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Green Bay Packers (12-0-1) 25, Chicago Bears (4-8-2) 0

Sunday December 8th 1929 (at Chicago)



(CHICAGO) - Wearing down the Chicago Bears with a relentless smashing attack and a brilliant forward passing game, the Green Bay Packers piled up a 25 to 0 advantage to win against their old rivals at Wrigley field here Sunday and clinched the first National league championship for a Wisconsin team. The victory gave the powerful all-star Bay team a perfect record for the season as it has won 12 games and tied one for a percentage of 1.000. Never before in the history of the National league has a team completed the schedule without a defeat being chalked against it. The Packers had the hardest program of any team in the league, meeting and defeating all the top notch squads at least once. The game Sunday was the final league tilt of the ​league season for the Green Bay players. The victory was the third against the Bears. In winning the three games the Packers ran up the impressive total of 62 points while holding the Bears scoreless. The Packers started slowly Sunday but once they got underway nothing the Bears could do to stop them. In the first half the Bears put up a valiant defense and held the Packers to a single touchdown. But in the final two periods, the Chicagoans weakened from the constant pounding of the Packers and the Green Bay players added three more touchdowns and an extra point to their total.



Through it all, there was one Packer player who stood out. He was Carl Lidberg. It was Lidberg through center for five - Lidberg off tackle on a cutback for eight - Lidberg off guard for five - Lidberg through center for a touchdown - Lidberg intercepted a Bear pass and another touchdown follows - Lidberg again intercepted a pass and again a touchdown follows. The Packer linemen played like Trojans making holes for the husky Norse fullback. When he came through the right side of the line, Perry or Hubbard and Bowdoin would have his path cleared for him. When he went on the left side of the line, the peerless Mike Michalske and Kerr would provide the opening. When he smashed center on an ever-reliable spinner play, massive Jugger Earpe would lead the way. And on defense, these same linemen would halt all the Bear thrusts. Then there was Eddie Kotal, idol of every Green Bay fans and many Chicago fans. Eddie was all over the field doing what he should do. When he was called on to block - he blocked. When he carried the ball - he gained and, at last, but by far the least, when he was slated to catch a forward pass he did do. Two of the heaves to Eddie brought Packer touchdowns. They came within five minutes of one another in the third period with Lewellen hurling the ball on identical plays. Eddie evaded Grange and Sternaman to score on both occasions. He had to make a marvelous catch of the second heave, dragging the ball down with one hand without checking his pace and continuing on to the goal line.


Red Dunn and Verne Lewellen also came in for their share of praises by fans as they left the park. Lew's punting again was wonderful, many of his boots going out of bounds beyond the Bear 10 yard line. Red handled the squad faultlessly and did fine work on returning punts. The playing of the ends, Dilweg, Nash and O'Donnell was of the high caliber that it has been all year. Dilweg went out of the game late in the fourth period for the first time this year. In every other league game, Lavvie has played the full 60 minutes. An idea of how well the line played on defense can be gained by looking at the statistics of first downs made by the Bears from scrimmage. The Bears made but one first down the entire game on running plays, and that was when Red Grange got off to a fine shifty run of 18 yards on a cutback off tackle. On nearly every other play of the game, Grange was either stopped on the line of scrimmage or after a small gain. Other Bear backs met the same fate when they tried to come through Green Bay's line. The Bears completed three passes in the second period that netted a first down, ten to go, but whenever they penetrated the field beyond Green Bay's 40-yard line, the Bay defense would stiffen and the attack would come to an end. The Bears were only beyond the Packers' 35-yard line once the entire game and then nothing came of their efforts. Dick O'Donnell was largely responsible for the first Packer touchdown in the initial period. Neither team had much of an advantage in the early stages and the game was mostly a punting duel between Driscoll and Holmer of the Bears and Lewellen of the Packers. Lew had a shade in the first period and a few minutes before the end of the quarter the Bears fumbled on their own 12-yard line and Dick O'Donnell recovered. A pass play failed and a line buck picked up a scant yard. Then Lidberg took the ball. Plowing through a fine hole made by Earpe, Bowdoin and Michalske, Lidberg smashed his way 12 yards and a touchdown, bowling over Driscoll in his smash. The try for an extra point by placement was missed.


The second quarter saw little excitement as the teams played fine defensive ball and neither could smash through consistently. The half ended with the score still 6 to 0 in Green Bay's favor. The third period was only about five minutes old when the Packers completed a march that started in midfield and ended in the second touchdown of the game. A pass, Dunn to Eddie, started the parade and gained

14 yards. Lidberg picked up 13 yards on two plays to bring the ball to the 28-yard line. Lidberg added eight more yards with a terrific smash at center and then Lew dropped back and passed to Nash, who was forced out of bounds on the 12-yard line. Lidberg added three years, then picked up two more, and on the third try put the ball on the two-yard line. Lidberg added three yards, then picked up two more, and on the third try put the ball on the two-yard line. Dunn crossed the Bear board of strategy on the next play and, instead of shooting Lidberg at the line again, sent Lew in a smash between tackle and end for a touchdown. Dunn's try for an extra placement was low. The Bears immediately started a forward attack after the next kickoff. They were all knocked down, however, and the Bruins forced to punt. After another exchange of punts, the Bears again started passing in their own territory. Lidberg loomed up, however, and intercepted one of the heaves on the 35-yard line. The Packers tried a pass to Lidberg that "flivved" and then Lew dropped back and shot another pass to Eddie, which the latter caught on the 15-yard line and carried the remaining distance to the goal. Dunn's kick went over the crossbar on the try for a point and the Packers had a 19 to 0 advantage. Soon after the following kickoff, Lidberg again loomed up and intercepted a Bear pass on the 35-yard line. Perry rushed Holmer on the pass and the Bear fullback had to throw quickly without picking his man. Lidberg smashed his way to the 21-yard line after intercepting the pass.


