NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT         COLLEGE YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Bob Adkins          79    B 6- 0 220        Marshall  3  3 28  4 FA - Green Bay (1941)
Solon Barnett       72    T 6- 1 235          Baylor  1  1 24  4 1943 Draft - 10th round
Charley Brock       29    C 6- 1 210        Nebraska  7  7 29 10 1939 Draft - 3rd round
Lou Brock           16   HB 6- 0 195          Purdue  6  6 27 10 1940 Draft - 3rd round
Mike Bucchianeri    19    G 5-10 210         Indiana  3  3 28  5 FA - Green Bay (1941)
Irv Comp            51   HB 6- 3 192    St. Benedict  3  3 26  9 1943 Draft - 3rd round
Larry Craig         54    E 6- 0 195     S. Carolina  7  7 29 10 1939 Draft - 6th round
Bernard Crimmins    76    G 5-11 195      Notre Dame  1  1 26  6
Tiny Croft          75    T 6- 4 285           Ripon  4  4 24  9
Bob Flowers         35    C 6- 1 210      Texas Tech  4  4 28 10
Ray Frankowski      15    G 5-11 220      Washington  1  1 26  2 1942 Draft - 3rd round
Ted Fritsch         64   FB 5-10 210   Stevens Point  4  4 24 10
Ed Frutig           51    E 6- 1 185        Michigan  2  2 25  1 1941 Draft - 5th round
Buckets Goldenberg  43    G 5-10 220       Wisconsin 13 13 33  4
Clyde Goodnight     23    E 6- 1 195           Tulsa  1  1 21 10 1945 Draft - 3rd round
Don Hutson          14    E 6- 1 180         Alabama 11 11 32 10
Ken Kueper          18   HB 6- 0 215         Georgia  1  1 26  9
William Kuusisto    45    G 6- 0 230       Minnesota  5  5 27 10
Joe Laws            24   HB 5- 9 185            Iowa 12 12 34 10
Paul Lipscomb       47    T 6- 5 230       Tennessee  1  1 22 10
Nolan Luhn          38    E 6- 3 200           Tulsa  1  1 24  9 1945 Draft - 25th round
Joel Mason           7    E 6- 0 200     W. Michigan  4  5 32 10 FA - Chi Cards (1939)
Roy McKay            3   HB 6- 0 195           Texas  2  2 25 10 1943 Draft - 5th round
Forrest McPherson   72    C 5-11 240        Nebraska  3  6 33  5 FA - Phil (1937)
Russ Mosley          8   HB 5-10 170         Alabama  1  1 27  6
Moose Mulleneaux    19    E 6- 4 210         Utah St  5  5 28  5 Military (1942-44)
Ed Neal             58    T 6- 4 287          Tulane  1  1 26  9
Ernie Pannell       22    T 6- 3 220       Texas A&M  3  3 28  7 1941 Draft - 16th (Mil)
Don Perkins         23   FB 6- 0 198     Platteville  2  2 27  7
Baby Ray            44    T 6- 6 256      Vanderbilt  8  8 29 10
Chuck Sample        38   FB 5- 9 210          Toledo  2  2 25  1 Military (1943-44)
Bruce Smith         42   HB 6- 0 197       Minnesota  1  1 25  3 1942 Draft - 13th round
Ken Snelling        52   FB 6- 0 210            UCLA  1  1 26  2 1943 Draft - 7th round
Glen Sorenson       33    G 6- 0 210         Utah St  3  3 25 10
Ben Starret         63    B 5-11 220 St. Mary's (CA)  4  5 27  8 FA - Pittsburgh (1941)
Pete Tinsley        21    G 5- 8 205         Georgia  8  8 32 10 1938 Draft - 9th round
Charles Tollefson   46    G 6- 0 215            Iowa  2  2 29  9
Alex Urban          79    E 6- 2 210     S. Carolina  3  3 28  4 FA - Green Bay (1941)
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played
1945 PACKERS DRAFT (April 8, 1945)
RND SEL NAME               POS COLLEGE
1    11 Walt Schlinkman      B Texas Tech
2       Did Not Draft                  
3    27 Clyde Goodnight      E Tulsa
4       Did Not Draft                        
5    43 Joe Graham           E Florida
6    54 Don Wells            T Georgia
7    65 Casey Stephenson     B Tennessee          
8    76 Toby Collins         T Tulsa      
9    87 Lamar Dingler        E Arkansas          
10   98 Hal Helscher         B Louisiana State
11  109 Ralph Hammond        C Pittsburgh    
12  120 Edward Podgorski     T Lafayette
13  131 Bill Hackett         G Ohio State      
14  142 Marv Lindsey         B Arkansas
15  153 Bob McClure          T Nevada
16  164 Harry Pieper         C California
17  175 Bob Kula             B Minnesota 
18  186 Frank Hazard         G Nebraska 
19  197 Ed Jeffers           T Oklahoma State 
20  208 Bill Prentice        B Santa Clara 
21  219 Warren Fuller        E Fordham 
22  230 Fred Neilsen         T St. Mary¹s (Calif.) 
23  241 Bob Gilmore          B Washington 
24  252 Lloyd Baxter         C Southern Methodist 
25  263 Nolan Luhn           E Tulsa 
26  274 Nestor Blanco        G Colorado Mines 
27  285 Bill Chestnut        B Kansas 
28  296 Jim Thompson         B Washington State 
29  307 John Evans           E Idaho 
31  324 Paul Friday          B Ohio State 
30  318 Hamilton Nichols     G Rice 
32  330 Billy Joe Aldridge   B Oklahoma State
BOLD - Played for the Packers
1945 IN REVIEW
After the 1944 season, Don Huston announced his retirement by saying, "If I ever play on the field again, I'll jump off the Empire State building." Evidently, he changed his mind, since he was back in uniform at the start of the season with no signs of carrying out his threat. Even though the Packers fell off to third place, Huston still soared above all of the receivers in the NFL. In the second quarter of the October 7th game against Detroit, Huston caught four touchdown passes and kicked five extra points, chalking up a record 29 points in a single quarter. The Packers also had a colorful 27-year old rookie tackle named Ed Neal. Bulldog Turner described him - "Ed Neal weighed 287 pounds stripped. His arms are as big as my legs and as hard as a table." Turner's remarks were not ill-founded as Neal would break Turner's nose five times during the course of their many encounters.
THE FIRST USFL (1945 NOT 1983) AND THE TRANS-AMERICA FOOTBALL LEAGUE (THE FIRST OF THREE)
The AAFC was not the only league which aimed to unseat the NFL at the end of the Second World War.
UNITED STATES FOOTBALL LEAGUE - The USFL was announced in July 1944, with ten franchises in two divisions (East - New York, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, West - Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Akron, and Honolulu Bears) were proposed. Two other franchises were set to be awarded, with Seattle, Portland, Buffalo, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Fort Worth and Detroit in the running. The league would play a 20-game schedule. Organizer Ronald Payne announced in October 1944 that seven franchises were definitely "in", having posted $10,000 in franchise fees, and that Los Angeles appeared set to join. By the time the USFL held a leaggue meeting on November 18th and 19th 1944, eleven prospective cities remained. On November 27th 1944, Red Grange was named commissioner of the USFL, and eight cities were formally admitted (Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Akron, Boston and Honolulu). Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh were the three cities present at the November 18-19th meetings which were not included in the lineup. In December 1944, the Honolulu franchise announced it would play its games in Cincinnati until World War II was over, and airline travel from the mainland to Hawaii was feasible. Not much more news was heard from the USFL until June 1st 1945, when Grange announced he was resigning as commissioner, and some franchises were refunding their deposits. Within a week, the USFL was gone. The USFL name would come back in 1965 - created by future league developer extraordinaire David Dixon, the USFL was unveiled in an April 11, 1965 article in the Dallas Times-Herald. The league, which would kick off in January 1966, would have franchises in Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Miami and Anaheim. Games would be held to a strict two-hour limit, with the title game on Memorial Day. An organizational meeting was supposed to be held in May, while Dallas Cowboy GM Tex Schramm said the NFL may develop its own winter-spring league. Neither plan got off the ground. Of course, the real "USFL"actually fielded teams in from 1983 to 1985.
TRANS-AMERICA FOOTBALL LEAGUE - The league, formed by promoter John "Chick" Meehan, was announced in September 1944. The original franchises were slated for New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles. In late October 1944, Meehan announced the Dallas franchise had secured the Cotton Bowl as its home field. Meehan traveled to Denver in December 1944 to meet with investors in a posssible franchise in the city. In April 1945, Meehan proposed a 16-team NFL, with the 11 franchises in the senior league being joined by the five strongest franchises from the TAFL. He also indicated he may pull the plug on his league if the New York franchise cannot secure a home field soon. On June 1st 1945, Meehan ended his hopes to launch the TAFL after it was clear the New York team could not play at Yankee Stadium. That became clear when the NFL allowed the Brooklyn Tigers to move to Yankee Stadium and the New York Giants to the Polo Grounds. In 1959, a Trans-America Conference was proposed. The league began as a minor-league (Mid-America Football League), but it was revealed in July 1959 during Congressional testimony by NFL Commissioner Bert Bell that the league wanted to challenge the NFL. Former NY Giant QB Travis Tidwell said the league would consist of Houston, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and said other possible members are Louisville, Boston, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco and Buffalo. Some of the organizers behind the Continental League (baseball) were reportedly behind the TAC. The name came back in 1970 when the San Antonio Toros and Fort Worth Braves planned on launching a Trans-American Football League in 1970, after the collapse of the Continental League, with franchises also in Tampa, Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis, Birmingham and Hershey, PA (?). Instead, the Braves, Toros and four of their local rivals took back the Texas Football League name and soldiered as a regional minor league in 1970. The league re-organized yet again in the winter of 1970-71, dropping the Texas Football League name and becoming the Trans-American Football League. The bigger change was a shift to a spring schedule with an April 1971 kickoff. The spring experiment died a quick death and the league cut short its schedule after only five weeks of play.
