EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-2) 7, New York Bulldogs 3
Sunday September 11th 1949 (at Rock Island, IL)
​Packers played in Rock Island 65 years ago
Quad City Dispatch-Argus - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Sixty-five years ago today, Quad-Cities football fans had a taste of the big time. On this date in 1949, the Green Bay Packers edged the New York Bulldogs 7-3 in an NFL preseason game in front of a meager crowd of 5,000 at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium. Today’s NFL is a world of glamour and glitz, of state-of-the-art stadiums, multi-billion dollar television deals, and salaries in the tens of millions. Clearly, it was a different story in 1949, when even teams like the Packers rarely played in front of large crowds. Many observers think today’s NFL preseason schedule of four games each is a bit much, but in those days, more games were on the docket. Until the league switched to a 16-game regular season in 1978, teams played five or six preseason contests, sometimes in small- to mid-sized cities. From 1945-63, the Packers appeared at neutral-site contests in such locales as Cedar Rapids; Bangor, Me.; and the Pennsylvania cities of Hershey and Latrobe. “That was fairly typical in that era,” said Green Bay team historian Cliff Christl. “If you could get teams like the Packers to play in those smaller towns, you were more likely to draw a bigger gate.” Chris Willis, head of the research library at NFL Films, says that teams of the era also used exhibitions to “make money by broadening their fan base. That crowd of 5,000 wasn’t terrible at that time for a non-league game.” The heralded Green Bay franchise came into Rock Island staggering from a 3-9 campaign in 1948, the worst in franchise history. It would stumble to a 2-10 mark in 1949, the final season of Curly Lambeau’s 31-year run as Packer head coach. One of their two regular-season wins was over the Bulldogs, a first-year franchise. Green Bay would not finish above .500 again until 1959, Vince Lombardi’s first season as head coach. “The 1949 season was probably the most tumultuous in Packer history,” said Christl. “They were in deep financial trouble, and had to play an intrasquad game on Thanksgiving to make enough money to finish the season.” The Rock Island game was a fundraiser for the Moline Optimist Club, which offered tickets priced at $4.88, $3.66, and $2.44. The Rock Island Argus reported that entertainment with a local flavor was offered, including “a local dance band (to) furnish musical entertainment” as well as high school bands. “Football men from St. Ambrose and Augustana” were to act as ushers. Kickoff was 2 p.m. on a Sunday marred by intermittent showers. The play on the field was equally dreary, especially the passing game. The Packers and Bulldogs combined to go 9-of-38 through the air and were picked off five times each. The game was scoreless until six minutes were left in the third quarter, when New York’s Nick Scollard blasted a 55-yard field goal, then the longest in league history, for a 3-0 lead. With under six minutes remaining in the contest, Green Bay’s Ralph Earhart broke for a 42-yard touchdown run to give the Packers the lead. The Bulldogs threatened late, but another interception stalled their hopes, and the Packers held on for a 7-3 victory. Bulldog quarterback Bobby Layne was on the cusp of a great career, mostly in Detroit, and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fortunately for the Optimists, all was not lost. The club’s Frank Gorman told The Argus “don’t waste too much sympathy on the Moline Optimists” because “management of the two clubs was grand to us sponsors.” The club took in $500 from the sale of programs and ended up nearly $1,000 in the black overall, while “the pros took their reduced payoffs gracefully.” Thirteen years earlier, another local exhibition met with greater success. On Sept. 22, 1936, the Chicago Bears defeated the semi-pro Rock Island Independents 34-6 before 4,000 fans at Browning Field in Moline. “That was a pretty good total,” remarked Curt Roseman of Moline, author of the acclaimed "A Century of Players, Performers, and Pageants: Wharton Field House and Browning Field.“ Sponsored by the Moline Junior Association of Commerce, the game was played under conditions that would be unheard of in today’s NFL – on a Tuesday evening, two days after the Bears’ season opener. “Playing games that close together was tough on players, but they fought through it,” said Willis. “They didn’t know any better. It was just an extra game to make money.” The Argus reported that “the gridiron itself is in excellent condition and the lighting plant has been completely reconditioned for the fall prep season, assuring the pro team of probably the best lighting they will enjoy at any time.” Despite the mid-week scheduling, legendary Bears coach George Halas promised to use his best players, including future Hall of Famers George Musso and Bronco Nagurski. On a beautiful evening, the Bears scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters and added six more in the third for a 34-0 lead. The Independents held Chicago scoreless and managed a touchdown of their own in the final quarter of a 34-6 loss, which proved a moral victory. The Argus celebrated with a headline “Independents Rally in Last Half” but was awestruck at “the amazing speed and deceptiveness” and “expert blocking” of the Bears. The game was a sort of homecoming for Bears halfback Keith Molesworth, a former standout from Monmouth who had played on the minor-league Moline Plowboys baseball team in 1929. The 1949 Packer game and the 1936 Bears appearance are the only two times that NFL teams have appeared in the Quad-Cities since the demise of the professional version of the Rock Island Independents, who were NFL members from 1920-25 before their final season in the short-lived American Football League in 1926.
