The 1929 Green Bay Packers - 12-0-1 (1ST)
Head Coach: Curly Lambeau
1929 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (1-0)
15 PORTSMOUTH SPARTANS W 14- 0 1- 0-0 5,000
1929 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS
22 DAYTON TRIANGLES (0-0-0) W 9- 0 1- 0-0 5,000
29 CHICAGO BEARS (1-0-0) W 23- 0 2- 0-0 13,000
6 CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-0-0) W 9- 2 3- 0-0 6,000
13 FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS (3-0-0) W 14- 2 4- 0-0 9,000
20 MINNEAPOLIS REDJACKETS (1-2-0) W 24- 0 5- 0-0 6,000
27 at Chicago Cardinals (1-2-1) W 7- 6 6- 0-0 8,000
3 at Minneapolis Redjackets (1-4-0) W 16- 6 7- 0-0 3,000
10 at Chicago Bears (4-2-1) W 14- 0 8- 0-0 13,000
17 at Chicago Cardinals (3-4-1) W 12- 0 9- 0-0 10,000
24 at New York Giants (8-1-1) W 20- 6 10- 0-0 25,000
28 at Frankford Yellowjackets (9-2-3) T 0- 0 10- 0-1 8,500
1 at Providence Steam Roller (4-5-2) W 25- 0 11- 0-1 6,500
8 at Chicago Bears (4-7-2) W 25- 0 12- 0-1 6,000
15 at Memphis Tigers L 6-16 N/A
1929 IN REVIEW
The Packers signed B Johnny Blood (McNally), T Cal Hubbard and G Mike Michalske, leading to a 12-0-1 record and their first NFL title, posting 12-0-1 record. Curly Lambeau appeared only once on the field, playing in the November 17 win over the Cardinals. He was the last remaining member of the 1921 Packers which played in the NFL. Upon their return to the city after beating the Bears in Chicago for their first NFL title, the Packers were greeted at the Chicago & North Western railroad depot by an estimated crowd of 20,000. At a dinner the following night, each player was rewarded with $220 and a watch raised through public donations. The year also saw Packer games broadcast on the radio for the first time, when WTMJ recreated a game from New York between the Giants and Packers. Russ Winnie recreated the broadcast using raw data from a teletype machine.
ON THE AIR IN PACKERLAND
Before radio, when Packers played on the road, as many as 500 fans turned out at Legion Park to “watch” game on Playograph board (telegraph reports from press box re-created game on screen, complete with PA). Milwaukee radio station WTMJ broadcast its first Packer game on November 24, 1929, a Packer win in New York. Announcer Russ Winnie was not actually in the Big Apple. He "re-created" the broadcast based on teletype report. The first live broadcast came in 1931 when Winnie traveled to Chicago. Though its broadcasts began in 1929, WTMJ did not begin paying the Packers for broadcast rights until 1943; it paid the team $7500 to broadcast the season. In the early 1930s, there was no exclusive right given to broadcast games, and WHBY in Green Bay often sent its own announcers to call the game. Here are the primary radio announcers in Packer history, although the list is by no means complete:
Russ Winnie (1929-1946) - Winnie, with assistance from his spotter, his wife, was the first radio voice of the Packers. He stepped down in 1947 to become station manager of WTMJ, then died too young, at age 49, of a heart attack in 1956.
Bob Heiss (1947-54) - Heiss had started with WTMJ in 1938 broadcasting Wisconsin Badger football.
Earl Gillespie (1952 -?) - Gillespie was the voice of the Packers when the games were on WEMP, as well as WTMJ.
Tony Flynn (1954-?)
Bob Forte (1954-?)
Larry Clark (1947-1960) - Clark left to do the Cardinals broadcasts when they moved to St. Louis.
Blaine Walsh (1957-
Mike Walden (1957-
Ted Moore (1960-1969) - He is the voice of the famous Ice Bowl call: “Starr begins the count … takes the snap … he’s got the quarterback sneak and he’s in for the touchdown and the Packers are out in front, 20 to 17 … and the Green Bay Packers are going to be … world champions … NFL champions, for a third straight year!”, although the game was not quite over at that point. He left to work on the Baltimore Colts radio broadcasts.
Jim Irwin (1969 to 1998) - Irwin first worked with Ted Moore, then Gary Bender before getting the Packer play-by-play job by himself in 1975. Irwin worked with Max McGee from 1979 until the two retired after the 1998 season.
Gary Bender (1970 to 1974) - Bender and Irwin used to announce the Packers and the Badgers, each alternating play-by-play — Bender would do the first and third quarters, and Irwin would do the second and fourth quarters, before Bender left for CBS.
Lionel Aldridge (1975 to 1979) - Aldridge worked with Jim Irwin and for NBC before his life unraveled due to paranoid schizophrenia in the late 1970s. Homeless for a time, he eventually recovered, working as an advocate for the homeless and mentally ill until his death in 1998.
Max McGee (1979 to 1998) - The former wide received was the color man with Irwin for twenty season, before both hung up their microphones following the 1998 season.
Larry McCarren (1995 to present) - The former standout center was the third man in the first three-man team in Packer radio history from 1995 until 1998, then became the primary color man with Wayne Larrivee in 1999.
Wayne Larrivee (1999 to present) - Wayne Larivee joined WTMJ as the new "Voice of the Green Bay Packers" when Irwin retired. Before joining the Packers, Larrivee called games for the Chicago Bears for 14 seasons. He also was the television play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls during WGN-TV games for 17 seasons
And if you are wondering where Ray Scott, the "voice" of the Packers on television in the 1960s, rests on this list. He does not...as he was on television. Scott was paired primarily with Tony Canadeo on Packers telecasts.
PLAYER POS COLLEGE G YRS HT WT
Roger Ashmore T Gonzaga 8 2 6- 1 212
Bullet Baker B USC 2 2 6- 0 177
James Bowdoin G Alabama 12 2 6- 2 220
Tiny Cahoon T Gonzaga 2 4 6- 2 235
Boob Darling C Beloit 11 3 6- 3 215
Lavvie Dilweg E Marquette 13 4 6- 3 202
Red Dunn B Marquette 11 3 6- 0 178
Jug Earp T Monmouth 11 8 6- 1 235
Jack Evans B California 1 6- 0 195
PLAYER POS COLLEGE G YRS HT WT
Don Hill B Stanford 3 1 5-11 190
Cal Hubbard T-E Geneva 12 1 6- 5 250
William Kern T Pittsburgh 1 6- 0 187
Eddie Kotal B Lawrence 11 5 5-10 165
Curly Lambeau B Notre Dame 1 10 6- 0 190
Verne Lewellen B Nebraska 13 6 6- 2 181
Cully Lidberg B Minnesota 2 6- 0 200
Hurdis McCrary B Georgia 13 1 6- 2 205
Johnny McNally B St. Johns 12 1 6- 0 190
PLAYER POS COLLEGE G YRS HT WT
Mike Michalske G Penn State 13 1 6- 1 215
Paul Minick G Iowa 6 2 5-11 210
Bo Molenda B Michigan 12 2 5-11 208
Tom Nash E Georgia 10 2 6- 3 210
Dick O'Donnell E Minnesota 10 6 5-10 196
Claude Perry T Alabama 12 3 6- 1 211
Red Smith B Notre Dame 5 2 5-10 225
Whitey Woodin G Marquette 6 8 5-11 206
Bill Young G Ohio State 2 1 6- 1 200
Dave Zuidmulder B St. Ambrose 1 1 6- 1 184
LA VERN DILWEG JOINS CLIFFORD-CLASSON FIRM
JAN 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - LaVern Dilweg, Packer football player and graduate of the Marquette university law school, has been taken into partnership in the law firm of Classon, Clifford & Shannon, which henceforth will be known Classon, Clifford, Shannon & Dilweg, Atty. G.F. Clifford announced this morning. The firm operates offices in Green Bay and Oconto, and Atty. Dilweg will be attached to the Green Bay office. Since coming to Green Bay two years ago, Dilweg has been connected with the firm of Sheridan, Evrard & Cranston, and, later, with Minahan and Duqauaine, until that firm was dissolved following the death of Eben R. Minahan.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS - THEY'RE STILL PLAYING
JAN 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Another bit of news from the Southland also came to us today about three other Packer players, Bowdoin, Perry and Jones. The three men, who were with the Green Bay team during the 1928 season, played with other former students of the University of Alabama, New Years' day, against a team composed of former Auburn luminaries. The score was 6 to 0 and the three Packer men are said to have had a lot to do with the victory.
NOTED U.S. MARSHAL, KIN OF PACKER STAR, DIES IN CALIFORNIA
JAN 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The last gun has blazed for slim, forceful Wyatt Earp, last of the celebrated frontier "gunmen" who was on the side of the law and order, according to word received here by F.L. "Jugger" Earp, of Packer football fan, his cousin. Earp, whose shooting exploits became part of frontier history around Tombstone, Ariz., where he was a deputy U.S. Marshal, died peacefully in his Hollywood home in the arms of his wife yesterday, according to a communication from the coast. He contracted a heavy cold three weeks ago and had been ill since. Wyatt Earp went to the Southwest from Monmouth, Ill., according to Jugger. He lived with his family in the Illinois city while Jugger was but a small boy so the Packer star can remember but little of him. "My father often spoke of him, however," said Earpe. "He told me a lot about his early life. How he refereed Tom Sharkey's fight with Bob Fitzsimmons, and how he plunged into the stormy life that surrounded the frontier, during the Klondike gold rush in the late nineties. He went serenely through the truculence that marked his life in Nome, where he won a reputation for gameness, competence and squareness. In recent year Wyatt had a share in the making of several motion pictures, dealing with authentic subjects from the Old West, but this was little more than a recreation for him. He was known and lionized by some of the leaders in the film colony." Bill Hart, who was Wyatt's friends for years, was summoned by Mrs. Earp upon his death yesterday, to assist in the funeral arrangements. Wilson Mizner, playwright and Alaska pioneer, who also ran a gambling home in Nome, and who was Earp's friend from the frozen north in semi-tropical California, is, like Hart, is to be a pallbearer, according to word from the coast.
2 PACKER PLAYERS DRIVE AUTO HERE FROM JASPER, ALA.
JAN 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "We nevah saw so much snow in our lives," that was the combined statement of Claude Perry and Slick Lollar, two members of the Green Bay Packer football squad, who checked in here late Monday afternoon after an automobile trip from Jasper, Ala., their home camping grounds, which they started last Thursday afternoon. According to Perry, the going was all right until they got just a bit south of Chicago. Once in the Badger state, the southern boys thought they were in the vicinity of the North Pole. "Why, in some places between Fond du Lac and Oshkosh, you couldn't see the farm houses along the road because the snow was piled up so high," added Lollar, while he shivered as he said it. Sunday night, the Packers stopped off in Oshkosh and went over signals with Dilweg, another member of the team, who hangs his hat during the offseason in the Sawdust City. Perry will start work here Monday in a machine plant as a job has been lined up for him while Lollar is going to busy himself looking for something to do because he has no intentions of footing it back through snow drifts to sunny Dixieland.
NFL MEETING AT CHICAGO NEXT WEEK
JAN 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Plans for the coming year will be discussed, officers elected and several trades probably made at the annual NFL meeting to be held at the Sherman hotel in Chicago Feb. 2 and 3. Financial reports on the past season will be filed, guarantee money returned o the clubs and some discussion of franchise applications probably will take place. Capt. Lambeau hopes to put across several deals at this conference which will strengthen his 1929 machine. He has several players in mind who he would like to play with the Bay squad next season and will make offers to the clubs who now own them in an attempt to bring them here. The meeting will be called to order on Saturday, Feb. 2, by Pres. Joe F. Carr of Columbus. Regular business will be taken up during the afternoon and the management of the Chicago Bears then will be host at a banquet for the visitors in the evening. Several Eastern clubs want to get into the National league, and it is expected that considerable time will be devoted to discussion and probably action on their applications. A Boston team, headed by Gus Sonnenberg, heavyweight wrestling champion, and last year with the Providence team, is one of the many squads that wish to enter the circuit. Officers of the league besides President Carr, who will be either elected or succeeded by others are John Dunn, Minneapolis, vice-president, and Carl Storck, Dayton, treasurer. The July meeting of the league will be held in Pottsville.
CLAIM RED DUNN WILL BE NAMED AS MARQUETTE COACH
FEB 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - John "Red" Dunn, veteran Packer football star, and one of Marquette's greatest athletic idols, will be named shortly as assistant coach in both football and basketball at his former school, according to a story in the Milwaukee Sentinel today. "Dunn, it is understood," the Sentinel states, "will take over the backfield coaching duties of the varsity recently resigned by Lloyd Scott, and assist Frank J. Murray, head coach, with the cagers, with his particular job in this latter respect the handling of the court candidates during the fall months. This is in accordance with the recently announced plan by Marquette to engage fulltime coaches for all sports and to instruct in the department of physical education to be opened in the fall. Verification of of Dunn's appointment was lacking from the Hilltop authorities. Dunn is thoroughly versed in both football and basketball and is further blessed with a genial temperament and the ability to impart his knowledge that should make him an invaluable aid to Coach Murray in the two sports. He began his brilliant athletic career at Marquette in the final quarter of the losing engagement with the Notre Dame eleven at Athletic park as a freshman in 1921, and gained his highest laurels two years later when he was named by Walter Camp as an all-American quarterback. In this year he captained the Hilltop to victories over Boston college and Navy, breaking his left arm at the elbow in the B.C. contest, but carrying on until the finish and ultimately kicking the goal that gave his team a spectacular 7 to 6 victory. He could do everything well on the football field in his university days, but gained knowledge and added polish in his subsequent career with the Chicago Cardinals and Packers. Red was also the drive wheel of the greatest basketball teams the Blue and Gold has ever sported, leading them to triumphs over such strong schools as Wisconsin, De Pauw, Butler and Franklin. He has also played pro basketball and ranks with the best in the middle west, either at forward or guard. For several years he has been connected with an insurance firm.
PACKERS MAY GET NEW PLAYERS FOR 1929 AT MEETING
FEB 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Several trades may be made and some new football players secured to strengthen the Green Bay Packer team of 1929 at the annual NFL meeting at the Sherman hotel in Chicago this afternoon and tomorrow. All of the executives of the clubs that were in the league will be present at the session and plans for the coming year will be discussed and mapped. Officers for the coming year also will be elected. Financial reports on the past season will be filed, guarantee money returned to the clubs and some discussion of franchise applications will likely take place. Several eastern clubs want to get into the league.
RENAME CARR NATIONAL PRO HEAD
FEB 4 (Chicago) - Joe F. Carr of Columbus, Ohio, was re-elected president of the NFL at the annual winter meeting of the postgraduate gridiron organization in Chicago on Saturday at the Sherman hotel. In addition to his duties as executive, Carr will also serve as secretary. Carl Storck of Detroit, another veteran official of the pro league was renamed as treasurer and also will perform in the vice president's chair. In this capacity, Storck succeeds John Dunn of Minneapolis, who is no longer an officer of the league nor a member of the executive board...HALAS ON EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Aside from President Carr and Treasurer Storck, the executive board will be composed of Judge James F. Dooley of Providence, R.I.; Senator H.S. Royle of Philadelphia and George Halas of Chicago. The co-owner of the Bears is the new member of the executive board. Reports of Treasurer Storck showed the league to be in a sound financial condition. The season of 1928 from the gate receipt point of view was a good one and at least seven of the ten teams made money...PROVIDENCE AWARDED FLAG: Providence was officially awarded the 1928 championship pennant and President Carr, in his review of the season, paid just tribute to the brilliant Steam Roller machine, which breezed home just ahead of the Frankford Yellowjackets, Detroit Wolverines and Green Bay Packers. The question of league franchises brought forth considerable debate, but, aside from Milwaukee, no concrete action was taken. Ambrose McGurk, who held the Milwaukee franchise before Johnny "Red" Bryan, was given permission to operate again, providing, of course, he met all the league's guarantee stipulations. The Minneapolis leaders are planning to return to the league fold this fall, according to John Dunn. They will build their club around Herb Joesting and several other former Minnesota stars...BOSTON TO HAVE TEAM: Boston will have its professional football but the franchise will not be awarded until the July meeting. In the meantime, President Carr has been instructed to look over conditions in the Hub and select the most desirable parties. It will probably be the owners of the National league baseball team. Gus Sonnenberg, the heavyweight wrestling champion, may play in Boston, but he will not be a franchise holder. The Chicago Cardinal situation has not been cleared up as yet. Chris O'Brien was among those present at the meeting. It is understood that several offers have been made for the the Cards but the figures are not quite high enough to suit O'Brien. However, it is practically assured that the Cardinal franchise will be in different hands when the whistle blows this fall...BEARS DINE MAGNATES: The Chicago Bear management entertained the visiting pro football magnates at a banquet on Saturday evening and representatives from the following clubs gathered around the festive board: Providence, Philadelphia, New York Yankees, New York Giants, Minneapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Dayton, Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears. Pottsville was the only league club not represented. The league voted to change the scene of its midsummer schedule meeting from Pottsville to Boston.
CLOSE MOLENDA DEAL
FEB 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Capt. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers successfully closed the deal for Bo Molenda, fullback, with Charlie Pyle of the New York Yankees. Last fall, Lambeau opened negotiations for the former Michigan tar and he was loaned to the Packers for the last four games of the season. Pyle, the Yankee owner, wanted Molenda back with him again but he was finally induced through a cash consideration to turn his contract over to Green Bay. Negotiations for two other players, one a husky lineman and the other a smooth running backfielder, were speeded up by the Packer leader. No definite announcement can be made until the Bay management can get in touch with these players. However, it is considered a good bet both of these stars will sport the blue and gold of Green Bay next fall...INTERESTED IN GREEN BAY: While on the football trip, Capt. Lambeau conversed with several prospects who graduate from college this year. Of course, nothing can be signed with the collegians until after they have received the "sheepskins" in June. However, they promised to keep in touch with Capt. Lambeau and seemed to be interest in the Green Bay situation. Nothing was done at the Chicago meeting regarding a schedule but some "feelers" were put out and Capt. Lambeau is confident that the Packers will have another
attractive outline of games. As usual, there will be an eastern trip with a contest at Frankford on Thanksgiving Day. It is also considered likely that a home and home series will be arranged with Detroit. In 1928, Benny Friedman's eleven was the only league team that the Bays did not play...CARR PRAISES GREEN BAY: President Carr gave Green Bay quite a pat on the back while talking football with several of the Chicago sport writers. One of the scribes asked the league president how a city the size of Green Bay was able to carry the load? To this Mr. Carr said: "Green Bay is one of the staunchest spokes we have in our wheel. There is a community spirit behind the Packers that is not equaled anywhere else in the organization. This helps make the wheels go round and it enables the Packers to hold their own, both financially and on the gridiron, with teams representing cities many times larger. If all the clubs were on as firm a foundation as Green Bay, the worries of this executive office would be lightened considerably."
