GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(BALTIMORE) - A sudden, 13-point flareup in the last quarter gave the Washington Redskins a 20-7 triumph over the Green Bay Packers here on Labor Day night before a crowd of 40,000 in Municipal stadium. But, folks, don't be alarmed. Coach Curly Lambeau has a great team in the making this season as this exhibition game between the two National loop teams revealed. More of that later. Both squads scored seven points in the first quarter and the game went along evenly until the final stanza when the Redskins , sparked as usual by the peerless Sammy Baugh, crossed the goal line twice in rapid succession to put the contest on ice. At that, it was a great game for an opener and the crowd enjoyed every minute of it.
INTRODUCE STATE BAGARUS
The Redskins introduced a character named Steve Bagarus, who once played at Notre Dame. Steve wa a whale of a football player all night, taking long and short
tosses from Baugh, hitting the line hard, and making a
general nuisance of himself. But Friend Steve will not be
around during the regular campaign. It seems he is in
the Navy and is playing a game or two with the 'Skins
while on a three week furlough. The Packers introduced
many newcomers and while it is still too early to judge
all of them, it can certainly be said that most will make
the grade. Brother Paul Duhart, although a yearling, 
showed well and should glean with more polish. Roy
Dale McKay saw a little action, but it was good. The
veterans in the squad welded the team into a unit. But
what surprised most on this moist, humid night was the
team play of the Bays. There were one or two lapses.
One error on a pass from center at the start of the third
period put the team in chancery for some time, but the
Packers rallied from that, carried the fight to the 'Skins
and marched toward scoreland only to be balked by an
interception. Before they had that chance they repulsed
the Washington eleven in a goal line stand that was a
reminder of great Packer teams of other years.
PASSING IS SPOTTY
The Packers passing was spotty. When their passes
clicked they were beautiful to see. Many of the tosses,
though, were thrown a bit too fast for overeager backs
and the intended receivers weren't able to hang on. The
ground game was a joy to behold and this prophecy
can be pasted in your hat right here for reference in the
future. The Packers are going to have a bunch of
slashing backs to go along with Irv Com's aerials to Don
Hutson and the other receivers. Especially in the third
quarter, when the team rallied from its bad streak, and
roared down the field, did the Packers look like a fine
gridiron machine. Playing against an experienced outfit
from the Capitol, they refused to buckle down and tore
into the Redskins with plenty of fire and dash. Washington showed a bit too much experience. This was their third game of the year. They uncorked a gent named Akins, who was mainly responsible for the Packer discomfiture in the final minutes. But they didn't have any more of the old heart than the Wisconsin teams and that moxie had the crowd roaring in appreciation of the Packers' plays.
KICKOFF GOES OUT
The first Packer kickoff went out of bounds and Fritsch kicked the next one to Seymour, who came back to his 39. On the second play of the game Baugh passed to Aguirre who was knocked out of bounds on the Packers' 35 by Laws. The Packers then recovered a fumble on the 35, Ade Schwammel hugging the ball to his breast. Two line plays gained a yard and then Comp passed to Joel Mason for a first down on the Redskins' 45. Comp ripped into the line for seven yards. Comp just missed a first down and then Fritsch took the ball for another first down on the 'Skins 23. Baugh intercepted Comp's pass on the 10-yard line and came back to his 19. Baugh kicked to Joe Laws, who took the ball on the Packer 35 and ran out of bounds on the Packers' 46. Comp passed to Jacunski, who ran past the Redskins and carried to the 15. He was almost away for a touchdown, but was dragged down from behind. Comp passed to Mason for a first down on the three-yard line. Comp ran to his right for no gain. Fritsch made about a yard off tackle. Fritsch then smashed over for the touchdown. Laws held and Fritsch added the extra point to give the Packers a 7-0 lead.
