PACKERS DINE TONIGHT
AUGUST 8 (Green Bay) - Members of the Green Bay Packers, professional football champions, will be honored tomorrow night at a silver anniversary dinner given by the Green Bay Lions and Kiwanis clubs. As such it will launch the Packers' 1945 season and their first objective, the college All-Star game in Chicago the night of August 30th. This will be Green Bay's 25th year in professional football, 24 in the NFL and one in the American Professional Football association. The Packers will start drills here tomorrow morning for the All-Star game. Latest to sign a contract is Joel Mason, left end. By Sunday, Coach Lambeau hopes to have close to 40 players in camp.
PACKERS TURN ON SPEED FOR OPENING DRILL
AUGUST 9 (Green Bay) - A training tempo that neither the Chicago Bears nor Washington Redskins approached in recent year was set today by the Green Bay Packers as they opening drills for their part in the 12th annual College All-Star game to be played August 30 in Chicago's Soldier's field. 34 players reported to Coach Curly Lambeau and his associates on the vacant lot adjacent to City stadium this morning. So Curly, perhaps inspired by the sunshiny atmosphere, proceeded to order a two hour session, during which he had the athletes going thry the entire football training routine. First came calisthenics, but Mons. Lambeau soon succumbed to his favorite weakness - forward passing. He was a keen instructor and observer as pitches were thrown by Irv Comp, Lou Brock and Pail Duhart of last year's team. Completing the foursome was Ken Keuper, one time roommate of Frankie Sinkwich at the University of Georgia, who last year played with the All-Stars against the Bears. Later on Lambeau gave the punters a chance to kick the ball, with the others chasing or retrieving the spirals. The climax came when Curly ordered the squads to run thru 14 plays, mostly passing. This could be safely regarded as an omen that the national champions plan to pitch a ball or two against Bernie Bierman's All-Stars under the lights of Soldiers' Field. Assistant Coach Walt Kiesling, the gigantic fellow who once played with the Packers and who has just served out a term as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was as surprised as the sideline fans at the fast and varied first day of training. "We can do this," he said, after some personal speculation, "because we have so many veterans. Having an experienced team really simplifies it, and I had forgotten about such things with the Steelers, where we had a new team almost every season." At that, Lambeau announced the result of a recount disclosed he will have only 19 of his veterans for the National league season. An earlier poll indicated he would have 23. Pittsburgh, which drafted Duhart, is going to keep the young man, but he is eligible for the All-Star game. Paul was picked up by the Packers last year, but his class had not graduated at the University of Florida. So into the draft pool he went last April and the Steelers nabbed him right away. Bob Kahler, veteran halfback, is in the Army, Paul Berezney and Ade Schwammel, right tackles, will not return, even for the All-Star contest. Lambeau has also lost three right ends for the season - Harry Jacunski, Ray Wehba and Alex Urban. Jacunski, who is joining the Notre Dame coaching staff, will report to the Packers a week before the All-Star game. After playing this one he will return to Notre Dame. Coach Lambeau tonight was presented a plaque by the Green Bay Packers, Inc., at a dinner in commemoration of the team's silver anniversary in the Beaumont hotel. Presentation was made by Dr. Weber W. Kelly, one of the Packers' early presidents. Lee H. Joannes, president of the Packers, paid tribute to Lambeau as the man responsible for keeping professional football alive in Green Bay and successful in competition with teams in the nation's largest cities. Joannes, in explaining the non-profit setup of the Packers, took occasion to deny ever-occurring reports that the club will be shifted to Milwaukee. John H. Evans, president of the Green Bay Rotary club, was toastmaster. Present at the dinner were members of the squad, former players, coaches, stockholders and fans, numbering 300.
PACKERS THROW FOOTBALLS ALL OVER THE FIELD
AUGUST 10 (Green Bay) - The traditional weapon of the Green Bay Packers - the forward pass - was brought into full play today on the professional football champions' practice gridiron, hemmed in by a rickety wooden fence on the town's outskirts. In the second day of drill for their battle against the college All-Stars in Chicago on August 30, the Packers were throwing the ball at various distances and angles. It is with the forward pass that the Packers have made their brilliant NFL record. It was with the forward pass that they whipped the All-Stars of 1940, 45 to 28. It is with the pass that they hope to make it two straight over the collegians, double revenge for that 6 to 0 defeat in 1937 in the August spectacle. With Coach Curly Lambeau barking out the plays, all of the left and right halfbacks took turns throwing the ball. These included Irv Comp, Lou Brock, Paul Duhart, Roy McKay and Joe Laws. Don Hutson, offensive star of the Packers' 1940 All-Star triumph, participated in the downfield scramble for the aerials. Don paced himself easily, as he always does, but not so some of the freshman ends, notably Clyde Goodnight of the University of Tulsa and Lamar (Nubbin) Dingler, University of Arkansas. Neither is built on tree top proportions, but each has speed. Goodnight is 6 feet 1 inch tall and Green Bay's second choice in the 1945 player draft. He holds an army discharge. Dingler is an even 6 feet, weighs 180, and is 4-F. Because of the unusual war time eligibility conditions, he played five seasons at Arkansas. He's 24, was the Packers' seventh draft choice, and last season scored four touchdowns against Southern Methodist, all on pass receptions. The early enthusiasm of the squad continued to amaze Lambeau and his aides. "This practice should have been terrible," Curly said after it was over. "That second day usually is a total loss, with the boys either having assorted hurts or wondering when they'll start developing them." Taking the athletes' attitudes at full value, Lambeau has invited them to put on pads tomorrow and prepare to shove each other around. "We'll need a lot of contact work for the All-Stars. Sure, it's a little early for this sort of stuff and there's a danger of injury. But we're not going to be softies going up against that powerful squad in Soldiers' field."