RED DUNN HAS NOT RESIGNED SAYS LAMBEAU
FEB 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Contrary to general belief, Joseph "Red" Dunn, veteran Packer quarterback and one of the greatest athletes ever developed at Marquette, has not resigned from the Green Bay football team, according to Captain Earl "Curly" Lambeau. "Red has not made up his mind whether he will quit the professional game," Lambeau said today upon his return from the NFL meeting at Chicago. "He has been considering the backfield coaching job at Marquette, but has not decided whether he will go into that field of work. At the present time, Red is doing very well in business in Milwaukee, and if he were to join the Marquette coaching staff, he would have to devote all of his time to the teams and have no opportunity to carry on his private business. I stopped off at Milwaukee on my way back here, and had a talk with Dunn. He gave me the impression that he would be back in the uniform of the Packers next season. He has a lot of good football in him yet and wants to keep playing with Green Bay. If the Marquette officials allow him to continue with his insurance business and at the same time coach the football squads, Red is likely to take the position if it is offered. However, they have never made any such concession to other coaches and Dunn does not think they will make it to him. He will not under any circumstances give up his business." Capt. Lambeau said that he made some negotiations to bring a few new players to Green Bay next season, but as nothing was definitely decided on, with the exception of Molenda, he is unable to report on them until a later time. He has some good men in mind who would help the Bays next season and thinks they can be secured.
LARRY MARKS MARRIES GIRL IN SPRINGFIELD
FEB 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Announcements have been received here of the marriage of Lawrence C. Marks, of Wabash, Ind., to Miss Margaret Knudson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C.F. Knudson of Gladacres, Springfield, Ill., on Monday, Feb. 4. The wedding took place in Springfield. Marks, former captain of the University of Indiana football eleven, played a halfback position with the Green Bay Packers last season. Before signing with the Packers, he held down a backfield post with the New York Yankees. The young couple will be at home at the Columbia hotel, Davenport, Ia., after Feb. 15.
ERNIE NEVERS RESIGNS POST AT STANFORD U
FEB 19 (San Francisco) - Ernie Nevers has resigned as assistant football coach at Stanford university to devote all of his time to professional baseball. Nevers, a pitcher with the San Francisco Missions of the Pacific Coast league, planned to report today for spring training at Stockton. Nevers quit pro football to accept the coaching job on the Pacific coast. News that he has resigned his job may have a football angle to it. Owners of the Duluth club hope to have a new park available this fall and, if they can get Nevers again, it is quite possible that the Eskimos might return to the NFL.
PAUL MINICK, PACKER GUARD, MARRIES IOWAN
MAR 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Announcement has been received here by Earl L. Lambeau, captain of the Packer football team, telling of the marriage of Paul G. Minick, a guard on the team, to Miss Marion Frances Ulrik, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ulrik, of Mason City, Ia. The marriage took place at Mason City on Friday, March 1. The newlyweds will make their home in California. They, however, expect to make their home in Green Bay next fall during the football season. Minick was one of the most popular players on the Packer eleven, being one of the most outstanding guards in the league. Minick is the second Packer player to join the ranks of the benedicts since the season ended last fall, Larry Marks being the other.
BLOODGOOD TO PLAY WITH PACKER GRID TEAM NEXT SEASON
MAR 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Plans for the 1929 Packer football team are being mapped out daily now, and it won't be long before Capt. Curley Lambeau has another great team lined up for the season. The latest star to sign his name to a Packer contract is E.L. Bloodgood, former Nebraska university quarterback and last year a member of the New York Giants squad. Bloodgood's contract was received by Lambeau today. He was secured through a deal with the Giants and will report at Green Bay as soon as the team assembles next fall. At present he is playing baseball in the Western league. Bloodgood will be remembered by local fans for the playing he turned in against the Packers here while with Benny Friedman's Cleveland team two years ago. Bloodgood caught a pass from Benny in the game and raced 60 yards for a touchdown through the entire Packer team. The Bays managed to win out but the run was the feature of the day. Last year, Bloodgood repeated the performance in a game against the Chicago Bears, running through the entire Bruin team to score. He didn't see much action in the game against the Packers here last season as he reported late for practice. Bloodgood is a quarterback and an excellent kicker. He works nicely on the defense, and is an excellent blocker. He also is dangerous for his ability to throw and receive forward passes. He weighs about 170 pounds.
JIM CROWLEY QUITS COACHING TO ENTER WORLD OF BUSINESS
MAR 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - James Crowley, one of the greatest football men ever developed in Green Bay, has left the gridiron and gone into the business world. Jim, as he was commonly known to friends here, resigned his position as assistant coach at Georgia Tech recently to become associated with the Coca Cola company with offices in Atlanta, according word received here today. He will travel in an Eastern territory as a representative of the company and headquarter in the southern city, it was said. Crowley first earned wide recognition playing football with the East high school football teams of 1918, 1919 and 1920. He starred in a backfield berth with the team. Going to Notre Dame the following year, he started out as a freshman playing with Stuhldreher, Miller and Layden in the backfield. In 1922, the quartet first gained some recognition as the "Four Horsemen." The two years following were even greater than the first with the quartet remaining intact and playing in every major engagement. The fame of the "Four Horsemen" spread throughout the country in 1924, the last year together, the men were recognized as the best unit that ever played football. Jim played professional football for one year, with the Packers, going with them on an eastern invasion after he graduated from school. The postgraduate game didn't interest him very much, however, and he joined the coaching staff at Georgia Tech the following season, remaining there until now. He was married two years ago. Mrs. Crowley is with him in the East.
PLAYER, SIGNED BY PACKERS, KILLED IN CLEVELAND DISASTER
MAY 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Ben Jones, former Yellow Jacket and Chicago Cardinal professional football star, who has been signed to play with the Green Bay Packers next season, died here in his home at Grove City, Pa., late yesterday from poisonous gas inhaled in the Cleveland clinic explosion, it was learned here today. Jones told friends after he was removed from the clinic following the explosion, that he felt no ill effects from the experience. He drove 150 miles from Cleveland to Grove City and again said he felt "fine". A few hours later he collapsed and died. Dr. Harry L. Rockwood, Cleveland city health commissioner, explained Jones' death asa typical example of "delayed reaction" that often follows inhalation of the two poisonous gasses breathed by many in the disaster. Dr. Rockwood said that fatal action often is delayed four or five hours sometimes five or six days. Even then if it does not kill, the lungs of the victims are so weakened they fall victim to pneumonia, according to the messages received here. Jones signed a contract to play a backfield position with the Packers recently, Manager Earl "Curly" Lambeau reported today. He had been receiving treatment in the Cleveland hospital. Jones was a graduate of Penn State college, where he played three years of football. His pro career started with the Canton Bulldogs, who under Guy Chamberlin won several national championships. Then he went to Cleveland with the Bulldog team and were a member of another championship outfit. The next season saw him back at Canton, where he was co-owner of the team with Doc Elliott and Bill Grigsby. Jones dropped out of the pro game for a year and coached at Grove City college. Another season found him with Buffalo and then he switched over to the Yellowjackets with Swede Youngstrom. His last connection with pro elevens was with the Chicago Cards. He was with O'Brien's outfit for two years. About midseason last fall, the Packers made a determined bid for him but O'Brien balked at every offer.
LEWELLEN SIGNS TO HURL FOR BAYS
MAY 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Good news for baseball fans was given out last night when directors of the Green Bay baseball club announced that Verne Lewellen, Brown County district attorney, has been signed to hurl for the local team. Lewellen was one of the best pitchers in the Fox River Valley league in 1927 and 1928, and with a little practice should be in winning form again this season. He will be the only district attorney in Wisconsin, or in the midwest for that matter, pitching ball in an organized league. The district attorney, who also is a veteran Packer grid star, earlier in the season did not think he would have time to put in the necessary practice in order to get into shape. When Rachals' arm went bad and Joe Schuette was taken to the hospital for an operation, he consented to begin training again and prepare for mound work...FORTEMPS TO WORK SUNDAY: With Lewellen and Fortemps, lanky Sturgeon Bay hurler, on the mound the Bay team is expected to break into the win column and continue turning back opponents as it did last year. Fortemps, although wild in his first game last Sunday, displayed enough "stuff" to make him dangerous and it is believed that with a little more practice he will be a valuable man. Lewellen began working out last night and he plants to continue training hard so that he will be in shape to hurl in one of the three games scheduled by the Green Bay team in the next ten days. He will probably not oppose Marinette Sunday, but Fortemps is expected to be in good condition for that fray.
MOLENDA TO PLAY WITH GREEN SOX
JUN 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Bo Molenda, all-American fullback with the University of Michigan eleven, and later with the N.Y. Yankees and Green Bay Packers, yesterday signed to play baseball with the Green Sox. The gridiron star had been playing baseball with Denver in the Western league, but left the team last week so that he could establish a residence in Green Bay, preparatory to playing football with the Packers again next season. He signed a Packer contract a few months ago. While at Michigan, Molenda played regularly on the football and baseball teams. In baseball, he alternated at pitching and playing first base, and it is likely that he will perform in one of these positions for the Green Sox. He is rated as a good hitter. Manager Eddie Glick plans to use Molenda Sunday in the game against Kimberly-Little Chute. He probably will decide what position the former Michigan star will play, after seeing him work out in practice sessions with the squad.
PORTSMOUTH TO HAVE GRID ELEVEN AGAIN
JUL 6 (Portsmouth, OH) - Plans are being completed here by prominent businessmen and others to organize the Provincetown professional football team on a community basis on the nature of the Green Bay Packers. If plans go as they are expected, directors of the team will ask for admission into the NFL this fall. A copy of the Green Bay charter has been secured from E.L. "Curly" Lambeau, manager of the Packers, and directors are modeling the constitution and the team along the lines of the Green Bay squad. Portsmouth had had a professional football team for a number of years but this will be the first time that it has attempted to go into the professional field in a big scale. In other years, the team here was considered as a "farm" for Green Bay Packer players so that they could get more seasoning. In 1927, when several of the local players were injured, the Packers loaned Eddie Kotal and Red Smith to the squad to help finish the season. Other former Packer players who played with Portsmouth last year and are expected to compete for the eleven this season are Estes, a backfield man, Weber, an end, and Griffin, a lineman.Nesser, formerly of the Giants, Papa Lumpkin, a former Georgia star, and Bennett, of Indiana, are others who have been signed to play this year. Bennett was one of the best men ever developed at Indiana and is expected to prove a great help to the local eleven.
GOPHER SQUAD MAY PLAY HERE AGAINST BAYS
JUL 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Minneapolis Boosters' football club, featuring Herb Joesting and Ken Haycraft, will play football the NFL this year, according to words received here by Capt. E.L. "Curly" Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Lambeau received a letter yesterday from John A. Dunn, who is organizing the Minneapolis team, asking for a game with the Packers. Dunn said that, besides Joesting and Haycraft, several other great players would be on the squad this year. Haycraft was an All- American star of the Minnesota team last year. He graduated in June. Joesting was an All-American backfield man of Minnesota...NO DATES SET: As the team is expected to be considerably stronger than it was last year, Capt. Lambeau plans to book a game with it for early in the season. Last year Joesting came down here with the Minneapolis squad, but at the time he had not organized it completely and the Packers had little trouble winning. As the season progressed, however, the Gopher squad strengthened considerably and toward the end of the year it was playing fine football. In a game against the Bears, Joesting and his men held the lead until near the end of the game when the Bears came from behind to win. Capt. Lambeau has not yet set any dates for games with independent or professional teams as he is waiting for a notice of the annual summer meeting of the league. The meeting is expected to be called within the next month...LEAGUE TO BE STRONGER: He is busy lining up men for the season and in a few weeks should have a definite line on his squad for 1929. Several new men probably will be seen in action as well as many of the veterans of other years. The league is expected to be stronger than ever this year with about 12 teams in it. The Chicago Cardinal franchise probably will be sold, either to Chicago man or a group from some other city who are after it. No definite announcement has been made, however, by the present owners of the Cards, as to the
disposal of the franchise.
MARKS, O'BOYLE WILL BE LOST TO BAY SQUAD
JUL 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Two of the regular backfield men of the 1928 Green Bay Packer team will be lost to the squad this season, E.L. "Curly" Lambeau announced today. They are Harry O'Boyle, fullback, and Larry Marks, halfback. O'Boyle has accepted a position as backfield coach at Holy Cross college in Massachusetts and will report at the school early in September. Marks is working with a radio company traveling in four states in the Midwest and will not able to get a leave of absence to play football, Lambeau said. O'Boyle entered the professional football ranks last year after graduating from Notre Dame in 1927. While at the Indiana school, O'Boyle was regarded
1929 PACKER SEASON IS LAUNCHED
JUL 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The 1929 Green Bay Packer football craft was launched officially into the sea of professional play last night when the board of directors of the club met at the Press-Gazette building. Although the waters in the professional sea are expected to be rougher than ever this year all indications point to a successful venture for the Green Bay craft. Informal discussion about the teams took up most of the time of directors. It was pointed out that with the new men already secured and others who are expected to be signed together with many of the veterans of other years, the 1929 eleven should be one of the finest ever to represent the city...LAMBEAU GOES TO MEETING: The directors gave Capt. E.L. Lambeau permission to represent the team at the annual National league meeting Saturday and Sunday in Atlantic City. He will cost the $2,500 guarantee check and arrange a schedule of games for the season at the meeting. Capt. Lambeau plans to book the usual number of home games and also arrange for another eastern trip after the close of the season here. A game with the Frankford Yellowjackets already has been arranged for
Thanksgiving day at the Eastern field. The directors decided to call the annual stockholders meeting for Aug. 1 in the assembly room of the Brown county courthouse. Officers will be elected at that time and the season ticket drive will get underway. E.A. "Spike" Spachman was named to direct the ticket sales again this year...TO HAVE NEW JERSEYS: The Packers will have new jerseys this season, with a color scheme of blue trimming on a gold background instead of blue with background with gold trimming of last year. As soon as the schedule is arranged, Capt. Lambeau expects to have several important announcements regarding players of the 1929 team. He has been after several well known stars and believes that he will be able to sign them in a week or ten days.
LAMBEAU LEAVES FOR PRO SESSION
JUL 26 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - E.L. "Curly" Lambeau, manager of the Green Bay Packer football team, left Green Bay last night for Atlantic City, N.J., where he will represent the local club in the NFL meeting. A playing schedule for the season will be drawn up and all teams in the circuit will post guarantee money at the session. According to word from the east about 12 teams will be the league this year. Manager Lambeau plans to book as many home games as possible against the strongest team in the league. He also will plan for an eastern trip. The meeting will get underway Saturday and continue through Sunday.
PACKERS BOOK 6 HOME GAME FOR SEASON
JUL 29 (Atlantic City, NJ) - Leaders in the professional football world gathered here Saturday and Sunday and completed plans for play this fall in the National league. Organization of the league was completed with 12 teams entered for competition for the title. Some of the veteran teams in the circuit dropped out while a few new squads were permitted to enter. Teams from Orange, N.J., Staten Island, N.Y., Buffalo, Boston and Minneapolis were permitted to enter the league. The New York Yankees, owned by C.C.Pyle, lost their franchise and will not be operating this season. The Pottsville Maroon franchise was sold to Boston. With the dropping out of Pottsville, the Green Bay Packers now are the only players to represent a small city...SIX HOME GAMES: The teams granted franchises in the league this year are Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Boston, Orange, Staten Island, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Dayton, Providence Steam Rollers, Minneapolis, Philadelphia Yellowjackets and Buffalo. The Green Bay Packers booked six home games and eight tilts on foreign grounds for the 1929 season. The team will open the season at home and play all of its games scheduled on the Green Bay field before it begins a journey that will carry it to Minneapolis, Chicago and the east. The season will be opened in Green Bay against a strong Portsmouth team on Sept. 15. The first game will not be a league tilt as Portsmouth is not in the circuit this year. After the Portsmouth tilt, Dayton, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Yellowjackets and the Minneapolis team will invade Green Bay.. E. L. "Curly" Lambeau, captain of the Packers, who represented the club at the National league meeting at Atlantic City, in a telegram received here today, expressed regret that he was unable to book more of the strong eastern teams for dates in Green Bay. The eastern squads are planning heavy schedules in their own cities, Lambeau stated, and did not want to make the long trip to Green Bay. Lambeau stated that Minneapolis, Dayton and the Chicago Cardinals are rebuilding their teams this season so some tough games are expected from those elevens.
ERNIE NEVERS TO PLAY WITH CHICAGO CARDS
JUL 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Capt. E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers returned this morning from Atlantic City, N.J., where he attended the schedule meeting of the NFL and expressed himself as very much gratified with the schedule of home games. "The home schedule this year is one of the best Green Bay has ever had," he said. "In Minneapolis, Dayton and the Chicago Cardinals, the fans here will see greatly strengthened teams. The Cards, in particular, will be strong this year. Among those signed up are Ernie Nevers, All-American fullback from Stanford, who played with Duluth several seasons, and Howard Maple, of the strong Oregon Aggies eleven and the all-Pacific quarterback. Dr. David J. Jones, new owner of the Chicago Cardinals, is a football fan of the first water and is determined to make the Cardinals one of the strongest teams in the league this season. He has unlimited financial backing and from the caliber of men already signed up it looks as if he will make good his boast...HAS GOOD TEAM: Ernie Never will have a real team behind him this year. Heretofore he has always played with weak teams and has never had a chance to show what he really can do. Ernie coached at Stanford last year, but the lure of the gridiron was too much for him. He wanted to play, not coach, so he has returned to professional football to captain the Cardinals. Dr. Jones is also after a number of All-American guards and tackles for his team and when the Cardinals play here this fall Green Bay fans will see a real football eleven in action. John Dunn, manager of the Minneapolis eleven, has visions of a championship this year. Dunn has been laying low for several years building up his team to a point where he now believes that it will take the measure of any eleven in the pro league. He has Herb Joesting, All-American fullback, as captain and Haycraft, All-American end in the lineup this year in addition to a number of other outstanding college players."...BAYS HAVE HARD SCHEDULE: Captain Lambeau tried hard to book home and home games with Providence and the New York Giants, but both teams demand such a high guarantee that it would mean a big financial loss to bring them here. Curly says Providence is not coming west at all this season, not even to play the Bears. The Giants are coming west for but one game and that with the Bears. There are no other outstanding clubs in the east that could be brought here, and to get these two teams in Green Bay it would cost the football corporation five thousand dollars for each game. According to Captain Lambeau, it looks as if the Steam Rollers and Giants are pointing for a championship this year and they are loath to leave their home fields. Neither eleven has a hard schedule, he says. Green Bay has the hardest road schedule of any team in the league, playing the Cardinals, Minneapolis, Bears, Cardinals, Giants, Philadelphia, Providence and the Bears on successive Sundays. Many of the clubs have open dates on their schedules and will be forced to book non-league games. Green Bay, however, is one of the few that is booked up solid with league contests. From all indications, the Packers will have another strong eleven this year and the season should be one of the most successful in professional football history here.
