Green Bay Packers (3-2) 35, Cleveland Rams (1-5) 10
Sunday October 17th 1937 (at Cleveland)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CLEVELAND) - Setting up an offensive standard which looked more like a million dollars than four $250,000 bills, the Green Bay Packers humbled a gallantly fighting but outclassed Cleveland team in a NFL game here Sunday afternoon, 35 to 10. The contest was played before 12,000 at League Park, home of the baseball Indians. Although the Rams, sparked by guard Dick Zoll, a native of Green Bay, never stopped fighting and twice drove back for scores after the Packers took their first lead, the potency of the Wisconsin team's offense was too great for them to handle. The Packers turned loose a crushing ground attack that netted them 205 yards, and added 194 through the air for 399 yards, easily maintaining their record as their hottest offensive club in the league. They permitted the Rams 120 yards on aerial thrusts, but throttled the Cleveland running campaign at only 55 yards. The great Packer line, both between the tackles and including the end, played magnificent football, thus tossing the burden of checking the Rams' advance to the backs. This was accomplished satisfactorily enough, although probably more passes were completed than Coach E.L. Lambeau of Green Bay cared to watch, and the completions led to the Cleveland scores - Johnny Drake's touchdown, Bob Snyder's extra point and Snyder's field goal. Once again Don Hutson flared up as a Packer irritant. He took three deadly forward passes, two from Arnold Herber and one from Bob Monnett, following the catches with spectacular open field running demonstrations to score three touchdowns. Clarke Hinkle, the day's biggest ground gainer, added another, and so did Joe Laws, the latter on a trot around end. Ernie Smith kicked four extra points, and Eddie Jankowski added another to complete the Packer scoring. Hinkle missed two attempts at field goals, one by a scant margin. The Ram defense was most stubborn in the first period, when it played the Packers even and held them scoreless. The withering Green Bay attack didn't start clicking until the second stanza, but once the visitors got their full head of steam, they acquired a state of mind which made anything work, and scored consistently with a beautifully varied attack.
PLENTY OF COLOR
The Cleveland team packs plenty of color and life. On paper it looks better than it does on the field, which means it will break out like an epidemic some day and make things very nasty for whatever top-ranking club it happens to be playing. Bob Snyder in particular is a standout. He was the workhorse of the Rams, doing much of their ball carrying and blocking, throwing passes, punting and being about the best man on the team defensively. None of the Packers seemed to be having an off day, and as a unit the team performed well, other than the occasional lapses on pass defense. Hank Bruder and Herman Schneidman were particularly effective at the blocking quarterback position, Schneidman having one of his best days as a Packer. On defense he covered the ground like a thick fog, and he was a sledge hammer on offense. Cleveland attained a first down soon after taking the Packers' opening kickoff, but the tide soon swung the other way when George Svendsen blocked a punt and recovered for Green Bay on the Ram 26-yard line. The ensuring series of downs brought little, and Hinkle missed a field goal from the 31-yard line. A little later Laws downed a Packer punt on the Cleveland 7-yard stripe, Monnett brough the next kick back to the 39, and again Hinkle tried a field goal, the effort being just short from the 40-yard stripe. The Rams had a chance later when Herber's pass from his end zone was intercepted by Cherundolo deep in Green Bay territory, and the home boys penetrated to the 9-yard stripe, where a fourth down pass was incomplete. Late in the first period the Packers started an 88-yard march which led to a touchdown early in the second quarter, the last four yards being covered by a Herber to Hutson forward pass. The march featured ball carrying by Hinkle, Paul Miller and Jankowski, plus three deadly passes by Herber, Ernie Smith kicked the extra point. Cleveland had some luck with passes after that, until Laws intercepted one in midfield, but Pincura of the Rams intercepted one right back, and that was that. The Rams then had a bit of success on the ground, eventually letting loose a lateral-forward that set the ball nine yards from the Green Bay goal. The Packers brace, and Snyder kicked a field goal from the 30-yard line, slicing the score to 7-3. After that goal, the Packers loosened a terrific assault, taking the kickoff on their own 27-yard line and marching without interruption 73 yards in nine plays to score. Running plays with Laws, Hinkle and Hutson plays carrying the ball, passes by Monnett and Hinkle, and eventually one from Monnett to Hutson for a 30-yard gain, knocked off the touchdown, to which Smith added the conventional point. That made it 14-3. As the half ended, the Packers again were banging away at the Cleveland goal, reaching the 15-yard line at the gun. Following a punt exchange early in the second half the Packers acquired possession of the ball on their own 48, and marched toward the goal, Herber pouring a constant stream of passes into and over the Cleveland defense. The drive reached the 8-yard stripe, where a fourth down pass for a touchdown failed.