PLUMP PACKERS HAVE OWN LITTLE BATTLE OF BULGE
AUGUST 11 (Green Bay) - The Packers batted each other around considerable today in their first physical strife of the training camp which will end the night of August 30 against the College All-Stars in Soldiers' field. The two hours of rough competition, politely known was a line scrimmage, was supposed to be only a mild form of what will happen when a regular scrimmage is held. There will be two of these later in the program and today the squad of 35 made a good start toward getting used to bodily contact. The warmup scrimmage produced the best wise crack of the training season. Milburn (Tiny) Croft, who weighed in at 306 when the professional champions opened drills three days ago, found himself opposite Bill Neal, 287 pound rookie from Tulane. As they crashed into each other, with Tiny having the better of it, Eddie Fonferek, a Packer fan from away back when, remarked, "I guess you could call that the battle of the bulge." The person most vitally interested in today's stepped-up exercises was Walter Kiesling, the onetime Packer lineman who is making his debut as line coach. Walt has definite ideas on perfection in line play so his somewhat gloomy statement did not surprise the few sideline observers, who crashed the gates of the practice field adjacent to the city stadium. "I was a little disappointed in some of the new men," said the taciturn Kiesling. "Some of them need a lot of instruction in fundamentals. A few could be in better condition. They need a lot of work to get ready for the All-Stars." Kiesling noted that the forwards showed negligence of duty especially in blocking to protect the forward passers. One of the most active of the newcomers was Bob Cope, 202 pounded from the University of Arkansas. Most Arkansas boys who come to football's big time are ends or halfbacks, but Cope is a guard. He is the young man who dealt a terrific beating to the Norman (Okla.) Navy line last season. Today he was popping thru into the backfield on line scrimmages. Because the Packers will lose at least five players on the right side of their line in the regular season, replacement experiments were started today. Joel Mason, who has been the left end behind Don Hutson for several seasons, was moved to right end. Croft moved over to right tackle and Forrest McPherson, erstwhile center, also worked at right tackle. The champions also lost their two veteran right tackles, Dr. Paul Berezney and Ade Schwammel. They also will lose their top right end, Harry Jacunski, who, however, will play in the All-Star game. The other 1944 right end, Ray Wehba, is in military service. Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, 34 year old right guard who is making the Soldiers' field spectacle his gridiron swan song is due to report today. Most of the time will be allotted to photographers. There was no letup in the barrage of passes thrown by all the left and right backs. Roy McKay, the 195 pound back from the University of Texas, who was on the 1943 and 1944 All-Star teams, turned in an astounding punting job today. He kicked four consecutive long spirals against the wind each carrying more than 60 yards in the air. McKay, who was listed as a fullback with the collegians, is a tailback or left half in the Packers setup. This position calls for running, passing and kicking.
PACKERS BOOST SERGEANT TO FIELD GENERAL!
AUGUST 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today welcomed a long absent teammate who will be an added starter in the College All-Star game August 30 in Soldiers' field. He is Sgt. Bob Adkins, first of the Packers to go off to war. Adkins, who was a blocking back thru 1940 and part of the 1941 season, is on furlough from an annex of De Shon General hospital at New Castle, Pa. He bolsters the quarterback department which has only two regular members, Larry Craig and Ben Starrett. When he left the Packers to enter the reception center at Fort Sheridan on November 12, 1941, the former Marshall college star weighed 220 pounds. His weight was exactly the same as he and the professional champions went thru the fourth day of drill, which mainly was a show for the photographers. They snapped the Packers from all angles. Bob spent 27 months at Melbourne, Australia, in the medical corps and aided in the invention of a cross between American and Australian football. Its called Austus. "It was this way," said Adkins. "The Aussies play with 18 men on a side. They only drop kick a ball. So a Melbourn sporting editor and I got our heads together. The result was Austus, with 18 on a side. The Americans were restricted to passing for scoring. There were two high goal posts at the ends of the field and also a short post near the two large ones. If a ball was kicked thru the tall posts or an American caught a pass in that sector it was good for six points. If the score was made between a large and small one it was one point. So our scoring was about the same. The teams just about broke even. I'd like to introduce it in this country as it is a fine intramural game." This is all the football the soldier has been playing since returning to the United States a little more than a year ago. But he is hopeful of getting the feel of American football again and helping his old club wallop Bernie Bierman's collegians. The Packers may have another surprise or two in the form of furloughing veterans in the nex few days. Curly Lambeau is overlooking no bets to bring a team into the lakefront stadium that will uphold the prestige of the NFL. Tomorrow the tempo will increase and by midweek Lambeau may order the first of two scrimmages under game conditions. The Green Bay coach also will take advantage of the city stadium lights to run the squad thru some nighttime sessions later on the program. Another arrival here today was Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, veteran guard who will wind up his 12 seasons with the Packers in the All-Star battle.
