Los Angeles Rams (4-5-1) 24, Green Bay Packers (3-8) 10
Sunday November 28th 1948 (at Los Angeles)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(LOS ANGELES) - The Los Angeles Rams outpassed and outran the Green Bay Packers today and sent 23,874 supporters home celebrating a 24 to 10 NFL victory
in Memorial Coliseum. Quarterback Bob Waterfield sent the
Rams in front with a rifleshot 37-yard touchdown pass to end
Red Hickey in the first quarter. The big Packers in the next
quarter tied the count when hard running Tony Canadeo 
fought his way 15 yards across the goal line. Green Bay then
took a 3-point lead on a 31 yard field goal by Ted Fritsch.
HOERNER RUNS WELL
It was short lived, however. Dick Hoerner, the Rams' 215-
pound fullback from Iowa and the best ball carrier on display
today, lead the Rams 55 yards to a touchdown, and the 
Rams at halftime held a 14-10 lead. Hoerner, escorting the
ball himself for 39 yards in the drive, bulled his way over from
the two for the back-breaking touchdown. In the third period,
tricky Jim Hardy stepped in for Waterfield and with fullback
Gerry Cowhig from Notre Dame and Kingfish Kenny 
Washington alternating in the assault, the Rams moved 66
yards in nine running plays and one pass. Washington
smashed through the tired Packer line untouched from the
seven yard line for the tally.
FEARS CATCHES FIVE
Midway in the final quarter, Waterfield ended a perfect 
placekicking performance with a field goal from the 37-yard
line. Rookie Tom Fears, the leading pass receiver in the
league, boosted his receptions for the season to 47 and total
yardage of 613 yards. He caught five throws this afternoon
for 51 yards. The Packers' touchdown followed an 
interception of a Waterfield pass by Bob Forte, who returned
the ball 16 yards to the Ram 33. Ralph Earhart made seven
yard and Canadeo broke through and went the rest of the
way on the next play.
GREEN BAY   -  0 10  0  0 - 10
LOS ANGELES -  7  7  7  3 - 24
1st - LA - Red Hickey, 34-yard pass from Bob Waterfield
(Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 7-0
2nd - GB - Canadeo, 15-yard run (Fritsch kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 31-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - LA - Dick Hoerner, 1-yard run (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 14-10
3rd - LA - Kenny Washington, 7-yard run (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 21-10
4th - LA - Waterfield, 37-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 24-10
NEWS AND NOTES
BAYS FACE CARDINALS IN FINAL TILT
NOVEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - The battered Packers headed back home from Los Angeles today after losing a 24-10 decision to the Rams yesterday afternoon. It was Green Bay's eighth loss in its 11 NFL starts this season. In fact, the Packers now have the dubious distinction of having been beaten by every team in the league except Philadelphia and Boston, and Philadelphia wasn't on Green Bay's schedule this year. The Packers won their long meeting with Boston, 31-0, in the season's first game. The current Packer season - the most unhappy in Green Bay history - ends next Sunday at the home of the Chicago Cardinals, currently tied with the neighboring Bears for the western division lead. The Cards beat the Packers, 17-7, at Milwaukee October 10, in their first meeting this year.
YANKEES OFFER HEATH $40,000; GREEN BAY PACKERS DRAFT HIM
NOVEMBER 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - The New York Yankees of the All-American Conference have offered Stan Heath $40,000 for two seasons of football. And the Green Bay Packers of the National league have obtained their league's rights to dicker with him. These were the developments Monday as Heath, passing wizard of the University of Nevada, returned to school after spending the Thanksgiving holidays here with his parents. Only the Yankees have approached young Heath directly. Burleigh Grimes, representing the Yankees, came to Milwaukee two weeks ago and again last Saturday. Curly Lambeau of the Packers spoke to the elder Heath two weeks ago. The Packers obtained draft rights to Heath at a secret meeting in Pittsburgh three weeks ago. Bert Bell, National league commissioner, naively explained at the time that the meeting had been called to select sites for possible divisional playoff games. Actually, the meeting was called to permit National league owners to make their first three draft choices and to approach the boys at once. The rest of the draft, in which each club selects 30 men, will be completed at the regular winter meeting in Philadelphia December 20. Heath, a former Shorewood high school star, was one of the toasts of the football season just closed. He finished the regular season with 126 passes in 223 attempts, good for 2,005 yards, a new national collegiate record, and 22 touchdowns. Every club in both major leagues wanted him. Heath starred at Shorewood in '42, '43 and '44, spent '45 at Farragut naval station at Farragut, Idaho, and played as a freshman at Wisconsin in '46. In the summer of '47, after losing his eligibility at Wisconsin, he enrolled at Nevada. Nevada closed its regular season with a 42-12 victory over Wichita Thanksgiving Day. The team was beaten only once - by Santa Clara in an upset. It will meet Villanova in the Harbor Bowl at San Diego January 1.
