NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS BEGIN POINTING FOR TILT SUNDAY AGAINST BROOKLYN TIGERS
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Victors in two of their three exhibition tests in the east, the Packers today began pointing for their first 1944 game in State Fair park next Sunday afternoon. The contest will officially open the league year since no others are scheduled to be played until a week later. Coach Curly Lambeau has scheduled extra-hour workouts from now until Saturday.The need for the increased tempo is based on three
things: slowness with which plays have been engineered, lack of top condition, and the fact that the Tigers are a stronger ball club than they were last year when
the Packers defeated them by a 31 to 7 margin. Not
entirely pessimistic about the outlook, Coach Lambeau
said, "We have a good team in the making but plenty of
work is required before we will be ready to go against
Brooklyn." He based his evaluation on the Packers'
showings against Washington and Boston, both league
outfits, and the Sampson naval training center eleven...
MCKAY IS CASUALTY: The team returned to town on
Monday afternoon after a 12-day tour in the east. The
only serious casualty in the exhibitions was a leg injury
sustained by halfback Roy Dale McKay, who joined the
club in Chicago after the All-Star contest. The former
Texas player probably will see no action against the
Tigers, but should be ready for the game against the
Bears here Sept. 24, Coach Lambeau said. Additional
fortification of the front wall is expected momentarily
with the arrival of veteran tackle Paul Berezney, who
has just finished his medical internship at a California
hospital. Berezney, who will be playing his third season
here, was scheduled to arrive either late today or on
Wednesday. His presence will give the Packers two
pairs of veteran tackles. Coach Pete Cawthon of the
Tigers, who will move into Milwaukee in mid-week from
their training site in Cheyenne, Wyo., has several
veterans back from the 1943 squad in addition to other
experienced pro gridders obtained in deals with the
Redskins. Players who remained on are tackle Bruiser
Kinard and fullback Clarence (Pug) Manders, who
averaged three yards an attempt and placed 12th in
yards gained in the league last year..OBTAINED FROM
REDSKINS: Coming from the Washington eleven were
end Bob Masterson, now in his seventh pro season,
halfback Ray Hare and center George Smith. All were
first stringers with the Redskins in 1943 and will be remembered by Packer fans for their outstanding play when the teams met at State Fair park in 1943. Eight other veterans are on the Tigers' roster. Some indication of the strength of Brooklyn was given in their exhibition game against the Redskins at Ogden, Utah, late last month. The Tigers lost, 14 to 7, mainly because the winners had too much Sammy Baugh. A week later, the 'Skins tripped the Packers in their first contest this season, 20 to 7, the only loss sustained by the Bears on their eastern exhibition swing.
ALBRECHT NOW MEMBER OF BOSTON YANKEE SQUAD
SEPT 12 (Manitowoc) - Art Albrecht, Manitowoc's only player in the NFL, is now a member of the Boston Yankees, newest club in the loop. Albrecht, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Albrecht of 1411 Madison Street and a graduate of Lincoln high school in 1940, has now been a member of four pro elevens. He played a guard and tackle spot for the Yankees during part of the Packer game at Buffalo Sunday. Albrecht, a center in his high school days, starred as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin. In the fall of 1942, he was signed by Coach Curly Lambeau and worked with that club for a time. Then he was sold to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last year Albrecht was a member of the Chicago Cardinals and this fall reported to the camp of the combined Cardinals-Steelers at Waukesha. He failed to come to contract terms with the club management and they traded him to the Boston Yankees. Albrecht was home for a visit two weeks ago after leaving the Cardinal camp in Waukesha and was in the pink of condition.
