Exhibition: Green Bay Packers 61, Los Angeles Light Horsemen 7
Sunday January 12th 1936 (at San Diego)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(SAN DIEGO) - How come that the Green Bay Packers missed winning the NFL championship? That is the question some 4,600 odd San Diego fans are asking themselves here today, for the Packers strutted their stuff here Sunday afternoon and uncovered more tricks than the home folks had ever seen before as they waltzed up and down the gridiron and walloped "Cotton" Warburton's Hollywood Light Horsemen, 61-7. Only a breath-taking 93-yard gallop in the opening seconds of the game by Warburton, the former U.S.C. all-American saved the Light Horsemen, who are sponsored by Victor McLaglen, the film star, from a blanking. Coach Curly Lambeau's trained pigskin troupe, playing under sunny skies and in a temperature of 70 degrees, gave San Diego more than its money's worth as they pulled trick after trick and made the play interesting every moment despite the one-sided score. They had too much on the ball for Warburton and his teammates, who were all Pacific coast collegiate stars in their own right, and it wasn't long after Warburton had scooted almost the length of the field to score that the Packers started going places. Soon after the session opened, Green Bay gained possession of the ball on the Light Horse 33 when a quick kick by Warburton was blocked and Bob O'Connor recovered. They moved down to the seven, where Chet Johnston fumbled and Warburton grabbed the pigskin and eluded would-be tacklers right and left to run it back 93 yards for the tally. Enrico, ex-Loyola of Los Angeles guard, converted with a placement and there was the lone scoring effort of the Light Horsemen, for they couldn't dent the Packer forward wall and their wild passes were either batted down or too hurried to find their marks.
LAWS GOES OVER
Late in the same session, the Packers marched from their own 26 to a touchdown, Joe Laws climaxing a series of passes, line bucks and long gallops to run around left end behind perfect interference to score from the five-yard line. Ernie Smith added the extra point to make it seven-all. With the start of the second session, the fireworks began to pop and by the time the period had ended they had tallied four more times and added placements after each. George Henry Sauer, one of the best backs ever seen in this area, tallied the first on a 20-yard gallop around right end, then added another on a four-yard sprint after taking the ball on a reverse. Don Hutson then entered the scoring picture, taking a perfect heave from Arnold Herber, and running 35 yards to pay soil. A few minutes later Roger Grove took a pass over the goal line from Herber for the fourth. Clarke Hinkle added the first conversion and Paul Engebretsen chalked up the next three during the four-touchdown period. In the third period the Packers slowed up a little and scored but twice and did the unexpected by missing both extra points, and the gentlemen who failed to turn the trick were greatly chagrined, much to the enjoyment of everyone present.
TRY FALLS SHORT
Long passes put the Packers down on the half-yard line midway in the session, and Bob Monnett went over for a touchdown. Monnett tried for the point and his try fell short. Another long pass with Herber again the pitcher and Hutson the catcher resulted in the second tally of the session in a play which netted 66 yards in all, 40 yards on the pass and 26 on Hutson's run. Hank Bruder then joined Monnett among those shamed when he, too, missed the extra point. With the score reading Packers, 47; Light Horsemen, 7; at the start of the fourth, the Packers became playful and still couldn't evade scoring, turning the trick once when Sauer passed to jovial Buckets Goldenberg and the rotund Buckets raced 35 yards to the five. Then Chet Johnston carried it on from that point. The last tally came when Laws flipped a long southpaw pass to Herman Schneidman and the latter crossed the goal line all by himself. Tar Schwammel scored the first conversion and Laws the second. Lambeau used everyone on his squad and not a one emerged with anything more than a few slight bruises. They departed tonight for San Francisco, where they meet
the Coast All-Stars in the annual Knights of Columbus charity game there next week. The entire squad was pleased with the tilt here today, and indications are that they will return early in February for a second game.
GREEN BAY - 7 28 12 14 - 61
LIGHT HORSEMEN - 7 0 0 0 - 7
1ST - WHI - Cotton Warburton, 93-yard fumble return (Nestor Enrico kick) WHITEHORSEMEN 7-0
1ST - GB - Joe Laws, 5-yard run (Ernie Smith kick) TIED 7-7
2ND - GB - George Sauer, 20-yard run (Clarke Hinkle kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2ND - GB - Sauer, 4-yard run (Tiny Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
2ND - GB - Don Hutson, 35-yard pass from Arnold Herber (Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
2ND - GB - Roger Grove pass from Herber (Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 35-7
3RD - GB - Bob Monnett, 1-yard run (Monnett kick failed) GREEN BAY 41-7
3RD - GB - Hutson, 66-yard from pass from Herber (Bruder kick failed) GREEN BAY 47-7
4TH - GB - Chet Johnston, 5-yard run (Tar Schwammel kick) GREEN BAY 54-7
4TH - GB - Herman Schneidman pass from Joe Laws (Laws kick) GREEN BAY 61-7
LIONS DO PACKERS ONE BETTER
JAN 13 (Los Angeles) - The Detroit Lions, NFL champions, smothered the Westwood Cubs, Los Angeles pro team, under an avalanche of touchdowns today, winning by a score of 67 to 14. A crowd of 16,000 watched the contest. With Earl (Dutch) Clark firing passes all over the stadium, and Ernie Caddel shooting around the ends on reverses, the Lion backfield had too many guns for the befuddled Cubs to watch.
