Cliff Aberson       78   HB 6- 1 195      No college  1  1 25 10
Solon Barnett       72    T 6- 1 235          Baylor  2  2 25  1 1943 Draft - 10th round
Earl Bennett        15    G 5- 8 190  Hardin-Simmons  1  1 26  3 1943 Draft - 23rd round
Charley Brock       29    C 6- 1 210        Nebraska  8  8 30 11 1939 Draft - 3rd round
Tony Canadeo         3   HB 6- 0 190         Gonzaga  5  5 27 11 1941 Draft - 9th round
Irv Comp            51   HB 6- 3 205    St. Benedict  4  4 27 11 1943 Draft - 3rd round
Larry Craig         54    E 6- 0 218     S. Carolina  8  8 30 11 1939 Draft - 6th round
Tiny Croft          75    T 6- 4 285           Ripon  5  5 25 11
Bob Flowers         35    C 6- 1 210      Texas Tech  5  5 29 10
Bob Forte            8   HB 6- 0 195        Arkansas  1  1 24  9 1943 Draft - 11th round
Ted Fritsch         64   FB 5-10 210   Stevens Point  5  5 25 11
Lester Gatewood     33    C 6- 2 195          Baylor  1  1 25 11 1943 Draft - 8th round
Clyde Goodnight     23    E 6- 1 195           Tulsa  2  2 22  8 1945 Draft - 3rd round
Ken Kueper          18   HB 6- 0 205         Georgia  2  2 27 10
William Kuusisto    52    G 6- 0 225       Minnesota  6  6 28  4
Bill Lee            40    T 6- 3 225         Alabama  7  9 34  4 1937 FA - Brooklyn
Russ Letlow         46    G 6- 0 218   San Francisco  8  8 32  5 1936 Draft - 1st round
Paul Lipscomb       47    T 6- 5 240       Tennessee  2  2 23 11
Nolan Luhn          38    E 6- 3 200           Tulsa  2  2 25 11 1945 Draft - 25th round
Roy McKay            3   HB 6- 0 195           Texas  3  3 26 11 1943 Draft - 5th round
Tom Miller          76    E 6- 2 208  Hampden-Sydney  1  4 28  9 1946 FA - Wash (1945)
Charles Mitchell    16   HB 6- 0 190           Tulsa  1  2 25  2 1946 FA - Bears (1945)
Russ Mosley          8   HB 5-10 170         Alabama  2  2 28  2
Moose Mulleneaux    19    E 6- 4 210         Utah St  6  6 29  1 Military (1942-44)
Ed Neal             58    T 6- 4 290          Tulane  2  2 27 10
Bob Nussbaumer      48   HB 5-11 175        Michigan  1  1 22 10 1946 Draft - 3rd round
Urban Odson         63    T 6- 3 255       Minnesota  1  1 27  6 1942 Draft - 1st round
Merv Pregulman      17    G 6- 3 215        Michigan  1  1 25 11 1944 Draft - 1st round
Ace Prescott        31    E 6- 2 210  Hardin-Simmons  1  1 25  2 1943 Draft - 19th round
Baby Ray            44    T 6- 6 250      Vanderbilt  9  9 30 11
Ray Riddick         19    E 6- 0 220         Fordham  4  4 28  2
Herman Rohrig       80   HB 5- 9 190        Nebraska  2  2 28  8 1941 Draft - 6th round
Walt Schlinkman      7   FB 5- 9 190      Texas Tech  1  1 24 11 1945 Draft - 1st round
Bruce Smith         42   HB 6- 0 197       Minnesota  2  2 26  6 1942 Draft - 13th round
Al Sparlis          21    G 5-11 185            UCLA  1  1 26  3 1946 Draft - 30th round
Charles Tollefson   27    G 6- 0 215            Iowa  3  3 30  2
Don Wells           43    E 6- 2 200         Georgia  1  1 24 11 1945 Draft - 6th round
Dick Wildung        45    G 6- 0 220       Minnesota  1  1 25 11 1943 Draft - 1st round
Al Zupek            25    B 6- 1 225        Lawrence  1  1 23  3
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
1946 PACKERS DRAFT (January 14, 1946)
1     6 Johnny Strzkalski    B Marquette
2       Did Not Draft                                
3    21 Bob Nussbaumer       B Michigan
4       Did Not Draft
5    36 Ed Cody              B Purdue
6    46 John Ferraro         T Southern California
7    56 Art Renner           E Michigan
8    66 Bert Cole            T Oklahoma State
9    76 Grant Darnell        G Texas A&M
10   86 Joe McAfee           B Holy Cross
11   96 Steve Conroy         B Holy Cross
12  106 Billy Hildebrand     E Mississippi State
13  116 Tom Hand             C Iowa
14  126 George Hills         G Georgia Tech
15  136 Jim Hough            B Clemson
16  146 Dean Gaines          T Georgia Tech
17  156 J.P. Miller          G Georgia
18  166 Boyd Morse           E Arizona 
19  176 Joe Bradford         C Southern California 
20  186 Bill DeRosa          B Boston College 
21  196 Ralph Grant          B Bucknell 
22  206 Howard Brown         G Indiana 
23  216 Andy Kosmac          C Louisiana State 
24  226 Maurice Stacy        B Washington 
25  236 Chick Davidson       T Cornell 
26  246 John Norton          B Washington 
27  256 Ed Holtsinger        B Georgia Tech 
28  266 Joe Campbell         E Holy Cross 
29  276 Francis Saunders     T Clemson 
30  286 Al Sparlis           G UCLA 
31  291 Ralph Clymer         G Purdue 
32  296 Joervin Henderson    C Missouri
BOLD - Played for the Packers
Green Bay lost a hero and Curly Lambeau an ace when Don Hutson finally made his retirement stick. The Packers long had counted on the wiry end to put points on the scoreboard, and not until the coming of Vince Lombardi would the team adjust to his loss. To make matters worse, the new AAFC was driving player salaries up to the sky, making it hard for the non-profit Packers to sign new talent. Lambeau relied on a strong running game to make up for the diminished air attack. Ex-GI Tony Canadeo, veteran Ted Fritsch, and rookie Walt Schlinkman handled the bulk of the ball-carrying with little help from QB Irv Comp and his undistinguished receivers. Quick losses to the Bears and Rams uncovered chinks in the Packer defense, and a strong mid-season spurt petered out in two losses in the last three games.
In honor of the Packer's 25 seasons in the NFL, the Green Bay Press-Gazette chose an all-time Packer team: Don Hutson (End), Lavvie Dilweg (End), Arnie Herber (Quarterback), Johnny (Blood) McNally (Halfback), Verne Lewellen (Halfback), Clarke Hinkle (Fullback), Cal Hubbard (Tackle), Mike Michalske (Guard), Charley Brock (Center), Buckets Goldenberg (Guard), Cub Buck (Tackle). A similar "All-Time" team was selected in 1957 to mark the opening of the new City Stadium. The only change was Tony Canadeo replacing Lewellen. In honor of the NFL's 50th anniversary, another "All-Time" team was selected in 1969, and it was dominated by Lombardi era Packers: End (Don Hutson, Boyd Dowler), Offensive Tackle (Cal Hubbard, Forrest Gregg), Guard (Fuzzy Thurston, Jerry Kramer), Center (Jim Ringo), Quarterback (Bart Starr), Running Back (Paul Hornung, Clarke Hinkle, Jim Taylor), Defensive End (Larry Craig, Lavvie Dilweg, Willie Davis), Defensive Tackle (Cal Hubbard, Henry Jordan, Dave Hanner), Linebacker (Ray Nitschke, Dave Robinson, Bill Forester), Defensive Back (Herb Adderley, Jesse Whittenton, Bobby Dillon, Willie Wood)
6  M-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES                 L  6- 7    0-1-0   25,000
10 Washington Redskins (at Denver)       L 31-35    0-2-0   21,000
20 at New York Giants                    L 21-35    0-3-0   50,000
29 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0-0)               L  7-30    0-1-0   25,049
6  M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (0-1-0)            L 17-21    0-2-0   27,049
13 at Philadelphia Eagles (2-0-0)        W 19- 7    1-2-0   36,127
20 G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-1-1)         W 17- 7    2-2-0   22,588
27 M-DETROIT LIONS (0-4-0)               W 10- 7    3-2-0   23,564
3  at Chicago Bears (3-1-1)              L  7-10    3-3-0   46,321
10 at Chicago Cardinals (4-3-0)          W 19- 7    4-3-0   30,681
17 at Detroit Lions (1-6-0)              W  9- 0    5-3-0   21,055
24 G-CHICAGO CARDINALS (4-5-0)           L  6-24    5-4-0   16,150
1  at Washington Redskins (5-3-1)        W 20- 7    6-4-0   33,691
8  at Los Angeles Rams (5-4-1)           L 17-38    6-5-0   46,838
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
This first history of the team was written by the veteran Chicago sportswriter - Arch Ward - who created both the Baseball All-Star Game and the football College All-Star Game. One reviewer has commented that this is “a mostly anecdotal history that hangs a great deal of legend and myth on a framework of facts.” (CREDIT: Packerville, USA)
Amazon listing (if any copies become available)
JANUARY 12 (New York) - Bert Bell, 52 year old co-owner of the Pittsburgh
Stellers, succeeded Elmer Layden, resigned, as president of the NFL.
Under pressure from eastern club owners dissatisfied with his regime,
​Layden, whose five year contract will expire April 1, resigned Friday night.
Bell was immediately elected to succeed him. He was given a three year
contract at $20,000 a year. Bell announced that he would sell his holdings
in the Pittsburgh club to Co-owner Art Rooney and shift the league offices
from Chicago to New York. A talkative, energetic former football player, Bell
takes over at one of the most critical times in the 26 year history of the 
National league. The threat of the All-America hangs heavy over the
owners. A native of Philadelphia, Bell, who lives in Philadelphia, played
college ball at Pennsylvania from 1915 through 1917, went to war and 
came back to captain the 1919 team. Before moving into the pro game, he
was backfield coach at Penn and Temple. The owners offered Layden a
$20,000 a year job as an advisory capacity to Bell. Layden, however, will
probably reject it. He refused to discuss his future plans. The switch in
leadership topped off a day which saw the owners also put into the books
anti-All-America legislation looking to the future. In two constitutional
amendments they voted that the National league can never have more 
than 10 teams and that no city can hold more than one franchise from
now on, although Chicago will continue as a two club town as at present.
The move was described by one league official as "shutting the door" on
the All-America and its individual teams. He pointed out that if the new
league should fold up in a few years, some of its stronger clubs might
want to affiliate with the National. The new amendments eliminate that
JANUARY 13 (New York) - The NFL pulled another hidden play late today
when the world champion Cleveland Rams were granted permission to
move lock, stock and barrel to Los Angeles. This surprise development
followed by fewer than 24 hours the unexpected dismissal of Elmer
Layden as commission and president of the 26 year old league and
caused almost as much hubbub among reporters who started wondering
what will happen next. Dan Reeves, youthful and dapper owner of the 
Rams and a native of New York, left the league's executive session to
give the details of his action, which received unanimous consent from his
nine associates. Bert Bell, co-owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers and
Layden's successor, was in charge of the meeting. The Cleveland eleven,
which beat the Washington Redskins for the professional title last
December, 15-14, thus left the field in that city alone to Arthur McBride's
Cleveland Browns of the new All-America conference. But the champions
will run into All-America competition in Los Angeles against the club
headed by Don Ameche, movie-radio star. Thus it wasn't a case of the 
Rams taking it on the lam to escape a showdown with an All-America
rival. Reeves said that since 1943 he has attempted to get the league's
sanction for the transfer. "Long before I came into pro football, back in 
1937. I decided to have a team in Los Angeles," he said. "Such a move
has been my long range program since I came into the league." Reeves
said his California attorney, J.C. Macfarland would immediately open
negotiations to lease the Los Angeles Coliseum, which has a seating
capacity of 103,000. He hinted that Wrigley field, home of the Los Angeles
Pacific Coast baseball league, would be acceptable as an alternate spot.