1945 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (2-2)
AUGUST (1-0)
30 College All-Stars at Chicago          W 19- 7    1-0-0   92,753
SEPTEMBER
13 at Philadelphia Eagles                L 21-28    1-1-0   90,218
19 Pittsburgh Steelers at Hershey, PA    W 38-12    2-1-0   14,521
23 at Washington Redskins                L  7-21    2-2-0   27,125
1945 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (6-4)
SEPTEMBER (1-0)
30 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0-0)               W 31-21    1-0-0   24,525
OCTOBER (3-1)
7  M-DETROIT LIONS (1-0-0)               W 57-21    2-0-0   20,463
14 G-CLEVELAND RAMS (2-0-0)              L 14-27    2-1-0   24,607
21 M-BOSTON YANKS (2-0-1)                W 38-14    3-1-0   20,846
28 G-CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-4-0)           W 33-14    4-1-0   19,221
NOVEMBER (2-2)
4  at Chicago Bears (0-5-0)              L 24-28    4-2-0   45,527
11 at Cleveland Rams (5-1-0)             L  7-20    4-3-0   28,686
18 at Boston Yanks (1-4-1)               W 28- 0    5-3-0   31,923
25 at New York Giants (2-4-1)            W 23-14    6-3-0   52,681
DECEMBER (0-1)
2  at Detroit Lions (6-3-0)              L  3-14    6-4-0   23,468
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
1945 Packer Season Ticket Form
DON HUTSON RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL TUESDAY
JANUARY 3 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, end on the championship Green Bay Packers, has been released from Bellin hospital. Hutson, who was discharged Tuesday, entered the hospital December 27 suffering from an infection in his right arm as the result of an injury received in the title game with the New York Giants December 17. His condition is now regarded as favorable.
​THIRD PRO LOOP IS A CERTAINTY
JANUARY 6 (Dallas) - The Trans-America Professional Football league is a settled fact and already has six cities enrolled, John F. (Chick) Meehan, head of the new circuit, said yesterday. Meehan announced before departing for Houston to confer with sports leaders there regarding a possible franchise in the league that Dallas, New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Brooklyn had completed arrangements and met all the requirements for berths. "There is nothing tentative about our setup," the former Syracuse, Manhattan and New York university coach said. "These six cities have already been granted franchises, have leased stadiums in which to play and are eager to start. Two other cities - Denver and Houston - may be added before the league begins operations." He added that Denver and Houston had reported prospects good for entering the loop. One of the rules of the league which will begin operations when the war is over is that one man cannot control a franchise in any city. A group of five or more must be interested in the club. "In this matter, we believe we will have more interest and better financed clubs," Meehan explained.
KISELING SIGNS AS PACKER COACH
JANUARY 27 (Pittsburgh) - Art Rooney, co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, last night announced the resignation of Co-Coach Walter Kiesling, who is rumored to have signed a contract as assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers. Kiesling mentored the Steelers for the past two seasons after first gracing the roster of the Pittsburgh entrant in the NFL as a player in 1937.
LAMBEAU SAYS PRO LEAGUE WILL PLAY FOOTBALL IN 1945
​FEBRUARY 5 (Los Angeles) - Curly Lambeau, coach of the National professional football champion Green Bay Packers, thinks there will be enough genuine 4-F's and discharged players to keep the league in operation next fall, without weakening the brand of professional football. "We need only 250 players for the league to function," the six-time championship coach said. "There should be enough genuine 4-F's and discharged players to keep us in operation - and I don't think the league will be any weaker than it was last year." Lambeau, who admitted he was keeping his eyes open for possible recruits next fall, was heartily in favor of another bigtime professional football league "if it's not one of those fly-by-night leagues that promises a well-known college player a lot of money and then give him only a small percentage of the profits. On the whole I think it would be a swell thing, and there's room for more," he said. The Packer coach said he didn't know whether veteran end Don Hutson would be in uniform next year or not. "He's retired each year for the past three years and then rejoined us, so I can't say. All I know is that he's one of the amazing football players of the age and hasn't slowed down even a fraction." Lambeau is coach of the most unusual football team in the league - its home location has a population of only 50,000 as compared to about a million for the rest. "But everyone in Wisconsin claims the Packers for himself - it's always "our" team regardless of what part of the state we're in - that really helps," Lambeau added.
​PACKERS SIGN BRUCE SMITH, STAR GOPHER BACK
FEBRUARY 8 (Chicago) - Ensign Bruce Smith, triple-threat All-American halfback at Minnesota in 1941, has signed a two-year contract with the World Champion Green Bay Packers to become effective upon his discharge from the Navy, the NFL announced today. The 200-pound, Faribault, Minn., halfback played at Minnesota three years and was the star of the 1940-41 Golden Gophers who won 17 straight games. Captain of the 1941 team, he received the Heisman trophy and was named player of the year by the Washington Touchdown club. Smith, 24, now is stationed at a Florida naval base. He underwent a knee operation in 1942 to enter the Navy and was a seaman at Great Lakes and played with the Bluejackets that year.
TRAFTON IS RELEASED BY GREEN BAY PACKERS
FEBRUARY 22 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said today that George (Brute) Trafton had been given his release as a member of the Packer coaching staff. Trafton, a former Chicago Bears center, signed a one year contract to coach the Packer line last year and helped guide the Green Bay team to a National league pennant. "We regret that circumstances are such that we cannot carry more than three coaches," Lambeau said. "If times were normal we would not let George go as we are impressed with his ability."
ALL-AMERICA GROUP GETS FIFTH COACH
MARCH 1 (Chicago) - The All-America football conference - a proposed postwar grid circuit - had its fifth coach in its fold today, with Chicago's entry signing Lt. Col. Richard E. (Dick) Hanley, former college grid mentor. Hanley, whose collegiate coaching career extended over a period of 13 years at Haskell institute and Northwestern university, yesterday signed a three-year contract as head coach and general manager of the Chicago club, one of the eight prospective teams. John L. Keeshin, trucking executive who owns the Chicago franchise, announced signing of Hanley in Los Angeles and also disclosed that his assistant would be Maj. Ernie Nevers, a former grid great at Stanford and in the NFL. Contract terms for Hanley and Nevers, both in the Marines, were not announced but Hanley, who is combat conditioning officer for the marine aviation corps, said his salary will exceed his pay while coach at Northwestern from 1927 to 1935.
RED SMITH SIGNS AS CUB BULLPEN COACH
MARCH 1 (Chicago) - Richard (Red) Smith, assistant to Charlie Grimm, manager of the Chicago Cubs for four seasons when Grimm piloted the Milwaukee Brewers in the American Association yesterday signed as bullpen coach and scout for the Cubs. Smith has been an assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers, general manager of the Green Bay baseball team in the Wisconsin State League, and catcher with the New York Giants baseball team. He was graduated from Notre Dame in 1927. During the past football season, Smith was line coach of the New York Giants, a position to which officials of the Cubs said he would return next fall.
PACKER GUARD KILLED AT IWO
MARCH 29 (Green Bay) - Capt. Howard (Smiley) Johnson, a former Green Bay Packer guard, was killed in action on Iwo Jima, according to word received here from his widow by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tinsley. Tinsley and Johnson played football together at the University of Georgia. A native of Clarksville, Tenn., Johnson played with the Packers in 1940 and 1941. Before entering the service, he was a health counselor for the national youth administrator. He was 28 years old.
NATIONAL PRO LEAGUE IS TO DETERMINE MAKEUP APRIL 6
MARCH 30 (Manitowoc Hearld-Times) - Makeup of the National Professional Football league for the 1945 season will be determined in New York April 6 at the annual draft and schedule meeting. Coach Curly Lambeau of the 1944 champion Green Bay Packers, who will attend the meeting, said there is a possibility that the league will operate with only 10 clubs next season and it could be that only eight will play. Under the 10-team setup, as in 1944, two of the 11 teams holding franchises would have to combine. It seems very probable, Lambeau said, that Boston and Brooklyn would form a combination in 1945. In the event league officials feel only eight teams should operate, other mergers possible include the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals and the Cleveland Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. There has been considerable talk about a Bear-Cardinal combine in Chicago. Pittsburgh, which severed its relations with the Cardinals after a disastrous 1944 season, probably would again welcome a chance to combine with another club. Besides the draft and schedule, another big topic of the annual session will be the possibility of Owner Dan Topping's Brooklyn Tigers using the Yankee stadium for its games. Topping recently acquired financial control of the New York Yankees baseball club and has indicated he is considering shifting the Tigers' home games from Ebbets field in Brooklyn. Under league rules, the Packers will have the last choice of players from the draft list, so Lambeau will not get a chance to pick one until 10 other teams have selected a player. Second division clubs then have two choices of college talent each before the others have one, making Green Bay's next choice 28th on the list. Each club will pick 30 players. Indicating that he is thinking considerably about 1945 prospects, Lambeau said he had contracts in the hands of 12 players of considerable talent who are either in the 4-F classification in the draft or have been discharged from the armed forces. Only unimportant rule changes are scheduled to come before the league this year, Lambeau said. One recommendation to be made by the rules committee would bring the ball out 20 yards instead of 15 after it goes out of bounds.
SINKWICH NAMES AS 'MOST VALUABLE'
APRIL 2 (Chicago) - Quarterback Frankie Sinkwich, the heart and head of the Detroit Lions last season, Monday was named the NFL's most valuable player for 1944. One of the most publicized college players ever to go into pro football, Sinkwich was a flop in 1943, his first year. He warmed up to the his job last season, however, to become the league's top all-around back and his season-long stardom earned him the nod by two points over Don Hutson, Green Bay's veteran end. The former George All-American made his comeback despite physical handicaps. He was bothered by a hear murmur, high blood pressure and a midseason attack of appendicities. He took it easy in practice but on Sunday played up to the hilt. The selection, made by a committee of 17 newspapermen who covered pro ball all season, carried with it the seventh annual award of the Joe F. Carr trophy. Sinkwich and Hutson each received six first place votes. The Detroit star, however, was named on four second place ballots while Hutson received only three runnerup votes. The final tribulation gave Sinkwich 38 points, Hutson 36. The five other players who received votes were Bill Paschal, the league's leading ground gainer for the last two season, and Ward Cuff, backfield teammates of the New York Giants; Leroy Zimmerman, Philadelphia T quarterback; Frank Filchock of Washington, the league's 1944 passing champion, and Johnny Grigas, Card-Pitt fullback. In the opinion of the committee, there was little to choose between Sinkwich and Hutson. There were on par in leadership, but the committee believed that the Lions would have missed their rampaging quarterback more than the Packers would have missed the fleet footed end. Hutson was nosed out for the title last year when the Chicago Bears' Sid Luckman received the award.