JUL 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Football fans of Green Bay will gather Thursday evening in the assembly room of the courthouse for the annual meeting of the Green Bay Football corporation. Proceedings will get underway promptly at 7:45 p.m. Stockholders of the club will hold their annual election of officers after which the ticket sales committee is to launch its campaign. All those who have given a hand to the football corporation in the past years are urged to be in attendance. Captain Lambeau is to file a report on the National league meeting, which was held in Atlantic City Saturday and Sunday. It is also likely that the Packer leader may have some important announcements to make in regard to player deals. With the opening game against Portsmouth, O., only six weeks off, the football club has a lot of work ahead and, during the next few weeks, there will be a lot of gridiron talk in the air. According to the present plans, the Packer squad will be ordered to report here for practice Sunday, Sept. 8. However, it is expected that some of the Green Bay players will start chasing the ball around before that time in preliminary workouts.
HUBBARD WILL PLAY WITH PACKERS
JUL 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Cal Hubbard, the "manmountain" of professional football, will be seen in a Green Bay uniform this fall. Hubbard plays tackle, end or center and lugs his 280 pounds around like a feather. For a big man, he is even more active than the famous Cub Buck who helped write professional football history here a few years ago. Hubbard was purchased outright from the New York Giants. He was the backbone of the Gotham team for two years, twice being placed on the All-American pro selection. The big fellow didn't like the metropolis and, in a letter to the Bay management, in which he enclosed his contract, he expressed delight at the opportunity to play with the Packers. Hubbard bobbed into the gridiron limelight at the Geneva, Pa., college where he played varsity ball for three years. This was the team that Bo McMillan coached to national recognition. Cal captained Geneva in his senior year at college and it was his team that surprised the world by journeying to Cambridge, Mass. and administered a stinging defeat to Harvard. This was in 1926 and it won Hubbard a berth on the majority of All-American selections. The new Packer played his first pro football with the New York Giants and he
was a success right from his initial game. Hubbard often alternated, playing end on offense and backing up the line when the other team has the ball. This is what he did last fall when the Giants played here and the majority of fans will well remember how he threw his bulk into the scrimmage and often stopped the Bay backs before they could get started. Hubbard is a great student of the game. He eats, talks and sleeps football. Last season his services were in great demand on Saturday as a referee. He also officiates in basketball games and this year has been working as an umpire in one of the southern leagues. His home is in Arkansas. Other important announcements, regarding the makeup of the 1929 Packer family, can be expected within the next month as the signed contracts are coming fast.
FOOTBALL CORP. STOCKHOLDERS MEET TONIGHT
AUG 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Plans for another successful Packer season will be mapped out tonight in the assembly room of the courthouse when the Green Bay Football corporation holds its annual meeting. With the opening of the season only six weeks away, the gridiron boosters have a lot of work to clear away in the immediate future so as to have the stage set when the whistle blows for the game with Portsmouth on Sunday, Sept. 15. Capt. Lambeau will file his report on the NFL meeting, which was held last Saturday and Sunday at Atlantic City. The Bay leader is also to discuss the schedule, explain the arrangement of dates at home and abroad and also talk about the players. A large attendance is looked for as every effort has been made to get out a good number of the football enthusiasts. The ticket sales campaign will be planned along with other important matters that are linked with a good financial year. Spike Spachmann, director of sales, will be on the job with a good supply of order books for the season ducat solicitors. The meeting will get underway promptly at 7:45 as there is business to transact including the election of officers. Announcement about the signing of Cal Hubbard, star of the New York Giants for two years, met with a favorable reception in football circles here. Followers of the Packer team feel confident that the big fellow will be a valuable addition to the Green Bay eleven. From reports around the circuit on the way other clubs are strengthening up, the Packers will have to be better than ever this year to maintain their topnotch pace in the postgraduate gridiron circuit. However, Capt. Lambeau expected this and is preparing for another great team here.
ELECT DR. KELLY HEAD OF PACKERS
AUG 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dr. W.W. Kelly was elected president of the Green Bay Football corporation at the annual meeting of stockholders held Thursday evening in the assembly room of the courthouse. Charles Mathys was re-elected vice president; Leland H. Joannes again will serve as treasurer and G.W. Calhoun is to continue as secretary. Fred Van Deuren was reappointed assistant treasurer. The executive board will be composed of Dr. W.W. Kelly, Charles Mathys, Ray Evard, A.B. Turnbull and Wenzel Wiesner...BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The board of directors is as follows: Dr. W.W. Kelly, Wenzel Wiesner, Ed Schweger, Ray Evard, Leland Joanes, Ward Black, Lewis Peal, Gerald Clifford, H.J. Bero, A.B. Turnbull, Harry Golden, Joseph Feldhausen, Charlie Mathys and G.W. Calhoun. E.A. Spachmann again was appointed director of ticket sales. He will have entire charge of the season ticket solicitors. Jerry Clifford was named as head of the "boosters" committee and he will speed up the sales campaign not alone in Green Bay but in the neighboring cities as well. It is planned to have Packer boosters visit many of the cities in this vicinity and stage ticket rallies. By this method, the board of directors hopes to increase the sale considerably. Packer speakers will also appear before the service clubs and other business organizations here during the sales campaign...MEET MONDAY NIGHT: The first meeting of the solicitors will be held Monday night at the Press-Gazette. Sales Director Spachmann will have the "Call" Hats ready for the ticket campaigners. Holders of season tickets in past years will be given first opportunity to pick off their old seats. Some of the Packer fans have occupied the same seats for six years and this method will avert any confusion in the last minute
rush for ticket reservations. The tickets are now in the hands of the printer and it will be possible to make deliveries within two weeks. Season ticket prices will remain unchanged although the board of directors decided to sell a season ticket in the north stands between the 40 yard lines at $12. The price for box seats is $25 for the season, while the season reserves in the south stands remains at $15. The stockholders approved the financial report for 1928 which was read by Assistant Secretary Van Deuren. This statement showed that last year was the best the Football corporation had ever experienced. However, it was pointed out that each year it is necessary to increase the Packer budget and all of the stockholders were urged to stretch a point this fall and help swell the football treasury by doing some extra soliciting of prospective season ticket customers...IS COMMUNITY PROPOSITION: Speaking along these line, Dr. Kelly said, "It is well to remember that the Green Bay Football corporation is a community proposition. It is Green Bay's team and for years we have had good reason to be proud of it. Every sign points to 1929 being another banner season for the Packers. Capt. Lambeau has promised another winning combination. As a matter of fact, I think he has rounded up Green Bay's greatest eleven. We have gone out and purchased several players to strengthen the club. This has been an added expense but we feel confident that the fans will show their approval by the way they support the team financially and every other way. Our ticket solicitors will get underway at once. There is a lot of work to be done within the next month and the Packer followers can cooperate by taking their tickets when first called upon. This is going to be a great football season and it is the aim of the corporation's executives to have it crowned with a Packer success."...LAMBEAU MAKES REPORT: Capt. E.L. "Curly" Lambeau made a report of the annual National league meeting, telling fans why he could not get Eastern teams with the exception of Philadelphia to come here for games. "The New York Giants and Providence will have great teams this year and both are planning to win the championship," he said. "They want to play all of their games on their own grounds, and will not come here, for the money that we can afford to pay them. If we brought those teams here we would have to guarantee them such a large sum that we would probably lose about $2,000 on each game, and when we start to lose sums to that extent, we would be starting on a path that leads to the end of professional football in Green Bay. The schedule as it has been arranged will bring some great games to Green Bay. Fans will be surprised at the strength of the Chicago Cardinal and Minneapolis teams. Both have unlimited financial support and are spending a lot of money to put championship elevens on the field. Portsmouth, while not in the league, has a collection of former Packers stars and many other veteran professional football men. The team has been playing independent pro football for many years and I have received word that this year the club expects to have the greatest team in history."...VAN DEUREN HANDLES PROGRAM: Fred Van Deuren will again be in charge of the program and it is the intention of the corporation to make it larger this fall. This program is the Packers' only official publication and advertisers are cautioned against taking space in other books that are misrepresented as being connected with the football corporation. No action was taken on park concession applicants. It was decided, however, that all bids must be in the hands of the corporation not later than Friday, Aug. 9.
AL BLOODGOOD SIGNS TO PLAY WITH PACKERS
AUG 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Al Bloodgood will be among those calling signals for the Green Bay Packers this fall. Purchased from the New York Giants during the February NFL meeting in Chicago, the ace backfielder recently came to terms with the Packer management and will be on hand when Capt. Lambeau leads his hirelings out for the first practice on Sept. 8. Bloodgood is one of the best quarterbacks in the professional game. The Giants sold him to Green Bay because they have Benny Friedman and Hinky Haines available for the same position. The new backfielder should be right at home with the Bays as he will be playing alongside of one of his old teammates, Lewellen. Brown county's district attorney was a year ahead of Bloodgood at Nebraska but they played together in 1922 and '23. Bloodgood also saw service with the Cornhuskers in 1924, the same year that Lewellen made his debut with Green Bay on the postgraduate gridiron...GOES WITH ANDREWS: Like other Nebraskan gridders, Bloodgood answered the call of pro football and signed up with Doc Andrews' Kansas City club. He
was a sensation from the start with his brilliant open field running and kicking. 1926 saw him with the Kaws and in 1927, when Andrews moved over to Cleveland, Bloodgood went with him. While with Cleveland, he was used as a halfback, but when Friedman was out of the game, Bloodgood took up the signal calling job. Green bay fans should remember Bloodgood well. When Cleveland played here Sept. 25, 1927, he outstarred the famous Friedman. The game was a muddy field combat and, going into the final quarter, the Packers had a 12 to 0 lead, thanks to touchdowns by Cahoon and Rex Enright. With about five minutes to go, Friedman stepped back and railed a bullet-like pass to Bloodgood who scampered down the north sideline like a scared deer for a touchdown. Then, just as if to add insult to injury, he booted the water-soaked ball between the uprights...SOLD TO GIANTS: When Cleveland gave up the pro game and the majority of the players were sold to Detroit, Bloodgood asked for a different "pasture" so he was sold to the New York Giants for the 1928 season. Bloodgood was one of the outstanding stars for the Giants, performing more brilliantly than Jack McBride, Tony Plansky or the much-famed Bruce Caldwell. Bloodgood is blessed with an educated toe. He dropkicks or places with equal success and Capt. Lambeau feels confident that the Cornhusker will take care of this department of the game just as successfully as Harry O'Boyle did last fall. The quarterback will get here in the "pink" as he is playing ball in the Western league. He is married and makes his home in Lincoln, Neb. Bloodgood is the second outstanding star to join the Packers as Cal Hubbard was announced last week. Contracts with other new players are expected daily and their names will be made public as soon as received.
THE PACKERS AND 1929
AUG 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Football corporation is to be congratulated on its election of Dr. W.W. Kelly as president, and more particularly upon his acceptance. The new executive has long been in close tough with the affairs of the Packer team, has its interests deeply at heart and is in a position to guide the organization through a successful season financially and otherwise. Professional football has developed into a big business here and it is essential that the financial affairs be administered with the greatest of care. Dr. Kelly has been associated with the football corporation since it was put on a community basis in 1923, serving on the executive board, also acting as team physician. Thus, by experience, he is admirably qualified for the duties of president. The first task confronting the new administration is direction of the season ticket sales campaign, which is now underway. This is the foundation of the Packers' financial structure each year. Last season some $11,000 worth of tickets were disposed of before the first game was played and the corporation hopes to reach at least $15,000 this fall. The football fans of Green Bay and vicinity has always been generous in their support of the Packers and we trust that they will come forward again as in the past and do their share towards keeping the Packers on the professional football map alongside of such teams as the Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Philadelphia Yellowjackets and Providence Steamrollers. The Packers are Green Bay's greatest asset so far as national advertising is concerned. The team is known from coast to coast as one of the greatest in the country, and from present indications the 1929 eleven will be the best that has ever represented this city. It has capable and responsible business management. Each year the cost of "footballing" has climbed higher but Green Bay has always met it and we feel confident there will be generous response to the season ticket selling campaign this year. Football and the Packer team have been a large part of our community life. They afford the best public entertainment that can be provided, and they are a fine civic and business asset. Let us get back of the team this year as never before.
PACKERS START DRIVE FOR $15,000
AUG 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Confident of reaching their quota of $15,000, which has been set as the goal of the Green Bay Football corporation's season ticket drive, some three dozen enthusiastic solicitors listened to the starting gun Monday night in a meeting at The Press-Gazette and, for the next month, these Packer hustlers will be rounding up prospective gridiron customers, not alone in Green Bay but the neighboring communities as well. Old business will be called on first. That is, every holder of a season ticket in 1928 will be given an opportunity to secure the same reservation again this fall. Call sheets were handed out by E.A. Spachmann, director of sales, and the next few days campaigners will confine their efforts to again getting the veterans on the dotted line. If any ticket holders of last year are not called on, a representative of the Football corporation will be at The Press-Gazette every evening from 7 to 8 and a phone call will fix things up in a hurry...LOTS OF ENTHUSIASM: There was a lot of enthusiasm at last night's meeting. The solicitors report that football is being talked earlier than usual and that the fans are, as usual, warming up to the team in good shape. Even at this early stage several season ticket orders from out of town have drifted in. A systematic sales campaign has been mapped out by the Football corporation and an effort will be made to reach every person on the season ticket proposition. It is divided into four laps; first, the solicitation of old business; second, the city will be split into districts and the salesman will make house to house calls; third, a businessmen's committee is to be named and this group will visit every establishment in the city; fourth, during the closing stages of the campaign, several booster meetings will be held in the different sections of the city. Aside from this Packer "tourists" will make all the towns in this vicinity and hold football meetings at which players and officials of the corporation will talk...EXPLAINS SEASON TICKET SALE: In speaking of the campaign, E.A. Spachmann, director of the sales, said: "The season ticket sale is the foundation of the Packers' success in a financial way. The money received in the preseason helps serve as a 'nest egg' during the schedule when things are not breaking very good from an attendance point of view. Green Bay is now the only small city in the National league as Pottsville couldn't stand the load and was forced to surrender its franchise when the going got into too big money. It is pretty tough competition against teams with the home drawing power like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Providence, but the Packer management has been doing it via the season ticket sale route for years and we are hopeful of meeting with success again this fall even if our quota has been considerably enlarged in order to keep pace with the other much improved clubs around the circuit." First reports from the ticket solicitors will be made Thursday evening at a meeting which has been called at the Press-Gazette at 7:45.
CLAUDE PERRY TO PLAY WITH PACKERS AGAIN
AUG 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Two years ago this past June, Claude Perry of Jasper, Ala., received his sheepskin from the University of Alabama and started on his way. He probably got as much football as anything else during his four years at the school, so he wisely decided to carry on in the gridiron game. Perry got in touch with Buckler, a graduate from Alabama, who was playing with the Chicago Bears and he was told about Green Bay. It didn't take Perry long to write the Green Bay management and a few weeks later his name was on a contract. It was the Packers' first experience with Southern players and the fans watched the result with much interest. After Perry got acclimated, it didn't take him long to make the grade. His first bid for the limelight was in the 1927 Bear game here when he mixed with Brute Trafton in a semi-fistic engagement. Trafton must have poked Perry in the nose, or something, because he got up fighting mad and went after the big Bear, who is about as popular here as a squall in a yacht race. For the remainder of 1927 and the greater part of last season, the blonde Southerner played great ball. He is of the aggressive type of lineman and is continually rushing the kicker or passer. Often, Perry gets down the field as fast as any of the ends. He is quite a ball hawk, too, and covers a lot of fumbles. His two year experience on the professional gridiron should put his game at par this fall and Capt. Lambeau expects him to have his best year as a Packers. He is getting in shape for a strenuous fall by working with the Ed Schuster Contracting company, on road building jobs. Perry only gets into the city over the weekends. Camping and toiling under the hot sun appears to agree with him, because he is as brown as a berry and claims he never felt better in his life. Perry is putting on some extra weight and probably will be about ten pounds heavier in playing condition. With Hubbard, Bloodgood and Perry already in the fold, the 1929 Packer family is growing daily. Other announcements about the players, both old and new, can be expected soon.
TICKET SOLICITORS FOR PACKERS MEET
AUG 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Season ticket solicitors of the Green Bay Football corporation will hold their semi-weekly meeting at the Press-Gazette tonight and file their reports with E.A. Spachmann, director of sales. The drive has been launched satisfactorily. Early indications are that the fans are rallying to the team and this means that the goal of $15,000 should be reached. However, there is a lot of work ahead and a few extra solicitors could be used. Interest in the drive is not alone confined to Green Bay. A letter from a football fan at Hilbert says that there are a dozen or more season ticket prospects in his neighborhood and he hopes to have them lined up in a week. Mulligan Seroogy at Nee-Menasha is starting his business early. Last year he only sold tickets for the individual games but this fall he has hopes of putting across about a dozen "seasons". It is the same story in several other cities. With the three priced season tickets this year, there is a better range for the pocketbook of the average fan and the executives of the corporation are confident that long before the opening game with Portsmouth on Sept. 15, the majority of the choice reservations will be sold.
