The 1938 Green Bay Packers - 8-3 (1ST - Western Division Champions)
Head Coach: Curly Lambeau
1938 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (1-0)
5 Cedar Rapids Crush (at Ironwood, MI) W 75- 0 1- 0-0 5,000
1938 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (8-3)
11 G-CLEVELAND RAMS (0-0-0) W 26-17 1- 0-0 8,247
18 G-CHICAGO BEARS (1-0-0) L 0- 2 1- 1-0 15,172
25 M-CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-1-0) W 28- 7 2- 1-0 18,000
28 B-vs Chicago Cardinals (1-2-0) W 24-22 3- 1-0 10,678
9 G-DETROIT LIONS (1-1-0) L 7-17 3- 2-0 21,968
16 M-BROOKLYN DODGERS (2-1-1) W 35- 7 4- 2-0 11,892
23 G-PITTSBURGH PIRATES (2-4-0) W 20- 0 5- 2-0 12,142
30 at Cleveland Rams (3-3-0) W 28- 7 6- 2-0 18,843
6 at Chicago Bears (4-3-0) W 24-17 7- 2-0 40,208
13 at Detroit Lions (5-2-0) W 28- 7 8- 2-0 45,139
20 at New York Giants (6-2-0) L 3-15 8- 3-0 48,279
1938 POST-SEASON RESULTS (0-1)
NFL CHAMPIONSHIP - DECEMBER
11 at New York Giants (8-2-1) L 17-23 48,120
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee B - at Buffalo
1938 IN REVIEW
With Arnier Herber slowing up, Curly Lambeau brought in a new rookie tailback with a strong passing arm. Cecil Isbell not only could throw the ball, but he could also carry it around the end for good yardage. Lambeau broke the rookie in gradually, alternating him with Herber at tailback, and, sometimes, playing them both in the same backfield. Isbell hauled in a few Herber aerials, and the rookie sometimes caught defenses napping by throwing to the lead-footed Herber. Of course, both men often found their main target in Don Hutson, who was heading for his usual receiving champions when he hurt his knee in Detroit on November 13. After the injury, the Packers grimly hung onto the lead in the Western Division, and won the title despite a 15-3 loss to the Giants in the finale.
CECIL ISBELL: A BRIGHT, BUT SHORT, CAREER IN TITLETOWN
(SOURCE: ProFootballResearchers.com) - Sid Luckman and Sammy Baugh are Hall of Fame passers from the early 1940s and deservedly so, but for a couple of seasons Cecil Isbell outshone them. Had he stuck around the NFL a few more years, he well might have a bust in Canton himself. Cecil Isbell? If you're too young to remember the name, he was the standout passer for the Green Bay Packers who followed Arnie Herber and preceded -- well, Bart Starr. He later served as Purdue University's football coach and as the original coach of the Baltimore Colts.The Packers were 41-12-2 in regular-season games and 1-2 in playoff games in Cecil Isbell's five years. He threw touchdown passes in 23 consecutive games in 1941 and '42 and his 24 scoring passes in 1942 lasted as the Packers' record until Lynn Dickey connected for 32 in 1983. Isbell passed for five TDs in one game against the Cleveland Rams in 1942 and gained 333 yards with just 10 completions against the Chicago Cardinals that same year. Isbell's longest scoring pass was a 92-yarder to Hutson in 1939 and his shortest was also to Hutson -- a play measured as four inches against Cleveland in '42. That stood as the NFL's shortest scoring pass until 1960, when Eddie LeBaron of the Dallas Cowboys threw one that was recorded as two inches. After the '42 season, Isbell, then 28 and at the height of his career, left to become an assistant coach at his alma mater, Purdue, for one-third his Green Bay salary of $10,000. He explained, "I saw Lambeau go around the locker room and tell players like Arnie Herber that they were done. I vowed it would never happen to me." Isbell became head coach at Purdue in 1944 and the Boilermakers had a 14-14-1 record in his three years. In 1947, he moved to Baltimore to become the first coach of the Colts, who were joining the AAFC as the transplanted Miami Seahawks. The principal result of that 2 1/2-year pro coaching stint was that Isbell developed Y.A. Tittle into a topflight passer. Isbell was backfield coach for the Chicago Cardinals in 1950 and '51 and backfield coach at Louisiana State the next two years before going into business. Isbell's records are amazing considering that he played with a dislocated left shoulder. The Houston native suffered the injury in his first Big Ten game, against Northwestern in 1935. Twice, the Purdue trainer went onto the field and popped the shoulder back into place so that Isbell could finish the game. "After that, they decided I should have a chain on my left arm, so I couldn't raise it too high," said Isbell. "I wore the chain both at Purdue and with the Packers."
NAME NO POS HGT WGT COLLEGE YR PR A G HOW ACQUIRED
Wayland Becker 32 E 6- 0 205 Marquette 3 5 27 11 FA-Brooklyn (1935)
Fritz Borak 9 E 6- 1 190 Creighton 1 1 25 1
Hank Bruder 18/5 B 6- 0 200 Northwestern 8 8 30 11
Frank Butler 35 T 6- 3 246 Michigan St 4 4 29 9
Tiny Engebretsen 34 G 6- 1 240 Northwestern 5 7 28 10 FA-Brooklyn (1934)
Milt Gantenbein 22 E 6- 0 200 Wisconsin 8 8 28 11
B. Goldenberg 43 G 5-10 225 Wisconsin 6 6 26 11
Arnie Herber 38 B 5-11 200 Regis 9 9 28
Clarke Hinkle 30 FB 5-11 205 Bucknell 7 7 29 11
John Howell 49 B 5-11 185 Nebraska 1 1 22 8 1938 Draft-7th (77)
Don Hutson 14 E 6- 1 185 Alabama 4 4 25 10
Cecil Isbell 17 B 6- 1 190 Purdue 1 1 23 11 1938 Draft-1st (7)
Ed Jankowski 7 B 5-10 195 Wisconsin 2 2 25 11 1937 Draft-1st (9)
Swede Johnston 15 B 5-10 200 Marquette 6 7 28 FA-St. Louis (1934)
Tom Jones 37 G 5-11 230 Bucknell 1 8 28
Leo Katalinas 11 T 6- 2 240 Catholic 1 1 23 8
Joe Laws 24 B 5- 9 185 Iowa 5 5 27 10
Bill Lee 40 T 6- 3 225 Alabama 2 4 26 11 FA-Brooklyn (1937)
Darrell Lester 29 C 6- 3 220 TCU 2 2 24 10 1936 Draft-5th (43)
Russ Letlow 46 G 6- 0 212 San Francisco 3 3 24 11 1936 Draft-1st (7)
Ookie Miller 48 C 6- 1 215 Purdue 1 7 28 11 FA-Cleveland (1937)
Paul Miller 3 B 5-10 185 S. Dakota St 3 3 25 10
Bob Monnett 50 B 5- 9 180 Michigan St 8 8 28 9
Carl Mulleneaux 19 E 6- 4 210 Utah St 1 1 21 10
NAME NO POS HGT WGT COLLEGE YR PR A G HOW ACQUIRED
Lee Mulleneaux 18 C 6- 2 225 N. Arizona 1 6 24 5 FA-Chi Cards (1938)
Baby Ray 44 T 6- 6 250 Vanderbilt 1 1 22 11
Bernie Scherer 36 E 6- 1 193 Nebraska 3 3 25 10 1936 Draft-3rd (25)
Herm Schneidman 51 B 5-10 200 Iowa 4 4 24 10
Roy Schoemann 42 C 6- 1 195 Marquette 1 1 24 3
Champ Seibold 41 T 6- 4 240 Wisconsin 5 5 25 11
Pete Tinsley 21 G 5- 8 205 Georgia 1 1 25 9 1938 Draft-9th (97)
Andy Uram 8 B 5-10 187 Minnesota 1 1 23 1938 Draft-4th (47)
Dick Weisberger 33 B 5-10 205 Williamette 1 1 23 4
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games Played
1938 PACKERS DRAFT
RND SEL NAME POS COLLEGE
1 7 Cecil Isbell B Purdue
2 22 Marty Schreyer T Purdue
3 37 Chuck Sweeney E Notre Dame
4 47 Andy Uram B Minnesota
5 57 John Kovatch E Northwestern
6 67 Phil Ragazzo T Case Western Reserve
7 77 John Howell B Nebraska
8 87 Frank Barnhart G Northern Colorado
9 97 Pete Tinsley G Georgia
10 107 Tony Falkenstein B St. Mary's (Calif.)
WESTERN BACK JOINS PACKERS
JAN 3 (San Francisco) - Signing of Dick Weisgerber, 215-pound back of Williamette university, Salem, Ore., was announced today by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Weisgerber is the first Packer to sign for the 1938 footballs season. Because of the obscureness of his school, he was overlooked in the NFL draft, which made his eligible to sign with any club. He also was offered contracts by the New York Giants and the Chicago Cardinals. The youngest Packer is tough and rugged, standing five feet ten inches tall. He is built along the general architectural design of Eddie Jankowski, Packer fullback. Weisgerber, in attending a small college, received little national publicity, but he was rated good enough for mention on Collier's Little All-America. He has a great reputation as a blocker, is an excellent ball carrier, and a fine defensive player. Coach Lambeau stated here today that the Packers have been interested in Weisgerber for three years. His home is in New York state. Lambeau left Sunday night with the East squad and half of the West team for Hollywood, where the players were to be guests at the movie studios today. They will leave tomorrow to resume classes at the Universities of California and Alabama. Lambeau was visited yesterday by Ade Schwammel, former Packer tackle who did not compete in 1937 but who declared himself as "too young to quit football". He may be back with Green Bay next fall. Schwammel is the father of a brand new son, and stated that both his wide and baby are enjoying the best of health.
PRO FOOTBALL MOGULS GET EAST-WEST STARS
JAN 4 (San Francisco) - Professional football moguls, as busy as flies around a molasses pot, snapped up some welcome talent following the east-west all-star game here New Years' day. Among the performers who either have decided to play for pay or are interested in the proposition were Andy Farkas, Detroit halfback, who will join the National Pro league champions, the Washington Redskins; Al Babartsky, Fordham tackle, slated to go to the Chicago Cardinals; Karl Schleckman, Utah tackle, who is on the verge of going to the Detroit Lions, and Cecil Isbell, outstanding Purdue halfback, bound for the Green Bay Packers. Two other Fordham linemen - Alex Wojciechoiwicz, center, and Ed Franco, tackle - are said to be seriously considering offers. Curly Lambeau, boss of the Green Bay Packers, and Earl (Dutch) Clark, Detroit Lions coach, interviewed prospects right and left after the charity game. Lambeau revealed he intended to try to make a deal with the Washington Redskins for the services of Elmer Dohrmann, giant Nebraska end. The Redskins drew Dohrmann in the draft. Probably the most sought-after player was Carl Littlefield, Washington State fullback, whose name was not included in the recent pro draft. He has offers from the Packers and the Lions.
MILT GANTENBEIN IS MARRIED; WILL COACH AT ANTIGO
JAN 5 (Green Bay) - Milton Gantenbein, for several years a star end on the Green Bay Packers football team and formerly captain of the University of Wisconsin eleven, was today on a honeymoon trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., with his New Year's bride. His wife is Miss Vivian Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hall, Green Bay. Gantenbein is the son of Mrs. Andrew Gantenbein, Duluth, Minn. The couple will live at Antigo, where Gantenbein has taken a position as high school athletic coach.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JAN 5 (Green Bay) - We're telling you that Ernie Smith, veteran left tackle of the Green Bay Packers who many people think will retire from pro football before next season, still is punching 'em across...he played a holiday game with the Coast All Stars against the Los Angeles Bulldogs and kicked an early field goal which gave the Stars a 3 to 0 lead...Los Angeles scored a late touchdown and won the game, 7 to 3.
PACKER BID FOR ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP FELL SHORT
JAN 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers scared the daylight out of the rest of the NFL in 1937, but a brilliant winning streak was cut short at seven straight, and the team wound up in third place in the West. Despite their inability to attain their fifth national championship, the Bays gave their fans a great season. They played to the largest crowds in their history, made their first appearance at the All Star game in Chicago, and for a time came to be regarded as favorites for the 1937 title. Extreme popularity of the Packers at home as well as abroad
caused the football corporation to announced further enlargement of City stadium for next fall, when the stands will be extended to include about 24,000 seats. When the year opened, the Packers were far from home, being in the act of cleaning up their 1936 schedule in the western part of the country. They appeared before 6,000 at Denver Jan. 2, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 21 to 13, with George Henry Sauer in a starring role. He scored all three of the winners' touchdowns. The Packers found Denver too chilly for their liking and headed on snow-covered roads for sunny California...POTSY CLARK QUITS: Jan. 5 came the news that George (Potsy) Clark, arch-enemy of the Packers for many years, had resigned his post as manager of the Detroit Lions to accept a similar position with Brooklyn. The Packers started working out in San Francisco Jan. 6, when word arrived that Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg was the father of a son at Milwaukee. Mel Hein, Jim Barber and Al Nichelini joined the Salinas Iceberg Packers Jan. 7, and that team battled Green Bay at San Francisco Jan. 10 before 2,500. The Wisconsin pros rolled up a score of 42 to 7, with touchdowns being scored by Paul Miller, Clarke Hinkle, Milt Gantenbein, Wayland Becker, George Svendsen and Bernard Scherer. Jan. 11 Ray Peterson, San Francisco U. halfback, signed a Packer contract. He reported but failed to last out the 1937 season. The Packers walloped the Los Angeles Bulldogs, 49 to 0, at Los Angeles Jan. 17, but winning themselves a movie contract in the process. Bob Monnett and Don Hutson each scored two touchdowns before 12,000 fans as Victor McLaglen and Al Jolson of the movies sat on the Green Bay bench. Jan. 21 the Wisconsin assembly tabled a resolution of praise for the Packers on the grounds that the matter was "too trivial" to merit its attention. The Packers and Chicago Bears fought to a thrilling 20 to 20 deadlock at Los Angeles, Jan. 24. 10,000 fans turning out for the bitter struggle. Arnold Herber's nose was broken during the fracas, which intensified the feeling between the rival teams. Green Bay played its last game on the coast Jan. 31, defeating the Bears at Los Angeles, 17 to 14, on Tiny Engbretsen's 35-yard placekick. Sauer and Joe Laws scored the Packer touchdowns, then the squad immediately repaired to Hollywood to start work on a Pete Smith movie short...MEET AT CHICAGO: Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau flew East Feb. 11 to attend a National league meeting in Chicago, where Cleveland was given a franchise over the bids of Buffalo, Boston and Minneapolis. A schedule was adopted, giving the Packers 11 games; Leland H. Joannes of Green Bay was reelected to the league finance committee; and the Packers were officially named 1936 champions. Dr. W.W. Kelly and Gerald P. Clifford returned from the meeting expressing satisfaction with the manner in which it was conducted. Bill Hewitt was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 15 by the Chicago Bears, who thus obtained the draft rights of Harrison (Sam) Francis of Nebraska. News of interest to Green Bay occurred Feb. 22, when Johnny Blood, the old Vagabond Halfback, signed as head coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Blood took Walt Kiesling of the Packers with him as line coach. Carl Mulleneaux, Utah Aggies end, signed with the Packers March 1, but did not report. Lyle Sturgeon, North Dakota State tackle, signed April 1; and then came a volley of signatures - Fred McKenzie of Utah April 23, Darrell Lester of Texas Christian May 11, Averell Daniell of Pittsburgh May 18, Gantenbein June 16, Miller June 17, Herb Banet of Manchester June 18 and Eddie Jankowski of Wisconsin June 24. June 28 the Packer ticket office was opened for business, and July 12 balloting formally opened to select an All Star team as Green Bay's opponents in the Sept. 1 game at Soldier field. Laws and Herman Schneidman signed their contracts July 7. Hinkle's name was on the dotted line July 8, Swede Johnston and Scherer came in July 13. July 18 came the news that Fay (Mule) Wilson, former Packer halfback, had died in Austin,. Tex...SAUER TAKES POST: Contracts now came rolling in - Zud Schammel of Iowa signed July 20, and Frank Butler and Russ Letlow on July 21. July 20 George Sauer announced that he had accepted the position of athletic director and football coach at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. The Press-Gazette announced an official Northwestern Wisconsin team for the All Star game, and plugged it for the duration of the balloting. The players' poll ended July 25, when the coaches' vote started. Monnett signed his contract July 26, and Lon Evans' signature was obtained July 27. July 28 the official All Star team was announced, with Daniell of the Packers on the first team. Bud Svendsen and Merle Wendt, also on the Packer list, were named to the squad. Goldenberg and Champ Seibold signed their contracts that day. Herber and Hutson, the old poison pass combination, signed up together July 29, Hank Bruder signed July 30, and the two Svendsens, George and Bud, came in to the fold July 31. Officers of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., were reelected at the annual meeting Aug. 2 as follows: Leland H. Joannes, president; Fred C. Leicht, vice-president; Frank J. Jonet, treasurer, and George W. Calhoun, secretary. Coach Lambeau discussed the season's prospects at the meeting. Lambeau announced the signing of Mike Michalske, veteran guard, as assistant coach and player Aug. 9. Ernie Smith signed up Aug. 11, the same day that Walter Bartanen, former Ferris Institute tackle, arrived to try out with the team. Gus Dorais of Detroit university was named coach of the All Stars, polling 1,241,658 votes. Ken Nelson, Illinois end, signed a Packer contract Aug. 13, but never reported. The Packers launched their drill season officially Aug. 14, toiling all that weekend under the hot sun. Only Ernie Smith and McKenzie were missing, and the latter never reported...TRY PUBLICITY GAG: They cooked up a publicity gag in the metropolitan area Aug. 17, when it was announced that the All Stars protested the use of Sauer by the Packers. At a Chicago meeting Aug. 18, Sauer was given the O.K. The Packers held their first secret scrimmage Aug. 20. On the night of Sept. 1, before 84,560 at Soldier field, Chicago, the All Stars defeated the Packers, 6 to 0, for the first professional loss of the young series. A forward pass from Sammy Baugh to Gaynell Tinsley covered 47 yards for the touchdown. Green Bay reached the All Star 3-yard line at one stage in the second period, but the attack flattened out. The game, played in blistering heat, cost the Packers the services of Herber, who went out with a wrenched shoulder. Frank Butler, veteran center, remained in Chicago after the game and was given his release. Paul Miller was called to Yakima, Wash., Sept. 4, by the serious illness of his mother, who subsequently passed on. The opening game of the National league was played Sept. 5, when Johnny Blood ran 92 yards as Pittsburgh defeated Philadelphia, 27 to 14. Sammy Baugh, demon twirler of T.C.U., signed a contract with the Washington Redskins Sept. 7 at a salary of $7,500...OPEN WITH DEFEAT: The Packers opened their league season in dismal fashion Sept. 12, when the Chicago Cardinals cracked out a 14 to 7 decision at City stadium, before 10,000. Touchdowns by George Grosvenor and Bill Smith, plus Bill's two extra kicks, offset a touchdown by Ernie Smith. The Packers outgained the Cards from scrimmage, 246 yards to 119, and made 14 first downs to their five, but lack of an adequate aerial attack cost the victory. Lambeau sent out a hurry call for Ed Smith, the former Boston ace, and Smith arrived by plane Sept. 16. He saw only a few minute of service against the Chicago Bears Sept. 19, when the invaders scuttled the Packers before a record throng of 16,658, 14 to 2. Hutson blocked Francis' punt for a safety in the third period, but Ray Nolting and Jack Manders scored touchdowns, to which Manders added two conversions. The Bays got nine first downs to six for the Bears, and outgained them in total yardage, 176 to 137, but the losers got only 38 yards on the ground. Peter Annen of Green Bay succumbed to a heart attack in the stands during the game...STAGE IS SET: This string of three defeats set the stage for the big blowoff Oct. 3, when another record crowd of 17,553 jammed into City stadium to witness a decisive victory over the Detroit Lions, who were humbled 26 to 6. Touchdowns by Hinkle, Miller, Gantenbein and Monnett, to which were added extra points by Ernie Smith and Hinkle, smothered the Lions, their only touchdown being scored by Earl (Dutch) Clark. Halfbacks Ray Peterson and Ed Smith were released by the Packers Oct. 5. Now the Packers were off under full steam, and at Milwaukee Oct. 10 they hamstrung the Cardinals, 34 to 13, before 17,187. Gantenbein, Hinkle, Jankowski and Scherer piled up the Green Bay touchdowns, Ernie Smith kicked three extra points and Engebretsen one, while Hinkle and Engbretsen booted field goals from the 24 and 27 yard lines respectively. The Cardinals got their points on a touchdown by Tinsley, and another by Pat Coffee to which May added an extra point. Oct. 12 Herb Banet was called home to Fort Wayne, Ind., by his mother's illness, leaving the Packers with a shortage of halfbacks...TRAVEL TO CLEVELAND: The Packers traveled to Cleveland for their next game, and won it Oct. 17, 35 to 10, before 12,000. It was a field day for Don Hutson, who scored three touchdowns, Hinkle and Laws getting the others. Ernie Smith kicked four points, and Jankowski got one. Drake scored Cleveland's touchdown, while Bob Snyder got the extra point and field goal. The victory hoisted the Packers to third place in the Western division. They battered down the Cleveland defenses again Oct. 24 at City stadium, with 8,600 in the stands, winning 35 to 7. Hinkle, Schneidman, Bruder, Laws and Schammel scored touchdowns, and Hinkle kicked five extra points. Drake and Snyder did the Ram scoring. After the game Swede Johnston was loaned to Cleveland. There was a flurry Oct. 26 with the announcement that Zud Schammel had been traded to Brooklyn for Bill Lee. Lee arrived Oct. 27, but Schammel refused to leave, and eventually Averell Daniell left to join the Dodgers...MOST HECTIC GAME: In the most hectic and breathtaking game of the season at Detroit Oct. 31, the Packers scratched out a 14 to 13 victory, after spotting the Lions 13 points in the first half. The game was played before 22,000 gasping fans. Thirteen points in arrears, the Packers shook Jankowski loose on a 34-yard touchdown jaunt, and later shot Hinkle across from the 3-yard line, Ernie Smith carefully placekicking both extra points. On the second to last play of the game Dutch Clark missed a field goal from the 31-yard line as a titanic counter attack failed. Mike Michalske, seriously injured in the game, remained at a Detroit hospital as the Packers returned to Wisconsin. The Packers made it six in a row with another heart-stopping exhibition at Wrigley field Nov. 7, winning 24 to 14 over the Bears. Hutson, Jankowski and Hinkle scored touchdowns, Hinkle, Smith and Engebretsen kicked extra points, and Ernie booted a field goal. Manske and Manders scored for the Bears, Manders adding a pair of points. A capacity crowd of 45,000 witnessed the struggle...SAUER BACK AGAIN: Announcement was made Nov. 12 that Sauer would rejoin the Packers for the final two Eastern games. He won seven of his eight games at New Hampshire for the best record in the university's history. The final Green Bay victory of the season was attained at Milwaukee Nov. 14, when the Packers crushed Philadelphia, 37 to 7, before 15,000 in the bitter cold. Hutson scored two touchdowns, others going to Jankowski, Scherer and Goldenberg. Engbretsen kicked three extra points and Hinkle got four points. Carter counted a touchdown for the Eagles, and Reese converted. All scores except the kicks were made through the air. George Sauer arrived Nov. 15, and the following day the squad left for the East, Nov. 21 the Packers were humbled, 10 to 0, by a fighting New York team at the Polo Grounds as 40,000 fans roared their approval. Poole's touchdown, and an extra point and field goal by Tilly Manton, cooked the Packers' title chances. Buckets Goldenberg, injured in the game, was shipped home to Milwaukee....PLAN BIGGER STADIUM: The Packer corporation announced Nov. 23 that it will add 6,544 more seats to City stadium next year, making a municipal entertainment center at the east end of the field. Coach Lambeau, in Washington, suggested Nov. 24 that a high commissioner of professional football be appointed. The Washington Redskins walloped the Packers at Griffith field Nov. 28, 14 to 6, before 30,000 ringing down the curtain on the Green Bay season. Hutson, Battles and Malone scored touchdowns, and Riley Smith kicked a pair of points. Eddie Jankowski, seriously injured, was taken to a Washington hospital, where he was visited Dec. 4 by Vice-President John N. Garner and Senator F. Ryan Duffy. The Packers returned on a bitterly cold night Nov. 29, to be met by a faithful and cheering band of 1,000 fans at the station, and taken by police escort to their hotels. Washington won the Eastern championship Dec. 5 at the Polo Grounds, smothering the Giants under a 49 to 14 score before 58,000, including 7,000 from Washington...14 BAYS SCORE: Fourteen Packers scored during the season, with Hinkle and Hutson making big gains on the all-time scoring list. Verne Lewellen still holds top position with 301 points, Johnny Blood is second with 224, Hinkle third with 175, and Hutson fourth with 145. Green Bay led all teams in scoring, with 220 points, and topped with ground gainers with 3,201 yards. At a league meeting in Chicago Dec. 11, Coach Lambeau drafted 10 outstanding athletes for the Packers, including Cecil Isbell of Purdue, Paul Schreyer of the same school, Andy Uram of Minnesota and Chuck Sweeney of Notre Dame. Sammy Baugh passed and ran the Redskins to the league championship at Wrigley field Dec. 12, defeating the Bears 28 to 21 before 15,878. The United Pres all-pro team, announced Dec. 14, has Dutch Clark, Baugh, Manders and Hinkle in the backfield, and placed Lon Evans of the Packers at a guard position. The official all-league team, announced the next day, has Clark, Baugh, Danowski and Hinkle as backs, and also included Evans. Hutson, Ernie Smith and Gantenbein were on the second team. Hutson set a new league record for pass reception during 1937, catching 41. His previous record was 34.
