EXHIBITION - Washington Redskins 21, Green Bay Packers (2-2) 7
Sunday September 23rd 1945 (at Washington)
(WASHINGTON) - Playing like a pre-war team, the Washington Redskins Sunday swept to a 21-7 upset victory over the Green Bay Packers, NFL champions, before 27,000 fans. The result sounded a warning that the Redskins would be back in the title
picture after a mediocre season last
year. Joe Aguirre, Frank Akins and Bob
Seymour scored in the second, third
and fourth periods to pile up a 21-0
Redskin lead before the Packers
clicked for their only touchdown.
Filchock, an understudy to Sammy 
Baugh in the Redskins "T" formation, 
was a central figure in the Redskins'
first touchdown. He whipped a 33 yard
scoring pass to the giant Aguirre on 
the first play of the second quarter to
cap an 80 yard Redskin drive. Filchock
caught a Green Bay kick on the dead 
run and raced it back 38 yards to set
off a 74 yard Redskin march in the third
period. Akins rammed over from the
five. Baugh completely fooled the 
Packers on a fake placekick from the 
38 for the final Redskin score. He 
jumped up, fired the ball to Seymour in
the flat. Seymour went over standing
Held outside the Washington 25 most
of the afternoon, the Packers came to
life by going all the way after receiving
the kickoff. Clyde Goodnight speared
Roy McKay's pass from the five to save
the visitors from a shutout. Baugh,
looking more at home in the T formation
completed 15 of 20 passes for 183 of
the 264 yards the Redskins gained in
the air. The Packers, usually effective
overhead, gained only on 87 yards on
24 attempts.
GREEN BAY  - 0  0  0  7 -  7
WASHINGTON - 0  7  7  7 - 21
2nd - WASH - Joe Aguirre, 33-yd pass
from Sammy Baugh (Aguirre kick)
WASH 7-0
3rd - WASH - Frank Akins, 5-yard run
(Aguirre kick) WASHINGTON 14-0
4th - WASH - Bob Seymour, 38-yard pass from Baugh (Aguirre kick) WASH 21-0
4th - GB - Goodnight, 5-yard pass from McKay (McKay kick) WASH 21-7

SEPTEMBER 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers Tuesday sent out this plea to football fans around the state: "Please, to save disappointment for yourselves, unless you already have tickets for the game with the Bears Sunday, do not come to Green Bay expecting to buy any at the gate or at ticket agencies around town. Not a single ticket remains. The sellout is complete down to the last one." It is the first time in the history of the football corporation that such a warning was ever given fans. There have been other sellouts at Packer games, but never any so far in advance of the game. "The demand this year has been the heaviest in the history of the game," Ticket Director Ralph Smith explained Tuesday. "If we had had room, we could have sold 50,000 or 60,000 seats without any difficulty at all - maybe more. Fans who come Sunday expecting to pick up a stray ticket or two will be disappointed, so we want to warn them. There is not a single ticket or reservation left in any of our ticket racks." Green Bay's stadium holds about 24,000. The Packers, who arrived home from the east late Monday afternoon after winning one and losing two on the junket, went to work Tuesday morning. "We made no attempt to key the boys in any of the exhibitions," Curly Lambeau said. "We took these games in stride and while we didn't look good in a lot of spots, I know we can do better. We'll be ready by Sunday." Lambeau planned two workouts a day the rest of the week.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - There's a crackling in the air up around Green Bay these days, and it isn't because of any autumnal storm. The Bears are coming to town. They'll be here Sunday. Of all the rivalries in football, and that goes for those bitter ones in college ball, there isn't any that ever fares any higher than this one. Some may flare as high, but not any higher. Anything goes, and if the rules permitted, it might even be waged with hatchets. There have been thrills galore, upsets, fights, even a loyal attempt by a Green Bay fan one year to stem the tide of the game by rushing out on the field unnoticed during a timeout and swinging a mighty haymaker on the jaw on an unsuspecting 240 pound Bear...FIRST GAME IN '21: The series was started in 1921 with a single game, and except for 1922, when the teams did not play, not knowing what they were missing perhaps, has been renewed two times a year on a home and home basis ever since and sometimes three times a year, proving that they knew what they were missing. In 1926 and from 1928 through 1934, inclusive, the teams could not get enough of each other or enough of the money that rolled into the till, and they played three times a year. Sunday's game will be the fifty-third between them. The Bears hold the edge. Of the 52 games, they have won 27, the Packers 20. Five of the games were ties. You get an idea of how this series fits into Green Bay's history by comparing it with any of the others. The team has played New York only 23 times not including exhibitions, of course, Cleveland 15 times, Philadelphia nine times, Pittsburgh eight times, Washington - and this includes the games with Boston which one time held Washington's franchise - 10 times, Brooklyn eight times, Detroit - and this includes the games with Portsmouth which one time held Detroit's franchise - 29 times. In other words, in Green Bay's entire history, about every fourth game has been against the Bears..."COISES" ON THE T: A little sad to relate, from a Green Bay standpoint, the Bears have built up their advantage in recent years. And, incidentally, they are the only team in the league to hold an edge on Green Bay in the all-time rivalry. Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have been duck soup. Not one of them has ever won a league game from Green Bay. Boston and Washington together have won only three, Detroit only five, Cleveland only one, the Cardinals only 12 and the Giants only 11. But those Bears, especially those Bears of the last decade or so with their potent T with a man in motion which they introduced, under Ralph Jones and not Clark Shaughnessy, in 1932. Until 1932, the Packers held the edge. They had won 11 games, had lost nine. But then came the T and the man in motion and Green Bay's fortunes immediately declined. Since 1932 the Bears have won 18, the Packers only nine. No wonder the good burghers in Green Bay now run for their pitchforks every September the Bears come to town...YEAH HUTSON: The series has abounded in thrills. There were the two 1935 games, for instance, both of which the Packers won. In the first, Don Hutson, making his pro debut, took a 50 to 55 yard pass from Arnie Herber on the first play from scrimmage and easily outran Beattie Feathers for the only touchdown of the game. The Packers won, 7-0. In the second, Hutson scored two touchdowns in the last three minutes to turn a 14-3 licking into a 17-14 victory. And the game in the driving rainstorm of 1938. The field was like a lake. It seemed impossible to score, and neither team did either, that is, score a touchdown. The Bears, however, came up with a safety on two of the craziest plays the stadium has ever seen. On successive plays, Arnie Herber, back to punt, had Derrill Lester's pass from center either sail far over his head or dribble along the ground out of reach. The second of the bad passes rolled in the end zone, where Bob Jones of the Packers fell on it. And that was the football game. In a way, though, this 2-0 victory was the only retribution for one of the same kind the Packers had scored in 1932. They were completely outplayed, yet through a blocked punt, which old Tom Nash batted off Dick Nesbitt's foot clear out of the end zone and almost into the stands, they won on an automatic safety. There have been thrills of this kind more often than not...POOR, POOR LUKE: And there have been laughs, too. In the 1935 game, for instance, the game Hutson with his first pass play, Asst. Coach Luke Johnsos, who can't see without his glasses, sat on the bench next to Coach George Halas. The kickoff sailed to Green Bay's 12 yard line, and Johnson, heaving a sigh of relief that it had not been carried back, took off his specs to clean them. He was still cleaning them and feeling quite comfortable about Green Bay's plight on the 12, when next to home, Halas emitted a long string of oaths. Unaware of what had happened on the field, Johnsos solicitously asked what had happened. "Happened?" Halas roared. "Why those blankety blanks just scored a touchdown." Johnsos, now the brains of the Bear coaching staff, couldn't get his glasses on fast enough. He had missed the only touchdown of the game - Hutson's touchdown...PID PURDY THE GOAT: And there was the time in the middle twenties when with the Bears ahead, 3-0, the Packers got position close to Chicago's goal and inserted during a time out the usually reliable Pid Purdy to drop kick, which would have tied the score. Off the bench came Purdy and out of the Bear lineup to greet him rushed Brute Trafton. "Now listen, punk," he began, "you know what this kick means. You'll be a hero or a bum - and I think you'll be a bum. We all think you'll be a bum. Why, look - you are a bum. Look at your haircut." Trafton, never at a loss for words in any occasion, had Purdy in a dither as the ball sailed back from center. And what Trafton had predicted happened. Purdy turned out to be a bum. His kick, from an easy distance and easy angle, sailed straight up in the air. In fact, it finally laded behind him. The Bears won. So it has gone. It has been one of the most colorful, most bitter series in football. And Sunday it will be resumed again. No wonder the air in Green Bay has again started to crackle.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers announced today that he had traded a pair of guards to the Cleveland Rams for the rights to Vic Spadacinni, former Minnesota quarterback, now in the service. The Rams received Bob Cope, a rookie from Arkansas, and Ray Monaco, who played with the Washington Redskins in 1944. Lambeau, busy keying his team for the NFL opener here Sunday against the Chicago Bears, also announced the sale of rookie halfback Sid Tinsley to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and disclosed he had asked waivers on ends Paul Rabalis of St. Mary (Texas) and Lamar Dingler of Arkansas, both newcomers, this season. The Packers, drilling in secret, held a double workout today and will stage two more tomorrow before tapering off. Lambeau commented that "the team is beginning to come up for Sunday's game."
SEPTEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - The question before the house today is this: Will Don Hutson be in a suit for the game with the Bears here Sunday afternoon or won't he? The rumors that he will be have been going the rounds for a couple of weeks. But even Thursday, nobody knew for sure - not even Curly Lambeau or Hutson himself. Said Hutson, who after the All-Star game announced his definite retirement: "I meant my retirement to stick when I said no. A couple of things came up on our trip east, though, and this Bears game is so all-important in our plans for the season, that maybe I'll have to play. Just this one. We're going to have a pretty good team again later. Maybe I can help in this spot because it means so much. But maybe things will straighten out in the next day or two that I won't have to play. We probably won't know until Saturday." Said Lambeau, who after the All-Star game said that if Hutson came out of retirement this year it would be of his own free will: "Don figures he could help us in this game which means so much to us and he worked out Thursday. His 'dogs' barked all over the place though as he ran and I wonder whether in such condition he would be any help to us. We'll have to wait until he works out a couple more times, and even then, it will be entirely up to him." Said the fan on the street, who has already built up a head of steam to help run the Bears out of town Sunday night. "Don will play all right. Don't worry." Meanwhile, Lambeau intensified his work. Two workouts were held Wednesday with emphasis on defense against Chicago's passing attack to be engineered by Sid Luckman, and two more will be held Thursday, after which the squad will taper off. In between workouts, Lambeau also found time to pare his squad. League rules permit a team to have 33 players signed but only 28 eligible for any one game. Lambeau announced that he had traded rookie guards Bob Cope and Ray Monaco to Cleveland for contract rights to Vic Spadacinni, former Minnesota quarterback, now in the service; sold halfback Sid Tinsley to Pittsburgh, and asked waivers on ends Paul Rabalis of St. Mary's (Texas) and Lamar Dingler of Arkansas.
SEPTEMBER 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers had a new cry as they completed their hard work in the rain Friday for Sunday's game with the Bears: "Stop Hunt". John Hunt, a 200 pound back, who for three years set college fields afire with his running for Marshall college, will start for the Bears Sunday, it has been learned, and has created new respect in the Packer camp which well remembers George McAfee's debut in a somewhat similar situation four or five years ago. Curly Lambeau placed little credence in the report that Hugh Gallerneau, who joined the Bears Thursday, probably would not be in shape to play Sunday. "He'll be in there, don't worry. He has been working out regularly on the coast and will be all set for us. The Bears look tougher and tougher each day." Prospect of a heavy field was not especially to Lambeau's liking. The big Belgian had planned an offense built largely around passing and he may have to change his plans. IT was still uncertain Friday whether Don Hutson would start.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears were pulling into this small city with the big dot on the NFL map this afternoon at the same time Curly Lambeau, coach of the world champion Green Bay Packers, was making the announcement which most everyone was sure he would make: "Don Hutson plays tomorrow against the Bears!" There went Hutson's retirement plans again - if anyone seriously thought old No. 14 would languish on the bench tomorrow afternoon for another of the always Titanic gridiron battles between the old rivals. The green light was working for the Bears, took, sending on the fly from the west coast Hugh Gallerneau and from the east coast Ray (Scooter) McLean. So it's going to be a big day for the 25,000 lucky folks who have tickets calling for admission to City stadium, the neat little plant on the East river on the edge of town. These three personalities somewhat overshadowed the thick tradition of a Bear-Packer meeting. Sure, Hutson's a legendary figure, but he's a legend with legs which still carry him rapidly and cleverly before and after he catches a football. The Bears had left Chicago shortly after noon today confident that would have to contend with Hutson - just as they have been doing for a decade. But they had their big weapon sharp for the battle, Sid Luckman, and they thought they had an excellent chance to win. Gallarneau, who distinguished himself as a captain in the marine corps, will be back on the field where he made his professional debut in 1942 as right halfback. Another warrior who came back to the gridiron will be will be Ken Kavanaugh, lanky end, who flew 30 missions in B-17s and B-24s in the European theater. Like Gallerneau he also was a captain. McLean, who took a high school coaching job in New England after a salary stalemate with the Bears, now has agreed to terms and will fly to and from the Bears' league games. The Scooter, a breakaway runner, also is a adept pass catcher. He and Kavanaugh will give Luckman his best targets since prewar days. Betting quotations in Milwaukee late today showed the Bears favorites to win by 7 1/2 points, If the Chicagoans win it will be their 30th against 20 defeats and four ties in competition with Green Bay since 1921. The all-time composite score is Bears 724, Packers 555.
