NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT         COLLEGE YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Lloyd Baxter        33    C 6- 2 210             SMU  1  1 25 11 1945 Draft - 24th round
Ed Bell             82    G 6- 1 233         Indiana  2  2 27 12
Tony Canadeo         3   HB 6- 0 190         Gonzaga  7  7 29 12 1941 Draft - 9th round
Ed Cody             17   HB 5- 9 190          Purdue  2  2 25 10 1946 Draft - 3rd round
Irv Comp            51   HB 6- 3 205    St. Benedict  6  6 29 11 1943 Draft - 3rd round
Ted Cook            48    E 6- 2 195         Alabama  1  2 26 12 1948 FA - Det (1947)
Larry Craig         54    E 6- 0 218     S. Carolina 10 10 32 12 1939 Draft - 6th round
Ted Cremer          18    E 6- 2 210       Wisconsin  1  3 26  3 1948 FA - Det (1948)
Ralph Davis         66    G 5-11 205       Wisconsin  2  2 26 11
Donald Deeks        85    G 6- 4 245      Washington  1  4 25  8 1948 FA - Wash (1947)
Ralph Earhart       41   HB 5-10 165      Texas Tech  1  1 25 12 1948 Draft - 32nd round
Bob Flowers         35    C 6- 1 210      Texas Tech  7  7 31 11
Bob Forte            8   HB 6- 0 195        Arkansas  3  3 26 12 1943 Draft - 11th round
Ted Fritsch         64   FB 5-10 210   Stevens Point  7  7 27 12
Jug Girard          36   HB 5-11 175       Wisconsin  1  1 21 10 1948 Draft - 1st round
Clyde Goodnight     23    E 6- 1 195           Tulsa  4  4 24  9 1945 Draft - 3rd round
Jack Jacobs         27   QB 6- 2 190        Oklahoma  2  5 29 12 1947 Trade - Washington
James Kekeris       72    T 6- 1 257        Missouri  1  2 24  5 1948 FA - Phil (1947)
Paul Lipscomb       47    T 6- 5 245       Tennessee  4  4 25 12
Nolan Luhn          38    E 6- 3 200           Tulsa  4  4 27 12 1945 Draft - 25th round
Perry Moss          10   QB 5-10 170        Illinois  1  1 22  6 1948 Draft - 13thround
Ed Neal             58    T 6- 4 290          Tulane  4  4 29 12
Urban Odson         63    T 6- 3 250       Minnesota  3  3 29 12 1942 Draft - 1st round
Larry Olsonoski     46    G 6- 2 215       Minnesota  1  1 23 12 1948 Draft - 6th round
Fred Provo          80   HB 5- 9 185      Washington  1  1 26  9 1948 Draft - 14th round
Baby Ray            44    T 6- 6 250      Vanderbilt 11 11 32 12
Jay Rhodemyre       22    C 6- 1 210        Kentucky  1  1 25  9 1948 Draft - 7th round
Ken Roskie          34   FB 6- 1 220  South Carolina  1  2 26  6 1948 FA - S.Fran (1946)
Walt Schlinkman      7   FB 5- 9 190      Texas Tech  3  3 26 11 1945 Draft - 1st round
Bruce Smith         42   HB 6- 0 197       Minnesota  4  4 28  4 1942 Draft - 13th round
Ed Smith            21   HB 6- 0 185   Texas-El Paso  1  1 25 12 1948 Draft - 3rd round
Damon Tassos        15    G 6- 1 225       Texas A&M  2  4 24 11 1947 FA - Det (1946)
Evan Vogds          79    G 5-10 215       Wisconsin  1  1 25 12 
Don Wells           43    E 6- 2 200         Georgia  3  3 26 12 1945 Draft - 6th round
Pat West            25   FB 6- 0 201             USC  1  4 25  3 1948 FA-LA Rams (1948)
Dick Wildung        45    G 6- 0 220       Minnesota  3  3 27 12 1943 Draft - 1st round
Gene Wilson         65    G 5-10 180             SMU  2  2 22 13 1947 Draft - 6th round
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played
1948 PACKERS DRAFT (December 19, 1947)
RND SEL NAME               POS COLLEGE
1     7 Jug Girard           B Wisconsin
2       Did Not Draft
3    19 Ed Smith             B Texas Mines
4       Did Not Draft
*-5a 27 Don Richards         T Arkansas
5b   31 Wayman Sellers       E Georgia
6    41 Larry Olsonoski      G Minnesota
7    51 Jay Rhodemyre        C Kentucky
8    61 Bob Cunz             T Illinois
9    71 to New York Giants
10   81 George Walmsley      B Rice
11   91 Bob Hodges           T Bradley
12  101 Bob Rennebohm        E Wisconsin
13  111 Perry Moss           B Illinois
14  121 Fred Provo           B Washington
15  131 Lou Agase            T Illinois              
16  141 Travis Raven         B Texas
17  151 to Washington Redskins
18  161 Ken Balge            E Michigan State
19  171 Charley Tatom        T Texas 
20  181 Floyd Thomas         C Arkansas 
21  191 Herb St. John        G Georgia 
22  201 Don Anderson         B Rice 
23  211 Fred Kling           B Missouri 
24  221 Clyde Biggers        T Catawba 
25  231 Stan Heath           B Nevada-Reno 
26  241 Aubrey Allen         T Colorado
27  251 Stan Gorski          E Northwestern 
28  261 Don Sharp            C Tulsa 
29  271 John Panelli         B Notre Dame 
30  281 Clarence McGeary     T North Dakota State 
31  289 Mike Mills           E Brigham Young 
32  296 Earhart, Ralph B 1948 Texas Tech
* - from Detroit
BOLD  - Played for the Packers
1948 PACKERS TRADES
SEPT 11 - Traded C Frank Syzmanski to Philadelphia for T James Kekeris
1948 IN REVIEW
After an early-season 17-7 loss to the Chicago Cardinals, coach Curly Lambeau fined the entire team half of their weekly salary for "indifferent" play. The players did not feel they had been indifferent, but they believed that they a good game against the Rams would get their money back. Green Bay easily downed Los Angeles, 16-0, bringing their record to 3-2. Expecting an extra-large paycheck, the players blew their stack when they did not get back their money. Morale dropped to zero, and the Packers lost every remaining game of the year. Finally, in January 1949, when it was too late, Lambeau returned the players' money.
STRUGGLING TO PAY THE BILLS
The war between the AAFC and the NFL nearly cost the Green Bay Packers their franchise. As salaries spiraled upwards, the bottom line of the team turned a darker shade of red.  In the first two years of the war, Green Bay managed a 12-10-1 record, and was able to draw enough fans to pay the bills. In 1948 and 1949, the Packers slumped to a 5-19 record, and saw their crowds drop by an average of 7,000 fans to 18,000 per contest. It was even worse when Green Bay traveled to Milwaukee. Crowd totals dropped below 10,000, with one game in 1949 drawing less than 5,000. As a result, the Packers lost more than $150,000 and saw their financial reserves wiped out. NFL owners, the national media, and even Commissioner Bert Bell openly suggested the Packers consider a move to another city, with Houston and San Francisco appearing to be the most likely destinations. Rather than throwing in the towel, Green Bay's Executive Committee and boosters organized an intrasquad game on Thanksgiving Day 1949, featuring many former Packer greats. The game raised over $50,000, which allowed the Packers to finish out the season without bouncing their checks. When the AAFC and NFL merged for the 1950 season, Green Bay was included, but had to raise enough funds to meet the league's financial threshholds. A stock sale was held, with $125,000 being raised, 10,000 season tickets were sold, and a fire which destroyed their training facility, Rockwood Lodge, brought in a $50,000 insurance check. While the fire was considered suspicious, no one was ever implicated with intentionally setting the blaze, but the check did cover a third of what the Packers needed to kick of the 1950 season and remain a viable professional football franchise.
1948 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (3-0)
AUGUST (1-0)
29 New York Giants at Minneapolis        W  7- 0    1-0-0   15,000
SEPTEMBER (2-0)
5  G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS                 W  9- 7    2-0-0   13,900
11 Washington Redskins at Birmingham     W 43- 0    3-0-0   27,000
1948 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (3-9)
SEPTEMBER (1-1)
17 at Boston Yanks (0-0-0)               W 31- 0    1-0-0   15,443
26 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0-0)               L  7-45    1-1-0   25,546
OCTOBER (2-3)
3  G-DETROIT LIONS (0-1-0)               W 33-21    2-1-0   24,206
10 M-CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-1-0)           L  7-17    2-2-0   34,369
17 G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1-1)            W 16- 0    3-2-0   25,119
24 M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-2-0)         L  7-23    3-3-0   13,433
31 at Detroit Lions (0-5-0)              L 20-24    3-4-0   16,174
NOVEMBER (0-4)
7  at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4-0)        L  7-38    3-5-0   26,058
14 at Chicago Bears (6-1-0)              L  6- 7    3-6-0   48,113
21 M-NEW YORK GIANTS (2-6-0)             L  3-49    3-7-0   12,639
28 at Los Angeles Rams (3-5-1)           L 10-24    3-8-0   23,874
DECEMBER (0-1)
5  at Chicago Cardinals (9-1)            L  7-42    3-9-0   26,072
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
The legendary Don Hutson takes a posed breather on the practice field in 1948
GIRARD MAY SCRAP PACKER CONTRACT, SIGN WITH YANKS
JANUARY 21 (Marinette) - The New York Yankees may yet sign Earl (Jug) Girard to a professional football contract calling for $10,000 his first year, the former University of Wisconsin
halfback's mother, Mrs. Ann Girard, disclosed today. Girard, who
signed a Green Bay Packer contract calling for a reported $8,000
about 10 days ago, won't be 21 until Sunday and his mother said she
had refused to countersign the document. His father is not living.
"And I'm certainly glad I refused," she told the Associated Press."The
Yankees have offered Jug $10,000 to play football and also a
baseball contract. He's going to make up his mind this weekend 
which team he'll sign with and I hope he makes a good choice. It's
up to him, though." (It was reported late tonight there may be a
showdown in the tug-of-war for the ex-Badger's contract signature in
Marinette tomorrow. Expected to be on hand to talk terms with Girard
are Ray Flaherty, Yankee coach, and the Packers' George Strickler.
One of the reasons advanced for Jug's hasty departure from Los
Angeles was a sales talk by Yankee scout Mike Pecarovich, who was
a coach in the all-star game.) The former Badger triple-threat star
signed a Packer contract proferred by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau
aboard a train taking Girard to Los Angeles for a football game 
played last weekend. He was drafted by both the All-America
Conference Yankees and the National League Packers. "Saturday
night he called me from Los Angeles," Mrs. Girard added, "and told
me the Yankees had contacted him out there. He wanted to know if I
had signed the Packer contract and was very pleased when I said I
hadn't. He came home last night and said again, 'Mom, I'm glad you
didn't sign.' I told him to think it over the rest of the week before 
making up his mind." At Green Bay, Asst. General Manager George
Strickler of the Packers expressed surprise at the development. "We
advanced Girard some money so he wouldn't get stranded on the
coast if that game Sunday blew up," Strickler said. "He promised to
meet Lambeau out there, too, but didn't keep the promise." 
TWO PRO OFFERS FOR JUG GIRARD
JANUARY 5 (Marinette, WI) - A couple of tempting offers from pro football team rivals have been dangled in front of Earl (Jug) Girard but the former University of Wisconsin halfback hasn't grabbed any of them. The Green Bay Packers of the NFL and the New York Yankees of the All-America conference presented the lures by the triple-threat Girard didn't rise to the bait. George Stricker, the Packers' tub-thumper and assistant general manager, made overtures to Girard yesterday but nothing was put on paper. Girard said he would visit Green Bay soon to see Curly Lambeau, Packer coach. Earlier yesterday, Girard said the Yankees had offered him a $7,500 contract. He said he wouldn't sign until he conferred with Packer officials. The Marinette halfback, who has withdrawn from the university, was the draft choice of both the Yankees and the Packers in their respective loops. He was on the major league draft list for next season because his class graduates in June.
GIRARD TO SIGN WITH YANKEES
JANUARY 8 (Marinette) - Earl (Jug) Girard said Friday that he will sign a professional football contract with the New York Yankees of the All-America Conference. Girard, University of Wisconsin halfback for two seasons, said that he intended "to mail the contract shortly" to the Yankees' main office. Girard did not reveal terms of the contract, but it was reported to be for $7,500. The backfield star withdrew from the university shortly after the close of the 1947 season.
