Los Angeles Rams (5-0) 35, Green Bay Packers (1-4) 7
Sunday October 23rd 1949 (at Los Angeles)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(LOS ANGELES) - The Los Angeles Rams butted the
Green Bay Packers all over the Coliseum gridiron, 35-7,
here Sunday for their fifth straight victory in the NFL's
western division. The defeat was the fourth in five league
starts for Green Bay. A crowd of 37,500 saw the
contest. The Rams, by their victory, stretched their
western division lead over the Chicago Bears to two
games.
LEAD, 14-0, AT HALF
Los Angeles scored twice in the first quarter for a 14-0
halftime lead, added two touchdowns in the third period
and added their final marker in the last quarter. Green
Bay scored in the third quarter. Green Bay made a fight
of it all the way, but could not cope with the hard
charging Ram line and the running and passing of Bob
Waterfield and his backfield mates. Three Packer
fumbles, on the four, seven and 23 yard lines, led to 
three Los Angeles scores. Late in the third quarter the
Packers, paced by the running and passing of Jug
Girard, Tony Canadeo and Ted Fritsch, pounded 74 
yards in seven plays for their lone tally. Fritsch plunged
over and kicked goal.
WATERFIELD SET PACE
Waterfield led the Rams on a 53 yard drive in eight 
plays the first time they got the ball in the opening
minutes. Waterfield's short pass to Fred Gehrke, for
eight yards, brought the ball home. Soon afterward
Cricket Kalmanir made a sparkling 62 yard punt return
down the sidelines in front of the Packer bench. 
Fullback Dick Hoerner scored the third touchdown after
the Packers fumbled on their 23 and five plays had
placed the ball on the Packer two. Jerry Williams, in
quick thrusts, added the other two talliers on the costly
Green Bay fumbles on the four and seven yard lines.
FRITSCH MISSES TWO GOALS
Fritsch attempted field goal from the Ram 30 and 43 
yard lines, but each boot was wide of the uprights. On
another venture into Ram territory, the Packers lost the
ball when Canadeo fumbled a handoff from Girard on the
40.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 7 0 - 7
LOS ANGELES - 14 0 14 7 - 35
1st - LA - Fred Gehrke, 4-yard pass from Bob Waterfield
(Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 7-0
1st - LA - Tommy Kalmanir, 62-yard punt return
(Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 14-0
3rd - LA - Dick Hoerner, 2-yard run (Waterfield kick)
LOS ANGELES 21-0
3rd - LA - Jerry Williams, 4-yard run (Waterfield kick)
LOS ANGELES 28-0
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 8-yard run (Fritsch kick) LOS ANGELES 28-7
4th - LA - Williams, 6-yard run (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 35-7
NEWS AND NOTES
AN OPEN LETTER TO MILWAUKEE SPORTS FANS
OCTOBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - Milwaukee sport
fans have got to face the facts and decide whether or
not they want major league spots. It is time they
understood that big league sports - baseball, football,
hockey, basketball - have become big business. A
club can drown quickly in a flood of red ink. So the fans
must realize that to have major league sports they must
support teams, year in and year out, winning or losing.
The Oshkosh All-Stars folded up after last season with
some $70,000 of losses, and Milwaukee was partly
responsible, for Oshkosh looked to Milwaukee for help
and did not get it. Instead, the Stars lost about $10,000
on their games here. Now, it is the Green Bay Packers
who need help. Really need it. If it was merely a matter
of making money or losing it, this column would not be
written. But is is a matter of survival. There is a chance
that the Packers may go the way of the Oshkosh All-
Stars. The chance is so real that it may depend on the
attendance at the remaining home games, here and in
Green Bay. The Packers have no millionaire owner to
write off losses. The club is a community affair. The
Packers drew about $44,000 at the recent Chicago
Cardinal game. They need $60,000 at State Fair park to
break even. And it is not enough to break even on home
games, for the $20,000 guarantee which they get for
road games does not cover the overhead. Only at one 
or two games do the Packers have any chance to 
collect substantially more than the guarantee. If the
support at the two remaining Milwaukee games in not
better, the season could become a debacle for the
Packers and create a financial crisis. Milwaukee is just
at the stage of blossoming into a big time city. A fine
sports arena is nearing completion. An outdoor sports
stadium is about to be started. The machinery is in
motion to see about bringing the St. Louis Browns'
franchise here. It might be a calamity at this stage if
the Packers flopped in Milwaukee simply because they
had a losing team. The American League owners might
say, "Why move to Milwaukee? It would be as bad as
St. Louis." Over the years, the Green Bay Packers have
provided a good deal more entertainment for Milwaukee and Wisconsin fans than the price of admission paid for - yes, they provided something more, a big spiritual lift at times. The writer feels sure that thousands of others spent many a Sunday afternoon, as he did, at the radio, season after season, listening and thrilling to the Packer games. For the sake of those memories, for the sake of sports in Milwaukee, everybody who can afford the price should go out to State Fair park next Sunday for the Detroit Lions game, and again November 20 for the Pittsburgh Steelers game. Let's save the Packers! - R.G. Lynch, Sports Editor.
