1947 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
DECEMBER 16 (New York) - Benjamin J. Lindheimer, president of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference, declined today to deny reports that Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers in the rival National league would become head coach of the Dons next season. Asked about rumors that Lambeau, who is vice president, general manager and head coach of the Packers, would switch to the Dons, Lindheimer refused to confirm the report, but added that he would not deny it. He said he had four men under consideration for the head coaching berth vacated by Dud DeGroot but could not discuss any of them at present.
DECEMBER 17 (Pittsburgh) - The NFL's annual draft meeting will be held at the Fort Pitt hotel Friday night. The meeting, expected to attract owners and coaches of all 10 National league entries, had been scheduled for the same night at Chicago, site of the loop's title playoff originally set for next Sunday. However, the eastern division playoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh Sunday made necessary a change in plans, Commissioner Bert Bell said Wednesday.
DECEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Curly Lambeau's future coaching status is still uncertain today. The Packers mentor yesterday vehemently denied in Green Bay he was considering offers from two Los Angeles pro clubs, as was printed in Sunday's Milwaukee Sentinel. However, the reaction Packer President Emil Fischer was significant in that he declined comment other than to say: "Lambeau's contract has several years to run." But, Benjamin Lindheimer, president of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference, when questioned in New York, refused to deny reports that Lambeau would become head coach of the Dons next season. Lindheimer said he had four men under consideration for the coaching post vacated by Dud DeGroot late this season but could not discussed any of them at present. He said he hoped to announced his new coach by March 1. Hinting at "a situation" in Green Bay, Lambeau said: "Rumors that I will leave Green Bay are based on unfounded facts that could have originated in Green Bay." Lambeau, angered at any hint he would leave the club which he has handled since he organized it in 1918, said the first inkling he had of "rumors I was leaving" came in New York when the Packers arrived to play the Giants. "A reporter from a New York paper wrote that I was being placed on probation in Green Bay," Lambeau said. "Immediately football people contacted me and asked me about my plans for 1948. No offers of any kid were made to me for next season." The Packers played the Rams at Los Angeles the following week and Lambeau said the rumors spread to the coast. "After we beat the Rams," Lambeau said, "Braven Dyer of the Los Angeles Times and the other sports writers were in the dressing room talking with the boys and me. None of them made any comment nor even hinted at the rumor from New York." However, Lambeau said, Dyer later wrote a column stating Lambeau might become head coach of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference.
DECEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The breach widens - if the end of the pro football war is in sight, you'd  never guess it from the latest verbal shots. There was no hint of peace in George Marshall's demand that the National League pull out of the annual Chicago All-Star series. The noisy Washington Redskin owner added that Commissioner Bert Bell already has been give the authority to take such action. Meanwhile All-America officials, switching from the needling challenge system, said the next move, if any, is up to the National loop. Which, in effect, mean they're telling the senior circuit to go fly a kite...AH, THOSE REVEALING MOVIES AGAIN!: The season is over and the Packers aren't doing too much talking about the windup game at Philadelphia last Sunday. But it's no secret that they are unhappy about two scoring pass plays which ultimately provided the Eagles with their 14 points margin of victory. "Each time they had ineligible linemen downfield, at least 20 or 25 yards beyond the line of scrimmage," a member of the Packer family insisted. "And that wasn't the first time, for movies of other games showed they had pulled the same stuff before," he added.
DECEMBER 18 (Pittsburgh) - Club owners of the NFL meet here tomorrow for their annual player draft but the confab may air problems more vexing than building for next year. Items reported to be disturbing the calm of some owners included:
1. A suggestion by George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins that the annual game between the league champion and the College All-Stars in Chicago be cancelled. Marshall charged the "game's sponsor violated the contract".
2. The future of Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, vice president, general manager and coach of the Green Bay Packers.
3. The prospective sale of the Detroit Lions and its effect on Coach Charles E. (Gus) Dorais.
4. Future policy toward the rival All-America Conference. Alexis Thompson, young and wealthy owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, has indicated he's one owner who favors some sort of rapprochement. The leagues now have no relations.
Bert Bell, National League commissioner, arrived here today ahead of the club owners and blithely disclaimed knowledge of these problems "except where I've read." He said that officially the meeting was to draft collegiate players for next year "and the clubs are entitled to draft 300 (30 to a team) if they wish." The National League's boss declared that Lambeau "told me definitely there's nothing to the story" that the Green Bay tutor may turn up as head coach of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Conference.
assistant manager, before leaving for Pittsburgh. "We'll get some good ballplayers, as we always have, but still the fan aren't happy because we seldom come up with a big name player." The reason, of course, is that the Packers rarely finish out of the first division and the theory of the draft is to provide the tailend teams with top talent from the graduating collegiate ranks. As a matter of fact, Gilmer, Lujack and Chappius will not even be considered in this draft. Gilmer was picked earlier by Washington, which won this year's"bonus" draw. Lujack and Chappius were drafted a year ago by the Chicago Bears and Detroit, respectively, because their college classes had been graduated. Cappius was later traded to Pittsburgh in the deal which brought Bill Dudley to the Lions. New York and Detroit get first draw because they finished at the bottom of the standings. Then Washington, Boston, Los Angeles and finally Green Bay.