TIGERS - NOT DODGERS ANY MORE; CAWTHON STILL LAUGHS OVER '6 FOR 6' DEAL
SEPT 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - They're the Brooklyn Tigers now, not the Brooklyn Dodgers as of yore - speaking of football, of course. "Think we want any connection, real or implied, with Dem Bums of the baseball world?" asked Tom Gallery, who is handling the business affairs of the club in the absence of the owner, Capt. Dan Topping, now in the south Pacific. "Dem Bums! We'll stand on our own and get farther." The Dodgers - beg pardon - the Tigers arrived in town Tuesday and will work out here the rest of the week for their league opening with the Packers at State Fair park Sunday...Pete Cawthon, late of Texas Tech, who is coaching the club, still laughs over the famous six for six deal he engineered with George Marshall of Washington a couple of months ago. Why not laugh? The Tigers got Ray Hare, one of the best blocking backs in the league; Bob Masterson, a first rate end; George Smith, a first rate center; Tony Leon, a pretty good guard, and Courtney Driscoll and Leo Stasica, a couple of halfbacks. They sent to Washington Dean McAdams, Merlyn Condit and four other boys of lesser ability. So far so good, but then the deal really "blossomed". All six men Brooklyn got signed up. Not one of the six Washington got reported...Tiny Croft of the Packers had better look to his laurels as king of the beef trust. The 285 pound behemoth, who is coming along fine under George Trafton's coaching - and urging - has a rival for heft this season in Harry Bolton, a rookie with the Detroit Lions. Bolton, a fill blooded Oklahoma Indian, weighs 280 pounds...That great 89 yard run by Irv Comp of the Packers against the Boston Yankees at Buffalo Sunday, from his own goal line to the other side's 11, might have been a touchdown, Lambeau says, if the Bay View Bazooka had not been about 10 pounds overweight...The Packers have already started to return mail orders for good seats to the Bear-Packer tussle a week from Sunday. Only a few of the cheaper seats remain.
PACKERS HOLD LONG WORKOUT FOR CONTEST AGAINST BROOKLYN ELEVEN
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - The Brooklyn Tigers, who aid the Packers in launching the 1944 NFL season in Milwaukee next Sunday, were scheduled to arrive in the downstate city today while the Green Bay eleven was slated to go through a long afternoon workout to get in trim for the contest. The game will be played at State Fair park. The Packer squad has been reduced to 30 men and two more will be dropped before the game to conform with a league rule allowing only 28 players in uniform for circuit games. Those released, according to an announcement by Coach Curly Lambeau, are end Mark Hammel, right halfback Bob McRoberts and blocking back Walter Gudie. No workout was held this morning because of the rain. The afternoon practice was on the defense the Bays will use against Brooklyn. If the squad does not come up to expectations, two more workouts will be held Thursday, Lambeau said, allowing that plenty remains to be done before the squad entrains for Milwaukee last Saturday afternoon...STUDY SCOUT REPORT: Lambeau and his aides, Don Hutson and George Trafton, pored over a scout report on the Washington-Brooklyn game played two weeks ago in Utah. They didn't entirely reveal what they found out but indicated that the Tigers are not going to be a pushover. As a matter of fact, Lambeau was frank in admitting that he expects a rough contest, similar to the last two against the Eastern division eleven. Interest in the game, first of two to be held in Milwaukee this season, is considerable. Milwaukeeans have snapped up all the tickets sent there and a rush call for more ducats was received Tuesday afternoon by Ticket Director Ralph C. Smith. Many Green Bay and northeastern Wisconsin fans are also planning to attend to get a line on the team before it meets the Chicago Bears in City stadium Sept. 24. Along with the defensive and offensive work, several members of the squad are perfecting their punting, kickoff and kicking from the field. Veterans Lou Brock and Ted Fritsch are getting plenty of distance and height on their punts while Fritsch and Glenn Sorenson are improving in the kickoff and field goal department...HASN'T LOST TOUCH: The point-after-touchdown artistry of Hutson will come in handy again this year since the veteran end has shown that he hasn't lost the touch. Against the Boston Yanks he continued his consecutive string without a miss by placing four squarely between the goal posts. Hutson probably will get a share of the field goal attempts, a department in which he paced the league in 1943. An item about the Tigers is worthwhile repeating - that their acquisition of three Redskin players has strengthened them to a point where some of the worries, omnipresent during 1943, have been lightened. End Bob Masterson and center George Smith have bolstered the line and right halfback Ray Hare is the type of player needed to spark the ball club. Others who may be expected to give the Packer runners trouble are tackle Bruiser Kinard, guard Floyd Rhea and tackle George Sergienko, all veterans. In the backfield, besides Hare, Coach Pete Cawthon has Clarence Manders at fullback, F.M. Sachse at left half and Bill Brown at quarter. All have professional game experience and give the Tigers a backfield with speed and heft. The heavy rain this morning was the first such inclement weather experienced by the squad during drills here since practice started August 20.