This plant will accommodate 21,850, but extra seats could be added, he said. Reeves also mentioned Gilmore stadium, which has a capacity of 18,000. It is open at one end and could be enlarged, he said. The National league, which has made a point of being compact in contrast to the sprawling All-America conference, how has broken out of its east-midwest cocoon and faces a transportation problem similar to that of its new rival. Reeves said if necessary airplane transporation would be used. "The extra cost is incidental," he said. "When you consider we have an attendance possibility of 90,000 or more if we obtain the coliseum. We are making the shift not that we love Cleveland less, but Los Angeles more. I hope to make my home there." Reeves revealed that the Rams lost $40,000 last year, despite their rise to the championship. Losses were suffered in the three previous years of operation. Home attendance last season averaged only 17,000, exclusive of the title battle with Washington, which attracted a plus 30,000 crowd. Adam Walsh, Rams' coach and his brother, Charles, claim Hollywood as their home. Bob Waterfield, the team's great quarterback, lives in Los Angeles and gives the champions a superlative hometown attraction. The club will retain its nickname and will train in California. Then the pro champions will come to Chicago for their assignment in the College All-Star game late in August. Then the Rams will return to Los Angeles to meet the Redskins in a charity game Friday night September 6. Reeves intimated that his team would remain on the coast for its opening National league contest, either September 22 or 29. In the league's structure the Rams will remain in the western division, along with the two Chicago teams, Green Bay and Detroit. The five eastern clubs are Washington, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
JANUARY 5 (Chicago) - Major league professional football may be heading up the same trail major league baseball followed at the turn of the century. Right now, the All-America conference, an embryonic organization conceived during the war and dedicated to fielding teams next autumn in eight cities scattered from coast to coast, is challenging the 25-year old NFL for an even status as a major pro grid circuit. Back in 1900 the American league was born on the baseball diamond when Charles A. Comiskey moved his American association franchise from St. Paul, Minn., to Chicago. The National league battled against such intrusion into major league ranks. But the American league was established, and from its birth came the greatest sports extravaganza in America - the World Series. The All-America conference without established background such as the American association had when Comiskey inaugurated the American league, is ready to make the same move. At their meeting yesterday, members of the new league accepted Baltimore's offer to delay its participation to 1947, cutting the number of clubs to eight. Applications by two New Orleans groups and one from Kansas City were tabled until 1947. It was decided to play home-and-home schedules, with each team competing in 14 games during the season. The charter members are New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Miami, San Francisco and Cleveland. Drawing of a constitution and bylaws, determination of the rules the league will follow and completion of a schedule for 1946 are the tasks that remain. It is estimated that the National league's refusal to meet with delegates of the All-America to reach a friendly understanding on operational tactics already has cost the 25 year old organization $300,000. There is a growing sentiment within the National league, some All-America club owners declared, that the rebuff last year was a tragic mistake and that another effort should be made for a peace meeting between the two. It was emphasized that any overtures must come from the National league, inasmuch as it declined the original invitation; it was intimated that such a gesture by the National league would be accepted by the All-America. The eight team setup was determined upon shortly after announcement of the conference's organization was made in September 1944. But the All-America quickly made room for Dan Topping late in 1945 when he was unable to make a satisfactory deal with the National league to move his Brooklyn team to Yankee stadium. This made it necessary to add another team, or drop one, at least in the 1946 plans. George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears of the National league, meanwhile, gave a new turn to the battle over All-America's "raiding" of the older circuit's players. Hinkle said he had urged his star tackle, 225-pound Lee Artoe, to sign with the Los Angeles club of the new league, if he thought he could better himself. Later Edward P. (Slip) Madigan, Los Angeles general manager, announced Artoe had signed a contract to play for him next fall.
JANUARY 7 (Chicago) - For the first time in its history, the quarter century old NFL will have competition this fall. That became a certainty Sunday as the All-America conference concluded a three day meeting of owners and coaches at which all details for its debut were ironed out except for the schedule. The schedule will be drawn by Commissioner James (Sleepy Jim) Crowley and submitted for approval at a schedule meeting in April. The league will operate in two sections, an eastern composed of New York, Brooklyn, Buffalo and Miami, and a western composed of Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Each team, traveling by air, will play a 14 game, home and home schedule to start the week of September 1-8 and end December 8. A majority of the games will be played Wednesday and Friday nights. The playoff game between the two division winners will be held December 15. Dan Topping of New York, who bolted the National league to join the All-America and give the new league the use of Yankee stadium, emerged from the meeting as the AAC's most powerful figure. Topping claimed all the players on the reserve list of his now defunct National league Brooklyn team and said, "There is nothing the National league can do about it." Layden, acting under the National league constitution, had ruled the players reverted to the league following Topping's bolt. Layden since awarded the players to the National league's Boston club. The owners also held a secret draft at which each club selected 20 players. "Their names will not be announced," Crowley said. "The National league always has publicized its draft lists, often embarrassing the players. We hope to stop that."
JANUARY 7 (Chicago) - The NFL, finally recognizing the new All-America football conference as a dangerous challenger, holds one of the most important meetings in its long history this week in New York. It has dozens of problems to whip - and most important, what to do with Commissioner Elmer Layden. Layden's initial five year contract will expire March 1. Selected in 1941 when he was athletic directors and head coach at Notre Dame, Layden has ruled the league during its most prosperous seasons. There was strong opposition to him a year ago, centering among the eastern clubs, but that has died out and the consensus now is that he will be re-engaged. National league headquarters, preparing for the opening meeting on Thursday, released the following agenda: (1) Layden's contract, (2) 1946 schedule, (3) rules revision, (4) player draft, (5) consideration of the new opposition league and its "questionable interest in operation for the best interest of pro football". Point No. 5 packs the fireworks. During its three day meeting here, which ended Sunday, the All-America showed the National league that regardless of pro and con statements, it plans to operate as a major league next fall. "The National league is prepared to fight for what it has built," George Strickler, league publicity director, said. "George Halas of Chicago, Tim Mara of New York, Curly Lambeau of Green Bay and other have made pro football and the National league is not going to give it away to a rival."
JANUARY 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - An era is ending. First it was Buckets Goldenberg who decided in midseason last fall he had had enough of pro ball. Then it was Don Hutson, who announced his retirement at the end of the season - and meant it. And now it is the squirming, twisting Joe Laws. An era is ending, indeed. "I know when I've had enough," Laws said on a visit here Monday. "After 12 years of it, I'm not kidding myself. Maybe I could hang on for another year or so playing in spots, but I've got a family of five, and I've got to look ahead. The chance to be a district representative around Green Bay for a distillery came along and I took it." Laws started his pro career with the Packers in 1934 after a brilliant college career at the University of Iowa (Goldenberg started in '33 and Hutson in '35.). He was one of the mainstays on three championship teams (1936, 1939 and 1944) and for years, well, in fact, right through last season, was one of the club's most elusive men on the spinner. In the championship game against the Giants a  year ago, he repeatedly wiggled down the middle for sizable gains - and in addition, which pleased him most, intercepted four passes. It won't seem the same without old black haired, chunky No. 24 out on the field. But then an era is ending.
JANUARY 10 (New York) - The NFL opened Thursday what promised to be a turbulent three day meeting, with the spectre of the rival All-America conference hanging over the conference table, where rule changes, the schedule and the annual player draft are to be discussed. Up for discussion also will be the question of Commissioner Elmer Layden's five year contract, with the former Notre Dame star expected to be retained despite the opposition of George Marshall of Washington. Proposed rule changes, all expected to cause debate, include the following:
1. Elimination of the free substitution rule, under which coaches can interchange entire teams every few minutes, and return to the pre-war rule, which allows only two men to be substituted freely throughout the game.
2. Making a fumbled lateral pass a free ball, which can be run with by either side instead of only the offensive side.
3. Ruling as a touchback a punt or kickoff which goes out of bounds on the fly withing the receiving team's 20 year line. Kicks, which roll out of bounds, would continue to be placed in play on the yard line at which they rolled out.
4. Allowing receiving team to run back kicks caught in the end zone instead of automatically ruling them touchbacks.
5. Ruling a pass, which is thrown from the end zone and hits to the goal posts, bounding back into the end zone, an incompleted pass from the line of scrimmage instead of a safety. Rule change No. 5, obviously, was proposed by the Washington Redskins, who lost the playoff championship game to the Cleveland Rams when Sammy Baugh's pass from the end zone hit the crossbar and was turned into a safety. the rules changes are the first order of business. The player draft will be held Friday and the executive session Saturday.
JANUARY 15 (New York) - Johnny Strzykalski, former Marquette university football star, now in the Army air force, Monday was selected by the Green Bay Packers as their first choice in the annual draft of the NFL. "We understand that Strzykalski has another year of draft eligibility left," Coach Curly Lambeau said after the meeting, "and we are going to urge him to complete it. It wasn't for next season we were thinking when we drafted him, but for succeeding seasons." In line with a policy decided upon by the owners before they opened their draft, Lambeau refused to reveal what other players he had selected. The All-America conference, at its meeting two weeks ago, adopted the same policy. Strzykalski, home on furlough during the Christmas holidays, declared his plans uncertain. He admitted that several schools, including Southern Methodist, had approached him and that Marquette naturally wanted him back, and that several pro clubs had sought his services. He did not indicate when he might get his discharge. He is stationed with the 2nd air force in California. Only four of the clubs announced their first selections, most of them preferring to keep their entire lists secret. In addition to the Packers with Strzykalski, the Pittsburgh Steelers drew Doc Blanchard of the Army, the Boston Yankees Frank Dancewicz of Notre Dame, and the Washington Redskins Cal Rossi of UCLA and Walt Koslowski of Holy Cross. Each club drew 30 players except the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted only 17 and then their other rights over to the New York Giants, who drafted 24, and gave their remaining rights to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The league also spent seven hours Monday trying to arrange a schedule then gave up the job until Tuesday. An 11 game schedule is sought for each team, with the season opening the third or fourth Sunday in September and continuing through the first or second Sunday in December.
JANUARY 15 (San Francisco) - NFL officials expect to offer a National league franchise to the San Francisco Clippers of the Pacific Coach Pro league, Frank Ciraolo, owner of the club, telegraphed associates Monday from New York, where he is attending the league's meeting. He said he had received assurance from officials that the team would be the next in the far west to receive a franchise.
JANUARY 16 (New York) - The marathon meeting of the NFL which threatens to go on and on like the Broadway run of "Life With Father" found the worried and weary moguls still trying to work out a 1946 schedule today - without too much luck. The meeting, now in its seventh day, has been extended because of added caution in every move that is made, lest the opportunistic rivals from the  new All-America league capitalize on any mistake. That was the principal reason for the complications in drawing up a schedule. Transfer of the championship Cleveland Ram franchise to Los Angeles was not accomplished without difficulties. The Atlantic seaboard clubs cannot hope to make the jump to the west coast for less than $30,000 and unless the games draw bumper gate receipts it will be a losing proposition. For that reason, the owners were attempting to arrange the most attractive slate of games possible, hopeful not only of drawing capacity crowds but of outshining the rival Los Angeles club in the All-America loop. The NFL bosses also stood by seriously awaiting word from Los Angeles as to whether their request for five Sunday playing dates in the mammoth memorial coliseum had been accepted. The coliseum commission tabled the application of the Los Angeles club until a later meeting on January 29. The club asked for use of the 103,000 seat bowl on September 29, October 20, November 10 and 17 and December 8, and revealed that it already had a permit to use the stadium on September 6 for an exhibition game against the Washington Redskins. At the same time, Lloyd Wright, an attorney representing the All-America Los Angeles club owner, movie actor Don Ameche, asked the coliseum commission for five dates when the league's schedule is prepared. He said he hoped the commission would take no action to give the National league exclusive use of the stadium. Although National league club owners emphasized that the slate was tentative, it appeared that the Los Angeles opponents for the five proposed games would be the Chicago Bears, Green Bay, Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia and Detroit. The Los Angeles National leaguers also sought to sew up the coliseum for Sunday dates through 1949, requesting their choice of five each year between September 1 and December 31. The commission also tabled action on that request. The National league owners had little else left on their agenda and hoped to adjourn after today's meeting, provided the schedule bugs can be smoothed out. Another major complication is the increase to 11 games per team per season without extending the playing time which now spreads from early September until mid-December.
JANUARY 16 (Milwaukee) - Purchase of 13,000 bleacher seats to increase the capacity of State Fair park stadium to 34,000 for football game was announced Wednesday by Ralph Ammon, manager of the State Fair. The bleachers were part of the stadium at the Great Lakes (Ill.) naval training station and were bought from the University of Chicago, which had turned them over to the navy at the start of the war. The stadium at Great Lakes is now being dismantled. The new bleachers will be erected on the east side of the field, according to Ammon, and the present bleachers there will be moved to the north and south sides of the field. The increased capacity will be available for Green Bay's game here next fall. Reports that the fair management would seek football attractions other than the Packers because of the added capacity were denied by Ammon. "We have an exclusive contract with the Packers," he declared. "Moreover, the rental on our park is pretty high and is beyond the reach of high school and college teams which might want to play on the field." The Packers will play at least two games in Milwaukee next fall and possibly three. The NFL schedule, now being drafted, will include 11 games next season instead of 10, and the additional Packer game is likely to be shifted here.
JANUARY 17 (Milwaukee) - Green Bay's Packers will play at least two games at State Fair park in Milwaukee, and possibly three, it was learned here Wednesday night as the weary NFL club owners, in meeting here, completed the last bit of business on their agenda - the 1946 schedule. While the dates of the game were not announced, and will not be until the spring meeting of the league in April, it was learned that both the championship Cleveland Rams, who transferred to Los Angeles last Saturday, and the Philadelphia Eagles would definitely play in the Milwaukee park. Either the Boston Yankees or the Pittsburgh Steelers may also play there. An 11 game schedule was adopted by each team. The Packers will play five at home and six on the road. The Bears, Detroit and Cardinals will probably make up the schedule in Green Bay. As he adjourned the week long meeting, Bert Bell, new league president, said he had asked every club owner to try to get jobs for every player who wants to live in the city in which he plays. He said the owners were more cooperative in this meeting than in any other he has attended in 13 years. Only other news of the last day of the meeting developed when Bell and Jim Crowley, president of the rival All-America league, engaged in a verbal, long distance duel. Crowley, breaking a silence he has maintained all through the National league meeting, declared that Bell not so long ago had discussed the establishment of an All-American team in Philadelphia. He said he had talked to Bell shortly after Dan Topping withdrew his New York Yankees from the National league and entered them in the All-America. "And now he's president of the National league," Crowley concluded a little scornfully. Bell denied he had sought to establish a rival team in Philadelphia. "I was approached by a syndicate and by Crowley because I happen to have the rights to Shibe park," Bell declared, "but I let them know my interests were with the National league. The whole thing then blew up the way a lot of other things probably will."
