NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT         COLLEGE YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Ed Bell             82    G 6- 1 233         Indiana  3  3 28 12
Buddy Burris        33    G 5-11 215        Oklahoma  1  1 26 10 1947 Draft - 5th round
Tony Canadeo         3   HB 6- 0 190         Gonzaga  8  8 30 12 1941 Draft - 9th round
Bob Cifers          16   HB 5-11 210       Tennessee  1  4 29  9 1949 FA - Pitt (1948)
Irv Comp            51   HB 6- 3 205    St. Benedict  7  7 30  7 1943 Draft - 3rd round
Ted Cook            48    E 6- 2 195         Alabama  2  3 27 11 1948 FA - Det (1947)
Larry Craig         54    E 6- 0 218     S. Carolina 11 11 33 11 1939 Draft - 6th round
Ralph Earhart       41   HB 5-10 165      Texas Tech  2  2 26 12 1948 Draft - 32nd round
Roger Eason         40    G 6- 2 230        Oklahoma  1  5 31 12 1949 FA - Rams (1948)
Joe Ethridge        85    T 6- 0 230             SMU  1  1 21 12 1949 Draft - 6th round
Louis Ferry         18    T 6- 2 233       Villanova  1  1 21 12 1949 Draft - 3rd round
Bob Flowers         35    C 6- 1 210      Texas Tech  8  8 32  1
Bob Forte            8   HB 6- 0 195        Arkansas  4  4 27 12 1943 Draft - 11th round
Ted Fritsch         64   FB 5-10 210   Stevens Point  8  8 28 12
Jug Girard          36   HB 5-11 175       Wisconsin  2  2 22 12 1948 Draft - 1st round
Clyde Goodnight     23    E 6- 1 195           Tulsa  5  5 25  1 1945 Draft - 3rd round
Roger Harding       31    C 6- 2 215      California  1  5 26  6 1949 FA-Giants (1949)
Stan Heath          39   QB 6- 1 190     Nevada-Reno  1  1 22 12 1949 Draft - 1st round
Jack Jacobs         27   QB 6- 2 190        Oklahoma  3  6 30 12 1947 Trade - Washington
Glenn Johnson       35    T 6- 4 265   Arizona State  1  1 27  8
Bill Kelley         26    E 6- 2 195      Texas Tech  1  1 23 12 1949 Draft - 23rd round
Jack Kirby          43   HB 5-11 185             USC  1  1 27  6
Kenneth Kranz       42   HB 5-11 187       Milwaukee  1  1 26  7 1949 Draft - 21st round
Paul Lipscomb       47    T 6- 5 245       Tennessee  5  5 26 12
Nolan Luhn          38    E 6- 3 200           Tulsa  5  5 28 12 1945 Draft - 25th round
Ed Neal             58    T 6- 4 290          Tulane  5  5 30 12
Urban Odson         63    T 6- 3 250       Minnesota  4  4 30 10 1942 Draft - 1st round
Larry Olsonoski     46    G 6- 2 215       Minnesota  2  2 24  4 1948 Draft - 6th round
Ralph Olsen         19    E 6- 4 220            Utah  1  1 25  4 1947 Draft - 32nd round
Dan Orlich          49    E 6- 5 215     Nevada-Reno  1  1 24 12 1949 Draft - 8th round
Steve Pritko        23    E 6- 2 215       Villanova  1  7 27  8 1949 FA-Bulldogs (1949)
Jay Rhodemyre       22    C 6- 1 210        Kentucky  2  2 26 12 1948 Draft - 7th round
Walt Schlinkman      7   FB 5- 9 190      Texas Tech  4  4 27 12 1945 Draft - 1st round
Ed Smith            21   HB 6- 0 185   Texas-El Paso  2  2 26  2 1948 Draft - 3rd round
Bob Summerhays      77   FB 6- 1 207            Utah  1  1 22 12 1949 Draft - 4th round
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT         COLLEGE YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Damon Tassos        15    G 6- 1 225       Texas A&M  3  5 25 12 1947 FA-Detroit (1946)
Evan Vogds          79    G 5-10 215       Wisconsin  2  2 26 12 
Don Wells           43    E 6- 2 200         Georgia  4  4 27  2 1945 Draft - 6th round
Dick Wildung        45    G 6- 0 220       Minnesota  4  4 28 12 1943 Draft - 1st round
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played
1949 PACKERS DRAFT (December 21, 1948)
RND SEL NAME               POS COLLEGE
1     5 Stan Heath           B Nevada-Reno
2    15 Dan Dworsky          C Michigan
3    25 Louis Ferry          T Villanova
4    34 Bob Summerhays       B Utah
5    43 Glenn Lewis          B Texas Tech
6    54 Joe Ethridge         T Southern Methodist
7    63 to Los Angeles Rams
8    74 Dan Orlich           E Nevada-Reno
9    83 Everett Faunce       B Minnesota
10   94 to Los Angeles Rams through Detroit Lions
11  103 Harry Larche         T Arkansas State
12  114 Rebel Steiner        E Alabama
13  123 Al Mastrangeli       C Illinois 
14  134 Bobby Williams       C Texas Tech 
15  143 Ken Cooper           G Vanderbilt 
16  154 Gene Remenar         T West Virginia 
17  163 Paul Devine          B Heidelberg 
18  174 Floyd Lewis          G Southern Methodist 
19  183 Bobby Folsom         E Southern Methodist 
20  194 Larry Cooney         B Penn State 
21  203 Kenneth Kranz        B Milwaukee Teachers 
22  214 John Kordick         B Southern California
23  223 Bill Kelley          E Texas Tech 
24  234 Jimmy Ford           B Tulsa 
25  243 Frank Lambright      G Arkansas
NOTE - Stan Heath had been drafted in the 1948 draft (25th round) by the Packers. BOLD - Played for the Packers
1949 IN REVIEW
With the wolves howling for Curly Lambeau's head, the Packers ran the gauntlet of their worst season in history. Outside of Tony Canadeo, Green Bay fielded a pitiful team which won only two games. In addition, the Packers organization teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, relying on a new sale of stock to replenish the team's treasury. The governing board wanted a larger voice in running the club, while Lambeau still insisted on concentrating power in his own hands. When the coach and governing board reached an impasse over the issue, Lambeau read the handwriting on the wall and resigned on February 1, 1950. Some of the executives heaved a sigh of relief, but former player Buckets Goldenberg summed up the popular opinion - "I don't see how the Packers can last without him. He was the Packers."
THE LAST TEAM BEFORE SEGREGATION
The 1949 Green Bay Packers would be the last squad to field an all-white roster. In the 1950 census, only 17 of the 52,375 residents who called Green Bay home were African-American. According to league records, 13 black players dotted rosters between 1920 and 1933, three of them with the Milwaukee Badgers in 1922 - Fritz Pollard, Duke Slater and Paul Robeson. Curly Lambeau would never sign a black players during his time in Green Bay, or during his short stints with the Cardinals and Redskins. The unwritten rule against signing African-Americans came to an end with the conclusion of World War II, as the NFL Rams and AAFC Browns broke the "barrier" in each league. Bob Mann, in 1950, became the first black player in Packer history. After finishing second in the NFL in 1949 with 66 catches, and first with 1,014 receiving yards, Mann found himself in the doghouse with Detroit owner Edwin Anderson. With the end of the AAFC-NFL war, Anderson cut his payroll, including a cut for Mann from $7,500 to $6,000. Mann refused to sign his contract and was traded to the New York Yanks for QB Bobby Layne. The Yanks cut Mann, claiming he was too short, and he sat unsigned for a vast majority of the season. He finally signed with Green Bay in November 1950, and spent five seasons with the team, becoming a star in 1951 with 50 receptions and eight touchdowns. A serious knee injury in 1954 ended his career, but not his legacy in the history of the Green Bay Packers.
FIRST BLACK PLAYER DRAFTED: Tom Johnson was drafted in the sixth round of the 1952 draft and spent one season in Green Bay. In 1954, Veryl Switzer became the first black player drafted in the first round by Green Bay.
FIRST BLACK QUARTERBACK: Charley Brackins attempted two passes in the 1955 season, but did not complete either one, and was cut for missing curfew before a game.
1949 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (2-3)
AUGUST (1-2)
20 G-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES                 L  0-35    0-1-0   18,785
24 New York Giants at Syracuse, NY       W 14- 7    1-1-0   20,000
28 at Pittsburgh Steelers                L  3- 9    1-2-0   13,578
SEPTEMBER
11 New York Bulldogs at Rock Island, IL  W  7- 3    2-2-0      N/A
18 M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS                 L 24-35    2-3-0   12,873
1949 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (2-10)
SEPTEMBER (0-1)
25 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0-0)               L  0-17    0-1-0   25,571
OCTOBER (2-3)
2  G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-0-0)            L  7-48    0-2-0   24,308
7  at New York Bulldogs (0-2-0)          W 19- 0    1-2-0    5,099
16 M-CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-2-0)           L 17-39    1-3-0   18,464
23 at Los Angeles Rams (4-0-0)           L  7-35    1-4-0   37,546
30 M-DETROIT LIONS (1-4-0)               W 16-14    2-4-0   10,855
NOVEMBER (0-4)
6  at Chicago Bears (3-3-0)              L  3-24    2-5-0   47,218
13 G-NEW YORK GIANTS (4-3-0)             L 10-30    2-6-0   20,151
20 M-PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-3-1)         L  7-30    2-7-0    5,483
27 at Chicago Cardinals (4-4-1)          L 21-41    2-8-0   16,787
DECEMBER (0-2)
4  at Washington Redskins (3-6-1)        L  0-30    2-9-0   23,200
11 at Detroit Lions (3-8-0)              L  7-21   2-10-0   12,576
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
PACKERS END DIES OF KIDNEY AILMENT
JANUARY 2 (Chicago) - Robert W. "Bob" Skoglund, 23, who played end for Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers, died Saturday. Death of the young athlete, who was seen in action by thousands of college and professional football fans, was attributed to a kidney infection. Skoglund injured a knee in a preseason game against the Washington Redskins. He underwent a knee operation November 24 in Pittsburgh and returned to his home in Chicago December 17. He entered St. Francis Hospital in suburban Evanston last Friday. He began his grid career at Loyola Academy in Chicago. He was on the Notre Dame team in 1944, 1945 and 1946. He was a member of the east squad in the 1945 and 1946 east-west games and played in the Chicago All-Star game in 1947. He spent two seasons with the Packers. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at St. Timothy's Church in Chicago.
STAN HEATH SIGNS NAME TO GREEN BAY CONTRACT
JANUARY 3 (Los Angeles) - Curly Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, announced here Tuesday that he had signed Stan Heath of Nevada, national collegiate forward passing champion last season, and Green Bay's No. 1 choice in the recent NFL draft. The terms of the contract were not revealed. Heath, a former Shorewood high school star who played one year of college football at the University of Wisconsin and then transferred to Nevada, will not return to school. On a visit here Monday, after his appearance with Nevada in the Harbor Bowl football game against Villanova at San Diego Saturday, he said he would return shortly to Milwaukee with his wife, a Las Vegas girl, whom he married six months ago. He intends to establish his home in Milwaukee. Heath still carried mementos of his appearance against Villanova Saturday - a couple of cracked ribs which forced him out of the contest in the second quarter. He never returned. Villanova won, 27-7. A hard rushing Villanova team which seeped through Nevada's line at will spoiled Heath's efforts. He completed only three out of 14 passes for 56 yards, negligible indeed for a passer who in the regular season threw for 2,013 yards and a national record. San Diego writers who covered the  game commented specifically on the utter lack of even ordinary protection the Nevada line gave him. Heath, who weighs 190 pounds and stands 6 feet 1 inch, was also drafted by the Chicago Rockets of the All-America league. With Heath's contract in his pocket, Lambeau prepared to leave on a tour through Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma starting Friday in quest of other material. He will return to the middle west for the National league's annual winter meeting at Chicago starting January 20.
GREEN BAY SIGNS VILLANOVA TACKLE
JANUARY 4 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer officials Wednesday said that Coach Curly Lambeau had signed Lewis A. Ferry, captain and left tackle from Villanova, to a 1949 contract at undisclosed terms. The signing, on the West Coast, puts Ferry on the same professional team with Stan Heath of Nevada, who suffered rib injuries while losing to Villanova January 1 in the Harbor Bowl. Ferry was in on the play which sent Heath to the sidelines. Heath signed with the Packers earlier this week. Ferry, 22, stands 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 233 points. A native of Chester, Pa., he won four football letters with Villanova. The Packers said Ferry was one of three plays they picked last November at a secret National league draft meeting in Pittsburgh.
PACKERS GET NEW BACK
JANUARY 5 (Green Bay) - Bob Summerhays, 21 year old fullback from the University of Utah, who was the ground gaining star for the West team in last week's Shrine game in San Francisco, Thursday was signed by the Green Bay Packers. Summerhays' plunging set up the West's first touchdown. He caught a 29 yard pass to set up the second. The West lost, 14-12. A former Salt Lake City prep star, Summerhays, who stands 6 feet 1 inch and weighs 207 pounds, entered West Point in 1943 and won the starting fullback assignment on the plebe eleven. He was dismissed from the academy after his marriage the following spring. Coach Earl Blaik had tabbed him as the successor and understudy to Felix (Doc) Blanchard, then in the midst of his spectacular career. Summerhays is the second University of Utah player signed by Coach Curly Lambeau since the close of the season. Earlier Lambeau signed Ralph Olson, 6 foot 4 inch Utah center.
TWO TECH GRIDDERS SIGNED BY PACKERS
JANUARY 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of two new players, halfback Glen Lewis and end William Kelley of Texas Tech. Coach Curly Lambeau signed the two players to contracts at Dallas. Lewis' signature gave Lambeau four out of his first five National league draft choices. Dan Sworsky, Michigan's great center and linebacker, is the only draftee Lambeau hasn't signed up. Lewis was an all-around star at Tech and previously played top ball for the San Diego naval base eleven. Kelley and Lewis both were named to the All-Border Conference team.