MOLENDA SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
AUG 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Bo Molenda, one of the best athletes that Michigan ever produced, will celebrate his signing of a Packer football contract by taking his turn in the box for the Green Sox in the game against Fond du Lac here Sunday. Molenda came to terms with the Football corporation Thursday night and the baseball leaders lost little time in announced that he would do the twirling this weekend. This will be his second season with Capt. Lambeau's team as he joined the Bays last fall about the middle of November and saw service in the Pottsville, Providence, Frankford and Chicago Bear games. At that time Molenda was loaned to the Packers by Charlie Pyle, owner of the New York Yankees, with whom Bo had played for two years. The husky fullback became Green Bay's property during the February National league meeting via the purchase route. Molenda had three years of football at Michigan, two varsity and one freshman. He was a sensation as a yearling in 1924 and the following year made the grade on the varsity. This was the year that Bob Brown captained the team...ON FRIEDMAN'S TEAM: IN 1925, Benny Friedman led a great Michigan team, which featured Oosterbann and many other stars including Molenda, whose line plunging efforts and brilliant defensive play, helped the Wolverines through many tight spots. Football wasn't Molenda's only sport at Michigan as he pitched for the baseball team and saw service with the basketball squad. When the fall of 1927 rolled around, Molenda made his debut as a pro football player with the New York Yankees. Molenda did a lot of placekicking for the Yankees, besides line plunging work. In 1928, Molenda reported back to the Yankees and again showed a lot of class. However, when he joined the Packers for the closing games he burned up the gridiron. Molenda starred particularly against Providence and the Bears...CAME HERE IN JUNE: The 200-pound fullback is now a fulltime resident of Green Bay. He came here with his wife early in June and started playing ball immediately with the Green Sox. He is a pitcher and first sacker. Molenda's batting average now is just above the .300 mark. Molenda is employed at the Northwest Engineering Company. With Hubbard, Bloodgood, Perry and Molenda in the fold, the ranks of the 1929 team are beginning to look substantial. There will be several important announcements next week regarding players that should send the Packer football stock skyhigh on the gridiron market...SOLICITORS KEEPING BUSY: Although the weather isn't quite of the football temperature, solicitors for the Green Bay Football corporation filed some encouraging reports at last night's meeting at the Press-Gazette. Some cash business has been turned in and, according to the campaigners, season ticker holders of other years are being called on and nearly all of them again are ordering reservations. Jerry Clifford, who is arranging the tours for the Packer boosters, reports success. Meeting are being arranged in Sturgeon Bay, Oconto, Appleton and Kaukauna. The tourists also expect to make Marinette, Kewaunee, Shawano and other cities within the next several weeks. The box seats have been received from the printers and are ready for immediate delivery. The other rickets reserved will be ready for distribution the latter part of the next week.
MINICK SIGNS HIS CONTRACT WITH PACKERS
AUG 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Paul Minick will again be with Lambeau and Co., when the Packers start their football practice three weeks from Sunday. A contract from the former Iowan all-Western star arrived here Sunday from Los Angeles, where he has been employed with a picture producing concern since the first of the year. Since Paul has been out on the cost, he got married and Mrs. Minick will accompany him here. Aside from Minick, other Packers who have signed on the dotted line are Claude Perry, Al Bloodgood, Cal Hubbard and Bo Molenda. At least three more contracts are expected this week and they will be announced as soon as received...ALL-WESTERN GUARD: Minick is a veteran footballer. After playing three years of high school football in Des Moines, Paul entered Iowa. The first year in college saw him starring as a frosh gridder and then came three years of varsity competition which was crowned in his senior year by being practically a unanimous choice for all-Western guard. After getting his sheepskin at the Hawkeye institution, Minick made his debut in professional
football with the Buffalo club. He had one full season with the Bisons and then became the property of the N.Y. Yanks. In 1928, he came to the Packers along with Bullet Baker in a deal which Capt. Lambeau negotiated with "Cash and Carry" Pyle. Paul is a smart lineman and it didn't take long to get acclimated here. About midseason, he struck his proper gait and, before the curtain was pulled down, gained the distinction of being the Packers' leading guard. Some of the older players put Minick on a plane with George Abramson, Frank Mayer and Moose Gardner, three of the best center flankers who have ever sported the gold and blue of Green Bay...SUPER FOOTBALL SENSE: Minick follows the ball like a hawk. He seems to have a super football sense, something like Cub Buck, and often would pull out of his position and nail a carrier in his tracks. Occasionally, the "enemy" would try to run cut backs through but nine times out of ten, he would be in there spilling the beans. The former Iowan is a good team worker. He likes his football and was always regular as a clock at practice. Officials of the football corporation expect Minick to be one of the outstanding stars of 1929.
TICKET SOLICITORS FOR PACKER SEASON GET SOME BUSINESS
AUG 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Season ticket solicitors for the Green Bay Football corporation filed some encouraging reports at the meeting held Monday evening at the Press-Gazette. Director of Sales Spachmann, while talking shop with the solicitors, pointed out that the opening of the season was only a month away and the $15,000 goal was still a long way off. Even at this early stage in the campaign, some new business has been turned in. This is rather an encouraging sign considering the fact that nearly all of the calls to date have been on season ticket holders of other years...FORM SEASON TICKET CLUB: A season ticket club is being formed by employees of the C.M. St. P. & P. railroad here and from all indications it is going to have a large membership. The rails have always been great Packer fans and this year they are digging in stronger than ever to support the team in a financial way. The neighborhood campaign is getting along nicely. A schedule is now being arranged and it is very likely that the tourists will start their journeying next week. One of the first stops will be Sturgeon Bay. Arrangements for meeting at Escanaba, Marinette, Kewaunee, Algoma, Shawano, Oconto, Kaukauna, Appleton and Nee-Menasha have also been made. The box seat tickets are all ready for distribution, while the season reserved ducats will be out of the printer's hands by Thursday. This early start enables the ticket force to make deliveries immediately and eliminates extra visits on signed customers...OPEN EVERY EVENING: In order to handle inquiries about seats, the Packer ticket headquarters at The Press-Gazette will be open every evening from 7:30 to 9 o'clock. This is being done to eliminate a last minute rush, which in past years has just about swamped the ticket department.
PACKERS SIGN KERN, ALL-EASTERN STAR
AUG 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - One of the newcomers in the Packer lineup this fall will be W.F. Kern, who played tackle on the University of Pittsburgh eleven for three years, during which time he was a teammate of the famous Gibby Welch, star of the New York Yankees last season. Kern got his diploma at Pitt in 1928 but took some graduate work there last fall and only donned the moleskins last fall as a line coach at his alma mater...IS SIX FOOTER: The big tackle, he tips the beam at 190 pounds and is a six-footer, is highly praised by Coach Sutherland, who rates him as one of the best forwards ever developed at Pittsburgh. In 1927, Kern played the opposite side of the line to Mike Getto, rated by many of the experts last fall as the best tackle in the country. Kern was chosen for tackle on the all-eastern team in 1927 and he was also placed in Spalding's list of star players. Kern got a lot of ink from California sport writers for his play in the Tournament of Roses game at Pasadena on Jan. 2, 1928, which was won by Stanford, 7 to 6. One of the scribes had this to say about the new Packer: "Pittsburgh had one of the best lines ever seen on the coast. Kern was an outstanding star. The big blonde tackle was in every play and his aggressiveness was a thorn in the side of Stanford. Several times his rushing tactics ruined Stanford's passing combination and once he smeared Don Hill before the backfielder had a chance to punt the ball.":..EMPLOYED IN MILWAUKEE: The former Pittsburgh gridder is now employed by a Milwaukee industrial concern but has secured a leave of absence for the football season and will be on hand when the Green Bay team starts practicing on Sunday, Sept. 8. The addition of Kern has increased the size of the Packer signed family to a half dozen.The another players announced are: Claude Perry, Al Bloodgood, Cal Hubbard, Paul Minick and Bo Molenda
MONTH FROM TODAY, PACKERS OPEN 1929 FOOTBALL SEASON
AUG 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - One month from today, the football season will open in Green Bay with the Packers rubbing elbows against the Portsmouth eleven in a non-league engagement. The next four weeks will be busy ones for the Football corporation executives. Capt. Lambeau is working morning, noon and night getting his players lined up for the first practice session, which is scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 8, while the ticket department is getting set for the last minute rush of pasteboards, which is a yearly habit no matter how early the ticket solicitors start making the rounds...GRIDIRON IN GOOD SHAPE: A recent inspection of the gridiron at the City stadium shows it to be in superb condition. It will be faster than ever this fall as the grass sod is set in firmly. The field has been given lots of attention during the summer and results will speak for themselves when the gridiron encounters get underway. There will be no change in the seating arrangements at the park. The big stands are to be dressed up a bit while the bleachers will be set up in time for the opening game. As in past years, the Packer management intends to provide a seat for every spectator, no matter how big the crowds are. Mail orders for some of the games are already on hand and this would indicate that the attendance will be larger than in past years. Some of the fans are beginning to clamor for seats on the 50-yard line but those single game requests are laid aside until all the orders for season tickets are filled. Every season ticket is a berth between the 40-yard line and holders have the same spot for every game. In this way, those purchasing the seasons don't have a single worry about reservations...HOLD MEETING TONIGHT: There will be a meeting of ticket solicitors tonight at the Press-Gazette and Director of Sales Spachmann urges all the campaigners to be on hand promptly at 7:45 as he desires to fill a complete report with the executive board on the business that has been handled to date. Plans for the trips scheduled to Sturgeon Bay, Marinette and Escanaba within the next ten days will also be discussed. After the ticket solicitors have made their reports, a meeting of the Football corporation board of directors is scheduled.
LEWELLEN SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
AUG 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Verne Lewellen, the only district attorney playing football in the National league, has signed his Packer contract. This is his sixth successive season with Capt. Lambeau's team. Lewellen graduated from the university of Nebraska in 1924. He played three years of varsity football at the Cornhusker institution, captaining the team in his senior year...ALL-AMERICAN BACK: The lanky halfback has been a consistent performer for the Bays. After getting off to a poor star in his opening year of professional football, Lewellen has blazed forth into one of the league's greatest backs and by far the best punter on the postgraduate gridiron. For the past several seasons, Lewellen has been practically a unanimous choice for a backfield post on the All-American professional teams. Fans who have followed the fortunes of the Packers can well remember many of Lewellen's brilliant performances, such as in the Chicago Bear game here in 1925 when he clicked on the old touchdown play and sent the Bears home on the short end of a 14 to 10 score. And again the Packer followers will never forget one of Lew's punts against the Bears in Chicago in 1927 when he booted from his own goal line and the oval rolled out of bounds on the Bruins 4. This changed the entire complexion of the game for the time being...PRAISED IN NEW YORK: Last fall, when the Packers were in New York, Lewellen gave such a great exhibition of punting that the metropolitan papers gave him picture headlines and no end of publicity. When Lewellen came here in 1924, he immediately associated himself with a well known law firm and the following summer passed the state bar examination. Last spring, he hung out his own shingle and entered the race for district attorney on the Republican ticket. After winning in the primary, he came back and defeated a strong Democratic candidate in the fall election. Lewellen is married and has a son who looks as if he is going to develop into another footballer. Brown County's district attorney is the seventh Packer player of 1929 to sign his name on the dotted line...SOME FAIR RETURNS: Some fair returns were reported last night at the ticket solicitors meeting in the Press-Gazette. Director of Sales Spachmann figures he could use a couple of more hustling campaigners and he hopes to line up a couple of recruits before the first of the week. This year in the sales' drive every business house and professional man is to be called on and this means a lot more territory to be covered than in past years. The Packer tourists start traveling on Monday night, when they hop over to Sturgeon Bay for the first out of town meeting. Jerry Clifford, who is handling the tourists, reports the stage is all set for the Door county invasion, which will be followed up by a jaunt to Kewaunee on Thursday night for a meeting with the Rotary club of that city.
PACKER 'TOURISTS' VISIT STURGEON BAY ON MONDAY EVENING
AUG 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jerry Clifford, chairman of the Packers' booster committee, will head a group of players and directors to Sturgeon Bay Monday evening, where they will talk football at a Lions' club meeting in the Cove hotel. This is the first of a series of jaunts into neighboring territory by the Packers' committee, which hopes to stir up some extra interest in football this fall. It is probable that Capt. Lambeae, Lavvie Dilweg and Verne Lewellen will accompany Clifford's booster delegation. Each of the Packers will help spread the season ticket "gospel"...STRONG PACKER FOLLOWER: Arrangements for the Sturgeon Bay trip completed through Grover Stapelton, well known Door county lawyer, who seldom misses a game in Green Bay. There are a lot of Packer fans up in the cherry country and it is expected that many of them will be on hand to welcome the football tourists. Next Thursday evening, the Packer gridiron delegation steps over to Kewaunee where they will be the guests of the Rotary club of that community. Wenzel Wiesner and Fred Van Deuren set the stage for this trip and they claim the Packers will find a warm welcome on the doormat because Kewaunee is a "red hot" pro football town...CONTINUE TICKET DRIVE: In the meantime, the season ticket sale drive is picking up some ground along the Green front. The solicitors are planning to get in some extra work over Sunday so that there will be improved reports with Director of Sales Spachmann at Tuesday night's meeting in the Press-Gazette. Many inquiries are being made about tickets and here is plenty of football talk in the air. This is a good sign and it looks as if business in the ticket selling way should boom during the next few weeks.
PACKERS HAVE SIGNED YOUNG OF OHIO STATE
AUG 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Billy Young, a three-year varsity guard on the Ohio State eleven, will make his professional football debut with the Green Bay Packers this fall. Young was undecided whether he would play football or coach but finally came to terms with the Packer management. Dr. J.W. Wilce, who coached the Buckeye gridders for a number of years, always turned out fast charging linemen and Young is rated as one of his best products. Several of the pro teams were hot on the trail of the Ohio star, particularly the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Yellowjackets but, according to his letter to Capt. Lambeau, he figured that Green Bay the best won in the National league for a pro footballer...PRETTY HUSKY BOY: Young is a pretty husky boy. He weighs about 210 and is over six feet in height. He is very active for a big man and often in the Big Ten games was down the field as fast as the ends. The new Packer made an exceptional record at the Buckeye institution as he played his three years of varsity football without any hours on the hospital list. The big guard is now acting as a director at a boys' camp near Erie, Pa., and he should be in the pink of condition when he reports for the Packers' opening practice on Sunday, Sept. 8. Slowly but surely, the 1929 Packer machine is beginning to be lined up. At the present time, there is the making of a corking good forward wall in the fold with Hubbard at center; Minick and Young at the guard with Kern and Perry at the tackles...LEWELLEN, MOLENDA, BLOODGOOD: In the backfield so far there is plenty of class. Lewellen is at one half, Bo Molenda is at full with Al Bloodgood stepping in at quarterback. Contracts are arriving frequently and it is expected that within the next couple of weeks close to 16 more players will be announced, as Capt. Lambeau is determined to start off the 1929 football season with the best squad that has ever appeared in Packer moleskins.
LIDBERG RETURNS TO PACKER TEAM
AUG 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Speaking ala Wall St., Packer football stock went bullish today and more trouble is in sight for the bears - with the announcement that Carl Lidberg was going to play football again with the Bays. This probably is as good news as the Packer fans have heard so far this year, because Lidberg, during the one season that he was here in 1926, won a home that was everlasting. Never before and not since have the Packers had a fullback who could back up or bunk like the big Swede who gained fame at Minnesota before anybody ever hear of Joesting...WAS MINNESOTA STAR: Lidberg played three years with the Gopher varsity seeing service in 1922, '23 and '24. He graduated from the forestry school in 1925 and took a postgraduate course which kept him off the gridiron that fall. However, in 1926, he made his debut on the pro gridiron with the Packers and what a debut it was! That was the year that Rex Enright, the all-Western fullback from Notre Dame, was with the Bays. Few figured that Lidberg would do much else than bench duty but he upset the dope plenty and after the second or third game, the Gopher was in there nearly all the time crashing and smashing opponents in a way that made George Halas, the veteran manager of the Chicago Bears, remark that Lidberg was the greatest fullback he had ever seen in or out of college...COACHED FOR TWO YEARS: Lidberg was slated to return to the Packers in 1927 but, at the last minute, he accepted a coaching job at Colgate college where he had charge of the backfielders. Hanson, a former Minnesota ace, served as the head coach at the New York school and he made Lidberg a fat offer to show his players how to crack 'em. Lidberg was back at Colgate last season also but this spring he made connections with a business house in Minneapolis and turned down a renewal contract at Colgate. Early this summer the football bug began biting Lidberg again and he opened negotiations with Captain Lambeau. It was not long before terms were agreed upon but the deal hung fire when Lidberg was able to get a three months' leave of absence from his business house...FOUR STAR BACKS: The signing of Lidberg just about settles Capt. Lambeau's backfield worries. With Lidberg and Bo Molenda at fullbacks, the Bays have two of the best in the National league. Lewellen is without a peer as a halfback while Bloodgood can play quarter with any of them. Other announcements about backfielders will be made in the future. Aside from the quartet of star backs, the Packers have five linemen under contract - namely Perry and Kern, tackles; Minick and Young, guards, and Cal Hubbard, center.
VISIT STURGEON BAY
AUG 20 (Sturgeon Bay) - A delegation from the Green Bay Football corporation was guests at the
Lions' club meeting here Monday night at the Cove hotel and the football booster was a splendid success. Among those from the Bay were Jerry Clifford, Capt. Lambeau, Lavvie Dilweg, Whitey Woodin and Jug Earpe. Each of the visitors was called on to say a few words and all received a warm welcome. Mr. Clifford in his talk explained that Green Bay needed the help of the neighboring cities to keep Green Bay in big letters on the pro football map. Capt. Lambeau spoke on the 1929 schedule while Dilweg, Woodin and Earpe added a few words to put football across. The Green Bayians found a welcome on the doormat at every turn here and, according to reports, the season ticket drive got off to a splendid start in the "Cherry" country. A number of orders for seats were placed at the meeting here last night and several of the gridiron fans volunteered their services to go out after some more business.