JANUARY 17 (Milwaukee) - Johnny Strzykalski, backfield star of Marquette's 1942 football team and the Green Bay Packers' choice in the NFL draft, has signed a contract to play with the Cleveland Browns of the new All-America conference, it was announced in Cleveland Wednesday. Stryzkalski is with the air force at Ontario, Calif., but expects to be discharged from the Army in March. Stryzkalski's contract calls for a salary of $8,000, in addition to a cash bonus reported to be "at least $500" and "other considerations". He previously had considered returning to school, either at Marquette or at Southern California, and would have been eligible for at least two or three years of  competition, depending on the interpretation placed on athletes in the army reserve. He starred in football and basketball at South Division high school before entering Marquette. John Harrington, who played end with Strzykalski at Marquette and with the 2nd air force at Colorado Springs and the 4th air force in California last season, told friends that he, too, expected to play with the Cleveland club. Announcement of Strzykalski's signing was made by Browns' assistant, John Brickels, and confirmed in Milwaukee. Harrington, who was selected by the Chicago Cardinals in the draft, was quoted by friends in California as saying he would play for one season and then quite football. His home is in Reedsburg, Wis. Strzykalski was home on furlough during the holiday, after his team had played in Memphis, but was undecided at that time where he would go to school or whether he would play professional football. He played left halfback for Marquette but was used at both quarter and right half while in the service. Because of his speed and passing ability he is regarded as an ideal tailback type with a professional club. Informed of Strzykalski's decision, Coach Tom Stidham of Marquette said he hoped to have him back and predicted that he would be a start in pro ball. "I try to be realistic about football, and I couldn't honestly advise him not to accept so good an offer," Stidham said. "Johnny is 24 years old, he probably will be getting married, and the money he is going to earn will be a fine start for a boy who has give three of his best years to the service."
JANUARY 26 (Madison) - Jack Mead, end on the 1944 and 1945 Wisconsin football teams, has signed to play this fall for the New York Giants. Mead signed after being contacted several days ago by Richard (Red) Smith, line coach of the Giants. Tommy Farris, recently discharged from the Coast Guard, is taking work at the University and has not yet decided on what he will do this fall. Farris, Wisconsin quarterback in 1939-40-41, was field general of the college all-star team that drubbed the Washington Redskins, 28-7, in 1943. The Green Bay Packers took Farris in the NFL draft, but at least two teams in the new All-America conference have made advances to the vicious blocking ex-Badger. In addition, he is considering going into coaching immediately.
JANUARY 27 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, in announcing the club has a reserve list of 192 players, said salaries will probably be higher in 1946 but will not "go so far out of line as to endanger" football's continuance in Green Bay. The coach said he saw no player shortage for the 11  game schedule of the NFL coming up next fall. The Packer coach admitted the possibility that several players may be lost to the new All-America conference "because they want to get all they can out of the game." He added, however, that "the prospects now are that we should have a good team next season and I don't see any player shortage at all." Lambeau insisted "that no other club in the National league had paid higher salaries than ours." No Packer player has yet jumped to the new league, Lambeau said. A misunderstanding has arisen among some as to the effect of the recent National league ruling that those signing with the All-America would be barred from the established league for five years. Lambeau said that the regulation covers only those players who actually play for an All-America club and does not include those who may sign contracts with teams in the new league but never play in it.
​JANUARY 30 (Chicago) - Tony Canadeo, former star halfback of the Green Bay Packers and Gonzaga university, has been discharged from the army and is at his Chicago home. He said he was considering two coaching offers at present, but otherwise did not indicate whether he intended to leave the Packer organization.
FEBRUARY 2 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday closed a new five year contract with the State Fair park management to play at least two games here each season for the next five years. The park has been used by the Packers since 1934. Los Angeles, the defending champion, and Philadelphia, will probably play here next season. Dates for these games, previously announced, will be set at the next meeting of the league in New York in April. State Fair park next season will be able to accommodate about 34,000 fans. The high stands used at Great Lakes during the war were recently bought by the park and will be set up on the east side of the field.
FEBRUARY 2 (New York) - Because of a dearth of graduating college football players, the Green Bay Packers Saturday were substituted for the College All-Stars in the annual New York Herald Tribune fresh air fund game to be played against the New York Giants here September 20. It will be the only New York appearance of the Packers next season. The game will be played at night and will mark the first appearance of Frank Filchock, ace passer, in a Giant uniform.
FEBRUARY 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday announced the signing of Urban Odson, former University of Minnesota and Great Lakes tackle, for the 1946 campaign. Odson played at Minnesota in 1939 and 1940 and at Great Lakes from 1941 through 1943 inclusive. At Minnesota he won All-American recognition. He was discharged from the navy a month ago. Odson, who is 25, weighs 240 pounds and stands 6 feet 4 inches, lives at Raymond, S.D.
FEBRUARY 5 (Green Bay) - The long green from the fat purses of the All-America league magnates has been dangled temptingly in front of many a NFL player but, as of today, not a member of the Green Bay Packer squad has succumbed to the lure. While other National league clubs have suffered raids, the Packers seemingly have been impervious. But they not gone untempted. Two Packer players, Charles (Chuck) Tollefson and Tony Canadeo admitted today they had been "approached". Rumors about other potential job-hopping Packers have been rampant. Tollefson, 215 pound guard from Iowa, said the Miami club of the All-America circuit was "dickering" for his services. He said the offers "sound all right" but emphasized he was only "considering". Canadeo, a left halfback, is very popular with the All-America crowd. New York, Chicago and Miami have been after him, he said. "All their offers were good," Canadeo stated. "But I haven't talked turkey yet." The money boys from the All-America loop also have been reported reliably to have had words with Irv Comp, the Bays' ace passer; Milburn (Tiny) Croft, 290 pounds of tackle; and a pair of nifty ends, Clyde Goodnight and Nolan Luhn, both formerly of the University of Tulsa. None of them have signed - yet - but Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau is now in Hollywood and Packer fans say it's not the California climate that is making him warm.
FEBRUARY 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced that Robert (Tiny) McLaughlin, former Clintonville high school and St. Norbert's star, has signed a 1946 contract to play with the Packers. He is the eighth player to sign up. The ex-St. Norbert player was recommended for a tryout here by two ex-Packers, Coach August (Mike) Michalske, who tutored McLaughlin when he was line coach of St. Norbert's for two seasons, and Bernard Darling, ex-Bay center. Both reported to Coach Curly Lambeau that they felt McLaughlin has major league ability. McLaughlin is 26 years old, weighs 212 pounds and is 6 feet 4 inches tall. He played varsity ball at St. Norbert for three years following a year at Marquette, where he was a member of the freshman team. He was a member of the St. Norbert squad that won seven games and tied one in the 1941 season, the best small college record in the state that year. Others players announced as signed include: Backs Bruce Smith, Jimmy Richardson and Robert Forte; tackles Urban Odson and Bill Lee; end Stan Kramer and guard Joe Morris.
FEBRUARY 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced the signing yesterday of Jim Hough, a blocking back at Clemson University for the last three seasons, to a 1946 Packer contract. He was chosen by the Green Bay club in the NFL draft. Hough, who will graduate from Clemson in June, is 23 years old, six feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. His home is at Kershaw, S.C.
FEBRUARY 20 (Green Bay) - Halfback Herman Rohrig, a member of the 1941 Green Bay Packers, signed a contract with the club yesterday, and  became the 12th player on the 1946 roster. An ex-Nebraska star, Rohrig played with the Cornhuskers in the 1940 Rose Bowl, and with the College All-Stars in 1941. He joined the Packers in 1941, but was soon inducted into the Army. While on leave last August, Rohrig joined the Packers and tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass for the first score in the Packers' 19-7 victory over the All-Stars. He was named to the All-America All-Service team for his play with the air forces training command team at Fort Worth last season. Rohrig played with the Army All Stars in 1942, and the Keesler Field team in 1943 and 1944. He is five feet nine inches tall, weighs 190 pounds and will be 28 years old in March.
FEBRUARY 22 (Green Bay) - Clyde Goodnight, prize rookie end of the Green Bay Packers last fall, has signed for the 1946 campaign, the Packer management announced yesterday. He is the 13th player to be placed under contract thus far. A member of Tulsa university's bowl teams for three seasons, Goodnight last year alternated at left end with Assistant Coach Don Hutson. He caught three touchdown passes and scored a safety in his first pro season. Goodnight is 21 years old, weighs 190 pounds and is six feet one inch tall.
FEBRUARY 27 (Green Bay) - Russ Letlow, a veteran of seven seasons in professional football, was back in the Green Bay Packer fold yesterday following a three-year hitch in the navy, asserting that he couldn't see himself "playing football for anybody but the Packers". Letlow, who resides in Milwaukee now, told Packer Coach Curly Lambeau he had been approached by several teams in the new All-America conference since his discharge from the Navy, but preferred to sign with the Packers for 1946 and remain in the National league. The 225-pound, six-foot guard joined the Packers in 1936 after his graduation from the University of San Francisco, and served on two of Green Bay's National champion teams (1936 and 1939) as well as the 1938 team which won Western division honors. He joined the Navy shortly after the 1942 season and played at Great Lakes, Bainbridge, Md., and Honolulu. Letlow is 32 years old.
MARCH 1 (Green Bay) - Solon Barnett, former Baylor university tackle, has returned his signed contract for 1946, the Packer management announced yesterday. Barnett, a marine corps veteran, is six feet one inch tall and weighs 235 pounds.
MARCH 6 (Green Bay) - Sally Laws, 5-year old daughter of Joe Laws, veteran backfield star of the Green Bay Packers, was in a serious condition at St. Mary's hospital today suffering from first and second degree burns inflicted Monday when her clothes caught fire apparently while she was playing with matches. Mrs. Laws, who was working in the basement, heard screams and rushed upstairs to find her daughter's clothing aflame. She beat out the flames. The child suffered burns about the abdomen, the upper part of her legs and the hands. Laws said one of his pipes was found near the child. The Laws' have three other children.
MARCH 14 (Green Bay) - Andy Kosmac, captain of the 1945 Louisiana State university football squad, has signed a 1946 Green Bay Packers contract, club officials announced yesterday. Kosmac, a center and blocking back, rejoined LSU last season after 20 months service in the marine corps. He is 25 years old, weighs 210 pounds and is six feet one inch tall.
APRIL 23 (Cleveland) - Ted Fritsch of the Green Bay
Packers, all-National league fullback the last two seasons,
signed a contract to play with the Cleveland Browns of the
new All-America league, it was announced by Coach Paul
Brown Monday night. Fritsch is 25 years old, 5 feet 11 
inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He scored 57 points
for Green Bay last season and ranked fifth in the league.
Fritsch played his college football at Stevens Point (Wis.)
Teachers college. He will reportedly receive $15,000 a 
season for two seasons.
APRIL 23 (Los Angeles) - Curly Lambeau, coach of the
Green Bay Packers, who has spent the winter here with his
wife, at first refused to believe the report Monday night that
his star fullback, Ted Fritsch, had jumped to the Cleveland
Browns of the new All-America league, then when the truth
of the report dawned on him, called the jumping "an act of
ingratitude." "I spoke to Fritsch back in Wisconsin over the
telephone last week," Lambeau said. "I knew he had this
offer, and all I asked him to do was wait until I got back
east next week so that I might talk to him. He promised he
would. Shucks, I can understand how a boy can be lured
by some of those fabulous offers the new league is 
making, but I can't understand why he should go back on
his word to wait an extra week. You know we've been pretty
good to Fritsch. We always paid him well, and only last
winter, in addition, paid all his expenses for two operations
at the Mayo clinic in Rochester. One was on his stomach
and the other for appendicitis. I think it was ingratitude on
his part that he didn't keep his work and wait an extra
week." Lambeau refused to discuss the possibility that
some of his other stars, Irv Comp, Charlie Brock and Tony Canadeo, might jump. "Comp has already signed for 1946," he said. "I have asked Brock and Canadeo to wait on any offers they might have until I get  back, and I know they will." Lambeau will leave here Wednesday for the National league meeting in New York, then return to Green Bay next week.
APRIL 23 (Green Bay) - Assistant Coach Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers said tonight that Ted Fritsch was the first Packers to jump to the All-America league and that he was "very surprised" to hear the big fullback had signed with the Cleveland Browns. "I am certainly sorry to hear it," Hutson said, adding, "the last time we talked to Fritsch he said he wouldn't sign until he talked to us. He said he would come in and see us next week."
APRIL 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers brought their 1946 club roster to 24 players by signing Ken Keuper, veteran blocking back, and a rookie back, Cliff Aberson, Chicago. Keuper, 27, a Waukesha man, joined the Packers last season after two years as backfield coach at the University of Georgia. He played with the victorious Georgia team in the 1943 Rose Bowl game. He weighs 215 pounds and is 6 feet 1 inch tall. Aberson, 25, was recommended by a Packer veteran, Herman Rohrig, a teammate of Aberson's for two years at Keesler Field, Mississippi. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 205.
APRIL 29 (New York) - Out of the morning of pulling and tugging over a revised schedule, Curly Lambeau, representing the Green Bay Packers at the annual spring meeting of the NFL, had only three definite dates to announce. The Packers will open the league campaign against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay September 29, will play the Los Angeles Rams, defending champions, at Milwaukee State Fair park October 6, and will meet the Rams in a return game at Los Angeles December 8. Until Sunday, Lambeau thought he had his schedule, as drawn at the winter meeting, set, but some of the other teams ran into snags, and he had to junk his. Lambeau said he hoped to play three games at State Fair park in Milwaukee, with its increased seating capacity, and three in Green Bay. One of the three in Milwaukee will probably be an exhibition with the Philadelphia Eagles September 8. Any chance that the National league might get together with the rival All-America conference disappeared when three of the owners, Fred Mandel of Detroit, Ted Collins of Boston and Jack Mara of the New York Giants emphatically said they would refuse to have any dealings whatsoever with the new league. The three could block any attempt to get together. The meeting here will continue through Wednesday. Other matters on the agenda include a discussion of the working agreements with the three minor professional leagues, adoption of a revised constitution, and a discussion of player contracts in light of the recent raids by the All-America league.