PRO PEACE RUMORS BRING USUAL 'OFFICIAL' DENIALS
OCTOBER 24 (Philadelphia) - A new settlement rumor brought official denials Monday from both the NFL and the All-America conference but sparks still glowed in the oft discarded peace pipe. Dollar worries have been giving club owners headaches in both circuits all season and speculation continues to grow as to whether peace may come to the pro football front. Bert Bell, commission of the NFL, hung a "no foundation in fact" tag on a fresh peace report by the Chicago Sun-Times, but added: "There's no doubt that football attendance is off all over the country." The Chicago newspaper, in a dispatch from Hollywood by columnist Irv Kupcinet, said: "An arrangement has been worked out by interested members of both leagues which find only three members of the All-America conference surviving the merger - Cleveland, San Francisco and the New York Yankees." Bell said in commenting on the story that no one had approached him with an offer of a merger and added: "I know of no National league owner who has had any such talks." Sources close to the top command of the National league said privately there was a possibility that the rival circuits could get together along the lines mentioned in the Sun-Times story. The NFL and AAC have been battling for attendance and college talent for four years. The result has been some heavy losses by club owners.
CANADEO STILL BEST RUSHER IN LEAGUE
OCTOBER 25 (Philadelphia) - That old football slogan about "the best defense is a good offense" isn't scoring many points in the NFL these days. With five games played, the statistics show the Redskins pacing all other teams in yards gained. And the league standings show those same Redskins mired in fourth place in the five-team Eastern Division with two wins and three defeats. The answer could be in defense itself, the bruising art of stopping the other team. The Redskins are a solid last stopping enemy ball carriers. Despite their 49-14 thumping here by the Eagles Sunday, the Washington team of Admiral Billick Whelchel has gained 1,949 yards, a dozen more than the Chicago Bears, who seem to be on alternate Sundays - either too hot or too cold. Green Bay's Tony Canadeo is head man among the ball carriers, having rushed for 432 yards in 79 carries, an average of 5.5 yards per try. In opponents' yards gained, it's pretty much the opposite story. The Eagles have the best record, allowing only 1,207 yards. The Bears rate No. 2, with 1,356 yards. Most of the team statistics follow that pattern. The Bears, thanks to sharp-shooting Johnny Lujack, are far out in front of passing offense with 1,251 yards. Lujack and Charley Conerly of the Giants are the new look in NFL individual leadership. Lujack currently is the best passer in the NFL, but he's only a little ahead of Conerly. Johnny has thrown 127 passes, completed 71 for eight touchdowns and 1,006 yards. His completion percentage is 55.9. Conerly has thrown 99, also has eight touchdowns and his 53 completions were good for 806 yards, and 53.5 percent.
PACKERS, LIONS TO BREAK TIE FOR LAST PLACE BERTH
OCTOBER 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, whose heartbreaking fumbled have dropped them into a tie for last place in the NFL's western division, are getting ready to try again. They will meet the Detroit Lions in Milwaukee Sunday. Each team has won only one of five games so far this season, tying them for last place. For two straight weeks the Packers have outgained their opponents - the Chicago Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams - but fumbles and pass interceptions have spoiled their chances. In losing to the Rams Sunday, 35-7, Green Bay piled up 18 first downs to Los Angeles' 14. The Packers drove for 183 yards on the ground - 12 more than the Rams - and they passed for 106 to Los Angeles' 77. Green Bay's Stan Heath, Jug Girard and Jack Jacobs threw 24 passes and completed eight of them. Los Angeles hit only six in 13 attempts. But the Packers could not get the winning touch and they gave away points on their bobbles in critical places.