NAVY GAINS WHAT PACKERS HAVE LOST IN URAM AND RUSS LETLOW
SEPT 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - A couple of former Packers, Andy Uram and Russ Letlow, will play their football this fall with Camp Perry in Virginia...The pro league race looks like one of the best in several years, with no one really outstanding club to dominate things, as the Bears once did. Only the new Boston Yankees and the Cleveland Rams, back in the league after a year's absence, appear to be entirely out of the fight. Washington looks a little the best in the east, although the line could stand help, and Green Bay a little the best in the west...Curly Lambeau doesn't believe Sid Luckman will fly wet to be with the Bears for their game with Green Bay a week hence. "There'll be too loud a rumble around the league if he does," says the Belgian. "If he plays, why shouldn't other clubs with players in the service arrange to have them play, too? There ought to be a rule." Amen...A couple of rookie backs have been standouts with the Brooklyn Tigers so far - Ken Fryer, a triple threater from West Virginia, and Dub McGibboney, a good passer from little known Arkansas State Teachers...Two new head coaches will make their debut in the pro league this fall. Bud DeGroot, late of Rochester U, at Washington, where he installed the T, and Herb Kopf, late of Manhattan, at Boston, where he has installed what he calls the Q-T, whatever that is. Buff Donelli of Cleveland would qualify as a new one, too, except for the single game in which he handled Pittsburgh at the fag end of the season two years ago.
GUS SEABURG RETURNS AS ASSISTANT TRAINER
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Assistant Trainer Gus Seaburg of the Packers got h is first workout of 1944 with the arnica and tape Tuesday, following his arrival here from Kansas City, where he was trainer for the Blues of the American Association during the last season. This is Seaburg's second season as assistant to Bud Jorgenson.
PACKERS BOG DOWN IN DRILL FOR TIGER BATTLE
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - The Packers will have to display a lot more precision and workmanship than they showed in Wednesday afternoon's long workout if they hope to defeat the Brooklyn Tigers at State Fair pak Sunday afternoon to get off to a flying start in the quest for their sixth NFL flag. Timing and execution of plays were lacking to a degree that had Coach Curly Lambeau muttering to himself and shaking his head when he remembered that only two days remain to get the squad in shape for the circuit's lid-lifter. The Packer head man is definitely worried about the outcome and makes no bones about it. If the local league entry performs accordingly to its capabilities, there is no question that they will have a better than equal chance to knock the bottom out of the Tigers. That is exactly what Lambeau was worried about as he watched the squad stumble throught its workout Wednesday. The team was not operating up to par...SCHEDULES TWO DRILLS: As a result, storm clouds were gathering for a couple of workouts today with the whole repertoire of offensive and defensive maneuvers to get a going over. Friday, the training schedule will be tapered off and Saturday the team will shove off for Milwaukee, where much more about the ball club will be known late Sunday. The weather also intervened to jumble up the practice schedule. The morning drill had to be postponed because of the rain although a skull session was held to go over mistake and to lay plans for Sunday. Although the rain subsided to enable the squad to get outside later in the day, the practice left something to be desired even though it lasted until close to 5 o'clock. The timing on pass plays - long the potent factor in the Lambeau system - was particularly off the mark. Linesmen were building up to a pitch under the lashings of Line Coach George Trafton, who had to don blocking pads for protection. A bright spot in the picture was the lack of serious injury on the squad with the exception of the bad leg of halfback Roy Dale McKay, who probably won't see any action against the Tigers...TIGERS ARE STRONGER: Much of the pregame conversation has turned on the showing of the Tigers in the league last year, when they wound up at the bottom of the heap in the Eastern division. The important thing right now, however, is that the Tigers have come a long way since then under the direction of Coach Pete Cawthon, now in his second year at the helm. Pete frankly admits that he's got a pretty fair ball club. The connection between the old Dodgers - that is the name they used last year - and the present outfit has been thoroughly severed even to the change of monicker. He figures the change will be more complete if his rejuvenated ball club can paste the Packers next Sunday, thereby getting revenge for several previous beatings and also making the season's start auspicious. Whether the Tiger coach is being a little optimistic depends a great deal on how the Green bay club operates. As Lambeau said earlier in the week, the material is on hand but getting the men to operate at 100 percent effectiveness is another matter. Man for man, the Packers are as experienced - perhaps a little more so - than the easterners. Coach Lambeau can call on a starting eleven of veterans. In reserve there are several veterans also and a number of rookies who showed enough stuff on the eastern tour to warrant their being retained on the roster.