MARCH 20 (Cleveland) - James (Sleepy Jim) Crowley, commissioner of the new All-America Football conference, predicted Wednesday that the NFL would eventually "declare a truce" and permit its champions to play a pro gridiron "world series" with the champions of the new league. "I believe that all the National league is waiting for is to see how we draw at the gate," he added. "As for that, I believe the Cleveland Browns, for instance, will attract more fans in their opening game than the National league ever drew here in the history of its organization." Crowley said nearly 100 former National league players had signed with the new league, but declared the All-America conference did not encourage "contract jumping". He asserted the suit threatened by the Detroit Lions against the All-America New York Yankees for the signing of Frankie Sinkwich was  "mere ballyhoo". The Yankees signed the former Georgia star "only after the advice of attorneys," said Crowley, "and I am sure the Lions have no legal hold on Sinkwich."
MARCH 22 (Milwaukee) - Irv Comp has rejected All-America league offers and will be back with the Green Bay Packers next season, he said yesterday in announcing he would sign a 1946 contract. Comp, the Packers star passer last season, said he had accepted the Packer terms after a telephone conversation with Coach Curly Lambeau, now in California.
MARCH 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers had another rookie lineman under contract today with the announcement from club headquarters that Al Sparlis, former UCLA guard, had come to terms for the 1946 season. The Green Bay gridders now have five guards under contract, the only veteran being Russ Letlow, who will rejoin the squad next fall after three years in the navy. The Packer roster also includes five ends, four tackles, three centers and five backs. Drafted by the Packers in January, Sparlis is 22 years old and weighs 195 pounds. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau reported that he was given a double-A rating by football scouts on the west coast last fall.
APRIL 8 (Denver) - The Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers, two stalwarts of the NFL, will ring up the curtain on the Denver gridiron schedule in a night game here September 10, it was announced Saturday. The big league football attraction will be the first pro clash in Denver in more than eight years.
APRIL 16 (Madison) - Tommy Farris, brilliant quarterback on the Wisconsin football teams of 1939-40-41, has signed to play professional football with the Chicago Rockets of the All-America Conference. Farris was discharged from the Coast Guard a few months ago after more than two years of service in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Farris had received offers from two other teams in the All-America Conference. The Green Bay Packers owned draft rights to Farris in the NFL.
APRIL 30 (New York) - Milwaukee will be host to the Green Bay Packers at two of their league games next fall at least, and, if Charley Bidwell of the Chicago Cardinals
consents, to three, it was announced here Monday night as
the NFL completed work on its schedule for 1946. The Los
Angeles Rams, defending champions, with Bob Waterfield
in the lineup, will play the Packers in Milwaukee October 6.
The Detroit Lions, with what should be one of the strongest
teams in the western end of the league, will follow October
27. If Bidwell consents, a game between the Packers and
Cardinals now scheduled at Comiskey park November 10,
the week after the Bear-Packer game at Wrigley field, will
be switched to Milwaukee. In addition, Coach Curly 
Lambeau hoped to arrange a fourth game in Milwaukee, 
an exhibition with the Philadelphia Eagles, for early in
September. The league adopted an 11 game schedule,
with all teams opening and closing on the same dates. 
The championship game, between eastern and western
winners, will be played in the east December 15. The
championship season will open September 29. If the
Philadelphia exhibition in Milwaukee is arranged, it will be
the third for Green Bay before the start of the regular
campaign. It will also open the season. Exhibitions with the
Washington Redskins at Denver, September 10, and the
New York Giants in New York's Milk Fund, September 20,
will follow. The league campaign will open against the
Chicago Bears September 29. The club owners, finished
with their schedule work, reaffirmed their stand against
postseason games, eliminating any chance for a game 
with the winner of the new All-America conference. The
meeting will continue through Wednesday.
MAY 1 (New York) - NFL club owners ended a three day
meeting here Wednesday with the final day devoted to 
much talk and little action, and with a formal statement
concerning any possible agreement with the new All-
America conference still missing. The question did not
even come up for discussion, it was reported, although
individual statements by several club owners earlier and
the reaffirming of the rule against post-season games left
no doubt that had official action been taken it
unquestionably would have been against any dealings with
the rival league. Much of Tuesday's and Wednesday's
discussion concerned the maintenance of amicable
relations with colleges, with the owners going back at
least partially to prewar standards of player eligibility by
stipulating that a player may not be signed until he has
been graduated or his class has been graduated.
MAY 6 (Green Bay) - Charles Tollefson, 215 pound guard,
has signed his 1946 contract with the Packers. Tollefson,
Iowa graduate of 1941, declined several bids from the All-America league.
MAY 7 (Brooklyn) - Bob Kahler, former halfback for the Green Bay Packers, and Garry Schmeelk, 215 pound pre-war tackle at Manhattan college, have joined the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America conference, the club announced today.
MAY 9 (Green Bay) - Charley Brock, center on the 1945 Associated Press all-pro football team, has signed his 1946 contract with the Green Bay Packers, coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced. The former University of Nebraska star has been a member of the Packers for seven years.
MAY 11 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has announced the signing of Milburn (Tiny) Croft and Paul Lipscomb, tackles, to bring the roster of signed players to 30. Croft, who usually reports at 300 pounds and "melts" down to 285 during the season, is the largest lineman in the NFL. He joined the Packers in 1943 following his graduation from Ripon. Lambeau plans to use Croft at left tackle this fall. Lipscomb broke into the Packer lineup in the first game of the 1945 season and played at tackle most of the season. He is the sixth Packer tackle to come to terms. A veteran of several years Army service, Lipscomb came to Green Bay last August after being away from football during his military service. He immediately gained the attention of the Green Bay coaching staff for his work at right tackle, where the services of veteran Paul Berezney were going to be available only for the game against the All-Stars. Lipscomb is over six feet tall and weighs 240. His return will give the Bays three experienced right tackles, when drills open in August, four weeks before the exhibition opener between the Packers and Washington Redskins September 10. The Bay coach has some other things on his mind about the way the 1946 squad is shaping up and he came up with the prediction that "present indications are that we will have one of our best squads and certainly our best since 1939," when the team won the Western division title and the world's championship from the New York Giants. The team will have balance and
power, particularly in the backfield, Lambeau said. The backfielders already signed includes such veterans as Bruce Smith, Herman Rohrig, Tony Canadeo and Ken Keuper and several rookies who promise to fit into the Green Bay scheme. According to a recent letter Lambeau received from a well-known Texas college coach, rookie left tackle Cliff Aberson of Chicago "might be one of the all-time great passers in football". In the first shift of player talent since the end of the season Lambeau said he had given the rights to guard Pete Tinsley and blocking back Ben Starrett to the Boston Yanks. Tinsley, a former Georgia player, toiled with the Bays for seven season and Starrett was a four-year backfield veteran. No players or cash were involved in the transaction with Boston. Bruce Smith, former Minnesota backfield star, told Lambeau he expects to have his best year this gall with the Packers.
MAY 15 (Green Bay) - Horace Young, blocking back at Southern Methodist University for three years prior to the war, has signed with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced.
MAY 23 (Wisconsin State Journal) - Don Hutson, famous end of the Green Bay Packers, predicted failure for the All-America Conference in a recent radio interview. He said the new professional football circuit didn't have enough money back of it. That irked Jimmy Powers, sports editor of the New York Daily News, a paper that is owned by relatives of the Chicago paper which took such a prominent part in organizing the All-America Conference. "Hutson told the folks a big fib when he said the All-America Conference would flop because it didn't have enough money behind it," wrote Powers. "Any one of three owners in the All-America Conference could buy the whole town of Green Bay." Powers' "any one of three owners" would probably run out of money before they had bought even a small section of Green Bay. New York sportswriters' ideas of real estate values must still be influenced by the fact that all of Manhattan Island was originally purchased for $24.
MAY 23 (Green Bay) - Dick Wildung, University of Minnesota's all-America tackle in 1941 and 1942, has signed a Green Bay Packer contract, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced Thursday. Lambeau said Wildung had received a "series of impressive offers" from the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football conference but preferred to play with a team in the National league "because of its stability". Wildung was discharged from the navy early this month. He lives at Luverne, Minn. He was the Packers' No. 1 choice in the 1943 draft but entered the service immediately after his graduation. Described by Coach Bernie Bierman as "one of the finest tackles I ever coached," Wildung twice was chosen on the Associated Press all-America in recognition of the outstanding role he played in the Gophers' 17 game winning streak in the seasons of 1941 and 1942. He is 25 years old, is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds.
​MAY 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will meet the Philadelphia Eagles in an exhibition game at night at State Fair park in Milwaukee Friday September 6, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Packers announced here Friday night. The game will open Green Bay's exhibition schedule of three games. On September 10 the Packers will play Washington in Denver, and on September 20 will meet the New York Giants in New York. Lambeau has picked August 12 as the first day of practice. He expects a squad of 50 to 60 candidates. Thirty-nine players now are under contract. Latest additions to the squad are a pair of ends, Henry Miller, formerly of the University of Iowa, and Don Wells of the University of Georgia.
MAY 27 (Neenah) - Clarke Hinkle, former all-league fullback for the Green Bay Packers, arrived Saturday to make his home, following his discharge from the United States Coast Guard. He will be re-employed by the Kimberly Clark Corp. He said he was "all washed up" with pro football inasmuch as it "would take me three or four months to get back into shape." He was in service four years.
JUNE 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Saturday the signing of Walter Cruice, former Northwestern University football captain, to handle promotion for the NFL team next season.
JUNE 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, who have been testing about for a fullback ever since Ted Fritsch jumped to the Cleveland Browns of the All-America conference, have come up with Walter Schlinkman, Texas Tech star of the last four years, who signed for 1946. Schlinkman, a fullback built along the lines of Clarke Hinkle, was the toast of the southwest the last two seasons and was almost unanimous honored on all-star teams in his section of the country. He is an exceptionally hard plunger and a rocking defensive man. He played with the College All-Stars last August and with the West in the annual East-West game January 1. Schlinkman was originally drafted by the Packers in 1944, but under wartime eligibility rules, chose to return to school. Coach Curly Lambeau now has 42 players under contract. At the same time, the Packers announced that Wally Cruice of Milwaukee, former Northwestern captain and star, had been signed to handle promotion for the team next season and that ticket sales would open in July. With three games in Milwaukee, the Philadelphia Eagles in an exhibition on the night of September 6, the Detroit Lions in a league game October 6, and the Los Angeles Rams in a league game October 27, the Packers said that a season ticket for all three games would be sold in Milwaukee. The Packers have purchase Rockwood Lodge, a 53 acre site northwest of Green Bay as a permanent training site for the players. The lodge was built originally by the Norbertine Fathers in 1937 and sold to private parties, from whom the Packers bought it. The lodge will accommodate 40 players who will live there throughout the season. A football field will be laid out for practice. The facilities included tennis and handball courts, showers, a dressing room and swimming beach. The purchase price was not announced.
JUNE 4 (Lansing, MI) - Mervin Pregulman, former University of Michigan football star, has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers, he announced here Tuesday. Pregulman is a lineman.
JUNE 14 (Green Bay) - Bill Kuusisto, ex-Minnesota and all-Big Ten guard, has signed a Green Bay Packer contract for 1946, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced yesterday. Kuusisto is the 44th player on the Packer roster. He is a veteran of five years on the club.
JULY 21 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau said yesterday Bill Johnson, former Minnesota end, agreed to terms and would sign a contract shortly to play this season with the Green Bay Packers. Johnson played right end for the Packers in 1941 and later joined the air corps. He is the 46th player to join the local club for the new season.
JULY 25 (Washington) - The Washington Redskins announced yesterday the sale of fullback Cecil Hare to the Green Bay Packers in a straight cash transaction. Terms were not disclosed. Hare, whose home is in Spokane, Wash., joined the Washington club in 1941, after playing his college football at Gonzaga. He played on the 1942 team which won the league championship. Rejoining the Redskins last season after a term in the armed forces, Hare was used mostly as a linebacker on defense.
JULY 26 (Green Bay) - Tony Ruffa, former Duke university tackle, signed a 1946 contract with the Green Bay Packers yesterday. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau said Tuffa, a placekicking specialist, would be used at guard on the Packer squad. Ruffa ended his collegiate career in 1941.
JULY 31 (Green Bay) - Bob Nussbaumer, University of Michigan halfback, today signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers for the 1946 season, according to announcement by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. Nussbaumer, a right half, played with the Wolverines from 1943 through 1945. He was the 50th player to sign with the Packers for this season.
AUGUST 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have added a fifth former Tulsa university player to their roster - Charles Mitchell, 190-pound halfback - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced yesterday. Lambeau said Mitchell, who played with the College All-Stars against Green Bay in 1945, had been obtained from the Chicago Bears.
AUGUST 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - Any hopes that the Green Bay Packers had of luring Ted Fritsch back into their ranks for this season, faded, temporarily, at least, when the big fullback, reported to the Cleveland Browns of the All-America league at their training camp at Bowling Green, Ohio, Monday. Fritsch jumped to the Browns several months ago, receiving a bonus of $4,000, then apparently regretted his move and went back into consultation with Curly Lambeau. He had several talks with Lambeau last week, but left town without making known his decision. Monday he bobbed up with the Browns. The Browns started practice a week ago. Whether he will stick with his new team, however, remains to be seen. His regret upon having left the Packers was genuine. As a dissatisfied player, Fritsch may well try the Browns' patience, and if he does he may still wind up with Green Bay.
