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Green Bay Packers (9-0) 12, Chicago Cardinals (3-5-1) 0

Sunday November 17th 1929 (at Chicago)



(CHICAGO) - In a game that was filled with thrills from the kickoff until the referee's whistle blew for the last time, the Green Bay Packers continued their championship march in the National Professional Football league here Sunday afternoon when they defeated Ernie Nevers' Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey park, 12 to 0, before a crowd of some 10,000 persons. It was the ninth league victory for Green Bay and was achieved via the forward pass route. The Packers, although felling that  they were the better team, had some doubts about Sunday's game because of the big Green Bay hospital list. They also through they were due for a slump against the Cardinals, particularly after the fine exhibition they put up last Sunday against the Bears. However, this so-called slump failed to materialize. The Green Bay eleven played "heads-up" football and won easily. They deserved to win, for they outclassed the Cardinals in every department of the game. The Cards never seriously threatened. When they got near the  Green Bay 20-yard line, the Bay line was impregnable, and the Cardinals were powerless, even though Ernie Nevers, the All-American fullback, was in the backfield and carrying the ball most of the time. When the Cards needed a yard for a first down, they did not get it, that is, when the ball was near the goal line. The Packer line refused to yield. Mike Michalske or some other linemen never failed to come through and stop Nevers or McDonald at the line of scrimmage when a yard or two meant a first down.



Nevers' passes met the same fate. When he tried a long one to Baker or Cobb Rooney, it was inevitably knocked down by some Packer backfielder. Blood made life miserable for the Card pass receivers, intercepting three of Nevers' heaves and bringing them back for substantial gains. Bill Kern also broke into the limelight by intercepting a Cardinal pass that bounced off the fingers of Cobb Rooney. Rooney then juggled the toss a few second and Kern, apparently tired of looking at him, grabbed the "apple" on the Packers' 25-yard line and carried it back to the 31-yard line before he was hauled down. It was a neat play and Kern sure saved the day at this juncture for it looked dubious for the Green Bay eleven. From then on the Packers had the situation well under control. Dilweg, the lanky end who like Red Dunn, the Packers' quarterback, hails from Marquette, had a field day. He scored two touchdowns and played a whale of a game on defense. Red Smith, who has been on the bench most of the season because of a knee injury, gave the Packers their first scoring opportunity in the first quarter after Lavvie Dilweg had brought the ball to the 20-yard line on a pass from Blood, who was standing in midfield. On the next play, Smith dropped back to pass. Seeing his men all covered, he galloped around left end for 14 yards, planting the oval on the Cards' 6-yard line. A play by Molenda failed to gain any yardage so McCrary took the ball and tossed it to Dilweg, who was camping behind the Chicago goal line. Lavvie wrapped his arms around the oval and touched it down for the Packers' first marker. No one was near him.


Molenda's attempted placekick was prevented by the Cardinals who broke in fast before he could kick. The score was Packers 6; Cardinals 0. The second Packer touchdown was made in the last quarter when after an exchange of punts and several nice end runs and passes by Johnny Blood, the oval was on the 24-yard line. Molenda was back for a placekick after a pass was short and Blood had fumbled and lost some yardage in recovering it. The Cardinals thought Molenda was going to kick. However, when the pass came back from Jug Earpe, Blood grabbed it, straightened up and ran back and forth behind the scrimmage line. Spying Dilweg clear and over the goal line, he tossed the ball to Lavvie and the promising young attorney held on to it for his second touchdown of the day.


Molenda's try for the extra point was a bit wide of the goal posts, making the score, Packers 12; Cardinals 0. Hurdis McCrary, the Georgian, provided the biggest thrill of the game shortly afterward when he snatched a 20-yard pass from Lewellen on the Packers' 30-yard line and dashed down the field to the Cardinals' 14-yard line before he was dragged down by Mickey McDonald, Chicago safety man. Dilweg and Blood were running interference for Mac and he seemed headed for a touchdown as he had outrun the rest of the Chicago eleven. However, there was McDonald in his path. Dilweg dove for him, but unfortunately knocked him right in McCrary's path. Mickey made a leap for the Green Bay man and laid him low near the goal line. It was a brilliant run and Dilweg and Blood aided with some great blocking. McCrary also did some fancy stepping in eluding the Cardinal players on the 30-yard line and getting out in the open. Mac is fast and he outran all of them except McDonald, who was far back, expecting a kick from Lewellen. Instead, Lew passed. The play was perfectly executed and the Georgian caught the ball on the run and kept on going. McCrary had been taken out of the game in the second quarter because of a pulled muscle in his leg. He came back in the third quarter and took Lambeau's place when he was injured. He played a good game, both offensively and defensively, despite his injured leg. Curly got into the game Sunday for the first time this season. Lambeau

did some excellent passing, but was forced to retire when he cracked a rib blocking a Cardinal man out of a play. It was like old times to see Curly heaving the ball. He threw one pass of 50 yards to Nash, but it was slipped out of the end's hands. Nash was on the 10-yard line, but he was going so fast he couldn't hold onto the ball. Had he caught it, it would have been "just too bad" for the Cardinals for he had a clear field ahead of him. Lambeau can still pass with the best of them, and that includes Benny Friedman of the New York Giants.