Lew then faked a quarterbacks sneak, and, as Eddie ran far to the left, he threw the ball. Eddie made a great leap into the air and brought the oval down with one hand. He had to sidestep and pivot to get away from Sternaman, but once clear of the Bear safety-man, his road to the goal line was clear and he crossed it standing up. The try for an extra point by placement was wide and the score was Green Bay 25, Bears 0. The fourth quarter was devoid of any outstanding thrills, although the Packers had the ball in Bear territory continually by executing passes and running plays faultlessly. A pass, Sternaman to Senn, that brought the ball to the Packers' 45-yard line, and a pair of penalties that followed brought the Bruins deep into the Bay territory in the final period, but nothing came of the threat. Approximately 700 Green Bay fans were among the 6,000 in the stands. The game was the final National league contest for the Packers. The Green Bay players were due to leave here this afternoon, arriving in Green Bay at 8:30 tonight.

GREEN BAY -  6  0 19  0 - 25

CHI BEARS -  0  0  0  0 -  0


1ST - GB - Cully Lidberg, 12-yard run (Red Dunn kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0

3RD - GB - Verne Lewellen, 2-yard run (Dunn kick failed) GREEN BAY 12-0

3RD - GB - Eddie Kotal, 35-yard pass from Dunn (Dunn kick) GREEN BAY 19-0

3RD - GB - Kotal, 21-yard pass from Lewellen (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 25-0



DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "There isn't a cleaner player in the professional league than Red Grange," Jugger Earpe said in commenting on the plays of the game. "He tackles cleanly and no one has ever known him to pull a 'shady' play. When he is hit by a blocker or when he is tackled, he never crabs, but gets to his feet without a word and tries all the harder to get through the next time"...Red played a whale of a game Sunday and, if he had been given some real support from his teammates, would have been a hard man to stop. He still is the shiftiest open field runner in the business and cuts through tackle "like nobody's business" as Cal Hubbard puts it. Red's defensive work also was fine yesterday and on one occasion he stopped Eddie Kotal with a fine tackle when it looked as if the shifty Packer back was going to get clear...Joey Sternaman pulled a play that aroused the ire of many fans and all of the Packers when he grabbed Eddie Kotal while making a tackle, lifted him in to the air and then threw him forcefully to the hard turf. The play happened after the whistle was blown and was decidedly unnecessary, but no penalty was called. Joey knew what was good for him after the play, however, as he always signaled for a free catch when receiving a punt instead of trying to run with the ball...Cal Hubbard, giant tackle, played another fine game Sunday. The big lineman opened many holes for his backs, and, on the defense, got more than his share of tackles behind the line of scrimmage...Statistics of the game show that the Packers made ten first downs, exclusive of touchdown plays, to three for the Bears. The Green Bay team completed 7 of 19 passes for gains totaling 113 yards. The Bears completed 5 of 20 passes for 75 yards. Five Bear passes were intercepted...The Packers gained 126 yards net on running plays while the Bears only made 55 yards. The Bears were penalized 20 yards and the Packers lost 100 yards through penalties. Lewellen's punt averaged close to 60 yards, while Holmer and Driscoll averaged about 50 yards. Lewellen had one punt that traveled 85 yards, another that went 75 yards and several over 60 yards...Dave Zuidmulder got into the game a few minutes before the end. He featured in the final play of the contest when he made a great run far to the west side of the field and intercepted a long Bear forward pass...Red Dunn played the kind of football that made him an All-American in his college days. When returning punts, Dunn always evaded at least two men to add a few more years, and on one occasion dodged and sidestepped four men who tried to tackle him...Johnny Blood was not in uniform yesterday. He was taken to a Chicago hospital Saturday night suffering from infection in his arm, which was injured in the Providence game a week ago. The wound was apparently healing nicely, but infection developed and Dr. Kelly ordered him to the hospital. He will come back to Green Bay with the other Packers tonight, however...The crowd was entertained between halves by a football game being played for the parochial school championship of Cook County. The contest was between La Grange, Ill., Catholic school and St. Mary's of Chicago, and the championship went to La Grange on three touchdowns, with one extra point. St. Mary's failed to score.


DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer Championship Fund was increased further today, $473.00 being contributed by fans from Green Bay and vicinity. The total donated since the fund was started two weeks ago is $4,151.65. If the fund is to reach the $5,000 goal, contributions will have to come in thick and fast between now and 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon - the time set for the close of the campaign. Exactly $849 is needed to put the fund "over the top." The money will be presented to the championship squad Tuesday night at the Association of Commerce testimonial banquet at the Beaumont hotel. If you have not donated, send in your contribution to A.B. Turnbull, treasurer, care of the Press-Gazette before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Several large donations were received today, among them being $50 each from Otto Kaap, Green Bay Drop Forge company, and Bay West Paper Co. Checks for $25 were mailed in by the Northern Coal and Supply Company, Martin and Martin, attorneys, and Atlas Warehouse and Cold Storage company. Records on file at the Press-Gazette show that exactly 943 persons and 85 firms have contributed to the fund so far. A contribution to the Packer fund reported Saturday as coming from Alvin Perlewitz should have been credited to the East River Lumber and Fuel company, it was announced today.


DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - There will be a "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" - and tomorrow night, too, for that matter. Quoting the old song, favorite of many in years gone by, is about the best way of describing what is going to happen when the Green Bay Packers come home tonight. From present indications, everyone that can walk, crawl or hobble will be at the Northwestern station at 8:30 tonight when the train arrived bearing the victorious Green Bay Packer football team. The returning heroes, who have conquered the best football teams in the nation to bring Green Bay its first national championship, will be driven around town in special buses winding up at the City hall where Mayor John Diener will welcome them back...BROADWAY AND WALNUT: The line of parade will start at the station, go west to Broadway, south to Walnut, east across the river to Washington, north on Washington to Main-st., then east on Main to Adams and back Adams to Walnut, turning east to Jefferson and then to the City hall. Two buses bearing the players and the committee of representative citizens who have arranged details of the homecoming celebration Monday and the banquet at the Beaumont Tuesday, will lead the parade and private cars will be asked to fall in behind the leaders. The railroad station will be decorated for the homecoming and fuses will light the railroad right-of-way from the station to the Junction. All cars except the buses will be kept away from the station so a mammoth crowd can gather to cheer the players as they arrive. The American Legion band and Battery B soldiers will lend music and color to the celebration at the station. Members of the celebration committee have been asked to meet at the Union bus depot at 7:45 o'clock and will go to the station in a body...BANQUET TUESDAY: The banquet at the Beaumont hotel Tuesday night will wind up the celebration for the team. Approximately 400 persons, the capacity of the dining room, will be on hand for the dinner and program. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 o'clock and after the program of speeches there will be dancing until midnight. Tickets for the banquet are going fast, according to members of the committee making arrangements. There are still a few reservations to be had at some of the places selling tickets but they are expected to picked up today or tomorrow morning. The committee will gather all unsold tickets, if any, at noon Tuesday and place them on sale at the Beaumont hotel until 6 p.m. The places selling tickets are Beaumont hotel, Association of Commerce, Empire Drug, Schwager's Drug, Congress Billiard hall, Dashnier's Cigar store, Bosses News depot and the North Side Community club.


DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers arrive home tonight. They will receive a Roman reception, and they deserve it. They have gone through to the finish without a defeat. They have brought Green Bay national distinction. By their conduct and play they have elevated the standard of professional football, and they have helped to give it stability and permanence in Green Bay. For all this the town is about to show its appreciation in a substantial and gratifying manner. As a public and civic recognition of something well done, of a service well performed, it reflects credit upon all concerned. The championship fund is a fine tribute not only to the individual members of the Packer team, but to the fans themselves who have come forward in a most commendable spirit and response. The Press-Gazette adds its welcome and congratulations to the team. We hope it will be well pleased with its reception and that it will look forward to 1930 with renewed interest and determination.


DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - When the victorious Green Bay Packers arrive home tonight, they will not only be welcomed by their own townsmen, but also a number of the general officers of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway. These officers, who have attended the Chicago games, have followed the team's progress with keen interest, according to T.A. Carney, division freight and passenger agent, and are pleased to have an opportunity to welcome the players. While in Green Bay they will be guests of Mr. Carney. They were scheduled to arrive in a business car attached to the passenger train reaching here at 3:30 this afternoon. Officers in the part include B.E. Terpening, general superintendent, O.E. Hallberg, superintendent of transportation, S.F. Miller, freight traffic manager, R.O. Small, general freight agent, and L.E. Wink, superintendent car department.


DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Arrangements have been completed to broadcast the Packer banquet program Tuesday evening over radio station WHBY. The station will be on the air for the complete program and will give fans who will not be able to take an actual part in the celebration, a chance to hear the speeches and music. Harold T. Shannon will be at the microphone. The broadcast from the Beaumont hotel



DEC 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - All Green Bay welcomed home the victorious Packer football squad last night - and what a welcome it was! No warriors returning victorious from a great battle ever received an ovation such as was accorded the Green Bay players when they came back to the city they represented in winning the National professional football championship. There have been great celebrations here before, but never was there one that equaled that of last evening. The others seemed like a family picnic in comparison to the welcome tendered the football heroes by the crowd of 20,000 persons. Thousands of persons were everywhere, lining the streets, on tops of roofs and box cars, in windows hoping to get a glimpse of the players. It was impossible to get close to the Northwestern railroad station at 8 o'clock, a half hour before the train bearing the team arrived...STREETS CROWDED WITH AUTOS: When the train pulled in at 8:30 o'clock between rows of flaming fuses, thousands who were fortunate enough to get close to the station let out a mighty cheer. It mattered little to them that they were jammed together like bits of sand on a desert for weren't they among the privileged few who were first to see the champions...SHOWED ITS CIVIC SPIRIT: The size of the crowd amazed those in charge of arrangements. None of them had any idea that so many persons who would brave the cold to greet the team. But they did. It was a great show of civic pride and indicated that Green Bay's community spirit is of the best. No other football team in the history of the country has been so warmly welcomed home and that goes for the college elevens, too. Notre Dame, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Michigan or any other college has never put on a demonstration that surpassed, or ever equaled, that of last night. The crowd cheered whenever it got a chance. Every player was given a big hand when he stepped off the train or when he boarded the bus at the station. In the dart it was difficult to distinguish any particular player, but that made no difference - they were the Packers and that was enough. Traffic was at a standstill for blocks. Every street leading to the station was plugged solid with automobiles, unable to move because of the congestion. Screeching sires, bellowing whistles on locomotives and in industrial plants, tooting automobile horns, mingled with the cheers as the trains pulled slowly into the station. The crowd was so thick on both sides of the track that the train was forced to proceed at slow speed with a brakeman going ahead with an escort of policemen and Battery B guard to clear the path. When the train came to a standstill, it was all the police and guards could do to clear the way for the players. They finally got the team aboard special buses and with the American 