BOOM GANTENBEIN FOR PENN GRID POST
JAN 7 (Philadelphia) - Strong backing was being developed today for Milt Gantenbein, star end of the Green Bay Packers, for the post of head coach of football at the University of Pennsylvania. Harvey Harman, the former incumbent quit two weeks ago after a disastrous season and differences with alumni factors. The job pays $7,500 a year. Writing in the Philadelphia Bulletin today, Sports Editor C.T. Peterman, who is a Penn alumnus, suggested the university authorities might find the man they were seeking in the pro football ranks. Peterman then nominated Gantenbein for the post. It is believed that Peterman is sounding out opinion here and seeking to determine the reaction of Penn alumni. He wrote in part: "Take Milt Gantenbein, who this year was one of the four best ends in the league, as example. Still a powerhouse in the Green Bay Packers' line, he retired this fall to accept a coaching position in a Wisconsin high school. If Cal Hubbard, who played next to Milt for years and is today one of the better American league baseball umpires, knows anything. Milt Gantenbein could coach football at any college and bring the grads and students alike cheering to their feet."...Gantenbein, who recently was married, has been believed headed for a position of athletic director and coach at Antigo High school. He has not announced his plans.
SVENDSEN TAKEN OUT OF PLAY AS CASH BOX LOSES
JAN 15 (Green Bay) - George Svendsen, Packer center, was the victim of a "sideline offense" last night when his Shell filling station, Howard street and Broadway, was broken into and the cash drawer thrown for a loss of between $40 and $50. The burglars executed a successful reverse, and eluded the defense. Svendsen is looking to the officials to impose a suitable penalty.
PLAN GRID MEETING
JAN 18 (Columbus, OH) - The annual meeting of the NFL will be held at the Ritz-Carleton hotel, Philadelphia, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20, President Joe F. Carr announced today. The 1938 schedule will be drawn up at that time.
PACKERS SIGN 246-POUND TACKLE OF CATHOLIC U
JAN 18 (Green Bay) - Leo Katalinas, 246-pound tackle of Catholic university, Washington, D.C., a lineman who has overlooked by the National league draft but wasn't by the Packers, has signed a Green Bay contract for 1938, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. Katalinas comes to the Packers on the strong recommendation of Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith, who saw him in action when the Packers were at Washington...RUNS LIKE END: "He runs like an end," commented Smith, "and he's just as big and tough as a tackle can be." Lambeau hasn't seen Katalinas personally, but there are several points above the big fellow which meet with the coach's approval. He will not be 21 years old until next spring, and his height is six feet three inches. He is of Lithuanian extraction, a race which has produced a number of prominent football players...LIKES HIS BOXING: Katalinas is a boxer of some note, and is considering a professional ring career. He has been prominent in Eastern intercollegiate ring circles for three varsity seasons. His gridiron work is highly recommended by his coach, Dutch Bergman. His contract is the second to be received by the Packers for next season, the other being that of Dick Weisgerber, Williamette university fullback. Lambeau does not plan to mail out contracts to old players for several weeks, he said today.
VETERAN GRID GUARD SIGNED
JAN 20 (Green Bay) - The signing of a veteran professional football guard by the Green Bay Packers was announced today by Coach E.L. Lambeau. He is Tom (Potsy) Jones, formerly of the New York Giants, who weighs 230 pounds and was a teammate of Clarke Hinkle in one of Bucknell university's greatest lines. Jones is 28 years old and stands 5 feet 11 inches in height. Because of his exceptionally powerful build, he is a hard man to move on the gridiron, and the Packers, in their clashes with the Giants, always have had trouble moving him out of the way...STARRED ON COAST: After graduating from Bucknell - he starred in the East-West game on the coast during his senior year - Jones signed up with New York, where he played for five seasons. Last year he performed with Paterson, N.J., in the American association, being named all-league guard. Jones was named on the second all-pro elevens of the National league in 1934 and 1935. He is a native of Llewellyn, Pa., being of Welsh stock...POPULAR WITH HINKLE: Hinkle always has raved about Jones as a guard, and now the powerful Bucknell fullback will have a chance to play again with his former teammate. During the summer months Jones is an umpire in the Piedmont Baseball league. The signing of Jones brings three candidate Packers into the fold for 1938.
PHIL RAGAZZO JOINS PACKERS
JAN 29 (Cleveland) - Phil Ragazzo, Niles, O., who finished his college football career last season as a tackle at Western Reserve university, said last night he had signed a two-year contract with the Green Bay Packers. Ragazzo said he planned to finance his study at Western Reserve law school with his income as a pro player...Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers said today that Ragazzo's signed contract arrived in the mail this morning, and expressed his pleasure at the fact that the Western Reserve tackle has decided to cast his lot with Green Bay. "Ragazzo is a pepper box type of player," Lambeau said. "He weighs about 205 pounds, and although he has played tackle, we will probably use him at guard."
HUTSON STARS AGAINST BEARS
JAN 31 (New Orleans) - The Chicago Bears, champions of the Western section of the NFL, trounced a team designated as the Southern All Stars, 41 to 20, in a charity game Sunday. Net proceeds went to the President's birthday fund for the national foundation for infantile paralysis. About 7,000 fans saw the Bears outpass and outrun the southern college player in an exhibition of wide-open football. The All Stars relied almost entirely on passes and laterals to score, with Gaynell Tinsley, Don Hutson, Pat Coffee, Rock Reed, Slick Morton and Al Lind in the starring roles...BEHIND HIS BACK: John Doehring, sensational southpaw passer for the Bears, flipped one behind his back to Lester McDonald for 25 yards and the pro team's final touchdown as the Bears made a show of the game. Sam Francis scored twice for the Bears, with other touchdowns made by Buivid, McDonald and Nolting. Tinsley, Lind and Hutson scored for the All Stars.
PACKERS SIGN BLUEJAY END
FEB 5 (Green Bay) - Fred Borak, a six-foot-one, 210 pound end from Creighton university, Omaha, Neb.., is the fifth member of the 1938 Green Bay Packer squad to sign his contract, according to announcement made by Coach E.L. Lambeau today. The new Packer wingman, who played his scholastic football at Kenosha high, has been a consistent performer in Missouri Valley conference football for three years, and comes here highly recommended as just the type of a gridder to be right at home in the postgraduate game...RECOMMENDED BY SCHWARTZ: Marchmont Schwartz, former Notre Dame backfield star, who coaches at Creighton, highly recommended Borak to Lambeau and incidentally expressed surprise that his stellar end had not been picked in he National league draft. According to Schwartz, Borak is adept at handling the forward pass and also can rifle a bullet-like lateral. Borak is a member of the Creighton basketball squad and his caging experience has made him all the more valuable in open football...75 YARDS FOR TOUCHDOWN: Borak made the headlines during his sophomore year at Creighton in the game against Drake. Creighton was trailing 6 to 0 and Drake was again in scoring territory. A pass was attempted but Floyd King, Creighton back, intercepted and tossed a lateral to Borak who streaked down the sidelines 75 yards for a touchdown to even the count. Coach Lambeau leaves this weekend for Lafayette, Ind., Cincinnati and Columbus, O., on football business. Some important announcements can be expected on his return. The Packer management is waiting contracts from a number of players and any mail may bring in several of these signatures.
JANKOWSKI BACK TO FINISH WORK
FEB 8 (Madison) - Eddie Jankowski, fullback of the Green Bay Packers, has returned to the University of Wisconsin to complete a course in physical education. He expects to obtain a degree in June.
ISBELL, SCHREYER SIGN WITH PACKERS
FEB 8 (Green Bay) - Cecil Isbell, left halfback, and Martin Schreyer, left tackle, two of the greatest players on the 1937 Purdue university football team, late yesterday signed contracts with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today upon his return from Lafayette, Ind. Hailed as prospects almost certain to make the first year hurdle in professional football, and positive to appear with the College All Stars against the Washington Redskins next summer at Chicago, Isbell and Schreyer are rated close to the top of the current collegiate crop. Both were drawn by the Packers in the NFL draft. Both of the new Packers are schooled in the Notre Dame system, and Coach Lambeau believes they will fit ideally into the Green Bay style of play. Isbell, a native of Houston, Tex., stands six feet one inch and weighs 190 pounds, while Schreyer goes six feet three and tips the beam at 225. He is growing fast and is expected to weigh close to 235 by next fall. Schreyer lives at South Bend, Ind. These are the most notable men thus far added to the Green Bay 1938 squad, which now totals seven men. Isbell is said to be the halfback who can do everything. He is a swivel-hipped runner, a sharp blocker, outstanding forward passer, and an amazingly accurate punter. He was a star in the East-West game of Jan. 1, and played against the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins at Houston this winter...PLAYED WITH ISBELL: Lon Evans, who played with Isbell in these games, wrote that Isbell "was one of the greatest players I ever saw. He made Sammy Baugh look line an amateur when we played the Redskins, doing some magnificent passing and getting off a 70-yard punt." Isbell possesses a baffling change of pace and a a pivot intensely disturbing to aspiring tacklers. He averaged nearly seven yards per try when carrying the ball for Purdue, and one season figured in 15 of the Boilermakers' 33 touchdowns with aerial tosses. He understands and loves the game, being lighting-quick to sense opportunities, and frequently crosses up opponents by scrambling a running play into a pass. Huge, strong and fast, Schreyer is expected to fit perfectly in the Packers' style of play. Powerful on defense, he is a fast charger and a potent blocker, with a speed that belies his bulk. Both men are expected to report to the Packers after the 1938 All Star game at Chicago.
JOANNES, LAMBEAU LEAVING FOR MEET
FEB 16 (Green Bay) - L.H. Joannes, president, and E.L. Lambeau, coach of Green Bay Packers, Inc., will leave tonight for Philadelphia to attend the annual winter meeting of the NFL. Joannes and Lambeau will represent the Packers at the gathering, which will be held at the Ritz-Carleton hotel. Drafting of the 1938 schedule is the principal point of interest, although a number of issues will come up for discussion.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
FEB 17 (Green Bay) - The meeting of the NFL which will be held at Philadelphia next weekend will be one of the most controversial in the history of the organization. Not that the league itself is any danger - its foundation now is set in bedrock - but the managers have a number of matters to bring up, and every one of them, naturally, will be of great interest to Green Bay Packer fans. First of all, there is the matter of the 1938 schedule. Green Bay probably will open next September against Johnny Blood's Pittsburgh Pirates, here, and the Packers will probably play the champion Washington Redskins, either in Green Bay or Milwaukee. The thousands of fans built up in the latter community recently are crying for a top-notch game, and they may get the Packer-Redskin tilt to offset some of the weaker team that have played the Packers at State Fair park. Then the Packers will play one club in the East, probably New York or Brooklyn, in addition to meeting each of the Western division clubs twice. Several changes of the rules will be suggested, and will provoke stormy discussion. There is a move underway to have all officials paid by the president of the league, rather than the home clubs, so that the officials will have no connection on game days with coaches or managers. This, some coaches believe, will result in a marked improvement in officiating. A move will be started to raise the player limit to 30, and to alter the substitution rule, permitting man to reenter the game in the same period in which he played previously. This last idea would result in considerably fewer injuries, particularly those of the major type. At present, if a player is substituted early in a period and incurs an injury, he feels he must finish the period at least, as his alternate player is not eligible to return immediately. Such a rule would have prevented Eddie Jankowski's head injury at Washington, for when Ed was bumped the first time, Clarke Hinkle could have been hustled back in to relieve him. As it was, Jankowski was cracked for the second time. There is some trading in the wind, too, and it probably will affect every team in the league, with the exception of Detroit and perhaps the New York Giants. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers is casting around for certain new material, and may offer something in return. All in all, there seems to be enough brewing at the meeting to keep coaches, managers and club owners talking from now until that first kickoff next fall. Lambeau conferred yesterday with Art Buck, ace athlete of Carroll college, who was in town for the Pionner-St. Norbert basketball game. Buck is small and slight, but was a terrific scorer with Carroll and may be signed for a tryout. Lambeau left town without making any further announcement regarding him.
DON LAMBEAU TO ENROLL AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
FEB 18 (Green Bay) - Don Lambeau, son of E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, will enroll next fall at Fordham university. Young Lambeau played in the backfield of Green Bay East High school for three years, under Tom Hearden, former Notre Dame captain. At Fordham Lambeau will be under another ex-Irish star, Jimmy Crowley, who once was a pupil of Coach Lambeau at a Green Bay high school.
SVENDSEN HIRED FOR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR'S POSITION AT ANTIGO
FEB 19 (Antigo) - George Svendsen, a member of the Oshkosh All-Stars, was hired Friday evening by the board of education at Antigo, Wis., as athletic director at the Antigo High School and also director of the summer playground program. He will take up his duties May 1. Mr. Svendsen will coach basketball and football and teach in the science department of Antigo High school. He was interviewed Friday and accepted the job. His salary was undisclosed. He is a graduate of University of Minnesota, where he was an athletic star. Last fall he played center for the Green Bay Packers and after starting rather slowly with the All-Stars, during which time he was fitting himself for the fast style of ball played by the local professional cage team, he has developed rapidly into a fine player.
GREEN BAY TO ENLARGE STADIUM WITH WPA AID
FEB 19 (Green Bay) - Work will stars next Tuesday on a $60,000 addition to City Stadium here. A WPA grant of $46,400 has been obtained. The Packer Football Corp. will pay the rest. The improvements will include 7,500 additional seats, giving the stadium a seating capacity of 25,000, a new practice field for the Packers, additional toilet facilities, a larger press box, larger radio broadcasting booths and a new ticket booth and large exits. The job is part of a recently approved school board project for improving school grounds and athletic fields. About 60 men will be employed. The work is expected to be completed by midsummer.
PROS VOTE TO PROHIBIT POST-SEASON TOURS
FEB 19 (Philadelphia) - The National Professional Football league voted today to prohibit any post-season tours such as were conducted last season by the Chicago Bears and the Champion Washington Redskins. The league also rejected a guarantee of $10,000 from a group of Miami businessmen to hold the annual championship playoff game in Miami. The present system of alternating playing on the home fields of the winners of the Eastern and Western divisions will continue. Starting next fall, the championship team will be permitted to play only one post-season exhibition and that not against a league team. Carl Storck, of Dayton, O., secretary of the league, who presided at the closed meeting in the absence of President Joe Carr, also said an 11 game schedule will be played this year. The report of the rules committee and discussion of possible revision of the player limit will be made at sessions to be held later. The meeting ends tomorrow.
IF PRO GRIDDER IS FIRED, HE STAYS FIRED, NEW RULE
FEB 20 (Philadelphia) - The National Professional football league today voted to abolish the temporary suspension system and to increase from 25 to 30 the number of players a club may have on its active playing listl. Officials said the action was an attempt to eliminate troubles arising over the suspension plan, under which a player could be suspended two weeks and then be reinstated. Under the new plan, they said, once a player is suspended for any reason he must remain out for the remainder of the season and must make application before he can be reinstated thereafter. The league also voted to have six teams of officials to work the entire season, rather than individual officials. Three teams will be chosen by East coaches, and three by West coaches. They will be paid by the league. Work was started today on the drafting of a new schedule, but officials said they made little progress. They indicated they might not be able to complete the schedule and that a special session might have to be called. In the only player deal announced today, the New York Giants secured the rights to Nello Falashi, former Santa Clara quarterback, from the Washington Redskins in exchange for the rights to George Karamatic, fullback from Gonzaga last year. Reported negotiation between Washington and the Giants for Tuffy Leemans, Giants' backfield star, were denied.
PLAYER TOTAL OF PRO GRID TEAMS RAISED TO 30
FEB 21 (Philadelphia) - Although marked by only one trade, the NFL's weekend conference left its stamp on league rules today with the abolition of the temporary suspension system, limiting of post-season games and an increase in the number of players on the team's active list. The New York Giants and Washington Redskins completed the single player transaction, with Washington gaining the rights to George Karamatic, fullback last year at Gonzaga university, in exchange for the rights to Nello Falashi, star quarterback of Santa Clara two years ago. Falashi coached at Santa Clara last fall...BOOST PLAYER TOTAL: The representatives of the 10 teams voted to increase from 25 to 30 the number of players a club may have on its active list. They agreed to abolish the temporary suspension system under which a player could be suspended for two weeks and then be reinstated. Now a player suspended is ineligible for the remainder of the season. Seeking to halt post-season series such as the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins played last year, the league decided that the 1938 titleholder may play but one exhibition game, which must be a non-league team. No action was taken against post-season "dream" games with all star college teams...LINE UP SCHEDULES: Schedules for the 1938 season were discussed and lined up. The entire schedule will be announced immediately, but the separate teams made public their own cards. Green Bay, Wis., was represented at the meeting by Coach Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau and Leland H. Joannes, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc. The league also voted to have six "teams of officials" to work the entire season, rather than individual officials. Three teams will be chosen by East coaches, and three by West coaches. They will be paid by the league.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
FEB 21 (Green Bay) - The 1938 schedule of the Green Bay Packers, announced today, appears on a part with those of past recent seasons, despite the failure of a top-ranking Eastern club to invade the Packers' western stronghold. This factor is about the only one which will disappoint fans who wanted to see New York or Washington in action next fall, and who won't get the chance. The reason they won't is because the Packer corporation is not given the responsibility of drawing up the league schedule, and until it is - a bit unlikely as a prospect - the best of the Eastern clubs may not reach this far from the Atlantic seaboard. But the rest of the home schedule is as attractive as the fans could desire, including as it does games with Detroit, the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh, plus an opener with Cleveland which probably will draw as well as the usual opener. The visit of Johnny Blood - still in a playing role - and his Pittsburgh Pirates to City stadium should be one of the highlights of the season. The Packers pulled every possible string to get the Pirates in here last season, but the try was no dice, and this year's Oct. 23 is the follow-through. If Johnny Blood is able to stand up that afternoon, and isn't handicapped by crutches, he'll get into the game. Probably not for a long time will Blood want quite so much to make a final appearance before the fans for whom he performed for so many years. And even from this distance, it's safe to predict that there'll be a great many of them on hand to see him. There is more than an outside chance, however, that Byron (Whiizzer) White of Colorado will accompany Blood to Green Bay. White still is holding out for that Oxford education, but the Pirates are offering him enough money to buy Oxford, throw in Cambridge and get a prep course at Eton on the side. The games with the Bears and Detroit here need no amplifying statement. For the first time in Packer history last year, another team than the Bears drew the largest crowd at City stadium. and that team was Detroit, which thus displaced the Bears as the Packers' most colorful rival. But there was a horde on tap for the Bear game, too, and both contests should be sellouts next fall. Milwaukee fans should be satisfied with the Cardinal and Brooklyn games, although they were hoping for a big Eastern opponent. Potsy Clark has the Dodgers on the upgrade, and probably will present a team 25 percent more effective than the 1937 edition. The Cards, as usual, will be tough, rough and rugged. In addition to facing the Cards in Milwaukee, the Packers will meet them for the last game of the season at Chicago Dec. 4.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
FEB 24 (Green Bay) - The loss of George Svendsen, who signed last week as athletic director at Antigo high school, is one which really bothered Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Anticipating the return of both of the Svendsens, George and Bud, and Darrell Lester next season, Lambeau did not line up any centers in the NFL draft, concentrating upon the places where Green Bay appeared weaker. Now he has to scratch for a big, powerful pivot man, and they are hard to get. He needs a man fast enough to hold his own on pass defense, and rugged enough to play the line. It's a tough assignment. Ask Detroit.
BUD SVENDSEN LOST, REPORT
FEB 28 (Green Bay) - A story that Bud Svendsen, freshman center with the Green Bay Packers last season, has signed to coach football at Kirksville, Mo. Teachers' college, appeared last Saturday in the Minneapolis Star. Possible loss of Svendsen for the coming Packer NFL campaign could not be confirmed here today inasmuch as Coach E.L. Lambeau and President Lee Joannes were both out
of town...WOULD BE GREAT LOSS: Svendsen's loss would be a great one for the Packers, for his older brother, George, recently signed up as coach at Antigo high school. If both Svendsens were out of the Packer lineup next year, it would mean that Darrell Lester would be the only center mainstay available for 1938. Svendsen, the Star story said, will be head coach of football, with Mal Eiken, former Minnesota assistant coach, as assistant to Svendsen. Eiken would coach basketball with Svendsen as assistant. The two are to assume their duties June 1, it was said...HAS GREAT RECORD: Kirksville Teachers is the school made famous by Don Faurot, now at Missouri university.. Through his ten-year tenure there is established one of the best records and longest winning streaks in college football. He was succeeded by his brother, who in turn would be succeeded by Svendsen.
LAMBEAU MUST FIND CENTERS TO REPLACE BROTHERS
MAR 4 (Green Bay) - It never rains but it pours and Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers appears to be without an umbrella so far as the center situation is concerned. Last season the Packers had a trio of great centers in George Svendsen, his brother Bud, both of Minnesota, and Darrell Lester, the Texas Christian All-American snapper-back. Green Bay was probably better fortified at the center than any other eleven in the NFL. Coach Lambeau was not worried about this post as he figured all three would be back again for 1938. However, the Packer pilot is worrying now as George Svendsen has accepted an athletic directorship in Antigo, Wisc., and Bud Svendsen has signed to coach football at the Kirksville, Mo., Teachers college. This leaves Lester the only one of the trio returning.
BUD SVENDSEN TO COACH FOOTBALL
MAR 5 (Kirksville, MO) - President Walter Ryle announced yesterday that Earl Svendsen, Minneapolis, and Malcolm Eiken, Faribault, Minn., both graduates of the University of Minnesota, had accepted positions as coaches at Northeast Missouri State Teachers college here. Svendsen lettered as Minnesota football center in 1935 and 1936. He played with the Green Bay Packers last fall.
BOARD TABLES WPA PROTEST
MAR 8 (Green Bay) - Due to the absence of Rasmus Anderson, labor representative of the board, a letter of protest from the Building Trades Council against employing WPA labor on the City stadium project was laid on the table by the board of education at its meeting last night. If requested by the labor representative, the matter will be brought up for reconsideration at an adjourned meeting to be held Monday evening....Before Harry Anderson's resolution to lay the stadium protest on the table passed, there was considerable discussion on the subject. Board members who spoke seemed unanimously of the opinion that WPA labor is still the logical solution. In its letter, the Building Trades Council threatened to place the board of education, which has management of the stadium, on the unfair list. It also said it would picket the stadium whenever it is in use, unless its demand for union labor is met...NOT FOR SCHOOLS: "Don't lose sight of the fact that we aren't enlarging the stadium for the schools," Alex Biemeret pointed out. "It's large enough now for any event by high school athletic departments. The stadium is being enlarged to accommodate the Green Bay Packers. They need a larger seating capacity if they are going to continue competition with professional from cities that have the right facilities. The Packers have done much for Green Bay, don't forget that. Why can't we return a favor?" Biemeret, along with Dr. P.M. Clifford and Johnson, and the other board members to a lesser degree, spoke on the necessity of putting relief clients to work. There are about 700 men on WPA now, and work must be provided or most of them will have to apply for direct relief, it was pointed out...WOULD RESTRICT HOURS: As far as wages are concerned, all WPA workers would be paid at the prevailing rate per hour, although the hours per week would be restricted, it was pointed out further. "And if we don't take advantage of the WPA funds, some other city is going to beat us to it," reminded Biemeret. The actual work is not expected to get underway for another month, Ira F. Clark, superintendent of buildings and grounds, reported. Ample time will be available to take action before that, the board agreed.
PLAN MEMORIAL TO PACKER TEAM
MAR 9 (Green Bay) - Plans to memorialize the Green Bay Packer football team as a community institution are being developed by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, it was announced today. While lacking in details, initial ideas included the naming of the upper East De Pere road "Packer Boulevard", and designating the highway at each end with suitable markers. It also is contemplated to erect an appropriate monument at the midway point of this boulevard. The movement has gained considerable support from various groups and organizations, according to the Junior Chamber committe working on the plans, and representatives of the Brown County Historical society, Association of Commerce and other civic bodies who have been approached indicated they would support the project. Several members of the Allouez town board, through which the highway runs, as well as members of the city councils of Green Bay and De Pere, and the Brown County board of supervisors and other public officials have expressed enthusiasm about the memorial and tentatively have promised to lend support, according to the sponsors. The J.C.C. will now seek the cooperation of governing units of the town of Allouez and city of De Pere through which the boulevard runs. It is planned to include that portion of the highway from the Webster avenue viaduct into the De Pere city limits, a distance of around four miles. At the present time the road is a single lane highway but provision has been made to widen this stretch and build a parkway in between two one-way roads.
PACKERS SIGN U.S.C. CENTER
MAR 11 (Los Angeles) - Gil Kuhn, three-year varsity center of the University of Southern California, today signed a contract to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Kuhn signed today with Coach E.L. Lambeau of Green Bay, who is visiting here. The former Trojan's last season with U.S.C. was in 1936. After the league season he participated in two exhibition games with Ernie Smith, Packer left tackle, who has praised his work highly...GREAT GRID SPIRIT: Kuhn stands five feet, 11 inches in height and weighs 205 pounds. He has a great competitive spirit and leading sportswriters of the Pacific coast area predict that he is capable of making the professional grade with any club. During his last season at U.S.C, Kuhn was regarded as that team's most rugged linemen. With Kuhn added to the list of Packers signed for 1938, the growing Green Bay roster now totals eight men.