LIONS TO 'RAIN' PASSES ON BAYS
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Green Bay figures on employing "radar" Sunday when the Packers tangle with the resurging Detroit Lions in a NFL game at State Fairground. The Packers must rely on either radar or methods with similar effective results if they hope to stop the aerial bombardment Detroit surely will throw at them. The Lions shrugged off their ill-luck of early season games last Sunday by burying the Chicago Cardina,s 24 to 7, in the Windy City. Their valued victory was achieved through the airlanes as forward passes left to all three Detroit touchdowns. The Packers must halt Detroit's passes or hold the ignominious distinction of standing alone in the basement of the Western Division race. Both Detroit and Green Bay currently are tied for the cellar spots, each with one victory to show against four defeats. While the Lions show but a single victory, their sharp reversal of form over last year's brand can be attributed to a number of things. One big reason is the improved quarterbacking Coach Bo McMillin is receiving from Clyde Le Force and Freddie Enke. Between them, the Lions have tossed a total of 166 forward passes in five games for an average of 35 per tussle. This number, compared with the 123 enemy aerials charged against them, picked up 902 yards as against the opposition's 676 yards. Seven passes resulted in Detroit touchdowns. Le Force has proved especially effective, connecting on 39 of 75 pass attempts for a whopping percentage of .520. Three went for touchdowns. Enke has tossed 91 and connected 37 times. Four went for TDs.
LIONS HOPE TO LEAVE CELLAR AGAINST PACKERS HERE SUNDAY
​OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Detroit Lions, custodians of the NFL's western division cellar for the last three years, are aching to vacate the premises - and they may do so Sunday when they meet the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park. The revitalized Lions, whose squad includes 15 players with no previous experience in pro football before this season, knocked off the Chicago Cardinals, 24-7, for their first victory last Sunday, and there is no telling what Bo McMillin's club will do from now on. They share fourth place in the western division with the Packers, each with 1-4 records, and the game is a mighty important contest for both teams. The Lions' record is far better than their won-lost standing indicates, and they have played bangup ball against the best clubs in the league. They led the undefeated Los Angeles Rams twice before losing in the last 90 seconds, 27-24; they were ahead of the champion Philadelphia Eagles, 14-5, in the fourth quarter, only to bow, 22-14, and they had a 10-0 lead on Los Angeles in the third quarter of their second meeting before the Rams turned on the heat to win, 21-10. In their other league game, the Lions lost to Pittsburgh, 14-7. Lack of depth and inexperience have been twin handicaps for McMillin's team this season, but it is slowly overcoming both. With so many youngsters on the club a fine spirit abounds, and that has helped the Lions through many tight spots. Forward passes are certain to fly all over the state fair gridiron Sunday because the Lions are one of the most air minded clubs in the league. In five games to date their two passers, Clyde Le Force and Fred Enke, have tossed 166 aerials, which is second only to the 179 attempted by the Chicago Bears. Enke, late of Arizona university, has completed 37 out of 91 passes for 420 yards, while Le Force has clicked in 39 out of 75 for 482 yards. Not only do the Lions have capable passers, but they have three of the leading pass catchers in the National league in ends Johnny Greene and Bob Mann and halfback Bill Dudley. Latest league statistics show Greene third in pass receptions with 23 completions for 260 yards and Mann fourth with 22 for 319 yards. Dudley, of course, is primarily a ball carrier - and one of the best in the pro ranks, too - but he now carried an additional threat as a pass receiver. The Lions will fly here Saturday for Sunday's battle. They will stay at the Astor hotel. Meanwhile, the Packers, who were delayed a day in their long train ride back from last Sunday's game in Los Angeles, settled down to two a day drills to make up for the time they lost. The squad went back to a session on fundamentals and ball handling was stressed in an effort to avoid the frequent fumbles which have marred the Bays' recent games. The Packers' fumbles have been costly, especially since the Bays have not done as badly against their last three foes as their scores would indicate. At Los Angeles, for instance, although they lost, 35-7, the Packers outgained the Rams on the ground, 183 yards to 171, and in the air, 106 to 77. Tony Canadeo, the Gray Ghost, gained more ground than the entire Ram backfield with the exception of Dick Hoerner.
'GIVE ME ANY CLUB BUT MAD PACKERS', MOANS BO
OCTOBER 27 (Detroit) - Bo McMillin frankly admits he'd rather send his Detroit Lions against any NFL team than Green Bay's Packers at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. "Look at the Packer record," McMillin bemoaned. "While losing their last two games,
Green Bay outgained both the Rams and Cardinals on
the ground and in the air. Some day, that ball is going
to take the right bounce for the Packers and it might be
against us. Yeh, give me those Rams, Eagles or Bears.
Iwish we were playing them instead this week. Those
Packers will be hopping mad and I don't like to go
against mad teams." The Lions are slated to observe
single workouts Friday and Saturday afternoon by plane
for Milwaukee where they will be headquartered at the
Astor Hotel. McMillin reported his team to be in fine
physical shape for reaching the midway point in this
year's league race. Meanwhile, the Packers have 
adopted sessions on a twice-a-day basis to make up
for time lost on their trip from Los Angeles.