As far as the honors go, they can be handed out to all the Green Bay players. Every man played his position well and blocked nicely. Roger Ashmore, who has seen little action this year, came through in fine shape at right tackle. On several occasions he broke through and spilled the Chicago halfback for losses. Mike Michalske as usual played smart football. There isn't a better guard in pro football than the former Yankee gridder. He was down on the punts as fast as the ends and he got more than his share of tackles. Bowdoin, Dilweg, Earpe, Minick, O'Donnell and Darling all played excellent football. They were seldom pulled out of their positions and held like a stonewall when a yard or two meant a first down. Perry went in in the last quarter in place of Ashmore. He rushed Nevers so fast that he did not complete a pass in the last ten minutes of play. Tom Nash was in almost every play. He caught a couple of nice passes and was a bear on defense. Nash relieved O'Donnell in the second quarter when Dick had a rib or two caved in on a play. Darling, after playing a consistent game at center, twisted a knee and gave way to "The Jugger". Darling is coming along in great fashion and should develop into one of the best pivot men in the league. In the backfield Molenda turned in a nice defensive game through the line. He never failed when a yard or two was needed for a first down. Johnny Blood went "great guns" and was especially facile with his end runs and running back punts. Lewellen went in in the third quarter, and although he did not carry the ball except once in the fourth period when Blood after a punt from Nevers passed to him and he carried the ball 20 yards down the field. His kicking was an important factor in keeping the ball in Cardinal territory. Lew, who has been ailing with a cold for the past two weeks, carried the oval 20 yards further before he was tackled. It looked for a minute as if he was going to get away for a touchdown, but he was dragged down in Cardinal territory.


Lidberg went in for McCrary in the last stanza and took up the last four minutes of play by ramming the Card line for consistent gains. Red Smith was an important factor in the Packer offense in the first half and was responsible for some good gains. Nevers bore the brunt of the Cardinals' attack, carrying the ball on most of the plays. Long gains were few and far between for the Cardinals except when a "lucky" pass was completed. Bullet Baker and Don Hill, two former Bay backfielders, were in the Cardinal lineup, but neither carried the ball very much. Duke Slater, as always, was the best defensive man in the Card line, getting many tackles. Chuck Kassel at end defended his position well and was seldom outsmarted. Cobb Rooney played nice ball as did McDonald at quarterback. The Packers now have a hospital list that looks ominous. It includes Red Dunn, injured shoulder; Eddie Kotal, injured shoulder; Curly Lambeau, cracked ribs; Dick O'Donnell, cracked ribs; Hurdis McCrary, pulled leg muscle; Boob Darling, twisted knee; Whitey Woodin, bad knee; Jug Earpe, dislocated elbow, and Lew Lewellen, cuts above the face and head. Several others were also suffering from minor bruises and sprains.

GREEN BAY     -  6  0  0  6 - 12

CHI CARDINALS -  0  0  0  0 -  0


1ST - GB - Lavvie Dilweg, 4-yard pass from Herdis McCrary (Bo Molenda kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0

4TH - GB - Dilweg, 9-yard pass from Johnny Blood (Molenda kick failed) GREEN BAY 12-0



NOV 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A neat pass by Red Smith, who was subbing for the injured Red Dunn, led to the Packers' first touchdown. After Dilweg had speared a pass and carried it to the Cards' 20-yard line, Smith dropped back to pass but finding everyone covered, he started around left end and carried the ball to the 6-yard line...Curly Lambeau made his advent in the second quarter after McCrary was forced to leave with an injured leg, and the Bay coach came through with several plays which pleased the Chicago clientele. Lambeau possessed his usual accuracy at passing and shot one flip to Nash which was good for 15 yards...Ernie Nevers played a great game for the Cards but his mates were unable to give him much assistance. The former Stanford All-American battered his way through the Packer front wall for several nice gains. Towards the close of the third quarter he was knocked out by a vicious tackle by Dilweg, but he refused to leave the game...Claude Perry did not get into the game until the final quarter, but he made several spectacular plays. On the first play after he replaced Ashmore, he drove in fast through the Cardinal defense and smeared Nevers for a 6-yard loss. It was a pretty play and it pleased the Chicago representation...One of the Cardinal fans who was following the ball closely gasped when the Packers completed the second touchdown to Dilweg. Blood faked the placekick and tossed the ball over the line to Lavvie for the touchdown. His only reply after the play was: "Who would have ever thunk it."...Statistics on the game show that the Packers completed 10 first downs to the Cardinals' six. The Packers tried 48 running plays, gaining 160 yards for an average of 3 1/2 yards. The Cards tried 39 running plays and gained 69 yards for an average of 1 1/2 yards...Fumbles helped to liven up the football game. The Packers were guilty of four fumbles but recovered three of them. The Cardinals fumbled twice but they broke even, recovering one and losing the other which Bo Molenda recovered. The Packers were penalized 10 yards while the Cardinals were set back for 35...The statistics on the passing attempts gave the Packers a decided edge. The Packers attempted 23 and the Cardinals also tried a like number. Green Bay had 10 incompleted and the Cardinals 15. On a total of 9 completed forward passes, the Packers gained 197 yards. The Cardinals completed 5 passes for a gain of 82 yards. The Packers intercepted three passes while the Cardinals hauled 4 passes down...The punting averages gave Green Bay a slight edge over the Cards. Blood averaged 47 yards during the first half while Lewellen, who did the punting during the last two quarters, averaged an even 60 yards. Ernie Nevers kicked for an average of 49 yards...Jock Smith, the Packers' unofficial cheerleader, led the rooting section for the Bay representation after Dilweg snared a pass over the Cardinal goal line for the first touchdown. The cheers went on unmolested until the able Jock aroused the ire of John Law. The Chicago copper escorted Jock to his seat...McCrary was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with an injured leg. After Lambeau was hurt in the third quarter, he returned to the lineup and stepped around lively with his bad leg. He took a pass from Lewellen on his own 30-yard line and ran through a broken field to the Cardinals' 14-yard line where Mickey McDonald stopped him...Mickey McDonald,


