1938 Green Bay Packers
LEWELLEN HOLDS ALL-TIME POINT LEAD OF PACKERS
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Racking up 223 points against NFL opposition during the 1938 season, several members of the Green Bay Packer squad made impressive gains during that schedule, the official team scoring roster, covering every season since 1921, reveals. Although Clarke Hinkle, fullback, and Donald Hutson, end, leaped amazingly forward in 1938, moving ahead on the big list in great strides. Verne Lewellen, great Packer halfback of the 1924-32 era, continues to lead the all-time table with 301 points. The Packers arrive home tonight, being scheduled to reach the city at 4:47, and they will be greeted by as many loyal fans as a campaign to arouse them will attract. Despite the team's defeat at New York, its followers feel that its record in attaining the Western championship was phenomenal, and a great many of them intend to prove it by visiting the train late this afternoon...HEADED BY COACH: Not all of the players will be back, for with no post-season games scheduled for a number of the Packers have scattered for their homes immediately. It is probable, however, that some 12 or 15 of them will return to Green Bay, headed by Coach E.L. Lambeau, who experienced one of the most bitter disappointments of his life as his team fell before the Giants, 23 to 17. Two of the reasons the Packers reached the playoffs were Hinkle and Hutson, most effective scorers of the National league campaign. If Hinkle continues his play for one, or perhaps two more seasons, he has every chance of setting a new all-time Green Bay scoring record, in addition to a new mark for the league itself. The league record of 304 is held by Earl (Dutch) Clark, who has about reached the end of his playing days...GOES PAST BLOOD: During the last season Hinkle forged past Johnny Blood into second place among the all-time scorers, and now he has 239 points, 62 less than Lewellen. At Hinkle's present scoring rate he could wipe out that deficit in about one season. Hutson, handicapped by a leg injury in his last games, which undoubtedly prevented him from scoring a couple of touchdowns at least, nevertheless moving ahead impressively during 1938. He passed Curly Lambeau and stepped into fourth place, 22 points behind Blood's margin of 224...18 STILL PLAYING: There are 18 men whose names appear on the all-time list, who still are members of the Packer squad. They are Hinkle, Hutson, Hank Bruder, Bob Monnett, Buckets Goldenberg, Joe Laws, Paul Engebretsen, Milt Gantenbein, Arnold Herber, Eddie Jankowski, Paul Miller, Bernard Scherer, Carl Mulleneaux, Swede Johnston, Cecil Isbell, Andy Uram, Herman Schneidman and Wayland Becker. Lewellen has scored more touchdowns - 50 - than any other man ever to wear the Green Bay uniform. Next in line are Blood with 37, Hutson, with 33, and Hinkle with 30. The record for booting extra points still is held by Joseph (Red) Dunn, 1927-31, with 46. His closest rivals are Ernie Smith, 1935-37, with 41; Monnett, with 28; Cub Buck, 1922-25, with 24; and Hinkle, with 23..BOOT FIELD GOALS: Hinkle and Buck each has kicked 12 field goals to lead that department. Tiny Engebretsen is next in line with nine. It is interesting to note that the Packers have scored 2,936 points against National league opposition since 1921. They have gone over for 408 touchdowns, kicked 290 extra points and booted 66 field goals. Thus the team will sweep past the 3,000 mark in scoring somewhere around the middle part of the 1939 season.
EIGHT PLAYERS BACK
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Eight Packers, "disgusted with New York", left that city immediately after Sunday's game and arrived here last night, ahead of schedule. They are Bill Lee, Cecil Isbell, Don Hutson, Baby Ray, Buckets Goldenberg, Arnold Herber, Hank Bruder and Paul Miller. "We felt broken-hearted about it," Lee commented. "We gave them all we had, and we felt it was the toughest break we ever saw. We couldn't wait to get out of New York and back to Green Bay." The rest of the squad arrives at 4:47 this afternoon.
