EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (3-0) 43, Washington Redskins 0
Saturday September 11th 1948 (at Birmingham, AL)
(BIRMINGHAM) - Jack Jacobs' pitching arm, Ted Fritsch's kicking toe and a line that drove Sammy Baugh nearly to distraction before he sprained an ankle, combined Saturday to turn Birmingham's first look at professional football into a 43 to 0 triumph for the 
Green Bay Packers. Thirty thousand devout followers
of Alabama's Crimson Tide came prepared to yell for
the Washington Redskins and Alabama's all-American
Harry Gilmer, if they were going to yell at all, and they
remained to break out in cheers for a Packer team that
hit its offensive stride for the first time this season.
Three field goals by Fritsch, 31, 41 and 42 yards in
length; two touchdown passes by Jacobs, one for 55
yards; a pair of fullback plunged by Ed Cody, and a 12
yard return of an intercepted pass by Ken Roskie gave
the Packers their points. One scoring chance was
spoiled by penalties and another went awry when
Roskie fumbled on the one yard line. Gilmer, the center
of a controversy between the National league and the
Chicago Tribune, entered the game for one play in the
second quarter against doctor's orders. He threw a
short pass so quickly that the intended receiver hardly
had time to cross the line of scrimmage. It was
His appearance, Coach Turk Edwards later said, was 
to show that the Redskins were not at all concerned
over the Tribune's threat to sue the league, the 
Redskins and their opponents if Gilmer participated
after his refusal to play in the recent Chicago all-star
game. Birmingham, the former Alabama's hometown,
has designated the occasion of his professional debut
as Gilmer day. Green Bay took immediate command
on the second play of the game when it broke Ed 
Smith, rookie halfback from Texas Mines, around end
for 55 yards to the Redskins' 17 yard line. Jacobs
immediately hit Ted Cook with a pass for the first
touchdown and the route was on. With Fritsch's field
goals mixed in for good measure, the Packer 
proceeded to pile up points on Cody's plunge from the
one yard line; a 55-yard pass play, Jacobs to 
Goodnight; Cody's plunge from the three yard line, and
an intercepted pass which Roskie ran back 12 yards.
One point after touchdown was missed, but it hardly
mattered. The Packers dominated the play completely.
It was Green Bay's third straight exhibition victory. In
earlier games Green Bay defeated the New York Giants
and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers will fly back
to Milwaukee Sunday and move on to Green Bay
immediately for three days of work before leaving for
Boston and their season opener on Friday night. Boston
in its two exhibition starts so far has taken a pair of
thumpings from the Chicago Bears. Green Bay should
go into the game a solid favorite.
WASHINGTON -  0   0   0   0 -  0
GREEN BAY  -  7  16   6  14 - 43
1st - GB - Cook, 8-yard pass from Jacobs (Fritsch kick)
​2nd - GB - Cody, 1-yard run (Kick good) GREEN BAY
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 31-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-0
2nd - GB - Goodnight, 55-yard pass from Jacobs
(Kick failed) GREEN BAY 23-0
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 26-0
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 29-0
4th - GB - Cody, 3-yard run (Kick good) GREEN BAY
4th - GB - Roskie, 12-yard interception return (Kick 
good) GREEN BAY 43-0

​SEPTEMBER 13 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau, who five days ago was wondering how he was going to bring his Green Bay Packers squad down to the legal limit, got a partial answer Sunday when the team returned from its 43-0 conquest of the Washington Redskins at Birmingham. Dr. Henry Atchison, team physician, informed Lambeau that Bob Skoglund and Jack Mead, two right ends, would be lost indefinitely because of knee injuries suffered in Saturday's contest. Both players were hurt on kickoffs. Mead's is an old injury, but Skoglund had never been hurt before. The loss leaves Lambeau with only two right ends - Nolan Luhn and Don Wells - for the league opener against the Yanks in Boston on Friday night. It may be necessary, Lambeau intimated, to switch one of the four left ends to the right flank post. The Packers resumed work for the opener Sunday convinced they can become first flight challengers for the championship after Saturday's rout of the Redskins. Green Bay's offense functioned like the Packer teams of old for the first time since Don Hutson hung up his cleats. Passing, running and an overall alertness produced 10 scoring opportunities for the Packers and they cashed in on all but two. Jack Jacobs, passing with a sore arm, restored the Packers to a long gain basis with two perfectly times passes that traveled 60 yards in the air. But it was Ted Fritsch's kicking that made the greatest impression on the Birmingham crowd of 30,000. After winning the National league field goal championship twice and establishing himself as the leading kickoff artist in the circuit with an ordinary pair of football shoes, Fritsch used a kicking toe for the first time in his career Saturday. The result was seven of nine kickoffs went to the end line and two split the uprights. In addition he kicked three long field goals.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - Another Green Bay Packer right end, Don Wells of Georgia, was out of action Tuesday for the NFL opener Friday night at Boston against the Yanks. His foot was injured in the exhibition game at Birmingham Saturday against Washington. An X-ray examination showed no broken bone but the foot is badly swollen. Other right ends injured are Bob Skoglund of Notre Dame and Jack Mead of Wisconsin. Coach Curly Lambeau has transferred Larry Craig and Gene Wilson from left end to right. Lambeau has asked waivers on five veterans: Clyde Johnson, tackle; Fred Vant Hull, guard; Howard Maley, quarterback; Jim Gillette and Jim Reynolds, halfbacks.
SEPTEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's hopes for a victory in the National league opener with the Boston Yankees at Fenway park, Boston, Friday night, were given a severe jolt Tuesday night when Jack Jacobs, regular quarterback and passing star, carelessly cut his foot while trimming a callous. The cut was deep enough to require hospital attention and Wednesday morning, as the Packers left for Boston, Jacobs was barely able to step on the foot. He accompanied the squad, but it was extremely doubtful whether he would be able to play and, if he does, whether he will be anywhere near top efficiency. The carelessness spoiled what has started out as a good week. After two unimpressive showings in exhibition against the Giants and Steelers, the Packers last Saturday exploded against the Washington Redskins at Birmingham, 43-0. Lambeau beamed. The scout reports on the Yankees, for all of the team's massiveness in the line, indicated that the Packers might have no more trouble with them than the Bears had had. The Bears, in two exhibition meetings, beat them 42-7 and 28-14. Lambeau felt good. And then came Tuesday. Jacobs' carelessness was the second of two clouds that blotted out the sun Tuesday. The first occurred earlier in the day when Don Wells, veteran right end, came up with a sore foot and joined two other right ends, Jack Mead and Bob Skoglund, on the injured list. Mead and Skoglund, out with knee injuries, will not even make the trip to Boston. Wells, while in the part, will be able to see only limited action, leaving Nolan Luhn to carry most of the load. The Packers will work out in Boston Thursday.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee) - Tickets for the three football games which the Green Bay Packers will play at State Fair park in Milwaukee this season will not go on sale in the Journal lobby until two weeks prior to each game. The schedule here: October 10, Chicago Cardinals; October 24, Washington Redskins and November 21, New York Giants.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Boston) - The Green Bay Packers open their NFL season here Friday night, and despite what they have done to New York, Pittsburgh and Washington in exhibition games, they won't exactly have the best of it. They open against the Boston Yankees at Fenway park, and they must go into the game without their three right ends, Don Wells, Bob Skoglund and Jack Mead - all injured - without one of their best fullbacks, Walt Schlinkman, also injured, and with their best quarterback, Jack Jacobs, hobbling around in special shoes because he cut his foot while trimming a callous the other night. Skoglund and Mead didn't even make the trip here. Wells made it, but won't be used unless his presence is absolutely necessary. Jacobs will probably start, but he winced every time he took a step in practice here Thursday afternoon and he cannot help but be blow top efficiency. With such a turn of events, the big Belgian, Curly Lambeau, who loves to win above everything else, was not exactly in a happy frame of mind Thursday night. He fumed most over his right end situation. He still has Nolan Luhn, but that is all. To support Luhn, he has hurriedly converted Evan Vogds and Ralph Davis, both guards, into ends. At quarterback, he has Perry Moss and Jug Girard, both ready to play at last, but he has not seen any one of them in as much as a minute of competition so far. At fullback, he still has Ed Cody and Ted Fritsch, but he could still use Schlinkman. On top of all this, Lambeau has detected a strain of overconfidence in his camp, for the Yankees so far have been no great shakes. They lost to the Chicago Bears in their first exhibition, 42-7, and to the Bears in their second, 28-14, and in neither game, especially the first, did they show the stuff of a real topnotcher, although latently it might be there. Boston's line is big, and the backs like Seno and Paschal are experienced, but Boston also has some weaknesses. The ends are not especially strong and the backs do not do, or have not done, a particularly sharp job on pass defense. It is at these weaknesses, of course, that the Packers Friday night will direct their attack. The hopes are not exactly dark, but they would be brighter if the injured men were in shape to play. The boys so far have had a pleasant visit here, much more pleasant than probably would have been possible in some Big Nine territory, where a stupid, hypocritical feeling against pro football still exists. They used all of Harvard's facilities, the gym, the dressing rooms and the field. Harvard even postponed its workout some 15 or 20 minutes Thursday afternoon so the Packers might complete their session. Friday night's game will start at 6 o'clock Milwaukee time. The team will fly back home Saturday morning. The Packers' next start will be made against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay a week from Sunday.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - All NFL games to be played during the 1948 season by the Green Bay Packers will be covered on television with either direct from the field or film broadcasts on WTMJ-TV, the Milwaukee Journal television station. The Packers will play 12 league games. The three Green Bay games at State Fair park with the Chicago Cardinals on October 10, Washington Redskins on October 24 and New York Giants on November 21 will be broadcast from the field. Games with the Cardinals and Bears in Chicago, and possible the game in Detroit will also be carried in this manner. All games which cannot be broadcast direct from the field will be seen on television through film programs on WTMJ-TV Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m., beginning with Friday night's game in Boston.