JACUNSKI GOES TO NOTRE DAME
APRIL 4 (South Bend, IN) - The Notre Dame football coaching staff was completed Tuesday with the signing of Harry Jacunski of the Green Bay Packers for the last six years, as end coach to replace Clem Crowe. Crowe resigned recently to become head football coach at the University of Iowa. Hugh Devore, Notre Dame's acting head coach and athletic director, who signed Jacunski, was end coach at Fordham in Jacunski's playing days there in 1936-38. The new end coach, whose home is in New Britain, Conn., assumed his duties at Tuesday afternoon's practice. He is married and the father of three children. Crowe's position as head basketball coach at Notre Dame has not yet been filled.
NATIONAL GRID LEAGUE MANEUVERS TO BAR COMPETITION IN NEW YORK
APRIL 5 (New York) - A little pressure promised Thursday to solve a major problem of the National Professional Football league. The United Press learned that the league, exerting the influence it wields as the only going concern in the business, will transfer its Brooklyn franchise to Yankee Stadium to make sure that no rival league obtains a major New York outlet. Such a move may cost the New York Giants some money, but in the long run it will keep one of the proposed postwar professional leagues from getting a foothold in the city which thus far has been the financial angel of the game. The Giants, owned by Tim Mara and his sons, Jack and Wellington, have been the pillar of the financial structure of the NFL and now are asked to share their booty with a team which operated none too successfully across the river in Brooklyn. This issue is this: Shall the National league take a chance with a competing postwar group or shall it secure New York fandom for its own organization at the risk of monetary loss to the team which has put more dollars into professional football than any other? The answer is that the National league does not with to take a chance. Whatever pressure is required to force the Maras to consent to the transfer of the Brooklyn franchise to Yankee stadium will be exerted. The Mara never have revealed whether they would permit the invasion of their protected territory by Capt. Dan Topping's Brooklyn eleven. That became a problem when Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn National league baseball club, disclosed that he planned to end the professional football field and refused to grant Topping's team more than a year's lease on Ebbets field. The Brooklyn football group not care to go along on such a temporary basis. It seemed to have solved this problem when the Yankees were sold to a syndicate of three men, one of whom was Topping. But then the question arose whether the Giants would permit Brooklyn to transfer its franchise to the stadium. While the Maras have not revealed how they fell, the National league decided for them which way the wind is blowing. It wants no competition of its own making. It believes that no rival circuit could become a major competitor without a home base in New York City. So the directors of the league have decided that whether the Mara clan likes it or not, the Brooklyn Tigers will set up house this fall in Yankee stadium and its gridiron seating capacity of 72,000. The schedule makers will see to it that the Giants and the Tigers are not at home on the same day unless they are meting each other.
WANTED: HOME FOR BROOKLYN FOOTBALL CLUB
APRIL 5 (New York) - Tomorrow may be the day the Brooklyn Tigers, so homeless they haven't even a tree under which to shelter themselves, may find a new place for their NFL endeavors. The plight of Capt. Dan Topping's professional eleven has taken precedence over everything else the National leaguers may or may not do in a scheduled three day meeting which opens at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Capt. Topping's general manager, Tom Gallery, is carrying the team's fight to be granted Yankee stadium as an operating base, but the New York football Giants' people, the Mara, young Jack and father Tim, had stubborn chins today when they were spied in informal conferences with other league club owners. The Tigers have no home because Branch Rickey, the master of Ebbets field, would not agree to a long term contract. Branch offered the Tigers the park for 1945, but the Tigers, suspecting that Mr. Rickey had designs on entering the pro football business in 1946, and in Ebbets field, too, decided to seek other quarters. This even was before Topping had teamed up with Larry MacPhail and Del Webb to buy the New York Yankees baseball interests. Thus the Maras have it in their power to decide whether or  not Topping's team can play in his own ball park - Yankee stadium. Under ordinary circumstances the Maras would quickly say no, but the circumstances are far from ordinary. On the postwar horizon was at least two leagues which plan to operate in New York. The Maras and their National league associates know that the decision boils down to this: If they refuse to let the Tigers move into Yankee stadium, the Tigers will withdraw from the league and join the All-America conference. It is believed that a compromise arrangement will be worked out in which the Tigers will make a financial settlement. The Giants are a valuable sports property now after having been built up wisely for more than two decades. If a rival enters New York it perhaps will down the value of the Giants. The Tigers also, perhaps, could operate more cheaply in their own stadium than do the Giants in the Polo Grounds, where they pay the customary 15 percent rental. This Brooklyn problem is so knotty that one National leaguer said the Giants' official family is divided on it. The order of business calls for the annual player draft to start at 10 a.m. Once the 11 teams have gone thru the formality of staking out negotiating claims for from 20 to 30 college graduates each, the program calls for Gallery, as Topping's representative, to bring up the matter of Yankee stadium tenancy. It is likely that all the owners will be asked to speak their piece by Elmer Layden, league commissioner, who is starting on the fifth year of a five year contract. As for the player draft, collegians who have played only their sophomore year will be eligible for the plucking under a rule instituted last year by the league. This would apply to an athlete who left for military service after his sophomore year, and whose class now has been graduated. If boys now in uniform who have eligibility remaining in college are drafted by the pro leaguers, they become individual cases. Whether an athlete will play professional football will be determined after consideration by the team drafting him, his college athletic director, the league commissioner, and the boy himself. The National league feels that this rule is a break for the colleges, instead of all their teams being after the same boy, just one has the negotiating rights, thus reducing the talent traffic. The National league delegates declare they are too busy to give any official though to the shadow cast by rival leagues which have been organized. "We have too much business of our own," said one club official, "to be worried about anything else. We must keep building this league. When the other leagues get to the point of operating, that may be something else again." The executive committee of the league today concluded its session which started yesterday, thus clearing the way for action. Even if Brooklyn is welcomed into New York, the team will probably merge for 1945 with the Boston Yanks. This may be the only merger and would leave the league with 10 teams.
NATIONAL PRO LEAGUE WEIGHS EXPANSION TO TWELVE TEAMS
APRIL 7 (New York) - Expansion of the NFL to 12 teams,
the new member to be Los Angeles, was being seriously
considered tonight by the assembled owners and
Commissioner Elmer Layden. It was learned that work 
had started on the 1945 schedule calling for a dozen
teams. This development, if it goes thru, will eliminate
the Brooklyn Tigers' demand for Yankee stadium as a 
new operating base. All day long the league considered
the problem, with growing reports that the New York 
football Giants were hostile to giving up their pro football
monopoly in this city. The 12 team plan may have been
caused by the seeming impasses between the Tigers
and Giants. The transfer of Brooklyn's franchise to Los
Angeles was viewed as the logical move in the 12 team
setup. Capt. Dan Topping of the marines, owner of the
Brooklyn Tigers, has expressed a desire in the past to
operate in Los Angeles. Whether he still holds this view
after having become part owner of the New York Yankees
is not known. With Brooklyn going to the coast, it is
speculated that Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn
Dodgers, may obtain a franchise for Ebbets field. It is
known that Rickey plans to enter professional football
when the time is opportune. In talking of a Los Angeles
team, the National league is showing confidence in an
imminent end to the war in Europe, and, incidentally, a
lessening of travel restrictions. The league also would
gain the advantage of establishing a bridgehead on the
west coast  before the All-America conference begins
operating. The All-America has teams in Los Angeles 
and San Francisco. Many former National league football
players, including Bill Fisk of the Detroit Lions, are 
playing pro football in the Pacific Coast league. It is
probably that some of these could be enrolled in the Los
Angeles team. Earlier in the evening, Tom Gallery,
general manager of the Brooklyn team, said that little
headway had been made in gaining the New York Giants'
permission for the transfer to Yankee stadium. Gallery
met with Tim Mara and Jack Mara of the Giants this
morning after which the entire league started
consideration of the proposal. Recesses were taken in 
the afternoon and early in the evening. It has been 
rumored the Giants would not budge from their stand that
their property was too valuable to allow a rival to operate
in nearby Yankee stadium, and that at one stage of the
meeting Gallery was invited to go thru with his oft-
repeated threat of withdrawing from the league. Steve Owen, veteran coach of the Giants, has been against the surrender of territorial rights from the beginning. The owners hopes to get started on the weary, nerve racking tussle with the playing schedule some time this evening. With the Brooklyn-Boston merger, there will be five teams in each division. Each team will play 10 games, the pattern since 1943.
TEXAS TECH HALFBACK DRAFTED BY PACKERS
APRIL 7 (New York) - Walter Schlinkman of Texas Tech, a
halfback, was first choice of Curly Lambeau of the Green
Bay Packers in the annual NFL draft here Friday afternoon.
The Packers, as league champions, were the last team to
have their choice in the rotating selections, which continued
until each club had obtained rights to 30 players. The
Chicago Cardinals, with first choice, picked Charles Trippi,
former Georgia star, now in the Army. Pittsburgh, second,
selected Paul Duhart of the Packers, an army dischargee,
who played with Green Bay last year under a special ruling.
A special rule enabled Pittsburgh to come up with Duhart. 
Because his school, the University of Florida, did not
have a team last fall, he was permitted to play the 1944
season with Green Bay, even though his class was not
to be graduated until this June. Ordinarily a boy may
not play in the National league until after his class has
been graduated. Duhart is an army dischargee. Under a
provision of the rule, the Packers will have first crack at
him in a trade or waivers, if Pittsburgh does not keep
him. Elroy Hirsch, whose career at Wisconsin was
interrupted two years ago when he enlisted in the
marines, was placed on the draft list because his class
normally would be graduated this spring. He still has
two years of college football left if he cares to take them.
Hirsch, it is understood, is undecided on whether he 
will return to Wisconsin or Michigan, where he also
played one year as a naval trainee. The New York 
Giants obtained the rights to Jack Mead, husky Badger
end, whom they tried to sign last month. Mead's class
will be graduated this spring, but Coach Harry Stuhldreher of Wisconsin has suggested that Mead take postgraduate work at Wisconsin, and, under the relaxed wartime rules, get in another year of football at Camp Randall. Steve Ehich, former Marquette guard, was drafted by Brooklyn, and Johnny Strzykalski of Marquette, a halfback, by Boston. Strzykalski, like Hirsch, has further college competition awaiting him if he cares to take it after his service in the army. The draft lasted all day Friday. Saturday the club owners hope to get around to such matters as the projected Brooklyn-Boston merger which will reduce the league to 10 clubs for the 1945 season.