PACKER PICTURES START THURSDAY
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - About 1,200 feet of film, a play-by-play picture of the Giant-Packer game will be presented at the Orpheum Theater starting Thursday night through special arrangements announced today by E.R. Brennan, manager. Brennan said that Ed Thorgerson would describe the play, with the pictures running at least 20 minutes. Along with the showing the Packer short, "Pigskin Champions", will be repeated, he said, and it is also hoped to have a number of Packer players on the stage to be interviewed.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Hardened, veteran New York sportswriters babbled incoherently during the Green Bay Packer-New York Giants professional football game Sunday, when the championship of the National league hovered indefinitely before settling upon the Eastern division, and when those writers turned loose upon their typewriters, they broke loose with every superlative in the book. If you are fortunate enough to see the motion pictures of the game, appearing at the Orpheum Theater here later this week, you'll witness the most savagely fought, bitterly contested championship game since the playoff system started in 1933. Almost any New York newspaper could be used as an illustration of how scribes go overboard, but one example will serve to show the impression created by the contest. We'll use part of the story written by Arthur J. Daley of the New York Times: BY ARTHUR J. DALEY: The Giants and the Packers delved into the realm of fiction for a storybook football game at the Polo Grounds yesterday. In fact, fiction almost seemed too tame a medium for the thriller that the Eastern and Western champions of the NFL staged for the world title to the delirious delight of a record playoff crowd of 48,120. Right to the final seconds of a rousing battle of gridiron titans, the tension was such that something seemed bound to snap. But when the final gun sounded the New Yorkers had conquered the ponderous Packers from Green Bay, 23 to 17. Perhaps there have been better football games since Rutgers and Princeton first started the autumnal madness sixty-nine years ago, but no one in that huge crowd would admit it. This was a struggle of such magnificent stature that words seem too feeble tools for describing it. The last quarter was scoreless, but no one dared leave the park. The Packers were hammering along the ground and through the airways, applying terrific pressure to the doughty defense of the pupils of Stout Steve Owen. One long pass could win the game for them, and the Green Bay Monsters were eternally shooting at that tally. At the end the spectators were too emotionally exhausted even to try to rip down the goal posts. They stood untouched, silent sentinels of a magnificent football game. What a frenzied battle this was! The tackling was fierce and the blocking positively vicious. In the last drive every scrimmage pileup saw a Packer tackler stretched onto the ground. Oddly, however, not one of them was really hurt physically, although the battering their spirits took was tremendous. As for the Giants, they really were hammered to a fare-thee-well. Johnny Del Isola was taken to St. Elizabeth's hospital with a spinal concussion that just missed being a fractured vertebra. Ward Cuff suffered a possible fracture of the sternum. Mel Hein, kicked in the cheekbone at the end of the season quarter, suffered a concussion of the brain that left him temporarily bereft of his memory. He came to in the final quarter and finished the game. Leland Shaffer sustained a badly sprained ankle that verged on a break. The play for the full sixty vibrant minutes was absolutely ferocious. No such blocking and tackling by two football teams ever had been seen at the Polo Grounds. Tempers were so frayed and tattered that stray punches were tossed around all afternoon. This was the gridiron sport at its primitive best. Jim Poole and Jim Lee Howell gave one of the finest exhibitions of end play ever seen. They smothered Packer rushes at every turn and then when Clarke Hinkle, an all-league fullback if ever there was one, attempted to punt Howell flashed in, blocked the kick and then caught the ball before it hit the ground. The Packers had their stars in Bud Svendsen, at center, Buckets Goldenberg, Engebretsen and Russ Letlow, guards; Hinkle, Herber, Monnett and Joe Laws in the backfield.