NO. 35 TO HOLD REUNION WITH OLD COACH
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - If you're out at 
State Fair park Sunday afternoon watching the pro 
football game between the Green Bay Packers and the
Detroit Lions, perhaps you'll get a glimpse of a familiar
looking fellow who is keeping a special eye out for No.
35 of the Lions. They're old friends, this familiar looking
fellow and No. 35 of the Lions, and they formed a
football partnership which gave the University of Virginia
the brightest days in its sports history back in 1941.
The familiar looking man, if you happen to see him, is,
of course, Coach Frank Murray of Marquette university.
No. 35 is none other than halfback Bill Dudley of the
Lions, an all-American at Virginia when Murray coached
there. They think so much of Dudley down Virginia way
that last year they permanently retired the No. 35 jersey
he wore in college. He wears the same number with
Detroit. Dudley today stands as one of the greatest all-around players in pro football. Twice he led the National league ground gainers, winning the honor in 1942 and 1946, following his return from the war. He was the league's most valuable player in 1946, and in recognition for his all-around feats, the former Cavalier holds one of the highest paid contracts in the game. Dudley, who broke every college ground gaining and scoring record in his senior year at Virginia, is one of Coach Murray's all-time favorites. What the Hilltop coach saw in the puny 135 pound high school halfback from Bluefield, Va., nobody knows, but he must have seen plenty. For Dudley went on to heights at Virginia, and he is still scaling them in pro ball. The Murray-Dudley reunion will start at dinner Saturday night - but that will be only the beginning. On Sunday the bespectacled Marquette coach will be looking around for No. 35, and he'll probably see a lot of him.
DETROIT HAS BEEN 'COUSIN' TO PACKERS
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - If there's anything to the old "cousin" theory in sports, the embattled Green Bay Packers can look forward to Sunday's game with the Detroit Lions at State Fair Park with considerable confidence. Since 1934, when Detroit took over the Portsmouth, O., franchise, the Packers and Lions have met 31 times. Twenty-five times the Bays finished on the sunny side. The best Detroit could do was chalk up six victories. It's a series without a tie. Even in the brief Portsmouth era it was all Green Bay: Four wins, one loss and one tie. And some of the games made history - particularly the one at this same State Fair Park on October 7, 1945. That was the day the Packers reached their all-time production peak in rolling up 57 points while the Lions were settling for 21. Don Hutson accounted for 31 of those points on four TDs, four conversions and a field goal - another all-time Packer record. No Packer fans will ever forget that wild second quarter which saw the Lambeaumen rack up an astounding bundle of 41 points. Oh, for another 15 minute spree like it! Forty-one, or even 31, spread out over 60 minutes, would look good Sunday...PRESNELL BEATS PACKERS ON RECORD KICK: Another high spot for the Packers was the second half of the home and home series in 1940 when they clouded up and rained all over the Lions, 50 to 7. For the unusual, the 1934 games take the cake. The Lions won at Green Bay on Glenn Presnell's 54-yard field goal, still the league record. The 3-0 score was duplicated at Detroit but the Packers were the winners. Clark Hinkle connected from more than 40 yards out for the three big points. Presnell's record kick always gets a rise out of Lee Artoe, ex-Chicago Bear tackle and one of the league's notorious bad boys - bad because he was so rough. Artoe missed Presnell's mark by a yard or two in a league game not too many years ago. What burned him was the fact that the ball cleared the uprights with so much to spare that the attempt would have been successful from 60 yards. At least that's what teammates told Lee. He couldn't prove it himself because his eyes were so bad he couldn't see half the length of the field...SOMEBODY BETTER TELL 'EM: The Packers better not rely too strongly on the "cousin" spirit if there is such a thing, according to no less an authority than Nick Kerbawy, swarthy huckster for the Lions who has been in town this week beating the drums for Sunday's game. "Most of the present crop of Lions don't even know that so many of their predecessors rolled over and played dead practically every time the Packers showed up," said Kerbawy. "Bo McMillin kept only 16 from last year's squad. Sixteen of the 1949 group are fresh out of college. So they won't be thinking about any Green Bay jinx." Kerbawy might have added that the Lions, although dropping four out of five games, have been labeled "tough" around the league. The presence of the inimitable Bill Dudley, still one of the greatest in the business, is reason enough. Fred Enke, Mel Groomes, Clyde Le Force, John Panelli, Russ Thomas, John Greene, Kelly Mote, Bob Mann and Frank Tripucka are some of Dudley's expert co-workers. Packer hopes for climbing out of the cellar rest on their pass game. If it clicks, they have a chance with the Lions or any other club for that matter. If it doesn't, it just isn't reasonable to expect Tony Canadeo, Green Bay's chief running threat to make up the difference the hard way. Pitching the ball isn't enough. Passers must have protection and receivers must (1) maneuver for position and (2) hang on to the apple. Come to think of it, wasn't it the Packers - mighty arm arm of old - that made cousins of the Lions in the first place?
