1948 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Training Camp
The legendary Don Hutson takes a posed breather on the practice field in 1948
AUGUST 2 (Green Bay) - The long grind that head coach Curly Lambeau thinks could well lead to the National league championship began for the Green Bay Packers at their training quarters at nearby Rockwood Lodge Monday morning. It was an auspicious beginning, when Lambeau counted noses all but one of the 49 players he lined up were in camp and signed. Only absentee was Buford (Baby) Ray, veteran and giant tackle, who will not report until Wednesday. The last of the holdouts, Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback, fell into line and accepted terms shortly before Lambeau assembled the squad at 9 o'clock. Don Wells, veteran end and the only other holdout, signed his contract Sunday. "It's all up to you," Lambeau told the squad. "We can come through if all you boys are willing to make sacrifices, to work, and to think football 24 hours a day." Lambeau's optimism over the season sprang principally from the additions he has made where the Packers obviously needs help most - at the tackles and at center. Frank Szymanski, former Notre Dame all-American, obtained from the Detroit Lions; Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky's all-American, and Lloyd Baxter, up from Southern Methodist, have augmented the center corps, and Don Deeks, obtained from Washington; Clyde Johnson, purchased from the Los Angeles Rams; Don Richards of Arkansas and Clyde Biggers of Catawba, have strengthened the tackles. Two workouts a day will be held until Lambeau is able to weed out the 35 boys who will stick for the first game with Boston at Boston September 17. Walt Kiesling, Bo Molenda and Don Hutson again are helping Lambeau.
AUGUST 6 (Green Bay) - Two spirited contests for positions were in progress Friday as Curly Lambeau drove his Green Bay Packers through their second day of intensive football drills. Fred Provo, little broken field runner from the University of Washington, precipitated the first battle at left halfback with his surprising ability to pass. Provo's rivals are Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo and Jim Reynolds, a rookie from Oklahoma A&M. Jug Girard, the former University of Wisconsin star, will join the fight when he returns from the college all-star camp August 21. These five make up the most accomplished group of left halfbacks the Packers have had in camp in years. At center, where the retirement of Charley Brock and Buddy Gatewood left Lambeau in a bad spot, Floyd Baxter, Frank Szymanski, Ray Piotrowski and Bob Flowers knuckled down to get a head start on rookie Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky. Rhodemyre is in the all-star camp. Baxter, from Southern Methodist, looked very good. Szymanski must shed weight. Lambeau plans a scrimmage Tuesday.
AUGUST 8 (Green Bay) - It's just as you might expect of a guy who for 29 years up here has been turning out one top notch professional football team after another. He's at it again. Curly Lambeau, beginning his 30th season in the game with which his name is almost synonymous, has a team in the making again to make the whole National league pause. Yes sir, the big smiling Belgian is at it again. It may not be a championship team, for in August that would surely be a presumption. But it will be a team that will certainly have a lot to say about the championship again. It will definitely be a contender...HASN'T IS ALWAYS BEEN SO UNDER LAMBEAU?: There is nothing new or strange, of course, about this stature of Green Bay as the first faint football winds begin to stir again. Hasn't it always been so under Lambeau? Haven't the Packers always been one of the most feared teams in the league since George Calhoun first passed the hat in lieu of admissions? Haven't they always won more games than they have lost except in the year of 1933? It is a firmly rooted coaching tradition up here that Green Bay under Lambeau be a winner and contender. Through 29 years the tradition has been built and enhanced. And it is probably at its very richest as another season begins. It is more than the Lambeau tradition, however, that now makes the club so formidable again, although that always might be at the bottom of the analysis. There is material in this camp and there is coaching besides Lambeau from a staff of assistants as