1936 Green Bay Packers
JANKOWSKI ON PACKER LIST
DEC 14 (New York) - Selection of 10 outstanding college football stars as Green Bay's draft quota was made by Coach E.L. Lambeau here Saturday at a meeting of the NFL officials. Although the Packers' high position in the standings - better than any other team - gave Green Bay last choice as the draft list was considered, Lambeau came out exceptionally well, landing several men of national reputation. Svendsen is brother of big George Svendsen, Packer center, and is the "middle man" combination of three Svendsen brothers, all Minnesota centers. The youngest Svendsen now is a freshman at the Gopher university. Philadelphia had the first choice and chose Sam Francis, Nebraska fullback. The No. 2 selection was Ray (Buzz) Buivid of Marquette, who was taken by the Chicago Cardinals. It is understood, however, that Buivid eventually will wind up in a Chicago Bears uniform, as the Cardinals are said to owe a player to the Bears for George Grosvenor, the flashy halfback. The stellar backfield of Marquette was scattered all over the league, with Buivid going to the Cards along with Art Guepe, Al Guepe being chosen by the Bears and Ward Cuff by the New York Giants. Among outstanding players to be listed on various draft rosters were Sammy Baugh, Southern Methodist, who went to Boston; Steve Toth, Northwestern, to the Bears; Bucky Bryant, Tulane, and Gaynell Tinsley, Louisiana State, to the Cardinals; Ed Widseth, Minnesota, to New York Giants; Larry Kelley, Yale, and Lloyd Cardwell, Nebraska, to Detroit; Ace Parker, Duke; Ed Goddard, Washington; Starcevich, Washington; Reid, Northwestern, and Golemgeske, Wisconsin, all to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
WELCOME PACKERS TONIGHT
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - A thunderous welcome for Green Bay's professional football Packers, 1936 champions of the National league following their 21 to 6 victory over the Boston Redskins at New York yesterday, will mark the city's reception of the great gridiron squad tonight, when Coach E.L. Lambeau will bring home his triumphant title winners. The Packers will arrive on a Milwaukee Road train at 10:15, and today every possible preparation was being rushed to assure a gala homecoming in keeping with the team's magnificent showing in the foreign gridiron wars. Tonight's celebration will touch off three days of activity on behalf of the Packers, which will be climaxed Wednesday night with a huge Victory banquet at the Columbus club, sponsored by the Lions club, with every Packer fan invited...GET OUT RED FIRE: Before the Packers reach Green Bay tonight, their homecoming train will reflect the lurid light of hundreds of red flares, placed along the railroad track between the city and De Pere. As their coach pulls up alongside the Milwaukee Road freight station, the scene of their reception, the players will be greeted by thousands of cheering fans, and will step into the lights of several batteries of "floods", places at strategic spots so as to provide more than sufficient illumination for the occasion. The Wisconsin Public Service corporation today was busy erecting poles to hold one set of lights; the battery atop fire station No. 1, across Washington street, will be directed onto the Packer car; and the floodlights on the Municipal dock will be wheeled to add further light for the players. The Association of Commerce has taken over preparations for the welcoming. The arrival will be broadcast over WTAQ, Green Bay radio station starting at approximately 10:15. An announcer will interview members of the team concerning Sunday's championship game, and the events will also be broadcast over a public address system for the benefit of the crowd...BAND WILL PLAY: Stirring music appropriate to the occasion will be played by the Green Bay city band, and the D.A.V. Drum Corps will be on hand to stir further welcome for the Packers. The reception, officials point out, won't take place at the passenger station of the Milwaukee Road, but will be held between the freight station and E. Mason street. As the Packers leave their coach, they will walk along the freight platform to the microphones, there to broadcast their appreciation of the homecoming, and their comments upon the season, including Sunday's game at New York. As the players leave the platform, they will be loaded onto the large trailer of the Brown County highway department, and taken to the Beaumont hotel, where the party will split up for more informal greetings and congratulations. For two of the Packers, the program was scheduled to start a few hours early. Mrs. Robert Monnett and Mrs. Adolph Schwammel left at noon today for Milwaukee, and were to board the Packer coach late this afternoon to surprise their husbands...BANQUET TICKETS GONE: A thousand fans, young and old, from in the city and without, stampeded this morning to oversubscribe the big testimonial banquet being sponsored by the Lions club. The ticket sale had been good up to yesterday, but with acquisition of the championship the demand for the reservations became so great that an additional hundred tickets were printed and offered besides the 750 original ones. Eagerness to see the league's champions became so great that scalpers
were reported to be getting $2 and more for the $1.50 ticket. Members of the Lions committee warned against scalpers and also warned against the purchasing of fake tickets. The official banquet ticket has the Lions club international insignia embossed on the back and an undertone outline of a football on the face...EXPECT 950 TO DINE: The actual sale of tickets this afternoon was reported at 863, and with between 75 and 100 guests invited, the attendance at the celebration will be 950 or over, according to Owen B. Smith, general chairman. The only chance of obtaining tickets between now and Wednesday is in case of cancellations, he said. Arrangements of this nature should be made only with authorized agencies, including the East and West side Schweger drug store, the Columbus club office, Bent's and Bertrand's sport shops and the Beaumont hotel. Word of his acceptance to attend the dinner was anticipated later today from Arch Ward, sport editor of the Chicago Tribune. Ward tentatively agreed some time ago to be present if the Packers won the title and promised to extend the team the invitation to represent the professional league in the College All-Star game next September in Chicago. It was Ward who was instrumental in launching the All-Star game and promoting it into an annual event which draws record crowds...TABLE FOR PLAYERS: The banquet will start about 6:30. After all fans and guests are seated, the squad will march through the crowd to a special table near the stage. Directors of the Football corporation and other guests will have places on a raised platform under the stage and the team will sit on another platform slightly lower but elevated from the floor. The players' wives and friends will have a reserved table immediately in front of the players and the rest of the banquet hall tables will be open to everyone with reservations. The Lions will present each of the players' wives and friends, as well other women guests, with corsages. Mayor John V. Diener will be the first called on by Toastmaster LaVern Dilweg. He will then introduce L.H. Joannes, president of the football corporation, Oliver Kuechle, sportswriter for the Milwaukee Journal; Charles Nevada, sportswriter of the Tribune's Milwaukee bureau; Stony McGlynn, sportswriter of the Milwaukee Sentinel; Lloyd Larsen, sportswriter of the Wisconsin News, and John Walter, sports editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette...PICTURES OF GAME: Coach Lambeau and Richard (Red) Smith, assistant coach, will be asked to make short remarks and Dr. W.W. Kelly, a director, will be introduced and he will present each member of the team. Dinner music will be played by Herman Daumler and his orchestra and there will be community singing of the Packers' Victory song and "On, Wisconsin". Vic Geisel, member of the Lions committee, said today he has learned that movies of the championship game yesterday were taken by Fox Movietone News. He was to be advised this afternoon when the pictures would be developed and could be expected here. The news concern has assured those making arrangements that the movies will be forwarded in plenty of time.
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - The Packer players know today how hard a job it is to scale the dizzy heights. It is like climbing of those high and forbidden peaks in the Himalayas, about as long and wearisome and subject to many of the same dangers. From the moment of the team showed its eyes were fixed on the very top it found the footing rocky, precipices yawning on every side, all sorts of evil elements attempting to throw and trip and plunge it off the now steep path. The more it persisted in its course the more narrow and treacherous became the way. It was constantly subjected to the vagaries of weather from Arctic blasts to deep swamps, and all the uncertainties both of sickness and injuries. As it neared the very top the howling of the winds increased and the clutchings of others are fame became more dangerous and desperate. The Packers simply earned their proud distinction through heavy toil and the constant use of fast thinking and clever planning in their many fierce battles. Long live the champs!
