Green Bay Packers (2-0-1) 13, New York Giants (0-2) 0
Sunday October 2nd 1932 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - New York's Giants gave Green Bay the toughest kind of opposition here Sunday afternoon and the Packers had to open up with nearly everything they had to come out on top by a 13 to 0 score in a National league game before 6,000 fans. Green Bay didn't have much trouble scoring early in the game, going over after a march of 60 yards in the opening quarter but after that it was a case of pounding against a powerful line that refused to give ground and play the tightest kind of defensive football to protect the slim leads. It was McCrary who went over for the first touchdown and O'Boyle who kicked for the extra point. In the closing period Bruder added six points with another touchdown. New York's running game was completely bottled up by charging Packer linemen, with Lavvie Dilweg playing a leading role, but before the battle was over Green Bay learned to have considerable respect for the Giants' passing game. The Giants threw the ball all over the field, often into the arms of waiting receivers. Tosses seldom were good for gains of more than a few yards, however, and New York never got beyond the 30-yard mark to become dangerous.
GROVE LOOKS GOOD
After the opening spurt that brought Green Bay seven points there wasn't much of the spectacular until the closing period. Play mostly was between the 20-yard marks with teams having possession of the ball in their own territory. Some great returns of punts by Roger Grove, and several excellent kicks by Clark Hinkle were outstanding features. Both lines played sterling ball and plays seldom gained yards through them. Quick opening thrusts, tried by Green Bay were smashed down by alert New York backs who plugged holes; spinners worked occasionally for short gains but there were few long runs after the first period. New York running plays likewise were broken up, often before they hit the line of scrimmage. Shipwreck Kelly, Burnett and Cagle broke loose on a few plays but Packer secondary man slapped them down before they could get very far. The New York passes were dangerous, however, being completed in the flat zone most of the time for short gains.
EARPE RECOVERS FUMBLE
The play of Grove, Bruder, Hinkle and Herber in Green Bay's backfield again stood out. The veteran Verne Lewellen and Wuert Englemann also turned in some fine football the short periods they were in the game. On the line Dilweg and Nash were great defensive performers working smoothly with many combinations of players who were used from tackle to tackle. Hein, Flaherty and Badgro were outstanding performers for the Giants, smashing up many plays thrown at the line. In the Giant backfield, Moran was a triple-threat performer, mixing passes, runs and punts. Kelly and Cagle also turned in good performances. It was the alertness of Jugger Earpe, Packer veteran, that started the Green Bay touchdown parade in the first quarter. He recovered a fumble on the Giant 40-yard line to give Green Bay the ball. Previous to that Jug had broken through the Giant line to throw Feather for a 10-yard loss when it looked like the New Yorkers were becoming dangerous.
BREAK TURNS TIDE
The break turned the tide of the game and the Packers began to click. After a Green Bay punt and a return kick by the Giants that went out of bounds on the 35-yard mark, the Packers started a march clear down the field for a touchdown. Englemann started the activity when he raced around left end, cut sharply to dodge one of New York's backfield men, outran another and then crashed right over two more Giant players in a mad gallop for 25 yards. A great block by Fitzgibbons added ten yards to Englemann's dash when Moran tried to get to him. Fitzgibbons took Moran out of the play and the ball carrier until he reached the 40-yard mark. Lewellen then found a hole at center and spun through it, smashing six yards before he was downed. McCrary picked up a couple of yards on another center plunge. Lewellen made it a first down on the 36-yard mark. Again Lewellen took the ball and slashed through the line, this time for 16 yards and another first down. He added two on the next play. Then it was McCrary's turn. He knifed through an opening made by Bultman and Comstock, straight-armed the Giant fullback and cut to his left to race 14 yards for a touchdown. O'Boyle kicked for the extra point and the ball went through the posts, giving Green Bay a 7 to 0 lead.