IN DEFEAT, GREEN BAY'S PACKERS DRAW PRAISE FROM THE EXPERTS
DEC 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - Sportswriters unanimously agreed Monday that the Packer-Giants game was one of the great ball games of all time. Typical observations follow: Joe Williams, New York World Telegram - It was a great game. As a matter of fact, it was more than a great game. It was one of those Hollywood films come to life. One great team beat another great team, and the answer was in doubt up to the last second of play. The game ended with the Packers trying to throw a touchdown pass, which would have tied the score and the extra kick would have won the game. There was just as much emotion and terror in this cash and carry game as ever existed in any college game. Not only because the winning team got bigger slices of the gate receipts than the losing team. There was great pride involved. The Giants weren't going to be beaten, and the Packers weren't going to be beaten. In the end, of course, one had to be beaten. As usual, we were wrong. We picked the Packers. We make no apology for this. They played a great game. That's always enough for us. They came close - so darn close that more than 48,000 people sat there wondering if they still wouldn't win in the last second of play. Very definitely we'd say the Giants proved to be the better ball club. We haven't seen a ball club all year that followed the ball with more alertness, a line that charged with such ferocity. We do not agree with the customers who claim the Packers were unlucky because two blocked kicks and a fumble led to their defeat. That's all a part of football. And usually it's the more aggressive team that blocks kicks and retrieves bobbles. Some of the decisions the officials made still puzzle us. There were times when we thought the Packers weren't being done right. Undoubtedly we were wrong. Arthur Daley, New York Times - The Giants and the Packers delved into the realm of fiction for a storybook football game at the Polo Grounds. In fact, fiction almost seemed too tame a medium for the thriller that the eastern and western champions of the NFL staged for the world title to the delirious delight of a record playoff crowd of 48,120. Perhaps there have been better football games since Rutgers and Princeton started the autumnal madness 69 years ago, but no one in that huge crowd would admit it. This was a struggle of such magnificent stature that words seem such feeble tools for describing it. Bill Corum, New York Journal-American - The New York Giants football team which topped the Green Bay Packers was the greatest football team I have ever seen. Here was football at its absolute tops - a meeting of two teams with everything, including experience and a grim determination to win. No college outfit, dying for all the ivy that climbed a cloister wall, ever staged a grander, more determined uphill battle than the pounding Packers. That "Benedict Arnold" Herber alone was a one man eleven, who tried to betray our inspired and inspiring Giants right down the bitter, black and murky end. What a player, what a competitor, that fellow was. Jack Miley, New York Post - Remember the Notre Dame-Ohio State game three years ago? That was the super thriller. Coming from behind, the Irish, with Andy Pilney and Wayne Miller, put on the most spectacular passing attack that was ever seen in college football. The Packers almost duplicated this within in two minutes, except that they could not score. But the idea was the same. The reason the Giants won was their edge in the line. Both ends, Jim Poole and Jim Howell, played as if their lives depended on it - and maybe they did. The least the big-hearted Mr. Mara can do is to give those boys a bonus. Without them, the Giants would have been also-rans. Ward Cuff stands alone and kicks alone. He is an all-America pro if ever there was one, not only for his pedal specialty, but also because of his blocking, tackling, and pass defending. He did everything but write a letter home to his mother. And he is taking care of that today...Richards Vidmer, New York Herald Tribune - The Packers dominated the offense in the last part of the game and might have pulled it out of the fire if an eagle eyed official hadn't noticed that Gantenbein, an end, wasn't actually playing end on a play where a pass was completed deep into the Giants' territory. Cecil Isbell, playing a wide wing back, had moved up to the line of scrimmage and technically become the end before the ball was put in play. The referee, of course, was quite right in calling the pass to Gantenbein illegal and enforcing the penalty which gave the Giants the ball. But he did seem to be carrying things just a bit too far when he penalized the Packers for unnecessary roughness on the next play. After all, nobody pulled a knife! Lou Niss, Brooklyn Eagle - The best line in football brought the professional championship to the New York Giants. The forward wall, which Coach Steve Owen claims is the greatest he ever saw, was the deciding factor.