PACKERS GLAD TENSION IS LIFTED WITH SEASON'S END
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - For 14 years Bud Jorgensen has packed the trunks and hustled property for the Green Bay Packers. Stepping off the Milwaukee road train last night with the team on its triumphant return from New York he said without reservation: "This is the greatest team I have ever seen." And while the worth of champions is proved in deeds rather than words, the verbal bouquets that accompanied the great welcome at the railroad station are sincere tribute to the team that left no doubt anywhere as to its right to the professional football title. While Jorgensen's statement was one of the strongest, it is pretty well representative of the sentiment that rolled through the huge crowd that cheered the return home. Packer President Leland H. Joannes once more alludes to the great spirit of the squad and stated that in the entire group of 27 he has not seen any friction or disharmony that might have lost games. Dr. W.W. Kelly sums it up with "Didn't I tell you?" and in that way recalls an earlier prediction that the Packers would come through. So it is down the line. Superlatives are the order of conversation, and the wolves are quieted for once. But back of it all is another picture - that of relief and the breaking of tension for the players...TOUGHEST OF ALL: Big Walter Kiesling, the guard who has seen 11 years of professional football in assorted brands, claims that this season had been the toughest of them all. "It seemed to get harder every game," he says. "The tension was increased by the necessity of victory each time." Captain Milt Gantenbein says the same thing. "I like to play football," he remarks, "but it got so it wasn't fun anymore. We are glad it's over. I would just as soon play a few games now and really feel that I could get some kick out of it, win, lose or draw." While Milt talked, the crowd in the Hotel Astor surged toward him. Congratulations came from all sides, and it was difficult to dwell on the hardships of winning a championship. "One thing I do want to get across," he exclaims, "is our appreciation of this welcome. This really tops it off." It was shortly after 9 o'clock, more than an hour before the train was due, that the first of the welcoming crowd picked a spot near the freight platform on which Green Bay's favorite sons were paraded. From that time on they gathered in a steady stream, and when the players climbed aboard Hank Bruder's truck to go down to the Hotel Northland, they followed right along...LINE THE SIDEWALK: At the Northland Packer fans lined the sidewalk, stood jammed in the entrance and lobby, and peered down from the mezzanine as Manager Paul Goeke shook the hand of each individual and wholesale felicitations came from all sides. Leading the players into the hotel was Clarke Hinkle and Mrs. Hinkle, married only 24 hours earlier, as the big fullback stopped only long enough for a change of clothes after the game before saying, "I do." "The greatest day in my life," says Clarke, and as things quite down a little some of the other players also find time to squeeze a word in here and there. "Undoubtedly the greatest offensive football machine in the history of the game," drawls Don Hutson. "Up to this year, I thought that the University of Alabama team of 1934 deserved most of the honors in that respect...but I have never seen anything like this year's Packers." George Henry Sauer affirms that and adds, "If we were stopped along one line of attack, there was always something else we could do. There was no bottling up that offense." Lou Gordon, who once thought he was being "sold down the river" when the Chicago Cardinals released him, enthuses, "We won the championship, didn't we? Of course, we're the best...I have never played with a better team." Tiny Engebretsen takes much razzing from his teammates for getting bumped on the head early in the game, and he shows a slip from a New York doctor which states that there is no indication of a serious head injury. Still he says, "I'm not responsible for anything that happens from now on." Herman Schneidman and Gantenbein were asked how the gang made the train at 11:30 in New York, and they laugh as they answer, "We don't know." Bobby Monnett finds time to bring to mind the work that it took to bring home the championship, and so it goes. All in all there isn't a flaw in the scene. It is a busy night for the police department, but nothing gets out of hand and Patrolman Francis Wigman remarks that it is the greatest welcoming celebration that Green Bay has ever seen. Hutson pauses to recall the keen disappointment of Riley Smith, his former Alabama teammate, who is one of the spark plugs of the Boston attack. After the game Smith admitted Packer greatness and said that it was recognized almost too well by the Boston players. He claimed that they expected to get beat, but they didn't temper the deep feeling that accompanied the loss...CROWD THINS OUT: With the passing of time the crowd thinned out but many stayed up past their usual bedtimes. Jorgensen reappears on the scene at the Hotel Astor and repeats the statement he made at the station. "This is the greatest team I have ever seen," he insists and when he is questioned by one fan who wonders if some of the greats of 1929, 1930 and 1931 will not be offended, he says it can't be helped. Bud has been with them all, and, along with Johnny Blood, who left the train at Pittsburgh, has been a part of the outfit in all the championship years. Somebody in the crowd wants to know about the Butler-Bausch fight. Gantenbein explains it this way: "Bausch blocked the kicker on every kickoff. It was the thing that put Sarausky of the Giants out the week before. Our play was to protect our kicker and Butler blocked out Bausch. That started things, and a few plays later they were swinging." The talk goes on and time begins to mean less and less, but the players aren't the only ones who breathed a sigh of relief when the last whistle was blown Sunday afternoon. Fans throughout the state who have followed the team in its middle west encounters and have been glued to their radios for every other game found their radios for every other game found their spokesman in Mrs. Leland Joannes. "I couldn't stand many more games this year," she says. And smiling back, Milt Gantenbein expresses the same feeling.
BAY PASSING RECORD BEST
DEC 15 (New York) - For the second consecutive year, the Green Bay Packers, newly-crowned champions, led the NFL in passing, final figures for the 1936 campaign revealed today. Led by flashy Arnold Herber, former Regis college star, the air-minded Packers gained a total of 1,629 yards in the atmosphere. The new champions also led in scoring with 248 points...AVERAGE IS HIGHER: The average yards gained by passing by the league as a whole was 995 compared with 939 a year ago. The Packers completed 108 out of 255 attempts in the air for an average of 42 percent; led in points after touchdown with 30 and in field goals with ten. The Detroit Lions, 1935 champions, showed the most powerful running attack to lead the league in ground gaining with 2,885 yards. The average for the league was 1,707. The Lions also made the most first downs, 170, and led in total yardage gained, 3,703...BEST PUNTING MARK: Ralph Kercheval, former Kentucky kicking ace, enabled the Brooklyn Dodgers to win up the season with the best punting average, 45 yards. The league average was 39. The worst fumblers were the New York Giants with 57. The Lions were the best in this respect with only 20 miscues. The Boston Redskins had the best defense against passing. The Philadelphia Eagles were the easiest to score upon, opposing teams registering 206 points. The Chicago Bears held opposition points to 94 for the season.
PRO LOOP PRESIDENT IS "BUNDLE OF HUSTLE"
DEC 15 (New York) - Our nomination for the liveliest human bundle in and out of the sports world today goes to Joe Carr, the little white haired Irishman with the spotlight smile that knocks and boosts have been unsuccessfully trying to wipe off for almost half a century. Joseph Francis Carr is his full name. Since his first promotion as a dreamer of 17 in his home town of Columbus, O., Joe has been a dynamic figure on a sports trail guided with easy money and calloused by hard knocks. He's a super salesman of sport. He's president of the National Professional Football league, which he organized in 1921 and lifted to the status of respect, power and riches by the force of his genius and hustly. He's promotional director of minor league baseball, a near defunct organization of 12 operating leagues when he took over the seemingly hopeless job just four years ago but now a thriving group of 26 leagues with four more coming up '37 and the Irishman well on his way toward his goal of 50 leagues by 1938. He's the recognized "peacemaker" of professional sports organization. "Page Joe Carr' is a byword among sports promoters who find themselves deadlocked and ready to split up over issues of policy. And Joe, armed with his big grin and old fashioned horse sense, never has been known to fail in his role.