SEND IN NEW MEN
The Packers sent an entire new team into the game just before the start of the second period. They did well enough on defense but couldn't do much against New York's line on offense. Twice Green Bay got within the Giants' 35-yard line, due to some excellent kicking by Hinkle and short returns by New York but the Giants' front wall stiffened to repulse Green Bay's attack. The Bays tried several forward passes in this period but none connected. Neither side had a scoring opportunity in the third period as the teams played defensive football. It developed into a punting duel, with the outstanding feature Grove's return of kicks. The fourth period had more action, however, and saw the Giants open up again with their flat passes. The short heaves often connected but the Giants never got into scoring position. One of the best passes even seen here paved the way for the Packers' second touchdown. It came in the closing period with Herber and Dilweg sharing the limelight. The Packers had the ball on the Giant 43-yard line. Herber dropped back on a good screen pass and raced to his left. Dilweg tore straight down the field. At the 15-yard line he checked his stride momentarily as Herber shot the ball. It traveled straight into Dilweg's arms and the big end raced goalward. Cagle and Hein caught him from the side on the one-yard line, knocking Dilweg out of bounds. The Packers were penalized for offsides on the next play and lost five yards. They lost four more yards when Herber was tackled behind the line of scrimmage and it looked like the scoring chance was being lost. The next play found New York being
penalized, however, and the Packers moved up five yards. Bruder hit center for four yards. He hit the line again, going over left guard for a touchdown. Grove's kick from placement was wide of the posts so the score stood 13 to 0 in favor of Green Bay.
NEW YORK - 0 0 0 0 - 0
GREEN BAY - 7 0 0 6 - 13
1ST - GB - Hurdis McCrary, 14-yard run (Harry O'Boyle kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1ST - GB - Hank Bruder, 10-yard run (Roger Grove kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-0
OCT 3 (Green Bay) - An excellent show was presented between halves by several military units. The Fond du Lac Five and Drum corps, the Beaver Dam Legion band, Green Bay Legion band and local Boy Scouts took part in the ceremony. The units offered short concerts and drills and then joined in a group to present an imposing picture...The pass which Dilweg caught late in the game that brought a touchdown was as pretty a play as has been seen in a long time. Dilweg went out like a flash, then leaped high in the air to bring it down the ball. He would have scored if Hein and Cagle had not caught him from the side and knocked him out of bounds...The axe falls on some of the Packers this week as Coach Lambeau must trim the squad to conform with National league rules. Speculation is rife as to who will be released. The coach has not yet announced, or definitely decided who will go...Before the game was five minutes old there had been four fumbles, something unusual for a professional encounter. Both teams fumbled twice and opponents recovered. After the first period there was only one misplay that cost possession of the ball...Bo Molenda, who played with the Packers five years and was signed with the Giants this week, was on the New York bench but not in uniform. He has not had a chance to become familiar with their signals...It was a perfect day for football with little sun after the first half to shine into the eyes of fans in the north stands. The only complaint from a players' standpoint was that it was a little too warm...Fitzgibbons continue to star as a blocker. He executed a number of blocks that gave the Packers many yards...Every Packer player got into the game at one period or another. No one played the entire game. Late in the first quarter Coach Lambeau sent in 11 men at one time...The Packers huddled part of the game, but in the fourth period they went back to calling signals with key numbers...This Moran could do everything well. He is a great defensive players, and can punt, pass, block and run.
OCT 4 (New York) - Brooklyn and Green Bay are sharing the lead in the NFL race as it enters the third week, with Benny Friedman's Dodgers holding a clear lead on the offensive strength, gaining 440 yards in two games.
CARDS BORROW SHELLEY
OCT 4 (Green Bay) - Dexter Shelley, halfback from Texas, has been loaned to the Chicago Cardinals for the remainder of the 1932 season, according to an announcement by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers. Clyde Van Sickle, Arkansas, and Marger Apsit, U.S.C. halfback, have been released by the Packers. The three players were first year gridders with the Packers but all had previous professional experience. Shelley played with Providence in 1931 while Van Sickle and Apsit saw service with the Philadelphia Yellowjackets.
