EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (1-0) 17, New York Giants 14
Saturday August 23rd 1947 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(GREEN BAY) - Curly Lambeau tipped his mitt here Saturday night and he came up with an ace of passers and an ace of receivers as his Green Bay Packers opened the 1947 season with a 17-14 victory over the New York Giants in an exhibition. The passer was Jack
Jacobs, the big Indian, who shot his deadly darts all
over the field. The receiver was Gene Wilson, who
weaved in and out among the big Giants and caught
enough of the darts to swing the scales in Green Bay's
favor. It was a slam bang battle all the way in which the
teams took turns scoring and setting the pace - and
the Packers scored last, to the delight of a sweltering
crowd of 15,000.
FRITSCH DECIDES IT
A field goal from the 20 by Ted Fritsch gave the
Packers first blood, 3-0. A touchdown on a pass from
Jerry Niles to Jim Howell, gave the Giants the lead,
7-3. A nine yard plunge by Schlinkman put Green Bay
back in front, 10-7. A pass, Niles to Weiss, regained
the lead for the Giants, 14-10. And with a one yard
plunge by Fritsch, with four minutes left, decided the
game. It was a whale of a game, considering the 90
degree heat, and it revealed both teams as almost
certain contenders in their respective divisions of the
league. The Packers especially gave promise, with
both their running game and their passing, and only a
flock of penalties, 100 yards on the nose, kept the 
boys from winning with less trouble.
PACKERS PROVE POTENT
The statistics, against a New York team fortified with
two powerful lines, tell the story of Green Bay's 
rejuvenation with the new men and the new system
Curly Lambeau has installed. The Packers gained 156
yards rushing and 202 passing, which is not a bad
night's work in the first start of the campaign. New
York got 59 yards passing and 117 running. The
Packers, after outplaying the foe but meeting stubborn
resistance in the scoring half of the field or bumping
into costly penalties, finally drew first  blood late in the
second quarter when Fritsch booted a field goal from
the 20 yard line. It was a simple kick for the old master
and the crowd, which had started to fidget over the
failure of the team to show points for all its apparent
superiority, settled back.
GIANTS INTERCEPT, SCORE
But the three points did not stand up long, even though
less than four minutes of the half remained. Younce
intercepted one of Jacobs' passes on Green Bay's 43 a
couple of minutes later, and in the last seven seconds
of the half, the Giants scored. On the first play, Niles
swung around right end for 23 to Green Bay's 20, and 
on third down from there he whipped a perfect strike to
Howell all alone in the end zone for the score. 
Actually, Niles was lucky to get the ball away. He was
apparently hopelessly trapped, but ducked under
Lipscomb, who dove to crush him, and then whipped
the ball 35 yards into Howell's waiting arms. Paschka
added the extra point. It was a fine ending, indeed, for
a half in which the Packers had clearly outplayed their
rivals, 10 first downs to 4 and 156 yards to 96.
Lambeau, as might be expected, tore his hair. The
Packers came out with fire in their eyes in the third
quarter and proceeded to dominate the play even more
completely than they had in the first two, but always
they ran into something which stopped them. Not the least of their troubles was a rock ribbed New York line in scoring zones. Once they reached the six yard line after a drive of 64 yards, but had to give up the ball on downs. Another time they reached the 10 yard line, first down, but immediately drew a 15 yard penalty which slowed them down. And twice, receivers in the end zone dropped long passes which would have put the scorekeeper to work - Wilson one and Luhn the other. Enough of this was enough, though, and late in the period the boys uncorked a drive that finally paid off on the first play of the fourth quarter. A great pass, Jacobs to Wilson, carried them from midfield to New York's 13. After three plays from here had netted four years, Schlinkman drove nine yards over center into the end zone. Cuff converted to give Green Bay the lead again, 10-7. No sooner did the Giants get the ball again, however, than they marched the length of the field for a touchdown of their own. In midfield on this drive they were apparently stopped, but the Packers drew a costly 15 yard penalty for roughing the kicker and the Giants proceeded on their way. A third down pass from the 11 yard line took the ball home, Weiss jumping up a bit higher than Tate to grab the toss from Miles in the end zone. Again Paschka converted. In the slam bang battle into which this developed, it now became the Packers' turn, and they, took, went for a touchdown as soon as they got the ball. Starting on the 33, Jacobs shot his deadly darts all over the lot. Four successive passes, to Goodnight, Luhn and Forte (2) took the ball to the two yard line, Smith picked up a yard at right tackle and Fritsch on the next play plowed over left guard for the touchdown. Cuff's point made it 17-14. And so the game ended.