AUGUST 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - Whether Ted Fritsch, backfield mainstay of the Green Bay Packers for several years, will be back with the team when it reports for practice next week was open to new speculation Thursday morning when it was learned that he had left Green Bay Monday with the avowed intention of obtaining a release from his contract with the Cleveland Browns of the new All-America league. In a long talk with Curly Lambeau, coach of the Packers, before leaving, Fritsch declared that he regretted that he had ever jumped Green Bay and that he would immediately go to the camp of the Browns at Bowling Green, Ohio, to obtain his release. He had been supposed to report a week earlier. Confusing reports were around Thursday morning about Fritsch's whereabouts. One had him still in Bowling Green, another back in Green Bay. The Bowling Green report proved correct. "He's still here with us and working out," declared Jim Wallace, publicity director of the Browns, over the telephone, "but whether he intends to stay I don't know. I don't know either whether he has talked to Brown about leaving us." Brown himself could not be reached for comment. In Green Bay, meanwhile, Lambeau still held out high hopes that Fritsch would be back. "He assured me that he would do all he could to be back with us, even said that if he couldn't get his release from the Browns, he would give up football for the year. Until I hear definitely from him one way or the other, I'm holding out hope he will be with us." The matter of a bonus he received from the Browns for signing with them is supposed to be the big stumbling block in any deal by which Fritsch hopes to get his release.
AUGUST 10 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said Saturday that he expected fullback Ted Fritsch in to "talk contract" and indicated that the first deal between the NFL and All-America conference teams was in the making. Fritsch, star Packer fullback for several seasons, jumped to the Cleveland Browns of the AAC several months ago, but asked for release from the Browns contract recently so that he cold rejoin the National league club. Lambeau said that he understood Fritsch would be released by the Browns and that as part of the arrangement, the Los Angeles Rams would relinquish any legal rights they have to Chet Adams and Gaylon Smith. Adams and Smith were members of the NFL champion Rams last year when the club represented Cleveland, but signed contracts with the Browns for the 1946 season. Lambeau said the Rams wanted the Packers to reimburse them for the loss of Adams and Smith by transferring a Packer "name" player to Los Angeles, but that he had not agreed to do so.
AUGUST 11 (Green Bay) - Ted Fritsch, star fullback of the Green Bay Packers, who jumped to the Cleveland Browns of the new All-America league several months ago,
jumped back to the Green Bay Packers Saturday afternoon.
Admitting he had erred in ever leaving the Packers and
ignoring his almost fresh contract with Cleveland, Fritsch
signed a new two year contract with Green Bay. "I would never
have been happy with Cleveland," he said. "They treated me
fine, but I just didn't feel right. My place is with Green Bay. I
made a mistake." Whether the Browns will bring court action
to try to restrain Fritsch from playing with any other club was
not known here, but Curly Lambeau refused to be disturbed.
"Fritsch was our property from the very beginning," he said.
"We started him in pro ball and have had him in all his pro
years. In our contract with him, which expired after the 1945
season, we had an option which permitted us to renew the
contract if certain stipulations were filled. We filled them. And
Fritsch signed." Fritsch's return was not entirely unexpected
even if his signing was. He indicated before he left for the
camp of the Browns at Bowling Green (Ohio) a week ago that
he was leaving with the avowed interest of getting the club to
release him. "And if worse comes to worse," he said at that
time, "I will quit football. I'll either be with the Packers or no
club." Fritsch worked out briefly with the Browns last week, 
talked things over with Coach Paul Brown and left Bowling
Green Saturday morning. Earlier in the day, Brown announced
in an Associated Press story out of Bowling Green, that he
would release Fritsch if the Los Angeles Rams would 
withdraw a suit they have pending against the Browns for the
services of tackle Chet Adams and fullback Gaylon Smith.
"If the Rams withdraw their suit against us," he was quoted
as saying, "we will release Fritsch. Perhaps the Packers can
then compensate the Rams with a name player." Adams and
Smith both belong to the Rams but jumped to the Cleveland
club several weeks ago. The Rams, in turn, brought suit to
restrain the two from playing with any other club but Los
Angeles. The suit will be heard in Cleveland August 26. 
Brown's announcement that he would release Fritsch,
immediately brought statements from Chili Walsh, business
manager of the Rams, Jim Crowley, commissioner of the new
All-America league, Lambeau and Bert Bell, commissioner
of the National league. Walsh in Los Angeles declared that
under no conditions would he enter into a deal such as 
Brown suggested. "We or no other members of the NFL is
making any deal with the All-America conference or any of its
members. We are going to proceed with our suit." Crowley in
New York declared that before the Cleveland club could send
Fritsch back to Green Bay, every other club in the All-America
league would have to waive on him. Lambeau in Green Bay
flatly declared that he would never send a player to Los
Angeles to get Fritsch back. And Bell in Philadelphia said 
such a deal would be entirely out of the question. "We're not
making any deals with the All-America boys at all," Bell said. "We have our own league to worry about without having the All-America bring us any more troubles." With Fritsch back in Green Bay fold and with the next move up to the Browns, Lambeau Saturday night concentrated his attention on the start of practice at the new training lodge 12 miles outside of Green Bay. The first practice will be held Monday morning. A squad of 60 boys will report. They will live in the lodge recently bought by the club. The Packers will play their first exhibition against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Fair park, Milwaukee, the night of September 6.
AUGUST 12 (Green Bay) - Fullback Ted Fritsch, the Mickey Owen of pro football, was back in the Green Bay Packers' camp today and talk of peace between the National league and the rival All-American Conference had dwindled to nothing. Fritsch, who executed a double jump from the Packers to the Cleveland Browns of the All-America loop and back to the National League Packers, had the bigwigs of both circuits talking Saturday but very little of it was peace talk. General Manager-Coach Paul Brown of the Browns started it by saying his club was in on a triple play deal with the Packers and Los Angeles Rams of the senior circuit. The National leaguers were horrified at the thought of a "deal" involving the rival outfit. "Absolutely out of the question," said Commissioner Bert Bell and Publicity Director George Strickler declared "Impossible". Packer Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau emphasized that "absolutely no deal has been made" and Chili Walsh, manager of the Rams, declared, "We're making no deals." According to Brown, his club was supposed to have returned Fritsch to the Packers. In return, the Packers were to send a "name" player to the Rams. Cleveland's end of the deal was that in exchange from the Packers' "name" player, the Rams were to withdraw their suit for a court order restraining ex-Ram tackle Chet Adams from playing with Cleveland. All-American Conference Commissioner Jim Crowley wasn't too aghast at the thought of the "deal" which would have been the first indication of peace between the two loops. He said the Packers could have Fritsch but only after all the other All-America clubs waived on him. Fritsch brought his 205 pounds into the Packer office here where Lambeau announced Saturday he had signed for the season. Lambeau scoffed at Cleveland's chance of getting the fullback back by a court battle. "We had a prior claim to Fritsch's services by exercising our option for 1946 through salary advances last winter," Lambeau said. "So Ted was under contract to us when he accepted a bonus and signed with Cleveland."
AUGUST 13 (Green Bay) - Ted Fritsch, who has been cavorting about in a Manitowoc Braves' uniform most of the summer, forsook baseball Monday to join a flock of other football players in the opening drill of the Green Bay Packers at Rockwood lodge, north of Green Bay, where the Bays will train for the NFL season. Fritsch only Saturday jumped back to the Packers from the Cleveland Browns of the rival pro circuit. Coach Curly Lambeau and his two assistants, Walt Kiesling and Don Hutson, saw between 50 and 60 players ready for hard work. Lambeau announced that Cecil Hare, backfield player who played last with the Washington Redskins has signed a Packer contract. With Fritsch and Hare in the fold Lambeau should not have to worry about the fullback spot. Lambeau put the Fritsch business in the back of his mind and went to work at full stream yesterday morning. The only thing on his player mind was a right halfback - Andy Uram. The former Minnesota and Packer veteran had been working out for two weeks but hadn't signed yet. Among the missing are Merv Pregulman, all-American center from Michigan, and Bob Nussbaumer, the gifted right half (Michigan also), both of whom are working out with the College All-Stars. They'll report to Lambeau Saturday August 24, the day after the game.
AUGUST 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - In case you've been wondering - as countless fans do at this time of the year - a good guess is that Don Hutson, one of the all time football greats, will suit up for the Green Bay Packers again and be ready to go in when the occasion demands, in spite of his statements to the contrary. One of these seasons, of course, the pass catching wizard from Alabama (by way of Pine Bluff, Ark.) will make his annual retirement stick. He can't go on forever. Even with the most expert care, the old dogs were barking last year. But until a successor or a man capable of duplicating his stuff reasonably well - shows up, Don is likely to punish his winged feet some more. A super man like Hutson is of tremendous help to a team through his mere presence on the field. Hanging over the opposition's head at all times is the threat that he will get in there, grab a pass or two and lossen 'em up thoroughly. It's a type of nuisance value. If there is the slightest chance that they will face the master of the catch and run, other teams will spend considerable time mapping out defenses designed to stop him - time they could devote to other phases of the game if they knew for sure there would be no Hutson problem. And then there's the worry angle, for all foes, seasoned as well as inexperienced, can't afford to relax with Don in the game. You know, defenders aren't at their best when they are tense and brows are wrinkled...NO. 14 MEANS SOMETHING TO FANS: Skip the more or less technical side of the picture, and it's still not hard to build up a case for Hutson as the most vital part of the Packer machine and the entire National league, for that matter. Without question, he's the No. 1 drawing card, which is mighty important to his employers as well as owners of rival clubs. They're in business and are constantly on the lookout for the magnetic field operators who attract customers - increase sales, so to speak. Hutson's familiar "14" is one of the most famous numbers in football history. Fans turn out annually to watch us as its wearer glides gracefully over the turf to make impossible catches and turn them into long gains, if not touchdowns. One Hutson feat is enough to give many a ticket buyer full value for every dollar spent. As playing assistant to Head Coach Curly Lambeau the past few years, the man from Alabama has been on the spot, as playing managers and coaches always are. It's a rough and dangerous assignment to demonstrate under battle conditions before the very eyes of the men he teaches and may criticize at times. They are his teammates as well as pupils. Only a super man could handle the job successfully. And that's exactly what Don has done.
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will stage an intra-squad game at Green Bay Wednesday August 28, under the sponsorship of the Sullivan-Wallen post of the American Legion. Coach E.L. Lambeau, who will act as "scout" during the game, said each squad will consist of 30 players and will use separate signals. Proceeds of the game, which may draw 20,000, will go into the Legion building fund.
AUGUST 18 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Bears Saturday announced acquisition of quarterback Tom Farris, former Wisconsin star, in a player swap with the Green Bay Packers.
AUGUST 23 (Cleveland) - Federal Judge Emerich B. Freed yesterday overruled a motion by attorneys of the All-American conference Cleveland Browns, asking that final hearing in the suit of the National league champion Los Angeles Rams against the Browns and tackle Chet Adams be advanced to next Tuesday. A petition filed by the Rams for a preliminary injunction to restrain Adams, a former Rams' star who leaped to the All-America conference club, from playing with the Browns, was rescheduled for a hearing Tuesday. The initial Ram suit, tentatively scheduled for a hearing in December, was filed after Adams signed a contract with the Browns. Officials of the local club made the first player deal "peace gesture" toward the senior loop this month by proposing a three-cornered trade involving Adams. The proposed deal stipulated that fullback Ted Fritsch, who signed with the Browns, would be returned to the Green Bay Packers, who would offer a player to the Rams in exchange for withdrawal of their suit against Adams. The proposition was rejected by Packers and Rams officials.
AUGUST 24 (Waukesha) - Two backfield men - Jimmy Richardson, formerly of Marquette, and Jim Strasbaugh of Ohio State - reported at the Chicago Cardinals training camp today. Jimmy Conzelman, coach of the NFL team, said the pair had been purchased from the Green Bay Packers. The purchase price was not announced.
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - All roads will lead to the City stadium here Wednesday night for the Packer-Legion football game which is scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m. It will be the first pigskin contest in this neck of the woods this year and gridiron fans for miles around will be on hand to get their first look at the 1946 edition of Coach E.L. Lambeau's aggregation. It will be a regulation fracas between the Army and Navy squads. The Packer contingent of players has been split up and every candidate will get a chance to display his football wares on the chalk-marked field. Don Hutson and Walt Kiesling, Packer assistant coaches, have been gunning up their outfits for the fracas and quite a keen rivalry is developing among the players, all of whom are eagerly awaiting the kickoff. Business continues brisk along the ticket sales front, but there are still plenty of choice reservations available and late-comers can be assured of good seats even though they just arrive as the 8 p.m. zero hour arrives.
AUGUST 28 (Green Bay) - Those loyal Green Bay fans will pack City stadium tonight to have their first 1946 look under game conditions at the Packers in an intra-squad contest for the American Legion. The biggest Packer squad - and one which Coach Curly Lambeau thinks is pretty potent - will be divided into "Army" and "Navy" sections under assistant coaches Don Hutson and Walt Kiesling. Strength has been apportioned evenly and the battle is to be strictly on the level with a number of newcomers staking their chances of sticking with the club on their performances. Lambeau has 57 men on his squad, including 30 recruits, leaving him a big job of trimming before the Packers clash at Green Bay September 29 with their favorite foemen, the Chicago Bears.