10,000 FANS GREET PACKERS
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Ten thousand voices roared a tremendous welcome to the Green Bay Packer football team last night, as the victorious players returned from the 1936 gridiron wars in possession of the world professional championship. Green Bay's packed humanity jammed every available space in the vicinity of the Milwaukee Road freight depot as the homecoming squad's special coach rolled in from the south at 10:20, carrying the triumphant gridiron men through lanes of spitting red fire, to face the thunderous greeting which the city had reserved for its champions...FOURTH CHAMPIONSHIP: As far as the eye could reach from the depot platform, across Washington street, down toward the passenger station, across Adams and around fire station No. 1, the cheering throng waved and delivered vocal congratulations as the Packers were taken from their coach and walked along the platform to express their pleasure briefly into a battery of microphones. Headed by Coach E.L. Lambeau, pilot of his fourth National championship team, the squad was nearly intact, although several faces were missing as the players completed their long journey from New York. Johnny Blood, the vagabond halfback, stopped in Pittsburgh. Ernie Smith and Cal Clemens stopped off at Detroit to drive home a new auto; Frank Butler left the train at Chicago; Buckets Goldenberg and Wayland Becker are in Milwaukee; Tony Paulekas remained with his wife at Washington, Pa.; and Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith, picking up his car in Toledo, is driving home. The rest were in the homecoming party, and the players were tremendously impressed by the magnitude of the city's welcome. Football fans from miles around were present to witness the arrival, cheer the champions, and follow them down Washington street when the reception at the station broke up...PLAN OTHER GAMES: Coach Lambeau took a moment from the occasion to announced that the team probably will appear in several post-season contests, including one at Denver New Years' day, against a combination team of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Cardinals, coached by Potsy Clark. Two January games at Los Angeles and another at San Francisco also are likely, Lambeau added. For the moment the chief item of interest is tomorrow night's Victory banquet at the Columbus community club. The affair is a complete sellout, and the chief worry of the Lions club committee in charge is where to obtain additional tickets. Almost 1,000 will attend the dinner, a record Green Bay banquet crowd. Last night members of the Lions club sponsoring the celebration determined to throw open the balcony to spectators for the movies of the championship game and program at 50 cents each. A crowd of 750 can be accommodated and balcony seat tickets went on sale today at noon in both East and West side Schweger drug stores. Besides the 1936 champions a dozen or more Packers who brought the city its first league championship in 1929 will be present as guests with their wives. Other guests will include members of the Green Bay Football corporation, sports writers and radio announcers. A telegram today from Arch Ward said: "I'll be there", and assured the sponsors that the invitation will be extended to the Packers for the college All-Star game in Chicago next fall. The affair will be the most elaborate event of its kind ever held in Green Bay, and the committee plans to start serving at 6:30...GREETED AT PLYMOUTH: The Bay players had an information that someone was celebrating their championship when the train stopped at Plymouth, en route from Milwaukee. The Plymouth city band was at the station, accompanied by most of the town's population, and they cheered the national champs in a spontaneous outburst of enthusiasm. As the train neared Green Bay, the lurid glare of red flares along the tracks gave the Packers a promise of a great welcome. Into the city limits rolled the homecoming party, and the engineer let loose a mighty blast of the whistle to signal the train's approach. This was all the nervous crowd needed. As
the engine came into sight around the bend to the south of the depot, a great shout rose from the throng, and when the coaches slid into their places beside the long platform the roar was at full strength. Across the street the fire department sirens were blasting out a scream of welcome, automobile horns were jammed down all along the streets, and the people themselves, standing in the glare of a spotlight batter, added to the intense dim with a steady cheer...DIRECTORS ON TRAIN: Out from the coach came the Packers, headed by Lon Evans, all-America guard, clutching the football which was used in the championship game. He was followed, one by one, by the rest of the team. As the players reached the microphone Lorny Wilkinson, WTAQ announcer, called upon each to express his opinion of the homecoming, the championship, or anything else he cared to. Included in the party were Leland H. Joannes, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc.; Dr. W.W. Kelly, A.B. Turnbull and Gerald Clifford, directors; and George W. Calhoun, secretary. Most of them spoke briefly. "It's great to be champions; I'm glad we're home" was the theme of most talks as the Packers responded to the acclaim of the crowd. All of the speakers were applauded vigorously. A Brown county highway department trailer was to have escorted the Packers to the Beaumont hotel, and arrangements had been made accordingly, but the trailer didn't show up, and the Packer squad broke up at the station, most of the men going to their respective homes or hotels. This disappointed a large group of fans who were waiting at the Beaumont hotel, where the team was to have been taken...ELEVEN AGAINST WORLD: Most of them moved over to the Northland, where several of the players live, and welcomed them there. A temporary bar was set up in the main dining room, and standing room was at a premium. All evening the autograph seekers were on the Packers' trail, and the players spent busy minutes scribbling their names as souvenirs of the occasion. To every last man, the team was proud and happy of its achievement, and of the magnificent reception it received from its home community - by many thousands of inhabitants the smallest city in the National league. To quote Clarke Hinkle: "That size business didn't mean anything on the football field. We were just eleven men against the world."
GAGAN IS IMPRESSED WITH CHANGE IN CROWD LOYALTY
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - I was impressed before I left for the championship game, as the winner of the Walkers Football Sweepstakes, to write some of my experiences for the Press-Gazette upon my return. I had that in mind while I was having these experiences and feeling that the sportwriters who are so much better qualified than I am, have done a fair and a good job reporting the game I won't say a great deal about the play itself. It was undoubtedly a greater game, and a more thrilling game than any broadcaster could depict in words, however - even one as good as Russ Winnie and as familiar with the teams and plays. Many things about the trip were very thrilling to me, but are so personal they probably would not interest others. For example, the customs officials searching passengers baggage at Canadian stops; and the fact that my trip took me over five railroad systems, the Northwestern, Michigan Central, New York Central, out of Boston and down the Hudson River, and the Pennsylvania and the Milwaukee Road on the return trip. Some other experiences I guess might be of general interest. One of the strangest of these was the winning of the big crowd to the Packers. I had never been present before when an antagonistic crowd switched its loyalty during a game and finished up on the team they were opposed to when the game began. When the Packers dashed out onto the field (the great and historic Polo Grounds of baseball fame, and which I also had someday hoped to see) the crowd quite unanimously gave them a round of boos and Bronx cheers to start their day off...SAME CROWD APPLAUDS: By the middle of the third quarter the same crowd was applauding Green Bay and Boston equally. The fourth quarter found that entire crowd pulling for the Packers, yelling itself hoarse for them. Whenever Herber faded back they expected a thrill and the entire crowd stood. Also when Milt Gantenbein's touchdown was called back because of offside, the crowd booed the official more than any Green Bay crowd ever has done. My round trip ticket was good for 30 days stop over in New York. How I would have loved to have used a few more days. But when Coach Lambeau said, "Would you like to ride back with the boys in their car?, the adventure was too great to ever pass up. The Milwaukee Road has Edwin D. Crim assigned to the Packers and the Pennsylvania Road also had a special agent who remained right with the team. They were both thoroughly high class gentlemen. I'll never forget a cab ride we took to the grounds. The driver was a colored fellow. The two rails shoved me into the cab and then got in. The Pennsylvania man said, "This is a Packer player. His team left for the Polo Grounds before he was ready. You've got to get him to the grounds before they get there or it's his job...and yours too! They left 15 minutes ago!"...TAKES FAST RIDE: It's a wonder I could enjoy the game after that ride. The fellow never even slowed down. If a light turned red he swung around a corner and around a block or two. We certainly travel several extra miles. When we arrived at the entrance leading to the clubhouse or whatever it is called the Pennsylvania man said, "Go join your team, kid. This is on the Pennsy." Crim pulled out a bill and said "This is part of the Milwaukee Road service, if you'd like to know." And I left them there deciding who would pay for the ride. But I saw them later and in fact rode back to Chicago with them. We saw neither snow nor ice until we got close to Chicago. The Boston team is the swellest bunch of sports I ever met. Coach Lambeau said I had pegged them right. Turk Edwards was over to the hotel an hour after the game to see if his collision had injured Arnie Herber and seemed tickled to discover it had not. He threw his arms around Arnie when he met him in the lobby apparently uninjured. "Some times those things don't turn out so well," he said. Early Sunday evening the entire Boston team came to the hotel to spend some time with the team that had beat them. They are just plain high class - that's all. My greatest regret is that because I went to the broadcasting booth as prearranged I miss hearing whatever it was that Curly said to the boys between the halves. But he certainly turned on the heat. I wouldn't dare to pick a star performer because the whole team played so that a native Green Bayite quivered with pride and emotion. Milt Gantenbein however played the whole game in the Boston backfield. They simply couldn't get together on who was supposed to be watching him. And big Svendsen was just two Svendsens every minute...and one Svendsen is good enough. The Boston players and the New York fans, however, are not so cautious. Any fan who may have been slow in appreciating Arnie Herber can ask me what the Boston ex-all-Americans think and say about him, I'll tell them...HOTEL IS JAMMED: The hotel was jammed Sunday night so one couldn't even move. All that I heard anyone saying was "Which one is 'Erbeh'" or however they pronounce it there. In fact nearly all of the players some time during the evening was asked to point out "which one was Herber" and they picked it up as a kind of a slogan. All the way home the team had a lot of fun with the question...Bobby Monnett especially. He'd dash in and out of the special car and shout "Pardon me, old fellows. But which one is 'Erbeh'?" He drew a well placed kick for himself eventually. Well, I arrived in New York at 7 and left at 11. And the whole trip was 7 come 11 for me. I witnessed a broadcast in Radio City Music hall. I went to St. Patrick's Cathedral and there was Cardinal Hayes pontificating. In the dining car, I saw across the aisle from Alice Faye, the movie star. I sat on the Packer bench at the world championship game. I heard what the fellows talk about during the game. I saw Arnie Herber knocked balmy for the first time in his football career. I saw Riley Smith miss an important placekick - the first in sixteen tries. I was treated with unbelievable courtesy by everyone. Even at the pass-proof Polo Ground gates I said "I'm from Green Bay. I'm sitting with the team." And the turnstile keeper bent the bar down and said only "Okeydoke!" I spent a night and day with the world champion Packers on their private special car. They may be married men, and college and professional All-Americans. They may be hardened to 8-column headlines. But they were an overjoyed high school team coming home with the bacon that night. I didn't feel like a kid among them because they were all kids that night...everyone of them. I was warned and instructed by Russ Winnie that I could not mention names when I was introduced to the broadcast audience. But my debt was so great I ignored the orders and personally thanked Walker's Cleaners and Tailors for the biggest day of my life. It's breaking some other sort of rule to say names in a news story, too, but I want to repeat that word of thanks. Russ Winnie only said after, "You slipped one over on me, didn't you?" When I "What would you have done?", he smiled and shook hands and went on with the game. And I'd be most ungrateful if I didn't try to publicly thank Curly Lambeau. He was swell. With all that he had on his mind that day he was continually trying to make my trip interesting for me. He just put me on the team for a day, it seemed, and all the fellows accepted me. It was great!
