Green Bay Packers (2-1) 33, Detroit Lions (0-2) 21
Sunday October 3rd 1948 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers are back on their feet today, still wobbling a little after what the Bears did a week ago, but back on their feet. They staggered back Sunday while a crowd of 24,120 sweated and strained with them and they finally crawled over Bo
McMillin's stubborn Detroit Lions in a game a lot closer than the
score indicated, 33-21. They staggered is right, for until the last
minute of play they lead by a scant 26-21 and the pesky and
apparently red hot Lions still had the ball.
But they made it - that's the big thing, and today the whole 
bunch of them from Curly Lambeau down breathes a little easier
- that is, if it is possible to breathe easier with the game against
the title defending Chicago Cardinals coming up in Milwaukee
this week. Touchdowns by Clyde Goodnight, Walt Schlinkman,
Jack Jacobs and Tony Canadeo, and a couple of field goals by
Ted Fritsch, one of them a tremendous 46 yard boot, gave the
Packers their points, and the recitation of such widespread
scoring probably reads well. Out on the field, thought, it wasn't
well at all, for until the last minute of play the Lions came
uncomfortably close to matching it. Joe Margucci got two
touchdowns and Clyde LeForce one and until Canadeo scored
his six pointer with only seconds left, this equaled everything
the Packers had done in crossing the goal.
The Packers obviously set no rivers on fire Sunday. They were
still a wobbly team, mixing a lot of shoddy football with the good,
muffing opportunities, and drawing the tremendous total of 141
yards in penalties. The penalties especially were costly, for they
deprived the Packers of one touchdown and excellent position
for two others. The bouquets Sunday night went to Tony 
Canadeo - Canado and Larry Craig and Dick Wildung. Canadeo,
running in one of his happiest moods, found an alley at Detroit's
left end and rambled along it all afternoon. In 17 plays, he piled
up 118 yards, including one jaunt of 49 that carried the ball to
Detroit's one yard line. Craig, playing with a mask to protect his
broken nose, and Wildung anchored the line that choked off the
Lions with 64 yards on the ground.
If the Lions were halted on the ground, however, they made up 
for it in the air. Fred Enke's sharp passing and excellent pass
patterns had the Packers running in circles in the first and fourth
quarters, and, for a few minutes in the fourth, even threatened to
pull out this game. It was 26-21 with about a minute left when
the Lions completed a fourth down pass near midfield that was
nullified because of an ineligible man downfield. The Packers 
took over and Curly Lambeau sighed in relief. The Lions, playing
without Bill Dudley, were everything said of them, and they may
still be a factor in the race. Any team with the bounce that this
one had, and with a sharpshooter like Fred Enke, can knock off
a topnotcher at any time. And the Packers? Well, they're 
wobbling, but they are back on their feet. Maybe this was what
they needed. The Lions scored the second time they had the 
ball, driving 80 yards to Green Bay's 19 and then scoring in one
play, running a pass, Enke to LeForce, that left the Packers just
a little bewildered. It remained 7-0, too, until the second quarter
when Enke fumbled on his own 23 and Fritsch recovered. One
play did it. Goodnight slipped behind Hunnicutt and took Jacobs'
pass for the score. A pass which Canadeo intercepted and ran
back 25 yards to Detroit's 42 set the stage for the second
touchdown a couple of minutes later. Two quick first downs 
carried the ball to the nine where Canadeo and Schlinkman took
charge. Canadeo rushed to the eight and Schlinkman bucked 
over. It remained 13-6 at the half.
​The Packers opened the third quarter as though to drive the 
Lions off the field. They took the kickoff, roared down to Detroit's
19, then sent Fritsch back for the first of his placements, and
they took the ball the very next time they got it and smashed 64
yards down the field for a touchdown. Canadeo's 49 yard run put
the ball on the one and Schlinkman rammed home. So far so
good and the Packers led as the teams changed goals for the fourth quarter, 23-6. Suddenly, though, the Lions started to explode all over the field. One 72 yard drive was capped by Margucci's touchdown from the three, and after Fritsch interrupted this rally with his 46 yard field, a 57 yard drive was capped by Margucci's lateral to LeForce for another touchdown which made it 26-21. Here was a fine mess, indeed. And the Lions got the ball again. The fourth down pass on which an ineligible man was down the field, thought, halted the rally, and the accompanying 15 yard penalty gave the Packers the ball on Detroit's 12. On third down Canadeo wheeled home. 