HINKLE, HUTSON, LETLOW ARE HONORED
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - Three members of the Western championship Green Bay Packer team - Clarke Hinkle, Donald Hutson and Russ Letlow - today were named to the official professional all-American eleven, selected by a vote of the 10 coaches in the NFL. Two other Packers, Milton Gantenbein, end, and Cecil Isbell, halfback, were placed on the second team. Hinkle is a fullback, Hutson an end and Letlow a guard. Honorable mention was received by Bill Lee, tackle; Buckets Goldenberg, guard; Paul Engebretsen, guard, and Robert Monnett, quarterback or halfback. The Packers and New York Giants, respective winners of the West and East divisional titles, each placed three men on the first eleven. Only four players who made last year's honor team retained their places this year, but for the first time in three years no first year men were given first team rating. Ed Widseth, Giants tackle, formerly of the University of Minnesota, received 46 votes, the highest polled by any player this year. Other Giants placed on the first string were Mel Hein, center, selected for the pivot post for the sixth consecutive season, and Ed Dankowski, halfback. Records of the Green Bay men honored reveal their talents. Hutson, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound left end, is 25 years old, and starred formerly with the University of Alabama. He was named to the pro all-America team in 1934. This is his fourth season with the Packers, and he holds the NFL record for nine touchdowns scored in one season, established in 1936 and tied this season. He is tied with Gaynell Tinsley with 41 catches in one season for a league record. This year he was the second leading scorer of the league, with 57 points...LEAGUE'S TOP SCORER: The leading scorer was Hinkle, who edged out his teammate by one point. Clarke is 28 years old, and is all-league fullback for the third consecutive year. He led the league in scoring this season with seven touchdowns, seven points after touchdown, and three field goals for 58 points. He gained 299 yards from scrimmage in 114 attempts. Letlow, a 212-pounder, is 24 years old and starting from scratch has become one of the finest guards in the country. Extremely tough and rugged, impervious to pain or injury, he made an outstanding success of his third season of pro football.
MOVIES REVEAL CONOVER ERROR
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - "The football season is over; the Packers are disbanded." So said Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of Green Bay's professional football team, after he and several members of his squad returned to the city from New York on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa early last evening. Several hundred faithful followers assembled at the station to greet the returning players. There was no demonstration, but fans gathered around the platform and shook hands with the professional gridders, who fought their hearts out in New York only to lose their playoff game with the Giants last Sunday...STILL IS ANGRY: There'll be no Packer news for awhile, Lambeau repeated. He was still extremely angry over the outcome of the game, and complained bitterly over rulings by Head Linesman Larry Conover. "We're not going to take this sitting down," he predicted. "We had that championship taken away from us, and the boys didn't deserve it. I never felt so sorry for a football team in my life, except perhaps at the All Star game two years ago, in the heat between halves. The boys took the defeat very hard. They though they had the game coming to them, and I know they did."...TACKLED BY HINKLE: Lambeau witnessed the Pathe News film of the game at the Bay theater last night, and saw his argument on at least one of Conover's two disputed rulings sustained. Barnum of New York, in receiving a pass from Leemans as he was tackled by Hinkle, scarcely got his hands on the ball, which bounced off his chest out of bounds. Conover ruled it a completed pass, and three plays later the Giants scored a touchdown. The other play that was disputed, involving a completed pass thrown by Milt Gantenbein, and followed by a ruling that the Packer captain was ineligible on the play, will be aired at the Orpheum Theater on Thursday night, when the complete film will be shown. The management of the Orpheum plans to have several Packers present to be interviewed, and the Packer film short, "Pigskin Champions", will be repeated...CRUSHES VICTORY HOPES: The ruling on Gantenbein definitely crushed the Packers' victory hopes. At one moment they were pounding away at the Giants' goal; the next New York had the ball, and one play later the Packers drew a 15-yard penalty for "hitting too hard". Lambeau protested this ruling bitterly. "We don't complain about the usual run of penalties," he said. "Holding, offside and similar rulings have to be taken. At Washington last year Hutson caught a pass and got into the clear for a touchdown, but the play was called back and we were penalized for being offside. We didn't complain much about that."
