EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-0) 9, Pittsburgh Steelers 7
Sunday September 5th 1948 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Most of the real football was crowded into a slam bang final period as the Packers eked out a 9 to 7 verdict over the Pittsburgh Steelers here this hot summer afternoon. It was the Bays' second straight exhibition win over rival National league teams. Last Sunday they edged the New York Giants at Minneapolis. The hear (86 degrees officially) was a
little tough even for the 13,900 sweltering fans.
Judging by the overabundance of loose and at times
listless play, it was that much tougher on the
The Packers put on one big drive, good for 60 yards,
to get position for Ted Fritsch's 21-yard field goal in
the opening period. From that time until the Steelers
took hold late in the third period, it was pretty much
a comedy of errors. The teams took turns goofing
things up, with the Steelers committing the more
blunders. The Packers, as ideal hosts, struck a
balance by refusing to take advantage of numerous
opportunities to add to their 3-0 lead. Finally the
visitors quit messin' around. The closing two
minutes of the third period and the first four minutes
of the home stretch saw them move 87 yards for
their only score. Ray Evans, prize rookie from
Kansas; Jerry Shipkey and Steve Lach, aided and
abetted by Al Drulis' blocking in the quarterback
spot, were in on the act.
Shipkey's 25-yard gallop on a fake reverse and three
Evans' passes, one to Elbie Nickel and two to Bob
Davis, were the highlights. Lach punched it over
from the two. Joe Glamp added the point. For a
moment it seemed that the Lambeaumen had
overplayed their hand in the hospitality league. But
they killed all such notions in a hurry. They took the
kickoff and went right to town, never letting up until
they had their only touchdown - the winning marker,
as things turned out. The payoff was a thing of
beauty. Not a pass was thrown. It took only 10
running plays and five minutes to eat up 83 yards 
after Ed Cody had lugged the kickoff back to his
17-yard line. Ted Fritsch - the Fritsch of old today - 
accounted for 36 yards in five tries and blasted over
for the final chalk mark, thus accounting for all of
the Packers' points. Fred Provo, stocky newcomer
from the University of Washington, picked up four,
16, 14, and four again - a total of 38 yards in four
tries. No freshman ever looked better. The little
Texan, Ralph Earhart, pitched in with the other nine
yards - the only time he was given a chance. 
Fritsch's topped foot caused him to miss the point,
but it made no difference, thanks to his early
field goal. The Packers still had a couple of points to spare. Besides, it soon became apparent that they weren't going to blow the game in the six minutes remaining.
In fact, the home club was only six yards from a superfluous score as time ran out, thanks mainly to the sprightly running of the veteran Tony Canadeo. Tony dashed 33 yards in four tries and so stirred up the Steelers that they roughed him. Which meant 15 more big yards for Tony and his team - for free. If the Packers had scored on the final play, it would have been an outright gift, for their final try - the last play of the game - came on fifth down, one more than the good book allows. That made it unanimous, the heat being too much for the officials as well as players and fans. 
Twice the Bays connected for what seemed to be scoring passes. A holding penalty nullified a Jack Jacobs-Clyde Goodnight 64 yarder in the third period, and a backs-in-motion violation wiped out Jacobs' flat toss to Ed Smith on the goal line a minute before the end of the game. Of the 10 passes that counted, Jacobs completed five for 34 yards. The Steelers, with Evans outshining the veteran Johnny Clement, hit six out of 13 for 66 yards. One of the incompletions came on a possible game winner. Evans flipped a perfect shot to Paul Davis, who was in the open when he dropped the ball early in the second half. The rival ends, Larry Craig of Green Bay and Bob Davis of Pittsburgh, were terrific on defense. Ted Cook, new Packer end playing defensive halfback, was mighty good, too, especially when the Steelers took to the air. Rugged little Walter Schlinkman who, with Bruce Smith, did the heavy work preliminary to Fritsch's field goal, was forced from the game late in the first half with a knee injury. A hurried examination revealed nothing worse than a bad bruise and strain. As a result, "Schlink" is expected to be in top shape again well before the league opener with the Bears three weeks from today.