HOLD 'ER BOYS! PACKER ASSISTANT COACHES SWAP PUNCHES, THEN KISS AND MAKE UP
NOVEMBER 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - What's this? Walt Kiesling and Bo Molenda, Green Bay's assistant coaches, swapping punches a couple of weeks ago? So the well authenticated story goes. Well, in a Packer season like this, tempers do get short. Anyway, the boys kissed and made up...At 32 Don Hutson hung up his cleats at Green Bay. At 31 Bronko Nagurski decided he had had enough of football's bumps although he briefly attempted a comeback several years later. And at 33? Well, at 33, Alvis Wistert is elected captain of Michigan's football team. A strange tale, this tale of Wistert, who by the way will be 34 when he actually leads the Wolverines. Alvin, third of three Wisterts who have played for Michigan, worked for 10 yards after getting out of high school in Chicago, went into the service shortly after Pearl Harbor, then upon his discharge took advantage of the GI bill to return to school. Francis in the early thirties and Albert in the early forties preceded him at Ann Arbor...Owner Ted Collins frankly admits that his four year venture with the Boston Yankees in the National league has cost him exactly $720,000.
IT'S PACKERS AGAINST ALL-AMERICA FOR HEATH
DECEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Stan Heath, who passed his way into the national collegiate football spotlight at Nevada the past season, is in the middle - in a happy and profitable way - of the continued talent war between the two major professional leagues, National and All-America. Five clubs - Green Bay of the National League and New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago of the All-America - have either contacted Heath directly or sent out definite feelers. The Packers are alone in the National for the simple reason that they obtained draft rights to Heath at the supposed secret meeting of club owners and coaches in Pittsburgh three weeks ago. Commissioner Bert Bell attempted a denial in Philadelphia yesterday when he said," Green Bay drafted Heath last year under the presumption that he was eligible. Since he wasn't eligible then no National League team now has the draft right to Heath. We will hold our regular draft meeting after the playoff game on December 19." But Heath is definitely in the Packer fold - that is, if the club can beat the All-America to the punch. What's more, he isn't the only one, for the Packers, it has been learned, landed three players at the preliminary draft meeting, as did all other clubs in the league. The other two players are linemen. Coach Curly Lambeau refused to deny or affirm the draft situation, but did say: "I'm sure we will have the right to deal with Heath when the proper time comes. We don't intend to contact him or bother him in anyway until he plays his final college game against Villanova in the Harbor Bowl at San Diego New Year's Day. Then we'll make our move." The Packer boss refused to give any hint about the financial offer to be made Heath. It's a cinch Green Bay will have to match or come very close to the New York Yankees' bid, which, according to a report out of New York yesterday, is said to be between $30,000 and $50,000. The total sum would be for two seasons of play, plus a bonus for signing. Burleigh Grimes, who represents the Yankees in both football and baseball, met with the Heaths, father and son, here last Friday. But neither he nor the Heaths would give any indication of the actual terms discussed. By phone from Owen, Wis., Grimes denied making any offer to young Heath. "Certainly we are interested in the boy," said Burleigh. "But I didn't have the authority - and don't have now - to make him a concrete offer. We are living up to the rules in our own league." The All-America, like the National, held a secret draft meeting - back in midsummer in Chicago, according to the Associated Press. Heath, unknown nationally at the time, wasn't drafted any club. Which explains why four members of that circuit are now hot on his trail. The logical assumption is that the rich Yankees will win the special intra-league scamble for the passing wizard's service if he decides to cast his lot with the All-America. Rumor has it that the Yankees did most of the signing of talent last year and then transferred players to weaker clubs later. The All-America leans more toward the mutual "divvy-up" plan than the National. Everything adds up to no letup in the ruinous professional football dollar war, also known as the players' gold rush. Clubs in the older National League beat their ambitious new rivals to most of the 1947 stars, but there is every indication that the All-America will be in the thick of the fight for every top prospect in the 1948 crop.