the Cards' safety, made several pretty plays that cut off sure touchdowns for the Packers. When McCrary started down on his long run after receiving a pass, the little Irishman tackled him before he could cross the line. The Packers had two men down the field to take him out, but he dropped behind both Dilweg and Blood and tackled McCrary on the 14-yard line...Fifteen minutes before game time, the crowd began to mill in through the Cardinal turnstiles and by game time, one side of the field was well filled. It was reported after a checkup that the attendance was the largest that ever witnessed a game on the south side. The approximate figure was 10,000 people, about 400 of whom were Green Bay people...The game was late in getting started and it was not until about 2:15 that Referee Durfee blew the whistle for the opening kickoff. By the fourth quarter, it was impossible to recognize the numbers on the players' back...Bullet Baker relieved Hill and played a nice game for the Cards. Although he did not carry the ball much, he ran close to Ernie Nevers and opened up several nice gaps. Once Baker started down the field after one of Nevers' long passes and it just grazed his fingertips. Had he caught the ball, he would have scored a touchdown before he was out in the clear...Several of the Packer players and fans who returned early today from Chicago over the Milwaukee road were rubbing their eyes when they swung off the sleeper this morning and all of them inquired of the porter: "Who was the sea lion in Car 47 last night? He roared and puffed all night."...Carl Wallace (Bud) Jorgenson, Green Bay Packers football team property man, became the father of a nine and one-half pound Saturday afternoon. Dr. A.J. McCarey reports that Mrs. Jorgenson and the baby are getting along nicely. Mr. and Mrs. Jorgenson make their home at 844 Howard-st.


NOV 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Despite his own crippled condition, Capt. Curly Lambeau led the Packers through a stiff workout today in preparation for the crucial game of the year to be played next Sunday at New York against the strong Giant eleven. Captain Lambeau cracked a rib blocking for a teammate in the Cardinal game. The Packer team is in the worst shape of the season because of injuries. Red Dunn, stellar quarterback, and Eddie Kotal, veteran halfback and brilliant open field runner, are the two most seriously injured players. Both are suffering wrenched shoulders and is doubtful whether they will be able to play next Sunday. Dick O'Donnell, who had two ribs cracked against the Cardinals, also is on the ailing list. Hurdis McCrary who sustained a painful muscle bruise in the Cardinal game likewise is on the shelf. However, the Packer captain has hopes that McCrary will be in shape by Sunday. Darling wrenched his knee in the same game, but may be in shape for the New York game. Tom Nash and Whitey Woodin who received leg injuries at Minneapolis have nearly recovered as has Jugger Earpe who wrenched his arm in a recent game. Capt. Lambeau has given the team a number of new plays which they will work on this week. He also will stress forward pass defense as the Giants are expected to use this department of play more than any other.