TOPPING TO DISSOLVE N.Y. YANKEES, REPORT SAYS
JANUARY 10 (New York) - A new peace offensive was reported underway in professional football Tuesday amid talk that Dan Topping is ready to pull his New York Yankees out of the All-America conference. The New York Herald Tribune, quoting an "authoritative source", said it had learned Topping planned to dissolve his football interests. Ted Collins' Boston Yankees, after a series of financial reverses in Boston, obtained permission last month to move his National league franchise to New York. Yankee officials refused to confirm or deny the newspaper report. The withdrawal of Topping, one of the key men in the All-America league, will provide a fresh talking point for peace when directors of the warring major football leagues gather in Chicago later this month. The AAC has rearranged its winter business session to coincide with a meeting of the National league owners. The AAC officials will open their meeting in Chicago January 18, two days before the National league meets. Earlier the All-America league had scheduled its meeting for February in New York. A peace move, initiated by the younger All-America group, fell flat just before Christmas. According to the Herald Tribune, Topping will announced dissolution of the Yankees at the Chicago meeting. The move is planned because of "severe losses at the gate", the paper said.
PAUL BURRIS OF OKLAHOMA WILL PLAY WITH PACKERS
JANUARY 10 (Oklahoma City) - One of the prize plums of collegiate football fell to the Green Bay Packers here Tuesday when Coach Curly Lambeau signed Paul (Buddy) Burris, all-American guard from the University of Oklahoma. Burris, a popular all-American selection the last three seasons, was the star of the Oklahoma line which throttled Charley (Choo Choo) Justice in the Sugar bowl New Year's day. Six feet and 220 pounds, Burris was named on nearly every all-American team last year, including the players' All-American selected on the basis of opponents' rating. He was the only guard given an A rating by opponents, ranking above Bill Fisher of Notre Dame, who was accorded B plus. Burris began his athletic career as an end and fullback at Muskogee, Okla., the home of Jack Jacobs, Packer quarterback, and in 1942 enrolled at Tulsa, where he played with Nolan Luhn, Clyde Goodnight and Perry Moss of the Packers. He played service football in both the European and Pacific theaters during the war and entered Oklahoma in the fall of 1946. One of the fastest linemen in college football, Burris led the interference for Oklahoma backs on sweeps. On defense he bulwarked the center of a five man line. Signing of Burris gave Lambeau another victory over the All-America conference, which made Burris a flattering offer last year and increased it this year. Burris is the sixth player signed by Lambeau in a determined drive to restore the Packers to contendership.
BACKYARD FEUD HOLD KEY TO FOOTBALL PEACE
JANUARY 11 (New York) - Settlement of neighborhood rivalries held the key Wednesday to professional football peace. If they can patch up scattered backyard feuds, the NFL and the All-America conference may end their three year old cold cash war when they meet next week at Chicago. The feuding hot spots are New York, Los Angeles and the Washington-Baltimore area. An effort will be made to iron out the New York problem in the next few days. Dan Topping, president of the New York Yankees of the All-America, announced Tuesday that a meeting would be held with representatives of the other Gotham professional teams. Sitting in on the discussion, Topping said, will be Ted Collins, owner of the Boston Yanks, who recently gained permission to transfer his franchise; Tim and Jack Mara of the Giants and Horace Stoneham, head of the baseball Giants. The Boston Yanks and Giants are members of the National league, Stoneham rents the Polo Grounds to the Maras. Topping, answering reports that he planned to pull out of football and rent Yankee stadium to Collins, said he is willing to become a landlord if it brings peace between the rival circuits. "Horace (Stoneham) is very strong in urging me to become a landlord," the Yankee president said. "I know he feels, even more than we do, that three New York teams (plus one in Brooklyn) would be the ruination of any league and of pro football." Topping's gesture was interpreted as an important peace move by officials of both conferences. Admiral Jonas Ingram, All-America conference commissioner, said chances of a truce are now "better than 50-50." The All-America directors will meet in Chicago January 18 and the National league moguls will get together two days later. Any settlement probably would call for one circuit composed of two sectional races. This plan was almost adopted at the last peace session in Philadelphia before Christmas, but the rivals could not agree on which teams should be included. The National league is said to favor a one league setup, including a western division made up of Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cards, Green Bay and Los Angeles, and an eastern division composed of the New York Giants, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, Detroit and Boston Yankees (in Yankee stadium). Cleveland and San Francisco are All-America conference members. The AAC balked at this, insisting that the Baltimore Colts be included in any new alignment. "We could have settled this in Philadelphia," Topping said, "if it hasn't been for George Marshall." Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, is said to have objected to inclusion of Baltimore on grounds it would infringe on his territorial rights. Ben Lindheimer, owner of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America, is also anxious to stay in football business and thinks the California metropolis can support two clubs. The other is the National league Rams. Some owners - particularly Ray Benningsen of the Chicago Cardinals - declare this would be a financial suicide. If the Baltimore and Los Angeles differences can be settled, a one league compromise may be the answer. Under this revision, there would be seven teams to each of the sections proposed by the National league chieftains, with the Dons added to the west and the Colts to the east.
MARSHALL DEMANDS BALTIMORE PAY HIM FOR FRANCHISE RIGHTS
JANUARY 12 (Washington) - George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, whose opposition to the Baltimore Colts is holding up the proposed merger between the National and All-America pro football leagues is willing to settle - for a price. "If the Colts pay us half of what I think our franchise is worth, they'll be more than welcome in the new league," Marshall declared Thursday. Marshall wants that payment, he said, "because Baltimore is within our territory." Marshall's proposal that Baltimore pay territorial rights was ridiculed by R.C. Embry, president of the Colts. "The franchise payment is the funniest thing yet," Embry asserted. "We won't pay a dime." The Washington-Baltimore feud is generally considered the biggest obstacle to the merger of the two pro leagues in an effort to resolve their "dollar war". The National league already has indicated willingness to accept two members of the All-America conference - the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. Some solution is expected to be reached when the two leagues meet in Chicago next week. The All-America meeting is schedule January 18; the National league session two days later. One step toward peace between the two leagues developed Wednesday when the Boston Yanks of the National league, who shifted to New York recently, obtained use of Yankee stadium. The stadium had been used by the New York Yankees of the All-America conference. The Yankees, Topping has hinted, will be dissolved.
PRO FOOTBALL PEACE ALMOST A CERTAINTY
JANUARY 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - The peace that both the NFL and the All-America conference have sought so long may be just around the corner. On Tuesday the All-America conference will open its winter meeting in Chicago, and on Thursday the National league will follow suit, and out of the two meetings a solution, largely on the National league's terms, is almost certain to come. A lot more progress was made at the first meeting of the two in Philadelphia a month ago than was generally revealed. Except for disposition of the Baltimore franchise of the All-America, all major details were agreed upon. The National league agreed to take in Cleveland and San Francisco, one for the eastern division and the other for the western, and agreed to an amalgamation of the Los Angeles Dons and Los Angeles Rams. The Chicago Rockets, Buffalo, New York Yankees and Brooklyn of the All-America, in turn, agreed to steal away into the night. And that left Baltimore. Baltimore insisted it be included in any reorganization. As bed fellows for three unhappy years, both Cleveland and San Francisco publicly supported Baltimore in its insistence to be included, although privately, it is understood, both Arthur McBride of Cleveland and Tony Morabito of San Francisco felt far less strongly about the Colts. George Preston Marshall's insistence that Baltimore be excluded, since inclusion would mean an invasion of his territorial rights, was never really a difficulty that could not be resolved. It was merely Marshall's way of remaining in the headlines which he loves so well. The real difficulty lay in schedule making with Baltimore, the thirteenth spoke in the wheel. Any number of conferences have been since the Philadelphia meeting and further progress made. A solution is almost sure to be had this week. "Peace - it's wonderful."
ALL-AMERICA DISCUSSES PEACE AT FIRST MEETING
JANUARY 17 (Chicago) - Peace terms with which the All-America Football conference might settle its three year war with the older National league were discussed at a secret caucus of Commissioner Jonas Ingram and the eight team owners as the league opened its annual meeting here Tuesday. Ingram said that he planned to give the owners a "pep talk" urging them to head toward a peace pact but not a breakup of their own league. He added that he had some suggestions to offer. "The biggest thing," he said, "is to get them to decide that they want to keep on with their own identity. Merger of the leagues is not the answer. If they did that it would be just a couple of years before some other league would come popping up and you'd have the same thing again. We've got to have two leagues. Our position on peace hasn't changed much since Cleveland," he said. "The move really is up to the NFL." Ingram believed each league should retain its identity in any peace and that each should be represented by New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He also suggested that the two circuits "divide up territorial jurisdiction and determine where each league should have teams, coordinate schedules, have a common draft and mutual respect for each other." The commissioner, who has held the job for two years since he retired as navy admiral, said he hoped meetings this week would result in peace, but that he intended to retire no matter what happened. The regular winter meetings of the National league will open here Thursday. Neither circuit had conferences on the agenda with the other league, but it was probable some discussions would occur between individual owners, followed by a joint meeting of peace committees. Numerous rumors said peace probably would result in a 12 or 14 team National league, divided into the National and American divisions, each extending coast to coast. Teams expected to quit include the Brooklyn Dodgers, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Rockets and New York Yankees of the All-America. The Los Angeles Dons will probably merge with the Los Angeles Rams. The National league, it is known, is willing to accept Cleveland and San Francisco as new members, but does not want Baltimore. The All-America is insisting Baltimore remain.
CURLY LAMBEAU SEES FAUNCE OF MINNESOTA
JANUARY 18 (Minneapolis) - Everett Faunce, Minnesota halfback, conferred in Chicago Wednesday with Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Faunce, of Fergus Falls, Minn., was drafted by the Packers of the National league and by the Baltimore Colts of the All-America conference. He has just returned from Honolulu, where he participated in two exhibition games after playing in the east-west game at San Francisco New Year's day.
RIVAL PRO GRID LEAGUES MAY STILL GET TOGETHER
JANUARY 18 (Chicago) - Just when the pro football olive branch appeared to be withering, an executive of the All-American conference declared Wednesday that "the hope for peace is far from dead." The informant, refusing to be quoted by name, said that Baltimore was still the key to compromise. "The AAC will not go for anything that won't guarantee Baltimore's continuance," he said. "But now there is something hopeful about the picture and developments soon may be interesting. A two league setup with seven teams in each may be the final blueprint." Despite this optimism, another strong issue had formed Wednesday as AAC club owners continued a secret meeting which opened Tuesday. Anthony Morabito of the San Francisco 49ers, a team coveted along with the Cleveland Browns by the NFL, flatly asserted: "San Francisco will not go in the All-America conference if the league's membership drops below eight clubs." Morabito would not elaborate. He may agree to a two league alignment but he will not consent to the AAC operating with only six clubs in 1949. A six team AAC pattern - with the Chicago Rockets and Brooklyn Dodgers out - may have been shaping, but the 49ers owner apparently has tossed in a curve.
ALL-AMERICA LEAGUE TO CONTINUE, IS REPORT
JANUARY 18 (Chicago) - Hostilities apparently still raged between the All-America conference and the rival NFL Thursday as the owners of the two circuits continued to go their separate ways. The All-America owners are meeting in the Stevens hotel, just across the street from the Blackstone hotel, where the National league bigwigs opened their winter meeting Thursday. A truce in the costly box office war between the two circuits appeared unlikely. Benjamin F. Lindheimer, chairman of the All-America's executive committee, declared after an executive meeting of the AAC's eight club owners Wednesday. "The All-America conference will continue." Lindheimer's statement, which came after a four hour meeting, apparently ended all hope of any merger or football peace with the National league. He said no peace meetings had been arranged with representatives of the National league. Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL, also said he has not received any notification or request from the AAC for any peace talks. Whether the All-America conference would continue to operate as an eight-team circuit or with six clubs - minus the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Rockets - was slated to be decided at another session Thursday, Lindheimer said. Both Dan Topping, owner of the AAC New York Yankees, and Paul Brown, coach of the champion Cleveland Browns, said they believed the league "will go as an eight club circuit." In reply to a question as to whether the two leagues could achieve a mutual player draft agreement Bell replied: "I believe that any common draft or control of a maximum salary by the two leagues would be illegal." Owner Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers and R.E. (Slim) Garn, president of the Rockets, had no comment, after Lindheimer's statement, as to whether their clubs could dig up the cash for a 1949 campaign. The suggestion that the AAC drop the Rockets and Dodgers and proceed with six teams apparently had been discarded chiefly because Art McBride, owner of the Cleveland Browns, and Anthony J. Morabito, owner of the San Francisco 49ers, objected. These two owners ostensibly were ready to accept franchises in the rival NFL for 1949 unless the AAC continued as an eight team league. Lindheimer's brief declaration of confidence left unexplained how the All-America financial flops - the Rockets and the Dodgers - would dig up cash for a 1949 campaign. Since the National league will accept only Cleveland and San Francisco as merger clubs, the AAC is faced with the problem of either disbanding, or making every effort to get all eight members in line for a fourth season. It was rumored that Lindheimer would sell his interest in the Los Angeles Dons and purchase the Rockets.
FUTURE OF BALTIMORE, BUFFALO HOLDS KEY TO PRO GRID RACE
JANUARY 20 (Chicago) - The All-America Conference announced Friday it will operate in 1949 as a seven team league, with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees merging and the Chicago Rockets operating under a  new franchise in Chicago.
JANUARY 20 (Chicago) - A 12 team league or a 14 team league - which? On this question hinged peace between the rival NFL and All-America conference as the two leagues went into separate sessions again at their annual winter meetings here Friday. Committees of the two leagues met secretly Thursday. They accomplished nothing. In fact, the longed for peace between the two seemed farther away than ever. Cleveland and San Francisco of the All-America league were acceptable to the National league as new members, but Cleveland and San Francisco flatly declared they would not join unless Baltimore and Buffalo were included, too. And there the entire matter of peace was stuck. The National league wants Cleveland and San Francisco alone. Neither side would budge. Addition of Cleveland and San Francisco would create a 12 team league, addition of the two others a 14 team league. In either case, the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Rockets would fold, and the Los Angeles Dons would amalgamate with the Los Angeles Rams. Further meetings were schedule Friday, but the outlook for peace in the costly salary war was dark. Meanwhile, National league owners went ahead with regular business matters. They gave Commissioner Bert Bell and Treasurer Dennis Shea new 10 year contracts, increased the guarantee to visiting teams from $15,000 to $20,000, approved rule changes, permitted each team to establish its own policy on television, and cut the player limit from 35 to 32. Action on the transfer of the Boston Yanks franchise to New York was postponed pending arrival of the lease which would permit Ted Collins' team to play in the Polo Grounds, sharing dates with the New York Giants. "We've already approved the transfer of the franchise," one owner said, "but we've got to have the lease available to straighten out a few technicalities." In the rules change, the league voted to test the free substitution rule in 1949, allowing subs to enter the game at any time; approved the optional use of plastic helmets, and approved player benches on the same side of the field instead of opposite sides.
