EXHIBITION - Pittsburgh Steelers 9, Green Bay Packers (1-2) 3
Sunday August 28th 1949 (at Pittsburgh)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(PITTSBURGH) - The Green Bay Packers got themselves hopelessly messed up with penalties against the Pittsburgh Steelers here this muggy Sunday afternoon and they 
suffered the almost inevitable consequences. They lost, 9-3. The
boys just couldn't make their hands or feet behave. They jumped
offside, or they held, or they clipped or they interfered with receivers,
and in the course of the long afternoon before some 13,578 
customers, they drew the inexcusable total of 194 yard in penalties.
How could they win?
FRITSCH PUTS BAYS AHEAD
Ted Fritsch's 39 yard field goal gave them a 3-0 lead in the early
minutes, but it was obviously only a question of time. They nursed
their lead along in what, except for the penalties, was an even game,
and then midway in the fourth quarter, they took the blow that broke
their backs. Joe Glamp passed six yards to Reid Mosley in the end
zone for a touchdown and added the extra point. A safety when Irv
Comp was smeared in the end zone trying to pass a few minutes
later completed the scoring. Cruelest of all the penalties occurred in
the midst of the 80 yard drive which preceded Glamp's successful
pass. Ted Cook intercepted a pass in midfield, but the officials 
detected roughness in the line, far removed from the interception, 
and the Packers not only lost the ball, but 15 yards beside. The
march across the goal went on. Although the Steelers had the
better of the statistics, except in penalties of course, the game was
a fairly even affair. The Packers never really threatened after they
obtained position for Fritsch's early field goal, but in turn they also
held the Steelers in check most of the way. Pittsburgh was bottled
up in its own territory through all of the first and third quarter and got
beyond midfield only in the last few seconds of the second quarter
and then again in the closing minutes in which the game was 
decided.
CRIPPLED LINEUP
Once more the Packers took the field with anything except the
lineup which will open against the Bears a month hence. Evan 
Vogds didn't even make the trip and Jack Jacobs, Jug Girard and
Tony Canadeo, all injured, didn't suit up. On top of this, Larry Craig
will not rejoin the team until the latter part of this week and Lou
Ferry will not report until next week. It was a misfit outfit in many
ways, frequently made up of men who won't be shoving the brogans
under Rockwood Lodge's dinner table much longer. In the absence
of both Jacobs and Girard, Stan Heath, last year's collegiate 
passing champion, made his debut at quarterback, and while it was
hardly a howling success, it wasn't a failure either. New to the
position as the Packers want it played, short on practice because 
of his time in the College All-Star camp in Chicago. Heath had both
good and bad moments in about equal proportions.
COMPLETES FIRST PASS
The former Shorewood boy completed the first pass he threw in the
drive that got position for Fritsch's field goal, then completed three
​more in the 15 he threw all together. He might have had two or three
more completions but Nolan Luhn dropped one pass right in his
hands as he was tackled; Ed Smith, in the clear, slipped and fell as
another came right at him; and Goodnight, with a little extra effort
might well have had a third. He was smeared twice when this tough
Steeler line, which held the Bears scoreless for 44 minutes a week
ago, broke through, and he fumbled the pass from center once, but
recovered. His two greatest weaknesses Sunday were his anxiety
to get back to pass before he fairly had the ball from center, tipping off the play, and his tendency to overthrow. Almost all of his incomplete passes were overthrown. In ball handling, he did a smart job at times, then lapsed. He still obviously needs a lot of work - but so did Arnie Herber in his early days with Green Bay in the early thirties. Most distressing from Green Bay's point of view was the absence of any offense. The team got four first downs in the first quarter, then never got another. The penalties really hurt. The next start will be in an intrasquad game at Marinette a week hence.