REDSKINS START MOVING
The Packers kicked off over the goal and it was Washington's ball on the 20. The Packers were again offsides, however, and Sorenson kicked to Seno, who came back from his 12 to his 36. Baugh passed to Bagarus for nine. Another bolt from the same pair made it first down on the Packers' 46. Baugh passed to Aguirre for a first down on the Packers' 13 after two line plays had gained about four yards. Fritsch tipped Baugh's pass to Bagarus, but not hard enough, and it was a touchdown. Aguirre added the extra point to knot the count at 7-all. The Redskins kicked off, Aguirre booting to Fritsch, who took the ball on the goal line and was tackled by the last man on the Capital City squad on the Packers' 48. The play drew the biggest roar of the night as it looked like Ted was on his way for the distance. Three plays failed to get 10 and Bagarus fumbled the Bay punt near his own goal line, but the Redskins recovered on the 15. Two plays gained about five yards as the quarter ended with the score still tied at 7-all. Baugh's long pass to start the second period was almost completed, but Aguirre dropped it and it was last down. Duhart came back with Baugh's punt about 10 yards to his own 46 where he slipped. Three plays failed and Comp's punt went high but not very far to the Redskin 8, where it was downed. On third down, Baugh passed to Bargarus for a first down on the Packers 49. Baugh passed a long one to Bargarus who was dropped on the Packer 23. Baugh's pass was deflected into the air by the intended receiver, and picked up on the fly by Joe Laws who came back to the Packers 15. Comp tossed to Jacunski on second down for a first on the Packers 29. Three plays failed to gain and Lou Brock kicked a poor one that went out of bounds on the Washington 49 yard line. Baugh fumbled, but recovered for a two yard loss. Bargarus made a diving, Hutson-like catch of a Baugh pass for a first down on the Packers 38. Fritsch intercepted a Baugh pass and ran back to the Redskins 32 on a twisting weaving jaunt of about 40 yards. Apparently trapped on the sidelines, Ted danced a bit and then cut back into the field for about 10 yards after it looked as though his journey had ended. Lou Brock hesitated too long on a pass and Sammy Baugh sneaked in, took the ball entirely in the clear and was away on what seemed like a certain touchdown only to be dragged down to the Packer 18.
FIELD GOAL BLOCKED
Seymour went right through the middle for a first down on the nine. One line play failed as did two Baugh passes and it was fourth down and goal to go for the Redskins. Aguirre attempted a field goal which was blocked and it was the Packers ball on the seven-yard line. Duhart ran hard to his right behind nice blocking and came out to the Packers 25. He almost broke away but was spilled by a high tackle from the rear. Lou Brock ran left to the 50. Comp's long pass to Mason was intercepted by Bagarus who ran back to the Washington 45 as the period ended with the score still 7-all. The third period opened with the Redskins kicking off to the Packers, Aguirre booting over the goal and it was the Packers' ball on the 20. The Bays muffed their signals on the first play and the ball unheeded, went sailing toward to the goal. It was finally recovered by the Packers in a pileup on the two yard line. Duhart came back to the seven on the next play and it was third and 23. He ran out of bounds for no gain and it was fourth down. Lou Brock kicked from behind his goal to Bagarus who took the ball on the Packers' 43 and raced back to the 15. Two plays gained four yards and then Baugh passed to Bagarus who took the ball for a touchdown but there had been a Washington offside and the ball was called back. Seymour plunged and it was last down about two for a first down. He plunged for a first down and the ball was back on the five. Baugh fumbled, the Skins recovered, but it was the Bays' ball on the 10. It was a great goal line stand by a determined Green Bay team and drew a good round of applause.
DUHART LOSES TWO
Duhart ran hard to his right but was forced out with a loss of two yards. Perkins ran to about the 10, Comp passed to Jacunski for a first down on the 25. Laws made nine and Perkins made it another first near the Packer 40. The Packers lost five yards for backfield in motion, offsetting a seven yard gain by Laws. Comp tossed to Jacunski on the 48 for a first down. Comp nosed into the line and ran to the Washington 44 after Perkins had lost a pair. Comp tossed to Mason who caught the ball off balance and the Packers had another first down on their string, this time on the Redskins' 31. A pass fizzled. Comp's try to Laws was intercepted by Bagarus who was dropped on the 16. Baugh sent a quick kick that went out of bounds on the Packers' 35. Two plunges carried for 10 as the quarter ended with the Packers owning another first down on their 47 and the score still deadlocked at seven. During the third period the Packers had driven hard and had held the upper hand in spite of their poor start. Fritsch ripped and raced for another first down on the Redskins 41. Laws' long pass to the goal line was knocked down as the crowd groaned. And the did groan. It was a neutral crowd, willing to applaud good play on both sides. Washington held and Sorenson attempted a placekick from the 45. It was low, however, and went over the goal, Washington taking over on the 20.
