1944 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Training Camp
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
30 PACKERS START PRACTICE FOR 1944 CAMPAIGN
AUG 21 (Green Bay) - Packer football fans got their first glimpse of the 1944 squad Sunday afternoon, when 30 men - a number augmented today by several more veterans - dashed through an hour and a half practice, first in a series that will extend to the latter part of November. About 400 spectators were on hand for the drill, which marked also the beginning of the 26th year of professional football in Green Bay. While it is too early to make predictions about the strength of the team Coach Curly Lambeau and his aides will have to fashion out of the candidates, there were indications which gave the Sunday sideliners plenty of opportunity for positive conversation about the prospects. Not the least of these was the appearance of 13 veterans, all of them tried gridirons in professional competition. Practically all members of the squad appeared to be in excellent condition. This will help somewhat to reduce the great amount of work remaining to be done before the exhibition contest two weeks from today against the Washington Redskins in Baltimore. Coach Lambeau said that drills will gradually increase in tempo and should be going full blast by the end of the week. For the time being, he cautioned against overexuberance which could result in pulled muscles and sore feet...DOUBLE DRILLS SCHEDULED: Sunday's drill included running through basic plays, punting and passing exercises and wind sprints, just enough of a workout to allow the squad to get up a good sweat and to whet their appetites for the lengthy session held this morning. Later on in the week, double drills will be held daily. Veterans who reported Sunday include: centers - Charley Brock and Forrest McPherson; guards - Bill Kuusisto, Pete Tinsley and Glen Sorenson; tackles - Baby Ray and Tiny Croft; ends - Harry Jacunski and Joel Mason; backs - Joe Laws, Irv Comp, Lou Brock, Don Perkins. Four other veterans were to report for drills today while tackle Paul Berezney will be on hand after the eastern exhibition swing. Those reporting today include blocking back Larry Craig, fullback Ted Fritsch, tackle Ade Schwammel and center Bob Flowers, the latest veteran to accept terms. Six feet, one inch tall, Flowers weighs 205 pounds and is a two-year veteran. He saw heavy duty late last season after Charley Brock was hospitalized with appendicitis...DEPENDS ON ROOKIES: The number of veterans is comparable to those returning for duty with other teams in the NFL. However, much depends on the manner in which rookies will develop in the line and backfield to give the Packers the needed reserve strength for the 10-game pro circuit season. This question should be answered fairly well before the exhibition battles. On the basis of the first workout, two first-year men drew mention from Coach Lambeau. They are backs Paul Duhart, former University of Florida star, and Len Calligaro, who saw undergraduate service with the University of Wisconsin. Duhart played on the Fort Riley, Kan., team with former Packer center, Tom Greenfield, and was recommended for the Green Bay eleven by both Greenfield and coach Tom Lieb of Florida. Calligaro, a Hurley product, played both fullback and center on the Badger eleven...MUST FIND REPLACEMENTS: from the group of newcomers, Coach Lambeau will have to find four to take the places of veterans now serving in the armed forces, Backs Tony Canadeo and Andy Uram, taackle Chet Adams and end Dick Evans. The fifth veteran conspicuous by his absence Sunday was guard Buckets Goldenberg, who may yet change his often-announced decision that he is finished playing. His 11 years of experience would come in handy in the line. Two others who have some experience were also out for the first drill. They are back Walter Gudie, Wisconsin, and guard Mike Bucchanerri, Indiana. Gudie joined the squad last season but was forced to retire for business reasons while Bucchanerri saw service with the 1942 team before returning to his home in Pennsylvania to take over his father's business. Others appearing in the first session included: guards - Charlie Tollefson, Iowa; Ervin Dziersewski, Milwaukee; Don Clark, St. Mary's, Minnesota; tackles - Norb Ebbers, Kenosha; Norm Tornow, New Jersey; Pete Forte, Illinois; ends - Don Holmes, Michigan; Mark Hammel, Wabash; Jack McKnight, Colorado college; backs - Bob McRoberts, Stout; Babe Webb, New Mexico; Dick Bilda, Marquette; John Cody, Michigan State...MCKAY TO REPORT: When the College All Stars finish their game against the Chicago Bears, the roster will be bolstered by the appearance of Roy D. McKay, former University of Texas back, who has been receiving a great deal of attention in the All-Stars camp. McKay, first signer this year, is slated for plenty of action against the Bears and is rated as one of the top ball carriers on the squad.
PACKER TICKET DRIVE TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - The annual one-day Packer season ticket campaign will be held Wednesday, when about 80 volunteers on 10 sales squads will battle for the honor of selling the greatest number of tickets and also for all-expense trips to Milwaukee for the Detroit Lions game Oct. 1. The drive is being conducted under the auspices of the Association of Commerce. The workers will meet for breakfast at the Beaumont hotel dining room at 8 o'clock in the morning. After the breakfast, they will be assigned to various teams - one for each city in the NFL - and issued final instructions. A report dinner will be held at the Beaumont at 6:30 in the evening. For the last several years, results of the one-day drive have been increasingly better. Last year, a total of 4,811 season tickets were sold and the committee is confident that the 5,000 mark will be passed this year because of the attractive home schedule that has been arranged for the Packers, starting with the annual tussle with the Chicago Bears on Sept. 24. Other contests booked for City stadium are Oct. 8 against the strong Card-Pitt combination, generally labeled around the league as one of the toughest elevens in the pro circuit this year, and Oct. 22 against the rejuvenated Cleveland Rams, who returned to active play after a lapse of one year. Season tickets will be good for the three home games...ON COMPETITIVE BASIS: As in the past, the drive will be conducted on a competitive basis. The selling teams will contact office workers, and those in business and industrial establishments. Two-man squads selling the most tickets will receive the all-expense trip to Milwaukee. Footballs will be given to members of the winning teams. Added to the total of tickets sold Wednesday will be those which members of the Association of Commerce industrial division sales teams have sold during the last several weeks in about 20 industrial plants in the city. These plants are out-of-bounds in Wednesday's campaign. Speakers are the kickoff breakfast will be Coach Curly Lambeau, line coach George Trafton, and President L.H. Joannes of the Packer corporation. At the Victory dinner Wednesday evening, results of the drive will be chalked up on a large blackboard as they are reported by the team captains. Color movies of the Packer-Chicago Bear game in Green Bay last year will be shown after the dinner.
PACKERS ACQUIRE END RAY WHEBA IN TRADE WITH BROOKLYN TIGERS
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - Needing additional strength at the end position, the Packers today acquired Ray Wheba from the Brooklyn Tigers in a trade for fullback Tony Falkenstein, according to an announcement by Coach Curly Lambeau. The new end will report here within a few days from the Brooklyn training camp in California. A star performer in his three years of undergraduate football at the University of Southern California, Wheba broke into the professional game in a hurry last season. He started every league game for the Tigers and was described by Packer players as a tough, rough end. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 215 pound 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 with Illinois and Cody at Western Michigan...WILL BOLSTER WINGS: The acquisition of Wheba 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. Three newcomers are also on the roster but are untested in the professional game. Coach Lambeau said another deal is pending for an end to further strengthen this position. Coach Lambeau also announced the arrival today of center Bob Flowers, former Texas Tech player who will be starting his third season with the Packers. Another newly arrived gridder was Ted Fritsch, here for his third season after starring at Stevens Point Teachers college. First contact work of the season was held Monday. Line coach George Trafton was impressed with the spirit of the forward wall candidates, especially with the zip they displayed in charging. The work of guard Charley Tollefson, formerly of Iowa, brought special mention from the new line coach who had the men working at a lively clip. 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 state, appears to the best passer among the newcomers and that he may go a long way toward filling the shoes left vacant by Tony Canadeo. At the fullback spot, Len Calligaro of Wisconsin also looked impressive...LEARN NEW PLAYS: The squad is wasting no time in learning plays. Realizing the first game against Washington in Baltimore is less than two weeks away, Coach Lambeau has called for lengthy sessions with the emphasis on hard work. Several new plays were given to the squad Monday and the ration will be increased daily as the exhibition contests in the east get nearer. Ade Schwammel, veteran tackle, was one of four veterans to report Monday. Craig wired Coach Lambeau that he would be in Green Bay shortly after the opening of drills but as yet he had not put in an appearance.
