NATIONAL LEAGUE TO TALK OF ALL-AMERICA MERGER
JANUARY 23 (Milwaukee Journal) - The frequently discussed possibility of a merger between the two or three strongest clubs in the young All-America football conference and the National league will come before an executive meeting of the National league at its annual winter meeting in Chicago this week, it was authoritatively learned Thursday. The Cleveland Browns, New York Yankees and San Francisco Forty-Niners were mentioned as possible "seceders" from the young conference if the older league opens its doors. One story said all three of them had already placed their franchise money of $50,000 each in escrow pending action by the National league. While the National league has announced nothing but routine matters for its meeting, now in progress, and has steadfastly insisted it would have no truck with the all-America conference, it is known that "feelers" were sent to Paul Brown, coach and general manager of the Cleveland Browns, early last fall after his team had shown tremendous drawing power at home. It is also known that not all owners in the overbalanced new league were satisfied with last season's results, even with allowance for the customary first year difficulties. If admitted, the three clubs would give the National league a membership of 13 which would be split into two divisions - an eastern of six clubs, consisting of two New York clubs, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and a western, consisting of two Chicago clubs, Detroit, Cleveland, Green Bay, Los Angeles and San Francisco. George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, announced in Chicago, without explanation, Wednesday that he favored opportunity of the eastern and western divisions of the National league as two separate units, which lent credence to the possibility of increased membership. The difficulties which six teams in one division and seven in the other pose might be overcome by admitting only two of the All-America clubs. The one most likely to be dropped would be San Francisco. The Forty-Niners have had difficulties obtaining a playing site. Kezar stadium, the best and largest stadium, is used almost exclusively on Sundays by college teams. What would happen to the All-America conference if two or three of its strongest clubs withdraw is a matter of question. The league could fill in its depleted membership and operate as an eight team league again or it could continue as a six. The loss of Cleveland, which had by far the largest home attendance last season, and the loss of Yankee stadium, where the Yankees play, would be a terrific blow, however. The All-America league's annual meeting will be held in New York starting Monday. Meanwhile in Chicago, the National league occupied itself with routine matters. Commissioner Bert Bell, who has dilly-dallyed around with the Filchock-Hapes case, did some more dilly-dallying with the platitudinous suggestion that the league tighten its antigambling code.
PACKERS GET JACOBS IN TRADE
JANUARY 24 (Chicago) - The Washington Redskins today traded Jack Jacobs, former University of Oklahoma backfield star, to the Green Bay Packers for Bob Nussbaumer and one player to be selected. Jacobs, 27 years old, played every position in the Redskin backfield last season. It was his first year with the club after service in the Army Air corps. Previously he played two years with the Cleveland Rams, now at Los Angeles. Nussbaumer, 25, was a star at the University of Michigan. To complete the deal, Washington can select another player from the Packer roster or reserve list, but the choice must be approved by the Green Bay club.
DUDLEY UP FOR SALE; A.A. 'DEALS FAIL'
JANUARY 25 (Chicago) - The Pittsburgh Steelers tonight put halfback Bill Dudley, 1946 offensive star of the NFL, up for sale after Dudley retracted an earlier statement he intended to retire from pro football. At the same time, League Publicist George Strickler reported the rival All-America Conference had attempted to negotiate "secret deals" with the National League on drafted players and had proposed alternate picks of college players selected by both leagues. "There was no genuine inter-league peace move," said Strickler, "but the All-America, after taking big salaries last year, apparently wanted to beat down salaries this season by eliminating open market bidding for players." Owner Art Rooney of the Steelers said Dudley notified him by telephone that he no longer wished to play with the Pittsburgh club, but would consider playing elsewhere in the National League. Rooney said he assured Dudley he would try to sell him at the current schedule meeting of the National circuit which apparently was headed for an overtime session tomorrow afternoon - the sale of two players enlivened today's proceedings. Dudley gave no explanation of his reason for wanting to leave Pittsburgh where he has been an outstanding performer since 1942 after a brilliant career at the University of Virginia. Rooney said there was no salary difficulty involved and that he was at a loss to explain Dudley's antipathy toward Pittsburgh. Rooney, commenting on rumors the Steelers might be interested in swapping Dudley for Glenn Davis, Army star, on whom the Detroit Lions hold draft rights, declared he was "listening to everybody who had a deal to offer." Territorial rights were established, whereby no league team could play an exhibition game within 75 miles of the city limits where another team has a franchise, unless one of the participants is a home club. In the case of the Green Bay Packers, out of bounds would include 75 miles from the limits of Milwaukee County. Milwaukee is considered the Packers' "second" home city.