JAY RHODEMYRE MAY CAUSE WOE FOR CARDINALS
DECEMBER 2 (Chicago Tribune) - Members of the Chicago Cardinals' 50 minute brigade will oppose a fraternity brother Sunday in Comiskey park when the National league champions oppose the Green Bay Packers in the southsiders' final home game of the season. The Packers' candidate for the workhorse title is Jay E. Rhodemyre, rookie center from the University of Kentucky. Rhodemyre, who was named the most valuable player in the College All-Star game in Soldiers' field last August, needs no formal introduction to the Cardinals. The champions saw a lot of the Kentuckian in that game while they were scoring a 28 to 0 triumph. Rhodemyre apparently makes a habit of playing his best games in Chicago. If a trophy had been awarded after the recent 7 to 6 Bear victory over the Packers, the 210 pound Kentuckian would have been a logical choice to receive it. Rhodemyre didn't get in a full day's work against the Bears - he only played 54 minutes. George Strickler, assistant general manager of the Packers, came to Chicago yesterday and brought with him a warning from Green Bay: "If the Cardinals think they will have a soft touch Sunday, they are in for quite a surprise. The Packers never have played a bad game in Chicago and this will be no exception." Professional football followers are perplexed over the showing of the Packers this season. In only one year since the team started to operate in 1921 has a Green Bay team lost more games than it has won. That was in 1933 when the Packers won six, lost seven and tied one. If the visitors win Sunday, they will wind up with a record of four victories and eight defeats.
PACKER NOTES
DECEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Packer Coach Curly Lambeau's answer to the many questions about Jug Girard's very limited action: "Jug reported to us with a leg injury, sustained in practice with the All Stars, and was handicapped all the way. It's going to take an operation to put him in top shape. Jug is a fine prospect and we're counting on him for next year."
has just become the father of twin sons!" The coach, who immediately had visions of hampered practice sessions with two important games coming up, tried to strike a calm attitude. "It works like this," one of the athletes explained. "Boris became a father before our final game with the Bears last season. We needed only one birth to do that. Now Nichols comes up with twins, which means we will win our last two games - it's really as simple as that." Conzelman, who is not superstitious, admits he is willing to reconsider if this purported good omen works.
PACKERS HAVE INSIDE TRACK FOR HEATH
DECEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Should Stan Heath decide to do his pro football playing in the National League, he will wear a Green Bay Packer uniform. The senior circuit already has confirmed the Packers' exclusive right to deal with the former Shorewood High School star whose sensational passing brought him and the University of Nevada nationwide attention the past season. But if he decides to cast his lot with the rival All-America Conference, his future club affiliation still must be ironed out, in spite of the fact that the New York Yankees seem to have the inside tract and are prepared to shell out $30,000 to $50,000 for two seasons of play. Several other AA clubs also have contacted young Heath. At the moment, however, no All-America club has the draft rights to Stan for the simple reason that he isn't draft bait - yet. "This doesn't mean we won't make a special ruling in Heath's case, as the National League did," said Joe Petritz, All-America publicity director. "We checked his original college registration and discovered his original class will not graduate until 1950. But why shouldn't we, too, take the same broad view of the case as the other league? So I expect he will be on the draft list at our meeting within the next two weeks. Then the tailend club, very likely Chicago or possibly Brooklyn, will have first crack. If a club within a prior claim drafts Heath, the Yankees cane get him only by arranging a deal with the consent of all other clubs. Because of our present setup, the case has not come to our attention officially. If a contract between Heath and any club in our league is filed with Commissioner Ingram before the league meeting, it will not be approved."...MEET IN CHICAGO OR CLEVELAND: Owners and directors will hold the big pow-wow in Chicago December 16 and 17 if the All-America championship game is played December 12 as originally schedule. Should a divisional playoff cause the title battle to be put back to December 19, the meeting will be held in Cleveland December 17, 18 and 20. Petritz hinted that the Yankees, because of their strong support of the league as a whole, are in position to make the necessary arrangements for Stan's services once his eligibility is established officially...COACH SAYS OFFER EXAGGERATED: "But I am certain they (the Yanks) have assumed nothing," he added. "They just want to be ready when the time comes. They have an idea of what it will take to get the passing star, but I doubt that negotiations have reached a final offer stage. In fact, Coach Red Strader was quoted in New York as saying that he felt the reports of an offer are exaggerated." In support of the "exaggerated" theory, the All-America spokesman pointed to the deal Bob Chappius, Michigan's 1947 All-American, made with the Brooklyn Dodgers. "Chappius was supposed to get $35,000 a year from the Dodgers, but the chances are that he did well if he got half that amount," was Petritz's slant. "That's the way it is in both leagues - a lot of guessing at big numbers. It's publicity. So nobody tries to stop it for obvious reasons."