​PACKER DRILL TEMPO STARTS UPWARD SWING
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - The Packers got down to tough business today when they had the first of several days of double drills in preparation for their exhibition opener against the Washington Redskins in Baltimore on Labor Day, Sept. 4. Coach Curly Lambeau said the tempo would be increased until Saturday, when the squad is put through its first scrimmage of the season. The team has all the working essentials for its first contest. All plays that will be used against the eastern champions were handed out during the first skull session on Tuesday. These were to receive a thorough going over in a long signal drill this morning, when an early rai gave the gridders an opportunity to test their surefootedness on slippery turf. The treatments by Lambeau and his aide, Don Hutson and George Trafton, will be continued in Thursday and Friday sessions, scheduled to be long and stiff with the climax coming up Saturday morning. The scrimmage will give the coaching staff its best opportunity to judge what th4e new men can do...LIKES SQUAD SPIRIT: Coach Lambeau continues to express delight with the spirit of the squad. While most of the candidates have the inevitable stiffness which always follows early drills, they have shown a considerable amount of zip, even to the tearing of the blocking dummies from their anchors. If no injuries result from the strenuous sessions Lambeau has scheduled, the squad should be in top shape for its exhibition tests. The Packer coach announced today that Ben Starrett, a back who joined the team in 1942 after playing at St. Mary's in California, had accepted terms and would report immediately for practice. Starrett, who has been living in Green Bay, is 24 years old and saw action with several other pro clubs before joining the Green Bay eleven. Starrett weighs 215 pounds and is six feet, two inches tall. With two linemen and two backs remaining to report, a position-by-position analysis of the squad on hand shows 20 linemen and 11 backs working out. When the absent members report, the roster will include three-deep players for each position except right tackle, blocking back and left halfback, spots for which four candidates will be available...TWO ABSENTEES DUE: Two of the absentees are due momentarily. They are blocking backs Larry Craig and end Ray Wheba, who was recently acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Tigers. The other two, tackle Paul Berezney and left halfback Roy McKay, will join the squad in time for the eastern swing. Berezney is completing his internship in a California hospital while McKay is working out with the College All-Stars in Evanston. The only position without a newcomer is center, where the veterans Charley Brock, Bob Flowers and Forrest McPherson are available. At left guard are the veterans Bill Kuusisto and Glen Sorenson, and newcomer Charley Tollefson, formerly of Iowa. The right guard corps has veteran Pete Tinsley, Mike Bucchanerri, who saw some service in 1942, and rookie Erv Dzierzewski. The veterans Baby Ray and Tiny Croft are working in the left tackle spot along with Don Clark. On the other side of the line are Ade Schwammel, a veteran of two and a half seasons of competition, Norm Tornow and Norb Ebbers. At the ends on the left side are Joel Mason, who broke into the scoring column for the first time last year, Mark Hammel and Don Holm...JACUNSKI IS READY: Veteran Harry Jacunski is ready for the right end spot along with Jack McKnight. This spot is expected to be bolstered considerably when Wheba reports from California. The addition of Starrett to the blocking back department gives it two veterans and two rookies, Dick Bilda and Walter Gudie. Irv Comp, who has gained 15 pounds since last season and appears headed for an excellent season, is the only veteran in the left halfback position. The others working out there are Paul Duhart, former Florida ace, and Babe Webb of New Mexico A. and M. Veterans Lou Brock and Joe Laws and rookie Bob McRoberts are at the other halfback. The fullback corps has veterans Ted Fritsch and Don Perkins and newcomer Len Calligaro, all of whom saw undergraduate service at Wisconsin schools.
PACKER LINE COACH IS FIRST CASUALTY OF 1944 SEASON
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - "This is the toughest work I've had for about 10 years," was the way George (Brute) Trafton, Packer line coach, put it during Tuesday morning's practice session after a couple of the hefty linemen forgot to swerve aside and collided with their new coach. It all started when tackle Tiny Croft, urged by Trafton to really "hit those dummies", cracked one so hard that he tore it from its moorings. The line coach than took upon himself the job of holding the dummy in place while the linemen prepared to place an assortment of blocks on the simulated opponent. Baby Ray, who is considerably more than a bantamweight, forgot about the dummy being loose and ripped into it with a playful vigor that sent the dummy flying in one direction and the veteran tackle into Trafton's left leg. The Brute, who withstood the buffeting of many opponents during his long career as a professional, gave up then and there. Trafton thus became the first casualty of the 1944 practice session.
1,045 SEASON TICKETS FOR PACKER GAMES SOLD DURING CAMPAIGN
AUG 24 (Green Bay) - A total of 1,054 season tickets for Packer home games were sold by approximately 80 volunteer salesmen during the annual one-day campaign held Wednesday under the auspices of the Association of Commerce, it was reported at a Touchdown dinner in the Beaumont hotel last night. The dinner climaxed a drive begun after a kickoff breakfast
in the morning. Nine teams, each named after an entry
in the NFL, conducted the campaign in business and
industrial plants and offices. Meanwhile, the Packers
continued their heavy workouts to point up for the year's
first scrimmage on Saturday morning. The squad held
two practices today and another pair was scheduled for
Friday. Teams leading the field in the ticket selling were
the Brooklyn Dodgers, led by Chief Ralph Drum, and 
the Cleveland Rams, whose coach was Russ Bogda.
Each team sold 156 tickets. Members of the two teams
will receive autographed footballs for their efforts...WIN
MILWAUKEE TRIP: The two-man squads who sold the
greatest number of tickets and who will receive an all-
expense trip to the Packer-Detroit Lions contest in
Milwaukee Oct. 1 were: Don Sharp and Emmett Flatley,
Cleveland, 105; Don Wright and John Byrnes, Boston, 96. Both totals were exceeded by the teams of E.A. S(Spike) Spachmann and Mike Carrigan of Brooklyn, who sold 116 tickets, but they withdrew from the trip competition. Also announced at the meeting were winners of an industrial division drive. All-expense trips to the Lions game were won by Rodney Stewart of Wheeler corporation and Norman Wahl of Cobb's bakery. Stewart sold 88 tickets for 53 percent and Wahl sold 24 for 40 percent. Green Bay Drop Forge led among companies with 101 tickets sold. Total sales to date are 3,321 tickets against 3,290 for 1943 at the same time, President L.H. Joannes announced at the dinner. He expressed appreciation for the work of the salesmen, explaining that their efforts in large part are responsible for the success of Green Bay's football team. Other speakers included Coach Curly Lambeau, Asst. Coach Don Hutson, Line Coach George Trafton and George Strickler, publicity director of the National league...DESCRIBE TEAM STRENGTH: The coaching staff described the probable strength of the team this year. They agreed that all the candidates are hustling and have excellent spirit. This brought particular mention from Coach Lambeau, who said this year's squad is working harder than any other in the last several years. Strickler, who is on a tour of trainihng sites, said the Packers will have to beat the Chicago Bears and the Card-Pitt combination to get in the championship playoff. The Bears, Strickler said, will have one excellent team but should not be too strong in reserves. He said the Card-Pitt team will probably be one of the toughest in the league if they can assimilate the new system beind used by Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler. Coach Lambeau explained today that Saturday's scrimmage will give the best indication of thus far of the probable strength of the team this year. Considerable attention was given Wednesday to pass plays and an extra dose of charging and blocking by linemen. Irv Comp, who ranked third in the league on pass completions last year, paced the passing drill. Others who worked in the flinging department were veteran Lou Brock and rookies Paul duhart and Babe Webb. Brock, whose passing has become smoother and more accurate, divided punting honors with veteran fullback Ted Fritsch. The line candidates, who are being pushed hard by Trafton, are being whittled down to playing condition with long sessions on the charging machine and the blocking dummies. Lambeau said today the squad will entrain next Thursday morning for Baltimore, where the first of two exhibition contests in the east will be played Sept. 4 against the Washington Redskins. The other game is scheduled Sept. 10 in Buffalo against the Boston Yanks, new entry in the league.