PRO LEAGUES SQUARE OFF FOR CONTINUANCE OF WAR
JANUARY 21 (Chicago) - The All-America Football conference Saturday accepted Jonas Ingram's resignation as commissioner and named Oliver D. Kessing to succeed him.
JANUARY 21 (Chicago) - The NFL and All-America conference are still at grips, ready to continue their war through 1949 at an estimated cost as high as $2,000,000. The All-America, ending its meeting Saturday, will operate next season with seven clubs as a result of the merger of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees. The home field will be Yankee stadium. At the same time, two National league clubs will be operating in New York at the Polo Grounds. The Giants will share dates there with the Boston Yanks who were granted a franchise in New York as the NFL ended its winter conclave Friday. Ted Collins, owner of the Boston club, had expected to operate at Yankee stadium. The eastern-western championship playoff in the All-America, possible under an even eight club alignment, was abandoned. The seven club setup made it necessary to also reduce the schedule from 14 to 12 games for each entry with one club idle every fourth Sunday. A contest between the 1949 AAC champion and an all-star group selected from the six other teams may replace the east-west playoff at the end of the season. Benjamin F. Lindheimer, chairman of the AAC executive board and owner of the Los Angeles Dons, said the Chicago Rockets had $300,000 on the line to operate in 1949. He denied that he was the club's "angel". This will be the fourth difference group to back the ill fated Chicago entry in four seasons. In addition to getting any financial transfusion, the Rockets also will receive new player blood. Branch Rickey of the Dodgers said his draft rights for players yet unsigned would go to the Chicago outfit. The Rockets likely will get several veteran Brooklyn players.
SHAKEUP OF COACHES IN MAKING AT GREEN BAY
JANUARY 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - A complete shakeup of Curly Lambeau's staff of assistance coaches at Green Bay seemed in the making Monday. After a weekend of conferences in Chicago, where the National league held its annual meeting earlier in the week, Lambeau made the following announcements:
1. Walt Kiesling, line coach, will probably be relieved because of his health.
2. Charlie Brock, former star center, and now line coach at Omaha university, will be added to the staff as an assistant coach.
3. A new backfield coach will replace Bo Molenda.
4. Don Hutson, end coach, will be relieved of some of his duties because of the pressure of outside business.
Except for Charlie Brock, Lambeau did not indicate who might succeed to the open positions. In announcing the probability that Kiesling would not be back, Lambeau emphasized any change, if one is made, will be due only to Kiesling's recent ill health. A veteran of 23 years in the National league as a player, assistant coach and head coach, Kiesling twice last season was forced to give up coaching for a week at a time because of illness and on another occasion insisted on going out on the field to coach when it would have been advisable for him to rest. Lambeau also emphasized that Brock would not be line coach.
PACKERS AND GIANTS SWAP PLAYERS
JANUARY 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - In the first big trade for the 1949 season, the Green Bay Packers Monday obtained two big tackles from the New York Giants for two backs. Jack Bush, Georgia's all-Southeastern tackle last season, and Ed Kelley, Texas' all-around star, were obtained in exchange for veteran fullback Pat West and halfback Jim Ford of Tulsa. Bush, who won all-Southern conference honors at Duke in 1944 and all-Southeastern honors at Georgia the last three years after a hitch in the service, weighs 240 pounds and stands 6  feet 3. Kelley, who played blocking back, fullback and center before he finally wound up at tackle, weighs 230 pounds and stands 6 feet 4 inches. West was obtained from Detroit in midseason last year. Ford was the scatback with Tulsa's eleven last fall.
LAMBEAU SIGNS SNYDER TO COACH BAYS' BACKFIELD
JANUARY 28 (Los Angeles) - Curly Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, said Saturday that Bob Snyder had been signed as backfield coach for next season. Snyder formerly was head coach for the Los Angeles Rams. Last year he assisted Jeff Cravath at Southern California. Lambeau said Snyder was signed for two years but did not disclose the salary. "I've always considered Bob one of the most capable coaches in the country," Lambeau said. "His experience stamps him as just the man we need." "I'll be glad to get back into the National league," Snyder said after the announcement. "It will be a pleasure working with Curly and I am going to enjoy working with this boy Stan Heath." Heath, who led the country's passers last year while playing at Nevada, was signed by the Packers a few weeks ago.
BROCK REJOINS PACKERS AS A COACH AND SCOUT
FEBRUARY 2 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau took another stride toward reorganization of his Green Bay Packer coaching staff Thursday when he came to terms with Charley Brock, former Packer star and all-National league center in 1945. Brock, who resigned Wednesday as line coach at the University of Omaha, will help handle the Packer forwards and scout player talent, Lambeau announced. Although terms of Brock's contract were not announced, Lambeau said the former University of Nebraska all-American has been engaged on a full time basis and would report on March 10. Brock is the second addition to Lambeau's staff in the last week. Last Saturday, Bob Snyder, former head man of the Los Angeles Rams and a leading T formation expert, was signed to handle the backfield. After distinguishing himself in the 1939 Chicago All-Star game, Brock joined the Packers to take over the starting center assignment. He held the position for nine years, retiring at the end of the 1947 season to accept the Omaha position.
SAME BRAWN BUT NEW BRAINS IS PACKER OUTLOOK
FEBRUARY 3 (Green Bay) - The same brawn with new brains - that's the apparent 1949 outlook for the Green Bay Packers. Not many months ago, while the Packers were floundering around deep in the NFL's standings, head coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau exploded that he'd like to get rid of "10 or 12 players" whom he never named. But as of today, the 1948 roster remains intact. The coaching department is another story. Two new coaches already are on the staff. The latest addition is Charley Brock, who left a line coaching job at the University of Omaha to become an "assistant coach and scout" for Lambeau. Brock was one of the NFL's top centers during his nine playing years as pivot man of the Packer line. A week ago, Bob Snyder, former head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, signed a two-year contract as backfield coach for Green Bay. This is the job held for the past two years by Bo Molenda, who starred for the University of Michigan, the New York Giants and the Packers in his playing days. The Packer office explained merely that "Molenda's contract has expired." No one is entirely sure of the status of veteran line coach Walt Kiesling - including veteran coach Walt Kiesling. Lambeau said two weeks ago he considered Kiesling "one of the finest line coaches in the country," but added, "it's my opinion he should, in the interest of his health, take a  year's vacation from football." Said Kiesling at his Pittsburgh home, "I wouldn't go for that 'rest' business. That's just another way of saying they don't want you anymore." He said he was dickering with the Packers, but will start looking around for something else if he doesn't hear something definite soon. "I guess I'll give 'em about another week," Kiesling declared. That leaves Don Hutson, the only other member of Lambeau's coaching staff and a whale of an end in his playing days with the Packers. He has been coaching the ends since he stopped holding down that position himself, but he has outside business interests and may not be back either. That off-season business, you know, takes a lot of a fellow's time.
HEIDELBERG HALFBACK IS SIGNED BY PACKERS
FEBRUARY 9 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau rounded out a freshman backfield for his 1949 Green Bay Packers Thursday with the signing of Paul Devine, all-Ohio conference halfback and honor student from Heidelberg college in Tiffin, Ohio. Devine, a 5 foot 11 inch, 185 pound war veteran, will play left halfback in the rookie quartet which includes Bob Summerhays, 220 pound fullback from Utah; Glenn Davis, 190 pound right halfback from Tulsa, and Stan Heath, 185 pound Nevada passer and quarterback. Leading ground gainer for Heidelberg during his three years of competition, Devine picked up 685 yards for an average advance of six years per try last season and scored eight touchdowns. His record has placed him high on the selection list of the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams, both of whom had tabbed the former Marysville (Ohio) star as a sleeper in the draft. In addition to football, Devine competed in basketball.
STIDHAM JOINS PACKER STAFF
FEBRUARY 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that they had signed Tom Stidham to a two year contract as line coach. Head Coach Curly Lambeau declined to reveal salary figures. Stidham last coached in the All-America Conference where he spent the 1948 season as a line coach with the Baltimore Colts. Lambeau said he was "well pleased" with obtaining Stidham and pointed out that he brings over 20 years experience in football to the Packer staff. Stidham, originally from Chedotha, Okla., was formerly head coach and athletic director at Oklahoma from 1937 to 1939 during which time the team won the Big Six Conference. He also coached at Marquette University and in 1946 moved to the Buffalo Bills of the All-America conference where he was head line coach. Indian Jack Jacobs, present Packer passing star, was developed under Stidham at Oklahoma. Stidham is living in Milwaukee where he owns a deep freeze locker company.
KIESLING JOINS STEELERS' STAFF
MARCH 7 (Pittsburgh) - Walt Kiesling has made a speedy recovery. When Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau released Kiesling from the Green Bay Packer coaching staff several weeks ago, the Packer office said it was for reasons of health and suggested Walt ought to take off for a year or so and rest up. But the 45 year old Kiesling apparently decided he felt all right. He signed Monday as an assistant coach to Johnny Micholesen of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kiesling has spent 23 seasons as a player or coach in the National league. He was head coach of the Steelers from 1939 to 1942, and was co-coach when the Steelers combined with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 1943 season. After staying as co-coach of the Steelers-Chicago Cardinals combination in 1944, Kiesling moved to Green Bay as line coach the following year.
PACKERS SIGN FORMER WISCONSIN HALFBACK
MARCH 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of William Schroeder, former University of Wisconsin halfback from Sheboygan. Schroeder played two years with the El Toro Marines during the war and later was with the Chicago Rockets for two seasons. He is a brother of Dick Schroeder, infielder with the Sheboygan Indians of the Wisconsin State Baseball League.
PACKER-BEAR GAME SET FOR GREEN BAY
MARCH 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers will play three league games in Milwaukee next fall - and the Bear game is not one of them. Announcement by the Bears' front office in Chicago Sunday night that the traditional game, which always opens the season in Green Bay, would be transferred to Milwaukee next fall, was in error. The Bears wanted the game here all right and the Packers toyed with the idea, but the schedule drawn by Bert Bell, and announced Tuesday, did not include it. As usual, the game will open the season in Green Bay. Green Bay's home schedule will again be split between Green Bay and Milwaukee. At State Fair park, the Packers will play the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers. In Green Bay, they will meet the Bears, Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants. An exhibition with the Washington Redskins will be played at State Fair park Sunday September 18. An additional exhibition with the Philadelphia Eagles will probably be arranged for Minneapolis, where last year the Packers played the New York Giants before a capacity crowd. Under a league rule, dates of league games will not be announced until later. Green Bay's road schedule included games with the Rams at Los Angeles, the Bears at Wrigley Field, the Cardinals at Comiskey park, the Lions at Detroit, the Redskins at Washington and the new New York entry, transferred from Boston, in the Polo Grounds. Monday's announcement that the Bear game might be played in Milwaukee brought violent reactions from Green Bay fans who feel a proprietary interest in this battle above all others. That some $30,000 in gate receipts was involved - State Fair park has 10,000 more seats than Green Bay's City stadium - made no difference. Green Bay, they yelled, has to have the game. Well, they have it, and, as it turns out, they always did have it on the schedule which Bell drew up.
ORLICH JOINS HEATH ON PACKERS' LINEUP
MARCH 13 (Joplin, MO) - Dan Orlich, lanky end who helped Stan Heath set a new collegiate passing record last fall, will team up with Heath again with the Green Bay Packers this fall. Orlich, who was Heath's receiver at Nevada, signed a contract with the Packers yesterday, Coach Curly Lambeau said. He had been recommended by Heath and was high on the Packers' draft list. Orlich, a six-foot, five-inch, 225 pound football, basketball and track star, earned four football letters at Nevada and was a regular center on the basketball team for two seasons. He was chosen all-state end for two seasons while playing on the Chisolm, Minn., high school football team. He is the 10th man signed by the Packers.
OPERATE ON ARM OF JACK JACOBS
MARCH 22 (Santa Monica, CA) - Indian Jack Jacobs, whose pitching arm wouldn't work right for the Green Bay Packers last season, had that arm operated on yesterday. Bone chips were removed in the elbow. Coach Curly Lambeau, also spending the winter here, expressed hope that the operation would restore the arm's efficiency. Jacobs had his appendix removed right after the end of the grid season last December.
DON HUTSON SURPRISED AT LAWSUIT
MARCH 23 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, one of football's all-time great ends, said Wednesday that his lawyers "apparently" were asking $100,000 damages for an injury "which contributed to ending my career." The Green Bay Packers' end coach said he was as surprised "as anyone else today" when he saw a report that he was suing the Hotel Northland at Marquette, Mich. "But it's true, I guess," he said. "I asked my lawyers to see what they could do about recovering damages, and I guess they figure this is the only way to do it." Hutson, six times named All-National League end and twice its most valuable player, said he cut the middle finger of his right hand on a hotel shower in 1946. "I could never have played in 1947 with that hand," he said. "I don't know whether I should say it definitely ended my career but it contributed." Hutson retired to the Packers' sideline in 1947 and hasn't played since. The damage suit was filed in Marquette County Circuit Court against the Kawbawgam Hotel Co., which operated the Northland and Mrs. Beatrice Degiman, proprietor of the hotel. In the legal declaration, Hutson charged that the hotel was negligent in not inspecting its equipment properly and giving "proper warning of the danger lurking in said bathroom fixtures." The suit also said that Hutson was "an outstanding offensive star in professional football earning a salary of $18,000 a year as a player with the Packers. As a result of said accident, he was no longer able to catch passes or handle the football as effectually and efficiently as he did in the past which made it necessary for him to give up his career as a professional football player." It also charged the former player was unable to carry on in his businesses, a car distributorship and a bowling alley. Hutson said today that his lawyer, Fank Cornelisen, engaged an attorney at Marquette whom he did not know. He said repeated efforts to obtain a settlement have failed.
BO MOLENDA ADDED TO HORNETS' STAFF
MARCH 24 (Chicago) - Ray Flaherty, coach of the Chicago Hornets of the All-America Football Conference Thursday completed his coaching staff by signing Bo Molenda as backfield coach. A veteran of professional football since the days of Red Grange's New York Yankees in 1927, Molenda has seen action both as a player and assistant coach for the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. During the war, he coached the powerful San Diego Naval Training Station team. In intercollegiate football, Molenda was an outstanding fullback at the University of Michigan.