ANOTHER TINSLEY
APRIL 7 (New York) - Sidney Tinsley, former tailback with Clemson college, has signed a contract for a tryout with the Packers. He is a brother of Pete Tinsley, veteran Packer guard, and was recently given a medical discharge from the Army.
PRO OWNERS ADOPT PLANS FOR 12 TEAMS
APRIL 9 (New York) - Immediately after convening
Monday, NFL owners altered their league constitution to
read that starting with the 1946 season the league must
be composed of  not less than 10 clubs nor more than
12. The change prohibited any further shrinkage of clubs,
should the war continue, and eliminated the possibility
of a huge postwar expansion. The basis of a 12 club
league is a round robin, requiring each club to meet
every other one every season. In addition each will have a
twelfth game, maintaining such traditional rivalries as
Packers vs. Bears, Giants vs. Redskins and Detroit vs. 
Cleveland on a home and home basis. The plan will
eliminate criticisms of the present schedule, which calls
for home and home games among teams in each of the
two division, but only occasional games between those
of rival divisions. Commissioner Elmer Layden said 
several franchise applications had been received, but
declined to name the cities and applicants. This gave
rise to considerable speculation in which Buffalo, St.
Louis, Baltimore and Los Angeles were mentioned.
Baltimore was considered unlikely as it lies within
Washington's exclusive territory and several club owners
have opposed taking in Los Angeles because of the long
trips required. Still another possibility might be that if the
Brooklyn Tigers gain the New York Giants' permission to
move to Yankee stadium, the National league might
welcome Branch Rickey, who has shown interest in
owning a football team to play in Ebbets field. Rickey's
refusal to give the Tigers a long term lease on the
Brooklyn ballpark was the main reason for Owner Dan
Topping's decision to move his club. After two days of
discussion, the Tigers still did not have the Giants'
permission to invade New York's territory.
BROOKLYN, BOSTON AGREE TO MERGE
APRIL 10 (New York) - The Brooklyn Tigers of the NFL
merged with the Boston Yanks Tuesday, with the
combination losing its Brooklyn identity completely and
playing all of its home games except one in Boston. The
lone exception will be the contest with the New York
Giants, which will be played in Yankee stadium, of which
Capt. Dan Topping is the co-owner. He also is the owner
of the football Tigers. Herb Kopf, coach of the Yanks last
season, will be head coach of the combination. The
football owners, now in the fifth day of an annual meeting
that was originally scheduled for three days, also passed
a resolution that no National league club could sign for
an exhibition unless it received permission for four-
fifths of the rival league owners. An exception to this rule
was that no permission would be needed to play teams
from the American Association and Dixie league, pro
leagues which have working arrangements with the 
National. Tuesday's developments followed action on
Monday in which the league opened the way for closer
cooperation with colleges by establishing a six man
committee to settle all controversies regarding
eligibility and jurisdiction in selection of players from 
campus gridirons. The committee, empowered to meet
at any time, must consider any protest by a college which
involved players taken in the annual league draft. It is
composed of Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, Ralph Brizzolara of the Chicago Bears, Gus Dorais of the Detroit Lions, George Marshall of the Washington Redskins, Jack Mara of the New York Giants and Bert Bell of the Philadelphia Eagles. The owners also revised the rules Monday. The changes against leaned toward wide open play and greater latitude in interpretation and judgment by officials. The following changes were adopted:
- Substitutions to be made when time is in if play has not been started. Five yard penalties to be assessed if chances are not made in time, with the option that the offending team can use one of its allotted timeouts.
- The ball to be moved in 20 yards instead of 15 after an out of bounds play.
- The officials to decide whether offense or defense is deliberately attempting to conserve or consume time toward the end of each quarter. Referee has the right to say whether time shall go out on a play or not.
- Quarterback must receive pass from center if he stands with hands extended and appears to be in the act of receiving the ball. If he is given such a hand to hand pass, he is not eligible to receive a forward pass later.
PROS CONSIDER 1945 SCHEDULE
APRIL 11 (New York) - The NFL Wednesday settled down to the prosaic job of drawing a schedule for 1945 after settling, after much discussion, the fate of the Brooklyn and Boston clubs Tuesday by agreeing to let them merge for one year. The combination, which will be coached by Herb Kopf, Boston coach, will play all but one of its game in Boston. The lone exception will be the meeting with the New York Giants, which will be played in Yankee stadium. Two problems confronted the owners in drafting a schedule. The first was to reach a decision on what type of schedule to draw - a round robin, in which each team will meet every other at least once, or a home and home, as in the past, in which each team will play home and home games with every other team in its division. The second was to cut mileage further than it was cut last season.
NFL PREPARES FOR RIVALS
APRIL 11 (New York) - The NFL bosses today ended their overtime six day meeting by working out a 1945 schedule for 10 clubs. The 25 year old circuit is expecting some strong postwar competition from at least one proposed new league. To meet this threat, the club heads have voted to limit their circuit to no fewer than 10 or more than 12 clubs; instigated a move to arrange a permanent schedule plan under which each team would meet every other club each season; appointed a committee to improve relationships with the colleges, and ruled out playing exhibition games against members of new circuits. While some observers felt that the National league had passed up a chance to make its position even stronger by failing to transfer the Brooklyn Tigers to the Yankee stadium, the very uncertainty of that situation apparently eliminated one threat of competition. Chick Meehan, promoter of the proposed Trans-America league, said today that he would not continue to wait for an answer on the availability of the stadium. The possibility arose that the All-America conference, which has spent large amounts of money preparing for postwar operation, would get the stadium. That league already has awarded a New York franchise to a group headed by Mal Stevens, former Yale and NYU coach, and Bill Cox, former owner of the baseball Phillies, and plans to play in Triboro stadium. If Tim Mara, founder of the football Giants, persists in refusing to let Dan Topping put the Brooklyn Tigers to get into his own Yankee stadium, the Topping organization plans to sponsor a club which may join the All-America circuit. The 1945 schedule will start September 23 with a single contest, Detroit Lions at Chicago Cardinals, and ending December 9. Each team will play 10 games. The program is practically the same as last year, with most of the eastern teams meeting each other twice while playing once against their western foes. The same applies to the western clubs. The only intersectional home and home series will be between the Green Bay Packers and the Boston Yanks. The schedule lists one night game, on September 25, between Pittsburgh and Yanks in Boston. The New York Giants and Boston-Brooklyn combine will meet only once, in Yankee stadium, October 14.
DRAFT ROUTINE IRKS LAMBEAU
APRIL 11 (Chicago Tribune) - Curly Lambeau fears the NFL is making a serious mistake by giving the weaker teams top choices in the player draft each year. "There are only about a half dozen big name graduating college stars each normal year," argues the coach of the champion Green Bay Packers. "Therefore, only six teams will get a key player. So your leading clubs - the Bears, Redskins, Giants, and Packers - are deprived, year after year, of a chance at these outstanding boys. Sam Baugh of the Redskins and Sid Luckman of the Bears aren't getting any younger. We've lost Cecil Isbell. The Giants have no one whose name is a box office wallop. My point is that here you have a system working against the teams which have been the backbone of the league. I believe the order of selection should be rotated each year. It's all right trying to build up the weak sisters, but not to hold back the stronger teams." In the college draft at this league meeting, the Packers really picked for the present. Eighteen of their 30 choices are available. The Bears' first eight picks are either 4-F's or discharged veterans.
PACKERS SCHEDULE TWO GAMES HERE
APRIL 12 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers will play two of their five home games at State Fair park, Milwaukee, it was disclosed at the annual scheduled meeting of the NFL here Wednesday night. The drafting of a schedule completed a week long meeting. The Packers will play the Detroit Lions in Milwaukee October 7, and two weeks later, October 21, will meet the new Brooklyn-Boston combine on the same field. Again, as in recent years, the Packers will open their season against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay. The game is scheduled September 30. The team will play 10 straight Sundays without a break, following up the Bear opener with Detroit in Milwaukee October 7, Cleveland at Green Bay October 14, the Bo-Brooks, as the new combination will be designated, at Milwaukee October 21, the Cardinals at Green Bay October 28, the Bears in a return game at Chicago November 4, Cleveland at Cleveland November 11, the Bo-Brooks in a return game at Boston November 18, the Giants at New York November 25, and the Detroit Lions in a return game at Detroit December 2.
LAMBEAU BACK, TELLS OF DRAFT PICKS FOR YEAR
APRIL 19 (Manitowoc Herald-Times) - Curly Lambeau, manager of the Green Bay Packers, back from the NFL schedule meeting in New York, said he made his choices in the draft with the view of getting players who will be available next fall rather than stars in the service or who have a prospect of additional college or university play ahead. "Eighteen of our 30 choices are not in the service now," Lambeau said. "They are either 4-F in the draft or have been discharged. It's all right to think of the future sometimes but this time we figured we would choose players who will be available. Our reserve list is sufficiently filled with good material to take care of our future needs," the coach said. An example, of course, is Lt. Bruce Smith, the ex-Minnesota All-American who signed a two-year contract to play with the Packers after his discharge from the Navy. There are also other former college stars on the reserve list, both linemen and backs who are capable of meeting the tough going in the professional circuit without too much trouble. Lambeau sought Elroy Hirsch, former Wisconsin halfback, but he was picked up first by the Cleveland Rams while the Packers did not get a choice until the 10 other pro elevens had made a selection. The 1945 season will probably be the last in which teams play on a home-and-home basis with the exception of those having traditional rivalries such as the Chicago Bears and Green Bay, Lambeau said. The new arrangement hinges on whether a 12-team league will be in operation in 1946 although this seemed probably with Los Angeles considered a definite possibility as the 12th team. Because of the manner in which committee work has piled up on him, Lambeau said he had named Assistant Coach Don Hutson as the Green Bay representative on the league rules committee, which hereafter will be composed of a member from each team. Lambeau will remain on the league's executive committee, a post he has held for a number of years. Speaking about rules, the Packer coach said that the new measure which will put the ball in play 20 yards from the sideline instead of 15 as formerly will "make the game much faster through the elimination of wasted plays used only to get the ball in position." He said the rule change was in keeping with the objective of the league to make the game more interesting for spectators. Paul Duhart, who played halfback with the Packers last fall, will definitely play with the Packers in the annual All-Star game in Chicago's Soldier Field on August 30, although he is the property of the Pittsburgh team, Lambeau explained. Duhart played here under a special agreement with the Steelers approved by the league front office. He may be traded to the Packers but to no other club.