sharp as any to be found in football - Walt Kiesling, Bo Molenda, Don Hutson...TEAM OF '47 PLUGGED: It is no secret anymore that the Packers a year ago played with several decidedly "soft" spots. They had some of the best backs in the league, Jack Jacobs, Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo, Bob Forte, Walt Schlinkman, Ed Cody and Ted Fritsch, and some of the best linemen, Larry Craig, Clyde Luhn, Paul Lipscomb, Urban Odson, Ed Neal, Dick Wildung and Damon Tassos, but they also had definite weaknesses. They lacked depth at quarterback where Jacobs held forth almost alone, at left halfback after Smith was injured in the Detroit game, and at the tackles. They lacked speed at right halfback, when Gillette wasn't in the game. And they were downright weak at center, except, perhaps, on offense. That they did as well as they did will always be a tribute to Lambeau and how well they did the bare record of six victories, five defeats and one tie does not honestly tell. Of their five defeats, they lost four by a total of nine points. They finished third in the western division of the league and yet for all their weaknesses they could have finished on top with a break in luck...SQUAD OVERHAULED SINCE LAST SEASON: In the months since the heartbreaks of last season, the deficiencies have been corrected - at least after a week of work Lambeau believes they have. In the draft, they obtained Perry Moss of Illinois as quarterback to help Jacobs, Larry Olsonoski of Minnesota and Bill Cunz of Illinois to help at the guards, Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky's all-American, and Lloyd Baxter of Southern Methodist to plug the hole at center, Don Richards of Arkansas and Clyde Biggers of Catawba to help at the tackles, Fred Provo of Washington and Jug Girard of Wisconsin to help at left half, and Ed Smith of Texas Mines - watch him - and Ralph Earhart of Texas Tech - watch him, too - to provide the badly needed speed at right half. But the draft was only one source of improvement. In deals during winter months, Lambeau also obtained Ted Cook, an end from the Detroit Lions; Clyde Johnson, an active 275 pound tackle from the Los Angeles Rams; Don Deeks, a 245 pound tackle from the Washington Redskins; Frank Szymanski, the old Notre Dame all-American center, from Detroit, and Evan Vogds, the old Wisconsin guard, from the Chicago Rockets. And as a free agent, he picked up the old Wisconsin end, Jack Mead, released by the overstocked Giants. In all the squad of 49 here includes 23 new men...INDESTRUCTIBLE CRAIG HEADS CORPS OF ENDS: If the team were to play a game tomorrow, it would probably be stronger than last year's at ends, tackles, quarterback, left half and right half, immeasurably stronger defensively at center, and just as strong at fullback and at guards - if not stronger at these last two positions. The indestructible Larry Craig, still as fast and rugged as ever, heads the corps of ends. Craig must be mentioned in the same breath with other great ends of the last 20 years - Lavvie Dilweg, the greatest of them all, all around, Don Hutson, the greatest of all pass receivers; the late Bill Hewitt, Jim Poole and Ray Flaherty. It is a well rounded, well balanced corps, for with Craig will be Goodnight, Luhn, Cook, Bob Skoglund, Jack Mead, Gene Wilson and Don Wells, completely recovered from a knee operation during the winter. The new tackles, Johnson, Biggers and Richards, especially, have given their position a tremendous lift. Johnson, all 275 pounds of him, will probably be the starter opposite Lipscomb. He, above all others in the line, could make this a happy Packer year. The versatile Dick Wildung, who could make any team in the league at guard or tackle; the powerful Odson, the steady Bell, Biggers, Richards, and the veteran Baby Ray, who may have a hard time sticking, give the Packers, on paper at least, what they lacked at tackle a year ago - depth...OLSONOSKI OF GOPHERS WILL HELP: The guards have new depth, too, and they will be at least as strong, if not stronger, than last year when Ralph Davis, the giant Ed Neal, Tassos, Wildung, Aldo Forte and Ray Clements manned the positions. Forte and Clements are gone, but in their places have come Olsonoski, powerful and fast and Minnesota's most valuable lineman last year, Vogds, who has looked surprisingly good in this new surroundings after the unhappy experiences with the Rockets, Fred