The 1923 Green Bay Packers - 7-2-1 (T-3RD)
Head Coach: Curly Lambeau
1923 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (1-0)
23 HIBBING MINERS W 10- 0 1- 0-0 2,670
1923 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS
30 MINNEAPOLIS MARINES (0-0-0) W 12- 0 1- 0-0 3,008
7 ST. LOUIS ALL-STARS (0-0-0) T 0- 0 1- 0-1 2,831
14 CHICAGO BEARS (1-1-0) L 0- 3 1- 1-1 4,451
21 MILWAUKEE BADGERS (1-0-2) W 12- 0 2- 1-1 5,000
28 RACINE LEGION (1-1-2) L 3-24 2 -2-1 2,800
4 at St. Louis All-Stars (0-2-2) W 3- 0 3- 2-1 750
11 at Racine Legion (2-2-2) W 16- 0 4- 2-1 3,500
18 at Milwaukee Badgers (4-1-2) W 10- 7 5- 2-1 5,400
25 DULUTH KELLEYS (4-2-0) W 10- 0 6- 2-1 N/A
29 HAMMOND PROS (1-4-1) W 19- 0 7- 2-1 N/A
1923 IN REVIEW
As the competition got better, and Curly Lambeau began to recruit players from outside of Green Bay, he needed to guarantee them some financial gain beyond loose change in a hat. A group of five area businessmen got together and launched the Green Bay Football Corporation, a nonprofit entity to provide financial backing for the team. Shares of stock sold for $5 each and paid no dividends. Purchasers were obligated to buy at least six season tickets. The corporation had a five-member executive committee and 15 elected directors. As a nonprofit, the corporation was tax-exempt, and all profits were to go to the American Legion. Andrew B. Turnbull was elected first president of Green Bay Football Corporation on August 23rd. This was the Packers first season in Bellevue Park.
When Hagemeister was dug up in 1923 to make way for a new East High School, the Packers shifted to the new baseball grounds at the end of Main Street, Bellevue Park. Crowds of 4,000-5,000 stormed the fences to boo the hated Chicago Bears. Green Bay was 9-2-1 in 12 league games at Bellevue from 1923-24. Eight of the nine Packer wins were shutouts, and the team won its last seven at the stadium, including a 5-0 home slate in '24. The lone tie was a scoreless affair in 1923. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
BELLEVUE PARK PLAQUE (Wisconsin Heritage Trail) - Bellevue Park was built in less than three weeks in the spring of 1923 with wood salvaged from the stands at Hagemeister Park, where the Packers had previously played. Bellevue was built for baseball and reconfigured for the Packers later that year. Capacity was listed at a little more than 3,300, but nearly 4,500 fans squeezed into the park's cramped quarters when the Packers entertained the Chicago Bears on Oct. 14, 1923. At that point, the two teams had played only once before -in Chicago in 1921 when the Bears were still named the Staleys. The Packers lost that first game in Green Bay, 3-0. The rivalry grew into the most storied in the National Football League. The ballpark here bordered the street with the field running north and south. At the north end there was a barn decorated with a Bellevue Ice Cream sign. To the west was the former Hagemeister Brewery bottling house. However, the Packers played here during Prohibition when the company went under the name Hagemeister Food Products. Later, it was changed again to Bellevue Food Products. Bellevue Park was razed in 1928.
PLAYER POS COLLEGE G YR HT WT
Myrt Basing B Lawrence 9 1 6- 0 200
Cub Buck T Wisconsin 10 3 6- 3 250
Jug Earp T Monmouth 8 2 6- 1 235
Moose Gardner G Wisconsin 9 2 6- 2 224
Buck Gavin B None 9 1 6- 0 195
Dolly Gray E None 1 1 5-11 180
PLAYER POS COLLEGE G YR HT WT
Hal Hansen B Minnesota 1 1 6- 3 220
Norbert Hayes E Marquette 6 1 5-10 200
Curly Lambeau B Notre Dame 10 3 6- 0 190
*Wes Leaper E Wisconsin 2 1 6- 1 210
Dewey Lyle E-G-T Minnesota 9 2 6- 0 220
Charlie Mathys QB Indiana 10 2 5- 8 165
PLAYER POS COLLEGE G YR HT WT
Stan Mills B Penn State 9 2 5-11 190
Jab Murray T Marquette 9 3 6- 3 250
Walter Niemann C Michigan 10 2 6- 0 170
Lyle Wheeler E Ripon 10 3 6- 0 190
Whitey Woodin G Marquette 10 2 5-11 206
*- Did play in non-league games in 1921
DULUTH SEEKS BERTH IN PRO GRID CIRCUIT
JAN 9 (Duluth) - The football club of this city will file application for a berth in the NFL. Announcement to this effect was made by Manager Dewey Scanlon, following a meeting of the directors who unanimously approved the step. "Free lance" football is frowned on here and the Duluth gridders in making their move to get into the organization think it will enable them to compete with the best elevens in the country. During the last season, Duluth lost to the Minneapolis Marines, 3 to 0, and broke even with Green Bay, champions of Wisconsin, in two games.
PRO FOOTBALL LEAGUE KEPT ITS PLEDGES, SAYS LEAGUE HEAD
JAN 23 (Columbus) - President Joe F. Carr of the NFL returned home Monday from the two day session of gridiron moguls in Chicago over the weekend. The executive of the postgraduate wheel pronounced himself as well satisfied with the results of the meeting. "The Chicago conference was most successful," asserted the league head. "Seventeen of the eighteen teams were represented and the managers all appeared most optimistic over the outlook for 1923."...TEAMS SEEK BERTHS: "Several applications for memberships were received from 'big cities' and it is probable that, at the next meeting, favorable action will be taken on the petitions for franchises. Postgraduate football came through the 1922 season without a black mark. We kept every pledge made to the sporting public and not one of our teams stepped out of the straight and narrow path. There wasn't a single case of tinkering with college players."...ATTENDANCE MUCH HIGHER: "The report on attendance figures show that nearly twice as many more spectators witnessed the games in our league in 1922 than in 1921 and the managers even hope for bigger crowds this fall. The meeting was featured by the lack of friction. The managers are pulling together splendidly and their cooperation is going a long way to put professional football over successfully."
JAN 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The pro football magnates made a good move when they reelected Joe Carr of Columbus as president of the postgraduate gridiron wheel. Carr is responsible for the rapid strides being taken by the pro gridders. He ruled with an iron hand but is absolutely just and fair in all of his dealing. Under his capable direction, professional football has climbed up the ladder of success and the sport now holds a firm place in the athletic world, despite the numerous attempts to "snow" it under by some of the narrow minded collegiate authorities.
JAN 23 (St. Louis) - Ollie Kraehe, who is attempting to get St. Louis a franchise in the NFL, on Monday stated he was so certain of getting the franchise that he has been "angling" for Patterson of Northwestern, Keefe and Jones of Notre Dame and Locke of Iowa. He added that he tentatively has arranged games with Milwaukee, Rock Island, Chicago, Davenport and Green Bay.
JAN 26 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Cub Buck is getting some attention in the voting contest for football coach at Wisconsin. Of course, this election won't cut much figure with Tom Jones & Co., at Madison but nevertheless, it shows how public opinion is running. Buck has been successful in football. He has made good as a coach and just because he has picked up some honest dollars by playing professional football, we don't see why the Wisconsin authorities put him in the discussion without just consideration.
HOWARD (CUB) BUCK IS NAMED LAWRENCE COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH; SUCCEEDS MCCHESNEY
MAR 27 (Appleton) - Howard (Cub) Buck, boy scout executive of Appleton and University of Wisconsin All-American tackle of several season ago, who for the past three years has been line coach on the Lawrence college football squad and star of the Green Bay Packers football team, has been named head football coach at Lawrence for the coming year, 1923-24, according to an announcement of President Samuel Plantz. Negotiations were completed last week and need only the formality of a vote of approval by the board of trustees of the college. This will be given at the next meeting of the board, which will be held soon. Buck, as the line coach, has been the main cause behind the strong lines that have been a big factor in giving Lawrence three successive state championships the past seasons, and, in addition, this year a 1.000 record in the Midwest Conference...OFFERED BIG JOBS: He has been offered the position of head football coach at Indiana university last fall, and was also considered as a possible successor to John Richards, resigned grid mogul at the University of Wisconsin, Buck's alma mater. Buck's appointment, made possible through action of the board of trustees recently, at which it was decided to divide the future athletic program at Lawrence under two heads, football, and basketball and track, with a separate director for each, has been received enthusiastically on the Lawrence campus, where his personality and success have made him a prime favorite...MCCHESNEY IS LEAVING: H.D. McChesney, sport head coach who came to Lawrence three years ago and who turned out the three state and Midwest championship grid teams in addition to handling all physical classes of the school as well as directing teams in basketball, track and other athletic departments will leave Lawrence. It is understood that he accepted a coaching position with a Kansas college, but Mr. McChesney declined to name the school, saying that the announcement was to come from the school itself.
MAR 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Speaking in football terms, we think Lawrence made a touchdown and kicked the goal when Howard (Cub) Buck was signed up as pigskin mentor at the Appleton institution. Buck is one of the biggest men in the moleskin game today. Not alone is he a player of exceptional ability but a coach who produces results. With Buck ruling supreme and unhampered next fall, Lawrence is sure to have another corking good pigskin squad...Professional football fans are wondering if Buck's new job will force his retirement from the "money-getting" gridiron. Buck would rather play football than eat and we have a hunch that his contract is so worded that every now and then, on Sunday, he will be able to don the moleskins and plug up a gap in the Green Bay line. Possibly, we are on the wrong track but to date the Bay football authorities have had no officials statement from the big fellow regarding the fall of 1923. Let's hope for the best.
MAY 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jumbo Stiehm is through at Indiana. The athletic mentor has resigned his post and will take a long rest. He has been on sick leave since last fall. When the Hoosiers found Stiehm would be unable to coach the football team, they made Cub Buck an offer to serve as gridiron chief but the Appleton scout director turned down the offer as he was under contract with the Green Bay Packers. Stiehm's successor at Indiana has not been named. No appointment will be made probably until early in the fall.
CARR PREDICTS BANNER SEASON FOR PRO GRIDDERS
JUN 20 (Columbus) - President Joe Carr of the NFL, composed of professional pigskin organizations throughout the country, officially pried off the 1923 pigskin season with the announcement that the outlook for the coming fall was of the rosy hued variety. Although the gridiron season is still several months in the distance, President Carr and Secretary Carl Storck at Dayton are beginning to get things lined up. A meeting of the pro league magnates will be held in Chicago on July 28 and 29. At this conference the schedule for the '23 season will be mapped out and final action will be taken on several applications for franchises, including the Duluth K.C.'s...GAME WILL BOOM: In speaking of the outlook for this fall, President Carr said: "I think professional football will boom again this fall. The 1922 season was a splendid success and we are starting off this fall with a firm foundation. As in 1922 we will 'stick to our knitting' and, under no conditions, will any club in our league will be allowed to 'tinker" with any player on a college team. Reports from many of the magnates show that they are lining up their squads and everywhere there is a confidence that the season is going over big. The addition of Cleveland and St. Louis will tend greatly to strengthen our organization as the newcomers are in a field which will draw big crowds"...WESTERN CLUBS STRONGER: "The western clubs will be stronger than ever. Both the Bears and Cardinals in Chicago are bolstering their lineups. I understand that the Cardinals have signed Kiley, the great Notre Dame star. The Minneapolis Marines have a fast eleven. Several Minnesota and Nebraska stars have been signed up by Manager Dunn. In Wisconsin, pro football will be better than ever. The Milwaukee Badgers are planning on a fast squad. Racine will be in the field with a husky lineup while the famous Green Bay Packers, Badger State champions, can always be counted on to have a husky aggregation of pigskin chasers on the gridiron."
JUN 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Babe Ruetz, the heavyweight manager of the Racine Legion football team, isn't going to be caught asleep at the switch when it is time for the first kickoff in the Pro league. Ruetz has got his men pretty well lined up for the coming season and they have all been ordered to report the second week in September.
MEMBERS OF 1922 GREEN BAY SQUAD BEING LINED UP
JUL 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - In accordance with the regulations of the NFL which call for reserve notices to be sent out to all players of the previous season not later than August 1, the Green Bay Football club has mailed to the following players, notifications that they are included in the Green Bay reserve list for 1923: Mills, Usher, Lambeau, Mathys, Lauer, Niemann, Lyle, Gardner, Buck, Nadolny, Earps, Howard, Gardella, Hayes, Wheeler and Glick...PLANS BEING MADE: Although the pro league season is still about two months in the distance, plans are being made for the 1923 season. Captain Lambeau will attend the league meeting at Chicago July 28 and 29. At this conference the schedule will be made out. The great record made by the Packers during the last half of the 1922 season and their undisputed claim to the Badger professional football champions has put the team in demand and nearly every club in the league has asked for games with Green Bay this season.
BUSY ON SCHEDULE
JUL 12 (Racine) - Babe Ruetz, Racine's football mogul, who is a member of the scheduled committee of the NFL, is busy these days trying to map an outline of games. "Wisconsin's pro elevens, the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Badgers and Racine Legion," said Ruetz, "won't have any trouble mapping out classy schedules this fall as the committee has received requests from all the clubs for bookings in the Badger state. It is probable that Milwaukee, Racine and Green Bay will play a home and home series for the state championship, which the Green Bay Packers have held for the last several years.
JUL 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The opening gun of the football front in Green Bay has been fired and it looks like a good start. The Packers will have a raft of veteran material to build up on and they won't have to do any early experimenting like last season. This should be a banner season of pro football in Green Bay.
PACKER GRIDDERS GIVEN PRAISE BY CARDINAL CENTER
JUL 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Bull MacInery, Chicago Cardinal footballer, who played center field for Dodge's Red Sox in Friday's game against Green Bay, paid the Packers several compliments while talking football with several gridiron fans during his stay here. "The Packers have a great rep in Chicago," said MacInery. "I can remember two years ago when Chris O'Brien booked the Green Bay team. We figured it was soft picking but before the game was over received the surprise of our lives. Driscoll's dropkick in the last few minutes of play was all that saved us from a licking."...TOOK NO CHANCES: "Last year, we profited by experience and took no chances when we faced the Packers. At that, your team gave us quite a battle particularly during the first half. Late in the season, Driscoll and some of the boys were 'chewing the fat' about the pro teams and it was the unanimous opinion that the Packer squad was as good as any on the gridiron. I just received word from Manager O'Brien to report in Chicago the Tuesday after Labor Day for football practice. Like all the other pro teams, the Cardinals are going to get an early start this season. It would be a great attraction for Green Bay if the Packers could induce O'Brien to bring his Cardinal team here for a game."...KILEY JOINS CARDS: When asked what the Cardinals would do this fall, MacInery remarked the results would speak for themselves. According to the Cardinal center, Rundquist would not be with the team this year but in his place, Roger Kiley, Notre Dame star, had been signed up.
CUB BUCK RESIGNS HIS POST AS HEAD OF VALLEY SCOUTS
JUL 21 (Appleton) - Howard "Cub" Buck has resigned as executive director of the Fox River valley boy scout council to go into the business of selling automobiles in Neenah. His resignation became effective several days ago but he will not enter his business until probably about August 1. Mr. Buck has acquired an interest in the Valley Inn Buick Co. at Neenah. Resignation of Mr. Buck leaves the scout council without an executive director but that does not mean the scout work is at a standstill. Scout troops are under the sponsorship of churches and organizations and the work will be continued. Nothing has been done by the scout executive council toward appointing a successor to Mr. Buck. Buck's new business connection will not interfere with him playing professional football as a member of the Green Bay Packers, according to word received from Appleton today.