SUGGEST VOTE ON WPA JOBS
MAR 14 (Green Bay) - Voters of Green Bay may be given a chance to indicate in a referendum whether they prefer to have public work done under WPA projects or under contract by union labor, according to sentiment expressed at a meeting in the council chamber Saturday afternoon between Mayor Farrell and members of the council, and representatives of the Building Trades Alliance of the Federated Trades council. Mayor Farrell declared he favored such a referendum to settle the question once and for all. Louis Butterfield, representing the alliance, said the building trades would welcome it...CHARGES "BUCK PASSING": The alliance, Butterfield declared, especially opposed making WPA projects out of the addition to the Packer stadium, the construction of sewers and removal of the old street car tracks. All of this work, he said, properly fell within the province of crafts composing the alliance. In the stadium project, he charged "buck-passing" between the board of education, to which the Packer corporation made its $15,000 payment, and the council, which sponsored the WPA projects for which the $15,000 was to represent material cost. The council's sponsorship was necessary as a matter of form, it was brought out. "How can you carry out an entire contract for $15,000 when $15,000 is only the cost of material?" demanded Councilman Olejniczak. Butterfield declared his belief that the entire job could be done for that sum.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
MAR 15 (Green Bay) - George Svendsen is going to coach at Antigo and Bud Svendsen is going to coach at Kirksville Teachers at Missouri, and if you think the general exodus of all the Svendsens from the Green Bay Packer football team hasn't started Coach Curly Lambeau worrying, you don't know the coach. "I feel that lightning has struck twice in the same place," he commented yesterday after returning from California. "The loss of these two centers really is serious, as we have no one in the draft to replace them. We could have had our choice of two or three centers at the National league meeting, but no position on our team appeared to be better fortified. With the two Svendsens and Darrell Lester returning, we seemed to be assured the services of three good men. Now there is only one. I expected George Svendsen to be the best center in the league next fall. Gil Kuhn, the Southern California center who signed with us last week, is promising. He is built like Nate Barrager, and is extremely aggressive, but he is a new man in the league, and at this time we don't know how he'll come through. In the meantime, we are pulling every string possible to line up several other candidates at center." There is a strong possibility that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film corporation will send a production unit to Green Bay next August to take another Packer short. Success of the last one, "Pigskin Champions", was far greater than the studio had anticipated, and brought favorable comment from all parts of the country. The film enjoyed its greatest success, strangely enough, in Texas. If the Packers win the championship next fall, and go to the Pacific Coast, they will be engaged immediately to film another subject under the M-G-M banner, with Pete Smith supervising the job. The film will be more elaborate and may contain the elements of a plot. If the Packers do not win the title, M-G-M is considering sending its production men, plus Pete Smith, to Green Bay to film the Packers in their native habitat. This move would attract no more attention locally than the engulfing of the Fox River by an earthquake, but at present it's all in the discussion stage. Lambeau saw plenty of the California flood during his stay in that state, and commented that the rains really kicked up an awful fuss thereabouts. Coming through the Cajon pass he saw automobiles overturned on every side, and at places railroad tracks were torn up and twisted away a quarter of a mile from their proper locations.
PRO GRID MATERIAL NOT ALWAYS HOT ON DIAMOND
MAR 22 (Green Bay) - While baseball is taking over the feature sports news spots, and track is crowding basketball off the pages, worried confronting the pro football coaches continue to get a play from the writers. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers is scanning the horizon for man-mountain material to replace the brothers Svendsen at the center of his line, and the efforts of Owner Art Rooney and Coach Johnny Blood to get Colorado's Whizzer White into the Pittsburgh fold are followed from coast to coast. For general interest, however, George Preston Marshall's reported concern about Slingin' Sammy Baugh possibly being outside the Washington lineup next fall is taking top honors at the moment - probably because Baugh is a rookie of speculative worth in the St. Louis Cardinals' camp at St. Peterburg, Fla...CRASH BIG TIME: Authoritative reports on Baugh's diamond prospects are lacking, but it appears safe to say that he is not meeting the same success as yet, that he did on the gridiron. Because of this it is interesting to review in brief the records of other football stars who have tried to crash big time baseball and have failed. Branch Rickey, Cardinals executive, is reported to once have stated that: "It shouldn't be so difficult for a famed athlete to sock a little baseball delivered by a pitcher." With this in mind, he has delved into the all-America rolls each fall with the hope of coming forth with a grid star for the Gas House Gang. He has tried several, but Baugh appeared to be the best bet that has come his way. Besides his football fame, he has turned in some fancy baseball fielding in the Texas Christian university infield, and led the batters in the Texas conference. But until he proves himself, opponents of the Rickey theory present the following evidence of alleged fallacy: Ernie Vick, all-America center at Michigan, served a brief term as catcher for the Cardinals, and was released in short order...TRIED BY ST. JOSEPH: Bill Glasgow, one-time all Big Ten halfback at Iowa, who was given a trial with St. Joseph in the Western league and then released. Wes Fesler, all-America end at Ohio State and brilliant all-around athlete just a couple of seasons ago, quit baseball when he was unable to hold a minor league job. Frank Thomsen, last fall's football coach at the University of Arkansas, was considered a great catching prospect during the years he romped about Big Ten gridirons, as an all conference halfback, but he lasted only a few semesters on the diamond. Hitting inability proved to be the downfall of Lou Bush of Massachusetts State, Joel Hunt of the Texas Aggies, and Ted Saussele of Washington university. The latter, like Green Bay's Don Hutson, stuck to the minors. Hutson spent last season in the Albany outfield...TALENTS ARE LIMITED: There were others of course who made the grade from time to time, most notable of whom was Michigan's all-America George Sisler, but most of football's "name boys" find their talents limited. It is probable that Marshall has more to fear from the coaching ranks as an inducement for Baugh to leave the pro playing field than from baseball, although the deciding factor in the deal undoubtedly would be the Washington owner's checkbook. With the fleet-footed Cliff Battles signed to help Lou Little at Columbia, and Dixie Howell off the roster again, the National league champions have some real backfield gaps to fill. More football jottings: Gil Kuhn, the 1936 Southern California captain signed as a Packer center hopeful, was voted the outstanding athlete at his his university during his senior year...played varsity rugby as well as football three years...and is a radio vocalist...EVANS HIT HARDEST: In a Chicago interview at the close of last season, Baugh credited Packer guard Lon Evans with tackling him hardest...Baugh was 23 years of age St. Patrick's day last week...and John V. Mara, son of Tim Mara, and president of the New York Giants, was 30 yesterday. Last season Ned Irish, publicity man for the New York Giants, was winner of a sizeable sum by betting on the Packers to beat the Bears at Wrigley field... and immediately announced that he was going to play it all back on the Giants to stop the Packers despite warnings he did, and enjoyed the sport expert's greatest delight, saying: "I told you so."
GENE RONZANI PICKS PACKERS, BEARS TO FIGHT FOR 1938 TITLE
MAR 24 (La Crosse) - "The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will battle for the 1938 National Professional Football league championship," Gene Ronzani, one-time star at Marquette University and present backfield mate of Bronko Nagurski and other standouts of the Chicago Bears, predicted during an interview in La Crosse Wednesday. "Pro football provided more thrills, more spirit, and a higher type of football," furthered the first nine-letterman in Marquette sports history. Ronzani, who hails from Iron Mountain, Mich., has played five yards of pro league ball - "And I'm going to play at least two years at top speed, too." "LeRoy McMahon of La Crosse would have been an All-American had he not gone to college so soon and graduated when he was 21 years old," Ronzani noted. McMahon, former star at La Crosse Logan, was an end at Marquette. "He was just old enough to learn football when he was graduated. Red Grange was the highest salaries football player of all time. After the first four or five games Grange played for George Halas and the Chicago Bears, Halas gave Grange a check for $105,000. Sammy Grange won a championship for us one season - and he is undoubtedly the greatest pass defense player that ever competed. Sammy Baugh is the highest salaried player in pro football today." Ronzani spoke freely of his associations with football. He rated Paddy Driscoll, new Marquette coach, as one of the all-time greats of pro football - in the same category with Jim Thorpe, nominated Tarz Taylor, Hilltop line coach, as the best line coach in the country, and ventured Nagurski would be back in uniform again next fall rather than pursue a wrestling career. Explaining the football player's chances of making good in baseball - preferably Baugh - Ronzani related a statement from Tex Carleton: "At Fort Worth, Carleton said the only trouble with football players is that they are tight around the shoulders. They are low ball hitters. A pitch high and inside fools them."
FORDHAM BACK IS SIGNED BY BAYS FOR 1938 SEASON
MAR 24 (Green Bay) - John Lock, powerful Fordham university fullback, who packs 210 pounds of beef on a 5-foot-9 frame, has signed his 1938 contract with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. Lock is regarded as a notable addition to the Packer pro grid squad, and he may be the answer to Lambeau's search for a heavy, fast back. The Packer coach plans to use him either at fullback or at the blocking back position, where he should be extremely effective because of his build and strength...HARD LUCK JOHN: Lock's university career has paralleled that of Hank Bruder, in that he has been the "hard luck" member of Coach Jim Crowley's squad. Trouble with several ailments during his college days, he ran into his greatest trouble playing against St. Mary's last fall. He turned in a terrific game, and won the plaudits of all eastern sports critics assembled for the contest. Late in the struggle he retired with a broken arm, and he played no more that season. His injury since has healed completely, and as he is the tough, rugged type. Lambeau expects him to shake his injury jinx, just as Bruder did...PRAISED BY COACH: Crowley commented favorably upon the signing of the new Packer, remarking that Lock should have no trouble making the game in top-rank professional football. Nine men now comprise the Packer roster for next fall, and more are expected to be added to the list soon.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
MAR 31 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, Packer pass-snatching end, has gone into business in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, having entered partnership in a dry cleaning establishment with Paul Bryant, guard coach at the University of Alabama. Hutson has been coaching the ends at his alma mater, and he writes: "I have been here since mid-term, helping in spring football and now with track. You can look out for Alabama next fall. They are going to have another great team. It will be much better than the one this past fall."
SCHOEMANN TO JOIN PACKERS
APR 1 (Green Bay) - Leroy (Bunny) Schoemann, outstanding center of the Marquette university Golden Avalanche, today signed his contract with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced today. Schoemann, one of the best known collegiate athletes in Wisconsin, has been highly publicized at Marquette. He weighs close to 200 pounds, and stands an inch over six feet. His type of play is extremely aggressive, and he attracted attention particularly during the Hilltop's great season in 1936...PLUGS CENTER GAP: Schoemann was injured early last year, lost some weights, and was not as effective as during his previous year. Despite this handicap, Lambeau feels that the big Milwaukee boy has the makings of a professional football player, and he will be used to help plug the gap in the Packers' forward wall. Bunny was known as a great play leader. He is cool headed and calm under fire, but plays a hard-driving, potent type of game, being effective equally upon defense and offense. Against Mississippi State two seasons ago, he intercepted five forward passes. Schoemann is the tenth Packer to sign his 1938 contract.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
APR 1 (Green Bay) - The latest attempt to bolster the Green Bay Packer line came today when Coach Curly Lambeau signed Buster Johnson, veteran pivot man of the University of Georgia, for service next season. Johnson, they say, is certain to make the grade in professional football. He stands six feet seven inches in height and weighs 297 pounds. In addition, he is as fast as a deer on his feet, and was used by Georgia to go down on punts. Lambeau carried Johnson's contract with him when he returned from the South today, and commented that the husky center should fill the gap left vacant by the Svendsen brothers.
RULES CHANGES COMING UP FOR DISCUSSION AT MEET
APR 6 (Green Bay) - George Halas, the Chicago Bears coach, recently announced via the newspapers that important revisions in the professional football rulebook probably will be made at the NFL rules' committee at the Fort Pitt hotel in Pittsburgh next Sunday. He specifically mentions a change in the forward pass rules by which an incompleted pass into the end zone will count as a touchback only on fourth down, a kickoff regulation and punt returning compulsion as proposals that will be acted upon, but there are others. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, a member of the rules' committee along with Halas, George (Potsy) Clark of Brooklyn, Steve Owen of the New York Giants and Bert Bell of Philadelphia, calls to mind at least three...GIVE MORE PROTECTION: One would be a substitution change by which a player would be allowed to play in the game twice in the same quarter. Lambeau feels that the move would give players greater protection in that they would leave the game with lesser injuries if they knew they could return. It is his opinion that fullback Eddie Jankowski probably would never have received that severe blow in the head that hospitalized him at Washington last fall if such a rule had been in effect. "Eddie was hit hard just a few plays before the one that sent him to the hospital," Curly recalls. "If he had left the game then, it would have saved him his later grief, but Eddie knew that replacements were scarce, and that he was out for the whole quarter if he left the field. So he remained in." The only objection that may be raised is possible delay of the game. Lambeau, however, feels that the result would be just the opposite - that it would speed up the tilt because players could do their resting on the bench...WOULD AID PASSERS: With Arnold Herber and Bob Monnett particularly in mind, Lambeau will seek some protection for the passer similar to that which is afforded punters. There is no provision for passer protection under the present setup, and the Packer coach rightfully feels that that the lads who throw the ball are subjected to too much of a beating. Playing against the Bears at Los Angeles a year ago, Herber's nose was broken when he was crashed into after a pass. Herber had thrown the ball into the end zone for a touchdown and the play was all over as far as he was concerned when he was hit. Another rule change would bring the ball to the center of the field after every play. While it probably will get no further than the discussion stage, this idea is interesting in view of all the fancy placekickers the league has in tow, no small numbers of which are with the Packers. Regarding the kickoff rule which Halas mentions as placing the ball on the 50 yard line if the ball is kicked out of bounds, Lambeau feels that such a penalty is too severe. Accidents will happen, and any player is apt to boot the ball off the field on some occasion. What probably will happen is that the penalty will be effective after two out of bounds kicks. Cause for the rule is cases such as what occurred in the Washington Redskin-New York Giant game at New York last fall which decided the eastern championship. The Redskins kicked out of bounds six times to prevent such men as Tuffy Leemans from making any possible return. The present rule places the ball in play on the 30-yard line...Trades will be in the air at the meeting...and despite his latest acquisition from Marquette university, Mr. Lambeau still is center conscious...Tom Thorpe, one of the pro league eastern division's top officials, recently was renamed as steward at Narragansett park just outside of Providence.R.I...Thorpe served in 1936 and 1937, but resigned last fall when Narragansett announced that it would run a meet despite the order of Gov. Robert E. Quinn that the track would remain closed...George Sauer left in the middle of last week for Durham after spending his spring vacation here...he will continue spring football practice at the University of New Hampshire which was interrupted by the recess...George did not coach basketball as has been reported, but may next year...since the football season he has been engaged in promotional work for the school...prospects for a good football team next fall are not so hot, according to George...and he facetiously adds, "I'll probably come back to play center for Curly next fall."
PETE TINSLEY JOINS PACKERS
APR 6 (Green Bay) - A promising collegiate football player, capable of covering any of several positions, will join the Green Bay Packers next fall, Coach E.L. Lambeau said today in announcing the signing of Pete Tinsley of the University of Georgia. Tinsley probably will play either end or blocking back with Green Bay. He weighs 215 pounds and his height is five feet 10 1/2 inches...IS VERY RUGGED: The latest addition to the Packer ranks is noted principally because of his ruggedness. He played 60 minutes of grueling football against Fordham in his junior year, when Georgia tripped up Jimmy Crowley's eleven. Tinsley's versatility has been one of his strongest points. He starred in the backfield during his third year in college, but for his senior season he was shifted to guard, where against he was extremely effective. He will graduate from Georgia this summer. Tinsley is the 11th Packer to sign his contract.
PACKERS, CARDINALS TO BATTLE IN BUFFALO
APRIL 9 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers will play a National Professional football league game at night in Buffalo, September 28, Charles W. Bidwell, owner of the Cardinals, announced today. The game, first league championship contest to be played in Buffalo since the Bisons withdrew from the circuit several years ago, will be played at the new municipal stadium. Buffalo wants to regain its berth in the league and the Cardinal-Packer contest was scheduled, with the sanction of Joseph Carr, president of the league, as an experiment.
PACKERS GET RIGHTS TO RAY KING, PAT MCCARTY
APR 11 (Pittsburgh) - A revamped rule book gave the professional football boys more chance than ever today to parade their wide-open style of play. The National league rules committee, in a five hour long session Sunday, wrote in five amendments, four of which were designed to aid the offense. The fifth tightened restrictions on fourth down passes. Specifically, the changes were: 1 - On kickoffs out of bounds, the ball shall be placed in play on the receiving team's 45 yard line, instead of the 35 yard stripe. Committee members expressed the opinion the rule would stop deliberate attempts to kick out the ball. 2 - Any two players who have been withdrawn from the game during the fourth period may return to the game once. The rule was intended to prevent an injured player from staying in the contest because a substitute was forbidden to re-enter the game. 3 - All penalties inflicted upon the defensive team within the 10 yard liner shall be one-half the distance to the goal line. Previously the rule applied only to offside penalties. 4 - The referee may penalize defensive teams 15 yards for deliberate roughing of a forward passing after the ball has left his hands. The change was made, the committee said, because of the pummeling Sammy Baugh, Arnie Herber and other topnotch passers received. 5 - A forward pass incomplete in the end zone shall be ruled a touchback only on the fourth down. If the complete pass on fourth down originated outside the fourth down originated outside the 20 yard line the defensive team shall be given the ball at the point at which the play originated. After the meeting club representatives engaged in a trading session, with Pittsburgh emerging as the "David Harum" by figuring in four deals. The Pirates agreed to send John Gildea, regular right halfback and punter for two season, to Cleveland in exchange for tackle Joe Maras, Duquesne university captain who was drafted by the Rams. Then Pittsburgh completed two separate deals with Green Bay. One sends Ed Brett, former Washington State end, to the Packers for Walt Bartanen, 265-pound tackle who divided last season between Green Bay and St. Louis. The other swapped two draftees, center Pat McCarty of Notre Dame and end Ray King of Minnesota for the Packers' Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, 223-pound guard and blocking back, and Chester (Swede) Johnston, a fullback. Besides members of the rules committee, the meeting was attended by Art Rooney and John Blood of the Pirates, President John Lipscomb, Homer Harshmann and Buzz Wetzel of Cleveland and Wellington Mara of the Giants.
O.K. WITH CURLY
APR 11 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau of the
Green Bay Packers who attended Sunday's session as a member of the rules committee telephones in from Chicago today his "complete approval" of the changes effected in the gridiron code. "I believe that the Packers will benefit by the trades we completed with Pittsburgh," he said. "Ray King, all-America end from Minnesota, has announced that he plans to play professional football, so that all we need to do is to come to terms with him. McCarty, the Notre Dame center, weighs 225 pounds and was a great player. He should help plug the hole left by the Svendsen brothers. In the event that either King or McCarty does not report, terms of the trade read that we shall retain Goldenberg. Brett, the former Washington State end, played the position regularly with Pittsburgh last season. He stands six feet two inches and weighs 200 pounds. I am much in favor of the changes adopted by the rules committee, and believe they will improve the game materially."
BUCKETS TO RETIRE
APR 11 (Green Bay) - Buckets Goldenberg, who was traded yesterday to the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced this afternoon his retirement from professional football, but he didn't tie up his action with the trade. "I want to quit before I'm told to quit." he explained. "I thought I had a good year in 1937 although the guard position was new to me, but a back injury I received in the All-Star game hasn't healed yet. I am established in business in Green Bay, and want to stay here. I don't care to risk further injury, and my family is anxious for me to retire."
STADIUM PICKETING THREAT MADE FORMAL
APR 13 (Green Bay) - The board of education was notified by the Building Trades' council in a letter today that the picketing of the City stadium will be started unless improvements being made as a WPA project are stopped. The letter was signed by John Wettengel, secretary, with the announcement that the action was determined at a meeting of the council Monday night. A representative of the building trades' group said picketing will begin within a few days and will continue through the football season unless the $15,000 given the school board by the Packer Football corporation for enlarging the stands is returned. "If the school board don't return the money and insists on doing the work under WPA we are going to place pickets," the council spokesman said. "The council feels that the amount being spent there is sufficient to do the work by contract and with union labor. We are only interested in the carpentry and painting work and do not desire to do the filling or sodding because we believe this is the type of work that should be undertaken by the WPA." The threat of picketing the stadium was made a few weeks ago at the time the project was begun, but the council's present action is the first formal move of protest to the board. The improvements include the addition of 7,500 new seats to the stadium stands, new toilets, remodeling and repairs to fencing, erection of a new ticket booth and enlargement of broadcasting and press booths.
GOLDENBERG WILL PLAY, SAYS BLOOD
APR 15 (Pittsburgh) - "Aw, Buckets, just wants a little boost in his paycheck. He'll probably report next fall all right. Why he wanted to go out to the west coast with me for a post-season game I directed last January. If he hurt his back in the all-star contest last fall he certainly played great ball all season for a cripple." There you have Coach Johnny Blood's reaction to the story that Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, burly Green Bay Packer grid star who was secured in a trade last Sunday by the Pittsburgh Pirates, would give up the pigskin sport. Blood returned to this city last night with Bucco President Art Rooney after several day's stay in the east. Goldenberg and fullback Chester (Swede) Johnson were exchanged by the Packers for Ray King, Minnesota end, and Pat McCarthy, Notre Dame center. If Goldenberg fails to report here, the Corsairs are the losers as they took the chance on signing him according to terms of the deal.
LAMBEAU WANTS CHANGE IN POST-SEASON TRAVEL BAN
APR 19 (Green Bay) - President Franklin D. Roosevelt manifested New Deal approval of baseball in opening day ceremonies at Washington Monday, and a noisy public in parks everywhere has welcomed another change in the sports calendar, but anybody who encounters Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers these days will have a hard time squeezing anything but football into the conversation. It is an optimistic Lambeau - seeing next fall's prospects in a much brighter light than many of the fans - who breezes in and out of Green Bay between trips to meetings and talent-stalking journeys. In fact, the Packer coach is so cheerful about the future that when he returned from last week's rules' committee meeting in Pittsburgh his concern was not about the regular season, but about the limitation on post season games - a regulation made at the regular league confab and which, according to Lambeau, probably will be changed when the league convenes again next year...ONLY ONE GAME: As the rule stands now, the championship team is allowed to play only one game after the end of the regular playing season. Reason for the change from the former method of laissez-faire was the ill-advised trip Washington made after winning the title at Chicago. The Redskins fared poorly on the trip on just about every count, and Owner George Preston Marshall was pretty well disgusted with the whole business when the barnstorming is over. With that bad taste in his mouth, and some dissatisfaction from other sources, the ban on anybody but the champions kicking the ball around after the league curtain falls was adopted. Lambeau cites two main causes for the failure of the trip: first, that it was poorly planned (a cause that can be corrected), and second, that bad weather hounded the Redskins from one coast to the other (a cause that is beyond any human power to change)...LAMBEAU NO NOVICE: The Packer leader, who is no novice in arranging post-season schedules, points out that the first game was played at San Francisco without adequate preparation and under an insufficient guarantee. From San Francisco the Washington outfit jumped to Texas, and then to Florida - a piece of traveling that could do no outfit any good financially. Curly does not favor a complete turnabout in the old unsupervised plan, but does feel that the higher finishing team should be allowed some sort of playing trip when the circuit play is over. His idea would require sanction of the league president for any such contests planned. He is not alone in his stand. George Halas of the Chicago Bears is of similar mind, and when the move is reconsidered next year it will have the support of some of the men who voted for the ban that will be effective this year. Among those who cast their ballots in favor of curtailing the after-season activities were several who had had no experience in that type of promotion whatsoever...SEE THE LIGHT: Through the efforts of Halas and Lambeau, some of these have been made to see the light, and it has resulted in a complete change in viewpoint.. Value in advertising, and a trip for the players are two reasons for Lambeau's interest in the carry-over season. It is his contention that professional football can use all the favorable publicity it can get, and that one way to increase interest outside of league cities is to play games on a reasonable scale whenever there is a market for the sport. As for the player trip angle, many of the lads get a chance to go places and see things that ordinarily would be outside their means until achieved through many years' work and saving along the way. The Packer jaunt to Honolulu supports this view. There is little doubt that players not tied down by some other employment enjoy a trip to warmer climates when the winter wind begins to howl. In fact Cliff Battles, the fancy-stepping Washington back who was very instrumental in his team's title last season, swore that he never would step into another pair of Redskin pants unless a post-season trip was made. It seems that Cliff had just become married, and he counted on the trip for his honeymoon...GETS HIS TRIP: Battles got his trip, but his shoes would have to filled by someone else in the Redskin lineup next year anyway. He signed a contract to assist Lou Little at Columbia next fall - a move that irked Mr. Marshall no little bit (Incidentally, the Columbia post had been turned down by Clarke Hinkle). Besides the pleasure derived from such a trip, Curly find it worthwhile as a medium for testing new plays and systems, and giving first year players a tryout that they may have missed during the regular season. Lambeau attributes the Packer success in the championship year of 1936 largely to the coast trip of 1935-36. Then too, there is the prospect of finding new players in some of the lineups met along the way. Players just through with their college season often join all-star combinations of meeting the pros, and many unheralded finds result. Russ Letlow, as great a guard as stepped on the gridiron last season, was such a discovery. Also, the Green Bay coach finds that in signing new players the prospect of postseason trips often plays a notable part in their decisions...MADE MOVIE SHORT: And among the other things it did to advertise Green Bay, the prolonged schedule was responsible for the Pete Smith motion picture sport feature which the Hollywood Reporter, trade newspaper of the movie business, listed as one of most popular shorts of its run from New York to California. So much for post-season professional football, a subject that should concern no one too much at this time of the year, but it is nice to know that Curly hasn't too many player worried to think of it. Fans may find some interest in the issue because it is controversial at the moment.
