Green Bay Packers (2-1-2) 7, Milwaukee Badgers (2-3) 0
Sunday October 17th 1926 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers got off on the right foot in their defense of the state professional football title Sunday afternoon at the City stadium when they took the Milwaukee Badgers into camp by the score of 7 to 0 in as bitterly a contested game as has ever been staged on a Green Bay gridiron. The invaders from Brewerytown came here full of fight and they battled all the way. Several of the Milwaukee linemen were exceptionally hostile and twice the officials were forced to halt near fistic affairs and give the players a minute or two to cool off.
CROWD ON OFFICIALS
The officials came in for a lot of abuse from the crowd. St. John was the busiest headlinesman that has worked here for many a moon. He was calling 'em for razor-edge closeness and the Packers lost plenty of yardage on so-called offside, etc. St. John was piping up so often that the spectators wished the name of "5 yards" on him. The Packers got another bad break from the Weather Man and the onlookers took another wetting although it wasn't so damp as the Duluth combat. About 1 o'clock King Winter appeared on the scene as an uninvited guest. It began to snow. Later the snow turned to sleet and finally it rained but despite the inclement conditions, there were some 3,000 spectators in the stands. As George Downer would probably remark: "Green Bay and vicinity continues to take its football pretty seriously."
KEWAUNEE OUT STRONG
Kewaunee turned out about 200 strong, including their crack Legion band, to give Kuich, former high school star at the Bohemian institution, the glad hand. Naturally, the Kewaunee delegation were pulling hard for Kuich but it is a good bet that the greater majority of them wended their way homeward perfectly satisfied that the Badgers didn't take home the bacon. The Kewaunee high school players were the guests of the Packer management and the schoolers were all eyes from first to last whistle watching the big fellows do their stuff. But the youngsters were not the only ones getting their eyes full as everybody else in the park saw plenty of real bang-up footballing. There were enough fumbles to add spice to the affair and the air attack kept a lot of the play out in the open. As a matter of fact, in the closing quarter, after the Bays had scored, the air was full of footballs because the invaders were tossing a lot of "prayer" passes in hopes of getting away for a score.
EARLY IN THE FOURTH QUARTER
So far as the scoring action went, it was all confined to the first few minutes in the fourth quarter. After the teams had changed around, the ball was about in mid-field. Lambeau got a couple of yards off tackle. Then the Packer captain grabbed a well directed toss from Purdy and he reached the 25-yard mark before he was dumped. This looked like scoring business and the usual "Touchdown, Touchdown, Touchdown" cry echoed back and forth across the stadium. And the plea was answered on the next play. Lewellen cut in past Oxie Lane's tackle, straight armed one would-be tackler; side-stepped a couple of more and then pranced over for a touchdown. His way to Score-ville was made somewhat easier by Jack Harris' assistance. "Fighting Jack" bumped off one of the "aliens" so hard that the Badger didn't get up for a second or so. Pid Purdy shook up the mud off his booting hoof and dropkicked the extra point.
GAMBLED WITH EVERYTHING
From then even Colonel Mitchell, aviation exponent extraordinary, would have enjoyed the air drive. Even in the shadow of their goal posts, the invaders gambled with everything they had. The majority of times, the Milwaukee tosses went astray because the Packers were playing a man for man defense and every one of the Badgers' "Eligible Men" were covered like a tent. Two or three of the Milwaukee passes were intercepted and the Bays would drive forward again. Towards the close of the game, Lewellen got off one of his "beauty" punts and the oval rolled out of bounds on the Milwaukee one-yard line. Murphy punted while standing in the end zone and the Packers launched their final drive. A pass from Lambeau to Lewellen put the oval in the shadow of the visitors' goal posts. Two rushes netted little yardage and a pair of passes were incomplete. Milwaukee took the ball on its twenty but two plays and it was all over but the shouting.