JUL 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A week from today, the professional football moguls will gather in Chicago and make their final preparations for the 1923 season of pigskin chasing. The schedule of games will be adopted at this conference and there will probably be a good deal of "ringside" speaking as the choice dates in the gridiron outline will be very much in demand. Representatives from Racine, Milwaukee and Green Bay will be the Badger state envoys at the moleskin pow-wow.
PRO GRID MOGULS TO MEET IN CHICAGO TO MAP SCHEDULE
JUL 23 (Columbus) - The NFL will meet in Chicago on July 28 and 29 to complete the professional football schedule for the coming year, to appoint officers and approve three additional franchises, President Jos. F. Carr announced on Saturday. Cleveland, Duluth and St. Louis are in line for franchises in the league and a number of applications have been on file. Some of these requests will be considered, Mr. Carr said. The following teams will be represented at the meeting here: Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y.; Cleveland, Canton, Akron, Dayton, Toledo, Columbus and Marion, O.; Louisville, Ky.; Evansville and Hammond, Ind.; two teams from Chicago, one each from Rock Island, Ill.; Milwaukee, Racine and Green Bay, Wis., and St. Louis, Minneapolis and Duluth.
RACINE GRID HEAD WILL ATTEND PRO LEAGUE MEETING
JUL 25 (Racine) - Babe Ruetz, manager of the Racine Legion football team, leaves Friday afternoon for Chicago to attend the meeting of the pro gridders. Ruetz is a member of the schedule committee and this group goes into executive session Saturday morning to map out the playing dates. According to Reutz, the Wisconsin teams, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Racine, will probably play home and home games for the Badger championship. The Green Bay Packers now hold this title. The aim of the schedule committee this season will be to eliminate the long jumps and to have the leaders of each section meet in the final games for the national professional title. Canton won this honor last season. The conference at Chicago will be held at the Sherman House and the session will continue over Sunday. Representatives from 20 professional football organizations will be in attendance, it is said.
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL WILL BOOM THIS SEASON SAYS HEAD OF LEAGUE AT CHICAGO MEET
JUL 28 (Chicago) - "Professional football will boom this season." This was the statement made by President Joe F. Carr, Columbus, O., of the NFL before the opening session of the gridiron moguls at the Sherman Hotel. "The pro game is gaining in popularity each year," asserted Mr. Carr, "and I look for the coming season to be a record breaker in every respect. Our organization is now on a firm foundation and the sport loving public is beginning to appreciate the brand of football which is played by the teams in our circuit." The football conference got underway here this morning. Representatives from twenty clubs were in attendance. The sessions will continue over Sunday. Among the football moguls here are three representing clubs in Wisconsin: Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, Badger State champions; Babe Ruetz of the Racine Legion and Irish McGuirk of the Milwaukee Badgers.
PRESIDENT JOE CARR PRAISES GREEN BAY
JUL 30 (Chicago) - When several of the "big town" magnates kicked over the choice dates in the football schedule given the Green Bay, Wis., Packers, President Joe Carr silenced them with this statement: "Green Bay is the greatest football town of its size in the country. The Packers are a credit to pro football and on their brilliant record of many years, they deserve just as much recognition as any team in our circuit."
PACKERS BOOK BIG GAMES
JUL 30 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin State professional football champions, were awarded several choice plums at the schedule meeting of the NFL, which closed a 2 day session at the Sherman hotel late on Sunday afternoon. E.L. Lambeau, who represented the Green Bay eleven at the meeting, made his demand good for a game with the Bears and this famous Chicago team will play in Green Bay October 14. Both Racine and Milwaukee were after the Bears' game but Green Bay, on the strength of being champion of the Badger state last season, was given the game...OTHER HOME GAMES: Among the other elevens scheduled to play in Green Bay are: Minneapolis Marines, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Racine and Duluth. The Packers also drew a choice date in Chicago being booked to play Chris O'Brien's Cardinals at the White Sox park on November 25. Two of the players on the Green Bay reserve list were claimed by other clubs. The Minneapolis Marines claimed Dewey Lyle while Rock Island is said to have strings on Rip Lauer. The Packers have protested and President Carr was named a committee of one to make an investigation and report before August 15. Duluth, Cleveland and St. Louis were admitted to the league. The league season will open on September 23 and will close on December 9. The final dates, December 2 and December 9, are set aside for intersectional championship games...FORFEITS ARE POSTED: A guarantee of $1,000 for each team which holds membership in the NFL was posted as evidence of good faith in the league's newly established policy of noninterference with college players. "We have no desire to interfere with college players who cannot
play on our teams and then go back their own organization," said Joe F. Carr of Columbus, O., president of the league...PROS GET COLLEGE BOYS: "As it is, more than 90 percent of the college football stars who graduated in 1923 are signed by professional clubs for the coming year. In addition to the forfeit money posted against the securing of amateur players, I have the word of each of the twenty presidents of clubs in the league, who attended today's meeting, that they will not try to steal college players from their college allegiance," Mr. Carr said. "It is true that in the past much of this sort of thing has happened, but it has been such a blow to amateur football that we have no desire to continue."
RUETZ TELLS HOW PACKERS SECURED GAME WITH BEARS
JUL 31 (Racine) - Manager Babe Ruetz of the Racine Legion football team returned from the NFL meeting at Chicago on Monday and announced himself as perfectly satisfied with the results of the pro gridiron conference. Ruetz admitted that the Green Bay Packers got a bit the best of the schedule making so far as the Wisconsin teams were concerned but added that this was no more than fair as the Bay eleven held the state professional championship. Both Racine and Milwaukee, Ruetz said, tried to land the Chicago Bear game but the board of directors awarded it to Green Bay. The Legion manager also announced that Butts Hayes, who played end here last season, had been released to Green Bay. Hayes is a Green Bay boy and had expressed a preference to play with the Packers this year, if possible. The Green Bay club, according to Ruetz, made an offer for Rowdy Elliott, the former Wisconsin star who played halfback here last season, and there is a possibility that the deal will go through. Ruetz announced that all Legion players have been sent orders to report here on September 10.
AUG 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - To the champion belongs the spoils and this is just the reason why the Green Bay Packers landed the game with the Chicago Bears, one of the most famous professional football aggregations in the country, in Green Bay on October 14. Both Milwaukee and Racine were after the tilt with the much vaunted Windy City aggregation but the Packers landed the fracas as they were the Badger State champions in 1922.
PRO FOOTBALL SEASON IS GETTING CLOSE TO HAND
AUG 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Five weeks from Sunday, the professional football season is scheduled to get underway in Green Bay. The opening date is September 23 and unless there is an unexpected hitch in plans, the Hibbing, Minn., Miners, headed by Walter Buland, former Rock Island star, will be seen in action here. September 30, the Sunday following the Hibbing game, the Minneapolis Marines face Green Bay in a pro league contest. After the Gophers come the St. Louis Browns and then on October 14, the big game of the home season will be staged against the famous Chicago Bears...PROGRESS BEING MADE: The football situation here is progressing nicely. There has been a number of conferences held in the past week and if the gridiron program is pretty well mapped out. A box seat selling drive will be launched in the immediate future by a committee of businessmen and it is hoped to secure enough funds to finance the eleven for the season. Further particulars about this campaign will be announced before the end of the week. According to the present plans of the association, there will be a "seat for everybody" at the games here. Additional stands will be set up at the field and there will be a seating capacity for over 3,000...ORDERS TO REPORT: Orders for reporting will be sent out to the players immediately and the full squad will be on hand not later than September 16. It is expected that a number of players will arrive before this time and Captain Lambeau expects to start preliminary work Labor Day. There has been no change in the players' situation. All of last year's squad are pretty well set except Lauer and Lyle. President Carr's ruling on these two men is anxiously awaited. Several new men are being lined up and it is thought that the Le Fleur case will be cleared away satisfactorily to Green Bay within the next week.
AUG 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Unless all signs fail, Green Bay is going to have its greatest season of professional football. The days of experimenting are over and the club this year should reap a harvest from the costly mistakes made in the olden days. Veteran material will make up the squad right from the opening game and there will be very little tinkering with unknown quantities. There will be no raise of admission prices about midseason and what's more the management plans to provide a seat for everybody at the park. That's the stuff.
DRIVE FOR FOOTBALL FUNDS GETS UNDERWAY; COMMITTEE WORKERS SWING INTO ACTION
AUG 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "Are you ready, Green Bay?" The plan for financing professional football in Green Bay during the season of 1923 includes the combination of stock in the Green Bay Football corporation and box seats for all the games played here this fall. The financial campaign got underway today and it is the aim of the committee to get in immediate touch with every football fan in the city. The boosters will make a house-to-house canvass in the business section and it is hoped to put the drive across within a week. For $25 the subscriber will receive 5 shares of stock, the par value of which is $5 per share and in addition, a box seat for all the games booked on the home schedule which will be given as a bonus. The shares of stock, minus the box seat combination, will also be placed on sale at $5 per share...INCORPORATION PAPERS FILED: Papers of incorporation have been filed with the secretary of state. The incorporators are A.B. Turnbull, J.A. Kittell and L.H. Joannes. The incorporation papers call for the stockholders to meet and elect a board of directors of 15 members. This board is empowered by the articles to appoint an executive committee of five members from the board who shall have general charge of the club subject to the approval of the board of directors. The board of directors will elect from their membership a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer who will direct the affairs of the corporation. No salaries are to be paid for any executive positions...WILL TRANSFER PLEDGES: Those who signed up for the football fund last winter will be called upon by the workers and their pledges will be transferred to the new financial program. The committee wants to reach everybody in the city and the immediate territory to Green Bay. However, in case some are overlooked, a coupon will be published daily in the Press-Gazette, starting on Monday. Checks for the stock and box seats are to be made out to the Green Bay Football Corporation, L.H. Joannes, treasurer. Those desiring any information concerning the football fund drive, who have not been reached by the solicitors, are urged to call 4400 between 7 and 9:30 o'clock in the evening. A representative of the committee will be at the Press-Gazette all next week during these hours...WANT MORE WORKERS: The committee is anxious to secure about a dozen more workers who will get out and hustle during the coming week to help put the drive across. A phone call to 4400 will put these volunteers in action immediately. For the past month, the committee has been in frequent sessions and the football program is well mapped. The outlook is unusually bright. Green Bay was fortunate in securing a corking good schedule, which calls for six home league games with some of the best teams in the country. Four contests are booked for foreign fields. In addition to this a non-league game will be played here on September 23 against the Hibbing Miners unless there is an eleventh hour switch in the program. All the game will be played at Bellevue Park, where the Lynchmen have been playing all season. The gridiron has been laid out to as to give all the spectators a splendid view of the playing field...SEATS FOR EVERYBODY: It is the aim of the management to have a seat for everybody. The plans call for a seating capacity of over 3,000. The admission prices will be lower this year than ever before and the management positively guarantees there will be no boost in charges about midseason. Five weeks from tomorrow, Captain Lambeau will lead his pigskin chasers out on the gridiron for the opening game. It will be the best eleven Green Bay ever had. Nearly every man a veteran from the great team that brought the state championship to Green Bay last fall...."ARE YOU READY GREEN BAY?": When the referee yells "Are you ready Green Bay?" and the whistle pipes won't you feel a little bit out in the cold if you haven't done your share towards putting the team on the field? Now is the time act. Let's go.
OPEN STOCK SALE DRIVE TO SECURE FOOTBALL FUNDS
AUG 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The stock selling campaign of the Green Bay Football corporation got off to a good start this morning when a committee of businessmen began its drive. Some work was done over the weekend and the opening returns bid fair to assure successful results although it will take intensive efforts by every football booster in the city to reach the desired goal. Stock in the football corporation is selling for $5 a share and to those who purchase five shares of stock a bonus of a box seat to all games at home will be given. Those behind the football project are enthusiastic over the program but they see plenty of work ahead. One member of the committee in speaking of the plans said: "This year's team will be the best we ever had and we want to show the members of the squad that the city is solidly behind them, not alone with moral support but with financial backing as well"...PUT SHOULDER TO WHEEL: "We want every football booster in the city to put his shoulder to the wheel. We are going to call on as many as possible but there will be some that we may possibly overlook. Any of those not reached personally in the football drive are asked to call 4400 between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 o'clock in the evening and the following day a member of the committee will pay them a visit. Four weeks from Sunday, the first game is scheduled. We haven't got a minute to waste. If possible we hope to secure the desired amount of funds before the end of the week."
AUG 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Four weeks from Sunday the lid will be lifted on the professional football season in Green Bay. The first game is scheduled to be played Sunday, September 23, against the Hibbing Miners. And in the meantime, plans for financing the eleven will have stepped into reality. The Bay is the smallest city in the Professional football league. The drawing powers cannot be compared with Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Buffalo, Milwaukee and some of the other clubs in the circuit. It is necessary to have a fund available to meet a possible deficit...And it is with this end in view that the organizers of the Green Bay Football corporation are making what might be called a house-to-house canvass this week in a stock selling drive which will provide enough money for the Green Bay team to weather the financial storm during the coming season. President Joe Carr of the NFL has termed Green Bay the greatest football city of its size in the country. And it is...In the past several years, the Packers have put Green Bay prominently on the football map. We feel safe in saying that football has given Green Bay more national advertising than any than any other project ever launched here. The team is rated as one of the best in the country and this year should be better than ever. The eleven will have its chance to show its worth as the schedule provides games with the cream of the teams in the professional league and what's more six of these contests will be played at home...Professional football brings business to Green Bay. For the past two years, the games have attracted gridiron fans from nearly every city within a radius of a hundred miles. It is fair to estimate that at least 600 out of towners come here each week for the games. Professional football costs big money. A game involves this expenditure of some $3,500. This, of course, includes salaries of both teams and all other expenses incidental to the contest. It is a big undertaking but we think it is worthwhile...Let's do it the Green Bay way.
FOOTBALL BACKERS WORKING HARD IN STOCK SALE DRIVE
AUG 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "Professional football has put Green Bay on the nation's sports map in capital letters and we must keep it there," stated a prominent businessman on Monday when he was asked to take some stock in the Green Bay Football corporation. He came across nicely, taking ten shares of stock which carried with it as a bonus two box seats for all home games played by the Green Bay eleven this season. The gridiron campaigners are sticking to their work in hopes of putting over the project successfully before the end of the week. The value of the team as an advertising medium for the city is recognized by the businessmen and it is unofficially reported that fair progress is being made...TRY TO REACH EVERYBODY: "We are trying to reach everybody," said one of the gridiron stock salesman, "but this is a physical impossibility and with this end in view, a representative of the committee is at the Press-Gazette each night this week from 7 to 9:30 o'clock, to answer queries about the football campaign and take subscriptions." So far as the team itself is concerned, everything is moving nicely. Joe Le Fleur, who played last season with the Chicago Bears, was in the city on Monday and had a conference with Captain Lambeau. Le Fleur goes to Chicago over the weekend and hopes to get his release from Manager Halas of the Bears so that he can play here. Le Fleur has accepted the terms of the Green Bay management, but, of course, he can't sign any contract until he has been declared a free agent by the Bears...KENYON WILL PLAY HERE: One of the new faces in the Green Bay squad this fall will be Crow Kenyon, the former Ripon captain. Kenyon is a big fellow, going over 200 pounds and has been working in a lumber camp for over a year. Charlie Mathys, the Bay quarterback who played with Kenyon one year at Ripon, thinks the big fellow will fit nicely into the Green bay machine.