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Morale! That's what brought the 1936 National football championship to Green Bay. The authority - Earl L. Lambeau, who is "Curly" to thousands of Packer fans, and who again has piloted a fighting band of gridiron warriors to the world title. It was a tired but happy Curly who, the celebration over in the small hours of the morning, rested his head back on one of Karl Hagemeister's easy chairs and paid complete, glowing tribute to the men he has lived with and worked with during the great 1936 season. "Every man was working all the time," he said. "Can you imagine an extended professional football trip during which every man was in bed every night at 11:30, and no player broke training so far as to take a glass of beer?" "We had it. These Packers, the new champions, are as fine a squad of men as ever represented any city. They have been marvelous - not only on the football field, when they came back after a crushing defeat to win the national title, but in their every day relations toward their work, their coaches and the city they represent." The Packers are genuinely proud of Green Bay, although no more so than the hysterical city last night demonstrated that it is proud of the Packers. "Just too bad," shouted Lou Gordon into the microphone earlier in the evening, "that the Cardinals traded me to Green Bay!" Lou can't get over that jump from a last place to a first place team. "Man, oh man, is it great to be home!" fervently said Bernie Scherer, as he sucked in the night air on the station platform. That from a player who less than four months ago had his first glimpse of Green Bay. Yes, the city has taken the team to its heart. And it should, even if the sentimental side of the championship is disregarded, when the million dollars worth of advertising to Green Bay is considered. The best story of the trip involves Lon Evans and his prize football. He lugged the championship oval all over New York getting autographs, and by barging into the National Broadcasting company headquarters he added such signatures as those of Parkrakarkas, Eddie Cantor, Kate Smith and Walter Winchell. An autograph-a-minute pace did Lonnie follow, until he collared one radio star coming out of the broadcasting room. "What program did you sing on?" demanded Lon. "Give me that football," replied the other, reaching for his fountain pen. And he signed: "J. Edgar Hoover."
HONOR PACKERS THIS EVENING
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Football-frenzied Green Bay, in a jubilant mood over acquisition of the 1936 NFL championship, the fourth for the Packers in eight years, tonight will toast what has been termed the greatest team in Packer history at a big public Victory banquet and celebration in the auditorium of the Columbus Community club. The event sponsored by the Green Bay Lions club will attack almost 2,000 adult and youthful Packer fans, it is expected, when the city climaxes an enthusiastic three-day welcome that began when the squad arrived here Monday evening after winning the championship playoff tilt last Sunday against the Boston Redskins at the Polo Grounds at New York...1,000 WILL DINE: Almost 1,000 diners will be seated on the main floor of the auditorium to partake of the banquet and stay for a diversified program which will include the introduction of the Packer players, other sports luminaries, sports editors and football writers from metropolitan newspapers, the Packer coaches, football corporation directors and others connected with the team. Looking on from the balcony will be nearly another thousand spectators who have purchased tickets for a seat that will entitle them to the entire show excepting the dinner. The clamor for tickets to the public demonstration has never been equaled previously and the Lions committee arranging the affair said there are thousands who are disappointed over not being able to attend. Of necessity the ticket sale for the banquet and the balcony had to be limited, members pointed out, although they expressed regret that a larger crowd could not be accommodated...PICTURES ARE RECEIVED: Sound movies of the Packer-Boston game last Sunday, taken by Fox Movietone News and furnished by the company without any cost to the Lions club, arrived here this afternoon from Milwaukee where they came in air express from the Fox studios in New York. While the length of the film was not determined, it was said by Vic Geisel, Orpheum theater manager who arranged for the movies, that they will include numerous important features of the game and the scoring plays. In addition there will be 20 minutes of other Fox Movietone football movies, furnished by the local theater. A preview of these this morning disclosed that they include about 10 Big Ten and other leading college games this fall and besides there are closeups of Fox Movietone's All-America football team selections. Use of the telescopic lens in the photography produced exceptional, clear "shot", the preview revealed and the movies no doubt will be the highlight of the program. The banquet is scheduled to start at 6:30, and the program will get underway around 8 o'clock. For the benefit of those unable to be present a broadcast of the entire program from 8 to 10 o'clock will be heard over both stations WHBY and WTAQ of St. Norbert college. Stations of the Affiliated Broadcasting company will pick up the program and re-broadcast it so that Packer fans throughout the state will be able to hear the major portions of it...DILWEG IS TOASTMASTER: Little in the way of speeches is scheduled. LaVern R. Dilweg, Lions president and former all-America end in college and the professional football world, is to act as toastmaster. The speakers' table and a special one reserved for the team are set on the stage, one elevated above the other. Row on row of long tables for the other diners run the length of the auditorium floor and presented a striking sight this afternoon with flowers and long streamers of green ferns. Every players' wife or friend will be presented with a corsage as will other women guests. Each person at the banquet is to receive a souvenir program which contains a large picture of the football champions that is suitable for framing. A special section has been reserved for sportwriters and for members of the Packers first championship team in 1929, many of whom are coming back for the event. Reservations from a number of cities outside indicates there will be a really representative audience from many sections of the state and even Upper Michigan. Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, is to be present to extend the Packers the invitation to represent the league against the college All-Star team in the annual charity contest at Chicago next fall. Dilweg and Owen B. Smith, general chairman of tonight's celebration, announced this afternoon that the Lions club is not sponsoring the "Victory Ball" tonight at the Hotel Northland, pointing our that it is being given by private interests...EIGHT STOVES BUSY: At the Columbus Community club, a score of workers were engaged throughout the day, preparing for accommodations of the largest banquet crowd in Green Bay's history. Eight additional gas ranges, secured for the event, were installed in rooms back of the stage. Women were busy preparing food for cooking; men were lining up tables and chairs and completing decoration of the auditorium. Plates, cups, saucers and silver, loaned in some instances by other organizations, were being washed, and hundreds of dinner players were being heated in a special contrivance built around a steam radiator. Waitresses were receiving instructions on how to proceed when the crowd arrives. Cooking of the approximately 1,000 steaks was scheduled to begin around 5 o'clock this afternoon, it having been calculated that 80 could be prepared at one time on the ranges available, and that the total number can be prepared of some of the other items on the menu was to be completed earlier.
WARD PRAISES PACKER DRAFT
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Unstinted praise of Green Bay's success in the NFL draft selections was expressed today by Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, who arrived to attend tonight's Victory Banquet at the Columbus Community club. "Averill Daniell, Pittsburgh tackle, is one of the greatest men in the country at his position," Ward said, "and you'll remember I spotted Merle Wendt of Ohio State as an ace end early in the season. The Packers are fortunate to have chosen these men in the draft."...BOTH ON LIST: Ward conferred with Bernie Bierman, Minnesota coach, on the Pacific coast recently and reported that Bierman regarded Earl Svendsen and Bud Wilkinson, center and quarterback, respectively, as two of his best men. Both of these men are on the Green Bay list. Ward also had words of praise for De Witt Gibson, Northwestern tackle, and Edward Jankowski, Wisconsin fullback, both prospective Packers. "I never thought, after you were defeated 30 to 3 by the Chicago Bears, that you'd go as far as you did," the Chicago sports editor told Coach E.L. Lambeau. "I saw that game, and while I didn't think the score represented the superiority of the Bears, it didn't seem likely that Green Bay would go through to a title."...WON THE TITLE: "That game won us the championship," said Lambeau. "A licking like that can do something to a team which nothing else can." "Just like Notre Dame," agreed Ward. "Beaten badly by Pittsburgh, it was the most improved team in the country by the end of the season." The Pacific coach sector, Ward reported, is taking rapidly to professional football, and much interest is being shown. The Los Angeles Bulldogs are doing considerable work in building up the game, although their best season, January, is still ahead.