NORTH-SOUTH PREP GAME MAY GO TO GREEN BAY
APRIL 3 (Green Bay) - City stadium, home of the Green Bay Packers, became a likely site Monday for the Wisconsin north-south interscholastic all-star game. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers said that unless there was some hitch in the Packers' preseason plans, the stadium would be made available for the high school classic, which heretofore has been played at Madison. "We have no objection to the High School Coaches' association using the stadium provided the game does not conflict with Packer activities," Lambeau said. "At present there is no indication of a conflict, although our preseason schedule still is in a tentative stage." Lambeau said that he expected to be in a position to give high school officials a definite word within the next 10 days. No date has been set for the north-south game, pending settlement of the Packers' exhibition schedule.
PACKERS ADD KRANZ, SCALLA TO ROSTER
APRIL 10 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau reported Saturday the addition of two names to the roster of the Green Bay Packers. The new players are Ken Kranz, a 25 year old halfback from Milwaukee State Teachers college, and Howard Scalla, 21, a six-foot, six-inch 280-pound tackle from Compton college, Calif. The additions make a total of 12 new men signed for the coming NFL season by the Packers.
PACKERS SIGN HUSKY TACKLE
APRIL 11 (Green Bay) - Joe Ethridge, a six-foot, 230-pound tackle from Southern Methodist, who was named outstanding lineman in the January 1 Cotton Bowl game, has signed a Green Bay Packer contract. The signing was announced today by E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, head coach and general manager of the Packers. He is the 13th rookie signed by the team. On the squad, he will be reunited with Gene Wilson and Lloyd Baxter, former Southern Methodist teammates.
FORMER PACKER SUING FOR BACK WAGES DUE HIM
APRIL 11 (Green Bay) -  A former player's suit against the Green Bay Packers for $2,700 in back wages will be heard in circuit court after May 15, it was announced today. The action was brought by Charles Tollefson, a guard who played three game during the 1946 season, and then was dismissed. Tollefson claims his contract called for a minimum of $3,600 for the season and that he was paid only $900. Atty. Jerry Clifford, representing the NFL club, said in his answer that Tollefson did not "play a brand of football up to Packer standards" and that General Manager Curly Lambeau followed "customary practice in paying him for games played and then dismissed him." Circuit Judge E.M. Duquaine is expected to hear the case.
ELROY HIRSCH IS SOUGHT BY TWO NATIONAL CLUBS
APRIL 12 (Los Angeles) - Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch will have to choose between the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. Dan Reeves, the Rams' owner, said Tuesday night, "We certainly could use Hirsch and would like to sign him immediately." Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers said, "I could use him, but the Rams have draft rights to him and I'd have to reach some kind of agreement with them before I could sign him." Reeves sai that he had given Lambeau permission to talk to Hirsch about when and where he wanted to play. "But if Hirsch wants to play with us and is physically able, we'll sign him up," the Rams' owner added. "Our assistant coach, George Trafton, saw him in Chicago in January and at that time Hirsch said he wanted to play with us." Reeves said that Hirsch had suffered a severe concussion in a game last year and that the Rams would want to check the doctor's reports thoroughly. The former Wisconsin and Marquette collegiate star was drafted by the NFL's Cleveland Rams and the All-America conference's Chicago Rockets while in the Marine Corps. He signed with the Rockets, now the Hornets, and played three years. The Cleveland franchise moved to Los Angeles. Hirsch is now a salesman, with headquarters in Milwaukee. He has indicated a desire to remain in Wisconsin.
'BAYS OR NOBODY' - HIRSCH
APRIL 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - If Elroy Hirsch plays pro football come late summer and fall, he will do so as a member of the Green Bay Packers. So said the former Wisconsin star yesterday on his return from Green Bay, where he conferred with Packer boss Curly Lambeau. Lambeau is on his way to the coast, where he will try to swing a deal for Hirsch with the Los Angeles Rams, who have carry-over National League draft rights to the player. Hirsch denied he had told George Trafton, Rams scout, that he wanted to play with the coast club. In fact, he denied even seeing Trafton several months back in Chicago. "Trafton called me from Chicago and I explained to him that I couldn't possibly give up my business here to play for Los Angeles," Hirsch said. "I am writing Dan Reeves (Rams owner) to that effect, too." The famed "Crazy Legs" added: "I'll continue in football only if Lambeau can make the necessary arrangements with Los Angeles and we can agree on terms later. I don't intend to go back to Chicago (of the All-America League)." The Chicago club is reported to planning on retaining Hirsch, via a reserve clause, despite the fact that the star halfback's three year contract expired after last season. But Elroy apparently considers himself free to switch to the rival leagues, reversing the National-to-American jumps of numerous big name operators several years ago.
PACKERS ANNOUNCE GAME DATES FOR '49
APRIL 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday announced the dates of their 12 game NFL schedule which this year again will include three at State Fair park and three in Green Bay. At State Fair park, the Packers will meet the Chicago Cardinals October 16, the Detroit Lions October 30 and the Pittsburgh Steelers November 20. At Green Bay, they will play the Chicago Bears in the traditional opening September 25, the Los Angeles Rams October 2 and the New York Giants November 13. The club will make its first start outside the state October 9 against the old Boston club now moved into New York. On October 23 the club will play the Rams in Los Angeles, which is earlier than usual for this return game; on November 6 the Bears at Wrigley field and on November 27 the Cardinals at Comiskey park. The lone exhibition appearance in the state will be made at State Fair park September 18 against the Washington Redskins. An exhibition against the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis is pending. There were no new developments, meanwhile, on the Elroy Hirsch case. The former Badger star, who played with the Chicago Rockets last season, conferred with Coach Curly Lambeau in Green Bay Tuesday but failed to reach an agreement. He is technically the property of the Los Angeles Rams so far as the National league is concerned, but he has repeatedly said that he would play for no club except the Packers because of his business in Milwaukee. The Rams drafted him before he chose to cast his lot with the Rockets. Lambeau feels he can swing a deal with the Rams for him, but so far has refused to meet Hirsch's salary demands.
JACOBS-MCMILLIN WEDDING DISCLOSED
APRIL 26 (Green Bay) - Jack Jacobs, the Green Bay Packers' star quarterback, and Mary McMillin, Wisconsin Women's golf champ three times, were married secretly January 7, it was revealed today. The bride's parents, Dr. and Mrs. M.T. McMillin of Green Bay, made the announcement. They said they were not told about it themselves until Monday. They said the two stars, who had been dating for more than two years, were united in a secret ceremony at the home of one of Jacobs' sisters in Muskogee, Okla. The parents said they were at a loss to explain why the couple wanted to keep the marriage secret.
PACKERS PLAY
MAY 8 (Pittsburgh) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers will put on a charity exhibition game here Sunday afternoon August 28.
HIRSCH DESIRES PACKER CONTRACT
MAY 9 (Chicago) - Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, fleet Wisconsin halfback, wants to play football with the NFL's Green Bay Packers. Hirsch conferred with Coach Ray Flaherty of
the Chicago Hornets yesterday about getting a release
from that club so he can join the Green Bay roster. But
Flaherty said, "We hope Hirsch will be with us next year
and think it can be worked out." Hirsch had said if he
continues in professional football it will be only with the
Packers because he wants to be near his wholesale
food business in Milwaukee. He has played for the past
three years with the Chicago Rockets of the All-America
Conference. The team now is known as the Hornets.
GOODNIGHT, OLSONOSKI SIGN PACKER CONTRACTS
MAY 23 (Green Bay) - The first two veterans offered
contracts came to terms with Curly Lambeau Tuesday,
bringing to 16 the number of players signed by the Green
Bay Packers for the 1949 season. They are Clyde
Goodnight, end, and Larry Olsonoski, guard. It will be
Goodnight's fifth year and Olsonoski's second. Goodnight,
a surgery student at the University of Tennessee's medical
school in Memphis, said he had recovered completely from
the back injury he suffered on the first play of the Bear
game in Chicago last November. Although Goodnight
played the entire game on offense, he was unable to
participate in the Packers' last three contests. Olsonoski 
returned to Minnesota after the season to complete work
for a degree and has been helping Coach Bernie Bierman
in Minnesota's spring practice.
COMP, CODY SIGN PACKER CONTRACTS
MAY 25 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau signed two more
veterans Thursday - fullback Ed Cody and quarterback Irv
Comp. Cody, the former Purdue star, will be playing his
third year for Green Bay and Comp, a native of Milwaukee
and graduate of St. Benedict college in Kansas, his
seventh. Cody, regarded as one of the fastest starting
backs in the National league, had only indifferent success
last year after an auspicious debut in 1946. Comp, after
playing a spectacular part in the Packers' last
championship campaign in  1944, has been a relief quarterback and passer since.
VETS BACK
MAY 30 (Green Bay) - Two veteran members of the Green Bay Packers, end Nolan Luhn and halfback Bob Forte, signed contracts with head coach and General Manager Curly Lambeau today.
HIRSCH SAYS HORNETS BROKE CONTRACT
JUNE 2 (Milwaukee) - Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch said today that he has approached the Green Bay Packers of the NFL because he believes the Chicago Hornets of the All-America Football conference breached his contract. Hirsch, former Wisconsin star halfback and a standout  ​in the All-American conference, said that failure of the Hornet management to pay him a bonus as agreed for dropping outside activity last season nullified the contract and left him free to deal with another club. He said he wanted to catch on with the Packers because he has a food brokerage business in Wisconsin and cannot take the time from it to play football in Chicago or anywhere outside of Wisconsin. Hirsch explained that under his contract with the Chicago Rockets, who later became the Hornets, he was to receive a bonus for dropping radio broadcasting work during the season. The bonus, he said, was to be paid with his salary. The salary, he said, was payable twice monthly during the football season. He said he did not receive the bonus with his salary or by the end of the season. At Chicago, James C. Thompson, principal stockholder in the Hornets, said last night that R.E. (Slim) Garn, former president of the Rockets, had sent the bonus check by registered mail within the past few weeks. He said that it had been returned by the post office marked "refused". Hirsch said that while he was out of the city in connection with his business a post office department registered mail slip was received and that he had not had the opportunity to pick up the letter, but that he had not refused it. He said that in any case, the bonus was not paid with his salary. A Chicago attorney, John P. Sullivan, told him that this constituted a breach of contract, Hirsch said. "Frankly," Hirsch said, "I want to connect with the Packers because I can't play football in Chicago and still attend to my business. I've got too much of an investment to let anything interfere with the business. For the same reason, I can't play with Los Angeles, either." The Los Angeles Rams had original draft rights to Hirsch in the NFL and have first rights to him if he plays in that league.
JUDGE DISMISSES TOLLEFSON'S SUIT
JUNE 7 (Green Bay) - Charles Tollefson's suit against the Green Bay Packers for back pay was dismissed yesterday by Circuit Judge M. Duquaine. Tollefson, who played guard with the NFL team in 1944 and 1945, contended $2,700 was due him as the unpaid balance of his 1946 playing contract. The Packers released the one-time Iowa lineman after paying him $900 for three exhibition and two league games. The defense claimed that "minimum $3,600 for season" written into the 1946 contract applied only in case Tollefson completed the season.
JOHN TAVENER SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY SQUAD
JUNE 13 (Green Bay) - Center John Tavener, Johnstown, Ohio, a former Indiana University football player, has signed with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced today. The six foot, one-inch, 230-pound Tavener is the fifth rookie placed under contract thus far. Tavener was a member of the 1944, '45 and '46 College All-Star squads. He played 58 minutes of the 1944 game, scoring a touchdown when he recovered a Chicago Bear fumble in the end zone. He also played in the East-West Shrine and North-South games in 1944.
LIPSCOMB INKS CONTRACT WITH GREEN BAY PACKERS
JUNE 14 (Green Bay) - Veteran right tackle Paul Lipscomb signed his fifth Green Bay Packers football contract with Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau today. Lipscomb, who stands six feet five inches and weighs 247 pounds, is studying for his master's degree at the University of Tennessee.
PACKERS SIGN COOK, ROOKIE GOODMAN
JUNE 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of veteran end, Ted Cook, and Jim Goodman, rookie tackle from the University of Maryland. Cook came to the Packers last year from the Detroit Lions and will be playing his third season in the National League.
PACKER NOTES
JULY 7 (Racine Journal-Times) - The Green Bay Packers this year have streamlined their operation and one of the important phases of the administrative revision is the making of tickets more accessible. As of now season tickets for the Packers' games at State Fair Park next fall can be bought over the counter at the ticket office in the lobby of the Hotel Pfister in Milwaukee. All tickets for the Milwaukee games will be handled in these over the counter sales and for the convenience of fans the office will be kept open each Thursday evening until 9 o'clock. Tickets for the game with Washington at Milwaukee September 11 also are on sale at the Milwaukee office. That's the game in which Stan Heath will make his hometown pro football debut.
PACKERS PLAY
JULY 17 (Syracuse) - The Green Bay Packers will meet the New York Giants in a National league exhibition game here August 24. The game was announced by Lionel Grossman, chairman of the Syracuse Cerebral Palsy Clinic committee, who said that proceeds from the game will benefit the Clinic.
PACKER EXHIBITION
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - The NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers will meet in an exhibition game here August 20. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau said the contest will be played at night.
PACKERS ADD EAGLES, STAR GAME CHANGED
JULY 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - The world champion Philadelphia Eagles were added to the Green Bay Packers' exhibition schedule Tuesday when Coach Curly Lambeau completed arrangements with the Eagles to appear here Saturday night August 20. The Eagles will come to Green Bay from their Grand Rapids (Mich.) training camp eight days after their appearance in the all-star game in Chicago. Announcement of the game, fourth on Green Bay's exhibition schedule, also permitted the state high school coaches' association finally to arrange its annual all-star contest here, which was first scheduled to be played at City stadium August 27, but then was switched to August 20. The high school game will now be definitely played August 27. The high school all-stars have been invited by Lambeau to use Rockwood Lodge's facilities the week before the game while the Packers move through the east on an exhibition tour. Al Reed, manager of the game, accepted. He said the two squads, North and South, would assemble at St. Norbert's college Sunday August 14 and drill there for one week. On August 21 they will move to Rockwood Lodge for the last week of training. Each of the squads, coached by Frosty Ferzacca of Green Bay West, who handle the north, and Carl Anderson of Milton Union, who will handle the South, will have 30 players. The game with the Eagles completed Green Bay's exhibition schedule. It means as intensive a week of exhibitions as the Packers have probably ever played. After the contest with the Eagles August 20, the Packers will go to Syracuse to meet the New York Giants August 24, then to Pittsburgh to play the Pittsburgh Steelers August 28. They will complete their exhibitions against the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee September 17 before opening the National league season against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay September 25. While Lambeau busied himself with administrative details Monday, Stan Heath, Jack Jacobs, Ed Neal and Nolan Luhn continued their workouts at Rockwood Lodge under the direction of assistant coach Charlie Brock. Several rookies are expected to join the quartet by the end of the week.
