Green Bay Packers (9-1-1) 7, Brooklyn Dodgers (3-7) 0
Thursday November 24th 1932 (at Brooklyn)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(BROOKLYN) - Displaying their real championship form, the Packers defeated a keyed up Brooklyn eleven at Ebbets Field Sunday afternoon before 17,000 fans and incidentally uncorked a brand of aerial football that even brought cheers from a bitterly partisan Dodger throng. The line charge that was missing in the fracas with the Giants was again very much in evidence and the Bay backfielders timed their plays right to the split second. On the defense the Bays tackled viciously and several times one Mr. Friedman probably wished that he was miles away from the ball park. It was a well earned win but a costly one in that Michalske, Lewellen, O'Boyle and McCrary were badly banged up and they may not be in shape to mingle with Dan Blaine and his hirelings in Stapleton on Sunday.
GRAY HAIRS FOR LAMBEAU
To this injured list add Tom Nash and Nate Barrager and you can readily see why Coach Lambeau is sprouting a few gray hairs. Tommy Hughitt, who is a product of Escanaba, Mich., and a great friend of Vice-President Gerald F. Clifford of the football corporation, turned in a good job as referee, but the Packers didn't think much of A.J. Farrier, the head linesman. For some unknown reason, President Joe F. Carr of the NFL made an 11th hour change in the officials for the Brooklyn game and also the Giants' game in Stapleton, which according to reports here was a rough and ready battle with the spectators throwing everything by their pasteboard pop bottles. The Dodgers were in the game battling for everything it had, but the Bays' pass attack had them worried continually. Grossman who didn't show anything in Green Bay, was very much in the limelight. From the remarks of the crowd it would seem that Grossman is a bigger favorite with the Brooklynites than Friedman. Ely and Hickman, the Dodgers' two new linemen, performed as if their meal money depended on it while Tom Karcis was plenty good at fullback. Bruder and Herber featured for the Packers. Not only did the former put across the touchdown, but he was all over the field on defense and made some of those sensational tackles that gained him fame while at Northwestern.
HERBER'S PASSES EXCELLENT
Several times he crashed the interference and threw the ball carries for a good sized loss. As for Arnold Herber, he continued his super brand of footballing, which is heading him straight for an All-American berth. The former West high star passed superbly and his handling of kicks was beyond reproach. Brooklyn was crashing Herber hard but he always came up smiling. And in the line there were three players who were outstanding. Red Bultman did a 60 minute stretch at center and covered himself with glory. He was in the thickest of the going on every play. Rose and Gantenbein turned in a great exhibition at the wings. Rose made a trio of circus catches of forward passes, while Gantenbein was deadly in his tackling. Milt seemed to take extreme pleasure in setting Friedman down hard. The lone score of the game came in the second period on a pass from Herber to Bruder which Hank pulled out of the arms of a Brooklyn back, crashing the remaining few yards to the goal with a couple of Dodgers hanging onto him. Rudy Comstock paved the way for the marker when he recovered a fumbled lateral pass on Brooklyn's 15 yard line. After two plays had netted but little yardage. Arnie tossed to Bruder for the touchdown and then Harry O'Boyle came into the contest and added the extra point via the placekick route. The game opened when Jones kicked off to Gantenbein, who returned to the Packers' 34-yard stripe. Lewellen, Englemann and O'Boyle in three rushes counted a first down and Mike Michalske made another when he ran McCrary's fumble ten yards. Friedman intercepted a Lewellen pass a few plays later to stop the threat and the Bays were put in a bad hole when O'Boyle slipped trying to catch a punt and the ball was downed on the Green Bay's 5 yard line. Lewellen punted right back, however, to Grossman who returned to the visitors' 33-yard mark. The first Brooklyn offensive soon was stopped when Mielziner, an ineligible receiver, caught a pass from Friedman which had been partially blocked and the ball went to the Packers.
ENGLEMANN GETS LOOSE
Englemann on a plunge through left tackle broke loose and ran to the Bays' 45-yard line for the third
first down, and then circled right end for another. Two passes and a line plunge so that Herber had to punt to Friedman, who fumbled by recovered. McCrary fumbled soon after the return punt and Ribblett grabbed for Brooklyn at midfield, but the Dodgers were held and Grossman kicked. Then came one of those plays for which the Packers are noted. Herber retreated and passed to Rose on the left side of the field, who then tossed over a Brooklyn man's head to Blood, who continued up the field until stopped by Friedman on the center stripe. Then Hinkle ran around right end through the entire team for what looked like a certain score, but the linesman called the ball back to the Brooklyn's 22-yard mark, where he claimed the Bayite had gone out of bounds.