GOLDENBERG HANGS TIGHT ON PLAYING ANNOUNCEMENT
APR 28 (Green Bay) - Sports fans can slice it to suit themselves, but Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg has dished out another statement denying that he will be receiving mail in Pittsburgh next fall - unless he is paid a sum that he cannot afford to refuse. "And that kind of money," says Buckets, "Is more than I am worth in football...They can fire three good players for what it would take to get me out there." It was Buckets' way of answering Johnny Blood's assertion that the veteran Packer back and guard was starting retirement talk merely to boost the Pittsburgh ante when contract talk is opened. Earlier, when it was announced that he had been traded to the Pirates with Swede Johnston in return for rights to center Pat McCarty of Notre Dame and end Ray King of Minnesota, Goldenberg told John Walter, Press-Gazette sports editor, that he had no intention of playing anywhere this year...FIVE YEARS WITH TEAM: The former University of Wisconsin gridder who saw five years of Packer service has moved with his wife and son from Milwaukee to Green Bay, and is engaged in the insurance business under Boob Darling, former Packer center. He believes - or at least he says he does - that it would be an economic setback for him to close his house here and take his family to Pittsburgh just for the football season. Buckets will not leave without his helpmeet and the junior member - and he most certainly is not interested in playing for anything but financial gains. That is why he says that the Pirates will not offer terms high enough to make it worth his while. "Let them take the money and hire somebody who can draw them at the gate," says Goldenberg. "As an individual I couldn't attract five persons in Pittsburgh...but it is nice to know that Johnny still has confidence in my ability."...LOYAL TO PACKERS: Buckets were interested more than casually in a Pittsburgh proposition a year ago when owner Art Rooney mentioned regular employment to supplement his work on the gridiron. Furthermore, he admits that he would enjoy playing for Blood. But he does profess a strong loyalty to Green Bay, and contends that he could never play as a member of any other team with the same spirit. It is his desire to make his permanent home here, he says, and at time anyway, he sees nothing to be gained by going to Pittsburgh for three months. Besides his wife wishes him to retire. Goldenberg came to the Packers in 1932 after playing at Wisconsin after Clarence W. Spears and Glenn Thistlethwaite, the latter for his first two varsity years. His 220 pounds packed into a 5 feet, 10-inch frame is familiar on every gridiron in the NFL. Starting as a fullback, he was shifted to blocking back and last season played some of his best football against Detroit and the Bears at guard. He is 27 years old. Joining Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers and Coach Blood of the Pirates in the expectation that Goldenberg will play is George Whitney Calhoun, Packer secretary, who avers that when fall rolls around Mr. Goldenberg will be looking for Blood or Walk Kiesling. John's assistant at Pittsburgh, as a bridge partner...REALLY MEANS IT: Talk of leaving the game is pretty general among some of the boys, just as it always is in the spring of the year when the playing season is five months distant. Henry Bruder, in the Packer backfield since 1931, is making his usual retirement announcement, but insisted today that he really means it this time. Clarke Hinkle, all-pro fullback for two consecutive years and no second rater for the four season before that, is busy selling an odorless disinfectant along with Milt Gantenbein, and they both infer that their football days are over. They are president and vice president respectively of the Nuzon company of Wisconsin. Their sales personnel includes the newly married Paul Engebretsen, veteran guard, who also speaks of quitting professional athletics for a business career...LEAVE BIG GAP: Really missed will be George and Bud Svendse, who leave a real gap at center to enter the coaching profession. George takes his 230 pounds and three years of pro experience to Antigo this week. Darrell Lester had not fully made up his mind whether or not he will return. Success as a salesman may keep him away. Another doubtful starter is Lou Gordon, who is teaching English in a Chicago high school. But more about them later. Meanwhile, it still is s pretty good bet that with very few exceptions all of last year's players will be out there for the first practice session.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
APR 30 (Green Bay) - The Packers plan to start their practice period Aug. 20, which will give them three weeks to prepare for their league opener against the Cleveland Rams here Sept. 11.
HUNT TO PLAY WITH PACKERS
MAY 2 (Green Bay) - Zeke Hunt, for three years a varsity center at Bradley Tech, Peoria, Ill., is the latest addition to the corps of center candidates from which Coach E.L. Lambeau hopes to produce something for regular use by the Green Bay Packers. Hunt, whose weight is 5 feet 11 and who weighs 211, was an all-Little Nineteen conference center in 1935 and 1936, and was sixth in the poll for his position in the Tribune All Star ballot last summer...PLAYED WITH YANKEES: When the gridiron season opened in 1937, Hunt reported to the New York Yankees of the American league, and served creditably during the season. Lambeau believes that the experience thus gained may make him a valuable Green Bay addition. He is the 12th Packer to be placed under contract for the 1938 season.
BLOOD STILL IS TRYING TO BOLSTER CLUBS WITH TRADES
MAY 10 (Green Bay) - Don't be surprised if Swede Johnston, the former Appleton high school athlete who has done some fullbacking for the Packers of late, does not turn up in either the Green Bay or Pittsburgh lineups this fall. He was part of the trade that also was to send Buckets Goldenberg to the Pirates, but is considering seriously an offer to coach the Gunners in St. Louis, his adopted home. Swede played with the Gunners before coming to the Packers, and returned to St. Louis last fall after a loan of his services to Cleveland did not meet his fancy...Despite the apparent ill success of his trading efforts thus far, Johnny Blood is still attempting to bolster his team with tried talent from other coaches. It is reported that Eggs Manske of the Bears and Bill Smith of the Cardinals, both ends, are on his list of "most desirables". Smith is the former all-pro end from Washington "U" who ran across the touchdown that beat the Packers in the opener here last fall. Manske is from Nekoosa, Wis., and had a great season with the Bears last fall after a year with Philadelphia. He played college ball at Northwestern...BRIGHT SPOTS IN LINE: Bert Bell of Philadelphia also continues to hunt around for fields of barter. He has offered Coach Curly Lambeau his choice of centers Harper, Hughes or Reese in exchange for a back. Reese, a former Temple university player who opposed Clarke Hinkle on college gridirons when the latter was at Bucknell, is the only one under serious consideration. He and Carter, an end from Southern Methodist, were bright spots in an otherwise drab line when the Packers routed the Eagles at Milwaukee last fall. At least one other trade note is worth mention although it lacks confirmation: John Drake, the big Cleveland fullback, probably will be in the Cardinal lineup next fall. He was an important factor in the Packers' defeat by the College All Stars at Soldier field, and although the Rams were badly beaten he scored against Green Bay in both meetings between the teams last year. He rated all-America at Purdue.
MIKETINAC OF ST. NORBERT TO TRY OUT WITH PACKERS
MAY 19 (Green Bay) - Coach Mickey McCormick's football efforts at St. Norbert college probably will send a player to the big time next fall in the person of Nick Miketinac, Hermansville, Mich., athlete who will be graduated from the De Pere school in June. Wednesday noon, before making a hurried trip to Milwaukee, Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers met Miketinac for the first time. In less than 20 minutes' conference an agreement was reached, and the husky St. Norbert lineman will report for practice with the rest of the Green Bay squad Aug. 20. While the "many are called but few are chosen" adage applies to the professional gridiron even more than it strikes home in some other field, Nick's prospects for making the grade appear to be better than average. McCormick, who was a Marquette university back in his undergraduate days opposed such teams as Navy, St. Mary's and Creighton, considers Miketinac one of the best linemen has he has been associated with either as player or coach. Nick played in the backfield at Hermansville high school, but started in the line his first year on the college team. After a season at tackle, McCormick shifted Miketinac to guard, where his blocking ability and speed could be put to better use. He was a standout in every game in which he participated - and a guard has to be good to be outstanding. His 200 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches are well molded to the guard position, but Lambeau had indicated that he may be tried at other positions in the ante-season practice...CHANCE AT GUARD: "He may work in at right end," Curly stated after his visit with the lad, "and we may try him at blocking back, but if he looks best at guard and would prefer to play that position, that is where he will get his chance." Of him Coach McCormick says, "He is one college player that is not all played out...his best years of football are ahead of him. He is a keen, competitive player, a good student of the game, and he is not afraid of anything." Just 22 years of age, Miketinac was one of the St. Norbert players who entered the college the year McCormick became head coach. Much of his training in line play was received under Ken Radick, assistant to Mickey, who also praised him highly. He was one of the six co-captains of last year's Green Knight team. Leaving the school, he has a younger brother, Tony Miketinac, who was a guard on the freshman team at St. Norbert this year, and hopes to pick up where his big brother left off. And if Nick makes the grade, that may a tip for Curly three years hence.
LAMBEAU CONFIDENT BAYS WILL BE A STRONG TEAM
MAY 19 (Green Bay) - Don't sell the Packers short in the 1938 National Professional Football league title race. This is the advice of Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay team who has signed an even dozen new players already and expects many other names on contracts long before the first practice is called. The recruits will bolster virtually every position on the field. At the center post where the only serious vacancy occurred as the result of the retirement of both George and Bud Svendsen, at least three new men will be on hand to assist Darrell Lester. They are Leroy Schoemann of Marquette, Zeke Hunt of Bradley Tech and Gil Kuhn, one of Southern California's greatest athletes. Flanking center Curly expects the veterans Paul Engebretsen, Russ Letlow, Lon Evans and Zud Schammel. A rookie guard highly recommended will be Pete Tinsley, versatile 215 pounder from Georgia, and the Packer coach expects additional strength from Tom Jones, former New York Giants guard who played at Bucknell. With every indication that Champ Seibold, Ernie Smith, Bill Lee and Lyle Sturgeon will return this season, the tackle positions promise to thickly populated. Pressing the veterans will be Martin Schreyer, last fall's Purdue captain, Phil Ragazzo of Western Reserve, and Leo Karalinas of Catholic university. A strong collection of ends is promised in Milt Gantenbein, Don Hutson, Wayland Becker and Bernie Scherer of last year's team with Frank Borak, a Kenosha youth at Creighton university, coming up. In addition, Ed Brett, former Washington State end, has been obtained from Pittsburgh in a trade for Walter Bartanen, Packer rookie tackle of 1937. The Packer backfield should have everything. Expected to return are fullbacks Eddie Jankowski and Clarke Hinkle; Halfbacks Bob Monnett, Paul Miller, Arnold Herber, Joe Laws and Herb Banet, and quarterback Herman Schneidman. New men to date are Dick Weisgerber of Willamette, Cecil Isbell of Purdue and John Locke of Fordham.
PACKERS PLAY AT IRONWOOD
MAY 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, prior to launching their 1938 NFL schedule, will play an exhibition game at Ironwood, Mich., on Labor day, Sept. 5, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. Lambeau made the announcement following a conference with Ironwood businessmen here yesterday afternoon. The game will be underwritten by trade leaders of the Upper Michigan community...OPPOSITION UNCERTAIN: The Packers will play either the La Crosse Lagers, best known of the state's semi-pro elevens, or an All Star eleven, the opposition to be determined later. The team will open its league season against Cleveland at City stadium Sept. 11. Packer interest always has been well geared througout Upper Michigan, and a capacity turnout will be anticipated by promoters of the Labor day game. In addition to the entire northern Wisconsin area, fans from the copper country will have an opportunity to see the former national champions in action in their own backyard. Hundreds of Michigan residents drive down weekly to see the Packers play here, and the exhibition contest in a measure is a "thank you" for their enthusiastic support.
DICK ZOLL GETS IN SHAPE HERE TO PLAY WITH RAMS
MAY 24 (Green Bay) - Believe it or not a Cleveland Ram footballer has started training here to get in shape for the coming gridiron season. Richard (Dick) Zoll has returned home from Cleveland to spend a couple of months in a stone quarry to toughen up for combats this fall. Zoll, who earned his scholastic football spurs at West high, joined the Cleveland Rams last fall after playing three years of varsity football, guard and tackle, at Indiana under Coach Bo McMillin. Dick saw a lot of service as a center flanker for Cleveland last season and was in action twice against the Packers. According to Zoll, the Rams will be much different than a "tail-end" club this fall. "The Cleveland management," Zoll said, "has some 40-odd players under contract for 1938 and some of the new players were 'tops' on the collegiate gridiron last fall. The Rams will start practice on Aug. 15 on a collegiate campus near Cleveland and two practice games have been scheduled before we open the NFL season here against the Packers on Sunday, Sept. 11. The Green Bay team plays a return game in Cleveland on Oct. 30 and this contest should attract a big crowd as Curly Lambeau's team certainly pleased the crowd last year when it played the Rams at the ball park."
BEARS CUTTING PRICES ON ALL-AMERICAN GRID STARS
MAY 25 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Bears, with Owner-Coach George Halas wielding the pencil, are marking down to bargain prices the All-American tags which so many college grid heroes annually carry into the NFL market. For more than a decade the Bears have taken comparatively unknown college players and developed them into stars in the toughest of all grid circuits, and Halas said today that owners generally are paying more and more attention to small schools for new players instead of waiting to sign up highly-touted collegiate stars...DON'T HOLD IT AGAINST THEM: "There will be exceptions, of course, but I believe that small colleges will furnish more and more National league players next fall and in the seasons to come," said Halas. "On the Bears we ask first if the the player, no matter from which school he comes, would fit into our team play system. Then, if he does, we don't hold it against him if he was an All-American. Many players with great reputations fail to make good because they can't stand the pressure of playing with cool veterans in their first year. Also, many can't stand publicity, and join the team with the wrong attitude. But players who were good at smaller schools but never received recognition come to the big league with a 'do or die' spirit which makes them the kind of men we're always looking for. They're anxious to earn the headlines they didn't get in college and play with that old college spirit." Halas thinks George Musso, who came to the Bears an unheralded player from Milliken university in Illinois, now ranks as the greatest guard in the league. Another "unknown" starring for the Bears is Ray Nolting, former Cincinnati university player. Coming up to the Bears next fall will be John Oelerich, a triple threat back from St. Ambrose academy of Davenport, Ia., Chuck Apolskis of DePaul university, Chicago, an end, and lineman Frank Ramsey of Oregon State...DOFFS HAT TO BAUGH: There is one All-American, however, to whom Halas doffs his at - "Slinging Sammy" Baugh, who passed Washington to victory over the Bears last fall for the pro title and who now is trying his hand at professional baseball. "If he can't make the grade in baseball it just means so many more headaches for us in football," grinned Halas.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
MAY 25 (Green Bay) - The sentiments expressed by George Halas in the adjoining column might have been taken right out of the mouth of Coach Curly Lambeau, for the Packers even more than the Bears are famous for signing up grid players from small colleges and building them into the greatest players the game has known. Look at Arnie Herber for instance, or Johnny Blood or Clarke Hinkle. A Baugh comes along every one in a 100 All-Americans, but give Green Bay some more men like Herber, Blood and Hinkle. Possibly Nick Micketinac of St. Norbert is in this class. His coach, Mickey McCormick, says he will make the grade with the Packers. "He played three great years for me, and still didn't burn himself out," says Mickey. "After three years of ball he hasn't got a bruise, a bad joint or a torn ligament. He will always weigh just about 200, and he can do the 100 yard dash in 11 seconds. What more do you want?"
BUFORD RAY IS SIGNED BY PACKERS
MAY 31 (Green Bay) - Nine little letters which spell one great big tackle. That is Buford Ray, one of the greatest linemen ever turned out by Vanderbilt university. And Buford Ray will be a tackle with the Green Bay Packers this coming fall, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced today. Ray stands six feet, seven inches tall; weighs 280 pounds. Coach Lambeau hastens to explain that Ray isn't just a big young man. "He isn't fat," Lambeau said, "that's all bone and muscle. He's built like Champ Seibold or Lyle Sturgeon, but he'll make even Seibold and Sturgeon look like midgets."...MAKE GREAT PREDICTIONS: Coach Lambeau said this is the most important announcement of the signing of a lineman the Packers have ever made. "All the football experts who have seen Ray predict he will be the greatest tackle in the NFL," Lambeau declared. Ray signed his Packer contract about two months ago, but announcement of his signing was withheld because of the fact that Ray captained the track team at Vanderbilt this spring, and any mention of his pro intentions might have interrupted his amateur career. He was not selected by any teams in the draft. This is but one of several important announcements which may be expected now that college classes are drawing to a close, the coach added. Ray is a product of the Ray Morrison school of football. Morrison is one of the most successful coaches in the Southern conference, and Morrison says Ray is the greatest tackle he has ever turned out...FIVE-MAN LINE: Vanderbilt played a five-man line the three years Ray was on the team, and the behemoth was used on he right sign of the line to smash up every play which
came his way. He did, and Carl Hinkle, backing up the line, got the tackles. Hinkle also got the publicity and was named all-American. Thus Ray's play was always of the unselfish type, and he was somewhat unpublicized, coming from a rather small school in addition. This is expected to make him an ideal pro candidate, for in the pro game the lineman have to give a lot and get little for it, Coach Lambeau said. The coach added that Ray is already one of the Packers' biggest boosters, has written in often since his signing about other prospects in that region, and is predicting a championship for Green Bay next fall...BORN IN NASHVILLE: Ray is a Nashville product. He was born 22 years ago and went to college in his hometown. He entered Vanderbilt, one of the biggest football schools in the south the same year as Hinkle and also the same year that Morrison took
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
MAY 31 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau's smile was as big as his face when he gave out the announcement regarding the signing of Behemoth Buford Ray. Curly regards it as the biggest player announcement since the signing of George Sauer was announced, certainly the most important notice of the signing of a lineman the Packers have ever had. Even Ray's name sounds big. When Curly says he stands six feet, seven inches tall and weighs 280 he's not exaggerating in the least. Ray was called "the biggest tackle in captivity" in a recent issue of the Football Guide. And he's not far, he's just big. Built on the general lines of Champ Seibold or Lyle Sturgeon, only much bigger. Curiously enough his signing just about fulfills a little April Fools Day article John Walter published in the column. Milwaukee Sentinel correspondent please note.
BARNHART, GREELEY STATE GUARD, SIGNS WITH PACKERS
JUN 1 (Green Bay) - Frank Barnhart, giant guard from Greeley State college at Greeley, Colorado, is the latest Packer recruit to sign his contract to play in 1938. One of the players drafted by Coach E.L. Lambeau this season, Barnhart is 22 years old, stands six feet tall and weighs 240 pounds...PLAYED THREE YEARS: Barnhart was perhaps the outstanding lineman last season in the Rocky Mountain conference in which Greeley State competes with such schools as Colorado "U", Montana State, Colorado Mines, Wyoming and Utah. He played three years at the guard position on the varsity team. Coach Dutch Clark of the Detroit Lions has had his eye on Barnhart for several years. Figuring he was unnoticed by other clubs, Clark didn't bid for him in the draft and didn't think any other club would, but Coach Lambeau had been tipped off to Barnhart's possibilities by Carroll Nelson, Green Bay East high coach of many years ago. Nelson told Lambeau about Barnhart when the Packers played in Denver Jan. 1, 1937, and Curly immediately got on his trail. Nelson is a resident of Denver and keeps a watchful eye on professional prospects in the Mountain conference...OTHER DRAFTEES SIGN: Four other players names in the Packer draft list have already signed by Lambeau including Cecil Isbell and Martin Schreyer of Purdue, Phil Ragazzo of Western Reserve and Pete Tinsley of Georgia.
JUN 2 (Manitowoc Times-Herald) - The Green Bay Packer "beef trust" is taking shape. Yesterday Curly Lambeau, coach of the Bay football pros, announced that he had signed Frank Barnhart, of Greeley State College, Greeley, Col., a guard who is 22 years old, stands six feet tall and weighs 240 pounds. Only a few days ago Curly announced the signing of Buford Ray of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., a tackle, 23 years old, six feet seven inches tall and weighing 280 pounds. Ray has been called the greatest tackle who ever gripped a cleat in southern collegiate football. He has been under contract to Green Bay for several months but no announcement was made as he was captain of the track team at Vanderbilt. Manitowoc businessmen were given an inkling by Lambeau a few weeks ago when he spoke here. Vanderbilt has played a five-man front for several seasons and the towering Ray was used double duty as an end or tackle on defense. His savage smashing cleared the way for Carl Hinkle, Vandy center, to make tackles in the open. This tended to boost Hinkle's stock as an All-Americans, a rating he later achieved. Coach Lambeau beat out George Halas of the Bears in bidding for Buford. Barnhart played in the Rocky Mountain conference and played three years at guard on the varsity team. Curly picked him off right under the nose of Coach Dutch Clark of the Detroit Lions. Durch, an old Colorado star, had his eye on Barnhart for several years. Figuring he was unnoticed by other clubs, Clark didn't bid for him in the draft and didn't think any other club would, but Coach Lambeau had been tipped off the Barnhart's possibilities by Carroll Nelson, Green Bay East High coach of many years ago. Nelson told Lambeau about Barnhart when the Packers played in Denver January 1, 1937 and Curly immediately got on his trail. Four other players named in the Packer draft list have already been signed by Lambeau, including Cecil Isbell and Martin Schreyer of Purdue, Phil Ragazzo of Western Reserve and Pete Tinsley of Georgia. Barnhart is the 15th player to be signed by the Packers for the 1938 season. The others are: Frank Borak, Creighton, end; Phil Regazzo, Western Reserve; Leo Katalinas, Catholic; Martin Schreyer, Purdue, and Buford Ray, Vanderbilt, tackles; Tom Jones, Bucknell, Nick Miketinac, St. Nortbert, and Pete Tinsley, Georgia, guards; Gil Kuhn, USC, Zeke Hunt, Bradley Tech, and Leroy Schoemann, Marquette, centers; Dick Weisgerber, Willamentte, Cecil Isbell, Purdue, and John Locke, Fordham, backs.
PACKERS SIGN IOWA CENTER
JUN 3 (Green Bay) - Richard Anderson of the University of Iowa is the latest recruit signed to help fill the center gap on the 1938 Green Bay Packers. Anderson announced to the Associated Press in Iowa City last night that he had signed a Packer contract. Coach E.L. Lambeau said this morning that the signed contract was not in this morning's mail but that he expected it shortly. He said he had sent Anderson a contract a short time ago. Anderson is a resident of Yankton, S.D., and played three years at center on the Iowa team, winning the reputation as one of the best pivot men in the Big Ten conference...RECOMMENDED BY GRADUATES: Anderson was recommended highly to the Packers by Joe Laws and Herman Schneidman, Iowa graduates into the pro game. He was coached by Ossie Solem and Ernie Nevers, the latter a former pro star. Anderson is the 16th player to be signed by the Packers for the 1938 season.
ANDY URAM WORKING HARD
JUN 23 (Green Bay) - According to reports from Minneapolis, Andy Uram, the crack Minnesota backfielder, who was one of the Packers' prize draws in the NFL draft, has secured himself a bank position and is busily engaged in chasing checks instead of footballs.However, Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers plans another huddle with the Gopher star within the next couple of weeks and hopes to induce him to forget about "drafts and notes" for the next few months and center his entire attention on the touchdown-making business. Uram is anxious to play some more football, it is said, and there is little question but that the Packer mentor will have him on the dotted line long before the College All-Stars start drilling in Chicago. Friends of Uram in the Twin Cities are planning a ballot drive for him so that he will be a certain selection for the collegiate squad which will rub noses with the Washington Redskins, 1937 professional football champions, at Soldiers field.
LOCKE AND KATALINAS BOTH ON EASTERN ALL STAR TEAMS
JUN 24 (Green Bay) - Football notes washed up on the beach between swims: John Locke, Fordham fullback, and Leo Katalinas, Catholic university tackle, will be in the starting lineup of the Eastern All Star team which will oppose Bert Bell's Eagles at Philadelphia late in August. Locke and Katalinas both have their names on Packer contracts. The Philadelphia All Star game, modeled after the annual contest in Chicago, was inaugurated last year...Williamette college is in the state of Oregon, but it was on a recent trip east that Coach Lambeau of the Packers heard the praises of Dick Weisgerber, Williamette graduate, sung loudest. Weisgerber prepped at Orange, N.J., where he was an outstanding athlete, and eastern sportswriters have followed his fortunes. Bert Bell of the Packers offered an outright trade of Reese, veteran center, for Weisgerber, and was promptly turned down despite the acute case of centeritis Lambeau is suffering...Mail should be acknowledged even though it isn't answered promptly. Ernie Smith writes from a new home in Los Angeles that the rainbow trout still are biting in California. An enclosed clipping tell of a world's championship wrestling match between Bronko Nagurski and Baby Face Zacharias in Los Angeles. It states that "wise money" figures the latter a 6 to 5 choice. Heavy type announces Smith as one of Nagurski's seconds, and Ernie claims the credit. Ernie's "estate and inheritance tax analysis business", to say nothing of his life insurance business, is being oiled so that it will run smoothly if he elects to play (and he probably will) another year of pro football. By his own admission his "grind" consists of "taking clients trout fishing a couple of times a week, and taking them to the beach another couple of days." And he manages to squeeze in a little time to act as chairman of the polo and equestrian committee of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce. Never a minute to himself. In a postscript, Ernie announces his weight at 223 and says that he is "anticipating a good year."...Condition seems to be the byword of the boys on the west coast, which must be music to the ears of Lambeau. From Taft, Calif., Russ Letlow reports a weight of 220 pounds "and hard as a rock". That latter isn't hard to believe, as Tarzan White of the New York Giants will testify. Russ' activities do not parallel Smith's very closely. He has been working in the oil fields, and playing baseball on the side to keep in shape. He says that he's looking to an even greater season than the last one. That should be very close to the ultimate. He wasn't far from the tops in the guard business last year (sentimental not the California Chamber of Commerce won't like: Russ misses Green Bay). ..Lyle Sturgeon has been driving a bus in Fargo, N.D. Paul Miller, working at Wausau, visited Green Bay last week. The football season can't roll around fast enough to suit him. Tiny Engebretsen is enmeshed in the retirement rumor. Maybe so, but seeing (and seeing only) is believing. Another month will tell more about those things.