PACKER TICKET SALESMEN FIND BUSINESS FAIR
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Packer season ticket solicitors "talked shop" at the Press-Gazette Tuesday evening and a check up on paid ducats showed that the sale drive, although moving along nicely, was not gaining the speed it should with the opening only about three weeks away. There is lots of work yet to be done and some additional solicitors answered the call for volunteers at Tuesday night's session. Many of those who have promised to take seats, hold back their checks until the eleventh hour and this tends to add extra confusion to the rush that always crops out a few days before the start of the season...OPEN EVERY NIGHT: The ticket office at the Press-Gazette is open every evening from 7:30 to 9 for the purpose of handing out reservations or taking care of queries in regards to seats. The football directors are going to make a bigger play for the rural business and several solicitors will start out Monday, calling on the country fans. It is figured that the season ticket plan will appeal to this group because there won't be any worry about getting their seats just before game time as they will have the pasteboard for the same reservation right in the pocket for every contest...STURGEON BAY ENTHUSIASTIC: A report on the football situation at Sturgeon Bay was filed and it was very encouraging. The Packer tourists got a fine reception and they stirred up lots of business along the season ticket front. If the Packer trips to other cities are crowned with as much success, the sales committee feels confident that the $15,000 goal will be reached. The directors are to meet again Friday night and it is expected that the receipts will climb several notches as Ed Schweger is to report on his west side business while Joe Feldhausen will come to bat with the Main-st. collections. There are plenty of red hot football fans in both of these sectors. "That Lidberg story is going to help our sales," said one of the solicitors at Tuesday night's meeting as he waxed enthusiastic over prowess of the former Minnesota star, and every one of his co-workers agreed with him. "The signing of Lidberg has done more to tickle the fans than any other announcement this fall," added another, who is doing his campaigning in railroad workers' circles.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Another big blue football machine will roll out on the City stadium field on Sept. 15 next, to tackle an eleven representing Portsmouth, Ohio. When the first whistle sounds over the chalk-marked gridiron, the 1929 Packer football season will have been underway, and Packer fans will have started another season watching their professional grid machine in action...Frequently, the question arises - how long can Green Bay support a team in the NFL? Will a city the size of this one be able to maintain a pace even with Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Providence or others? The answer is simple - there will be a big blue eleven on the Green Bay stadium as long as fans from Northeastern Wisconsin pour out to support it...The advance ticket sale is reported as satisfactory. however it must be excellent. Fans from Appleton, Kaukauna, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay, Algoma, Shawano, Kewaunee, Oconto, De Pere and a host of smaller surrounding cities must be prepared to back the season sale, if the same strong team is to represent northeastern Wisconsin the National wheel...Green Bay has built up a tradition of years, and this tradition should be maintained. How many people recall the first game Eddie Kotal payed for the Big Bay Blues? The little Lawrence college flash joined the Packers in the middle of a busy football season, and he was immediately given his chance on the Green Bay field. Eddie tried hard, but his size and experience were against him. This writer heard more than one fan begging, "Take the kid out!" "Make him put on a headgear!"...Thousands of fans last year roared their approval of Kotal's finished style of play. How many, too, recall such players as stocky Dutch Hendrian, who wandered through the Packer backfield in bygone days; big Moose Gardner, the behemoth of the forward wall, and the other stars of the past? Many of these players deserve an eulogy, but the finest praise they can receive will come from the throats of fans this fall, who support the Packers in their 1929 opener.
WOODIN, CAHOON, DARLING ARE SIGNED UP
AUG 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Howard (Whitey) Woodin, Ivan (Tiny) Cahoon and Bernard (Boob) Darling have signed their Packer football contract according to an announcement made today by Capt. Lambeau. The addition of this trio increases the list of signed gridders to an even dozen. Woodin is one of the real Packer veterans. Next to Capt. Lambeau, he has been with the Green Bay eleven longer than any of the other players except Jug Earpe, who joined the team in the second week of October, 1921, while Woodin arrived several weeks later the same year, in a trade which brought him here and sent Jabber Murray, not mayor of Marinette, to the Racine Legion team...WHITEY ALWAYS AGGRESSIVE: Whitey played his college football at Marquette and got a lot of favorable attention for his aggressive play with the Collegians. As a matter of fact, he has been aggressive ever since and has always been a "pepper-box" in the Packer line. Last season was one of the best Woodin ever had with the Packers and he should come through nicely again this fall. Woodin has made his home here for a number of years and serves as a sales manager for a well known automobile concern. Tiny Cahoon is a product of Gonzaga university in Washington, although he is a native Badger, being born at Baraboo. Cahoon came here from the Pacific northwest in the fall of 1926 along with Hector Cyre, who also was a varsity gridder at Gonzaga. Cahoon had great success as a tackle during his firs year as a pro footballer and has played good ball ever since. A knee injury has given him some trouble but the big tackle claims he is feeling better than ever this fall. When Tiny is right he can play tackle with the best of them. For the past six weeks, he has been getting ready for a strenuous gridiron campaign by working with the Schuster Construction company of Denmark on road jobs. Claude Perry, another Packer player, is also with this company...WEST DE PERE COACH: Cahoon likes this part of the state so well that he has stayed here since he became a Packer. He served as athletic director of the Green Bay Columbus club for quite a while and now is a member of the West De Pere high school faculty, specializing in football and other athletics. Last season, Cahoon's high school eleven ranked as one of the best in its league. Bernard Darling is a resident of Oshkosh, where he first gained his gridiron fame in the high school ranks. Then he entered Wisconsin but switched to Ripon, when Ralph Scott moved there to coach the eleven, and finished up his college at Beloit, starring in a center position. Darling first saw service with the Packers in 1927. He filled in as an understudy to Jug Earpe and came through nicely whenever called on. Boob was back again last fall and saw more action at the pivotal post. He more than earned his spurs in the game at Providence and then came through with bells on in the December contest in Chicago against the Bears...STARRED IN BEAR GAME: Earpe was forced to retire about midway in the second quarter and Darling was called in to pass the ball. Fleckenstein, the Bear center, started pulling some "Trafton" tactics on him but Darling kept his temper and played real football. In the play which Dunn passed to O'Donnell for the only touchdown of the battle, it was some superb blocking for Darling that cleared the way for Dick to snatch the pass and scamper across the goal. Darling was one of the unsung heroes of this fracas. Darling has been working as a playground instructor in Oshkosh all summer and is in the pink of condition. He has added some extra poundage which makes him look "big as a house".
PACKER FOOTBALL TICKET SALESMAN TO MEET TONIGHT
AUG 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Entering on the final three weeks of the season ticket campaign, solicitors and directors of the Green Bay Football corporation will meet this season at the Press-Gazette for the purpose of injecting some additional pep into the campaign. Business has been good so far, according to Director of Sales Spachmann, but there is still a way to go to the $15,000 goal and it will be necessary to swing more solicitors into action. The present plan, now that the majority of "old business", has been taken care of, is to divide the city into district, have a chairman for each zone, and make calls at every business house, office or factory..."AREN'T HARD TO SELL": "Season tickets aren't hard to sell," Spachmann said, in speaking of the drive. "Our biggest trouble has been in reaching
all the prospective customers, but we are making calls as fast as possible. Then again we bump into some fans who want their tickets but ask us to come again, a week before the opening. This of course we are glad to do, but it just doubles the work of the season ticket sales committee. "Many new season ticket holders are already lined up. The St. Paul railway has a healthy delegation while other groups are being formed in some of the industrial plants. The northsiders will be out stronger than ever in their usual seats."...BUSINESS PICKING UP: "Business outside of Green Bay is still in the making, but we are picking up sales here and there. I look for many to be disposed of in neighboring towns within the next couple of weeks so we will have several extra solicitors making the rounds. The ticket office at the Press-Gazette is open every evening rfom 7 to 9 o'clock and many inquiries about seats are taken care of. The reservation chart on the south side of the field is beginning to be dotted pretty well although there still is a raft of seats to be disposed of and this must be accomplished within the next three weeks."
BULLET BAKER TO PLAY AGAIN WITH PACKERS
AUG 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Roy (Bullet) Baker will start his second season with the Packers two weeks from Sunday, when Capt. Lambeau calls out his gridders for the opening practice. The California halfback should have a banner season with the Bays because he will be right at home in the "N.D." style of play. It took Bullet a few games last fall to get acclimated here, but once he found himself, there wasn't a more valuable back on the club. Baker starred on the eastern trip. In the game at New York, he played fullback on account of the injury to Harry O'Boyle and played a leading role in the success of the Packers over Tim Mara's aggregation at the Polo grounds...IS GREAT BLOCKER: There probably isn't a back in the National league who blocks better than Baker. He always gets his man, leaving no room for doubt. When playing college football on the coast, Baker piled up a reputation for being the best smearing back in the golden west. After leaving college, Baker joined the New York Yankees with whom he was one of the "big letter" stars. The New Yorkers had a flock of nifty backs including Red Grange, Tryon, Wild Bill Kelly and others but Baker was in there nearly all the time, doing "sixty" nearly every game. Baked played against the Bays twice and looked so good to Capt. Lambeau that the Packer leader determined to grab him at the first opportunity. So a year ago at the summer league meeting in Providence, a deal was completed by which Baker and Marks came here...RUNS BATHING BEACH: The "Bullet" runs a bathing resort at Lake Arrowhead, Cal., and doubles as a life guard and swimming instructor. In a letter to Capt. Lambeau, he said he was ready to don the blue and gold again. Baker will motor here from the coast. He is scheduled to leave Lake Arrowhead on Labor day. There is just about a bakers' dozen of Packer stars on the dotted line right now. The backs include Bloodgood, Lewellen, Molenda, Lidberg and Baker; Hubbard and Darling, centers; Young, Woodin and Minick, guards; Perry, Kern and Cahoon, tackles. Several other important announcements are scheduled for next week, if the contracts come in as expected.
JIM BOWDOIN HAS SIGNED UP WITH PACKERS
AUG 26 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Husky Jimmy Bowdoin, Alabama '28, has signed his contract to play football again with the Green Bay Packers. The big southern guard made his pro league debut last fall and got off to a flying start. Like Claude Perry and Bruce Jones, both of whom were Alabama products, Bowdoin didn't waste any time making the grade. Capt. Lambeau figures Bowdoin will develop into one of the best center flankers in the NFL this fall. Bowdoin doesn't know his own strength. He is built like a bull and get around very fast for a big fellow. Bowdoin picked up a lot of experience last season and this should make him all the more valuable this fall...STARRED AGAINST GIANTS: One of Jim's best games last season was against the Giants in New York. Repeatedly he charged through and smeared the Giants' backs before they had reached the scrimmage line. Once he was down the field as fast as the ends and he threw Mule Watson, who received Lewellen's punt so hard that the spectators uncorked a series of boos that echoed back and forth across the Polo grounds. When Wilson came to, he wanted to know who dropped the ton of bricks on him. Bowdoin had three years of varsity football at Alabama. As a senior he was nearly a unanimous choice for all-southern guard. In 1926 and '27, Jim was a member of the Alabama team that participated in post season games on the coast....FOURTEEN UNDER CONTRACT: There are now 14 Packer players under contract but the roster is far from complete and several important announcements will be made in the near future.
JOHNNY BLOOD SIGNS WITH PACKERS
AUG 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Johnny Blood, who next to Tony LaTone, was rated as one of the most valuable man on the Pottsville Maroons 1928 eleven, is the 15th Packer to sign a contract for this season. The Packer management recently closed the deal for Blood and he accepted terms quickly. Blood has been reading law in New Richmond but hastened along here to get the lay of the land before the opening whistle blows. The backfielder figured outdoor work would put him in shape so he came to Green Bay looking for a job. It didn't take him long to get on with the Schuster Contracting company. He will spend the next couple of weeks with a road building crew near Pensaukee...IS HANDY BACK: Blood is a handy back to have around as it doesn't make any difference to him whether he plays full, quarter or half. He is a good kicker and last season did all of the Maroons' goals after touchdowns when Pete Henry was on the shelf with a bad leg. The Press-Gazette story on Nov. 26 about the Packer- Pottsville game had this to say about Blood: "When the Maroons weren't passing, Tony Latone, Blood and Moran were punching holes in the Bays' front wall. Blood and young Mr. Moran seemed to take special delight in getting even for what the Packers did to them up in Green Bay several weeks ago. Blood had a 'field day' in the fourth quarter. He came out of one snow back, intercepted a Bay pass and ran 40 yards for a touchdown and soon grabbed a toss from Ernst (Pottsville quarterback) for a score." Blood will go about 190 pounds. He is of the rugged type and last year lost but few minutes from injuries while playing with Pottsville. He started in the pro game with Ernie Nevers' Duluth Eskimos and has performed against the Packers several times. Blood is adept in handling passes as his pro basketball experience makes him handy at this part of the gridiron game.
Bernard "Boob" Darling's 1929 Championship Watch
Carl Lidberg's 1929 Championship Watch
1929 Packers Uniform
The Monday After: X-ray films burn noxious fumes at Cleveland Clinic
Banner headlines in The Evening Repository nearly 100 years ago brought the news of the deadly explosion and fire that killed dozens of people at a place — the Cleveland Clinic — that was built to help patients return to health. “CLINIC DEATH TOLL AT 120,” blared the headline on Thursday May 16, 1929. “BLAST REMAINS MYSTERY.” Within hours of its occurrence, investigations by local and state officials were looking into the tragic incident. Investigations centered on what touched off a supply of X-ray films in a basement storage room and engulfed the building in a penetrating cloud of poisonous gas and flames, said an Associated Press article. One explanation blamed a steam fitter who was using a blowtorch to make a repair on a pipe near basement storage cabinets filed with volatile and flammable X-ray film. A door to the vault holding the film reportedly had been left open. Toxic gas released by the burning film continued to kill those who inhaled it after victims were taken from the hospital alive. “The noxious, brownish gas which shattered the Cleveland clinic and dropped patients, doctors and nurses in their tracks as they fought for escape, continued its insidious work today,” said a Repository article. One of the victims was Dr. John Phillips, one of the founders of the clinic, who was treated with two tanks of oxygen. “This recourse having failed, Dr. George W. Crile, co-founder and head of the clinic, performed a blood transfusion on his colleague,” a story in The Repository reported. “But, he died.”
Most of those who died at the clinic were from Cleveland. But, some also were from other cities in Ohio and a few from outside the state. A former Massillon woman, Elizabeth Farmer Sexauer, and an Alliance man, Oscar Bieshelt, were among the dead. “Mrs. Sexauer, whose home was in Akron, had accompanied her sister, Mrs. Frank Ketcher, also of Akron, who was ill, to the clinic,” The Repository reported. “Mrs. Sexauer was waiting in one of the rooms, while her sister was in another part of the building, undergoing an examination. Mrs. Ketcher, relatives learned, broke a window and jumped from the building to safety. Mrs. Sexauer was not found until several hours later. She was lying in the corridors, a victim of the deadly gas. Bieshelt, who operated a grocery store in Alliance, was among those who died early the next morning. He had gone to the clinic to undergo treatment for a hand injury. Two Massillon people were among others who had been listed as victims, but who remained alive as the initial report was made in newspapers. Barbara Merwin was brought home to recover and Elizabeth Hipp Bowen, the wife of a doctor on the clinic staff, was in a Cleveland hospital. Both initially suffered from the effects of gas and shock. Two others with local ties appeared to benefit from fortunate timing and fine rescue work. “Fred Welborn, golf professional at the Tam O’Shanter golf club, visited the Clinic Monday and Tuesday of this week, but returned home Tuesday night,” a Repository article said. “Ben Jones, a football player at one time a member of the Canton Bulldogs, was in the Clinic at the time of the explosion. He was removed from the building by firemen.” Jones was rescued at the window of a smoke-filled upper-floor room where he was ready to jump in an attempt to avoid death by the gas.
CANTON MAN SAW
The removal of Jones by a fireman and a ladder was seen by a Canton man — a friend of the football player — and two companions from the city, who were among the first people to arrive at the scene. The man, Charles White, state commander of the Disabled Army Veterans in Cleveland, gave to The Repository a “graphic portrayal of the scenes of horror and suffering” that he witnessed with an assistant, Anthony Lebus, and fellow Cantonian Jack Brennan. “The scene was one of terrifying confusion,” said White. “The screams and shouts of those imprisoned or injured were horrible to hear. Patients and employees were at every available window almost at once screaming for assistance.” White and his companions witnessed a second explosion at the clinic. White said that he saw a huge section of the roof hurtle through the air, missing by inches the heads of Jones and a girl who also was being rescued. But, they were not hit. Jones, who following his harrowing experience, claimed he was not injured, drove 150 miles to Grove City, Pennsylvania, where he lived. “Suddenly, at a late hour Thursday night, he collapsed, the deadly gas getting its work, and died at an early hour this morning,” reported The Repository in a story published Friday May 17, 1929. “His young wife and 2-year-old daughter were at his bedside.”
Reports in The Repository added graphic detail. “With the first explosion, firemen concluded, the gas swept upward and filled the building. Pent in, with compression increasing as the heat intensified, the gas exploded a second time. It leaped in flame from the basement to the foyer skylight, scorching woodwork, blasting masonry and enveloping the interior in an inferno of stench and heat. “The skylight was shattered and glass from the windows was hurled across the street. The doors enforced with steel buckled under the terrific suction of air as the gas was released. “Then came the confusion. The swirling brown clouds, nauseating and made heavier by the sickening smell of burning celluloid enveloped the building. The fire soon spent itself, but the clouds of gas, smoke and odor of burning chemicals clung to the building hours after the fire was extinguished.” Accounts chronicled heroic actions. Police patrolman Ernest Staab, “heedless of the gas fumes,” went back into the hospital again and again, bringing 21 victims outside, until finally he fell to the fumes. A telephone operator at the clinic, Gladys Gibson, stayed at her post, “plugging socket after socket in the switchboard, as she set all telephones in the clinic ringing madly their alarm of death.” She died after collapsing and being carried out of the hospital. “Doctors, nurses and orderlies of the hospital responded to a clear call and went on to that which they must have known was certain death,” said an editorial in The Repository the day after the Cleveland Clinic explosion. “Policemen, firemen, pedestrians, passing motorists forgot their own safety to offer their help. “The graves of those who lost their lives in the Cleveland disaster will be hallowed by the red cross of humanitarian service.”
The addition of Blood gives the Packers six backs signed up. The Packer management has just about closed negotiations with a crack backfielder from the Pacific coast who starred in college ball for the past three season and official announcement can be expected in the immediate future.