RECOVER HINKLE'S FUMBLE
Hinkle carried the ball again, but fumbled after making about ten yards and Brooklyn recovered. After the Dodgers had punted, Green Bay again started down the field on a pass from Herber to Bruder which was stopped on the home team's 25-yard line. A 15-yard penalty for holding and then a fumbled lateral which a Green and Yellow jerseyed man recovered again halted the Bays as the quarter ended. After Herber had caught a punt on his own 20 yard line, it looked like a score when he tossed to Dilweg in the open, but the lanky end muffed the pass and it went incomplete. Gantenbein then ran right through and picked another of Herber's throws from a few Dodgers and ran to his opponents' 38-yard mark for a first down. Then two Herber to Blood passes were incomplete and the Packers had to kick. But here was another evidence of the smartness and confidence of the Bays. Standing on slippery ground where kicking might be dangerous, Herber ran back to his 45-yard line, threw well over the Brooklyn goal line over the heads of all of the Brooklyn players for a touchback.
HERBER IS CHEERED
The ball traveled at least 60 yards in the air and brought cheers and oohs from the spectators. Here Comstock recovered the fumbled lateral pass and the Herber to Bruder aerial and O'Boyle's kick counted seven points. Hinkle kicked off after the score to Ely, who was thrown by Hubbard on the 20-yard line. Cal then broke through again and tackled Grossman so hard behind the line that he fumbled and Bultman recovered. Again it looked as if the Bays would increase the lead but a fifteen yard penalty for holding and an incomplete pass, Bruder to Herber, over the goal line broke up the drive. The Dodgers then started down the field with Grossman getting a first down on the Brooklyn 35-yard line and then catching a forward from Friedman on the Packers' 42-yard stripe. But Milt Gantenbein saved the day this time, throwing Grossman for a fifteen yard loss when he tried to get around his end. Hinkle completed the stopping of the threat when he intercepted another Friedman pass on his own 25-yard line. Herber then circled right end for twelve yards and Gantenbein tackled Grossman after he had caught Herber's pass on the Dodger 30 yard line, putting the home team once again in their own backyard as the half ended. Score: Packers 7, Brooklyn 0. Englemann opened the second half on his kickoff which traveled to the Brooklyn 33-yard line as it was downed. Karcis ran for a first down and Friedman tossed to Riblett for another one but here the Packer front wall held and Herber received the Dodger punt on his 10 yard line. He immediately kicked back, though, and Grossman returned slightly into Packer territory. On six running plays, the Dodgers then garnered two more first downs, but the wall held for three downs and Friedman was forced to ground a pass when all receivers were covered to stop the last threat of the Dodgers. Hinkle punted to Grossman, who fumbled when Rose was about to tackle him and then "Biggums", Texas' pride end, recovered for the Packers at midfield. Hinkle then passed to Bruder who took the ball out from between three Dodgers and carried it to the Brooklyn 25-yard line. Three running plays were stopped and Bruder dropped back and tossed to Herber, who missed the toss when he slipped and lost his balance. Grossman punted out of danger as the period ended.
KARCIS GETS AWAY
The ball was on the Packers' 40-yard line as the fourth period opened, first and ten, and Herber, after two plays, was stopped, punted to the Dodgers' 35-yard mark. Karcis got a first down and a Friedman to Rowan pass counted a second but here Hinkle popped up to intercept one of Benny's next passes on his 25-yard line. Herber soon kicked and Brooklyn started its running drive again as Thomason got two first downs in succession. But Friedman threw a pass to Riblett which bounced off the end's chest and Bruder nabbed it and returned to his 35-yard line. Another exchange of punts and one more pass from Herber to Bruder which gained ten yards and finally a fumbled lateral from Herber recovered by Brooklyn ended the fray.