DETROIT   -   7   0   0  14 - 21
GREEN BAY -   0  13  10  10 - 33
1st - DET - Clyde LeForce, 19-yd pass from Fred Enke (Merv Pregulman kick) DETROIT 7-0
2nd - GB - Goodnight, 23-yard pass from Jacobs (Cody kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Schlinkman, 1-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-7
3rd - GB - Jacobs, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 20-7
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 23-7
4th - DET - Joe Margucci, 4-yard run (Pregulman kick) GREEN BAY 23-14
4th - GB - Fritsch, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 26-14
4th - DET - LeForce, 17-yard lateral from Margucci after a 4-yard run (Pregulman kick) GREEN BAY 26-21
4th - GB - Canadeo, 5-yard run (Cody kick) GREEN BAY 33-21
OCTOBER 5 (Philadelphia) - Green Bay's Tony Canadeo has pounded out 191 yards in two games so far this season to lead all individual ground gainers in the NFL, official statistics showed Tuesday. Canadeo, who finished third in the individual race a year ago, rolled up this year's total in 37 attempts for an average of 5.2 yards. Tommy Thompson of Philadelphia leads the passers with 25 completions in 48 attempts for 349 yards.
OCTOBER 5 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals will go to work today, aiming to get back in the thick of the NFL championship fight as they start preparations for their fight date with the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon. Coach Jimmy Conzelman's men saw their three game winning streak over the Bears end Monday night when they lost to the northsiders, 28 to 17. At the same time, their eight game winning streak was broken before that record NFL crowd for Chicago, 52,765. The Cardinals and Packers now are in the same category, both having lost to the Bears in the young 1948 season. The Packers will be anxious to regain prestige lost as a result of the 45 to 7 rout dealt them by the Bears and, as matters now stand, Sunday's game in Milwaukee looms as a must for both clubs. The Cardinal defensive wall may be in for some bolstering before the battle with the Packers. Inability of the southsiders to cope with Bears charging through the right side of the line probably spelled the difference between defeat and victory Monday night. Unquestionably, both the Cardinals and the Packers will cast anxious eyes on the scoreboard Sunday to watch the outcome of the battle in Wrigley field between the Bears and the Los Angeles Rams. It will be remembered that the Rams helped knock the Bears out of the championship last year. Then, too, another jinx will be confronted by the Bears. Bob Waterfield, the Rams quarterback, never has lost a game to the Bears in Wrigley field. The Cardinals will of necessity depend upon Ray Mallouf and rookie Virgil Eikenberg to do the quarterbacking for a matter of three or four weeks as the result of the fractured left writs suffered by Paul Christman in Monday night's game. X-ray examination yesterday upheld the fears of the Cardinals on Christman's wrist. The injury was suffered early in the second quarter, which resulted in Mallouf being pressed into service. The passing attack of the Cardinals backfired on two occasions Monday night and interceptions led to the Bears' first two touchdowns.
