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.