GREEN BAY  -  3  0  0  0 - 3
PITTSBURGH -  0  0  0  9 - 9
1st - GB - Fritsch, 39-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
4th - PITT - George Papich, 6-yard pass from Joe Glamp (Glamp kick) PITTSBURGH 7-3
4th - PITT - Team safety, Comp sacked in end zone PITTSBURGH 9-7
NEWS AND NOTES
TWO PLAYERS JOIN PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 1 (Green Bay) - Al Mastrangeli of Illinois, a center, and Roger Eason, a guard or tackle, late of the Los Angeles Rams, joined the Green Bay Packers in their camp at Rockwood Lodge Wednesday. Eason played his college football with Jack Jacobs at Oklahoma. Whether they will be given contracts depends upon what they show in the next few days, including the intrasquad game at Marinette, Wis., Saturday night. The Packers resumed work Wednesday after a two day rest and went through a spirited workout in which Jack Jacobs and Jug Girard, both of whom missed Sunday's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, took part in the passing drill. Girard will probably play in the intrasquad game, but Jacobs will be given further rest. The Packers will make their next regular start in an exhibition game with the New York Bulldogs at Davenport, Iowa, a week from Sunday. Two weeks from Sunday they will meet the Washington Redskins at State Fair park in an exhibition and three weeks from Sunday will open the league season against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay.
PACKERS - THEY MAY TAKE A LOOK AT BOTH CLARENCE SELF AND BEN BENDRICK
SEPTEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Chicago Cardinals have asked waivers on halfback Clarence Self and the Chicago Bears on fullback Ben Bendrick, and the Green Bay Packers, on the prowl for any possible help, may take a look at them if they are not claimed by some other club...The first "line" has appeared on the Packer-Bear game at Green Bay September 24: The Bears by 14. And the first "line" has also appeared on the Packer-Cardinal game at State Fair park October 16: The Cardinals by 7...Al Mastrangeli, who reported to the Packer camp Wednesday, was one of the Big Nine's better linebackers at Illinois last season. He is a center...The Packers were offered halfback Noble Doss of the Philadelphia Eagles the other day, but turned him down. The pickin's, on waivers, they figure, will be even better within a week or two. Doss is no slouch. At least, he wasn't the day the Eagles flattened the Packers, 35-0...Pittsburgh's 9-3 victory over the Packers Sunday was the club's fourth over Green Bay in the last five games...Curly Lambeau and his right hand bower in the business office, George Strickler, will appear on television over WTMJ-TV Thursday night.
HEATH STARS AS PACKER GOLDS TOP BLUES, 28-7, AT MARINETTE
SEPTEMBER 4 (Marinette) - Stan Heath threw two touchdown passes and turned in an impressive performance at quarterback while directing the Gold forces to a 28-7 triumph over the Blues in a Green Bay Packer intrasquad game here tonight before 4,700. Heath captained the Golds until replaced in the fourth period by Jug Girard, who is recovering from previous injuries. The Jugger set up the final Gold score with two passes - the first a 67-year heave to Clyde Goodnight. The second to Nolan Luhn was good for 17 yards and a touchdown. Irv Comp was captain and quarterback for the Blues, who struck first in the first quarter on a 57 yard march and then bogged down for the rest of the game. Walt Schlinkman bulled through the middle for nine yards and the only Blue touchdown. Frank Williams, Utah State rookie fullback, kicked the extra point. The Golds retaliated in the second quarter when Heath passed 27 yards to Ted Cook in the end zone. A few minutes later the Golds struck paydirt again after recovering an enemy fumble on the Blues' 40. On eight plays the Golds went over, Glenn Lewis, Texas Tech newcomer, counting on a 15 yard sweep around the Blues' right end. Ted Fritsch booted both extra points. Late in the second period, Bob Forte intercepted Comp's pass on the 37. After two line smashes failed, Heath whipped a 37-yard aerial to Cook, who caught the ball on the goal line. The same combination clicked for the extra point.