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - "You'll see," predicted Curly Lambeau vigorously as he tossed clothes from his suitcase at his Northland hotel room. "Just wait
until you get a look at the motion pictures of our game in New York. The two outstanding decisions of the game, one leading to a New York touchdown and the other occurring when we were marching to another one, both were wrong." Curly looked awfully mad. He was remembering the scene in the Packer dressing room after the game, when the men made no move to leave for the bus; when they sat around more sad than they'd ever been before; and three were crying and one was hysterical, because they thought they deserved a championship and they saw it taken away. "I don't howl about offside decisions, and 15-yard penalties for holding, and those things," Curly continued, "but two decision by Conover, the official, were completely wrong, and we are going to have a showdown on it. The Giants are champions, of course, and nothing can be done about it, but something must be done about incompetent officiating." Curly objected to two rulings. The first came in the second period, and shot the Giants into a 16 to 7 lead. Tuffy Leemans tossed a pass to Barnum on the Packer 22-yard line for a gain of 20 yards. Barnum, hit by Hinkle's savage tackle as he grabbed the ball, fumbled, the ball rolling out of bounds on the 22-yard stripe. Conover ruled the pass complete, giving New York the ball there, and three plays later Danowski passed for a touchdown. The later objectional decision came when a pass to Gantenbein was called back because Gantenbein was declared ineligible to receive a pass. "They thought he was playing tackle," said Curly bitterly. "Then, on the next play we came through and cracked Leemans. There was nothing dirty; the boys just cracked him hard. And do you know what the referee said? He said he was penalizing us 15 yards for 'hitting too hard'? That's a new one on me." Curly certainly was one-half right, and he'll know by tonight whether or not his average is one hundred percent. Because a short time after the above conversation we sat in the Bay theater and witnessed Pathe news reel shots taken from Sunday's game. If the pass to Barnum was complete, I'll eat the football, with mustard. He scarcely got his hands on it at all before Hinkle's savage tackle hit him, and the ball skipped out of bounds. There wasn't a second that the ball rested in his possession. So, Larry Conover, the headlinesman, can draw a complete blank on that one. Tonight we'll take a look at the complete pictures of the game, which are being shipped in airmail and will appear at the Orpheum theater starting tomorrow. The disputed pass to Gantenbein will appear in that film, and Curly, with the Packers, will look it over.
GIANTS REFUSE TO OPEN BOOKS
DEC 14 (New York) - A federal order to show cause in connection with the price jacking of football tickets and the failure to pay the government the required tax was filed Tuesday against the New York Football Giants, Inc., and its president, John B. Mara. The order, returnable before Federal Judge Alfred C. Cox December 16, follows the refusal of the football company to turn over to the bureau of internal revenue all its books and papers from 1934 to 1938, according to the complaint. Two of Mara's assistants - Charles Chaplin and Mrs. Helen Mara, a niece - were arrested last week on charges of attempting to defraud the government of taxes by charging more than the face value of tickets. In the complaint Samuel Litwin, an agent of the bureau, alleged that he bought a ticket for Sunday's championship game between the Giants and the Green Bay Packers for a price above face value. As a result, it is charged, the government is entitled to 50% of the price in excess of the figure marked on the ticket. Other tickets were bought in the same way, it was alleged. Litwin asserted that he issued a summons to the company asking for the books and the order was denied.
PACKERS OUTSMARTED GIANTS - ALSO OFFICIALS!
DEC 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers are known throughout the pro football league as about the foxiest club in the circuit, so it probably will give the rest of the boys a chuckle to learn that Curly Lambeau and his lads were victimgs of their own cuteness in Sunday's playoff. They used a play, in the clutch, which was designed to mislead the Giants. It not only misled the Giants, it also misled the officials. As a result, instead of having the ball on the Giants' 40 yard line, the Giants got the ball on the Packers' 44. The play is the one which led Lambeau to denounce the officiating after the game. It was a forward pass to Gantenbein late in the last quarter, when the Packers were driving for the tying or winning touchdown. The officials ruled Gantenbein an ineligible receiver. Only the movies of the game can show definitely whether the officials were correct - or whether they were "sucked in" by a play intended to make the Giants believe that Gantenbein was ineligible. Russ Winnie, back from New York after broadcasting the game over WTMJ, contributed this diagram of the play and this explanation: "Scherer, the left end, went wide, and Isbell, right half, went wide on the right side, behind the line of scrimmage. Gantenbein, the right end, went around to Scherer's place alongside the left tackle. With that lineup, Scherer and the right tackle were eligible receivers and Gantenbein was not. The trick was to have Scherer drop back and Isbell move up to the scrimmage line just before the ball was snapped. When Scherer dropped back, Gantenbein became an eligible receiver. Isbell had to move up to make a seven man line. I knew what was coming. I had seen the Packers pull it before. I think the play went off as it should have, but I can't honestly say that Scherer dropped back in time. The head linesman was in a better position to see that. Only the movies can tell."