HERBER LEAD IS TOPHEAVY
DEC 16 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers can boast of the outstanding individual performer of the season as well as the championship of the NFL. Statistics for the 1936 12-game season merely amounted to a formal announcement that forward passing honors were won by Arnold (Flash) Herber of the Packers. He has been "in the bag" for some time. With so much emphasis placed on passes, his feat of completing 77 of 173 forwards for an aggregate gain of of 1,239 yards goes down in the record books are one of the most remarkable achievements of the pro game and, perhaps, since the first game of football was played. Herber didn't stop with the end of the regular campaign on December 6. In the playoff game against the Boston Redskins for the title last Sunday he pitched six strikes to receivers for 129 yards, two of them resulting in touchdowns. Ed Matesic of the Pittsburgh Pirates finished second to Herber. He completed 64 of 138 passes for 850 yards; Phil Sarboe, who divided the season with the Chicago Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers, completed 47 of 114 for 680 yards, and Ed Danowski of the New York Giants, 47 of 104 for 515 yards. Dutch Clark of the Detroit Lions threw only 71 passes, but he competed 38 for 467 yards...LEEMANS IN LEAD: Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans, the Giants' rugged rookie, wound up his first season in the big league at the head of the list of ground gainers. Tuffy lugged the ball 206 times and gained 830 yards. Only three yards behind was the rough-riding Ace Gutowsky of the Detroit Lions who charged 827 yards in 191 whacks. Dutch Clark, Cliff Battles of the Redskins and George Grosvenor of the Cardinals finished only 16 yards apart. Clark gained 628 in only 123 attempts; Battled 614 in 176,and Grosvenor 612 in 170. Taking it from the other angle Herber was the least effective of the ball carriers. He chalked up a net loss of 32 yards in 20 attempts. Herber's nearest forward passing rival, Matesic, intercepted 16 passes.
BANQUET THRONG CHEERS CHAMPIONS
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - A ringing tribute to the nation's greatest professional football team, and a rousing response to an invitation given the Green Bay Packers to appear in the 1937 All Star game at Soldier field, Chicago, were given by 1,500 Packer fans. 975 of them diner, at the community's testimonial Victory banquet in the Columbus Community club auditorium last night. The invitation to meet the College All Stars was extended by Arch Ward, Chicago Tribune sports editor, who was one of the evening's principal speakers. The entire program was a succession of ovations, gladly given and received with appreciation by the team. Coach E.L. Lambeau, Packer officials, and by Russ Winnie, Milwaukee radio announcer who got one of the biggest hands of the night. Although the guests were in their chairs for five hours, the program never dragged and was kept moving at top speed by Lavvie Dilweg, toastmaster and member of the Lions club, which sponsored the testimonial. Dilweg never turned in a better job...PACKERS ON DISPLAY: Along the stage, facing the auditorium and in front of Herman Daumler's orchestra, was the speakers' table, and directly below sat the Packers strung out on an extended platform, where everybody could see them. One of the highlights of the program occurred when Dr. W.W. Kelly introduced each player individually, and each received a handsome gold Gruen wrist watch as a gift from the corporation. The team entered to the tune of "Go, You Packers, Go", the official pep song, and grace was said by the Rev. F.X. Exler, O, Praem. Service of the 975 eaters then was conducted, with uniformed Bay Scouts serving as ushers and guides. Dilweg opened the program by reading a series of congratulatory telegrams and in a fine gesture of sportsmanship referred to the 1936 Packers as "the greatest football team that ever played for Green Bay". This from an All-American end who played through three national championship seasons. Mayor John V. Diener complimented the team and coach, saying: "Much credit must go to Lambeau for Green Bay's professional football success. Starting out in a modest way, with a club composed entirely of local products and playing mostly state teams, under his direction and guidance we have seen the club advance to the top of the heap...:"...ONE OF TOUGHEST: "The present season with its schedule has been one of the hardest ever played by any Packer club. Starting out with victory in the opening game, then came the crushing defeat by the Bears. A less hardy club would have failed to rally from this blow, but the Packer team did rally and went on through opposition that got tougher as each game came along, but the club was able to cope with the best sent against it." "We've done it again," Leland H. Joannes, Packer president, told the crowd, referring to Green Bay's achievement in again putting across a national championship. He paid tribute to Lambeau, his staff, the players and fans of Green Bay, Wisconsin and the Upper Michigan peninsula. "National league reports show that Green Bay was the third best drawing team in the circuit," he continued. "New York drew 225,000, the Bears 210,000 and the Packers 165,000. Green Bay's record was second to none." Then came Russ Winnie, to be greeted by prolonged cheers which prevented him from immediately speaking, and obviously pleased him immensely. He extended congratulations to Coaches Lambeau and Richard (Red) Smith, saying "their team played all-America football from start to finish. I'd like to place the entire squad on the all-America pro team."...TELLS OF TOUCHDOWN: Winnie finished with a demonstration broadcast of the Herber to Hutson touchdown play against Boston at the Polo Grounds last Sunday, the effect being so realistic the audience rocked with pleasure. Dilweg introduced several former Packer stars, including Bernard Dilweg, Verne Lewellen, Dave Zuidmulder, Hurdis McCrary, Jug Earpe, Whitey Woodin and Ivan Cahoon. Then came the press, Dilweg introducing successively Oliver Kuechle, Milwaukee Journal's Stoney McGlynn, Milwaukee Sentinel; Howard Purser, Wisconsin News; Russell Lynch, Milwaukee Journal; Charles Nevada, Chicago Tribune; and George W. Calhoun, Green Bay Press-Gazette, secretary of the corporation. Executive committee members introduced were Fred Leicht, Gerald Clifford, H.J. Bero, Leslie Kelly, Dr. W.W. Kelly, Emil Fischer, Frank Jonet and A.B. Turnbull. Assistant Coach Red Smith spoke briefly, saying, "It was a pleasure to work with Curly Lambeau, he's the outstanding football coach in the world."...LOOMIS IS PRESENT: The state of Wisconsin was represented by Orland S. Loomis, attorney general, who spoke for Gov. Phillip F. La Follette. "I've come from Madison, the capital of the state, to Green Bay, Wisconsin's football capital," said Loomis. "I bring greetings from all Wisconsin, which is proud of what you have done. Congratulations from a great state to a great football team!" The crowd was waiting to hear Arch Ward's comments on the All Star situation, and the Chicago newspapermen didn't keep them waiting. "In the Golden Gloves," he said, "we say that a champion isn't a champion until he gets up off the floor and fights back to victory. That applies to the Packers, who were knocked down, climbed back up and fought their way to the world championship."...NEVER FINISHES SENTENCE: Ward referred to Green Bay as part of Chicagoland, called the Packers the "Notre Dame of professional football", and when he started to say "I now invite your team to meet the College All Stars at Soldier field in Chicago next - " the crowd
broke loose with a smashing roar of approval which drowned out his sentence. The ovation continued for several moments. Ward then sketched the development of the All Star idea, from the baseball classic of 1933, and called attention to the growth in the popular vote for the college team, which totaled 615,000 the first year, 7,500,000 in 1935 and 11,500,000 in 1936. "I look forward to the most successful All Star game in 1937," he concluded, "for I believe the Packers are the most representative of professional football. They play the style of game the fans appreciate. I now warn the Packers to be in shape for that game, for they will meet a rugged and determined team." Lambeau, next introduced, promptly accepted the invitation, a turn of events which caused no surprise in the crowd. "We know the All Stars will be tough," he said. "It's a true that the pros have the advantage of playing together, but the All Stars can put four complete teams on the field, and they scrimmage these teams two and three hours daily for two weeks before the game. The pro club, for fear of injuries, can't do this. Furthermore, we must play under rules adapted for college football, which will mean that the Bays must discard 25 percent of their offense."...WATCHED THEIR HEALTH: Lambeau termed the 1936 team "the finest bunch of fellows who ever played for the Packers. They were the greatest trained team - they watched their food and diet, and were on their toes to keep their health. I'm mighty glad they won, because they deserved it. They are the smartest team we ever had, and now we'll work harder than ever for another championship." Dr. Kelly was given the privilege of introducing the players, and he started by terming Green Bay a "university town", with its "student body", "coeds", "athletic board" and "faculty". "Of course, we openly proselytize and subsidize our players," he admitted. "We slip them a check every Monday morning and try to find them jobs for the rest of the 'academic' year." Up came the Packers, every one of them cheered by the crowd, to receive their gifts and respond briefly. In order there were Captain Milton Gantenbein, the only University of Wisconsin graduate on the squad; Donald Hutson, who gave a fine tribute to Arnold Herber, his battery mate; Bernard Scherer, of Nebraska; Ernie Smith, the great U.S.C. tackle; and Ade Schwammel - "my first championship in 17 years of football." Champ Seibold typified the spirit of the squad when he praised Ernie Smith, whose substitute he was; Lou Gordon drew a round of cheers - "they say I talk a good game of football; well, I talked myself from a last place club to the world championship"; Lon Evans told a couple of witty stories; and Russ Letlow said "I'm very glad to be a part of this team."...DREAM COME TRUE: Then there was Tiny Engebretsen - "I've been most everywhere and this is the first place I could stick"; Walt Kiesling, for whom the orchestra played "Silver Threads Among The Gold", saying "I started playing football right after the Chicago fire"; big Frank Butler, Michigan State center; George Svendsen - "I'll be here on the breadlines this winter - After the Bears game an inebriate told me "The music was good but the floor show was lousy' - Green Bay is the swellest place in the world"; Arnold Herber, greeted by a mighty shout - "I'm all keyed up for the All Stars already"; and Cal Clemens - "It's a privilege and honor to play on a Green Bay team. It's a dream come true." Add to these Good Luck Hank Bruder, getting another great hand -"I'm proud to be a citizen of Green Bay"; Herman Schneidman - "Proud I'm a Packer"; Clarke Hinkle, greeted by the Wedding March - "I'm not doing much talking anymore; under new management"; Joe Laws - "Hope to be here as long as Kiesling"; George Henry Sauer - "If we show the right pep, we'll have many more championships"; and then speedy Bob Monnett. Said Buckets Goldenberg: "It sure is great to play for you people. I'll never play for any other team." Paul Miller, so happy he could hardly talk, said "There's nothing in the league as great as the Packers," and Swede Johnston spoke briefly - "Awfully glad to get into the championship game. With a minute and a half to play, Coach Lambeau yelled, 'Swede, warm up a couple of minutes.' But I got in." There was a note of pathos in Dilweg's final announcement. Johnny Blood, the beloved Vagabond Halfback, didn't show up and no one knew where he was. But Dilweg asked for a cheer in Johnny's behalf and the crowd hit the chandeliers. Tony Paulekas and Wayland Becker also were absent. Motion pictures of outstanding football plays, featuring the Packer-Boston contest, ended the program. A Victory parade at the Northland hotel later in the evening.