DON HILL TO PLAY WITH PACKERS
AUG 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Don Hill of Stanford U, who starred in intercollegiate football on the Pacific coast for the past three years, is the newest addition to the 1929 Packers' squad. He is a halfback, weighing about 185 pounds, and is built along the lines of Senn, who has burned up the pro gridiron with the Bears the last two seasons. Hill was a three letter man at Stanford, playing forward on the basketball team and doing the sprints with the track men. Last June in the intercollegiate meet at Palo Alto, he stepped off the hundred in less than ten seconds. The Stanford star was wanted by at least five clubs in the National league. The Packer management has been negotiating with the backfielder since June and it was only after Bullet Baker put in good word or two for Green Bay that Hill made up his mind to become a Packer. Baker and Hill are fraternity brothers. The Packer management had kept tract of Hill for quite awhile. After the Bays closed their 1927 football season in Philadelphia, Jug Earpe and Lewellen were loaned to the New York Yankees for a few games. Charlie Pyle took his club to the Pacific coast for a series of games and the two Packers went along...HILL MAKES HEADLINES: Several intersectional college games were staged in California at that time. The Yanks attended the contest at Pasadena between Stanford and the undefeated Pittsburgh eleven, headed by the brilliant Gibby Welch. Kern, another new Packer, was also a member of the Pennsy eleven. Stanford won the game, 7 to 6, and among the players making the headline was Don Hill. Both the Packer players were impressed with the way Hill performed and when they came back home gave Capt. Lambeau the "low down" on him. At that time, Hill had another year of college football. When the Packers disbanded after the final game with the Bears in Chicago last December, one of the last things Capt. Lambeau said to Baker was: "When you get back on the coast, try and get us the inside track on Hill."...BAKER GETS HIM: Baker followed instructions to the letter, as he always does, but his first reports were not encouraging as they carried the news that the New York Giants, Frankford Yellowjackets and Providence Steamrollers were making Hill attractive offers. However, after Hill got his diploma in June (the National league bars signing college players until they graduate), the Packer management started working on the Stanford star and their efforts terminated successfully Tuesday when a wire was received from Hill saying: "Accept terms. Contract in mail. Driving East with Baker." There are now seven Packer backfielders under contract and several more unreported.
PACKER TICKET SELLERS SPEED UP CAMPAIGN
AUG 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Two weeks from Sunday, the Packers open the 1929 football season with a game against Portsmouth, and in the meantime the ticket force solicitors and directors of the Green Bay Football corporation will be working full blast on night shifts in order to keep pace with the ever increasing demand for season and individual game tickets. The ticket campaign has been gaining speed recently, and, from all indications, it will spring to the tape during the last two weeks in a way that will show how Green Bay, Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is back of the Packers...LOTS OF WORK AHEAD: There is a lot of work to be done because it seems as if 75 percent of the fans wait until the last ten days to buy their tickets. Solicitors have been making the rounds daily not only in Green Bay but the neighboring cities as well and there is every indication of a $15,000 corp in season ticket sales if everybody turns in and hustles for the next two weeks. Director of Sales E.A. Spachmann has about 250 names on his call sheet and these will be distributed to the solicitors at a meeting held Friday evening at the Press-Gazette. There is still some old business unaccounted for but a businessmen's committee, headed by Jerry Clifford, promises to take care of this early next week besides adding a lot of new games to the list of season ticket holders. Bill Haslam is making a speedy campaign in the rural districts and getting some fine results. He claims that when the drive is over his record will be as good as any of the other solicitors despite the fact that he was delayed several weeks in swinging into action...DR. KELLY'S STATEMENT: Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the Green Bay Football corporation, in speaking of the season ticket sale, said: "We have made good progress to date but the success of the drive rests on the work that is done during the next ten days. We are right at the peak of our campaign. It is the opinion of the corporation's board of directors that there are a lot of unsold prospects and and it is those fans whom we hope to get in touch with immediately. All signs point to the 1929 Packer team being the greatest that has ever represented Green Bay. Capt. Lambeau has already been successful in signing some new outstanding stars besides many of the veterans of 1928 and before the end of next week, we hope to be able to announce a number of other players who will add considerable to Green Bay's prestige in the professional football world. In order to meet the expected rush of business, we have enlarged our ticket force and the office at The Press-Gazette building is being kept open every night to handle sales, make reservations and answer inquiries about tickets. The Green Bay Football corporation is leaving no stone unturned to start the 1929 season on the right foot and, if the fans come through in a financial way, as expected, I feel confident that we will enjoy a most successful season of football."
DUNN TO PLAY ON BAY TEAM AGAIN
AUG 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Joseph A. Dunn, better known as Red, who helped put Marquette on the collegiate football map, will again call signals for the Green Bay Packers. Capt. E.L. "Curly" Lambeau announced receipt of Dunn's contract today. The quarterback was uncertain about his plans for playing professional football again this fall, as he has a rapidly growing insurance business in Milwaukee, but after a conference with Captain Lambeau agreed to come back with the team again. Dunn has played a lot of professional football. After graduating from Marquette he went with the Milwaukee Badgers. The team represented Milwaukee in the NFL but was never a financial success. Alonzo McGurk went into the hole with the team and sold a few of his players to the Chicago Cardinals to get some of his money back...TWO YEARS WITH CARDS: Dunn played two years with the Cardinals, the first with Paddy Driscoll as a running mate. When Manager Chris O'Brien sold Driscoll to the Bears, Dunn did the work of a field general. In 1927 Lambeau purchased Dunn outright from the Cardinals and the red-headed flash joined the team the fall of that year. He is one of the best field generals in the professional game and he is always calm under fire. He generally put forth his best exhibitions when the opposition is the toughest...IS GOOD KICKER: Red usually does best when opposing the Bears, and his fine passing has resulted in victories over the Chicago outfit. In the last game of the year last season, Dunn hurled the winning touchdown pass to Dick O'Donnell, despite the fact that three of the Bruin outfit were bearing down on him. Dunn also is a good kicker, and can be counted on consistently for field goals after touchdowns. He has been carrying the burden of work at quarterback for the Packers the past two years, but this season is expected to have several able assistants. Dunn is the 17th Packer to sign his contract.
PID PURDY VISITS OLD FRIENDS IN GREEN BAY
AUG 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Pid Purdy, who played with the Green Bay Packer football team in 1927, and now a regular fielder with the Cincinnati Red Legs, was a visitor in Green Bay yesterday. Purdy spent his time here visiting old friends who he knew while playing with the Packer team. He left last night and will rejoin the Red Legs in Chicago Monday when the team takes on the Cubs in a doubleheader. The Reds had a few open dates on the schedule which Purdy took advantage of.
NASH ACCEPTS PACKER CONTRACT
AUG 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With a week to go before the opening practice, the Packer football team is not quite complete, but if plans that Capt. Lambeau has in mind go through in the next few days, at least five more players will be added to the roster before the first session. Lambeau started the home stretch today with the announcement of receipt of Tom Nash's contract. Nash is the big All-American end that saw service with the Packers last season. He had some trouble with his legs at the start of the year and as a consequence did not show as well as he might have done had he been in perfect condition. Nash, in a letter, accepting terms with the Packers, reported that he was in fine condition now, and that he was prepared to show local fans some real football. He first gained fame with the University of Georgia team, and in his senior year was picked on almost every All-American team in the country. The big Georgian is the property of the New York Giants baseball club and it was feared that John McGraw might object to Nash performing on the gridiron again, but he did not do so. Nash was with Buffalo at the start of the baseball year but was farmed out to Charlotte of the Eastern Atlantic league. This circuit divides the schedule and Charlotte won the first half race. A postseason series is necessary and this will keep Nash down south until just before the game with Dayton here on Sunday, Sept. 22, according to his letter to Capt. Lambeau. Nash has been playing in the outfield and hitting above the .300 mark. If the Packers had to take the field tomorrow it would be a good looking team as Hubbard could be moved from center to pair up with Nash as the ends. Darling would be at center; either Dunn or Bloodgood could call signals at quarter, with Lewellen, Baker, Hill and Blood at the halfbacks and Molenda and Lidberg at fullback. Young, Minick, Bowdoin and Woodin could be used in the guard positions with Perry, Cahoon and Kern at the tackles.
The additions next week should round this team into championship class.
EDDIE KOTAL SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
SEPT 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Eddie Kotal will start his fifth season as a member of the Green Bay Packers next Sunday when Capt. Lambeau gives his gridiron hirelings their first workout in preparation for the opening game with Portsmouth on Sept. 15. His contract was turned into Capt. Lambeau today. Kotal joined the Green Bay eleven in the closing stages of the 1925 schedule. He made the first trip east with the Packers, cutting quite a figure in the game against Pottsville when he showed his speed by cutting down the brilliant French on the Packers' 2 yard line after chasing the speedster 60 yards. In that year, French was credited with being the fastest man in professional football. Eastern papers made a lot over this and one of the writers said "a new star has bobbed on the pro football horizon." The scribe's forecast came true as the former Lawrence gridder now is one of the greatest open field running backs in the professional field. When the 1928 All-American professional team was selected, Kotal was placed on the second eleven, only losing a first team berth by a few votes. Eddie probably has as many friends among the fans as any player on the Packer squad and announcement of his signing will be welcomed by all who follow in the fortunes of Capt. Lambeau's machine. Kotal is a great halfback. He has a lot of pep and keep his mates in a fighting mood all of the time. The Lawrentian is a great pass receiver and, once in the open, is a mighty hard man to tumble. Eddie is a first class blocker and his aerial attack defense is far above the average. The Packer backfield ace is married and lives in Appleton where he plays third base and manages the baseball team. He also plays professional basketball during the winter months. This fall, Eddie will coach the backfield candidates at Lawrence college. The Packer squad is not composed of 19 players.
ALL-AMERICAN GUARD TO PLAY HERE
SEPT 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - August (Mike) Michalske, rated as the best guard in the NFL, has signed a contract to play with the Green Bay Packers this season. The star lineman is a graduate of Penn State where in his senior year he earned All-American recognition. After leaving college, he joined Charlie Pyle's New York Yankees and immediately made a name for himself on the pro gridiron...ALL-AMERICAN PRO GUARD: Michalske was selected on the 1927 all-American pro team and won the same award again in 1928. Both seasons, he was practically a unanimous choice as the team managers all around the circuit figured the former Penn State star without a peer in the country. Although Michalske's regular position is guard, he can step into tackle and do a good job or move over to center and play that position well. Michalske has played here twice against the Packers and in each contest he was an outstanding performer. Fans who saw the game here on Oct. 23, 1927, will remember Michalske. He started at guard, then moved out to a tackle and finally finished the engagement at center where he replaced Oliver, who had been punched to pieces by the Green Bay smashes. In every position, he was an outstanding threat...TRIED FIELD GOAL: Last fall, the Yankees played here against the Bays on Armistice Day and it was a 0-0 tie. The New Yorkers were expected to be "easy" for the Bays but brilliant work by Michalske, Gibby Welch and Red
Smith kept the Yankees very much in the running. Twice it was Michalske's work on the line that checked the Packers within the shadow of the goal posts. In the final few minutes of play, Welch ran the ball deep into Packer territory and, then after three plays had netted New York but little yardage, Michalske failed on a placekick from about the 30-yard mark. Aside from being a great lineman, Mike also is a good field goal kicker. When pro football players get together and talk about the game they often refer to Michalske as the "Trafton Tamer". Two years ago when the Bears played the Yankees in New York, Trafton tried to get hostile with Michalske and, before the game was over, the Bears' center was banged up considerably. So much in fact that Westbrook Pegler sent a special story to a paper in Chicago weeping a few newsprint tears for Mr. Trafton, who just escaped the hospital by one or two bangs..TWENTY PLAYERS SIGNED: Michalske is the 20th Packer to sign his contract. There are several more players to be added to the fold before the team starts practicing on Sunday. Capt. Lambeau announced that Al Bloodgood, whom the Packers purchased from the New York Giants, to share the quarterback duties with Red Dunn, probably will not report. The former Nebraskan has taken a coaching job at Ohio. The Packer management is making every effort to keep Bloodgood in line but at the present time is very doubtful if he will be here. However, efforts are being made to get another quarterback and some announcement may be expected soon
ASHMORE WILL HOLD DOWN JOB ON BAY ELEVEN
SEPT 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - M.R. Ashmore is en route from Aberdeen, Wash., to play another season with the Green Bay Packers. The big tackle had a good position in the Pacific Northwest with a timber cutting company and he was undecided about coming back here for football. However, at the last minute, he decided to play and in a wire to Capt. Lambeau, stated he was on his way. Ashmore is a fine tackle. This will be his second year with the Green Bay eleven as he joined the club in 1928. The big tackle is a product of the Gonzaga, Wash., college. While in school, he was a teammate of Tiny Cahoon, who also will hold down a tackle berth for Green Bay. Ashmore graduated from Gonzaga in 1926 and the same fall he reported to the Milwaukee Badgers, which was run by Johnny Bryan. Ashmore showed a lot of class that season. When the 1927 season got underway, Ashmore reported back to Milwaukee but Bryan pulled his club out of the National league after two preliminary games and disposed of his players. The former Gonzaga star was sent to the Bears and, after several games with the Chicagoans, drew a transfer to Ernie Nevers' Duluth Eskimos with whom he finished the season. With each of these three clubs, he saw service against the Packers in Green Bay. When the 1928 season got underway, Ashmore was declared a free agent by President Joe Carr and he immediately reported to Green Bay. The Packers now have 21 players under contract. According to Jerry Clifford, chairman of the Packer boosters' committee, Wednesday's trip to Escanaba, Mich., will mean a lot of extra business at the gate of the Green Bay Football corporation. The Packer tourists were accorded a fine welcome in the Upper Peninsula city. Escanaba always is well represented at the football games in Green Bay and this year the delegation will be larger than ever. Among the players who made the trip to Escanaba were Lavvie Dilweg, Bo Molenda and Johnny Blood. Ticket solicitors for the Football corporation will meet tonight at the Press-Gazette at 7:45 and get new lists of prospective customers. The ticket campaign has reached the final lap and as the solicitors spurt to the tape, Director of Sales Spachmann has high hopes of reaching the desired goal of $15,000.
DILWEG WILL PLAY WITH PACKERS
SEPT 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - LaVerne "Lavvie" Dilweg, as good an end as there is in professional football, has signed his Packer contract for the upcoming season. The former Marquette captain, who is a permanent resident of Green Bay, put his name on the dotted line after a conference with Capt. Lambeau last night. This will be Dilweg's fourth season as a professional football player. He made his debut with Johnny Bryan's Milwaukee Badgers in 1926. That year he was named for a wing position on the second All-American pro team, despite the fact that Milwaukee placed among the tail enders in the National league race...JOINED PACKERS IN 1927: Before the 1927 season opened, the Packers purchased Dilweg from Milwaukee. He played a brilliant brand of football for Green Bay that year and was practically a unanimous All-American choice for end. Dilweg continued to play great football last season and again earned All-American recognition at
at end. Long and rangy, Dilweg has the ideal build for an end. He is a good receiver of forward passes, and also is great on defense...CAPTAINED MARQUETTE VARSITY: Dilweg started his football career with a high school team in Milwaukee. Then he entered Marquette, where he played four years of football. He was captain on the team in his junior year in 1924. At the close of this season he was chosen by several critics on all-western elevens, Walter Eckersall rating him as one of the best ends in the country. This same year, he made the trip west with the Eastern all-stars and his slashing tackle brought forth considerable praise from Pacific coast experts. When Dilweg came here to play football, he had cleared his state bar examination and began his law career in Green Bay. He is now connected with a well known law firm and is considered one of the most promising young atttorneys in the city. With the signing of Dilweg, the Packer squad is about complete as 22 players are now under contract. One more veteran end is to be added. Lines are out for another capable quarterback and there probably will be another surprise addition to the backfield.
PACKERS BEGIN PRACTICE HERE ON SUNDAY
SEPT 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With the signing of Richard "Dick" O'Donnell, the roster of players for the Green Bay Packer team is practically completed for the 1929 season. O'Donnell, one of the finest ends in the country, and a veteran with the local eleven, signed a contract last night. O'Donnell is one of the real seasoned players of the Packers as he joined the team in 1924. This will be his sixth season with the squad. Before coming to Green Bay, he saw two years of service with the Duluth eleven. The Packer veteran started his football career in a Duluth high school and followed it up at Minnesota. He turned to the professional gridiron in 1922 and has been playing fine football since that time...IS FINE BLOCKER: O'Donnell is a real smashing type of end, who works equally well on the offense and defense. He can be counted on consistently to get under forward passes, is a fine blocker, and furnishes a lot of interference for backfield men coming around his side of the line. On the defense, O'Donnell is equally alert, often smashing through opponents' lines to nab ball carriers before they get started. He covers punts very quickly and seldom is taken out of plays by opposing men. O'Donnell had one of his best years last season and in the tie game with the Steamrollers in Providence, playing such a great all-around game that C.B. Coppins, a well-known eastern writer, named him for a wing position on an All-American professional team. The veteran end has made his home here since joining the team. He is very popular with local fans and announcement of his signing is expected to be welcome news...MANY PLAYERS HERE: Most of the players signed for the team are in Green Bay or are due to arrive here today, and Capt. Lambeau will call the first official practice session for tomorrow afternoon at Joannes park. The men will get out about 1:30 p.m., and will work out for two hours or more. The men have but a week to prepare for the opening game of the season which is scheduled for Sept. 15, with the Portsmouth Spartans, a team headed by Bennett, Indiana star, who won the 1928 Western conference most valuable player award. The club plays its first six games at home and then tours for the rest of the season. The Packers are booked for four contests in Chicago, one in Minneapolis, and winds up the season with an eastern trip. Games with New York, Philadelphia and Providence will be staged on the eastern trip. The Packer management has rounded up a great squad of men this season, and, on paper, the club looks as good as any in the National league...FIVE 1928 MEN MISSING: Only five members of the 1928 team, O'Boyle, Earpe, Marks, Lollar and Jones, are missing from the lineup, but such splendid new material as Michalske, Hubbard, Hill, Molenda, Kern, and the return of Lidberg, more than offsets their absence. Most of the players not returning have coaching jobs that they do not want to leave. Jug Earpe, one of the veterans of the Packer team, has decided not to play football this year, and give all his time to his growing bond business.
