THE LATEST - GIRARD DECLARES HE'LL KEEP PROMISE TO JOIN PACKERS
JANUARY 22 (Marinette) - Earl (Jug) Girard, triple threat halfback from the University of Wisconsin, declared tonight he would reaffirm his contract with the Green Bay Packers when he turns 21. Girard, who had been offered $10,000 by the New York Yankees of the All-America Conference, signed a Packer contract about 10 days ago for a reported $8,000. However, he won't be 21 until Sunday, and his mother, Mrs. Ann Girard, has refused to countersign the contract. His father is dead. Girard said he had talked by phone with Curly Lambeau, coach of the Packers, now at Malibu, Calif., tonight and that either Lambeau or a Packer representative would be in Marinette Monday to complete the deal. Girard said the new Packer offer was "close to 10 grand." However, Coach Ray Flaherty of the Yankees remained in Marinette tonight and hope to confer again with Girard. The Yankee management controls both the All-America Conference football team and the American League baseball club. Girard is an infielder in baseball.
6-GAME HOME SCHEDULE
JANUARY 22 (Green Bay) - A six game home schedule, with only one change from the 1947 card, may be the lot of the Green Bay Packer next fall, it was learned today. According to information at Packer headquarters, the club will again play four western and two eastern division teams at home and the same number on the road. In addition, several exhibition games will be arranged. Although details still are to be announced, the only anticipated change in the home schedule will be a shift which brings the New York Giants west in the place of the Pittsburgh Steelers and send the Packers to Boston instead of Philadelphia. The Packers said they were expecting to receive a signed contract mailed from the West Coast yesterday by Fred Provo, University of Washington halfback.
PACKERS SIGN INDIANA GUARD
JANUARY 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the receipt of a signed contract from Howard Brown, 215 pound Indiana University guard. Brown, a native of Dayton, O., originally was a fullback, but voluntarily switched to guard in 1941 when injuries hit the Hoosiers. Following the war, he returned to the guard spot, where he was named the squad's most valuable player in 1946 and again in 1947.
RENNEBOHM SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY
JANUARY 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of Bob Rennebohm of La Crosse, Wis., University of Wisconsin end whose 60 yard return of the opening kickoff set the pace for Wisconsin's 9-0 upset of Yale last fall.
GIRARD SIGNS WITH BAYS
JANUARY 26 (Marinette) - Earl (Jug) Girard, former University of Wisconsin halfback, signed today to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Announcement of the signing was made by Asst. Gen. Mgr. George Strickler, who said Girard had "reaffirmed his original contract with the Packers." The former Badger triple threat star had signed with Packer Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau about two weeks ago for a reported $8,000, but had not reached 21 at the time and his mother, Mrs. Ann Girard, declined to countersign the document. "I have decided to reaffirm my original contract with the Packers," Girard explained, "because I don't want to go back on my word on the first contract I ever signed."
FANS READY TO TAKE UP SLACK - SO PACKERS NEEDN'T WORRY ABOUT INTEREST
JANUARY 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - "Say what you want about me, but be sure to say SOMETHING and don't forget to spell the name correctly," once said a publicity wiseman who lived by, if not for the public. "When folks stop talking about me it will be time to start worrying, for then I'll know they are no longer interested," he added. Applying that thinking to a corporate body, the Green Bay Packers need not be concerned about their future. They get their share of publicity through legitimate news stories, such as the recent series leading up to the formal signing of a popular figure like Jug Girard, recent Wisconsin star. In season and out, as the news sources runs dry on occasions, the fans always are ready to take up the slack by word of mouth. They second guess; they ask questions by the hundreds; they spread rumors. And in so doing, whether they realize it or not, they are proving beyond all doubt their interest in the Packers - interest which enabled the Packers to grow into something of a state institution and hold their own with teams representing the nation's largest cities. The rumors, numerous and varied! Occasionally with some foundation - the last season story about Curly Lambeau's switch to Los Angeles, for instance. Insiders around the National League will tell you it wasn't a pipe dream at the time, despite vigorous denials by the pooh-pooh crowd. Now, of course, there is no doubt about it. Lambeau, an institution in himself, will stay at Green Bay, where he belongs...PACKER PRESIDENT GIVES HIS ANSWERS: Typifying the without-foundation brand was an old one about Lambeau owning the franchise personally and, therefore, having the Packer corporation and all Green Bay at his mercy. That was kicked around for a lone time before it was nailed down by conclusive proof that the valuable franchise is corporation property. Well, the rumor mill still is going strong. So I decided to toss some of the choice numbers into the lap of Emil R. Fischer, Packer president and a man in position to know exactly what's going in. Not only did he answer all questions put to him directly, but also expressed willingness to go on record. So here goes:
Question No. 1 (to clear up Lambeau's status once and for all): "Do you say, without qualification, that Curly will coach the Packers in 1948?" Fischer's answer: "Yes, without qualification."