VISITORS STARTED FAST
The invaders received the kickoff and immediately proceeded to start a march down the field. Some well directed line plunges and a forward pass to Captain-Manager-Coach Bryan soon had the Bays well back in their own territory. However, the Bays settled down and regained the ball on downs. After two thrusts, Purdy got off one of his wiggly punts and the cowhide rolled to the Milwaukee 28-yard line. O'Donnell hurt his shoulder on the play and had to retire. Harris took up the job at the wing. After an exchange of kicks, Purdy ran one of Heimsch's punts back to midfield. Another duo of boots followed. Then the Packers got going good. A pass from Kotal to MacAuliffe took the oval to Milwaukee's 15-yard line. Lidberg squirmed through for a first down and it was goal to go. The Badgers, fighting desperately, held on their one-yard line and the Packers' first threat fizzled out.
EPIDEMIC OF PENALTIES
An epidemic of offside penalties handicapped the Bays during the second period but they battled along and kept the visitors from getting much of anywhere. Towards the close of the period, Purdy tried a dropkick but the ball was blocked. A few minutes later, Lewellen intercepted a pass and then Kotal, in Lamb style, shot around the mighty Dilweg's end for a 20-yard gain. Halftime was called soon after. The Packers started off with a lot of snap in the third quarter. After receiving the kickoff, the gang showed fight galore. And it wasn't long before the Badgers were forced frequently to kick out of danger. The Brewers were losing ground on nearly every exchange of kicks but a couple of fumbles by Purdy after running back kicks tended to offset this advantage. Towards the close of the period, Jug Earpe bounded into the limelight again by grabbing off a Milwaukee pass. This changed the complexion of things again and the tide swung over in the Packers' favor. The quarter soon ended and then came Lewellen's dash for a touchdown which spelled victory for the Bays with a capital "T".
BAYS LOOKED BETTER
There is no question but that the Big Bay Blues looked better than in several of the previous games. Purdy is fitting into the machine nicely and the backs are following his leads well. A fighting team is hard to beat and that's what the Packers were yesterday. The Badgers deserve a lot of credit. The Bryan combination is only a young team but they are playing "heads up" football. Milwaukee is handicapped by the lack of a capable passer. The line looms fairly strong. Neacy and Dilweg are a good pair of ends while Slater performed nicely in the fullback position.
MILWAUKEE - 0 0 0 0 - 0
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 7 - 7
4TH - GB - Verne Lewellen, 25-yard run (Pid Purdy kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
PACKERS PLAY LAST GAME OF SEASON AT HOME SUNDAY
OCT 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Big Bay Blues sing the 1926 swan song at home Sunday afternoon at the City stadium when they take the gridiron against the Racine Tornadoes in a state championship series game. Following this contest, the Big Bay Blues take the road for two games in Chicago, Milwaukee Racine, Philadelphia and Detroit. The Horlickville combination has always been a home jinx to the Bays. As a matter of fact, records show that Racine is the only team that has ever beaten the Packers twice in the blue and gold's own backyard. This year, Racine has been having some trouble getting under way. However, Babe Reutz, the husky helmsman of the Tornadoes, claims that his postgraduate gridders are going to be "on" this Sunday and that the Bayites will have their hands full...BACK IN 1921: Gridiron hostilities between Green Bay and Racine started back in 1921 when the two teams met on a neutral field in Milwaukee. Thanks to a last minute placekick by Hank Gillo, Racine escaped with a 3 to 3 tie. In 1922, the teams played three games. Racine came here first and tossed the Packers for a 10 to 6 loss. The second game, which was played in Horlickville, was another 3 to 3 tie as Hank Gillo came through in the last ten second to knot the count with his educated toe. The teams battled again in Milwaukee in a postseason fray and the Packers copped the verdict by a 14 to 0 count. This was the year of Usher, Lyle and Rip Lauer. 1923 saw the elevens break even. Racine invaded the Bay and handed the Packers a 24 to 3 licking. It was an awful rout but a couple of weeks later Green Bay got even to the tune of 16 to 0 in a game in which Racine was outclassed far more than the score would indicate...VOSS NABBED PASS: It was "50-50" again in 1924. Racine came here and met defeat, 6-3, in a thriller. The visitors counted first on a placekick by Gillo but Tillie Voss pulled a circus catch of a pass in the final quarter which beat back the visitors. Late in the season, the Packers invaded Horlicktown and were upset in a cold weather game, 7 to 0. There was nothing doing last season as Racine took a vacation from the NFL. Next Sunday the gridiron feud will be resumed and many of the fans are wondering if the Horlickville outfit will be
just as tough a nut to crack.