Legion band and Battery B leading the procession, a parade started slowly west on Dousman-st. to Broadway, where it turned south...GET FREEDOM OF CITY: On both sides of every street along the line of march, thousands of persons stood, waving and cheering as the players passed. The parade went south on Broadway to Walnut, turned east to Washington, back north on the city's main street and last on Main to Adams back to Walnut again then over to the City hall. Arriving at the City hall, the players alighted and went up to the council room where members of the city council and Mayor John Diener awaited them. The mayor gave a short speech of welcome on behalf of the city. He offered the men the "freedom of the city for 24 hours", something that has never been done for a group of men...PLAYERS GIVE BRIEF TALKS: Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the club, was asked to say a few words and responded with a brief talk, saying that all the credit was due to the men and their leader, Captain Lambeau. Captain Lambeau, Jugger Earpe, Verne Lewellen, Lavvie Dilweg and Mike Michalske also were asked for an expression of opinion, and responded briefly. They were so overcome by the welcome received that they found it hard to put their feelings of appreciation into words. Lew's comment pictured the reception in no uncertain words when he said he had heard "that there were two persons in hospitals in Green Bay who were not at the depot. All of the rest were there." The city council went on record of giving the Packers a rising vote of thanks for bringing Green Bay its first championship. The players were taken to their homes in the special buses after the short reception at the City hall. The team will be guests of honor tonight at a testimonial dinner arranged for them by a committee of representative citizens of Green Bay at the Beaumont hotel. Approximately 400 persons will tax the capacity of the dining room at the banquet. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 o'clock and speeches and entertainment will follow. There will be dancing from 9 o'clock until midnight. A good program has been arranged with Milton F. Smith, president of the Association of Commerce, acting as toastmaster. John W. Reynolds, attorney general of Wisconsin, will be the principal speaker giving a short address. James Masker, veteran Big Ten football official, also will speak using a topic for discussion, "What the Colleges Think of Pro Football"...TEAM GETS A CAKE: Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the club, A.B. Turnbull, Coach E.L. "Curly" Lambeau, Jugger Earpe, Verne Lewellen, Mayor John Diener and a few others also will give present the team with the $5,000 purse raised in the Championship Fund. The entire program will be broadcast over radio station WHBY. The "Rusty Hinges" trio will entertain with a few numbers and Rudy Sebarek's orchestra will furnish music. A huge cake, about 27 inches high and decorated with frosting molded into footballs and another appropriate designs, has been donated by the Bohemian bakery for the  dinner. The words "For the Championship Team" will be on the cake in frosted letters. The cake is one of the finest ever made by the company, according to officials. DECEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - The national champion Green Bay Packers returned home Monday night and were welcomed at the station by over 20,000 million, cheering and hilarious fans who are intent upon bestowing the felicitations of the city upon their heroes. Flushed with the knowledge that their Packers, representing the smallest city in the NFL, had set a record in not having lost a game and had humbled the mighty New York Giants and Benny Friedman in the Giants' own backyard, Green Bay fans were ready to bestow the keys to the city to Coach Curly Lambeau's powerful gridders. An hour before the Packer train was due from Chicago, where the Packers had definitely clinched the league title with a smashing 25 to 0 conquest of the Chicago Bears Sunday, the station was filled with anxious fans waiting to pay homage to the pride of the Badger state. As the train pulled in whistles and automobile horns shrieked, fire alarm sirens howled and the waiting fans let out a roar that fairly rocked the train. Green Bay fans, although their teams had always been powerful factors in the championship hunt, have never had the experience of welcoming home a national championship squad and they didn't let a single chance slip. It was their night to howl, the same as the old Power River boys of the A.E.F. howled, and they let go with full steam. New York welcomed Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel; it has welcomed home the Lone Wolf of the Skies, Charles Lindbergh, but Green Bay taught New Yorkers, the same as the Packers taught the Giants how to play football, how to extend a hearty welcome - a welcome that comes from the hearts and not one that is fostered largely through curiousity. No sooner had the Packers piled off the train than they were bundled onto huge busses, sleighs, waterwagons and every other means of conveyance and paraded through the business section. Even the militia turned out. Pro football not have any spirit? Pro football just a means to make money? Mention that here at Green bay and in less than a minute you'll look like what the corn shredder leaves. Green Bay fans love their football and they worship these Packers of 1929. The Packers, themselves, and this is written by one who has set on this Packer bench in many a game, have all the spirit of any college eleven and would go out and die for dear old Green Bay's marvelously faithful fans as the collegians go out and die for dear old Rutgers, Siwash or what have you. Monday night's celebration was largely a welcoming one. The fans met the Packers to let them know that now the title is won they are willing to accord the glories that rightfully go to a champion. They promise more for Tuesday and Tuesday night. Tuesday night the big celebration takes place. At that time the Packers are to be guests at a city-wide banquet. Every class, from mill hand to mill owner, will be represented, for the Packers represent the city and not one class. Of course, those who can afford it help finance the Packers each year, but the mill hands, the baker, the candlestick maker all help to swell the coffers with attendance at games. The Packers, up here, are not Charley Getrichwuick's team, but are "our team", and all Green Bay will be on hand. Attorney General John W. Reynolds will be the principal speaker at the banquet Tuesday night. As a feature, Green Bay citizens will present the Packers with a purse of $5,000 to divide up among the eligible members of the squad.



DEC 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer Championship Fund is over the top! In fact, it's over the top and then some. At 2 o'clock this afternoon the total was $5,060.60. During the past 24 hours contributions totaling $908.95 were received. This included $211.25 from the Turner Hall gridgraph presentation last Sunday and $250 from the Beaumont hotel banquet surplus. Scores of donation were received today, the money coming in at the rate of more than $100 an hour. So far more than a thousand individuals and 100 firms have contributed. The Standard Oilers sent in a check for $54.50 shortly after noon and this was followed a few minutes later by another check for $57.75 from employees of the Wisconsin Public Service corporation. The Schuster Construction company, Denmark, mailed in a check for $50 today. Kriwanek Brothers of Denmark sent a check for $10 for the Packers. The money will be presented to the players at the Beaumont hotel banquet tonight.



DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The freedom of the city "for 24 hours" was extended to the Packers by Mayor John W. Diener about 9:30 last evening. The Packers all cheered, and Ashmore suggested the mayor "make it forty-eight". Captain Curly Lambeau shook an admonishing finger at the mayor but the mayor's decree stood...Councilman A.J. Fontaine offered a motion at the gathering in the City hall that the Packers be accorded a rising vote of thanks for "putting Green Bay on the map." Everyone stood including several women who had slipped into councilmen's seats in the chamber...While the mayor and councilmen were greeting the Packers several thousand people stood in the street outside waiting for the mayor and Packers to appear on the City hall balcony for the much advertised address of the mayor. When they saw the Packers coming out to board the bus they dispersed, greatly disappointed...Much amusement was occasioned while the team was inside the city hall by the antics of a group of youngsters who had followed the crowd. Some of them climbed up on the pillars in the doorway, and were surveying the crowd, when another group of boys began to heave snowballs at them. The occupants of the pillars scrambled down, but not before they had been liberally pasted with the soft snow, and not until the crowd had enjoyed a hearty laugh...No less than 20,000 persons crowded about the C. and N.W. station to greet the Packers. The crowd brought 6,000 automobiles and parking space was at a program. "No parking" signs were completely disregarded for the evening and it was common to see cars parked so closely about a "no parking" sign as to all but hide it...Probably less than 1,000 of the 20,000 who turned out to greet the Packers actually saw the players. In the darkness there was a slight commotion in the sea of hats, and someone announced that the players were climbing into the bus. The band coming through the crowd was identified by their bright instruments, and the member of the Battery B were also conspicuous...Lavvie Dilweg got a laugh out of the crowd at the council meeting when he addressed the assembly as the "Honorable Mayor and Green Bay Alumni". The former Marquette ace declared that Green Bay deserved a championship "whenever it is possible."...Mike Michalske spoke in response to the