NOV 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - When the Packers leave Green Bay Thursday afternoon for their invasion of the East and their crucial battle with the undefeated New York Giants, they won't go unheralded and unsung. They will be given a real sendoff. The American Legion band, about 30 strong, will be at the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific station at 12:50 o'clock to speed them on their way. Scores of fans also are expected to cheer the topnotchers and show them that even though they cannot be with them in New York, they will be thinking of them and pulling for them to win. The Football corporation management today urged all the fans that possibly can to be at the station tomorrow at 12:50 to bid the team goodbye. In view of the fact that they are leaving during the noon  hour it is believed that a large number of followers will find time to visit the station and see Green Bay's crack squad off. Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the club, and virtually all of the directors will be on hand to bid Capt. Curly Lambeau and his men Godspeed and extend their wishes for a successful trip...MANY PLAN TRIP: When the Packers play Benny Friedman's team Sunday in New York, they will not be entirely without friends. More than a score of Green Bay people have made arrangements to be in Manhattan Sunday "on business" and about 20 more are exerting every effort to get away for the game. A number of fans today were negotiating with the Northwest Airways for a plane tip to New York. It is reported they are trying to charter a 16-passenger tri-motored plane and, if they are successful, will leave here Saturday morning for New York. Efforts were made by football corporation officials to secure special rates to New York, but so far have been unsuccessful, the eastern roads apparently not being interested. There is an excursion rate in effect now to New York, but it is rather high for the average fan. The team will lay over several hours in Milwaukee Thursday evening and, while there be guests at the Milwaukee road at a banquet at the Schroeder hotel. A number of Milwaukee sport writers and George Little, director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin, are expected to attend...7 HOURS IN PITTSBURGH: Leaving Milwaukee at 8:15 p.m., the squad will arrive in Chicago at 10:05 p.m., leaving at midnight over the Pennsylvania road for Pittsburgh, Pa., arriving at 12:30 p.m., Friday. The Packers will spend seven hours in Pittsburgh, leaving there at 7:25 p.m., for New York, arriving Saturday morning. While in New York the team will be quartered at the Lincoln hotel, 44th-st., and Eighth-ave. Monday, Nov. 25, the Green Bay eleven will depart for Atlantic City, where they will remain until Thursday morning, thence going to Philadelphia for their game that afternoon against the Frankford Yellowjackets. The players will remain in Philadelphia until Saturday morning when they will go to Providence, arriving there in the afternoon. On Sunday, Dec. 1, they tackle the Providence Steam Rollers. In Providence, the team will stay at the Biltmore hotel. Immediately after the game they will depart for Atlantic City, arriving early Monday morning. On Friday, Dec. 6, the Green Bay outfit will hop on the train again for Chicago, arriving on Saturday in time for practice. The Parkway hotel will be team headquarters. On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Packers play their final game against the Chicago Bears...TEAM MAY DISBAND: After the Bear contest the team will probably disband, some of them returning to their homes in other cities and others coming back to Green Bay. The players, every man of them, will be the guests of the directors of the Football corporation at a dinner this evening at the Beaumont hotel. Only the team and the directors will attend. The directors are giving this dinner as a testimonial to the team because of its great work this season. Although the squad is badly crippled, Captain Lambeau worked the men at top speed this morning in preparation for the Giant battle Sunday. A win for Green Bay probably means the championship for the Packers consider New York their only obstacle. As usual the gridgraph will be in operation at the Columbus club Sunday afternoon. Arrangements are being made to take care of a capacity crowd for there will be no radio broadcast of the contest insofar as is now known. The game will start at 1 p.m., Green Bay time Sunday, and all fans are urged to come early for the kickoff.


NOV 21 (Green Bay) - When the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin's prize professional football team, line up against the New York Giants at New York on Sunday November 28, listeners over WTMJ will hear a broadcast of the entire game, one of the most important professional encounters in the United States this season. The broadcast will start at 1 p.m. central standard time. Pat Gannon, of the Milwaukee Journal's New York office, will be at the field of action personally to cover the entire game. It will be immediately relayed to Milwaukee by wire where Russ Winnie, chief announcer for WTMJ, will broadcast the account assisted by Ollie Kuechle, football expert of the Milwaukee Journal's sports staff. A complete account of the game from the kickoff to the final shot will be broadcast almost simultaneously with the action.



​NOV 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Green Bay paid a rousing tribute today to its own team that left for the East to carry the standard of western professional football into the camps of the New York Giants and other eastern elevens. The mighty Green Bay Packer team, which has swept all before it this year to gain the top position in the NFL, was given a real sendoff at the Milwaukee road station by hundreds of fans who cheered long and lustily as the American Legion band played. It was a real demonstration by loyal fans who showed their appreciation for the championship football played by the team this year. Twenty-seven men were in the special coach when it pulled out of the station at 12:50 p.m. The group was composed of 23 players and four others. The special coach will be pulled off at Milwaukee for a short time this evening and the players given a banquet at the Schroeder hotel by the Milwaukee road officials. It will proceed to Chicago later in the evening and then go on to Pittsburgh. The players making the trip are Capt. Lambeau, Lewellen, Blood, McCrary, Molenda, Lidberg, Kotal, Dunn, Smith, Zuidmulder, Dilweg, O'Donnell, Nash, Hubbard, Perry, Ashmore, Kern, Bowdoin, Woodin, Michalske, Minick, Earpe and Darling. Others on the train were Dr. W.W. Kelly, president of the club; G.W. Calhoun, secretary; E.A. Spachman and Bud Jorgensen, property man. Dr. W.W. Kelly announced just before train time that he had decided to make the trip. He had not planned to go, but upon the earnest insistence of the players changed his mind at the last moment, and accompanied the team when it left this afternoon. Dr. Kelly decided to go when he checked over the squad's "hospital" list which showed several players still ailing from bruised knees, dislocated shoulders or cracked ribs. The club president will stay only for the New York game, returning to Green Bay Tuesday. The players were feted at an informal banquet at the Beaumont hotel last night. The board of directors of the football corporation sponsored the testimonial dinner. Dr. Kelly acted as toastmaster and lauded the team for their showing this year, adding that he felt confident that they would return from the east as champions in the National league. He thanked every player for giving all he had to keep the team on top...PREDICT PRO CHAMPIONSHIP: The club president introduced A.B. Turnbull, a past president, and one of the men who worked for years to put the corporation on its present sound basis. Mr. Turnbull told of experiences in the early days of the sport and how it often appeared as if the team would not be able to carry on. With the loyal support of players and fans, however, the present great club was put on its feet, he said. Jerry Clifford, prominent local attorney, also gave a brief address, ​telling the players that he spoke as a representative of all the fans, wishing them Godspeed with all confidence that they would return to Green Bay as champions. He added that thousands of fans looked on them as representing not only Wisconsin but the middle west in the national football strife. He predicted that a victory for the Packers would be a turning point, that would again give the west supremacy in the professional football world. Raymond Evrard, president of the club in 1928, also spoke briefly, expressing confidence in the team and predicting that they would return champions after stomping Benny Friedman and his New York Giant mates. Capt. E.L. "Curly" Lambeau was the last to speak at the program. He said that early this season he felt sure that the squad would prove to be the finest ever to represent Green Bay. He said that the team would give its best in the remaining games and in doing so bring back the championship if it is humanly possible to do so. Mayor Diener gave the team assurance that all Green Bay was back of it, adding that if the players went into the game with the right intestinal fortitude they would win...HOLD FINAL PRACTICE: The Packers played their last Green Bay "game" of the season here late yesterday, "tying" the East High Red Devils. The contest was a practice session for the teams on forward passing offense and defense. East worked on the offense for awhile, completing a few heaves that the Packer defense. Most of the passes were broken up by alert Bay secondary men, however. The East team showed up well on defense against the Packer attack and knocked a number of them down