NOT DETAINED LONG
The Bays wouldn't be shaken off, and after taking the next punt on the Cleveland 40, they scored in two plays, the second being a 36-yard affair on a Herber to Hutson forward pass, Hutson executing some fancy steps after taking the toss. It was a twisting, speedy run to the goal line, with Jankowski kicking the extra point. The score stood at 21 to 3. Late in the period the Rams got a 69-yard drive under way and scored a touchdown, mostly on a passing barrage, with Pincura the spearhead. They finished by rushing the ball over from the 9-yard line in one series of downs, Drake smashing off right tackle for the score. Snyder placekicked the extra point, and the score was 21-10. Green Bay took the next kickoff, in the fourth period, and scored in eight plays, covering 67 yards. Running plays with Monnett and Laws alternating, a 16-yard aerial gain, nine yards through the line with Bruder lugging the ball, brought the ball to the 20-yard line and Hinkle smashed off tackle 20 yards to the goal line. Smith booted the point, making the score 28 to 10. Hinkle's interception of Snyder's forward pass, and his 33-yard return to the Cleveland 20-yard stripe, put the Packers in position for their final touchdown, which Laws scored in two plays. Ernie kicked the extra point, and the score stood at 35-10. Cleveland's passing attack was futile in the closing minutes.
GREEN BAY - 0 14 7 14 - 35
CLEVELAND - 0 3 0 7 - 10
2ND - GB - Don Hutson, 4-yard pass from Arnold Herber (Ernie Smith kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2ND - CLE - Bob Snyder, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2ND - GB - Hutson, 30-yard pass from Bob Monnett (E. Smith kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
3RD - GB - Hutson, 36-yard pass from Herber (Eddie Jankowski kick) GREEN BAY 21-3
4TH - CLE - Johnny Drake, 1-yard run (Snyder kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
4TH - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 20-yard run (E. Smith kick) GREEN BAY 28-10
4TH - GB - Joe Laws, 5-yard run (E. Smith kick) GREEN BAY 35-10
The construction of the massive, 70,000 seat Cleveland Municipal Stadium in the 1930s spelled the end for a much older stadium: League Park. Constructed in 1891 east of downtown in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood, League Park – despite renovations in 1910 that replaced the original wood with concrete and steel, expanding capacity to over 20,000 – was deemed to be too small and antiquated for professional sports after Municipal Stadium opened. The Indians played their last game at League Park in 1946, but for ten years prior to that they had been playing weekend and holiday games at the bigger stadium on the lakefront. League Park was the site of the 1920 World Series, in which the Indians beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for their first ever championship. In the 1940s, the park also housed the Cleveland Rams – the last of a series of Cleveland professional football teams predating the Browns – and the Negro League’s Cleveland Buckeyes, Negro League champions in 1945. Much of the stadium was demolished in the early 1950s, when the site became a public park. However, a few remnants – including the baseball diamond itself – still remain in place today. The Indians initially achieved success after departing League Park, but the team’s fortunes soon declined. The last thirty years or so of the Indians’ tenure at Municipal Stadium was marked by losing seasons and tens of thousands of empty seats. (SOURCE: ClevelandHistorical.org)
fourth straight game yesterday from their home town rivals, the Cardinals, taking a 16 to 7 decision before 23,000 cash customers. A Cardinal fumble led to the first Bears' touchdown, scored by Feathers, and in the third period Manders speared a pass and galloped 50 yards to tally. He booted a field goal for the final Bear points. The Cardinal touchdown was made by Parker in the final period after a series of passes to Tinsley, Parker and Russell...LIONS LOOK STRONG: Detroit, flashing its best attack of the season, rolled over Brooklyn, 30 to 0. Vernon Huffman, former Indiana star, intercepted a Dodger pass on the goal line and ran 100 yards for one Lion touchdown. A crowd of 21,000 fans saw Detroit, playing one on its home lot, present a stubborn defense which may give the Bears their hardest test of the season. Cliff Battles, with three long runs for touchdowns, led the Washington Redskins to a 34 to 20 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 13,000 at Washington. The Pirates tallied twice to lead at halftime, 13 to 7, but the Redskins tied it up on Sammy Baugh's aerial in the third stanza and then went on to win handily...EAGLES ARE BEATEN: New York's Giants, leader of the Eastern section with three victories and one defeat, tipped Philadelphia's hapless Eagles, 21 to 0. The Eagles, in losing their fifth game in seven starts, could not dent the strong Giant line and good blocking paved the way for touchdowns by Kink Richards, Hank Soar and Ed Danowski.