MANDERS WILL RETURN FOR GAME
SEPT 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - Pug Madners' wife has been seriously injured in an automobile accident in Des Moines, and the big Brooklyn fullback has left the squad, in training here, to be with here. He will be back in time, though, to take his place against the Packers Sunday...The whisperers have it that Arnie Herber, who came out of retirement to join the Giants this fall, won't be able to cut it. Too much mileage in those legs...Milwaukee has been invited to have a representative at the first meeting of the proposed United States Football league in Chicago September 30 and October 1. The league, like the new all-American conference, proposes to start operations in 1945. Let's hope Milwaukee representative, whoever he may be, will not try to operate on a shoestring. It can't be done...A couple of former Packers, Tony Falkenstein, fullback, and Joe Carter, end, will be with Brooklyn against their old mates Sunday. Falkenstein played with Green Bay last year; Carter two years ago...The new Boston Yanks of the pro league have adopted green and gold as their colors..."The women's choice" - that's what the Packers themselves now call handsome halfback Lou Brock.
NEW PRO GRID LOOP TO DRAFT FINAL PLANS
SEPT 14 (Pittsburgh) - The United States Football League, with post-war plans calling for a transcontinental network of professional teams and an island squad at Honolulu, will meet at Chicago next week in a two day session, to issue permanent franchises, Roland D. Payne, the pro-tem president said today. Payne said officers would also be elected and that applications from four additional cities would be considered. The permanent franchises will go to New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Akron, Cincinnati, Chicago, Los Angeles and Honolulu, which, for now, have certificates of operation. The cities to be considered are Milwaukee, New Orleans, Houston and San Francisco. The teams, which will travel exclusively by plane, will have financial backing ranging from $60,000 to $250,000, Payne said. Tentative plans call for the league to begin play in 1945, depending on the course of the war.
NEW YORK ELEVEN SIGNS DOBBS FOR PLAY NEXT SEASON
SEPT 14 (New York) - Lieut. Glenn Dobbs of the Army air corps, former football star at the University of Tulsa, signed a two year contract with the New York eleven of the newly formed All-America football conference, it was announced Thursday by the club's owners, Mrs. Lou Gehrig and Ray Ryan. The salary was not disclosed. Dobbs is believed to be the first player signed by the new organization which was formed in Chicago early this month and will not operate until 1945. The triple threat backfield ace was selected in 1943 by the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL's annual draft of graduating collegians, but did not sign a contract with the Chicago team.
GRID TIGERS SELL TWO PLAYERS TO BOSTON
SEPT 14 (Boston) - The Boston Yanks announcedlast night the purchase of center Dale Carmody and halfback Courtney Driscoll from the Brooklyn Tigers. Carmody, who starred at Southern California last fall, recently was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. Driscoll, a former Richmond, Va., schoolboy sensation, was a triple-threat at Marshall College.