COMP - HE HAS BEEN SWITCHED TO LEFT HALF AND HE MAY FIND HIMSELF AGAIN
SEPTEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - Irv Comp, the Bay View boy who has had nothing but ups and downs - mostly downs - as a quarterback with the Green Bay Packers in recent years, has been switched to left halfback, where he may finally find himself again. Comp, a boy with a fine physique and especially strong legs, when he is in shape, never really did like the role of quarterback with its demands as a passer. He likes to run. It could be he will run himself right back on the squad after having been on the raged edge in the early weeks of the season...Bob Summerhays came out of the intrasquad game at Marinette Saturday night with a badly bruised shoulder that will probably keep him out of heavy duty for a week or more...Verne Gagne, rugged Minnesota end, just about won a place on the squad for himself with his first performance in the Marinette game. With Larry Craig still dallying at his home in Ninety Six, S.C., the Packers definitely need ends of Gagne's type...THE AX BEGINS TO FALL: Slowly, and without much noise, the ax is beginning to fall in camp. Three boys have already been cut, and more will be cut within the next two weeks. Already gone are tackle Tiny Croft, halfback Paul Devine of Heidelberg college and center Jack Tavener of Indiana, who was attempting a comeback. Curly Lambeau has to get rid of about eight more men before the opener with the Chicago Bears September 25...Lou Ferry, the big Villanova tackle, who looked so good in camp before he joined the eastern college all-stars for their game with the New York Giants last Friday, reported to camp Sunday. He was one of the big guns in the easy victory his team scored...Green Bay's game with the New York Bulldogs Sunday is sponsored by the Moline (Ill.) Optimist's club. The team will stay at Davenport, Iowa. And the game will be played in Rock Island (Ill.) high school's new stadium...CRUICE CRUISES AROUND: Scout
Wally Cruice returned from a flying trip over the
weekend that took him to Allentown, Pa., Friday
for the game between the Chicago Cardinals and
New York Bulldogs, to Memphis for Sunday's game
between the Bears and Washington Redskins and
to Dallas for Monday's game between the Los
Angeles Rams and Bulldogs...Tony Canadeo, who
fractured a wrist in practice three weeks ago, will be
ready to take over at left halfback in the Washington
game here September 18...Stan Heath gave a much
more relaxed performance in the intrasquad game at
Marinette. He raised brighter hopes than ever that
he will be of definite help this season as a passer.
GREEN BAY REJOICES - CRAIG RETURNS
SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - The good  news that
all of Green Bay has been waiting for came Friday
morning. Larry Craig, veteran end, one of the best
defensive wings in the history of pro football, 
returned to camp after a three week absence and
immediately took part in the morning drill. Craig,
who signed his contract early in August and then
took part in a week of work, left suddenly in mid-
August to attend to certain problems which had
arise on his large farm in Ninety Six, S.C. As 
several weeks passed without word from him, fears
grew that he might not return for the game with the
Chicago Bears two weeks from Sunday. The 
Packers put the finishing touches on preparations
Friday for the exhibition with the New York Bulldogs
at Rock Island, Ill., Sunday. Again the team will go
into action below full strength. Halfback Tony
Canadeo, nursing a broken wrist, will not even suit
up and quarterback Jack Jacobs and Craig will see only limited action. Stan Heath and Jug Girard will carry most of the load at quarterback.
HALAS - SAYS BEARS MUST IMPROVE TO COPE WITH GREEN BAY PACKERS' - HA!
SEPTEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - The "Ha! Ha! Ha!" department. The latest publicity release of the Chicago Bears includes this gem by the Big Bear himself, George Halas: "We have displayed improvment in each of our three preseason games. It is absolutely vital, though, that we improve 35% more in order to cope with the Green Bay Packers in the league opener at Green Bay September 25." Get that? Just to cope with the Packers. Good old George. Doesn't he read the papers? The Packers so far have picked up just where they left off a year ago, and you remember a year ago. The Bears have already been installed 14 point favorites and they could be more by game times...BULLDOGS - THEY ARE!: Scout Wally Cruice of the Green Bay Packers, who caught the Bulldogs in their game against the Chicago Cardinals at Allentown, Pa., a week ago and again in the game against the Los Angeles Rams at San Antonio Monday, came home Wednesday calling them the most improved team in the league. "They should have beaten the Cardinals and they could have beaten the Rams," he explained. They lost to the Cardinals in the last 10 seconds, 24-21, and they bowed to the Rams, after fumbling on the five yard line, 21-14. Sunday the Packers meet them in Rock Island, Ill. Cruice makes no bones about calling it the toughest assignment the Pack has had so far, excepting the Philadelphia Eagles, of course...Jack Jacobs has completely recovered from the ankle injury which kept him out of the Pittsburgh game two weeks ago and will start at quarterback Sunday...Green Bay's vagabond halfback of another era, Johnny Blood, now married and happily settled down, has been added to the faculty at St. John's college, Collegeville, Minn. Blood completed his work there for a college degree last June. He will teach economics...ONE FOOT ON GROUND: Tom Stidham, one of Curly Lambeau's right hand bowers, is completely sold on everything he has encountered in Green Bay since leaving the Baltimore Colts - except one thing. His 235 pound tremble every time he steps into a plane and the Packers travel mostly by plane. Tom just wants to keep one foot on the ground at all times..Frank Murray, who knows all about Lou Ferry of Villanova from his days at nearby Virginia, calls the 235 pound Packer rookie tackle one of the best linemen he has ever seen.