IRV COMP GROOMED TO TAKE PLACE AS PACKERS' PASSER
AUG 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 POLISH UP FOR EXHIBITION AGAINST REDSKINS ON LABOR DAY
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - Bright and dull spots appeared in the Packer workout Thursday and today's last lengthy session before the first intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday morning will be given over to use of a little abrasive to shine up the spots, where the shadows appeared. In the main, the difficulty was lack of knowledge of assignments in plays the Packers will use against the Washington Redskins in the Baltimore exhibition on Labor day, Sept. 4. Coach Curly Lambeau
expressed disappointment over the fact that some of 
the veterans - who should know better - did not have 
their assignments down pat. Although they have been
working hard - and worked hard also - some of the
candidates also have still not dropped to their playing
weights. The result is that speed in executing their
assignments has been missing. The Packer staff hopes
to iron this out soon along with the wrinkles present in
the deception quantity of the plays...HAMMEL, CLARK
SHINE: During the first stiff contact work Thursday on
defense, two rookie linemen - end Mark Hammel and
tackle Don Clark - looked especially good along with
Tiny Croft, 287-pound tackle, and Ben Starrett, who was
used at an end spot as well as at blocking back. The
big surprise of the session was the work of Hammel.
A comparatively small man, Hammel used his 170
pounds to his advantage. As the Packer coach put it,
"he seems to be made of prewar rubber the way he
bounces back after he is hit." The former Wabash 
player makes up for his lack of weight with plenty of
speed. The ability he showed in the rough session was
the first major surprise of the young practice season.
Clark, a former St. Mary's of Minnesota tackle, also
showed up well during the two-hour defensive drill. He is
being used at the left tackle spot. Croft seems to have
become aroused and was throwing his heft around better than ever before in Thursday's session. This was illustrated amply when veteran linemen had difficulty in brushing him out of a play...STARRETT AT END: Starrett, who reported to the squad for the first time Thursday, worked out at right end with a measure of success typical of that enjoyed by Larry Craig, who was used at both blocking back and end. Incidentally, Craig was due to report for his first drill this morning. He was to arrive in the city Thursday night from his home in South Carolina. Four men are now available at blocking back. 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 rap opponents, the first of which is only 10 days away. Altering a previous decision to hold two-a-day workouts Thursday and today, Coach Lambeau called for extra-long sessions and elimination of the afternoon drill. He also plans plenty of practice on placekicking. While there has always been a premium on attempts from the field, another had been added on kickoff this year...TO BRING PENALTY: Under a new rule, any kickoff out of bounds will bring the offending team a five-yard penalty for the first and each succeeding infraction in the same series. This, the Green Bay coach has emphasized to the placekickers, will call for a greater amount of accuracy than ever before. Up to the present, the kickers have left something to be desired and are due for an extra dose of booting.
PACKERS WIND UP FIRST WEEK OF DRILLS WITH LONG DEFENSIVE AND OFFENSIVE SCRIMMAGE
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - The Packers wound up their first week of practice this morning with a two-hour scrimmage that showed Coach Curly Lambeau and his two aides the first full view of all candidates for the 1944 squad - veterans and rookies alike. It also gave them a more definite line on the spots where most work will have to be done before the team engages the Washington Redskins in an exhibition game in Baltimore Sept. 4 at night. The Green Bay coach continued to express disappointment with the manner in which some of the players are missing their assignments. He feels that they have had plenty of time to learn when and where they are to be on a play. Unless those failing in this department perk up and study their lessons, they may find themselves staying after school, the coach said...ROUGH WORK CONTINUES: The second rough contact session on both offense and defense was held Friday. Linemen were given extra work and the backs sought added precision in plays. The blocking back spot, weakened by the failure of veteran Larry Craig to put in his appearance, was bolstered today when the veteran appeared for his first drill. Friday's drill showed rookie Paul Duhart, former Florida ace, able to hit the mark with passes while under fire. Lou Brock's tosses continued accurate and in both this and the punting department, Brock is much improved over the 1943 season. In general, the passing department is about 50 percent better than it was last year at this time, Lambeau said. Others who received mention for their work Friday are Bob McRoberts, a new right halfback who played at Stout institute in Wisconsin, Guard Pete Tinsley and tackle Tiny Croft. The tough workouts have given most of the players bruises, bumps and general soreness but no serious injury has cropped up as yet. Placekicking drill, handled by Assistant Coach Don Hutson, also continues. The veteran wingman personally showed the booters something about accuracy Friday morning, when he dropped every attempt over the bar without a miss. This continues the unbroken string started in 1942 in league competition, and boosted last year to 52, without faltering. Hutson, incidentally, still weighs in at only a half pound more than when he first joined the Packers in 1935...MCKAY TO REPORT: Roy Dale McKay, former Texas star now practicing with the College All-Stars in Evanston, will join the team in Chicago next Thursday morning, Coach Lambeau said. He will have an opportunity to work out with the team in Baltimore three days before the Labor day exhibition and may see his first action against the Redskins. The Packer coaching staff will see McKay in the All-Star battle against the Chicago Bears at Dyche stadium and they will also get a good line on the Bears' strength. The teams meet here Sept. 24. Next Tuesday and Wednesday Hutson and Trafton will handle practice while Lambeau attends a meeting of the NFL in Chicago. The team will entrain for Baltimore Thursday morning.