DRILL AND THEN MORE DRILL IS PACKER PORTION
AUGUST 13 (Green Bay) - Indicating growing concern over their battle against the College All-Stars, the Green Bay Packers today ordered a doubleheader drill. After the entire squad worked out from 9:30 to almost noon, Coach Curly Lambeau instructed the guards and tackles to return for a two and a half hour special session under line coach Walter Kiesling. Lambeau also revealed that the first of two scrimmages will be held Saturday. On later dates the professional champions will supplement their preparation by practicing under the lights of City stadium here. This phase is to accustom the players to night conditions since the All-Star game is to be held with the lights of Soldiers' field blazing on the night of August 30. The Packers' veteran coach said the compelling reason for today's special summoning of the linemen was dictated by their weakness on adequately protecting the passers. He agreed that this perhaps was a normal problem, inasmuch as the Packers have more new men than they have had in the last several seasons, but he wants to get the problem solved as speedily as possible. It did not require much prodding to set off Lambeau on an exposition concerning the All-Stars: "They have three swell ball clubs; they're really something," said the Green Bay man. "So we know that going into this game we're going to be outmanned. We also know that they are going to be well handled. Bernie Bierman is a great coach and he has a staff of able assistants." Lambeau could have mentioned, too, that the traditional experience edge enjoyed by the pros has been gradually dissipated thru the war years. Many of the '45 All-Stars have been in previous games in this series and there will be no stage fright among these lads. The excitement attendant to the spectacle and the massing of almost 100,000 fans are elements to upset a youngster taking part in the show for the first time. Continuing the argument, the Packers will have at least a dozen rookies on their bench. Green Bay's first draft choice, fullback Walter Schlinkman, is among the All-Stars' backs whom Lambeau respects. "Maybe 'fears' is the word," he added not too happily. Another Packer problem concerns the fattening up of Clyde Goodnight and Nolan Luhn, the two freshman ends from Tulsa. Goodnight is 10 pounds underweight. There is still now word from Joe Graham, University of Florida end who was to have reported here last week. Club officials are puzzled by his failure to contact them. Despite Lambeau's lamentations, today's morning drill seemed to progress smoothly. To an observer, the one sour note was the passers' wildness. This could have been caused by failure of their forwards to give adequate protection. Many of the shots were wild, far in advance of the moving targets.
PACKERS CALL IN VETERANS FOR ALL-STAR GAME
AUGUST 15 (Green Bay) - It is getting to be like old home week in the Green Bay Packers' camp. Today Sgt. Johnny Blood, a devastating runner for Green Bay from 1929 thru 1936, arrived for his self-appointed task as assistant coach in charge of morale for the August 30 contest with the College All-Stars in Chicago. Tomorrow Herman Rohrig of the army air forces will arrive for his special appearance with the professional champions under the Soldiers' field lights. Previously Sgt. Bob Adkins had reported to play in this game, and Arnie Herber, former Packer, now with the New York Giants, has been a daily visitor. Rohrig, a chunky right halfback, will be playing his first football for the Packers since 1941. He will bolster the right halfback department, which has been carrying on with only Lou Brock and Joe Laws. Coach Curly Lambeau hopes Rohrig shows him as much football ability as had Adkins the last two days. The army sergeant sparkled in a live tackling session which easily was the big noise in today's drill. Adkins and the other backs took turns smashing down a narrow lane with the ball while the two well spaced tacklers loomed ahead. Adkins is a blocking back and seldom carried the ball in his Packer seasons, but he showed a lot of drive and speed in practice. Thus the Packers gradually are being built up for Saturday's first real scrimmage, one in which game conditions will be followed. Lambeau's practice schedules are well organized and he allows the players to handle the ball enough to keep them interested and going at top speed. In the daily drills the athletes get a touch of everything rather than concentrating on any one phase in each drill.