Vant Hull and Bob Cunz, tackle at Illinois last year. The standout, of course, is Wildung. Greatest changes have been wrought at center where the aging Charley Brock, one of he best of them all in his prime, and the defensively weak Buddy Gatewood held the fort a year ago. There should be real class at center this year, with the experienced Szymanski, the promising Rhodemyre, Baxter, and the veteran Bob Flowers. It could be the toughest positions on the club, especially defensively...NEW YOUNG BACKS CONTRIBUTE SPEED: So far as publicity is concerned, there aren't any Lujacks or Laynes among the new halfbacks, but there are football players who could measure up surprisingly well with the more highly publicized Bears. Provo, who returned a punt 82 yards against Minnesota last year, is one of the squad's niftiest runners. Ed Smith is the squad's fastest - 9.7 in the hundred. Earhart is only a step behind. You know about Jug Girard from his feats at Wisconsin. With Bruce Smith, Canadeo, Bob Forte, Gillette and Ken Keuper, back from last year's squad, the corps of halfbacks leaves little to be desired. Certainly the speed needed at right half a year ago and the depth needed at left half are present now. The fullbacks will probably remain the same, unless Ken Roskie of South Carolina can lose a lot of his excess weight, and Ken Reynolds, who has had previous trials with the Cardinals in 1946 and with the Steelers last year, can find himself. They have a chance. If not, the fullbacking chores will again fall to the pulverizing Fritsch and the nifty Cody and Schlinkman...INDIAN JACK JACOBS NO. 1 QUARTER AGAIN: At quarterback, it will be Jacobs No. 1 again, although right behind him will be Perry Moss. And Comp. Jacobs carried a terrific load last season as signal caller, passer, punter and one of the team's best defensive backs. It will be different this year. Moss, one of the camp's pleasant surprises in his poise as a signal caller and in his passing, could be a topnotcher in his own right. And Comp - he still has everything, if he ever lets go, to be one of the league's very best. All but three of the men are in camp - Olsonoski, Rhodemyre and Girard who are with the College All-Stars in Chicago preparing for the game with the Chicago Cardinals August 20. Moss has been in camp, but will join the All-Stars this week. As last year the team will again use the winged T which Lambeau resurrected from his championship teams of 1929, 1930 and 1931. And as always, the team will come largely by air with Jacobs and Moss doing most of the throwing. Jacobs, Reynolds, Canadeo, Fritsch and Girard will share the punting burdens and Fritsch, Earhart and Cody the field goal and kickoff chores. So there it is: The big Belgian is at it again. And the rest of the National league can pause.
AUGUST 8 (Milwaukee) - The second annual Green Bay Packers Kickoff Dinner will be held September 8 at the Eagles Club, sponsor of the affair. Coach Curly Lambeau will head the group of Packer officials scheduled to appear on the program, along with Club President Emil Fischer and George Strickler, assistant general manager. Many of the great Bay stars will be present.
AUGUST 10 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau postponed the Green Bay Packers' initial scrimmage for the second time Tuesday when a written examination on assignments turned up a variety of peculiar ideas on the club's offense. In place of the first contact drill, originally schedule for Saturday, Coach Lambeau sent the club through a long dummy scrimmage in which Bob West, rookie halfback from Missouri, and Ralph Earhart of Texas Tech gave impressive demonstrations on defense. West, signed essentially for defense, suffered an arch injury the first day in camp, and only recently has been able to begin his bid for a place on the squad. Tall and wiry, he came up highly recommended as a punt handler and pass defender. Earhart, whose speed at right halfback has been one of the bright spots in the first 10 days of preparation at Rockwood lodge, on the other hand, showed an unexpected adeptness at defense, although it is not likely that he will be used when the Packers do not have the ball. Ed Smith, the other right halfback recruit, has been suffering from a pulled muscle. The big Texas Mines southpaw has been allowed to take it easy, but undoubtedly will be asked to bear down the first time the Packers scrimmage. 