CROWLEY SEES JOHN LOCKE MAKING GOOD IN PRO BALL
JUN 25 (Green Bay) - Jimmy Crowley of New York City and Jimmy Crowley of Green Bay, Wis...Jimmy Crowley, last fall's guest star on Kate Smith's radio programs, and Jimmy Crowley, small town boy back to visit his mother...Jimmy Crowley in any surrounding remains the same fellow. Coach at Fordham university and acknowledged one of the country's leading authorities on football, he was just another East high alumnus as he sat in a second floor room at the Hotel Northland Friday afternoon and asked how things looked for Tom Hearden's team next year. Many persons have the faculty of selling themselves. A number have left small cities, become successful, and by the very weight of their importance have demanded respect on triumphant marches back to the old hometown. Crowley fits neither of these categories. He is a six and a one on the dice - a natural...LISTENER AS WELL AS TALKER: Man (women will have to speak for themselves) like Crowley because he doesn't lose track of himself in a sense of personal importance, because he hasn't lost interest in the little things that are important to so many other people, because he is a good listener as well as an engaging talker, and because he has a sense of humor that probably would assure his sense in almost any chosen field even if he knew absolutely nothing about football. His curiosity about things and people in Green Bay momentarily satisfied, and with his close friend, John Brogan, postmaster, comfortably seated in a chair across from him. Crowley discussed the football situation at Fordham. Getting him to talk about himself requires a major operation. He gave the usual coach's answer to the usual reporter's questions about prospects for next season by announcing them as fair. Five regulars will be lost to the line and only two regular backs return. Boys interested in betting may bear this in mind when they think over the Rams' schedule next year. It includes South Carolina, Oregon, Purdue, Pittsburgh, St. Mary's of California, North Carolina and New York U. But those wagering sportsmen probably will recall the Crowley record at Michigan State and his more recent seasons at the New York school and shoot the works. Last year Fordham beat everybody on its schedule but Pittsburgh which it played to a scoreless tie - the third between the teams in as many years. South Carolina and Oregon were not among last year's opponents, but Texas Christian was...LOCKE SHOULD MAKE GOOD: Professional football was mentioned and John Locke, the Fordham fullback signed by the Packers was brought into the conversation. "He should make the grade," said the man who has coached him for the past three years. And who should know better? "Locke is an outstanding line plunger and defensive player. He weighs 205 pounds, but isn't much more than 5 feet 9 inches tall," he continued, and then paused before he added, "The fellows on the team called him 'The Bull', but not because he threw it." Locke, who sounds like a prototype of Buckets Goldenberg, was sought by Potsy Clark of Brooklyn as well as by Lambeau. Alexander Wojciechowicz, the Rams' great center, probably will sign with Detroit. He was on the Lions' preferred list, but hadn't put his name to a contract at the time Crowley left New York two weeks ago. Barbatsky, on the Cardinals' preferred list, also is interested in pro ball, but Franco, selected by Cleveland, probably will turn to coaching. Brooklyn still is negotiating with Druze. Few college teams in the nation have many of their men sought after by the pro coaches.
CAHOON WILL BE MONMOUTH COACH
JUN 27 (Green Bay) - Ivan W. (Tiny) Cahoon, West Green Bay High school athletic director and former Packer lineman, is the new Monmouth college athletic director. Cahoon announced Saturday that he had accepted a four-year contract at the Monmouth, Ill., college and would take over in September. He will succeed Herbert Hart, who resigned. A native of Baraboo, Wis., Cahoon graduated from Gonzaga university in Spokane, Wash., in 1920. He played tackle with the Green Bay Packers team for several years before accepting the football post at West De Pere High school. He left De Pere in 1934 to accept the Green Bay post. Cahoon coached football and track at West here. His 1934 track team won the state championship.
NEIGHBORS TURN TO, TRIM GRASS FOR PACKER STAR
JUL 1 (De Pere) - When a trio of neighbors bring forth their mowers and cut the grass of a fellow citizen everyone would agree that they had done a kindly, neighborly act. Knowing the owner of the home where the grass was cut they might wonder, and try to ascertain a reason for the gesture of friendliness, especially if the owner was known to one and all as a robust athlete. Perhaps the owner was away, in which case the matter would be dismissed from the minds of those who might have thought of it. There might be some other reason, however, and there was another reason in the specific case about which this story deals. Arnold Herber, sensational passer of the Green Bay Packers, was the individual whose lawn was cut. He was away from home when the grass was cut, but not on a vacation trip. Illness, which developed unexpectedly and brought a high temperature, caused his removal to a Green Bay hospital. His condition is critical for a time, but he left the hospital a few days ago for home, 500 E. Erie street, and today was recovered sufficiently to turn his hand to lawn cutting, if required.
TRAIN AT DULUTH
JUL 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have been invited to do their pre-season training at the Arrowhead Country Club near Duluth, Minn., in a move to get five of the crack professional teams up in the Duluth area for the preliminary workouts. The promoters are also planning to stage a major golf tournament at the same period and they have extended invitations to about 20 of the leading sportswriters in the country to come to Duluth and give the gridders and golfer "the once over".
JUL 8 (Manitowoc Times-Herald) - There is a possibility that Andy Bershak, all-American end from North Carolina, may be seen in a Packer uniform this fall. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau has a trade hanging fire with Earl (Dutch) Clark, the Detroit mentor. The Packers grabbed Chuck Sweeney, stellar Notre Dame wingman, in the draft while Detroit gor Bershak the same way. Sweeney is not interested in the Green Bay proposition as he made connections with an oil company for a year around job and he figured he would not do any more footballing but it develops that one of the oil firm's executives is a director of the Detroit Lions and this has changed the picture...Cal Hubbard and Cy Casper, former Packers, are planning to run a professional team in St. Louis this fall...Russ Letlow has been playing semi-pro ball and working in the oil fields, weighs 220 pounds and is in the pink...Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, veteran Green Bay guard, is selling bonds at Peoria, Ill., but will return to Green Bay about August 15.
FORMER PACKERS PLAN ST. LOUIS PRO SQUAD
JUL 8 (Green Bay) - Cal Hubbard, the big league baseball umpire, and Cy Casper, both former Packer football players, are planning to run a professional team in St. Louis this fall and already are trying to book games with National league clubs. Several attempts have been made to put over "big time" football in the Mound City but the efforts fizzled out due to faulty promotion and a half dozen other reasons. Both Hubbard and Casper know the ins and outs of professional football and, if they get the necessary financial backing, St. Louis should have a good club on the gridiron.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LOOP SCHEDULES SIX NIGHT GAMES
JUL 10 (Columbus) - Major league baseball dignitaries are not the only ones watching the public's reaction toward night games. Officials of the NFL, and particularly Pres. Joe F. Carr, are vitally interested in the experiment. "I am inclined to believe the same as Will Harridge, president of the American Baseball league, that night games in major league football, as well as baseball, are inevitable," Carr said. "The trend toward night games in major league football is reflected in the fact that six National league championship games will be played under lights this season. The continuation of night football games, naturally, will depend on the public's reaction towards them. I do not think there ever will be a time when it will be practical for a team in our league to play an entire schedule of night games. I do believe it will be sensible procedure within the next two years for every team to play three of their 11 championship games under lights" Favorable reaction toward night games would solve one of the problems which now confronts professional football, as it would enable the National league to speed up its schedule. This would make it possible to dispose of the annual playoff for the world's champions, involving the Eastern and Western winners, on or before Thanksgiving Day. It is a matter of record that the last four playoffs, which have been contested in December, were played under conditions that were not favorable to either spectators or players. Most of the NFL teams play their games in major league baseball parks and, under the present setup, are unable to start their home season until the baseball team moves out. Night football would eliminate this annoying state of affairs as a lighting system would make it possible for a baseball game to be played in the afternoon and a football game at night on the same field, provided the field is dry. The use of white sand for marking a football field, instead of line, makes the elimination of gridiron markings a quick and simple task. Football cleats, experiments have shown, do not injured a baseball playing surface, unless the turf is wet. The Chicago Cardinals will appear in four of the six night league games scheduled this year. The Redbirds will open their season Sunday September 11 by engaging the Chicago Bears at Soldier field, Chicago. They will also play the Rams under lights at Cleveland September 17, the Green Bay Packers at Buffalo September 28, and the Philadelphia Eagles at Erie, Pa., October 26. The Eagles will meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in another night game at Buffalo September 14, and the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh will tangle in the sixth night game at Brooklyn September 23.
OOKIE MILLER SIGNS TO PLAY WITH PACKER TEAM
JUL 14 (Green Bay) - Charles (Ookie) Miller, one of the best known centers in professional football, a veteran of the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Rams, has been traded by Cleveland to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Lou Gordon, giant tackle, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. It is expected that Gordon will be traded by the Rams to the Bears, completing a three-cornered deal. Gordon has obtained a teaching position at Lane Technical high school in Chicago, and wants to play with a Chicago eleven. Miller is a former Purdue center who starred for three seasons in the Big Ten, and appeared in the same East-West game as Clarke Hinkle and Milt Gantenbein. He always has played hard football against the Packers, and is regarded as one of the most dependable men at his position in the National league. Ookie weighs 210 pounds, and at present is employed by Swift and Company out of Akron, Ohio. Lambeau communicated with him by telephone late yesterday and received his acceptance of terms...SHOULD FIT WELL: "Miller should fit well into the Packer system," Lambeau commented today. "He was the toughest center we played against last year." Miller is the 16th Packer to agree to terms for the 1938 season.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JUL 14 (Green Bay) - Last April Fool's day this column, in a misplaced attempt at facetiousness, announced the signing of a gigantic football player by the Green Bay Packers - a player whom, because of his oversized dimensions, was so much a freak that his very size belied the truthfulness of the announcement. Funny things happen in journalism, and the story, picked up, was reprinted in a flock of newspapers. To this day occasional letters arrive requesting more definite information concerning the huge Buster Johnson of the University of Georgie, who was signed April 1 to perform with the Green Bay Packers. Had the innocent joke been delayed only a few days, and the facts slightly altered. Buster Johnson's creation might never have been necessary. For at the time the story was carried, Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers was conducting negotiations with one Buford (Baby) Ray, 278-pound Vanderbilt university lineman, and not many days in April passed before Lambeau announced the signing of this Southern conference strong boy. Ray, whose exploits have permeated his conference to the point where some of his feats appeared almost unbelievable, is one of the 1937 university seniors who hopes for a position on the All-America squad at Chicago. Up to the present time Packer fans have displayed little inclination to boost his chances with a few healthy votes, and you can regard this as a plea for assistance. Nick Miketinac, St. Norbert guard, is getting valuable assistance in his balloting campaign, and if he doesn't land on the All-America squad, at least he will benefit by widespread publicity. Ray is a player who not only might stand a good chance of making the squad, but who, like other giants of past All-Star games, might see considerable service against the Washington Redskins on the night of Aug. 31...There is one story about Ray which sounds like something clipped from a Paul Bunyan tale. It seems that Vanderbilt used a six-man style of defense, but so potent was the giant Baby that he was able to play two positions, left tackle and left end, upon defense, thus making it necessary to use only five actual players in the defensive wall. This may sound a bit exaggerated, but his fans swear to it. Anyway, his name has been placed on a Packer contract and Green Bay fans will have a chance to judge for themselves just how good he is. In the meantime, it might be a good idea to give the big guy a hand in the All Star balloting. Plenty of time remains before the vote closes, and there's a ballot close at hand on this sport sheet. It must be mighty nice for a football candidate to wander into town and find out that the citizens already have given him a lusty pat on the back.
EMMETT MORTELL, EAGLES' ACE, GREEN BAY VISITOR
JUL 15 (Green Bay) - Last Nov. 14 Coach Bert Bell of the Philadelphia Eagles paid off his players, and then relaxed in a second floor room at the Wisconsin hotel in Milwaukee. A football season had just ended for his team. From the win and loss standard, it was far from satisfied. The Eagles had just lost to the Green Bay Packers, 37 to 7, and that was only one of seven defeats suffered during the season. Only two games were won. One was tied. Bert, however, is not given to bitterness. The weaknesses in his team being obvious, he rather pointed to the bright spots. One of the brightest was Emmett Mortell, Appleton product and a nephew of Dr. G.J. Mortell of this city. Emmett, former University of Wisconsin gridder, had just completed his first year in the NFL, and Bert sang his praises to the sky...MEETS OLD FRIENDS: Home at Appleton on vacation, Mortell is a frequent Green Bay visitor. This week he stopped in at the Press-Gazette to greet old friends, and talk football. No pessimism about next season's prospects marked the conversation of Emmett as he took charge of one of the director's chairs in the conference room of the newspaper office. He made no statements that will out him out on a limb if the team does not wind up near the top, but he does predict some appreciable improvements for the Eagles. When the Philadelphia team reports for practice July 25 it will have a personnel of about 60, about two-third of which will be new man, according to Mortell. All of the old men will be invited back, a practice which appears to be general with league coaches. Making the grade is entirely up to them...LIKES DAVE SMUKLER: Of the veterans Emmett speaks most highly of Dave Smukler, the former Temple university back, and Jim Carter, the end who scored the Eagles' lone touchdown against the Packers at State Fair park. Carter, he says, is the most underrated man in the game. In that contention he reiterates the words of Bill Hewitt and Coach Bell, both of whom claimed last fall that with a first division club Carter could not have missed all-league selection. Mortell himself will return to the backfield post that some days is called left halfback and on others quarterback when the squad exchanges mufti for sweat suits. Incidentally, the Eagles' early practice date made Mortell miss a season of baseball, his second favorite sport. Reason for that date is the all-star game in which the Eagles participate Aug. 24. Leo Katalinas, Catholic university tackle, and John Lock, Fordham fullback, both of whom are in the Packer fold, will be in the starting lineup against Philadelphia that day. Lock received the third highest vote total of any position on the all-star eleven...TOUGHEST OF SEASON: Opinions go hand in hand with human nature, and in looking back over his National league baptism Mortell picks Green Bay as Philadelphia's toughest opponent of last season. The score, which indicated the Eagles' worst walloping of the year, he gave as reason enough for that selection. As far as the individuals are concerned, Emmett is not so partial to the Packers - or to any of the Western division teams for that matter. Without hesitation he picked Clarke Hinkle as the best fullback he opposed, and counts Buckets Goldenberg and Tiny Engebretsen among the best guards Bell's team ran into. Milt Gantenbein, he figured, still stood head and shoulders above the mill run of ends. For the rest, he looked to other fields. Wayne Milner, end, Ike Kawal, and Olson, guard, he picked from the Washington lineup as outstanding. His views, he explained, only regarded the individuals' play against Philadelphia. Tony Blazine of the Chicago Cardinals and Turk Edwards of Washington both had unequaled days at tackle when they opposed the Eagles, from Emmett's viewpoint, and for at least one day's play he compared Ceisk, former Alabama guard now with Brooklyn, with the inimitable Michalske as to style...OTHER GOOD BACKS: Emmett recalled four backs besides Hinkle who turned in good performances against his outfit. They are Hank Soar of the Giants, Cliff Battles and Sammy Baugh of the Redskins, and George Grosvenor of the Cardinals. Neither Grosvernor nor Battles will be playing in the coming season. Cliff Battles is Emmett's selection as the most outstanding single back he played against last year, although he claims that with protection Dave Smukler would show the league a lot about all the departments of backfield play including forward passing. Smukler and Mortell both have been working with the Pennsylvania State highway department. Hewitt, who will play again next fall, is working for the Atlantic Refining company, a large gasoline firm. Emmett regards Johnny Blood's Pirates as the finest outfit in the east - on paper - but looks to New York for the division title. And as for the West: "Let somebody who plays in this part of the country pick the champion," he says.
GREEN BAY FANS APPROVE 1938 SCHEDULE
JUL 15 (Green Bay) - Packer football fans, after glancing over the National league schedule for this coming fall, are well satisfied with the dates assigned to Coach E.L. Lambeau's squad. Green Bay is booked for four games at home, two in Milwaukee and five on gridirons outside Badergdom. Aside from the home and home series with the four other Western Division clubs the Packers tangle with Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and New York of the Eastern division. There is only one night game on the Packer schedule - September 28 with the Chicago Cardinals in the new two-million dollar stadium at Buffalo, N.Y.
HINKLE, STAR CENTER, WILL ENTER MILITARY ACADEMY
JUL 16 (Green Bay) - Carl Hinkle, the All-America center from Vanderbilt university, who was on the Philadelphia preferred list, will be playing professional football after all. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers, who attempted a swap with Bert Bell for rights to him, has received word that the southerner definitely will enter the United States Military Academy at West Point. Hinkle had turned down a contract with the Eagles, but expressed interest in playing with the Packers...Phil Ragazzo, the Western Reserve tackle signed by the Packers, was part of the deal with the Rams that sends Ookie Miller to Green Bay, thus Ragazzo remains right in Cleveland without ever appearing in a Packer uniform, although he was on the original Green Bay preferred list and signed a contract. A week before the trade with the Rams was announced, Lou Gordon dropped a letter to the writer stating that it would be impossible for him to play football for Green Bay this autumn as he is teaching in the Chicago high schools. He says, "It sure was a pleasure to represent the Packers the last two seasons. I leave Green Bay with only the best wishes to all."...One of Ernie Smith's duties as chairman of the polo and equestrian committee of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce was conducting the Los Angeles county contests for "California Outdoor Girl". The winner was sent to compete with the other county winners at the state rodeo at Salinas. The results haven't been received here, not has it been reported whether or not Ernie accompanied the girl to Salinas...Milan Creighton sends word of "three of the best passers to come out of college since Baugh in addition to Coffee". He doesn't mention any names, but it has been reliably reported that the Cardinal coach has signed up about three quarters of the southwest. Creighton continued work for his master's degree at the University of Arkansas during the second semester of the last school year. He was interested in Vernon Ellis, the St. Norbert back, who will try out with Washington, but didn't have room for him because of an unusual circumstance in pro league coaching. Milan says, "I have been fortunate in signing all the backs that I went after," which is something in the way of serving notice on the rest of the league.
JUL 19 (Manitowoc) - Lester (Ray) Chapman, Oklahoma university tackle 1934-35-36, who was snagged by the Packers in the 1937 NFL draft but refused to sign, is thinking about donning the cleats this fall...Fans are wondering what the Chicago Bears will do without Beattie Feathers and Bronko Nagurski this fall. Feathers was traded to Brooklyn and the big Nag is going around the world on a wrestling tour...Coach Curly Lambeau has just about given up hopes of inducing Adolph (Tar) Schwammel, man-mountain of tackle, to return to the Green Bay fold after a year's absence. Schwammel, in a recent letter to Lambeau, wrote that he had purchased a store...Ernie Smith, the Packers' goal-kicking tackle from California, has just about decided to play another season of professional football. Late last fall Smith said he was "through for good"...Newlywed Lou Gordon, veteran tackle, has informed Curly it will be impossible for him to get a leave of absence from his high school teaching post this fall. Gordon is working both Lambeau and Halas to get a job with the Bears.
WEST DE PERE IS HOTBED OF NICK AND DICK DRIVE
JUL 20 (Green Bay) - From the tower atop the St. Norbert college gymnasium where the astronomy department has its telescope, the view extends several miles in all directions. In the surrounding area, which includes all of De Pere and much of the adjoining territory, some 7,000 or 8,000 persons make their homes. St. Norbert college itself has a student body numbering less than 300 men. Something more than 100 miles to the northeast is Hermansville, Mich., with a population of about 2,000. And do, at the first glance, it just doesn't make sense that Nick Miketinac of St. Norbert college and Hermansville, Mich., should have close to 50,000 votes for a berth on the all-star team that will oppose the Washington Redskins at Soldier field in Chicago Aug. 31. To top it all off, Nick played guard, the least colorful position in football. True he will be with the Green Bay Packer squad in this coming season, but aside from his coach and teammates, a comparatively few persons ever heard of the big fellow from Upper Michigan...EVERYONE IS BUSY: The answer to the vote question is to be found in De Pere, particularly on the west side of the river, where every business establishment along Main street, and the St. Norbert college campus, is dedicated to the proposition that Nick will overcome the small town and small college odds to make the all star squad. Within the last week another favorite son was added to the campaign in the person of Dick Beauregard, one time West De Pere high school star and St. Norbert freshman, who wound up playing varsity halfback at Gonzaga university in Spokane, Wash. Dick's name stimulated the drive, and with the same enthusiasm and thoroughness that has marked past efforts of Green Bay's closest neighbor's cousin is lending a hand to counting, sorting, mailing, soliciting and receiving ballots for the two gridders...CENTER OF ACTION: Ray Gevers' barber shop on the west side is pretty much the center of action. Ray and Roy Le Roy, his assistant, probably cast the two original votes for Miketinac. Then they started talking it up. Along with Dave Yuenger, St. Norbert publicity director, not more than a few hours elapsed before they found themselves crusading for a cause. And to hear them talk is to realize just how much time and energy they are putting into an effort to publicize the football ability of two individuals. Their rewards, like those of the many other workers who have climbed on the bandwagon, will be no more than the satisfaction of serving someone else if their goal is realized...ASKS FOR MORE: "Nothing to it," says Ray as he counts over a number of signed ballots. "Everybody on the street is helping. Take Frank Palmer, for example. He's 72 years old. One days he came in to vote for Nick. Then he took 25 ballots with him to take out to his friends. He came back with them signed, and asked for more. Since then, he is never without them. One day he walked out to his daughter's house - its 'way out' near the radio station - just to get her and her family to cast votes. And there are dozens like him." "Sure," chimes in Le Roy. "There were lots of ballots in circulation at the Greenleaf picnic. Hank Jacobs is busy working on all star ballots as he is in the butcher shop, and Sid Janssen has his grocery customers all voting.".
BUCKETS, SWEDE WILL REPORT TO GREEN BAY
JUL 20 (Green Bay) - Coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has notified Buckets Goldenberg, guard and blocking back, and Swede Johnson, fullback, to report to the Packers instead of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to whom they had been traded. The Packers received draft rights to Pat McCarty, Notre Dame center, and Lou Midler, Minnesota tackle, in exchange for the two veterans. Terms of the deal made the trade condition on McCarty's and Midler's playing professional football. Both accepted high school coaching positions.
BIG NICK, WATCHING POLL, WAITS CHANCE AS PACKER
JUL 21 (Green Bay) - Old Sol, a name by which lodge brothers refer to the sun, was shining down in all his midsummer glory. Sprayers helped the turf fight off the effects of his rays, but they didn't provide much comfort to a dozen workers and watchers at the new Minahan Memorial Stadium on the lower De Pere road. South of the gridiron the steel stands under construction were a reminder that football days are ahead, but the heat quickly brought even the most imaginative back to reality, for the day at hand definitely was not meant for blocking and tackling. In fact, everything about the weather suggested swimming, but the heavily tanned 200-pounder in the center of the playing field answered that temptation with: "Naw...I haven't done much swimming this summer...Curly wouldn't like it. Besides, I have plenty of work to do here." The Curly whose opinion he regarded so highly was Earl L. Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, and the reason for adherence is that of Nick Miketinac, erstwhile St. Norbert college guard, candidate for a Packer berth, and all-star grid favorite of northwestern Wisconsin, upper Michigan, and scattered points in all directions...WATCHES GRID POLL Nick is working on the stadium and keeping an eye on the all-star poll which still has him puzzled although he greatly desires a chance with the collegiate stars at Chicago. "I still don't know how it all happened," he said as he mopped the perspiration from his brow and cast a menacing look at Old Sol, thereby proving himself to be a member of another lodge. (A later reference to the sun and its heat proved that in Nick's club they call him by another name.) He placed a pith helmet back on his head and continued: "I was at home when it all started. I guess everybody in town joined in to vote for me after the gang started it in West De Pere."...WANTS HIS CHANCE: Pausing as if still trying to appreciate the full significance of this gesture of 50,000 football fans, he thought for a minute and then said, "You know, I'd like to get down there mainly to see just how good those All-Americans are. It would give me a swell chance to see what I am going to be up against this fall." And therein lies the Miketinac reaction to the greatest support ever tendered an athlete for all-star participation by this sporting community and its environs. There is no danger of Nick's head outgrowing that pith helmet because of the tribute being paid him. He sees it as a possible means to furthering his football education...a chance to better equip him for that chance with the Packers. "It's funny,: he went on, "but I was afraid that I wouldn't even be able to make the college team. It took Jack Kleimola, my high school coach, two years at school and the best part of one summer to convince me I could make the grade. I figured the fellows from the bigger high schools must be that much better. I found out that it doesn't turn out that way all the time."...LIKE SMALLER SCHOOLS: Nick expressed the hope that in the pro ranks the same relationship to small schools would hold true. He was reminded of some of the post-graduate stars who came up from the little colleges, and of the respect Lambeau, George Halas of the Bears, and others hold for the lesser known schools as training grounds for future greats. "We really had our troubles at Hermansville (Mich.) high," he said after sounding the praises of both Kleimola and his later coach, Mickey McCormick of St. Norbert. "Only about 110 kids went to the school. Between 15 and 17 would report for football, and injuring four of them one year meant cutting the season short. There was no recognition by the way of all-conference teams. In fact we weren't in a conference, and the newspapers took no notice of our efforts. That's another reason it means so much to me to have all these people plugging for me to make the all-star team."...STAYS IN DE PERE: Sol (after such close association with him it appears permissible to drop the "Sol") has moved along a westerly course as is his habit, and Nick prepared to complete his work and return to the Rupiper boarding hose on Grant street in West De Pere, where he is rooming for the summer with John Nagy of Gary, Ind., St. Norbert freshman star of last year who also is a stadium worker. Another thought found words in parting. "Gosh," he mused. "It would be awful to have all those people send me down there just to learn I was a chump."
SEIBOLD WILL JOIN PACKERS
JUL 22 (Green Bay) - Champ Seibold, for four years a member of the Green Bay Packers professional football team, has signed his contract for 1938, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. His singing brings the growing Packer squad roster to 18. Seibold is the first veteran Packer to return, as Coach Lambeau's efforts to date have been directed principally at lining up new talent. Champ - that's his real name - is a native of Oshkosh, where he attended high school. He starred on the high school football team, and also performed well in track, setting a Fox River Valley conference discus record which still stands. In 1931 he tosses the platter 129 feet 3/4 inches, and the mark hasn't been broken since. After graduating from Oshkosh high Seibold attended Ripon college and the University of Wisconsin, attending the latter institution for one year. Since that time his record has been one of steady advancement in professional football...SERVICES ARE VALUABLE: He never has been regarded as a first string tackle, being for a time a reserve to Cal Hubbard and for the past two seasons an understudy to the reliable Ernie Smith. As such, his services have been valuable, for he is capable of playing a terrific speed for short sustained periods, giving the more experienced men time to recuperate. Seibold is one of the most perfectly built men in pro football. Weighing 235 pounds and standing four inches over six feet, he is excellently proportioned and possessed remarkable strength. At the present time he is employed at Oshkosh.