PACKERS POLISH UP PLAYS FOR FIRST EXHIBITION
AUG 28 (Green Bay) - Moving rapidly toward their first exhibition game of the 1944 season against the Washington Redskins in Baltimore on Labor day night, the Packers prepared today to gain added precision in their aerial and ground games and a tighter defense to use against the high-powered offense of the Eastern division champions can be expected to show. Drills Tuesday and Wednesday will be the last here until after Sept. 10, when the second exhibition is scheduled in Buffalo against the NFL's newest entry, the Boston Yanks. On return from their eastern swing, which begins Thursday morning at 7 o'clock, the Green Bay eleven will have little less than a week to get in shape for their first circuit game against Brooklyn. The first scrimmage of the season was held Saturday. Then it became apparent to Coach Curly Lambeau and his aides that the Packers will be able to field a strong starting team with enough material in reserve to keep the starters hustling. The first week's practice did not entirely eliminate the expected raggedness. It is doubtful whether smoothness will be present until the league campaign begins...ROOKIES GET CHANCE: The session gave rookies a good chance to show their ability. Three of them - two backs and a lineman - got a special nod. Left halfback Paul Duhart lived up to expectations in the running and passing departments, getting a thorough dose of both when veteran Irv Comp was forced to take to the sidelines after being shaken up. Len Calligaro, who came up from Wisconsin, showed ability in defensive play. The crowd of about 150 who watched the scrimmage took an immediate liking to the work of little Mark Hammel, left end from Wabash. Fast and shifty, Hammel bounces around and uses what little weight he has - 170 pounds - to good advantage. He goes down fast under passes and is improving rapidly on defense. No indication was given as to the probable starting eleven next week since the scrimmaging teams were shuffled about considerably. Of the veterans, center Charley Brock indicated he is still able to do his stint of intercepting enemy passes and running them back while fullback Ted Fritsch is ramming harder than ever...PLAY TWO EXHIBITIONS: In their game against the Redskins, the Packers will be facing a team with two exhibition games already out of the way. Tuesday night, Washington and the Brooklyn Tigers meet at Ogden, Utah, from where the Eastern division champions will go directly to the east. Last Friday night in Los Angeles, the 'Skins barely managed to win over the March field All-Stars, 7-3. The two-game experience of the Washington eleven should make them a tough outfit for the Packers to topple. The squad will continue to feel the brunt of hard workouts, including a couple scheduled the end of the week in Baltimore. Both linemen and backs missing assignments will get extra work on the books besides a verbal barb or two to get them studying. The weight chart shows a gradual leveling off, indicating most of the players are getting down to playing heft. In the sprints after Saturday's scrimmage, Pete Tinsley and Glen Sorenson led the guards; Baby Ray and Ade Schwammel the tackles; Joel Mason and Harry Jacunski the ends; Fritsch and Larry Craig, who reported for the drill but did not scrimmage, the backs, and Charley Brock and Bob Flowers the centers...WEBB LEAVES SQUAD: Coach 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 Arny. 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. For the first time since drills started, the practice sche4dule was changed because of the weather. The program Sunday called for the annual session with the photographers but the rains came and the lens experts had to postpone their work. More rain today did not stand in the way of practice, however, and provided the first opportunity for the squad to work under adverse conditions. Workouts Tuesday and Wednesday will be handled by Asst. Coaches Don Hutson and George Trafton. Lambeau will be in Chicago attending a meeting of the National league, annually held before the All-Star contest.
PACKERS FINISH HEAVY WORK WITH TWO DRILLS
AUG 29 (Green Bay) - Two workouts today wound up the heaviest part of the practice schedule for the Packers before they take off for Baltimore and their exhibition game against the Washington Redskins. One more drill Wednesday will include a thorough going over of everything they will use against the Eastern division champions in Baltimore's municipal stadium. No less than seven members of the squad have shown the result of rough contact work the coaching staff threw at them Monday and prior to that in Saturday's long scrimmage. Guard Mike Buchanieri 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...SEVERAL ARE HURT: 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 today is attending a meeting of the NFL in Chicago, said that all the men should be available against the Redskins. Despite extra long sessions, some raggedness still appeared. This will have to be cleared up before game time if the Packers hope to duplicate their exhibition victory of 1943 this year. Line Coach George Trafton has promised an extra hour of work to those who are not blocking effectively, meaning that the boys will have to brush up or get cold lunch. The squad was reduced Monday when Lambeau announced that rookies Jack McKnight, right end from Colorado college, and Norbert Ebbers, tackle from Kenosha, had been released. One man will be added Thursday, when Roy Dale McKay, a left halfback, joins the squad in Chicago. No word has been received about the arrival of end Ray Wheba, recently acquired in a trade with Brooklyn. The only other addition in prospect now is tackle Paul Berezney, who is completing his internship in a California hospital...WORK ON ASSIGNMENTS: The working schedule includes more drills on assignments. This will probably be the principal action in Baltimore, where drills are set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some members of the squad will leave here Wednesday afternoon for Evanston, where they will take in the Chicago Bears-College All-Stars game at night. The remainder of the squad leaves Thursday morning at 7 o'clock on the Milwaukee road. There was little else to report on the progress of practice. The routine work of polishing up plays and getting precision as a unit has begun. The Green Bay team will have plenty of both against the Redskins, who have the advantage of their experience in exhibitions against the March Field All-Stars and the Brooklyn Tigers, a game set tonight at Ogden, Utah. After playing in Baltimore, the team will go to Sampson, N.Y., naval training center to prepare for their second exhibition game against the Boston Yanks in Buffalo on Sept. 10. The Yanks, newest entry in the league, are working hard to get off to a winning start against one of the circuit's oldest and most famous elevens. Assistant coaches Don Hutson and Trafton handled the double drill today. They will meet Coach Lambeau Wednesday night in Evanston and the trio will be busy with pads and pencils charting the Bears, who can be expected to show a little something inasmuch as they want to topple the All-Stars and keep their record in the annual classic clear of defeat. They have won three games and the first one was a scoreless tie.
TUNNEY ANGLING FOR A PRO ELEVEN
AUG 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.
LEAGUE APPROVES CHANGES IN STATISTICS FIGURING
AUG 30 (Chicago) - Changes in the method of determining individual and team standings for forward passes, individual punt returns and team standings in punt returns were announced today by the NFL, following a conference between owners and Commissioner Elmer Layden. Forward pass ratings are to be determined on the number of passes completed, total yards gained, percentage completed, interceptions, touchdown passes and percentage of attempts intercepted, instead of the old method based only on the number and percentage completed, Layden said. Punt
rerturns and kickoff returns are to based on an inverse
grading system involving the number returned and the
average distance of returns. Layden proposed the 
changes after a four-year survey of statistics by the
league's public relations department.
PACKERS SHOVE OFF THURSDAY
AUG 30 (Green Bay) - As the Packers prepared to leave
town today for a 12-day trip in the east, where they will
appear in exhibition contests against two National 
league opponents, Coach Curly Lambeau came up with
the announcement that Bob Kercher, former Georgetown
university end, has been acquired from the New York
Giants and will make the trip with the ball club. The Bay
coach closed the deal for Kercher in a huddle with Giant
officials attending the league meeting in Chicago. News
of the deal was relayed by Lambeau to Asst. Coach
Don Hutson, and follows almost a year of negotiations.
Kercher will aid considerably in strengthening the wing
positions, where only two veterans are available. He is
26 years old, weighs 196 pounds and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. He played with Georgetown from 1938 through 1940 and then joined the Paterson, N.J., pro team. After a year with Patterson, he transferred to Wilmington, Del., where he played another year. Both teams are in the Eastern Football league. Kercher was on the reserve list of the Giants. A native of Evansville, Ind., the new Packer end worked out briefly with the team at the start of the 1943 season, but Lambeau failed to acquire him from the Giants. Kercher continued his residence in the city. He is working for a local industrial firm. He is married. A frequent visitor at drills, Kercher indicated he was anxious to join the squad, an impossibility until Lambeau closed the deal for him. He reported for his first practice this morning...LEAVE ON THURSDAY: The majority of the team will leave at 7 o'clock Thursday morning on the Milwaukee Road. Some of the men were to go to Evanston late this afternoon to witness the College All-Stars and Chicago Bears clash in the 11th annual renewal of that classic. The entire squad will leave from Chicago for the east about noon on Thursday. Arrival in Baltimore is scheduled Friday morning. In all, 31 players will be on the traveling squad. There is a possibility that end Ray Wheba, acquired in a trade with Brooklyn, may make the trip although this was indefinite. Also joining the squad in Chicago will be halfback Roy Dale McKay, who will see action with the All-Stars in tonight's game, which will be thoroughly scouted by the Packer coaching staff. Finishing their home practice schedule until they return to prepare for the league opener against Brooklyn in Milwaukee Sept. 17, the squad ran through its entire repertory this morning. There is no question in the minds of the players that their work is cut off for them against the Redskins, who rang up their second exhibition victory in Ogden, Utah, Tuesday night with a 14 to 7 win over the Brooklyn Tigers...MUST STOP BAUGH: The principal job the Packers have had for the last several seasons against the Redskins has been stopping quarterback Sammy Baugh. On the basis of the exhibition tilts, it appears that Baugh again is the sparkplug in the Redskins' attack. The Green Bay eleven's chances for a duplication of their 1943 exhibition victory over the Skins seem to hinge on the effectiveness of the defense against Sammy. The drill here today does not wind up the practice schedule before game time Monday night. The first of three to be held in Baltimore is set for shortly after the team's arrival there Friday and one each will be held Saturday and Sunday. These drills will give both McKay and Kercher a chance to work into the Bay system and will aid the others in perfecting precision. ​Also accompanying the team east will be Trainer Bud Jorgenson and Johnny Proski, who is assisting Bud until Gus Seaburg joins the club for his second season Sept. 11. E.D. Crim, Milwaukee road passenger agent here, has charge of the trip arrangements and will accompany the team.