JOHNNY STARTS WORK AT TOP ON PACKER MORALE
AUGUST 16 (Green Bay) - Johnny Blood, the army sergeant who is assistant coach in charge of morale for the Green Bay Packers, started right at the top today in his self-appointed task. Sgt. Blood, a storied football character from New Richmond, Wis., who spent seven seasons scoring touchdowns for the Packers, went to work on Don Hutson. Though Johnny earlier declared he would concentrate his morale building efforts for the professional champions the night of August 30 against the College All-Stars in Soldiers' field, he is using a broader program on Hutson. "See here, Don," he began, twisting his William Powell mustache. "I played professional football until I was 36. Now, you're only a lad of 32, and I've been disturbed at reports you are thinking of quitting. These bothered me much more than any fears of the Japs while I was overseas." Hutson assured Blood that he would be on hand the night of August 30 and for subsequent games in the NFL, whereupon the ambassador of morale buttonholed other members of Coach Curly Lambeau's cast in continuing his inspirational program. A couple of days ago when Hutson put on his first real burst of speed going after a pass the exhibition actually startled Lambeau. Curly reiterated a statement he made in his series of All-Star stories last month in the Tribune, that Hutson had lost none of his dazzling speed. Hutson's speed is deceptive because he takes effortless strides. There is none of the facial or muscular strain that characterized most sprinters. Even so, Hutson has a challenger this fall. He is Clyde Goodnight, rookie end from Tulsa university. The players and coaches are anticipating a speed duel when sprints soon are started among the players at different positions.
PACKERS TEST SELVES TODAY IN SCRIMMAGE
AUGUST 17 (Green Bay) - The preliminary phase of the Green Bay Packers' preparations for the College All-Star game ended today. Nine days of hard work has cushioned the professional champions, at least so the coaches hope, for tomorrow's intrasquad contest. They will be
playing as hard, said Headman Curly Lambeau, as
though it were the night of August 30, which is the date
the Packers move into Soldiers' field for their march with
Bernie Bierman's college dandies. After today's drill,
longest to date, Lambeau announced the starting
lineups for tomorrow's game. Only four of the 13
freshmen were named among the 22, three of them on
the Whites. These are the Tulsa twins, Clyde Goodnight
and Nolan Luhn, who will man the ends, and Ed Neal,
287 pound right tackle from Tulane. Paul Lipscomb, 230
pound tackle from Tennessee, the other newcomer, will
be on the right side of the Blues' line. The Blues'
backfield is a familiar one, employing Larry Craig at left
half, Joe Laws at right half and Ted Fritsch at fullback.
This is a veteran unit which had more than a little to do
with the Packers' triumph last December over the New
York Giants in the NFL title game. In the rival backfield
will be Ben Starrett at quarterback, Roy McKay at left
half, Lou Brock at right half, and Don Perkins at fullback.
This is an all-veteran combination except for McKay, who
was sidelined by a knee injury most of the last season.
All of the 37 players in camp, with the possible exception
of Bill Kuusisto, will be in there sooner or later. Kuusisto,
veteran guard, suffered a knee injury in tackling drill and
an X-ray was taken tonight to determine if there is a bone
THREE PACKERS ARE INJURED IN PRACTICE GAME
AUGUST 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers
suffered a double jolt today in their intracamp battle
leading up to their August 30 game against the College
All-Stars in Chicago's Soldiers' field. More important than
the Whites' 7 to 0 triumph over the Blues were injuries to
three players and a performance, which for ineffectiveness,
shocked Coach Curly Lambeau and his associates. Paul
Duhart, right halfback, suffered a shoulder injury in a
collision with Lou Brock; Ralph Hammond, rookie center,
was whacked on the knee and assisted from the field,
and Paul Lipscomb, 240 pound tackle from Tennessee,
was kayoed with a rib bruise. Hammond was most
seriously injured of the trio. He was taken to St. Vincent
hospital for heat and diathermy treatments to heal strained
ligaments in his knee. Dr. Henry S. Atkinson, club physician,
said Hammond, former University of Pittsburgh player,
probably will be able to rejoin the team Monday or Tuesday.
The deltoid muscle in Duhart's left shoulder was bruised.
Lipscomb's rib injury is not serious, Dr. Atkinson reported.
There was no score until the final minutes when Roy
McKay, the Texas cowboy, plowed over from the 3 yard line
on a reverse. Sgt. Bob Adkins, who is with the Packers
during furlough, then kicked the extra point. This was the
signal for Lambeau to call off hostilities and herd the
players away from the sideline crowd to deliver a scorching
oration. Even so, his raised voice could be heard at times
and this much was caught: "You've got to get a better
mental attitude, boys. We don't want to be a mediocre team
against the All-Stars. Get in shape. There was no reason
for such an exhibition." They had played under a broiling
sun and were weary, but Lambeau sentenced them to run
a series of 20 yard sprints. Their faces were sweaty, grim,
and somewhat dejected as they were excused. Later,
Lambeau said the scrimmage proved that the squad is
behind in its conditioning and that the cure will be harder
work from now on. He thought some were guilty of
carelessness. Assignments were missed. Even the
veterans made mistakes. Joe Laws, in charge of the
Blues, who had the best personnel when the game
started, thrice failed to score on his choice of plays inside
the 10 yard line. The Whites' touchdown was made under
the direction of veteran Lou Brock. The scrimmage did
have its compensations. Robert Cope, 202 pounder from
Arkansas, and Ken Keuper, burly fullback from Georgia
and a 1943 All-Star, were outstanding among the new
men. Bob Flowers' play at backing up the line for the
Whites also was a bright feature, and McKay was effective
both on offense and defense.