AUGUST 12 (Green Bay) - Nobody was supposed to know about it - so, shhh. But - the Green Bay Packers played the Chicago Cardinals in an informal and allegedly secret two hour scrimmage here Wednesday afternoon and everybody in town who could get away from his job was there to see it. Yes, sir, under a mantle of great secrecy the Green Bay Packers opened their season here Wednesday afternoon before some 800 fans, and acquitted themselves in a way that (1) substantiated everything written of them as title contenders and (2) made the casual spectator along the sidelines wonder by what right the Cardinals hold any hopes they may beat the College All-Stars in the big game at Chicago a week from Friday. Each team got three touchdowns. It ought to be said at the beginning, of course, that this was a rather unusual scrimmage aside from the secrecy and the fact that some 800 got in on the secret. The Cardinals asked for it, Commissioner Bert Bell of the National league approved of it, and the Packers only Tuesday night accepted it. It was unusual in other ways, too. The Cardinals went into it with 10 earlier intrasquad scrimmages under their belts, the Packers without a single scrimmage. The Cardinals went into it with the incentive of a game only nine days away, the Packers without a game until they meet the New York Giants in Minneapolis August 29. The Cardinals went into it playing their regular style of game, the Packers with a hurriedly fashioned defense, not their own, approximating what Frank Leahy of the All-Stars will probably come up with in the game a week from Friday. After all, this was primarily a scrimmage designed to help the Cardinals. And after two hours, some of it given over to rocking football and flaring tempers, it still ended with three touchdowns apiece. The Cardinals, as a championship team with an important task immediately ahead, didn't look good at all. The Packers, considering that this was their first scrimmage, looked very good, hitting harder, running faster and playing with much more verve. It was a rocking workout in spots and Steve Baronis of the Cardinals lost a couple of teeth, Pat Harder of the Cardinals had his hand crushed. Red Cochrane of the Cardinals was knocked out cold and Buster Ramsay of the Cardinals and Ed Neal of the Packers, letting their tempers get the better of them during some stiff going near the goal line squared away. (Draw.) The Packers scored first, driving 60 yards down the field the first time they had the ball and scoring on a 20 yard pass, Jack Jacobs to Nolan Luhn. The Cardinals tied it up 15 minutes later, Yogi Yublonsky going over from the 10, but the Packers came right back and took the lead, 2 to 1, on another pass, Jacobs to Luhn. The Cardinals tied it up once more after an 80 yard drive on a 15 year pass, Ray Mallouf to Vic Schwall, and then went out in front, 3 to 2, on a two yard plunge by Angsman that capped a 60 yard assault. At this point, Jimmy Conzelman of the Cardinals suggested: "You fellows take the ball once more and we'll call it quits." So the Packers took the ball on their own 20 and rolled right down the field on four first downs for the touchdown that squared accounts. A pass, Jacobs to Cook, put the ball over the goal. The Cardinals' performance was downright disappointing, although some of it was undoubtedly due to weariness. Conzelman hasn't spared the horses in camp so far, although some of the boys still sport neat little "goiters" including quarterback Paul Christman. The trip up here was made by bus Thursday morning. And the weather, with the thermometer in the 80's and a bright sun overhead, was hardly suited to football. Only in the later stages of play did the Cardinals look like a team which might have a chance against Leahy's Leviathans despite Leahy's truly pitiful plaint that "we're apt to lose by 40 points." Conzelman clearly has his work cut out in the next few days. The Packers, on the other hand, were a pleasant surprise considering how little work they have had - that is, they were a pleasant surprise except in two glaring cases. Clyde Johnson, the 275 pound tackle obtained from the Los Angeles Rams, who appropriately wore Tiny Croft's No. 75, will have to do an about-face and then come a long way even to make the club, and Frank Szymanski, the veteran center, obtained from the Detroit Lions, will have to bear down a lot to be better than third string, if third string. The disappointments were far overshadowed, however, by the general all-around showing - Ted Cook, an end, of whom you will hear a lot; Ralph Earhart, a little jackrabbit; Ted Fritsch, who this season looks like a new ballplayer; Bruce Smith, one of the best in the league; Lloyd Baxter, a suprise at center; Evan Vogds, who could be a starting guard; Fred Vant Hull, Ed Smith, a back with a lot of drive; Ed Cody, Walt Schlinkman, Jack Mead. You could almost go right down the line. So that was the secret - a three touchdown tied, and the only pity was that George Calhoun wasn't around to pass the hat, as he once did, among the 800 on the sidelines.