demand from the crowd. He had not been included in the list of speakers, but some Michalske fan yelled "we want Mike" and the crowd took up the cry. Mike spotted his friend in the crowd, and addressed him thus, "They should have kept you out of here."...Mayor Diener, in calling upon Jugger Earpe, told a little story about the lineman who in revenge for the description of the backfield men as the horsemen had referred to the linemen as the "seven mules". "I am out of mules," said Mike. "Starting at the end," he continued, "you move over and over until you get on top of the ball, and that is the worst place of all. When we move out the backfield moves in, and I'm moving out right now."..."I have played here several seasons," said Jugger Earpe, "and I have always hoped that some time we would win the championship. Now that dream has come true, and this demonstration shows us that it is worthwhile after all."..."It is pretty hard to say anything," said Captain Lambeau. "This welcome is something that we didn't expect, and is a complete surprise. Speaking for the boys I can say that they appreciate it, and the only answer we can make is a championship again next year."..."I have followed football for twenty-five years," declared Mayor Diener, "from the time it was knock down, drag out, three downs for five yards. It is my opinion that Lewellen can kick a football farther than any other man in the world today. We want to hear from him."...Lewellen declared that the reception was a complete surprise to all the boys and had left them almost without words. "But I can say for all of the men that they appreciate it, and we thank you."...The World Champion Packers looked like a gang of school boys lined up at the council meeting. They were completely overawed by the honors thrust upon them by the people of the old hometown. Some of them were near tears as the train pulled into the station...On the train one big fellow was gazing dreamily out at the lights and the crowd, when a companion slapped him on the shoulder, and said, "Cheer up, big fellow, if we lose a couple of games next year, we'll just be a bunch of bums."...Among the most ardent of Packer football fans is Jackie Allen, seven-year old son of Councilman and Mrs. Charles Allen, 1024 Howard-st. Jackie has been keeping tab on the Packers since he was four years old and last night was desolate because a cold kept him from attending the homecoming celebration. When his parents returned they found Jackie had spent the evening trimming a little Christmas tree, the ornaments of which were pictures of Packers. His career is mapped out along these lines - captain of the West high football team, college football and then the Packers...Blanche Schroeder of Green Bay expressed herself thusly today about the Packers: P is for the punt the magic toe made, A is for the ambition of our team, C is for the curves that landed safety, K is for the kick that made the goal, E is for the easy way they made it, R is for the runs that can't be stopped, S is for the slams that never phased them. Put them all together they spell Packers. The boys that put Green Bay on the map...It was announced today by by radio station WHBY that special permission from the federal radio commission had been secured to broadcast the Packer banquet tonight as long as there is something to broadcast. The time limit usually expires at 8 o'clock...A series of blasts from a policeman's whistle caused a premature celebration for the Packers in front of Schweger's drug store on the corner of Broadway and Walnut-sts. It had been planned to shoot off fireworks as the buses bearing the players passed but when the policeman's whistle sounded sharply to signal a motorist, it was taken as an indication that the Packers were approaching and the roman candles, flower pots, sky rockets and other types of fireworks were lit. When the parade finally reached the corner some ten minutes later most of the fireworks were turned out...All of the Packer team members were here for the celebration except Eddie Kotal, Red Dunn and Cal Hubbard. Dunn left the train at Milwaukee, while Kotal got off at Appleton. Hubbard returned here Monday morning, and then left at noon for his home in Missouri where he had been called on some business. Kotal and Dunn will be at the banqet tonight, however...At noon today, it was announced that virtually every ticket for the Packer banquet tonight at the Beaumont had been sold. A capacity crowd is assured...The Packers will probably have several more banquets tendered them by individuals before they leave for the South as three Brown County men have promised them feeds when they return...The crowd had a hard time recognizing the players last night. They "looked so different" in their street clothes...The Northwestern railroad station was decorated with colors of the Packers, blue and gold. Bunting was wrapped around all of the posts and huge signs hung from the canopy and across the road in back of the station. They bore the words, "Welcome Packers", and "Hail to Our Champions". Along the railroad right-of-way from the station to the junction railroad men stood waving red flares as the train pulled in.


