EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (3-1) 31, Washington Redskins 21
Sunday September 21st 1947 (at Baltimore)
(BALTIMORE) - The Washington Redskins came to life with three touchdowns in the final quarter today, but couldn't overcome a 31 point lead piled up by Green Bay in
the first half, and the Packers came off with a 31-21 victory
in a NFL exhibition game. The first two periods were all
Green Bay as Indian Jack Jacobs and end Clyde Goodnight
collaborated for three scores via the aerial route, but the
teams did a complete form flip-flip in the second half when
the veteran passing master - Sammy Baugh - came off the
Redskin bench despite rib injuries. The crowd of 18,186
paid, plus 2,000 solider and veterans, had just about given
up the Redskins, but Baugh sparked his club to a brilliant
comeback. Although unable to score in the third,
Washington threatened repeatedly and finally began to 
move in the final period while the Packers could get 
nowhere. Redskin tackle Ed Cifers picked up Green Bay
halfback Ralph Tate's fumble and galloped 47 yards for a
touchdown. Then Baugh passed to halfback Bob
Nussbaumer, the play going 43 yards for another score.
Eddie Saentz took a shovel pass from Baugh and galloped
18 yards for the final touchdown, and Dick Poillon's third
placekick for the extra point put Washington just 10 points
in arrears. With Baugh passing, the Redskins were headed
goalward again as the game ended. With Jacobs spearing
the offensive, the Packers tallied twice in the first period.
Bruce Smith ran end 53 yards for the second touchdown.
A tingling 71 yard play made it 21-0, when Goodnight took
a 35 yard aerial from Jacobs and ran 36 more to the end
zone. Ted Fritsch booted a 16 yard field goal, and another
Jacobs-to-Goodnight aerial covering 38 yards ended the
Green Bay scoring just before the half ended.
GREEN BAY  - 14 17  0  0 - 31
WASHINGTON -  0  0  0 21 - 21
1st - GB - Goodnight pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN
BAY 7-0
1st - GB - B.Smith, 53-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN
BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Goodnight, 71-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick)
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-0
2nd - GB - Goodnight, 38-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick)
4th - WASH - Ed Clifers, 47-yard fumble recovery (Dick
Poillon kick) GREEN BAY 31-7
4th - WASH - Bob Nussbaumer, 43-yd pass from Sammy
Baugh (Poillon kick) GREEN BAY 31-14
4th - WASH - Eddie Saenz, 18-yard pass from Baugh
(Poillon kick) GREEN BAY 31-21

SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay) -The Packers today began trimming their roster to the legal limit of 35 preparatory to opening the season against the Chicago Bears Sunday. Waivers were asked on four players, three guards and Andy Uram, a former Packer and Minnesota
halfback star who was attempting a comeback after several years'
retirement. The guards are Howard Tollefson, St. Norbert's college;
Wilder Collins, Tulsa, and Monte Moncrief, an All-American tackle
at Texas A&M last year. Coach Curly Lambeau also announced
the signing of Aldo Forte, former Bear guard. Forte played with
Detroit part of last season, but finished with the Bears for whom he
played in 1941 and 1942.
SEPTEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau trimmed his
NFL Green Bay Packer squad to the league player limit yesterday
with the release of Ralph Tate, former halfback and hurdle champion
at Oklahoma A and M. The release of Tate leaves the Packers with
three left halfbacks - Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo and Roy McKay
- for their season opener against the Chicago Bears here Sunday.