PAUL BROWN TELLS SENTINEL HE'S NOT JOINING OTHER LOOP
JANUARY 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns, champions of the All-America Conference, in a call to the Sentinel yesterday from Cleveland, denied flatly that he was interested in shifting his team to the National League or had deposited $50,000 in anticipation of such a move. The story appeared in a local newspaper. "There was some wishful thinking back of that yarn," the debonair young coach insisted. "I control the policy of the Browns and would know first; there is absolutely nothing to it. We cleaned up two years of indebtedness, getting ready, in our first season and made some money. We are in a stronger position that ever, and transfer of the Miami franchise to Baltimore should bolster our whole league. The All-America will definitely be in business next fall, and the Browns in it." Brown was to leave last night for the league's winter meeting in New York. Tom Stidham, Buffalo line coach, will leave from here today for the parley starting tomorrow.
PACKERS AWARE OF REAL NEEDS FOR NEXT FALL
JANUARY 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The deal for Indian Jack Jacobs and the 1947 draft list are pretty fair tipoffs that Curly Lambeau is fully aware of Green Bay Packer needs for next fall - big time chuckers and receivers who can catch passes and run away from defenders. Three of the first four draftees fit into the obvious patters for revival. Ernie Case, UCLA quarterback, is No. 1; Burr Baldwin, UCLA end, No. 2, and Gene Wilson, Southern Methodist end, No. 4. "We certainly know what we need and feel we are well on the way right now," said Lambeau. "Jacobs is still a terrific prospect, and that's why we made the deal we did with Washington, where he didn't have a chance to show his real class. He's big and can do everything expected of a great back." Then, choking off a question via the mind reading route, Curly added: "Don't be misled by UCLA's team showing against Illinois and Baldwin's personal flop. In spite of the sour showing, everybody agrees the big end has the stuff to click in pro ball. I'm counting on him and on Case, too. Ernie can really throw the ball. Even in the Illinois game he proved it. This boy Wilson is a honey - the closest thing to Hutson I've seen. He was the best man on the field in the East-West game." And something of a promise: "Can you imagine the Packers with the best ground gaining record in the league and not even making the playoff? It won't happen again. Even now we're looking beyond next season."...REMEMBER THIS NAME: BILL HOGAN: The tailend of the draft list reflects this planning for the future. Lambeau now has National League draft rights to Jerry Carle, Northwestern's blocking back; Bill Hogan, 200 pound triple threat back from Kansas, and Ralph Olson, Utah end, who are expected to take advantage of another year of collegiate eligibility. "George Sauer, Hogan's coach and himself a former Packer star, is high on the big back and that's good enough for us," commented the Green Bay boss. "George should know a hot prospect when he sees one." In the scramble for newcomers, no one is losing sight of present members of the cast. Bruce Smith is an example. Ever since his days at Minnesota he has been more or less handicapped by a groin injury. As a result, the Packers are sending him to the Mayo Clinic for what is hoped will be a permanent repair job. "In my book, Smith is the best running back in football when he's in shape," said Lambeau. "We have definite hopes that he will be ready to go full steam next fall."
COMPLETE PACKER LIST OF DRAFTEES ANNOUNCED
JANUARY 26 (Chicago) - Curly Lambeau's
first two choices in the annual National
league draft last December were UCLA's
boys, Ernie Case, quarterback, and Burr
Baldwin, end, it was learned as he made
public his complete list for the first time at
the league meeting here Saturday. Case
was drafted because of his passing
ability. He is a left handed pitcher. Along
among all the UCLA boys in the recent
Rose Bowl game, he won the plaudits of
middle western writers. He was sharp and
accurate with his tosses and played with
poise against a line which rushed the life
out of him. Baldwin in the same game
looked like an ordinary end, although he
was almost unanimously picked for all-
American honors. He weighs 215 pounds.