PACKERS DRILL FOR NEXT TILT
JAN 15 (San Francisco) - The Green Bay Packers, who walloped the San Diego Lighthorse football team last Saturday, 61 to 7, are training here for next Sunday's engagement with the Pacific Coast All Stars, rated a much more formidable outfit than the Lighthorse squadron. Milan Creighton, coach of the Chicago Cardinals, is drilling the All-Stars, and has added several of his Cardinal players to the roster. As the Cards defeated the Packers three times last season, by scores of 7-6, 3-0 and 9-7, the meeting of Green Bay and Chicago players is expected to provide some fireworks. The Packers came through the San Diego game without a scratch, and are in fine fettle to tackle the All-Stars, although Frank Butler, center, injured in practice last week, will be unable to play. Interest is running high as the pounding the Packers gave the San Diego troupe has doubled the interest in the game locally.
GREEN BAY FOOTBALL TEAM LAUDED ON PACIFIC COAST
JAN 16 (Green Bay) - Carrying Green Bay's name once again to far corners of the country, the Packer professional football team, encamped on the Pacific coast in preparation for its second 1936 California game next Sunday, is being doused with printer's ink by newspaper sportswriters of the San Francisco section. The San Francisco Chronicle in particular has made lavish use of the Packer publicity sources and has run pictures of many of the Green Bay stars, including Don Hutson, George Sauer and Arnold Herber. Next Sunday Green Bay faces the Pacific Coast All Stars of Coach Milan Creighton at Kezar stadium, San Francisco...BEST IN WORLD: Says Art Rosenbaum, Chronicle sports writer: "Joe O'Connor, Knight of Columbus man, will write many words during the next week attempting to prove, with the aid of charts, figures and furbelows, that the Green Bay Packers are the best team of football players in all the wide world. His task would be considerably lighter if the Packers had accommodated him by winning the NFL title this season just completed, but that's where the trouble comes. The Packers finished second, by a bare half point, to the Detroit Lions. However, Joe is a very good man at figures, and he already has convinced most of the local folks that it was all a big mistake when Detroit won the title. He has even enlisted the assistance of the Dickinson national rating system, which places the beloved Packers first, while Detroit is in a tie for second with the Chicago Cardinals. As a matter of fact, if it hadn't been for a kick from the toe of Ade Schwammel, which went slightly awry, the Packers could be the official champions. That kick missed the crossbar by one sixteenth of an inch or closer, according to observers, and so the Packers lost to the Chicago Cardinals, 9 to 7, to fall behind Detroit in the title standing."...GOES FAR ENOUGH: "Milan Creighton admits that the Packers are some stuff. He doesn't go as far as O'Connor in saying that they are the best in the world, but he goes far enough, at that. He thinks, for instance, the Packers were a better club than the Lions, although he still contends his own Cardinals should have won the darned title, if - . Nevertheless, Creighton is here for other reasons than to praise the other guys. There's a nice bonus awaiting him and the rest of the gang if they lick the Green Bays in the game, and that's item No. 1 on the list. Heading the list of Packers is Earl (Curly) Lambeau, the coach. Curly's playing days are past, but has a few notables who can do the hard work for him. Among these are Don Hutson, whom Stanford players will recall as the guy who caught all those passes when Alabama won the 1935 Rose Bowl game; Arnold Herber, called the niftiest passer in football; Ernie Smith, giant U.S.C. tackle, and others just as capable."