BILL SMITH, MARSHALL END, SIGNS PACKERS' CONTRACT
JUL 23 (Green Bay) - Packer fans might be expected to hold their breaths today with the announced that Bill Smith, end, has signed a Green Bay contract. But it isn't the Bill Smith of the Chicago Cardinals, who has made such a nuisance of himself in NFL competition. This Bill Smith, a big, husky youngster with three years of varsity experience just behind him, hails from Marshall college and lives in Huntington, W.V. He weighs 215 pounds and stands two inches above six feet in height...BOOSTED BY SPEARS: Smith comes to Green Bay highly recommended by Coach C.W. Spears of Toledo university, with whom Coach E.L. Lambeau has kept in contact. Last December Lambeau wrote Smith, offering a contract, but the Marshall wingman was not interested. Recently he wrote back that he had changed his mind, and his signed contract arrived this week. Smith will appear with the Eastern College All Stars against the Philadelphia Eagles next month, in the same lineup with two other prospective Packers, Leo Katalinas of Catholic and John Lock of Fordham. Eighteen Packers now are ready to go for the 1938 season.
MARINETTE MAYOR OUT FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
JUL 23 (Marinette, WI) - Mayor Richard P. (Jab) Murray has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for attorney general. Murray is serving his sixth term as mayor. He was city attorney for eight years. Murray is a former football player, having starred with Marquette university teams and with the Green Bay Packers.
PAUL MILLER, VETERAN IN BACKFIELD, SIGNED AGAIN
JUL 25 (Green Bay) - Paul Miller, popular and shifty halfback of South Dakota State, who supplies the chief element of speed to the Green Bay Packer backfield, will be back in uniform next month, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. Miller's signed contract has been received by Lambeau. The Packer coach expects Paul to have his greatest season. He has gained 12 pounds without sacrificing any of his fleetness, and with two years of professional experience behind him, is likely to be in for a banner year. Miller starred for three years at South Dakota State, Brookings, S.D. He now weighs about 180 pounds, and is five feet 11 inches high. While in school he led his Jackrabbits to a victory over the University of Wisconsin, the most notable achievement in South Dakota State's history...STATE PLAYS HERE: He is extremely to his college, and was instrumental in the negotiations which placed State on the St. Norbert college schedule this fall. Miller is unmarried, and at present is employed at Wausau. He is the 19th Packer to sign his 1938 contract, and more are expected daily.
LYLE STURGEON TURNS IN HIS '38 PACKER CONTRACT
JUL 26 (Green Bay) - A Packers, who saw limited duty last fall but who is slated for a more energetic season in 1938, is Lyle Sturgeon, giant North Dakota State graduate, whose signed contract has been received by Coach E.L. Lambeau. Sturgeon had trouble breaking in with the Packers last fall because he attempted to play right tackle, after a varsity career spent on the left side of the line. Green Bay was well fortified at left tackle in 1937, but Coach Lambeau wasn't certain that his right tackles would fill the bill, so he switched Sturgeon to that post. The change wasn't very satisfactory, and Sturgeon didn't display much class until late in the season, when he was used again at left tackle and looked impressive. He'll remain at that position this year, and is slated for more extensive service. Lyle, who weighs around 240 pounds, attended North Dakota State for three season. The school is located at Fargo, N.D., and Sturgeon's hometown is across the river at Moorhead, Minn. He played in the East-West game at San Francisco Jan. 1, 1937, where his play caught Lambeau's eye...LIVES AT MOORHEAD: Since last football season Sturgeon has remained at Moorhead with Mrs. Sturgeon and their two-old daughter. He'll head eastward next month, ready to report to the Packers. Twenty members of the team are now set for the approaching season.
SCHREYER, ISBELL WILL START FOR ALL-STAR ELEVEN
JUL 27 (Chicago) - Two westerners, two southerners, an easterner and six from the middle west - that was the public's choice of a collegiate starting eleven to face the professional Washington Redskins in the fifth annual All-Star football game Aug. 31 at Soldier field. Fifty-seven other players will receive invitations to join the squad. The All-Star's present standing is one win, one loss and two ties against professional champions. Training will pen Aug. 12 at Northwestern university and continue 19 days. Tops among the vote getters this year was Chuck Sweeney, the Notre Dame ball hawk who polled 1,538,642, bettering the previous high of 1,104,372 established by Sam Francis of Nebraska last year. The poll is sponsored annually by the Chicago Tribune and 150 associated newspapers. Profits got to Chicago charities.
JOE LAWS 21ST PACKER TO SIGN HIS 1938 CONTRACT
JUL 27 (Green Bay) - Announcement that Joe Laws of Iowa, veteran right halfback and field general, has signed his 1938 contract with the Green Bay Packers was made today by Coach E.L. Lambeau. Laws is the 21st Packer to come to terms. The chesty, hard-driving stocky Laws has seen four years of experience in the NFL, and has been tested against every club in the circuit. Possessed with keen football sense, his quarterbacking last season probably was more instrumental in Green Bay's victories than many fans realized...BRINGS BACK KICKS: Laws is particularly effective in running back punts, is a fair passer, and Coach Lambeau regards him as one of the best signal callers on the squad. He was voted the most valuable player in the Western conference during his Big Ten days at Iowa. His home is at Colfax, where he lives with Mrs. Laws and one child. Joe measures some five feet nine inches in height, and weighs around 185 pounds. Laws' contract brings up to date the list of Packers who have signed for 1938 service but Coach Lambeau expects other contracts to arrive late today or tomorrow.
RAM REBUILDING PROGRAM SOUNDS TOUGH TO LAMBEAU
JUL 27 (Green Bay) - "But watch Cleveland" Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers had been discussing the forthcoming season's possibilities of the teams in the NFL - especially those in the Western division. "The Bears will be tough as usual, and the Cardinals should be stronger, but watch Cleveland." From the office on the fourth floor of the Northern building where the coach holds forth, a crew of men could be seen rebuilding the curbing preparatory to laying new pavement. Lambeau drew an analogy. "That's what Hugo Bezdek, Buzz Wetzel and the others have been doing at Cleveland," he said, pointing to the workers. "They are starting at the bottom and rebuilding with the best material they could find...and boy, they found it."...SOUNDS LIKE ZOLL: This sounded more like Dick Zoll, Green Bay's contribution to the Cleveland lineup, than the man
who runs the team that walloped the Rams decisively on consecutive Sundays last year. "I saw Corbett Davis perform in the East-West game on the coast New Year's Day," he continued. "When the Rams got him they signed the pick of this year's college crop...I've said that before, and I repeat it. Davis is going to make the fans forget a lot of the boys who have been collecting bouquets these past few years." But one man...after all, the NFL is no one man show. Despite the obvious earnestness of the man's speech, and the admission that he is an expert in his field, some doubt still remained...MORE THAN ONE: "One man...Who said anything about one man?" It was a warm, sticky sort of day, but the coach was becoming impatient, and his words stirred a little breeze. "Marcel Chesbro, the Colgate tackle, was out there opening up holes for Davis in that New Years' game, and he was a honey on the defense," Curly stopped only to get his breath. "Than there's Joe Routt, the guard from Texas, and Louis Tsoutouvas, the Stanford center. Both are signed. Does that sound like they mean business?" A slight tie-up in traffic in front of the post office, directly across from Curly's office, distracted both speaker and listener for a minute, but no longer....40 TO BE READY: "Bezdek's going to have 50 of them out there for practice next month, and he'll have at least 40 all set to meet us here Sept. 11." He stopped suddenly, then started in the same manner. "You know who he has to team up at tackle with Chesbro? Nobody but Vic Markov, the all-American from Washington. Markov took his teammate, Bud Erickson, one of the greatest centers on the coast, right along with him. With both Erickson and Tsoutouvas signed, it's no wonder he parted with Ookie Miller." The thing was beginning to get interesting. Routt and Markov all are leading at their respective positions in the all-star poll for the team to meet the Washington Redskins at Chicago. Davis was second for his...LITTLEFIELD IS SIGNED: "That isn't all. To relieve Davis, Bezdek has signed Carl Littlefield, the Washington State fullback who starred for the West in that San Francisco fame. And then there is James Benton, all-American end from Arkansas, and Al Hoptowit of Washington State, another guard. Both were starters for the West." He stopped, possibly to let those names sink in, possibly too because he knew his point had been made. In either case Lambeau was correct. His listener was convinced. The names whirled through his mind, then settled to make the desired impression. Benton is another who is high in the all-star balloting. The other coaches with teams already established may look to the minor league for additions, but no on can deny the quality of the material going into the Rams' foundation. "Remember September 11 and watch Cleveland," Curly concluded after a brief silence. But on that date he and everyone else in the stands at Packer stadium will be giving most of their attention to the Packers. However, it does look as if there is going to be a ball game.
TEAM WITH BEST PASSER FAVORED FOR PRO CROWN
JUL 27 (New York) - The team with the best forward passer in all probability will be the winner of the NFL championship if history repeats during the season which gets underway early next September. For the last two years the championship has gone to the team possessing the leading passer of the pro grid circuit. So closely matched are the ten rivals of the major grid circuit now that the added effectiveness of a passing genius generally turns the tide. Two years ago it was Arnold (Flash) Herber, black-haired Green Bay tosser, who set a new yardage record for aerials and showed the way for the Packers to garner the Ed Thorp Memorial trophy emblematic of the league title. Last fall Sammy Baugh flashed across the pro grid horizon to lead the Washington Redskins to their first title as he set a new mark by completing 81 passes and gained 1,127 yards on these completed tosses. Herber still holds the circuit mark of 1,239 yards but that total was made in 12 games as against Baugh's yardage total for 11 encounters. That is why the coaches of the circuit give particular attention to any collegian prospect
who shows signs of developing passing genius. Milan Creighton of the Chicago Cardinals is heartened at his prospects for the 1938 campaign mainly by the acquisition of the two best tossers in the Southwest conference, the same conference that sent Baugh up the year before. Jack Robbins and Dwight Sloan of Arkansas' championship eleven, are both line up to join the Cards and that will make a big difference in the Chicago eleven...UP WITH LEADERS: Bernie Masterson was right up with the leaders in passing last fall and so was his team, the Chicago Bears. The Detroit Lions always have stressed the running game and seem to be the exception but the few passes they throw show a high percentage of completions. New York kept in the Eastern race last fall and in the Giants backfield was Ed Danowski, who passing record is truly remarkable. The former Fordhamite in three and one-half seasons of league competition has a 48.3 average, making good on 185 out of 383 attempts and has had but 27 of his tosses intercepted. All of which seems to bear out the theory that a team without an outstanding passer stands little of grabbing off top honors.
PACKERS TO PLAY AT IRONWOOD AGAINST CEDAR RAPIDS TEAM
JUL 27 (Green Bay) - Wisconsin's entry in the National Professional football league, the Green Bay Packers, will play a game against the Cedar Rapids Crushers, of the Northwestern league on Monday September 5 in Ironwood. The game is being sponsored by the Holy Trinity Sports club of Ironwood, all profits going toward the promotion of sports in that city. The Packers will have their regular squad at Ironwood for the game - the Cedar Rapids outfit "loading up" slightly with members of the St. Louis Gunners pro squad. The Crushers have University of Iowa and Ohio Wesleyan stars in their lineup - including one of the Simmons boys. The Simmons playing with the Crushers is a former Iowa university player, but sponsors of the game were not sure that it was Ozzie Simmons, Iowa's great colored back of a few years ago. Added features of the game will see two bands - Ironwood and the Bessemer high school - and the American Legion drum corps of Ironwood in action.
SCHERER IS BACK TO RESUME PLAY WITH GREEN BAY
JUL 28 (Green Bay) - A veteran end returning for his third season was assured the Green Bay Packers today when Coach E.L. Lambeau announced the signing of Bernard Scherer, Nebraska, for 1938. Last season Scherer and Gantenbein did the work at right end for the Packers, and the former Cornhusker saw a lot of action. He is an expert pass receiver, and is built beautifully for his position, standing an inch over six feet and weighing close to 190 pounds. Scherer is very tough and rarely has been injured. He was available to the Packers last season on practically every occasion when he was needed. Bernie lived at Dallas, S.D., and played on several of Nebraska's toughest teams, along with George Henry Sauer and Harrison (Sam) Francis. When he isn't playing football, he usually can be found on the nearest golf course and he was a familiar sight on Green Bay links last fall...23 NOW SIGNED: Scherer is unmarried. His signing brings the rapidly expanding Green Bay squad to 23, with more contracts anticipated daily.
PACKER HEADS MEET FRIDAY
JUL 28 (Green Bay) - Stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc., will meet at the assembly room of the Brown County courthouse Friday night at 8 o'clock for their annual business session. A feature of the meeting will be an informal discussion of the approaching football season, its prospects, and new Packer players by Coach E.L. Lambeau. Directors and executive board officers to serve until July, 1939, will be elected, and the latter group in turn will name the officers - president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Routine business will also be transacted.
THROTTLE WIDE OPEN FOR GREEN BAY PACKER SEASON
JUL 30 (Green Bay) - There's a full head of steam and the throttle is open for the 1938 football season of the Green Bay Packers. At a corporation meeting last night, held at the Brown County courthouse assembly room, stockholders transacted their annual business, elected officers and directors, and heard Coach E.L. Lambeau discuss in brief his prospects for the coming season. Leland H. Joannes was reelected president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., with Fred C. Leicht as vice president, Frank Jonet
as treasurer and George W. Calhoun as secretary. A board of directors and executive board also were chosen. Lambeau announced officially the opening of practice here Aug. 20, the scheduling of an exhibition game against Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at Ironwood, Mich., Labor day, Sept. 5; and his plan to stage an exhibition intra-squad contest at City stadium Friday, Sept. 2. Favorable progress was reported on the season ticket sales campaign, headed by Sales Director E.A. Spachmann, and fans were reminded that they can save one dollar by purchasing their seats by the season, instead of on a game-by-game basis. The treasurer's report, read by Frank J. Jonet, revealed a favorable balance for the corporation's 1937 season. The Packers will start play in 1938 "in the black". President Joannes presented a sketch of the new stadium setup, and explained its alterations to the stockholders...HAVE FINE STADIUM: "We'll be able to seat 22,355, and we'll have a setup as convenient and comfortable as any in the league," he explained. The following directors were named for the coming year: L.H. Joannes, Fred Leicht, H.J. Bero, Gerald Clifford, Fred Cobb, E.R. Fisher, Dr. W.W. Kelly, Leslie J. Kelly, Harvey J. Lhost, Charles Mathys, John D. Moffat, John E. Paeps, Milan Boex, Gus Reimer, Ed Schuster, Arthur Schumacher, Edward A. Bedore, Frank Walker, A.B. Turnbull, and H.G. Wintgens. Lambeau presented an optimistically qualified preview of the 1938 season, in which, he said, the Packer fans have every reason to believe that their team will perform up to its customarily high standard...ALREADY IN CELLAR: "Some people have us in the cellar already," he commented. "I've heard nothing but bad news so far, but personally I can't see it that way. I think our prospects are highly encouraging. We have hand-picked our new men for the coming season, and we expect 23 of them to report on or before Aug. 20, the date when practice opens officially. I think we shall be stronger in every department of the game and at every position except center, where we lost both George and Bud Svendsen."...TACKLES LOOK BETTER: "We'll be just as strong at guards, stronger at the tackles, and at ends we shall have the same men who played last year, plus four new, promising former college players. Our backfield should be one of the best in our history. We never have had a real triple threat halfback - one who was an exceptional runner, kicker and passer. But with both Cecil Isbell of Purdue and Andy Uram of Minnesota - who I expect to sign - we'll have a pair of the most versatile men in football. They really are dangerous. They break up ball games. Six men will report at center. I expect Darrell Lester to return, and I believe the trade with Cleveland which gave us Ookie Miller will aid ups materially at that position. Our players always have found Miller exceedingly tough. Zeke Hunt, who played with the New York Yankees last year, and Gil Kuhn, a rugged Southern California boy, are two prospects who look very good in advance. Roy Schoemann, the Marquette center, may come through. If only two of our six centers look good, the picture will be encouraging. Perhaps Richard Anderson, the Iowa center, will be our man...NEED RIGHT ATTITUDE: "If the veterans report with the right mental attitude, I think we'll be set for a good season. Our new material is the best we ever have had. Marty Schreyer, Purdue; Buford Ray, Vanderbilt;; Fritz Borak, Creighton; Isbell and Uram are men who should make the pro football grade immediately. John Howell of Nebraska is on our draft list, but is unsigned. He should make us a natural field general. He weighs 190 pounds, according to George Henry Sauer, and at Nebraska he called signals, passed and punted from the right halfback position. This makes him a natural for our system. Ten Packer veterans have returned their 1938 contracts unsigned. We're still made about that All Star game last year. We won't be happy until we get back there again and make things different." Lambeau also commented favorably upon the appearance of John Lock, Fordham center; Leo Katalinas, Catholic tackle; Bill Smith, Marshall end, and Nick Miketinac, St. Norbert tackle - "men most likely to make the grade."
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JUL 30 (Green Bay) - An atmosphere of satisfaction and anticipation, not unprecedented but certainly present to a more marked degree than ever before, hung over the stockholders' meeting of Green Bay Packers, Inc., as that collective group met at the Brown county courthouse last night. Everyone seemed to be thinking to himself - "Everything's gonna be all right." Coach Curly Lambeau assured the stockholders that the 1938 team will be tough. The books showed a favorable balance, on the black side of the ledger. The fine new addition to the stadium is completed, and paid for. A husky, ambitious crowd of recruits will be pouring into the city within a few weeks, ready to battle the veterans for regular work as Packers. In short, the season is approaching. The Packers will have the finest practice field in their history this year. The new field has been sodded and fenced in, so that when the coach wants a really secret practice session, he can have it. Curly didn't say so during the All Star poll, which he regarded as highly favorable publicity for the young St. Norbert star, but he was glad, in a way, that Nick Miketinac didn't land a place on the Chicago squad. "Now we'll have him from Aug. 15 on, and we'll be able to start him immediately in our system. The All Star game is an experience which I would not want him to miss, for his own sake, but I believe that he'll derive a lot more good out of breaking in without delay on the Packer squad." The Pat McCurty-Ray King deal is off, so Buckets Goldenberg reverts to the Packers, and Curly expects him to play here again this fall. Curly offered McCurty, the Notre Dame center, twice the amount he will receive for a coaching job, but Pat turned it down. King wants a lot more money than Lambeau thinks he is worth. And that brings us to the holdout problem. Time was when not much was said about the Packer holdouts, until finally they set it on the dotted line, but the Packers are big league stuff today, and fans are anxious to know who has signed and who hasn't. People often ask, "Well, how many Packers have signed up so far? How many names are you holding for release?" We aren't holding any, as Lambeau has about 10 holdouts on his hands. He expects to iron out every one of them before the first official practice Aug. 20. The players are expected to report informally on the 15th. The $15,000 offer made Whizzer White and the top-heavy figures quoted for Sammy Baugh, may have thrown some of the men off balance, Curly thinks. "The Packers can't pay for publicity or gate attractions," he said last night. "We have to sign our men for their playing ability, in the belief that our fans come not to see one or two highly rated individuals, but to see the Packers."
67 ALL-STARS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR PRO SERVICE
JUL 30 (Green Bay) - Forty-three of the 67 players selected as members of the graduated college All Star football team, which will play the Washington Redskins, world's professional champions, in the annual pre-season classic at Soldier field, Chicago, Wednesday night, Aug. 31, have been drafted by, or are under contract to NFL teams. Thus, the judgment of upwards of 6,000,000 fans, who participated in the nationwide poll to select the squad, concurred with that of National league coaches. The poll, conducted by the Chicago Tribune, with more than 150 other papers cooperating, selected 40 players who were drafted by National league teams last December. Three other players, Ed Lesnick, Illinois Normal center, Al Blackaby, Butler center, and Felix Dixon, Boston back, did not figure in the draft, but they since have been signed by league teams...PLACES EIGHT MEN: Cleveland led the league in placing men on the All Star squad, with eight. The Chicago Cardinals were next in line with six. Every league team is represented on the squad. Oddly enough, only one Washington rookie, Andy Farkas of Detroit U., was selected for All Star duty. Corby Davis, Indiana fullback; Jim Benton, Arkansas end; Joe Routt, Texas A. and M. guard; Vic Markov, Washington tackle; Al Hoptowit, Washington State
guard; Vic Spadaccini, Minnesota back; Fritz Nebel, Xavier center, and Jim McDonald, Ohio State back, are the Cleveland draftees who landed on the squad...ELECTED TO SQUAD: Jack Robbins, Arkansas back; Milt Popovich, Montana back; Al Barabrtsky, Fordham tackle; Phil Dougherty, Santa Clara center; Frank Patrick, Pittsburgh back, and Lesnick were the six Cardinal recruits who gained the distinction of being elected to the squad. The Brooklyn Dodgers and Green Bay Packers each landed five men on the squad. Joe Kilgrow, Alabama back; Frank Kinard, Mississippi tackle; Perry Schwartz, California end; Leroy Monsky, Alabama guard and Dixon were the Dodger freshmen selected. The Packers landed Cecil Isbell, Purdue back; Marty Schreyer, Purdue tackle; Chuck Sweeney, Notre Dame end; Andy Uram, Minnesota back, and Johnny Kovatch, Northwestern end, on the team. Uram, Isbell, Schreyer and Sweeney have been named to the starting lineup of the All Stars.
PACKERS PLAYERS REPORT AUGUST 20
AUG 1 (Green Bay) - Wallace (Bud) Jorgenson, property man for the Green Bay Packers, resumed his duties today by beginning to check over equipment for issuance to Packer players when they report August 20. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau's squad gets its first taste of action September 5, Labor Day, in an exhibition game at Ironwood, Mich. Lambeau declared he was worrying about the game already, since he won't have his entire squad until about September 1. A number of his new players will participate in the All-Star game at Soldiers Field, Chicago, August 31. Richard (Red) Smith, assistance coach will turn from baseball to football with the opening of the season. Smith manages the Hopkinsville, Ky., farm club of the Milwaukee Brewers, but has a contract which permits him to be on hand when football practice starts. The Packers announced the signing of four of last year's veterans, swelling the total under contract to 23. The veterans are Joe laws, signal calling halfback; Lyle Sturgeon, tackle; Bernard Scherer, end, and Paul Miller, halfback.
UNSIGNED CONTRACTS ARE RETURNED BY 11 PACKERS
AUG 2 (Green Bay) - With the official opening of practice two weeks in the future, Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of Eddie Brett, former Pittsburgh end, and scanned his Packer holdout list in anticipation of the final battle to reach terms with all his men. Brett, a former Washington State wingman, who weighs 200 pounds and stands one inch over six feet, became the 24th Packer to sign his contract for 1938. Lambeau expects him to bolster considerably the Green Bay wing corps, as Eastern experts ranked him last season as the best end on the Pirate squad. He comes to Green Bay in a deal involving Walter Bartanen, giant tackle, who was traded to Coach Johnny Blood by Coach Lambeau. Here is the Packer squad situation to date: Twenty-four men, including 18 new players and five veterans, have signed their contracts. Eleven veteran Packers definitely are listed as holdouts, having returned their contracts unsigned. Four veterans, sent contracts in the mail, have not replied. The 11 men holding out are Lon Evans, Francis (Zud) Schammel, Don Hutson, Wayland Becker, Clarke Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski, Arnold Herber, Bob Monnett, Russ Letlow, Milt Gantenbein and Herman Schneidman. Unheard from are Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, Buckets Goldenberg, Ernie Smith and Hank Bruder. "There were no cuts in salary for 1938," Lambeau said today. "Moreover, the corporation (Green Bay Packers, Inc.) has offered increased to those players whose work appeared to warrant such recognition."...FAR BEYOND REASON: "Some of the return demands, made by the players after receiving their contracts, we do not regard as unfair, and with these men we do not expect to have trouble arriving at terms. In some other cases, however, the demands are far beyond reason, and cannot be considered by the Packers." Two other names enter into the picture - Andy Uram, Minnesota halfback, and Johnny Howell, Nebraska quarterback. Both were included on the Packer draft list, and Lambeau expects both of them to sign. As yet, they haven't arrived at terms.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 3 (Green Bay) - One of the by-products of the tremendous growth in professional football interest which the present decade is witnessing has been the development of the holdout problem - an irritating sideline to the pro coach at a time when he'd prefer to spend his time working our new plays for the approaching season. Baseball magnates have wrestled with the holdout situation for a good many years, but up to the present time there have been few, if any, important football players who preferred to remain out of the game rather than play at a figure they regarded as too minute. The natural tendency in a salary dispute is to side with the player, and I notice that several of my fellow scribes in recent weeks have gone to bat with vigor and determinations for the professional football player, and have remarked in plain English that if the club owners don't loosen up and start paying out some fancy salaries, there won't be anyone to play for them. Now, I think that the pro football player should get more money. Oddly enough, so do the club owners, and so does the Green Bay Packer corporation. A football player takes a terrific physical and mental beating during the course of a professional season. For all he knows, he may be pounding a year or two of life right out of him. He is kicked around and slammed about and when he gets through with a hard season, it's no wonder that he says, year after year, "That's all - I'm through!" Sure, he should get more money. A lot more money. But - and here's the hitch - up to the present time, and perhaps for a few seasons in the future, there isn't a lot more money to give him. Fans don't all know that very few clubs in the NFL make a lot of money. The majority of them haven't been making any money at all, and such teams as Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, the Cardinals, Philadelphia and Cleveland have lost money year after year. The Chicago Bears, New York Giants and in recent years the Detroit Lions are the only ones who really have cashed in on the game. Washington made money as champion last year, but Owner Marshall isn't out of the red after his experiences with the same team at Boston. It was only last season that the Packers cleared enough cash so that the wolf finally was chased back into the woods and told to set up housekeeping. And the Packers' clearance would have been much narrower had it not been for the All Star game. Professional football, for all its vastly expanding horizons, still has not sailed far enough away from the financial shoals for the owners to start scattering money far and wide, and the occasional stratosphere offers to men like Sammy Baugh and Whizzer White only have served to make the average hard working, conscientious player more dissatisfied. You can't blame a Packer, or any other players, for asking for more money. You can't blame him for thinking he deserves it. There probably aren't ten businessmen in the United State who think they are paid what they're worth. And the Packers today are young businessmen, utilizing their athletic talents until the day when they can set aside enough money to establish themselves in a permanent trade. But the Packer corporation never will pay a mountain of cash for a name at the gate. More than 15 years of experience has proved that the team's policy of selling the Packers, rather than a single individual, has been right. Other clubs have lost money year after year plunging in to their ears after highly publicized players, while the Packers, if not exactly rolling in wealth, nevertheless have survived and today are in the strongest financial position of their history. We'll never be able to set fifteen thousand dollars on the line for any All-America name player. We'll never be able to play half that, or one-third of it. So all of us who are fans can't do anything else but sit back and watch Coach Curly Lambeau wrestle with his holdouts, and hope that they'll all come to terms and that they'll be as well satisfied with their new contracts as we have been watching them play pro football.