PACKERS ENJOY FIRST RESPITE IN 10 DAYS OF TOIL
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) - This was a day of meditation for the Green Bay Packers. They had plenty to think about in the light of their ragged performance in yesterday's scrimmage and the resultant tongue lashing from Coach Curly Lambeau. They know now, for sure, that a vast all-around improvement must be forthcoming or they will suffer the same fate in the College All-Star game August 30 as did the Washington Redskins two years ago. Lambeau, too, perhaps wanted the entire day to meditate, for there was no practice today. This was the first break after 10 successive days of drills. "Some of our better boys were getting leg weary," explained Curly, "and I felt they had earned the right to rest. We're far behind our schedule, but tomorrow we're making a new start. The scrimmage showed us that many of the players have developed careless habits, and this goes for some of those who helped us win the championship last year. Our first concern is to develop a better mental attitude. Then we've got to iron out all the mechanical faults which developed. We originally planned to work on new plays as the first order of business this week, but these will have to be postponed until we get other more important factors straightened out." The customary two-hour workout will be held in the mornings. Then, at 2:30 the laggards will be recalled to the practice field.
JACUNSKI, URBAN GIVE PACKERS POWER AT ENDS
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' roll call was answered today by two additional fellows, bringing the professional champions up to a numerical 39 for their battle the night of August 30, against the well-manned College All-Stars. The newcomers were Harry Jacunski and Alex Urban, veteran ends. Jacunski's arrival was expected, but Urban, who fought six months on Guadalcanal as a private 1st class, in the army, reported without any advance notices. Both were welcomed on a day when double drills began to hasten the squad's conditioning for the Soldiers' field extravaganza. Jacunski was conducted into the city by an old Chicago Bear, Gene Ronzani. The two are members of Notre Dame's football coaching staff and Jacunski will return to the Irish campus after participating in the Chicago game. Ronzani, who spurned a Bear contract to join Hugh Devore at Notre Dame, was en route to Iron Mountain to visit relatives. "If they'll just pitch a few to Jacunski the Packers will win the game," said Ronzani, who has much admiration for the Packers star. "Harry's been teaching the Notre Dame ends fundamental play by getting in there and taking hard knocks in practice," Gene added. Jacunski's physical condition drew glances of envy from some of the laggards who have been slowing up the Packers' preparations for the All-Stars. Urban, likewise, appeared in excellent condition. He joined the Packers in midseason of 1944 after drawing his army release. He had not communicated with the club this year and Coach Curly Lambeau had given him up for lost when Alex walked into the clubhouse today. Urban plays either end. He and Lambeau were to talk salary later in the day. These arrivals, plus the presence of Paul Duhart and Paul Lipscomb on the field, cut away some of the gloom which started forming last Saturday when the champions showed only enough scoring punch in an intra-squad game to make one touchdown. Duhart and Lipscomb both were injured in that clash, but showed no ill effects today. Ralph Hammond, rookie center, who suffered a bruised knee in the scrimmage, was released from the hospital today.
PACKER TALENT SIFTED FOR KEY MEN IN ATTACK
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay) - Seven Packers were throwing passes today as the professional champions reacted favorably to cloudy and coolish weather. These included four left halfbacks and the three right halfbacks. It emphasized that the Packers no longer have an Arnie Herber or Cecil Isbell, spectacular pass pitchers of other years. Further expanding of thoughts on the changed times for the pass minded Packers brought this question: "Who's going to be the main man in the backfield against the College All-Stars a week from Thursday night in Soldiers' field?" There is no apparent answer for this one. In 1943 the All-Stars knew the man to watch among the Washington Redskins was Sammy Baugh. The All-Stars were equally certain their main job was to stop Sid Luckman's aerials in the 1944 battle with the Chicago Bears. The collegians stopped Baugh, but not Luckman. Irv Comp is the Packers' No. 1 left halfback, the successor to Isbell. Comp, a large, serious fellow, has helped the Packers carry on the tradition as the most pass-minded team in professional football. But he has not yet reached the heights of a Herber or an Isbell. While it is likely that Comp will throw more passes than any of the other eligiblles it could be that one of six others might make the pitch which could be the decisive factor in an anticipated close game. In making his passing attack more elastic Coach Curly Lambeau has drawn the right halfbacks into his scheme. This had added more deception to the attack. Many of the passes appear to be running plays at the start. The three right halves, Lou Brock, Joe Laws, and Herman Rohrig, are firing the ball regularly and today was no exception. In the Packers' system the right half calls the plays and technically is the quarterback. The quarterback is used almost exclusively as a blocker. The three blocking backs are Larry Craig, Ben Starrett, and Bob Adkins. Because of the nature of their work they get few headlines. Comp has three associates at left half. Roy McKay may prove to be the best of the trio. The Texan is a businesslike fellow who has proved that he can run, pass and kick. It may be that he will develop to be the Packers' best punter. Paul Duhart, who made good as a rookie last season, and Sid Tinsley are the other two left halfbacks. Adding to the uncertainty as to which of these seven will be the outstanding passer against the All-Stars is the open question on the identity of the Packers' most devastating runner.