before the scrimmage ended. Eddie Kotal, Red Dunn, Dick O'Donnell and Capt. Lambeau took no active part in the session. All are suffering from injuries that are expected to keep them out of the game Sunday. Dick and Lambeau are suffering with cracked ribs while Eddie and Red are nursing wrenched shoulders. Hurdis McCrary, who strained a muscle last Sunday, was out but still favors his injured leg a trifle. Darling, who received a knee injury against the Bears, also was in a uniform but did not do much work. He may be in shape to play Sunday...GRIDGRAPH TO OPERATE: The gridgraph presentation of the game will be given again at the Columbus club auditorium. Every play of the game will be flashed on the board and a running account of the game will be broadcast over the Vita-Vox public address system. Vaudeville acts between halves and after the gridgraph showing also will be given. Announcement was received here today that Station WTMJ, Milwaukee, would broadcast a play-by-play account of the game. A Milwaukee newspaper man will be at the field in New York to cover the contest. It will be immediately relayed to Milwaukee by wire where Russ Winnie, chief announcer for WTMJ, will broadcast the account.


NOV 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The battle between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants in New York Sunday has been recognized as one of the major news events of the month. The Elliot Service company, distributors of pictures for window decorations, has announced that at their request pictures will be taken of the contest for distribution throughout the United States. The company agreed to taking pictures of this game at the request of Z.J. Vandeveld, a subscriber to the service in Green Bay. Last year, a similar request for a picture of the Packers was made but the company declined to use pictures of professional teams at that time. This year, however, they declared that the event was of sufficient importance, and believed Green Bay should have the prestige of being selected as one of the news events by the company.


NOV 21 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packer football machine, 26 strong, left here at noon today en route to New York where on Sunday they will tangle with Benny Friedman's Giants in a game that will decide where the NFL 1929 bunting will fly. According to Captain Lambeau, the Bays will only be in fair shape for the game. Dunn and Kotal may play awhile but it won't be long and there is some question if Dick O'Donnell's split rib will be playable at all. However, the other members of the squad are still going strong and the team feels confident that the New Yorkers are going to have a battle on their hands. When the Packers play Benny Friedman's team Sunday in New York they will not be entirely without friends. More than a score of Green Bay people have made arrangements to be in Manhattan Sunday "on business" and about 20 more are exerting every effort to get away for the game. A number of fans at Green Bay were negotiating with the Northwest Airways for a plane trip to New York. It is reported they are trying to charter a 16-passenger tri-motored plane and if they are successful will leave Saturday morning. The Packers stop off in Milwaukee this evening for several hours for a banquet tendered by the Milwaukee railroad at the Schroeder hotel. A number of Milwaukee sportwriters have been invited to attend. The Bays leave Milwaukee at 8:15 p.m. for Chicago where their special car will be switched on to a Pennsy limited. The Bays lay over in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon for six hourts. This will give the players a chance to shake off their "travel legs" in a signal drill. The Bays resume their New York journey Friday evening and arrive in Gotham Saturday morning in time to practice at the Polo Grounds. This will give them a chance to get the lay of the land. The Packers' schedule for the remainder of the season follows:

November 24 - Giants at New York

November 28 - Yellowjackets at Philadelphia

December 1 - Steamrollers at Providence

December 8 - Bears at Chicago


NOV 22 (Milwaukee) - Milwaukee gave the Green Bay Packers a warm welcome here Thursday night as the Badger football favorites detrained for a four hour siesta en route East for the all important game with the New York Giants Sunday. A large number of fans were at the Milwaukee road station and an equally large number were at the Schroeder hotel where the Packers were banqueted by the Milwaukee road. George Little, director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin, gave a talk at the banquet in which he lauded the attitude of the professional football league and President Joe Carr in refusing to tamper with college and university stars before graduation. Milwaukee sports writers also gave short talks. Coach Curly Lambeau told Milwaukeeans that the Packers although not in the best of condition, were set to defeat the New Yorkers. He said that he thought the Packers' defense would rout the Packers' defense would rout the Easterners' famous pass game and that the Packers had enough offensive power, both in the air and on the ground, to outscore the Giants. After the Milwaukee banquet, the team entrained for Chicago, arriving in the Windy City shortly before midnight. They left Chicago shortly after midnight and arrived in Pittsburgh this

morning where they were to remain until this afternoon.


NOV 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Packer football corporation officials are making plans to handle a large crowd of fans expected to watch the game replayed on the gridgraph board at the Columbus club Sunday. The game will start at 1 p.m., Green Bay time. A special radio broadcast of the game has been  arranged by the Wadhams' Oil company over the WTMJ station, Milwaukee.


NOV 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - It was a tough weekend for the Bears in the east as the Bruins suffered a pair of defeats. On Saturday, Frankford whipped the Halas-men, 20 to 14, while Sunday the Bruins bowed to New York, 34 to 0...Frankford took a trick play out of the grave to whip the Bears. With the score 14 all and about a minute to go, the Hornets pulled a "sleeper" successfully and Halicki, parked along the sidelines, made the score...The Minneapolis Redjackets gave a good account of themselves in the opening game of their eastern invasion by holding the Providence Steamrollers to a 19-16 score. A big crowd was treated to one thrill after another...Conzelman's team got a scare in the final minute of play. A well directed forward pass play put the ball on the Rollers' one yard line but the Rhode Islanders were equal to the occasion and regained the ball on downs...So far as tie games go, Orange holds the championship in the National league race this fall. The Skeeters have been in four no decision arguments this fall. In Sunday's game with Frankford, neither club was able to score...The Boston Bulldogs tightened their hold on fourth position in the NFL by putting the skids under Buffalo, 12 to 7. The Beantown club is showing much improvement as the season grows older...Both Chicago clubs will perform at home this Sunday. The Bruins are slated to mingle with the aggressive Buffalo eleven while the Cardinals are slated to have it out with Mike Redelle's Triangles from Dayton...OJ Larsen, one of the real veterans of the pro league, has been displaying lots of class for the Chicago Cards. This former Notre Dame center is a ball hawk and he takes special delight in snagging passes...Paddy Driscoll of the Bears doesn't seem to ever grow old. For many seasons, the sport scribes have been singing Paddy's swan song but he keeps on going, may not be as fast but just as consistent as when in his teens...Minneapolis has a tough assignment over the weekend. On Saturday, the Dunn-Ness combination will perform in Frankford against the Yellowjackets while Sunday the Gophers are scheduled to do their stuff against Stapleton...Boston plays in Providence Sunday. This will be a grudge battle. These Bulldogs are composed mainly of former Pottsville players and these ex-Miners always fought it out with the Steamrollers right up to the last minute...President Joe F. Carr witnessed the Green Bay-Cardinal game in Chicago last Sunday. The National league executive announced himself as more than satisfied with the way the new Cardinal owners are "holding the fort"...Capps, a man-mountain tackle from Oklahoma, is getting away nicely on the Yellowjackets' squad. The big fellow tips the beam at 250 pounds yet he carries around his poundage very lightly. He is an aggressive charger...Young Mr. Ryan, a wee bit of a footballer with the Buffalo Bisons, looks like one of the finds of the season. Ryan is a smooth working quarterback who seems to like it best when the going is rough. The Bison passes well...Frank Hanny has performed consistently for Providence again this fall. The former Hoosier captain has never given to brilliancy but always is as steady as a clock. The Rollers are using him again at end. That is where he belongs...Dick Rauch, coach of the Boston Bulldogs, sticks to his "ironman" tactics. In other words, he doesn't believe much in substitution. Usually, the Hubs go through a ball game with only one or two changes in the lineup...Murtagh of New York claims to be the handy man of the National league. So far this season he has done about everything for the March-Andrews outfit except take tickets. Center is his real job but he plays many others.


NOV 23 (New York) - Whether New York or Green Bay, Wis., will hoist the 1929 national professional football league pennant to the top of the flagstaff will probably be determined here tomorrow when the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, both undefeated, meet. Although both the Packers and the Giants play other games before the end of the season, past performances indicate that tomorrow's game will be the crucial contest for the league leaders. Throughout the season, the Packers have overrun their opponents, piling up eight victories, many of them by one-sided scores. Pitted against them in the three remaining games are the Philadelphia Yellowjackets, the Providence Steamrollers and the Chicago Bears. The Packers have already defeated each of those teams. Tomorrow, both teams will meet their strongest opponents in the league. The Packers sensing a national victory, will throw their strongest lineup against the Giants. Benny Friedman, All-American Michigan quarterback, will be the field general for the Giants. The Packers arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday, shook off their "travel legs" in a signal drill and arrived here today. The greatest professional football audience of the season is expected when the teams line up for the kickoff.