PACKERS HAVE VETS ON TEAM
AUG 30 (Baltimore) - Even though the famous Isbell-to-Hutson passing team will not be with the Green Bay Packers when they play the Washington Redskins here on Monday night, the Lambeau troup from Wisconsin has a fine nucleus of pro football players. Cecil Isbell is coaching at Purdue, and will be here later when the Boilermakers play the Navy in the Stadium. Don Hutson, having retired as the greatest pass receiver in pro football history, is now backfield coach of the Packers. Green Bay did not have the great combination last year, for Isbell already had joined the Purdue staff, where this season he is head man, but Hutson was on hand and he sparked the Packers to their 23-21 victory...MIDDLE OF LINE POWERFUL: But there are compensations. First, the middle of the Green Bay line probably will be one of the strongest in this war year. At center is Charley Brock, the Nebraskan rated second only to the Bears' Bulldog Turner in pro ranks. He is amply backed up by Forrest McPherson. Four veteran guards - Pete Tinsley, Bill Kuusisto, Glen Sorenson and Mike Bucchannerri - are flanked by tackles Paul Berezney, Baby Ray, Tiny Croft and Ade Schwammel, all big men of pro experience. Joe Laws, Lou Brock, Irv Comp, Ted Frtisch and Ben Starrett provide backfield experience, but some of the Green Bay newcomers are hailed as real prospects for National league success. Chief among them is Paul Duhart, a 23-yeard old halfback from the University of Florida, who has just received a medical discharge from the Army. Duhart will be remembered as one of the Gator backs who played against the University of Maryland not so many years ago. He is counted upon to provide much of the spark in the Packers' attack this year...THREE FROM PREP RANKS: He played on the Fort Riley team in Kansas and was recommended by Tom Greenfield, of the University of Arizona, who played center for Green Bay in 1940. In addition, Green Bay has three recruits who have made the big jump from high school into pro football and have shown sufficient ability to satisfy Curly Lambeau, who is as keen any coach in the business in appraising material. One is Mark Hammel, a 170-pound end, from Huntington (Wis.) High school. Ordinarily his size would mark him for an early cut from such a squad, but it will be remembered that the great Hutson is not a big man. Another is Norm Turnlow, a 250-pound tackle from Weyauwega (Wis.) High, and the third is Ervin Dzierzewski, a 192-pound guard from Pulaski (Wis.) High. The chances are these players will not star in the game here, but since the contest is a preseason affair with no league standing at stake, they probably will be given playing assignments somewhere along the line.
PACKERS, EN ROUTE TO BALTIMORE, WONDER ABOUT REDSKINS, BEARS
AUG 31 (Green Bay) - En route to Baltimore today, the Green Bay Packers had two matters to think over and both of them are serious. To put first things first, the team's immediate worry is just how strong the Washington Redskins are with a head start of two exhibition games before they meet the Packers in Municipal stadium in the Maryland city Monday night. The second worry concerns the Chicago Bears, who toppled the College All-Stars in the 11th annual classic Wednesday night, 24 to 21. The Bears, it may be recalled, were heralded as a much weaker team this year than last, when they captured the professional championship. The Packers meet the Bears here Sept. 24. Obviously, the Redskins will have an advantage in Monday night's contest. They began practice early this month, while the Packers will have had only two weeks of drills before game time. Then the Eastern division champions rapped a strong March Field All-Star eleven, 7 to 3, and racked up their second victory Tuesday night over the Brooklyn Tigers, 14 to 7. In both games, the pitching of quarterback Sammy Baugh proved to be the 'Skins' principal offensive weapon along with the catching of veteran end Joe Aguirre. Defensively, the Washington team has proved it is far from peak form. This condition may help to offset the Packers' lack of game experience this season. Just for the sake of the record, it may be said that a similar practice prevailed last year when the Packers went east to tangle with the same team in the same city. The Redskins had met the All-Stars in the Evanston stadium the week before they played the local eleven, who apparently failed to recognize this apparently advantage and timmed the Washington team, 23 to 21...WONDER ABOUT BEARS: The second worry concerns the somewhat distant - right now - battle against the Bears. It is obvious from the All-Star game result that the champions still have some power, despite the groaning and writhings of the coaches about lack of material. Of course, Ens. Sid Luckman helped the Bears' cause Wednesday night and he won't be around when the oldest rivals in the pro circuit meet here next month. That brightens the prospect some. The Packers are scheduled to arrive in Baltimore Friday morning. They will work out there in the afternoon and hold drills Saturday and Sunday also. The bulk of the team left this morning on the Milwaukee road while others departed Wednesday afternoon and took in the All-Star game last night. Also present in the stands were Coach Curly Lambeau, Asst. Coach Don Hutson and Line Coach George Trafton. Between halves of the game, Rep. LaVern R. Dilweg, former Packer end, spoke over a nationwide radio hookup in behalf of the war finance division of the Treasury department. Dilweg urged listeners to continue to buy war bonds after he had drawn a comparison and contrast between a football game and war...GERMANS ARE REELING: The Allies are using plays that that the Germans dizzy and reeling now, Dilweg said, adding that American generals who played football at West Point are now calling signals for end runs, center smashes and off-tackle plays in France. But, the congressman said, there are several ways in which football and war are not alike. "When a fellow's carried off the football field, it generally means he's had the wind knocked out of him," he explained. "When he's carried off in that bigger game, there's a pretty good chance that he's either dead or maimed for life. There's no referee in war who blows a whistle and penalizes dirty play, because everything goes." To win wars takes lot of money, he said, and since this can't all be raised by taxes, the government must borrow by selling bonds, not only during war loan drives by tall the time. "...there's no time out on the battlefield," Dilweg said. "Why should we on the home front take time out from buying bonds? The answer to that one is that we can't take time out. We must buy bonds and more bonds until the last Nazi and Jap is carried off the field."
PACKER TICKETS TO BE HELD TO MONDAY NIGHT ONLY, WARN
AUG 31 (Green Bay) - Previous purchasers of Packer home game season tickets who have failed to respond to notices regarding reservations of their tickets for this year's contests were given a last chance today to protect their interests in an announcement by Ticket Director Ralph C. Smith that the ducats will be sold after Monday night. Two notices have been sent out already, Smith said, and both have been given adequate publicity. The ticket director said those who have made no response to these notices and have not notified the office of their intentions cannot be protected any longer. "Those who have not signified their intention to pick up their season tickets this year will definitely lose their right to get the same seats back after Monday night," Smith said. He said tickets are needed in the four center sections on the south side and Section W also to fill orders for new customers. "We are compelled to fill these requests with the unreserved tickets of last year's season ticket holders," it was emphasized. Those who wish may get further information about tickets Friday night between 7 and 9 o'clock, when the office in the American Legion building will be open.