DEC 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The greatest season a professional football team has ever known was climaxed here last night when more than 400 ardent admirers of the Green Bay Packer football squad gathered in the dining room of the Hotel Beaumont to formally welcome their heroes "home". It was just that, a welcome home, even though the players themselves come from Georgia, California, Minnesota, Nebraska and other parts of the United States. It was history repeating itself. It was an homage of a town to its heroes, ever as in the early stages the knights victorious were feasted and feted on their return from foreign combat. The hotel was packed to capacity and everywhere within a radius of hundred of miles, those loyal supporters of the Green Bay team who could not be present, were "listening in" as the program was broadcast on radio station WHBY. Guest were admitted to the dinner room shortly after 6:30 o'clock and when all were seated Rudy's orchestra struck up a familiar tune, "On Wisconsin", and the famous championship team entered the dining room. There were no yellow jerseys and the oft-described pigskin was missing, but the familiar grandstand faces, the tune of the official  song and the smile of Jug Earpe recalled vividly the scenes at City stadium this fall. When the cheering had died down for a minute, dinner was served...GIVEN TWO BIG CAKES: Two huge cakes decorated the players' table. One was pyramided into five or six layers and topped by a chocolate football, held on frosted arms. This was presented by the Bohemian bakery. The other, the gift of the Walnut-st. bakery, was decorated in flowers and the players found them delicate tidbits for in between munching. Baskets of russet baby chrysanthemums were used on other tables and on the window ledge back of the speakers' table were baskets of mixed flowers, contributed by Meier-Schroeder and De Clerc. A table was reserved for the wives of the players next to that of the players, and at each plate was a shoulder bouquet, the gift of the Hamilton Flower shop. During the dinner framed photographs of the championship team were given each player by the Stiller company. After an excellent dinner came a dessert that elicited many comments. It was orange ice cream in the form of footballs, those of the players having their numbers written in blue on the top. Milton Smith, president of the Association of Commerce,  introduced the secretary, Richard F. Malia, whose duty he said it was to "do the work". Mr. Malia spoke briefly, saying that the occasion was a unique one and therefore the traditional toastmaster was eliminated and he was assuming the position of referee. He added that he would call the plays and blow the whistle if any of the speakers "stayed too long in the huddle." Mr. Malia said that the Beaumont hotel would celebrate its 100th birthday soon, and in its history had sheltered many gatherings of import, but never one like it welcomed last night. "A girl went forth from Green Bay and returned a member of the Chicago Opera company; a boy went out and returned as one of the Four Horseman," said Mr. Malia, "and now our Packers have come back from foreign field, champions of the National Professional Football league. And it is fitting that the greatest celebration possible be held in honor of their return...MAYOR PRAISES SQUAD: Mr. Malia then introduced Mayor John V. Diener who repeated the welcome he had expressed Monday evening when the team arrived in Green Bay. "Several weeks ago I spoke to the team," said the mayor, "and I told them that if they had the intestinal fortitude they would come home with the championship. Well, they have it and we have the championship." Green Bay may be the 241st city in size in the United States, but it is the first city in football." Attorney General John W. Reynolds, who captained the first Green Bay football team at East high in 1904 and who arrived from Madison after leaving his automobile at Fond du Lac and coming the rest of the way by train because of the hard driving, brought greetings from the state of Wisconsin. He said that no matter where he spoke the Packer football team seemed to be a pet subject of conversation. At one county board meeting, he was introduced as being from Madison. He corrected the speaker and later a long, lanky resident of the community came up to him and said, "Just because Green Bay has a good football team, you're claiming that as your home, eh?" Mr. Reynolds brought his talk to a close by saying that it was easy for the fans to cheer when the team was winning, but the true test of loyalty was a community that could stand back of its team and cheer even though the players were fighting a losing battle...DR. KELLY THANKS PLAYERS: During the evening some one said that Green Bay football fans had an unusual knowledge of the operation of the football club. This was demonstrated by the splendid tribute paid to Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the football corporation, when he was called upon to speak. Every person in the dining room was on his feet in a second as the genial director of the destinies of the Packers responded to the invitation to address the crowd. Dr. Kelly in turn paid tribute to A.B. Turnbull, who saw the football corporation through the hard years when professional football did not bask in the sun as it does today. He lauded the efforts of G.W. Calhoin, secretary of the association, for his untiring efforts in "writing publicity, making the public read it and making them like it." Then he came to the team. To Dr. Kelly the team is a composite "child", and as he spoke of his relation with the men, it was readily seen why the men think so much of him. He hesitated a moment and then explained that after the game in New York he had prepared a great speech. After the Bear game he was so busy celebrating he forgot part of it, and now he had forgotten it all. He characterized the team as the cleanest, most wholesome group of men he had ever known, and said their success of the loyalty of every man for the other. No petty jealousies, no selfishness nor envy interfered with the best interests of the team, he said, but instead it was one for all and all for one...HAD NO SINGLE STAR:"We had no single star as Benny Friedman, Ernie Nevers or Red Grange, but we had a whole team of stars playing together," he concluded. In the moments of the greatest anxiety, I felt in my heart that you boys would not fail me. And you never did. And so let me say, as coming from the old man, Good Luck and God Bless You." James Masker, Big Ten officials, followed Dr. Kelly, speaking on incidents of important college games and telling several gridiron stories. He complemented the winning team, but said he would leave the expression of glory for those who knew the subject better and would not speak of the technical end of football because he realized that he was speaking to postgraduates of the games. V.I. Minahan, attorney, was next on the program, giving a brief history of football. He told how legislatures tried to outlaw the game in the early days but failed as the game was truly American and mirrored qualities of the country in that it required strength, sportsmanship and vigor, and therefore was here to stay...SMART HEADWORK WON: "I want to laud the Green Bay players for a quality that has not been mentioned before," he said in conclusion. "It was not only the strong muscles and fleetness of foot that brought this team victory, as other teams have that. It was the brains of every member of this team that brought the championship." A.B. Turnbull, one of the stalwart supporters of the Packer corporation, and its first president, was the last man at the speakers' table, but as he expressed it. "There are 22 men here who will be glad to hear what I have to say." Mr. Turnbull recalled the days when the finances of the corporation were wobbly and uncertain. He spoke of poor gate receipts and rainy days when he would have to go to the dressing rooms between halves and ask the boys to play for half the amount of their salary. They not only played, but they generally won as well. "And now we come to the day when that team has brought to Green Bay the National Professional championship," he continued. "There is no one, I know, that gets a greater thrill out of this occasion than Dr. Kelly and myself. As an illustration of what the fans think of you players, I want to announce that their little Christmas present to you tonight reached the sum of $5,060. The amount may not be remarkable, but it comes with the best wishes of more than 1,000 persons, from all part of Northeastern Wisconsin, and several of the more southern communities."...PLAYERS GET $220 AND WATCH: Here Mr. Turnbull presented each player with a handsome Hamilton pocket watch and a leather wallet containing a check for $220. The members of the team received the gifts with various emotions. Some of the more serious-minded swallowed hard and fixed a steady gaze on the gift before them. Others exhibited more sang froid, but were as deeply touched by the generosity of the sport-loving public. Dave Zuidmuler, who has been breaking in with the team although not under contract, and Bud Jorgensen, property man, were given half-share checks of $110 each. The watches and billfolds were gifts of the Packer football corporation and the checks represented a division of the fund sponsored by the Press-Gazette. Captain E.L. (Curly) Lambeau was the first of the players called on and when his name was mentioned as the next speaker, the crowd gave him the greatest ovation of the evening. It was several minutes before the applause died down and the coach got to his feet...HOPE FOR ANOTHER GREAT TEAM: "I was given two of the greatest thrills of my life last night and tonight by the welcome tendered by Green Bay fans," Coach Lambeau said, "and I know every other member of the team feels the same as I do. When a city responds as it has done to our efforts, I'll say it certainly deserves a championship. It is going to take a lot of hard work, energy and the loyal support of all fans to give Green Bay another championship team next year. Other teams that won the championship always finished in the second division the following year, but we are going to do our best to break that precedent and if the fans are behind us, we think we can do it." The speaker was forced to stop at this time as another demonstration of cheering broke out, indicating the sentiment of every person on that particular point. The team captain paid a warm tribute to his linemen who he said never got the credit they deserved or the publicity accorded the backfield men. He said the Packer line this year was the greatest ever put together on the football field...COMMENTS DUNN'S WORK: "There is one man on the team I wish to accord a particular tribute. He is a backfield man who has not scored a touchdown this season, but who has few equals in the game. He is Red Dunn. Red always stepped out of the limelight when a touchdown was needed and called plays for other men. At times he would shift a halfback to his position and drop into the vacated post and call a signal that resulted in a touchdown with the halfback going over on a play that he would ordinarily complete himself." Lavvie Dilweg and Mike Michalske, who have played 60 minutes in almost every big game of the year, and Red Smith, who has been on the injured list most of the year but who has stayed gamely with the team, also were lauded by the coach. Jugger Earpe was next on the program, and told of his eight-year old emotion to play on a championship team...WORTH WAITING FOR: "It has been a long wait but one worthwhile," the popular center said. "Some of the early years were lean ones as Mr. Turnbull told you earlier in the evening. On those rainy days when they asked us to go for half-fare, things looked dark, but we would look at one another and decide that we could stall the landlady for another week or two. We were not married in those days and could get by a little easier." Jugger told how the players journeyed by automobiles to Milwaukee and Chicago in the early days with their grips and headgears in their hands, instead of riding in special coaches as they do now. He also gave a brief account of the New York Giant game, telling how the players had "all the confidence in the world that they would beat Benny Friedman and his playmates." Lee H. Joannes, treasurer of the Packer corporation, was asked for a few words after Earpe completed his brief message, and responded by thanking all of the fans for the support given, adding that he hoped they would continue to do the same in years to com. Verne Lewellen, district attorney, then was introduced by Toastmaster Malia as the "World's Greatest KIcker - the man with the educated toe" and also received a rising vote esteem and rousing applause...DILWEG GIVES TALK: Lewellen described how, when he first received an offer to play with the Green Bay team, he was told it was the "City with the college spirit" and after seeing the reception at the station Monday night and that of the dinner, he knew it was so. He paid He paid tribute to the directors of the club and his fellow players, lauding Captain Lambeau in particular in taking a group of men who have played under many coaches and many coaching systems and molded them under the "Green Bay System" of coaching. On behalf of the team, Lewellen presented Dr. Kelly with the football used to defeat the Chicago Bears in the final game of the season. The ball was lettered with a suitable inscription and bore the autograph of every player on the team. Lavvie Dilweg, who also practices law here besides playing football, addressed the crowd as the "Green Bay Alumnus" and gave a brief account of the New York game and how every players, regardless of whether he was on the bench or in the game, contributed to that great victory. He cited a few instances of the ability of Friedman and then told how Lewellen outgeneralled the great Giant quarterback. Red Dunn spoke briefly saying he was honored to be a member of the team that represented such a city as Green Bay. He said that this was his last year in the professional game, and 