Rock Island Public Schools Stadium: "The old horsehoe" opened in 1929, eight years prior to the high school on the same site. The football field — which, to the chagrine of many, was "built in the middle of nowhere" and away from the downtown high school — itself was dedicated Almquist Field in 1990 to recognize the many contributions of Hall-of-Fame football coach H.V. "Shorty" Almquist. Rock Island was 133-44-11 and won five mythical state championships during Almquist's career from 1941-61. He also was Rocky's athletic director from 1941-1969 and coached the boys' basketball team for several seasons. A 1927 All-American for an unbeaten University of Minnesota team that also included football legend Bronco Nagurski, Almquist died in 1994. The now 80-year-old facility has hosted, among other events over the years, a Green Bay Packers NFL exhibition game in 1949. A new synthetic playing surface, FieldTurf, was added in 2008.
(ROCK ISLAND) - The Green Bay Packers finally threw away their bean blower and picked up a club, speaking of their offense, and they beat back a very good New York Bulldog team Sunday, 7-3, in what was easily their most heartening performance of the young football
season. Through the first half, these beloved behemoths of Curly
Lambeau looked just as they had in three earlier exhibitions, still
speaking of their offense, and that was hardly good. They 
completed one out of 11 passes, gained 10 yards rushing, and with
extreme effort, squeezed out a lone first down. Baby, it was cold
out there. With the resumption of hostilities in the third quarter,
though, they became a different machine. They still lacked any real
passing, even with Jack Jacobs, but they finally started to roll on
the ground with a consistency some had begun to despair they 
could ever attain. They piled up 144 yards rushing, almost as much
as they had in three preceding games, picked up nine first downs
and punched out the touchdown that won the game.
Only five minutes were left when the hard worked Ralph Earhart
took a pitchout from Jacobs, spun around his right end and went
weaving 41 yards down the field across the goal. It was a beauty of
a play and it erases a three point deficit that had stared the
Packers in the face since early in the third quarter when Nick
Scollard, a 225 pound giant, stepped back from his position at end
and booted a tremendous 55 yard goal. Scollard's kick, carried by
the win, just didn't want to come down. It sailed and sailed and it
probably would have carried the crossbar even if the goal posts had
been on the end line. Unfortunately, though, the kick will not find its
way into the National league book, for this was an exhibition again.
Glenn Presnell of the Detroit Lions holds the record of 54 yards
kicked against the Packers, too, 15 years ago.
The Packers beat a right smart team here which showed even in a
losing performance how it happened to hold the Chicago Bears, 
14-7, the Chicago Cardinals, 24-21, and the Los Angeles Rams, 
21-14. It has a big mobile line, some fleet backs in Joe Golding,
Phil Slosburg, Dean Sensenbaugh and Frank Nelson, and a
crushing although slow fullback in Frank Muelheuser. With
apparently little to fear from the Packers in the air, the Bulldogs 
early used a variety of defenses designed primarily to halt Green
Bay on the ground. They used an eight man line or a seven man line most of the time and they made them work until the Packers in the third quarter met the defenses with a strategem of their own. They sent an end out as a flanker to the right and a back in motion to the left, or vice versa, and they forced the Bulldogs from their seven or eight man lines into what almost amounted to a six. And against the six the Packers rolled at will. Two different times in the second half they hung together three first downs before they finally started their 72 yard touchdown drive. Best running of the afternoon, aside from Earhart's, was provided by the fullbacks, Ted Fritsch and Walt Schlinkman, who punched through the big New York line for 49 and 32 yards respectively. Earhart, forced to carry most of the load at left halfback in the absence of Irv Comp, who suffered a broken nose early in the game, gained 77 yards on 10 plays. Green Bay's defense again was solid, except for the failure early in the game to cover adequately on New York's dangerous pitchouts around the flanks. The line itself, though, was tough and reached its greatest heights early in the second quarter when, after Lynn Chewning had returned a punt 80 yards to Green Bay's eight, the forwards smothered three line plays without a yard. On fourth down, just by way of practice, Scollard missed a field goal attempt from the 16. Only distressing phases of the game from Green Bay's standpoint, was the collapse of the passing attack. Not only did Jacobs have an ordinary day throwing, but the club seems to have become "Goodnight crazy" in its pass attack - and Goodnight Sunday, besides paying a very ordinary game, was always covered. Jacobs completed only three out of 18 passes and had five intercepted. Stan Heath got into the game only briefly. Bobby Layne and Bob De Moss had greater success than Jacobs in passing, completing 12 out of 20, but they showed only a negligible gain at game's end - 42 yards. And they, too, had five passes intercepted. A small crowd of 4,000, held down by a morning rain and by the threat of more rain, saw the game.