FOOTBALL BACKERS AFTER $5 AND $10 STOCK PURCHASERS
AUG 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With a few additional workers on the job today, the stock selling campaign of the Green Bay Football corporation is being speeded up in hopes that enough money will be raised before the end of the week so as to put professional football on a firm financial foundation in this city. The solicitors are meeting with fair success, it is said, although the goal of the drive is still a long way off. Encouragement is being met in some quarters and quite a number of the businessmen are rallying to the support of the organization...WANT 'LITTLE FELLOWS': In speaking of the stock selling drive, one of the committee at last night's conference said: "We must get in touch with more of the 'little fellows'. By this I mean the dyed-in-wool football fans who don't feel able to purchase five shares of stock and get the box seat bonus. We must get after the $5 and $10 stock buyers. I am fully confident that if we can get in touch with these follows we can at least dispose of 200 more shares of stock."....IT'S GREEN BAY'S TEAM: "The football fans of Green Bay want to remember that this is Green Bay's team and we want everybody to have a financial interest, even if it is only but one share of stock in the corporation. A lot of these fellows we can't reach personally but if they cal the Press-Gazette between the hours of 7 and 9:30 o'clock in the evening, their subscription will be eagerly taken care of." Tom Dwyer is going after additional subscriptions among the railroad workers while Ed Schweger, Emmett Platten, Ken Schuldes and Ray Leicht are busy today "mopping up" on the west side. The businessmen's committee is continuing its personal canvass throughout all the other sections of the city...ANNOUNCE ADMISSION PRICES: It was officially announced today that the admission prices to prevail this fall at all of the home games will be $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats. There will be positively no boost of prices about midseason. The seating capacity of the football field will run over 3,000 and it is the aim of the management to have a seat for every spectator.
FOOTBALL FANS IN DOOR COUNTY KEEP TAB ON CAMPAIGN
AUG 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Continuing their efforts in the Green Bay Football corporation stock selling drive, members of the committee, bent on making a touchdown and kicking the goal, were hard at it rounding up additional subscribers. It is frankly admitted by the leaders of the campaign that the goal is not yet at hand but the committeemen plan to "carry on" until they have pushed the ball behind the goal line...STURGEON BAY INTERESTED: Interest in the drive for funds in not alone confined to Green Bay as inquiries have been received from Sturgeon Bay and other towns in this immediate vicinity. One football fan from Sturgeon Bay was here on Wednesday and he had this to say about professional football in Green Bay: "We are watching the football drive in Green Bay with a lot of interest," said the Sturgeon Bay football fan. "And right from the start you can count on our locality for any support that is needed. The "Cherry Country" pretty near considers the Packers their own and we will be down fifty or a hundred strong for all the game, just as we have done in past year."...IS BEST ADVERTISEMENT: "In sport circles in our neighborhood, pro football is the main topic of discussion during the fall and we are all pulling for Green Bay. I think your pro teams does more to keep Green Bay in public eye than any other civic project. I know Green Bay will raise the money to finance the team but, if anything should happen and the fund falls short, come up our way we'll do our bit to put it over."
AUG 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Like Green Bay, Rock Island has organized a stock corporation to finance professional football. Businessmen may have come to the support of Manager Flanagan and they hope to have a fund of $7,500 to work on this fall. Last season, the Islanders gave up the ghost on the final stretch due to the lack of funds and some of the players were forced to pull stakes without getting all that was coming to them.
CUB BUCK, MATHYS, MILLS AND BASING CONTRACTS SIGNED
AUG 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With the decks pretty well cleared for action and the Green Bay Football Corporation committeemen continuing the stock selling drive, Captain Lambeau comes to bat with the statement that Cub Buck, Charlie Mathys, Stanley Mills, all veterans of last year, and Norm Basing, Lawrence college star for the past three seasons have signed their contracts. Buck, Mills and Mathys played great football last fall. Buck is considered one of the greatest players in the pro game. Mathys' superb work at quarter last fall gained him a national reputation while Mills won his way into the hearts of the Green Bay football colony by his brilliant play behind the line...GOOD PASS RECEIVER: This will be Basing's first year in pro football but Buck claims that the Lawrence college graduate will make good. Basing can play either end or halfback. He goes about 180 pounds and has gained fame in state football circles as an adept pass receiver of the forward pass. He should fit in nicely with the Bay machine. Within the next two weeks, it seems certain that the entire squad will be signed up. Letters accepting terms are expected from Gardner, Woodin, Usher, Niemann, Earps, Howard and other members of the classy 1922 aggregation, along with Crow Kenyon and several new men who are being negotiated with...PUSHING STOCK SALE: There will be no let up in the stock selling drive for another two weeks. The workers are making some progress and they hope to have the city pretty well mopped up within the next fourteen days. Many inquiries have been received from out of town football fans regarding seat reservations for the home games and early indications point to Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan supporting the Green Bay eleven more loyally than ever.
DR. MCNEVINS WILL AGAIN HANDLE BAY FOOTBALL PLAYERS
AUG 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The salesman in
the Green Bay Football corporation stock drive plan to keep busy over the weekend and they are confident of disposing of a number of shares on Sunday. The workers report that the $5 and $10 subscriptions are beginning to come in nicely. Many of the younger fellows have expressed a willingness to do their bit and the solicitors are making the rounds as fast as possible. Those who are not reached personally can report at the Press-Gazette between the hours of 7 and 9:30 in the evening...AMONG RAIL WORKS: An intensive drive among the railroad workers will be launched next week and several members of the committee will make a thorough canvass of the North Side. Another contract came into the fold on Friday when Cowboy Wheeler signed for the season. Wheeler was a member of the squad last season and gave satisfaction when used on a wing position. Wheeler is one of Green Bay's own and made his bow as a pigskin chaser at West High...RE-ENGAGE DR. MCNEVINS: Dr. E.S. McNevins will again look after the teams. Dr. McNevins has served in this capacity for the past four years and has given perfect satisfaction. Doc is popular with the players and as he is a dyed-in-the-wool football fan, it makes a happy combination all around.
AUG 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay football management did a good stroke of business when they signed up Cub Buck again. The former Badger star is one of the foremost figures on the professional gridiron today. Buck is not only rated high as a pigskin chaser but as a businessmen as well and his presence on the Green Bay aggregation does much to keep the eleven quite prominent on the national sport map.
ADDITIONAL SEATS ARE ORDERED FOR FOOTBALL SEASON
AUG 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - An order has been placed with a well known seat company by the Green Bay Baseball corporation for 1,200 seats which are to be set up at the football field. These seats, which are of the type used by all the big colleges, have given splendid satisfaction and they will be a big improvement over the wooden grandstand seats erected here in past years. At the close of the season, these seats will be taken down and stored away for another year. With these additional seats, the capacity of the football park will be increased to over 3,000. At the present time, the grandstand at the ball park has a 1,600 capacity while each of the bleachers will take care of 300. The aim of the management in securing these additional seats is to provide a seat for every spectator. The football field will be laid directly north and south. The south goal posts will set upon what is now the first base line. The west side of the playing field will border along the third base line. The gridiron will be so laid as to provide the regulation ten yard end zones at each extremity of the field. Arrangement for handling the crowds are being perfected. Additional exits and entrances will be provided and the management is now looking for extra parking space in the immediate vicinity of the park.
AUG 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - One by one the Green Bay footballers are going into the fold and it is safe to say that by the fifth of September the team will be pretty well shaped up. Of course, it is a little early to make predictions but we have a hunch that this is going to be the greatest season of professional that the Bay has ever experienced. And that is saying a whole lot.
JUG EARPS SIGNS CONTRACT TO PLAY FOOTBALL IN BAY DURING 1923 GRID SEASON
AUG 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jug Earps has signed his contract to play football here again this year. Captain Lambeau received the agreement from the star tackle in this morning's mail. The return of Earps will be welcomed with gobs of joy by the football followers of the Green Bay team as his brilliant work on the gridiron last season made him a pigskin hero in this neck of the woods. Earps joined Green Bay last year just before the first game in Milwaukee. He came here from Rock Island. Earps was good luck for the Bay eleven because after he joined the team the squad kept its record clean for the remainder of the season. In his letter, accompanying the signed contract, Earps wrote: "I have turned down several coaching offers to return to Green Bay but I feel that this year we will have a championship team and I want to be on it. I will report in time for the opening practice on September 16 and you can count on me being in the best of shape as I have been working hard all summer." With Buck and Earps at the tackles, Green Bay will have as good a pair as there is in the pro league.
AUG 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The plan for the Green Bay Football corporation to provide a seat for everybody at the games this fall will make a hit with the gridiron followers, who in past years were frequently forced to stand up during the contests. From the amount of talk in sport circles, the pro game is going to boom in Green Bay more than ever before and, if the weather man does his part, it is our opinion that attendance records will be smashed to smithereens.
FOOTBALLERS WILL START GRID DRILL HERE ON SEPTEMBER 16
AUG 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Orders have been sent to the members of the Green Bay football squad to report here for practice, not later than September 16. This will bring the team one solid week together before the opening game with Hibbing. It is probable that Captain Lambeau will drill the players both morning and afternoon during the week before the initial gridiron conflict. In addition to this, several nights have been set aside for blackboard talks. Unless there is a sudden shift in arrangements, about eighteen men will be on the job for the football workouts. It looks as if the first game will be a tough one as the Hibbing Miners are to have a classy squad on the gridiron. Reports from Minnesota carry the news that Walter Buland, the Hibbing helmsman, has a corking good team this season and also that he intends to import a couple of gridiron starts for the game with Green Bay.
AUG 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Crow Kenyon's signed contract was received this morning. The former Ripon football captain is expected to be a big addition to the Bay eleven. He tips the beam at 235 pounds and can play center, guard or tackle.
AUG 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With Jug Earps back in togs, Green Bay will have a pair of the best tackles in professional football as Cub Buck, who plays the same position as Earps on the opposite side of the line can hold his own with the best. Earps is of the fighting type of footballer and he is there scrapping for every inch of ground. Earps played wonderful football for Green Bay last season and it is fair to resume that he will feel more at home here this fall and, as a result, his game will be improved.
KEEP STORCK BUSY SORTING AWAY PRO LEAGUE CONTRACTS
AUG 30 (Dayton) - Business is beginning to pick up for Carl Storck, secretary of the NFL, and he is having his hands full these days sorting away players' contracts which are coming in from the team executives in every mail. According to the league regulations, all players reserved from last year are expected to come to terms with their owner-clubs not later than September 10. In case salary differences cannot be agreed upon, the player is given the right to lay his case before the league president for hearing. The Canton Bulldogs have nearly all of last year's team again under contract and the Chicago Cardinals also have been successful in lining up their 1922 stars. A number of new faces will be seen in the Rock Island lineup this season and the Milwaukee club will also have a different makeup with Jimmy Conzelman as team captain. Racine appears to be having trouble with its players as Manager Reutz has but few contracts turned in to date. Dressen, the A.A. ballplayer who played with Racine last season, is back in the fold. Green Bay, the Wisconsin State champions, is making good progress rounding up its squad. The Packers will have nearly all of their veterans back in moleskins. Among the Green Bay players' contracts turned in are: Captain Lambeau, Earps, Buck, Mills, Wheeler, Basing, Mathys and Kenyon.
MILWAUKEE PARK SECURED BY BAYS FOR DEC. BATTLES
AUG 31 (Milwaukee) - Football fans of Milwaukee will get their fill of the professional game this fall as arrangements have been made to have a professional argument at Athletic park every Sunday during the gridiron season. The Milwaukee Badgers, Milwaukee's club in the NFL, will play the majority of games at Athletic park but Louis Nahin, secretary to Otto Borchert, owner of the park, has completed negotiations with Manager McGuirk of the Badgers so that when his team is not playing in Milwaukee, the park will be opened to outside clubs for games. The Green Bay Packers, who have proven the best drawing card of any pro eleven ever playing in Milwaukee, have filed applications for the use of Athletic park on December 2 and 9 for postseason games. The Bay eleven has held the state championship for a number of seasons and this year the Packers are expected to be stronger than ever...SEVEN HOME GAMES: The proposed booking of the two games in Milwaukee will not result in any changes on the Green Bay home schedule as these dates have been set aside for championship tilts. The Green Bay team plays at home each Sunday from September 23 until October 28. Then they travel abroad until Thanksgiving Day when they will return to face Duluth in a pro league game. Seven games are booked on the home lot this season. Hibbing, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Chicago Bears, Milwaukee, Racine and Duluth being seen in action here.
WALLY NIEMAN IS TO PERFORM AGAIN WITH BAY ELEVEN
SEPT 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Wally Nieman, Michigan varsity center for three years, will again hold down the pivotal post for Green Bay on the football gridiron this season. The Menominee, Mich., star accepted terms on Friday afternoon. Neiman joined Green Bay after the first Racine game last season and he was one of the most brilliant performers on the forward line. Wally would rather chase the pigskin than eat and he always gives his best from first to last whistle...LINE SHAPING UP: With Nieman in the fold, the Bays have the three crucial spots on the forward line filled as Buck and Earps, the two tackles have already signed contracts. Kenyon lined up to play guard, if necessary, while Cowboy Wheeler is the one end under contract. Mathys, Mills, Lambeau and Basing are the backfielders signed up. It is expected that the signed contracts will be received from Eddie Usher and Whitey Woodin within the next few days. Terms will be closed with Butts Hayes just as soon as he gets his written release from Racine. Moose Gardner isn't keen about accepting a cut in salary and his contract has been unsigned but there are still hopes of getting him set...HOWARD IS UNDECIDED: Tubby Howard is still undecided about football this fall, but if he does, it will be with Green Bay. Gardella won't return here from the East. Joe Le Fleur expects to get his release from the Bears immediately after Labor Day while President Carr's decision on Lauer and Lyle has been promised not later than September 10.
BUTTS HAYES HAS SIGNED CONTRACT WITH BAY ELEVEN
SEPT 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Norbert (Butts) Hayes, former Green Bay West High and Marquette gridder, who held down a wing position on the Racine Legion team last season, signed his contract on Sunday to perform with Green Bay on the chalked marked field this fall. Hayes should be a valuable addition to the Bay eleven. He is of the rugged type of footballer and during the past two seasons has played classy football in the professional game. Hayes is a star defensive man and is a brilliant receiver of the forward pass. Butts Hayes is slated to play the wing held down last season by Dave Hayes. George Halas, the Chicago Bears' manager, has flatly refused to give Joe Le Fleur his release despite the fact that every string possible was pulled to get the Escanaba boy in a Green Bay uniform. Le Fleur spent the weekend in Chicago with Halas but Chesty George firmly refused to let Le Fleur out. It is expected that the signed contract for the Hibbing game on September 23 will be returned here by Wednesday. The terms were mailed to Walter Buland, the Hibbing coach, on Sunday. Acceptance of the contract is practically assured.
HIBBING OPENS FOOTBALL SEASON HERE ON SEPTEMBER 23
SEPT 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Hibbing Miners will face Green Bay in the opening game of the professional football season here on September 23. Acceptance of the teams of the contract, offered by Green Bay, was made by Walter Buland of the Hibbing club over the long distance phone Wednesday afternoon. The Hibbing aggregation of footballers is one of the strongest non-league teams in the country. For several years, they have shared honors with Ironwood as being the best eleven in Upper Michigan and Minnesota. Last season they played Duluth to a tie and lost by one touchdown to the Minneapolis Marines. Included in the Hibbing lineup will be a number of gridders of national reputation, Rube Ursella and Walter Buland, two members of the great Rock Island machine of 1921, are playing with the Miners. Ursella is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in professional football while Buland is a smashing tackle. A pair of former Minnesota stars are playing the end for Hibbing. Ink Marshall, famous colored star, is holding down one of the wing positions while Chicken, rated as one of the best ends every turned out at the Gopher "U" will play the other extremity. The Miners have already started their practice workouts and they expect to play two games, September 9 and 16, before the Green Bay invasion. They will bring a squad of eighteen players her, and according to Buland, every man on the team will be fit for the fray. With the Hibbing game set, Captain Lambeau has sent out orders to his players to report here not later than September 16. It is planned to have one week of intensive drill, which will including morning and afternoon practices, with blackboard talks at night, before the whistle blows for the opening game.