OLSONOSKI OF GOPHERS IS SIGNED BY PACKERS
JANUARY 10 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau got away to a flying start Saturday in assembling his 1948 Green Bay Packer eleven with the signing of Larry Olsonoski, 220 pound guard from Minnesota. Olsonoski is the first of Green Bay's new draft crop to be signed. A native of Lancaster, Minn., Olsonoski was named the most valuable player on last year's Minnesota eleven. He will share duties with Dick Wildung, another former Minnesota all-American and one of the outstanding linemen in the National league last year. Olsonoski was named the outstanding lineman on the field in the recent East-West Shrine game in San Francisco. At the same time, Lambeau announced he still expected to sign Jug Girard of Wisconsin. Girard denied Saturday that he had decided to sign with the New York Yankees of the All-America league who offered him $7,500.
GREEN BAY MATCHES N.Y. YANKEE OFFER MADE TO GIRARD
JANUARY 10 (Marinette) - Earl (Jug) Girard, University of Wisconsin backfield star, disclosed today that the Green Bay Packers had matched the offer of the New York Yankees for his services in professional football next fall and that he was undecided which to accept. Girard announced Friday noon that he would sign the $7,500 contract tendered him by the Yankees of the All-America football conference. The Marinette youth, who left school a few weeks ago, said that later yesterday he had a visit from E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Packers, who hold the National league draft rights for Girard. "I still have the Yankee contract in my pocket and I don't know now what I'll do," Girard said today. At Green Bay, George Strickler, Packers' assistant general manager, said the Green Bay club was 'still negotiating" with Girard.
PACKERS SIGN JUG GIRARD
JANUARY 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today they had signed Earl (Jug) Girard, former University of Wisconsin halfback, to a 1948 contract for an undisclosed sum. Asst. Gen. Mgr. George Strickler said Girard was signed by E.L. (Curly) Lambeau on a train en route from Marinette, Girard's hometown, to Chicago. The former Badger triple threat star, who dropped out of school shortly after the close of the 1947 football season, previously had announced at Marinette he planned to sign a contract for $7,500 with the New York Yankees of the All-America Conference, who shared his draft rights with the Packers. Another Packer contract was signed by Oscar Ed Smith of Texas Mines, who ranked seventh among the nation's ball carriers last fall. Smith, a six foot, 192 pound sprinter with official times of 10 seconds flat for the 100 yard dash, is a left handed passer who frequently was used at wingback and fullback. Coach Lambeau intends to play him at left halfback. After leading the Border Conference in rushing with 807 yards in 135 attempts for an average of 5.9 yards per attempt, Smith was picked on the West squad for the Shrine game. He suffered a badly fractured nose on the first day of practice in the West camp, and although it would have been advisable to withhold him from the game, West coaches felt obliged to utilize his exceptional defensive ability.
EXTRA POINT ON SPOT AGAIN
JANUARY 14 (New York) - The much-reviled but very durable extra point will be on the spot again tonight when the NFL's rulesmakers huddle here as a prelude to the circuit's annual business session. Less than a week ago elimination of the point-after-touchdown was one of the proposals laid down before the rules committee of the American Football Coaches Association. The college tutors decided the long-established feature of the grid sport shouldn't be tampered with. Now a stout move, led by Commissioner Bert Bell himself, is afoot in the National League to dispense with the extra point and substitute a "sudden death" method for ending tie games. But in the pro ranks also the point has its champions. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers announced he will oppose any effort to shelve the extra tally ceremony. Lambeau says a majority of the fans in his neck of the woods are in favor of it and he adds: "If the fans want, I want it." Bell contends a measure to end the games should be put through for the sake of the man who pays the freight. "The professional football player must never forget that the spectator is paying his salary," Bell commented. "That's why the rules should be amended to eliminate all chances of tie games - let the game continue until a team wins it, not by an extra point, but by a field goal, safety or touchdown."
HODGES TO SIGN WITH BUFFALO BILLS, REPORTS
JANUARY 14 (Peoria, IL) - Bob Hodges, a star tackle for Bradley University last season, said today he would sign a contract with the Buffalo Bills of the All-American football conference. Hodges said the contract had been mailed from Buffalo and probably would be here tomorrow. He said he would receive a bonus for signing but did not disclose the amount. Hodges was drafted by the Green Bay Packers of the rival National league, but negotiations with the team fell through.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE HAILS DETROIT LIONS' SALE
JANUARY 15 (New York) - NFL officials, confident that a change in Detroit Lions owner had bolstered a weak link in the 10-team circuit, continued today working out a schedule for next fall that would avoid mixing too many baseballs with pigskins. The schedule proposition - always tough - is more so this time because of the major league baseball season and World Series will run far into the pro grid program. League owners immediately got down to the schedule  business after announcing that a syndicate of seven wealthy Detroit men had purchased controlling interest in the Lions from Fred L. Mandel Jr. The sale as closed at the NFL's mid-winter meeting by Lyle Fife, head of the Detroit Electrical Supply, Co., and Mandel, with the syndicate reporting it was ready to spent $500,000 to bring a winner to the auto city. The half million dollars which the new group is prepared to spend includes the purchase price, Fife said. No figure was given on the price paid to Mandel, but the Detroit Times reported it was less than $200,000. Fife, who will be the new president of the Lions, said the syndicate had refused a bid to join the rival All-American conference, and stated nothing had been done about a new coach to replace Gus Dorais, whose contract was bought up recently by Mandel. With this apparently settled league officials worked far into the night on the schedule, main problem left on the agenda. The NFL season begins September 26 and closes December 12, with each club playing 12 games. The baseball season runs through October 3, then comes the World Series. Baseball rules say that no team contending for the pennant can permit football in their parks, and the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers are the only teams not using major league stadiums. Furthermore, Commissioner Bert Bell insists that stronger clubs meet each other, while weaker outfits do the same for the first two weeks in order that the standings won't get out of balance, thus assuring a good season.
SIGNED AS COACH
JANUARY 16 (New York) - Walter Kiesling said today he again would be line coach of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL for the 1948 season. It will be his 23rd season in the league as player and coach.
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.
PACKER NOTES
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.
PACKER NOTES
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.
PACKERS TO START RACE AGAINST BOSTON SEPTEMBER 17
APRIL 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will open their 12 game championship race with a night game against the Boston Yanks in Boston September 17, Coach Curly Lambeau announced Thursday. The early opening will enable the Packers to finish their season one week ahead of other National league teams. Other road dates announced by Lambeau follow:
October 31 - at Detroit
November 7 - at Pittsburgh
November 14 - at Bears
November 21 - at Los Angeles
December 5 - at Cardinals
The home schedule, previously announced, opens with the Bears at Green Bay on September 26.
PACKERS SIGN PAIR OF TACKLE PROSPECTS
APRIL 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced the signing today of two tackle prospects, Clyde Biggers, Catawba college, and Don Richards, Arkansas. Richards, 26, Lexington, Neb., was the outstanding lineman in the Dixie bowl last year. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. Biggers, 6 feet 6 and 245 pounds, was a five letter man at Catawba. The two tackles were the third and fourth new linemen signed by Coach Curly Lambeau. Previously he signed guards Larry Olsonoski of Minnesota and Howard Brown of Indiana.
PACKERS SIGN ILLINOIS STAR
APRIL 9 (Green Bay) - Bob Cunz, star Illinois tackle, has signed to play for the Green Bay Packers next season, Coach Curly Lambeau announced today. Cunz, 21, played center, guard and fullback at Illinois before he became a tackle in the 1946 season. He was a star of the Illini Rose Bowl victory over UCLA and was one of the outstanding linemen in the Big Nine last season.
PACKERS, STEELERS PLAY NON-LEAGUE TILT SEPTEMBER 5
APRIL 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet here September 5 in a non-league football game, the Packer management announced today. The Packers open their NFL season at Boston against the Yanks on September 17.
PACKERS STAY IN BAY - LAMBEAU
APRIL 22 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Packers tonight formally denied persistent reports that Green Bay's NFL franchise will be moved from this charter city. At the annual meeting of the Board of Directors here, Lambeau said: "There will always be a Green Bay Packers. The Packers will never be out of the National League picture. Green Bay has not too much to worry about so long as it tends to its knitting." Most recent reports that Green Bay would lose its franchise appeared in Shirley Povich's Washington Post column when he said Green Bay cannot support the Packers. "That is not true," Lambeau stated. "The Packers' organization is not wealthy but it is sound. The Packers mean a lot to the league. We fill parks around the circuit even if business at home is not on so big a scale. Why, even the Chicago Bears need us - as George Halas has admitted." In analyzing prospects for next season, Lambeau said he has the best backfield material in Packer history. He considers the line as good as last season, and disclosed it may be made even stronger shortly.
PACKERS START SELLING TICKETS FOR '48 SEASON
APRIL 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers opened their annual season ticket campaign Thursday with the simultaneous announcement that an intrasquad game would open the season here on the night of August 21. The intrasquad game completes the home schedule. It now includes two preseason games and three league games in Green Bay and three league games in Milwaukee. The Packers will continue to offer league games at the same $4 top, plus tax, which has prevailed at Green Bay and Milwaukee for several seasons. The five other price ranges usually changed for Packer games have been reduced to two - $3 and $2, plus tax - in a rescaling of both stadiums here and State Fair park in Milwaukee. Under the new policy of having three prices, instead of six, season tickets for the three championship games each in Green Bay and Milwaukee will be $14.40, $10.80 and $7.20. Applications for tickets to all games can be made to the Packer office in Green Bay, where the Packers' first full time ticket force has been in charge since last season and already has handled 2,000 season applications.  Only season tickets will be sold at present. Applications for tickets to individual league games will not be filled until the season ticket campaign closes early in September, Curly Lambeau, head coach and general manager, said.
PACKERS SIGN RALPH EARHART
APRIL 28 (Green Bay) - Ralph Earhart, Border conference 100 yard dash champion from Texas Tech, was signed by the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, bringing to 10 the number of new men who will begin training under Coach Curly Lambeau at Rockwood Lodge August 2. Earhart, who has been timed officially nine times at 9.8 seconds for the 100, led Texas Tech in scoring and pass receiving last fall and is regarded as one of the fastest men in the country. He is 24 years old. A product of Lefors (Tex.) high school, Earhart entered Texas Tech in 1942, then played at Kansas State Teachers' college as a non-commissioned officer in the Navy's V-12 program. In 1946 he returned to Texas Tech, where he also played basketball. Earhart, who weighs 170 pounds and stands 5 feet 10 inches, will vie for a right halfback position at Green Bay with Ed Smith of Texas Mines, whom he beat by inches for the Border conference sprint championship last spring.
CANADEO IS HOLDOUT; LAMBEAU'S IRE GROWS
APRIL 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers had their first holdout Thursday - Tony Canadeo. And Curly Lambeau, who has been dickering with football players since 1919, had his first chance of 1948 to blow off steam on present trends in pro football, players' salaries, and the general financial health of the game. Canadeo, one of the highest salaried backs of the club, flatly refused to sign at last year's salary during a conference in Green Bay Wednesday afternoon and Lambeau just as flatly refused to agree to a raise. "The honeymoon is over," Lambeau said later. "There is plenty of talent for all teams. Several years ago it was different. The players had the owners on a spot and they knew it. It's no trick today, though, to sign 100 men - and a lot of them good ones." Lambeau said only four or five teams in the two big pro leagues broke even or better last year and fixed the losses of the 13 others in the millions. "But the players all got paid," he added. "The players made most of the money in pro football. And today they are turning down contracts for four months' work that call for more money than competent executives - not to mention some of the top coaches in the country - can earn in an entire year." Lambeau recalled that Don Hutson of the Packers and Bronko Nagurski of the Chicago Bears, two of the all-time greats in sports, started for $175 a game. "Since 1939 living costs have gone up 100% and the national wage scale has increased 89%," he said. "But professional football salaries have increased nearly 400% in the main and in some cases even more in the last 10 years. Club executives took cuts or held the line to weather the financial storm in pro football, but the players' salaries continued to skyrocket. Frankly, clubs and club owners no longer can stand the strain." Lambeau predicted that there would be a leveling off to a point at which the clubs will stand at least a fair chance to break even on a year's operations. "Men along in years, almost ready to retire, have put their savings into professional football and gone broke. But the players got theirs. The present situation is too cockeyed to be sound. Readjustment is imperative and inevitable." The readjustment is apparently going to start with Canadeo.
BELL AND CODY SIGN
APRIL 30 (Green Bay) - Signed contracts from Ed Bell, Indiana tackle, and Ed Cody, Purdue fullback, were received here Friday by Curly Lambeau, Green Bay Packer coach. Bell and Cody, both veteran, are attending school but will be available for Packer football duties this fall.