BROOKLYN PROS PASS UP NEW ALL-AMERICA LEAGUE
APRIL 20 (Chicago) - The postwar All-America Football Conference lost its first scrimmage for professional gridiron power Friday as it opened a two day charter meeting here. Seven directors of the newly organized league began work on a constitution and bylaws after learning that a bid to lure the Brooklyn Tigers away from the 25 year old NFL had failed. Vice-President and General Manager Tom Gallery of the Brooklyn club, here on business, announced, "I definitely will not attend the All-America meetings and I have no intention of joining the
NATIONAL PRO FOOTBALL LEAGUE BLASTS ALL-AMERICA CONFERENCE
MAY 22 (Chicago) - The NFL yesterday gave an editorial brushoff to the well-financed All-America conference and other proposed postwar rivals. An editorial in "Touchback", the national loop's publication for servicemen, declared: "Attempts to organized opposition x x x were inevitable. They have been tried repeatedly, not to mention futilely, in the past. But present efforts appear to be especially ill-times. Despite the vaporizings of well-meaning neophytes, there is nothing to indicate that there is room for another major league. Athletic enterprises become major league only by public acceptance and acclaim over a long, hard haul; not by ambitious declaration around a conference table." The editorial obviously was aimed at the All-America conference which at a recent meeting here made a bid for a peace pow-wow with Commissioner Elmer Layden of the National league. Layden declared then his league would recognize a rival only after it "gets a football and plays a game". The editorial, first public expression by the 25-year old NFL on the organizational progress of rival circuits, criticized "fabulous offers made to National leaguers and National league prospects in an attempt to get them under contract." The All-America has signed a score of former college stars previously claimed in the National league draft. "Far from the mainland in foxholes and out-of-the-way bases, these offers unquestionably appear exceedingly attractive," the editorial continued. "But they are only so much paper, merely a promoter's promise, unless when the signee presents himself for collection there is a team for him to join and opponents for that team to play. To date none of the proposed organizations has any idea when it can operate, if ever." Other proposed leagues included Red Grange's United States Football league and Chick Meehan's Trans-America league.
DON HUTSON ON EUROPEAN TOUR
MAY 23 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, All-National league end and assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers, has left for New York prior to embarking for Europe on a tour arranged by the Army Special Services division together with the USO. Hutson said earlier this week that he had not been informed fully of the nature of the trip, but that he understood that Jimmy Conzelman, former coach of the Chicago Cardinals and sports raconteur, and Ward Cuff, placekicking backfield ace of the New York Giants and former Marquette university fullback, would also make the trip. Hutson said he planned to return to Green Bay about the beginning of August before the Packers begin drills for the defense of their National league crown.
CUDDY MOURNS RETIREMENT OF DON HUTSON - FOR 5TH TIME
JUNE 1 (New York-Jack Cuddy) - We were discussing his "definite ad final playing retirement" with the great Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers, when into Toots Shor's jernt drift George Marshall, big chief of the Washington Redskins, and Tom Gallery of the Brooklyn club. Marshall spies Hutson, and inquires, "When is Curly getting into town?" Curly Lambeau is vice president and head coach of the champion Packers. Blond Hutson of the wavy, light-brown hair says, "Curly gets in in the morning." Marshall, the Washington laundry magnate who is married to Corrine Griffiths of the silent screen days, and Gallery, who once was wed to Zazu Pitts, who makes pathetically with the hands on the stage and screen, sit down at a close-by table. Heavy frowns becloud their usually cheerful countenances as they converse. We never eavesdrop upon people - unless we can hear what they are saying. And we never peek through keyholes - if they are plugged. Consequently, we paid no attention to what Marshall and Gallery were saying - except to cup both ears with our hands in an effort to miss no scrap of conversation. From what we were able to hear (without falling off our chair sideways) it seems that the brass hats of the National Professional Football League will hold a special meeting at the Hotel New Yorker over the weekend. And that this meeting will consider from all angles the threatening maneuvers of that rival and "upstart" organization known as the All-America Football Conference. It seems that the rival conference has the National league biggies worried no end because it is "tossing money all over the map" in an effort to lure away star college and service players, who in the natural course of events should belong to the National circuit. The Marshall-Gallery conversation indicated that the National league were particularly scorched by the "unethical and unpatriotic" efforts of the All-Americas to sew up players now in Uncle Sam's uniform. The N.L. meeting should be most interesting - if one could hide a dictaphone in their conference room. And if some of the N.L. charges are made public (which they probably won't) they might hit front pages. Anyway, Hutson - probably the greatest player in pro football history - said, "Wotinell's the matter with you? I've been talking to you for 10 minutes, and you haven't heard a word I've said." We assured Don that he misjudged us - that it was our custom to go into a trance during an interview - so that the words of our victim would be engraved lastingly upon our mind - like making a radio transcription. "You understand then," said the greatest of all pass receivers, "that I'll never play again. That from now on I'll restrict my football activities to helping Lambeau coach the Packers. No, I'm not coaching the ends. I'm coaching the backfield." He sighed, "After 10 years of play with the Packers - after four years with Alabama - and two years with Pine Bluff, Arkansas - I'll really miss the thrill of gridiron competition." We wiped our eyes daintily with a napkin and solaced him with: "Don - the football world and the record book will mourn your retirement for the fifth time. Cripes, Marshall and Gallery must have left for the Stork Club."
PROS MEET TO IRON OUT SOME HIDDEN WRINKLES
JUNE 2 (New York) - Club owners of the NFL held a secret meeting here Friday night to complete business matters that were left unfinished at their spring session. While spokesmen refused to comment, they intimated that nothing definite had been settled, but that the meeting would be continued Sunday. Matters known to have been left unfinished last spring included the wrangle between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Tigers concerning the latter's proposed move to Yankee stadium, and the extension of President Elmer Layden's contract, which expires next spring. "The reason the meeting was supposed to be secret was because we din;t want to come here with a lot of noise and then maybe not reach a decision on anything," said George Strickler, league publicity man. He made this remark before the meeting, but was out to all callers thereafter. There was plenty of news, however, from the other pro football leagues. Red Grange, Illinois' immortal "Galloping Ghost", disclosed that he had resigned as president of the proposed United States Football league and Chick Meehan, the man behind the Trans-America league, has withdrawn his proposed league from circulation. He blamed it on his failure to obtain the Yankee stadium for his New York entry. Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was reported to be negotiating with Mal Stevens, former Yale and NYU football coach, for the entry of Brooklyn in the new All-American league. Rickey was said to be willing to extend to Stevens a long term rental contract for the use of Ebbets field. It was Rickey's refusal to rent out the Dodgers' baseball park for more than a one-year terms that led Capt. Dan Topping, owner of the Brooklyn National league football franchise, to move its home games to Boston.
GRANGE QUITS HIS PRO POST
JUNE 2 (Chicago) - Red Grange, Illinois' immortal "Galloping Ghost", disclosed Friday that he had resigned as president of the proposed United States Football league and declared postwar pro football would throw promoters for a financial loss. The league was organized last fall with plans to enter teams in Akron, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Chicago and an eighth city still to be picked. Whether Grange's actions will leave the postwar field open only to the long established National league and the embryonic All-America conference was conjectural. It was reported the United States league refunded franchise deposits, but some representatives indicated they have not thrown in the sponge. Grange insisted he resigned because "the office requires a big promotional job and my insurance business prevents me from giving it the necessary time." He added, however, that "I would not advise anybody to start in pro football now. Players are holding out for between $400 and $600 a game when they used to get $150." Without referring to rival leagues, Grange asserted that promoters will need to attract "tremendous crowds just to break even." Grange said he had received no salary as president, declaring he didn't take the job "to make a lot of money." He said he had forwarded his resignation to league officials two weeks ago.
BROOKLYN TIGERS GET RIGHT TO PLAY IN YANKEES' PARK
JUNE 3 (New York) - The NFL solved its most pressing postwar problem Saturday when the New York Giants consented to the transfer of the Brooklyn Tigers to Yankee stadium, starting in 1946, after balking for months. The Giants had territorial rights. Topping, Larry S. MacPhail and Del E. Webb purchased the Yankee baseball team last winter and Topping immediately attempted to transfer his football club to the stadium. Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, had refused to lease them Ebbets field beyond the 1945 season. Rickey plans on obtaining a franchise in one of the proposed postwar leagues. Layden and some NFL club owners came here for a conference at which the New York Giants owners finally gave in to league pressure and consented to the transfer. This fall the Tigers will merge with the Boston Yanks and play all home games at Boston, except a game against the New York Giants at Yankee stadium.
NEW PRO LEAGUE SCOFFS AT ALLEGED DIFFICULTIES
JUNE 4 (Chicago) - A spokeman for the proposed All-America conference said a report out of the east that his league would not have difficulty operating a franchise in New York City were entirely premature. The report originated after the NFL, at a meeting in New York Saturday, took action to permit the Brooklyn Tigers to play their home  games in Yankee stadium, starting in 1946. The report said that with the Giants in the Polo Grounds and the Yankees in the stadium, no other league would be able to operate in Gotham. "We anticipated some such action by the National league," the spokesman for the new league said, "and we have already have the Tri-Borough stadium in Manhattan for the use of our New York team. Negotiations are virtually completed for use of Ebbets field (home of the Brooklyn Dodgers) by our Brooklyn team," the spokeman added. "We are not worried about playing sites, and will be ready to go as soon as wartime conditions permit." The All-America, apparently the strongest of several embryonic leagues planning to operate after the war, has franchises in Chicago and Cleveland, also National league cities, and Buffalo, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as New York and Brooklyn.