EDDIE USHER HAS SIGNED CONTRACT WITH BAY ELEVEN
SEPT 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Eddie Usher will be in Green Bay's lineup against Hibbing in the opening game of the season here on September 23. The contract, signed by the star halfback of last year's team, was received on Wednesday. Usher is a corking good football man and he played a wonderful game with the Bay in 1922. Eddie was a varsity man at Michigan for three years and received mention on several All-American teams. He came here last fall about midseason from Rock Island. The teams signed up, as it now stands, is: Lambeau, Mills,
Usher, Basing and Mathys, backfielders; Hayes and Wheeler, ends; Buck and Earps, tackles; Kenyon, guard, and Niemann, center. In other words, there are eleven players under contract. It can be safely said that Whitey Woodin and probably Moose Gardner will be in the fold before another week. Efforts are not being made to secure three other players and it is hoped to have the squad intact at least a week before the Hibbing game.
SEPT 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - One by one the Green Bay footballers are signing contracts. Eddie
Usher, the crack halfback, has accepted terms and he will be in the lineup when Green Bay opens the season against the Hibbing Miners on September 23. Usher is a former Michigan varsity star and last season he was one of the Packers' mainstays in the backfield. Usher is of the aggressive type of gridder and he is a classy performer, both on the offense and defense.
FOOTBALL STOCK SALESMEN SPEED UP THEIR DRIVE
SEPT 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - An effort to speed up the sale of the Green Bay Football Corporation stock will be launched immediately. At a meeting of the gridiron stock salesmen last night, the financial report showed that the goal of the drive is still far in the distance and in order to put the gridiron sport on a firm financial condition the solicitors will have to shake a leg during the next ten days. A check over of the subscriptions was made and the report showed that many of the dyed-in-the-wool football fans in the city were not in the subscription list. An effort will be made to get these gridiron enthusiasts "in the fold" immediately. The stock salesmen will resume their personal calls at once. A football pep meeting will be held next Friday night, September 14, at the Elks club, if the present plans materialize. It is probable that Cub Buck and several other members of the Green Bay eleven will address the pigskin rally. The North Side Boosters Club is going to stage a benefit dance for the football corporation at the Armory on Friday evening, September 21. It will be a harvest dance and the boosters from the North side plan appropriate ball decorations.
MOOSE GARDNER TO CHASE PIGSKIN ON GREEN BAY ELEVEN
SEPT 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Moose Gardner, one of the mainstays in Green Bay's forward line last fall, has accepted terms and he will again chase the pigskin with the Green Bay eleven in the pro league. Gardner reports himself in good condition. He has been pitching ball all summer in the Copper country. In a letter to Captain Lambeau, Gardner wrote, "Don't underestimate the Hibbing Miners. They are 'gunning' for the game with the Packers and have already started to practice. Walter Buland has a classy bunch of players and they are sure to cause us lots of trouble. I was in Hibbing the other day and they are all talking about the Green Bay game." Gardner is a former Wisconsin star. He earned his letter on the gridiron at the Badger U for three years. After leaving college, Gardner saw two years of service with Detroit on the pro gridiron and then played a season with Buffalo before coming to Green Bay last fall. Gardner is the twelfth Bay footballer to accept terms...PEP MEETING FRIDAY NIGHT: Plans for the football pep meeting next Friday night at the Elks club are progressing nicely. A number of the players as well as prominent businessmen interested in football will address the gathering. The session will start promptly at 8 o'clock and it will be short and snappy.
GAVIN AGREES TO TERMS; WILL PLAY IN BAY BACKFIELD
SEPT 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Pat (Buck) Galvin, rated one of the greatest fullbacks in professional football wired his acceptance of Green Bay terms on Sunday and his signed contract is expected here not later than Wednesday. With Gavin lined up, the Bay backfield is completed and it is some backfield. Gavin and Mills, fullbacks; Usher, Lambeau and Basing, halfbacks; and Mathys, quarterback. Gavin has seen two years of service with Rock Island and in 1920 he played with the Buffalo All-Americans. Gavin played his collegiate football at Syracuse. Last year Gavin smashed his way through the Bay line for many a gain. He took a leading part in the Rock Island victory over Green Bay at Rock Island and in the game played here he showed class galore. Two years ago, when Rock Island played here, Gavin was on the sidelines as he suffered a badly cut hand while the Islanders were practicing for the Green Bay game at Manitowoc. Much interest is being shown over the football pep meeting scheduled Friday night at the Elks club. Several of the players will address the gridiron fans and some of the businessmen prominently connected with the Football corporation will be on hand to outline the plans for the season.
SEPT 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A week from Sunday the lid will be lifted on the professional football season in Green Bay. The Hibbing Miners, one of the strongest non-league teams in the country, will rub the noses against Green Bay. It will be a stiff opening game for Captain Lambeau's aggregation but, one thing is sure, it can't be any harder than the opening conflict in '22 against Duluth.
WHITEY WOODIN IS SIGNED FOR DUTY WITH BAY ELEVEN
SEPT 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Whitey Woodin will again hold down a guard position when the Green Bay eleven steps out on the field a week from Sunday to give battle to the Hibbing Miners. Woodin's wire accepting terms reached Captain Lambeau on Monday. Woodin came to Green Bay last season about the middle of October in a trade by which Jab Murray went to Racine. The former Marquette lineman was a fighting fool on the scrimmage front and he was very popular with the Bay football fans. Woodin has been farming in Canada and the last two months he has been busy making "touchdowns" in the harvest fields. He should be in the pink of condition for action on the gridiron.With Woodin all set, the Green Bay squad is pretty well completed with but two exceptions. Lambeau, Gavin, Usher, Mills, Mathys and Basing are capable backfielders. Hayes and Wheeler are ready for duty on the ends; Cub Buck and Earps at the tackles; Woodin, Gardner and Kenyon at the guards and Nieman, center. It is hopes before the end of the week to announce the signing of another good end.
SEPT 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A big crowd is expected to attend the football pep meeting at the Elks club Friday evening as interest in the gridiron game is increasing with leaps and bounds as the date of the opening contest draws near. The pigskin session will get underway at 8 o'clock and the pep makers will hold full sway. Better make your plans to be there.
LEGION WILL GET FOOTBALL CORPORATION PROFITS
SEPT 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - All profits made by the Green Bay Football corporation during the season of 1923 will be turned over to the Sullivan Post, American Legion. A working agreement has been established with the Legion here and a representative of the Sullivan post will sit on the board of directors of the Green Bay Football corporation...$1.00 AND $1.50 PRICES: Admission prices have been set at $1.00 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats. There will be no war tax added to these figures and the same prices will prevail at every game played in Green Bay during this season. There will be no boost in prices to take care of the additional expenses for bringing to Green Bay, the Minneapolis Marines, Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals. Football fans will have the opportunity of seeing these great football aggregations for the same admission price they will pay to see the teams which come from points nearer Green Bay, and cost the local management less money than those brought from far away city. The management believes that the public of Northeastern Wisconsin will support its team this year as never before, due primarily to the fact that the entire organization is a distinctively civic one, that there are to be no fancy salaries whatever paid to executive heads, and that no one whatsoever connected with the organization will participate in the profits, since all profits as specifically stated in the articles of corporation are to go to the Sullivan post of the American legion. Then too, Green Bay will start the season with what is positively the best football squad which has ever represented Green Bay on the gridiron...KEEP EXPENSES DOWN: Careful management of the financial affairs of the corporation will tend to keep the running expenses down to the lowest possible figure consistent with efficiency, and it is the belief of those at the head of the football corporation that a substantial sum will be realized for the Legion boys, if the public will back the team with the patronage it warrants. There is no sport in which Green Bay has engaged in the past that will bring to this city as much national advertising as the continued participation of a club for Green Bay in the Professional Football league. This city is kept constantly before the public in the large centers such as Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Columbus, Buffalo, Cleveland, Dayton, Akron and others and will come to be known as the greatest sports center of Wisconsin...WILL AUDIT BOOKS: The books of account for the corporation will be opened by Smith, Schuering and Jonet Auditing Co., and at the end of the season, a complete audit of all the records will be made by the accounting concern. The result of which will be given to the public through the press...MEETING FRIDAY NIGHT: A "Pep" meeting of the football enthusiasts will be held Friday night at the Elks club. Every effort possible is being made to get a banner turnout at the gathering and several of the players and businessmen will speak at the session. With the Hibbing game but ten days away, the football pot in Green Bay is beginning to warm up considerable and talk about the Packers and their chances on the gridiron this season is being heard on all sides. Work on re-setting the stands at the ball park is scheduled to start bright and early Monday morning.
DEWEY LYLE TO PLAY WITH GREEN BAY; FOOTBALL TEAM COMPLETE; IS HUSKY SQUAD
SEPT 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With the signing of Dewey Lyle, Green Bay's football machine for the 1923 season is complete and the management has kept its promise to the fans last July, when it was announced that the Bay would have start its greatest eleven in history to start off the season. After nearly a month of negotiating, Lyle's release was secured from the Minneapolis Marines, the team which the crack gridder signed up with last June. Lyle came to Green Bay late last season, being loaned by Rock Island. The Green Bay club only had a temporary claim on his services. At the end of the season, he reverted to Rock Island and later he was released by that club to settle a financial difference...IS GREAT PLAYER: Lyle is considered one of the greatest performers on the professional gridiron. Dewey can play guard, tackle or end with equal class. He tips the beam at 195 pounds and is mighty fast on the chalk marked field. Lyle will be played at end by Green Bay. As the team now stands, there is Lyle, Hayes and Wheeler at the ends; Buck and Earps at the tackles; Woodin and Gardner at the guards; Niemann, center; Captain Lambeau, Mathys, Basing, Usher, Mills and Gavin, backfielders. This is a pretty husky aggregation...REPORT ON SUNDAY: All the player have been ordered to report here on Sunday and with a week of intensive drill, the club should be fit for action by Sunday September 23 when the opening game of the season will be played here against the Hibbing Miners. George Carey, former Holy Cross star, who is coaching at St. Norbert's, has returned form the East and it is expected that he will give a hand in whipping the Bay squad in shape for the season. Carey was with the Green Bay team last season and he rendered valuable services in an advisory capacity to the team.
FIGHT RETURNS AT FOOTBALL MEETING ON FRIDAY NIGHT
SEPT 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Returns of the Dempsey-Firpo fight, round by round, will be read at the football pep meeting in the Elks' club Friday night. Arrangements have been made whereby the Press-Gazette will establish a branch office in the Elks club and the "story" of the fight will be flashed "hot off the wire". The football pep meeting is being talked on all sides and it looks like a capacity house. Several of the players as well as prominent businessmen will address the gathering. It is hoped to pry the lid off the pigskin season in a blaze of glory. The kickoff will be at 7:45.
FOOTBALL PEP MEETING AT ELKS CLUB TONIGHT; TO GET FIGHT RETURNS AT 7:30 P.M.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A football pep meeting will be held tonight at the Elks' club at 7:30 o'clock. The early start is necessary so that the gridiron enthusiasts can be sitting in when the first fight returns are flashed. The Press-Gazette has established a branch office in the Elks club and a detailed story of the Dempsey-Firpo scrap, round for round, will be read at the meeting...CROWD IS EXPECTED: It is expected that there will be a "jam" at the hall and those who want to secure the seats are advised to be on hand early. The Football corporation has been working on football since the middle of June but this is the first time that the giridron followers have been called into session. John Kittell will preside at the meeting and speeches will be made by several of the businessmen affiliated with the organization. They will outline the aims and purposes of the corporation and map briefly the program for the season, which opens here a week from Sunday, with the game against the Hibbing Miners...PLAYERS TO TALK: Captain Lambeau and several of the other players will tell the crowd how the team looks and what they expect to do on the gridiron this fall. Tonight's meeting is the initial get together of the football fans. The gridiron followers will have a chance to get the inside dope of what Green Bay is going to do on the chalk marked field this fall and those who have the interest of football at heart are urged to attend. Let's make a touchdown right off the whistle. A packed house tonight will do the trick. Remember the kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 sharp.
SIGNS WITH BADGERS
SEPT 14 (Milwaukee) - Peaches Nadolny, who was a member of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin professional champions in 1922, has signed a contract to play with the Milwaukee Badgers this year. Captain Jimmy Conzelman announced the contract Thursday. Nadolny was released to Racine by Green Bay and Milwaukee secured from the Legion team. Nadolny is a lineman.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - If ever a football team started off with bright prospects, it is the Green Bay eleven in the NFL. Captain Lambeau has lined up an aggregation of players, second to none, and we wouldn't be at all surprised if the big Bay squad added more fame to Green Bay's wonderful record on the professional gridiron. It is our hunch that, unless injuries knock off some of the regulars, Green Bay will be mighty close up to the top of the ladder in the race for the national gridiron championship.
BUCK GAVIN IS HERE
SEPT 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Buck Gavin, the former Rock Island star who will play fullback for Green Bay this season, arrived here on Thursday. Gavin looks in the pink of condition and he says he is rarin' to go. Mrs. Gavin accompanied the fullback and they will locate here during the football. Gavin will make his bow to the public tonight at the football pep meeting at the Elks club.
RIP ROARING MEETING OF FOOTBALL BOOSTERS HELD AT ELKS CLUB; PEP GALORE
SEPT 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A rip-roaring pep meeting at the Elks club last night officially opened the 1923 professional football season in Green Bay. The boosters were out en masse and seats in the hall were at a premium. It is estimated that a crowd of 450 attended the pigskin session. The return of the Dempsey-Firpo fight were read at the meeting. The Press-Gazette established a branch office in the Elks club and all the preliminaries and the round by round report of the big scrap were given to the crowd "hot of the wire"...BUT FEW DEPARTED: After the fight had ended, so suddenly, in the second frame, the football session got underway. Some feared that the crowd would pull away at the end of the fight but it is safe to say that 90 percent of those in attendance stuck for the finish. These were the football fans and they were overwhelmingly in the majority. John Kittell presided at the meeting. In his opening address, he outlined the Green Bay Football corporation program. He spoke about the sale of stock and told his hearers how it was hoped that a substantial sum would be turned over to the Sullivan Post, American Legion. Mr. Kittell also mentioned the fact that no salaries would be paid any of the executive officers and that every step possible would be made to keep expenses down, consistent with efficiency...WELCOME FOR GAVIN: Buck Gavin made his initial bow to the public after Mr. Kittell's address. The husky fullback got a warm welcome like as if he had plunged through the Bears' line for a touchdown. Gavin predicted a great season for Green Bay on the gridiron and he told the crowd that loyal support carried the players on to great efforts. Charlie Mathys was next in line. Like when he is calling signals, the Bay quarterback made it short and sweet. But he, too, said that a great season was before the Bay eleven. A.B. Turnbull added a few remarks on the plans of the corporation. He spoke on the need for money and brought forth the fact that all stock pledges should be paid in before next Wednesday. In the course of his remarks, Mr. Turnbull lauded Captain Lambeau's work for the Football corporation...ATTORNEY MARTIN SPEAKS: Attorney John F. Martin, when called upon by Mr. Kittell, urged on his hearers the necessity for stock subscription and appealed to the younger fellows to do their bit. Mr. Martin praised the Green Bay football team as the city's best asset as an advertising medium. He said that the football team was an organization which every man, woman and child in Green Bay should be proud of. Mayor Wiesner, speaking officially in behalf of the city, urged the support of the fans for the Football corporation. De. W. Webber Kelly, one of Green Bay's most staunchest football fans, told the crowd that the Football corporation deserved sound support. He spoke of the success in other years and said that this season will be the best of all...SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE TAKEN: Calls for subscriptions soon followed and there was a healthy response by those who had not yet taken out stock in the Football corporation. Many of the football fans offered their assistance in any way possible to help the football club. James Stathas of the Brown County Motors, Inc., Hudson-Essex dealers here, was among those in the volunteer list. His offer was immediately accepted and three of his enclosed cars will be used Sunday afternoon to transport the football squad from the armory to the baseball park where they will stage a practice drill between the first and second games of the doubleheader. George De Lair came to bat with the promise of a real "De Lair" banquet to the football squad later in the season and also added that his famous Jazz band would probably make the trip to Chicago on November 25 when Green Bay plays Chris O'Brien's Cardinals.