GRID SCOUTS DUE FOR TILT
AUG 31 (Baltimore) - Pro grid scouts and coaches will be at the Stadium Monday night to see what the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers have to offer for the impending NFL season. Dick O'Connell, who does the tub-thumping for the Redskins, already has requests for tickets for observers from the New York Giants, Chicago Bears (they'll play Washington at the Stadium September 10), Philadelphia Eagles, Boston Yanks and Brooklyn Tigers...HERB KOPF COMING: Herb Kopf, head coach of the newly organized Boston club, will do the scouting for his own outfit, Tom Bridges will look 'em over for Brooklyn, and others due are Jack Lavelle, Giants; Walter Halas, Bears, and Greasy Neale, head mentor of the Eagles. Brooklyn shouldn't need to do much pencil work on the Redskins, because the Tigers saw pretty much what Washington has to offer in their exhibition Tuesday at Ogden, Utah. The 'Skins, with "The Arm", Slingin' Sammy Baugh, in action, took Brooklyn into camp, 14-7. Washington's pass perfectionist was in rare form as he operated from the T formation. It was Washington's second preseason win, for Dud DeGroot's play-for-pay boys previously staged a fourth quarter comeback to whip the March Field eleven, 7-3...PACKERS DUE TOMORROW: The Redskins and Packers are en route east, the latter arriving tomorrow, Washington on Saturday. Checking in on Sunday will be Clark Shaughnessy, T formation master strategist, who has been the chief adviser in installation of that system with the Redskins. Shaughnessy left the team on the West Coast to join his collegiate squad at the the University of Pittsburgh, but he'll be on hand to help direct the 'Skins for the Packers' game. Advance reports indicate the Green Bay squad is in good shape, and the Packers figure to give Washington ample trouble...TO WORK AT SAMPSON: Following the game here, Green Bay travels to Sampson, N.Y., to work out with Lieut. Com. Jim Crowley's Sampson naval squad before going on to Buffalo to meet Boston on September 10. When the Packers came through Chicago they picked up Roy McKay, former Texas triple threat back who played for the College All-Stars last night against the Bears at Evanston. The big Texan probably won't see much service here, because it'll take him a few days to get the swing of things with Green Bay. Another Packer veteran and star, Paul (Doc) Berezney, won't journey east with the team. The big, fast tackle is completing his medical internship at a Fresno (Cal.) hospital and is not due to report until the squad returns to Green Bay...PLENTY OF TACKLES: Though head coach Curly Lambeau could put Doc to good use, the Packer boss won't be without a goodly supply of big, rugged tacklers, for he has Buford (Baby) Ray, Ade Schwammel, Milburn Croft and Norman Tornow on hand. Ray, scaling 245, and Croft, 298, are listed as starters Labor day night.
BAUGH DUE TO HEAVE BALL FREELY IN 'SKIN'S T PLAY
SEPT 1 (Baltimore) - Professional football's No. 1 magnet, Slingin' Sammy Baugh, will be on display Monday night at the Stadium and his work will be viewed with considerable interest by coaches and fans alike, anxious to see how "The Arm" fits into the T formation. Those well versed in grid matters contend the T is right down Baugh's alley, but the Green Bay Packers, due to oppose the Washington Redskins and their ace at the 33d street bowl, hope Sammy won't be any tougher than in previous seasons...ALWAYS FOOLED 'EM: The 'Skins last season operated from the single and double wing formations and Baught took the oval on direct passes from center. The opposition knew pretty well what Sammy was going to do - either pass or feed some running mate on a reverse play - yet, in spite of this, the 'Skins were able to do a good job, winning the Eastern pro crown, but losing out in the championship games with the Chicago Bears. This season, with the T formation in vogue, Baugh will take the ball on every play from his position under the center. He won't carry the pigskin very much, but Sam will do more throwing that ever, and he'll be able to give the opposition fits in trying to find out just where the ball is, providing, of course, he can do the necessary job of master faking...SHAUGHNESSY'S PLANS: Dud De Groot, Washington's new head coach, is following plans set up by Clark Shaughnessy, who knows the T system as well as anyone in the business. The former believes that Baugh will be more effective than he was before - and no one can gainsay the fact that Sammy wasn't effective in the past. Baugh, in his eighth year of play-for-pay ball, owns a remarkable passing record. According to the figures, Sammy has completed 55.2 of his passes over a seven-year span. He has flipped the pigskin 1,229 times to complete 679 passes for a total of 8,379 yards and 79 touchdowns...SETS MARKS LAST YEAR: Baugh's best year was in 1943 when he tossed 23 scoring passes for 1,754 yards. He also ranked at the top in kicking and punting, as well as quick-kicking. The former Texas Christan star has a bevy of capable backs working with him in the Redskins' secondary this season. Chances are the No. 1 backfield will have Baugh at quarterback, Wilbur Moore and Andy Farkas at the halfbacks and big, powerful Mike Micka, rookie from Colgate, at fullback. The T system requires this type of fullback, a smashing, driving fellow, and Micka's efforts in collegiate football would seem to indicate that he can fill the bill...SEYMOUR AND SENO: However, should Micka fail to make the grade as a starter, Bob Seymour, veteran and an able Washington operative the last few years, can take over, while Frank Seno, a greatly improved runner, is available as relief for Farkas, who figures to be the No,. 1 left halfback. A department of play which Coach DeGroot may utilize to its fullest extent this season is field goal kicking. Reason for this is the great improvement made by Joe Aguirre, ranking left end, in sending the ball through the uprights, with Baugh doing the holding. De Groot and his squad check in here tomorrow, but the Packer, led by Head Coach Curly Lambeau, were due today and were expected to stage a workout at the Stadium...EXPERIENCED PERFORMER: The Packers come here with a squad of experienced performers and they hope to duplicate last year's victory when they whipped the Redskins, 23-21, before some 45,000 fans. In that contest the Packers took the blanket off Ted Fritsch and the big fullback turned in an excellent job. Fritsch is still with the Green Bay array, but Lambeau may have some other fellow to suprise the Washington club.
PACKER SQUAD DRILLS FOR BALTIMORE GAME
SEPT 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers arrived here today at 11 o'clock and immediately began preparations for the first of three workouts Coach Curly Lambeau has scheduled in huge Municipal stadium prior to the Monday night clash between the Wisconsin eleven and the Washington Redskins. Interest in the repeat performance of the professional rivals - the first battle held here just a year ago - is zooming and there was every indication that 25,000 to 30,000 customers will be on hand when the game gets underway Monday night...SEEK SECOND VICTORY: The Packers will be gunning for their second straight exhibition victory over the Eastern division champions. The 1943 battle, a thriller which the Bays won by a 23 to 21 count, helped them to launch auspiciously their 25th year in professional competition and they would like to repeat for a perfect start in their second quarter century. The team was none the worse for the trip, which began for most of the men Thursday morning and for those who attended Wednesday night's All-Star battle, the afternoon before. While here, headquarters for the club will be the Lord Baltimore hotel, where the Redskins will also hang their hats after they arrive here. Coach Lambeau said the three drills would be given over primarily to polishing up the offense. He admitted that his team will have to play heads-up ball all the way to beat the Redskins, who have a decided advantage in that they have already played two exhibitions and won both of them. In contrast, Green Bay will have had only two weeks of practice before game time...VETERANS TO START: There was no indication from the Packer coaching staff about the starting lineup although it seems reasonable to assume that Lambeau will rely on veterans to start and then will use a liberal sprinkling of rookies to detemine what they can do under fire. Two of them, halfback Paul Duhart and end Mark Hammel, are slated for especially much attention. After the game the team will leave immediately for Sampson, N.Y., where they are to stay at the naval training center until they move into Buffalo for their second exhibition against the Boston Yanks Sept. 10. The game Monday night will not be broadcast from here. However, station WTMJ of Milwaukee has arranged to give a resume of the play after the game.