DUHART LOST TO PACKERS FOR '45
JUNE 13 (Green Bay) - Paul Duhart, fleet halfback, will not tote the ball for the Green Bay Packers this fall. Duhart, who played for Curly Lambeau last year under a special dispensation for the NFL, has been signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Worcester, Mass., backfield ace was the first choice of the Steelers in the draft. Duhart, a graduate this spring at the University of Detroit, while not a starter for the champion Packers last season, did quite a bit of ball carrying for the Bays. He was especially effective in long sweeps around the flanks.
TWO PACKERS SIGN FOR 1945 SEASON
JUNE 18 (Green Bay) - Joe Laws and Ben Starrett, veteran backs, returned signed contracts to the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Coach Curly Lambeau announced. Laws, who will be starting his 12th season at the Bay, is fifth on the club's all-time scoring list with 132 points. Starrett, who has alternated at blocking back and fullback, has played three years with the Packers.
PACKERS SIGN UP PAIR OF GUARDS
JUNE 20 (Green Bay) - The signing of a pair of guards was announced yesterday by the Green Bay Packers, 1944 NFL champions. The men are Robert L. Cope, who played at the University of Arkansas, and Ray Monaco, Holy Cross graduate who was with the Washington Redskins last year.
TWO BROTHERS SIGN WITH PACKERS
JUNE 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers this fall will have probably the only brother combination in the NFL - the Tinsleys, Pete and Sid. Coach Curly Lambeau has announced the signing of Pete, 31, the veteran guard, and Pete's brother, Sid, 22, former Clemson college (South Carolina) halfback. Lambeau also announced the names of eight players drafted by the club last spring who will not be available next season because they plan to return to school. All of them have been discharged from service and are returning to school to complete educations interrupted by military training. Lambeau, who said the eight gridders had indicated they wished to play pro ball in 1946, identified them as: Walter Schlinkman, Texas Tech halfback; Bill Hackett, Ohio State guard; Nestor Blanco, Lehigh guard; Don Wells, Georgia tackle; Casey Stephenson, Tennessee halfback; and Harold Hescher, Louisiana State halfback.
TWO MORE PACKERS SIGN '45 CONTRACTS
JUNE 30 (Green Bay) - Forrest McPherson, veteran utility man, and Nolan Luhn, a new end from Tulsa university, have returned their signed contracts to the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced yesterday.  McPherson, in two years with the Packers, has played center, guard and tackle, but will be used exclusively at right tackle next fall, Lambeau said. After his graduation from the University of Nebraska, he went to the Chicago Bears in the player draft but was sold to the Philadelphia Eagles with whom he played for two seasons prior to joining Green Bay in 1943. Luhn is the second Tulsa university end to sign with the Packers. His flankmate, Clyde Goodnight, signed last week. The Packers now have 13 players under contract.
IT'S SAME OLD QUESTION - WILL HUTSON PLAY?
JULY 10 (Manitowoc) - Up in Green Bay, where the Packers will be
starting 1945 football drills in less than a month, the annual question
is now bobbing up again. It is whether Don Hutson, great end and
now an assistant coach with Coach Curly Lambeau, will play 
regularly for the Bays this season. Hutson last fall said he would not
play another season. The dope is that Don will "break down" again
and be in there. He is now overseas with an army service USO 
group but plans to be back by August 9, opening date for Packer
drills. The fans figure that Hutson will be at end for the Packers
when they play against the college All-Stars in Soldier's Field, 
Chicago, August 30. Ralph Hammond, veteran of four years with the
University of Pittsburgh, has signed to play with the Packers. He is
25 years old, weighs 215 pounds and plays either center or
blocking back. He will be used exclusively at center, Coach Curly
Lambeau said. He played with Pittsburgh four full seasons under 
the relaxed eligibility rules in force during the war and now has
completed his varsity career. He graduated from Pittsburgh in June.
PACKERS ADD TACKLE, GUARD TO ROSTER
AUGUST 3 (Green Bay) - Mike Bucchianeri, former Indiana
university guard, has signed for his second season with the Green
Bay Packers and Paul Lipscomb, former University of Tennessee
tackle, has signed for his first season of pro ball with the NFL
champions.
PACKERS' PRACTICE TO OPEN THURSDAY
AUGUST 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, NFL champions, will begin practice Thursday for their game with the college all-stars at Soldier Field in Chicago the night of August 30, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced Saturday. Lambeau said that Lou Brock, Packer halfback who was sidelined because of a leg injury for half of the 1944 campaign, has signed a contract for the 1945 season. Lambeau now has 25 players under contract. Brock, in five seasons with the Packers, has scored 80 points to rank twelfth on the club's all-time scoring list.
PACKERS SIGN TACKLE CROFT
AUGUST 7 (Green Bay) - Milburn (Tiny) Croft, 275 pound tackle, Monday signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced.
SGT. JOHNNY BLOOD SIGNS WITH BAYS FOR ALL-STAR TILT
AUGUST 7 (Green Bay) - Earl (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, is signing Sgt. Johnny Blood, one of the NFL's all-time greats, to a contract covering the all-star game here August 30, he has informed the league's office. "He called me from California and wanted a contract," Lambeau said. "But when I offered him a halfback spot, he said, 'No'. I told him then I'd sign him as a morale builder. He said he'd be here Sunday." Sgt. Blood, who holds the record for most  years as an active player in the NFL (15), just returned from more than two years' service with the Air Corps in the China-India-Burma theater. He now is on a 30-day leave.
PRO GRIDDERS ARE PARING TRAVEL, HOPE TO GET BY
AUGUST 8 (Chicago) - NFL teams, with an eye to curtailing mileage as much as they can, and with a "carry on if possible" attitude, start the trek to their training camps this week. First movement of the pro gridders was toward Green Bay, and began as Commissioner Elmer Layden of the NFL consulted with officials of the Officer of Defense Transportation on the feasibility of continuing the sport this autumn. At Green Bay, the Packers open training tomorrow, in preparation for the annual game between the Collegiate All-Stars and the pro champs in Soldier Field here August 30. Meanwhile, Layden continued discussions in Washington today with ODT Director J. Monroe Johnson - the second meeting in a few weeks - and pointed out mileage reductions achieved in the league's 1945 schedule. He asked that non-championship games scheduled be allowed to be played, and said that schedules were arranged where use of Pullman cars would not be necessary. Team owners, awaiting word from the conferences, planned to carry on "as usual", unless notified otherwise. Cancellation of non-championship games would represent a loss of "about a half a million dollars" and make it difficult for the league to operate financially, was one argument put up to ODT by Layden. It was further said that the league's non-championship games fall into the same category as non-conference games played by college teams but are nonetheless part of the regular season. The "stop-over" plan would eliminate return-home trips by New York for game in Buffalo and Cleveland, by Washington when going to Cleveland, Chicago and Buffalo, and by the champion Green Bay Packers for contests in Philadelphia and Washington. The Packers will provide their own transportation in private cars in going from Green Bay to Chicago for the annual College All-Star game this month. "We will not use any Pullman reservations," said Layden of the other games. "We'll ride in coaches or baggage cars, anything to keep going." The Washington Redskins will be the second team to go into training. Like other members of the circuit, they are using as little mileage as possible for their training routines. The Redskins will work out at Georgetown University in Washington, starting Friday.
PRO FOOTBALL OUTLOOK IS DIM FOR '45; BOOM COMING IN '46
MAY 16 (Chicago) - Professional football hardly blinked an eye at V-E day, but when V-J day comes the fur really will fly on the play-for-pay greensward. By 1946, at least two new leagues are planning to elbow up to the cash register with the long-established NFL - provided, of course, the Japs have their goal posts draped around their ears. The 25-year old National loop which has disdained even to recognize existence of the proposed All-America conference and United States football league is preparing for the 1945 season with little expectation that the end of the European war will improve autumnal prospects. "Like last season, we're going to be content with marking time as far as playing personnel is concerned," said Commissioner Elmer Layden of the National league. "The country has a little lead now in the war, but this isn't the time to start cheering or planning things at home." The league generally feels that the release of army men under the point system will place comparatively few players in uniform next season. Owner Fred Mandel of Detroit, however, believes league attendance may increase because the bulk of released soldiers probably will be home by next fall. "Body contact sports will have great appeal to ex-soldiers whose daily routine was based on rough-and-tumble tactics," Mandel declared. "They'll probably like to see that stuff - from purely a spectator's viewpoint." The National league has some 517 active players in the service and has a draft list of more than 1,500 prospective players compiled since 1941. The latter item possibly will be the focal point of whatever fireworks may develop among postwar leagues. The All-American conference, with franchises in seven cities, already has grabbed a flock of former college stars previously claimed by the National league. It recently offered to talk things over with Commissioner Layden, presumably to avoid costly bidding for players, but got a cold shoulder from Elmer. Three National league cities - Chicago, New York and Cleveland - are also staked out by the All-America league, along with Miami, Buffalo, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Unless "something unexpected occurs in the war", a spokesman said, the All-America won't start before 1946. The United States league, headed by the illustrious Red Grange, plans to play in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, and Chicago - all National league cities - and in Akron and Baltimore. Neither of the two proposed leagues has settled upon its eighth franchise.
league as long as Brooklyn is treated fairly in the National league." Gallery's stand threw the new league for a definite loss. The All-America now holds franchises in seven cities and needs an eighth site to gain an evenly balanced league for its planned competition with the National league after the war. The directors earlier had announced that Brooklyn would be the eighth team. Christy Walsh, the league's vice-president, who is acting chairman at the meeting, said that Dr. D.M. Nigro and Marchy Schwartz, former Notre Dame star, had applied for a franchise for Kansas City. Walsh, co-owner with movie star Don Ameche of the Los Angeles franchise, is serving as chairman in the absence of League Commissioner Jim Crowley. A lieutenant commander in the navy, Crowley will not assume his All-America duties until he is discharged. 
PRISONER - HAL VAN EVERY OF THE PACKERS DROPS CARD TO CURLY
APRIL 25 (Green Bay) - Hal Van Every, former halfback of the Green Bay Packers, is a prisoner in Germany. He wrote Coach Curly Lambeau from a German prison camp. The card was dated January 19, 1945 which advised Curly that Hal had just learned the Packers won the western pro football title last fall. By this time Hall probably had heard the Packers did win the playoff for the NFL championship. Probably, too, he has been liberated by Allied forces.