Q. 2 - "Will the Packers move to Milwaukee? If not, have such plans been discussed at any time?" A. - "The Packers, as a state team, will continue to play part of their games in Green Bay and part in Milwaukee, the games and the dates depending upon the schedule drawn up by the Commissioner of the National league."
Q. 3 - "Is the Packer corporation considering any offer for its National League franchise? If so, is it a city represented in the rival All-America Conference?" A. - "NO. Nor has it."
Q. 4 - "Are the Packers planning to enlarge City Stadium at Green Bay? If so, when and to what extent?" A. - "Plans already have been drafted, but are being held in abeyance pending greater stabilization of construction costs. Plans also are considered for enlargement and improvement of facilities at Milwaukee."
Q. 5 - "Is Lambeau's status that of a stockholder as well as paid employee working under contract? Is the Packer Corporation a non-profit organization?" A. - "Yes, Lambeau's status is that of a stockholder and also a paid employee. Yes, the Packer corporation is a non-profit organization."
There you have it, fans: The Packer story will continue to be the tale of two cities (in Wisconsin) and the original idea man (Lambeau). And definite expansion plans are in the making. To President Fischer: Sincere thanks.
BRUCE SMITH MAY GET GOPHER POST
FEBRUARY 6 (Minneapolis) - Neither coach nor former pupil would comment today on whether former All-American halfback Bruce Smith would become assistant football coach at the University of Minnesota. Smith, currently with the Green Bay Packers, talked with Coach Bernie Bierman Friday. Smith returned to his home in Faribault, Minn., declining comment. The university is seeking someone to take the place of Dal Ward, who recently resigned to coach at Colorado university.
'NOTHING SETTLED' COMMENT OF SMITH ON GOPHER POSITION
FEBRUARY 7 (Minneapolis) - Bruce Smith, mentioned as No. 1 choice to fill a vacancy on the University of Minnesota's football coaching staff, said Saturday morning "nothing has been settled". Smith, an All-American selection, while a Gopher halfback, met with head coach Bernie Bierman Friday. He said Saturday his duties as co-owner of a Northfield, Minn., sporting goods firm would prevent his acceptance of a job on the Gopher staff on a full-time basis. A vacancy was created when Dallas Ward, full-time assistant to Bierman, accepted the head gird coaching post at Colorado university earlier this week. Smith said he had been asked to contact Curly Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers Monday, in regard to Smith's playing with the professional team next fall. Smith was with the Packers in 1946 and 1947.
CARL MULLENEAUX NEW LINE COACH AT ARIZONA
FEBRUARY 9 (Tucson) - Carl K. Mulleneaux, line coach for St. Louis university football team last year, has been appointed line coach and an assistant professor of physical education at the University of Arizona, it was announced yesterday. Mulleneaux, former end with the Green Bay Packers, replaced Vaughn Corley, now head football coach at New Mexico A&M.
PACKERS, REDSKINS TO PLAY BENEFIT CONTEST
FEBRUARY 9 (Birmingham) - The Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins will meet here in a benefit football game next September 11. The Junior Chamber of Commerce, which will sponsor the game, announced that net proceeds will go to the Child's hospital here.