TIP TO CARDS: PACKERS COVET SPOILERS' ROLE
DECEMBER 4 (Chicago Tribune) - "We hope we will play the kind of a game tomorrow that we played against the Bears on November 14 and if we are up, the Packers should give the Cardinals an exciting afternoon." This was the message relayed to Chicago last
night by Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of Green Bay from the
club headquarters at Rockwood Lodge in New Franken, Wis.
"We have a bad season, from a Packer standpoint, and a
victory over the National league champions would prove that we
still have a good team," Lambeau continued. "Tomorrow's game
in Comiskey park will be our 1948 final and we have certainly
nothing to lose and everything to gain. So we hardly can be
criticized if we 'shoot the works' against the Cardinals." If
yesterday's practice session by the Cardinals means anything, 
the south side eleven is ready to meet the challenge. The
Chicagoans apparently have recovered from their grueling
schedule of three games within 12 days and have profited by
the three days of rest after the Thanksgiving day victory over
Detroit. The only doubtful starter for the Cardinals tomorrow
will be Boris (Babe) Dimancheff, who has not played since the
game with the Los Angeles Rams on November 21. Marshall
Goldberg, who was held out of the Lions game because of
injuries, will be ready for work against the Packers. The
Packers, whose roster has been cut to 33 because of injuries,
and other reasons, report they have eight men who are not in
perfect health.
CARDINALS FACE PACKERS TODAY IN HOME FINALE
DECEMBER 5 (Chicago Tribune) - The unpredictable Green
Bay Packers, who can rise and fall with the speed of an
express elevator, will conclude their own schedule and drop
the curtain on the Chicago Cardinals' home season in 
Comiskey park this afternoon. These same Packers, who lost
a 38 to 7 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 7
and a week later battled the Bears to a standstill before
succumbing, 7 to 6, provide sufficient argument that no team
can afford to become overconfident in pro football. Both the
Cardinals and Bears could conceivably become upset victims
today because of the fact that the Chicago rivals have been
overlooking the business at hand - principally today's games - 
while pointing for the Bear-Card game next Sunday. The 
Bears, who like the Cardinals have won nine games and lost
one in National league competition, will oppose the Lions in
Detroit. Wisconsin fans will be on the sidelines in goodly
numbers today. It will afford them their last chance to try to
determine what is wrong with the Packers. Coach Earl L.
(Curly) Lambeau of Green Bay would like the answer, if one is forthcoming. Cardinal fans, too, will be there in abundance. It will be the Cards' final home game and it they do not have tickets for next Sunday's game, it will be their last opportunity of seeing the south siders this season. The winner of the Cardinal-Bear game will oppose the Eagles in Philadelphia on December 19 in the championship game. The Cardinals will have several goals in today's game in addition to the all important one of winning. Elmer Angsman, Charley Trippi and Pat Harder, who rank third, fifth and sixth respectively in the league's ground gaining department, will try to dislodge the circuit's No. 2 carrier, Tony Canadeo of Green Bay. Harder and Mal Kutner, who rank first and second respectively in scoring, will renew their friendly rivalry. Pat needs only one point after touchdown this afternoon to set a new season mark. When he kicked his 44th point after touchdown in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day he tied a mark set by Ray McLean of the Bears in 1947. George Strickler, assistant general manager of Green Bay, while admitting he was greatly disappointed over the team's lack of accomplishment this season, last night singled out several Packers who couldn't be blamed for the club's shortcomings. These included guard Evan Vogds, halfbacks Ralph Earhart, Gene Wilson and Canadeo; center Jay Rhodemyre, ends Larry Craig and Don Wells and tackle Buford (Baby) Ray.