"BEAT GREEN BAY" RALLYING CRY OF RACINE GRIDDERS
OCT 20 (Racine) - "Put a dent in the dope bucket by defeating Green Bay" - that is the rally cry of the Racine football team and its followers. The Tornadoes blew a whole lot stronger in the game against Duluth and the football contingent here thinks that the Big Bay Blues are not going to have their own way up there in Sunday's game. This feeling is getting so strong that several hundred of the gridiron fans are planning on the Green Bay pilgrimage. In other years, the trip to the Bay has always been an enjoyable one and on two of the three invasions, the Racine pros have brought home the bacon...MCILLWAIN COACHING TEAM: And Coach McIllwain says his footballers are going to do it again this year. Mac has only been in charge of the team for two weeks but during that time the club has showed marked improvement. McIllwain was hired at the start of the season only as a player and the coaching task was placed in the hands of Shorty Barr and Hank Gillo. This system didn't work out so well. The management tied the can to Barr. McIllwain was appointed captain and head coach while Gillo was kept on as his assistant. McIllwain revamped the club. He put in the Illinois style of football based on the Zuppke system and things are looking a lot better. Mac knows the Zuppke system from A to Z as he played three years on the varsity at Urbanna where he was known as Red Grange's snow plow. McIllwain was the battering ram at halfback and he cleared the way for the famous Redhead...TWO GOOD ENDS: Racine has a pair of first class ends in Mathews of Northwestern and Fahey of Marquette. These two gridders are fresh from the "rah rah" ranks as they were listed among the June graduates. Murphy, a wingman from Minneapolis, also has been showing a good brand of ball. The Tornadoes boast of a veteran center in Jack Mintin, who has been playing ball nearly as long as Jim Thorpe. Mintin was a member of the original Staleys, who made a name on the pro grid a number of years ago. Jack never went to college to learn his footballing as he got his gridiron degree on the prairies around Chicago where nothing was barred. Mintin plays a roving type of center and football experts claim it is uncanny the way he can solve an opposing team's offensive. The
two Chicago university products, Hobschied, guard, and Kernwein, halfback, are rated among the stars of the Racine outfit. Hobschied has been carrying the brunt of the work on the forward wall while Kernwein's brilliant open field running practically won the Hammond game.
JOY IN STURGEON BAY
OCT 20 (Sturgeon Bay) - There was joy among the high school football squad at Sturgeon Bay when Earl La Plante announced to Coach Van Adestine that the Green Bay Football corporation had invited the scholastic gridders to be their guests at the Packer-Racine game at the Bay on Sunday. It is needless to add that the bid was accepted in a hurry. A caravan of autos will take the schoolers to the scene of the action and it is expected that the largest delegation of the season from the Cherry country will go along to help make the youngsters feel right at home.