DISPUTED PLAYS NOT INCLUDED IN PACKER PICTURE
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Wires between Green Bay and New York were hot today following the disclosure that the Fox Movietone film of the Packer-Giant game at New York, received here yesterday and on display tonight at the Orpheum theater, does not contain pictures of the disputed plays in last Sunday's playoff game. As yet, there has been no explanation made by the company in New York as to why the plays were not sent. It was regarded as possible that the darkness in the fourth quarter at the Polo Grounds made it difficult for pictures to be taken prior to the turning on of the floodlights. Several New York and Chicago sportswriters telephoned Coach E.L. Lambeau by long distance, asking for his point of view on the affair, which is approaching the status of a major controversy. "We request Fox Movietone to make a complete picture of the game," Lambeau stated today. "It was our intention to use the film for lecture material, around the state, and for scouting purposes in the future."...AT NO EXPENSE: "When Fox Movietone learned of this intention, the firm offered to make the film at no expense to the football corporation, with Ed Thorgerson as announcer, and we accepted gladly. I have in writing the offer, which says that all plays of the game will be included." When a special preview of the film was shown last night, however, the disputed Herber to Gantenbein forward pass was not included. Otherwise, the argument waxed warm. The discussion centered entirely around who was eligible to receive forward passes on the play in question, which was a Herber over-the-line pass down the alley to Gantenbein, good for 18 yards and putting the ball deep in Giant territory. At the time the Packers were blazing hot and driving for what seemed an inevitable touchdown...BALL IS LOST: They lost possession of the ball on the ruling, and on the next play drew an added 15-yard penalty "for hitting too hard", as explained by referee Tom Thorpe. Thus, instead of holding the ball on the New York 42-yard line, in the Packers' possession, they found the Giants in possession of the oval on the Green Bay 28-yard line, and this unexpected reversal broke the back of the Bay campaign. The disputed play will be diagrammed and discussed in tomorrow's Press-Gazette sports section. The forward pass play occurring a short time later, when Wayland Becker was knocked out of a play which the Packers regarded as flagrant
interference, also does not appear in the Movietone films. Neither does that involving a disputed first down, where the ruling also was made by Headlinesman Larry Conover, the hub of the dispute.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Much was the disappointment of Coach Curly Lambeau and officials of the Green Bay Packers at the Orpheum theater last night to find that the disputed forward pass play, over which most of the officiating storm regarding the playoff professional game has ranged, was not included in the game film sent from New York. Whether or not anyone ever will know certainly where everyone was just before the ball was snapped on that play isn't clear just yet. Packer fans, however, will be interested in observing the pictures, for they reveal clearly the savage nature of the playoff contest, and are taken close to the field of play. Hinkle's touchdown, Herber's pass to Carl Mulleneaux for another, Becker's 66-yard run after catching Isbell's pass, Monnett's 33-yard sprint down the sidelines, Uram's spectacular catch of a Herber forward, and Tiny Enbretsen's field goal, all are included. Most of the running plays show the Giants in action, and fans will notice the shifty tactics of Tuffy Leemans particularly. The plays wherein the Packers were going the hottest along the ground are not included.
BUHLER HURT IN CAR CRASH
DEC 17 (St. Paul, MN) - Lawrence (Larry) Buhler, University of Minnesota fullback recently drafted by the Green Bay Packers, suffered severe injuries last night when an automobile he was driving skidded and crashed into a street car pole. The 21-year old football star was pinned in the wreckage so tightly it was necessary to use a crowbar to bend the steering wheel and instrument board to extricate him. At St. Luke's hospital, Dr. M.O. Thoreson gave him "a good chance to live unless complications set in." The injuries were described as multiple lacerations of the head, chest injuries, a broken nose and possible internal injuries...The condition of Larry Buhler, University of Minnesota football star injured last night, was reported as "good" this morning in St. Luke's hospital, St. Paul. Buhler's car skidded, crashing into a street car pole.