NY BULLDOGS -  0  0  3  0 -  3
GREEN BAY   -  0  0  0  7 -  7
3rd - NY - Nick Collard, 55-yard field goal NEW YORK 3-0
4th - GB - Earhart, 42-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
SEPTEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - Frank Seno, 204 pound halfback, Tuesday was added to the squad of the Green Bay Packers as they started work for their game at State Fair park Sunday with the Washington Redskins. It will be Green Bay's last start before the opening of the league campaign against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay a week hence. Seno was obtained from the New York Bulldogs. Although only 27 years old, he has six full seasons of pro ball behind him with the Washington Redskins, the Chicago Cardinals and the Boston Yankees, who this year changed their stripes into the New York Bulldogs. A year ago he was Boston's leading ground gainer with an average of 3.7 yards a play. Seno will play at left half along with Tony Canadeo, Irv Comp and Ralph Earhart. As a reward for their fine comeback in the second half against the Bulldogs in Rock Island Sunday, the Packers enjoyed an off day Monday. Tuesday, though, they were back at it, with emphasis on their passing attack, which looked so ragged at Rock Island. For the first time this season the club will be at full strength with Sammy Baugh and Co., which this year also includes Harry Gilmer, Alabama's all-American passer two years ago. Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback, out since early in August with a fractured wrist, will be back in his familiar role. He has worked out regularly with the club since the injury, participating in everything except scrimmage. Stan Heath will probably play a good share of the time Sunday at quarterback. His improvement has been rapid, both as a ball handler and quarterback.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - The wraps are coming off Stan Heath on Sunday. That was the word Wednesday as Coach Curly Lambeau drilled his Green Bay Packers for their exhibition game at Milwaukee this weekend against the Washington Redskins. "Heath will start at quarterback and the chances are good he'll play the whole game on offense," said Lambeau. "We think he's ready now." The rookie quarterback, last year's collegiate forward passing sensation at the University of Nevada, was in only two plays as the Packers beat the New York Bulldogs, 7-3, at Rock Island, Ill., last Sunday. Earlier he has played against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but only because veteran Jack Jacobs had an injured ankle. "He wasn't quite ready then," explained Lambeau. "Now, with the National league opener against the Chicago Bears only a week away, we'll turn him loose." Sunday's game, to be played at State Fair Park, will be the Packers' first appearance this year in Milwaukee. Their first league game there is against the Chicago Cardinals on October 16.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The Green Bay Packers' first Milwaukee appearance Sunday against the Washington Redskins also will be Stan Heath's coming out party. It was by design that Stan saw only brief service in previous exhibitions. The coaches felt that he needed careful grooming before assuming his full share of the passing and quarterback burdens. Now they're sure the collegiate Mr. Pass of 1948 is ready. So he will be in there when the opening whistle blows at State Fair Park. "And I have a hunch he will play most of the game, barring injury, of course," said George Strickler, Packer publicity director. "Stan has been learning fast and everybody connected with the squad, players as well as coaches, fell he has the stuff to click in his freshman year. He's popular with teammates, incidentally. And that's going to be a big help in itself." Heath sat out practically the entire game with the New York Bulldogs at Rock Island last Sunday. But it wasn't time wasted. Far from it. He was getting what amounted to a finishing course in piloting the ball club - by phone, that is. His chief instructor, backfield coach Bob Snyder, was one end of the line in the press box and Stan on the other end down on the field. Instead of trying to serve as spotter, Snyder kept up a running fire of comment and instructions by way of priming his prize pupil for his first real test against the Redskins.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers were given a stiff pass defense workout here Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins at Milwaukee. There's good reason for such a drill. The Skins will offer two of the best passers in the business - the veteran Sammy Baugh and Harry Gilmer. Baugh, in his 13th year of pro football has been sharing the passing assignments with Gilmer, the former Alabama flash. The latter, injured during a practice session last year, saw only six minutes of action all year. But he has shown he's set to make good this season on a contract that ran into five figures. Thus far, Gilmer has been the man who has moved the Skins into scoring position and then handing over the reins to Baugh for the payoff punch. The Packers, with Stan Heath a sure starter in the backfield, are expected to toss a bit of aerial work themselves at the Skins. Coach Curly Lambeau said Heath would probably play the entire game unless injured.
SEPTEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - With 15 players to be cut from his squad before the player limit of 35 is reached a week from Saturday, eve of the game with the Chicago Bears. Curly Lambeau Thursday asked waivers on four players - Charles Tatum, an end or tackle from Texas; Frank Williams, a fullback and punter from Utah State; Floyd Lewis, a guard from Southern Methodist, and Jim Goodman, a 260 pound tackle from Maryland. If the men are not claimed within 48 hours, they will be given their unconditional releases. The waivers asked on the four means the Packers will go to Milwaukee for the game with the Washington Redskins at State Fair park Sunday afternoon with a squad of 43. The other cuts to bring the squad down to the league limit required by the eve of the first game will be made next week. A stiff scrimmage was held Thursday morning in which left halfback Tony Canadeo, who has been nursing a fractured wrist for a month, took part. It was his first work of this kind since the middle of August although he has participated in everything else every day. The Packers will taper off on their work Friday morning, then leave for Milwaukee to attend the annual kickoff dinner at the Eagles club Friday night. They will work out at State Fair park Saturday morning and appear at the Outdoor Exposition at the Auditorium Saturday night. The Washington Redskins will arrive Saturday morning and work out at State Fair park Saturday afternoon. Sunday's game will start at 2 o'clock.
SEPTEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - Rookie quarterback Stan Heath sat on the bench with a telephone. Backfield coach Bob Snyder sat in the press box with a
telephone. And between them, as the Green Bay 
Packers beat the New York Bulldogs at Rock Island, 
Ill., last Sunday, they carried on a conversation which
amounted to a lecture on quarterbacking in the T
formation. The progress of the game itself was of
incidental importance to Snyder. Occasionally, yes, he
asked Heath to tell the coaches on the field something.
Or he asked to speak to Jacobs after the big Indian
came out of the game. But these were interruptions. 
The main flow of conversation was from Snyder to 
Heath, and it was designed solely to help prepare Heath
for the day he handles the team along, which will be
Sunday when the Packers meet the Washington 
Redskins at State Fair Park. Coach Lambeau has
indicated that Heath, who has shown rapid impovement
in the last few weeks, would play most of the game at
quarterback on offense. "Now look, Stan," Snyder 
began, "what would you do there? See what they're
doing with their ends? That's it, that's it." Or - "look, 
that backerup shot the gap that time. You know what
to do if they keep on doing that? No. No - not 91. That
would be playing right into their hands - 72-A, that's it,
that's right." Or - "now watch the clock Stan. We've
got the win. Let's kick while we still have it. Always
watch the clock." Or - "See what their tackles are
doing? Know what to call there? That's it. Atta boy."
Or - "Now when you're faking Stan, keep your eyes on
the man you faked to, don't try to follow the ball carrier.
See what Layne's doing? He's watching the ball carrier.