NEW YORK  -  0  7  0  0 - 14
GREEN BAY -  0  0  6  0 - 17
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 20-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - NY - Jim Lee Howell, 23-yard pass from Jerry Niles (Kick good) NY 7-3
4th - GB - Schlinkman, 9-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
4th - NY - John Weiss pass from Niles (Kick good) NEW YORK 14-10
4th - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
NEWS AND NOTES
PEACE AT LAST! CALHOUN SEES THE OPENING KICKOFF
AUGUST 23 (Green Bay) - After 28 years in the official family of the Green Bay Packers, George Whitney Calhoun finally saw an opening kickoff here Saturday night. Since 1919, the year the Packers were organized, Calhoun tended the press gate until long after every kickoff. Last March he retired as publicity director and Saturday night while the Packers faced the New York Giants in an exhibition, he saw the full 60 minutes of play. The veteran newspaperman, a member of the Green Bay Press-Gazette's editorial staff nearly 30 years ago, was in on the birth of the Packers. It was Calhoun at the behest of Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, then and now head coach, who called the first meeting of Green Bay's original team. The Packers played independently in those early days - and business wasn't too good. In fact, one of Calhoun's principal duties in the 1919-21 era was to pass his battered fedora among the sidelines. The picking was poor more often than not. In 1923, when the Green Bay Football Corp., was organized, Calhoun became secretary and publicity director. He filled the former post through the 1940 season and retired from the latter last March 15. He will continue as a member of the board of directors of the corporation. One of his early innovations for the convenience of newsmen covering Packer games was a yearbook containing all pertinent information on the club, both past and present. In 1935, he also originated a weekly news sheet - the Packer Football News - mailed faithfully each week to more than 100 newspapers across the United States. A demon statistician, Calhoun has game by game records of the Packers since they entered the NFL in 1921 and he shortly intends to write a history of the league based on this information.
PACKERS' JACOBS-TO-WILSON PASSING DUO CATCHES FANS
AUGUST 25 (Green Bay) - Maybe it isn't quite as slick as the Isbell-to-Hutson combination of the days when the Packer passing was the terror of the NFL. But Jacobs-to-Wilson is the phrase now ringing merrily in the ears of Green Bay fans. The 15,000 fans who watched the Packers beat the New York Giants, 17-14, in an exhibition Saturday night smacked their lips at Indian Jack Jacobs' tosses and the way Gene Wilson weaved and bobbed to take them. Those rabid Packer partisans saw something Green Bay was begging for all last year when the hometown club had the worst passing record in the circuit. They saw the Packers pick up 13 first downs and 202 yards by the aerial route. And they saw a Green Bay team which apparently will be a strong contender in the Western Division.
ALL-AMERICA GRID CONFERENCE CHALLENGES TO POSTSEASON TILT
AUGUST 26 (New York) - The All-America Football conference, through Commissioner Jonas H. Ingram, Monday challenged the NFL to a world championship playoff in December. Ingram made the first formal challenge by the year old All-America conference in a telegram to Commissioner Bert Bell of the National league. Proceeds of the event, he suggested, should go to a charity to be designated by mutual agreement or to the winner on a winner take all basis. "I think we've got three or four teams better than anything in their league," Ingram said late. "I'd like to prove it to the public." The game, he said, probably would have to be played in the south or in California between Christmas and New Years' day. Ingram's telegram to Bell follows: "Last Thursday at a meeting in Chicago of the owners of the All-America Football conference clubs, I was authorized to issue the following challenge through the commissioner of the National league to its owners: 'The 1947 championship team of the All-America conference challenges the 1947 championship team of the National league to a game to determine the world's championship of major league football, the game to be played on the following basis: The entire net proceeds to be contributed to an outstanding national charity or outstanding national cause in the interest of the American people; or the entire net proceeds to go to the winner to be distributed as said winning ball club may decide.' Should the All-America conference win the game they have decided to contribute the entire net proceeds to an outstanding national charity or cause, the time, place and other minor details of the game to be mutually agreed upon." The NFL up to now has failed to recognize existence of its young rival.
'NOT INTERESTED' SAYS COMMISSIONER BELL
AUGUST 26 (Philadelphia) - "Not interested. We don't play postseason games," said Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL Monday in commenting on the formal challenge issued by the All-America conference for a championship game. Prodded to elaborate on his statement, Bell cooly repeated his words emphasizing that he had no more to say.