GEORGE TRAFTON SIGNS TO HELP ADAM WALSH
MAY 9 (Cleveland) - George (Brute) Trafton, who last year coached the line for the NFL champion Green Bay Packers, was signed yesterday as line coach and assistant to head coach Adam Walsh of the Cleveland Rams, club officials said. Trafton, who was for a long-time mainstay at center for the Chicago Bears, came to Green Bay last year succeeding Richard (Red) Smith. Trafton's successor with the Packers is Walt Kiesling, former coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
VAN EVERY, FORMER PACKER STAR, IS FREE
MAY 15 (Chicago) - Capt. Hal Van Every, former University of Minnesota star halfback, has been liberated from a German prison camp, his wife, Mrs. Drexel Van Every of suburban Oak Park, was advised today. He had been in German hands since May 12, 1944, when his bomber was shot down over Germany. Before joining the service, Van Every was a star with the Green Bay Packers.
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
chip.
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.
PACKERS MOVE IN TODAY; PLAN DRILL TONIGHT
AUGUST 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers went to
bed tonight with Chicago on their minds, particularly that
portion of the city embracing Soldier's field, where on
Thursday night the professional champions will bump 
into the College All-Stars. They'll be on their way south an
hour before noon tomorrow and at mid-afternoon will be
settled in their Knickerbocker hotel quarters. A quick
workout in Soldiers' field in the evening and the Packers
then will have naught to do but await the opening whistle.
After tonight's practice in City stadium it was evident that
the veteran starting lineup virtually will match the 11 who
started last December in the NFL title game against the
New York Giants in the Polo Grounds. There may be only
one change. This would place Joel Mason at right end
instead of Harry Jacunski, whose brief training chores 
with the champions have been slowed up by an ailing leg.
There was slight doubt about one backfield position, left
half. The logical starter is lanky Irvin Comp, the Milwaukee
youngster. Irv gave signs this evening that he has shaken 
off an ankle injury, but if not up to par he may yield to Roy
McKay, the rugged University of Texas athlete who wears
cowboy boots with a nonchalance matching that of 
Sammy Baugh, Ki Aldrich and other pro greats from the
Lone Star state. Key man in the Green Bay backfield, right
half, at the start will be Lou Brock, the old Purdue 
speedster. In the Packers' system the right halfback is the
signal caller and the quarterback is the blocker. This
assignment is in the competent custody of Larry Craig, 
one of the most muscular men in football. The fullback will
be Ted Fritsch, busiest of all Green Bay runners last
season. He's from Stevens Point, Wis., Teachers. In the
middle of the line will be 29 year old Charley Brock, the
team captain, and former University of Nebraska player.
The guard will be Bill Kuusisto of Minnesota on the left 
side and Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg of Wisconsin on
the right side. At right tackle will be Buford (Baby) Ray, 
250-pounder from Vanderbilt, backed up by 290-pound
Tiny Croft, former Chicago Steinmetz High school player and later with Ripon College. The left tackle will be Dr. Paul Berezney, one-time Fordham star. Don Hutson, the starting left end, will be making his fourth appearance in the series. He was an All-Star in 1935, then played with the Packers in 1937 and 1940. When Hutson goes out, Clyde Goodnight, star of the University of Tulsa eleven, and already touted as the new Hutson, will go in. There will be many more veterans on the bench waiting to be employed as replacement troops. Few of the freshmen will crash into the lineup unless the pro champions get far ahead, which would be an unexpected circumstance. Paul Lipscomb, 230 pound right tackle from Tennessee, rates back of Berezney and chunky Forrest McPherson at this spot. Nolan Luhn, Goodnight's teammate at Tulsa, may get to try his pass catching talents at right end, and Ken Keuper is a possibility at fullback if Fritsch and Don Perkins need any help. Three Packer servicemen also will be on call. These will be Sgt. Bob Adkins, blocking back; Capt. Herman Rohrig, quarterback, and Second Lt. Chet Adams, tackle. In addition, Sgt. John Blood, a Packer hero of a decade ago, will be in uniform and ready to call a play or two at right halfback if summoned by Coach Curly Lambeau. Blood, 41, has been as frisky in practice as any Packers. Two other right halves are Rohrig and chunky Joe Laws, an original All-Star way back in 1934. Coach Lambeau broke a string of gloomy comments tonight by admitting some bright spots are showing up, but that he still is worried on several counts. Only the game, he thought, will prove whether the champions have reached the proper mental attitude as a unit.
PACKERS FACE 3RD ALL-STAR TEST TONIGHT
AUGUST 30 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers came into Chicago last yesterday on the same sort of mission which brought them to Soldiers' field in 1937 and 1940. The professional champions' head man, Earl (Curly) Lambeau, thought this third trip was fraught with more hazards than the two earlier ones, which was his way of saying that the Packers are anticipating a boisterous battle from the College All-Stars tonight. "We've got to be at our best in all departments," was Lambeau's pre-game declaration. "We're meeting an All-Star football team which has more experience than the ones we played the other two times. They have a bunch of backs capable of breaking away and scoring." They have no Cecil Isbell, who pitched three touchdown passes in the 45 to 28 victory over the 1940 All-Stars. But they do have several fellows who can throw a football. Their No. 1 passer is Irv Comp, the lanky youngster from Milwaukee who helped the Packers win the 1944 NFL title. The champions, who arrived shortly after 3 p.m., went enmasse to Soldiers' field last night to familiarize themselves with the layout and take one last workout. The Packers will have their own rooting section. An estimated 4,000 fans from the Green Bay country will be in the stands and there will be many more with sentimental leanings toward the pro champions. The Packers probably will adhere to their traditional strategy, which is simple - to get the ball and score. They may be depended upon to go after telling blows right from the kickoff, both in the air on the ground. They have such fine running backs as Ted Fritsch, unusually speedy for a fullback; 34 year old Joe Laws, hero of the league triumph over New York last year and himself a member of the original All-Star cast in 1934; Lou Brock, former Purdue star; Roy McKay, the all-around back from the University of Texas, who was an All-Star last year and in 1943, and Capt. Herman Rohrig, one of four Packer servicemen to join the club for this one game. The others are Sgt. Bob Adkins, blocking back: 2nd Lt. Chet Adams, 230 pound tackle, and Sgt. Johnny Blood, Packer backfield star of a decade ago and later coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This will be Don Hutson's fourth All-Star game appearance, a total matched by Laws. Don, who will be a marked man tonight, scored three touchdowns in the All-Star game and placekicked the point, giving him 19, an individual scoring mark for the series. Field leader for the champions will be Charley Brock, who has played six seasons in Green Bay and who was a member of the 1939 All-Star squad.
​90,000 WILL SEE SOLDIERS' FIELD FOOTBALL SHOW
AUGUST 30 (Chicago) - Green Bay's famed Packers, champions
of professional football, and the College All-Stars! This is the
magnet which tonight will attract a crowd that will jam Soldiers'
field to capacity. More than 90,000 will see the 12th battle in the
series originated by the Chicago Tribune Charities, Inc., which
unquestionably has become football's greatest spectacle and
has helped make Chicago the sports capital of the nation. The
ceremonies, including introduction of the All-Stars who will start
the game, will begin at 8:20 o'clock. The kickoff is set for 8:30,
when 239 stations of the Mutual Broadcasting system, the 
largest possible hookup, go on the air. The entire game also 
will be broadcast by short wave to America's servicemen 
throughout the world. The thousands privileged the see the
battle between the Packers and the All-Stars is not an attendance
record because Soldiers' field no longer can accommodate the
101,100 who saw the 1942 game. However, this 12th game will
have a global audience of many millions. Here is a record far
overshadowing any other football game in history. Net proceeds
always have been given to charity. Before the war Chicago's three
major charitable organizations were recipients. This year the net
profit will be divided between the army air forces society, and
Chicago's service men's centers. This year's game find the nation
at peace and no small part of the demand for tickets is due to 
cancellation of gasoline rationing and relaxation of travel
restrictions. Spectators must start early for Soldiers' field else
they may be involved in a traffic jam which inevitably will delay
arrival until after the kickoff. Chicago's hotels are filled with out of
town visitors. Many have come from all sections of the country
and the national interest is reflected also by attendance of
newspaper men. Direct telegraphic reports will be made to Los
Angeles and San Francisco, to New Orleans, Minneapolis,
Philadelphia and New York and scores of metropolitan centers in
between. At the intermission Lt. Glenn Dobbs, Jr., of the army air
forces, who was voted the most valuable All-Star player in the 
1944 games will the Chicago Bears, will be presented with the
Tribune trophy emblematic of the honor. The presentation will be
made by Henry Frnka of Tulsa university, who coached Dobbs
during his intercollegiate career. Frank Sinkwich, Detroit Lions'
halfback, who was named the most valuable player last season
in the NFL, will receive the Joe F. Carr memorial trophy from 
Elmer Layden, commissioner of the league. Tonight's game
matches the forward passing skill of Green Bay's Irv Comp and 
that of Charles Trippi, captain of the All-Stars. Comp will have the
greatest receiver in football, Don Hutson, as target. Hutson holds
about every scoring mark in the NFL, an achievement which
enhances his superb records at the University of Alabama. Don
also was a member of the 1935 All-Star team and started that
game at left end. When Trippi is  not in the game, he will be
replaced by Tom Harmon of Michigan, young Perry Moss of Tulsa
or Johnny Strzykalski of Marquette. These passers will have a coterie of competent receivers including Ted Cook of Alabama, Nick Scollard of St. Joseph's (Indiana), Bill Huber of Notre Dame, Jack Lamb of Oklahoma. Then, too, the All-Stars, who quite likely will seek to beat the Packers at their own specialty of passing, have speedy backs who can disrupt the best laid defensive plans. Harmon's return to the girdiron after nearly four years in the air forces, is an outstanding feature of the game. Harmon finished his intercollegiate career at Michigan in 1940 as one of the greatest ball carriers and as possessor of the Western conference scoring record formerly held by Red Grange. Shortly after the All-Star game of 1941 Harmon enlisted. He returns to football after miraculous escapes from death in both hemispheres of the war. Tom has proved in scrimmage at Northwestern and in the game last Saturday at Great Lakes that he still can run. His passes have been accurate and he always was a fine kicker under pressure. Harmon is best when the going is toughest and despite a bruised muscle received in the scrimmage with the Bluejackets he will be ready for whatever duty is ordered by Bernie Bierman, head coach of the All-Stars. There will be more to the offense of both teams tonight than passes. Green Bay, because of Hutson, has the reputation as a passing eleven. However, the Packers have Ted Fritsch, a sturdy line plunger, who is supported by Ken Keuper. Then there's Lou Brock, the veteran from Purdue who is always dangerous. At blocking back there's Larry Craig who should set a pace difficult for the All-Stars to match. Charles Mitchell of Tulsa and Bill Meek and Bob Long of Tennessee primarily are charged with blocking assignments in the All-Star's array of backfield talent. At the wingback are Edmond Shedlosky of Tulsa and Ernie Bonelli, one time Pittsburgh back. Both are dangerous on reverse plays in support of straight line smashed by the college fullbacks, Bob Kennedy of Washington State and Walter Schlinkman, Texas Tech's star of the Border conference. Kennedy may have the best ground gaining record of the contest. He probably is double feared by the Packers because under the new rule for this game, he also can check his drive and pass from any point behind the line of scrimmage. The test will be made, of course, as in most football game, in the battle between the lines. Green Bay should have an advantage in weight. It will have an advantage in experience. Buford Ray and Paul Berezney, Green Bay's tackles, will set the pace for the attack and defense. Charley Brock, at center, has a superb professional record since he was graduated from Nebraska. Bill Kuusisto, one time Minnesota guard, and the veteran Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, who will play his last football game tonight, will flank Brock. 