DOC BEREZNEY TO TREAT PACKERS TACKLE TROUBLES
AUGUST 22 (Green Bay) - The Packers' right tackle problem eased today with the arrival of Dr. Paul Berezney, a budding young surgeon from the Florida west coast. The doctor, regular custodian of this spot in the Green Bay line for three seasons, hopes to make up for lost time and qualify to start against the College All-Stars a week from tomorrow night in Soldiers' field. He may play with the world champions all season. Tiny Croft, Forrest McPherson, and 285 pound Ed Neal have been working at right tackle, but Berezney's presence may cause Croft's return to left tackle, his normal position. McPherson has been moved from center to help bolster right tackle, but the chunky veteran is standing by for a possible call at center not that it appears Pete Hammond will be lost for the game. Hammond, former Pitt center, still is taking treatments for an injured knee and is out of uniform...The Packers' squad now numbers 39, top personnel for a pro team in the All-Star series in three years. The roster included three centers, eight guards, seven tackles, eight end, three quarterback, four left halfbacks, three right halfbacks and three fullbacks...The Packers approached a full blown scrimmage in a bristling workout this morning under ideal weather conditions. A defensive team wearing blocking pads tried to mess up running and passing maneuvers. For the first time the champions tried their skill at field goal kicking, with Don Hutson, Ted Fritsch and Glen Sorenson taking turns. The Bears won last year's All-Star game on a field goal by Pete Gudauskas, an erstwhile Packer, by the way. Coach Curly Lambeau cleared the field of spectators to give the session an added appearance of importance. The squad went back to the field in the afternoon for more instructions on assignments and strategy to be used against the All-Stars...Friends of Jimmy Crowley, commissioner of the new All-America football conference, are awaiting his arrival here Sunday for a visit. Crowley started his brilliant football career at Green Bay's East High school and his coach in the 1919 and 1920 seasons was Curly Lambeau. Crowley will go to Chicago from Green Bay for the All-Star game and a meeting of the All-America conference.
PACKERS TO BAR FANS AT DRILL TODAY
AUGUST 23 (Green Bay) - If the College All-Stars game were to be played tomorrow, instead of a week from tonight, Coach Curly Lambeau confesses he would be almost at a total loss to name the Green Bay Packers' starting lineup. After today's drills he declared his mind is made up on just two starters and that the other nine positions are open. "The only definite starters," he said after some deliberation, "are Don Hutson at left end and Larry Craig at blocking back." This puts such standouts as Capt. Charley Brock and Ted Fritsch in the doubtful class at kickoff time under the Soldiers' field lights, and this is why tomorrow's secret scrimmage will do much toward helping Lambeau make up his mind on his opening combination. To eliminate all spectators, the scrimmage has been set for City stadium, home of the Packers. The gates will be locked after the squad takes the field 9:30 a.m. Left half? The No. 1 fellow last season was Irv Comp. He completed 80 of 177 passes in National league competition, 12 for touchdowns. But Comp is being pressed to the hilt by Roy McKay, the Texas cowboy, twice a college All-Star. Right half? Lou Brock was the main man at this spot in '44. But he has two earnest rivals in Joe Laws and Capt. Herman Rohrig of the air forces. Fullback? Fritsch doubtless will get the call. But it won't be for lack of effort by Don Perkins and Ken Keuper. Ted, along with Comp, led the Packers in pass interceptions last season, each having six. Capt. Brock doubtless will start at center, but the performance of Bob Flowers, the blond Texan, has been outstanding during the two weeks the Packers have been working. Eight guard have been engaging in a free for all. At right guard Buckets Goldenberg has Pete Tinsley, Bill Kuusisto, and Mike Bucchianeri as formidable rivals. Lambeau may have to pick from his hat one of these four for left guard: Glen Sorenson, Charles Tollefson, Ray Monaco and Bob Cope. At right tackle are Dr. Paul Berezney, Paul Lipscomb, and Ed Neal, both newcomers, and Forrest McPherson. Lipscomb may be a little ahead of the competition, because Berezney, 1944 regular, arrived only yesterday. Baby Ray rates as the starting left tackle while drawing stubborn opposition from Tiny Croft, the Chicago born behemoth. Harry Jacunski, making the All-Star game his final fling, doubtless will start at right end despite all that rookie Nolan Luhn and Joel Mason can do about it. During drill this morning the Packers tossed some 35 running and passing plays against various alignments representing the College All-Stars' defense. Safety men spent considerable time handling punts under game conditions.