FAR HORIZONS OPEN FOR BAYS
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Far horizons are opening before members of the national championship Green Bay Packers as Coach E.L. Lambeau prepares to take his team on an extensive post-season journey. The Packers have been ordered to report Monday noon, Dec. 28, in Denver, where on New Years' day they will meet a combination Detroit-Chicago Cardinal team coached by Potsy Clark. The trip will be made under auspices of the football corporation...BLOOD MISSING MEMBER: All players will make the trip except Johnny Blood, halfback. The Packers have offers for two games on the Pacific coast, one against the Chicago Bears and the other against the Los Angeles Bulldogs, and for a game in New Orleans Feb. 7. There will be another game, either in San Diego or San Francisco, sometimes during January. This schedule, Lambeau indicated, may be interrupted if the Packers accept a bid to go to Honolulu for a January game.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - New scenes, strange places and experience which they'll remember all their lives were unfolded to players of the Green Bay Packers last evening as 1,500 fans gave them the greatest testimonial banquet in their memories. While the post-season schedule is still hazy, Coach E.L. Lambeau mentioned such widely separated places as New Orleans, Denver, the Pacific coast cities, Hawaii, as possible scenes of January and February games. Hawaii in the winter - New Orleans at the Mardi Gras - already the Packers are learning their worth of their brand new national championship. And the All Star game! What a cheer went up when Arch Ward started his sentence of invitation - a phrase he didn't have time to finish, because of the crowd's approving roar. And before Spike Spachmann, director of ticket sales, left the hall he had received 175 reservations for All Star game tickets. The Lions club of Green Bay has placed itself in a position of deserving the community's extreme gratitude. Not only was the magnificent tribute daringly conceived, but it was flawlessly executed, and you had only to see those hundreds of upturned faces to realize that five hours of sitting hadn't dimmed the intense interest in Green Bay's epochal event. In any of the bigger cities which are represented by National league football, a championship unit would have been permitted to trail off the train and break up without fanfare. The fans would have approved, but their approval would have stopped short of hysteria. This, however, is Green Bay - three hundred years old, the sporting capital of the state, with a reputation known wherever sports fans gather. The time for three more Packer championship seasons has arrived.
MAYOR KELLY WIRES CONGRATULATIONS TO CITY
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Congratulatory telegrams read at last night's Packer testimonial banquet at the Columbus Community club, to the champions and the crowd, came from leaders of the judiciary and public life and included those of Justice Joseph Martin of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Governor Phillip F. LaFollette and Mayor Edward Kelly of Chicago. President Joe Car of the NFL also sent his best wishes as did William Kinsella, Milwaukee, prominent in state Republican affairs and the civic life of the Cream City. The local North Side Business Men's association sent a testimonial of greetings and pledge of support...The inevitable "Herber-to-Hutson" pass was revealed last night for the first time in history and none other than Hutson, the receiving end of the world's greatest forward passing combination, did it. The feat came about when Hutson tossed a big Armour's "Premium" ham to "Little Arnie" which he received from the Chicago packing firm for having scored in the Packer-Bear game. "I won't be going home tonight," said Don, "so I'll just toss this to 'Little Arnie'." The gesture touched the crowd and the modest looking gentleman with the pleasing southern drawl was given a hearty ovation for the manifestation. Clarke Hinkle, Tiny Engebretsen, George Sauer and Ernie Smith were also given hams, Smith getting two for having two placements after touchdowns...A beautiful floral piece of chrysanthemums shaped like a football but immense in size, was presented to the 1936 World Champions by Myron S. Locke, local investment brokerage firm operator, who is a rabid Packer fans. The decoration graced the stage immediately in front of the squad's table. A total of 386 golden mums were used to make it...A large and beautifully decorated cake which adorned the Packers table was donated by the Bohemian Baking company. Its flat top simulated a gridiron and miniature players were on the field...Scores of people overheard in conversation were loud in their praise of the celebration. For this bouquets should go to the Green Bay Lions club in general and in particular to the banquet committee which included Owen B. Smith, general chairman; LaVern Dilweg, toastmaster; Bernard E. Darling, V.G. Geisel, E.A. Bode, John Reinhart, C.L. Atkinson, A.D. Murphy, William Servotte, William Lane, J.D. Moffatt and R.R. Seibert...Serving 950 people, the biggest banquet crowd in the city's history, was no small task and orchids should go, too, to the Columbus club, the grill management and the 72 extra waitresses who served, for having accomplished a splendid job. It took a good-sized Texas longhorn steer to furnish the 600 pounds of tenderloins which were required to feed the crowd with steaks besides the other items on the menu. Seven additional gas stoves were pressed into service in the grill's kitchens..The applause meter recorded Arnie Herber as tops with the audience. Among other players who "rang the bell" more than others were Johnny Blood - there in spirit but not in the flesh - Gantenbein, Sauer, Hinkle and Russ Winnie. All the others, however, were given tremendous ovations when they took their bows before the microphone.
HUTSON TOP IN PASSES CAUGHT
DEC 17 (New York) - Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers was the NFL's outstanding pass receiver of the 1936 season. Hutson caught 34 passes for a total of 526 yards gained, good for an average of slightly more than 15 yards per catch. His nearest rival, Bill Smith of the Chicago Cardinals, speared 20 passes for 414 yards and an average a little more than 20 yards. Average honors, however, went to the veteran bare-headed Bill Hewitt of the Chicago Bears. Bill caught 15 passes and gained 358 yards, fractionally under 24 yards a pass. John Sisk of the Bears caught only one pass, but it was good for 39 yards. On the other hand, Karpowich of the Pittsburgh Pirates caught one pass that resulted in a six-yard loss.
WASHINGTON GETS BOSTON FRANCHISE
DEC 17 (Washington) - Transfer to Washington of the franchise of the Boston Redskins of the NFL was announced last night by George Preston Marshall, majority stockholder. Marshall said arrangements had been made to lease Griffith stadium, home of Clark Griffith's American league baseball club, for the 1937 football season.
FOUR PACKERS ARE HONORED
DEC 18 (New York) - The best eleven players from the fastest football league in the country were named today on the United Press all-professional team. Four of them were from the champion Green Bay Packers, three from the Boston Redskins, and two each from the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. The balance of power in the professional league this season swung heavily to the West - that section placing 16 players on the first two teams. Earl (Dutch) Clark, dynamic Detroit quarterback, was picked as the foremost player in professional ranks. Besides being the smartest quarterback, Clark starred as a ball carrier, passer, dropkicker and defense man. He was the third leading ground gainer in the league, clicking off 628 yards in 123 attempts. He completed 38 out of 71 passes for 467 yards, and dropkicked four field goals. Other places in the first string backfield went to Cliff Battles,the Redskins' hard-running halfback; Clark Hinkle, Green Bay's smashing back, and Bronko Nagurski, the Chicago Bears' battering ram. Battles won recognition as the league's best running back, although his yardage total was not quite as impressive as that compiled by Tuffy Leemans, New York Giants' freshman star, but overshadowed Leemans the day the Redskins beat the Giants for the Eastern title. Hinkle and Nagurski both played fullback during the season, but the Green Bay star was moved to halfback. Hinkle's defensive work behind the line and his magnificent kicking were two of the big factors in Green Bay's drive to the title.
GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE - DECEMBER 23RD
GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE - DECEMBER 24TH
Nagurski, out most of last year with injuries, won back his title of the "hardest man in football to stop" in 1936. He ripped off 529 yards in 122 plunges. Three Green Bay players, Milt Gantenbein at end, Ernie Smith at guard, and Lon Evans at guard, were awarded places on the first team line. Somewhat submerged in the ballyhoo for his teammate, Don Hutson, the uncanny pass catcher, Gantenbein seldom made the headlines, but he nevertheless was the league's best all-around end. Although acting as a decoy for Hutson most of the time, Gantenbein managed to catch 15 passes for 221 yards. Ernie Smith, the bald headed tackle, and Evans, the hard hitting guard, made the Green Bay line a championship unit. Turk Edwards, Boston's 260-pound forward, was awarded the other tackle berth. Despite his size Edwards was a terror at smashing plays behind the line. Emerson, Detroit's charging forward, was paired with Evans at the guard posts. Pete Bausch, Boston, broke the grip of Mel Hein, New York Giants veteran, on the center job. When Bausch was matched with Hein in Redskin-Giant games, he more than held his own. Bill Hewitt, Chicago Bears veteran, won the other end berth. Hewitt was outstanding on defense, and caught 15 passes on 358 yards, averaging more per pass than the highly-touted Hutson.
DUTCH CLARK BEST SCORER
DEC 18 (New York) - Earl (Dutch) Clark, who was picked from an obscure Colorado college team for the quarterback post on the 1928 all-America eleven, was the leading scorer in the NFL this year. The Dextrous Dutchman of the Detroit Lions scored 73 points during the twelve-game campaign, giving him an 11-point margin over his nearest rival, Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears, with 62. Others who finished in the first five were Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers, 54; Cliff Battles, Boston Redskins, and Bill Hewitt, Chicago Bears, 42 each. Stripping scoring down to its three classifications - touchdowns, points after touchdowns and field goals - league statistics reveal Hutson led with nine touchdowns; Clark with 19 points after touchdowns, and Manders and Armand Niccolai of the Pittsburgh Pirates with seven field goals each. Three players tied for runner-up honors in touchdowns, Clark, Battles and Hewitt, with seven each; Manders and big Ernie Smith of the Packers kicked 17 points after touchdown each while Ralph Kercheval of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Paul Engebretsen of the Packers kicked five field goals each to tie for second place.
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau announced at 2 o'clock this afternoon that the Green Bay Packers game in Denver New Years' day definitely is set. Green Bay will play a combination team of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Cardinals. Pacific coast games have not been contacted definitely, but Lambeau expects the Packers to play the Los Angeles Bulldogs Jan. 17 and the Chicago Bears Jan. 24.
was in the thick of the championship fight all season...TRIUMPH FOR HINKLE: Hinkle's selection was a triumph for the Bucknell battering ram, and marked the first time that he has been named on the first all-pro team. He definitely shattered the Nagurski myth, which was that the Big Nag, because of his reputation, necessarily must be placed on the all-America. HInkle played his greatest game since joining Green Bay. He was a furious ball carrier, vicious blocker, ace punter, good passer, and a one-man show on defense. Ernie Smith, former U.S.C. great, played whirlwind football throughout the season. He blocked several punts which led to Green Bay touchdowns and was a constant nuisance to opposing forwards. A slow starter in 1935, Smith opened with a rush this year and never relaxed until the season ended.
LAMBEAU LEAVES FOR WEST COAST
DEC 19 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers was to leave this afternoon for the Pacific coast, where he will witness practice sessions of the East and West grid stars. Most of the Packers have gone home for Christmas, but the squad will reassemble in Denver Monday noon, Dec. 28, and New Year's day will battle a combination Detroit-Chicago Cardinal team coached by Potsy Clark. Although definite plans have not been completed for the coast appearances, Lambeau expects the Packers to play the Los Angeles Bulldogs at Gilmore stadium Jan. 17, and the Chicago Bears at Los Angeles coliseum Jan. 24.
FOUR PACKERS ON ALL-PRO ELEVEN
DEC 19 (Green Bay) - Four members of the Green Bay Packer football squad, national professional champions, were placed on the first all-America team of the National league, it was announced today. Scoring 43 votes, Donald Hutson, best pass receiver in the league, was placed at left end; Lon Evans won a first team position at left guard; Ernie Smith was selected at right tackle; and Clarke Hinkle landed at fullback on the mythical team. Hutson scored as many votes as any other player in the National league, although Dutch Clark, Detroit quarterback, and Cliff Battles, Boston halfback, also got 43 votes apiece...GETS WIDE MARGIN: Evans led the guard candidates by a wide margin polling 31 points, but Smith and Hinkle had closer margins over strong rivals. Turk Edwards, Boston giant, won the highest number of votes at tackle, with 40, while Smith and Stydahar of the Chicago Bears tied for second with 21. Because of his superlative kicking ability, Smith was given the nod over Stydahar. Hinkle tied for the first string fullback position with Bronko Nagurski of the Bears, each getting 26 votes. Hinkle, however, received 10 additional votes for halfback, and these gave him a clear edge over the Bronk, who landed on the second team. Other first team members and their votes were Mel Hein, New York center, 38; Bill Hewitt, Bears end, 41; and Tuffy Leemans, New York halfback, 23. The most votes for a second team player went to Ernie Caddel of Detroit, who had 22 points for halfback, barely losing out to Leemans. Gantenbein wound up at left end with 14 votes, and Herber's 13 votes gave him a second team halfback berth...LEAGUE'S TOP SCORER: Clark was the leading scorer of the league, getting 73 points for the season, and was the third best ground gainer with 528 yards. Hutson's great strength in the balloting reflected his terrific offensive power. He scored more touchdowns than any other player in the league, getting nine, all of them on passes. He made 34 catches for 536 yards, both new league records, and ranked third in scoring. In addition he was one of the most improved defensive players of the season, and when the Packers had the ball, he was such a threat that he literally handed out the jitters to opposing teams. Evans was the most consistent guard of the season. Possessing a fiery playing temperament, a great football head and a world of gridiron ability, he
GREEN BAY'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST CHANGED
DEC 22 (Green Bay) - The 1936 scoring rush of the Green Bay Packers, which carried the team to the National league championship, made drastic changes in the Packers' all-time scoring list, the annual tabulation just completed reveals. Two more players, Clarke Hinkle and Don Hutson, have joined Verne Lewellen, Johnny Blood and Curly Lambeau in the select group of Packers who have scored more than 100 points in their Green Bay careers. Although Lewellen and Blood were not disturbed in their respective positions of first and second, Hinkle moved ahead of Lambeau into third place, and Hutson, coming within six points of his coach's record, now holds fifth. All along the line the Packers moved ahead, but despite the terrific scoring totals of the season, the all-time list shows one fact clearly - it will be many seasons, probably, before anyone threatens Lewellen's supremacy. The veteran Lew, Packer team member from 1924 to 1932, inclusive, counted 50 touchdowns and one extra point for a total of 301...BLOOD IS NEXT: His closest rival is Blood, who added 19 points to his record this season and stands second on the big list. Johnny, in the years from 1929 to 1936, scored 37 touchdowns and two extra points for 224 markers. Hinkle pushed ahead of Lambeau this season by having his greatest scoring year as a Packer, getting five touchdowns and one extra point. Clark now has scored 15 touchdowns, kicked eight extra point and booted seven field goal for 119 points. Lambeau remains in fourth place, with 12 touchdowns, 19 extra points and six field goals for 109 points. Hutson, who scored more touchdowns this season than any other player in the National league, attained a 1936 point total of 60, and climbed past the 100 mark into fifth place. The pass snatching wingman, in only two seasons with Green Bay, scored 17 touchdowns and one extra point for a total of 103, with his professional career scarcely started. Of all members on the squad all present, he probably has the best chance of overtaking Lewellen, although he would need four or five more good seasons to do it...BRUDER IS SIXTH: Hank Bruder, dependable blocking quarterback and one of the most valuable men on the team, didn't score in 1936 because he didn't get many chances, and he now is in sixth place with 88 points. Two points behind him are Lavvie Dilweg of the 1927-34 era, and Bob Monnett, who scored nine points during the 1936 season. The next Packer on the active list is Ernie Smith, who is plugging away at Red Dunn's extra point record, with good chances to set a new Packer mark. Dunn kicked 46 extra points from 1927 to 1931, and Smith has booted 30 in two seasons, in addition to five field goals. Ernie's total of 45 places him in 18th place on the all-time list. George Sauer made three touchdowns last season and ranks in a tie for 19th place with Carl Lidberg of the 1926-30 era, each having 42 points. Joe Laws also was good for three touchdowns in 1936, which elevated him to a tie with Marty Norton (1925) for 21st position...ADDS EIGHT POINTS: Next among the active players comes Ade Schwammel, who added eight points to his record during the last season, and has a total of 25 points. Milt Gantenbein scored his third and fourth touchdowns in 1936. Tiny Engebretsen, who did little scoring previous to 1936, broke out during the recent season for 18 points on three extra points and five field goals. He has an all-time total of 19. The highest ranking scorer of the 1936 freshmen is Paul Miller, who made three touchdowns for 18 points. Swede Johnston, Wayland Becker, Bernard Scherer and Herman Schneidman all scored their Green Bay touchdowns, and Cal Clemens kicked one extra point.