GREEN BAY - 0 7 0 0 - 7
BROOKLYN - 0 0 0 0 - 0
2ND - GB - Hank Bruder, 20-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Harry O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
LEWELLEN AGAIN TOPPED PACKER SCORERS IN 1927
NOV 25 (Green Bay) - Verne Lewellen, ace halfback of the Packers, led his team in scoring during the 1926 season, and then came back to repeat the achievement in 1927. In his second year as high point man, however, he did not approach the high total of 42 points he attained in 1926, which had set a new mark for the big Bay team. He did get across for five touchdowns, and the 30 resultant points enabled him to edge out Rex Enright, Bay fullback, who pushed over for four touchdowns and 24 points...SCORING WELL
SCATTERED: In 1927 the Packers were battling for recognition in the NFL, and scoring was well scattered throughout the squad. Curly Lambeau still was breaking into the column, as his 12 points secured that season indicate, and Red Dunn first came into prominence as a kicker of extra points for the Packers. With Cub Buck, their former star lineman, a referee, the Packers defeated the Milwaukee Badgers, 34 to 0, in a non-league game to open the season. Then they won over the Dayton Triangles, 14 to 0. Lambeau got both touchdowns and Dunn kicked both extra points. Sept. 25, 1927, the Bays succeeded in downing Cleveland, 12 to 7, after a stiff battle, the two Green Bay touchdowns being made by Tiny Cahoon, a lineman, and Enright. But the following week they were upset by the Chicago Bears in a heartbreaker, 7 to 6. Lewellen made the Packer touchdown...BEAT NEVERS TEAM: Oct. 9, Ernie Nevers brought his Duluth team, now called the Eskimos, to Green Bay, only to see them lose 20 to 0 to a powerful Packer eleven. Lewellen, Dunn and Dilweg went over for touchdowns, and Red added two out of three extra points. Next week, the Packers battered down the Chicago Cardinals, 13 to 0, on touchdowns by Kotal and Lewellen, and Dunn's extra boot. Then the New York Yankees, bringing with them a crippled Red Grange, were defeated, 13 to 0, the Bay scoring power being furnished on touchdowns by Purdy and Enright, and the former's kick for the extra point. The Packers followed this session with a non-league game at Milwaukee, winning 22 to 7. On Nov. 6, the Bays tied the Chicago Cardinals, 6-all, the Packer touchdown being scored by Lewellen, and the following week another touchdown by the same halfback was enough to trim Dayton, 6 to 0. The Packers followed this by accepting a 14 to 6 trimming at the hands of the Bears at Chicago, Enright getting the only Green Bay touchdown...PURDY KICKS GOAL: The Packers closed their season Thanksgiving day at Frankford, beating the Yellowjackets, 17 to 9. Dilweg and Enright scored touchdowns, Purdy kicked a field goal, and Dunn got both the extra points.
DETAILS OF HICKMAN TRADE ANNOUNCED BY COACH E.L. LAMBEAU
NOV 25 (New York) - Details of the deal which allowed Herman Hickman, former Tennessee guard, and property of the Green Bay Packers at the start of the present football season, to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers yesterday, were made public today. Hickman injured his shoulder while wrestling and could not report at the start of the year. Coach E.L. Lambeau then told him not to report, but the lineman was still the property of Green Bay. When Coach Lambeau arrived here, Hickman sought his release, as he did not want to play in Wisconsin. He pointed out that he could wrestle in the eastern cities and, at the same time, play professional football with one of the eastern clubs. When Brooklyn offered Coach Lambeau $500 for Hickman's contract, the bid was accepted and the Tennessee star joined the Dodgers Tuesday.
LEWELLEN SETS HIGH SCORING MARK FOR PACKERS IN 1928
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - Verne Lewellen's sensational line attack, coupled with the fine support given him by a Bay squad which was ever increasing in strength and power, permitted him to lead the Green Bay team in scoring for the third successive season in 1928. Lewellen set a new high scoring mark for the team that season, his nine touchdowns giving him 54 points, a peak unattained up to that year. Second honors went to Harry O'Boyle, playing his first year with the Packers, who has returned to star with the 1932
team. O'Boyle nailed 23 points in 1928. The Packers nipped the Minneapolis Marines in a practice tilt, 19 to 0, and then opened their league season by taking a beating from the Frankford Yellowjackets, 19 to 9. The Green Bay points were made on a touchdown by Lewellen and O'Boyle's field goal...SCORES TWO TOUCHDOWNS: On Sept. 30 of that season, the Packers and Bears played a great 12 to 12 tie at City stadium. Lewellen scored two touchdowns but nobody kicked the extra points in a fine second half rally. One week later, still at Green Bay, the Packers lost to the New York Giants, 6 to 0, in a game historic because it marked the last defeat on their home grounds for the Bays from from that date until the present. On Oct. 14, the Packers tackled the Chicago Cardinals and beat them, on touchdowns by Kotal and Lewellen and O'Boyle's two extra points. Then the Packers whipped the Bears, 16 to 6, using as leverage touchdowns by Lewellen and Bruce Jones, a field goal by O'Boyle and an extra boot by the same players. Oct. 28 the climbing Bays walloped the Dayton Triangles, 17 to 0. Lewellen and O'Boyle made the touchdowns, in addition to which Harry clicked for two extra points and a field goal. Then the Packers bottled up Pottsville, 26 to 14, despite the line punching tactics of Tony Latone. Bay points were scored on Eddie Kotal's two touchdowns, others by Larry Marks and Lewellen, and a pair of extra kicks by O'Boyle. On Armistice day the Bays held the New York Yankees to a scoreless tie...PACKERS BEAT GIANTS: At New York, the Packers edged out the Giants, 7 to 0, on Lewellen's touchdown and Dunn's extra kick, the only point of the season for the famous redhead. On Nov. 25, however, the Green Bay team ran into tragedy, dropping a 26 to 0 game to the Pottsville Maroons, and falling to fourth place in the league standings. They bounced to fifth a week later, when they lost to Frankford, 2 to 0, and on Dec. 2 were able to do no better than hold Providence to a 7-all count. Marks got the Green Bay touchdown, and O'Boyle added the goal. These dismal results failed to foreshadow the powerful eleven which was to be developed the following season. The Packers ended their 1928 season with a parting cuff at the Bears in Chicago, 6 to 0. O'Donnell's touchdown after a brilliant catch of Dunn's pass turned the trick.