RACINE COMING HERE STRONG FOR SUNDAY'S GAME
OCT 21 (Racine) - All hands were on deck when the Tornadoes reported Wednesday for their first workout since the Sunday contest with Ernie Nevers' Eskimos. Despite the hard, slashing type of battle put up by the Racine performers, no one was hurt in the Duluth game and all are in good condition for this week's drilling, which will wind up Saturday when the Tornadoes leave via auto for Green Bay. Several car loads of Racine fans are expected to make the trip to Green Bay. In previous seasons, when the Racine Legion was in the NFL, the Green Bay-Racine game was the occasion for an annual pilgrimage and backers of the Tornadoes expect to revive the custom with a vengeance...TRAVEL BY AUTO: The team will leave by auto early Saturday afternoon. Some of the fans expect to pull out about the same time, but the majority will probably start late Saturday night, arriving in the lair of the Packers early Sunday morning. The Northland hotel will be the Racine headquarters. A block of seats has been reserved for Racine fans. They are on sale here and brisk demand is reported...BOETTCHER LOOKED GOOD: Boettcher, a halfback who made a good impression against the Eskimos, carried a stiff neck around for a couple of days, but it yielded to treatment and didn't appear to bother him during the Wednesday workout. Under McIllwain, the new coach, Racine showed a surprising amount of improvement, and Mac hopes to see his cohorts make an even better showing against the Packers. The former Illinois star, who coached the Illini backfield under Zuppke in 1925, has absorbed much of that old master's knowledge and is putting it into effect on the Tornado squad. Last week he had only a couple of days to install his system, taking over the coaching job in the middle of the week, after Barr has been released. Even in that short time, he made a different looking crew out of the Racine performers and with more time should accomplish a lot...RATE PACKERS HIGHLY: The general impression in the Tornado camp seems to be that the Packers have the best team in recent seasons and, considering the type of elevens which has tangled with Racine in previous years, that means a lot. So the Tornadoes realize they have a difficult proposition ahead and are planning accordingly. They will go into the contest at Green Bay as the underdogs. But they were in the same status against Duluth last week and put up by far the best battle of the season, indicating that the reputation of the opposition acts more as a stimulant than a deterrent. The Tornadoes were minus the service of Kernwain, flashy halfback from Chicago university, in last Sunday's game. Kernwain was down with a slight attack of the grippe, but is recovered and should give the Packer defense plenty of trouble next Sunday.
"MUTT AND JEFF" FOOTBALL PAIR WITH RACINE TEAM
OCT 22 (Racine) - Green Bay fans will see two extremes in action Sunday when the Racine Tornadoes clash with the Packers in a renewal of the old football conflict between the two cities. Adolph Bieberstein and "Pee Wee" Sterr represent the extremes - the former being the largest man on the Tornado squad and the latter the smallest. There is a difference of 59 pounds in their weight - Bieberstein tipping the scale at 210 and Sterr at only 151. The giant of the Racine squad is probably the strongest point in the Tornado forward wall. He plays a guard
position and in games to date has succeeded consistently in outplaying his opponent. A guard must be unusually good to attract attention, but Bieberstein has done that and is regarded by critics here as at least the equal of any lineman who ever wore a Racine uniform...BIEBERSTEIN IS STAR: Bieberstein earned his football spurs at the University of Wisconsin. In 1923 he was picked on the all-conference first team. In 1924, when he graduated, the big boy was placed on the Big Ten second team and a Madison sports writer who recorded Adolph's passing from the Badger lineup, said: "Wisconsin may have guards as good as Bieberstein in the years to come, but it's pretty safe to say there will be few, if any, better. He has been a mainstay in the line and leaves a hole that will be mighty hard to fill." In Pee-Wee Sterr, the Racine management believes it has uncovered a rare find. Coming to Racine a couple of weeks ago, with just an ordinary reputation obtained while a quarterback at Carroll college, the half-pint performer has developed rapidly into a huge favorite with local fans and a mighty valuable addition to the team. Sterr's lack of weight might appear to be a handicap too big to overcome but Pee-Wee has demonstrated that it can be done. He works on the "bigger they are, the harder they fall" theory, and gets by with it. A slippery fast performer on offense, he also shines on defense. In last Sunday's contest against Duluth, Pee-Wee twice stopped Ernie Nevers dead in his tracks with hard, clean tackles and Nevers admitted after the game that he knew he was hit both times...IS HEADY PLAYER: Sterr is a heady individual and runs the teams in "big league" fashion. His specialty is running back punts and he gained many yards through the Duluth team only to be brought down by their safety man near the Eskimos goal line. The Tornadoes were given a couple of new plays by Coach McIllwain in last night's workout, and the old ones rehearsed until after dark. "We're going to present the strongest battle front of the season against the Packers," declared the Racine coach, "and they're going to know they've been in a battle."
