1948 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
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