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers resumed scrimmage Saturday without little Ralph Earhart, the Texas Tech dash man, who was making an impressive fight for the job at right half. Earhart Friday became the first casualty of the training season when he came out of the day's rough work with a sprained ankle. Coach Curly Lambeau ordered double drills from now until the intrasquad game next Saturday, working the group as a unit for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh exhibitions in the morning and permitting assistant coaches Bo Molenda and Walt Kiesling to rehearse individual assignments in split drills in the afternoon. The Packers announced again Saturday that Monday would be the deadline to pick up season tickets on order in the box office. All tickets not picked up by Monday night will be sold over the counter.
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' first two weeks of training came to a close on an unfortunate note this morning when Ted Cook, a pass catching end, was put out of action for several days with a rib injury. Cook, obtained from the Detroit Lions recently, has been one of the outstanding performers in camp to date. He is the third Packer casualty in the last 24 hours. Fred Provo, rookie halfback from Washington, was excused from most of today's drill when he complained of head pains, following a collision in yesterday's workout. Ralph Earhart, the Texas Tech sprinter, sprained an ankle yesterday. He, however, expects to be ready to resume vigorous work on Monday. Reviewing the first two weeks' work, Head Coach and General Manager Curly Lambeau said he found plenty over which to enthuse, but that the problems facing the squad are the same as those which meant the difference between a championship and fifth place last year. "We still have a tendency to beat ourselves too much," Lambeau explained. "Against the Cardinals Wednesday in that scrimmage we tossed away several scores by penalties and fumbles just when we are about to get moving. Penalties at critical times and fumbles kept us out of the playoff last year and unless we start thinking a little better, they can ruin another season for us." The third annual all-star game sponsored by the local Sullivan Wallen Post No. 11 of the American Legion will feature the Packers in an intrasquad game Saturday August 21 at 8 p.m.
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) - Something of a record was set in the Green Bay Packers' training camp Friday when Curly Lambeau, head coach and general manager, was away from his team for a second straight day. In his absence the squad was split into Blue and Gold units, which will meet Saturday night in City stadium in an American Legion charity game. Under the direction of of assistants Bo Molenda and Walter Kiesling, who will be rival coaches, the two squads have set up their separate strategies for the contest, which will open 16 consecutive weeks of competition for the Packers, ending with the Cardinal game in Chicago December 5. Even secrecy surrounded the drills as the rival squads, working on adjoining gridirons at Rockwood Lodge attempted to shield their strategy from each other. Lambeau will watch the game from the press box, leaving Molenda and Kielsing on their own. Lambeau, in Chicago for the All-Star game and a conference with National league owners, said before leaving that Perry Moss, rookie quarterback from Illinois, would appear in the game. Larry Olsonoski, Minnesota guard; Jug Girard, Wisconsin halfback, and Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky center, also members of the All-Star squad will go immediately to Green Bay after Friday's game but will not be in uniform for the intrasquad tussle. Unlike Moss, who worked with the Packers at Rockwood for a week before going to Chicago, the trio reported directly to the college coaches. Kiesling and Molenda announced they would have a full complement of players for the game as the Packer squad rounds out its third week of training without a serious injury. End Ted Cook and rookie halfbacks Fred Provo and Ralph Earhart, the only casualties to date, have fully recovered and will be ready for action.