2,000 FANS SEE PACKERS WORK OUT
SEPT 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - More than 2,000 fans gathered at Joannes park Sunday afternoon to watch the Packers of 1929 go through their first workouts of the year. It was the biggest first day Packer squad that Capt. Lambeau ever had out. He put the gridders through a three hour drill. Despite the hard drill, practically all of the men were still going strong when the workout ended, indicating they were in fine condition. A checkup showed but few missing players. Nash will not be here for a week on account of his baseball; Hubbard and Michalske are expected today; Kern and Minick will be on hand for Wednesday's practice. The Packer squad was rounded out over the weekend and, with the return of Jug Earpe, veteran center, and the addition of three new backfield men, Jack Evans of California, Hurdis McCrary of the University of Georgia and Dave Zuidmulder of East high school fame...PLAYED ON COAST: Evans is a quarterback, who played three years at the University of California. In 1927, he was awarded the Price medal for being the most valuable player in Pacific coast collegiate football. As
is customary at the U. of C., inviting the best graduating back to return as coach, Evans served as assistant mentor of the varsity during the 1928 season. This fall he had a coaching job lined up, but an attractive offer from the Green Bay management induced him to join the Packer squad. Negotiations were closed by telegraph late Saturday afternoon and he is now on his way from Los Angeles. He should be he here in time for Wednesday's practice. Evans played high school football at Long Beach, Cal. He comes from a family of football stars as two of his older brothers helped write gridiron history at U. of C. The Packer quarterback is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. According to Bullet Baker, Evans is a scrappy, aggressive quarterback. Next to Capt. Lambeau, Earpe is the oldest man in the point of service on the Packer squad. He joined the club early in the season of 1922 and has been one of the mainstays of the Green Bay team, playing at either tackle of center...CROWLEY LIKES 'MAC': Jug is a graduate of Monmouth college where he played three years. Following his graduation, he signed with the Rock Island Independents, who at that time held a franchise in the NFL. The veteran lineman has made his home in Green Bay since 1923 and is quite successful as a bond salesman. Every club in the league has a lot of respect for Earpe. Hurdis McCrary is the surprise backfield ace promised by the Packer management. Jimmy Crowley, who coached at Georgia, claims that McCrary is the greatest college fullback he ever saw in action. McCrary has three years of varsity football and in 1927 and '28 earned All-American mention. The star from Georgia is a six footer. He goes about 200 pounds. Mac is also a good kicker and a first class forward passer. Dave Zuidmulder will have a chance to make the grade with the Packers. The former East high ace is credited with being one of the best players ever produced here. Dave is big and is blessed with a lot of speed. Capt. Lambeau figures Zuidmulder is a good prospect and the youngster will be given every opportunity.
SEPT 9 (Portsmouth, OH) - Captain Griffen and his squad of Spartans had a two hour drill in preparation for the opening game of the football season next Sunday at Green Bay with the Packers. The Portsmouth club started practice Wednesday with a crew of 24 gridders working out. Griffen has a wealth of material. The Spartans' first string backfield Sunday looked as good as any in the country. At quarterback was Paul Armil, of Iowa, while Lloyd Grimm, another Hawkeye star was performing at fullback. Playing one half was Charles "Chuck" Bennett of Indiana, who was awarded the 1928 trophy for being the most valuable player in the Western conference. Bennett was a unanimous choice for the All-Western teams and also gained all-American mention. Bennett's running mate was Roy "Father" Lumpkin, the sensational halfback from Georgia Tech who has been in the college football limelight for the past three years. It was Lumpkin's brilliant work that enabled Georgia Tech to whip California in that game that Roy Riegels made famous by his reverse run. The second string backfield was made up of "Sneeze" Achiu, who formerly played with the Dayton Triangles, Roy Whitt, 1928 captain at the University of Tennessee, "Whitey" Fyock of Pittsburgh and Keith Molesworth from Monmouth who starred with Pottsville in 1928. Besides these backs, Horner and Tudor from Tennessee, Roy Estes, Georgia, and Kermit Frecka, of West Virginia, also were on hand for the drill. One thing is sure, the Spartans have enough backfield material for a couple of first class elevens.
SPARTANS TO MEET STRONGEST PRO TEAM IN U.S.
SEPT 9 (Portsmouth Daily Times) - That the Portsmouth Spartans will defeat the Green Bay Packers next Sunday in the initial 1929 football engagement on the Badger State gridiron is a wish far in advance of the fondest hopes of the Portsmouth Football Association and Coach Harold Griffen, for the National Professional League team is touted as probably the strongest eleven in the Unite States this year. Composed almost entirely of players of All-American caliber, the Green Bay club represents the last word in finesse. And as for football ability, no team could boast brighter prospects than the Packers, who have consistently ranked among the topnotchers year after year. While it is admitted that Portsmouth's prospects are considerably brighter than those of last season, the idea that the locals will defeat the powerful Green Bay club is beyond reason. Likewise, failure of several stars to report will do anything but better the Portsmouth chances for victory...HUGE CROWD OUT: Some idea of the football ability present on the Green Bay squad may be given when it is considered that the northern club draws crowds of 15,000 to 20,000 people in a city not as large as Portsmouth. Support for the team comes from all over the Wisconsin state. Members of the Packers include: Lewellen, all-pro back for four consecutive seasons; Lidberg, Minnesota all-American fullback; O'Boyle, Notre Dame, fullback; Cal Hubbard, all-pro from New York Giants, who stands six feet six and weighs 250 pounds, fullback; Dilweg, Marquette all-American end; Nash, Georgia all-American end; Michalske, Penn State all-American guard; Jug Earpe, all-pro center for two years who weighs 270 pounds, and a host of others of equal ability...DROVE OF PLAYERS: Not only are a majority of the regulars on the Green Bay squad men of All-American mention, but also they are present in droves, so to speak. Estimate of the number of men reporting for the first Green Bay practice, according to Griffen, who played with the team for two years, would be approximately 60. That in itself places Portsmouth at a disadvantage for the Spartans cannot carry a squad of such dimensions on a trip to Wisconsin. Number of prospective candidates for each position is approximately five. As will be noticed, the Packers have three fullbacks who would make any coach's heart leap with job, Lidberg, O'Boyle and Hubbard...SPARTANS ARE STRONG: Of course, lest too much cold water be poured on Portsmouth spirits, the Spartans will be a strong team - but the peak of their strength will not be reached until the remainder of the squad is in the fold. Loss of Spear, Georgia Tech, and Schleusner, University of Iowa, giant tackles signed to play with the Spartans is a serious blow to the hopes of the Portsmouth team in the opening encounter. Announced as ineligible for college competition several months ago, they have righted their scholastic difficulties and plan to return to school. Likewise, the fact that Keith Molesworth and Roy Estes will be unable to appear for several weeks does anything but bolster Portsmouth chances. Both men are expected to report towards the latter part of the month...SEND AFTER BENNETT: Coach Griffen was advised by telephone Sunday evening that Chuck Bennett would return from Indiana with Clare Rudolph today. Bennett was sent for the star Hoosier tackle when he failed to report. Bob Jensen, huge Iowa tackle, running mate of Armil, also wired that he will arrive today, ready to play. As plans for the opening game, to be played on a foreign field, near completion, directors announced that reserved seats for games on Labold Field soon will be distributed. Those holding tickets are urged to make payment in full within the next few days, because no reserved seats will be issued to spectators holding ducats on which there is a balance due. Opportunity to purchase season tickets in the reserved section will be given those who failed to buy the pasteboards in the first campaign.
OHIOANS WILL PRESENT GREAT SQUAD SUNDAY
SEPT 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Packers are expecting the find the going tough in the inaugural appearance here Sunday against the Portsmouth Spartans as the Ohio eleven boasts some great men this year. Two former Packers are directing the activities of the Spartans and they are out to show Green Bay fans what they can do in the football world. The men are Harold Griffin, Iowa, coach and center of the team and Howard Webber, Kansas Aggie star, who is performing at end and serving as field captain. Both men were with the Bays in the early part of 1928 and went to Portsmouth from here. The Portsmouth team is backed by businessmen of the town who have hired some of the best grid players in the country. In some instances, the Portsmouth managers have outbid National league clubs for college stars. The Chicago Bears were after Bennett, Indiana flash, while Frankford made offers to Armill and Grimm, two other Ohio aces. The Ohio club is patterned after the Green Bay organization. It was recently awarded a charter from the Ohio Secretary of State and is incorporated for $50,000. Portsmouth applied for a franchise in the National league this year, but directors of the circuit thought best to wait another year before allowing the squad to enter. Many National league teams booked games with the outfit, however, so it has a hard schedule. The makeup of the Portsmouth team tells a story of its own.
COLLEGE STYLE OF PLAY WILL GET TEST
SEPT 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - How does the college brand compare with the professional variety? That question long in dispute among gridiron fans may be partly answered here Sunday afternoon at the City stadium when the Green Bay Packers battle the Portsmouth, O., Spartans in the opening game of the 1929 season. Portsmouth is coming here with a set of backfield men fresh from college ranks. Last year, this quartet composed of Armil and Grimm of Iowa, Father Lumpkin of Georgia Tech and Bennett of Indiana, were among the best in varsity football. Bennett was awarded the Western conference medal for being the most valuable player in the Big Ten; Lumpkin was placed on the all-Southern team while
Armil and Grimm were mentioned frequently on all-Western selections...PACKERS HAVE VETERANS: Followers of varsity football insist that a collegian is just as good as the pro players but others claim that the pro gridder is far superior to the college player. With but few exceptions, Green Bay will place a squad of experienced professional football veterans on the field against Portsmouth, and it will be interesting to see what the college gridders do against them. In college, Bennett was hard to stop and it was the same with Lumpkin but there are a lot of local fans willing to wager that Bennett, Lumpkin, Armil and Grimm are going to find a whole lot harder to pile up yardage against the Packers than they did for Indiana, Georgia Tech or Iowa...LUMPKIN GREAT PUNTER: Lumpkin is said to be a great punter but he will have to show a lot to outdistance Dist. Attorney Lewellen, who is the best kicker in the National league. It was Grimm's bullet-like passes that kept the Hawkeyes in the win column last season, but he may find the tossing on the pro gridiron somewhat harder when three or four big linemen bear down on him as he gets to set to launch an air attack. This little pro-college angle is just one of the outstanding features of the engagement here Sunday and it probably helps to account for the fact that the demand for tickets is brisker than ever, for a non-league opener in Green Bay...TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the Portsmouth game will be on sale at the usual places about town this evening. The Football corporation ticket office at the Press-Gazette is open every evening. During the day, deliveries of the season tickets are being made. Directors of the corporation and the ticket solicitors are to meet Thursday night for the final session of the preseason drive. Friday and Saturday will be the cleanup days and Director of Sales Spachmann hopes to add $1,500 to the season ticket collection in the two days to climax the most successful sales campaign ever staged by the Green Bay Football corporation.
PACKER TEAM LOOKS GOOD IN PRACTICE FOR GAME SUNDAY
SEPT 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Although the Packers have only been out to practice five days the team is beginning to function smoothly and indications are that it will be working as a perfect unit when it takes on Portsmouth in the first game of the season here Sunday. Although a few of the players have not reported as yet, Capt. Lambeau has enough men on hand for two complete teams that have been running through signals and engaging in dummy scrimmage drills. Paul Minick, Evans, Nash and Hubbard are the missing men. Minick, Evans and Hubbard are expected today or tomorrow, while Nash will not report until next week as he has to finish the baseball year in the south. Fans will not only see the plays Sunday but will hear about them through the employment of eight loud speakers that are being installed at the City stadium. Four of the speakers will be located on each side of the field and a running account of the game will be given over them...FIELD IN SHAPE: This new feature has been installed so that Packer fans, who are not familiar with players, can learn who participated in plays. The stands at the stadium have been renovated and will be all set for the crowd. Jake Miller, groundskeeper, has been working on the playing field all summer and reports that likewise will be in fine shape. The field and bleachers are not the only things that will be "dressed up" for the game. New uniforms have been secured for the players. The color scheme of last year has been reversed and the players will wear gold jerseys with blue numerals. With the announcement today of officials to handle Sunday's game, preparation are practically complete. Bill Doyle of the Upper Michigan Peninsula Officials' association will referee. A.O. Iverson of Sheboygan, who worked several games for the Packers in recent years, is to umpire and George Downer from Milwaukee will be headlinesman...TICKETS ON SALE: A large staff of ushers will be on hand to handle the crowd and details have been worked out to eliminate confusion. All ushers, gatemen and ticket sellers are to report at the stadium promptly at noon. Tickets for the game have been placed on sale at the regular places about town and a brisk demand is reported. There is an unusual number of requests for seats from out of town fans and every indication points to a fine turnout for the opening game. The final meeting of the ticket sale campaign will be held this evening at the Press-Gazette. Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the Football corporation, is urging the attendance of all directors and members of the campaign committee. Plans for the final 48 hours of the drive will be made.
EVANS REPORTS FOR PRACTICE WITH PACKERS
SEPT 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jack Evans, University of California quarterback, arrived in Green Bay last night and reported for practice with the Packers at Joannes park this morning. He came direct from Los Angeles and was given a welcome hand by Bullet Baker and Don Hill, friends of his on the coast. Evans appears to be in fine condition. He worked out with the squad all morning, kicking, passing and running with the ball, without showing a sign of fatigue. With Evans on hand, there now are but three men missing, Cal Hubbard, Paul Minick and Tom Nash. Hubbard is expected today as Capt. Lambeau received a telegram from the giant lineman from Durham, N.C., stating that he was unavoidably delayed but was leaving yesterday.TEAM LOOKS IMPRESSIVE: The absence of Minick remains unexplained. Football officials here feel confident that he will report before the end of the week however, as they believe he is having some trouble finding a capable manager for his grill at Des Moines, Ia., and getting the business in shape so that he can leave it for a few months. Nash will not report until late next week as the teams he is playing ball with is in the final round of a pennant fight. The Packer team looked impressive in its final hard workout today. It will run through a light drill tomorrow to taper off preparations for the tilt. All of the men are showing a lot of drive and look to be in fine condition. Plays are working smoothly with various sets of backfield men working. The season ticket solicitors are making their final drive today and tomorrow in the hopes of picking up considerable more business before the first game. An enthusiastic meeting was held last night at the The Press-Gazette with more than 20 workers in attendance. New call lists were arranged and the salesman prepared to see all prospective purchasers in the next 24 hours...DR. KELLY URGES SUPPORT: A final plea for the purchase of season tickets to help the club get off to a good start was issued today by Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the corporation: "We have picked up considerable new business but in return have lost some of the old fans who have been subscribers for many years," Dr. Kelly said. "There are a few choice reservations available and we urge those who have the interest of Green Bay football at heart and who have not yet subscribed for season tickets to do so immediately as we need all the financial assistance possible to keep together what we believe will be the greatest team ever seen in Green Bay." A crew of workmen is setting up the bleachers at the City stadium and all other plans are completed. The same seating arrangement as was followed in other years will be used this season. The bleachers will be at the east and west ends of the gridiron and also on both sides of the reserved seat stands.
PRO GRID NOTES
SEPT 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A lot of new life has been injected into the Chicago Bears this season. The co-managers, Halas and Sternaman, have been rounding up collegians from all over the country to speed up their gridiron aggregation...The Providence Steam Rollers, 1928 champions, have visions of another bunting. Nearly all of last year's first stringers are back in togs again along with enough new material to make them all fight for their jobs...Benny Friedman & Co. have moved from Detroit to New York and the Giants management figures that the former All-American should be a great attraction in Gotham. Benny is surrounded with a flock of stars...Promoters of the pro game are pulling every string to give Boston a winner in its first start as a National league club. Quite a few of the Pottsville Maroons from 1928 have been signed by the Beantown outfit...The Frankford Yellowjackets will miss the services of Ed Weir, who has returned to his alma mater, Nebraska, as a coach but the Hornets have a great ball club and they should, as usual, get somewhere in the league race...Manager Redelle of the Dayton Triangles is planning a number of improvements in his battle front. More offensive
punch is to be added. The Ohioans have always been noted for a first class defensive aggregation...An attempt will be made to revive pro football in Buffalo. Jerry Corcoran is managing the club. It wasn't so many years ago that the Bisons rated as one of the strongest pillars in Joe Carr's pro football loop...The Minneapolis Marines are returning to the National league after several years' vacation. Manager Johnny Dunn is building his club around Joesting, the All-American backfielder who kept Minnesota in the Big Ten race...Ernie Nevers will be back on the professional gridiron this fall after a year of coaching in California. Nevers will sport the colors of the Chicago Cardinals whom Dr. David J. Jones has recently purchased...According to Eddie Simandi, manager of the Orange, N.J. eleven, his club is going to have something to say about the 1929 bunting. In the last few years pro football has been going over big in the state...The 1929 season marks the passing of Chris O'Brien as owner of the Chicago Cardinals. The breaks went against O'Brien for the past four years and he figured that he had done everything possible and failed to shake the jinx...One of the crack non-league clubs of the middle west is the Portsmouth, O., Spartans. This club is being handled by Harold Griffen, who captained Iowa several years ago. Bennett, Indiana ace, is with Portsmouth...Luke Johnsos, Northwestern, and Cookie Cunningham, Ohio State, have signed contracts to play with the Chicago Bears. They are both ends. The Bruin management always goes in strong for big, husky wingmen...Hinkey Haines will again step across the gridiron for the New York Giants. There isn't a better field general in the National league than the much famed Hinkey who can do just about everything possible with a football...Maple, a sharp-shooting quarterback from the Pacific coast, is going to call the signals for the Chicago Cardinals. Maple is a nifty passer and a slick runner in the open field yet big enough to stand the punishment...Bill Kelley, who played quarterback for the New York Giants in 1927 and 1928, has joined the Frankford Yellowjackets. This gives the Hornets two experienced field generals as "Two Bits" Homan is also in the lineup.