REDSKINS SCORE AGAIN
Baugh, on third down, tossed to Aguirre for a first on the 35. Baugh threw to Aguirre who broke free but was finally pushed out of bounds on the Packers' 16. Bagarus hit center for two, Mason ran the length of the field, but the officials ruled he had scooped up a loose ball off the ground, so he got nothing but exercise. Washington lost five and then Baugh passed to Bagarus who took the ball a few steps from the goal and waltzed over. Aguirre added the extra point and Washington, with about 10 minutes left to play, led for the first time, 14-7. Aguirre kicked off, McKay taking the ball on his 10 and running back to the Packers 37. He raced along the sidelines and had no chance to cut back into the field. Calligaro ran it to the 40. Washington was penalized for holding on the play and it was first down for the Packers on their 45. McKay tossed a sharp one that was incomplete. He ran for three. Lou Brock threw an incomplete pass and it was last down. Brock punted over the goal and Washington took the ball on its 20. Akins ran through center but was finally spilled on the Packers' 26. Akins ran through center and over for a touchdown. Washington apparently had spotted a weakness down the Packer center and was playing it hard. The extra point was blocked and the Redskins led, 20-7.
BROCK RETURNS 41 YARDS
Brock took the kickoff on his goal and came back 41 yards. Two plunges gained eight but a pass was incomplete and it was fourth and two. Lou Brock ran the ball and went out on about the 50, the Redskins taking possession. The Skins lost five for offside. The Redskins couldn't do it in three downs, and lost the ball on the Packers' 43 when they attempted to run on fourth down. Duhart was tossed on his 32 when his pass attempt was rushed. Brock tossed to Fritsch for a first down on the Washington 35. Duhart was dropped on his 43 trying to pass. The Packers were given a first down on a penalty on the 34. Brock's pass was smeared near the goal. Mason dropped another long one near the goal. Another pass was incomplete. The Packers lost the ball on downs when still another pass failed. One play gained 10 yards for Washington as the game ended with the District of Columbia boys winners, 20-7.
GREEN BAY  -   7   0   0   0  -   7
WASHINGTON -   0   7   0  13  -  20
1st - GB - Ted Fritsch, 3-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - WASH - Steve Bagarus, 13-yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Joe Aguirre kick) TIED 7-7
4th - WASH - Bagarus, 19-yard pass from Baugh (Aguirre kick) WASHINGTON 14-7
4th - WASH - Frank Akins, 26-yard run (Kick failed) WASHINGTON 20-7
PACKERS DEFEAT SAMPSON NAVAL CENTER ELEVEN, 25-14
SEPT 8 (Sampson, NY) - The powerful Green Bay Packers had too much power and experience for Lieut. Comdr. Jim Crowley's Sampson naval eleven here Thursday afternoon, outplaying the Bluejackets in every department for a 25-14 victory. The Packers' wealth of good backs ran through the Bluejacket line almost at will at times, rolling up 11 first downs to Sampson's 4;
gaining 181 yards rushing to Sampson's 122 and 150
yards passing to Sampson's 51. The Bays completed
six out of 13 attempted passes, most of them for big
gains. Sampson connected only one out of six...LEAVE
FOR BUFFALO: The Packers left this morning for
Buffalo, where they are to play the Boston Yanks in a 
preseason exhibition Sunday. Green Bay showed 
considerable more offensive and defensive strength 
today than they did the Yanks last Sunday. The margin
of victory was practically the same, Sampson bowing to
the Yanks, 14-0, but the teamwork and precision with
which the Packers ran their plays was far superior to 
that of the new National league entry, and Sampson
displayed much better form than it did against the 
Yanks. The game here provided many a thrill for the
more than 10,000 Blue Jackets, who are confined to the
center during the full period of their recruit training. The
third Packer touchdown, which as things turned out
decided the game, was of the highly sensational variety.