CHICAGO BEARS FACE INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC ON EVE OF BIG GAME
NOV 26 (Chicago) - Facing one of the most important games of the season against Portsmouth Sunday, the Chicago Bears faced a handicap today because of an epidemic of influenza. Carl Brumbaugh, quarterback, Dick Nesbitt, halfback, and Carlson, guard, were said to be so ill it would be impossible for them to play Sunday. The Bears, Portsmouth and the Green Bay Packers all still have a chance to win the championship. Green Bay is leading, with Portsmouth second and the Bears third.
GOTHAM HAILS HERBER
NOV 26 (New York) - The New York Evening Post Friday said that Arnold Herber of the Green Bay Packers has replaced Benny Friedman of the Dodgers as the greatest passer in professional football. Discussing the game at Brooklyn Thursday, the paper says: "The Friedman dynasty is coming to an end, perhaps, with Arnold Herber, a sort of 'mute, inglorious Milton of the gridiron', mute and inglorious no longer. Friedman threw passes for and was graduated from Michigan; Herber was a freshman at Wisconsin once and matriculated at a college called St. Regis in Colorado, or somewhere. Friedman had publicity, but Herber was unheralded until recently. Yet it was Herber, not Friedman, who threw the pass that won, and impartial observers say Herber is Friedman's successor."
BATTERED PACKERS FACE STAPLETON IN LAST EASTERN GAME
NOV 26 (New York) - The battered Packers staged a single drill this morning at DeWitt Clinton field in preparation for Sunday's National league football encounter at the Thompson stadium, Staten Island, against Stapleton. Coach E.L. Lambeau had but 16 players in uniform. Of course, Tom Nash and Nate Barrager are out of the picture entirely for Sunday, but the others, O'Boyle, Michalske, Grove and Lewellen spent their practice hours at the sulphur baths trying to boil out their aches and pains. They will be in uniform on Sunday. Stapleton is playing its best game of the season right now. The Stapes took the Cardinals for a fine ride and held the much improved New York Giants to a 13-13 draw. According to reports received by the Packers, the Islanders held the Giants on the defense nearly all of the second half...EXPECT TOUGH BATTLE: The Packer players held a blackboard drill Friday afternoon and at this session Coach Lambeau warned the hirelings that they were in for a battle royal with Stapleton. The Bay pilot pleaded overconfidence and then presented some figures on the percentage table which showed the necessity of the Bays chalking up a win over Stapleton in order to stay in first place. According to Dan Blaine, president of the Stapleton club, the biggest crowd of the season will greet the Bays on the "island". Blaine claims that nearly all of the reserved seats have already been purchased and he is now making arrangements to handle the overflow crowd in the standing room spaces back of the end zones. Several of the New York papers are sending their football experts over to Staten Island to cover the game. The Packers, as usual, will dress at the hotel for the Stapleton game, even though it is about an hour and a half trip in a bus which includes a ferryboat ride of some 20 minutes. The boat trip isn't much to Jug Earpe's liking, but it is the only way to get there except by plane and Jugger doesn't like the air route any better than the water travel...VISITS WITH RAMBLERS: Coach Lambeau visited with Hunk Anderson and the Notre Dame squad on Friday. The Packer leader made the trip to an exclusive country club on the outskirts of Broadway, accompanied by Red Smith, who like Lambeau, saw service with the South Benders when the late Knute Rockne was directing football at the institution. Practically all of the Packer aggregation will be among those present at the Yankee stadium when the Army tackles Notre Dame. The game is a sellout and seats couldn't be secured Friday night for love or money but these Packers have a way of crashing things even when they are not in uniform. Another former Packers, Paul Minick, turned up to say hello to the Bayites. Minick is here with Aubrey Devine, former Iowa star, who is a member of the coaching staff at Southern California. Paul is helping Devine in the sleuth foot act for the far westerners...RUDOLPH VISITS TEAM: The Notre Dame game brought another Bayite to Broadway. Jack Rudolph, who is a member of the 1933 class at West Point, checked in at the Lincoln late on Friday and it didn't take him long to say hello. Jack looked like a fashion plate, stiff hat, etc. Soon as he