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 18 (Green Bay) - Two thousand feet over Indiana - This is written about a Douglas air transport plane, a considerable distance above what I have been informed is the state of Indiana. The plane is moving at 180 miles per hours, which is only a mite faster than the Green Bay Packers moved against Cleveland this afternoon, and is some 2,000 feet off the ground - an edge higher than the Rams' defense blew when the Packers started throwing those passes. The plane is cutting distance like Paul Miller removes a ball carrier who dodges through the secondary, and features an Irish stewardess who is prettier than Arnold Herber's best forward pass. The men on this ship are talking about the Packers. Most of them came all the way from Newark and a couple of them left the plane at Cleveland to find out about the score. It seems they are rabid football fans back in the East, but had to travel today and so missed the games. Coach Curly Lambeau remarked, while en route to Cleveland by train, that he wouldn't be surprised if both Clarke Hinkle and Hutson scored today, which makes him practically perfect as a forecaster. Hinkle got his usual touchdown and Hutson scored three of them. The Cleveland newspaper men were a swell lot, and much impressed by the Packes. Before the game one of them said: "I hope your boys won't beat us too badly, or my newspaper will never send me to Green Bay for next Sunday's game." After Hutson's third touchdown he grumbled: "Can't they do something about that guy?" I told him they've been trying for three years. Funniest incident on the trip to Cleveland: The porter on the sleeper shined one of Ernie Smith's shoes, and then shined his suitcase by mistake instead of the other shoe. This made Ernie, who is known as "Haile" by his mates, very angry, but amused the rest, particularly Lou Gordon, who carried the news. And who put those four milk bottles in Milt Gantenbein's suitcase?...Once again there was considerable activity along the scoring front. Clarke Hinkle's touchdown was his 19th for the Packers, giving him an all-time total of 147, and leaving him in undisputed third place, 77 points behind Johnny Blood, whom he is overhauling rapidly. Hutson's 18 point came on touchdowns No. 18, 19 and 20 for the former Alabama end. He now has scored 121 points for the Packers, and his outburst yesterday enabled him to pass Curly Lambeau and take undisputed fourth place on the big list, 26 points behind Hinkle. Ernie Smith booted four more extra points, his 36th, 37th, 38th and 39th for Green Bay, raising his total to 54 and moving him past Myrt Basing into a tie for 17th place with Buckets Goldennberg. Joe Laws scored his seventh Packer touchdown and advanced to a tie for 19th place with Carl Lidberg and George Henry Sauer. Eddie Jankowski's extra point was his first for Green Bay, and added to the touchdown he made against the Cardinals, gives him seven points.
PACKERS FACE CLEVELAND GRIDDERS AGAIN SUNDAY
OCT 19 (Green Bay) - Facing the Cleveland Rams for the second time in as many Sundays, the Green Bay Packers were back at work this afternoon, aiming to stage another brilliant offensive displays on the occasion of their last 1937 appearance at City stadium. Anxious to witness the national champions and current contenders in the final home game, fans already are making extensive demands for tickets, E.A. Spachmann, director of sales, reported today. The team returned on the Milwaukee Road train late yesterday afternoon, all the players in good shape except Tiny Engebretsen, who twisted his ankle in the game at Cleveland and has a bad limp. Engrebretsen probably will be in shape to play Sunday if he is needed, but he may be given a week's rest. Don Hutson is bothered with a charley horse. The Packers have a great chance to improve their position further in the NFL race Sunday, as while they are attempting to make two straight over the Rams, the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will be locked in a death grip at Wrigley field. The Packers would prefer to have the Lions win, but a decision for either team would move Green Bay nearer the top...TIED FOR SECOND: If the Bears are victors, and the Packers beat Cleveland, Green Bay will be tied for second place in the Western division with Detroit. If the Lions win, Detroit will go into first place and the Packers will remain in third, but only half a game behind the Bears. Green Bay now ranks in a tie for fourth place in the composite standings of the league, including both Eastern and Western division. Bobby Cahn, Chicago, will referee Sunday's game, according to the assignment of officials made by Joe F. Carr, Columbus O., league president. M.J. Meyer, Toledo, will be umpire: J.J. Ritter, Detroit, headlinesman, and R.J. Erdlitz, Oshkosh, field judge. Playing before their final home crowd of the season and facing the absolute necessity of a victory to remain in the NFL championship race, the Packers will dump the works onto their opponents and keep their ears on the public address system for word from Chicago. The man who gave them the most trouble at Cleveland last Sunday was the bothersome Bob Snyder, a 190-pound halfback from Ohio university. He did most of the team's punting and passing, blocked on the occasions he wasn't lugging the ball, was the best of the Rams on defense, kicked a field goal, led a touchdown march and booted an extra point...ONE OF BEST: In point of all-around efficiency, he was one of the best backs the Packers have faced in a long time, and teamed with Purdue's Johnny Drake, he is a threat all the time. The Cleveland line is somewhat lighter than the average pro wall, but is fast and stubborn. Even after the Packers began running up the score, the Rams fought back bitterly, scoring twice themselves and never giving up hope of another touchdown. Dick Zoll, former Indiana guard who played great ball for Cleveland, will make his first professional appearance at City stadium in a Ram uniform, and two former Packers, Ralph (Primo) Miller, tackle, and Harry (The Horse) Mattos, halfback, are booked for plenty of action. The Cleveland management has not announced whether Swifty, the team's ram mascot, will make the trip to Green Bay. As a special feature, the Luxemburg city band of 60 pieces will play between halves. Luxemburg is one of the hottest Packer communities outside Green Bay itself, and the band will be accompanied by a loyal group of Luxemburg rooters.