PACKERS FIGURING ON POSSIBLE GRID TRIP TO HONOLULU
JAN 16 (San Francisco) - Spurred on by the knowledge that they must win Sunday's charity game to maintain prestige and drawing power for their game at Los Angeles a week later and also figuring upon a possible trip to Honolulu, Coach E.L. Lambeau and the Green Bay Packers participated in a stiff workout here today and made plans for doubleheader workouts during the remaining practice sessions. The Packers meet the Pacific Coast All Stars, coached by Milan Creighton, here Sunday afternoon. The Green Bay faces a real test, as Creighton has assembled a brilliant group of football warriors, including 16 who were outstanding in the National league race last year. The Packers' easy 61 to 7 victory last Sunday at San Diego was no criterion, Lambeau said, as none of the opposing players in that contest was a major league star...HAS STRONG SQUAD: "Creighton really has put together a powerful team," Lambeau said, "and we will have to be on our toes to beat them." The Packer leader said he has received an offer to bring his team to Honolulu for a game either with the Pacific coast team which is playing there now, or with the regular Honolulu Town club. The offer was made by Paul Ford, who took the coast team to the island. The group now performing in Hawaii includes such stars of last collegiate season as Bobby Grayson, Stanford fullback; Bill Wallace and John Sylvester, Rice Institute halfback and end, respectively; Dick Smith, Minnesota tackle; Schreiber, St. Mary's halfback; Ochs, Minnesota guard; Keith Topping, Stanford ends, and others of equally high caliber. Glenn (Pop) Warner of Temple university is coaching the team. Two members of the Packer team, Nate Barragar and Ernie Smith, who were permitted to remain an extra day in Southern California, reported yesterday. The only casualty is Frank Butler, who injured his shoulder in practice last week at Los Angeles and has been unable to work out since. Lambeau said that he expected the big center to be available for practice by Friday or Saturday...EXPECT AERIAL GAME: The outlook for Sunday's game points to a wide open aerial battle, as the coasters also are fortified with outstanding flingers. They have halfbacks Frank Sarboe, formerly of the University of Santa Clara, and Mike Bacciarini, who finished last year with the University of San Francisco. Bacciarini was heralded in some quarters as the best passer in the West last season. In addition to these two specialists Creighton has Norman Franklin and Hal Pangle, both top marksmen with the ball. Despite the steady rains which have hindered the team in recent days, clear weather is forecast for the weekend. The bad weather necessarily has held down the ticket demand, but with expected fair weather in store, a good turnout is expected. The Packers made a big hit here three years ago when they were defeated, 13 to 6, by the Coast All Stars, coached by Ernie Never. Creighton played end on that team. As coach of the Chicago Cardinals last season, Creighton saw his club beat the Packers three times, and he is confident that he can put together a combination capable of turning the trick at the annual Knights of Columbus charity game. The game will be transmitted by Commercial Telegraph to radio stations in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Chicago for broadcasting.
ERNIE NEVERS TO COACH ALL-STARS
JAN 17 (San Francisco) - Ernie Nevers, former Stanford all-America fullback who has led two professional teams to victory against the Green Bay Packers in recent years, is the new assistant coach of the Coast All-Stars for the football game with the Packers here Sunday. Nevers will give the Coast players final instructions. Curly Lambeau, Packer tutor, claiming an edge in kicking, passing and reserve strength, says he will use all three departments to run a "neat score" over the Coast squad. Passing will be the main gun. Lambeau said, "because when once a team gets out in front the forward pass becomes a more effective weapon than ever before. We'll always try to increase the lead, not defend it."
POWERFUL ALL STAR TEAM TO FACE PACKER GRIDMEN
JAN 18 (San Francisco) - The Green Bay Packers face a professional football team tomorrow which Coach E.L. Lambeau regards as capable as providing as severe as a test as any National league club. They meet the Pacific Coast All Stars, coached by Milan Creighton and Ernie Nevers, in the Knights of Columbus charity game here. After looking over the roster of the All Stars today, Lambeau said: "Milan Creighton has assembled what shapes up on paper as a truly powerful team. Most of the players have had pro league experience and they have been practicing together for nearly two weeks. While I am confident we shall win, nevertheless it should be a real battle. We are not looking for an easy workout like the 61 to 7 win at San Diego last Sunday. Of course, that team did not have the experienced men, nor the outstanding players who appear with the All Stars."...TOUGHEST ON COAST: The All Star team is generally rated the strongest ever assembled for the Knights of Columbus charity game. Fifteen of the players have had professional experience. Three of them, Hal Pangle, Al Nichelini and Mike Mikulak, played under Creighton with the Chicago Cardinals
last season. The two starting guards, Pop Blewett and Russ Letlow, were teammates at the University of San Francisco last year and will make their pro debut. The opposing lines will be of fairly equal weight, each averaging about 215 pounds to the man. Clear weather was forecast for the sixth annual game, which was welcome news to both sides. Each team expects to go in heavily for passes, although each is well equipped for a ground attack. Against the Packers' great pass tossing combination of Herber to Hutson will be pitted some outstanding coast sharpshooters, notably Frank Sobrero and Mike Bacciarini. Sobrero, with the University of Santa Clara in 1934, was one of the coast's best passers, while Bacciarini rated the same status with the University of San Francisco last season. Although neither is slated to start the game, they are expected to get chances to show their marksmanship, with such ends as Ike Frankian of the New York Giants and Steve Hokuff of the Boston Redskins in the receiving side...BUTLER STILL OUT: The Packers are in good shape, except for Frank Butler, husky center who hurt his shoulder in practice last week preparing for the San Diego game, and won't get into tomorrow's contest. Both sides are keenly anxious to win, as a victory will mean much in the way of future games. The Packers have a Jan. 26 engagement with the Detroit Lions at Los Angeles and a loss tomorrow naturally would hurt the box office appeals. The All Stars are angling for a game at Portland. Lambeau revealed that the Packers have a tentative agreement to make a movie short. The film would be of the instructive type, but probably would involve a light plot. The coach will know definitely when the team reaches Los Angeles. The Packers probably will not accept
offers to go to Honolulu for one or more games with the All Stars there. Lambeau believes it is getting too late for football, and Honolulu fans have had more gridiron entertainment this year than ever before. The final decision will not be made, however, until after the game in Los Angeles. Local officials are confident that tomorrow's game will attract a good crowd, as the sun has been shining for the last two days, and fair weather is predicted for the weekend. The field at Kezar stadium is dry, and a 10,000 turnout is anticipated.