PACKERS TRY SKILL AT SECOND GUESSING
JULY 19 (Green Bay) - Ex-members of the Green Bay Packers have organized a quarterback club to second guess the NFL games this season. A committee of the Packer alumni association said that the club would meet every Thursday to see films of Packer games and discuss play and strategy. It will be open to any Packer fan anywhere.
PACKERS LINE UP INTRASQUAD TILT FOR SEPTEMBER 3
JULY 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that they would play an intrasquad game at Marinette the night of September 3. Head Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau said the Packers had signed a contract with Ed Poquette, representing the Marinette Junior Chamber of Commerce which will sponsor the game.
PACKERS SIGN ED SMITH, STAR ROOKIE OF 1948
JULY 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the receipt of a signed 1949 contract from halfback Oscar (Ed) Smith, a Wilcox, Ariz., rancher. Smith, a Packer rookie last year, led the Green Bay team in kickoff returns. He played fullback at Texas Mines in his college days, but Packer Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau switched him to right half and expects to use him at the same post this fall.
MILLIONAIRE OFFERS PLAN TO END PRO GRID WAR
JULY 21 (New York) - Fabulous Texas oil millionaire Glenn H. McCarthy of Houston came up Thursday with another proposal to bring the All-America conference and the NFL together - and as usual the conference accepted and the NFL said "thumbs down". McCarthy offered to underwrite a championship charity game which he said could net between $600,000 and $700,000 if played in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. "Scrappy Kessing, the conference commissioner, has accepted wholeheartedly," McCarthy said, "but Commissioner Bert Bell of the NFL has come back with a proposal to play an intraleague game." Similar proposals in the past have been rejected by the NFL. McCarthy said he would make the admission rate $10 plus tax and distribute the proceeds to the National Kids Day Foundation, the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund and the Shrine crippled children hospitals. He offered to guarantee $75,000 plus expenses to the winner of the game, $50,000 and expenses to the loser and $100,000 to charity. McCarthy, a Houston hotel owner who has made millions in oil, said he wanted to sponsor the game "because it's natural". "This might be the right answer to the rivalry between the two big professional football leagues," he declared. "At least it wouldn't hurt anyone to try out my plan." McCarthy said he thought Los Angeles would be the best site for the game, which should be played before New Year's day so as not to conflict with any of the college bowl games.
PACKERS OPEN DRILLS WEEK FROM MONDAY
JULY 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - The tough job of taking a loser, a bad loser, and turning it into a winner begins for Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers a week from
Monday, when some 45 or 46 boys, most of them veterans
of the debacle of '48, report at Rockwood Lodge. The
experience will be a new one for the smiling Belgian, one
of the towering figures in professional football, for never in
his 30 years - this will be his thirty-first - has any team of
his gone so completely to pieces as last year's and 
apparently left so little with which to begin again. It finished
lower in the standings that any other Packer eleven, won
fewer games and in the New York game right here, the 
nadir of the season, absorbed the most humiliating licking
in all Packer history (49-3). Of the 45 or 46 men who will
greet Lambeau, about 30 took a part in the great 
floundering act of last year. The rest will be new men upon
whom no little will depend for any recovery the team 
makes. Lambeau himself, truly in character again as he
always is in July and August, is confident - that is, he is
confident if a couple of big "ifs" can be removed. "IF we can
get a center or two, and some deals are pending right
now. IF we can get Elroy Hirsch from the Los Angeles 
Rams. IF those boys who know where they fell down last
year can keep their new attitude, we'll be all right," he said
here the other day. "We'll be more than all right. We'll give
'em all a battle. The next week or 10 days will tell." No little
of Lambeau's enthusiasm, allowing for the "ifs", of course,
stems from his reorganized coaching staff which this year
will have Tom Stidham, former head coach at Oklahoma
and Marquette, as line coach, Bob Snyder, former head
coach of the Los Angeles Rams, as backfield coach; and
Charlie Brock, one of the greatest centers in the history of
the National league, as an all-around assistant. Brock is
an addition. Stidham succeeded Walt Kiesling and Snyder
succeeded Bo Molenda. The truth is, it is undoubtedly the
best balanced staff of assistants ever to work with the
Belgian - one of the best, in fact, if not the best in the
league. The problem at center is clearly the big one, for as
this is written, the squad has only two pivot men, the aging
but always willing Bob Flowers and rookie Ralph Olsen of
Utah. Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky, most valuable man in
the college all-star game a year ago and No. 1 center a
year ago when not injured, has steadfastly refused to sign,
saying he is through with pro football and turning a deaf
ear to all of Lambeau's best blandishments. At the
moment Don Hutson is in Lexington, Ky., to make one 
more assault. Meanwhile, since the problem is so acute,
Lambeau has started to dicker with just about every other
club in the league seeking a deal by which he may get a
center. On several of the deals, the iron is hot, but how it
will be when he pulls it out remains to be seen. The Hirsch
deal is "on again" one day, "off again" the next. One day the
Packers apparently have him and the next they haven't as
the Rams, with original draft rights on him and with an
attitude which refuses to let the Packers strengthen 
themselves, keep boosting the ante. The Packers could
well use a breakaway runner like Hirsch, and Hirsch
himself, since the Chicago Hornets broke his contract,
would like to play with Green Bay. But there, thanks to the
Rams, the deal is stuck. Of the new attitude of the boys,
Lambeau is more confident: "They know where they fell
down last year," he said, "and they mean to make up for it unless I miss my guess. Jack Jacobs above all, I feel, is going to have one of his best years. He is married now, and he has had an operation on both his arm and his appendix, both of which bothered him so much last season. Along with Stan Heath, Nolan Luhn and some of the others, he has been working out for a couple of weeks, and, honestly, he has looked great. The new men offer some promise, although only a few of them have glittering college reputations. Stan Heath of Nevada at quarterback, Lou Ferry of Villanova at tackle, Buddy Burris of Oklahoma and Jim Ethridge of Southern Methodist at guards, Olsen at center, Glen Lewis of Texas Tech at halfback, Bob Summerhays of Utah at fullback and Chuck Tatom of Texas and Dan Orlich of Nevada at ends especially promise to make the grade. Heath has looked good passing in the informal workouts so far, although he clearly needs work in handling the ball under center. He left Saturday for the College All-Stars camp at Evanston. Some 12 or 13 boys remain to be signed, but except for Rhodemyre, Lambeau expects no trouble.
GIRARD SIGNS CONTRACT WITH PACKERS FOR '49
JULY 25 (Green Bay) - Jug Girard, former University of Wisconsin triple threat halfback whose National league debut last year was anything but a howling success, Monday signed his 1949 contract for what he hopes will be a year of redemption. In announcing the signing, Coach Curly Lambeau said Girard has been granted permission to remain with the Green Bay Bluejays of the Wisconsin State Baseball league until after the crucial series with the Oshkosh Giants next week. Girard leads the league in hitting with a mark of .368 and in runs batted in with 88 in 77 games. He will report the Packers on August 3, two days after the opening of training. The former Badger star reported to the Packers last year with an old ankle injury aggravated in the Chicago All-Star camp. He was inactive for nearly five weeks and then never reached the form which had made him one of the outstanding backs in the country in his senior year at Wisconsin. "Jug never had a real opportunity," Lambeau said Tuesday. "By the time his injury began responding to treatment, the club was going bad and no athlete can show to advantage under such circumstances. Jug is a fine athlete and I think he will be a definite asset to the club this year. His leg is completely recovered now and we are enthusiastic over his possibilities." Girard will be used at left halfback, where his chief opposition for a starting berth will come from the veteran Tony Canadeo, Ralph Earhart and rookies Paul Devine of Heidelberg and Ken Kranz of Milwaukee State Teachers.
DAVIS AND VOGDS SIGN GREEN BAY CONTRACTS
JULY 26 (Green Bay) - Two former Wisconsin linemen, guards Ralph Davis and Red Vogds, both veterans, signed their 1949 Green Bay Packer contracts on Wednesday, bringing to 33 the number of men who have accepted terms from Coach Curly Lambeau. Davis will be playing his third year in the Packer line, and Vogds his second.
SON OF PACKER ROOKIE TREATED FOR LYE BURNS
JULY 26 (Green Bay) - Robert Summerhays, Jr., 2 year old son of the Green Bay Packers rookie fullback, was resting easy Wednesday in St. Vincent's hospital where he was taken Tuesday for the treatment of lye burns on his back and abdomen. His condition was described as not critical. The child found the lye in a furnished residence which the Summerhays took over Monday upon their arrivals from Salt Lake City, where Summerhays, Sr., starred on the University of Utah eleven.
HIRSCH SIGNS WITH RAMS
JULY 26 (Redlands, CA) - Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, ex-Wisconsin and Michigan star halfback, will play football this year for the Los Angeles Rams. The National League club, which had NFL draft rights to the rangy 190-pounder from Wausau, Wis., announced the signing yesterday. Hirsch played three seasons with the Chicago Rockets in the All-America conference. Most of last season he was benched because of injuries. Coach Clark Shaughnessy said he plans to work Hirsch at halfback while the team is training here. However, long before the deal went through, the Green Bay Packers said they'd try to obtain Hirsch from the Rams if Los Angeles signed him.
PACKER SPIRIT IS HIGH FOR OPENING MONDAY
JULY 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - The long grind into December, through five exhibition games and 12 league contests, begins for the Green Bay Packers at Rockwood Lodge,
their home base 15 miles from Green Bay, Monday morning - 
and the incentive to do a job has seldom, perhaps, been
stronger. The incentive, a particular incentive in this case, stems
from what happened in last year's grind in which the Packers, 
long a power in the NFL, were completely deflated, losing nine of
their 12 league games, which had never happened before, and
suffering in their string of defeats, the very worst defeat in their
history (New York 49, Green Bay 3). As they go into the new
season, they carry with an unprecedented string of seven straight
league defeats. The incentive to atone for all this can, and 
undoubtedly will, mean a lot as the season goes along, but
whether it will be enough to compensate for what appear to be
some deficiencies in personnel remains to be seen. The
effervescent Curly Lambeau, beginning his 31st year at the helm, refuses to accept the apparent shortcomings as bad, or at least as insurmountable, but they certainly exist. Camp will open with only two men at center - the always willing but aging Bob Flowers and rookie Ralph Olsen of Utah. Jay Rhodemyre, last year's No. 1 center when not injured, has steadfastly refused to be swayed by Lambeau's blandishments to return. Lambeau has not given up hope, but meanwhile he must open camp without him. At the halfbacks, only Tony Canadeo, Ralph Earhart, Bob Forte, Jug Girard and Ed Smith have had any experience - and Canadeo remains to be signed. It is not a particularly bright prospect in a league which has such thunderbolts at the halfbacks as Steve Van Buren, Charlie Trippi, Elmer Angsman, Fred Enke, Ray Evans, Johnny Clement, Dan Sandifer, George Gulyanics and Bill Dudley, just to mention a few. And at the tackle, quarterback and fullback, while first string strength is adequate, new men must come through to provide the replacements - and who can tell of the new men, whatever their college promise, until they have gone through actual pro fire. All in all, aside from the incentive, the outlook is not the brightest the Packers have ever had. The problem at center is particularly pressing even Lambeau admits this. In desperation, if a couple of deals pending fall through, big Ed Neal, who has played at guard most of his career, may be converted, at least into an offensive center. Elroy Hirsch's decision to play with the Rams, after he first said he would play nowhere except in Green Bay because of his business in this state, made Lambeau wince. Hirsch of the seven league boots could well have been one of the backfield mainstays, for none of the new men, Paul Devine of Heidelberg, Ken Kranz of Milwaukee State Teachers, Glen Lewis of Texas Tech or Bill Schroeder of Wisconsin appears to have his class except, perhaps, Lewis, who may turn out to be a "sleeper". The load on the old men will be heavy. The reserve strength at tackles, quarterback and fullback must come strictly from new men - and on them Lambeau is high. Lou Ferry of Villanova, Jim Goodwin of Maryland and Howie Scalla of Compton at the tackles represent some 780 pounds; Stan Heath, in two weeks of informal work at quarterback before he joined the College All-Stars, satisfied everyone about his passing skill although he had much to learn under center; and Bob Summerhays of Utah at fullback appears to have everything to stick. Overall, though, until these men have actually proved themselves, there must be some doubt. While several men must still be signed, only Rhodemyre will probably offer any great trouble. The rest of them, and this includes Ted Fritsch and Larry Craig, in addition to Canadeo, will undoubtedly straighten out what little differences remain. Saturday all was in readiness for the start. The beds at Rockwood Lodge had new, clean sheets, the deep freeze had hundreds of pounds of beef, and the coaches had several days of preliminary discussions behind them. Tom Stidham, who succeeded Walt Kiesling as line coach; Bob Snyder, who followed in Bo Molenda's shoes as backfield coach, and Charlie Brock, a new assistant, went over the season's plans with Lambeau both Friday and Saturday. A squad meeting of the 45 or 46 expected to report will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The first practice will be held Monday afternoon. And the first exhibition of five in the season's long grind will be played with the Philadelphia Eagles in Green Bay the night of August 20. The last of the exhibitions was closed last week, a game with the New York Bulldogs at Davenport, Iowa, September 11.