OCTOBER 6 (Green Bay) - Coming away from the Cardinal-Bear game in Chicago Monday night with a sheaf of personally written scouting notes, Coach Curly Lambeau predicted a free scoring contest in State Fair park at Milwaukee Sunday when his Green Bay Packers tackle the Cardinals. As a result, the Packers were ordered out for two drills Wednesday, both of which were devoted to offense. Lambeau is not yet satisfied with the Packers' attack, even though it piled up 285 yards on the ground and 33 points against a promising Detroit Lion eleven and has won five of six starts this year. Passing has been the Packers' big problem in the three exhibitions and three league games to date and Lambeau planned long drills on the aerial art for the rest of the week. The defense in Sunday's crucial encounter received a lift Wednesday when Jay Rhodemyre, rookie center, returned to action after missing the Lion encounter because of a fractured thumb. Although it remains highly improbably that the former Kentucky all-American will be able to help out on offense, the broken thumb is not expected to impair his defensive ability. Larry Craig, football's outstanding end, left the squad Tuesday for his home in Ninety Six, S.C., where specialists were scheduled to operate on his 5 day old daughter. Craig said he intended to return in time for the Cardinal encounter. Meanwhile, ticket manager Carl Mraz announced that Sunday's encounter, which holds the key to the championship hopes of both teams, will be played before the largest crowd ever to witness a regularly scheduled game in Milwaukee. Approximately 1,500 tickets are still available at the Packer box office in the Pfister hotel and at the Public Service office of the Journal. Mraz predicted that more than 32,000 fans would be in State Fair park at kickoff time.
OCTOBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Sunday's battle between the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, to be played before a full house at State Fair Park is a "must" for both clubs. Both have been defeated by their most hated rival - the Chicago Bears. In the Cardinal contest the Bears took advantage of a penalty served up because there were 12 Cards on the field. Five plays later the Bears had seven more points and had killed the Cards' chances, winning 28-17. The Cardinals had an excuse for Monday evening's loss to their crosstown rivals. An exceptionally good excuse because it centered around the loss of tackle Stan Mauldin, who died of a heart attack following the Philadelphia Eagles game. Paul Christman, ace quarterback of the world champion NFL team, suffered a fractured left wrist in the game against the Bears. However, Ray Mallouf, who took over for Christman, did all right - he pitched two touchdown passes. While the Cards and Packers are battling the Bears will be tangling with the Los Angeles Rams at Wrigley Field. If the Rams win, the winner of the Packer-Card game will move into a first place tie with the Bears.
OCTOBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - State Fair Park's new electronic scoreboard will be used for the first time at the game between the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers here Sunday afternoon. And let's hope it pans out better than the new one at Green Bay which, because it faces directly into the sun, can hardly be read. Better no scoreboard at all...Something new has been added to ticket scalping in Green Bay. At the Bear game two weeks ago, a lad of high school approached two disappointed fans without tickets in the crowd milling about the gates. "Here y'are men, here y'are," he carefully advertised his wares. "Two on the 50, two on the 50." So the eager fans quickly snatched up the tickets at $10 apiece. The men didn't get into the park, though. They had bought unused tickets for the Bear game of the year before. And the high school lad? Ah, he was blocks away enjoying a soda pop - or in this age, perhaps a cool beer...Elroy Hirsch, the old Wausau wiggler in his varsity days at Wisconsin, is through with pro football. Convalescing from a skull fracture at a Chicago hospital, he has confided to friends he wants no more of the game...THE 'RACINCE' CARDINALS: The Chicago Cardinals, opponents of the Packers here Sunday, were originally known as the Racine Cardinals - Racine Cardinals because they played their first games at 61st and Racine Sts. in Chicago. The Racine was dropped and Chicago substituted when Racine (Wis.) organized a pro team...Shaggy, white haired Jimmy Conzelman has coached the Cardinals longer than any other man - six years. And his contract has another year to run. Nobody else has ever lasted longer than four years...The Chicago Bears will use their new sideline seats at Wrigley Field for the first time in the game with the Los Angeles Rams Sunday. The new section, seating 7,600 along the field of play, will increase Wrigley Field's capacity to 52,000 for football...After what J.R. Boone, the 158 pound scatback with the Bears, did to the Cardinals the other night (he scored two touchdowns), it was clear what his initials stand for although he has no given name. J.R. stands for "Jack Rabbit"...A NEW PACKER RULE: Curly Lambeau of the Packers doesn't fool. After Don Wells had become embroiled in a tavern altercation in Green Bay the night of the Pittsburgh exhibition a month ago, he not only fined his big end, $250, a fine which stuck, too, but introduced a new club rule: Anybody as much as seen entering a tavern, only seen - fine $100...The Detroit Lions recently asked waivers on quarterback Clyde LeForce. Nine other clubs put in claims on him so fast Coach Bo McMillin hardly knew what happened, and immediately withdrew the waivers.
OCTOBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - Paul Christman, veteran Cardinal quarterback, is definitely out of the game, but Lloyd Arms, veteran guard, who did not play against the Bears in the losing battle Monday, will be ready to start. Christman fractured his wrist early in the Bear game. The Packers will be in much better shape that they were for the Detroit Lions. Only Bob Skoglund is still on the casualty list. Most valuable addition will be Jay Rhodemyre whose thumb was broken in the Bear game two weeks ago and who did not play against Detroit. Both clubs will arrive here Saturday evening. The Cardinals will stay at the Schroeder hotel and the Packers at the Pfisters. The game is a sellout of 32,000.
Cardinals who, while they didn't lose any teeth, came out of the scrimmage with a surprising assortment of bumps. Yes, they all recall - and they won't forget by Sunday. In fact, since that blazing August 12, the Cardinals haven't ceased to mutter around the league or haven't neglected to look ahead to Sunday October 10. They told the Washington Redskins all about it the night of their exhibition game in Denver a few weeks ago and they wound it all up again: "Just wait - October 10." The whole league has heard how the Cardinals, or some of them, feel about 290 pound Neal in particular and the Packers in general. Actually, the secret little scrimmage did more than anything else to help the Cardinals get set for their game at Soldier field. It jolted them into reality, but it also jolted three teeth out of Banonis' mouth. And while the All-Star game may be forgotten, Banonis' teeth haven't been - or Neal who knocked them out. Just what did happen in close that afternoon, nobody but the principals can say, and they disagree. Neal says it was all a mistake - something that might happen down deep in the line in any hard scrimmage. But listen to the Cardinals and especially Banonis and Ramsey: "All a mistake? Mistake h--l." Ramsey, in fact, became so incensed at the time that he squared off with Neal until other players intervened. So "The Case of the Three Missing Teeth" will have its sequel here Sunday afternoon. It might be an interesting sequel, indeed.
OCTOBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - Larry Craig, Green Bay Packers end, was unhurt Friday when his automobile was involved in a three car crash on Highway 41 in Racine County.
OCTOBER 9 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals, defending NFL champions, and the Green Bay Packers will renew their ancient football rivalry 
tomorrow at Fair Ground park in nearby West Allis in a
game that is regarded as a must for both clubs. The
Cardinals, after winning the opening game of the 
season over Philadelphia, were beaten last week by 
the Bears, while the Packers have defeated the Boston
Yanks and Detroit Lions and lost to the Bears in their
three games in the young 1948 season. A defeat for
either team tomorrow would present a difficult obstacle
in their fight for the western division title. The 
Chicagoans definitely will be handicapped. Following
the death of tackle Stan Mauldin after their first game,
the Cardinals lost quarterback Paul Christman as the
result of a fractured wrist suffered in the Bear game.
In addition, halfback Vic Schwall and guard Ray 
Apolskis, also injured in the Bear game, were regarded
as doubtful participants. Today was to have been a 
homecoming game for Apolskis, star center for
Marquette university.
OCTOBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Football history
will be made at State Fair park today when the Green
Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals, ranking National
League championship contenders, meet in a crucial
contest before the largest football crowd ever 
assembled in Wisconsin, outside of Madison's Camp
Randall. All reserve seats were sold yesterday, 
assuring a throng of 31,700, with the possibility that it
will go beyond 33,000 paid. The Packers announced
last night they would place on sale 1,500 general
admission seats at noon today. The 1,500 will be
available at Gate No. 1 at State Fair Park and will
entitle purchasers to seats in Section A, the west
stand, on a first come, first served basis. Not since the
Packers and the New York Giants clashed here for the
world championship playoff in 1939 before 32,273, has
a football game captured the fancy of local fandom.