AUGUST 29 (Green Bay) - The"Army" team coached by Don Hutson beat Walt Kiesling's "Navy" squad, 14-10, in an inter-team game staged by the Green Bay Packers before a crowd of 18,000 fans last night. The pre-season peek at Packer abilities showed Bruce Smith, former All-American from Minnesota, as the team's apparent strong man. He was the flashiest man on the field, playing the winning side. The first score was tallied by Navy when Roy McKay kicked a 12-yard field goal in the second period. Hutson's men jumped into the lead, however, on Irv Comp's pass to Herman Rohrig with Ted Fritsch adding the extra point. In the third quarter, Smith loped 18 yards for a touchdown and again Fritsch made the extra point to bring the score to 14-3. McKay made another scoring pass from Navy to Carl Mulleneaux later in the game. The two teams were about evenly matched throughout the game, and the losers were only five yards from another touchdown as the game ended. Curly Lambeau, head coach, kept a keen eye on his proteges as his assistants managed the two squads. He had no comment on the game.
AUGUST 30 (Chicago) - Followers of the Chicago Bears are quite likely to watch Tom Farris, former Wisconsin captain and quarterback, call the shots for the club during the greater part of Sunday's game with the New York Giants at Wrigley Field. It is generally conceded the Bears are three deep with talented and seasoned stars in every position but the quarterback post. Sid Luckman, one of the greatest field generals modern football has developed, is the Bears' No. 1 signal-caller. But, if Sidney is injured somewhere along the heavy schedule that confronts the team, the Bears will be in trouble, unless Farris proves up. The ex-Badger outgeneraled and outpassed Luckman in a varsity-freshman skirmish last Sunday, which the freshman won 19-7. Owner-Coach George S. Halas was highly pleased by the kid's performance. The Giants game is a charity exhibition. Naturally, Halas would like to win it, but these games are designed primarily to give coaches an opportunity to watch the reactions of their new men in game competition. For that reason Farris figures to play most of the game. He is a Chicago lead, a former Englewood high school player. Harry Stuhldreher, head coach at Wisconsin characterized Farris as "the best quarterback I ever coached", when he was a senior at Wisconsin in 1941. He played in the 1943 All-Star game while in the Coast Guard. He was not discharged from the service until early this year and will make his pro debut Sunday. Halas had to do some fancy maneuvering to acquire Farris' service. He was drafted by Green Bay in 1942. Tom wanted to play with the Bears and refused to report to the Packers. Instead, he signed with the Chicago Rockets and reported to the California training camp. Head Coach Dick Hanley of the Rockets was not impressed by Farris and neither were any of the other All-America Conference coaches. Hanley released Farris and all of the league's teams waived on him. When Halas found out about this he traded halfback Charley Mitchell to the Packers for the right to negotiate for Farris' services. Then he signed him. It will be interesting to watch Farris' play with the Bears this season. Before it is over everyone will know whether Halas, or Hanley made a "bum guess". It is a matter of record that Halas hasn't made many of them in judging the ability or lack of it in a football player.
AUGUST 31 (Manitowoc Herald Times) - Manitowoc fans who have not secured their tickets for the Bear-Packer game at City stadium in Green Bay Sunday September 29 might just as well resign themselves to the fact that they will have to get the game on the radio. It was announced at Green Bay yesterday by the Packer management that the Bear game is a complete sellout. "There isn't a single ticket left," the announcement said. The ticket office in the Legion building at Green bay is open every day, however, for the sale of tickets to the two other home games - October 20 against Pittsburgh and November 24 against Chicago's Cardinals. Tickets are still available for the exhibition game at Milwaukee next Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles as well as the league games in Milwaukee - October 6 against Los Angeles and October 27 against Detroit. Coach Curly Lambeau has started to cut down the Packer roster. Waivers have been asked around the National league on nine players - fullback Eddie Olds; center Tony Ruffa; blocking back Horace Young; right half Charley Fischer; guard Al Caniglia; tackle Bob McLaughlin; tackle Bill Mullen; end Hank Miller; and blocking back Andy Kosman. Lambeau reported that some of them may play with San Diego, the Packers' farm club. In that case, they would return to Green Bay for another tryout next fall. The Packer squad has now been reduced to 46 players, the number Lambeau is expected to carry for the three exhibition games. However the squad must be cut to 33 for league action. The Packer corporation re-elected old officers for the year at a meeting this week at Rockwood lodge. The officers are Lee H. Joannes, president; E.L. Lambeau, vice-president and general manager; F.J. Jonet, secretary-treasurer; George W. Calhoun will continue as director of public relations. The executive board, also re-elected, has the following members: H.J. Bero, Gerald F. Clifford, E.R. Fischer, Lee H. Joannes, F.J. Jonet, Fred Leicht, E.L. Lambeau, A.B. Turnbull and H.J. Wintgens. Joannes is starting his 16th season as president of the Packers.
SEPTEMBER 1 (Green Bay) - Jimmy Richardson, the Marquette backfielder, was shipped to the Chicago Cardinals by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Richardson lacked the necessary poundage for tailback in the Packer system as he only weighed 161 but the Cards are using a "T" formation and Jimmy Conzelman, the Redbirds mentor, figures that the former Hilltop ace, will be a valuable addition to his pigskin machine.
SEPTEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - Whatever the Packers do this season, it will once more be largely because of what they achieve with passes. "Eat up the yards quickly." "Strike from anywhere." "Jam the ball down the other side's throats." It was always thus with them and it will probably always be. More than any other team in the league, they have built their reputation in the air - on Curly Lambeau's conception of this kind of attack, on the overall strategy which has always regarded the pass as the chief weapon of attack, and on the individual brilliance of the passers and receivers. A graph of Green Bay's seasons clearly parallels the graph of Green Bay's passing successes. Dunn to Dilweg, Nash, Blood or Lewellen in the late twenties and early thirties. Herber to Dilweg, Gantenbein, Hinkle or Hutson in the middle thirties. And Isbell to Hutson, Hinkle Jacunski and Mulleneaux in the late thirties and early forties. There were Green Bay's greatest passing combinations and these, too, Green Bay's greatest teams...LAMBEAU OPTIMISTIC: And this year? Well that's just it. Lambeau, with characteristic early season enthusiasm, believe he has something again. At least he flatly declares he has the best passing since Isbell's time. It is no secret that since Isbell left to go into coaching, the Packers have not infrequently stumbled around or whatever it is a team does in the air when it doesn't get anywhere. Oh, they won the title in '44, strictly a war year, and they exploded for a record breaking 41 points against the Detroit Lions in one quarter here a year ago. But it is also no secret that all too many other times they looked so far from their fanciest selves. They lacked any of the consistency that their really great passers gave them. And last year, by the way, they had their worst season in the standings since the lean middle thirties. It is a little strange to hear Lambeau enthuse about his passing now, since most of it will probably have to come from men who carried the hod since Isbell left, or from earlier run of the mine passers, as good pro passers go, now back from the service - except for one man, Cliff Aberson, and a little more about him later. But enthuse Lambeau does...WATCH ABERSON: "We've got the best passing we've had since Isbell left," he said, "and a lot more of it. And with this kid Aberson we may even in time have another Isbell - watch him. Why the fellows who did some of our passing in other years should have suddenly found new sharpness. I don't know, but they have. They're whipping that ball around now the way it should be whipped around. Comp, who has given flashes at times of becoming a great passer, has finally developed consistency he never had before - probably because he now has some competition for his job. Bruce Smith, who never did much passing at Minnesota, has started to come along and is going to surprise some folks. Canadeo always was a very good passer. We could have used him last season. McKay looks better than he ever has with us, and Rohrig, just back from the service, has been one of the surprises. And Aberson, the new kid, watch him. Herber when he first came to us didn't look much better than Aberson. It took Arnie a little while to fit in, and it may take this kid a little while. But watch him."...ABERSON A BIG BOY: Well, that's Lambeau's word, and it should be worth something. Most interesting, of course, is his appraisal of Aberson and incidentally it is seconded by Red Smith, who has been on the trail of the kid in baseball. Aberson never went to college. He starred at Senn high school in Chicago, then went into the service, and played service ball at Keesler field in Texas, where he came to the attention of Rohrig. Rohrig's eyes popped the first time he saw him throw the ball and he couldn't get to the phone quick enough to let Lambeau know about him. And you know Lambeau anytime he even hears a whisper of an unattached passer around. The kid was immediately signed. Aberson is a big boy. He stands 6 feet 1, weighs 195 pounds, and is 24 years old. He has a fine wrist action and exceptional accuracy on long passes - at least he has had in practice while Lambeau rubbed his hands in glee and Don Hutson wondered whether another year of pro ball might not be so bad after all. "Yes, sir, you watch Aberson," Lambeau repeated. "And don't you worry about our passing whether Aberson comes along or not. It's going to be the best passing we've had since Isbell's time." There you have it. And wouldn't it really be something if Aberson really turned out to be everything Lambeau expects and the good Green Bay folks could keep reminding George Halas of the passer Lambeau stole right from under his nose in Chicago? Amen.
SEPTEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Of course, the Packers will be up there again this fall. Aren't they always up there? This probably isn't the soundest manner of approach in speculation of what the season now unfolding may hold for Green Bay, but it certainly has its points. Really, now - aren't the Packers always up there? It goes without saying that Curly Lambeau thinks they will do. The big Belgian, who conceived the idea of a professional football team for his proud little town before most of the boys he now coaches were even born, is one of football's unshakable and perennial optimists. Of course, the Packers will be up there again - and he puts it in a very matter of fact way. Why shouldn't they be? Year after year about this time he speaks of his squad with all of the enthusiasm and superlatives of a circus press agent, and he is doing it again. "The best we've ever had," "We've got the stuff", "Only a wrong attitude can beat us" roll off his tongue like so much honey - and the rabid love it. And, really, hasn't he got something when he speaks as he does? Aren't the Packers always up there?...HOLD YOUR HATS, BOYS, THERE IS TROUBLE AHEAD: So much for this manner of approach. It may not be the best, but in light of what the Packers have done year after year, it does have its points. But how about the outlook in a colder light - how about the material? Is it really as good as Lambeau in his enthusiasm describes it? Is it really, as he says, "the best we've ever had". This reporter long ago learned, or should have learned, not to dispute Lambeau's August enthusiasm. He has been wrong and Lambeau has been right. But hold your hats, boys, here we go again with one man's idea of the Packers of '46 - and may the idea be wrong - there is trouble ahead. This looks like a good Packer squad. It is fairly well balanced and has certain very strong spots - center, the tackles, fullback, the halfbacks and blocking backs. But as yet there isn't a Hutson even distantly in sight to catch passes or more than a rough approach to an Isbell or Herber to thrown them. It is a good squad, but in a year like this, with the league loaded with material at it has never been before, it may take more than a good squad to be up in the thick of the the fight - unless the wizardry of Lambeau can make up the difference...NEW MEN A SOURCE OF MUCH OPTIMISM: The appraisal of the squad falls into three parts. First, there are the veterans of last year, who make up the nucleus, next are the returned veterans of other years now out of the service and third are the new men. The veterans of last year offer a pretty fair nucleus - Clyde Goodnight, Paul Lipscomb, Baby Ray, Tiny Croft and Bill Neal at tackles; Charley Tollefson, Bill Kuusisto and Glen Sorenson at guards; Charley Brock and Chet Flowers at center; Tex McKay, Bruce Smith, Irv Comp and Russ Mosley as running backs, left or right; Ted Fritsch at fullback, and he has never looked better, and Larry Craig and Ken Keuper at blocking back. The returned veterans of other years help a lot, but are not exactly numerous - Carl Mulleneaux at end, Bill Lee at tackle, Russ Letlow at guard, Tony Canadeo and Herman Rohrig at left and right half, respectively, and Bob Adkins at blocking back. The new men offer most of the real hope and they are as fine a bunch as the Packers have probably ever had. But to keep the record straight, there isn't a club in the league which doesn't point with great hope to its new men and which can't match or just about match Lambeau's. At Green Bay there are Stan Kramer of Fleet City, Don Wells of Georgia, Granville Harrison of Mississippi State and Ace Prescott of Hardin-Simmons at ends; Urban Odson and Dick Wildung of Minnesota at tackles, and the latter may well become one of the outstanding tackles in the league; Al Sparlis of UCLA and Bubo Barnett of Baylor at guards; Buddy Gatewood of Baylor and Mervin Pregulman of Michigan at center, and there isn't a team in the league with better centers; Cliff Aberson of Keesler Field, Bob Forte of Arkansas and Bob Nussbaumer of Michigan as running halfbacks; Walter Schlinkman of Texas Tech, Cecil Hare, late of the Washington Redskins, and Al Zupek of Lawrence at fullback, and Andy Kosmac of LSU at blocking back. There are some others, but these in the three weeks of work so far have looked best...NO ISBELL OR HUTSON IS YET IN SIGHT: It is a good squad and it will give a good account of itself. But whether it will rank alongside such powerhouses as the Chicago Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles (who, by the way, will play an exhibition game with the Packers at State Fair park Friday night), the New York Giants and the defending Cleveland Rams - and you can discount their showing in the all-star game - is something else. Lambeau thinks it will, and that should be enough. But if it does, in this little book it will be because Lambeau has squeezed everything it has dry. There are certain definite problems aside from the absence of a Hutson or an Isbell. The guards and ends definitely need help. Some of the veterans must still show they can come back after two or three years' absence in the service. A field general must be found - and the choice seems to lie among Rohrig, Canadeo and McKay. Some of the new men, who have given promise in practice, must still prove themselves under fire. They are problems and real problems, which Lambeau recognizes, but which in August he refuses to become disturbed about. On the brighter side, and on this Lambeau likes to dwell, the Packers do not have to take a back seat to any of them at center, with Brock, Gatewood, who has showed all the fine reactions which have made Brock such a great center; Pregulman, who will probably be used as a guard on offense and a center on defense, and the rugged Flowers. Nor do they have to yield anything to any of the other clubs at tackle, despite the extravagant claims of other coaches on what they have. Wildung may well become the toast of National league linemen, Odson has size, 265 pounds, and all-American reputation, and Lee, Lipscomb, Ray, Croft and Neal all have experience. At fullback, Fritsch, Schlinkman and Hare will give the Packers as a good as three as any club has, at halfbacks the capable veterans Canadeo, McKay, Smith, Comp and Rohrig with the support of such newcomers as Nussbaumer and Aberson certainly hold promise and at blocking back Craig and Keuper will hold up their end. Comp has looked sharper than he has in some time, Smith and Canadeo are running hard, Rohrig gives right half some strength than it has had in some time and Aberson a boy without college experience, may be the answer to a top flight and consistent passer. He has been especially effective so far on the long ones which Lambeau likes so well...ENDS AND GUARDS DO NEED HELP: Lambeau has tried desperately to plug the holes at the ends and guards. Goodnight and Luhn, the holdover wings, must have help, and it must come largely from the new men - Wells, Harrison, Prescott and Kramer - and the veteran Mullenueax, who has been out for some time. They have looked good, but they have still to prove themselves. The same is true at the guards, where Tollefson, Kuusisto and Sorenson need assistance. Adkins, shifted over from blocking back, will mean something and so will Letlow, a willing worker, and smart. Whether Sparlis and Barrett will do remains to be seen. The whole picture has its bright side, but it also has its doubtful side. Maybe this will be the year, as Lambeau says, maybe not. Either way, though, there is always the first approach. Aren't the Packers always up there?
SEPTEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - The thud of the pigskin will be heard next Friday night at State Fair park, Milwaukee, when the Green Bay Packers lock horns with the Philadelphia Eagles in a featured pre-season combat. The kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. sharp. Coach Earle (Greasy) Neale of the Quakers is bringing an all-star aggregation to Milwaukee for the fracas. It will be the Philadelphia's first engagement of the season and the Eagles' pilot will shoot a flock of super-gridiron warriors against the Lambeaumen. The Eagles have been practicing for three weeks at Saranac Lake, N.Y., and football experts claim it is one of the best squads ever assembled in the history of post-graduate football. The backfield, topped by Steve Van Buren, has class galore, while All-Americans are several deep along the front wall. Coach E.L. Lambeau is working his Packers overtime to have his squad in shape for the tussle with the Eagles. The Bay mentor uncovered several aces in the Legion preview game last Wednesday and these newcomers will probably see a lot of action against the Easterners.
SEPTEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - It was eight years ago just about this time. Big George Svendsen was just about playing out his string at center for the Packers. The hunt for a successor was on. Tom Greenfield of Arizona was in camp, and Lee Mulleneaux of Arizona and Little Earl Svendsen of Minnesota and a guy named Charley Brock of Nebraska. All centers. And one of them had to fill in where the big Swede has left off. Even the effervescently optimistic Curly Lambeau wasn't quite sure of himself, for the switch from a George Svendsen, who had done such great work for four or five years, to some young college center who had still to prove that he could go in pro ball, was no small switch. And then one day, it was exactly eight years ago, Lambeau suddenly started to beam. For there he was. There on the practice field was Charley Brock. And Charley Brock has been the No. 1 center at Green Bay ever since. This will be his eighth year...STEADY ACCLAIM: It isn't often that a center gets the steady acclaim Brock has down through the years. He began
getting it in his very first year, which he climaxed with his great
all-around performance in the championship playoff with the
New York Giants at State Fair park, and he has continued to
draw it in every year since. He hasn't made a really bad pass
in all that time, if memory serves correctly. He has backed up 
the line with sharp and instinctively correct reactions. He has
been a hawk on pass defense. And he has been a "thief", 
nothing less, a thief in stealing the ball, not only under the pile,
but in the open. Against the Chicago Cardinals in a night 
game in Chicago one year, he stole the ball right out of the
hands of a lumbering fullback who had been momentarily
trapped standing up on the line of scrimmage, and ran for a
touchdown. And against the New York Giants in New York last
year, he repeated on Ward Cuff in the open as Cuff, with an
almost clear field ahead, had started down the field. A "thief"
he has been indeed, along with everything else. Oddly enough
it wasn't until last season that Brock was ever honored on the
first all-pro eleven. The second team he made often, but the
first always eluded him. A guy by the name of Mel Hein of the
Giants was around in the late thirties and early forties, and
another guy by the name of Bulldog Turner of the Bears - ever
hear of him? - in the rest of the forties until last season,
although here is one tiny voice that in some years he got no
better than second team distinction, he might just as well
have gotten first...TWO GOOD NEWCOMERS: Brock, of course,
is far from through, even with his three years at Nebraska
and seven with Green Bay. It is only natural, through, at this
particular stage, Curly Lambeau should begin to show some
little concern over who might be around, and seasoned, to
pick up when Brock finally calls it quits. And the big Belgian
thinks he has him or even them. In the corps of centers on the 
roster this year are two boys, Buddy Gatewood of Baylor and
Merv Pregulman of Michigan, who give every promise of
helping continue to give the Packers the consistently strong play they have had at center down through the years. Gatewood, a 6 foot 2 inch 200 pounder, played regular center with the strong Fleet City team a year ago, and has showed the same fine reactions and alertness that made Brock such a star from the beginning. Pregulman, a 6 foot 2 inch 220 pounder, has been one of the outstanding linebackers in camp. He will be used at guard on offense but always as a linebacker on defense. The rugged veteran Flowers, completes the list of centers - and he must not be sold short. It is perhaps as fine a corps of centers as the league can boast. With Brock to head it, what club has any better?
SEPTEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - At least nobody can say that Curly Lambeau picks his spots. For it is against the team that is generally picked to win the championship in the eastern division of the NFL this football season that Lambeau will send his Packers in their exhibition debut at State Fair park Friday night. The Redskins are tough in the east this season and the Giants, despite what befell them in the exhibition with the Bears in Chicago last Sunday, and even the Boston Yankees and the Pittsburgh
Steelers, but the toughest in the east, the toughest by almost
unanimous acclamation, are the Eagles. it is one of the little
mysteries of pro football that the Eagles, these same Eagles,
ever managed to let themselves be nosed out by the New York
Giants two years ago and by the Washington Redskins last
year. They must have thumbed their noses somewhere along
the way at the gods, and the gods thumbed right back, for on
paper in both years they had everything to win and didn't. They
have it again this season...VAN BUREN HEADS LIST: No,
Lambeau isn't picking his spots. In the backfield of this team
that Greasy Neale will turn loose are such men as Steve Van
Buren of LSU, Jack Hinkle of Syracuse, Ernie Steele of
Washington, Pete Kmetovic of Stanford, Paul Sarringhaus of
Ohio State, Ben Kish of Pittsburgh, Joe Muka of VMI, Jim
Castiglia of Georgetown, Roy Zimmerman of San Jose and
Tommy Thompson of Tulsa. And in the line, on another deep
breath, such men as Al Wistert of Michigan, Vic Sears of
Oregon State, Bucko Kilroy of Temple, Eddie Michesl of
Villanova, Augie Lio of Georgetown, Marvin Whited, late of the
Redskins; John Wyhonic of Alabama, Larry Cabrelli of Colgate,
Jack Ferrante of Philadelphia's sandlots, Dick Humbert of
Richmond, Bob Friedland of Michigan State, Bert Kucynski of
Michigan State, Rudy Smeja, late of the Bears; Vic Lindskog
of Stanford and Ray Graves of Tennessee. They are not all, by
any means, but you get the idea...AN OMINOUS RING: The
names of some of these men have a truly ominous ring. Van
Buren, for instance. He scored 18 touchdowns last season,
breaking Don Hutson's league record; piled up 110 points and
averaged 5.8 yards a play. The boys who cover Van Buren for
their butter cakes and coffee put it this way: If blockers are
available, he will make use of them; if not, he will run his own 
interference. If he can avoid a would-be tackler, he will; if he
can't, he will run right over him. And Hinkle. He missed the
ball carrying championship in 1943 by one yard. He is one of
the fastest halfbacks in the league today. Kmetovic. He played
with Clark Shaughnessy's dream backfield of Standlee,
Alberts and Gallarneau in 1941. Sarringhaus, He was Ohio
State's great triple threater the last few years. Zimmerman.
Next to Luckman, he is probably the best quarterback in the T
today - but don't let Greasy hear you say "next to Luckman".
Wistert and Sears. They were both all-league tackles last year,
the former on the first team, the latter on the second. Ferrante.
He caught seven touchdown passes last year. Lindskog. He
was an All-American at Stanford. And Kucynski. Dana Bible of
Texas called him "the best end I ever coached."...EAGLES ARE
FAVORED: It certainly isn't a soft spot that Lambeau has picked
and the odds which have the Eagles seven point favorites
seem justified. Oddly enough, the Eagles have yet to beat the
Packers in a league game. Nine times, since 1933, they have
sallied out against the men of dear old Lambeau U and nine
times they have been whipped. It has been different in
exhibitions, however. They have more than held their own in
exhibitions. Two years ago, at Nashville, Tenn., they gave the
Packers one of the worst trouncings in Packer history - it was
some ridiculous scores of 38 to 6 - and last year, before 
90,000 in Philadelphia, they repeated and handily. Friday's
exhibition will be followed by a league game between the 
teams in Philadelphia October 13.
SEPTEMBER 5 (Milwaukee) - Fifty veterans from the Veterans hospital at Wood, Wis., will be guests of the Packers and the Red Cross Camp and Hospital committee at Friday night's exhibition football game with the Philadelphia Eagles at State Fair park. The Packers have donated 150 tickets for their three games here this season and the Red Cross will take 50 patients to each game.
SEPTEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - There is nothing like getting off on the right foot, even in an exhibition, so Curly Lambbeau was prepared Friday noon, as he arrived in town with his hired hands, to throw his full strength on the field Friday night when his Green
Bay Packers open the season against the
Philadelphia Eagles in a non-league
game. The kickoff is schedule for 8 o'clock.
What Green Bay's full strength will mean 
in this case, however, was a matter of
conjecture, for the team that Lambeau led
into town was not in first rate shape. Ted
Fritsch, regular fullback, probably will not
play at all because of a leg injury, and
Clyde Goodnight, end, and Bruce Smith
and Tony Canadeo, halfbacks, only
sparingly because of pulled muscles. At
the same time, though, it will not be a
completely sound Eagle eleven that the Packers will be called upon to face. The Eagles, who arrived in town a couple of hours ahead of the Packers, will go into the game without the services of Al Wistert, an all-league tackle of last year, and Ray Graves, center, and have several other men, including the fleet and explosive Steve Van Buren, who have bumps and bruises as mementos of their training siege at Saranac Lake, N.Y. Although the game will not count in the league standings - the teams will play a league game at Philadelphia October 13 - it has caught the fancy of the fans, and a crowd in excess of 20,000 is expected. The new stands, recently purchased from the University of Chicago, will be used for the first time, although not in their entirety. When completed, they will rise up 50 rows. Friday night only 25 rows will be used. Philadelphia, despite its weakened personnel, continued a one touchdown favorite. The Packers have lost their last two exhibition starts to the invaders. At Nashville two years ago, they were badly trounced, and at Philadelphia last season, before 90,000, they were beaten again. The two have not met in a league game since 1943 when the Packers won at Philadelphia, 7-0. The Eagles did not register at a hotel. Intending to leave for the east immediately after the game, they lived in two special cars in the yards. The Packers, who will leave Saturday morning for Denver, where Tuesday night they will meet the Washington Redskins in another exhibition, stayed at the Schroeder. The gates at State Fair park will open at 6 o'clock.
SEPTEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - Earle (Greasy) Neale, who sends his Philadelphia Eagles against the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park Friday night, believes that self-confidence is the greatest single asset a football player can have. "If a player doesn't think he is the best man on the field," he said as he settled himself in an easy chair Friday afternoon, "I don't want him on my team." Neale himself was never one to hide his light under a bushel. At West Virginia Wesleyan as a freshman, he was met at the railroad by a contingent of Wesleyan boys. One of them inquired politely what position Neale was going to try out for. To his amazement, Neale replied hotly: "I'm not going to try out for anything. I'm going to play end." And he did so well, in fact, that in his debut as a college player, he scored the touchdown which beat hated West Virginia university for the first time in Wesleyan history. Neale Friday night will embark on his thirty-third season of football coaching. It began back in 1908 as a freshman at Parkersburg (W.Va.) high school. Friction in local school circles forced the regular coach out, and Neale became both coach and captain. He has taught the game at West Virginia Wesleyan, Muskingum college, Marietta college, Washington & Jefferson, Virginia, West Virginia and Yale. In his seven years as coach of the Eli backfield, he worked with material which was substandard even in the Ivy League, yet only twice in those seven years did a Yale team fail to score. In 1919 he played in the outfield for the Cincinnati Reds, in the never to be forgotten World Series with the "Black Sox". In 1929 he took another vacation from football, signing on with the St. Louis Cardinals as assistant manager and coach. The rest of the time, however, he has been teaching other people how to win football games. During his tours of duty at various college, he sandwiched in some playing himself. He played end and halfback with Jim Thorpe's famed Canton Bulldogs, and in 1930 he coached the Ironton (Ohio) Tanks, an independent team which played exhibition games with NFL clubs. With castoffs from the clubs against whom he played, he won four out of five games. On a wager he himself played with his Tanks against Portsmouth, which later that season was to finish second in the National league. The night before the game Neale made three bets. He would play in the game. He would play 60 minutes at end. He would score a touchdown. And he won his first two bets. Not bad for a 38 year old 170 pounder. Today his will to win is as great as when he arrived at West Virginia Wesleyan. He is one of the most offensive-minded coaches in football today. The cornerstone of his thinking is that no team ever won a 0-0 game. He once said that he would rather lose a game 100-99 than win it 3-0. And he meant just that.