FLOWERS SHOWS UP TO BOLSTER PACKERS
AUGUST 2 (Green Bay) - Offenses will be the chief activity in the Green Bay Packer camp between now and the opening of the season against the Chicago Bears September 25, Coach Curly Lambeau indicated Wednesday as he sent 38 men through two more long practice sessions. Work on the attack was speeded up with the arrival of Bob Flowers, the only experienced center immediately available. Flowers arrived Tuesday in time to join the afternoon workout, after having been delayed en route from Texas. Secret drills are in prospect for next week when Lambeau and his new assistants, Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charlie Brock, get down to the business of introducing some of the more intricate parts of the new Packer offense. Although it is difficult to evaluate rookies until they have been tested under fire, Lambeau indicated that he was well satisfied with several of the newcomers. Jim Goodman of the University of Maryland has been impressive as a tackle prospect, and Lew Ferry, the Villanova stevedore, so far has measured up to all advance notices. Dan Orlich, towering end, who was one of Stan Heath's receivers at Nevada last fall, and Bob Summerhays, fullback candidate from the University of Utah, also were commended. Other backs who have showed to an advantage in early drills are Ken Kranz, Milwaukee State Teachers, and Glenn Lewis, Texas Tech. Tony Canadeo continued to be a man of mystery in the Packer ranks, failing for the second day to put in an appearance without explanation. The veteran left halfback signed a two year contract last fall.
RALPH EARHART REPORTS, AND HE'S A DADDY NOW
​AUGUST 3 (Green Bay) - Ralph Earhart, 165 pound Texas sprinter, made the jump from Houston to left halfback in the Green Bay Packer lineup Wednesday, arriving in camp in time to participate in the first protracted passing practice of the year. Earhart had been detained at home by "illness" in the family. The "illness" turned out to be a boy, 7 pounds 5 ounces, named Bruce. The passing drill followed the arrival of Jug Girard, who completed his baseball for the year in the Oshkosh-Green Bay series Tuesday night. Coach Curly Lambeau previously had held passing to a minimum, with Jack Jacobs the only known passer in camp. In the long drill, however, it was discovered that William Schroeder of Sheboygan, a former University of Wisconsin halfback, had more than ordinary pitching talents. Schroeder had been signed as a blocker and ball carrier. After Wednesday's performance, however, he will be given a thorough test as a passer and may even be shifted to another position, presumably left halfback. Damon Tassos, veteran guard who earlier had decided to remain in San Antonio, asked permission Wednesday to report. The former Texas A&M all-American, who came to the Packers from Detroit two years ago, was ordered to catch the first plane.
TONY CANADEO JOINS PACKERS
AUGUST 6 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo, veteran halfback and one of the National league's leading ground gainers, joined the Green Bay Packers at their Rockwood Lodge training camp Friday, four days late, to take over his regular left halfback berth. Canadeo told Coach Curly Lambeau he was unable to report earlier because of illness at home. Canadeo lives in Green Bay. The squad remained at 40, however, when Howard Scalla, the Compton College giant, decided to delay his professional debut a year and returned to his Los Angeles home. Scalla, 6 feet 6 1/2 inches and 300 pounds, has been troubled with an old foot injury. He told Lambeau the ailment prevented him from getting into prime condition.
PACKERS TO TRY GIRARD IN QUARTERBACK'S ROLE
AUGUST 7 (Green Bay) - Jug Girard, who played all of his college football at the University of Wisconsin and his one season of professional football here at left halfback, was switched to quarterback Saturday in an experiment to give veteran Jack Jacobs another understudy. The demands will be new on Girard especially in such things as faking and ball handling under center but backfield coach Bob Snyder believes he can convert him. Stan Heath, college passing champion last year, will round out the corps of quarterbacks. Heath, now in the camp of the College All-Stars in Chicago, will join the squad a week hence. At the same time that Girard was switched, the Packers announced that Irv Comp, veteran substitute quarterback, left the camp to return to Milwaukee. He gave no explanation and the Packers were completely in the dark as to his intentions. The first rough work of the season was held Saturday morning and the squad came out of it in good shape. Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback, who reported to camp Friday, took things easy. Only absentees Saturday morning, aside from Comp, were Larry Craig and Ollie Wilson, veteran ends, and Heath and Paul Burris, who are in Chicago with the All-Stars, Burris has been called one of the outstanding guards in the history of All-Star squads.
'LUCK OF THE IRISH' GIVEN TO THE PACKERS
AUGUST 11 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau was relieved of all his worries Wednesday and his Green Bay Packers can't miss the National league championship. The Packer coach was so informed of the fact by no less an authority than Margaret O'Brien, young movie star, when she was made official mascot of the Packers at a dunner at Rockwood Lodge training camp Wednesday night. "Let me promise you something," said the 10 year old movie star. "With O'Brien for mascot we'll be champions this year. With everything else you have to win with, you know have the lick of the Irish."
CANADEO - PACKER LEFT HALFBACK BREAKS HIS WRIST IN THURSDAY'S PRACTICE
​AUGUST 12 (Green Bay) - The first tough blow of the season descended on the Green Bay Packers Thursday. Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback, suffered a fractured right wrist in practice and will probably be lost to the club so far as any action in a game is concerned for five weeks at least. Canadeo, the only left halfback on the squad with more than a year's experience, fell while carrying the ball and landed heavily on his hand trying to break the fall. Dr. H.H. Atkinson, team physician, said the wrist would have to be kept in a cast for five weeks. Canadeo will be able to work out with the squad in some types of work, but will not be able to participate in scrimmage or passing drills. The Packers will not open the league season until they meet the Bears here September 25. Canadeo should be ready by that time, but they have exhibitions with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs and Washington Redskins that the little halfback will have to miss. Canadeo suffered his injury rather strangely, while Coach Curly Lambeau was in Chicago trying to swing a deal for another back to support Canadeo. Some sort of deal now becomes imperative, with only Ralph Earhart and Bill Schroeder available unless shifts are made. The Packers held only one drill Friday, in the morning, after which the coaches joined Lambeau in Chicago for the All-Star game Friday night.
STAN HEATH AND BURRIS REPORT TO PACKER CAMP
AUGUST 15 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packer squad was completed Sunday with the arrival of Buddy Burris, three time all-American guard from Oklahoma, and Stan Heath, collegiate passing champion at Nevada in 1948. Heath, a former Wisconsin boy, and Burris were members of the Chicago All-Star squad, which fell apart before the Philadelphia Eagles in Chicago Friday night. Heath immediately was sent to a remote corner of the practice field with a center and Tony Canadeo, who cracked a bone in his wrist Thursday. There he went through a long session of ball handling under the direction of backfield coach Bob Snyder. Burris, who suffered a chest injury early in the all-star practice, but who played more than half the game against the Eagles, said he was still bothered by the bruise. He does not expect it to keep him out of Green Bay's first game here Saturday night. The Packers will meet the Eagles Saturday night. The Packers, progressing rapidly under the direction of Lambeau and his new assistants, spent Sunday morning working on kickoff and punt returns and concentrated on defense in two drills Monday. Larry Craig, veteran end, who was called home Friday because of a business matter on his farm in South Carolina, is expected Wednesday. In Craig's absence, Dan Orlich, 6 foot 5 inch rookie from Nevada, handled the assignments at left end.
CRAIG MAY QUIT THIS YEAR
AUGUST 16 (Green Bay) - Whether the Green Bay Packers will have Larry Craig for the game with the Philadelphia Eagles here Saturday night was a question Tuesday when it was learned that the veteran end had returned to his home in Ninety Six, S.C., to have doctors in the east pass on the condition of his knee. Craig injured the knee a year ago. Whether the Packers will have him at all this season was even a question, for unless the doctors tell him he can play with reasonable assurance that the knee will not bother him, he will probably give up the game. Craig's decision to go east to his own doctors came as a surprise to Coach Curly Lambeau. Craig had reported only a few days before. This was to be his 11th season with the club.
CANADA, ARKANSAS END, IS SIGNED BY PACKERS
AUGUST 17 (Green Bay) - Eugene Canada, a red headed end from the University of Arkansas who started the Chicago All-Star game for the collegians last week, signed a Green Bay Packer contract Wednesday. Canada, who is 5 feet 11 and 180 pounds, was invited to the all-star camp at the request of Coach Bud Wilkinson. He started on the sixth team at Evanston and worked his way up through the squad to a starting assignment in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a free agent. Although he will have had only three days of work with the Packers, he will be given another chance to face the Eagles Saturday when the Packers open their exhibition schedule against the Eagles in City stadium here. The signing of Canada made it possible for Curly Lambeau to switch rookie Bill Kelley to defensive right end, where the former Texas Tech sprinter has looked even more impressive than he did in the defensive halfback spot.
PACKERS BEAR DOWN IN DRILL FOR EAGLES
AUGUST 18 (Green Bay) - Two long workouts on defense were held by the Green Bay Packers Wednesday as they bore down in their preparations for the first game of the season here Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, NFL champions. The game will start at 8:30 o'clock. Plenty of tickets are still available. Time was spent on defense against both the running of Steve Van Buren, Bosh Pritchard and Russ Craft and the passing of Tommy Thompson, whose short, sharp aerials gave the College All-Stars such an unhappy time of it in Chicago last week. Coach Curly Lambeau expressed himself as fairly well satisfied. Between workouts he conferred with Jay Rhodemure, center, who drove up from Ashland, Ky., with his family to make a decision on his return to football. Business offers and family objections have kept the former University of Kentucky all-American from signing his second Packer contract. Rookies got much of the attention in the workouts, become acquainted with the strategies with which Lambeau has made life miserable for T formation coaches in recent seasons. Eugene Canada, Arkansas end picked up off the all-star squad, played as a defensive halfback, and Lambeau intimated he would be used there Saturday night. The workout revealed a spirited fight at guard, where four veterans and three rookies are competing for starting assignments. Coaches expressed particular satisfaction with Floyd Lewis and Joe Ethridge. Lewis and Ethridge were co-captains at Southern Methodist last fall. Evan Vogds, a veteran, also stood out though handicapped by bruises. Other guards in the seven cornered fight are Damon Tassos, Ralph Davis, Larry Olsonoski, and big Ed Neal, all veterans, and Buddy Burris. Neal is being groomed to play guard only on defense. He will operate at center on offense. Burris, like Vogds, has been scrimmaging under a handicap. He suffered a chest injury in the Chicago All-Star game.
MITCHELL - OKLAHOMA STAR OUTSMARTED HIMSELF WITH CURLY LAMBEAU
​AUGUST 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - Jack Mitchell of Oklahoma, it seems, outsmarted himself. He turned down several good offers from the Green Bay Packers early last week in hope of getting a better one after his performance in the all-star game. Result? The Packers have lost interest in him. Not only did he play an ordinary game, along with just about everybody else on his side, but he came out of the one sided battle with a dislocated shoulder. The Packers drafted him two years ago...In his last two years at the University of Nevada, Dan Orlich, big rookie end, was issued jersey numbers corresponding to the year. Thus in 1947 he wore No. 37 and in 1948, No. 48. And what do you suppose happened when he got his number with the Packers? You're right. He was issued No. 49...For seven years the Packers have led the National league in coming out of the huddle and getting underway. Last year they averaged 19.2 seconds. Now the coaches in practice are hurrying them up some more to improve even on this...'LIKE CLARK HINKLE': Charlie Tatum, the big Texas end whose blocking has brought smiles to the coaches, may enroll at the University of Wisconsin next February to complete the one semester of work he needs for a degree in mechanical engineering...Curly Lambeau took one look at backfield coach Bob Snyder's boxer the first time he saw him and remarked: "He looks like Clark Hinkle the day before the Bear game." The dog must have heard it, for the next day at scrimmage he insisted on taking a position backing up the line and refused to be chased away. Scrimmage finally had to be stopped while Snyder led him away...The Philadelphia Eagles are 10 point favorites over the Packers in Saturday night's game...John Tavener, Indiana's all-American center in 1944, hasn't looked bad in his attempt to win a place with the Packers in a comeback. Originally drafted by the Chicago Cardinals three years ago, he was cut loose by them after injuries, then drifted around with several clubs in the All-America conference, and finally gave up the game. He
could be part of the answer to the pressing problem at center... A
LUCKY BREAK: Curly Lambeau liked the idea of getting some Irish
luck from Margaret O'Brien the other day - and the next day Tony
Canadeo broke a bone in his wrist. However, it may have been a
lucky break at that. Canadeo has been able to work out with the club
regularly and participate in everything except scrimmage. The cast on
his wrist will be taken off in a couple of weeks...Lou Ferry, 235 pounds
of rookie tackle, and good rookie tackle, who interrupted his work with
the Packers last week to join the eastern college all-stars for their
charity game in New York September 1, will rejoin the Packers for a
day in Syracuse Wednesday and play against the Giants in the
exhibition there that night.
ANSWER TO PACKER YEAR MAY BE HAD SATURDAY
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) - The first answer to what the Packers may
or may not have this football season will be had here Saturday night
when Curly Lambeau unveils his team for the first time in a
nonchampionship game with the Philadelphia Eagles. The kickoff is
scheduled for 8 o'clock. Ten thousand tickets, in all price ranges, will
go on sale at 5 p.m. Speculation has been wide on what the season
may hold for Green Bay after last year's disappointments. The more
optimistic point to the reorganized coaching staff, the revived spirit
and the addition of such men as Lou Ferry, Wild Bill Kelley, Paul
Burris, Stan Heath, Charlie Tatum, Bill Schroeder and Bob
Summerhays as things that cannot fail to help the team. The more
pessimistic point to the absence of any proven breakaway runner
and the lack of depth at several positions, particularly center. Jay
Rhodemyre, last year's center, was still in Green Bay Friday but
remained unsigned. The Eagles, defending champions in the
National league, will probably provide as tough a test as the Packers
will have all year. The team is well advanced, certainly farther than
Green Bay, and it has a proven personnel of first water stars,
including such men as Steve Van Buren, Tommy Thompson, Russ
Craft, Bosh Pritchard, Pete Pihos, Vic Sears, Al Wistert, Jack Farrante,
Vic Lindskog, Frank Kilroy, Mario Gianelli, Alex Wojciechowicz and Joe
Muha. Lone worry of Coach Greasy Neale was the possibility that he
might not be able to rouse the team after the letdown which naturally
followed the overwhelming victory over the College All-Stars a week
ago. The Eagles ruled 10 point favorites.