DECEMBER 19 (Pittsburgh) - The New York Giants, making the first pick in the NFL's annual draft meeting, tonight chose Tony Minisi, flashy University of Pennsylvania halfback. Minisi, who returned to Pennsylvania for the 1946 season, after having been a student at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, is regarded as one of the greatest backs produced at the Philadelphia school. Before the draft got underway, Richard McCann, general manager of the Washington Redskins, confirmed his team's "special" choice of Harry Gilmer, star Alabama University back. But before Commissioner Bert Bell called the owners, general mangers and coaches together, sessions in the hotel lobby and rooms brought forth the following information:
1 - Fred Mandel, owner of the Detroit Lions, reiterated that his club was for sale and has been ever since he purchased it for a reported price of $225,000 in 1940. "Anything I have is for sale providing I can dispose of it for a profit," said the Chicago department store owner, adding that he had discussed the matter with a syndicate from the Motor City.
2 - Curly Lambeau, general manger and coach of the Green Bay Packers for 29 years, again denied he had any intention of leaving the Packers to pilot the Los Angeles Dons in the All-America Conference.
3 - The league, as whole, enjoyed its best year from an attendance standpoint, drawing approximately 2,500,000 people in exhibition and championship games.
4 - At least six of the 10 member clubs finished the season on the right side of the ledger. Those who failed to make money were said to the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions and Boston Yanks, with the New York Giants just about breaking even.
DECEMBER 21 (Pittsburgh) - Earl (Jug) Girard, Wisconsin's star halfback from Marinette, was the Green Bay Packers' prize selection in the NFL's annual draft
of college players Friday night. Among other Packer
choices were Stan Heath of Milwaukee, who played
for Wisconsin in 1946 and for Nevada this year. 
Girard was also picked by the Chicago Rockets in
the All-America conference draft. He has not 
finished college but has indicated that he will quit
school to make money. Since he enrolled in 1943,
his original class will be graduated next June and
under the league rule the Packers may sign him if
possible. Girard, however, has had professional
baseball offers and cannot play football if he signs
a baseball contract. Heath was included in the draft list due to
a mistake at the league headquarters and this cost Green Bay
a player. Heath enrolled at Wisconsin in 1945 and his class
will not be graduated until 1949. When George Strickland,
assistant manager of the Packers, learned this Saturday, he
said that Green Bay would not approach Heath. The Packers
also got rights to one of the outstanding centers in the country,
Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky, a fine tackle in Claude Biggers of
Catawba; a Notre Dame back, John Panelli, and a crack
sprinter, George Walmsley of Rice, who weighs only 170
pounds. Big Nine players picked by manager Curly Lambeau
were Perry Moss, Illinois star passer; tackles Lou Agase and
Bob Cunz of Illinois, and Clarence McGreary of Minnesota;
guard Larry Olsonoski of Minnesota, and ends Bob
Rennebohm of Wisconsin and Stan Gorski of Northwestern.
DECEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Jug Girard would be a
desirable addition to the Green Bay Packers, who have drafted
him, but we think he would be making a mistake to go in for pro
football before he finds out whether or not he can go in pro
baseball. Jug was such a good third baseman that Frankie
Frisch had an eye on him as far back as 1943 and we
understand Charley Grimm of the Cubs and Bill Veeck of
Cleveland would like to sign him. The maximum rewards are
greater and the wear and tear is less in baseball...Much as the
sports editor would like to see Green Bay in the NFL playoff, he
must say it is a great boon for pro football to have the Chicago
Cardinals triumph in the western division and the Philadelphia
Eagles play the Pittsburgh Steelers for the eastern division title.
The meek, so says the Bible, shall inherit the earth. Goodness
knows, the Cards, the Eagles and the Steelers were doormats
for the rest of the league long enough.
DECEMBER 19 (Green Bay) - Football fans might as well know the worst right now - the Green Bay Packers' roster next year will not show any names like Gilmer, Lujack and Cappuis. In fact, the club will be lucky to land any "name" player in the annual National league draft Friday at Pittsburgh. Five clubs which finished below them in the standings each picks a man before the Packers, and Green Bay will not come up again until the nineteenth pick. Its third choice will be No. 31. "The cream will be gone before we even get a chance," groaned George Strickler,