ARNIE HERBER ATTEMPTS COMEBACK WITH GIANTS
SEPT 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.
REDSKINS EARLY CHOICES IN STADIUM GRID JOUST
SEPT 2 (Baltimore) - It's an axiom in sports to string along with a winner, and that's what the football enthusiasts are doing in connection with Monday night's game - the first major attraction of the fall season - at the Stadium. Mindful of the Washington Redskins' two preseason triumphs, the gridiron fans have installed the Capital pigskin luggers the early choices over the Green Bay Packers in their NFL exhibition joust that climaxes the Labor Day holiday sports program here...TWO WINS FOR 'SKINS: In racking up victories over March Field (7-3) after training at San Diego, and the Brooklyn Tigers (14-7) earlier this week at Logan, Utah, Washington proved it possesses an abundance of power, even though there have been many changes in the club which last season battled the Chicago Bears in the championship finale. On the other hand, Green Bay has not yet been tested under fire this season, though the Packers have displayed great potentialities in preseason drills...PACKERS WORK OUT HERE: The Washington outfit, under the leadership of Coach Curly Lambeau, dug their cleats into the Stadium turf in a spirited workout last night, and were scheduled for another drill today. Dud DeGroot has his Redskins working out at College Park and it is not likely that he will bring his charges here until Monday afternoon. Though the Packers came here without benefit of a "tightener", the manner in which they ran through last night's practice indicates that Lambeau and his assistants have succeeded in bringing the squad far in the ten-day training siege at Green Bay. True, there are some rough spots smoothed, but the Westerners figure it won't take long to remedy some of these with game experience..MCKAY WITH BAYERS: Ray McKay, the Texas triple threat who played with the collegiate All-Stars against the Chicago Bears on Wednesday night at Evanston, was among the Packers who worked out at the 33d street bowl. However, he's not likely to see much action against the Redskins, or in subsequent exhibition games at Sampson Naval Training Center and Buffalo, but it will take some days before he gets the swing of things with the Packers....BAUGH IS MAGNET: Biggest magnet for the crowd Monday will be Slingin' Sammy Baugh, one of football's most remarkable performers, who is starting his eighth season of pro football. The Redskins have switched from the single and double wing to the T formation, and Baugh is expectd to fill a major role.
most spectacular interception return for 84 yards and a touchdown.
PACKERS OPEN EXHIBITION SWING WITH WASHINGTON IN BALTIMORE
SEPT 2 (Baltimore) - The east's first professional football game of 1944 will be staged in Municipal stadium here Monday night, when the Green Bay Packers will seek their second straight exhibition victory over the Washington Redskins. A crowd of 25,000 is expected to witness the contest, first of three the Wisconsin eleven will play in the east before returning home to prepare for the for their opening engagement in the NFL. The third game, unscheduled until the team arrived in Baltimore, will be played next Thursday afternoon against Lt. Cmdr. Jimmy Crowley's team at the Sampson, N.Y., naval training center, where the Packers will stay until they move into Buffalo at week's end to meet the Boston Yanks. Coach Curly Lambeau announced the exhibition simulataneously with the more important news that Don Hutson will play again this year. The Redskins will go into the game with an advantage of game experience, gained in to two exhibitions in the west. For this reason, the Packers are not given the favorite role although Hutson's presence undoubtedly will help to level off the odds before game time. Both team have lost seasoned veterans, whose replacements among the rookies cannot be expected to measure up in their first stiff competition. Grid enthusiasts in this area, however, are recalling that the 1943 contest turned out differently than it was pegged by the experts, the Packers winning by a scant 23 to 21 margin. This riled the Redskins so much that they went out to take the Eastern division flag, aided along the way by a 35 to 7 victory over the Wisconsin eleven in mid-season. Memories of that defeat may give the Packers an impetus that will enable them to hand the Washington team its first defeat to three exhibition starts this season. They previously won over the March Field All-Stars by a 7 to 3 count and then marked up a 14 to 7 victory over the Brooklyn Tigers. In both games, the offensive work of Sammy Baugh shone for the Redskins. While the most people will be taking their last three-day vacation of the years, the Packers will be out on the stadium turf working out for kinks in the offense and defense they will use against their Monday night opponents. Coach Lambeau has allowed no cessation in workouts, the last of which will be held Sunday afternoon. The Green Bay coach is still not satisfied with the form the team has shown. Indications were today that Lambeau will rely on 11 veterans to open the festivities although there is a possibility that the lineup will be changed by game time. The other veterans in reserve and a flock of new men will also be used before the 60 minutes of play are over. Defensively, the Packers are figured on a par with the Washington team with such stalwarts as center Charley Brock, tackle Baby Ray and end Harry Jacunski ready for duty. The other spots on the forward wall will be filled at the start by Hutson, tackle Ade Schwammel and guards Bill Kuusisto and Glenn Sorenson...BACKFIELD IS SET: The backfield will probably include Irv Comp at left half and Lou Brock at right. Ted Fritsch is slated to start at fullback and Larry Craig is set for the blocking back spot. Expected to spare off Comp is Paul Duhart, the rookie from Florida, who has shown plenty of stuff in practice sessions. Roy Dale McKay, who joined the team Thursday in Chicago, has looked good in drills also but has not had sufficient time to acquaint himself with Packer plays and probably won't be used much Monday. Coach Lambeau also announced that end Ray Wheba, acquired in a trade with Brooklyn, is en route here and probably will join the squad Sunday. It is
doubtful whether Wheba will be ready to play against
the Redskins. The principal offfensive threat of the
Redskins, besides the veteran Baugh, is Bob Seymour,
a fullback with several years experience. A pair of ends,
Joe Aguirre and Ted Lapka, are Baugh's targets with the
former the more formidable of the receivers. The only
other Redskin lineman who was a first stringer last year
is Joe Zeno, a tackle and placekicking expert.
PRO GRIDDERS AWAIT KICKOFF
SEPT 3 (Baltimore) - Except for final polishing practice
sessions today, the Washington Redskins and the 
Green Bay Packers are ready for the kickoff that will mark the opening of the football season in the Stadium tomorrow night at 8 o'clock. Green Bay will conclude its preparations with an arclight workout, while the Redskins will finish their training at their temporary camp in College Park. Signing of Don Hutson, star end and coach of the backs, to a Green Bay playing contract was announced yesterday, but whether Baltimore fans will see him in action is doubtful. The exact words of Coach Curly Lambeau were these: "Don Hutson has signed as a player. It is very doubtful that he will play. He may go in to kick an extra point or a field goal."...THIRD TILT IN SERIES: The clash here tomorrow night is the third in the series. Washington won the inaugural in 1942, 28 to 7, but the Packers evened the count last year, 23 to 21. Other than for new players, the prinicipal novelty in the approaching game will be watching Sammy Baugh, Bob Seymour, Wilbur Moore and the other veteran Washington backs operating in T-formation football. The Packers are still using what is essentially the Rockne shift attack, with many Curly Lambeau variations. Tickets have been selling at a rapid clip during the past week, and the indications are that a crowd comparable to that of last year will be on hand for the proceedings. Washington will have its big band present for pregame and between halves maneuvers...REDSKINS TO REMAIN HERE: Following this tussle, the Packers will leave for the Sampson Naval Base in New York where they will play the service team. Washington remains in this section, with a second contest booked next Sunday against the Chicago Bears. In personnel, Green Bay has a marked edge over Washington this season, but the presence of the fabulous Sammy Baugh in the Redskin lineup always offsets such an advantage to some degree.