PACKERS SIGN 1948 CENTER
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay) - There was good news in the camp of the
Green Bay Packers Saturday. Jay Rhodemyre, veteran center, signed
Margaret O'Brien - In the 1940s, child film star Margaret O'Brien visited the Green Bay Packers at Rockwood Lodge. Miss O'Brien won an Academy Award for her role as Tootie in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. The Packer player standing next to Miss O'Brien is Ted Fristch. (Photo Credit - Neville Public Museum)
his contract after being undecided whether to continue his pro career this season or go into business. A University of Kentucky graduate and the most valuable man in last year's All-Star game. Rhodemyre joined the club at once although he will not get into Saturday night's game with the Philadelphia Eagles here. A rousing sendoff was given the Packers at a rally at City stadium Friday night. More than 5,000 fans participated in the show preceding a final light drill under the lights. The Eagles, 38-0 victors over the college all-stars a week ago, arrived here Saturday morning from their camp at Grand Rapids, Mich. Far advanced in their preparations, they ruled 10 point favorites. Saturday night's game will open a heavy week of action for Green Bay. Wednesday night the Packers will meet the New York Giants in Syracuse and a week from Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh.
CANADEO, HARDER PLACED ON ALL-PRO LEAGUE TEAM
DECEMBER 13 (New York) - Tony Canadeo, veteran
Green Bay Packer halfback, and Pat Harder, the Chicago
Cardinals' hard hitting fullback from Milwaukee, were
named on the NFL all-star team selected by the United
Press Tuesday. Dick Wildung of the Packers was placed
at tackle on the second team. Closest vote was at
quarterback. Bob Waterfield of the Los Angeles Rams
nosed out Tommy Thompson of the Philadelphia Eagles
who in turn was picked for the second team over Johnny
Lujack of the Chicago Bears.
KEUPER CALLS LAMBEAU FOOTBALL OUTMODED
DECEMBER 13 (Manitowoc) - Ken Keuper, former Green Bay Packer halfback, who retired from pro football afterplaying the 1948 season with the New York Giants, charged here that the type of game coached by Curly Lambeau is "outmoded by four or five years." Keuper, an official this season in the Wisconsin State Football League, made his remarks concerning the Packer grid decline while speaking at the local Elks banquet honoring the Manitowoc Braves football team. "After playing three years for the Packers I was traded to the New York Giants," the former Georgia backfield star recalled, "and came west with the Giants to play against my old Green Bay teammates in Milwaukee last season. Playing as linebacker on defense, I naturally expected that Lambeau would be smart enough to change his offensive signals against us, rather than use the same ones with which I was thoroughly familiar with," Keuper continued. "But, no, there came the Packers up to the line with the quarterback calling the same signals that had been used for the past four years - and perhaps longer. Naturally I was able to tip off the Giants on most of the Green Bay plays, giving us a great advantage." Keuper also charged that the Lambeau forward pass game is "behind the times", and pointed out that Green Bay only sends two or three receivers downfield on pass plays while the Bears and other clubs send down four or five. Commenting on the recent pro merger, Keuper said that the move will be of great benefit - to the clubowners. As to the players themselves, Keuper said he feels that the merger will result in reduced salaries which he claims will be of little incentive for college stars to enter the pro gram. "The pros have got to make good money during the five months they play because when the season is over there just aren't the jobs available for men who can devote only part of the year to them," he said. Asked what he thought the merger might do to the Packers, Keuper said, jokingly: "Well, they finished eighth this year. Next year they'll be 13th."
CANADEO GETTING 'ALL' TUMBLE HE DESERVES
DECEMBER 143 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - It's wonderful to see Tony Canadeo getting the all-pro recognition he so richly deserves. The Gray Ghost of Gonzaga has provided one of the few rays of sunshine in the generally overcast football sky over Green Bay the last few years. This great crowd pleaser's thrilling deeds are the more remarkable when you consider his size and years of service in the toughest and roughest physical contact business imaginable. He's small as pros go. And he's been in the league for seven seasons - a long, long time as time is measured in the postgraduate circuit. From the start, in fact, this must have been Canadeo's No.1 asset, for he attracted so little attention on the basis of his surface qualities as a high school player in Chicago that collegiate scouts did the direct opposite of beating a path to his door. Each and every one who stayed away missed out on a man who ultimately would have made any college or university team in the nation...MADE IT VIA A PACKAGE DEAL: Canadeo finally wound up at Gonzaga in the Pacific northwest - quite by accident as the folks out Spokan, Wash., way like to relate. Mike Pecarovich, then Gonzaga's head man, was depending on a Chicago friend to send him a certain hot quarterback prospect out of the Windy City. The friend informed Mike the quarterback would go west on only one condition: Gonzaga would have to take his pal, who wasn't any great shakes but with whom the quarterback had entered into one of those "we'll go to college together or not at all" pacts. With the gun in his back, the coach sailed for the package deal and proceeded to forget all about the "excess baggage" the moment the boys reported for freshmen football. One day the frosh coach was giving the kid from Chicago a great buildup. "You mean the quarterback?" asked Pecarovich. "No, the other guy -  the one who came along for the ride," replied the freshman boss. The "other guy" was Canadeo, who went from there to help make history at Gonzaga and ultimately hold his own with the best. Yea, Tony!
​WON'T 'LOAD' EITHER DIVISION IN NAF - BELL
DECEMBER 12 (Philadelphia) - Strength in the new National-American Football League will be divided equally among the two divisions, Commissioner Bert Bell said Monday. "We won't load either division," he said. "The standout teams definitely will not be in the same division." The commissioner said makeup of the National and American divisions will not be determined until the league's first meeting January 19. "Each team will receive equal consideration," Bell said. "And it will take a vote of 11 of the 13 teams to set up the divisions." Bell lifted slightly the secrecy about the makeup of the divisions. The Baltimore Colts will be the 13th team in the setup with six clubs in the American and six in the National. The six teams in each division will play other clubs in its division twice, accounting for 10 games. One inter-division game with a "traditional rival" will bring the total to 11, and each of the other 12 teams will play the Colts once. One team will be idle each Sunday. The two entries from Chicago and New York will be in different division and will play each other in the "traditional rival". Bell said also that under the new league setup, exhibition games against teams in one's division will not be permitted. At the same time Bell scotched rumors that the league would be expanded to 16 teams for the 1950 season. "It would take unanimous consent of the owners to add a new team," Bell said. Bell said he doesn't "anticipate any difficulty" as a result of a statement by Cleveland coach Paul Brown. Brown, who says his contract with owner Arthur (Mickey) McBride, gives him the final say on the club's football policy, asserted: "Unless we get what we need in personnel to fill our gaps plus a place in the division with the better clubs, then we'll not be interested in the new league and we'll be out of business." McBride said later, however: "I'm still in football and will go along and see what we can do. That's definite."
BUFFALO FANS START CAMPAIGN TO KEEP PRO GRID FRANCHISE
DECEMBER 13 (Buffalo) - Three groups of pro football fans united here Monday and made plans to raise $500,000 in an effort to keep a professional football franchise here. Arthur Rich, secretary-treasurer of the new organization, said 100,000 shares would be offered at $5 each, starting at a rally in Memorial auditorium Tuesday evening. Rich said if enough money were available, the club would take it to officials of the new National-American league and request that Buffalo be entered. The Bills, formerly in the All-America conference, were not included in the new setup. Meanwhile, Pete J. Crotty, Democratic president of the City Council and George M. Raikin, Republican councilman-at-large, said they would introduce a joint resolution pledging the legislative body's "fullest cooperation". Crotty also sent a telegram to Bert Bell, commissioner of the merged leagues in Philadelphia. It read: "City of Buffalo alarmed over loss of professional football in this area. Leading citizens in all walks of life presently organizing finances to keep Buffalo Bills franchise here. Please let me know by return wire whether financial guarantee is required to retain franchise and what prospects are for retention if finances are raised."
NOTHING DEFINITE YET SAYS BERT BELL
DECEMBER 13 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the new National-American league, announced here Tuesday that nothing had been done as yet about grouping the 13 teams in two divisions and that any criticism of plans which were speculated upon by newspapers was premature. "Every team will receive consideration," he said, "but we won't determine the makeup of the divisions until out  meeting here January 19. It will take a vote of 11 of the 13 teams to set up the divisions." Bell did lift the veil of secrecy on some of the rough plans, however. The Baltimore Colts will be the 13th team in the setup with six clubs in the American and six in the National. To which division the Colts will be assigned will be determined later. The six teams in each division will play every other club in its division twice, accounting for 10 games. One interdivision game with a "traditional rival" will bring the total to11 and each of the12 teams will play the Colts. One team will be idle each Sunday. The two entries from Chicago and New York will be in different divisions and will play each other in the "traditional rival" contest. Otherwise traditional rivals remain to be seen. Bell also said that under the new league setup, exhibition games against teams in one's division will not be permitted. Bell scotched rumors that the league would be expanded to 16 teams for the 1950 season. "It would take unanimous consent of the owners to add a new team," Bell said. "I do not believe there will be any action on any new teams until the owners have had a chance to see how the 13 team league operates in 1950." The commissioner was quoted as saying he would like to find enough "sound franchises" to expand the league to 16 teams. "What I said," Bell remarked, a bit wearily, "is that it would be easier to make up a schedule for 16 teams."
PACKERS DECIDE TO PLAY TWO GAMES HERE IN '50
DECEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - The executive committee of the Green Bay Packers, meeting here Tuesday night, decided to play only two of Green Bay's six home games in Milwaukee next season. In recent year the club played three. Milwaukee's poor support in the last two seasons was given as the reason. A move to play all six home games in Green Bay might have succeeded except for the contract which the Packers have with State Fair park. It calls for a minimum of two home games. The contract has another year to run. The committee also decided definitely to play the Bear game in Green Bay. "That game is ours," one of the executive committee declared, "and we're always going to keep it." George Halas last winter suggested that the game be played in Milwaukee. Green Bay has a capacity of 24,000, State Fair park of 33,000. The committee also discussed plans for improved ticket selling, including a partial payment plan on season tickets which will be put into effect at once.
BUFFALO FANS RAISE $200,000 ON FIRST DAY TO SAVE TEAM
DECEMBER 14 (Buffalo) - Buffalo football fans, turning out several thousand strong at Memorial auditorium Tuesday night, raised $74,770 and pledged about $125,000 more in an attempt to save their Buffalo Bills. The Bills lost their franchise last week in the merger of the All-America conference and National league. Fans here now hope to win a place in the new league by raising $500,000. A group of 43 men worked in relays at receiving desks of the auditorium and twice ran out of prescription blanks. Most fans bought $5 or $10 subscriptions. "While every member of our committee was certain that the football fans of Buffalo would support this campaign to the hilt, we had no idea that we would meet with this kind of start," said Dr. James Ailinger, a co-chairman. The drive will continue until a half million is raised. Three Buffalo banks will open special receiving stations to handle subscriptions at every branch in western New York.
BERT BELL IMPRESSED BY BUFFALO CAMPAIGN
DECEMBER 15 (Buffalo) - The spectacular rally of Buffalo's football fans to raise money for the Buffalo Bills of the old All-America conference, has finally made an impression on Commissioner Bert Bell of the new National-American league. "I will be only to glad to sit down with a committee of responsible men from Buffalo at any time and discuss the possibility of getting Buffalo into the league," Bell said Thursday. Buffalo lost its franchise in the merger of the National league and All-America conference last week. Two days ago a group of citizens organized a fundraising campaign to help the Bills try to regain a franchise in the new league. The response of fans exceeded all expectations. A minimum goal of $250,000 was set and a maximum goal of $500,000. On the first day of the drive Tuesday about $200,000 was raised. Wednesday the total was well above $200,000. Money was pouring in from as far away as Niagara Falls, Rochester and Hamilton, Ont. "If the National league owners can be assured of a good, regular gate in Buffalo, I think they will consider Buffalo's bid in a favorable light at our meeting in January," Bell declared. "I should like to be informed by then just how much money Buffalo fans have raised so that I may answer questions which I know owners will fire at me." An unidentified National league owner was quoted in the Buffalo Courier as follows: "I not only believe that Buffalo should have been taken into the National-American league in the first place, but I will recommend that other owners now give serious consideration to Buffalo's application."
TOP COLLEGE GRID STARS COOLED BY PRO MERGER
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - Only one member of the Associated Press all-America football team, Jim Martin of Notre Dame, is dead set to carry on in professional football. Four of the squad insisted definitely Thursday they would not play for money. The six others were doubtful, their enthusiasm chilled by the recent merger of the two major leagues. "It looks like the quick and easy money is gone," wailed Clayton Tonnemaker, the 245 pound center from Minnesota who was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers. "I'll probably try to capitalized on my physical education degree. In case the pros would like to dish out some of that heavy sugar, however, the Minneapolis boy added: "I'm listening." Undecided with Tonnemaker were Leon Hart, Notre Dame end who was voted the season's outstanding individual performer; his teammate, fullback Emil Sitko; halfback Doak Walker of Southern Methodist, and those two great guards, Rod Franz of California and John Schweder of Pennsylvania. Doak Walker, three time all-American triple threat star from the southwest, declared: "I might like to try it but I haven't decided yet." "I definitely will not play pro football," said Charlie Justice, the two time all-America halfback from North Carolina. Stringing along with him in giving the pros a cold shoulder were Arnold Galiffa, the talented T quarterback of Army, Wade Walker, Oklahome tackle, and Jim Williams, Rice end. Martin said it was his intention to have a fling at the pros, regarding of what the merger means, "I want to play a couple of years," he added. His Notre Dame teammates, Hart and Sitko, want to wait and see, however. Hart, drafted originally by the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts, declared he would play pro ball if he got the right offer, say, "Something like $25,000 as a starter." But the boys can hardly be expect such plump enticements from the new 13 team league. There is a surplus of talent. Competitive bidding is out. All the college eligibles will be tossed into a pot for a brand new draft next month.
THREE RAMS ON PRO TEAM
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - The Los Angeles Rams dominate the Associated Press all-professional football team, announced Thursday. The National league's western division champions landed quarterback Bob Waterfield, center Fred Naumetz and tackle Dick Huffman on the first team to make the best showing of any of the 17 pro clubs. The Philadelphia Eagles, who will meet the Rams for the league title Sunday, are represented by halfback Steve Van Buren and end Pete Pihos. One other National league player, guard Garrard Ramsey of the Chicago Cardinals, gained as first team berth. Tony Canadeo of the Green Bay Packers was selected on the second eleven.