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay) - Three of the 18 new men in the Green Bay Packers training camp were named today to start tomorrow night in the intrasquad game with
which the Packers begin 16 consecutive weeks of
competition. Ed Smith, the winged footed southpaw
from Texas Mines, and Evan Vogds, a guard from
Wisconsin, were assigned starting berths in Coach
Bo Molenda's Blue team and Lloyd Baxter, the ex-
Marine hero from Southern Methodist, will be at
center for Walter Kiesling's Gold squad. The game,
a charity contest for the American Legion, will be
played in City Stadium, starting at 8 o'clock. Smith's
colleagues in the Blue backfield will be Tony
Canadeo, the Western Division's leading ground gainer last year; Ted Fritsch and Irv Comp, who will share the quarterback assignment with Perry Moss. Moss, a rookie from the University of Illinois, is the only player among a quartet of Packers in the Chicago All-Star game tonight who will appear in the Legion tussle. Larry Olsonoski, Minnesota guard; Jug Girard, Wisconsin halfback, and Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky center, will accompany Moss for Chicago to watch from the stands with head coach Curly Lambeau. Lambeau will leave the direction of the rival units up to Coaches Kiesling and Molenda. The Gold backfield will be headed by Jack Jacobs, Bruce Smith and Bob Forte will man the halfbacks with Walter Schlinkman, the league's leading ground gaining fullback rounding out the quartet.
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay) - The Packers of 1948 made their first public showing here tonight as Walt Kiesling's Golds jolted Bo Molenda's Blues, 17 to 0, in a spirited intrasquad game. The annual preseason tilt, played for the benefit of the local American Legion, attracted 13,500
loyal fans, who seemingly were more than satisfied
with what they saw on the City Stadium turn. Even
Curly Lambeau, no cheerleader at heart, termed the
regulation game "satisfactory". The boss sat in the
stands as a neutral observer. "The defense always 
has an edge in a football family affair," Lambeau
observed. "Besides, we've been working a lot on that
phase of play. So I guess the boys did quite well on
offense, all things considered." Curly singled out
Lloyd Baxter, big center from Southern Methodist, for
special mention among the linemen. And he really
had something there, for Baxter was all over the lot
in backing up the line. The ground gaining nod
without question went to Walt Schlinkman. The 
whirling dervish from Texas ground out 133 yards for
the winning Golds. His longest was a 57 yard dash -
one of those he's up - he's down - he's up again 
things for which Walt became famous last year. Two
newcomers, Ralph Earhart and Fred Provo, gave
Schlinkman a helping hand - enough to bring from the
coaches the admission that "they'll do all right."
Earhart, a 165 pound scatback from Texas Tech, and
Provo, a stocky 185 pounder from the University of
Washington, should give the Bays some of the extra-step zip they need. After a drab first quarter, the Golds broke loose to give the folks a treat with the season's first touchdown in the second period. Schlinkman got away for 25 yards, Jack Jacobs picked up 19 yards when forced to run after failing to find a receiver in the clear. From the Blues' 12-yard line the Indian pitched a strike to Jack Mead in the end zone. Ken Roskie added the extra point to give his side a 7 to 0 halftime lead. A 64 yard third quarter drive was checked 16 yards from the goal line. So Jacobs stepped into the role of placekicker and drilled  one between the uprights from the 23-yard line. Earhart's 17 yard sweep, three Schlinkman thrusts good for a total of 22 and two Jacobs passes, to Earhart and Provo, set up the successful field goal shot. Bob Forte's fourth quarter marker was pretty much a gift. Tony Canadeo, trying to pass for the Blues off a wide sweep, had the ball knocked out of his hands four yards from the goal line. Forte picked it up and drove over. Roskie, recruit from South Carolina, again converted. Among the interested spectators were Jay Rhodemyre, Perry Moss, Larry Olsonoski and Jug Girard, members of the College All-Star squad which lost to the Chicago Cardinals Friday night. They will start work with the Packers Monday. Rhodemyre got a big hand from the crowd when he was introduced as the winner of the All-Stars' most valuable player trophy. 
AUGUST 21 (Chicago) - Center Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky was named the most valuable college All-Star player against the victorious Chicago Cardinals Friday night in a pool of about 500 sportswriters, who covered the Soldier Field spectacle. Rhodemyre, a rookie with the Green Bay Packers, was the first lineman ever selected. Fourteen All-Stars received votes, but Rhodemyre had almost a two to one margin over the next closest candidate, Navy's Dick Scott, also a center.