PACKERS TO PLAY 7 'HOME' GAMES
FEBRUARY 9 (Philadelphia) - A seven game "home" schedule was announced for the Green Bay Packers today by the NFL headquarters. The Packers will play four games, including one exhibition, at Milwaukee, and three games at City Stadium, Green Bay. In addition, exhibition tilts with the New York Giants at Minneapolis on August 29 and the Washington Redskins at Birmingham on September 11 were announced. The remainder of he schedule of home games: September 5 - Pittsburgh at Milwaukee (exhibition); September 26 - Chicago Bears at Green Bay; October 3 - Los Angeles at Green Bay; October 10 - Chicago Cardinals at Milwaukee; October 17 - Detroit at Green Bay; October 24 - Washington at Milwaukee; November 21 - New York Giants at Milwaukee.
FEBRUARY 10 (New York) - Although NFL records list Cecil Isbell's toss to Don Hutson in 1942 as the shortest touchdown pass on record, Art Daley of the Green Bay Press-Gazette decided to check up the other day. Art recalled that the writers had merely guessed at the distance of four inches. Sure enough, Charley Brock, who centered the ball on that play, said that it was nearer two inches than four from the goal line. Curly Lambeau was about the same distance from a collapse when Isbell made that pass.
PACKERS HOPE TO GET BRUCE SMITH
FEBRUARY 10 (Los Angeles) - Bruce Smith has been offered an "attractive" contract to return to the Green Bay Packers next season, according to Coach Curly Lambeau. The big halfback reportedly has received offers to become backfield coach at the University of Minnesota, his alma mater. Lambeau said last night he had talked with Smith by telephone. "I'm hoping he plays with us this season," Lambeau declared. "But of course any public announcement as to whether he will must come from Smith himself."
BAYS BESTED 1946 RECORD
FEBRUARY 16 (Green Bay) - Stylist Curly Lambeau, whose "new look" in football offenses last fall actually was a dust off of the same thing he used 15 years ago, has some neatly rounded figures to cite today. Statistics for his 1947 Green Bay Packers showed his squad gained 48 percent more yards and scored 74 percent more points than it did a year ago. And all this despite the failure of Ted Fritsch, National league scoring king in 1946, to make more than 56 points last fall. The Packers, with Tony Canadeo and Walt Schlinkman leading the way, gained 2,149 yards in 510 rushing attempts for a 4.2 yard average. Canadeo picked up 464 yards in 130 tries and Schlinkman 439 yards in 103. Jack Jacobs, who threw all but 11 Packer passes, completed 108 of 242 attempts for a .446 average and 1,615 yards gained and 16 touchdowns. Nolan Luhn caight 42 passes for 696 yards and seven touchdowns in leading the club in that department. Little Ed Cody, third-string fullback behind Fritsch and Canadeo, grabbed kickoff honors, bringing back 10 for a 26.9 average while Bob Forte set the pace on interceptions with nine which he returned 140 yards.
BAYS SEEK TO FORCE CIVIL SUIT BY FORMER PLAYER TO TRIAL
FEBRUARY 18 (Green Bay) - Atty. G.F. Clifford said today the Green Bay Packers will attempt to bring to trial a civil suit by ex-guard Charley Tollefson as soon as possible. Tollefson, dropped by the Packers after three games of the 1946 season, is seeking $2,700 he alleges in the unpaid balance of his contract. Circuit Judge E.M. Duquaine, who ruled earlier this week that NFL contracts authorizing arbitration are invalid in Wisconsin, has given the club 20 days to file an answer. Clifford said Tollefson was released because "he did not have the capacity to play professional football of the caliber required by the Packers."