LAMBEAU'S AID IS SOUGHT TO EFFECT PRO GRID TRUCE
APRIL 30 (Baltimore) - R.C. Embry officially became president of the Baltimore Colts of the All-America pro football conference Friday and immediately made an overture for peace with the rival National league. Embry seized upon a statement by Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers to move for a truce. Lambeau said Thursday that players' salaries are too high and must be reduced. Lambeau did not say that competitive bidding between the two pro leagues for talent was a contributing factor to higher salaries. However, Embry assumed that he had implied it and telegraphed Lambeau to join him in seeking a working agreement. "Read with much interest your story about need of reducing salaries of pro football players," Embry wired Lambeau. "As president of the Baltimore Colts I agree with you 100%. Talking, however, will not bring about the result you desire. To get immediate action and put football on a business basis where it belongs, I hereby invite you to join the Baltimore club in getting the All-America Football conference and the NFL together to form a working agreement such as is enjoyed by the American and National baseball leagues. It is foolhardy to continue battling for stars. Please wire me that you are in favor of a peace meeting for the good of the sport. Your story today makes me feel that you are in the mood for a get-together. Please advise." In Green Bay, Lambeau said he had received the telegram, but declined to comment on whether he would answer it. "I am not interested in getting together for any conference," the Packer coach declared. "We have a commissioner for such matters."
RHODEMYER SIGNS WITH '48 PACKERS
MAY 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of Jay Rhodemyer, former University of Kentucky center, to a 1948 contract. Rhodemyre, who stands 6-2 and weighs 210 pounds, was an outstanding defensive man with Kentucky's Wildcats last season. He was one of the Packers' early choices in the NFL draft. Rhodemyer was credited by Kentucky officials with 86 percent of the tackles made at or near the line of scrimmage during the Wildcats' campaign last fall.
JACK MEAD SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY
MAY 6 (Green Bay) - Jack Mead, former University of Wisconsin end who played with the New York Giants for two years, today signed with the Green Bay Packers. Coach Curly Lambeau also announced the re-signing of Bob Flowers, end from Texas Tech, who has been with the Packers for six seasons. Mead, 6 foot 3 and 220 pounds, who was honorary Badger captain in 1945, was signed as a free agent. He had requested and received his release from the Giants to be with his family in Madison. Mead is the 13th new man signed by Lambeau. He will be teamed with rookies Bob Rennebohm, an end, and Earl (Jug) Girard, a halfback, both stars of last  years' Wisconsin team, and guard Ralph Davis who played with the Badgers in 1946 and joined Green Bay last year.
BRUCE SMITH SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY PACKERS
MAY 11 (Green Bay) - Bruce Smith, Minnesota all-America halfback who recently rejected an offer to leave the pro ranks for a coaching job at his alma mater, has signed his 1948 contract with the Green Bay Packers.
HOLLYWOOD TO FILM "GREEN BAY STORY"
MAY 14 (Green Bay) - A full-length picture - "The Green Bay Story" - will be made by a Hollywood film company this summer, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said today. The film will feature the Packers and Lambeau's 30 years at the helm of the NFL club. Casting has not been revealed, but shooting will start here in mid-July.
GREEN BAY PACKERS SIGN ROOKIE CENTER
MAY 19 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of another rookie center - Lloyd Baxter, formerly of Southern Methodist university. The Packers acquired Jay Rhodemyre of the University of Kentucky last week in their search for a replacement for their veteran center, Charley Brock, who has retired. Also under contract is Bob Flowers, a veteran center. Baxter, a veteran marine combat officer, is six feet one inch tall and weighs 215 pounds.
PACKERS, GIANTS MEET IN BENEFIT GAME AUGUST 29
MAY 27 (Minneapolis) - The Green Bay Packers and the New York
Giants of the NFL will meet here August 29 at Nicollet Park in a 
professional exhibition game, it was announced today. Receipts of
the benefit game will go to the Catholic Welfare assn.
SITE OF PREP ALL-STAR GAME A CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET
JUNE 1 (Neenah) - They'll play another All-Star high school football
game this fall, but where is a closely-guarded secret. Ole Jorgenson,
Wisconsin High School Coaches' Association president, said today
the game will be staged - but that's all he did say, beyond that it'll
likely be the third weekend in August. "Can't reveal anything else,"
explained Jorgenson, whose group sponsored the first two games
between the north and south squads of high school seniors at Camp
Randall. "Maybe there'll be something more definite soon." At 
Madison, Milt Diehl, association secretary, conceded it would be all
right to say for publication that the group was "exploring the 
possibilities" of Breese Stevens field there. He did not elaborate.
Negatively, though, two facts are known - this year's game won't be
played at Camp Randall and it won't be played in Green Bay's City
Stadium. The Big Nine took care of the first, suggesting that member
schools refrain from donating their facilities for such purposes. The
University of Wisconsin, of course, is a conference member in good
standing and Camp Randall is its stadium. That took care of that. The
Green Bay Packers handled the second negation, flatly refusing to
permit an outside organization to use the field on which it pays for
the upkeep.
BOB FORTE SIGNS '48 PACKER CONTRACT
JUNE 7 (Green Bay) - Bob Forte, former Arkansas halfback who led
the National League's Green Bay Packers in pass interceptions last
fall, signed a 1948 Packer contract yesterday. In announcing the 
signing, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau said the Water Proof, La.,
veteran was the sixth Packer to sign a contract. It will be his third
season with the squad. Forte intercepted nine opponent passes last
fall, including one which he returned 68 yards for a touchdown 
against Washington in a game at Milwaukee.
JACOBS SIGNS CONTRACT; LEAVES FOR HOLLYWOOD
JUNE 9 (Green Bay) - Jack Jacobs, Green Bay Packer quarterback
and the National League's leading punter, signed his 1948 contract
Wednesday. Jacobs, acquired from the Washington Redskins in a
trade last year after several seasons of indifferent success with the
Redskins and Cleveland Rams, left immediately after the signing for
Hollywood where he will appear in a football picture before joining
the Packers at the opening of practice August 2. In addition to winning
the punting championship, Jacobs was fourth among the league's
passers last year, finished ahead of Bob Waterfield of Los Angeles and Paul Christman of the champion Chicago Cardinals. "Jacobs did exceptionally well considering it was his first year on our club and in our system," Lambeau said. "He proved himself one of football's outstanding defensive players and if we are able to fortify ourselves with capable relief at the quarterback spot, I hope to use him more on defense next fall."
TACKLE PAUL LIPSCOMB SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
JUNE 10 (Green Bay) - Paul Lipscomb, veteran tackle, Thursday signed his 1948 contract with the Green Bay 
Packers. Lipscomb, who stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds, will be in his fourth year with the club.
GILLETTE SIGNS 1948 CONTRACT WITH PACKERS
JUNE 11 (Green Bay) - Jim Gillette, veteran right halfback with the Green Bay Packers, returned his signed contract Friday. Gillette trained with the Green Bay club before the war but was traded before the season opened. He played with Cleveland, Boston and Washington in the National league before returning to the Packers just prior to the first game last season. Gillette, who lives at Cortland, Va., plays semipro baseball in his hometown during the summer months. He formerly pitched for Franklin in the Class D Virginia league but retired to devote more time to his automobile business at Cortland. He is a former University of Virginia athlete.
PERRY MOSS TO JOIN PACKERS
JUNE 11 (Green Bay) - Announcement was made today by the Green Bay Packers that Perry Moss, former Tulsa university and University of Illinois all-American quarterback, has signed to play with the team for the 1948 season. Moss is a fine signal caller and field general and was rated as one of the best forward passers in collegiate ranks while performing for the two schools.
WILDUNG AND NEAL SIGN WITH PACKERS
JUNE 17 (Green Bay) - Dick Wildung, former Minnesota All-American who for two seasons has been one of Green Bay's outstanding linemen, and Ed Neal, veteran guard, signed contracts Thursday. A tackle made over into a guard, at which position he was an all-league selection last fall. Wildung will be switched back to left tackle next fall, Lambeau said. He is the 29th man under contract for the coming season. Neal will be in is fourth season with Green Bay.
CRAIG SIGNS HIS TENTH CONTRACT WITH PACKERS
JUNE 22 (Green Bay) - Larry Craig, left end for the Green Bay Packers, signed his 10th contract with the NFL club today. Craig, who stands six feet, one inch and weighs 218 pounds, is rated one of the fastest men in the National League. In the offseason, he owns and operated two South Carolina farms.
PACKERS SIGN CLYDE JOHNSON
JUNE 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Tuesday acquired Clyde Johnson, 6 foot 6 1/2 inch tackle, from the Los Angeles Rams for one of the Packers' choices in the 1948 player draft next December. The deal was closed on the coast by Coach Curly Lambeau. Johnson, who weighs 275 pounds, has been one of the Packers' chief tormentors since he joined the Rams in 1946. He will be used at left tackle, where he was an all-American selection at the University of Kentucky in 1943. One of the biggest men in football and the tallest ever signed by the Packers, Johnson is expected to fit into the Packer defense even better than he did into the formations employed by the Rams.
CLYDE JOHNSON SIGNS WITH BAYS; RALPH DAVIS RETURNS INKED PACT
JUNE 30 (Green Bay) - Clyde Johnson, veteran tackle obtained from the Los Angeles Rams this week in a trade, came to terms with the Green Bay Packers today and signed his 1948 contract. Johnson, former University of Kentucky player, accepted terms in a conference with Packer Coach Curly Lambeau in Los Angeles. At the same time Packer officials said Ralph Davis, former University of Wisconsin guard, had returned his signed contract. Davis played with the Packers last fall.
RHODEMYRE SHOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE WITH PROS' SIGNALS
JUNE 30 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau does not expect his new center to have the slightest trouble with the Green Bay Packers' signals. Jay Rhodemyre, a mechanical engineering graduate from Kentucky, passed final examinations with Phi Beta Kappa marks in electrical engineering, machine design, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. He can also read and write...The Green Bay Packers have set July 1 as a deadline for reclaiming season tickets. After that date the Packer box office will begin allotting locations on new orders received since last season...Jack Jacobs is in California to make a movie and spend two weeks with Coach Curly Lambeau studying the Green Bay Packers' offense. Lambeau plans similar seminars for other members of the Packer quarterback corps...Bob Skoglund, Packer end, caught fifteen of the twenty passes Notre Dame completed in the last three games of its 1944 schedule...The Packers were the first team to use plate glass windows in a football press box.
PACKER NOTES
JULY 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have released Joseph (Bud) Beauchamp, an end from Escanaba, Mich. Beauchamp, who had no college experience, was signed after the 1947 season. Don Richards, rookie Green Bay tackle from the University of Arkansas, stepped from graduation into summer school last week to begin work on his master's degree.
GREEN BAY SIGNS MISSOURI PASSER
JULY 7 (Green Bay) - Bob West, six foot, three inch quarterback from the University of Missouri, signed a one year contract with the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, bringing to 34 the number of men under contract for the 1948 season. West, 23, star pitcher for the Missouri baseball team, is a five letter man in football. He played three years at Missouri and two at the University of Colorado, where he gained a reputation as a long distance passer.
PACKER NOTES
JULY 7 (Green Bay) - It is reported in Green Bay that Arnie Herber is being considered as coach of the Sheboygan Redskins to succeed Doxie Moore, who has been named commissioner of the National Basketball League. Herber was the pitching half of the famous Herber-to-Hutson passing combination of the Green Bay Packers back in 1935-40.
GREEN BAY PACKERS RECALL PIOTROWSKI
JULY 8 (Green Bay) - Center Ray Piotrowski has been recalled from Norfolk of the Dixie League by the Green Bay Packers, and guard Fred Vant Hull, a former Minnesota star, was signed, Coach Curly Lambeau announced Thursday. Piotrowski, a Milwaukee high school boy, was sent to Norfolk last year for seasoning. He developed into one of the better linemen in the Dixie league. Vant Hull, a member of Minnesota's pre-war championship clubs, joined the Packers in 1942, but left immediately after the season for the Navy. He returned to the Packers last fall, following four and a half years in service but left the club during the training season when a question arose over his eligibility. Lambeau re-signed him Thursday after his reinstatement by Commissioner Bert Bell. Vant Hull weighs 225 pounds.
PACKERS IN TRADE WITH WASHINGTON
JULY 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday announced the trade of fullback Roy McKay to the Washington Redskins for Donald Deeks, a lineman. Deeks will be used at left tackle, according to Coach Curly Lambeau. He will alternate with Clyde Johnson, veteran tackle obtained last week from the Los Angeles Rams. Deeks is a former University of Washington star who played 60 minutes in the 1944 Rose Bowl game. He broke into major league professional football with the Boston Yanks in 1945, after a year of seasoning with the Portland (Ore.) Rockets. McKay, a former University of Texas star, played four seasons with the Packers, starring as a punter.
WILSON AND DEEKS SIGN WITH PACKERS
JULY 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, getting ready for the 1948 NFL season, added two more players to their roster today. The Packers signed Gene Wilson, pass catching end of last year's club, and Don Deeks, 245 pound tackle, acquired in a recent trade that saw fullback Roy McKay go to the Washington Redskins. Wilson, captain of the Southern Methodist eleven in 1946 and star of the West's victory over the East in the 1947 Shrine game, played only briefly with the Packers last season. But Coach Curly Lambeau expected to use him more often this fall.