FOOTBALL CORP. STOCKHOLDERS TO MEET ON MONDAY
SEPT 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A meeting of the stockholders in the Green Bay Football corporation will be held Monday night at 7:45 o'clock in the assembly room of the courthouse. A permanent organization of the corporation will be completed. It is of utmost importance that every stockholder in the corporation attend the meeting.
HIBBING MINERS TO BRING ALL-STAR FOOTBALL SQUAD HERE FOR SEPTEMBER 23 FRACAS
SEPT 16 (Hibbing) - When Captain Walter Buland leads his husky Hibbing Miners aboard the train for Green Bay, Wis., where they will give battle to the famous Green Bay Packers Sunday September 23, he will have the classiest aggregation of gridders that ever represented this mining community. Backers of football here told Buland to go out and get a winning club, no matter what it costs so as to make things interesting for Green Bay and Buland has carried out his orders to the letter...HAVE HUSKY SQUAD: Here is the team that will battle in Green Bay next Sunday. It is a pretty husky football machine: C. Rundquist, 220, Montana; Guards, Burkman, 190, and Sullivan, 195, St. Thomas; Tackles, Turnquist, Minnesota, 205; Buland, 225, Rock Island; ends, Ink Marshall, 205, Minnesota; Underwood, Texas, 195; Rooney, Virginia, 185; quarterback, Ursella, 185, Rock Island; halfbacks, Chicken, 190, Rock Island; Zgone, 185, North Dakota; Nord, 170, Montana; Gregor, 175, St. Olaf; fullback, Beasy, 165, Washington; St. Julien, 200, Army. Captain Buland has had his players working for two weeks and he had been "gunning" for the Green Bay game. The fame of the Packers is known all over this part of the Northwest and the Miners are dead anxious to make things mighty interesting for the Badger state champions...HIBBING FANS COMING: About fifty Hibbing fans are planning to make the trip to Green Bay via automobile. The football boosters will leave here Friday night, and, according to schedule, will reach Green Bay Saturday evening. Of course, the team will travel via train. During his stay in Green Bay, the Beaumont hotel will be the headquarters for the Hibbing team. Reservations having already been made by Captain Buland.
STOCKHOLDERS IN FOOTBALL CORP. TO MEET TONIGHT
SEPT 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Stockholders of the Green Bay Football assembly meet tonight in the assembly room of the courthouse for the purpose of making the organization permanent. The
Breaking NFL Ground With Film
Denis Gullickson - FranklyGreenBay.com - March 2016
Sunday, October 14, 1923 dawned fair on Green Bay. Temperatures had dipped well below freezing the night before and it took awhile for the day to begin its warmup. By late-morning, though, the sun and a soft breeze were promising a gorgeous afternoon — just as local weather observer J.W. Conrad had proposed. Otto Stiller — two weeks shy of his thirtieth birthday — headed down the steps of his boyhood home at 1133 East Walnut Street. Into the backseat of his car, he set his Cine-Kodak “flicker" camera, tripod and canisters of film. Driving east on Walnut, Otto turned left onto Baird. There, he could see the work that had begun on the site of the new East High School building. At Main Street, he hung a right and wended the half-mile along the East River toward Bellevue Park baseball field. The day was warming nicely.
On the Field
The Packers had moved their home games to Bellevue Park to make way for the new school and a new football field alongside it where the team planned to resume play with the opening kickoff of the 1925 season. Entering Bellevue Park a sliver before noon as the gates opened, Otto exchanged greetings with Packers player-coach Curly Lambeau. Up against a 1 p.m. kickoff, Curly was prepping his troops. Across the field, the Chicago Bears were honing last-minute preparations themselves. This Packers-Bears contest had been ballyhooed by the national press. From his digs in Columbus, OH, even NFL commissioner Joe Carr was hailing this game as one of the weekend's best. Other dustups had Akron in Chicago to face the Cardinals, Toledo at Cleveland, Dayton at Canton, Buffalo at Columbus, Racine at Milwaukee, Rochester at Rock Island and Hammond at St. Louis. The league had seen membership jump from 14 franchises in its inaugural season to 21 teams in '21, 18 in '22 and 20 in '23. Some of those teams had barely hung on — eking out just a game or two for an entire season. Others managed a full-fall's worth of action. All of the teams knew that their existence was about as steady as an outhouse in a tornado — one blizzard or torrent could turn away paying spectators and send the thing toppling to the ground. Pumped by sports writer Cal Calhoun, Green Bay's Press-Gazette had touted this Packers-Bears contest as “one of the most important games of the day" in a touched-up wire piece. “The Green Bay club, this year is rated as a contender for the National championship and the dopesters around the 'Pro' circuit are looking for them to pull a surprise on the Bears," the article read. It was an old ploy of Calhoun's: Hype the opposition, hype the home team, rev the engine of competition and fire-up the interest at the stadium gate. He'd been working the same gambit since the Packers had first taken to the field — Green Bay's 1919-version of a city team. Back then, he'd flung the gauntlet strictly the way of other Wisconsin and Upper Michigan towns and their teams. Some shot back — usually to their own chagrin as the Packers steamrolled their regional opponents. In those first two years — 1919 and 1920 — it was a wonder if the other team even scored on the Packers; while the Packers racked up scores in the 70s and 80s with regularity. Over that biennium, the team had racked up nearly 800 points while surrendering fewer than 40.
David vs. Goliath
On this 'Pro' circuit, however, the competition was typically up to the task. The Packers had experienced a reality check after joining the national league in 1921: That season, they'd gone 7-2-2 overall, but a modest 3-2-1 against other squads in the American Professional Football Association. In '22, they'd posted an anemic 4-3-3 record, dropping back a spot, to 8th, in league rankings — the APFA now rebranding itself as the NFL. The '23 campaign had started off with a preseason contest against the Hibbing All-Stars that the Packers won by an unimpressive 10-0. That was followed by a 12-0 league-win against the Minneapolis Marines and a scoreless league-draw against the St. Louis All-Stars. It was the APFA's general custom to get the games out of the way early in the season in its northern-most member towns. Meanwhile, the Bears — playing in the semi-pro wheelhouse in 1919 as the Decatur Staleys — had walloped their foes by a collective 293-13. In 1920 — that first APFA season — they'd done quite well for themselves, still under the Staley moniker, but now matriculated to Chicago. At season's end, they held a 10-1-2 mark — good enough for second place, just behind the Akron Pros. In 1921, the Staleys ended the APFA's second season in first place with a 10–1–1 overall and 9–1–1 in league play. One of their wins that season came in a November 27-showdown at Wrigley Field against an upstart newbie in the league, the Green Bay Packers. In front of a spirited crowd of 7,000 — including several hundred Packers fans — that storied David-Goliath matchup commenced with the Packers losing to the Staleys, 20-0. In 1922 — now playing as the Bears — the team etched a 9–3–0 and finished second again, this time to the Canton Bulldogs. They didn't toe-up with the Packers that season. The Bears' player-coach, George Halas, and the Packers player-coach, Curly Lambeau, represented nearly parallel universes: Both had been topflight athletes in their teens and both had led their respective town teams onto the national stage — one representing a city of 3,000,000; the other a small town of 30,000. While the Bears could cull fans from that sort of populace, tiny Green Bay had only managed to hang onto its franchise with a public stock sale the previous August. According to Calhoun, however, on this fine October day in 1923, the stars were aligned for the Packers to pull the upset — for David to slingshot Goliath to the turf.
Up on the Roof
Otto Stiller decided on his best vantage point from atop the Bellevue Park grandstand. He and Curly had determined that Stiller would shift from taking still photos to movies so that Lambeau could review the film with his players. Now Lambeau had grown up in Green Bay, but he was undaunted by the distance of the horizon. His stint at Notre Dame had opened him up to a broader world under coach Knute Rockne. Yes, Curly had been a celebrated athlete at East High School and his position in the ND backfield with the legendary George Gipp had been both honoring and humbling, but nothing had quite prepared him for the rigors of football competition on this elite level. The top teams were loaded with players hewn at prestigious football colleges by cutting-edge coaches. Even the very best players were simply tall trees in a very large forest. Lambeau's arc connected him to untold success, but he didn't know that in 1923. By the end of the decade, his team would Three-Peat as champions in 1929, '30 and '31. But as he took the field this day, he knew that he was up against the Chicago Bears — a team that had already worn the laurels of a league crown. In order to taste that success himself, Lambeau had taken steps that the folks of Green Bay noticed. In a town that prided itself on not seeming outwardly proud, Lambeau seemed to stand out. By 1922, he and Carl Zoll were the only Green Bay guys still on the team. Lambeau had jettisoned the rest in favor of guys who would have been branded as “cracks" in the town team days — guys who'd come to town for no reason other than to play football. Lambeau also insisted on things being first-class for his minions. They wore suits and stayed in quality hotels on the road. Their accommodations on trains were also first class. Later, his would be the first team to travel by air. The difference between the teams at the top of the NFL were slight — a player or two, the ability to implement and defend the pass, an edge in training techniques. Lambeau realized that game film of his team might give him that edge. With that, Otto Stiller scaled the supports of the roof with his equipment in tow — ready to capture the day's game. The autumn sun neared its peak as Otto Stiller ascended the roof of the Bellevue baseball park grandstand; his mackinaw coat and tweed driving cap would keep him snug when the October 14-afternoon dimmed toward game's end. He made his way along the third-base run of the grandstand roof. Nearly to the end, he positioned his tripod and camera. From here, he would shoot the game film just as he and Packers player-coach Curly Lambeau had planned. He adjusted the camera's aperture to the daylight. He'd bought his Cine-Kodak movie camera earlier that year and was pleased to put his purchase to such practical use. Like his four brothers, Otto was fascinated by inventions and technology. He was considering forwarding some thoughts he had on improving the phonograph to one Thomas Edison. Now movie-camera prototypes had first appeared in the late-1880s; by the mid-1890s, they became a practical possibility; about 1910, the “Aeroscope" camera made using them a practical reality. In January, 1923, Eastman-Kodak Company introduced the truly-portable Cine-Kodak — its first-ever movie camera. It used “reversal film on cellulose acetate (safety) base" converted to 16-mm film stock — a far less-expensive alternative to the 35-mm stock used professionally. Those developments reflected and triggered a further boom in amateur movie making — though the initial price made it a consideration for serious students of film only. Pictures “in motion," said Eastman-Kodak's advertising, could be made “just as easily as your folding camera now gives you 'stills.'" For $335 — about the cost of a Model T coupe with electric start — Otto Stiller was now the proud owner of the camera, a tripod, film splicer, “Kodascope" projector and screen. The camera featured a single “Anastigmat" 1:3, 3-25 mm lens.
One O'clock Start
On the field below, Otto watched the Packers and Bears mass for the opening kick. 4,451 fans buzzed from the ballpark's jam-packed 3,600 seats and many rows of temporary benches strung along the first and third-base lines. Otto double-checked his tripod, aimed his “flicker" with the eye-level viewfinder and began turning the camera's hand crank. Without a motor, the camera's operator had to turn the film by hand at two revolutions per second to achieve the 16 frames per second required for “real time." Slower or faster would produce the reciprocal effect — faster or slower — as the film spun through the projector. Hand-cranking jostled the camera terribly, however; the tripod was vital for holding the thing still. With that, Bears kicker Hec Garvey booted the ball. It sailed through the autumn air and the tilt was on. The first quarter saw the two opponents slogging back and forth across the field — sizing each other up; feeling each other out. The stingy tone set by both defenses would hold throughout the game. Lambeau, Buck Gavin and Charlie Mathys took turns running the ball to little effect for the Packers; Jake Lanum and Dutch Sternaman took turns running the ball to little effect for the Bears. Near quarter's end, Cub Buck tried a 35-yard field goal for the Packers that went wide. The second quarter wasn't much different: The Packers started with the ball, but kicked it away. A “bomb" by the Bears fell incomplete. The Packers were penalized for five yards, but tackled Lanum the next play for a 10-yard loss. Then, Lambeau picked off a Bears pass and the Packers looked to be in business. Nothing came of it and the Packers punted again. With that, the Bears made a few gains before Sternaman set up at the 15-yard line and dropkicked the ball through the uprights — Bears 3-Packers 0. While the third quarter showed some promise for the Packers and the Bears had their moments, neither team managed a score. Near the end of the frame, Lambeau dropkicked for the tie, but the ball again sailed wide. In the fourth quarter, the tide seemed to be turning toward the Packers. Near the middle of the quarter, Lambeau gained eight yards around the left end and followed that with a pass to Mathys for another 24 yards. The Packers faithful sensed that David was about to smite Goliath right between the eyes. It didn't happen. The Packers ended up punting the ball and what looked like a golden opportunity, fizzled. The Packers got the ball back as the clock drained to zero. A final pass try by Lambeau was picked off and the whistle blew the game dead. With that, the oversized crowd filed out of Bellevue Park and disappeared into the fading daylight along Manitowoc Road leading back into town. While the Packers had indeed lost, 3-0, Cal Calhoun's rambunctious report in the next day's Press-Gazette celebrated the Packers' play against their “Famous Foe" — suggesting that the Bays had made things “interesting." Calhoun trumpeted the Packers surging role in the league, quoting ref Bobbie Cahn on his experience in Green Bay, saying, “It was wonderful." It was “[N]o wonder," added Calhoun, that NFL commissioner Joe Carr “called Green Bay the 'best little' football town in the country." Calhoun cited Cahn yet again, stating that he'd “never worked before such a 'fair' crowd. Pro football as it is played and supported in Green Bay does more to put the game on a firm foundation than anything else." That same day, Otto Stiller shipped the film he'd shot that afternoon to the Eastman-Kodak laboratories where it was developed and returned — a part of the film's purchase price.