..PASS LATERAL WORKS: Fading all the way back to 
his own 40, Lou Brock threw a perfectly timed aerial far
down the field to Dick Bilda on the Sampson 30. With
Sampson tacklers all around him, Bilda lateraled to 
Hammel, who was racing at full speed a few yards 
behind. Hammel went unmolested over the goal line. 
The first Packer score came in the opening quarter 
when Lou Brock skirted wide around his left end for a
touchdown. Roy McKay passed to Hammel on the
Sampson five, and Hammel stumbled over the last
marker. The third tally was the thrilling Brock to Bilda
pass. Comp hit center for the final Packer score in the last quarter. Sampson's first touchdown was on a pass, Ed Greenfield to Norm Orea, who was in the clear on Green Bay's 30. Nich Terlizzi blocked and recovered a Green Bay kick in the end zone for the second marker.
PACKER TICKETS
SEPT 8 (Green Bay) - Ralph C. Smith, director of ticket sales, announced today that the Packer ticket office in the Legion building will remain open for business until 9 o'clock tonight. The office will be closed Saturday night, but beginning next Monday it will be open daily from 9 o'clock in the morning until 9 o'clock at night.
PACKERS, BOSTON YANKS TO MEET IN BUFFALO EXHIBITION SUNDAY; BOTH HOLD FINAL DRILLS
SEPT 9 (Buffalo) - Capitalizing on Buffalo's current brisk weather, the National league Boston Yanks went through a double drill in Civic stadium Friday in preparation for Sunday's skirmish with the Green Bay Packers. A crowd of 25,000 is expected. Meanwhile, the Bays sandwiched a single workout between the Yanks' morning and afternoon sessions. Coach Curly Lambeau's athletes played at Sampson naval training center Thursday, and the old Notre Dame star contented himself with ordering passing, kicking and running plays. Don Hutson, the league's record-breaking scorer, looked good as he caught passes with nonchalant ease, and Irv Comp, who completed 50 percent of his throws last season, showed uncanny accuracy as he flipped to Hutson and other receivers...HAS EYE INFECTION: Hutson, coming back after another retirement, has been troubled with an eye infection for three weeks, and Lambeau hopes it will be cleared up by game time. Herb Kopf, the Yanks' head man, put the emphasis on his "QT" formation, which combined the better features of the "T" and the single wing, with the snapper back sending the ball either to the quarterback or tailback. This attack is as complicated as a Chinese fire drill, and Kopf is bending every effort toward perfect timing. Like Lou Little, with whom he worked for years, Kopf is a stickler for details. The importance with which the clubs regard the game is
evidenced by the fact that each scouted the other in
recent weeks. Green Bay had Buckets Goldenberg, the
veteran guard, spotting the Yanks Wednesday night in
Cleveland, while Kopf sent one of his aides to Sampson,
Tillie Manton. Neither got much for his pains except for
a train ride. The rain prevented the Yanks and Rams 
from running through their repertoires, and Green Bay
played it close to the vest against Sampson...LIO
SPLITS UPRIGHTS: Manton was obviously pleased as
he watched Augie Lion work out today. The 230-pound
guard from Georgetown was splitting the uprights on a
consistent basis with placements from varying lengths.
"You know," he confided to a reporter, "that Kopf had me
sign a dollar-a-year contract as a player, then he told
me if I didn't develop a few placekickers he'd make me
do it myself." Manton was a human metronome during his career with the New York Giants. He converted so regularly it became monotonous. The clubs will work at the scene of the game again today.
PACKERS MEET BOSTON YANKS SUNDAY IN GAME AT BUFFALO
SEPT 9 (Buffalo) - The Green Bay Packers, heading home after two weeks in the east, stop in Buffalo, N.Y., today for a game Sunday against the Boston Yanks, newest club in the NFL. After this game the Packers return to their own backyard to prepare for the league opener a week from Sunday at Milwaukee against the Brooklyn Tigers. Tomorrow's game will be broadcast by Russ Winnie. A crowd of 25,000 is expected at City stadium in Buffalo for the game. There is a possibility that Don Hutson, stellar end who recently signed to play for the tenth season, may get into the Boston game. Boston has purchased some Pro league vets. Dave Smukler and Leo the Lion were secured from Detroit; George Cafego came from Washington and Bert Davis formerly performed for Philadelphia. Green Bay will uncover a pair of star recruit backs against the Bostonese as Roy McKay, from Texas U, and Paul Duhart, former Florida ace, are a couple of "triple-threaters" who can do things with a football.