SCHLINKMAN SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY
JULY 14 (Green Bay) - Walt Schlinkman, the NFL's leading ground gaining fullback last year, today signed his 1948 contract with the Green Bay Packers. Schlinkman, who understudied Ted Fritsch his first year with the Packers in 1946, completed the club's fullback corps. Fritsch and Ed Cody signed contracts earlier. The former Texas Tech powerhouse was fifth among all ground gainers in the league last year with 439 yards in 115 attempts for a 3.8 yard average.
PACKERS SIGN LUHN; TO TEAM WITH MOSS
JULY 23 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, Friday announced the signing of Nolan Luhn, veteran right end and the Packers' leading pass receiver in 1947. Luhn came here from Tulsa, Okla., Thursday with his bride. When the Packers open training on August 2 at their Rockwood Lodge headquarters, Luhn will be united with Perry Moss, rookie quarterback from Illinois, with whom he formed the Moss to Luhn passing combination that carried Tulsa university into the Orange bowl in 1945. Clyde Goodnight, the other end of the 1945 Tulsa eleven, who came up to Green Bay with Luhn three seasons ago has not yet signed his 1948 contract.
LAMBEAU GETS TWO PLAYERS
JULY 25 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau applied the finishing touches to one of his most promising Packer football squads Saturday with a deal which brought the veterans Frank Szymanski and Ted Cook to Green Bay from the Detroit Lions. It was the third important trade within a month in Lambeau's efforts to bring the championship back. In the others he obtained two tackles, Clyde Johnson from Los Angeles and Don Deeks from Washington. For Szymanski, former Notre Dame all-American center, and Cook, a rangy, fast, pass catching end from Alabama, Lambeau surrendered two rookies, end Bob Rennebohm of Wisconsin and guard Howard Brown of Indiana.
GOODNIGHT SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
JULY 27 (Green Bay) - Clyde Goodnight, the Tennessee medical student who replaced Don Hutson as the Packers' regular left end two years ago, signed his fourth Green Bay contract with Coach Curly Lambeau Tuesday. Goodnight finished fifth among National League receivers last fall, catching 38 of Jack Jacobs' passes for 593 yards and six touchdowns. His outstanding performance in 1947 came at Los Angeles where he took a long pass from Tony Canadeo to set up the Packers' first touchdown and completed the overhauling of the Rams in the third period by taking one from Jacobs for the score that put the Packers ahead. Another Jacobs to Goodnight pass led to a third Packer score.
PACKERS RE-ELECT FISCHER; LAMBEAU SIGNS TWO MORE
JULY 27 (Green Bay) - Emil R. Fischer was re-elected president of the NFL's Green Bay Packers at the annual business meeting of the club's board of directors last night. Fischer is owner of the Atlas Warehouse and Cold Storage Co. E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, who founded the team 30 years ago and serves now as head coach and general manager, was re-elected vice president. Frank Jonet, a member of the original Packer organization, was re-elected secretary and treasurer. John Torinus, city editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, was named to the board of directors. Lambeau announced the signing of two Milwaukeeans to the Packer roster - veteran Irv Comp and rookie Mike Kalosh.
PACKERS SIGN TASSOS, VOGDS
JULY 28 (Green Bay) - Signing a pair of guards, Damon Tassos and Evan Vogds, brought the Green Bay Packers' roster to 46 men today. Tassos will be playing his fourth year in the National league. He was obtained from the Detroit Lions last summer in a trade for Merv Pregulman. Vogds was a regular at the University of Wisconsin in 1941 and 1942, and was signed as a free agent after three years in service. He was a member of the 1946 college all-star squad.
PACKERS START DRILL MONDAY
AUGUST 1 (Green Bay) - The best balanced Packer football team since the triple championship combination of 1929, 1930 and 1931, and the largest taken to training camp since before the war, began gathering at Rockwood Lodge Saturday, ready to open Curly Lambeau's 30th consecutive season as head coach. Forty-eight men are due to report for the first workout Monday morning. Of these, 20 will be newcomers to the Packers, including four veterans of National league competition acquired in trades. Of the 28 veterans, one, Fred Vant Hull, played with Green Bay before the war, and Baby Ray, the giant tackle, and halfback Tony Canadeo, have yet to sign contracts. Speed and passing will receive most of the emphasis during the next few weeks as Lambeau whips the squad into shape for the opening game against the Yanks in Boston September 17. It was offensive speed that kep the Packers from capitalizing on scoring opportunities last fall, when its defense for the second straight year led the National league. Five backs, all rookies and all selected for fleetness, are expected to supply the needed swiftness. They are Ralph Earhart, a little halfback from Texas Tech with an official mark of 9.7 in the hundred; Ed Smith, a big halfback from Texas Mine and a spring rival of Earhart's in the Border conference; Jug Girard, star of Wisconsin's team last fall; Fred Provo, University of Washington's climax runner for three seasons, and a fullback, and Ken Roskie, who ran the dashes at South Carolina. Although Jack Jacobs finished right up under the league's passing champion last fall, Lambeau several times found himself restricted on offense because of a lack of capable relief for the big Indian. Perry Moss of Tulsa and, later, Illinois, is expected to give the Packers all the passing support they need for Jacobs, plus a very substantial lift in generalship. Moss is regarded as one of the most adept signal callers in football. To go with this additional passing strength, Lambeau sent two rookies to Detroit for Ted Cook of Alabama, an end whom he expects to lead the league in receiving. He also signed Mike Kalosh, a 6 foot 3 inch all-around star from La Crosse Teachers, and Jack Mead, a former Wisconsin star, who played two years with the New York Giants. Earhart is also recognized as an exceptional receiver. With Cook, Lambeau obtained Frank Szymanski, a veteran center, who will vie with Jay Rhodemyre, an All-American from Kentucky, and Lloyd Baxter of Southern Methodist, for the starting assignment left vacant by the retirement of Charley Brock and Buddy Gatewood, a pair of mainstays for the last two seasons. Defensively, the Packers will present about the same front as that which has been threatening to drive T formation coaches into other offensives. Big Ed Neal, 290 pounds, will be in the center of the five man line with Dick Wildung operating at one tackle, Paul Lipscomb at the other and Larry Craig, football's greatest defensive end, flanking on the left. At right end on defense, Lambeau intends to use Don Deeks, one of the veteran newcomers obtained from Washington. Deeks is 6 feet 4 and 245 pounds and active enough to play end. Major additions to the line, besides Rohdemyre and Szymanski, are Larry Olsonoski, an all-American guard from Minnesota, who will join the squad after the Chicago All-Star game, and Clyde Johnson, a 6 foot 6, 275 pound tackle obtained from Los Angeles. Green Bay will open its preseason schedule with an intrasquad tilt at Green Bay August 21, meets New York at Minneapolis on August 29, Pittsburgh at Green Bay on September 5, and Washington at Birmingham on September 12, just five days before it tackles Boston in a night game.
PACKERS OPEN PRACTICE WITH SQUAD OF 48 BOYS
AUGUST 2 (Green Bay) - The long grind that head coach Curly Lambeau thinks could well lead to the National league championship began for the Green Bay Packers at their training quarters at nearby Rockwood Lodge Monday morning. It was an auspicious beginning, when Lambeau counted noses all but one of the 49 players he lined up were in camp and signed. Only absentee was Buford (Baby) Ray, veteran and giant tackle, who will not report until Wednesday. The last of the holdouts, Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback, fell into line and accepted terms shortly before Lambeau assembled the squad at 9 o'clock. Don Wells, veteran end and the only other holdout, signed his contract Sunday. "It's all up to you," Lambeau told the squad. "We can come through if all you boys are willing to make sacrifices, to work, and to think football 24 hours a day." Lambeau's optimism over the season sprang principally from the additions he has made where the Packers obviously needs help most - at the tackles and at center. Frank Szymanski, former Notre Dame all-American, obtained from the Detroit Lions; Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky's all-American, and Lloyd Baxter, up from Southern Methodist, have augmented the center corps, and Don Deeks, obtained from Washington; Clyde Johnson, purchased from the Los Angeles Rams; Don Richards of Arkansas and Clyde Biggers of Catawba, have strengthened the tackles. Two workouts a day will be held until Lambeau is able to weed out the 35 boys who will stick for the first game with Boston at Boston September 17. Walt Kiesling, Bo Molenda and Don Hutson again are helping Lambeau.
PROVO SHINES AS BAYS DRILL
AUGUST 6 (Green Bay) - Two spirited contests for positions were in progress Friday as Curly Lambeau drove his Green Bay Packers through their second day of intensive football drills. Fred Provo, little broken field runner from the University of Washington, precipitated the first battle at left halfback with his surprising ability to pass. Provo's rivals are Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo and Jim Reynolds, a rookie from Oklahoma A&M. Jug Girard, the former University of Wisconsin star, will join the fight when he returns from the college all-star camp August 21. These five make up the most accomplished group of left halfbacks the Packers have had in camp in years. At center, where the retirement of Charley Brock and Buddy Gatewood left Lambeau in a bad spot, Floyd Baxter, Frank Szymanski, Ray Piotrowski and Bob Flowers knuckled down to get a head start on rookie Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky. Rhodemyre is in the all-star camp. Baxter, from Southern Methodist, looked very good. Szymanski must shed weight. Lambeau plans a scrimmage Tuesday.