AUGUST 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Gone are the days when August heat waves and football talk were conflicting subjects. Besides, sweltering Green Bay Packers fans may gain considerable comfort on a hot day to know that Curly Lambeau has a high class ball club in the making. The Bays looked good - very good - in their first public showing under game conditions last Saturday night. Despite the usual drawbacks of an intrasquad test, there were several encouraging overall signs as well as sparkling individual exhibitions. No. 1: 
They're in swell shape. In fact, most of them were pretty well on the way when they reported for practice. As a result, they were ready for some rocking and socking when they squared off against each other. No. 2: The old fire already has been kindled. Maybe it's the addition of go-guys like Ralph Earhart. Whatever it is, they seem to mean business. Which is the only possible spirit for winning football. Earhart himself offered the best example of the dashing spirit on Walt Schlinkman's twisting, bouncing 57 yard run. Ralph didn't settle for an initial block. Instead, he regained his feet, caught up with Schlinkman and was running interference for him downfield when he was finally nailed...A REAL FIGHT FOR POSITIONS: The chances are that every Packer came to camp prepared to fight ​for his professional life. And it will be a battle right down to the day Lambeau starts swinging the axe in order to reduce the squad to its legal limit. Right now, for instance, there are eight ends, at least one or two of whom will have to go. Larry Craig, Clyde Goodnight, Nolan Luhn, Bob Skoglung, Don Wells and Gene Wilson are the holdovers. Jack Mead, former Wisconsin star, has looked mighty good - a real surprise, in fact. Ted Cook, obtained from the Lions in a trade, is another who will have to be reckoned with. It won't be any easier to trim down the halfback delegation. Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo, Bob Forte, Ken Keuper, Jim Gillette, Fred Provo, Ed Smith, Jug Girard and Earhart are in the running. It is doubtful that Lambeau will carry more than seven. Which means two of those mentioned will be dropped. The guards are just about set, but a fullback, one quarterback, a center and a tackle or two must be weeded out. So each and every man is and will be on his toes. Which is exactly where Lambeau wants them.
AUGUST 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today wound up preparations for the opening test in their 1948 football season - Sunday's exhibition game with the New York Giants at Minneapolis. The Packer squad is a big one - 45 players - and Coach Curly Lambeau is reluctant to use the trimming axe. One of the trimming problems will be at end where nine candidates are fighting for the two posts. Bob Skoglun, the former Notre Dame star, is setting the pace, but Nolan Luhn, last year's regular, bounced out of a slump in the last few drills. Jack Mead, a former Wisconsin star who has had two years with the Giants, also has been pleasing the coaches and Clyde Goodnight, veteran offensive left end, has been playing better ball than at any time since he joined the Packers three years ago. Ted Cook, obtained from Detroit in a trade, has resumed his place in the thick of the fight after having suffered a rib injury. He and Larry Craig, Don Wells, Gene Wilson, and a newcomer, Mike Kalosh, round out the finest group of ends Lambeau has had for a number of seasons. The Packers look strong at end, center and in the backfield, but will be in just about the same position as last year from the standpoint of generalship and passing. Jack Jacobs again will handle the brunt of the quarterbacking, with Irv Comp his lone understudy. Perry Moss, who is counted on to star in a relief role for Jacobs, won't be able to start against the Giants.
AUGUST 28 (Minneapolis) - Forty-five Green Bay Packers arrived here tonight where they will open the serious part of their 1948 exhibition season tomorrow afternoon against the New York Giants. For Coach Curly Lambeau, starting his 30th consecutive season as head coach of the Packers, the game will have a double significance. In addition to giving him a look at his 1948 championship contender under fire in a regulation contest, the game will afford Curly the first opportunity to match his defensive genius against his own offense. On the basis of pre-season performances, such rookie backs as Ralph Earhart, Ed Smith, Perry Moss, Jug Girard, Fred Provo and Jim Reynolds and newcomer Ted Cook at left end have appeared to be outstanding additions to the squad. Among the veterans Ted Fritsch, Ed Cody and Walter Schlinkman, the best set of fullbacks in the National League, have been especially impressive. After the Giant game tomorrow, the Packers return home to tackle the Pittsburgh Steelers in an exhibition at City Stadium on the afternoon of September 5.