The list of 30 boys includes only seven
from this area - Bob Kelley, halfback; Bob
Skoglund, end, and Bob Palladino,
halfback, of Notre Dame; Jerry Carle and
Dick Connor, halfbacks, of Northwestern;
Ted Scalissi, halfback, Ripon, and Dick
Miller, tackle, Lawrence. Wilson, the SMU
end, was one of the outstanding men on
the field in the recent East-West Shrine
game. McDougal, the Miami back, lives in
Oconto. Sockolov, the California guard, as the one lineman who gave Wisconsin real trouble in the game at Berkeley last September. None of the boys have been signed as yet. A few have another year of competition left, because of the relaxed eligibility rules during the war years, but the Packers now have rights to them upon their graduation.
PRO SCHEDULE IS HEADACHE
JANUARY 27 (Chicago) - The NFL swung into the fifth day of its annual winter meeting here Monday morning still sweating over its 1947 schedule. The owners worked until 3:30 o'clock Monday morning without arriving at an acceptable schedule, then adjourned until 10 o'clock, when they resumed their labors. A proposal early Monday by Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers that a 12 game schedule be drawn up instead of an 11, promised to help the owners untangle the snarl in which they found themselves. Lambeau's proposal was the basis of the renewed deliberations later Monday. The owners also encountered difficulties in arranging opening dates. They would like to begin the season September 28, but only four of them have parks which would be available at that time.
PRO SCHEDULE PROBLEM IS HANDED TO BERT BELL
JANUARY 28 (Chicago) - NFL owners "solved" the problem of their 1947 schedule later Monday night by turning it over to Commissioner Bert Bell for solution and adjourning their annual winter meeting. The owners authorized Bell to arrange a schedule, specifying only that he arrange no more than 12 games for each team. Bell later said that he would complete the schedule within a month, and that he would permit each club to announce its own games. Before passing the matter to Bell, the owners debated a 12 game schedule providing six games at home and six on the road for each club. Each team would play home and home games with the other teams in its division and four of the five teams in the other division, two at home and two away. The suggestion for a 12 game schedule to replace the 11 game schedule was made by Curly Lambeau of Green Bay. Except for the schedule, only other news of interest was furnished by George Halas of the Chicago Bears and Lambeau. Halas announced that he had closed a working agreement with the Honolulu Warriors of the Pacific Coast league and Lambeau announced the signing of two men selected in the recent draft, both ends: Bob Skoglund of Notre Dame and Gene (Red) Wilson of Southern Methodist. Wilson was the star of the recent East-West Shrine game.
ALL-AMERICA LOOP READY TO CALL OFF FOOTBALL WAR
JANUARY 30 (New York) - The All-America conference indicated Wednesday that it was ready to call off its football war with the National league if the National agrees. Despite three court victories after player raids, the one year old AAC now wants a "live and let live" policy. It still insists that there is plenty of room for two major leagues. A report that Bill Daley, former Minnesota star, might jump from the All-America to the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National league temporarily aroused the owners again as they opened the second day of their meeting here, but they calmed down quickly and again indirectly proferred an olive branch to the older league. "We expect to respect the contracts of others," said President Dan Topping of the New York Yankees. "But we also expect to defend our own contracts and our legal battles with the other league will start all over if Daley signed with Pittsburgh." Daley, hard hitting fullback who played at Minnesota and Michigan, was signed to a two year contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers last season and was later traded to the Miami club, which collapsed at the end of the campaign. The AAC contends that his contract reverted to the commissioner's office and later was assigned properly to the new Baltimore franchise.
DONS SIGN ALEX AGASE; PACKERS HAD RIGHTS
JANUARY 31 (Los Angeles) - Alex Agase, star guard on the University of Illinois Rose Bowl game, has been signed by the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference, Coach Dud De Groot said Friday. The Green Bay Packers had rights to Agase in the NFL.
GREEN BAY SIGNS TATE OF AGGIES
JANUARY 31 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced they had signed halfback Ralph Tate of the Oklahoma Aggies. Tate, who runs the 100 yard dash in 9.8 seconds, was on the 1945 Packer draft list and recently was discharged from service. He gave up a chance to compete in the Olympics to play professional football. Former Drake relays star, Tate stands six feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He is the third man signed by Green Bay this week.