MILLIONAIRES ORGANIZE NEW PRO GRID LEAGUE
SEPT 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
SEPT 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."
SUNLIGHT ON SPORTS
SEPT 3 (Baltimore) - As exclusively predicted in this column six weeks ago, Commander Gene Tunney, former heavyweight boxing champion, has been awarded a professional football franchise in Baltimore. Announcement of the formation of the league was made last night in Chicago, and details of the setup are published elsewhere in the Sunday Sun. This news follows in the wake of an announcement earlier in the week that plans are being studies for the erection of a stadium to cost in the neighborhood of $2,000,000. Here's hoping we are not daydreaming. There has been a great deal of talk for years about putting Baltimore on the big league map, but thus far only the Naval Academy with the fine football games in the Stadium each year has made a valuable contribution in that direction...MARSHALL: We have with us tomorrow night George Preston Marshall, who will show his Washington Redskins in a football game against the Green Bay Packers. Where would Washington be without him? Washington, first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League, doesn't have much to offer in the way of sport thrills. The lowly Senators are down in the cellar of the American League and only a miracle now can get them out of the mire. But in pro football - ah that's something else. Marshall has had his Redskins either at the very top or right next to it in professional gridiron circles for several years. He has given the Capital more favorable advertising in the sports world than any other individual in many seasons. They don't appreciate the fact that George Preston Marshall has given them real copy to write. Call him what they may he has raised the Capital from a dull, drab spot in sports to major leaguedom. No one else would dare attempt the things he gets way with - or nearly gets away with. Who would sit on the Chicago Bears' bench when his team was battling that foe? Who would dare attempt other screwy stunts he has pulled? For my part he can pull them in Baltimore. He no doubt would move Lafayette's statue to one side odf Mount Vernon Square and have ereected a teepee and a mechanical Redskin barking ticket if he owned the local franchise. They say he pays Slinging Sammy Baugh $1,000 a game to throw football for his Redskins. He successfully lines up talent able to give the famed Chicago Bears an argument each season. I'm for a Marshall who can give Baltimore these added sports thrills.
PRO GRIDDERS MEET TONIGHT
SEPT 4 (Baltimore) - With all preparations complete, 
the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers
are ready for the opening game of the local football
season tonight at the Stadium at 8 o'clock. Heavy ticket
demands all day yesterday caused Dick O'Connell, the
Redskins advance man, to predict a crowd larger than
the big gathering that watched the Packers win last
year, 23 to 21. Tickets will go on sale today at the
Stadium at 11:30 a.m. The gates will open for the game
at 7 p.m. Pregame entertainment will be provided by the
Redskin band, attired in the usual tribal dress of the
Marshall braves...MEADE TO SEND MEN: Many Camp
Meade servicemen will see the game just before their
imminent departure overseas. Twenty thousand tickets
have been distributed throughout the Third Service
Command, and soldiers, sailors and marines will come
from Bainbridge, Curtis Bay, Fort Belvoir, Camp Lee and
other points. Washington, Eastern champion last year,
and runner-up to the Chicago Bears, who won the NFL 
title in a playoff game in Chicago, will unveil its new T
formation style of play tonight for the first time in this
section, under Coach Dud De Groot, who succeeded
Dutch Bergman...BAUGH PASSES EXPECTED: It is
expected that the Redskin attack will include many 
snap tosses over the line of scrimmage from Slingin'
Sammy Baugh, said to be the highest-paid football
player in the circuit. Washington is well provided with
backs, but has an interior line which needs seasoning.
Nick Campofreda, former Loyola High School and 
Western Maryland College tackle, is playing center for
the Washington team. Wilbur Moore, Andy Farkas and
Bob Seymour are among the Redskin ball carrier who
are well known to local fans...ROOKIES GET ATTENTION: The Packer attack is built around Irv Comp, Joe Laws, Larry Craig and Lou Brock. Several rookies - Paul Duhart and Roy McKay, in particular - are likely to get more than average attention. Meanwhile, there was much discussion over the franchise for Baltimore in the brand new All-America Conference. Commander Gene Tunney is away from his duties on leave, but from one source close to him it was learned last night that he will have Baltimore associates in the venture, and that he has several coaches under consideration, but has not yet made a choice. To date the new group has not entered negotiations for the use of the Stadium, but that such negotiations that will be made is certain.
DON HUTSON SIGNS CONTRACT TO PLAY 10TH SEASON
SEPT 2 (Green Bay) - No. 14 will roll again. Don Hutson, the greatest pass catching end in National league history, today signed a contract to play his 10th season with the Packers, according to an announcement by Coach Curly Lambeau in Baltimore, Md., where the team is preparing for an exhibition game Monday night against the Washington Redskins. Modifying an often reiterated stand that he was finished with active playing, Hutson said he has yielded and would play another year because he had "an obligation to Green Bay, its loyal fans and the NFL." Followers of the Packers and professional football were unanimous in their praise of Hutson's action in signing...TO PLAY MONDAY: Hutson will open his 10th season with the Green Bay eleven against the Redskins in Baltimore's Municipal stadium Monday night, almost a year from the day when he almost single-handedly helped the Packers to defeat the defending champions by 23 to 21. There was no indication before the team left here Thursday that Hutson would return as an active player although it was known that Lambeau was anxious to have him in the dual capacity of assistant coach and end. His decision to forego retirement was believed conditioned as much as anything else by the lack of wingmen on this year's squad. The slight end, he weighs only 170 pounds, has been smashing records right and left since he joined the Packers in 1935. He holds five all-time league marks, most of which he breaks every time he goes into a ball game. Testimony to his ability was given in 1942 and 1941, when he was named the circuit's most valuable player, thus becoming the only man in league history to repeat for the coveted award...LONG SCORING STRING: Five times in succession he was an all-league selection and he also received the honor in 1936. The only thing that kept him off the list last year was elimination of an all-star team by a vote of league officials. Frequently mentioned but not part of the league record is Huston's ability to demoralize an opposing team's defenses. He has scored at least one point in the last 35 consecutive games, a string started back in 1941. Recognized as the pass receiving master, Hutson has caught a pass in every game except against Cleveland at Milwaukee Sept. 21, 1941. He has a run of 52 consecutive extra points without a miss. In all departments except punting, he has figured prominently. He climaxed nine years of play in New York last October when he threw a touchdown pass to Harry Jacunski. The toss was good for 38 yards...HAS 641 POINTS: In all, Hutson has appeared in 97 league games, exclusing playoffs and championship encounters. He has scored 641 points and gained a total of 6,507 yards. He has made three touchdowns running and 83 by passing and 110 extra points and five field goals. His point total, touchdowns by passing and total touchdowns are all league all-time records. In ball carrying, Hutson has 42 attempts for 148 yards, a 3.5 yards-per-attempt average. He has two records in the pass receiving department, having caught 383 for 6,291 yards. He has intercepted 16 enemy aerials and returned them exactly 300 yards. Against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee last season he made his