PACKERS SEEK SECOND WIN AGAINST DETROIT
OCTOBER 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Those stronghearted philanthropists, the Green Bay Packers and Bo McMillin's up and coming Detroit Lions bring the first half of the National League championship race to a close in State Fair Park Sunday in what promises to be one of the better contests on the day's schedule. The young Lions, who are just beginning to learn how to snarl, will be striving to make it two in a row for McMillin, whose longest previous winning streak as a major league mentor is one game. The Packers will be interested only in making it two victories. Detroit whipped the Chicago Cardinals, 24 to 7, last Sunday, but it has been several weeks since the Packers achieved their only triumph by subduing the New York Bulldogs, 19 to 0. Green Bay meets up with one of its most accomplished tormentors in this game for the first time in over a year. Bill Dudley, frequently called the outstanding back of the decade, missed the last three Packer-Lion games because of injuries, but the old Virginia bullet is polished up and ready to fire in this one. Along with Dudley, the Lions have the most dangerous one-two passing punch in football. Most teams have two good passers, but the Lions, teaming up Clyde Le Force and Fred Enke in the same backfield, are the only club which puts them to work simultaneously. Green Bay's answer to Le Force and Enke will have to come from Jug Girard and Stan Heath, a pair of Wisconsin products with worlds of promise but only two months of big time quarterbacking experience. Heath was impressive against the Cardinals in State Fair Park two weeks ago. In Los Angeles last Sunday it was Girard who took the spotlight. Regardless of what transpired in this department, however, there always will be reliable old Tony Canadeo, the league's leading ground gainer, to set the pace for the Packers.
LIONS RULE FAVORITES OVER PACKERS IN GAME ON STATE FAIR GRIDIRION SUNDAY
OCTOBER 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - Bo McMillin's Detroit Lions, who at the moment appear to be one of the most improved clubs in the NFL, will invade State Fair park Sunday to meet the Green Bay Packers. The kickoff is scheduled at 2 o'clock. On the face of it, with both teams tied for last place in the western division of the league, the contest does not appear too important, but there is more to it than that. The Packers, after repeated ragged showings in Milwaukee this season and last, are out to redeem themselves in a bid for better local support. And the Lions, with prospects of leaving the division cellar for the first time in three years following their upset victory over the Chicago Cardinals last week, are all fired up for their meeting with the Packers. The Lions will take the field as one touchdown favorites. Their two close games with the Los Angeles Rams and the recent spine tingler with the Philadelphia Eagles, along with last Sunday's 24-7 rout of the Cardinals, have given McMillin's young team the poise it lacked earlier this season. This is a psychological item, but the Lions have several tangible things in their favor, among them the forward passing of Clyde Le Force and Fred Enke, the all-around play of halfback Bill Dudley and good pass receiving by Johnny Greene, Bob Mann and Dudley. Detroit, which has thrown more passes in the league than any other team except the Chicago Bears, will rely largely on this weapon. In addition to Le Force and Enke, Detroit may use Frank Tripucka, Notre Dame star of last year, at quarterback. Tripucka was obtained recently on waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers tried to get him, too, but failed because Detroit finished lower in the league standings last season. Tripucka, an expert ball handler off the T formation, probably will figure heavily in McMillin's plans from now on. The Packers have stuck pretty close to the glue pot in their workouts in Green Bay all week and they hope to go through the Detroit game with a minimum of fumbling. They set up three touchdowns for the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday with costly fumbles. Pass interceptions, too, have done their bit to wreck the Bays in recent games. The Rams last week and the Cardinals the week before each intercepted two to set up scores. While Detroit has the edge in the air, the Packers definitely have proved themselves a better outfit in ground gaining. They have rolled up 928 yards in rushing in five league games to Detroit's 519, and they have the league's leading ground gainer in Tony Canadeo. The Gray Ghost has compiled 432 yards in 79 attempts, an average of 5.5 yards a try. The game will be the 32nd renewal of a series which began in 1934. Green Bay leads in victories, 25 to 6. A crowd of 15,000 is expected, but good weather may swell the attendance to 20,000.