YANKS GET LAUX
SEPT 9 (Philadelphia) - The Philadelphia Eagles announced today the sale of quarterback Ted Laux to the Boston Yanks, new member of the NFL. General Manager Henry Thayer said the deal is contingent upon the former St. Joseph's College player's recovery from a knee injury.
BOSTON YANKS BATTLE FOR BERTHS IN BUFFALO GAME WITH PACKERS
SEPT 10 (Buffalo) - It's carded merely as an exhibition game, but the clash between the Boston Yanks and the Green Bay Packers here at the Municipal Stadium tomorrow afternoon is of great importance to the new Boston entry. The game today may go a long way in settling the fate of several doubtful players and should influence Coach Herb Kopf as to his starting lineup in the Yanks' first National League game with Philadelphia two weeks from Tuesday night at Boston. With the addition of Frank Gaziano, former Holy Cross guard who joined the squad in Cleveland last Wednesday, the Yanks now have 36 men on their squad. Eight must be shaved off before the opening game. This means that everybody who faces the Packers is going to be in there battling all the way. Then, too, since many of the experts agree that the Packers loom as the Western Division champs now that Don Hutson has agreed to play one more year, it will be interesting to see how the "Cinderella club", the outfit that was molded together out of the clouds in a month's time, will do against classy opposition.
PACKERS MEET BOSTON ON BUFFALO GRID TODAY
SEPT 10 (Buffalo) - The Green Bay Packers arrived here Saturday afternoon, after a week of training at the Sampson naval base, ready to take their final test under fire against the new Boston Yankees in municipal stadium here Sunday. A week hence, they will open the league season against Brooklyn in Milwaukee. The Packers will go into Sunday's game with two games under their belts and the Yankees with one. Green Bay bowed to the Washington Redskins, 20-7, at Baltimore a week ago, and then with second and third stringers carrying the hod, beat Jimmy Crowley's Sampson naval station team in midweek, 25-14. Bob Kopf's Yankees, in their only start so far, bowed to the Cleveland Rams in an exhibition at Cleveland, 9-0. Lambeau, upon arriving here, indicated that he would have his regulars and the most promising of the new men do most of the hard work Sunday. The game against Sampson gave him the chance he wanted to see the less promising men under fire. The others will get their final test here. Under league rules, he will have to cut his roster to meet the player limit of 28 before the league opener with Brooklyn. The week of work since the Washington game, including almost daily scrimmages against the Sampson squad, left Curly Lambeau, who has championship aspirations, in a fairly happy frame of mind. It was just the kind of work the Packers needed. Bob McKay especially looked good in both running and passing. The Packers will leave here immediately after Sunday's game and be back in Green Bay Monday. WTMJ, with Russ Winnie at the "mike", will broadcast Sunday's game, starting at 1 o'clock (Milwaukee time).
