IT'S FOOTBALL TIME AGAIN! TRAINER BUD JORGENSEN TO OPEN QUARTERS TUESDAY
JUL 29 (Green Bay) - It won't be long now before the Packers launch their 26th season of postgraduate football here. Tuesday morning, Trainer Carl (Bud) Jorgenson will turn the key in the players' quarters at City stadium and from then on until the middle of December Green Bay will have its annual atack of "gridironitis". Official practice doesn't start until Aug. 20, but the training quarters will be open daily and Jorgenson will have a half dozen piskins pumped up so that players who want to get in preliminary workouts will have something to boot around. Meanwhile, the Association of Commerce is taking a hand in the sale of season tickets. A canvass of the city's industrial plants is underway and will wind up Aug. 23, the
date of a citywide campaign in the business and other
sections. It is the third year that the A.C. is conducting such
a drive. George (Brute) Trafton, the new line coach, is
scheduled to put in his appearance today Aug. 15. This will
give the former Chicago Bear center a few days to get
acclimated before he starts grooming the linemen for what
promises to be a most strenuous season. These are busy
days for Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau who expects to have
some 40-odd gridders on the hand when the gong rings for
the opening workout. The Packer pilot now has 18 players
under contract. This group includes seven members of the
1943 squad. Lambeau is doing contract business with 16
other veterans and some important announcements can
be expected in the immediate future. Only a few members
of last year's aggregation are definitely out of the picture.
Tony Canadeo and Andy Uram, halfbacks, Dick Evans, end,
and Chet Adams, tackle, are now in the armed services.
The Bay mentor also has deals hanging fire with a half
dozen other players whom he figures will bolster his battle
front for the chase to Pennantsville. Several of these men
being contacted are former collegiate topnotchers who
have been honorably discharged from the fighting ranks.
Packer candidates will have to step lively in practice as they
will have only two weeks to get in shape for the preseason
engagement in Baltimore against Washington, scheduled
Sept. 4. Following this Labor day conflcit, the Bays will drill
several days at the Sampson Naval training center in
Sampson, N.Y., before going on to to Buffalo for a fracas
with the Boston Yanks, a new spoke in the NFL. Lt. Cmdr.
James Crowley, one of Green Bay's own, is directing the
football at Sampson and it was on his invitation that the
Packers are stopping off at the training station. It is quite
likely that the Bays will scrimmage against Crowley's team.
After the engagement in Bison City, the Packers will head
back home and brush off the rough spots in preparation for
the league opener Sept. 17 with Brooklyn at State Fair park,
SCOUT SIGNED FOR PACKERS
AUG 3 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the
Green Bay Packers today announced signing of Robert G.
Conrad, former Utah State and University of Arizona back,
as his full time assistant in the role of representative and
scout. Conrad has been scouting college teams for the
coach for some years, when he served as a United States
Service Organization representative in Latin America. A
native of Phoenix, Conrad played high school foootball
there with Carl Mulleneaux, former Packer end, and then
both played together at Utah State in 1932 and '33. Conrad
spent his senior year at Arizona U., and in 1935 he then
accepted a position with the A.G. Spalding company out of
the Los Angeles office, covering the entire southwest area.
Since 1939 until last year, he worked as a Lambeau scout
during the football season.
COUNTY REGISTER DIES IN HOSPITAL
AUG 3 (Green Bay) - Rigney L. Dwyer, 48, register of deeds
of Brown county for the last 22 years, end on the original
Packer football team, and veteran of World War I with
Battery E, died at 9 o'clock Wednesday night in a Green Bay
hospital. While he had been in ill health for more than a
year, his condition did not turn serious until Sunday, when
he was removed to the hospital. Since then it had grown
worse. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dwyer, he was
born April 18, 1896, at Ontonagon, Mich., but came to Green
Bay with his parents while still a baby. His father was an
engineer on the Milwaukee road here for many years...
WEST HIGH GRADUATE: He attended St. Patrick's school
and West High school, graduating from the latter in 1917,
after achieving prominence as a football player. Soon after,
he joined Battery E, Green Bay national guard unit, and
served 18 months in France. Upon his return, he entered
the Milwaukee road shops as a machinist's apprentice,
and also continued with his athletics, playing end on the
original Packer team, including three games in which
Green Bay defeated the Chicago Bears. He also played
with the Northern Paper Mills semipro basketball team.
When the railroad shopmen's strike threw him out of work,
he secured employment as a switchman. In 1920, a
railroad accident cost him his left arm and left leg, ending
his athletic career. This was a terrific blow to his hopes,
and one which affected his entire subsequent life. In 1922,
he was elected register of deeds, and had held that post
continuously up to his death, a longer tenure than any
county official not serving...HEADED STATE ASSOCIATION:
He was president of the Wisconsin Registers od Deeds
Association for three years, and for two terms president of
the Wisconsin County Officers' Association. Within the last
two years, as a member of the legislative committee of the
Registers, he was active in securing changes in the law to
simplify and expedite the procuring of birth record copies;
changes which have been of tremendous help to those
seeking employment in war work, members of the armed
forces making allotments, and those seeking old age
assistance and pentions under the Railroad Retirement
Act. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of
Foreign Ward, Disabled American Veterans, Elks and Local
501, International Association of Machinist, in which he had
retained membership ever since his apprentice days. He
resided at 231 13th avenue.
ARNOLD HERBER MAY PITCH AGAIN
AUG 4 (Green Bay) - Arnold Herber, former passing star of
the Green Bay Packers, today admitted rumors that he may
do a bit more flinging. He said he has been invited to go to
New York City to talk contract terms and other matters with
the Giants of the National league, and that he expects to
leave within a few weeks.
PACKERS SET TO OPEN PRACTICE ON AUG. 20
AUG 5 (Green Bay) - The thud of the pigskin is sounding
again over the Packers' seector on the Joannes park front.
The training quarters have been opened since Tuesday,
and a few of the early birds have been booting the ball
around to get the feel of their cleats again. Official practice
will get underway Aug. 20. Zero hour is drawing near on
contracts, and Coach E.L. Lambeau is figuring on plenty of
business in the next wek with about 15 members of the
1943 team and some half dozen prospects who have
recently received their honorable discharge from the armed
services. Right now Lambeau has 11 backs, five guards,
three tackles and one center signed up. Of the 20 players
on the dotted line, eight played with Green Bay last season.
EVERYTHING SET AT STADIUM: The gridiron stage is all
set at the City stadium. A crew of carpenters, under the
direction of Ira Clark, have made all the necessary repairs
at the football park. The green turf blanker 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 pain
so everything will be spic and span for the pigskin chasers
when they check in. A number of the players are expected
this week...TICKET OFFICE BUSY: According to Ralph C.
Smith, director of ticket sales for the Packers, the Bays are
sure to enjoy a bumber season at the gate. Interest in the
Packers is again mounting rapidly and queries about
ducts 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, preseason sale of tickets,"
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 delievered 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."...BRISK ADVANCE SALE: "For the Bear game in Green Bay, scheduled for Sept. 24, the advance sale has been unsually heavy and many requests also have been filled for the Card-Pitt contest here, Oct. 8, and the Cleveland encounter, Oct. 22. The local drive for season tickets, through the cooperation of the Association of Commerce and industrial plants in Green Bay, is set for Aug. 23, and there is every indication that it will go over the top with a bang." The Packer pocket scheduled, which also carry all of the NFL dates and now being widely circulated, and the attractive posters here and in Milwaukee are now being two-toned by the printers and should be ready for distributiopn next week.
PRO GRIDDERS START DRILLS FOR '44 SEASON
AUG 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.