AUG 3 (Manitowoc) - People often ask John Walter, sports editor of the Green Bay Press Gazette, "How many Packers have signed up so far? How many names are you holding for release?"...The answer, says John, is that the Packers are not holding up a single announcement as Coach Curly Lambeau has about 10 holdouts on his hands but expects to iron out every one of them before the first official practice August 20...We might as well let Curly Lambeau finish the column for today: "Some people," says Curly, "have us in the cellar already. I've heard nothing but bad news so hard, but personally I can't see it that way. I think our prospects are highly encouraging. We have handpicked our new men for the coming season, and we expect 23 of them to report on or before August 20, the date when practice opens officially. I think we shall be stronger in every department of the game, and at every position except center, where we lost both George and Bud Svendsen. We'll be just as strong at guards, stronger at the tackles, and at the ends we shall have the same men who played last year, plus four new, promising former college players. Our backfield should be one of the best in our history. We never have had a real triple threat halfback - one who was an exceptional runner, kicker and passer. But with both Cecil Isbell of Purdue and Andy Uram of Minnesota - who I expect to sign - we'll have a pair of the most versatile men in football. They really are dangerous. They break up ball games. Six men will report at center. I expect Darrell Lester to return, and I believe the trade which gave us Ookie Miller will aid us materially at that position. Our players always have found Miller exceedingly tough. Zeke Hunt, who played with the New York Yankees last year, and Gil Kuhn, a rugged Southern California boy, are two good prospects who look very good in advance. Ray Schoemann, the Marquette center, may come through. If only two of our six centers look good, the picture will be encouraging. Perhaps Richard Anderson, the Iowa center, will be our man. If the veterans report with the right mental attitude I think we'll be set for a good season. Our new material is the best we ever have had. Marty Schreyer, Purdue; Buford Ray, Vanderbilt; Frank Borak, Creighton; Isbell and Uram are men who should make the pro football grade immediately. John Howell of Nebraska is on our draft list but is unsigned. He should make us a natural field general. He weighs 190 pounds, according to George Henry Sauer, and at Nebraska called signals, passed and punted from the right halfback position. This makes him a natural for our system. We're still made about that all-star game of last season. We won't be happy until we get back there again and make things different."
GANTENBEIN, MULLENEAUX SIGN PACKER CONTRACTS
AUG 4 (Green Bay) - The signing of Captain Milton Gantenbein, former University of Wisconsin player, and Carl Mulleneaux, Utah Aggies, both ends, was announced today by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Gantenbein was listed earlier this week as a holdout, but his stand couldn't have been very serious, for Coach Lamebau arrived at terms with him yesterday afternoon. Rated one of the most valuable men over a period of seasons in Packers history, he will be starting his eighth year with the Green Bay team. He never has played with any other professional club. Although Gantenbein is referred to regularly as one of the greatest defensive ends in the game, his offensive work has been invaluable to the Packers, and his blocking is deadly. He is an expert pass receiver, and many times has picked off aerials while enemy receivers were engaged in covering the more publicized Hutson or Blood. Gantenbein weighs a few pounds over 200, is 28 years old, married, and lives in Green Bay. He is engaged in business partnership with Clark Hinkle, The popular Milt has been one of the best-liked men on the Packer squad, with players and fans alike. In competition he is a tireless worker, and he has a sense of humor which enlivens the Packer drill periods. He was named captain of the team last year and directed the team's activities on the field...SIGNS CONTRACT AGAIN: Mulleneaux has signed his second Packer contract, but he hasn't appeared in competition yet. He put his name on the dotted line in March, 1937, but did not report to the team last fall. The big fellow is rated an end likely to succeed in pro football. He weighs 210 pounds, stands six feet three inches, and starred for three seasons with the Utah Aggies. Mulleneaux is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, is nicknames "Moose", and was an outstanding performer in the East-West shrine game of 1937...SNAGS THE PASSES: Moose is a fast, aggressive type, an excellent pass receiver and is regarded as a great defensive wingman. He'll report here around Aug. 15, a few days earlier than the regularly scheduled opening of practice. With Gantenbein in the fold, the Packers who have not signed their 1938 contracts are Lon Evans, Zud Schammel, Don Hutson, Wayland Becker, Clarke Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski, Arnold Herber, Bob Monnett, Russ Letlow, Herman Schneidman, Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, Buckets Goldenberg, Ernie Smith and Hank Bruder. All have been sent contracts.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 5 (Green Bay) - Smoked up from the heat of the mid-summer days: Frank Barnhart, the Greeley State guard who received tens of thousands of votes from Northern Wisconsin fans for the All Star game, wrote in this week with a message of thanks. "I want to thank all Green Bay fans who boosted me for the All Star team," he said...Barnhart was running mate to Nick Miketinac on the Press-Gazette squad, and made an amazing showing, due almost entirely to support from Packer fans, hardly any of them whom had ever seen him...The Cleveland Rams of the NFL have signed two skyscrapers as ends. They are Jim Benton and Ray Hamilton, both of Arkansas, and each measuring 6 feet 4 1/2 inches in height...Mike Michalske, who was badly injured as a Packer player last fall, but since has done some fancy recuperating, is in town sporting a terrific coat of tan, and says he has no announcement at all to make regarding his football activities this fall. "I don't know a thing," says Mike...The official opening of the Packer practice season isn't set until Aug. 20, but five days before that time there'll be a lot of activity at the team's new practice field. Several of the men have notified Coach Curly Lambeau that they'll arrive early, and will spend the period from Aug. 15 to 20 limbering up and getting in condition for the rigorous training season preceding the Cleveland game here Sept. 11. As things look now, the very first arrivals, other than the Packers who live in Green Bay the year around, will be Pete Tinsley, the Georgia end and guard; Dick Weisgerber, Williamette fullback, who may be converted to a blocking back; Paul Miller, the left halfback from South Dakota State; and Frank Barnhart, Greeley State guard. A number of others will trickle into town before the morning of the 20th.
HENRY BRUDER RETIRES; MICHALSKE TO PIRATES
AUG 9 (Green Bay) - Two of the greatest names in Green Bay professional football history - Hank Bruder and Mike Michalske - will be associated no longer in an active company with the Packers, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. Following conferences with Bruder and Michalske, Lambeau said that the veteran blocking quarterback is retiring from professional football, and that the "guard of the century" has obtained his release to join Johnny Blood's Pittsburgh Pirate coaching staff. Through long seasons, including several Green Bay national championship campaigns, the names of Michalske and Bruder have carried weight as the most important at their positions in the pro grid game. There never has been a blocking quarterback, who attacked with the merciless energy of the tireless Bruder, nor has there been a professional guard more feared and respected than the powerful Iron Mike of the Packers. Bruder, a native of Pekin, Ill., was an intercollegiate star at Northwestern university, where he earned the nickname of "Hard Luck Hank" because of an unprecedented series of illnesses and injuries. In between times, however, he became known as one of the hardest-hitting backs in Big Ten history. He played seven years with the Packers, and there probably never will be another back just like him. Buried in the obscure blocking quarterback blocking position, he paved the way for gain after gain and touchdown after touchdown. His vicious offensive maneuvers were the terror of opposing tacklers, and his work upon defense time after time has been termed flawless...COAST TO COAST: He accomplished everything a professional football player could desire in the way of achievement. He played on a national championship team; he appeared in an All Star game; he traveled the country from coast to coast. He set himself up in business in Green Bay, has a family, and so far as appearances stand today, will be a lifetime resident of the community, and a credit to it. Bruder's leg was injured last season, and the limb bothered him no little. He rested it through the spring and summer months, but recently played a game of softball and felt the familiar twinge, which caused him to reach his decision to retire...TIME TO RETIRE: The teams of the contract offered him for 1938 had nothing to do with Bruder's decision. He merely feels it wise to retire at the peak of a great career. His fans never will remember him as a failure, because he never failed. Three great varsity years at Penn State college preceded Michalske's debut in professional football, of which he has seen 11 seasons, eight with the Packers. Mike appeared with the New York Yankees after graduation, and in 1929 joined Green Bay, where he has remained ever since except for 1936, when he assisted Ernie Nevers as coach at Lafayette college, Easton, Pa. He has been termed the guard without a weakness, and Packer fans never will forget his slashing style of play. He was one of the most powerfully built men in professional football, and he always kept his weight close to the 200 mark. Mike is married, lives part time in Green Bay, and still is employed as basketball coach at Lafayette...GIVEN HIS RELEASE: Michalske entered Coach Lambeau's office yesterday, and requested his release from the Packers, on the grounds that he had received an offer from Blood to help coach the Pirates, who are poised for a serious drive on the Eastern division championship. Lambeau granted his release immediately, and Michalske will leave soon to join the Pittsburgh team. He is the third former Packer to serve on that staff, the others being Blood and Walt Kiesling. Lambeau also announced today that Herb Banet, promising right halfback, will not return to the Packers next fall. Banet has obtained a coaching position.
ED BRETT ARRIVES, STARTS WORKOUTS FOR 1938 SEASON
AUG 9 (Green Bay) - Summer finally had settled down upon Green Bay in earnest. For a week the thermometer knocked off temperatures between 88 and 95, and the break was not in sight yet. In fact, the weatherman's official forecast was "warmer". The third floor room at the Astor hotel was warm. Any room would have been. Yet, for Ed Brett, the rangy young man out of Lewiston, Idaho, sitting on the bed, the football season is at hand. And at least 50 others, comprising the personnel of the NFL squads, are experiencing a similar change that seems to come before its time when measured by the calendar - and the heat....WORKING OUT SOLO: Brett arrived in Green Bay Monday. He is the first of the out of town players to report, and he started working out by himself this afternoon. Three previous weeks of conditioning came about in handling steel while working with a bridge crew in Idaho. A newcomer to Green Bay, but no stranger to the Packers, Brett enters Coach Curly Lambeau's fold as a result of a trade with Johnny Blood of Pittsburgh for Walter Bartanen, the giant tackle who was farmed out to St. Louis last year. Rated by Pittsburgh sportswriters as the outstanding end on the Pirate team last season, he promises to fit well into the Packer system. Brett, who was christened Edwin, spent two seasons with the Pirates after graduation from Washington State university where he performed brilliantly for three varsity seasons. He was drawn by the Chicago Cardinals on their preferred list for the 1936 season, but Milan Creighton loaned him to Joe Bach, then the Pittsburgh coach, shortly after the opening game against the Packers that year. Bach was crying for ends, and just then Creighton had sympathy for anyone who was finding the sledding tough. It was the Cards' worst season...PLAYED 60 MINUTE BALL: When Blood took over the reins last year, he started weeding out the holdovers who he figured wouldn't make the grade with the kind of a club he aimed to put on the field. After midseason, the squad was cut to the barest minimum, and Brett found himself playing 60 minute ball in many games. He possesses a great respect for the former Packer halfback, and believes that he may produce an eastern division title winner this year. But Pittsburgh represents a period that Brett has left behind. He admits some regrets about leaving old friends, "It's always hard to break in all over again, you know," is the way he voices the only disappointment he has in leaving the Pirates. Aside from that, he puts it thusly: "I saw enough of the east in two seasons out there. Give me the west anytime. Why the smoke is so thick in part of Pittsburgh that a fellow can't even see, to say nothing of breathe." About coming to the Packers, he says, "Of course any man would appreciate coming to a bigger team. It's considered one of the top outfits in football's major league, and players all around the circuit regard it as such."...PLAYED PACKERS TWICE: A year ago Ed did not play against the Packers at all, but in 1936 he was in two encounters against the Green Bay eleven that won the championship. The first was as a member of the Cardinal lineup, and the second with the Pirates in Milwaukee. The Packers were winners both times. Last winter he played with an all-star outfit collected by Blood which dropped a 14 to 13 decision to the Redskins at San Francisco. The same team beat the Los Angeles Bulldogs by 48 to nothing. Among the players were Ernie Smith and Russ Letlow of the Packers, Byron Gentry of Pittsburgh, Harry Ebding and Reynolds of Detroit, Earl Godard and John Drake of Cleveland, and Bill Smith of the Cardinals. That is the background, or a small part of it, of one of the men who will be wearing a Packer uniform for the first time this season. Ed weighs a little over 200 pounds and is a bit over six feet tall. He is 24 years old. Considered a pass receiver extraordinary, he plays on the left end of the line, a position he has held down since he broke into football with the Lewiston high school eleven. With Mrs. Brett, he made the greater part of the trip to Green Bay with Ed Justice, the Washington back from Gonzaga university. Justice's home is at Clarkston, Idaho, only a few miles from Lewiston. (The cities were named after the historically famous Lewis and Clark.) Now with Mrs. Brett, Ed is seeking living quarters in Green Bay. But this afternoon he put all that aside in favor of a few hours' workout, and that will be his daily schedule from now on.
RUSS LETLOW WILL PLAY AGAIN WITH GREEN BAY
AUG 10 (Green Bay) - Another dent in the Green Bay Packer holdout situation was accomplished today when Coach E.L. Lambeau received the signed contract of Russ Letlow, one of the National league's outstanding guards during the 1937 season. Letlow's signing leaves 12 men with whom the Packers have not yet come to terms. The practice season will open officially Saturday, Aug. 20. Letlow was regarded as one of the most dangerous guards in the league last season, and received considerable mention for all-league honors. He was the most improved player on the Packer squad after a rather mediocre season in 1936, when he was breaking into professional play...MADE HIS REPUTATION: Letlow starred for three years at the University of San Francisco, and makes his home at Taft, Calif. He is marrid, stands six feet in height and weighs 205 pounds. A savage blocker and a player with a great competitive spirit, he carved a distinct reputation for himself through National league paths last season, when he earned a regular berth with the Packers. Letlow is 24 years old, and will be starting his third year of pro football. Coach Lambeau has lined up huddles with several more of his veterans for later this week, and expects to arrive at terms with most of his holdouts soon.
BOB TENNER, M.D. AT MAYO'S, HAS BOUQUETS FOR PRO BALL
AUG 10 (Green Bay) - Phil Regazzo, the Western Reserve tackle who was part of Curly Lambeau's trade to Cleveland, will be a starter with an Ohio college all-star outfit that will play the Rams Sept. 2. Eight players including Ragazzo who are property of the Rams will be members of the star aggregation. The American Legion is sponsoring the game which will be played at night. Besides serving as a tuneup contest for the opening league game against the Packers here Sept. 11, it will help Coach Hugo Bezdek select the players he intends to use in his title campaign, and don't think that the boys in Cleveland aren't gunning for that championship...Bob Tenner, Packer end of 1935, is now a full fledged M.D. and a fellow at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn. A former star at the University of Minnesota, he recently tossed a few orchids in the direction of professional football. "Professional football is more fun than in college," were the words he used in a recent talk at Rochester. He added, "I had more fun at it than I had since high school and sandlot days.". That wasn't all. The husky lad who held his own at the right end of the Packer line gave reasons for his preference. One was the clean play of the pro teams. "In the 14 or 15 games I played with the Green Bay Packers there was not one dirty play," he said. Tenner pointed out at least one big difference between college and post-graduate players: the competency of all the players. His listeners were reminded that the pros are fully developed, big and tough, and that "they play hard because the better they do, the more money they make."...According to Emmett Mortell, the Appleton high school product with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dave Smukler regards Buckets Goldenberg as one of the hottest offensive guards in the league. Smukler, who plays lots of fullback for the Eagles, cited the Packer veteran's blocking as the best he had encountered all year, and that was after the Philadelphia team's last game, so the opinion was not subject to change. Incidentally, the only time Harold Klika ever was knocked out in three years as an East high varsity guard was by Mortell when the latter was lugging the ball for Appleton...Milan Creighton looks to the southwest to help bring his Chicago Cardinals to the top of the NFL's western division this year. From Arkansas he secured Jack Robbins and Dwight Sloan, two forward passing experts. Hardin-Simmons college at Abilene, Texas, will send up Ed Cherry, fullback, Odis Crowell, 210-pound tackle and 1937 co-captain, and Mack Alexander, 230-pound tackle. All three played on the all-star team which the Chicago Bears defeated, 17 to 10, at Houston late last January. Cecil Isbell of Purdue and the Packers played in the same game.
THREE PACKERS TO RETIRE THIS YEAR
AUG 10 (Green Bay) - Three Green Bay Packer players, two of them veterans of long standing, will not be with the team when it opens its National Professional Football league campaign this season, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced today. Henry (Hank) Bruder, Green Bay blocking quarterback the last seven years, indicated he wished to retire because of an ailing leg injured last year. Mike Michalske, guard for 11 seasons, told Lambeau he intended to quit in order to assist Johnny Blood in coaching the Pittsburgh Pirates this fall. Lambeau said Herb Banet, right halfback, had also retired to take a coaching position.
PACKERS FORBIDDEN TO EAT HAMBURGERS IN TRAINING
AUG 12 (Green Bay) - Any member of the Green Bay Packers who eats hamburger sandwiches during the training session will be soaked a $5 fine...Everybody glad to see Arnold Herber, Green Bay Packer passing star, out of that De Pere hospital after an influenza attack.
EDDIE JANKOWSKI WILL PLAY WITH PACKER TEAM
AUG 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packer holdout list was trimmed to 11 today when Coach E.L. Lambeau arrived at terms with Eddie Jankowski, former fullback thunderbolt of the University of Wisconsin, following a conference at Milwaukee. Lambeau, who is on a tour contacting several 1938 professional prospects, wired in the following terse message today: "Jankowsk signed. Feeling fine. Ready for better year than last." With the former Badger battering ram in the fold, there still are 11 Packers upon whom the coach will concentrate before the practice season opens Aug. 20 - one week from tomorrow. Packer fans never will forget the brilliant debut of Jankowski in the Green Bay backfield last year. Rated little more than an understudy to the veteran Hinkle at the start of the season, he developed into one of the most conscientious and colorful players on the squad. He played the game for keeps and he never gave up, even when he was carried from the field at Washington with a severe head injury, which physicians said at the time might terminate his professional football career...RAMMED INTO WALL: In the battle with the Bears at Chicago he scored a touchdown by ramming head first into a brick wall, when a less spectacular course, putting the ball out of bounds on the one-yard line, was a possibility. He runs with terrific force, and is a deadly blocker. As yet, he has not developed into the strong defensive machine which is Hinkle, but pro football coaches last year rated him the most promising of the younger fullbacks. Jankowski starred for two seasons on a drab University of Wisconsin team, but in his senior year definitely went places under the teaching of Harry Stuhldreher, who has termed him "the best fullback I ever saw:....LIVES IN MILWAUKEE: "The Jank" is a native of Milwaukee, stands five feet 10 inches in height, and weighs 205 pounds. He is built like a fireplug, and is 24 years old. Before leaving for Milwaukee yesterday, Lambeau announced that he expects several Packers to start informal workouts at the the practice field next Monday, getting into condition for more strenuous drills the following week. Sunday, Aug. 21, will be devoted to press photographers and interviewers, when a large crowd is anticipated at the practice field. Later, Lambeau is planning on secret sessions. "We feel that we have gone as far as we can on the holdout situation," he stated. "Some of the Packers now are getting more than one hundred percent more than they received when they first joined the team, and these are the ones who are demanding the largest increases in salaries. I expect some of the holdouts to sign soon. If the others do not report at the required time, we simply have to start work, building up for the season, without them. They will be placed on the inactive list, and will remain the property of Green Bay. I feel the corporation is paying real salaries today, but I still feel that the success of the team is 50 percent spirit, and that you can't purchase."
BOB MONNETT AGREES TO TERMS FOR 1938 SEASON
AUG 13 (Green Bay) - Bob Monnett, shifty little backfield veteran of the Green Bay Packers, arrived at terms with Coach E.L. Lambeau in Chicago last night and will report here next Wednesday, Lambeau advised the Press-Gazette by wire this morning. Monnett's signing further reduces the Packer holdout total, which now stands at 10. Monnett will arrive at Green Bay a few days earlier than the official time for reporting, so that he can spend the latter part of the week taking general conditioning exercises. He is in good shape. The former Michigan State halfback, a native of Bucyrus, Ohio, has given conspicuous service to the Packers, and he will be starting his sixth year in a Green Bay uniform. He is regarded as one of the real veterans of the NFL, and is respected by all of its players...FINE RUNNING BACK: His greatest talents lie as a running back, and annually he ranks high in the list of league ground gainers. He also is an effective blocker, an accurate passer and a good replacement kicker. Monnett is extremely tough and rugged despite his size - he stands only five feet nine inches and weighs but 175 pounds. All Packer linemen have to do is shake Monnett past the scrimmage center, and the twisting little halfback is a dangerous performer. He ranks seventh on the all0time Green Bay scoring list, having scored nine touchdowns, kicked 21 extra points and booted five field goals in his five season here...HAS 92 POINTS: This gives him 92 points, two less than Hank Bruder, retired blocking quarterback, who is in sixth place. This season Monnett probably will become the sixth Packers to pass the 100 mark in scoring, the others having been Verne Lewellen, Johnny Blood, Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson and Curly Lambeau.
TRAINING MEN OCCUPIES TIME OF CURLY AND DAVE
AUG 13 (Green Bay) - Lyle Sturgeon, the former North Dakota State tackle who returns to the Packers for his second season next week, has been doing construction work in Fargo, N.D. A football fan in Fargo mailed a newspaper clipping showing Sturgeon in overalls laboring on cables for a power company. A letter accompanying the clipping said that this particular fan will come all the way from Fargo to see the Packers "open up"...Probably recalling something about the old Napoleonic adage to the effect that an army fights on its stomach, Coach E.L. Lambeau and trainer Dave Woodward are working out a training menu for the players. Among the things strictly taboo is everything fried. Lots of fruits and vegetables are urged, or maybe "urged" is too mile a verb. And plenty of beef is recommended. "Eat beef to build good beef," says Curly. The late snack is out. Especially when it consists of such choice items as hamburgers and chili...Sammy Baugh, before he deserted the baseball diamond to report to the Washington Redskins this week, pulled a stunt that helped prove just how good he is at passing the football. A barrel was placed at second base in the Rochester International league ball park. The Texan spiraled half a dozen shots into it with a football. In their turns two catchers throwing baseballs couldn't come close. Incidentally, George Halas of the Chicago Bears still isn't convinced that Baugh is better than, or even equal to, some of the other passers in the NFL. It will take at least another season to prove that, Halas avers, citing Arnold Herber and Dutch Clark as examples of sustained passing strength...Fans who sweltered through last year's game between the Packers and the All-Star team at Chicago can appreciate some reminiscing about that occasion by Roundy Coughlin. "Last year I took my coat, vest and my shirt off and was just taking my shoes and stockings off when the game ended," he recalls. Roundy was in the press box when it was even hotter, if possible, than down below. With that thought in mind he suggests that the Tribune take a vote on an air conditioned press box at Soldier field. There are a few other press boxes that could stand improvements...Chaff: You gotta be a football hero in some families. Mrs. Ed Brett's twin sister is married to Byron Haines. Haines opposed the Packers as an All Star last year and then joined Johnny Blood's Pirates. He will coach this year...Ookie Miller, the only veteran signed, probably will be the next Packer to arrive in Green Bay. He left Chicago today, and Russ Letlow has left Taft, Calif., to assure his being among the early arrivals.
one of the greatest running backs in Minnesota's history. He twists and dodges through his opposition with snake-like hip action, and his elusiveness coupled with his speed and momentum, have resulted in many a Gopher touchdown...BEST IN BUSINESS: The Minnesota coaches regarded him as one of the greatest football players in the country. His best year was his junior season, when he ran wild for the Gophers, beating Nebraska with a 70-yard last minute touchdown run. He cracked an arm bone his senior year and saw much less action, but like Hank Bruder of Northwestern, his exploits were well recalled and his reputation grew. Ookie Miller, fomer Purdue center, arrived in Green Bay over the weekend, and planned to work out with several other squad members this afternoon. The official opening of the drill season has been set for Saturday.
REPORT MASS HOLDOUT OF SIX GREEN BAY PACKERS
AUG 15 (Green Bay) - What's this about a mass holdout of half a dozen or more of the Green Bay Packers? With a shorter schedule, they want the pay per game upped so they won't come up short.