LAMBEAU IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR LOS ANGELES JOB
FEBRUARY 19 (Los Angeles) - Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers was among the men considered for the job of coaching the Los Angeles Dons, a Dons spokesman said late yesterday. Club spokesman Frank Clement did not say, however, that Lambeau had applied for the post. The Dons are in the All-America conference while the Packers are in the NFL. Lambeau has frequently declared he has no intention of leaving the Packers, with whom he has been associated since their start.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LOOP WINNING FIGHT FOR TALENT
MARCH 3 (Green Bay) - The NFL is winning its talent fight with the rival All-American League, George Strickler, assistant general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said yesterday. He declared the senior circuit had signed up the lion's share of the Big Nine college stars joining the pro ranks without paying the larger salaries offered by the All-America loop. Strickler asserted these newcomers were more interested in the security offered by the National League than in the dollars of the other league.
PACKERS SET HOME GAMES
MARCH 6 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau announced the Green Bay Packers' home schedule Saturday revealing six games split between Green Bay and Milwaukee and opening with the traditional Chicago Bear battle at Green Bay September 26. The Lions October 3 and the Los Angeles Rams October 17 will complete the Green Bay portion of the schedule. In Milwaukee, the Packers will play the Cardinals October 10, the Redskins October 24 and the New York Giants November 21. Lambeau also cleared up the situation on the Packers' exhibition schedule announcing that only one game has been definitely set. Green Bay will meet the Redskins in Birmingham September 12. Two and possibly three other exhibitions have been planned, but opponents, sites and dates have not been arranged. The Packers for the first time in a long time will open their league season away. They will meet the Boston Yanks at Boston September 17. The traditional return game with the Bears at Chicago will be played November 14. The other road games will not be announced until later.
CENTER BROCK QUITS PACKERS
MARCH 10 (Green Bay) - Charley Brock, Green Bay Packer center for nine years, has retired to take a coaching job. Brock Thursday informed Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Packers that he had lined up as an assistant mentor but he declined to name the school. Bock was twice chosen on the Associated Press all-professional eleven. He captained the Green Bay club for the last four years and was a member of two championship teams, in 1939 and 1944. Brock is a former University of Nebraska player. He lives at Clark, Neb.
BROCK IS REPORTED HEADED FOR OMAHA
MARCH 11 (Green Bay) - Charley Brock, whose retirement from the Green Bay Packers was announced Thursday, may become line coach at Omaha University.
BROCK NAMED LINE COACH AT OMAHA
MARCH 14 (Omaha) - Charley Brock, one-time University of Nebraska football great who recently quit the Green Bay Packers, Saturday was named head football line coach at the University of Omaha. He was given a one-year contract. Athletic Director Virgil Yelkin said he expects Brock to be on hand for spring practice within two weeks. Brock succeeds Harold Johnk, who resigned recently to go into business.
MOLENDA BACK WITH PACKERS
MARCH 18 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, today announced the re-signing of Bo Molenda as his backfield assistant for 1948. Molenda returned to football last fall as a member of the Packer staff following 45 months of service in the Pacific with the Navy. Prior to the war, Molenda, fullback on the Packers' triple championship teams in 1929, 1930 and 1931, served six seasons as assistant coach of the New York Giants and one season as end coach at Lafayette University. Signing of Molenda completes the Packers' coaching staff for 1948 and again leaves the club in charge of the men who formerly played at Green Bay. Line coach Walter Kiesling and end coach Don Hutson round out the corps of assistants to Lambeau. Hutson and Kiesling will be serving their fourth years as Packer coaches.
MARCH 19 (Racine Journal) - Nolan Luhn, the Green Bay Packers' leading receiver last season, has joined the sales force of a Tulsa, Okla., radio station in an executive capacity.
GIRARD TO PLAY OUTFIELD POST FOR GREEN BAY
MARCH 25 (Green Bay) - Earl "Jug" Girard, former athletic standout at Marinette high school and the University of Wisconsin, has signed to play baseball with the Green Bay Bluejays in the Wisconsin State League this season. Girard, who signed a professional football contract with the Green Bay Packers, will be switched to an outfield position according to Wally Laskowski, Cleveland Indian scout, who was here for the signing of Girard to a Bluejays' contract. Girard will join the Bluejays in training next week. Girard played third base and batted .441 in 20 games with the Badger Sports in the Madison Industrial League last year.