BAY AERIAL GAME WORST IN CIRCUIT
FEBRUARY 1 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, terrors of the NFL during their halcyon days when Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell had Don Hutson for a target slumped last season to become the club with the worst passing records in the circuit. This was disclosed yesterday by the league's official statistics which confirmed the Los Angeles Rams as the foremost passing team and their backfield ace, Bob Waterfield, as the outstanding individual passer in the league for 1946. Green Bay attempted 178 passes, the least number of tries of any club except Pittsburgh, and completed 54 of them for an average of .303. The pitches gained only 841 yards - the smallest net by that route in the league. Only four passes went for touchdowns and 18 of the Packer heaves were intercepted. In contrast to the Packers' feeble showing in the passing department the league as a whole had a completion percentage of .446 and an average gain of 15 yards on each toss. Passers threw 2,341 forwards and completed 1,049 of them for 15,736 yards. The tosses yielded 517 first downs and 126 touchdowns but 212 throws were intercepted and run back 3,308 yards. Star passer Waterfield, a native of Elmira, N.Y., who went west to grow up and become a stand-in for movie leading men, completed 127 of his 251 passes for 1,747 yards, 18 touchdowns and an interception mark of .067 to nose out Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears for individual honors.
LOS ANGELES DONS SIGN BALDWIN
FEBRUARY 6 (Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference claimed another triumph over the Green Bay Packers of the vial National League today when they signed All-America end Burr Baldwin of UCLA. The Dons recently announced the signing of Illinois' All-America guard Alex Agase, who with Baldwin had been chosen in the NFL draft by Green Bay.
ALL-AMERICA LANDS CASE
FEBRUARY 11 (Los Angeles) - Ernie Case, ace quarterback for UCLA, said today he had signed a three year contract to play with the new Baltimore team in the All-America Conference. Southpaw Ernie, who passed and guided UCLA through an unblemished season last year and then saw it walloped by Illinois in the Rose Bowl did not divulge the salary teams. Case, 26, served with the Army Air Forces, was shot down in Italy and spent 11 months as a prisoner of war. He was the No. 1 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers of the rival National League. His pass catching teammate, Burr Baldwin, also a Green Bay draftee, recently signed with Los Angeles of the All-America loop.
BAYS SIGN MONCRIEF
FEBRUARY 11 (College Station, TX) - Monte Moncrief, Texas A&M tackle and Aggie co-captain the past three years, announced today he has signed a contract to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Moncrief plans to remain in school through the summer term and return in the spring of 1948 to complete work on a veterinary medicine degree. After graduation, he plans to open a practice in Green Bay.
ROCKETS WILL NOT GO TO MILWAUKEE, JIM CROWLEY SAYS
FEBRUARY 15 (Chicago) - Owner-Coach Jimmy Crowley of the Chicago Rockets denied rumors Friday the All-America Football Conference club would transfer its franchise to Milwaukee. It was reported that an unofficial representative of the club had explored the possibility of renting State Fair park in Milwaukee and that the Rockets also were considering Borchert field, home of the Milwaukee Brewers' baseball club, as a home site. "We haven't even thought of leaving Chicago," Crowley said. "We'll fight it out with the Bears and Cardinals of the NFL on our own grounds." The Rockets, under former owner John L. Keeshin, reportedly suffered a substantial financial loss in their inaugural season at Soldier field here last year. The Green Bay Packers of the National league claim exclusive professional football rights for the next four years to the State Fair park in Milwaukee.
PACKERS PLAY SIX CONTESTS IN WISCONSIN
FEBRUARY 25 (Green Bay) - A six game home schedule,
with three games here and three at Milwaukee, has been
announced for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL by Coach
E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. In addition, Lambeau listed an
exhibition game against the Boston Yankees at State Fair
park in Milwaukee September 14. The 1947 schedule,
unique in Packer history, will find the Bays playing in
Wisconsin six weekends in a row, starting September 28
against the Chicago Bears here and ending November 2
against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Milwaukee. Under an agreement at the last National league meeting, each club will announced only its own home games.
PACKERS SIGN TWO BIG TACKLES
FEBRUARY 28 (Green Bay) - A pair of big tackles from St. Mary's of California, William McPartland and Fred Nielsen, have signed with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced yesterday. McPartland, who stands 6-2 and weighs 235, was an All-Coast tackle in 1946, and Nielsen, who packs 240 pounds on a 6-3 frame, was drafted by the Packers in 1944. These two are the fifth and sixth new players to sign Packer contracts.