CHICAGO BEARS DEFEAT CARDS
OCT 18 (Chicago) - One of football's greatest "naturals" goes on at Wrigley field next Sunday when the Detroit Lions tear into the Chicago Bears - with the winner likely to toll to the NFL championship. Detroit, led by the brilliant Dutch Clark, and Chicago, numbering in its lineup such stars as Bronko Nagurski, Beattie Feathers and Jack Manders, each has won four games. The Lions have lost one game, and victory next Sunday for the Bears would establish this club as an overwhelming favorite to win the Western sectional crown. The Bears won their
GREEN BAY PLAYERS ARE FACING HEAVY SCHEDULE
OCT 20 (Green Bay) - Seeking to keep the threat of overconfidence under cover, Coach E.L. Lambeau ordered one of the heaviest practice sessions of the season for the Green Bay Packers tomorrow, as they prepare to meet the Cleveland Rams in a return engagement at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Lambeau fears that his team, which ran up a 35 to 10 score at Cleveland last Sunday, may figure the Rams a pushover. "Exactly the opposite is the case," he explained. "The Cleveland team simply hasn't started clicking yet, and it is due to come up with a hot game anytime now. I just hope they don't do it against us. The Rams never stopped fighting against the Packers Sunday. Twice they fought back and scored, and we did not have the game sewed up until 10 minutes from the final gun. There are plenty of important names on the Cleveland roster, and if the players start clicking as a unit, they'll upset someone, for certain." Instead of working out in the rain yesterday afternoon, the Packer conducted a skull drill of an hour and a half indoors. They were back on the practice field this morning, loosening up and indulging in a lot of running, including the weekly touch football game. Work tomorrow will be very heavy, the coach indicated. The squad will absorb some new running plays to use against the Rams. Despite their powerful offensive exhibition, the Packers looked ragged in some spots at Cleveland, and these rough edges will require work before Sunday...CALLS SIGNALS RIGHT: The quarterbacking of the team against Cleveland was about the best of the season, particularly in two of the sustained touchdown drives, when the Rams didn't have a chance to figure out what was coming next. The play of the line was up to its usual high standard, with tackle Averell Daniell, former Pitt all-American, the standout. The Rams will arrive on the Milwaukee Road train at 10:15 Saturday night and will make their headquarters at the Hotel Northland...STRIKE FOR FIRST: The Green Bay players well realize the importance of winning Sunday's contest, for a victory will place them for the first time this season in a position to strike for first place in the Western division. Regardless of whether the Chicago Bears or Detroit Lions win at Wrigley field Sunday, the outcome of that crucial game will affect the Packers' standings favorably, provided Cleveland doesn't effect an upset of its own. Apparently the fans feel the same way about it, for an entirely satisfactory advance sale has been reported by E.A. Spachmann, director of sales. Thousands of choice seats still remain, however, and may be obtained by contacting the Legion building ticket headquarters.
PACKERS TOP YARDAGE LIST
OCT 20 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants are well on their way to new offensive records of the NFL, according to official statistics released yesterday. The Packers, in addition to leading the scorers with 104 points, have gained 1,459 yards in five engagements for an average of 291 per game, which exceeds the record 288 average set by the Chicago Bears in 1934. Opponents have been able to gain only 504 yards in four games against the Giants, an average of 126 yards a game. That is 17 yards a game less than the record defensive average of 143 yards set by the Chicago Cards in 1934. The Bears share defensive honors with the Giants, having allowed opponents only 11 points...SECOND ON OFFENSE: New York also has an average of 266 yards for ground gaining to take second place honors, and Washington is third with 261. Detroit is second in scoring with 87 points, and Pittsburgh is third with 78. Washington continues to set the pace in forward passing with 54 completions in 119 tosses for 45 percent efficiency. Green Bay and the Cardinals are tied for second with
with 44 percent and the Giants are third with 42 percent.
PACKERS PREPARED TO SHOOT WORKS AGAINST CLEVELAND ON SUNDAY
OCT 20 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers, champions of the National Professional Football league, prepared today to "shoot the works" against the Cleveland Rams in their final home game of the season Sunday. Coach Curly Lambeau said the Packers will use all the tricks they know in an effort to improve their standing in the league. The Packers now in third place in the western division of the league, may moved into a tie for second if they defeat the Rams and the Detroit Lions whip the Chicago Bears. Green Bay defeated Cleveland, 35 to 10, at Cleveland last Sunday.
LAMBEAU FEARS OVERCONFIDENCE
OCT 21 (Green Bay) - Seeking to avoid overconfidence, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau sent his Packers through a heavy scrimmage Wednesday in preparation for the Cleveland game here Sunday. Lambeau is fearful that the Packers, who beat Cleveland 35 to 10 last Sunday, will go on the field back on their heels. He warned his players that the Rams are just about ready to break out and upset some leading club. All the Packers are in good shape for Sunday's game. Tackle Averill Daniell, who looked particularly impressive last Sunday, has kept up his good work this week. Several new running plays have been given the team.