LAMBEAU IS AT IT AGAIN, AND THE LEAGUE FRETS
AUGUST 8 (Green Bay) - It's just as you might expect of a guy who for 29 years up here has been turning out one top notch professional football team after another. He's at it again. Curly Lambeau, beginning his 30th season in the game with which his name is almost synonymous, has a team in the making again to make the whole National league pause. Yes sir, the big smiling Belgian is at it again. It may not be a championship team, for in August that would surely be a presumption. But it will be a team that will certainly have a lot to say about the championship again. It will definitely be a contender...HASN'T IS ALWAYS BEEN SO UNDER LAMBEAU?: There is nothing new or strange, of course, about this stature of Green Bay as the first faint football winds begin to stir again. Hasn't it always been so under Lambeau? Haven't the Packers always been one of the most feared teams in the league since George Calhoun first passed the hat in lieu of admissions? Haven't they always won more games than they have lost except in the year of 1933? It is a firmly rooted coaching tradition up here that Green Bay under Lambeau be a winner and contender. Through 29 years the tradition has been built and enhanced. And it is probably at its very richest as another season begins. It is more than the Lambeau tradition, however, that now makes the club so formidable again, although that always might be at the bottom of the analysis. There is material in this camp and there is coaching besides Lambeau from a staff of assistants as sharp as any to be found in football - Walt Kiesling, Bo Molenda, Don Hutson...TEAM OF '47 PLUGGED: It is no secret anymore that the Packers a year ago played with several decidedly "soft" spots. They had some of the best backs in the league, Jack Jacobs, Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo, Bob Forte, Walt Schlinkman, Ed Cody and Ted Fritsch, and some of the best linemen, Larry Craig, Clyde Luhn, Paul Lipscomb, Urban Odson, Ed Neal, Dick Wildung and Damon Tassos, but they also had definite weaknesses. They lacked depth at quarterback where Jacobs held forth almost alone, at left halfback after Smith was injured in the Detroit game, and at the tackles. They lacked speed at right halfback, when Gillette wasn't in the game. And they were downright weak at center, except, perhaps, on offense. That they did as well as they did will always be a tribute to Lambeau and how well they did the bare record of six victories, five defeats and one tie does not honestly tell. Of their five defeats, they lost four by a total of nine points. They finished third in the western division of the league and yet for all their weaknesses they could have finished on top with a break in luck...SQUAD OVERHAULED SINCE LAST SEASON: In the months since the heartbreaks of last season, the deficiencies have been corrected - at least after a week of work Lambeau believes they have. In the draft, they obtained Perry Moss of Illinois as quarterback to help Jacobs, Larry Olsonoski of Minnesota and Bill Cunz of Illinois to help at the guards, Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky's all-American, and Lloyd Baxter of Southern Methodist to plug the hole at center, Don Richards of Arkansas and Clyde Biggers of Catawba to help at the tackles, Fred Provo of Washington and Jug Girard of Wisconsin to help at left half, and Ed Smith of Texas Mines - watch him - and Ralph Earhart of Texas Tech - watch him, too - to provide the badly needed speed at right half. But the draft was only one source of improvement. In deals during winter months, Lambeau also obtained Ted Cook, an end from the Detroit Lions; Clyde Johnson, an active 275 pound tackle from the Los Angeles Rams; Don Deeks, a 245 pound tackle from the Washington Redskins; Frank Szymanski, the old Notre Dame all-American center, from Detroit, and Evan Vogds, the old Wisconsin guard, from the Chicago Rockets. And as a free agent, he picked up the old Wisconsin end, Jack Mead, released by the overstocked Giants. In all the squad of 49 here includes 23 new men...INDESTRUCTIBLE CRAIG HEADS CORPS OF ENDS: If the team were to play a game tomorrow, it would probably be stronger than last year's at ends, tackles, quarterback, left half and right half, immeasurably stronger defensively at center, and just as strong at fullback and at guards - if not stronger at these last two positions. The indestructible Larry Craig, still as fast and rugged as ever, heads the corps of ends. Craig must be mentioned in the same breath with other great ends of the last 20 years - Lavvie Dilweg, the greatest of them all, all around, Don Hutson, the greatest of all pass receivers; the late Bill Hewitt, Jim Poole and Ray Flaherty. It is a well rounded, well balanced corps, for with Craig will be Goodnight, Luhn, Cook, Bob Skoglund, Jack Mead, Gene Wilson and Don Wells, completely recovered from a knee operation during the winter. The new tackles, Johnson, Biggers and Richards, especially, have given their position a tremendous lift. Johnson, all 275 pounds of him, will probably be the starter opposite Lipscomb. He, above all others in the line, could make this a happy Packer year. The versatile Dick Wildung, who could make any team in the league at guard or tackle; the powerful Odson, the steady Bell, Biggers, Richards, and the veteran Baby Ray, who may have a hard time sticking, give the Packers, on paper at least, what they lacked at tackle a year ago - depth...OLSONOSKI OF GOPHERS WILL HELP: The guards have new depth, too, and they will be at least as strong, if not stronger, than last year when Ralph Davis, the giant Ed Neal, Tassos, Wildung, Aldo Forte and Ray Clements manned the positions. Forte and Clements are gone, but in their places have come Olsonoski, powerful and fast and Minnesota's most valuable lineman last year, Vogds, who has looked surprisingly good in this new surroundings after the unhappy experiences with the Rockets, Fred Vant Hull and Bob Cunz, tackle at Illinois last year. The standout, of course, is Wildung. Greatest changes have been wrought at center where the aging Charley Brock, one of he best of them all in his prime, and the defensively weak Buddy Gatewood held the fort a year ago. There should be real class at center this year, with the experienced Szymanski, the promising Rhodemyre, Baxter, and the veteran Bob Flowers. It could be the toughest positions on the club, especially defensively...NEW YOUNG BACKS CONTRIBUTE SPEED: So far as publicity is concerned, there aren't any Lujacks or Laynes among the new halfbacks, but there are football players who could measure up surprisingly well with the more highly publicized Bears. Provo, who returned a punt 82 yards against Minnesota last year, is one of the squad's niftiest runners. Ed Smith is the squad's fastest - 9.7 in the hundred. Earhart is only a step behind. You know about Jug Girard from his feats at Wisconsin. With Bruce Smith, Canadeo, Bob Forte, Gillette and Ken Keuper, back from last year's squad, the corps of halfbacks leaves little to be desired. Certainly the speed needed at right half a year ago and the depth needed at left half are present now. The fullbacks will probably remain the same, unless Ken Roskie of South Carolina can lose a lot of his excess weight, and Ken Reynolds, who has had previous trials with the Cardinals in 1946 and with the Steelers last year, can find himself. They have a chance. If not, the fullbacking chores will again fall to the pulverizing Fritsch and the nifty Cody and Schlinkman...INDIAN JACK JACOBS NO. 1 QUARTER AGAIN: At quarterback, it will be Jacobs No. 1 again, although right behind him will be Perry Moss. And Comp. Jacobs carried a terrific load last season as signal caller, passer, punter and one of the team's best defensive backs. It will be different this year. Moss, one of the camp's pleasant surprises in his poise as a signal caller and in his passing, could be a topnotcher in his own right. And Comp - he still has everything, if he ever lets go, to be one of the league's very best. All but three of the men are in camp - Olsonoski, Rhodemyre and Girard who are with the College All-Stars in Chicago preparing for the game with the Chicago Cardinals August 20. Moss has been in camp, but will join the All-Stars this week. As last year the team will again use the winged T which Lambeau resurrected from his championship teams of 1929, 1930 and 1931. And as always, the team will come largely by air with Jacobs and Moss doing most of the throwing. Jacobs, Reynolds, Canadeo, Fritsch and Girard will share the punting burdens and Fritsch, Earhart and Cody the field goal and kickoff chores. So there it is: The big Belgian is at it again. And the rest of the National league can pause.
PACKERS' ANNUAL KICKOFF DINNER SET FOR SEPTEMBER 8
AUGUST 8 (Milwaukee) - The second annual Green Bay Packers Kickoff Dinner will be held September 8 at the Eagles Club, sponsor of the affair. Coach Curly Lambeau will head the group of Packer officials scheduled to appear on the program, along with Club President Emil Fischer and George Strickler, assistant general manager. Many of the great Bay stars will be present.
WEST AND EARHART STAR IN PACKER DUMMY DRILL
AUGUST 10 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau postponed the Green Bay Packers' initial scrimmage for the second time Tuesday when a written examination on assignments turned up a variety of peculiar ideas on the club's offense. In place of the first contact drill, originally schedule for Saturday, Coach Lambeau sent the club through a long dummy scrimmage in which Bob West, rookie halfback from Missouri, and Ralph Earhart of Texas Tech gave impressive demonstrations on defense. West, signed essentially for defense, suffered an arch injury the first day in camp, and only recently has been able to begin his bid for a place on the squad. Tall and wiry, he came up highly recommended as a punt handler and pass defender. Earhart, whose speed at right halfback has been one of the bright spots in the first 10 days of preparation at Rockwood lodge, on the other hand, showed an unexpected adeptness at defense, although it is not likely that he will be used when the Packers do not have the ball. Ed Smith, the other right halfback recruit, has been suffering from a pulled muscle. The big Texas Mines southpaw has been allowed to take it easy, but undoubtedly will be asked to bear down the first time the Packers scrimmage. 
PACKERS OUTDO CARDS, BUT IT'S ALL HUSH-HUSH
AUGUST 12 (Green Bay) - Nobody was supposed to know about it - so, shhh. But - the Green Bay Packers played the Chicago Cardinals in an informal and allegedly secret two hour scrimmage here Wednesday afternoon and everybody in town who could get away from his job was there to see it. Yes, sir, under a mantle of great secrecy the Green Bay Packers opened their season here Wednesday afternoon before some 800 fans, and acquitted themselves in a way that (1) substantiated everything written of them as title contenders and (2) made the casual spectator along the sidelines wonder by what right the Cardinals hold any hopes they may beat the College All-Stars in the big game at Chicago a week from Friday. Each team got three touchdowns. It ought to be said at the beginning, of course, that this was a rather unusual scrimmage aside from the secrecy and the fact that some 800 got in on the secret. The Cardinals asked for it, Commissioner Bert Bell of the National league approved of it, and the Packers only Tuesday night accepted it. It was unusual in other ways, too. The Cardinals went into it with 10 earlier intrasquad scrimmages under their belts, the Packers without a single scrimmage. The Cardinals went into it with the incentive of a game only nine days away, the Packers without a game until they meet the New York Giants in Minneapolis August 29. The Cardinals went into it playing their regular style of game, the Packers with a hurriedly fashioned defense, not their own, approximating what Frank Leahy of the All-Stars will probably come up with in the game a week from Friday. After all, this was primarily a scrimmage designed to help the Cardinals. And after two hours, some of it given over to rocking football and flaring tempers, it still ended with three touchdowns apiece. The Cardinals, as a championship team with an important task immediately ahead, didn't look good at all. The Packers, considering that this was their first scrimmage, looked very good, hitting harder, running faster and playing with much more verve. It was a rocking workout in spots and Steve Baronis of the Cardinals lost a couple of teeth, Pat Harder of the Cardinals had his hand crushed. Red Cochrane of the Cardinals was knocked out cold and Buster Ramsay of the Cardinals and Ed Neal of the Packers, letting their tempers get the better of them during some stiff going near the goal line squared away. (Draw.) The Packers scored first, driving 60 yards down the field the first time they had the ball and scoring on a 20 yard pass, Jack Jacobs to Nolan Luhn. The Cardinals tied it up 15 minutes later, Yogi Yublonsky going over from the 10, but the Packers came right back and took the lead, 2 to 1, on another pass, Jacobs to Luhn. The Cardinals tied it up once more after an 80 yard drive on a 15 year pass, Ray Mallouf to Vic Schwall, and then went out in front, 3 to 2, on a two yard plunge by Angsman that capped a 60 yard assault. At this point, Jimmy Conzelman of the Cardinals suggested: "You fellows take the ball once more and we'll call it quits." So the Packers took the ball on their own 20 and rolled right down the field on four first downs for the touchdown that squared accounts. A pass, Jacobs to Cook, put the ball over the goal. The Cardinals' performance was downright disappointing, although some of it was undoubtedly due to weariness. Conzelman hasn't spared the horses in camp so far, although some of the boys still sport neat little "goiters" including quarterback Paul Christman. The trip up here was made by bus Thursday morning. And the weather, with the thermometer in the 80's and a bright sun overhead, was hardly suited to football. Only in the later stages of play did the Cardinals look like a team which might have a chance against Leahy's Leviathans despite Leahy's truly pitiful plaint that "we're apt to lose by 40 points." Conzelman clearly has his work cut out in the next few days. The Packers, on the other hand, were a pleasant surprise considering how little work they have had - that is, they were a pleasant surprise except in two glaring cases. Clyde Johnson, the 275 pound tackle obtained from the Los Angeles Rams, who appropriately wore Tiny Croft's No. 75, will have to do an about-face and then come a long way even to make the club, and Frank Szymanski, the veteran center, obtained from the Detroit Lions, will have to bear down a lot to be better than third string, if third string. The disappointments were far overshadowed, however, by the general all-around showing - Ted Cook, an end, of whom you will hear a lot; Ralph Earhart, a little jackrabbit; Ted Fritsch, who this season looks like a new ballplayer; Bruce Smith, one of the best in the league; Lloyd Baxter, a suprise at center; Evan Vogds, who could be a starting guard; Fred Vant Hull, Ed Smith, a back with a lot of drive; Ed Cody, Walt Schlinkman, Jack Mead. You could almost go right down the line. So that was the secret - a three touchdown tied, and the only pity was that George Calhoun wasn't around to pass the hat, as he once did, among the 800 on the sidelines.
EARHART HURT IN SCRIMMAGE
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers resumed scrimmage Saturday without little Ralph Earhart, the Texas Tech dash man, who was making an impressive fight for the job at right half. Earhart Friday became the first casualty of the training season when he came out of the day's rough work with a sprained ankle. Coach Curly Lambeau ordered double drills from now until the intrasquad game next Saturday, working the group as a unit for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh exhibitions in the morning and permitting assistant coaches Bo Molenda and Walt Kiesling to rehearse individual assignments in split drills in the afternoon. The Packers announced again Saturday that Monday would be the deadline to pick up season tickets on order in the box office. All tickets not picked up by Monday night will be sold over the counter.
PACKER END COOK INJURED IN DRILL
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' first two weeks of training came to a close on an unfortunate note this morning when Ted Cook, a pass catching end, was put out of action for several days with a rib injury. Cook, obtained from the Detroit Lions recently, has been one of the outstanding performers in camp to date. He is the third Packer casualty in the last 24 hours. Fred Provo, rookie halfback from Washington, was excused from most of today's drill when he complained of head pains, following a collision in yesterday's workout. Ralph Earhart, the Texas Tech sprinter, sprained an ankle yesterday. He, however, expects to be ready to resume vigorous work on Monday. Reviewing the first two weeks' work, Head Coach and General Manager Curly Lambeau said he found plenty over which to enthuse, but that the problems facing the squad are the same as those which meant the difference between a championship and fifth place last year. "We still have a tendency to beat ourselves too much," Lambeau explained. "Against the Cardinals Wednesday in that scrimmage we tossed away several scores by penalties and fumbles just when we are about to get moving. Penalties at critical times and fumbles kept us out of the playoff last year and unless we start thinking a little better, they can ruin another season for us." The third annual all-star game sponsored by the local Sullivan Wallen Post No. 11 of the American Legion will feature the Packers in an intrasquad game Saturday August 21 at 8 p.m.
PACKER BLUES AND GOLDS DRILL SECRETLY FOR GAME
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) - Something of a record was set in the Green Bay Packers' training camp Friday when Curly Lambeau, head coach and general manager, was away from his team for a second straight day. In his absence the squad was split into Blue and Gold units, which will meet Saturday night in City stadium in an American Legion charity game. Under the direction of of assistants Bo Molenda and Walter Kiesling, who will be rival coaches, the two squads have set up their separate strategies for the contest, which will open 16 consecutive weeks of competition for the Packers, ending with the Cardinal game in Chicago December 5. Even secrecy surrounded the drills as the rival squads, working on adjoining gridirons at Rockwood Lodge attempted to shield their strategy from each other. Lambeau will watch the game from the press box, leaving Molenda and Kielsing on their own. Lambeau, in Chicago for the All-Star game and a conference with National league owners, said before leaving that Perry Moss, rookie quarterback from Illinois, would appear in the game. Larry Olsonoski, Minnesota guard; Jug Girard, Wisconsin halfback, and Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky center, also members of the All-Star squad will go immediately to Green Bay after Friday's game but will not be in uniform for the intrasquad tussle. Unlike Moss, who worked with the Packers at Rockwood for a week before going to Chicago, the trio reported directly to the college coaches. Kiesling and Molenda announced they would have a full complement of players for the game as the Packer squad rounds out its third week of training without a serious injury. End Ted Cook and rookie halfbacks Fred Provo and Ralph Earhart, the only casualties to date, have fully recovered and will be ready for action.