Make everything count in that fake." Or - "Now there's
that eight man line again. Open it up, Stand. That's
right, send a man in motion on 74-D, split an end. Get
them out of that eight and we can run." So it went, for
two good hours, and if Heath can remember everything
Snyder told him, he might write a book. For Snyder is
an authority on the intricacies of the T - as much as an
authority, if not more, than the guy who wrote a book on
it, Clark Shaughnessy. Snyder was Sid Luckman's 
understudy on some of George Halas' greatest Bear
teams, he helped Frank Leahy install the T at Notre
Dame, and he coached the Los Angeles Rams. Heath
has come a long way since his baptism under fire in 
the Steeler game in Pittsburgh three weeks ago. His
faking has improved immensely. So has his ball
handling. He will be the boy to watch in the game here
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - It will be rookie
against rookie in corresponding key roles when the 
Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins take the
field in their exhibition at State Fair park Sunday
afternoon - Stan Heath against Harry Gilmer - and it 
isn't unlikely that the game itself will be decided by their
individual duel. An announcement in Washington, D.C.,
Thursday night that veteran Sammy Baugh had come
up with a badly bruised rib and would not be able to do
more here than hold the ball for points after touchdown
- if any - created the rather unusual situation in which
quarterbacks who have still to prove themselves in the
fire of pro ball will direct both of the clubs. Curly 
Lambeau of the Packers indicated earlier in the week
that he would string almost entirely with Heath. As
collegians, Gilmer at Alabama and Heath at Nevada, 
both made headlines as fast as they could be written
and both with their passing skill. As a freshman, Gilmer
led Alabama into the Sugar bowl, where he set a record
of eight completions in eight attempts. As a sophomore
he led the Tide to victory over Southern California in the
Rose bowl. As a junior, he starred in the annual North-
South game, and as a senior he led Alabama into the
Sugar bowl again. Heath concentrated his greatest
achievements into last season. In total yards gained
passing, he set a new national collegiate record of 
2,005 yards, breaking Davey O'Brien's old record of
1938. In yards gained rushing and passing both, he set
another new national record of 221.3 yards a game,
displacing Bob Fennimore's old mark of 219.8. And in touchdown passes in one season, he hurled 22, breaking the record of 21 shared by several players. Gilmer is in his second year with the Redskins, yet he ranks as a rookie, for injuries kept him out of all except six plays last season. Along with the announcement that Baugh would not be able to play here, the Redskins also revealed that Eddie Saenz, fleet halfback, Len Szafaryn and Laurie Niemi, rookie tackles would not be able to play because of injuries. Saenz has a fractured cheek bone and the two tackles injured legs. Despite the crippled condition of the club, the Redskins still ruled a touchdown favorite. The Packers, for whom this will be the last start before the opening of the league race against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay a week hence, arrived here Friday noon. They will take a light workout Friday afternoon and again Saturday morning. The Redskins arrived Saturday morning and work out Saturday afternoon. Friday night, the Packers will be guests of the Eagles at the annual kickoff dinner at the Eagles clubhouse. Green Bay completed its work for the game with a heavy scrimmage Thursday in which the lack of offensive punch was again a worry despite the presence of Tony Canadeo who made his first appearance in tough going for the first time since he fractured his wrist five weeks ago. Canadeo will start at left half Sunday. The rock ribbed line still looks to be Green Bay's greatest asset this season.
SEPTEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Big time football returns to Milwaukee Sunday when Curly Lambeau's young Green Bay Packers, girding for the long climb back to contendership, battle Washington's air-minded Redskins in a National League contest at State Fair Park. Lambeau and his Packers view the engagement as one of the most important on their schedule. Players and coach alike are anxious to wipe out the memory of last year's disappointments at State Fair Park. Since opening drills on August 1, the squad has pointed for this game. It will be a homecoming appearance for two Packers. Stan Heath, who went far afield to gain national prestige as the passing star of Nevada's eleven last fall, will make his debut as a regular in the Packer lineup. With him will be Ken Kranz, a husky right halfback from Milwaukee State Teachers College, whose work in other preseason games has been impressive to Packer coaches and opponents as well. Washington arrived Saturday with announcement that its star, Sammy Baugh, now in his 13th season in the National League, would be unable to play. The Packers, having been fooled by such announcements in the past, were unimpressed. In Baugh's absence, Washington will start Harry Gilmer at quarterback. Gilmer spent last season nursing an injury. This season he has been used nearly half the time. Gilmer, with the advantage of wider college experience and a year on the Redskin bench, goes into the game with something of an edge on Heath. Heath's advantage, if any, lies in the Packers' defense and line. The Bays have come up with another of their stout defensive units and on offense the line has been able to give passers good protection most of the time. In the line the Packers figure to outplay the Redskins. Capt. Dick Wildung, Paul Lipscomb, Evan Vogds, Jay Rhodemyre and Ed Neal again spearhead the forward wall. Wildung and Lipscomb, in particular, have been outstanding in early games. Vogds was injured for a time, but was recovered enough last week to star against the stubborn New York Bulldogs in Rock Island.
SEPTEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - Whether the Green Bay Packers really found a punch in that second half against the New York Bulldogs at Rock Island, Ill., last week or whether the showing there was just a flash will be taken up here Sunday when they step out at State Fair park against the Washington Redskins. The game, last of the exhibitions before they open the league season against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay a week hence, will get underway at 2 o'clock. Except for the second half against the Bulldogs, in which the Packers rolled up 144 yards on the ground, which was almost as much as they had rolled up in three previous games and 14 times as much as they had rolled up in the first half (10 yards), there has been little to write home about so far. On defense, the team has looked good. It hasn't been pushed around except, of course, in that first game with the polished Philadelphia Eagles (35-0), which was hardly a fair test, and it has held scoring to a minimum. The Giants got seven points, the Steelers nine and the Bulldogs three...A SOURCE OF HOPE: On offense, though, there has been nothing - nothing, except that second half last week. The team hasn't been able to move the ball with any degree of consistency or much less score with any. And not infrequently it has left the impression that it just doesn't have the backfield "horses" ever to move or score consistently - except again in that second half last week. The second half against the Bulldogs stands as the one source of hope, as the exhibition season draws to a close, that this may still develop into a team of some punch. The Bulldogs had a big line and a good line and played a variety of troublesome, unorthodox defenses, yet the Packers finally got around to crack it. The winning touchdown of the 7 to 3 victory was scored on a march of 72 yards in the last eight minutes after the Packers earlier in this half had controlled and moved the ball well...PACKERS AT FULL STRENGTH: Or was this just a flash? And that's the point that will be taken up Sunday. If it was a flash you'll know it - and, brother, batten down the hatches for the league campaign. For the first time this season, the Packers will go into a game at full strength, or at full strength. Jug Girard still has an ailing shoulder. But tackle Lou Ferry is now permanently with the team after the interlude in which he trained with the eastern college all-stars for their game with the Giants September 1. End Larry Craig is back after three weeks clearing up matters on his South Carolina farm. Quarterback Jack Jacobs is completely recovered from the injuries which kept him out of the Pittsburgh game. So is guard Red Vogds, who didn't even make the eastern trip. Center Jay Rhodemyre has had a chance to work in after reporting three weeks late. And left halfback Tony Canadeo, who broke his wrist early in August, is finally ready to start. Sunday's will be his first game. Canadeo particularly can mean a lot to the offense. He is one of the league's better halfbacks and in the right mood, which he appears to have after his long inactivity, he can provide much of the sparkle that the backfield so far has lacked...DUEL BETWEEN ROOKIES: The game is apt to become a duel between two rookie quarterbacks. Curly Lambeau has indicated he will string with young Stan Heath, and Admiral John Whelchel had indicated the same with Harry Gilmer because of injuries to the veteran Sammy Baugh. Heath and Gilmer - and you name two brighter forward passing personalities in college football the last two years. At Alabama, through four years ending in the season of 1947, Gilmer became the toast of all Dixie. He joined the Redskins last fall but appeared in only six plays because of leg injuries. He must still be considered a rookie. At Nevada last season, Heath just about rewrote the college passing record book. "The guy's tremendous," explained General Manager Dick McCann of the Redskins in reference to Gilmer. "He still makes some mechanical mistakes as a quarterback but he can throw that ball. Seven yards or 70 - he's electrifying." Well, Heath can throw the ball, too. And in the last week Heath has shown heartening progress as a quarterback...SKINS HAVE BIG LINE: The Redskins will go into the 
game with a much more impressive record than Green Bay's. They, too, have won only two of their four games, but in all of them they have showed they can move the ball and score. They beat the Los Angeles Rams in George Marshall's Hollywood unveiling, which is always a "must" for him among his movie lot friends, 34-28; beat the Detroit Lions, 31-7, then in their third game in nine days lost to the Chicago Bears, 38-17, and then lost a week later to the Chicago Cardinals, 24-10. The team has a good solid line built around such men as 6 foot 7 inch tackle John Adams, 215 pound end Joe Tereshinski, 233 pound guard Joe Streber, 215 pound guard Mike Katrishen, 223 pound center Al Demao, 193 pound end Hugh Taylor and 241 pound tackle John Sanchez and a fleet, versatile backfield of Dan Sandifer, who ran the opening kickoff back 98 yards here a year ago; Harry Dowda, Bob Goode and Ed Quirck, not to mention Gilmer.