PACKERS WILL MAKE LAST HOME APPEARANCE SUNDAY
OCT 21 (Green Bay) - Riding a victory string which was stretched to three games after two previous reversals, parked in third place in the NFL's Western division standings, with every prospect of advancing higher, the Green Bay Packers will make their final 1937 bow to their home fans at City stadium Sunday afternoon, meeting the Rams of Cleveland. Expecting a much tougher battle than they received at Cleveland last week, and heartened by the reports of a large advance ticket sale, the Packers ripped through the rough stuff in today's drill. Coach E.L. Lambeau ordered his men to don pads, and the Packers rode through a stiff contact session...BOTH IN UNIFORM: The two current casualties, Don Hutson and Tiny Engebretsen, both were in uniform. Hutson is bothered with a charley horse, which isn't expected to handicap him, while Engebretsen, who injured his ankle at Cleveland, may not return to action until the Detroit game a week later. Cleveland yesterday released four players, as the Rams prepared to leave for Green Bay. Not in uniform Sunday will be Carl Brumbaugh, quarterback; Harry Mattos, halfback; Bill Cooper, fullback, and Ed Skoronski, center. It is probable that the chief offensive burden against the Packers Sunday will be carried by Bob Snyder, former Ohio university star who can do anything well, and two of the most highly publicized graduates of the 1936 collegiate gridiron - Purdue's Johnny Drake and Minnesota's Julie Alfonse. The Drake-Snyder-Alfonse combination provided most of the trouble for the Packers at Cleveland on the occasions when the Rams got an attack clicking, and they are expected to be tougher on Sunday, with their added familiarity with Green Bay's system...SNYDER HOT BACK: Snyder in particular caught the eye of the spectators at Cleveland. He is a passer, kicker, blocker, ball carrier - in fact, was the chief show for the Rams as they battled against the smoking Packer offense. Sunday's game will mark the finish of the Packers' home schedule, all the remaining games being played on foreign fields, unless State Fair park at Milwaukee can be regarded as a home base. One week from Sunday the Green Bay team will appear at Detroit, and Nov. 8 will be at Wrigley field, facing the Chicago Bears. The three final games, which will make or break the Packers' pennant chances provided they get past the Lions and Bears, will be against Philadelphia (at Milwaukee), New York and Washington. The latter two games will be played in the east...ZOLL WITH RAMS: Green Bay fans will be interested to observe the play of Dick Zoll, former Indiana guard and a product of Green Bay West high school. Zoll has been one of the stalwarts in the Cleveland line, and he drew a starting assignment against the Packers last week - an honor which Caoch Hugo Bezdek undoubtedly will duplicate this Sunday. When Zoll played at West high he was a tackle, and in Fox River Valley conference competition, he met several of the Packers, including Champ Seibold, then of Oshkosh; Swede Johnston, Appleton, and Wayland Becker, East. Zoll played two seasons with Arnold Herber when that Packer passing and kicking star was with West high.
BOB MONNETT CROWDS BAUGH
OCT 21 (New York) - Johnny Blood, 14-year veteran of the NFL and now player-coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates, jumped into a tie for the scoring lead with Gaynell Tinsley, L.S.U. recruit end of the Chicago Cardinals, during the past week of play according to statistics released today. Each has 30 points. Blood, who played at Notre Dame, Minnesota and St. Thomas before entering the pro circuit, was tied for fourth a week ago, but was tied for the lead with Tinsley three weeks ago. Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay Packers, jumped from third to second place with 29 points, and Jack Manders, Chicago Bears, rose from fifth to third with 27 points. Cliff Battles, Washington Redskins, gained 135 yards Sunday, following a total of 132 yards gained he previous Sunday, to forge way ahead in the race for ground gaining honors. He now has a total of 373 yards in four games, an average of 93 yards a game. Hank Soar, New York Giants' freshman, is second with 290 yards in four game, and John Karcis, Pittsburgh Pirates, is third with 287 yards in five games. Forward passing laurels were retained by Slingin' Sammy Baugh, Washington recruit from T.C.U. who has now completed 44 out of 87 aerials for 579 yards and 50 percent efficiency. Bob Monnett, Green Bay, passed George Grosvenor, Cardinals, for second with 48 percent completions. Grosvenor is third with 46 percent, but is followed closely by Ed Danowski, Giants, and Pat Coffee, Cardinals, who have 45 and 44 percent, respectively. Tinsley, in addition to sharing the scoring lead, retained first place as best pass receiver with 20 catches for 419 yards and four touchdowns. Charlie Malone, Washington, jumped from third to second with 14 catches, and Don Hutson, Packers, and Wayne Millner, Washington, are tied for third with 12 catches each. A total of 19 field goals have been kicked throughout the circuit to date, with Regis Monahan, Detroit, Jack Manders, Bears, and Riley Smith, Washington, tied for individual leadership with three successful placements each. Taldon Manton, New York Giants, is second with two.