PRO FOOTBALL LOOP PROSPECTS
DEC 23 (New York) - The NFL enjoyed the greatest season in its history during 1936 with the Green
5,000 NEW SEATS WILL BE ADDED TO CITY STADIUM
DEC 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Board of Education approved unanimously an agreement with the Green Bay Packers, Inc., under which the corporation, owner of the Packer professional football team, turns over to the board $7,000 to cover the cost of materials for the erection of new stands and other improvements at City stadium. With this money available for materials, the improvements can be made at no cost to the city, since labor can be secured through WPA under a $35,000 project previously authorized for improvement of school grounds and buildings. The agreement provides specifically that the improvements made a result of it, as well as all improvements previously made or to be made in the future, shall become the absolute property of the city of Green Bay, with title vesting in the board of education. A check for $7,000, signed by the corporation's treasurer, Frank J. Jonet, was submitted with the agreement, drawn as the result of several conferences between corporation officials and representatives of the board. Plans already drawn indicate the improvements contemplated will provide approximately 5,000 additional seats at the stadium, and will cover the costs of repairs to certain of the present seating sections...USE FIELD SUNDAYS: In the event the cost of the work involves expenditures of more than $7,000, the corporation agrees to pay such additional sum as may be necessary for the additional cost of materials; and should the cost be less than $7,000 it is agreed that the balance remaining may be used by the board for maintenance of the stadium. On its part, the board agrees that the Green Bay Packers, Inc., are granted the exclusive use of the stadium on Sunday afternoon or such other times as they may desire to stage football contests, not conflicting with football contests of the high schools, this agreement to be binding during the period of existence of the Packers, and while they maintain a professional football team in Green Bay. It further agrees that the corporation shall have the exclusive use of the Packer dressing rooms installed on the grounds, and paid for by the Packer corporation, and that no use shall be made of them except with the consent of the corporation; that the City stadium shall not be used by other parties than the Packers and the high schools in staging football contests from Sept. 1 until Dec. 1 each year; and that every effort shall be made to preserve the playing field in good condition during the football season...AID IN MAINTENANCE: Members of the board were unanimous in the view that the terms of the agreement were most liberal. Councilman Alex Biemeret expressed the view that the one factor enabling the Packers to remain in the NFL is the fact that they are not required to pay a big rental for use of a stadium. Although it was not made part of the agreement, Dr. A.O. Olmstead, board president, said the Packers have agreed to contribute each year as they have in the past toward the expense of maintaining the field in good playing condition.
PACKERS TO PLAY BROOKLYN SQUAD ON DENVER FIELD
DEC 31 (Denver) - The Green Bay Packers, champions of the NFL, will meet the Brooklyn Dodgers of the same circuit here tomorrow afternoon before what is expected to be the largest crowd ever to witness a pro game in Denver. "The Packers are out to win Friday's game as eagerly as they were the championship contest with Boston," Coach E.L. Lambeau said today, "and the team is ready to go out at top speed, although the players realize that the Dodgers are a tough bunch and are out to beat them." The Packers completed their third day of practice at Denver university stadium yesterday, working under a bright sun. Although the weather is cold, officials hope that it will remain fair, so the professional teams will have a dry field for Friday...EXPECT 15,000 CROWD: Lou Mahony, university athletic manager, predicted there would be at least 15,000 fans in attendance if the skies are clear. The Dodgers arrived here yesterday morning, and also worked out. They have 18 players, compared with the Packer squad of 26. Lambeau admitted that he is hoping for a dry turf, saying "Snow would hamper our passing attack. It will be a better game for folks to watch if the field is dry." Lambeau said that the 1936 Packers are the best championship team Green Bay ever has had. He called a meeting at the Hotel Shirley-Savoy last night, to work out the defense and go over plays. Commenting on the game with the Chicago Bears in Los Angeles Jan. 24, he said: "They're a tough bunch, but as long as we're going well, we don't care who our opponents are."...HANDICAP FOR BAYS: The star Packer batter of Arnold Herber and Donald Hutson is coming in for much comment. Appearing with a pickup team against the Detroit Lions here last year, they didn't complete a single pass, but both say the story will be different this time. Hutson termed Herber "the best passer I ever saw". Clark Hinkle, rugged fullback, caught the eye of observers at practice sessions, booting 70-yard punts, tossing and catching long passes. There were surprisingly large turnouts of spectators at these drills. Lou Gordon, immense Green Bay tackle, said: "I get more kick out of playing the game now than I did while at Illinois." Gordon said the Dodgers are getting "tougher as they go along."
DEC 31 (Green Bay) - Walker's Cleaner and Tailors will sponsor a telegraphic broadcast of tomorrow's
Packer-Brooklyn game at Denver, starting at 4 o'clock, Green Bay time. The broadcast will go on directly following the Marquette-Texas Christian game.
Bay Packers taking the championship and possession of the Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy, supplanting the Detroit Lions as titleholders. The Packers, after a lapse of four seasons, regained the top rank in pro football by defeating the Boston Redskins, Eastern winner, in the playoff for the Ed Thorp Memorial, contested in New York. The victory of Boston in the Eastern race marked the end of New York's three-year reign as king of that section...ATTENDANCE IS HIGHER: President Joe F. Carr reported that attendance throughout the season showed the largest increase of any year in the 14 of the pro grid circuit's existence. There was a 20 percent increase according to the league president. There were no important changes in the pro playing code and the major differences between the National league rules and those of intercollegiate football were continued. These major differences provide for forward passing from any point behind the line of scrimmage, put the goal posts on the goal line, permit running with a recovered fumble by the defensive team and also provides that out of bounds balls be returned 15 yards from the sidelines...TIGHT TITLE RACES: The title races in both divisions were tight affairs right down to the last week with the Eastern crown not being decided until the final day when Boston beat New York. Green Bay clinched its crown with a victory over Detroit, defending champion, only a week before the season ended. The Lions and Giants after winning sectional honors in 1935 both were third in their divisions in 1936. Pittsburgh, after leading the Eastern parade for a good part of the campaign, was runnerup to Boston while the Chicago Bears, who kept pace with Green Bay most of the grind, faltered in the closing weeks. Injuries early in the season robbed the preseason favorites, the Chicago Cardinals, of any title hopes. Individual performances also showed a marked improvement over the previous season. Tuffy Leemans of New York took ground gaining honors with 830 yards, 300 better than the 1935 mark. Arnold Herber of Green Bay set a new record, completing 77 passes for 1,239 yards, and Don Hutson of Green Bay caught 36 passes for a new mark. Dutch Clark of Detroit surpassed his own 1935 scoring total of 18 points with a total of 73 points.
CLEVELAND RAMS SEEK FRANCHISE
DEC 24 (Cleveland) - The Cleveland Rams professional football team will enter the NFL in 1937, Frank Strock, club secretary, said today. The Rams were in the American league during the 1936 season. Strock said a National league franchise will be given at the next regular meeting Feb. 6. The franchise will cost $10,000 and in addition a $25,000 deposit must be posted to guarantee all scheduled appearances.
PACKERS PASS TO PROFESSIONAL PENNANT
DEC 28 (Green Bay) - Two reasons the Green Bay Packers won the 1936 NFL championship and led the league in passing are Donald Hutson and Johnny Blood, the pro game's most spectacular pass receivers. The Packers, with Arnold Herber as their No. 1 tosser of the pigskin, gained a total of 1,629 yards via the aerial route. The new champions led the league in scoring with 248 points, many of Herber's passes being good for touchdowns. Of their 255 attempts in the air the Packers completed 108. or 42 percent of their tries. During the regular playing season, Blood, who has been playing pro football for 13 years, snared seven passes - two for touchdowns. In the championship game with the Boston Redskins, the Packer star pulled down a 52-yarder to put the ball in position for the score that broke the back of the Boston eleven. Hutson, a member of the Packer team for only two years, caught 34 passes during the season to set a league record, beating the old mark of Tod Goodwin of the New York Giants by eight aerials. The Herber-Hutson combination, up to the title contest, gained more than 600 yards for nine touchdowns. And in the championship game, Hutson caught five more tosses. Within three minutes of the opening gun, he snagged a 42-yarder for the Packers' first score.