OFFER TO HEATH TIPS OFF NEW PRO DOLLAR WAR
DECEMBER 1 (New York) - A new dollar war is shaping up between the NFL and the rival All-America conference in their bid for the cream of the 1948 college crop. Spirited bidding is reported already underway on such stars as Doak Walker of Southern Methodist, Stan Heath of Nevada, Johnny Rauch of Georgia and Chuck Bednarik of Philadelphia. Both leagues, each seeking to get the jump on the other, have held very hush-hush draft meetings, it has been learned. The All-America player selections were made in the middle of the summer and word of them was carefully guarded. The National league held a secret session in Pittsburgh November 15. The New York Yankees, according to reports, have offered Heath, Nevada's brilliant passer, $40,000 for two seasons. A Yankee spokesman acknowledged that Burleigh Grimes has talked with Heath in Milwaukee over the Thanksgiving holidays. "We're anxious to sign Heath or any other good man who will help our club," the spokeman said. "We want a passer." Probably because of the earliness of the meeting, Heath was completely overlooked in the AAC draft. The Green Bay Packers have gained the draft rights to Heath in the National league. Another player the rival leagues are trying to land is Bednarik, Pennsylvania's All-American center. The Philadelphia Eagles of the National league drew rights to Bednarik in a bonus draft. Brooklyn won a try at him in the All-America. The Dodgers' coach, Carl Voyles, said that he has approached Bednarik, but has not been able to sign him. The professional leagues, which are not on speaking terms, have had to go high in recent years to outbid each other for the college standouts. The Chicago Cardinals put $100,000 into a four-year contract to bag Charley Trippi. The Chicago Bears gave Johnny Lujack a $5,000 bonus and a contract for $18,000 to $20,000 for four years. Charley Conerly signed with the New York Giants after the Dodgers reported they had offered him $100,000 for five years. Efforts to make peace between the two league have failed. Many clubs report that high player salaries and bonuses are resulting in operating deficits. In the National league, the Boston Yanks are said to have the first shot at Doak Walker, SMU's triple threat star. The Detroit Lions are reported first in line for the services of Georgia's Johnny Rauch. Both leagues have scheduled formal draft meetings later.
HEATH CONFIRMS OFFER OF $40,000 CONTRACT
DECEMBER 2 (Reno) - Stan Heath, passing wizard of the University of Nevada football team, Thursday confirmed a report in the Milwaukee Journal that he had been offered $40,000 to play two years of professional football with the New York Yankees of the All-America conference. Heath, who set a new national collegiate passing mark of 2,005 yards this season, said he would leave the decision on the offer to his father, Mickey, a former major league baseball players. "Dad's an old hand at this business and I'll admit I don't know much about it," young Heath said. Heath also admitted he was aware, as the Journal had said, that the Green Bay Packers of the National league had drafted him. "Curly Lambeau (Green Bay coach) and dad talked things over in Milwaukee several weeks ago," he said. "No specific offer was made, though." In the past, Heath had said he would like to remain in the far west. If he did, he might play only with the Los Angeles Rams of the National league or the Los Angeles Dons or the San Francisco Forty-niners of the All-American league. There has been no indication any of the three has bid for him.
STORK DEALS 2 OF A KIND; ADDS SPARK TO CARDS
DECEMBER 3 (Chicago Tribune) - If the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers are superstitious - and the Chicago Cardinals hope they are - the NFL champions and the Philadelphia Eagles will fight it out for the crown for the second successive year. Just before the climatic game with the Chicago Bears last year, Mr. and Mrs. Boris Dimancheff became the parents of a girl. That birth played an important part in the Cardinals' eventual 30 to 21 triumph. Dimancheff, who had missed three days of practice while doing calisthenics at the hospital awaiting the arrival of the stork, ran for a touchdown on the first play of the game. The Cardinals thus regarded the birth of Miss Dimancheff as a good luck omen. When members of the southside eleven reported for practice yesterday at Comiskey park, each with two fingers hoisted in the air, there were smiles - with one exception. That was coach Jimmy Conzelman. Conzelman thought the boys were merely reviving the war-era sign - V for victory - and nodded approvingly; but that was not it. "We can't lose to the Packers and Bears now," the players choruses. "J. Hamilton Nichols, our guard,