PACKERS READY FOR LAST HOME GAME
OCT 22 (Green Bay) - Hoping to profit by the outcome of the Chicago Bear-Detroit game at Wrigley field, however it ends, the Green Bay Packers will take to City stadium turf Sunday afternoon primed for their second consecutive victory over the Cleveland Rams. In so doing, the Packers will make their figurative final bow to Green Bay and Northern Wisconsin fans who have given them superlative support - greatest in the team's history - throughout the early games of the hectic 1937 season. Never has a Green Bay football team received the gilt-edged support of the present Packer squad. Beaten in the All Star game, loser to the Chicago Cardinals, trounced by the Bears, the Packers still drew their fans through turnstiles by the thousands, and directors of the corporation are unstinted in their praise of this fine spirit. Many fans journeyed southward to witness the All Star game, and its disappointing outcome, and nearly 10,000 were on hand for the opening of the season against the Cardinals. The Packers lost, but next week a record throng of more than 16,000 turned up for the Packer-Bear game...TEAM BEATEN AGAIN: Again the Packers were beaten, and the following week, when the Detroit Lions invaded Green Bay, the stadium attendance mark was shattered again by a 17,500 plus crowd which packed every corner of the big field. Losers in three consecutive games, the Packers still were able to draw larger throngs than ever before in their history - and the team responded. They thumped the Lions, ruining the Cardinals at Milwaukee a week later - before another 17,000 crowd - and poured more offensive football onto the Rams at Cleveland last Sunday. Now, with three victories against two defeats, resting in third place in the NFL's Western division, they are preparing to strike for higher ground. A victory over Cleveland is the immediate goal. Coach E.L. Lambeau has warned his men repeatedly this week against overconfidence, and if there are any signs of it they have been concealed carefully. The Packers appear ready to give their fans another superb demonstration of power football as they remain in the race for the championship of the West...NEVER GIVE UP: Cleveland is tougher than that 35 to 10 indicates. The Rams never stopped fighting, never gave up, always drove back toward the goal. This week they trimmed down their personnel by four members, releasing Carl Brumbaugh, Ed Skoronski, Harry Mattos, and Bill Cooper. Other men will be added to the squad, and the present Rams must fight to hold their positions. Cleveland is prepared for a last ditch stand to prove its right to remain in the National league, and if ever the situation was ripe for an upset, here it is. Humbling the champion Packers, dragging them down into a position where a Western championship would be practically impossible, would be the proudest achievement of Coach Hugo Bezdek's Rams. Julie Alfonse, Johnny Drake and the brilliant Bob Snyder are the three backs most feared by the Packers, although Stan Pincura, former Ohio State quarterback, was a wiry, squirming threat at Cleveland's League park last Sunday...TRICK LATERAL-FORWARD: The Packers must particularly guard against a trick lateral-forward formation, with Pincura tossing the ball backward to Snyder or Bill Keeble, and then running into the flat zone to receive the subsequent forward pass. The Rams have several variations of this play, only one of which they used against the Packers last week, and fans at City stadium Sunday can prepare for trouble then they see the lateral starting the down. The Packers began to ease off in their training today, running through routine formations in chilly weather, and Coach Lambeau is hoping for an improvement in the climate before Sunday. Only slightly warmer weather would provide an ideal football setting, he pointed out. The Rams will arrive on the Milwaukee Road tomorrow evening, and will remain at the Hotel Northland during their stay here.
PACKERS PLAY RAMS IN LAST HOME BATTLE
OCT 22 (Green Bay) - Homecoming for a Green Bay boy and farewell for the Green Bay Packers will be celebrated simultaneously at City Stadium here Sunday when the Packers oppose the Cleveland Rams in a National Professional league game. The Green Bay boy is Dick Zoll, former West High School lineman, who was signed by the Cleveland team after three varsity years at the University of Indiana. His parents and two brothers have their homes here, and probably will provide the only Cleveland cheering of the day in the Green Bay sections of the stands. Both of the brothers, Martin and Carl, were star Packers linemen some 15 years ago. For the Packers themselves it will be farewell because the team will be making its last night appearance of the season. Following the Rams' game, the Green Bay aggregation will meet Detroit and the Chicago Bears on successive Sundays and then will return to Wisconsin to play Philadelphia at Milwaukee. The Packers' rise on the league ladder has been steady since they dropped their losing ways by defeating the Detroit Lions on October 8. Another victory Sunday will definitely put the team back in the championship picture, as the undefeated Chicago Bears are meeting the second place Detroit Lions. Unless that game results in a tie, one of the leaders must suffer, either the Lions dropping back into a tie with the Packers (if the Green Bay team wins), or the Bears getting their first setback of the year and putting them in a position where they will be easier to overtake. The Packers will be at full strength for the Cleveland game with Swede Johnston, former fullback, again in the role of end. Johnston was transformed into a wing man when Wayland Becker was placed on the suspended list following an injury.