checked in, he doffed the cadet outfit and blossomed forth in civilians. Rudolph is mourning the fact that his leave from the army school expires Sunday night at 7 p.m. and this will prevent him from seeing the Packers perform at Stapleton. The Packer rooting ranks at Stapleton will be increased by three Badgers, "Mush" Esler of Kaukauna, Ray Morgan and Steve Blair of Ladysmith. Morgan is brother of the Green Sox catcher and Blair is his buddy. They were both taken east to Seton Hall by Red Smith and made good in their first year of college ball. Sunday is the first time they could get a "departure permit" from the powers that be at the college. The rumor is going around New York that Jimmy Crowley will be offered the coaching job at Fordham. Mayor John B. Cavanaugh, who has held the post for six years, is to be retired on account of bad health and Crowley is first up on the list of prospectives although some doubt is expressed about Jimmy leaving Michigan State, where he has been very successful in a football way. It is possible that the Packers may leave here Monday night for Columbus, Ohio, where they would spend the remainder of the week getting in shape for the Portsmouth game. As yet, Coach Lambeau has not made definite decisions on the movement pending on the weekly weather forecast for the Columbus area and other arrangements in regards to a suitable practice field. Practice conditions here are satisfactory, the hotel is ideal, but it is figured that a change of scenery might be the best for all concerned.
CONTINUE RACE FOR TOP BERTH IN PRO LEAGUE
NOV 26 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Portsmouth Spartans will continue their stretch duel for the National Professional league football championship on Sunday in two important games. The Spartans meet the Bears in Chicago and Green Bay concludes its eastern invasion against Ken Strong's Staten Island team. The Packers' worries increased somewhat yesterday when Joe Zeller, stellar guard, turned up with some bad bruises, which he sustained against the Dodgers Thursday. Nate Barrager and Tom Nash are definitely out of tomorrow's game. Staten Island, formerly Ken Strong, former New York University All-American halfback, is one of the most improved teams in the league. In their last two appearances they slaughtered the Chicago Cardinals and held the New York Giants, conquerors of the Packers, to a 13-13 draw. Portsmouth, in second place, and the Chicago Bears, close behind them, will meet in what probably will amount to an elimination from championship consideration for the loser. The Bears will be handicapped by the loss of Carl Brumbaugh, quarterback, Dick Nesbitt, fullback, and Carlson, guard, all of whom are ill of influenza. Dutch Clark is the leading threat of the Spartans and tops in the league in scoring.
PACKERS ARE CRIPPLED FOR GAME WITH STAPLETON ELEVEN SUNDAY
NOV 27 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, minus the services of five players, will invade Staten Island Sunday to meet the Stapleton collegiates. The Packers took Stapleton, 26 to 0, at Green Bay last month. It may be a different story Sunday, as the islanders have been playing much improved football in their last three starts. Ken Strong, who failed to click on the western trip of the Stapleton club, is going "strong" now and "as Strong goes, so go the Stapes". Stapleton tied the New York Giants, 13 to 13, on Thanksgiving Day. The Packers will play the Islanders without Tom Nash and Nate Barrager. Several other members of the Green Bay team are somewhat the worse for wear as a result of the grueling battle in which they defeated Brooklyn on Thanksgiving Day. Verne Lewellen is out with a bruised shoulder. Hurdis McCrary has a sore ankle and Mike Michalske is down with an injured knee. The champions from Wisconsin must win this game to stay in the race for their fourth flag. Coach Curly Lambeau will start his strongest available lineup and "shoot the works" from the opening whistle. The probable Green Bay lineup will be: Left end, Rose; left tackle, Earpe; left guard, Comstock; center, Bultman; right guard, Zeller; right tackle, Perry; right end, Gantenbein; quarterback, Blood; left halfback, Herber; right halfback, Bruder; fullback, Hinkle. The officials will be: Referee, Tommy Hughitt; umpire, Bobby Chan, and head linesman, Jack Reardon.