PACKERS START WORK FOR PITTSBURGH GAME
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - Heartened by the showing in the 17-14 victory over the New York Giants in an exhibition Saturday night, and by the cool weather after a long hot spell, the Green Bay Packers settled down to work Monday to prepare for their next exhibition game with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh Friday night. The Packers came out of the Giant fray in excellent condition and will be in tip top shape for their next start.
ALL-AMERICA ISSUES A FORMAL CHALLENGE - BUT PRO FOOTBALL WAR IS STILL ON
AUGUST 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Football war's still on - Once again the All-America League's challenge for a post-season game to decide the world's championship has been greeted by National League silence. The latest defy was a formal one, authorized by the A.A. owners and issued by Commissioner Ingram. Bert Bell, National head man, brushed it aside with a minimum of words, undoubtedly on orders from above. The suggested playoff is inevitable, but I don't blame the senior loop for not rushing into the proposed pact. What with serious trouble in Chicago, Miami and Buffalo, the All-America didn't prove its right to complete acceptance its first year out. And it will take time, too, to wipe out the National League's painful memory of player raids and sharply increased costs of operation resulting. Ingram didn't help matters by insisting three or four clubs in his league can beat the best the National can produce. Such statements will keep the road to peace blocked.
LAMBEAU LETS AX FALL ON TWO ROOKIES
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, dropped the ax Tuesday on two rookies - Ralph Grant of Bucknell, a quarterback, and Fred Nielsen of St. Mary's, a tackle. Other cuts to the player limit of 33 will follow the exhibitions with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh Friday night and the Boston Yankees at Milwaukee September 14.
PACKERS FACE STEELERS IN PITTSBURGH FRIDAY
AUGUST 28 (Green Bay) - Another four days of work behind them, in which some of the wrinkles which showed up in the 17-14 victory over the New York Giants last Saturday were ironed out, the Green Bay Packers Thursday afternoon left for Pittsburgh where Friday night, in a game for Greek relief, they will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in an exhibition. Pittsburgh has never beaten the Packers. There were more encouraging aspects in the victory over the Giants than discouraging, and Coach Curly Lambeau had high hopes that the boys would keep rolling against Pittsburgh. Only two of the boys will not be in shape to play if needed. Baxter Jarrell, a rookie tackle, has an injured knee, and Bill McPartland, another rookie tackle who was a member of the College All-Star squad which defeated the Bears last week, has a back injury. The rest of the squad was ready including the late arrivals from the camp of the College All-Stars who joined the team over the weekend: Ed Cody, fullback, of Purdue; Monte Moncrief, guard, of Texas Aggies, Ray Clemens, guard, of St. Mary's, and Bob Skoglund, end, of Notre Dame. The Packers, who will arrive in Pittsburgh Friday morning, will be back at the Rockwood Lodge camp Saturday afternoon when work will begin for the game with the Boston Yankees at State Fair park, Milwaukee, September 15. The Steelers defeated Bethlehem (Pa.) in an exhibition a week ago, 28-0.
PACKERS TO PROVIDE A TEST FOR STEELERS WITHOUT BILL DUDLEY
AUGUST 29 (Pittsburgh) - What will the Pittsburgh Steelers be like without Bill Dudley this fall? The answer should be had Friday night when Jock Sutherland's rebuilt eleven takes the field against the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition at Forbes field. The game will be played under the auspices of the Dapper Dan club, a Pittsburgh charitable organization, for the benefit of Greek relief. Speculation has ranged all the way 
from high optimism to pessimism on what the Steelers may achieve this season without the halfback who was named the most valuable man in the National league last season and who was recently sold to the Detroit Lions after he had announced his retirement rather than play with the Steelers again. "They played me 50 or 55 minutes every game," Dudley said, "and it was too much." At Detroit, Dudley will receive $25,000 a season. Sutherland himself had leaned toward optimism - and he generally is anything but a dour old Scotchman. He has added weight to his team and balance to his backfield to take up the slack left by Dudley's departure. Not a few observers, however, feel that nothing the Steelers do or have done will be able to compensate for the loss of a back like the former Virginia star. They feel the going may be rough for Pittsburgh this fall. Green Bay ruled a seven point favorite, largely on its fine showing in the 17-14 victory over the New York Giants in an exhibition at Green Bay last Saturday. Against two solid New York lines, the Packers rolled up more than 350 yards. The Steelers in their only start defeated Bethlehem, Pa., last week Friday, 28-0. Pittsburgh have never defeated Green Bay. The Packers arrived here Friday morning. They will leave immediately after the game, returning to Green Bay Saturday afternoon.