PACKERS WHITES WIN ON COMP TO HUTSON PASS
AUGUST 24 (Green Bay) - A 51 yard touchdown pass
thrown by Irv Comp and fielded by Don Hutson was the
play which gave the Packer Whites a 14 to 7 victory over
the Blues today. Played on the velvety turf of City stadium,
the 45 minute scrimmage brought to a climax the
strenuous portion of the professional champion's
preparations for next Thursday night's game with the
College All-Stars in Soldiers' field. Coach Curly Lambeau
told them what they wanted to hear - that in comparison
to last Saturday's intrasquad game they looked like
champions today. The Whites won the earlier scrimmage,
7 to 0. Lambeau quickly added these disquieting
observations. This is no trick to deceive the All-Stars. The
Packers have a number of elderly gentlemen, and many
of them were late in reporting. Among those who were
kept out of today's scrimmage was Harry Jacunski, the
champions' starting right end of 1944. His legs are giving
him trouble. The Packers have only five days left until they
rush onto the gridiron in Soldiers' field to meet the
challenge of the All-Stars. Hutson reminded them of this
just before the scrimmage when he yelled, "C'mon, it's
getting late. Less than a week to go before the game."
As for the scrimmage, the Whites had possession of the
ball six times to the Blues' five. The Whites' starting
lineup may have been pretty close to the 11 who will
lineup next Thursday night. It went like this: Huston, left
end; Baby Ray, left tackle; Glen Sorenson, left guard;
Capt. Charley Brock, center; Buckets Goldenberg, right
guard; Paul Berezney, right tackle; Joel Mason, right end;
Larry Craig, quarterback; Comp, left half; Lou Brock,
right half; Ted Fritsch, fullback. The Whites started out on
their 45 yard line and Fritsch spun over the defensive
right side for 33 yards. On the next play Tiny Croft hit Paul
Duhart so hard that the left halfback fumbled, Don
Perkins recovering for the Blues on the 12. After Perkins
hit for 15 yards, Comp intercepted Roy McKay's pass at
midfield and was chased out of bounds on the Blues' 9.
Fritsch was piled up for a 3 yard loss. Comp dashed thru to the 4 and Fritsch ploughed over center for a touchdown. Hutson kicked the point. The Blues couldn't gain, and McKay quick-kicked 60 yards to Lou Brock and returned the ball to the Whites' 29. Then came three straight pass completions by Comp. Fritsch took the first one for 11 yards. Craig caught the next pitch for 9 to the Whites' 49. The count was second down and a yard to go. The Blues perhaps figured Lou Brock would call a running play. But Comp took the ball, faded back and Hutson made a leaping catch on the Blues' 12, then loped over. His kick for the point made it 14 to 0. The Whites stopped the Blues in two series of downs, but failed the third time. To set up the touchdown, Jow Laws recovered Duhart's fumble on the Whites' 27. McKay's first pass was incomplete, but Clyde Goodnight took the next one in the clear. He jogged back and touched the ball to the turf on the 4 yard line, forgetting that under the All-Star and professional rules the goal posts are on the goal line and not 10 yards back. Lambeau quickly detected the error, which would have been a monumental bonehead play in Thursday night's game. Goodnight, who is being touted as the new Hutson, was somewhat sheepish, and he won't make the same mistake again.
PACKERS STUDY DEFENSE FOR ALL-STAR PLAYS
AUGUST 25 (Green Bay) - There comes a time when a football team must forget its own grandiose scoring schemes and start wondering what to expect when the other eleven has the ball. So tomorrow the Green Bay Packers, perhaps the most touchdown-minded unit in all football, will tackle the problem of a defense to stop, or at least slow up, the College All-Stars next Thursday night in Soldiers' field. Since August 9, the world professional champions have been offensive minded and, even through their attack still has rough edges, the running out of time dictates that attention be turned up to throwing up their guard against the All-Stars' onslaught. Coach Curly Lambeau and his aids insisted after today's brisk workout they had no idea what to expect when they are on defense. They would have welcomed an invitation to watch this afternoon's appearance of the All-Stars at Great Lakes, just to get an idea, you know. Walt Kiesling, the Packers' line coach, who is a Minnesota native, spoke for the board of strategy when he remarked that the collegians, coached by Bernie Bierman, will make few mistakes. Bierman, Walter pointed out, is one of the great teachers of fundamental football, "and he will have the boys in top condition, too," said Kiesling, with no relaxation of the grim lines in his face. Lambeau reiterated previous utterances that playing the All-Stars is the toughest assignment which comes to a professional coach and his team. Of course, the All-Stars will have no patent on springing surprises in their tactics. Lambeau pulled a pretty slick job himself last December to beat the New York Giants in the championship game which qualified the Packers for the assignment in the lakefront stadium. The Packers want to get their hands on the ball at the first opportunity. The Giants, who play for breaks, would rather kick off and play for breaks. In the title game, Don Hutson lost the toss and stamped his feet in simulated anger. This gave the eastern champions the choice of goals. They elected to take the goal with the wind at their backs and logically figures the Packers would choose to receive. But Hutson, now the calm Hutson of old, cooly said his team would kick off. This also meant that at the start of the second half, the Packers would get their choice. Here the Giants learned again, to their sorrow, that the western champions would kick off. Of the five kickoffs made in that game, four were booted by Green Bay. It was Lambeau's idea that the Giants did not have the attacking power to move out of their territory. And he had another ace up his storm coat sleeves. Knowing the Giants had the sort of personnel which would make mandatory substitutions when they were changing from defense to offense, Curly instructed his men to play the type of game which would minimize timeouts. An incomplete pass, a punt, or a kickoff out of bounds would set up such a favorable situation for Steve Owen's warriors. So the Packers played old-fashioned, thru-the-line football, rarely passing. As a result the Giants soon used up their allotted times out, and later, when they got the ball, it was first down and 15 to go, or first down and 5 to go for the Packers when the ball changed sides.