TED FRITSCH LATEST ADDITION TO STARS
DECEMBER 5 (Oshkosh) - Ted Fritsch, Green Bay Packer
football star, joined the Oshkosh All-Stars basketball squad
Tuesday and will serve as a player and trainer, Manager Lon
Darling reported. Fritsch, a Stevens Point Teachers' college
ace, held down a guard position for the All Stars last season.
DAN TOPPING FIRES GUNS IN OPENING FOOTBALL WAR
DECEMBER 6 (New York) - It was war to the hilt Thursday
between the NFL and new All-American Professional 
conference which plans to start operating next fall. Dan 
Topping brought matters to a head Wednesday when he 
bolted the National league for the new organization. This 
gained for the new group the use of the Yankee stadium and
its coveted seating capacity of 80,000. Topping, owner of the
Brooklyn franchise in the National league which this year was
merged with Boston, and part owner of the New York Yankees,
declared he had made the break because Tim Mara, owner of
the New York football Giants, declined to agree on playing
dates. "An agreement has been reached with the All-America
conference for a franchise at Yankee stadium," Topping said.
"It is, in our opinion, a move that should be beneficial not only
to professional football in general but to New York and 
Brooklyn. Ray Flaherty, our coach, has spent the last three
months since his discharge from the Navy lining up additional
talent to round out our roster. Many former Brooklyn players
have returned from the services and hope to have them all
back before the opening of the season." Topping said his team
would be known as the New York Football Yankees. It is the
ninth club in the conference that already has awarded 
franchises to Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland,
Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. Jim Crowley,
commissioner of the conference, said that a tenth franchise
would be awarded soon. Mara declared that he was 
"surprised, but not shocked" at Topping's move. "We have 
been doing business here at the Polo Grounds for at least
21 years while teams in the Yankee stadium have come and
gone," he said. Elmer Layden, commissioner of the National circuit which last spring had granted Topping permission to switch his Brooklyn franchise to the stadium, subject to Mara's approval, reserved comment until he heard officially from Topping.
KIESLING GETS NEW CONTRACT
DECEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - ​Walt Kiesling, line coach of the Green Bay Packers in the season just closed, has signed a new two year contract running through 1947, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced here Thursday night. Kiesling, a graduate of St. Thomas college, St. Paul, Minn., has been in professional football since 1926. As a player he saw action with Duluth, the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals and the Packers. He coached Pittsburgh in the National league before signing with the Green Bay club last spring.
LAMBEAU SCOUTS IN FOUR BOWL GAMES
DECEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - To prepare for the NFL's annual draft in January, Coach Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packer staff will scout players in four of the New Year's Day Bowl games, the coach announced here. Lambeau will visit the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Cal., Assistant Coach Don Hutson will attend the East-West contest at San Francisco, Line Coach Walt Kiesling will be at the Orange Bowl in Miami, and Bob Conrad, Packer advance man, will scout the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Lambeau said.
HUTSON - OLD NO. 14 WILL LEAVE BEHIND RECORD ACHIEVEMENT SECOND TO NONE
DECEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - It's still too early to say just how many records Don Hutson, at last retired, will finally leave behind. The Hutson Historical society has a winter's work ahead, after statistics for the completed season are in, to amass them all. Some of the more important, however, are available now, and they constitute the skeleton of a record edifice that will probably stand as long as the game is played - or for a long, long time anyway. The Hutsons don't come along every football generation. Hutson opened the season, his eleventh in the pro league, with the record for the most passes caught in a career - 442. He caught 43 more this fall, so he leaves behind a mark of 485. He opened the season with the record for the most touchdown passes caught - 92. He caught nine more this year, so his record here now stands at 101. He started out this fall with 7,176 yards gained catching passes. With 489 more, he boosted this to 7,665. He began the last campaign with 728 points behind his name. He scored 94 more and increased the total to 822. He started the season with 95 touchdowns to his credit - touchdowns on passes, intercepted passes, end around plays and so forth - and with 10 more this season, he boosted this to 105. And he opened the fall drive with 143 extra points on the books, and with 31 more, he hoisted this to 174. These are only some of the more important of his marks. It will take a lot of dogging after all returns for this season are in to complete the list. The six here noted are a good start, though, around which will rise a completed edifice of record achievement second to none in football.
LAYDEN RULES TOPPING LOSES N.L. FRANCHISE
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - In an anticlimax to the recent switch of Dan Topping's Brooklyn team from the NFL to the All-America conference, commissioner Elmer Layden yesterday ruled that Topping forfeited his franchise in the National pro circuit. Furthermore, Layden asserted the Brooklyn players have been awarded to the Boston Yanks of the National league. Brooklyn last season was merged with the Yanks after being denied use of Ebbets field in Brooklyn. The commissioner listed 13 players on the active list and about 160 on Brooklyn's service roster who would be available to Boston. If any Brooklyn players insist on remaining with Topping's club, which will operate in 1946 as the New York Football Yankees at Yankee stadium in New York, they will be suspended for five yards for the National league, Layden warned. Brooklyn last season owned such performers as Pug Manders, George Cafego, Johnny Grigas and Ace Parker.
PACKER NOTES
DECEMBER 16 (Wisconsin State Journal) - The inducements offered Dan Topping by the All-America Football Conference to operate a professional eleven in New York's Yankee Stadium are said to include there:
1. The other owners in the All-America Conference paid Topping $100,000 in cash.
2. The All-America Conference agreed to provide Topping with an undisclosed number of "name" players.
3. The All-America Conference agreed to guarantee Topping against any operating losses for two years.
E.L. "Curly" Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, claims the All-America Conference isn't sound. "They can't do it," Lambeau declared. "They can't have a playing schedule in a league that stretches from San Francisco to Boston. They can't pay the salaries they're talking about. They can't make good the inducements they are offering. They'll go broke. They are just making it tough for everybody, including themselves. I think there is room for a second league," Lambeau continued. "I'm in favor of it. But this All-America Conference takes in too much territory to be practical. And I don't like the way they do things." When Curly says the All-America Conference is "just making it tough for everybody", he means, of course, the owners. As far as the players are concerned, the professional football war is likely to be a mild bonanza. However, a professional football war may force some of the clubs in both the established NFL as well as in the upstart All-America Conference to fold under the financial pressure. That might open the way for a compromise whereby the financially sound teams in both leagues joined up in one circuit. For the time being, however, it looks like a war to the hilt, and you can see why Lambeau is concerned, Curly being a person who never derived any joy from seeing those beautiful dollars escape his clutches.
PACKERS PLAN ADDITION TO GREEN BAY STADIUM
DECEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - A plan to increase the seating capacity of City stadium in Green Bay, home of the Packers, from its present 24,000 to at least 30,000 or perhaps 35,000 in time for next season's games, has been under consideration for the last month and probably will be adopted shortly, it was learned Wednesday. The expansion was decided upon because of the sellouts in the season just closed, the promise of an unprecedented sports boom in the postwar era, the strong financial position of the club at this time after one of the best seasons in its history, and the desire of the entire National league to strengthen its position in the face of the challenge of the new All-American conference. The additional seats, first steps in a long range building plan, will all be built on the north and south sides of the stadium, between the goal lines, and will be erected of steel or concrete. Eventually, the club hopes to replace all of its present wooden structure with steel or concrete. Architects are now working on the full plans and will submit them to the board within the next month or six weeks. 
Acceptance is considered only a formality after the discussions which have already been held. The problem will be to get building materials. If they cannot be had at once, the building will done as soon as possible. Both the Bear and Cleveland games in the season just closed were sellouts. It was the first time the Packers have ever had sellouts in successive home games and indicated what they might expect in the postwar boom. The Bear game has been a sellout year after year. The expansion in Green Bay will not affect the club's policy of playing at least two of its home games each season in Milwaukee.
MAY ADD 5,000 SEATS FOR PACKER HOME TILTS
DECEMBER 20 (Green Bay) - L.H. Joannes, president of the Packer Corp., owners of the Green Bay Packers professional football team, said Wednesday night the organization had no immediate plans for enlarging City stadium, home field of the team. "There has been some discussion concerning increasing the capacity of the stadium in recent weeks," he said, "but there are no definite plans on hand for that move at the present time." He added, however, that "if it were possible to obtain materials, it is probably that 5,000 to 6,000 seats would be added to the stadium before the opening of the next season."
PACKERS DREW NEW RECORD IN ATTENDANCE
DECEMBER 31 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, 1944 champions of the NFL, led all teams in total attendance, setting a new record for one club by playing to 521,426 spectators or an average of 37,245 in 14 games. The previous high for one club was 507,067 in 20 games, set by the Chicago Bears in 1941, the only other time in league history when a club played to half a million spectators in one season. A total of 1,918,631 fans saw the pro league games this year, all alltime record. The total was 20 percent above the record of 1,204,817 for 1944.
The 1945 Green Bay Packers - 6-4 (2nd-Western Division)
Head Coach: Curly Lambeau