3 ROOKIES TO START IN PACKER FRACAS
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay) - Three of the 18 new men in the Green Bay Packers training camp were named today to start tomorrow night in the intrasquad game with
which the Packers begin 16 consecutive weeks of
competition. Ed Smith, the winged footed southpaw
from Texas Mines, and Evan Vogds, a guard from
Wisconsin, were assigned starting berths in Coach
Bo Molenda's Blue team and Lloyd Baxter, the ex-
Marine hero from Southern Methodist, will be at
center for Walter Kiesling's Gold squad. The game,
a charity contest for the American Legion, will be
played in City Stadium, starting at 8 o'clock. Smith's
colleagues in the Blue backfield will be Tony
Canadeo, the Western Division's leading ground gainer last year; Ted Fritsch and Irv Comp, who will share the quarterback assignment with Perry Moss. Moss, a rookie from the University of Illinois, is the only player among a quartet of Packers in the Chicago All-Star game tonight who will appear in the Legion tussle. Larry Olsonoski, Minnesota guard; Jug Girard, Wisconsin halfback, and Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky center, will accompany Moss for Chicago to watch from the stands with head coach Curly Lambeau. Lambeau will leave the direction of the rival units up to Coaches Kiesling and Molenda. The Gold backfield will be headed by Jack Jacobs, Bruce Smith and Bob Forte will man the halfbacks with Walter Schlinkman, the league's leading ground gaining fullback rounding out the quartet.
LAMBEAU PLEASED AS GOLDS WIN SQUAD GAME, 17 TO 0
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay) - The Packers of 1948 made their first public showing here tonight as Walt Kiesling's Golds jolted Bo Molenda's Blues, 17 to 0, in a spirited intrasquad game. The annual preseason tilt, played for the benefit of the local American Legion, attracted 13,500
loyal fans, who seemingly were more than satisfied
with what they saw on the City Stadium turn. Even
Curly Lambeau, no cheerleader at heart, termed the
regulation game "satisfactory". The boss sat in the
stands as a neutral observer. "The defense always 
has an edge in a football family affair," Lambeau
observed. "Besides, we've been working a lot on that
phase of play. So I guess the boys did quite well on
offense, all things considered." Curly singled out
Lloyd Baxter, big center from Southern Methodist, for
special mention among the linemen. And he really
had something there, for Baxter was all over the lot
in backing up the line. The ground gaining nod
without question went to Walt Schlinkman. The 
whirling dervish from Texas ground out 133 yards for
the winning Golds. His longest was a 57 yard dash -
one of those he's up - he's down - he's up again 
things for which Walt became famous last year. Two
newcomers, Ralph Earhart and Fred Provo, gave
Schlinkman a helping hand - enough to bring from the
coaches the admission that "they'll do all right."
Earhart, a 165 pound scatback from Texas Tech, and
Provo, a stocky 185 pounder from the University of
Washington, should give the Bays some of the extra-step zip they need. After a drab first quarter, the Golds broke loose to give the folks a treat with the season's first touchdown in the second period. Schlinkman got away for 25 yards, Jack Jacobs picked up 19 yards when forced to run after failing to find a receiver in the clear. From the Blues' 12-yard line the Indian pitched a strike to Jack Mead in the end zone. Ken Roskie added the extra point to give his side a 7 to 0 halftime lead. A 64 yard third quarter drive was checked 16 yards from the goal line. So Jacobs stepped into the role of placekicker and drilled  one between the uprights from the 23-yard line. Earhart's 17 yard sweep, three Schlinkman thrusts good for a total of 22 and two Jacobs passes, to Earhart and Provo, set up the successful field goal shot. Bob Forte's fourth quarter marker was pretty much a gift. Tony Canadeo, trying to pass for the Blues off a wide sweep, had the ball knocked out of his hands four yards from the goal line. Forte picked it up and drove over. Roskie, recruit from South Carolina, again converted. Among the interested spectators were Jay Rhodemyre, Perry Moss, Larry Olsonoski and Jug Girard, members of the College All-Star squad which lost to the Chicago Cardinals Friday night. They will start work with the Packers Monday. Rhodemyre got a big hand from the crowd when he was introduced as the winner of the All-Stars' most valuable player trophy. 
JAY RHODEMYRE MOST VALUABLE
AUGUST 21 (Chicago) - Center Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky was named the most valuable college All-Star player against the victorious Chicago Cardinals Friday night in a pool of about 500 sportswriters, who covered the Soldier Field spectacle. Rhodemyre, a rookie with the Green Bay Packers, was the first lineman ever selected. Fourteen All-Stars received votes, but Rhodemyre had almost a two to one margin over the next closest candidate, Navy's Dick Scott, also a center.
PACKERS LOOK GOOD AND THEY'RE IN SHAPE
AUGUST 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Gone are the days when August heat waves and football talk were conflicting subjects. Besides, sweltering Green Bay Packers fans may gain considerable comfort on a hot day to know that Curly Lambeau has a high class ball club in the making. The Bays looked good - very good - in their first public showing under game conditions last Saturday night. Despite the usual drawbacks of an intrasquad test, there were several encouraging overall signs as well as sparkling individual exhibitions. No. 1: 
They're in swell shape. In fact, most of them were pretty well on the way when they reported for practice. As a result, they were ready for some rocking and socking when they squared off against each other. No. 2: The old fire already has been kindled. Maybe it's the addition of go-guys like Ralph Earhart. Whatever it is, they seem to mean business. Which is the only possible spirit for winning football. Earhart himself offered the best example of the dashing spirit on Walt Schlinkman's twisting, bouncing 57 yard run. Ralph didn't settle for an initial block. Instead, he regained his feet, caught up with Schlinkman and was running interference for him downfield when he was finally nailed...A REAL FIGHT FOR POSITIONS: The chances are that every Packer came to camp prepared to fight ​for his professional life. And it will be a battle right down to the day Lambeau starts swinging the axe in order to reduce the squad to its legal limit. Right now, for instance, there are eight ends, at least one or two of whom will have to go. Larry Craig, Clyde Goodnight, Nolan Luhn, Bob Skoglung, Don Wells and Gene Wilson are the holdovers. Jack Mead, former Wisconsin star, has looked mighty good - a real surprise, in fact. Ted Cook, obtained from the Lions in a trade, is another who will have to be reckoned with. It won't be any easier to trim down the halfback delegation. Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo, Bob Forte, Ken Keuper, Jim Gillette, Fred Provo, Ed Smith, Jug Girard and Earhart are in the running. It is doubtful that Lambeau will carry more than seven. Which means two of those mentioned will be dropped. The guards are just about set, but a fullback, one quarterback, a center and a tackle or two must be weeded out. So each and every man is and will be on his toes. Which is exactly where Lambeau wants them.
PACKERS END WORKOUTS FOR CLASH WITH GIANTS
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today wound up preparations for the opening test in their 1948 football season - Sunday's exhibition game with the New York Giants at Minneapolis. The Packer squad is a big one - 45 players - and Coach Curly Lambeau is reluctant to use the trimming axe. One of the trimming problems will be at end where nine candidates are fighting for the two posts. Bob Skoglun, the former Notre Dame star, is setting the pace, but Nolan Luhn, last year's regular, bounced out of a slump in the last few drills. Jack Mead, a former Wisconsin star who has had two years with the Giants, also has been pleasing the coaches and Clyde Goodnight, veteran offensive left end, has been playing better ball than at any time since he joined the Packers three years ago. Ted Cook, obtained from Detroit in a trade, has resumed his place in the thick of the fight after having suffered a rib injury. He and Larry Craig, Don Wells, Gene Wilson, and a newcomer, Mike Kalosh, round out the finest group of ends Lambeau has had for a number of seasons. The Packers look strong at end, center and in the backfield, but will be in just about the same position as last year from the standpoint of generalship and passing. Jack Jacobs again will handle the brunt of the quarterbacking, with Irv Comp his lone understudy. Perry Moss, who is counted on to star in a relief role for Jacobs, won't be able to start against the Giants.
PACKERS, GIANTS PLAY TODAY
AUGUST 28 (Minneapolis) - Forty-five Green Bay Packers arrived here tonight where they will open the serious part of their 1948 exhibition season tomorrow afternoon against the New York Giants. For Coach Curly Lambeau, starting his 30th consecutive season as head coach of the Packers, the game will have a double significance. In addition to giving him a look at his 1948 championship contender under fire in a regulation contest, the game will afford Curly the first opportunity to match his defensive genius against his own offense. On the basis of pre-season performances, such rookie backs as Ralph Earhart, Ed Smith, Perry Moss, Jug Girard, Fred Provo and Jim Reynolds and newcomer Ted Cook at left end have appeared to be outstanding additions to the squad. Among the veterans Ted Fritsch, Ed Cody and Walter Schlinkman, the best set of fullbacks in the National League, have been especially impressive. After the Giant game tomorrow, the Packers return home to tackle the Pittsburgh Steelers in an exhibition at City Stadium on the afternoon of September 5.
WHAT WAS THE MATTER WITH THE PACKERS?
DECEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Here's a letter containing observations with which I agree and a perfectly logical question which has been asked many, many times during the season and in the days since it closed: "Things sure are out of balance in Wisconsin. A certain element has been putting on a smear campaign against the state university because of the losing football season. Twisting the truth and accepting rumors as truth, if not telling downright lies. Undermining and dividing by planting ideas. It foes far beyond shooting at individuals or expressing honest opinions. Yet this same element forgets all about another state institution, the Green Bay Packers. They were supposed to be championship bound and wound up with three victories and nine defeats and the worst record in history. Why the smear I don't know. But that's not my question. What I want to know is what WAS the matter with the Packers?" Frankly, I feel the No. 1 trouble with the Packers was and is Rockwood Lodge, their living and training quarters outside the city of Green Bay. There have been rumors galore and many opinions on the subject ever since the poor showing in the first game with the Bears. Differences in pay, the blanket half-game pay fines, flops on the part of individuals, overall strength (or lack of it) on the coaching staff and one thing or another are supposed to have contributed to the "My Happiness" theme in reverse...THE IDEA THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT: It's quite obvious, too, that there was some over-evaluation of material. But I still feel that the spacious new Packer home, Rockwood Lodge, had more to do with the "situation" than anything else. It seemed like a good idea when the Packer Corporation took over the lodge months before the 1947 season. There the Packers, noted for their college spirit, would have a campus of their own, with practice facilities outside their door. There they would live together, live football and become more closely knit than ever before. The aim was to stir up even more of the college spirit, and, in the long run, gain added advantage over big city rivals. Yea, it was a good idea. But it hasn't worked out that way at all. The players saw too much of each other. The football diet was too heavy. "Morning, noon, afternoon and night we got nothing but football and it was too much," as some have explained. The players also resented being herded together like juveniles. Many of them are mature men with families. And the families, of course, were moved off the "campus" after a year's trial run...PLAYER-FAN RELATIONSHIP IS LOST: Important as those considerations are, there's an even greater weakness in the Rockwood setup. This has to do with the player-fan relationship - the very spirit responsible for the Packers' tremendous success through the years. Largely because of this spirit - the direct and loyal backing of Green Bay's young and old - the Packers became famous as the only professional team with the college touch. The lost touch was best explained by a former Packer great who said: "In the old days we lived in town and mingled with the people. Each one of us knew hundreds of fans by name and perhaps thousands by sight. They knew us and were our friends. With that mutual feeling of friendship came a deep sense of responsibility. We didn't care to face those people if we lost. And when we did lose, we wouldn't have dared face them if we hadn't put out to the limit. We had our gripes and naturally had our differences, even with the coach. But those people kept us together."...THE FAN ANGLE MAKES IT UNANIMOUS: To bear out the former star's point, I've heard expressions like this by citizens of Green Bay who have been on the bandwagon for years: "Before the team moved out of town, we recognized every player in his street clothes and knew most of them. We liked to look on ourselves as a big happy family. We fans were definitely in the act. But today the players are strangers to most of us. Things just aren't the same since they went off to live by themselves." Which makes it unanimous. If the players are unhappy and the fans prefer to go back to the days B.R. (Before Rockwood), the thing to do is pull a reverse and make all of Green Bay the campus once again.