PACKERS, PORTSMOUTH OPEN SUNDAY
SEPT 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The eleventh campaign in the quest of honors in the professional football world will be opened by the Green Bay Packers at the City Stadium tomorrow. It will be launched against the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans by a squad of men that promises to be one of the most powerful ever seen in Packer togs. Capt. E.L. "Curly" Lambeau, who led the first Packer football team onto a Green Bay field in 1919 and who has been guiding great elevens since that time, again will be at the helm to send his charges into the fray. The veteran leader has used several regulars of the 1928 team as a nucleus to form his squad of this year. He has added many seasoned professional players and some young men fresh from college ranks to build up the 1929 eleven. Although the team has had but a week of practice, it is functioning smoothly and should provide spectators with a lot of thrills on its inaugural appearance...VETERANS WILL START: Portsmouth comes here with an eleven that had had two weeks of training and that boasts of a great set of ball carriers. Many of the Ohio backfield men are getting their first taste of the professional game, however, and may find the going considerably harder than it was in the collegiate circles. The Portsmouth team is determined to upset the Packers, as it wishes to enter the National league, and the only way to do it is to make an impressive showing against teams of the circuit. Although the starting lineup has not been announced by Capt. Lambeau, most of the veterans of 1928 are expected to start with others being sent into the game at intervals. Capt. Lambeau plans to use every man on his squad, even at the cost of losing the game, as it is the only way he can determine what they can do under fire. Jug Earpe or Darling will be at the pivot position to start the fray. Michalske and Bowdoin are likely starters at guard, with Young and Woodin also scheduled to see action. The tackle positions probably will be held down by Perry and Ashmore at the start with Cahoon, Kern and Earpe also available for work. O'Donnell and Dilweg are almost sure starters at end positions...LEWELLEN MAY START: In the backfield, Lewellen and Kotal probably will start at halfbacks with Red Dunn calling signals and either Bo Molenda, McCrary or Lidberg at fullback, Laabs, a former Beloit star who has been working out with the team all week, Baker, Dave Zuidmulder, Blood and Hill are all expected to find some work in the halfback positions. Evans, who reported yesterday, may be sent in at quarterback for a short period. He has had only two days of practice with the team. Chuck Bennett, Indiana ace, Lumpkin, Whitt and Armil are probable starters in the Portsmouth backfield. Grimm, Iowa fullback, also will see some action. Other backfield men of the Portsmouth eleven who are expected to be used are Fyock, Pittsburgh star, Achui, formerly of Dayton, Roy Estes, who started with the Packers last year, and Pete Briese, Lawrence college flash in 1927. Harold Griffen and Howard Webber, who were on the Packer team last year, will be in the line for Portsmouth. Frank Speer, all-southern tackle from Georgia Tech, who played under Jimmy Crowley, is almost a sure starter at a tackle post with McDermott scheduled for the other tackle job...TICKET SALE GOOD: The advance ticket sale for the game has been good and a record opening day crowd is expected. The contest is scheduled to get underway at 2:30 p.m. The teams will be in the field at 2 p.m. A new service will greet the fans in an effort to make the game more enjoyable and understandable. Arrangements have been made with the Platten radio company for the use of their Vita-Vox public address system. A number of loud speakers have been installed to cover all of the stands and a description of the plays will be given as the game progresses. Substitutions and penalties will be announced and players participating in any particular play will be identified. This will enable those who are not familiar with the game and players to enjoy the contest thoroughly. It is planned to furnish spectators with scores of out of town games - both football and baseball. A number of other features also have been arranged for the season. A musical program will be offered during the intermissions...LEGION BAND TO PLAY: The American Legion Lumberjack band also will be on hand to furnish music before the game and between halves. The famous band has been donating its services every year. It will be directed by Prof. M.J. Heynen. This will be the ninth year Green Bay is represented in the NFL, and officials of the club have high hopes of a championship, despite the fact that the team faces the heaviest schedule ever attempted. The team was organized in 1919 and, after two years of independent football, applied for and was granted a franchise in the National league, an organization then in its infancy. Seven league games were played that year, the Packers winning three, tying two and losing to Rock Island and the Decatur Staleys, now the Chicago Bears. The Staleys were national champions that year. The story of the Packers rise is a story of a humble beginning, bright hopes based on overwhelming success in small efforts, and their ultimate realization after a period of lean years until the Packers stand today as an institution of which Green Bay is very proud. Tabulation of the records shows that since the organization, the Packers have played 122 games, winning 80, losing 28 and tying 14. They have beaten at least once almost every team they ever met. Two teams, Rock Island and Philadelphia, are the only squads that hold the edge in total games played. Last year in 13 games played against teams from the biggest cities in the country, Green Bay won six, tied three and lost four games. The Packers whipped the Bears twice last year, an achievement they never before accomplished. They finished fifth in the league standings.
DEC 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The fans should not take too much to heart the debacle at Memphis. It is not at all a serious matter. In the first place, the Packers were out playing this exhibition game on their own hook. They did not appear under the auspices or management of the football corporation. It was their own private expedition. When they returned from the final league game, their engagements with the football corporation were terminated. A new team is to be selected for next year, although it of course will include a large number of the old players. But the business of the team was finished for the year. They had achieved what they had set out to accomplish, namely the winning of the professional league championship. This they did in a manner that reflects nothing but credit upon them and Green Bay, and which drew national attention and applause. What happened at Memphis cannot detract from this. In the second place, the defeat in this exhibition game was to be expected. There was the natural reaction and letdown from the strain the team had been under for three months, with hard playing and practice every week. A lowering of both morals and physical efficiency was almost inevitable. No one can doubt that this is what happened after reading a detailed account of the game. They were not the same organization that had an unbeaten record in the pro league. If they had been they would have defeated Memphis, notwithstanding it scoured the country for an emergency army of stars to beat them. Other conditions were against them, climate, injuries, etc. However, the game is of no consequence so far as Green Bay's participation in professional football is concerned. It is unfortunate for the boys that this anti-climax came so close upon the demonstration and reception they received on their homecoming, and which they richly deserved. There is only on
one thing of concern now, and that is 1930.
PACKERS RETURN TO GREEN BAY HOMES
DEC 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Capt. E.L. "Curly" Lambeau and most of the other members of the Packer championship football team are back in Green Bay today ready to take up offseason duties. Three of the squad remained in Memphis and will probably see action with the Tigers against the Chicago Bears next Sunday. They are Kern, Hubbard and Blood. The rest of the squad either came back to Green Bay or went to their homes. Among those returning to Green Bay were Earpe, Woodin, Lewellen, O'Donnell, Dilweg, Minick, Ashmore and Michalske. Minick, Ashmore and Michalske plan to make their residence here this winter. Red Dunn returned to his home at Milwaukee, while Darling is at Oshkosh, Red Smith at Kaukauna and Eddie Kotal at Appleton. Tom Nash and McCrary remained in the south but may come here later. Blood, Hubbard and Kern also may return to Green Bay. Bo Molenda, who was called to the coast because of an illness in his family, also is expected to return here. Perry and Lidberg may take up residence here.
DR. KELLY PRESENTED ATTRACTIVE WATCH BY PACKER FOOTBALL MEN
DEC 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - As evidence of the esteem and friendship held by members of the Packer football team to Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the club, they have presented him with an attractive, engraved wrist watch. The watch is engraved on the back "Dr. W.W. Kelly, President of the Packer football team, National Champions 1929, From the Boys". "I appreciate this present from the boys more than I can possibly express," Dr. Kelly said today in speaking of the gift. "It is further proof, if that were needed, of the loyalty and kindness they have always shown me. The personal feeling of friendship which has existed between us through the season has, I feel sure, helped in some degree to maintain the spirit and determination of these men in winning the championship."
PLAN 2,000 MORE GRANDSTAND SEATS AT CITY STADIUM
DEC 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - At a meeting of the Green Bay Football corporation's board of directors held Thursday evening at The Press-Gazette, Marcel Lambeau, chairman of the City stadium grounds committee, was instructed to prepare for the construction of 2,000 additional grandstand seats. A good share of the 1929 profits will be used to finance this enlargement of the seating capacity at the football field. Mr. Lambeau will draft his estimates and secure the necessary building permits for presentation at the spring meeting of the football corporation directors. It is planned to have the improvements finished before the opening of the 1930 season, which will probably be on September 14. The new stands are to be built along the lines of Sections A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H, now in use at the ball park. The directors are of the opinion that the season of 1930, so far as home attendance goes, will be the greatest in the history of the Football corporation. Routine business was transacted at Thursday night's meeting. Added discussion was on tap concerning location of the flag pole from which will fly the NFL's 1929 championship pennant. The flag raising ceremonies will feature one of the early season games, according to present plans.
THREE GREEN BAY PACKERS ON ALL-AMERICAN
DEC 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Professional football came into its own this season and the race for the 1929 pennant furnished so many thrills that the turnstiles clicked merrily right up until the closing games. According to league reports, attendance figures climbed to new high marks and, with but one of two exceptions, every team escaped the red ink. Several new clubs, namely Orange, N.J. and Stapleton, N.Y., enjoyed prosperous seasons while the Chicago Cardinals, under new management, staged a remarkable comeback both on the gridiron and in a financial way...GREEN BAY UNDEFEATED: The Green Bay Packers, who have always been a first division club in the Pro league, rose to their greatest heights this fall and won the championship. In their pennant winning drive, Green Bay established a new National league record by going through a schedule of 13 games without suffering a single reversal. This is all the more commendable when it is taken into consideration that the Packers played eight of their games away from home. New York, with Benny Friedman at the head, had a great club and the single defeat at the hands of the Packers was the Giants' only black mark. However, this loss put the Gotham eleven back in second place. After getting off to a wobbly start, the Frankford (Philadelphia) Yellowjackets played remarkable football. The Jackets cracked on the Giants' shoals as three of the Frankford defeats were credited to New York while Green Bay was responsible for the other loss...CHICAGO CARDINALS GOOD: Ernie Nevers and his Chicago Cardinals came ahead with a rush during the last half of the season and they made life miserable for nearly every club they met. The Cards dropped three games to Green Bay while the Giants noses out a victory in the last 30 seconds of play. Dick Rauch at Boston did well with his team and finished even up with four wins and the same number of defeats. Stapleton made a successful debut in the National league. Doug Wyckoff had a raft of material and, when the Stapes were clicking right, it took a mighty good team to beat them. Providence, the 1928 titleholder, fell by the wayside. Manager Jimmy Conzelman missed several of his stalwarts and injuries also proved disastrous to the Steamrollers...TOUGH SEASON FOR BEARS: Orange had a powerful team and Coach Depler made the most of it. In another year, the Skeeters should be a dangerous contender for the title. The Chicago Bears had a tough season and were forced to take it on the chin frequently. The Bears' new material failed to live up to advance notices while a handful of veterans slipped fast. Buffalo was a scrappy, aggressive ball club but experience was missing and this proved too big a handicap for Jimmy Corcoran's youngsters to overcome. Minneapolis whipped the Chicago Cardinals in an early season fracas but, after that, couldn't get going despite the presence of a number of all-American stars. Lacking any kind of an offense, Dayton again finished in the cellar without a victory. The all-American selections which are based on the poll of team owners, managers and sportwriters of clubs in the National league found an unanimity of opinion for a majority of place on the first team but there was a scattering of views for the second eleven...FOUR UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS: Of the sixteen ballots received, there were four unanimous selections - Nevers, Chicago Cards, fullback; Lewellen, Green Bay, halfback; Friedman, New York, quarterback, and Michalske, Green Bay, guard. There is no question but that each of these gridders was the outstanding performer in his respective position. Nevers returned to the game after a year of coaching on the Pacific coast and he performed more brilliantly than ever. He was the sparkplug of the Cardinal team besides being the leading scorer of the league. In successive games against Dayton and the Chicago Bears, he accounted for 59 points. Verne Lewellen, Green Bay's district attorney halfback, is the greatest punter in the country. This is the third straight season that the ex-Nebraska captain has earned a backfield position on the all-pro selection. Lewellen's super-booting cut a big figure in Green Bay's successful drive for the championship. The Green Bay bootsmith's punts averaged 60 yards and he specialized in sailing his floaters out of bounds inside the opponents' first chalk line...IN CLASS BY HIMSELF: Benny Friedman was an all-American in college days at Michigan and he still belongs to that class on the professional gridiron. As a matter of fact, football writers claim Friedman is playing much better ball as a professional than he did while at school. Friedman is a great quarterback. He is smart as a fox in calling signals and rugged enough to carry the ball often. As a forward passer, there is no player in the game like him. The guard of a century. That's a fitting title for Mike Michalske of Green Bay. The former Penn State has been an all-American pro selection for the past two years but this fall there was no one to equal him. Michalske is a "sixty minute" player and he thrives on it. Mike was marked by every club the Packers faced yet he always covered himself with glory besides wrecking the opposition...DILWEG AND FLAHERTY: There was just a slight difference about the ends as Dilweg of Green Bay and Flaherty of New York were by far the best pair of flankers on the professional gridiron. Both are veteran all-American stars and their game this fall didn't show any sign of slipping. Dilweg played a lead role in Green Bay's drive while Flaherty was on the receiving end of many of Benny Friedman's passes. On the defense, both were slashing tacklers and big enough to stand the gaff. Of the other ends, Lundell of Minneapolis and Johnsos of the Chicago Bears had the edge. This was Johnsos' first year in the pro game and he looked good. Kassell of the Chicago Cards and Kostos of Frankford and O'Donnell, Green Bay, were above the average...BEHMAN BEST TACKLE: Bull Behman of Frankford was the best tackle in the league. The veteran lineman made a startling comeback and it is all the more creditable because he carried extra responsibility as coach and captain of the Yellowjacket machine. Behman is built right for this pro footballing and he makes all of his 200 plus poundage count. The former Bucknell captain is very smart and he often sensed the play before the ball was snapped. It was a free-for-all for the other tackle but Beattie of Orange, who won his football spurs at Princeton, earned his place. Beattie is plenty tough and he didn't mind letting his opponents know it. He was fast on his feet and his bull-like charges often gave the passer a lot of trouble. There were other good tacklers. Kern of Green Bay broke into the limelight frequently. Duke Slater can still step along with the best of them while Steve Owens of New York and Don Murry of the Bears deserves a lot of credit for their brand of ball...RHENQUIST AT GUARD: For the other guard position as a running mate to Michalske. Rhenquist of Providence is placed on the first team. He was the bulwark of the Steam Roller line despite the fact, in a number of games, Manager Jimmy Conzelman had to use the big Kansan at center, Rhenquist had to miss the first couple of games on account of sickness but, when he got into action, the Rollers looked much stronger defensively. Other topnotch center flankers were numerous. Racis of Boston stepped along lively as did Hal Hansen of Frankford. The big Minnesotans displayed lots of fight in Frankford's crucial games. Kiesling of the Cardinals was another topnotcher while Bowdoin of Green Bay was a much improved forward...WESTOPAL AT CENTER: The "experts" had about ten different choices for center but Westopal of the Giants earned the nod by a nose over Earpe of Green Bay, Maxwell of Frankford, Mitchell of Orange and OJ Larsen of the Cardinals. The New York snapper back occupied the same all-American position last fall. He roams at will and passes accurately. Football sense generally finds him on top of the play. Earpe, the Green Bay man mountain, was a whole team in himself and he doesn't seem to every grow old. He made Westopal look bad in the Packer-Giant game but votes favored the New York center because of play in all other games. Maxwell, showing class when used at center for Frankford. Aggressiveness was his middle name. Mitchell played every minute for Orange and did a good job. Another old timer, Larsen of the Cardinals, came back with a vengeance...PLANSKY STERLING BACK: There was a made scramble for the other position or the first backfield. However, Tony Plansky of New York led the field comfortably. This all around athlete from Georgetown, who also is a big timer in baseball and track, was a great halfback. He was a 200-pound triple-threat artist of the ace variety. Plansky was blessed
with an educated toe besides being equally at home on either end of the forward pass attack. An army of capable backs cavorted on the pro gridiron this fall. Ken Strong came through for Stapleton. The former New York U luminary did everything well and was the class of the loop aside from the first team quartet. Blood of Green Bay earned the other halfback post on team No. 2. On Green Bay's eastern trip, the New Richmond product was very much in the limelight. Among the other outstanding halfbacks was Hagberg of Buffalo, who should prove a sensation in 1930. Gibby Welch played well at times for Providence. Sedbrook sparkled often for the Giants while Mercer was a brilliant performer for the Yellowjackets...DIEHL GOOD FOOTBALLER: IN 1928, Wally Diehl was all-American pro fullback but the return of Nevers to the pro gridiron shunted him back to the second team. This product of Bucknell starred in every game for the Hornets, being a luminary both on the attack and defense. Tony LaTone went strong again this fall. Age doesn't seem to bother the Pennsy miner who was in the Boston lineup. Bo Molenda, one of Michigan's immortals, was an outstanding lugger for Green Bay. Of course, Friedman topped the quarterbacks but there were many other good field generals. Pease, former Columbia captain, showed class fro Orange. He has few equals as an open field runner. Red Dunn, Green Bay's veteran signal caller, had one of his best years on the professional gridiron and his field goal kicking was worthy of commendation. For a youngster, Singleton from Wabash was the limelighter for the cellar champion Dayton Triangle.
DUNN AND KOTAL WILL PLAY ON BADGER PRO BASKETBALL QUINTET
DEC 21 (Milwaukee) - Red Dunn, former football and basketball star of Marquette university and quarterback of the national championship Green Bay Packer pro football team this fall, was selected
witted, lighting fast starter, the spark of the Packers' line". Hubbard is shifted from his natural position because "he had no opponent who could say he outplayed this man mountain". Dilweg is termed "an accurate pass receiver and an inspiring type of player who has been All-American in college and three years on the pro field." Lewellen is termed the "greatest halfback of them all...the greatest kicker of all time, good passer and continual running threat off tackle because of these other abilities...He is a perfect triple threat performer and a credit to pro football".
last night as the captain of the Milwaukee Badgers, newly organized professional cage team. The Badgers will play their first game Jan. 8 against the Beloit Fairies here. Eddie Kotal, also a member of the Green Bay grid team, also will play with the team. Some others will who be on the squad are Rollie Barnum and Marshall Diebold, former state university stars, Jack McAuliffe, formerly of Beloit college, and Slim Cook.
FOUR GREEN BAY GRID STARS ARE CHOSEN ON TRIBUNE ALL-AMERICAN
DEC 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Four Green Bay Packer players, Lavvie Dilweg, Cal Hubbard, August Michalske and Verne Lewellen, were chosen on the Chicago Tribune All-American pro team by Wilfred Smith, sportswriter. Smith calls Michalske the "best offensive and defensive guard in the business, keen
The 1929 Green Bay Packers: Top row, left to right: Cal Hubbard, Herdis McCrary, Tom Nash, Bernard Darling, Claude Perry, Red Smith, Verne Lewellan, Roger Ashmore, Johnny "Blood" McNally, Jim Bowdoin, Lavvie Dilweg, Jug Earp. Bottom Row: Curly Lambeau, Paul Minnick, Bo Molenda, Roy Baker, Eddie Kotal, Red Dunn, Dick O'Donnell, Mike Michalske, Bill Kern, Whitney Woodin, Carl Lidberg.