Lambeau Views Footage
Where Curly Lambeau eventually watched the game film shot by Otto Stiller that Sunday, October 14, 1923, could only be a matter of conjecture. No known record exists. Perhaps it was at the Stiller brothers' store on Cherry Street — perhaps at the Stiller or Lambeau homes or another location altogether. Wherever that early “film session" occurred, it was almost-certainly a matter of breaking new ground — in Green Bay and, possibly, anywhere else in the nation. Lambeau could now revisit — again and again — the Bears-game action while studying each play and each player's performance on each play. He could also view a single frame at a time and run the action in reverse. All this, from a broad perspective above the field. No, Lambeau didn't have the advantages of digital technology. In fact, he was dealing with some rather crude “moving pictures." Through the lens of 1923, however, this was revolutionary. With the information he could garner from Stiller's film, Lambeau could tweak his strategies and his players' execution of those strategies. He could address fundamentals like blocking and tackling; running, throwing and catching; and positioning on the field. He could also study the Bears' propensities on particular plays that might suggest a pass or run or a defensive formation that might be exploited. The Packers ended the '23 season in 3rd place — 8–2–1overall and 7–2–1 in league play. The Bears closed shop in 2nd place at 9–2–2 overall and 9–2–1 in league standings — just behind the undefeated, champion Canton Bulldogs. Otto Stiller continued to film Packers games and practices until the early 1960s. Eventually, he'd assemble a crew to assist him. Harley Green, a member of those crews, looked at Otto as “a second father" and shot film with Stiller through the dismal fifties into the Vince Lombardi era. According to Harley, shooting film — even in later days — was dangerous duty. There would be more roofs and slim ledges — often working around guy wires and girders. Harley has made it his mission to see Otto Stiller recognized for his groundbreaking role as an important “Contributor" to Packers history. How much Stiller's film from that October day in 1923 and beyond assisted the Packers in their success over the rest of the twenties and into the thirties and forties is anyone's guess. Without that success, however, it's quite possible that Green Bay would have lost its team. Despite the team's success on the field, it took stock sales in 1923 and 1935 to keep the team afloat — speaking volumes about how tenuous it was for a tiny town — any town for that matter — to hang onto its NFL franchise. One thing is certain: The film that Otto Stiller shot that day and other sepia-toned, flickering days in the early twenties impacted the game dramatically. Sadly, that film's current location — if it exists at all — remains a mystery.
This is an original stock certificate from the 1923 stock sale — the first ever. The team has had three owners, all in its first four years, 1919-22. The first owner, Indian Packing Company, paid an unofficial purchase price of $500 to supply Curly Lambeau with uniforms and equipment. In turn, Lambeau and team manager George Calhoun called the club “Packers.” Shortly thereafter, Acme Packing Company bought Indian Packing Company and all its assets, including the fledgling team. In 1921, Lambeau convinced new owners John and Emmitt Clair to apply for membership in the new American Professional Football Association (the early N.F.L.). With the team already headed for bankruptcy, the APFA revoked the franchise after Lambeau used illegal college players in a non-league game later that year. But before the 1922 season, Lambeau by himself reapplied and the league reinstated the Packers, with Lambeau as owner. When rain threatened to sink the team in 1922, A.B. Turnbull came to the rescue. Turnbull, publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, grocery man Lee Joannes, attorney Gerald Clifford, and Dr. W. Webber Kelly cancelled Lambeau's $2,500 debt, then rallied the community behind the team. In August 1923, with more than 400 in attendance at a local Elks Club, the club was transformed into a non-profit entity, the Green Bay Packers Corporation. The five men, including Lambeau, were nicknamed the “Hungry Five.” The first stock sale, which took place at that 1923 meeting, saw local merchants raise $5,000 by selling 1,000 shares for $5 apiece, with a stipulation that the purchaser also had to buy at least six season tickets. We have seen 1923 stock certificates for auction online — if you’re willing to shell out $19,000+, as only three are known to exist today. (SOURCE: Packerville,blogspot,com)
When the Hagemeister ballpark was torn down in the spring of 1923 to make way for a new East High School, Bellevue Park (pictured above) was built across the East River on property owned by Hagemeister Products Co. (formerly Hagemeister Brewery). The ballpark was rushed to completion for the city’s amateur baseball team and used by the Packers in 1923-24. It’s best remembered as the site of the first Packers-Bears game played in Green Bay on Oct. 14, 1923. The Packers also were tough to beat at Bellevue, compiling a 9-2-1 record. But the seating capacity was no more than about 3,300, parking was inadequate and fans grumbled that it was located too far from downtown.
BELOW: Bellevue Park today - Jacquet Lumber (SOURCE: hmdb.com)
The truth and myth about 'The Hungry Five'
Only 4 of the 5 were involved at the start, while contributions of others have been overlooked
By Cliff Christl
While the story of “The Hungry Five” might be compelling narrative for any recounting of Packers history, it has become laced with myth and does a disservice to the many other people who tirelessly supported the early Packers. “The Hungry Five” nickname was coined, as can best be determined, by Arch Ward, author of the Green Bay Packers, published in 1946 and the first book devoted to the history of the team. At the time, Ward was sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, a post he held from 1930 until his death in 1955. Arguably, no sports editor has ever left a bigger imprint on the world of sports than Ward. He created baseball’s All-Star Game, the College Football All-Star Game and the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. He turned down a lucrative offer to become commissioner of the NFL in 1941 and five years later helped found the All-America Football Conference. He was considered a “promotional genius” and a newspaperman of unimpeachable integrity. But Ward was not from Green Bay and had to rely on the distant memories of others to tell the early history of the Packers. His connection to the team was its co-founder, Curly Lambeau, who never let the facts get in the way of a good story, according to former Packers historian Lee Remmel. Ward was roughly 16 months older than Lambeau, but followed him to the University of Notre Dame. Lambeau played football there in the fall of 1918 before dropping out of school, whereas Ward served as the first athletic publicity director there as an undergraduate from 1919 to 1921. When Ward wrote his history of the Packers, 25 years had passed since their founding. And there were plenty of details that he got wrong. The first year that Green Bay had a city football team. The location of Lambeau’s boyhood home. The location of the Packers’ first practice field. Naming Ray Setright as one of the Packers’ swiftest backs in their semipro years when he never played for them. A story about Green Bay native Charles Mathys making his debut for the Packers against Hammond in 1921 when in truth Mathys played for Hammond against the Packers that year. The year that a fan fell out of the stands at old City Stadium, an accident that nearly led to the team’s collapse. A notation that the Packers “hold no annual stockholders’ meeting” when they’ve actually held one every year since 1923, other than when they were in receivership. But nowhere was Ward more wrong about Packers history than in his account of them becoming a community-owned team. This was where he said the story of “The Hungry Five” began. “The Hungry Five,” according to Ward (pictured above, left to right), included Lambeau; Andrew Turnbull, one of the owners of the Green Bay Press-Gazette and first president of the Packers; Lee Joannes, a wholesale grocery magnate and team president from 1930 to 1947; Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician and longtime Packers board member; and Gerald Clifford, Packers attorney and executive committee member during the 1930s and ‘40s. There’s little or no reason to quarrel with Ward’s choices, other than maybe Lambeau, whose role was much different than the others and perhaps belonged in his own separate category. After all, it was Lambeau in a 1934 speech to the local Lions Club who seems to have first lumped the other four together by referring to them as the “Four Horsemen” of the Packers corporation. Where Ward erred was in tying all four businessmen to the grassroots effort to turn the Packers into a community-owned team. Turnbull, Kelly and Joannes were involved from the start, but there’s no evidence that Clifford was. Turnbull was the driving force behind the initial meeting, held a week after the final home game of the financially disastrous 1922 season. Kelly and Joannes were original officers of the Green Bay Football Corporation. There also were others who played a vital role. John Kittell, a prominent Green Bay attorney, presided over the first meeting. What’s more, Kittell, as chairman at that point, appointed a committee composed of Turnbull, Joannes, Fred Hurlbut, Ray Tilkens and George De Lair to plan the stock sale. At a subsequent and smaller meeting five nights later, 38 men were selected to sell stock on behalf of the proposed corporation. On Aug. 14, 1923, nine days before the papers were filed with the State of Wisconsin, Turnbull, Joannes and Kittell signed the Articles of Incorporation in the presence of the team’s co-founders, Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun. Kittell was the only attorney to sign the document and almost certainly was its author. Calhoun had been city editor at the Press-Gazette when the Packers were organized in 1919. On Sept. 17, 1923, at the corporation’s first stockholders meeting, Turnbull was elected president; Kittell, vice president; Joannes, secretary-treasurer; and De Lair and Kelly, at-large members, of the Green Bay Football Corporation’s original five-man executive committee. They also were members of the original 15-man board of directors. Clifford, on the other hand, wasn’t listed as being in attendance at any of the early meetings. He wasn’t one of 38 boosters picked to sell stock. He wasn’t one of the 14 men who put up the first $1,300 to invest in the corporation. He wasn’t named to the Packers’ board of directors until 1929 and to the executive committee until 1930. He didn’t even become a shareholder until June 1, 1931. Once Clifford replaced Ray Evrard as the Packers’ attorney in 1929 or soon thereafter, he became as actively involved as any of the other “Hungry Five” members. He defended the organization in the lawsuit that forced the Packers into receivership in 1933 and was the attorney who signed and almost certainly drafted the Articles of Incorporation when the franchise reorganized as the Green Bay Packers, Inc., in 1935. He also did considerable legwork as head of the team’s season-ticket drive in communities outside Green Bay for many years. There’s no disputing his eventual and substantial contribution, and his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame. The Packers found themselves on their deathbed from a financial standpoint at least three times: 1922-23, 1933-35 and 1949-50. “The Hungry Five” pulled them through the 1933-35 crisis when the Packers spent 17 months in receivership. The court-appointed committee that ran the franchise during that period included Frank Jonet, the receiver and an accountant who was first involved with the team as office manager of the Indian Packing Company in 1919; “Hungry Five” members Joannes, Clifford, Turnbull and Kelly; and Mathys, who had been a member of the Green Bay Football Corporation’s executive committee since shortly after he retired as a player in 1926. Clifford and Kelly fought to save the present nonprofit corporate structure in a 1949 power struggle with Lambeau; and Joannes took a lead role in the lifesaving stock sale that followed. But there’s no evidence in the Packers’ corporate records or in the Press-Gazette’s thorough coverage to suggest Clifford played any meaningful role in the creation of the original not-for-profit corporation in 1923. Nor was there evidence in other secondary sources prior to Ward writing his book. A 1937 story in Collier’s magazine, The National Weekly, listed Turnbull, Kelly, Evrard, Joannes and Calhoun as the lead organizers of the Green Bay Football Corporation. In a lengthy 1939 piece about the history of the Packers, Oliver Kuechle of The Milwaukee Journalwrote that Turnbull called a meeting at the Beaumont Hotel in December 1922 and recruited Kittell, Joannes, Kelly, Beaumont proprietor A.C. Witteborg (spelled E.C. Witteberg by Ward) and pharmacist Ed Schweger to reorganize the ball club as a nonprofit and come up with $1,600 owed to the players. Russ Davis, former Press-Gazette newspaperman who had moved on to bigger things, wrote in The Saturday Evening Post in 1940 that Kelly, Kittell, Witteborg and Schweger answered Turnbull’s call and together took out a note for $1,600 to meet overdue bills. Davis also happened to be the son of a Green Bay attorney and Packers shareholder. Actually, there was evidence to suggest Kittell, who died in 1932 at age 61, got involved in the effort even before Turnbull. Kittell and Lambeau spoke to the local Kiwanis Club on Nov. 20, 1922, to try and drum up interest in the Packers. Three days later, Kittell spoke to the Rotary Club to promote “Booster Day,” which essentially was a drive to sell tickets for the Thanksgiving Day game against Duluth and pull the Packers out of red ink. A six-hour rainstorm with 46 mph wind gusts on game day spoiled the effort and led to the Dec. 7, 1922, meeting presided over by Kittell. Ward wrote that “The Hungry Five” launched the effort with a small luncheon in the Beaumont Hotel’s Attic Room and followed it with a spring meeting at the Elks Club. Subsequently, an undated and misidentified picture has been published that included “The Hungry Five,” minus Kelly, and traced to the Attic Room and either 1922 or ’23. One, no mention of an Attic Room in the Beaumont could be found before 1933. Also, Lambeau and Tubby Bero, another of the original Packers, were in the picture and looked older than 24 or 25, their actual age at the time, as did members of “The Hungry Five” and others in the photo. “The Hungry Five” deserves all the credit it has been given for guiding the Packers through a near-death experience in the 1930s and their other contributions. Additionally, Lambeau, Turnbull, Joannes and Kelly were among those who created the original nonprofit, community-owned corporation. But the Packers also owe their existence to countless other civic leaders from the early 1920s. The shame of it is that men like Kittell, De Lair, Witteborg, Schweger and Evrard, among others, have been overlooked by history. CREDIT: Packers.com
conference will get underway at 7:45 o'clock. It is of utmost importance that every holder of stock in the corporation be in attendance. Adoption of the constitution and bylaws will be acted upon and a board of directors of fifteen men will be named by the stockholders. This board will select its own officers and an executive committee which will handle the affairs of the corporation. A number of other important matters are slated for discussion and it is urged that every stockholder make it a point to attend the confab.
BAY GRIDDERS PRACTICING DAILY FOR HIBBING GAME
SEPT 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Under the direction of Captain Lambeau, Green Bay's squad of pro footballers are losing no time in getting in shape for the opening game of the season with the Hibbing Miners which will be played here on Sunday at Bellevue park. The Bay eleven is going to meet some stiff opposition in the opening encounter. The Miners are coming here, trained to the minute, and the Buland, Marshall, Ursella, Chicken combination is strong enough to give any team in the country a battle for supremacy...WILL BE READY: However, the Packers are going to be ready for the fracas. Each and every one of the players know it means to hop off on the right foot and when the whistle blows for the initial gridiron encounter of the season, they will all be in there fighting at top speed for a victory. One of the players were heard to remark in the dressing room at this morning's practice: "Let's forget about the Marines or Bear game now. Hibbing is the team we have to beat first and take it from me we are going to have our hands full." The team is practicing every morning at the old Hagemeister park, near the new East High school. A blackboard talk will be held tonight at the Continuation school and there will be another "skull" session before the end of the week...PLAYERS IN GOOD SHAPE: The Green Bay squad looks in pretty good shape. Nearly all of the players have been cavorting on the diamond during the summer months and they are fit for action. The Bay team is "like a happy family" and harmony rules supreme. Every player seems to have the winning spirit and it is the opinion of those who have watched the squad in action that it will take a mighty huksy aggregation to down the Packers this season.
SEPT 18 (Hibbing) - The Hibbing Miners, who play the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay next Sunday, won their opening game of the season on Sunday by
defeating the St. Paul A.C. of St. Paul by the score of 14 to 0. The Saints lineup was enforced by several former Minnesota stars. Hibbing presented a stonewall defense while Ursella and Marshall starred in the attack. Both of Hibbing's touchdowns were made on forward passes, Ursella to Marshall.
RUSHING WORK AT FOOTBALL FIELD; SEATS FOR 3,000
SEPT 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Work on the football field started bright and early Monday morning and it is expected to have everything in tip top shape in time for the opening game on Sunday with the crack Hibbing Miners. A crew of men are busily engaged making the alterations at the park. The gridiron was marked off on Monday and the fencing around the playing space will be set up as soon as possible. The building plans call for the improvements to be rushed along at a fast clip so that when the football seats bought by the corporation arrive here on Wednesday, they can be immediately placed in position. According to the present plans, there will be a seating capacity of approximately 3,000 at the park. All the wire netting has been removed from the baseball grandstand and the box seat posts have been taken down. This will give the spectators an unobstructed view of the gridiron. Additional ticket boxes will be set up at the park. Arrangements are being made to provide additional parking space and the management promises to do everything in its power to handle the thousands of spectators with the least confusion possible.