A RESHUFFLING OF GREEN BAY'S COACHING STAFF IS LIKELY
DECEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - A reshuffling of the coaching staff may be Curly Lambeau's first step in the rebuilding program he has outlined for his Packers. Of his present staff, only Walt Kiesling, line coach, it is understood, will remain. Backfield coach Bo Molenda, so the story goes, will rejoin the New York Giants, with whom he spent so many successful years both as a player and an assistant coach, and Don Hutson will give up football to devote all of his time to his Kaiser-Frazier distributorship. Hutson, in fact, had a contract this season which called for only two days of coaching. It is no secret that Lambeau would like to woo Cecil Isbell, his old passing star, away from the Baltimore Colts as backfield coach - has tried to woo him, in fact. The hitch lies in the salary. Isbell gets $12,000 as head coach from the Colts. And $12,000 is money the Packers or any other club has never or very seldom paid for an assistant coach. Several other former Packers have been mentioned for the other probable vacancy...Lambeau was in Reno, Nev., Friday to talk to Stan Heath, whom the Packers picked as their No. 1 choice in the recent "secret" in Pittsburgh. Heath will come high. The New York Yankees of the All-America league have already offered him $40,000 for two seasons.
HEATH AGREES TO SIGN CONTRACT WITH PACKERS
DECEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "Stan (Heath) will sign with the Green Bay Packers sometime after the first of the year," Mickey Heath, father and former Brewer baseball manager, told the Sentinel last night following a telephone conversation with his son at Reno, Nev. "Stan's decision came after he had conferred with Packer Coach Curly Lambeau, who made a more substantial offer than that given by the New York Yankees of the All-America League," the elder Heath said. Both the Yankees and the Packers held the respective draft rights to Heath. Earlier the New York club had announced a $40,000 contract for two years had been drawn to lure the former Milwaukee passing star to the AA circuit. Heath said that the "figure agreed upon could not be divulged at this time. Anyway," he added, "it would be up to the club to make that announcement." Lambeau, in Salt Lake City, to sign Ralph Olsen, star Utah center, said only the formality of the signature remained before Heath would be a full-fledged Packer. Since Heath, who as a member of the Nevada football team still has two collegiate games to play, it was impossible for him to affix a signature to any contract at this time. Nevada, where he skyrocketed to fame as the national collegiate offensive leader, will the University of Hawaii at Honolulu and Villanova, in the Harbor Bowl. After those two games, Heath's eligibility will be used up and he will be free to sign. Heath went to Nevada two seasons ago after having attended the University of Wisconsin in 1946. By transferring he lost one year of competition and thereby became eligible prey for the pros. By a break in the National League draw, the Packers earned a bonus player and Heath was the logical choice. Almost immediately after his matriculation into Nevada, Heath began to command the headlines. His aerial wizardry brought Nevada one victory after another. Then, this year his pitching arm became even more effective and as the weeks rolled along, Heath zoomed as the leading college football passer. His yardage continued to mount and soon he took over the total offensive leadership, combining ground and air yards, although Heath never ran the ball except on the most rare occasions.
PRO GRID CROWDS TOOK DROP OF 500,000 AT GATE
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - Professional football took an attendance beating of nearly a half million persons this season. A United Press survey of the attendance of the regular season games, exclusive of the playoffs, showed that the 116 games played in the National league and All-America conference this year drew 3,281,709 fans, against 3,726,374 in 1947. The decrease was 444,665, a percentage decline of 11.93. Only four teams, two in each league, showed increased in patronage at home games. They were the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals in the National, and the San Francisco Forty-niners and the Baltimore Colts in the All-America. The National league suffered the most. Its attendance for 60 games dropped off 247,737 fans, a percentage of 12.96. The 10 teams in that league drew 1,663,980 this year - a per game average of 27,733 - against 1,911,717 and a per game average of 31,862 in 1947. The All-America lost 196,928 customers, a percentage decline of 10.85 - from a total of 1,814,657 who saw the 56 conference games in 1947 to the 1,617,729 who saw the same number of games this year. The Forty-niners showed the biggest increase of any team - 45,394 - with the Bears next in line with a net gain of 33,016. The New York Yankees of the All-America had the biggest decline, 96,567. The Cleveland Browns, despite their unbeaten season, registered a drop of 74,141. The biggest decline in the National was the 64,364 lost by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Boston Yanks and New York Giants also suffered big drops - 52,063 and 50,847, respectively. Once again, the Brooklyn Dodgers in the All-America and the Boston Yanks in the National played to the fewest persons in their home games. The Dodgers drew 72,497 for seven contests, the Yanks 73,010 for six. The Green Bay Packers recorded an attendance of 147,645 for six games this year. In 1947 for the same number of games the crowd numbered 166,400. The decrease was 18,755.
EAGLES' OWNER WANTS UNITED FOOTBALL DRAFT
DECEMBER 16 (Philadelphia) - Alexis Thompson Thursday opened the way for a new peace offensive in professional football. The millionaire owner of the Philadelphia Eagles disclosed he planned to "feel out" his NFL colleagues on their latest reaction to a common draft with the All-America conference. "Either that or some other sensible solution," he said, "to the fantastic situation that finds me with a championship football team that will lose close to $32,000 this year." The National league and All-America conference have been at loggerheads for three years. The differences have only produced high salaries for players and money losing franchises for owners. "I'd like to make some 'sense and cents' out of this muddled pro football business," Thompson explained. "Please understand. I'm not the kind that changes my mind on this subject every 24 hours. I'm 100% in back of any policy the league decides on but I'd be a fool if I didn't try and resolve a situation in which most of us are losing money," he added. Thompson is determined to try and make other National league owners see the light at the draft meeting Monday. "I tried last year," he said, "but nobody would even second my motion for a discussion of the problem. Like the little boy with a firecracker who won't listen until he gets burned, maybe the other owners now are ready to use their better judgement," he said. Thompson declared that he personally believed the All-America backers were foolhardy in entering pro football. "But darn it, they're in it. They haven't folded up. The competition has driven salaries up so high that nobody can make a franchise really pay. We must recognize this and act accordingly."
CLEVELAND, FRISCO MAY BOLT PRO LOOP
DECEMBER 16 (Cleveland) - The All-America Football Conference, sharply divided into four layers of prosperity, and the lack of it, will take another stab at retrenchment tomorrow in the most vital meeting of its brief but stormy history. Out of the conferences that will precede Sunday's Cleveland Browns-Buffalo Bills championship game may come such news on franchise relocations; refinancing; compromises made among bickering club owners; withdrawal of two teams; or the bitter prediction of doom in 1949. The good teams in the AAC do not with to continue keeping company with the bad ones, especially when they can join the rival National league. The not-so-bad clubs figure they can go another year, but only if the league retains its present magnitude, which would comprise eight teams, including two very bad ones. The very bad ones don't know if they'll operate at all. Shaved down, the All-American Conference, analyzed according to available information on present financial condition and ability to keep going, would come to something like this:
Good - San Francisco and Cleveland
Bad - Baltimore and Buffalo
Indifferent - Los Angeles and New York
Nothing Doing - Brooklyn and Chicago
Breaking that down even further, the situation runs like this: Cleveland and San Francisco, both operating in territories unchallenged by the National League and virtually assured of NFL membership should they elect to jump, are in sound shape. Los Angeles and New York, both operating in territories shared by NFL teams, can keep going. The Dons are good drawers in sports conscious Los Angeles, and the Yankees own their home park, and thereby are spared the cost of rental. Should Cleveland and San Francisco leave, however, the Dons and Yanks would be hard pressed to continue. Buffalo and Baltimore did not draw on the road and are losing at home, despite civic pride in two cities unchallenged by rival league teams. These clubs conceivable could go another year if the All-America Conference retains its present magnitude, which means not only Cleveland and San Francisco must stay but Chicago and Brooklyn - or new equivalents - as well. Chicago and Brooklyn, not only losing both games and money, apparently have overstepped the saturation points of the large municipalities in which they operate. It becomes increasingly clear that Chicago, with the Bears and Cards of the National League, will not support a third team. Ditto for Brooklyn, challenged by the Yanks and Giants across the bridge. The bad teams, then, may relocate - Chicago, possibly, to Milwaukee; Brooklyn, it's rumored, to Montreal. And the good teams must decide they want to put up with the bad ones again.
TRUCE OR RENEWED OUTBREAK OF WAR IS PRO GRID PROBLEM
DECEMBER 17 (Cleveland) - Reports of a possible armistice in the dollar war with the senior NFL greeted owners of the three year old All-America conference as they gathered Friday for their annual meeting and title playoff game. The All-American circuit has been for such a truce right along by National owners have opposed it in the belief that the established circuit could outlast the newcomer. A writer for a New York newspaper, Joe King, predicted Thursday that the All-America conference would fold up, and that the champion Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco Forty-niners would enter the national loop. However, Admiral Jonas Ingram, commissioner of the All-America, says his league goes into session with a better outlook than a comparable time a year ago. Ingram said he also anticipated peace with the National league within 30 days. "Our only problem will be in Chicago and we expect to make that out main topic," Ingram said. "A year ago we had three problems, Chicago, Brooklyn and Baltimore. Brooklyn had a bad year from the attendance and victory standpoints, but Branch Rickey assured me his baseball operations will carry football and that he expects to continue. As for this war between the leagues, I'm confident seven of the National league owners are in favor of some kind of working agreement now. I'm confident some kind of sentiment will be made within the next month. The main thing is to work out the makeup of the leagues and arrange a schedule that will have no conflicts and plan a common draft. I'm in favor of two eight team leagues, with one team from Chicago in each." Ingram did not say who the lone National league holdup was, but apparently it is George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins. Marshall reiterated his opposition to a truce Thursday after Alexis Thompson, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, came up once again with the proposal that the two leagues get together. Thompson says he lost $32,000 this year, even though his team won the eastern division title of the National league. In the present football war, one club in the National league and one in the All-America draft a player. The athlete then auctions himself to the high bidder. Stan Heath of Nevada this week reportedly rejected a $40,000, three year contract with the New York Yankees for a better one offered by the Green Bay Packers of the National. Under a common draft Heath would be approached by only one club. A one year, $5,000 pact might be the result. Ted Collins, owner of the National league's Boston eleven, has placed his losses of the last four years at $720,000. The Chicago Rockers of the conference reportedly are out $1,000,000 in three years. The Rockets have had new owners each season.
EAGLES, CARDS TO BOLT NL? REPORT PACKERS SET TO QUIT
DECEMBER 17 (Cleveland) - You can believe nothing you hear and half of what you see at the All-America Football Conference meeting here. Rumors, rumors, rumors...Some of the reports floating through the hotel lobbies as the AA confab goes into its second day are: 
1. The Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals of the National League will bolt to the All-America.
2. The Green Bay Packers of the NFL are about ready to throw in the sponge.
3. The two leagues are on the verge of peace, a common draft and a world series of football (between NFL and AA championship teams).
One thing seemed certain: the All-America will operate as an eight team circuit in 1949. Commissioner Jonas Ingram said tonight: "We are proceeding with plans for next season and will hold our draft meeting as scheduled Monday." The AA bosses also went on record as favoring peace at once with the National League. Said Ingram: "Cooperative relations with the NFL continue to be the desire of our conference." Ingram stated that unless peace between the two rivals was reached within the next 30 days he would quit as AA commissioner. But back to the rumors: The report that peace between the league was not far off was substantiated by the announcement of Dan Topping, New York Yankees president, that he would be glad to serve as landlord should the AA and NFL loop champions care to meet on his field at Yankee Stadium. Another report said Alexis Thompson, Eagles owner, would send his club against the AA champ if his team defeated the Chicago Cardinals in their title game Sunday. It was pointed out that Topping and Thompson are close friends. Thompson has repeatedly spoken for peace with the All-America. Other lesser rumors had the Chicago Rockets, Brooklyn, Baltimore and Buffalo on the verge of financial collapse; the Boston Yanks or Philadelphia Eagles taking over the New York Yankees franchise in the AA and millionaire Topping "broke".