PACKERS VS. BULLDOGS
SEPTEMBER 10 (Rock Island, IL) - Curly Lambeau's 46 man Green Bay Packer squad arrived here tonight ready to continue the indoctrination of Stan Heath in a major league exhibition against the New York Bulldogs tomorrow. Heath will start at quarterback as the Packers strive to reach a .500 rating in their preseason activities. Jack Jacobs, whose ankle injury forced the former Milwaukee prep star into a premature debut at Pittsburgh two weeks ago, will be available for duty, but Lambeau indicated upon arrival that the big Indian would be used sparingly if at all. Lambeau said Jug Girard would get a shot at the all important quarterback assignment. Girard, injured in the Philadelphia game, is fully recovered and ready to take his regular turn in Lambeau's offense. But the emphasis will be on Heath. A new name, new offense, new coach and new base of operations has resulted in an entirely new complexion for the team Ted Collins, the Tom Yawkey of football, moved out of Boston last winter and with Bobby Layne passing, the Bulldogs are a slight favorite tonight.
PACKERS GET ANOTHER TEST FROM BULLDOGS
SEPTEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers have been running around in three exhibition games so far with a bean blower for an offense, and the head man, Curly Lambeau, has been repeating: "Just wait, just wait - we'll be all right." Well, the Packers have a chance Sunday to show whether Lambeau is just trying to console himself or whether his beloved behemoths will really be all right as he says, when they meet the New York Bulldogs, late of Boston, in another exhibition game at Rock Island, Ill. The game will be played in the Rock Island high school bowl starting at 2 o'clock (Milwaukee time). WTMJ, with Bob Heiss at the mike, will broadcast the game. The Packers have played three games so far, winning one and losing two, but they have showed little if any of them to indicate they have the makings of an offense to stand up alongside the Chicago Bears in the league opener at Green Bay two weeks from today. In losing to the Eagles, 35-0, they gained 49 yards rushing and 118 passing; in beating the Giants, 14-7, they gained 98 yards rushing and 61 passing, and in losing to Pittsburgh, 9-3, they gained 44 yards rushing and 31 passing. Undoubtedly, as Lambeau has always hastened to point out, the shopwing might be explained by the fact that at no time so far has the team had more than 40% of its offense, no "traps" at all, and that always it has played well below full strength with men like tackle Lou Ferry, guard Evan Vogds, halfback Tony Canadeo, quarterback Jack Jacobs, Jug Girard and Stan Heath and end Larry Craig out of uniform in all of the games or in some. Whatever the explanations, though, it remains that the time has finally come for the team to show it has the makings of an offense at least. And Sunday is the day. The Bulldogs will offer as tough a test, perhaps, as the Packers have had, excepting of course the high flying Eagles, who have already attained midseason form. The Bulldogs have lost all three of their games, but they have been in every one right down to the gun. They lost to the Bears, 14-7, to the Cardinals, 24-21, and to the Rams, 21-14. Scout Wally Cruice of the Packers, who has seen them in two of their games, calls them the most improved club in the league with a sharp passing attack built around the throwing of Bobby Layne, late of the Bears, Johnny Rauch, Georgia's all-American, and Bob De Moss of Purdue, and a big, mobile line. Except for Canadeo, the team will be at full strength, although Jacobs and Larry Craig will probably play very little. Canadeo, still nursing a fractured wrist, will not even suit up, leaving the ball carrying chores at left half to the rugged Bob Cifers, the lean but fast Ralph Earhart and the rugged Irv Comp, whose work as a ball carrier since he was switched from quarterback has been the bright spot of the recent workouts. Heath and Girard will carry most of the load at quarterback. A week hence, the Packers will meet the Washington Redskins at State Fair park, then a week later open the league season against the Bears at Green Bay.