PACKERS FEAR EASTERN TEAM
OCT 22 (Green Bay) - Professing a fear that the Cleveland Rams would come up with a good game and catch the Green Bay Packers overconfident, Coach E.L. Lambeau tapered off a week of heavy practice for the return game between the clubs here Sunday. The Packers won handily last Sunday at Cleveland, 35 to 10. But, said Lambeau, "Cleveland is due to come up with a hot game any time now. I just hope they don't do it against us." Averell Daniell, former Pitt All-American tackle, who showed to advantage against the Rams last Sunday, carries the Packer fans' hopes for a sturdy defense in the return game. Lambeau introduced some new running plays to be used for the first time Sunday.
Brooklyn Dodgers, in New York, while the Washington Redskins, defending champions, invade Philadelphia seeking revenge against the Eagles, who upset them two weeks ago. New York at present tops the Eastern division with three victories in four starts, while Washington has three victories, but two setbacks. The Green Bay Packers, defensing title holders who have scored 95 points in the last three starts, entertain the Cleveland Rams in Green Bay while the Chicago Cardinals invade Pittsburgh to meet the Pirates. With both the Cards and Pirates past the halfway mark, a defeat would almost eliminate their title hopes...STANDOUT OF DAY: The clash in Chicago between the Bears and the Lions looms as the standout struggle of the day, for these two teams at present are considered the most likely to upset Green Bay from the champion's throne. The Bears have an unbeaten record to maintain, but from the way the Lions have been rolling in the past few weeks this is going to mighty difficult. With Ernie Caddel, Dutch Clark and Ace Gutowsky among the first flight ground gainers of the league, the Bear defense, which has allowed only 11 points in four games, will get its severest test. The Cardinal-Pirate clash will pit the top two scorers of the circuit, Gaynell Tinsley, all-America end from L.S.U., now of the Cards, and Johnny Blood, veteran player-coach of the Pirates. Both have scored 30 points and the personal duel adds a bit to the struggle to stay in the title race by both clubs. These two men are just a point ahead of Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay's smashing fullback, and three points ahead of Jack Manders, Bears' placekicking artist.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 23 (Green Bay) - History probably repeats itself as often in the sports world as anywhere else, and the Detroit Lions are in a great spot to prove it, when they meet the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field tomorrow. Everyone seems to think the Bears are unbeatable. True, they defeated the Packers, but so did the Cardinals and look what happened when the Cards met the Bays the second time. Outside of that the Bears haven't done anything so very spectacular, and if the folks who heard the radio report of last Sunday's game have the right dope, George Halas' boys were pretty lucky to get past the Cardinals without losing more than their sense of balance. On the other hand the Lions, since their defeat by the Packers, have been playing sensational football, and they certainly will be keyed to the sky for that game Sunday. And remember what happened last year? The Lions met the Bears and the Packers in successive games that time, too, facing Chicago Thanksgiving day and Green Bay three days later. They were pointing for the Bears, and they beat them in a sensational upset. But the battering they received in the game, plus the steam-heated offense to which the Packers were geared, set them down to defeat at the hands of Green Bay, despite their brilliant win over the Bears. So the stage is set for the same stunt, and if the hunches are working correctly you'll see a bitterly fought victory for Detroit over the Bears Sunday, followed by an equally tough decision for Green Bay over the Lions the following week. Do I hear the limb creaking?
OWEN'S NEW FORMATION IS WINNING GAMES FOR GIANTS
OCT 23 (New York) - The football team which Eastern coaches and close students of the game suspect has introduced the season's most important and revolutionary style of offense isn't playing today. It plays tomorrow, for money. The New York Giants, who play for the honor and glory and financial well-being of Tim Mara, are the possessors of this radical new method of ground gaining. It is the brainchild of Coach Steve Owen, who calls it simply "left formation", and it has created considerable excitement in local hoghide circles. Using it exclusively, the Giants have won their last three league contests in sensational fashion, gaining an average of 266 yards a game against opposition that doesn't yield any yards at all without argument. Their rivals have been more or less flabbergasted...ASKED TO EXPLAIN: There was such a puzzlement about it that Owen was asked to diagram his pet at the last weekly chinfest of metropolitan coaches and critics. Such talented professors as Jim Crowley, Lou Little, Chick Meehan and Mal Stevens hunched forward in rapt attention. "It's brand new," said Steve as he chalked chicken tracks across the blackboard. "And it's so effective and such a natural that I can't understand why it hasn't been used before." His diagram revealed an unbalanced line to the right, with only an end and tackle to the left of the center. His backfield, though, was thrown to the left with one wingback clear out past the end. The attack, obviously, was aimed at the left, or "weak" side, or through the center. Someone pointed out what looked like a fatal weakness in the peculiar formation. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to thrown an effective play at the strong side...GO EVERY WAY: "That's what some people think," said Owen, patiently, "but it hasn't worked out that way. We've been going every direction with it - ask our
GREEN BAY PACKERS TACKLE CLEVELAND