PITTSBURGH -  0  0  0  7 -  7
GREEN BAY  -  3  0  0  6 -  9
1st - GB - Fritsch, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
4th - PITT - Steve Lach, 2-yard run (George Glamp kick) PITTSBURGH 7-3
4th - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 9-7
SEPTEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers did nothing, in beating Pittsburgh Sunday, to increase their stature as one of the top contenders in the National league. Or are they top contenders? Again, as in the exhibition with New York a week earlier and as in so many games a year ago, they mixed altogether too much bad football with the good to win support as a team which may cut a big figure in the race. Every team comes up with mongrel ball like this at times, but the Packers, it seems, are coming up with it entirely too often. Mongrel - that's the word for it. They play like top notchers one minute, giving all manner of promise, and like second raters the next...83 YARDS IN 10 PLAYS: Only once in the long, hot afternoon Sunday did the Packers look like the team it seemed at first this season they might be. With the score 7-3 against them, 11 minutes left and the ball on their own 17 yard line, they smashed 83 yards on 10 plays for the touchdown that won the game. Here was good, hard, sharp football and all of it on the ground. Not a pass was thrown. The fleet Fred Proco picked up 37 yards on four plays, Ted Fritsch 29 yards on five and Little Skippy Ralph Earhart - one of the finds of the season - nine yards on one. Fritsch scored the touchdown. At once, though, with a 9-7 lead, they reverted to what has become such a disturbing patter in their play. They muffed what conceivable could have been a big extra point. Fritsch's kick was low and was blocked...THE HARD WAY: It is one of Curly Lambeau's real concerns that the team should look so good in spots and so bad in others, all on the same afternoon and all, of course, to spoil the whole. Sunday, a sharp team would have won handily, and it isn't taking anything away from the Steelers to say this. Pittsburgh, off this game, isn't going to go very far this fall. But the Packers still made it tough for themselves. They muffed scoring opportunities with loose,
sometimes dull, play and worse, they involved themselves
in defensive difficulties with lapses or misplays that should
never occur. They may scrape by with such ball in a few
exhibitions, but they won't in the league race. Lambeau
himself is perplexed and exasperated - and Sunday, in his
little enclosed coop next to the press box, he shook the
whole structure with his anguished stomping, pounding and
yelling...SAME OLD PATTERN: The patter of the Packers'
difficulties was not new. They had two touchdowns called
back because of penalties, one on a pass, Jack Jacobs to
Clyde Goodnight, when Paul Lipscomb was caught holding
and another on a pass, Jacobs to Ed Smith, when the 
backs were called in motion. They had their progress deep
in scoring territory broken two other times because of
penalties and had to give up the ball on downs, once on
Pittsburgh's 28 yard line and once, as the game ended, on
Pittsburgh's five. They helped Pittsburgh along to its
touchdown, which for a minute looked so big, by interfering
on a third down pass on their own three yard line. The ball
was finally batted down 12 yards from where Red Keuper 
was called for holding - and the Steelers were given a first
down. They put themselves in a hole when Jacobs tried a
sad looking quick kick on second down inside his own 25.
The whole Steeler line swept through, blocked the kick and
recovered the ball on Green Bay's 17. They looked positively futile on a surprise pass play on which Bruce Smith, badly rushed, retreated some 20 yards and then frantically threw a short pass right at one of the onrushing Steelers, who, in utter amazement at such generosity, accommodatingly dropped it - accommodatingly, indeed, for he had a clear field ahead. The officials rule deliberate grounding. So it went, It certainly wasn't anything to cheer Lambeau's hear...CLASS IS THERE: The sad part is that in the moments of good football the Packers show such unmistakable signs of class. They do have speed, they can be alert, they do hit hard. The concern that Lambeau expressed after the game was real. The tortures of last season in which the club lost four games by a total of nine points and tied one other are still fresh upon him, and the thought that he might have to pass through them again because of a lot of little mistakes makes him tremble. The Packers will make their next start against the Washington Redskins in an exhibition in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday afternoon and open the league race against Boston at Boston a week from Friday.
SEPTEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - No wonder Curly Lambeau groans. In two exhibitions so far his Green Bay Packers have rolled up 510 yards rushing and 95 passing, a total of 605, and have scored exactly two touchdowns and a field goal...Fred Enke, the Detroit Lions' rookie passing star, up from the University of Arizona, pronounces his name "Ink". Incidentally his teammate, Bill Dudley, offered this comment on him the other day: "The guy will be the talk of the league this season - mark my words."...The Chicago Bears hold an edge on every other team in the National league. They have won 238 games and lost only 79 in 28 years...Eddie Kotal, the old Lawrence college and Packer pepperbox, now chief scout for the Los Angeles Rams, is lending a hand to RKO as technical adviser in the football picture, "Interference", now in production. Victor Mature is the star...PACKERS FLY SOUTH: The Green Bay Packers will fly to Birmingham Thursday for their exhibition with the Washington Redskins Saturday afternoon. The squad will come to Milwaukee by train and continue on by chartered plan from Billy Mitchell field at 2 o'clock. The 
​SEPTEMBER 6 (Green Bay) - The bad luck they have been avoiding so successfully since the opening of practice finally began to catch up with the Green Bay Packers Tuesday when it became knock that Jack Jacobs, veteran quarterback and passer, was in St. Vincent hospital here under observation for appendicitis. Jacobs was taken to the hospital immediately after Sunday's triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers with abdominal pains. Team physician Dr. H. Atkinson said Jacobs would be released Wednesday if his blood count, which began decreasing Monday, showed further decrease Tuesday. Meanwhile, Walter Schlinkman, the Packers' best ground gaining fullback, was released from the hospital when it was established that his knee injury, suffered against the Steelers, was nothing more than a bruise. Another fullback, Ken Roskie, the rookie from South Carolina, was called home to Rockford, Ill., to the bedside of his father, who was critically injured in an automobile accident. Roskie's grandfather was also seriously injured in the crash. Meanwhile, the Packers returned to a two a day schedule as Coach Curly Lambeau rushed preparations for the game with the Washington Redskins in Birmingham Saturday afternoon. The team will leave for the south Thursday morning.
injured Walt Schlinkman, Perry Moss and Jug Girard will remain at home. The first two will probably be ready for the league opener against Boston at Boston a week from Friday, however, and Girard for the home opener against the Chicago Bears September 26...Tearing a leaf from baseball's book of customs, the Detroit Lions this season will permit any fan who retrieves a ball kicked into the stands to keep it. Furthermore, if the retriever wishes, the ball will be autographed by the whole squad. There ought to be some mighty interesting scrimmages in Briggs stadium this fall - and not all out on the field...ANOTHER PORTIA: Alice Greene, wife of the Detroit Lions' end, Johnny Greene, is a practicing corporation attorney in Detroit...The officials muffed one in the closing minutes of last Sunday's Packer-Steeler game in Green Bay. They gave the Packers five first downs in side the 10. It didn't help, though. The boys still failed to score.
SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers got a new tackle Wednesday in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jim Kekeris, a 275 pound former Missouri star, was obtained in a straight trade for center Frank Szymanski. Kekeris, a reformed fullback, played at Missouri in 1943, 1944, 1945 and 1946. he was named on the all-Big Six team two years. Szymanski was obtained from the Detroit Lions two months ago in a trade in which the Packers also got end Ted Cook. The trading of Szymanski relieved Coach Curly Lambeau of the chore of picking three of the four centers he had in camp. Jay Rhodemyre, Lloyd Baxter, both rookies, and veteran Bob Flowers, will now man the position. At the same time, the Packers learned that they would be without fullback Walt Schlinkman in the exhibition with the Washington Redskins in Birmingham Saturday afternoon. Schlinkman was injured in the Pittsburgh game last Sunday and will not be ready to play for another week, if then. He may even miss the league opener with Boston at Boston a week from Friday. The Packers concluded the strenuous portion of their drill for the Washington exhibition with a double session Wednesday. They will fly to Birmingham Thursday.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - A capacity crowd of 532 attended the second annual Green Bay Packers kickoff dinner, sponsored by the Milwaukee aerie of Eagles, Wednesday night at the Eagles club. Several hundred persons were turned away. Capt. Dick Wildung, Perry Moss, Jug Girard and Jay Rhodemyre represented the Packers. Coach Curly Lambeau reviewed NFL prospects. Judge Robert Cannon and Robert Hansen spoke for the Eagles club and Mayor Ziedler greeted the guests. Kenny Haagensen was toastmaster.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Birmingham) - George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, said flatly today that rookie Harry Gilmer will play in a NFL exhibition game with the Green Bay Packers in Birmingham Saturday. Gilmer, former Alabama passing star, was the center of a recent controversy when he declined to play in the College All-Star game sponsored by the Chicago Tribune Charities, Inc. Gilmer refused to play unless the Tribune insured him for the full amount of his Redskin contract. He was reported to have signed a five year contract with Washington for approximately $80,000. The wiry little back, being groomed as an understudy to Sammy Baugh, did not play in the first two Redskin exhibition games because of a leg injury suffered in an intrasquad scrimmage. Arch Ward, Tribune sports editor, said the Redskins and their opponent would be liable to a fine of $25,000 each if Gilmer were used in any exhibition game. He said this penalty was set up in the contract between the NFL and the Tribune Charities, Inc. League Commissioner Bert Bell ruled recently, however, that Gilmer was correct in declining to play because of the Tribune's refusal to insure him for the full amount of the contract. Marshall said at a press conference here today that Gilmer will make a limited appearance in the Saturday game. "Harry Gilmer is not in condition to play football at this time," the Redskin owner said in a statement. "But Harry feels that he owes it to the people of Birmingham - his hometown - to appear. As a consequence, the coach and myself have given him permission to take part in several plays in the game." Don Hutson, Green Bay end coach, said the Packers will not protest Gilmer's appearance.