EXHIBITION - Washington Redskins 20, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 7
Monday September 4th 1944 (at Baltimore)
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS START STAY AT TRAINING CENTER
SEPT 6 (Sampson, NY) - The powerful Green Bay Packers, who many football men are picking to win the 1944 National league crown, arrived at this naval training center this morning for a three-day stand. The Packers have a busy program of football and entertainment cut out for them. They were to practice this afternoon, play an exhibition with Lt. Cmdr. Jim Crowley's Bluejackets on Thursday afternoon, hold another practice Friday morning, and then shuffle off to Buffalo in the afternoon for their preseason exhibition Sunday against the Boston Yanks, new member of the National league. While not occupied with football, Coach Curly Lambeau and his athletes will be entertained on a tour of this modern naval training center at movies, bowling and various Navy training activities...TO RENEW FRIENDSHIPS: Numerous old football friendships will be renewed during the Packers visit here. Lt. Cmdr. Crowley is looking forward to his meeting with his old high school coach, Lambeau, for whom he played at Green Bay East before hitting out on his colorful college career at Notre Dame. Born in Chicago, Coach Crowley moved to Green Bay at an early age and spent more than 20 years there. The Sampson coach's mother still resides there. Then there will be the meeting with Crowley and two of his star pupils at Fordham. Harry Jacunski, Packer end, was captain of Crowley's 1938 Fordham eleven and Paul Berezney, Packer lineman, was a tackle on the same club. The game here Thursday will be played in a colorful Navy setting for the entertainment of some 10,000 recruit Bluejackets who are restricted to the center during their recruit training...SERVES DOUBLE PURPOSE: For Cmdr. Crowley, the game will serve a two-fold purpose. It will help the Sampson coach make up his mind as to his own strongest lineup and will give him a pretty fair idea as to how his "team-to-be", the Boston Yanks, who he will coach after the war, compares to the Packers. The Yanks, with George Cafego, the former Tennessee star doing the passing, and Dave Smukler, ex-Temple ace, ripping off big gains through the line, defeated Sampson, 14-0, here Sunday in the first game of the season for both elevens. The Packers will move into Buffalo Friday morning after motoring from the naval center to Geneva, N.Y., 14 miles away. Arrival in Buffalo is scheduled for mid-morning, after which the team will get its last long workout before Sunday's exhibition. Coach Lambeau, although admitting that the team showed strength in its game against the Redskins, is far from satisfied and is not reducing the length of workouts.
PACKERS MOVE INTO BUFFALO FOR CONTEST AGAINST BOSTON YANKS
SEPT 7 (Sampson, NY) - Finished with their mid-week stint against the service eleven of Lt. Cmdr. Jimmy Crowley, athletic director at the Sampson naval training center, the Green Bay Packers prepared tonight to leave for Buffalo, where they meet the Boston Yanks in an exhibition contest Sunday afternoon. The Packers will leave this huge training establishment Friday morning, arriving in Buffalo shortly before noon. Coach Curly Lambeau has scheduled workouts for both Friday and Saturday, the last in the east before the team picks up where it left off drilling on its home grounds. The Yanks are newcomers in the NFL but that should not give any Green Bay fans too much optimism since Coach Herb Kopf has welded together a representative outfit from among several pro circuit veterans and a flock of newcomers fresh out of school...OWNED BY COLLINS: The Boston team, owned by Ted Collins of radio fame, opened its first season against the Cleveland Rams in Cleveland Wednesday night and lost by a 9 to 0 count. Among the outstanding gridders from the Yanks were fullback Dave Smukler, former Temple university star, quarterback George Cafego, who played undergraduate football for Tennessee and later with the Redskins, and guard Augie Lio, who performed last year with Detroit. Kopf, who is being assisted in the coaching department by John Dell Isola and Tillie Manton, formerly of the Giants, is using an offense he calls the "Q-T" formation. According to Kopf, it is an offense which attempts to take the strong points of the single wing and the T formation and blend them into an offense. He had a quarterback operating under the center but the signal caller doesn't always take the ball. Sometimes he spins and becomes a blocker. Two-thirds of the deep alignment remain - a halfback and the fullback operate side by side but the other halfback is either on a wing or in motion. The possibilities are limitless for both deception and power, the Yanks' coach says. Whether the "Q-T" formation can do anything against the Redskins remains to be seen. At present writing, the Wisconsin team has the edge in both offensive and defensive power. Charlie Murray, the Buffalo sports promoter who is handling the details of the Sunday exhibition, expects that some 25,000 customers will be on hand for the contest. The Packers provide sure drawing power in the Bison City since most of the football fans remember their last appearance there in 1938 against the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers won a 24 to 21 thriller from the Cards after Baby Ray, veteran tackle will also be in Sunday's starting lineup, recovered a Card fumble deep in enemy territory and Tiny Engebretsen rushed into the ball game to kick the winning field goal. The kick was for 27 yards. At least two rookies will get more than just a taste of action against the Yanks. They are left halfbacks Roy Dale McKay and Paul Duhart of Texas and Florida, respectively. Duhart probably will start in place of the veteran Irv Comp, who sustained an arm injury against the Redskins on Labor Day. Rather than aggravate the injury, Coach Lambeau figures Comp should get a rest to prepare for the league opener against Brooklyn in Milwaukee Sept. 17.