PRO CHAMPIONS SWITCH DRILLS TO NIGHT SHIFT
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today said farewell to the sun and prepared to go on the night shift tomorrow in winding up preparations for Thursday evening's gridiron date with the College All-Stars in Soldiers' field. Chet Adams, army second lieutenant stationed at Camp Bullis, San Antonio, Tex., made a belated appearance and participated in the last daylight drills. Whether Adams will be able to bolster the well heeled tackle department after missing more than two weeks of practice is debatable. Adams at his best would be a valuable addition to the professional champions. He starred for the Cleveland Rams four seasons, then was lend-leased to Green Bay in 1943 when Cleveland suspended operations that season. Chet, 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 240, was an All-NFL tackle. Adams gives the Packers seven tackles and their average weight is 254 pounds. Ralph Hammond, rookie center from Pitt, definitely is out of the All-Star game from a knee injury suffered more than a week ago, so the Packers' list of eligibles remains at 38. A classroom session starting at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning will launch the world champions' final phase of preparations. Tomorrow night they will drill under the City stadium lights. This program will be duplicated Tuesday. On Wednesday morning the Packers will leave for Chicago and set up headquarters in the Knickerbocker hotel. That evening they will exercise briefly in Soldiers' field. Today's activity developed to be a combination of defensive and offensive tactics. Line Coach Walt Kiesling instructed the linemen in proper spacing against various anticipated All-Star alignments. Meantime, oach Curly Lambeau presided while the inevitable forward passing maneuvers were progressing. The champions also spent considerable time on kickoffs. The college rule will be in effect, making it mandatory for five players on the receiving team to line up between their own 45 yard line and midfield. Glen Sorenson, guard, probably will do most of the kicking off against the collegians.
PACKERS DRILL UNDER LIGHTS; COACHES WORRY
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers tonight got into the All-Star mood by turning on the floodlights in City stadium, bordered by the East River, a somewhat remote comparison to Soldiers' field which is adjacent to Lake Michigan. And there weren't 90,000 people watching, as there will be Thursday night in the Chicago arena, but the professional champions got a psychological lift in the brilliant atmosphere. Even so, there was little easing of the nervous state with which their coaches are approaching the game. This couldn't be an act because there are too many plainly etched factors working against the Packers. First, they won't have the brilliant passing of Cecil Isbell, who sparked their 45 to 28 triumph in 1940, their last appearance in the All-Star series. The overall picture is of a squad which isn't far enough along physically or mentally to play the type of game the Packers play, for instance, against the Chicago Bears. In a morning meeting in the Northland hotel, Curly Lambeau, the wily Green Bay coach, laid it on the line with his players. "We're behind schedule," he told them. "Remember, this is like the Thursday before a Sunday ballgame. You don't know your assignments well enough. We haven't come close to reaching the efficiency we will need to beat the All-Stars." Then Lambeau yielded the floor to Sgt. Johnny Blood, the old Packer pass catching star, who sat in on the All-Stars' 35 to 0 victory scrimmage over Great Lakes last Saturday. The sergeant's report was little less than terrifying. "They threw so many passes," said Johnny, "that I thought I was watching the Packers. This is the best looking All-Star squad I've seen. I saw the 1937 team which beat Green Bay, 6 to 0, and the gang in 1938 which took the Washington Redskins, 28 to 16. This team has a lot of dangerous runners. Tom Harmon looked wonderful. He really convinced me he can go." The professional elevens strive for perfection, which should be taken into consideration while perusing these gloomy reports. Perhaps Lambeau to comparing his team as of today to the one he hopes will bring a seventh world championship to this tidy little football minded city in the 1945 NFL campaign. It could be that the Packers don't have to be at full strength to whip the All-Stars. At any rate it is certain that for the third straight year the pros will enjoy no runaway. The Packers of 1940 began an era of superiority over the collegians with that 45 to 28 victory. In 1941 the Bears triumphed 37 to 13, and followed with a 21 to 0 decision in 1942. This gave the pros a three year composite score of 103 to 41. In 1943 the All Stars whipped the Redskins, 27 to 7. And last year the Bears had to rally to win, 24 to 21.