.
THIRD QUARTER - Ran 16 yards to the Giants' 31 but Mel Hein stopped the drive with an interception. From their 12, the Giants moved into Packer territory, where Laws intercepted Herber's pass and ran 8 yards to the Green Bay 41.
FOURTH QUARTER - After the Giants scored to cut the Packer lead to 14 to 7, the New York kickoff sailed thru Irv Comp's  hands on the 15, but Laws pounced on the ball and came back to the 18. The Packers moved up and finally punted over the Giants' goal. Ward Cuff ran 11 yards to his 31 on the first play but Laws made a leaping interception of Herber's pass on the Green Bay 35. In two slashes thru the middle he made 14 and 4 yards to get the ball in enemy territory. 
The Packers' Comp, whom cynical critics is inclined to second deck fright, meaning that he doesn't play well before large crowds, gave the lie to the charge. His only error was failure to catch Ken Strong's kickoff. He was an able runner and while his passing percentage was low - three completions in 10 pitches - he hit the target on the payoff touchdown throw to Fritsch. Frank Liebel, Giants' end was Comp's jinx. In the first quarter the Packers reached the 30 yard line but as Comp passes, Liebel bumped into him, spoiling his aim and as a result, Len Younce intercepted. Comp was covering Liebel on Herber's pass in the third quarter when he slipped and fell flat. Liebel caught the ball, ran to the 1 yard line and set up Cuff's touchdown. In winning, the Packers gave more evidence that the western division of the league is stronger than the eastern flight. It was the fifth league victory for the west in six years.
HUTSON WANTS TO QUIT; WILL PLAY IF NEEDED
DECEMBER 20 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, who holds more records than any other player in the 25 year history over the NFL, wants to retire as end of the champion Green Bay Packers, but he does not know if he can. "I've retired for the last three years and it didn't stick. I intend to retire now, but I'm not sure," said Hutson Tuesday night. "If the Packers can get new material or former players are discharged from the services to help defend the title we won at New York Sunday. I won't play next fall. If they need me I probably will play." Hutson was signed as a backfield coach for this season, but played in all games. "The Packers have offered me another contract as coach for the 1945 season, and I intend to sign it," he said. "I haven't definitely retired, but I will retire if conditions permit."
WALSH DEFENDS NEW PRO LOOP
DECEMBER 22 (Los Angeles) - The ambitious All-America football conference Thursday claimed an equal right to sign any collegiate gridiron stars not legally obligated to the NFL. Christy Walsh, vice-president of the conference and co-owner with Don Ameche, movie actor, of the conference's Los Angeles franchise, said reports charging the new league with telling players that signing with one league was just like signing with another was false. "We have authorized no such impressions, but tell players who are free agents that our conference has conspicuous advantages, including clubs located in the sunshine states of California and Florida," said Walsh.
FRITSCH JOINS STARS
DECEMBER 22 (Oshkosh) - Ted Fritsch, fullback of the World Champion Green Bay Packers, reports to the Oshkosh All-Stars of the National Basketball league today. The former Stevens Point Teachers college ace is a basketball guard.
Byrnes' program for induction into the service of athletes in nonessential jobs, said that the league would have suspended operations had continuance of the sport retarded the war effort. At the same time, Harold (Red) Grange, president of the United States Football league, said he held little hope that his organization would begin operations in 1945 as planned. "If conditions in this war continue as they are right now," Grange said, "I don't think any league will operate." Curly Lambeau, coach of the champion Green Bay Packers, said Byrnes' order would have little effect on his club "unless there is drastic lowering of physical standards for military service." Layden defended the continuance of football on the grounds that the sport was using only 4-F's and medical discharges, pointing out that many of the players worked in war plants in addition to playing football. "In continuing football, we provided recreation and relaxation," Layden said. "We believe athletics were doing even more. We feel competitive athletics inspire the youth of American to embrace the qualities of loyalty and teamwork, the two fundamentals of patriotism. There is nothing mystifying about why a boy can participate in athletics although he is not qualified physically for armed services. A recent letter from a general friend on the European front told of a soldier who had to be evacuated from the front lines, much against the youngsters' will, because of a trick knee. The soldier was a football player and he can still play football."
COMMON COUNCIL GIVES PACKERS, LAMBEAU A PAT
DECEMBER 27 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee common council Wednesday was on records in commendation of the Green Bay Packers and their coach, E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, for winning their sixth national championship in the Professional Football league. The Packers' achievements have brought wide attention to Wisconsin, the resolution adopted by the Council Tuesday stated. An embossed copy of the measure, introduced by Ald. Walter H. Maletzke, was to be sent to Coach Lambeau.
DENVER TALKS PRO FOOTBALL
DECEMBER 28 (Denver) - Entry of Denver into the Trans-America Professional Football league is being proposed by a syndicate of Denver sportsmen, says B.D. (Dave) Cockrill. A franchise was discussed at a meeting Wednesday night with Chick Meehan, eastern collegiate coach and president of the league. The league was formed last July with six charter members. Meehan told Denver sportsmen that New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dallas and Los Angeles groups are negotiating for playing sites for postwar operations. Cockrill said the league is also trying to obtain Yankee stadium and Ebbets field for games in New York and Brooklyn,
WAR MAY HALT PRO FOOTBALL, BUT SCOUTS ARE ON THE JOB
DECEMBER 30 (Chicago) - Governmental "work or fight" orders may put a crimp in plans for professional football to operate in 1945, but scouts for both new and old leagues are looking ahead to the end of the way, and a mad scramble for talent is going ahead, nevertheless. Pro grid leaders are solid in one respect: "We won't operate next year if operation will interfere with the war effort." But none of them intend to let any good player go by the wayside if they can help it. There's a mad scramble on right now for talent to take over when the war's end clears the track for the play-for-pay gridiron sport. For instance: When the East team stopped in Chicago en route to San Francisco for the annual Shrine benefit game, one National league team had a representative present to talk to the players about a postgraduate football course. But any contractual plums offered carried the reservation: We cannot use you until war conditions permit operation without interference with the war effort. There probably isn't a big name college player in the nation, nor a former college player who had established a reputation who now is in the armed services, that hasn't been approached by professional scouts. They want them when the war is over. Harold (Red) Grange, erstwhile "galloping ghost" of the Illinois teams of two decades ago and now president of the newly organized United States Football league, summed up the sentiment of pro grid leaders when he said: "We had intended to start operations next year. Whether we will depends on war conditions. Franchise owners in the league have a number of players signed. I don't know, offhand, just how many. But the contracts call for play when play is possible. We don't intend to operate without a go ahead from Washington. We'll just sit tight and wait. If conditions warrant, we hope to play football next fall. If they don't, we'll play in 1946, or whenever we can." Elmer Layden, commissioner of the NFL, the nation's oldest professional circuit, echoed his sentiments. "We just want to wait and see what happens. I don't think there is a player in the league who wouldn't be in service if they'd take him. We have a number of 4-F's and some medical discharges. We want to win the war first, and play football second. Whether the government's orders will cause a suspension in play is secondary. If we have enough players, we'll probably play. If not, we'll wait until we have them."
LAYDEN DEFENDS PRO GRID GAME FOR ITS INSPIRATION
DECEMBER 26 (Chicago) - Elmer Layden, commissioner of the NFL, said Monday that professional football has fulfilled every wartime governmental requirement and should be continued as an instrument of relaxation and recreation for both civilian and military sport fans. Layden commenting on War Mobilization Director James F.