POST-GAME ANALYSIS BY SCRIBE INDICATES PACKER FANS MAY NOW START MEASURING FOR BUNTING POLE
SEPT 8 (Philadelphia) - Notes on the back of an old railroad timetable, or the post-game quarterback: By the time you feast your eyes on this the Packers will have played their second game of the youthful season...and will probably have chalked up their first victory. That will bring joy to the collective soul of Green Bay. You know it's a lot tougher covering the Packers out of town when they drop one because you always have the interests of the home folks at heart. You see it happen, and although you don't like to watch some other team whip the Bays, it's a fact there before your eyes. But then you have to write about it and you know that the next night the story will appear in your alma mater for the home folks to see. And you know how all out Green Bay is for its Packers and you hate to be writing a lot of wordage that will only spread gloom in the east and westside precincts. Take it from this reporter, however, Green Bay is going to have a lot to celebrate this year because the 1944 Packer eleven is a good outfit. It's too early, yes, to call them a great team...but don't be surprised at what they do. There are many new men on the squad...and the great majority of them show promise. It was surprising there in Baltimore to watch that Green Bay outfit slug it out with the somewhat more experienced Redskins, asking no quarter, giving none, and matching the Washington players right up to the final minutes of that game. It was more remarkable, too, in light of the conversation you had before the game. You ask players how the team would do against the Skins. "It's hard to tell," they said. "We don't know exactly what we've got yet." Then they played the game, and you can bet right now that the Packer players know what they've got...and it's plenty...MEASURE FOR FLAGPOLE: No...don't run right out and buy a flagpole for the 1944 pennant on the strength of what we've written. But go ahead and get some measurements for that pole to be on the safe side. Green Bay
will have some smashing backs...the team will have some excellent line play...and with all that they'll have Hutson, too. Get a good large flagpole when you order it. Two very interested spectators on the Packer bench at Baltimore were former Packer stars, both now in the service. One was Herman Schneidmann, the other, Nate Barrager, a former Coast star who went to the midwest to sparkle as a center. Both took passes from their Uncle Sam to see the game. Another disappointed ex-Packer was Andy Uram, who traveled 200 miles from Camp Perry just to see the boys. But Andy's pass didn't hold good over Monday night and he had to return without getting a look at the game. Baltimore's Municipal Stadium is hallowed out of the ground. It had rained during the afternoon before the game and the result was a day and night of humidity that only a Baltimore or Washington can put on. It was hot enough in the covered press box up on the rim of the stadium, but down on the field it seemed like a Turkish bath. Yet there were only a few timeouts and the game went along as though it were a cool October Sunday back of East High school...RECALLS KNOTHOLE GANG: When a lad in knickers, your correspondent stood in many a knothole game in old Hagemeister park and then at Bellevue field to see and abuse the Decatur Staleys, now the Bears. Among the older Bears players who drew the taunts of the Green Bay young fry were Dutch and Little Jo Sternaman, the latter the gent who always wore a special kicking shoe when about to attempt a field goal, Brute Trafton and others. So it was some interest that we met Trafton in the lobby of the Lord Baltimore hotel before the game. "You don't know it," we told him, "but we have howled for your blood on many a Sunday afternoon." George is a good gut. "I'll give you a pint right now if you want it," he came back with a laugh...GOOD PACKER SALESMAN: It's interesting to see a former football enemy now rooting for our side. George should go well with the Packers from the way in which he mingled with all comers in Baltimore. He's a good Packer salesman. Baltimore was quite excited about its annual Packer-Redskin game. A big Washington delegation roared approval of everything Sammy Baugh and his mates did...but there were a lot of folks from the Maryland metropolis who took up the chant for the Bays. It was a good crowd and everybody there saw a banner football game.