ORGANIZATION OF FOOTBALL CORP. IS FULLY COMPLETE
SEPT 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A permanent organization of the Green Bay Football corporation was completed at a meeting of the stockholders held in the assembly room of the courthouse Monday evening. John Kittell acted as temporary chairman. Acting on the favor of the meeting, he named a committee of three to draft nominations for the board of directors. This board is composed of fifteen stockholders. The bylaws were adopted while the nominating committee was in session...BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The report of the nominating committee, which was adopted unanimously by the meeting, placed the following stockholders on the board of directors: A.B. Turnbull, Leland Joannes, John Kittell, J.H. McGillian, Wenzel Wiesner, Dr. W.W. Kelly, Marcel Lambeau, E.M. Krippner, A.C. Witteborg, Henry Clereman, George De Lair, Joseph Clusman, Emmet Platten, Enos Colburn and G.W. Calhoun. Discussion of an increase of the capital stock of the corporation from $5,000 to $7,500 was taken up by the stockholders. Several of the members spoke of the benefits derived from an increased capitalization under the prevailing conditions, and it met with the unanimous favor of the meeting that the capital stock be increased to $7,500...PROMISES WINNING TEAM: Captain Lambeau was called on to talk, and he promised the stockholders a winning team. The Bay leader said the outlook never had before been so bright. It was announced that all stock pledges carrying with them the box seat bonus must be paid up in full before the box seat coupons are given out. The box seats will be ready for distribution not last than Thursday night. Checks for the stock should be mailed into Leland Joannes, treasurer, immediately. Following the meeting of the stockholders, the board of directors met for the purpose of electing the officers and an executive committee. A.B. Turnbull was elected president; John Kittell, vice president, and Leland Joannes, secretary and treasurer. These officers, together with Dr. W.W. Kelly and George De Lair, were selected as the executive committee. J.H. McGillians, commander of the American Legion, was chosen an ex officio member of the executive committee. He will act as the representative of the Sullivan post. G.W. Calhoun was named as team secretary. The executive committee wants it plainly understood that all the officers of the Football corporation are serving without any renumeration whatsoever for their services.
EXPECT RECORD CROWD AT SUNDAY'S FOOTBALL GAME
SEPT 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Unless all signs fail, Sunday's football game between the Green Bay Packers and Hibbing Miners will break all attendance records for gridiron conflicts in Green Bay. Due to the excess demand for tickets and the more than ordinary interest, the management at the last minute, has decided to enlarge the seating capacity of Bellevue park, the home playing field of the Packers. Three hundred extra seats will be set up. This will provide a seating capacity for 3,300 football fans...WILL BE READY: The park will be ready for the opening game. Those in charge of the building improvements guarantee that when the whistle blows for the kickoff on Sunday afternoon, everything will be in tip top shape. A crew of men is now busily engaged in the making over program at the field and additional workers will be set on the job as the occasion demands. The management is receiving requests from all over Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan cities for seat reservations. It is safe to say that there will be over a thousand "out of towners" here for Sunday's gridiron tussle...TEAM LOOKING GOOD: And in the meantime, the Packers' squad is working faithfully so as to be in the pink of condition for the opening game. Every morning the squad goes through a long practice near the old clubhouse at Hagemeister park and the squad is beginning to look like the Packers of old, rarin' to go and full of fight. The players are like a happy family and everyone of them seems to have the spirit which will carry Green Bay, once more, into the front ranks of professional football in the country. Last night, a blackboard talk was held at the Continuation school and all the formations and plays were well worked out. It is planned to hold skull practice before the opening fracas with the Hibbing Miners here on Sunday afternoon.
MANY ARE COMING
SEPT 20 (Sturgeon Bay) - Many football fans from this city and immediate vicinity will motor to Green Bay Sunday to witness the Packers open their football season. Interest in the coming event has been keen locally and the fans hereabouts are pulling for the Packers and expect to see them land pretty close to the top in the professional football league. Many of the ardent local fans take just as keen interest in Green Bay's great football machine as the hometown fans and they have in the past followed the Packers on some of their long trips. People in this section do not have the opportunity of seeing any collegiate football and their interest is focused on the Green Bay team. What is true of Sturgeon Bay and vicinity is also true of Algoma, Kewaunee and other points in the Peninsula section. There are many fans throughout the section awaiting the initial thud of the pigskin at the Green Bay park on Sunday afternoon.
RESERVED SEATS READY THURSDAY
SEPT 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Seat reservations for the opening football game between Green Bay and Hibbing here on Sunday will be placed on sale Thursday. Reservations can be purchased at The Beaumont, The Congress, Bosse's News Stand, Bobby Lynch's, Schweger's Drug Store and Emil Pire's barber shop on the Southside. Harry Loper has charge of the ticket sales in De Pere. Admission priced this season are $1.50 for reserved seats and $1.00 for general admission tickets.
BAY WILL BE READY FOR ACTION ON SUNDAY
SEPT 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Green Bay's squad of footballers are beginning to look like a well oiled football machine. The players are rounded in shape splendidly and, when the whistle blows Sunday afternoon at 2:30 for the opening game with Hibbing, the team should be in tip top shape for the initial fracas. Mail orders for tickets addressed to the Green Bay Football corporation, care of the Press-Gazette, will receive prompt attention. The Packers are working out every morning near the new East High school and each day, and in every way, the squad is getting better and better. Those who have seen the team work out feel sure that the club will be "right" for the conflict with Walter Buland's Famous Hibbing Miners...WORLDS OF CLASS: Captain Lambeau, Mills, Gavin, Basing and Mathys are showing worlds of class in the backfield. They are beginning to build up a splendid combination play and the interference is forming nicely. Dewey Lyle, Wheeler and Butts Hayes appears to be right at home on the wing positions and they are nabbing forward passes like an outfielder stabs a baseball. Nieman is showing all of his old form at center while Kenyon is proving a capable lineman. Jug Earps and Moose Gardner are doing their stuff on the scrimmage front with the same ability that made them popular here last fall while Cub Buck will be there as usual when the whistle toots...USHER HEARD FROM: Eddie Usher, the crack halfback, has been heard from and he is expected to arrive here in time for practice on Friday morning. Usher has been working out at Ann Arbor, assisting Coach Yost, in whipping his Michigan squad into shape for the Western Conference season. Eddie was a varsity gridder at the Ann Arbor institution for three years. Whitey Woodin's arrival is looked for on every train. With these two players on the job the squad will be complete.
SEPT 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - As the day of the opening football game in Green Bay draws the pigskin pot in Northeastern Wisconsin is boiling away merrily and if the sun shineth next Sunday, it is fair to presume that a record breaking crowd will witness the Packers and Hibbing Miners rub noses on the chalk marked field. Never before has Green Bay's early prospects been of such a rosy hue, and it is safe to say that when the "Big Bay Blues" prance on the gridiron next Sunday the old determination will be there a yard wide...An auspicious beginning means a whole lot. Last year, the Bays lost a close game at Duluth as a starter last year and it took them several weeks before they regained their bearing and played their true brand of football. However, Captain Lambeau hopes it will be a different story this season. The Bay squad is not underestimating the strength of the Hibbing eleven. They realize they have a fight on their hands but every member of the gang is "rarin' to go" and this means a whole lot.
FOOTBALL DANCE AT PARK ARMORY FRIDAY EVENING
SEPT 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A harvest dance for the benefit of the Green Bay Football corporation will be staged at the park armory Friday by a group of Northside boosters. For several days the dance committee have been busy decorating the hall. Pumpkins, corn stalks and other decoration are being used to trim up the armory in a real "harvest" appearance. Many seats have been sold and a capacity crowd is expected to tip the light fantastic to the tunes of one of Green Bay's best orchestras.
PLANS ARE COMPLETED TO HANDLE FOOTBALL CROWDS
SEPT 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - When the gates at Bellevue park are opened Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock for the Green Bay Packers-Hibbing Miners football game, the opening game of the season, the fans will be "at home" in one of the best football parks in the country. The baseball field has been completely made over and the gridiron will be encircled on three sides by seats. There will be enough entrances to handle the crowd without any confusion and, aside from the entrances, several additional exits will be thrown open at the finish of the game...NORTH AND SOUTH: The gridiron runs north and south. The end zone at the north end of the field is close to the barn, decorated by the Bellevue Ice Cream sign. The end zone at the south end of the field is about at home plate on the old baseball field. The west side of the playing is close to the stands while the new seats have been set up on the east side of the gridiron. The visitor's bench will be on the east side of the gridiron while the Bays' reserves will squat on the west side. The reserve seat sections A and B are located on the east side of the playing field while the reserved seat sections C, D, E and F are on the west. Section C is the extreme northern end of the old baseball grandstand. Rows of box seats are stretched along both edges of the gridiron between the 40 yard lines...GENERAL ADMISSION SEATS: The general admission seats are in the baseball grandstand from the old entrance to stands on the third baseline way around to the east end of the grandstand. Additional bleacher seats are to be set up north and south of the reserved seat sections A and B on the east side of the field. General admission ticket holders will make use of the old entrance of the baseball grandstand. The reserve and seat holders will enter the park at gates located at the north and east ends of the grandstand as it was used for baseball. Every effort possible will be made to provide good parking space. The cars will be lined up in rows in the parking grounds so as to prevent confusion after the game. In order to prevent a jam on Main st. at the end of the car line, auto owners are urged when possible to travel over the other highways back into the city...OTHER WAYS TO RETURN: It is possible to take the Manitowoc road east, turn at Bechler's Corners and come back into the city via East Mason st. Then again the car owners can take the Manitowoc road east, one block to the schoolhouse, turn north and make the return trip via the Cedar Creek road. The road running from Main st. north, just across the stream adjoining the Bellevue Ice Cream plant property will also take the motorists back into the city via the Cedar Creek road.
FOOTBALL USHERS TO MEET TONIGHT AT COURTHOUSE
SEPT 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A meeting of the football ushers will be held tonight at the courthouse in the assembly room. All the ushers, who last year and also those who have been notified during the last few days, are asked to be on hand promptly. The ticket takers, selected for the coming season, must attend. A blackboard diagram of the field, bleachers, entrances and exits will be drawn and it is hoped to have the "skids" all set so that Sunday's crowd can be handled without any confusion.
SEPT 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Whitey Woodin reported for practice this morning. He looks in the pink of condition. Woodin will be seen in action Sunday against Hibbing. Woodin was a member of the Packers' squad last season, playing a bang up game at left guard.
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL SEASON OPENS HERE SUNDAY
SEPT 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Packers, professional football champions of Wisconsin, open the 1923 season here Sunday afternoon in a game against the Hibbing Miners of Hibbing, Minn., one of the strongest non-league teams in the country. The kickoff is scheduled promptly at 2:30 o'clock and periods of 12 minute duration will be played. The game will be played rain or shine. Interest is at top notch over the lifting of the curtain on the professional football season and, unless all signs fail, all attendance records will be smashed to smithereens at Sunday's game. Hundreds of football fans from all over Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan are coming to Green Bay for the game. There is a seating capacity for some 3,000 at the park and it is expected that every seat will be filled. The demand for reserve seats is unusually brisk...FACE TOUGH FOE: The Packers are biting off a tough nut to crack in their opening encounter. Hibbing is coming to Green Bay with an all star aggregation of pigskin chasers. Their lineup includes Rube Ursella, Chicken and Walter Buland, three footballers who helped put Rock Island on the pro grid map. The other members of the team are collegians and all of them are right at home on the chalk marked field. Hibbing last Sunday defeated the St. Paul A.C. by two touchdowns. Captain Lambeau's team, admitted by all as the greatest eleven in Green Bay's history, has been working out all week and the squad is in pretty good shape for the opening game. Nearly all the players are on edge for the opening game and it is safe to say that when the whistle blows they will be in there fighting with the old determination that has made the Packers one of the greatest professional football aggregations in the country. Capable officials will handle the contest and
those planning to attend the game can rest assured that they will see an exhibition of the gridiron game second to none. Arrangements have been made to handle the crowd with the least confusion possible. The gates at the park will be opened promptly at 1 o'clock...CARR NAMES REFEREE: Joe Getshell of Minneapolis, Minn., a former Western Conference official, has been named by President Joe F. Carr of the NFL to referee Sunday's contest. The league president, this year, is naming all the referees for the preliminary contests. The Hibbing Miners will arrive here Sunday morning. They are traveling via the Soo to Neenah. The Miners reach Neenah at 2:35 o'clock Sunday morning and will lay over there in their special car until 9 a.m. when they will complete their journey to Green Bay in a big motor bus.
SEPT 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Sunday, the professional football season opens in Green Bay. It is the day that the fans have been looking forward to since the curtain was pulled down last fall when the Packers trimmed Racine in Milwaukee in the state championship game...This year's Green Bay team looks like the best that ever represented the Packers' colors. Some of the more enthusiastic followers of Captain Lambeau's team are having visions of a national championship. And that is quite possible. The material is there for a title winning squad and it is a safe bet, unless injuries cut a figure, the Packers will be right up among the leaders in the fight for gridiron honors...It is well to remember that a team like the Packers is an expensive proposition. The businessmen and fans of the city have started the ball arolling in good shape. Every indication points to improved patronage. The reduction of both general admission and reserve seats will tend to improve the turnouts at the games. Green Bay is the only city in the country supporting the major class of football and it is the duty of every sport lover, not alone in Green Bay but Northeastern Wisconsin as well, to attend the game.
FIVE ENTRANCES WILL BE USED BY FOOTBALL CROWD
SEPT 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - There will be five entrances to Bellevue Park for Sunday's football game. Spectators are urged to watch their seat coupons closely and make use of the following entrances. It will greatly assist in eliminating the confusion at the gates. Ticket holders in reserved seat section A and B and the box seat holders in boxes marked RIGHT are asked to make use of the entrance on the Manitowoc road at the east end of the old baseball grandstand. Ticket holders in reserved seat sections C, D, E and F and the box seat holders in boxes marked LEFT are asked to make use of the gate at the north end of the old baseball grandstand. This entrance is located along the runway adjoining the bottle house of the Bellevue Ice Cream plant. General admission ticket holders are asked to enter the park at the old entrance in the baseball grandstand and they can also make use of the gate at the east end of the old baseball grandstand on the Manitowoc road. The other entrance is for the "knothole gang" located at extreme northwest corner of the field near the big barn decorated with the Bellevue Ice Cream sign.
CURTAIN PULLED DOWN ON PACKERS FOOTBALL SEASON
DEC 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers won't forward pass their way to victory on the gridiron anymore this season because of the failure of George Halas, manager of the Chicago Bears, to give anything definite about a game on December 9. The management decided to pull down the curtain and the uniforms were called in Friday afternoon. It was deemed best not to keep the team here another week and take a chance on the Chicagoans agreeing to meet the Packers...IN BLAZE OF GLORY: The Green Bay team closed its season in a blaze of glory and the Packers are resting in third place in the pro league percentage table. The Bays not only won the Badger state title but also gathered in the Northwest football honors. The management pulled every string possible to add a couple of games to the schedule but they lost out in every attempt. Challenges were hurled at the Bears, Cardinals and Canton Bulldogs but it was wasted energy...SOON HOMEWARD BOUND: The majority of the players will soon be homeward bound. Dewey Lyle left last night for Minneapolis. He has been given permission to play two games with the Marines and may perform with the Minneapolis team on Sunday against Racine. Cub Buck will sell autos at Neenah during the offseason while Basing will run his Sports Good Shop
in Appleton. Mills will soon head for Pennsylvania while Jug Earps will return to Monmouth. Whitey Woodin may settle here instead of ranching it in Canada while Moose Gardner lives in Ashland, Wis. Gavin is going back to Detroit...MURRAY IS LAWYER: Wally Niemann has taken over an automobile agency in Menominee, Mich. Richard (Jabber) Murray will continue to practice law in Marinette, Wis. As usual Captain Lambeau and Charlie Mathys will stay right at home and await the 1924 season. Hal Hanson is municipal athletic director at Ironwood, Mich.