CHARLEY BROCK TURNS DOWN COACHING POST
MARCH 5 (Green Bay) - Charley Brock, captain and veteran center of the Green Bay Packers, will probably cavort another season for the Lambeaus as he recently turned down an active offer to take over as a college coach. This isn't the first time that Brock has got a bid from a "rah rah" institution. Brock is a smart footballer and his pigskin stealing abilities have made him famous in gridiron circles. The former Nebraska star has been with the Bays for eight seasons. He made his debut in postgraduate football with the 1939 pennant winning Green Bay team.
CARL MULLENEAUX NAMED LINE COACH AT ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY
MARCH 9 (St. Louis) - Carl (Moose) Mulleneaux, end for the Green Bay Packers, has signed as football coach for St. Louis university athletic director W.J. (Dukes) Duford announced Saturday. Mulleneaux, veteran professional with the Packers during their 1938 and 1944 NFL championships, will assume his duties when spring training begins next month.
PACKERS SIGN TWO EX-MARINE PLAYERS
MARCH 12 (Green Bay) - Two ex-Marines were added to the 1947 roster of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced that he had signed Joseph Graham, 210-pound, six foot two inch end, who played collegiate ball at the University of Florida, and Ralph J. Grant, 212-pound, five foot ten inch quarterback, who played at Bucknell and Pennsylvania State Teachers college.
BROCK SIGNS FOR 9TH SEASON WITH PACKERS
MARCH 15 (Green Bay) - Charley Brock, veteran center of the Green Bay Packers, has signed for his ninth season with the club, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau has announced. Brock, who is 31 years old today, has captained the Packers for the last two seasons. He was chosen on the Associated Press All-National league team of 1945. Lambeau also announced that the Packer office had mailed contracts to all regular members of the 1946 squad.
ED CODY SIGNS
MARCH 18 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said today that Ed Cody, Purdue fullback, has signed a 1947 Packer contract, his first in professional ball.
PACKERS SIGN CANADEO
MARCH 19 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo, hard-running halfback, has signed a contract for his fifth season with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau said today.
GREEN BAY PACKERS SIGN TED FRITSCH
MARCH 19 (Green Bay) - Ted Fritsch, the NFL's leading scorer in 1946, signed a new contract with the Green Bay Packers yesterday, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau reported. The stocky former Central State Teachers college fullback who won all-league honors last fall has completed five seasons with the Green Bay club. Fritsch is keeping in trim this winter as a member of the Oshkosh All Stars of the National Basketball league.
STRICKLER IS NEW PACKER PUBLICIST
MARCH 24 (New York) - George Strickler, who resigned last week as director of public relations for the NFL, today signed a three-year contract as assistant general manager and director of public relations for the Green Bay Packers. Strickler, a former Chicago newspaperman and publicity man at Notre Dame in the four horsemen era, will report to Green Bay April 1. In addition to assisting General Manager and Head coach Curly Lambeau, he will replace George Calhoun, who retired recently after handling the Packers' publicity for 30 years.
GREEN BAY SIGNS HALFBACK JACOBS
MARCH 25 (Green Bay) - Jack Jacobs, obtained by the Green Bay Packers from the Washington Redskins in a trade for Bob Nussbaumer, Tuesday signed his 1947 contract with the Packers, Coach Curly Lambeau announced. Jacobs, who played both halfback and quarterback for the Redskins, is a forward passer of exceptional ability although overshadowed at Washington by Sammy Baugh and with the Cleveland Rams who had him originally. Jacobs entered the National league four years ago from the University of Oklahoma. He is 27 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 185 pounds.
GIANTS MEET BAYS AUGUST 23
APRIL 4 (Green Bay) - The New York Giants football team will come here August 23 for an exhibition game with the Green Bay Packers, coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers announced today. The Giants will make the trip from their camp in Superior, Wis. The game will be played under the auspices of the American Legion. Lambeau is doubling as general manager of the Packers in addition to his duties as head coach.
FORMER OCONTO STAR SIGNS WITH PACKERS
APRIL 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of Robert McDougal, University of Miami (Fla.) fullback and former all-around star at Oconto high school. McDougal who transferred to Miami in 1941 after one year at the University of Wisconsin, also played at Duke university as a V12 student in 1943. A three sport man at Miami, the six foot two 210 pound marine veteran of the Okinawa and Iwo Jima campaigns led the Hurricanes to a 40 to 20 upset of Washington and Lee last fall and twice plunged more than 25 yards on successive plays to touchdowns in a 20 to 17 triumph over Miami of Ohio.