TWO RIVAL PRO GRID LEAGUES MOVE CLOSER TO A SETTLEMENT
DECEMBER 20 (Philadelphia) - There was no peace on the far fling professional football front Tuesday but prospects for a settlement of the three year war were brighter than ever before. One crystal clear fact emerged from the meeting between representatives of the NFL and the All-America Conference here over the weekend: Both leagues are genuinely interested in trying to find a solution to their problem. They did not solve it after 12 hours of discussions Monday, but they could hardly be expected to settle something of three years' standing in 12 hours. It was the first formal meeting between the two leagues since the All-America conference was formed in 1946. More meetings will undoubtedly follow and each will probably bring the rivals closer together. There is a strong possibility that within a month the two will have had a meeting of minds. Most difference were apparently ironed out here. It was agreed that the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco Forty-niners enter the National leaguee, that the Boston Yankees move to New York with Jim Breuil of the Buffalo Bills as a partner of Ted Collins, that Dan Reeves' Los Angeles Rams and Ben Lindheimer's Los Angeles Dons amalgamate, and that the Chicago Rockets and New York Yankees disband. The long stumbling block, and a big one, was Baltimore. National league owners do not want Baltimore. It would give them 13 teams and create an impossible problem in dividing the reorganized league into two equal divisions. American league owners, having made ironclad commitments, cannot, however, how they can drop Baltimore. They countered with the proposition that both Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dons be admitted into the National league in addition to Cleveland and San Francisco, the Dons separate from the Rams, which would give Los Angeles two teams, and that the National league operate as a 14 team league instead of a 12. George Marshall, whose Washington Redskins play only 60 miles from Baltimore, was said to have vigorously led the fight against Baltimore's inclusion. George Halas of the Chicago Bears later was asked point blank if Baltimore was the "holdup" in a settlement. "I'd rather not discuss that," he said. "All I can say is that we had a nice meeting and friendly relations were established." All of the details and most of the comment on the meeting were presented by NFL publicist Joseph Labrum in a formal statement which said: "Representatives of the NFL and the All-America conference concluded a meeting in Philadelphia Monday night. Efforts by both sides to formulate a mutually satisfactory agreement were not consummated. The committee terminated the meeting with the expectation that future meetings might provide some formula for a common understanding, between the two leagues." Neither league commissioner - Bell of the NFL nor Admiral Jonas Ingram of the AAC - would comment on the negotiations.
DWORSKY, MICHIGAN, IS DRAFTED BY PACKERS
DECEMBER 18 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers
picked Stan Heath of Nevada, Dan Dworsky of Michigan
and Bob Summerhays, Utah halfback, as their first three
choices at the "secret" meeting in Pittsburgh a month ago,
it was announced here Tuesday as National league 
coaches and owners got together to complete their annual
draft. All three have already been approached, it is
understood, and while none have signed, all have 
promised they would as soon as they have completed
their participation in college sports. Ben Bendrick of
Wausau, Wis., Wisconsin fullback, was picked by the
Chicago Bears, and Terry Brennan of Milwaukee, Notre
Dame halfback, bu the Philadelphia Eagles. The Boston
Yanks drafted Doak Walker of Southern Methodist and the
Detroit Lions Johnny Rauch of Georgia, then swapped the
rights to the stars in the first big deal of the session. A Lion
spokesman said the club already had two good passers
in Clyde LeForce and Fred Enke and needed a runner like
Walker. On the other hand, Boston badly needed a passer.
Rauch tossed the Georgia Bulldogs to one of their most
successful seasons this year. The draft meeting opened at
10 o'clock. Only the Los Angeles Rams' selection list was
not disclosed immediately. The draft will continue until 
each club has picked 30 men.
WHY ADD THE WEAK? ASKS NATIONAL LEAGUE
DECEMBER 21 (Philadelphia) - A spokesman for the NFL
came up with the answer Wednesday as to why his league
and the All-America conference did not come to terms at
their weekend peace meetings here. The spokeman, who asked that his name be withheld, epigramatically put it this way: "There is no way of strengthening the strong by adding the weak." His reference was to the insistence of the All-America conference that Baltimore be included in any reorganization plan. It was this above everything else that kept the two leagues from getting together. The spokesman pointed out that the Boston Yanks of the NFL lost between $15,000 and $20,000 the day they played the Chicago Bears in Boston and added that undoubtedly some All-America teams experienced similar losses. "Now, if we added Baltimore, we'd have another weak sister," he said. "What do you suppose would happen if Baltimore played the Yanks? It just wouldn't be good business. The National league doesn't have a thing against Baltimore. We think it's a great town for football. But we don't think a 40 mile metropolitan area of less than 2,000,000 people (Washington and Baltimore) can support two teams. Our Washington club couldn't do any better financially. It has made money in its last 28 games. A Baltimore franchise in our league would certainly hurt Washington. That's the way it is now. Maybe in a couple of years, the picture will be different and we'll be anxious to take Baltimore into our league. Not now, though." Meanwhile, the attempt of two rival leagues to reach an understanding has not been abandoned. There were strong suggestions from owners in both leagues that all the differences which still remain might be resolved at meetings to be held within the next few weeks. Commissioner Bert Bell of the National league said that he was "definitely hopeful" that peace could be attained. At the same time he issued a statement in which he said that George Preston Marshall, Washington Redskins' president, was not involved in the difficulties surrounding the Baltimore franchise. Some observers assumed that Marshall's objections caused that impasse. "Regardless of what has been said or written," Bell said. "Mr. Marshall at the meeting requested to be kept out of any discission of the Baltimore controversy. Nine members went on record as opposed to Baltimore, and Mr. Marshall, at his own request, did not enter into any discussion regarding the matter." Bell admitted that he would meet Ben Lindheimer (owner of the Los Angeles Dons and chairman of the All-America's peace delegation) in Chicago within a day or two to resume negotiations. "We'll see George Halas then and do some more talking," he said. The National league, meanwhile, completed its draft here Tuesday. The All-America conference did the same in Cleveland. Because of the outside chance that the leagues will not get together, most clubs declined to reveal their full draft lists. The Green Bay Packers announced only their first three choices. In Cleveland the Chicago Rockets announced they had drafted Stan Heath.
BROOKLYN THROUGH, SAYS NEW YORK NEWS
DECEMBER 21 (New York) - The New York Daily News said Wednesday that the Brooklyn football Dodgers of the All-America conference would not operate as a football team in 1949. The News said it had "definitely learned that the Dodgers will drop their All-America franchise regardless of how the pro grid muddle eventually irons itself out." The article predicted that all Dodger players "will be thrown in a talent pool for the hybrid team that eventually will operate out of Yankee stadium."
PEACE NEAR - 49ERS OWNER
DECEMBER 24 (San Francisco) - As Anthony J. (Tony) Morabito see its, "the door is open for peace" between the two warring professional football loops, the All-America Conference and the National League. Morabito is owner of the San Francisco 49ers of the AAC. "The two leagues are in disagreement on only a few points," Morabito said, "and it shouldn't take too many more meetings before cooperation is reached on even those points." With reference to NFL Commissioner Bert Bell's expressed hopes for peace before the next National League meeting in January, Morabito said: "If peace isn't declared within 30 days, it'll probably be so late that the 1949 seasonal plans will have gone to the extent that they can't be called off. In that event, the All-America Conference would play with its eight teams again."
manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, that "several syndicates have shown an interest in purchasing the Eagles," but he denied flatly that any deal had been completed or was nearing completion. The first official step in a peace between the rival league which have been fighting a costly gridiron war for three years probably would be the resignation of Jonas Ingram as commissioner of the All-America and the elevation of Bert Bell of the National league to commissioner of all professional football. This report was substantiated by an earlier one which said that Ingram was ready to step down because of poor health. Bell said Saturday that "on the record and off the record there has been no truce" between the National league and the All-America conference. He said, however, that it was possible that the National league might consider applications from All-America teams to join the National league. Collins, in announcing the shift of the Yanks from Boston to New York, said that he had worked out an agreement with the New York Giants. Maurice (Clipper) Smith will not be back as coach of the Yanks next season, Collins said. Smith made this decision of his own accord, Collins added. Ewart said that four or five groups had made inquiries about the Eagles. The inquiries were directed to owner Alexis Thompson, now recovering from an appendicitis operation at a New York hospital. The franchise has not been a money maker. Thompson said earlier that this year's team will lose approximately $32,000 and he is reported to have dropped $50,000 last year.
LAMBEAU SAYS 'NO'
DECEMBER 18 (Philadelphia) - Manager Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said Saturday night that there was no truth in the report that a truce would be declared Sunday in the pro football war and that it would not even be considered at the National league meeting. "This is a draft meeting," he said, "and the rules permit no other business to be taken up."
ALL-AMERICA OWNERS RECEPTIVE FOR PEACE
DECEMBER 18 (Cleveland) - All-America conference football team owners gave all of their eight clubs a financial bill of health Saturday, including the dollar starved Chicago Rockets. Then they agreed with George Halas, owner of the National league Chicago Bears, that the time had come for peace between the two leagues. Halas, in Philadelphia for that circuit's playoff game, had said a "sensible solution" of the situation was due and indicated that he would introduce the subject at the National league meeting Monday. Jonas Ingram, commissioner of the All-America, said: "I sincerely hope something along that line will develop." He added that he still favored a playoff game on December 26 between the champions of the circuits and pointed out that the weather in Los Angeles would be favorable. Ben F. Lindheimer, Los Angeles, chairman of the executive committee, said that if the Chicago Rockets failed to post a $200,000 guarantee on February 5 in the league meeting at New York another city was willing to take over the club. There were indications that he meant Dallas. A conference rule requires each club to post $200,000. This rule was suspended last season. It was reinstated Saturday. The Rockets had to be rescued by a $100,000 fund raised by other owners in midseason and also were allowed to forego the $15,000 guarantee to each visiting club. Brooklyn has to pay only $10,000 to eastern clubs but paid the western teams in full. All teams hereafter must pay $15,000. The Rockets have had new owners each year. R. Edward Garn, spokesman for the Chicago stockholders, that virtually the same 1948 backers would operate the club in 1949. The owners also discussed the television problem but delayed action until February. Only Cleveland, Buffalo and San Francisco did not televise their home games last season. The other five owners agreed television had hurt their gate receipts. The suggestion to cut the player limit from 35 to either 30 or 28 also was deferred until February.
MERGER TO BRING TRUCE IN PRO FOOTBALL WAR
DECEMBER 19 (Philadelphia) - The professional football war is over, after three years of strife and losses which ran into millions of dollars. The All-America Football conference, which just completed its third season, will pass out of existence, barring last minute balking by the club owners involved, and the NFL will operate next season with 12 teams instead of 10. Only the Cleveland Browns, three times champions of the All-America, and the San Francisco Forty-niners will survive the collapse of the junior circuit. They will be the new clubs in the National league. The Los Angeles Dons of the All-America will amalgamate with the Los Angeles Rams of the National. The Boston club will absorb the Buffalo Bills. The New York Yanks, Baltimore Colts, Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Rockets will fold up, perhaps with some face saving player sales. The Boston club of the National league will move to New York and play at Yankee stadium. Of course, as stated above, the harsh teams of the National leaguers may result in some balking, but the only financially healthy clubs in the All-America are expected to exert pressure which will keep the others in line. Arthur B. McBride of Cleveland and Tony Morabito of San Francisco are reported to have forced a settlement by threatening to jump from the All-America to the National. They were the only money-makers in their league. Dan Topping of the Yankees is under pressure from fellow stockholders in the baseball club to get out of football. He will be satisfied to have the baseball club become landlord for the Boston Yankees. James Breuil of Buffalo is willing to disband his team but wants to remain in the game. Ted Collins of Boston is expected to accommodate him. Ben Lindheimer of the Los Angeles Dons will be satisfied to join forces with the Rams. It is significant, perhaps, that these men - McBride, Morabito, Topping, Breuil and Lindheimer - make up the All-America committee which came here Monday from their own league meeting in Cleveland to talk peace with the National leaguers. Despite denials by all National league club owners that there have been any peace negotiations, it is understood that a basis for the truce was reached in personal discussions between club owners of the two circuits. Topping of the All-America, who jumped from the other league, has talked with eastern National league club owners and George Halas of the Chicago Bears, a power in the National, met with McBride and Morabito last week. Alexis Thompson, millionaire owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, which won the National league title Sunday, has been talking peace to his fellow clubowners and to All-America rivals for more than a year. Tim Mara, founder of the New York Giants, a die-hard opponent of any peace gesture, called for only two teams in New York instead of three. The Giants, usually money-makers, have had tough going with two All-America clubs, the Yankees and the Dodgers, competing for business. Thompson is reported willing to sell the Philadelphia Eagles and this may offer a means of satisfying some of the AA men unwilling to get out of football. Breuil may form a syndicate to buy the Eagles. The only problem not solved was what to do about the Baltimore club. The All-America moguls feel honor bound to do something for the civic leaders whom they induced to step in and save the Baltimore Colts from collapsing. Under present plans, the National league will have an eastern division consisting of the two New York clubs, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and a western loop consisting of the two Chicago clubs, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
CARDS FAVORED TO WIN; PRO TRUCE IS REPORTED
DECEMBER 18 (Philadelphia) - The NFL and the All-America conference have agreed to some type of truce, the Associated Press learned Saturday night. An announcement concerning the truce is expected Sunday. All-America conference officials are in Cleveland for their annual meeting. National league officials are here for a session Monday. No details of the settlement were learned. The report came shortly after Ted Collins, owner of the Boston franchise of the National league, announced he would move his team to New York. Another important development on the eve of the National league playoff game was the announcement by Charles Ewart, general 
The 1948 Green Bay Packers - 3-9 (4th-Western Division)
Head Coach: Curly Lambeau