NOV 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A remarkable tribute to the Green Bay Packers, written by P.R. "Reddy" Gallagher, one of the outstanding columnists in the Rocky Mountain district, came to our attention today. It was written in the Denver Post and gives some idea of the interest being shown throughout the country in the Green Bay team. The article proves conclusively how the fame of the Packers has spread. Denver has no professional football, but every Monday papers there carry stories of Packer and Chicago professional football games. Gallagher is but one of the many sportswriters who recognize the merit in the postgraduate game and give it its just due. Here is what Gallagher has to say: "Despite the protests of the great army of collegiate authorities, professional football is here to stay. Although there is no pro team west of Chicago, interest is picking up in the game, even in our own Rocky Mountain region. Lately I have had several letters from readers asking me what I think of the pro game and how the teams would stack up against the leading collegiate elevens. It is for the benefit, as well as for those who are curious to know something about this only recently founded sport, that the following lines are written. Ten years ago pro football was confined mostly to smaller midwest cities. Chicago was really the only big town that had teams. Sport followers in the big cities were confining their interest almost exclusively to the collegians. The game was sort of a hit-and-miss affair then. Teams weren't so well organized or coached and the spirit of the players wasn't particularly high, except in games where big money was at stake. Then came a change. The teams were organized into a league about six years ago and the game's progress dates from that time. The advent of Red Grange, who jumped overnight from his last collegiate game in 1925 to the pros, put the sport before everybody. Gate receipts skyrocketed for a time and resulted in the formation of another league by Pyle and Grange. It was obvious two leagues couldn't prosper. Finally, Pyle folded up and the National league had the field to itself. It consolidate the strong elevens into one circuit, and profiting from past mistakes immediately started to gain public recognition and consequently larger crowds. This season the crowds are larger than ever and the teams are displaying a brilliant brand of football. Can the professional teams beat the collegiates? Yes. And why shouldn't they? They are composes of the cream of the crop. Every now and then some college coach, desirous of rapping pros, come out with a statement that if teams were ever to play the collegians would win. That's a laugh. They insist the collegians would win because they would have better spirit and team play. That would seem to be a plausible theory until it is investigated. Professionals may not have the same emotional frenzy of the collegians, but they have enough of it, plus their experience and superior ability to beat any collegiate eleven decisively! A Denver friend of mine, now in the east for the football season, recently saw the Green Bay Packers, at present tied for the leadership of the league, play. Never particularly enthused over the professionals' play, he changed after he saw Green Bay. He wrote me they could spot the BEST college team in America three touchdowns and still beat them! This man's opinion must be taken, for he is one of the smartest dopesters in the country. Every player on the Green Bay team, with one or two exceptions, is a former college star of the first rank. And every one of them has improved since he left school. Sunday Green Bay will invade New York to play the Giants, Benny Friedman's team, for the championship of the league. Perhaps as many as 35,000 will


witness the game. And what a game it will be. Friedman, while at Michigan, was acknowledged to be the greatest passer in collegiate ranks. He is a 50 percent better player today. Both teams will be well conditioned, for now the pros practice every day. They have to be in shape or they are cut off the payroll - and that hurts when salaries range all the way from $100 to $300 per game! Why the colleges should rave against the pro game is beyond me. Postgraduate football isn't hurting them a bit and it's giving thousands of fans, who can't buy tickets for the college games for love or money, a chance to see many of the game's greatest in action....AND A LITTLE BIT MORE: Added to the comment on our Green Bay teams is a few more words of praise. They come from John Kiernan, columnist of the great New York Times newspaper. Kiernan says in his general comment on sport: "The football talk at the luncheon table had veered to Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, when a prominent referee spoke up and remarked: 'I'll name you two more great teams: the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. Go look at them this Sunday at the Polo Grounds, and if you don't say they're great I'll never blow another whistle.' Of course, the Giants and Packers are somewhat declasse, as they say in dear old Paris. They are professionals. But they must be great football teams just the same. Benny Friedman has added to his collegiate laurels on the professional field, and many serious students of football consider him easily the best quarterback in the country at the moment. In some collegiate quarters there is still a bitter feeling toward the professional game, but the pros have played fair. They passed a rule that no college player could join a professional team until his class had graduated, and they have stuck to that rule, even though more than one famous intercollegiate hero tried to persuade them to break it.