PRO FOOTBALL GOSSIP
OCT 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Philadelphia Yellowjackets dug in a little deeper at the top of the heap in the National league race by tossing the New York Giants for a pair of defeats over the weekend. Both victories were by the 6 to 0 route...In the game at Quakertown on Saturday, Budd, giant linesman, booted a pair of field goals for Chamberlain's crew while Sunday at the Polo Grounds in Gotham. Jones grabbed a pass from Stockton and scampered for a touchdown...Canton got a taste of far western football and when the final gun boomed, the Bulldogs were trailing Los Angeles, 16 to 13. Henry & Co. were badly outplayed as the Cantonians made but six first downs to their foes' fifteen...Maul, Los Angeles' hard charging fullback, was the star of the game. Besides tossing nearly all of the passes to Imlay for plenty of yardage, he came through with a placekick in the final quarter which won the fray...Paddy Driscoll, the Bear back, sure played a mean trick on his old teammates, the Cardinals, in the first game of the Chicago city series. Driscoll was the whole show. He made three field goals, a touchdown and goal kick...Duluth kept its record clean in the championship race by downing the Racine Tornadoes, 21 to 0. As usual, Nevers featured in the Polar Bear attack. This Sunday the Eskimos will have to step as they mingle with the Bears...Brooklyn didn't have a very profitable weekend while mixing with the Pottsville Maroons. Saturday, the Miners walloped the Dodgers by a three touchdown margin while Sunday Streigel & Co. copped the bacon, 14 to 0...Eddie Scharer, former Notre Dame star, played the lead role in the 47 to 0 walloping that the Detroit Panthers handed to the Louisville Colonels. The ex-Rockne student tore off one dash of 70 yards after receiving the kickoff...Buffalo chalked up its second victory of the season by nosing out a 7 to 6 win over Dayton. The Bison City crew put up an aggressive battle all the way and they were quick to take advantage of the breaks in the game...The Green Bay Packers started off on the right foot in the defense of the Badger state title, which they have held since 1918, by defeating Milwaukee, 7 to 0. Lewellen cut back through tackle for 25 yards and the only score of the mix...Mathews, Northwestern '26, is turning in a nice job at end for Racine. The Tornadoes have found the going pretty tough so far, but even in the defeats, the former Wildcat has been one of the bright spots in Racine gloom..."Two-bits" Homan, the Yellowjackets' midget quarterback, is on the road to recovery after suffering serious injuries in the Atlantic City fray a few weeks back. Homan is getting out now after a long siege in the hospital...The Hartford Blues boast of one of the biggest gridders in captivity. Eddie Keenan, who is a perfect 66, tips the beat at 330 pounds. Despite his man-mountain poundage, Keenan is pretty lively on the chalk-marked field...Sunday will be a Dunn homecoming in Milwaukee as the Cardinals are billed to face the Badgers in Brewerytown. Dunn is a Milwaukee product and during his collegiate days, was an outstanding star at Marquette U...Mayor Jimmy Walker took a hand in the Giants opening in New York. Between halves, the Gotham executive, accompanied by the Yellowjacket band, made a pilgrimage over to the Philadelphia section and he got a rousing hand...Kirk has been one of the mainstays of the Buffalo eleven this fall and his consistent performances at center has created a lot of favorable comment. He follows the ball closely and gets many open field tackles...Munn, a relative of the famous Big Wayne, has shown lots of class in a wing position for the Kansas City Cowboys. Munn is a savage tackler and makes a specialty of rushing the passer...Brute Trafton continues to bask in the lineup for the Chicago Bears. The husky snapper back roves around at will and he generally senses the play. He grabbed a pass against the Cards that paved the way for three points...Pid Purdy is fitting into the Green Bay Packer machine nicely at a quarterback post. The diminutive giridder passes the ball splendidly and his all around kicking ability makes a handy man for the Big Bay Blues...Caldwell, a pro league veteran of several seasons, is still being used regularly at tackle by Akron. Caldwell is the bruising type of a forward and it takes a might smart sort of club to box him out of the play...A battle royal should be on tap in Providence on Sunday when the Steamrollers have it out with the Pottsville Maroons. Each of these clubs have a slashing attack and the fur is sure to fly when they start rubbing elbows...The Milwaukee Badgers picked up a likely looking guard in Kuich, who learned his football at Beloit under Tommy Mills. He tips the beam at about a double century yet Red Bryan has got a faster man on his ball club.