SEPTEMBER 10 (Birmingham) - Green Bay's unbeaten Packers landed here Thursday evening after an uneventful 3 hour 15 minute flight from Milwaukee to find that George Marshall of the Washington Redskins, football's great mouthpiece, had preceded them by five hours and 14 public pronouncements. The feature piece among the 14 different communiques was a signed dispatch distributed at a press conference which announced that Harry Gilmer, Marshall's rookie quarterback, would make a token appearance anyway before hometown friends Saturday in a charity exhibition between the Washington Redskins and the Packers. Gilmer, the statement read, was in no condition to play a football game, but because he had a deep feeling of gratitude for the hometown folks who have been so loyal through his interscholastic and collegiate careers, he insisted on making an appearance. Therefore, Mr. Marshall and the coaches have agreed that he should be permitted to enter the game for a play or two to throw a pass. Gilmer attended the press conference as exhibit No. 2, Mr. Marshall, of course, always being No. 1. As his part of the ceremony, Gilmer rolled up his trouser leg, stripped off several yards of bandage and displayed for examination a leg that had been lanced from knee to ankle. Twenty-two stitches had been removed from the leg 48 hours before. The injury, never fully explained, resulted from a ruptured blood vessel which originally had been diagnosed as only a bruise. Doctors made two long incisions to move a blood clot. A specialist from Birmingham, to whom Gilmer had submitted himself for examination Wednesday, said the boy should not be allowed to play. Gilmer came here ahead of the Redskins to see the specialist. When Marshall and the remainder of the Redskins arrived Thursday it was discovered that the advance sale was not as large as Mr. Marshall had hoped for. Gilmer, consequently, will right accounts with the Birmingham public Saturday in "a play or two." His appearance, the Chicago Tribune Charities, Inc., contends, will constitute a breach of contract on the part of the Redskins, the Packers and
the National league. Gilmer had been invited to play
in the Chicago All-Star game, accepted, but later
demurred. The Tribune says it will sue the National
league if he plays.
SEPTEMBER 10 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers
and the Washington Redskins each are subject to a
fine of $25,000 if Harry Gilmer of the Redskins plays
against the Packers in their exhibition football game
Saturday afternoon, Arch Ward of the Chicago Tribune
said here Thursday. The fines, he said, are provided
for in the contract between the National league and 
the Chicago Tribune covering the annual all-star
football game. Gilmer, after accepting an invitation to
play in last month's game, changed his mind and did
not report. Under terms of the contract, any boy who
accepts an invitation to play, then refused, may not
appear in any of his team's exhibition games.
SEPTEMBER 10 (Birmingham) - The Green Bay
Packers, whose vaunted attack has failed to reach
explosive proportions despite two victories for a 
perfect record, tomorrow afternoon will try to step up
production against the Washington Redskins. A 
crowd of 30,000 is expected to watch the exhibition
between the rival National league teams in Legion
field. The game is sponsored by the Birmingham 
Junior Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of
Children's hospital. The Packers and Redskins are
scheduled in a league game October 24 in Milwaukee. Green Bay beat New York, 7 to 0, in Minneapolis then rallied in the fourth quarter to whip the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, 9 to 7. Sixteen points in two games are not up to the Packer standard. The Redskins showed they were highly vulnerable when they were battered by the champion Chicago Cardinals, 46 to 20. This is the final game of the exhibition swing for the Packers. The Redskins have one tune-up remaining, against the Bears in Baltimore September 19. Green Bay has not been able to muster its full rookie backfield strength because of injuries to Perry Moss of Illinois and Earl (Jug) Girard of Wisconsin while they were with the College All-Stars. It is doubtful if either will play tomorrow. Meanwhile, two other freshman backs of less renown, at least in the middle west, spurted into attention last Sunday. They are Fred Provo, chunky 185 pounder from the University of Washington, and Ralph Earhart, 165, from Texas Tech. They were prominent in the Packers' 84 yard touchdown march against the Steelers which rubbed out a 7 to 3 deficit with only six minutes left.