DECEMBER 12 (New York) - Although the Los Angeles Rams were unsuccessful in their defense of the NFL championship this year, they set the pace for the circuit in total ground gaining and in forward passing. The final statistics, released yesterday, show that the Rams gained 3,793 yards in their eleven games to beat out the Western champion Chicago Bears by 87 yards, and that they passed for 2,080 yards, mostly on Bob Waterfield's pitches. The Green Bay Packers, famed for their aerial efforts when they had Don Hutson to catch passes, turned up as rushing champions with 1,765 yards as compared to the Bears' 1,719. The Bears, winning their eighth Western division title, were third in yardage on passes with 1,950, one less than the surprising Chicago Cardinals, who were third in rushing and total gains. The Bears were first only in the payoff department, scoring, with 289 points. The New York Giants, who meet the Bears for the league title Sunday are fifth in total gains with 2,927 yards, sixth in rushing with 1,464 and ninth in passing yardage with 1,450, but they trailed only Los Angeles and the Cardinals in the average gain per rush. Philadelphia and Washington had the best percentage of pass completions, .529 and .506, respectively. On defense the Pittsburgh Steelers were toughest, yielding only 117 points and allowing their opponents only a .394 percentage of pass completions.
DECEMBER 13 (New York) - Last year's world champion Los Angeles Rams took three places today on the United Press All-National League football eleven, while this year's division champions, the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, rate two berths apiece. The Bears and the
Giants, who play for the 1946 league championship at the Polo
Grounds Sunday, actually were too great for their own good.
Lacking the individual star performers of other clubs, both teams
had so many top performers that it was hard to pick out those
who shone the most. The team also contains two players from
the Philadelphia Eagles, and one each from the Green Bay 
Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Top man in the balloting was
Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh, the Bluefield, Va., bullet who received all
but one first team vote for his year-long brilliance in the Steeler
backfield. Also generally acclaimed were two other backs, Ted
Fritsch, Green Bay's battering fullback, and Bob Waterfield, ball
handling wizard of Los Angeles at quarterback. The fourth back,
Frankie Filchock of New York, edged out Steve Van Buren of
Philadelphia because of his great showing in later season
games. The league's standout pass catcher, Jim Benton of Los
Angeles, was top man in the voting for ends while Ken Kavanaugh
veteran Bear, drew the other berth. At the tackles are the team's only rookie, Jim White of Notre Dame, and the sturdy Al Wistert of Philadelphia. Two veterans, Augie Lio of Philadelphia and Riley Matheson of Los Angeles are easy winners for the guard berths while Clyde "Bulldog" Turner of the Bears, long one of the greatest centers of modern times fills out the middle of a fine line. The two Chicago teams, the Bears and the resurgent Cardinals, ran off with most of the positions on the second team, each getting three berths. The Giants landed two players while Washington, Green Bay and Philadelphia rate one each. Sid Luckman of the Bears, not quite up to his work of other years, is the quarterback, while Van Buren and Paul Christman of the Cardinals are the halfbacks. Bill Osmanski of the Bears, who is retiring after Sunday's game, fills out the second team backfield. The ends are Bill Dewell of the Cardinals and Frank Liebel of the Giants, while Fred Davis of the Bears and Jack Adams of Washington are at the tackle posts. Len Younce of the Giants and Gerard Ramsey of the Cardinals hold down the guard positions and Charley Brock of Green Bay was the center. Dudley, comparatively small at 170 pounds for he ruggedness of pro play, topped the league in rushing, punt returns and pass interceptions. Fritsch, built on the general dimensions of an oversized brick, was the league's top scorer with an even 100 points for a 39-point margin over Waterfield, who rated second. Fritsch, playing with a so-so club, also is the number one field goal kicker, booting nine. Waterfield, whose passes accounted for plenty of touchdowns scored by his teammates, made only one himself, but piled up 61 points on 37 conversions and six field goals. Filchock didn't rank with the others in scoring but is the Giants' top offensive threat, carrying the ball for 371 yards and passing for an additional 1,262. He was voted the team's most valuable player. Benton was the league's top pass receiver with 63 catches and 981 yards gained, scoring six touchdowns. Kavanaugh didn't rank with the leaders but his all-around fire end play gave him the nod over Liebel and Dewell. Four of the players, Wistert, Matheson, Waterfield and Fritsch, were repeaters from last year's United Press all-league team.
reporters. It brought to an end the two day session which followed Sunday's championship game, won by the Bears, 24 to 14, over the New York Giants. The annual winter meeting of the league will be held in the Blackstone hotel, Chicago, January 23, 24 25. It has been moved back two weeks so that Ted Collins, owner of the Boston Yanks, who is recuperating from a severe illness, will be able to attend. Many of the proposed 12 changes, which will be voted on at the Chicago conference, are technicalities which would bore the average football fan. Here are the suggestions of chief interest:
1. Add a fifth official on the field. (This carried, 8 to 2, with the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles voting against it on the ground that four officials call enough penalties as it is.)
2. The 20 yard coaching box lines shall be painted red to make it easier for the officials to see if the coaches get out of bounds.
3. When failure of the kick for the extra point is evident, the ball shall be dead. Under the present rule the kicking team can try to run the ball over after recovering a blocked kick behind the line.
4. Eliminate the rule asking captains if they are ready after any timeout. This rule is considered obsolete because of the free substitution rule.
5. Change officials' signal for illegal use of hands. The present signal is thought to be too much like the one given to designate holding.
The New York papers today still were hammering hard at the attempted fix of Sunday's game in which two of the Giants players were approached, but the league officials studiously avoided any discussion of the case. Bell said that his group would take no action until the matter runs its course in the courts.
DECEMBER 26 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers' attendance mark in the NFL went by the boards this season with the announcement that the Chicago Bears had played before 754,546 fans in 17 games. The old mark had been set by the Packers in 1945. Thus, although they experienced all kinds of trouble in regaining the league title, there was no difficulty at the gate as they broke the attendance record by almost a quarter million customers. Within 15 days, the Bears twice drew more than 60,000 and broke professional attendance records on both coasts. They packed 62,359 customers into the Polo Grounds, a New York record, on October 27, then attracted 66,831 to the Los Angeles Coliseum on November 10, largest crowd ever to watch a professional league game on the west coast. The Bears' biggest crowd (92,800) sat in on their charity exhibition with the Eagles in Philadelphia on September 13.
DECEMBER 28 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers of the NFL have plucked a stellar collegiate threesome in guard Alex Agase of Illinois, quarterback Ernie Case and end Burr Baldwin, both of UCLA. Curly Lambeau, coach and vice president of the Packers disclosed yesterday the trio - all to see action in the Rose Bowl New Year's day - has been selected by his club in the recent NFL draft. Agase and Baldwin were standout All-America choices, while Case was picked for second team honors by the AP. Case-to-Baldwin, one of the most spectacular pass combinations in college circles this season, may give the Packers a much-needed lift in their sagging aerial department, Lambeau conceded - if Green Bay outbids the All-America conference for the Bruin duo. Lambeau is here to see the Rose Bowl game.
​DECEMBER 30 (Green Bay) - Turnstiles clicked merrily for the Green Bay Packers during the 1946 football season as some 444,789 saw Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau's colorful gridiron machine display their pigskin chasing wares in 15 contests. The Packers participated in four pre-season affairs. These contests drew 109,500 while in the 11 National league contests, the Green Bayans attracted 335,289. The game in New York against the Giants September 20 (a pre-season affair) drew 50,000 and it was the Packers' biggest house of the '46 schedule. The Bays' next biggest turnout, 46,338, was in Los Angeles, December 8, for the game with the Rams. The Packers drew a 46,231 throng in Chicago, November 3, when they mixed up with the Bears at Wrigley field. Some 33,691 fans saw Lambeau & Co. scalp the Redskins in Washington, December 1. The Packer-Card game in Chicago, November 10, was witnessed by 30,164. The Packers did well in their home schedule. The Bear game, September 29, had a 25,000 "sellout" jam. The Los Angeles tilt in Milwaukee was staked before 27,049; the contest with Pittsburgh, October 20, drew 22,951 and 24,192 were in the park at Milwaukee for the Green Bay-Detroit fracas. One of the feature "spots" on the Packer attendance front was the November 16 encounter in Green Bay with the Chicago Cardinals. The skies started dripping at noon yet 16,150 spectators "waded" into th City stadium and sat out in the open all through the game despite an ever-increasing rain.
DECEMBER 31 (Chicago) - Three schoolboy pals who shared a paper route in Green Bay, Wis., 30 years ago Tuesday shared ownership of the Chicago Rockets of the All-America Professional Football league. Headed by Jimmy Crowley, commissioner of the All-America league, the trio is composed of Crowley, William S. Toohey, president of the new organization, and John J. Brogan, the new secretary-treasurer, bought controlling interest in the club from John L. Keeshin, Chicago trucking magnate, who organized the team. Crowley, who won football fame as a member of Knute Rockne's historic "four horsemen" backfield in the twenties, will be executive vice-president, general manager, and most important, head coach of the 1947 Rockets. He said he would resign his position as commissioner shortly in order to begin work in his new job. Crowley and Toohey played grade school ball together at St. John's in Green Bay, while Brogan, a little older, played at Green Bay West high school. Crowley later played at Green Bay East, Toohey went to Chicago after finishing grammar school, and Brogan, after serving as postmaster, became an executive in the Leatham D. Smith shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay. Only one member of Keeshin's front office remained in an executive position with the club. He was Robert Barrett, who served as attorney for Keeshin during the one unhappy year he was owner. Keeshin himself retained only a small "sentimental" interest in the team. Dick Hanley, former Northwestern mentor who coached during the first part of the season, resigned in a huff after repeated altercations with Keeshin, and during the latter part of the year player-coaches directed the Rockets. Last month Keeshin said he would obtain a "name" coach for the 1947 team. It was understood that the deal for Crowley and his associates to purchase the team took only two weeks to work out. Keeshin approached Crowley with an offer to coach the Rockets next year. Crowley refused, and at that time advances toward purchase of the team began. Crowley was not ready to reveal what changes would be made to the Rockets next year. He said he was satisfied with the players the club now owns, and that he was optimistic about new materials to be added from recent college graduates.
DECEMBER 16 (New York) - Only seven of the 10 NFL
clubs made public their draft choices Tuesday, headed
by the Detroit Lions' revelation that they took Glenn Davis
of Army in the hope that he will decide to abandon a 
military career. Green Bay, Los Angeles and Philadelphia
were secretive, saying that they feared the rival All-
America conference would get to their choices first. Curly
Lambeau of the Packers said that his first choice was a
passer. Owner Fred Mandel of Detroit said that he would
not contact Davis or urge him to play, but that he also
"couldn't afford" to miss any chance of getting the three
year All-American halfback. Although Davis could be not
be reached for comment, his father, Ralph Davis, said
that his son does not intend to resign from the United
State Military academy upon completion of his athletic
career. The Chicago Bears, with first choice (determined
by lot), took halfback Bob Fennimore of Oklahoma A&M.
The Boston Yanks named Fritz Barzilauskas, Yale
lineman. The Washington Redskins marked Cal Rossi
of UCLA and Gene Knight of Louisiana State. Pittsburgh revealed three of its choices, end Hub Bechtol of Texas, lineman John Mastangelo of Notre Dame and lineman Frank Wydo of Cornell. The New York Giants took Vic Schwall of Northwestern and center John Cannady of Indiana. In a complicated procedure, the Chicago Cardinals took Tex Coulter, former Army tackle who played this season for New York. The Giants signed him when he dropped out of West Point. He was not eligible for the draft until this year, when his class was graduated. The Cards took him with the understanding that they would trade him to New York for the Giants' first choice, Schwall. Most popular on the draft list were the undefeated Bruins of UCLA. Although only about one-third of the 300 drafted players were announced. It was learned nine members of the Uclan outfit had been selected, headed by the southpaw passer, Cal Rossi, first choice of the Washington Redskins. The owners picked five of the unbeaten, untied Bulldogs of Georgia. Fullback Doc Blanchard, Davis' famous Army backfield mate, was selected a year ago by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blanchard had a year at North Carolina before going to West Point. The draft lasted until a short time before dawn, so the owners and coaches caught only a few hours' sleep before turning to the proposed rule changes, chief of which are elimination of the extra point, and the playing of "sudden death" overtime in all regular season games to prevent ties on which final action will be taken at the annual meeting in Chicago next month. Before the meeting, the case of Heartley (Hunk) Anderson, Chicago Bears' line coach, was heard privately by Commissioner Bert Bell. Anderson, in a speech before the Detroit Downtown Quarterbacks' club, criticized owner Mandel of the Lions, who complained to Bell. After hearing Anderson, Bell called in Mandel, who surprisingly pleaded for leniency for Anderson. Detrimental conduct, the charge, is punishable by a $2,000 fine and suspension or banishment from the league. Bell said he would make his decision within the next 10 days.
DECEMBER 17 (New York) - The NFL today recommended 12 changes in the 1947 playing code, but turned down the most spectacular proposal, which called for the elimination of the point after touchdown and sudden death play in the event of a tie. Bert Bell, the league's commissioner, who presided at the session, sponsored the defeated suggestion, pointing out that it would give an extra thrill to fans and insure a decision in every game. It was beaten largely because Wrigley field, where the Chicago Bears play, and Briggs stadium, home of the Detroit Lions, are not equipped with lights. The rules meeting, which always brings lively discussion, was thrown open to 
The 1946 Green Bay Packers - 6-5 (T-3rd-Western Division)
Head Coach: Curly Lambeau