SIGNING OF ANDY URAM IS HAILED BY PACKER FANS
AUG 15 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer fans today hailed the signing of Andy Uram, the University of Minnesota's great halfback, and awaited with anticipation the official opening of the team's practice season later this week. Starting today, the Packers, new and old, will begin their annual movement into the city and before Wednesday most of the 1938 talent will be on the field, ready for informal display. Coach Lambeau, who signed Uram in Chicago Saturday afternoon, has returned to Green Bay and is preparing to dive into a series of conferences with some of his outstanding holdout players...NOT SIGNED YET: Still unsigned by noon today were Don Hutson and Wayland Becker, ends; Ernie Smith, tackle; Darrell Lester, center; Lon Evans, Buckets Goldenberg, Zud Schammel and Tiny Engebretsen, guards; Clarke Hinkle, Arnold Herber and Herman Schneidman, backs. With men like Uram and Cecil Isbell of Purdue in the fold, the Packers have the nucleus of a powerful backfield of young, rugged players. Uram is distinctly on the husky type, being a six footer who weighs 198 pounds. He is a fine forward passer, an accurate blocker and a good defensive man, but with the ball he was regarded as
HUTSON, SCHNEIDMAN, LESTER SIGNED
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - With the holdout problem diminishing hourly, and the first informal practice sessions already underway, the Green Bay Packer situation today ceased to be a publicity buildup and developed into news. Three contracts rolled into the office of Coach E.L. Lambeau today - those of Donald Hutson, Alabama end; Herman Schneidman, Iowa blocking quarterback; and Darrell Lester, Texas Christian center. Three other players turned up to try for regular positions on the Packer squad. They are Lester (Red) Chapman, 215-pound Tulsa university tackle, who was drawn in the 1937 draft but did not sign last year; Chester (Swede) Johnston, a veteran who was released in the middle of last season; and Dick Beauregard, Gonzaga halfback, whose home is at West De Pere. A group of Packers reported at the training quarters yesterday, received sweat clothes and drove through an hour's light workout under Lambeau's supervision. In addition to Chapman, Johnston and Beauregard, the candidates included Ookie Miller, Purdue center; Wayland Becker, Marquette end who has not signed his 1938 contract; Eddie Brett, Washington State end; Dick Weisgerber, Williamette fullback; Nick Miketinac, St. Norbert guard; Carl Mulleneaux, Utah Aggies end, and Bernie Scherer, Nebraska tackle. Another informal drill was scheduled for today, and yesterday's group was expected to be augmented by several new arrivals. The signing of Hutson, Schneidman and Lester slashed heavily into the dwindling Packer holdout group, and Lambeau planned conferences with several more of his holdouts today. Still unsigned are Becker, end; Ernie Smith, tackle; Lon Evans, Zud Schammel, Tiny Engebretsen, and Buckets Goldenberg, guards; Clarke Hinkle and Arnold Herber, backs. Yesterday's workout was something of a surprise, and few people were on hand to look the players over. Most of the men who drilled looked in good shape. Miketinac, the St. Norbert tackle, sported the best coat of tan, and Mulleneaux, Utah Aggies end, did some fancy pass snagging...USED AT FULLBACK: Weisgerber turned out to be a husky individual, and Lambeau announced that he will be used at fullback. In general, there was little chance to look over the talents of the candidates, as they drove through a routine workout. Weisgerber did some nice passing, and everyone took turns catching them. Ookie Miller did the centering. The signing of Hutson, Schneidman and Lester adds three veteran performers to the Packer roster, and each is expected to be in uniform next weekend for the official opening of practice. Hutson, the pass-grabbing sensation of the National league, will be starting his fourth year as a Packer. He probably is the most feared end in professional football. Time after time his extreme speed and elusiveness have enabled him to twist loose on touchdown jaunts after receiving aerials, usually from Arnie Herber. The two of them made the phrase "Herber to Hutson" one to be reckoned with in pro football...OVER SIX FEET: Hutson weighs about 180 pounds, stands an inch over six feet, and starred for three seasons with the varsity of Alabama university. In the days of Dixie Howell, he ran wild in Rose Bowl competition, and was one of the nation's most publicized players at the time he signed his first Packer contract. Hutson has been attending Alabama since the opening of last semester, and coached the Crimson Tide ends during spring practice. He is married. Schneidman is a player who really came into his own as a blocking back during the 1937 season, when from the position of a rank reserve he became one of the most utilized players on the team...HELPED HINKLE AGAIN: Packer fans who witnessed the game at Detroit last fall never will forget Schneidman's terrific blocking ahead of Hinkle on the final Green Bay touchdown march, and with Hank Bruder on the retired list, the former Iowa back may get the regular post at blocking quarter. He weighs 200 pounds, stands two inches under six feet, and is unmarried. His home is at Quincy, Ill. Lester was a reserve center last year, due to the presence of George and Bud Svendsen on the Packer roster. With both these individuals missing, he will get a real chance to prove his All-America rating, achieved while attending Texas Christian university. Darrell is a beautifully built player, weighing 220 pounds, and measuring six feet three inches in height. He is unmarried, and works in Texas during the off-season.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - The scattered few who braved the rain to watch the Packer candidates work out yesterday afternoon were much steamed up over the appearance of Carl (Moose) Mullenueaux, the Utah Aggies end who was in sweat clothes and drilling hard. Mullenueaux appeared to be a big fellow who loved to work, and if looks means anything, he'll be a hot pro end. There's some discussion as to the probably position of Pete Tinsley, Georgia star who has been listed as a prospective Packer end. Tinsley played practically every position on most of the team at Georgia, getting most of his work at guard and fullback. Curly Lambeau may make a blocking back of him.
LAMBEAU PREVIEWS PACKERS' SEASON
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - It is a real team that the Green Bay Packers team will send out this year, a team not only of championship caliber, but probably one of the strongest football elevens ever assembled - according to the man who should know more about it than anyone else. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau made the prediction. He made the statement with emphasis, but enthusiastically and not defensively, to the Green Bay Lions club at the meeting in the Beaumont hotel Monday noon. Holdouts are not the greatest of Lambeau's worries, he inferred...NOT FAR APART: "The situation is not as bad as it might seem," the coach declared. "In several instances men have already come to terms. In other instances their demands and those of the management are not very far apart. But holdouts have been the theme song the past couple of weeks. We have had them every year, just as other teams have, but there are two new angles this season. In the first place the Packers made some money this year, and some of the players and fans seem to think salaries should be boosted in proportion. The management feels, however, that it is poor business to set a salary scale at this time, because a surplus is needed for possible
lean years."...DON'T NEED PUFFS: "In the second place, there has been a lot of publicity on the salaries paid Whizzer White and one or two other spectacular figures. It is not the policy of the Packers to pay for publicity of this kind. W don't need it here, couldn't use it if we had it." Since the Packers are on their feet financially, the management is beginning to breath a little more easily, Lambeau added. He cited what financial embarrassment meant to football teams in Duluth, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Rock Island and elsewhere. Lambeau pointed out that aside from the few men signed for their gate power, the Packers are paying salaries on a par with that of other teams in the NFL. There was a time, he said, when the Packers were underpaid comparatively, but the situation of the treasury has made it possible to correct the situation. Particularly was Lambeau enthusiastically regarding the new men signed - much needed young blood he called it. Veterans back on the squad, and a few others who have still to turn in their contracts, also came in for favorable comment...SPIRIT IS LAUDED: "The spirit of these newcomers is the best I have ever seen," Coach Lambeau asserted. Why play two games in Milwaukee, one of the Lions asked. "Good business," Lambeau declared. "There are fans in the southern part of the state, in Racine, Kenosha, and other cities, who are anxious to see the Packers play. Driving up to Green Bay very often is out for most of them. The state has practically adopted the Packers, and this gesture of having a couple of games in Milwaukee seems to me a mighty smart thing. It doesn't hurt Green Bay, and it gives greater financial security to the Packers."
ENGEBRETSEN BACK WITH PACKERS FOR 1938 SEASON
AUG 17 (Green Bay) - The signing of Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, veteran guard who once starred at Northwestern university, was the only ripple in the Green Bay Packer setup today, as informal workouts were stymied by squally weather. Engebretsen's signature on his 1938 contract brought the Packer holdout picture into focus, and left Coach E.L. Lambeau with only seven men unsigned. Two of these, guard Lon Evans and tackle Ernie Smith, haven't appeared too interested in resuming their pro football careers. The others, with whom Lambeau expects to confer this week, are Arnold Herber, veteran passing right halfback; Clarke Hinkle, fullback; Wayland Becker, end; Zud Schammel and Buckets Goldenberg, guards. Packer candidates planned on a drill yesterday, but the dripping skies kept them indoors. Several went in for handball and other conditioning work, and all planned to visit the new Packer practice field at 3:30 this afternoon. The group which worked out Monday is expected to be augmented by several new men this afternoon, as Coach Lambeau believed more of his prospective players would arrive by train and auto during the day. The officials date for reporting is next Saturday...VETERAN PRO GUARD: Engebretsen's signing strengthens the lagging guard corps, with which the Green Bay coach has experienced unexpected difficulties. The big fellow has seen three and a half years of service with the Packers, and has been a notable figure in the team's forward wall. His best season was in 1936, when he received all-league mention, and he played all during the 1937 campaign, but he incurred an illness during the All Star game in Chicago which proved a severe handicap to him in later contests. He is in good shape now, and will work out with the other candidates during their informal drills...HE'S A BIG MAN: Engebretsen weighs 230 pounds, stands an inch above six feet, and is married. He was named the most valuable player on the Northwestern team in 1931, and played successively with the Chicago Bears and Brooklyn Dodgers before coming to Green Bay midway in the 1934 season. In addition to proving a valuable cog in the Packer line, Tiny has punched into the Green Bay scoring column on more than one occasion. He has kicked nine extra points and six field goals for 27 points, his most notable boot being the goal from the field which defeated the Detroit Lions in the last minute of play two years ago, 20 to 18.
BAYS OFFICIALLY BEGIN PRACTICE SUNDAY AUGUST 21
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Although the Packers don't officially start practice until Sunday, a dozen or more of the candidates have been working out all week, conditioning themselves for the strenuous season ahead. Among the "early birds" were Carl Mulleneaux, Utah Aggies; Ed Brett, Washington State; Nick Miketinac, St. Norbert; Ookie Miller, Dick Weisgerber, Willamette and a number of other Green Bay newcomers. Coach E.L. Lambeau kept a watchful eye on the recruits and he appeared to be much pleased with the way some of his new players were cavorting in the preliminary drills. The list of holdouts is rapidly decreasing as the zero hour for reporting draws near and it is reasonable to believe that, with hardly any exceptions, all the regulars will be in togs when the whistle blows. Green Bay Packer stock jumped several notches on the gridrion curb in the last week as Eddie Jankowski, Bob Monnett and Andy Uram, a trio of star backs, put their names on the dotted line. This will be Monnett's sixth season as a ball lugger for Coach Lambeau's team. Bob came here from Michigan State and he has played lots of football for the Packers. Jankowski joined the Packers in 1937 and he was one of the outstanding recruits last year. Eddie, who played his college football at Wisconsin, was badly hurt in the game at Washington last fall but he has completely recovered and great things are expected of him this fall. Andy Uram starred for Minnesota during 1935, 1936 and 1937. This will be his first season in "cash and carry" football. The Gopher backfield has everything in a gridiron way and if he doesn't burn up the pro circuit, experts all around the Big Ten will have to seek their holes. Don Hutson, one of the greatest pass receiving ends in the history of football, will be back again in action with the Packers. This will be the former Alabama's star fourth season in a Green Bay uniform and to date his aerial grabbing has netted 24 touchdowns and one point after for Coach Lambeau's aggregation. Darrell Lester, Texas Christian star, the only holdover center from the 1937 squad and Herman Schneidman, veteran halfback, have signed their contracts for another year. This will be Schneidman's fourth year as a member of the Green Bay squad.
ARNOLD HERBER SIGNS UP FOR ANOTHER GRID YEAR
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - The signing of Arnold Herber, former West high school and Regis college forward passing ace, for his eighth season with the Green Bay Packers was announced today by Coach E.L. Lambeau. Herber had been listed as a holdout, but he was in conference with Lambeau late yesterday afternoon, and the session ended with the veteran aerial ace placing his signature on his 1938 contract. He is the pitching half of the Herber to Hutson combination which has blazed through the NFL in recent seasons with an unprecedented series of touchdown tosses. His is one of the best known names in pro football. Herber starred at West high back in the late twenties, and led the Purple to two consecutive Fox River Valley conference championships. He also set discus records which still stand, and was a high scorer on the school basketball team. After graduation, he entered Wisconsin, and later played a season at Regis in Colorado before joining the Packers, where his development was phenomenal. He has the knack of getting off his tosses despite the frantic rushes of opposing tacklers, and in the process of slinging his famed aerials he has taken as great an assortment of beatings as any man on the squad...LIVES IN DE PERE: Herber weighs 200 pounds, measures six feet one inch, is married, and lives in De Pere. He will report for practice with the team this week. The informal workout series which the Packers inaugurated continued yesterday afternoon, with several new men reporting. Present for the first time, were Buford Ray, 250-pound Vanderbilt tackle; Russ Letlow, veteran San Francisco guard, rated one of the league's best last season; Herman Scheidman, another vastly improved player who once performed at Iowa and now is a Green Bay blocking quarterback; Frank Butler, center, who was released last season but is working out again with the team; Captain Milt Gantenbein, one of the greatest ends in professional football; and Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, a veteran Packer guard...OTHERS ON WAY: Several other men were expected to report for the first time today, and the light drills will continue for the rest of the week, with heavier workouts scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. Swede Johnston and Dick Weisgerber did some effective punting yesterday afternoon, and several of the men took turns at tossing passes. The only players on the holdout list to date are end Wayland Becker, tackle Ernie Smith, guards Lon Evans, Zud Schammel and Buckets Goldenberg, and fullback Clarke Hinkle. Lambeau expected to go into a salary conference with Hinkle within the next 24 hours.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - There's the old familiar smell of sweat and liniment in the Packer dressing rooms these days, even though the team hasn't started to practice officially, and coach and trainers seem to be happy about the whole thing. Dave Woodward, trainer, and Bud Jorgenson, property man, lean against the white-covered rubbing tables as the restricted band of Packer candidates shuffles in after losing a half ton or so of superfluous beef beneath a broiling sun. They haven't any injuries to worry about yet, but the trainers are prepared to contribute those early season rubdowns which the players love and which plays such an important part in their conditioning process. Stripped to the waist, Buford Ray, the Vanderbilt tackle, wanders in and the fellow certainly is big. "Spent the summer working around the stadium at Nashville," he says in explanation of a coat of tan which rivals that of Nick Miketinac. "Weight? Oh, down around 250, now." Ray doesn't seem to be carrying an excess ounce of weight. You leave the men in the showers and wander out the stadium door to the back entrance of East High school. A glance inside reveals that the locker rooms are being prepared for another intra-mural and interscholastic season.
PACKERS' NEW MEN BEST EVER
AUG 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - Curly Lambeau makes no bones about what he thinks of the new material on his Packer football squad which Saturday morning will settle down to the long and arduous pro league grind. He thinks its tops. "We've had a lot of good boys in our time," he pointed out as he discussed the season here the other day but never any, as a group, as good as this year's. This crop is tops. There isn't even a comparison with others we've had " On the eve of the campaign Lambeau could hardly utter more significant words about the season's hopes. His appraisal not only substantiates a sneaking hunch that the Packers will again be as tough as ever, maybe tougher, but indicates that more than ever before they'll call on new men to carry some of the load. Of the 35 or 40 men who will report for the first workout Saturday morning, 17 to 18 will be freshman.
Only Andy Uram of Minnesota, and Martin Schreyer and Cecil Isbell of Purdue, who are members of the college all-star squad now training for the game with the game with the Washington Redskins at Soldiers field August 31, will be missing. Uram, Schreyer and Isbell will join the squad after the big game. The complete list of new Packers follows (right). It's not hard to understand Lambeau's enthusiasm over the new material. Man for man, it is not only better than any the Packers have have ever had, perhaps, as Lambeau says, but it compares with any to be found anywhere in the league. Hunt, at center, is no newcomer to pro ball. A member of the New York Yankees last year, he didn't want to play anymore outlaw ball and approached the Packers as soon as he heard of their dearth of centers. Lambeau grabbed him in an instant. Bunny Schoemann had few equals as a defensive center while at Marquette, especially against passes, Dick Anderson was one of the best all-around pivots in the Big Ten last season, and Oakie Miller, formerly of the Bears, rated for years as one of the best centers in the pro league. He was sent to the Packers in the deal by which Lou Gordon went to Cleveland. Barnhart was picked up on a tip supplied Lambeau by a former East Green Bay high school coach. Nelson, who now coaches football in Denver. Nelson calls him one of the best guards he has ever seen and he must be a good one since Dutch Clark of the Lions also wanted him badly. Tom Jones, like Miller, is a veteran of the pro league. He didn't like his surroundings in New York, however, and with Steve Owens' permission made a deal for himself. Lambeau's eyes light up when he speaks of tackles - Ray, Katalinas and Schreyer. Bigger than Cal Hubbard, which is certainly something. Ray was the mainspring of Vanderbilt's line last year. Katalinas was recommended by his coach, Dutch Bergman of Catholic, as sure fire pro bet. Schreyer hardly needs an introduction. If he wasn't the best tackle in the Big Ten last year, he was certainly one of the best. There is no question of new strength at the ends with Borak, Mulleneaux, Smith and Brett. Brett was obtained in the deal by which the Pirates obtained Walt Bartanen, Smith was tipped off to Lambeau by Doc Spears, Borak, a Kenosha boy, starred for three years at Creighton and Mulleneaux was signed to play last season, but couldn't make it because of previous commitments. He joined up at once this season. The halfbacks have been preceded by their reputations. Uram and Isbell rated for three years with the country's best. Howell was a mainstay on several great Nebraska teams and Pete Tinsley of Georgis was last year called the handiest man in football in the south. He did everything at Georgia except play center. Locke, a rugged fullback, was recommended by Jimmy Crowley and Weisgerber by Asst. Coach Smith who once coached him at his high school at Seton Hall. It's really quite an array and if the Packers don't do anything this season, it won't be because new men haven't contributed their share.
BUCKETS GOLDENBERG IS SIGNED FOR '38 SEASON
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - The name of Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, five-year veteran of the Green Bay Packers, was affixed to a 1938 contract today as Coach E.L. Lambeau prepared for the official opening of the practice season tomorrow. The Green Bay professional football squad now is taking definite shape. With the exception of the men working with the College All Stars at Chicago, and possible one two holdouts, Lambeau expects his entire personnel to be on hand over the coming weekend. Goldenberg worked out at the practice field for the first time yesterday afternoon. Other men making their first appearance for 1938 were Richard Anderson, the Iowa center; Eddie Jankowski, veteran fullback; Paul Miller and Arnold Herber, halfbacks. In all, 26 men were in suits, drilling under the coach's supervision. Another arrival of note today was Richard (Red) Smith, the Packers' reliable and effective assistant coach, who reported a day early to get acquainted with the new squad members. Smith was expected to be on hand for this afternoon's informal workout. Goldenberg has made the rounds of several Packer positions. He played fullback so effectively from 1933 to 1937 he scored 10 Green Bay touchdowns, and ranks in a tie for 12th on the Packer all-time scoring list. He has starred at blocking quarterback, but last season he reached his greatest success in the line, playing the guard position, and this probably is where he'll stay this season...IS POPULAR PLAYER: Buckets' versatility and his popularity of the fans both are great. He is one of the best known Packers around town, is established in business here, is married and has a family. During the summer, in addition to his business duties, he pitches softball and officiates at games. He weighs in the neighborhood of 215 pounds, and is 5 feet 10 inches high. His undergraduate service was done at the University of Wisconsin and is a native of Milwaukee.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - There is something about a very big man which just naturally makes him a curiosity, and here is a nomination for Buford Ray to succeed Cal Hubbard as the Packer fans all talk about when they want to indicate size. Buford is his name, but he doesn't make much of a point of it. Everyone at Vanderbilt university, which he attended, called him "Baby". His weight varies somewhere between 255 and 270, and right now he's down to playing heft. He will be used at left tackle, and Coach Curly Lambeau hopes he'll plug the gap left by Ernie Smith, if Ernie doesn't report. Vanderbilt performs in the Southeastern conference, one of the toughest in the country, but the university isn't large. It's located at Nashville, Tenn., and the coaches have only about 1,200 students from whom to select their football teams. Nevertheless, it is a respected and feared opponent. Ray talks with one of those Southern accents that you can slice with a bread knife, and he's having trouble making himself understood hereabouts. Says he thinks it'll be all right as soon as he learns the language.
HINKLE SIGNS; PACKERS START DRILLS
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - The third highest scorer in Green Bay Packer history - the man who sports critics regard as the best fullback in professional football - in short, William Clarke Hinkle - signed his contract for 1938 late yesterday as the squad prepared to conduct its first official workout of the season today. The Packer rose, barring unexpected changes, now is complete for the approaching season. Ernie Smith, Southern California tackle, and Lon Evans, Texas Christian guard, have announced their retirement from pro football. Gil Kuhn, U.S.C. center signed last winter, has decided against reporting as has Zud Schammel, Iowa guard. All the rest, so Coach E.L. Lambeau believed, would be in uniform this weekend, as the first intensive training campaign gets underway. Hinkle's signing ended a summer holdout campaign which aroused speculation as to the possibility of the veteran fullback - the most versatile player in the game today - retiring from competition. He is fit and ready to go in another drive upon Western division gridiron honors. Hinkle, a prime favorite with the fans, a great performer in any weather or under any conditions, has been a spearhead of the Packer attacks almost since he joined the team. This will be his seventh season with the Packers. The former Bucknell battering ram weighs 205 pounds, stands an inch under six feet, and is 27 years old. He is married, and makes Green Bay his year-around home, being engaged in business here...TOPPED BY TWO: Only two men who ever played with Green Bay have scored more points for the team than Hinkle. One is Verne Lewellen, halfback from 1924 to 1932, who leads the all time list with 301 points. The other is Johnny Blood, 1929 to 1936, with 224 points. In his six seasons with the Packers, Clarke has accounted for 22 touchdowns, 16 extra points and nine field goals for 175 points. He holds a margin of 30 points over Don Hutson, who is in fourth place. Hinkle is one of the National league's most expert placement kickers and is deadly on points after touchdown. He is an exceptional blocker, a fair passer, a highly accurate punter, and is at his best when lugging the freight. The Packers, Coach Lambeau has pointed out, have not too much time to prepare themselves for the opening jousts on their schedule. Friday night, Sept. 2, they will tangle in an intra-squad night engagement at City stadium, and Labor Day, Sept. 5, they will travel to Ironwood,
Mich., to face the Cedar Rapids, Ia., Crushers, in an exhibition contest. Then they'll open their National league season against the Cleveland Rams here Sunday Sept. 11. Lambeau received letters this week from Lon Evans and Zud Schammel, and a wire from Ernie Smith, carrying the information that the three big fellows won't be in uniforms this fall. Smith and Evans are retiring definitely from the game, and Schammel is unable to obtain his business release to play. Evans wrote: "The reason I have been so late in answering your letters was because I wanted to let you know definitely about playing this fall. I thought until yesterday there was a possibility of getting away to play, but that is out now. The man I am with here (Dallas, Tex.) in business is in very bad health and I am in a position where I cannot leave now. My dealings with you and the Packers have been very pleasing, and maybe you will need a worn out guard next fall and send me a contract. I am wishing you the best of luck personally and the greatest success with the Packers. If I can ever be of any help to you, I would consider it a favor." Schammel wrote: "I am letting you know the results of my personal conference with all of my superiors in Chicago this morning. Everyone from the president on down the ladder agreed that it would not be in accordance with their policies to let me off for a three month's absence to play football. I handled the interviews as tactfully as I could, and I guess it all ends by definitely not being a Packer player this year. Thanks for holding open the contract this long. The best of success to you and your team." Routine calisthenics followed by passing and punting drills featured yesterday afternoon's drill, the principal feature being the doubling of the size of the crowd. Huge turnouts of fans are anticipated for the Saturday and Sunday practices.
ISBELL STARS IN WORKOUTS
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - The College All Star gridders stepped through their second intra-squad game of training today in preparation for their Aug. 31 date with the professional Washington Redskins. The skirmish followed yesterday's two-hour passing scrimmage left by Cecil Isbell, Purdue, and Jack Robbins, Arkansas, and in which Isbell in particular have a demonstration of effectiveness in connection with receivers...REDSKINS ARE BUSY: In the Washington camp at Ballston, Va., yesterday, the Redskins also held scrimmage, with two rookies surprising the veterans with a pass and the only touchdown of the workout. Hal Bradley, lanky end from Elon college, took the throw from George Karamatic and ran 40 yards for the score. Sammy Baugh confined his efforts almost entirely to rehearsing a few running plays, but throughout it has been evident the Redskins will count on Baugh and his passes against the All Stars.
JIM FARLEY, IN BUFFALO, TALKS UP PRO FOOTBALL
AUG 20 (Buffalo) - James A. Farley, postmaster general, maker of presidents, et cetera, with plenty of national important problems to handle, took time out during the crowded moments of his Buffalo visit to let it be known that he is a football addict. Before the member of the Roosevelt cabinet finished, he tossed in a whooper of a boost for the professional teams of the NFL. Mr. Farley, had he extended his amateur career as a first baseman, might have climbed in either the National or American baseball leagues. He was the Hal Chase of the Rockland county teams. Mr. Farley's reign as czar of boxing in New York state is too well known to warrant comment...TWO PRO GAMES: Mr. Farley launched his football comment when he congratulated Charley Murray on bringing two major professional games to Buffalo, namely Philadelphia against Pittsburgh Wednesday night, Sept. 14, and the famous Green Bay Packers against the equally famous Chicago Cardinals Wednesday night, Sept. 28. Each game will be played in Buffalo's new Civic stadium, under the blaze of 21,000,000 candle-powered lights. "I'm one of the best customers my friend Tim Mara has for his Giants' at-home games in New York," began Mr. Farley. "These professional clubs play what I classify as hard, rough, spectacular football, the kind the man on the street as well as the college man likes to see. It's my idea of heman stuff."...KEEP HIGH STANDARD: "Surprising to me is the fact that the professional can maintain such a high standard of competitive spirit, or perhaps I should term it a fighting desire to win. And also amazing to me is their mixture of skill and judgment when the dangerous spots pop up. They don't duck or dodge, yet few of them are carried off the gridiron with injuries. I guess that's where Old Man Experience counts. I'm sorry I can't be here for the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game. I want to catch this fellow Whizzer White in action. He must be what you'd call a Yankee Doodle Dandy - great football player and top student. Must be, to earn a Rhodes scholarship. My schedule calls for me to be hereabouts on Sept. 28. I'll make the Green Bay Packers- Chicago Cardinals game all right. Now, they are two scrappy teams. Must be a Donny-brook fair every time they step on the field. Their personal feuds remind me of the old days between John McGraw's Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Professional football will get bigger and better. I'm for it."