SEPTEMBER 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - If the Packers need Mr. Hutson he will play. The Bears will likely 
see to it the Packers will need Mr. Hutson. Therefore the logical answer to the No. 1 sports poser of the moment is answered. Mr. Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers will play against the Chicago Bears this afternoon at City Stadium at Green Bay. However, unless you have received a previous invitation for the annual Hutson unveiling, at so many bucks per throw, it is advisable to stay home. The invitations are all used up. There ain't no more...SURPRISE? NOT MUCH!: The news that Hutson will play (if needed) very likely will not cause any undue surprise, but will cause some consternation in the Bears' camp. Mr. Luke Johnsos, a very smart cooky as grid coaches go, and in other elements too, save golf, where he has long been attempting to solve the magic of a flanker attach upon
assorted greens without success, has been Hutson conscious
so long he takes the Hutson evil as a matter of national
emergency and has been instructing his forces, vets and
rookies alike, on methods and means of stopping Green Bay's
Donald. He didn't any more expect to have Don play than he
expects to bench Sid Luckman. At times (you could count 
them upon the thumbs of one hand) he has been successful
in stopping the Shufflin' man from Alabama, although other
Bays were stopped rather cold on various occasions and the
Hutson miracle could not carry the entire load...LUCKMAN
BACK, TOO: On the face of it neither looks to be the club of
old. Perhaps they are not. But both have been more or less
feelin' and foolin' around, getting their cleats into the turf and
girding themselves for the payoff battles in the leagues. 
During practice games, saved for the All-Star game, Hutson
was conspicuous by his clothes. Dressy as he is he never
looks as good in a swank tweed as he does in moleskins -
save to such outlanders and uncouth rascals who would rout
for the Bears and other highbinding outfits. The Bears have
come up with quite a runner, I'm told, in that man Hunt, late
of Marshall College. And Luckman, the aerial genius, is 
back and has been with them all fall. He'll be the Sid of all,
drat him...TAKE YOUR CHOICE: With Hutson and 
Goodnight, a newcomer with the Hutson tendencies, if not
all the fakes, the man who is my choice to cause some
combined Bear headaches is Roy McKay, the tall Texan who
didn't get in the Bears' hair last year because of injuries. He
hopes to make up for the oversight today and again later in
the season. Not to be overlooked in the Bays' potentialities
on attack are Joe Laws, star of the title game last fall; Lou
Brock, a great all around performer; Irv Comp, another triple
threater, Ted Fritsch and Ken Keuper, rated as the 1945
backfield find. As for the winner you flips de coin and you takes your cherce. With Luckman in form the somewhat sloppy Bay pass defense will have to be much improved; with Hutson in action anything can happen - and probably will.
SEPTEMBER 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - Twenty-five years ago, George Calhoun passed the hat at the first Packer-Bear game up here. No admission was charged. Sunday, the fifty-third renewal of the rivalry, which has become one of the hottest in all football, college or professional, will be watched by a capacity crowd of 24,000 which gobbled up the last of the tickets at any price three weeks ago and which could have been 50,000 just as well if there had been tickets to go around. The demand has exceeded anything in the history of football here. Packers hopes were buoyed Saturday night by the announcement that Don Hutson would play. "He'll be in uniform," Curly Lambeau said, "and he'll get into the game. How long he'll last, though, I don't know. He has worked out only the last few days and he has been troubled with his feet. He needs a lot of running. But even a short while with Don in there will mean a lot." The Bears, despite lickings in exhibition games with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins in which they clearly played possum, ruled 8-5 favorites. Their ordinary hopes of early season have blossomed out with the rapid development of the team and the addition of several outstanding backs, John Hunt and Hugh Gallarneau especially. Gallerneau, a captain in the marine corps and a veteran of '41 and '42, has just received his discharge and will probably play only sparingly, but Hunt has been with the team for several weeks and from all reports will be the wheelhorse of Chicago's running game. He was purposely held out exhibitions to be sprung Sunday as McAfee was sprung six or seven years ago. Hunt, also a dischargee from the service, played his undergraduate ball at Marshall college and in 1940 led the nation's scorers with 162 points. He scored 27 touchdowns, the all-time record. Only possible weakness in the lineup this season lies down the middle of the line. There is no Clyde (Bulldog) Turner. The flanks are strong, though, with George Wilson and Ken Kavanaugh, and the backfield well rounded with Sid Luckman in the familiar role of quarterback. Three new faces will start for the Packers. Clyde Goodnight and Nolan Luhn will be at the ends, and Paul Lipscomb, 235 pounds, at right tackle. All of them have earned starting berths with fine all-around play in the exhibitions. The rest of the lineup will be composed by veterans - Baby Ray at left tackle, Glen Sorenson and Pete Tinsley at the guards, Charlie Brock at center, and Larry Craig, Ted Fritsch, Irv Comp, Lou Brock or Joe Laws in the backfield. A lot will again depend on Comp. His sharp passing, coupled with Fritsch's and Brock's good running a year ago gave the Packers an early 28-0 lead before he was hurt. He has looked better than ever in practice.