DEC 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - It is all over but the shouting. The Packers have ended their football season. Inability to secure games for the next two Sundays forced the Bay eleven to pull down the curtain earlier than expected. The Big Bay Blues crowned themselves with glory. They finished third in the pro league race, only the Canton Bulldogs and Chicago Bears topping the Packers in the percentage table...The Packers have always been represented by classy football machines but this year's team was the greatest of them all. But two defeats were marked up against the Bays. The Bears nosed out a mighty lucky 3 to 0 victory while Racine caught the Packers on an off day and piled up a 24 to 3 victory. However, this upset was more than wiped out two weeks later when Green Bay walloped the Legion, 16 to 0. This combat was a whole lot more onesided than the score would indicate...St. Louis played the Packers to a tie score in an early season game but later on the Browns took a 3 to 0 defeat. The Packers registered victories over the Hibbing Miners, Minneapolis Marines, Milwaukee Badgers (twice), Racine Legion, Duluth Kellys and Hammond All Stars. The Green Bay eleven again tucked away the Badger state championship and the Northwest pro title. It sure was a good season's work...The Packer management made futile attempts to secure postseason games with the Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Canton Bulldogs. Two of these teams claimed they were booked solid while the Bears pussy-footed around and finally turned the Packers down flat. It is our hunch that these elevens were not any too anxious to book an argument with the Badger state champs...The Packers will rest on their laurels and await the 1924 season. If possible, the team will be made better than ever. Negotiations have already been opened with several college stars who graduate next June. However, every man on this season's championship aggregation is on the reserve list for 1924. Next year's schedule is under consideration and ironclad contracts will be demanded for every game that is booked.
DEC 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers, Green Bay's entry in the NFL, have just closed the most successful season in their history. The season was doubly successful in that practically all games were well attended and but two reverses were suffered out of ten league contests.This is a record of which any team may well be proud. Although Green Bay is the smallest city in the post-graduate league its eleven vanquished aggregations from cities that were better able to finance a team and had a wider field from which to draw players. The Packers, by their 1923 gridiron record, are deserving of the wholehearted financial and moral support of Green Bay citizens, especially the businessmen. A team of the caliber of the Packers is an asset to any city, large or small, and Green Bay is no exception. Through the splendid showing of the blue-jerseyed eleven, Green Bay has been thrust into the nation's sport limelight. Wherever professional football is played - and many cities now have pro teams - the Ancient City squad is recognized as one of the best in the country. The Packers have been the magnet whereby hundreds of football fans from Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan have been drawn to Green Bay, thus bringing thousands of dollars to business houses here. Professional football has arrived, Alonzo Stagg and others to the contrary notwithstanding. And it will stay a long time, if it is continued on its present honest, business-like basis. Through the far-sighted efforts of the officers of the National league the sport has been purged of all of its bad features. Tampering with college players, which, for a time, threatened to disrupt both the amateur and professional sport, has been banned. Through its action in adopting a "hands off" policy where these players are concerned, the league has won many followers and convinced the public that it is valiantly trying to put the sport on a firm basis. The brand of football played in the major league this year compares favorably with that of most college teams. In fact, we believe, for team work and fighting spirit, there are few college elevens in the country today that could successfully compete with the first class pro squads. Money is no longer the first consideration of the average professional player. He plays because he likes the sport - not to add a few more dollars to his income. We believe the preceding statement has been amply borne out of the conduct of the Packers. All games played here and away from home have been clean, hard fought contests, worth every cent of the price of admission. The Green Bay Football corporation was financed by public subscription, several score persons purchasing stock at the beginning of the season. The affairs of the club are administered by an executive committee, composed of business and professional men. Their principal aim was to give the public first class football at a reasonable price. That they have succeeded, any impartial observer will readily admit. The successful administration of the club's destinies, we confidently believe, augurs well for the future of football in Green Bay, because with the public's confidence, the stockholders will be encouraged to put a bigger and better Packer team on the gridiron next year. Here's to 1924! May it be a season without defeat!
EFFORTS TO BRING CANTON HERE SUNDAY DOUBTFUL
DEC 3 (Canton) - Saturday night Captain Guy Chamberlain of the Canton Bulldogs received an offer from the Green Bay Packers for a game in Green Bay on December 9. Chamberlain set his figure at $3,500 and the Bay management said a committee of fans would raise the money for the game. Chamberlain told the Green Bay management that the game on December 9 would be contingent on the Bulldogs' ability to set back a contest scheduled in Columbus on that date...Efforts to bring the Canton Bulldogs here for a game on December 9 may prove futile as the Columbus club from the news dispatches appears to have refused to switch the contest which they had scheduled with the champions on that date. However, no definite word has been received from President Carr up to press time. A committee headed by Ray Evrard, district attorney, busies themselves on Sunday and pledged ticket sales amounting to $3,000 from 30 businessmen in the city. It was a splendid piece of work on the part of the committee and those who pledged the money. Canton asked $3,500 for coming here. This looked like a huge amount but the committee hopped to their work with a vengeance and were sure of securing their quote, as they already had $3,000 pledged. Sunday night, the club management communicated with President Joe Carr of the NFL and he said that unless the Columbus club would pass up the date with Canton, the Bulldogs could not play in Green Bay. The news about the Canton game spread like wildfire over the city on Sunday and the fans were aroused to a high pitch of enthusiasm. At some of the places, reservations were already made for tickets. It is unfortunate that the Canton game fell through because the Packers would have made it mighty interesting for the world's champions and what's more granted fair weather the contest would have attracted the greatest crowd that ever witnessed a pigskin encounter in this part of the state.
DEC 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Several of the Chicago papers seem to take special delight in pushing the Packers far down in the pro league percentage table. The Bay football eleven is right up there among the leaders with a percentage of .777, having won 7 and lost 2 games and it will take more than the inaccuracy of the Windy City publications to dislodge 'em. The Packer management has done everything possible to get a fair break with the Chicago papers in the football percentage but with little success. Maybe if the fans wrote a few letter themselves to Chicago, it might do some good.
COLUMBUS WILL NOT SWITCH DECEMBER 9 GAME WITH BULLDOGS; COMMITTEE PLEDGED $3,000
DEC 3 (Columbus) - The Canton Bulldogs and Columbus Indians will meet here Sunday December 9 for the pro football championship of Ohio. This game was set back from December 2. An effort by the Canton management to have the contest switched to December 16 so that the Bulldogs could play the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay was turned down by the Columbus management.
PACKER PLAYERS WILL GIVE DANCE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
DEC 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer players will give a dance at the Park Armory on Wednesday night. This affair, staged by the members of the squad, will be the "Farewell" before the gridiron stars depart for their homes. Good music has been secured for the affair and a pleasant time is assured all those who attend the dance. The players selling the tickets. A big crowd is expected.
DEC 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Some of the one-man teams sure do have their troubles when the star is decorating the sidelines. Paddy Driscoll wasn't performing for the Cardinals Sunday against the Indians, and Jim Thorpe's Braves gave Chris O'Brien's hirelings considerable trouble. When the smoke of the conflict blew over, the Redskins were trailing but it was only by a 22 to 19 score...Once more
Green Bay showed itself as the best little football city in the country. Last Sunday morning, a committee started out to raise the sum of of $3,500 with which to pay the top heavy guarantee asked by the Canton Bulldogs for appearance here on Sunday December 9. Inside of ten hours, pledges amounting to $3,000 were secured. This was a remarkable showing of Green Bay's loyalty to its Packers. We don't think there is another city in the country that could pull the same stunt....And yet, the game fell through. It wasn't the Packers fault nor were the fans to blame. They had pledged the money. Columbus jinxed the proposal by refusing the release of the Bulldogs from a game contracted for on the same date as which the Packers wanted the world's champions here. Columbus and Canton are bitter rivals on the gridiron, just like Green Bay and Racine, and the Columbus management figured it was too big an attraction to be sidetracked.
CARR'S TELEGRAM KILLED ALL HOPES OF CANTON CLASH
DEC 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Announcement that the Canton Bulldog game has fell by the wayside caused a wave of disappointment to sweep over Green Bay on Monday. The footballers were still hoping that someway might be discovered by which the Bulldogs would play here on Sunday against the Packers. However, the telegram from Joe F. Carr, president of the NFL to the Green Bay management, killed all hopes. Carr, in his message, stated that it was impossible to book Canton at Green Bay on December 9. Unless there is an unexpected development about a game away from home, in the next 24 hours, there will be no move to take the Packer uniforms out of the mothballs. The Packers are third up in the pro league percentage table and none of the teams stand a chance to push their way above the Green Bay champs.
MILWAUKEE PLAYS CARDS ON SUNDAY; CANTON IN ACTION
DEC 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Hal Hanson, former Minnesota star, who captained the Ironwood, Mich., Legion team this fall, made his debut with the Green Bay Packers in the game against Hammond and the big backfielder turned in some classy pigskin chasing...Oltz, who played the line all season for Hammond, was given a chance in the backfield against the Packers and he got away good. He crashed the line like a bullet besides proving adept in interference...Tillie Voss has a tough time of it in the game against the Bulldogs. The Toledo tackle was the target for many of the plays and he found it a hard task to upset the crashing Canton offensive during the game...Baxter, the Midwest league hurler, got his chance as a footballer in the Racine lineup against the Marines. Baxter was used behind the line and he got away for several good jaunts around the wing position...Abe Kaplan, the Minneapolis Marines quarterback, completed his first season of professional football successfully. The former Hamline star was one of the best newcomers to break into the post graduate wheel...Columbus will attempt to put a crimp in the Canton Bulldogs' string of wins in Sunday's game. The Columbus club is playing at top form these days but Chamberlain's aggregation is a mighty tough nut to crack...Winkelman, Milwaukee's bootsmith, had a field day against Racine, ringing up three counters for
Jimmy Conzelman's club. The Brewer star is another "first yearer" who has shown class galore on the professional gridiron...With the close of the season at hand the pro league magnates are beginning to look forward to another year. Some of the clubs had bad breaks financially but none of the teams are thinking of giving up the ghost...Aside from the walkaway of the Canton Bulldogs, the race for the other top positions was mighty close. The Chicago Bears are safely entrenched in second place while the Green Bay Packers are in third place...Roderick has been going good at halfback for the Buffalo All Americans. He was with Canton early in the season. Roderick is of the smashing type of carrier and he piles up plenty of yardage on off tackle plays...Lyman, the former Nebraska tackle, has played consistent football all during the season for the Bulldogs. The ex-Cornhusker makes his holes nicely besides getting down the field fast under Pete Henry's punts...Paul Goebel got away with a long distance pass in the Dayton game that was a humdinger. Last year's Michigan star hurled the pigskin 50 yards to Rapp, a Columbus teammate who galloped across for a touchdown...Hathaway, the Triangle bootsmith, put his team in the lead against Columbus with a field goal from the 25 yard line but his three point advantage was soon buried when Columbus started its string of touchdowns...The Rock Island Independents turned in a classy nonleague win when Captain Sies' eleven nosed out a 7 to 6 victory over the Durant Stars of Lansing, Mich. It was the first defeat in two years for the Motorists...Jimmy Phelan, Rock Island's fullback, turned in a brilliant game against the Durants. Phelan is a hard hitter and he picks his holes nicely. Jimmy can go and get them on the defense being a savage tackler...The Chicago Cardinals put in a tough ten days. Racine handed Driscoll's team a 10 to 4 licking, then the Bears came along and won 3 to 0. To cap the climax last Sunday, Thorpe's Indians were only nosed out 22 to 19...Little Joe Sternaman, who captained the Duluth team all season, reappeared in the Bears' lineup against the Cardinals. Dame Rumor has it that Sternaman won't be back at Duluth when the 1924 season rolls around...The Milwaukee Badgers with Bo McMillin in the lineup played the Chicago Bears to a 0 to 0 tie. During the first three periods, the Wisconsin eleven had the Halas Bruins up in the air with forward passes...Akron scored its first victory of the season Thanksgiving Day by taking Buffalo into camp, 2 to 0. Morrisey kicked a field goal for the All Americans but it was not allowed on account of holding in the scrimmage line.
DEC 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Babe Reutz has given up the ghost at Racine. The Legion's football manager has turned in his resignation and, next year, a new helmsmen will be at the wheel of the Horlickville pro gridiron machine. Reutz was master of ceremonies for three years. He put Racine on the pro football map in big letters. However, Reutz deemed life too short to be burdened with worries and he decided to let someone else shoulder the grief. The job of handling a pro pigskin machine can't be likened to bed of roses.
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL HAS MADE RAPID STRIDES DURING PAST TWO YEARS IN CHICAGO
DEC 10 (Chicago) - The rise of pro football in so far as the Bears and Cardinals of Chicago are concerned is attested by figures from last season compared to 1920. In the latter year the Staleys, as the North Side team was then known, and the Cardinals played two games, the first drawing 4,000 and the second 5,800. Last fall they played twice, attracting 8,892 the first time and 9,500 the second. This fall the Cardinals have exceeded the best previous attendance for early games, while the Bears have fallen slightly below last season's figures. Both have been averaging around 5,000. Previously the North Side team always has outdrawn its South Side rival, but the decrease in attendance at the Bears' game can be attributed principally to the fact that the eleven hasn't been up to par. The Cardinals and Bears, like the other elevens that mae up the NFL, confine their makeup almost exclusively to college players. There are exceptions such as center McInerney, of the Cards, who was developed without college experience. The college stars, having had their fill of glory on the collegiate grid, naturally put high figures on their ability and the salaries are almost out of proportion to the players' drawing powers. The pro team in the football league has a salary limit of $1,200 a game, but as there is no way of inciting punishment for a violation, the promoters pay little attention to the restriction. Individual
salaries, of course, are secret, but the roll for a single game will run between $1,500 and $2,000. It is said that Paddy Driscoll, the Cards' star, has a contract that nets him in excess of $400 a battle.
DEC 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Well it is all over but the shouting and, for the second year in succession, the Canton Bulldogs carried off the professional football championship. Guy Chamberlain's team didn't taste defeat all season. The Bulldogs won eleven games and tied one. The Chicago Bears finished second up while the Green Bay Packers placed in third position...Professional football made great progress during the 1923 season. The post-graduate teams played before increasing crowds. There are still some wrinkles in the league organization but it is safe to say that these obstacles will be ironed out before it is time to kick off the pigskin again. It is probable that a new arrangement will be planned as to the scheduling of games.
CANTON BULLDOGS PUT OVER ELEVEN WINS IN PRO WHEEL; GREEN BAY PACKERS 3RD UP
DEC 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Pro league football sang its swan song for the season of 1923 on Sunday. The Bears walloped Rock Island; Milwaukee nosed out a win over the Cards and Canton kept on victory row by beating Columbus...The old "shoestring" play enabled Rock Island to score against the Bears. The Chicago Bruins were caught asleep at the switch and Kuehl, grabbing a pass from Armstrong, scooted down the field for a touchdown...The Driscoll-less Cardinals had an awful time trying to stop the Milwaukee Badgers' aerial attack. Conzelman and Bo McMillin ran rings around the Chicagoans and Milwaukee turned in a 14 to 12 victory...Over 15,000 spectators saw the Canton Bulldogs beat Columbus. It was a well played game and the champions had a battle on their hands all the way. Peter Henry and Elliott were responsible for Canton's ten points.
DEC 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Bears and Milwaukee will lock horns again in Chicago on Sunday in a gridiron conflict. Jimmy Conzelman's crew played the Bruins a tie fame several weeks ago, and, this time out, they stand a good chance to cop the bacon. Milwaukee has lost but two games this season and it was the Packers that knocked 'em off on each occasion. You mention Green Bay to Conzelman, McGurk and their cohorts and it is like waving a rad flag at a bull.