PORTSMOUTH TO FACE GREEN BAY SUNDAY
OCT 4 (Portsmouth) - Led by Earl (Dutch) Clark all-American professional quarterback, the greatest team yet to represent Portsmouth prepared today for a Wisconsin invasion, which will end at Green Bay next Sunday afternoon in a battle for first place in the NFL. The Spartans of 1932 are featuring all the stars of last year's team, which placed second to Green Bay in the professional loop, and in addition have picked up some promising new threat. To add to these threats, the Spartans add to these threats, the Spartans carry with them the conviction that the Packers slipped out of a game here last December, which if played and won by Portsmouth would have placed Coach Potsie Clark's club in a tie with Green Bay for the title..."PIKERS", "CHEESE CHAMPIONS": Fans in the Portsmouth sector of southern Ohio are still openly hostile to the Bay team and the Packers, down here, are called the "Pikers" and "cheese champions". The Spartans are undefeated so far. The team opened its season with a 33 to 0 conquest of Grand Rapids, edged out the New York Giants 7 to 0, and then fought the rejuvenated Cardinals to a 7-all tie. Perhaps the best known players of the Spartan array are Wilson, Clark, Lumpkin, McKalip and Presnell, all of whom have made the rounds of professional football circles...STAR IN BROKEN FIELD: Clark earned all-American honors last fall in his first year out of college, and this season he has continued his fine work at quarterback. He is recognized for his uncanny ability to call the right signals at the right time, and is regarded as the best broken field runner in the NFL. The redoubtable Roy (Father) Lumpkin, known wherever football fans meet as the "rambling wreck from Georgia Tech", is having another great season, his third with Portsmouth. He is a 213-pound fullback, plays without a headgear and is a terror at hitting the line. Glenn Presnell, 193-pound halfback, is outstanding as a passer and ball carrier.
He is serving his second season with the Spartans, prior to which he played with the famed Ironton Tanks. Last year he was selected for the second all-America pro team...MCKALIP IS "PASS HAWK": William McKlip, who was placed at end on the same mythical team as Presnell last season, is playing his second season with the Spartans. He is regarded as a "pass hawk", having no equals in the business of snaring off overheads. One Portsmouth player in particular will be no stranger to the Green Bay crowd. Fay (Mule) Wilson played with the Packers in 1931 and before that worked several seasons for the New York Giants. The Spartans are using him at fullback. These are a few of the more widely publicized Portsmouth players, although they represent only a portion of the Spartan offense and defense, which are calculated to upset the Packers Sunday afternoon...CAVOSIE FROM IRONWOOD: Among the backfield men who will get into action Sunday will be Ace (Gus) Gutowsky, halfback, who broke his leg in the first game with the New York Giants last year, but is making a strong comeback; John Cavosie, fullback, of Ironwood, Mich., who is fresh from a Michigan lumber camp; and Gene Alford, of Texas Tech, another Ironton veteran who plays halfback for Portsmouth. The Spartans boast another member of the first all-America team in George (Chris) Christensen, former of Oregon, who was named for a tackle berth last season. This is his second season with the Spartans, and during his offtime he serves as forest ranger in Oregon for Uncle Sam. The rest of the line includes Ambrose Rachner, Indiana tackle; Morris Bedenger, 211-pound Tulane tackle; Raymond Davis, 224-pound Harvard college guard; Danny McMullen, 242-pounder from Nebraska; Robert Armstrong, 229-pound Missouri tackle and guard; Harry Ebding, St. Mary's university end who was considered one of the National league's best wingmen last year; Clare Randolph, husky Indiana center who graduated with honors from Notre Dame and played last season with the Cardinals; Grove (Ox) Emerson, Texas guard who is rated one of the scrappiest in football; John Wager, center and guard of Carthage college; and Granville Mitchell, husky end of Davis-Elkins.
80-YEAR OLD KEWAUNEE RESIDENT PACKER FAN
OCT 4 (Kewaunee) - Frank Hamachek, Sr., who will have reached the age of 80 yards at his next birthday, is still an ardent Packer fan. Mr. Hamachek attended the Packer-Giant game on Sunday, and has been attending the games since the Packers organized. He still claims, however, that the Packers would be improved a good deal if they had the services of Eddie Kotal. Mr. Hamachek firmly believes that Kotal was one of the best open field runners ever to wear a Packer uniform.