OHIO FANS WORRIED OVER BROWNS' POSITION - FEAR 'FREEZEOUT' IN NEW NAF SETUP
DECEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - (Lloyd Larson, Sentinel sports editor, sent the following column from Youngstown, O., where he spoke at two banquets Wednesday. The first was the Annual Youngstown Rotary's pre-Christmas football luncheon, honoring member of seven high school squads, and the second was a fete at the Poland (suburb of Youngstown) High School.) In this football hotbed, which is proud of the many stars it 
DR. KELLY RESIGNS TO GIVE PACKERS 'FULL HARMONY'
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Dr. W. W. Kelly resigned from the Green Bay Packers board of director Thursday because he believes the club needs a "complete reorganization". He was one of three directors who voted against the two year renewal of Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau's contract as head coach and general manager. In terminating his 27 year old association with the Packer organization, Kelly told the Associated Press, "As everyone is aware, I strenuously opposed extending Mr. Lambeau's contract as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, not because of any personal animosity toward Mr. Lambeau, but because I feel that the club, under the circumstances, needs a complete reorganization. My position, however, was not supported except by two other directors. I am sure that the board members werr actuated by the highest motives in making their decision." Kelly added that the board by its action had accepted the responsibility for the club's actions in the next two years and that, therefore, it should have "complete harmony in its actions." It was because of this belief, he said, that he was resigning, but wished the organization "every success". Kelly said he was one of three original sponsors who brought the NFL franchise to Green Bay on a civic enterprise basis. He was president of the Packers when they won their first league championship in 1929. He was team physician until 1944 and was a member of the executive committee until 1945. The club now holds a franchise in the new National-American Football League, created last week by a merger of the NFL and the All-America conference.
MERGER WON'T WORK, AAC STILL ALIVE - KESSING
DECEMBER 16 (Houston) - Commissioner O.O. Kessing Friday night said the All-America Conference is still in existence and its future will not be determined until next month. "I don't think the so-called National-American League will work," Kessing said. "I don't know how things will turn out but the All-America Conference is going to hold a meeting in New York City next month and that meeting will determine the future of our conference and the new league, too," he said. The retired admiral said the AAC meeting will be held before the January 19 meeting of new league. Kessing in in Houston for Saturday's Shamrock Bowl charity game between Cleveland's Browns, champions of the All-America Conference, and an All-Star squad, selected from the six other teams of the league. Thursday night and Friday he conferred with officials of several AAC clubs but decline to give details of the meetings. "We're required to have a business meeting in December and this is it," he said. "We have not discussed the so-called merger very much. That situation will be gone into thoroughly at our New York meeting." "I don't like the new setup at all," he said. "I have always favored having two leagues, with a world's championship game at the end of each season." Merger of the All-America and National Leagues was announced last Friday in Philadelphia. Plans for the new league call for two divisions, under one commissioner. The 13-team National-American lineup includes only three teams, Cleveland, Baltimore and San Francisco, from the seven team All-American Conference. AAC teams which would abandoned or merged with National League teams are Buffalo, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dons and the Chicago Hornets. When the merger was announced, Kessing was quoted as saying: "This isn't exactly the way I wanted it to be but certainly is the best thing for football and that is what counts."
2 REMAINING 'CURLY' FOES MAY QUIT PACKER BOARD
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - The two remaining members of the Green Bay Packers' Board of Directors faction which voted to oust Curly Lambeau aren't making any statements following the resignation from the Board of Dr. W.W. Kelly. They are Atty. Jerry Clifford, also counsel for the club, and George Calhoun, Green Bay newspaperman. Calhoun said Friday: "We are still members of the board. There is no other comment." Many members of the board believe, however, that Clifford and Calhoun will resign soon. It was pointed out Friday that Clifford hasn't been attending meetings of the executive committee since the board voted to give Lambeau a two year contract as coach and general manager. Some additional information concerning the maneuvers which preceded the meeting of the board on the Lambeau contract has come out in the last day or two. It has been revealed that Lambeau first asked the executive committee for appointment as coach, general manager and executive vice president. The last title would have given him full power. A majority of the board would have voted against this proposition. However, the first motion on the night of the meeting was merely to give him a year's contract as coach and general manager. This was amended to two years and was approved with only Dr. Kelly, Clifford and Calhoun voting in the negative. It is reliably reported that the affirmative vote of Lee Joannes, who has been at odds with Lambeau, made certain that the man who founded the Packers would be retained. Although there is a great deal of surface confidence among members of the board following the settlement of the Lambeau matter and the ending of the war between the two pro football leagues, it is no secret that board members feel Green Bay won't be in the new setup if it has another disastrous season in 1950.
LOOK FOR BIG NEWS AT AAC MEETING IN JANUARY - KESSING
DECEMBER 17 (Houston) - O.O. Kessing, commissioner of the All-America Professional Football Conference Saturday night said "big news" will develop at the league's New York City meeting next month. "You'll have plenty to write about then," he told a reporter. When asked why the AAC is holding its meeting prior to the January 19 meeting of the new National-American League, Kessling said, "All the big news will come out of our meeting." He still declined to give a date for the AAC get-together. Friday Kessing has said the conference is still in existence and that its future will be determined in New York City. Saturday he said: "There's still life in us and as long as there is life there is still an All-America Conference." "I'm not able to say anything more at this time," he added. "All the news will come from New York." Kessing only laughed when asked for comment on a report various AAC club officials desired in 1950 in order to obtain tax reductions on capital investments. "I don't know anything about that," he said. "When you speak in financial terms, it puzzles a poor man like me." He added quickly: "But one thing is sure - we're not dead yet."
BILLS' FANS SHELL OUT $
DECEMBER 17 (Buffalo) - Buffalo's pro football fans Saturday collected $230,135 toward their $500,000 pot to "keep the Bills in Buffalo." The purchase of shares by public subscription was started Tuesday, after announcement that the National and All-America football conferences were merging into a new National-American League. Under terms of agreement, disclosed December 9 in Philadelphia, the new conference would operate with 13 teams, including 10 from the NFL and three from the AAC. Four AAC teams, including the Bills, would be merged with other clubs, or abandoned. Buffalo fans weren't concerned greatly about which conference survived, they just want a team to be fielded here. That's why they're out to raise $500,000 at $5 a share as a stake to talk about when they discuss franchise rights.
BELL ENCOURAGES BUFFALO IN DRIVE FOR FRANCHISE
DECEMBER 21 (Buffalo) - Commissioner Bert Bell of the National-American Football league has encouraged local pro football fans who are campaigning for a franchise. A five man Buffalo delegation returned here Tuesday night after meeting with Bell in New York City. Dr. James J. Ailinger, co-chairman of a drive to raise $500,000 for adequate financing, said the group was convinced that Buffalo had an excellent chance of getting a franchise in the new circuit. Only three teams of the All-America conference were included in the merger with the National league, and the Buffalo Bills were not one of them. "Bell stated, emphatically," Dr. Ailinger said, "that Buffalo would be welcome with open arms if the 13 owners now holding franchises were assured, in advance, of substantial receipts for every home game in Buffalo." Dr. Ailinger said the committee would get to work on plans for accepting season ticket pledges as soon as possible. He added that a formal application for admission to the new league would be made January 10. Bell was quoted as saying he thought an advance of $240,000 for a six game home schedule would certainly impress league officials.
CLIFFORD OF PACKERS CALLS CLUB'S OUTLOOK FOR FUTURE HOPELESS
DECEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - Jerry Clifford, the club's lawyer and one of the ringleaders in the unsuccessful attempt several weeks ago to fire Curly Lambeau as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said Thursday that the club's future was hopeless without a complete reorganization from Lambeau down. "I cannot be a  party to asking the people of Green Bay to pour another $100,000 into what looks like a hopeless cause," he said. "A complete reorganization of the club is necessary. We will lose as much money next year as we did this year. We will also lose on the field. The Bears, Rams and Lions all will beat us twice." Clifford added that to be consistent with the criticism he has made of the club, he would probably resign shortly from the board of directors. Dr. W.W. Kelly, who also opposed Lambeau's retention at the recent board meeting, resigned two weeks ago. George Calhoun, the third member of the bloc which fought the coach, has declined comment. It is generally believed here, though, that if Clifford resigns, Calhoun will follow along. "Mind you, I haven't resigned yet," Clifford emphasized. "I am not particularly happy about resigning either, for I have been with the club a long time. Unless the present setup is changed, though, I shall have to resign as soon as I complete some legal matters I am now handling for the club. I cannot continue." Further light was also thrown Thursday on the attempt of the Clifford-Kelly-Calhoun bloc to oust Lambeau at the board meeting November 30. As the question of Lambeau's contract came before the meeting, Calhoun leaped to his feet and moved that a secret vote be taken on the matter. The motion was beaten, 13-9. On a voice vote, then, Lambeau was retained, 19-3, and given a new two year contract. Clifford, Dr. Kelly and Calhoun cast the only dissenting votes. Lee Joannes, a former president of the club and an outspoken critic of Lambeau in recent years was believed to be lined up with the anti-block, but he voted in favor of Lambeau. Joannes' vote caused momentary consternation in the ranks of the anti's. Clifford leaped to his feet and shouted, "What!" Joannes repeated his vote, Clifford shook his head and sat down. Lambeau could not be reached for comment on Clifford's remarks Thursday. He is on the west coast to attend the Shrine game at San Francisco December 31 and the Rose Bowl at Pasadena January 2. 
PACKERS MAY SIGN SOONERS' MITCHELL
DECEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - Jack Mitchell, former quarterback at Oklahoma "has indicated a desire to play with the Green Bay Packers," Packer president Emil R. Fischer said Sunday. Mitchell was drafted a year ago but didn't enter the pro ranks. Fischer said Mitchell is here now and will remain until head coach Curly Lambeau returns from the West Coast about January 13. He said, however, that there has been no agreement as to terms thus far.
TALE ON MITCHELL WAS ALL A GAG, CHECKUP PROVES
DECEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers and president of the National division of the National-American Football League, was the victim of a prankster over the weekend. Somebody telephoned Emil and said he was Jack Mitchell, Oklahoma's former all-American quarterback. The prankster said further that he would like to play with the Green Bay Packers next season. It all sounded reasonable to Emil because the Packers did draft Mitchell a couple of years ago although they failed to sign him. Emil fell for the prankster's gab. He called the newspaper office in Green Bay and proudly announced that "Jack Mitchell wants to play for us next season." Art Daley, sports editor of the Green Bay paper, who also was approached by the prankster, was not quite as believing as Emil, however, and put in a long distance telephone call to the real Mitchell at his home in Ponca City, Okla. Mitchell, Daley quickly discovered talking to him, not only knew nothing of the prankster's calls, but is completely satisfied with his job as Ponca City high school coach.
GOOD CHANCE FOR BILLS TO JOIN NAF, BALL SAYS
DECEMBER 30 (Philadelphia) - There's a good chance the new National-American Football League will include 14 teams if Commissioner Bert Bell can work out a suitable schedule. The new circuit, merging the NFL and All-America Conference, was formed earlier this month, with 13 teams, including all 10 from the NFL and three from the AAC. The three AAC teams are San Francisco, Cleveland and Baltimore. That left the Buffalo Bills without a franchise and the folk in that Lake Erie city are determined to stay in big time football. Bell said Friday night the new league has no objection to Buffalo providing the club owners can bring about a brisk season ticket sale and the club can find an "outstanding Buffalo citizen" to be its president. But the real joker, Bell said, is to work out a schedule. He said "oddly enough, it is much easier to devise a 13-team schedule than a 14-team schedule."
has produced, including a string of All-Americans like Wes Fesler and Frankie Sinkwich, there's great emphasis on high school competition and comparable interest in college and university ball. Yet the good folks in Steeltown and the area immediately surrounding it, manage to be more than a little steamed up about the professional variety, too, thanks to its revival in Cleveland, the state's metropolis, in recent years. And if they're typical, as is reasonable to assume, fans throughout Ohio are worried about the Browns' position in the National American League formation which marked the end of the pro war. The peace pact is considered an out and out victory for the old National League and a foldup of the All-America. What's more, the local "red hots" fear Cleveland, San Francisco and Baltimore, only All-America clubs to retain their identities, are due for a pushing around in the matter of divisional setups and schedules. Some even see the possibility of those clubs being squeezed out of the picture following a short window dressing period. One alarmist put it this way: "Cleveland and the other two All-America clubs are over the barrel. They will be outvoted, 10 to 3, on everything. They won't have a chance." But there was one item overlooked in this reasoning -  an item which must be considered as proof of sincerity until there is evidence to the contrary. It's that 11 to 2 deal mentioned by Commissioner Bert Bell in his clarifying statement. In other words, 11 of the 13 clubs must o.k. every important move, including divisional assignments. So the complete roster of 10 members of the old National League can't jam anything down the throats of the other three. At least one All-American holdover must fall in line or it's no go...COACH BROWN PROBABLY WILL COOL OFF: Much of this thinking  probably can be traced to Cleveland and Coach Paul Brown's publicized reaction. Brown didn't seem too happy about the merger and hinted broadly he favored going out of business unless his A-A champions could get into the right division, meaning the same group as the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. An unofficial rumor about the lineup of teams probably caused Paul to become unnecessarily concerned. Besides, it isn't too likely he will stick to his "going out of business" guns once he cools off and thinks the thing through. After all, Brown isn't one to throw over the kind of money he has been making in Cleveland. His take in each of the good years, 1947 and 1948, is said to have been at least $50,000. Even in 1949, which saw a big slump in attendance, he was good for at least his guaranteed minimum of $25,000, to say nothing of a rather fancy gift from owner Mickey McBride in the form of another new Cadillac...    HERE'S A CUE FOR THE PACKERS: Bette Brown should go back to the promotional program which helped his title winners pack 'em in at Cleveland's stadium during the lush days. Some keen observers here believe firmly that Cleveland can trace a good share of the slump to failure to keep the continuing program designed to spread Brown's gospel throughout Ohio. "When the Browns were going like wildfire and getting everybody excited they did a year around job," said one local fan. "Brown himself was busy on the banquet circuit. So were his assistant coaches and star players. That's the way they built up interest. But I don't believe they're doing as much of that now. Another thing: They've cut out some of the snappy entertainment. I don't hear anything about the girls' band anymore. Sure, it cost money, but I believe it's  necessary to spend money on such extras in order to make money." This could be a lesson for the Green Bay Packers. For a long time they've needed more of this public relations work - a selling program - throughout the state in the off-season. Coaches and star players should be available for public appearances of all kinds - civic gatherings, service clubs, school banquets, etc. At all time. It's the only way to keep fans thinking about the Packers.