PACKERS PLAY FINAL HOME GAME OF SEASON SUNDAY
OCT 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The curtain will be pulled down on the home season of the Packers Sunday afternoon in the City stadium where the Big Bay Blues will tackle the Racine Tornadoes in a state championship game, which will get underway promptly at 2 o'clock. Racine is coming here with a fighting team. True enough the Horlickville combination has been very fortunate in its victories this season but every man on the squad from Coach McIllwain down to Pee-Wee Sterr is going into the battle against the Packers determined to put such a dent in the dope bucket that red fire will turn all night in Racine after the game...JINX FOR PACKERS: The invaders have always made things interesting for the Packers. In other years, they have come up here with odds against home and surprised the pro football world by beating the Bays in their own backyard. Racine is the only team in the country that has twice beat the Packers on their home lot. Racine's stock jumped a notch or two with the announcement that old Hank Gillo has recovered sufficiently from the ribs that the Chicago Cardinals cracked a few weeks back to get in togs again. Gillo is a sharp-shooting specialist with his educated toe and he always has had the habit of chasing the cowhide between the uprights. As a matter of fact, in seven of the eight contests between Green Bay and Racine, Gillo has broke into the scoring table with his sure foot. It is a good bet that whenever Racine gets within field goal distance, the veteran will be called into the game to do his stuff...HAVE GOOD MATERIAL: The invaders have plenty of good material in their ball club. Fahey, Murphy, Heimsch and Mathews are a quartet of bang up ends. Hardy and Brumm are big league tackles while the center trio of Bieberstein, Mintum and Hobscheid have played good football all fall. In McIllwain and Kernwein, Racine has a pair of Big Ten conference halfbacks who starred at Illinois and Chicago, respectively. Dick Reichow of St. Thomas; Boettcher, of Lawrence and the well-known Mr. Gillo also see service behind the line. Sterr and Curtin at quarterback and both of these midgets are said to be of the sensational type. The Packers have put in a good week of practice and the squad is in good shape for the fray. Basing has thoroughly recovered from his injuries and the plunging backfielder will get a chance to perform against Racine. The Big Bay Blues have been tuning up several new plays which may be used to help send the invaders home on the short end of the final score...EXPECTING BIG CROWD: As it is the last game of the season at home, the Packer management is looking forward to a big turnout. Racine is sending a delegation of some 200 rooters and numerous requests for seats from other out-of-towners have
been received. There will be a big gang here from the Cherry country as a flock of fans will accompany the high school team here. Coach Van Adelstine's gridders are to be the guests of the Green Bay Football corporation. The usual arrangements will prevail for the closing game here. Doors at the park will open promptly at 12:30 Sunday morning. Tickets can be secured either at the stadium or at the Empire Drug store. The Legion band is preparing a farewell program of musical selections. President Joe Carr of the NFL has named George Brown, of Chicago, as referee. Coach Iverson, of Sheboyan, is to umpire and Nick Malloy, of Chicago, will work as head linesman.
TRAVEL BY AUTO
OCT 23 (Racine) - Working in a practice session which lasted well after dark, the Racine Tornadoes Friday night wound up preparations for their Sunday battle at Green Bay. They are leaving the city by auto Saturday shortly after noon, and expect to reach the Bay about 7 p.m. Coach McIllwain directed the Tornadoes through a lengthy signal drill, polishing up on some new plays that have been added to the Racine repertoire this week. Considerable time was spent on forward pass formations, indicating that an aerial attack will play a prominent part in the Tornadoes' offense Sunday. McIllwain has also stressed work on defense against a pass barrage, which indicates that he expects the Big Bay Blues to uncork such an offense. Coach McIllwain stated after the practice last night that the following starting lineup will probably prevail: Mathews and Fahey, ends; Hobscheid and Hardy, tackles; Bieberstein and Burmm, guards; Mintin, center; Kernwein and McIllwain, halfbacks; Reichow, fullback, and Sterr, quarterback. This is the same battlefront that saw action against the Duluth Eskimos here last Sunday, with the exception of Kernwein who was out of that game with an attack of the flu. Kernwein, who starred with the Chicago university eleven in 1925, has been one of the Tornadoes' most consistent ground-gainers and his presence should materially strengthen the Racine team's offense.