PACKER-PORTSMOUTH GAME EXPECTED TO DRAW LARGE CROWD
OCT 5 (Green Bay) - One of the largest crowds that ever witnessed a professional game in Green Bay is expected to be on hand Sunday afternoon at the City Stadium when the Packers meet the Portsmouth Spartans in a "grudge" battle. Since last December when Portsmouth attempted to picture the Green Bay club as "Pikers", the feud has been on, and it looks as though every gridiron fan within a radius of several hundred miles is planning to come here for the argument...HEAVY TICKET DEMAND: According to E.A. Spachmann, who is in charge of the Packer ticket sales department, the demand for seats is nearly as heavy as the rush for the Bear game tickets. Out-of-town orders are far above normal and the ticket selling places in Green Bay are reporting brisk business. All the railroads are running football excursions to Green Bay this Sunday and reduced fares also prevail on the bus lines. Wisconsin Rapids has asked for a block of 200 seats. The Wisconsin Rapids High School band will furnish musical entertainment between halves. This is a crack organization, 80 strong...SEVERAL SCHOOL SQUADS: Several high school football squads from neighboring cities will also be present at the game. The Packer management offers cut rates to the scholastic gridiron squads and many coaches are jumping at the chance to let their boys get a glimpse at the Packers in action. The Packer squad came out of the battle with the New York Giants in good condition. Some of the players are still ailing with sore muscles but Coach E.L. Lambeau expects to have his squad fit for the fray. The national champions will be tuned up to a high pitch for the clash as it is the one game on the schedule that Coach Lambeau wants to win above all others. Intensive practice is the rule all week.
PORTSMOUTH POINTING FOR HARD TUSSLE AGAINST SPARTANS
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - The briefest and most gusty rivalry currently enjoyed in the National league will be resumed here Sunday afternoon, when the Green Bay Packers and Portsmouth Spartans pick up a series of disagreements last aired in 1930. Although the team have met but three times, and one of these games was a practice affair, their rivalry already is assuming a traditional tinge. Sunday's contest which will begin at 2 o'clock at the City Stadium, is whetted by any number of hard words cast between the two organizations near the end of last season's playing schedules...CALLED BAY PIKERS: In probably no contest this year will the teams be so bent on "showing each other up" as in the Green Bay-Portsmouth mixup. Aspersions cast Bayward last season indicated that the Packers, who declined to visit Ohio for a post-season game with the second place Spartans, were afraid to meet their redoubtable opponents on the professional gridiron. In fact, the Bays were referred to freely as the "Green Bay Pikers" and the "cheese champions". This definitely placed the burden of proof upon the Packers, with the debating platform set for the stadium Sunday afternoon. Although there is no personal animosity existing between the respective teams, plenty of contempt is being wasted upon the other's claims, and the squad which leaves the field under the short end of the score will have something to live down in future Portsmouth-Green Bay games...WILL WATCH LUMPKIN: Packer fans who witnessed the game in October 1930, when the black-haired Father Lumpkin rode roughshod into the Bay line for the most impressive showing his mates made that day, will be anxious to see the big fellow in action again. Lumpkin inspires a distinct inferiority complex in alien crowds, similar to that when Nagurski is hot for the Bears or to that seen at its best advantage last season at Chicago when Ernie Nevers led his Cardinals to a stirring conquest of the national champs. Presnell and Cavosie are two more backs whose work will stand plenty of watching. Dutch Clark, the Spartan all-American quarterback, will be making his first appearance on a Bay field as will George Christensen who performs in the line. For sideline entertainment there will be offered the Wisconsin Rapids High School band, a crack musical unite, which will invade Green Bay along with a healthy delegation from the baseball city.
CAVOSIE FROM IRONWOOD
OCT 6 (Ironwood, MI) - Upper Michigan will be represented by a larger delegation than usual at the Packer game in Green Bay Sunday as hundreds of fans from this sector are planning to give John Cavosie, the Portsmouth fullback, a hand. Cavosie is an Ironwood product. He first gained gridiron fame as a member of the Luther Wright high eleven when he dropkicked for some 55 yards against the Ishpeming high team. The Portsmouth fullback spends his off seasons here and has been showing his younger brother, Billy Cavosie, all the tricks of the kicking game. The younger Cavosie is a regular on the high school team which is coached by Chester Wiley who formerly served in a similar capacity at Green Bay East high.