NOV 23 (New York) - The stage is all set for the crucial game of the 1929 schedule in the NFL here Sunday afternoon between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, which will be played at the Polo Grounds. The kickoff is at 2 p.m., and Tommy Hughitt, one of the aces of President Joe Carr's staff of officials, will do the whistle tooting from the referee's position. Neither of the two teams have tasted defeat this season. The invading Green Bayers have chalked up nine straight victories in league games this fall while Friedman and his Giants are credited with eight wins and one tie game with the Skeeters from Orange, N.J. As a rule professional football doesn't kick up much of a thrill here but this "natural" is getting quite a play from papers and spectators. Several of the Gotham dailies are playing up the human interest touch that is the big against the little. In other words, New  York is the largest city in the National league while  Green Bay is the smallest...REMEMBER 1928 GAME: And again the New Yorkers who follow the "cash and carry" brand of football haven't forgot the exhibition that the Packer put up here last year when they took the Giants for a fall by a 7 to 0 count. The heroes of last season, Dunn, Lewellen, Kotal and Dilweg, are getting a lot of attention. The weather forecast is just about fair to medium and, even at that, the Giant management is figuring on the largest crowd of the season. It will be Benny Friedman day at the Polo grounds and thousands of his clan are expected to pay homage to the former Michigan star. Along Broadway, they are betting 5 to 3 on the Giants as the sidelines coached figure there isn't a team in the country that can stop the Giants' air barrage with Friedman doing the shooting. However, some of the short enders are picking up these bets, as they are looking to Lewellen's super-kicking, and the brilliant line play of the Packers' forward wall to put a crimp in the Giants much feared offensive. The Green Bay players arrived here early Saturday morning over the Pennsylvania road and went straight to the Lincoln


hotel where they are headquartering. The players hustled through a light breakfast and then  donned uniforms for a signal drill at one of the nearby parks. Capt. Lambeau had 23 players in uniform and they all looked sprightly as they galloped over the green in a snappy workout which was speeded up by freezing temperatures which made the players hustle around fast to keep warm. One thing is sure, the Green Bay club shook off their travel legs in a hurry...PLAYERS GET RECEPTION: There was a handful of former Wisconsinites at the hotel when the Packers arrived. Included in the reception committee was Ambrose Gannon, New York correspondent of the Milwaukee Journal, and Vince Engels, a former member of The Green Bay Press-Gazette editorial staff, who is now associated with the Commonwealth magazine. A flock of correspondents will cover the game tomorrow. Westbrook Pegler will be out there with his pad and pencil for the Chicago Tribune while each of the Milwaukee papers will have an "expert" on the sidelines. Arrangements have been completed to broadcast the game through the Milwaukee Journal station, WTMJ, while there will be a special play-by-play wire from the Polo grounds to Green Bay for the gridgraph service.


NOV 23 (Pittsburgh) - The Green Bay Packers football squad, some 28 strong, stopped off here Friday afternoon for a few hours vacation. The players made the best of the holiday by going to shows and looking over the Smoky City. Several of the players went out to the University of Pittsburgh campus with Bill Kern who formerly played with Pitt. The visitors glimpsed the varsity in a signal drill and had praise for the way they stepped. Cal Hubbard accompanied his wife to her parents' home in a Pittsburgh suburb. When Cal came back to the station, just before the train left, he had a face about a mile long. One of the players asked if he was mooning about leaving his wife, and the big tackle replied "H--- no. It was the taxi bill that took the joy out of life as my wife's folks live about 25 miles out." The trip from Green Bay was fine, the Milwaukee road did its best to make the players feel at home, even if the railroad did pull a "north pole" stunt out of Milwaukee. The banquet in the Cream City was a success and speeches by George Little, Art Schinner and Stoney McGlynn helped add to the urge for a win in Gotham Sunday. Two banquets in a row were a bit hard on the boys with reverse English and Red Dunn warned Whitey Woodin that he must keep his manly form even if it was at the expense of the second helping of chicken. So far as Bo Molenda was concerned this bit of advice fell on deaf ears. The dullness of the trip was brightened up a bit by some extra package which was a portable phonograph which started on the trip with Johnny Blood as its owner. However, there was a bill of sale enacted before the squad hit Milwaukee as fate was against Johnny and his bargain price on the phonograph was grabbed quickly by Cully Lidberg who plans to raffle off the noise maker before the trip ends. The sendoff at Green Bay made a great hit with the players. "Just like the old college" was the remark of several of the players while Mike Michalske remarked that "If a good bye like that won't ruin Friedman's nose, nothing will." The sendoff by the fire department got a lot of compliments from the gang and when the team arrived in Milwaukee there was a fire call in the downtown district. Dr. Kelly was quick to make capital of it with this remark "Look fellows, Chief Drum and his cohorts have followed you all the way down to Milwaukee."


NOV 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - About a dozen Green Bay football fans, at least, have followed the Packer team to New York for the game with the Giants tomorrow, inquiries at the railroad ticket offices here disclosed today. Most of these however are businessmen who would be required to make the trip to the metropolis anyway, and are just choosing this time in order to see the team in action. The round trip fare is $79.62 from Green Bay, with no special rates in effect. Someone started a rumor that "the railroads have made a $11 rate", and the ticket agents have been deluged with inquiries as a result. Among those making the trip are Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Golden, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Atkinson and William Schwartz. Mayor John V. Diener today wired the team a message stating: "On behalf of the citizens of Green Bay, I take this method of assuring the team that we are all behind it in the crucial game of the season against the Giants and in the other games to follow and expect to receive the players as national champions upon their return."

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