OCT 23 (Green Bay) - Professional football will take its final bow of the season at City stadium tomorrow afternoon, when the Packers of Green Bay, hurtling along the comeback trail in pursuit of the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, will be at home to the Cleveland Rams. The occasion is packing with significance, for while the Packers attempt to win their fourth consecutive victory at the expense of Coach Hugo Bezdek's Ohioans, the Bears and Lions will be at each other's throats in Chicago, battling it out at Wrigley field. No matter which wins, the Packers would profit by a victory at City stadium. The Rams will arrive tonight on the Milwaukee Road, will be headquartered at the Hotel Northland, and will be prepared to swing into action at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon...SMARTER RAM SQUAD: It will be a chastened, cannier Ram team which battles the Packers tomorrow. Cleveland had a long look at Green Bay's class last week, and, if the Rams live up to their reputations, they will have profited sufficiently to make Sunday's game a real battle. Coach Bezdek today wired his starting lineup. Phil Buckley and Sam Busich will start at ends. Ralph (Primo) Miller and Ted Livingston will be at tackles, Forrest Burmeister and Dick Zoll at guards, Charles Cherundolo at center, Stan Pincura at quarterback, John Bettridge and Bob Snyder at halfbacks and Johnny Drake at fullback. Several of these men carry especial interest to Green Bay's numerous football fans, among them: Snyder, because he was the hardest and most efficient Ram of them all at Cleveland last Sunday. Miller, because he appeared briefly with the Packers last year, and since has carried on successfully at Cleveland. Zoll, because he is a Green Bay man, a West high graduate, and will be making his first appearance at City stadium since he battled for the Purple...KEEP FANS POSTED: For the Packer fans who are interested in the vial Bear-Lion game, the score by quarters will be announced over the public address system tomorrow, keeping everyone posted with the progress of the Wrigley field struggle. Green Bay hopes will be behind the Lions, with every possibility that Detroit will come through. The Lions have been playing great ball since their thumping by the Packers, while the Bears were lucky to scrape past the Cardinals last Sunday. The Cleveland game disposed of, the Packers will take to the road for the rest of the season, playing at Detroit, at the Bears, Philadelphia at Milwaukee, at New York and at Washington in that order...STATISTICS FAVOR PACKERS: Statistics of the Packers, as might be expected, are far better than those of the Rams in all departments, and they reveal one important item - that Johnny Drake will be the boy to watch as soon as the ball is in play at City stadium tomorrow. Drake has gained more yardage from the line of scrimmage than any other member of his team, stands third in effectiveness among the regular ball carriers, is the best pass receiver on the squad and leads the Rams in scoring. The Packers will have to keep him under control every minute. The Packers, who appear to be headed for a new record in ground gaining, are headed by Clarke Hinkle and Eddie Jankowski, both fullbacks in the matter of picking up yardage through and around the line. Hinkle, who has picked up 229 yards, has more to his credit than any other Packer, while Jankowski, who has been ripping off gains at a topheavy 6.2 average, is the most effective carrier to date.
LIONS TACKLE CHICAGO TEAM
OCT 23 (New York) - Leadership in the Western division of the NFL is at stake Sunday when the Detroit Lions invade Chicago to face the Bears. The Bears, unbeaten in four circuit starts, must beat the Lions, who have lost but one in five starts, to stay at the top. The Eastern lead also is in danger of changing, with the New York Giants facing the
opponents - and it has been effective on passes, too. What has helped a lot, I suppose, is that we shift into this formation quickly and get going fast. Our opponents, watching our line instead of the backfield, have been prone to shift too hastily and too far toward our strong side. When they do that, our interference catches them cold on the other wing." Another thing they do is start what looks like a long run to the left, or "weak" side, and then wheel and pass far across the field to the right side. At any rate, Owen, coaching in the country's toughest football league, where every lost game is felt painfully at the box office, has proved he isn't afraid to take chances. He gambled what might have been his job on his "left formation", and he's won.
LION-BEAR CLASH GIVES PACKERS CHANCE TO GAIN
OCT 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay has another excellent chance Sunday to gain ground on the leaders in the western division of the National Professional Football league. While the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, two of the toughest teams in the league, tangle at Wrigley field, Chicago, the Packers face another comparative breather in their return game with the Cleveland Rams at Green Bay. No matter what happens at Chicago, the Packers can gain ground by winning their game. Green Bay is a prohibitive favorite to run up another score on the hapless Cleveland club, which has little besides two good backs, Johnny Drake, late of Purdue, and Bob Snyder, late of Ohio University. The Packers routed the Rams, 35 to 10,at Cleveland last Sunday and they were back on their heels, taking it easy, half the time. This week's game will be the last home contest for Green Bay. The 1936 pennant will be raised between halves. However much the Packers may try to be interested in their own game, however, they can't help but have one ear glued to the ground for results of the Lion-Bear game in Chicago. It means so much to them. If the Bears win, Green Bay can tie Detroit for second place. If the Lions win, the Packers will remain third, but only a game behind Detroit and a half game behind the Bears. Every club in the league will see action Sunday. While the Packers entertain the Rams and the Bears have the Lions on their hands, the Cardinals will meet Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh, Washington will play the Eagles at Philadelphia, and Brooklyn will meet the Giants at the Polo Grounds.