TAKE GRIFFEN ALONG
OCT 6 (Portsmouth, OH) - Coach Potsy Clark of the Portsmouth Spartans made a last minute change in his lineup before starting on the trip to Green Bay this afternoon. Danny McMullen, a veteran guard who had played five seasons with the Chicago Bears, was left at home and Harold Griffen assigned to his place. Griffen formerly coached the Portsmouth club and last season, when Clark took over the reins, he served as managing director. Before coming to Portsmouth in 1928, he played a few games with the Green Bay Packers. During his college career, Griffen won gridiron fame at Iowa when he was named as all-conference center. He is a big fellow, going over 225 pounds and gets around pretty fast. It is Coach Clark's plan to use Griffen as second string center and place John Wager in the guard position formerly occupied by McMullen.
ORDER DIRECT WIRE
OCT 7 (Portsmouth, OH) - Spartan followers will get the story of the Portsmouth-Green Bay game on Sunday "hot off the wire", as arrangements have been made to file a direct play-by-play account from the City stadium at Green Bay to the Snyder Stadium here. Two semi-pro organizations are billed at the stadium and a loudspeaker system will carry the game at Green Bay as a double attraction. There will be a handful of Spartan followers at Green Bay Sunday as three auto loads of fans, headed by Ray Auer and Ralph Dewey, officials of the Portsmouth club, headed north this morning en route to the home of the national champs.
RAPIDS FANS COMING
OCT 7 (Wisconsin Rapids) - Several hundred football fans from this second will invade Green Bay on Sunday to witness the Packers' battle with the Portsmouth Spartans. The crack Wisconsin Rapids High School band will be an added attraction at the football game and the local musicians will parade and
play between halves. This is an 80-piece band and was rated as one of the best of its kind in midwest circles. Coach Leo Huber of the high school football team is taking his entire squad of 40 gridders to the Bay this weekend and there also will be big delegations from Stevens Point Teachers' college and the high school at Point. Eddie Kotal, former Packer star, is athletic director of the Stevens Point Teachers. The Green Bay and Western railroad is running an excursion for Sunday's game and all the bus lines also are offering cut rates.
PORTSMOUTH SQUAD WILL ARRIVE HERE SATURDAY MORNING
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - Once again the Portsmouth Spartans have broken up the parade. Coach Potsy Clark and his tribe of alleged "Packer killer" were originally scheduled to arrive in Green Bay tonight at 8:30 p.m. over the Northwestern road and arrangements had been made to give them a fitting welcome. Even the Green Bay Legion band was to have been on the job at the station to play a funeral march as the Ohioans stepped from the train. But all these plans were changed this morning when a telegram was received from Harry N. Snyder, vice president of the Portsmouth club, from Cincinnati saying "Traveling schedule changed. Arrive Green Bay Saturday morning over Northwestern"...ARRIVE SATURDAY 8:15 A.M.: The Portsmouth club will reach here Saturday at 8:15 a.m., and on the return movement, the Spartans' special Pullman will be attached to a train leaving for Chicago at 12:45 a.m. Monday. It is probable that the Portsmouth club will work out Saturday afternoon. Interest in the "grudge" battle is high and the usual eleventh hour rush for reservations is keeping the Packer ticket office force working overtime. Advance sales indicated a big crowd and, if the weather holds good, a capacity crowd is forecast. There are still over 5,000 seats unsold, however, and the Packer management guarantees to take care of every spectator with a suitable reservation even after the hour for the opening kickoff on Sunday...LUMPKIN PREDICTS VICTORY: Roy (Father) Lumpkin, the rambling wreck of Georgia Tech, who captains the Spartans, spoke before a service club in Portsmouth on Wednesday and he predicted a victory over the national champions. According to Lumpkin, the Spartan team has never been in a better shape, and he added that the players would win from Green Bay or break a leg or two in the attempt. Lumpkin is well remembered by the Green Bay fans for his brilliant play in the 1930 game here. Although Portsmouth took a fine lacing from the Packers in that contest, the pugnacious Mr. Lumpkin battled like a demon all the way and gave a brilliant exhibition of individual play...KEEP EYE ON CLARK: The Green Bay football colony also will have their eye on Earl (Dutch) Clark, the Portsmouth quarterback who earned all-American honors last season in his debut in professional league circles. Clark has never visited Green Bay before, so his performance at City stadium Sunday afternoon will be something new both for himself and the crowd. In preparation for the struggle, considered the most crucial thus far of the 1932 season, Coach E.L. Lambeau has called his squad inside three times this week for blackboard talks. The Spartan style of play is nothing new to the coach, but some of the Packers who will see considerable action Sunday will be running up against the invaders for the first time, and some skull exercise deemed necessary in preparation for the event.