a fitting year to retire as it was the year the team won the championship. Red was reminded by Lewellen that he had said the same thing for three years and was still going strong...BLOOD ENTERTAINS: Johnny Blood, the "vagabond halfback", almost stole the show with an extemporaneous speech. In thanking the members of the Football corporation and the fans for the welcome, Johnny climaxed the utterance with "I am especially grateful for the check." "I was reading in a Chicago paper the other day where they shot 14 wolves at Rhinelander. It's going to be a long, hard winter!" Blood recounted his four previous years in professional football, saying he had played in most of the cities of the United States, and "starved in many of them", and that this championship healed all wounds incurred in the bearings he had taken during the preceding years. "Cal Hubbard was on the New York championship team when it brought home the bacon, and the great city of New York (here the speaker orated) presented each player with a ten dollar gold piece as evidence of their enormous appreciation. When I think of the city of New Richmond, lying like a jewel in the heart of St. Croix county, where all the brothers are valiant and the sisters are virtuous, there is one thing there that stands out above the others. It is a wide white road, leading 300 miles to Green Bay."...OTHER TEAMS SEND MESSAGES: During the course of the program. Toastmaster Malia read telegrams of congratulations from various parts of the country. A message from Governor Walter Kohler, expressing his regret at not being present, but congratulating the team on the splendid way it has put Green Bay and Wisconsin in the limelight, was one of the outstanding telegrams. "The West is proud of the Green Bay Packers, but look out next year" was the text of a telegram from George Halas and Ed Sternaman, managers of the Chicago Bears. Other messages of congratulation were received from the Frankford Yellow Jackets, New York Giants and the Chicago Cardinals and President Joseph Carr of the National league. The New York telegram read, "Congratulations, the best team won." A letter from George Little, director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin, also was read. Mr. Little said he had met the players recently in Milwaukee and was impressed with their fine personal qualities and great physical condition. He added that they made a strong contribution to Green Bay. He congratulated Capt. Lambeau and Secretary Calhoun for making the professional game a success in Green Bay. The entire program was broadcast over radio station WHBY with Harold T.I. Shannon at the microphone giving a colorful description of the proceedings. Addresses by the speaker were broadcast as was the entertainment that included music by Rudy Sebranek's orchestra, the Rusty Hinges trio and songs by entertainers. After the program, the floor was cleared for dancing. The Packers squad will banquet Thursday evening at Kaap's tea room at 6:15. The team will practice Friday afternoon and leave shortly after midnight over the St. Paul railroad for Chicago, where the champions are to board an Illinois Central train, getting them into Memphis in time to supper Saturday evening. While in Memphis, the Packers will headquarter at the Tennessee hotel.