Although both the Cardinals, who are defending the
world title won last fall, and the Packers, six times
champions, have taken lickings from the Chicago 
Bears this year, the game shaped up as one of the 
key contests in the western division pennant drive. Victory is imperative to each. The loser will face a rugged uphill fight to remain in contention. The records of the two are identical. Both have won five out of six starts this season and in each case the lone defeat was at the hands of the Bears. Both clubs, oddly enough, got away to bad starts against the Bears, but the Cardinals managed to recover to take a lead before losing, while the Packers went into the latter part of the second half before they were able to get their touchdown in a 44 to 7 trimming.
OCTOBER 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - What may turn out to be the largest crowd ever to watch a football game in Milwaukee will pile into State Fair park Sunday afternoon to see what the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals mean to do about their championship hopes against each other. The kickoff is scheduled at 2 o'clock. A paid crowd of 32,279 saw the Packers and New York Giants in the championship playoff here in 1939. Saturday night the sale for Sunday's game had already reached 31,500, capacity, and George Strickland, business manager, arranged to open an additional section of 1,500 general admission seats in the west side grandstand. The tickets will go on sale at Gate 1 Sunday noon. Almost any kind of sale will produce a record crowd. The game has caught Milwaukee's fancy as few others have. First, it will bring together two of the tougher teams in the western division, one of them, in fact, the defending champions, the Cardinals. Second, it will renew a rivalry that has been none too happy for Green Bay in recent years. Of the last four games, the Cardinals have won three, including two last year. And third, it will mark the resumption of some particularly bitter going that developed in the "secret" scrimmage between the clubs in August. Vince Banonis lost three teeth, Pat Harder has his hand smashed, Red Cochran was knocked cold and tempers generally flared, one time almost to the point of fisticuffs between Bill Neal and Bus Ramsey. The Cardinals, winners over the Philadelphia Eagles and losers to the Chicago Bears in their only league starts so far, ruled slight favorites Saturday night - favorites by three points. They might have been even bigger choices by in the Bear game Monday they lost Paul Christman, veteran quarterback, who fractured his wrist in failing. The Cardinals' little edge extends through the line and backfield both - in the line with boys like Ramsey, Arms, Banonis, Bulger, Zinny, Dewell and Kutner, and in the backfield with the high stepping and explosive Trippi, Angsman and Harder. Veteran Ray Mallouf or rookie Chuck Eichenberg will start in place of Christman. Arms, one of the league's better linemen, who did not play against the Bears because of injuries, rejoined the squad Wednesday. Green Bay's hopes again rest largely on the arm of Jack Jacobs, the nimble feet of Tony Canadeo and Ralph Earhart, the explosive plunging of Walt Schlinkman and Ed Cody and the solid defensive play of Larry Craig, Dick Wildung and Evan Vogds. Jacobs, handicapped in his passing early in the season because of a sore arm, apparently has fully recovered. At least his receivers all week declared he was again throwing the "soft" ball that characterizes his passing when he is right. Physically, the Packers will go into the battle in their best shape since the Boston game.
OCTOBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - "The Case of the Three Missing Teeth." Erle Stanley Gardner? A whodunnit? Not at all. Just something that happened out on the football field in Green Bay August 12 when the Chicago Cardinals, getting ready for their game with the College All-Stars, held their "secret" scrimmage with Green Bay. And just something for which a sequel has been promised when the Packers and Cardinals meet again at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. Anyway, everybody knows who "dunit". Nothing secret about that. In fact, it almost led to a free for all at the time. Two hundred and ninety pound Bill Neal of the Packers "dunit". With an elbow, or a fist, or something. You couldn't exactly tell from the sidelines. It was down in close. But it was the massive Neal, all right. And, oh yes, the teeth - the missing teeth. They belonged to Vince Banonis of the Cardinals. And they were good, well formed teeth, as he recalls. And that's just it. Banonis recalls - and so does Bus Ramsey, and so do a lot of the other