PRO GRID NOTES
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - Gene Rose, long rated as one of the Chicago Cardinals' best backfielders, has been handed the pink ticket by Coach Jack Chevigny. According to Dame Rumor, Rose and Chevigny
clashed frequently over the Cards' offensive tactics...Hap Moran continues to shine on the Giants' backfield. He is sort of a handy man in a gridiron way as he can punt, pass, and lug the oval from any position. Moran started his pro career with Pottsville...Tony Plansky, an all-American from Georgetown some years ago, is again performing in the National league. Plansky is one of the bright sports of the Boston Braves. As a halfback, he has few peers in the postgraduate football loop...George Christensen, Portsmouth's all-American pro tackle, is having another banner year with the Spartans. The big lineman from Oregon seems to be faster than ever this season and he often beats his end down the field on punts...Jack McBride is fighting hard for a place on the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The former Syracuse ace, who is a veteran professional fullback, is displaying more life than ever and he is making some of the youngsters hustle.
GREEN BAY BATTLES PORTSMOUTH SUNDAY
OCT 8 (Green Bay) - A fight-to-a-finish spirit will pervade City stadium here tomorrow afternoon when the Green Bay Packers and Portsmouth Spartans meet for the first time since 1930. The winner may attain undisputed leadership in standings of the National league. The kickoff is at 2 p.m. From the start until the final whistle, the Spartans will be fighting for revenge against the Packers, accused by the Ohioans of side-stepping a postseason game last year with the second place Portsmouth team. Spartan fans contend the Packers were afraid of losing the game and going into a tie for the championship. A week of intensive practice has tuned the Packers to a high pitch and they will be out to give the Spartans a beating that long will be remembered. All of the players resent comments and charges hurled by the Spartans since last year and will be prepared to give plenty of football...A STRONG OUTFIT: The Packers will have no easy time with the Spartans. With a powerful line and several fleet backs, the invaders will present a team that can offer plenty of good football. With such backfield stars as Dutch Clark, Mule Wilson, Father Lumpkin and Presnell for most of the work, the Spartans can offer a varied attack. All can pass, run and kick. Portsmouth's line is studded with brilliant performers. Randolph, at center; Emerson and Wager, big towering guards; Racher, Armstrong and Christensen, tackles, are linemen of the best. In McKalip, Mitchell and Ebding the Spartans have three ends who are big and tough. Against the array of talent Coach E.L. Lambeau will send his strongest players. Michalske, Stahlman, Hubbard, Barragar and Zeller are sure to see plenty of work on the line. They will perform with many other combinations to smash the Portsmouth front wall and provide openings for fast backfield men...PRACTICE NEW PLAYS: The Packers have perfected many new plays in intensive practice sessions this week and will be set to "shoot the work". Quick opening thrust, passes and straight line plunges will be mixed and thrown at the Spartans at the start in an attempt to smother the invaders. All of the 20 men on the eligibility list will be used, the coach said. Portsmouth has never won a game from Green Bay in the short but hectic series. When the Spartans first game here in 1929 for a practice game, the Bays whipped them by a 14 to 0 score. In 1930 when Portsmouth invaded Green Bay, the Packers turned in the greatest performance of years to win by a 47 to 13 count. Later in the season, the Bays were held to a 6 to 6 tie at Portsmouth. Last year the Spartans were out for a championship but refused to come here for a game but wanted the Packers at Portsmouth. Coach Lambeau arranged a tentative date but the game was never played, much to the disappointment of the Spartans. Then followed considerable discussion in Portsmouth newspapers with southern writers and Portsmouth officials hurling remarks at the Wisconsin team. Settlement of the 1931 score will be the moving spirit of the Packers play tomorrow but they also will be out to hold on to first place in the National league. The winner tomorrow will remain in a tie with Brooklyn for the lead, providing the Dodgers, headed by Friedman, win over Stapleton.