DEC 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Players of the Packer championship football team today began to prepare for the first of two postseason games with teams in southern territory. Many players took light workouts today. Tomorrow the whole team will gather for a hard drill to work off some of the surplus poundage gained at banquets and dinners given in their honor. The squad will leave Green Bay Friday evening, arriving in Memphis Saturday evening and Sunday will take the field against the Memphis Tigers. The following Sunday the squad will be in Portsmouth to play the professional team in that city. Portsmouth played the Packers in Green Bay early this year and put up a good battle and, as the Ohioans have been doing some good work this year, they are expected to put up another good battle against the Green Bay squad. Although the Packers have won the championship in the National league, they will not be declared official winners of the title until the annual meeting of the league in January. At that time, the league will declare Green Bay the champions and will award gold football charms to every member of the Packer team.


DEC 12 (Portsmouth, OH) - Joe Carr, president of the NFL, has refused to allow the Green Bay Packers, winners of the National league 1929 title, to play the Portsmouth Spartans, champions of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, it was announced here today. The game had been arranged, but it became necessary to call it off today when Carr made the announcement he would not permit the Packers to play.


DEC 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Packers were to go through a final light drill at Joannes park this afternoon before boarding a train for Memphis, where they will battle the Tigers of that city in a postseason game. The squad worked out at the park yesterday and showed a lot of pep. The team will leave here at 1:15 a.m. over the Milwaukee road, stopping in Chicago to change trains Saturday morning and arriving in Tennessee in time for dinner in the evening. After the Memphis game, members of the team who live in this district will come back while others will go to their homes in other parts of the country. The game with Portsmouth at Portsmouth, scheduled for December 22, has been cancelled, as many of the players were anxious to wind up the season this weekend. The players were guests of Kaap's restaurant last night, partaking of an excellent dinner. After the banquet, members of the squad drafted a note of thanks that was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kapp. The message read: "The undersigned members of the Green Bay Packers' football team wish to express their deep appreciation and sincere thanks for your courtesy in tendering them this magnificent dinner on the occasion of their winning the National championship of 1929."


DEC 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - One of the outstanding feature stories of the year was printed in the St. Louis Star, Missouri newspaper, giving a complete history of the Green Bay Packer corporation. The story was written by W.W. Smith, former Green Bay newspaperman, who now is on the Star staff. He is a son of Mrs. W.P. Smith, 1535 Morrow-st. Smith calls the Packers "the strangest football team in the world" and Green Bay "the capital of the professional football world". He also gives a good account of the team's success this year.



DEC 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - After being feted and dined since they arrived home Monday night with the National Pro football championship, the Green Bay Packers left early today for Memphis, where they will play an exhibition game Sunday with Clarence Saunders' Tigers, led by Larry Bettencourt, all American center from St. Mary's college, California. The Packers have been entertained royally by fans of Green Bay all this week. After the rousing reception at the station and throughout the city Monday evening when the players arrived, they were feted and fed at another great reception at the Beaumont hotel Tuesday evening. Wednesday passed comparatively quiet, but on Thursday the players were guests of Kaap's Restaurant at another banquet. The players managed to get in two good practice sessions Thursday and Friday afternoons at the field in the rear of East high school and the way they stepped through plays indicates that the Memphis eleven will have a real task to stop them. The team will go direct to the southern city, arriving there this evening in time to get a good night's sleep in a hotel before the game. Bo Molenda was the only member of the Packer team not in uniform on the southern field. Bo was called to the coast because of the critical condition of his mother-in-law, who is in a hospital. Cal Hubbard, who left Green Bay early this week so that he could stop at his home in Missouri, will rejoin the team in Memphis. The game will be broadcast over radio station WHBY starting at 4 p.m., instead of 5 p.m as was previously announced. A direct wire from Memphis will carry a play-by-play account of the game to the station here for the broadcast.


DEC 14 (Memphis) - The seven all-American selections of past seasons boasted by the Green Bay Packers, national pro league champs, who will play Clarence Saunders' Tigers here Sunday will be needed by the visitors if they intend to go places against Memphis' independent Southern title claimants. Strong cause for this statement was made when Saunders engaged Kenneth "Mike" Strong, last year the leading scorer of the nation with New York U. The Strong one arrived here Thursday, taking a few workouts with the Bengals and will line up in the Memphis backfield against the Wisconsin gridders Sunday at Hodges Field...DOUG WYCOFF, TOO: Alongside Kenneth in the Tiger ball carrying corps will be his old friend, Doug Wycoff, the wrecker from Georgia Tech, who played with Strong on the Stapleton, N.Y., professional eleven this season. Wycoff was instrumental in bringing Strong in the Saunders' camp. Another backfield person on the Saunders side will be Norman "Red" Strader, the boy from Denver who performed so brilliantly against Hominy Indians two Sunday past, Bucky Moore, the former Loyola Limited, undoubtedly will get a call. The Tiger line, with its Bettencourt, Illia, Drouhilet and others, will be as strong as ever...MCCRARY IN LINEUP: Even with such an impressive lineup the Tigers will be up against a famous bunch of athletes. Two Southerners are included in Green Bay's All-America list. They are Tom Nash, end, and Hurdis McCrary, fullback, of Georgia U. Others who rated All-America selection in their day are Lavvie Dilweg, end, of Marquette; Cal Hubbard, 250-pound tackle from Geneva college; August Michalske, guard, of Penn State; Bo Molenda, fullback, and Johnny Blood, halfback. The Tigers continued preparation Friday for their struggle, with a hard practice on schedule. Saunders hopes to have his team at the peak of its power against the Packers. While Green Bay is a favorite in view of its undefeated professional league season, the Tigers are gathering a lot of optimistic followers as they steadily increase their strength.


DEC 14 (Portsmouth, OH) - Having called off their championship game with the Green Bay Packers scheduled to be played here December 22, the Portsmouth Spartans will close their season here Sunday with the Mendel Tailors, champions of Columbus, furnishing the opposition. The regular Spartan lineup will be used, while the Tailors will present a select list of Columbus players. After all arrangements were completed, opposition was encountered when Joe Carr, Columbus, President of the NFL, ruled that Green Bay could not play Portsmouth because two players on the Spartan club were outlawed by the association for breaking contract.

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