McKay, a former fullback and league punting leader the last two
seasons, will be making his first try at the halfback spot.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Sheboygan Press) - Professional basketball did
it, so why not pro football? Faced with a ruinous salary and player
war, the National Basketball League and Basketball Association of
America very sensibly called it quits during the winter - and
everybody seems to be perfectly happy about the whole thing. Now
we think it's time for the NFL and All-America conference to do the
same thing - and thereby make a lot more people (including
themselves) happy. The NFL and AAC pro grid moguls have just
about everything in the world to gain by shaking hands, but so far
the established National league has been pretty snooty about the
liason. The Conference's Commissioner Ingram has offered to get
together, the National's Commissioner Bell has been resolutely
saying "nothing doing". And so the two leagues go on their
separate ways the hard way. It's easy to understand the National
league's viewpoint: after all, it was there "first", laid the pro football
foundation the hard way after many years of work, then saw the
upstart Conference come along and grab some of its prize
packages, and now is witnessing the new circuit wave an olive
branch at it. Having lost money by the bucketfuls for years, the
National league owners naturally would figure that the new team are
due for some of the same woes - and that a couple of rough
seasons in the "red" might discourage them. All of which would 
leave the field to the NFL once more. And, of course, the National's pride is involved too - having had a 
punch thrown at them by the Conference when the new league started a salary war, they're very willing to oblige by slugging right back for awhile. As witness the Cards' haul of Charlie Trippi and the Bears' snagging Bob Fennimore, two happy grabs for the National loop against some spirited Conference bidding. So the two circuits are still at outs and likely to be for some time. Which means that the only sure winners are the players, who stand to gain plenty of extra shekels by the salary war - just as the players did in basketball until a halt was called to the free spending. Sure losers are the fans, who could see some interesting football games if the two loops would ever get amiable and hold a real championship playoff, say. Such as the Packers vs. the Rockets - which would be a great game from a Wisconsin angle. With the Packers long a Sheboygan favorite, the new Rockets have been adopted by the fans here, too, in the new league by dint of Bill Schroeder's joining the team, because of the Rockets' training camp at nearby Two Rivers, because of such popular men as Jimmy Crowley or John Brogan or William Tooley, all familiar names in this section of Packerland. From what we've seen and from what other writers have written, the National league is stronger up and down the line, than all save the very best of the AAC. Which means that NOW is the time for the National loop to meet the All-Americans in that post-season playoff...because it'd very likely win the ballgame and all the prestige that goes with it. By standing off as they are, the National league teams are playing it safe and sane, but they can no longer use that old gag about "go out and get yourself a football" - the Conference has one and is using it better and better. In another couple of years, in fact, it may be able to use it as well as the "veterans". By then its players who are now pro "freshmen" will have gained experience, will be able to meet the Bears and Redskins and Giants and Packers on even terms. Of course, should the National league team be upset - as could happen - it would be a great "taling point" for the All-America circuit for its boosters could then lay tangible claim to being "just as good" as the NFL. But we think the Bears or Redskins, say, could afford to take that chance. Anyway, sooner or later, the fans are going to demand a meeting.
SEPTEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay
Packers and Chicago Bears, bitterest rivals in
professional football, will meet Sunday in the 
official opening of the 1947 NFL championship
race. Each club carries into the league opener a
record of three victories and one defeat in the
exhibition competition. The Packers defeats New
York, Washington and Boston, but lost to
Pittsburgh. The Bears, after losing to the College
All-Stars, won three in a row over Washington,
Philadelphia and Boston. This will be the 58th
meeting of the teams since 1921. In the series
the Bears have won 31 games, the Packers 21 and five games had been ties. The Windy City has beaten Green Bay in their last three meetings. It will be the first real test for the Packers' new passer, Indian Jack Jacobs, His principal receiver thus far has been end Clyde Goodnight, but Coach Curly Lambeau has been grooming a new flanker, Gene Wilson of Southern Methodist, as a passing mate for Jacobs. Lambeau also has been talking of a new and secret defense against Sid Luckman, George McAfee and other Bear stalwarts. A capacity crowd of 25,000 will see the game in City stadium. The Packer management quit selling tickets for this contest six weeks ago and made refunds to 18,000 applicants.
SEPTEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - Wisconsin comes in for its annual autumn Mardi Gras tomorrow when the Green Bay Packers and the world champion Chicago Bears square off for the 57th time in the bitterest rivalry in football. Twenty-five thousand fans will jam City Stadium for the game which will go a long way toward shaping the Packers' championship chances. Green Bay enters the contest as the underdog, with the Bears a favorite by as much as two to one despite identical pre-season records. Both won three and lost one non-championship starts. Passing will be the style of the day, although the Packers, with more speed in their backfield than they have had in a number of seasons, and a line that completely throttled the Bears on the occasion of their last meeting, may well pile up yardage through the running of Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo, Ted Fritsch, Walt Schlinkman and Jim Gillette. Against this quartet of fleet backs, the Bears will pit such well known ground gainers as George McAfee, Hugh Gallarneau, Noah Mullins and Don Kindt, the latter a rookie from the University of Wisconsin. But the ball game, most likely, will be decided on the passing of Sid Luckman and the Packer trio of Jack Jacobs, Herman Rohrig and Irv Comp. Green Bay's line is equally as good as any other. Jacobs will not be asked to shoulder all the burden of matching the matchless Luckman. Herman Rohrig and Irv Comp, two Packer veterans, have improved Lambeau's attack over what they showed last year. Their chief receivers will be Clyde Goodnight, Gene Wilson and Nolan Luhn. Wilson, a rookie from Southern Methodist, is especially worthy of extra attention.