POSITION OF GANTENBEIN IS KEY TO PASS MANEUVER
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Not in recent years has a single play in professional football raised such a controversy as the Arnold Herber to Milton Gantenbein toss in last Sunday's Green Bay-New York game, the ruling on which probably cost the Packers their fifth National championship. Not offered as an alibi or excuse, but merely as an explanation of what actually occurred - or was supposed to occur - on that disputed play, the above diagram is offered by the Press-Gazette sports department. The indicated position are those at the time the ball was snapped. On the play, Gantenbein shifts from his regular right end position to a spot at the left of the Packer left tackle. Bernard Scherer, Packer left end, drops back of the line of scrimmage. Cecil Isbell, left halfback, playing wide, moves up to the line of scrimmage at the right. Herber, the right halfback, takes a direct pass from center, runs to the right, jumps in the air and fires an over-the-line pass to Gantenbein, who has cut over to the right. The play was executed in that manner successfully for an 18-yard gain, giving Green Bay a first down on the New York 40-yard line. But it was recalled, and Gantenbein was ruled an ineligible receiver by Headlinesman Larry Conover...CONOVER WAS WRONG: Here is Conover's fallacy: he thought that Gantenbein had remained at his regular right end position, thus becoming ineligible to receive the pass when Isbell dropped in even with the scrimmage line. Had Gantenbein not shifted to the left side of the line, this would have been the case. But Gantenbein DID shift to the left side of the line. With Scherer back of the line of scrimmage, this maneuver made Isbell and Gantenbein the eligible receivers, along with Bruder, the quarterback, Hinkle, the fullback, and Scherer...MAN COVERED GANTENBEIN: Gantenbein points out that the Giants themselves recognized the legality of the play, because they assigned a man to cover him on it, which they would not have done had they regarded the Packer captain an ineligible receiver. There was no complaint from the Giant bench until after the pass had been completed and the first down attained. Then Coach Steve Owen raised the roof. There is a matter of Bernie Scherer's position involved, and this cannot be established any other way than by the word of that player himself, who vows he was comfortably in back of the scrimmage line. That the officials knew of the maneuver is evident by the action of one, who before the play started informed a Packer that Gantenbein was "lining up offside". "Never mind, he'll be onside when the shift is completed," the official was told. If Gantenbein had remained at his original right end position, between Bill Lee and Isbell, he would have been ineligible to receive the pass, and evidently Headlinesman Conover, who had a ragged afternoon as far as officiating was concerned, took it for granted that the Packer field leader had not left his position.
GANNON, ZENOFF PROVIDE NEW SLANTS ON PACKERS
DEC 19 (Green Bay) - The Packers have disbanded for the season, but the publicity rumblings regarding the past season continue as sports scribes rehash the events of the National league schedule. In the Milwaukee News today, Morry Zenoff carried an interview with Ward Cuff, New York Giants blocking back, who explained his version of the disputed Gantenbein forward pass play. And in the Milwaukee Journal Sunday appeared another discussion of the Packers by Pat Gannon, in his column, "They Say in New York". These two articles follow: BY MORRY ZENOFF: Ward Cuff, back in Milwaukee again, Saturday added wood to the fire that now burns brightly in Green Bay, Milwaukee, New York, and all points east and west concerning that much discussed pass play of the Green Bay Packers in the pro title game last Sunday. The husky former Marquetter gives a player's eye version. He ought to know because he was right in the thick of it as regular halfback for the New York Giants, the new world's champions. In an exclusive interview with the Milwaukee News, he said: "Green Bay has no right to complain. We knew about that trick play. In fact, Steve Owen, our coach, warned the officials before the game to be on the lookout for it. Owen felt it was illegal and had been used illegally many times during the year. And you can believe me the Packers had eight men on the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped on that play, thus making Gantenbein an ineligible receiver. Sure, the play is legal if the end drops back - but he didn't and that's what referee Bobby Cahn saw and called. We took possession and Packer chances were killed thereafter. Incidentally, I happened to have been the one to tackle Gantenbein when he caught the pass."...SAYS PACKERS STRONG: Cuff admitted the Packers' strength as a team but said: "They were lucky to have given us as much trouble as they did. We let them run all they wanted to between the 20s but the territory between the 20s and the goal lines belonged to us. The toughest team we had to play all year was Brooklyn, which held us to a tie. That day they played great ball. We were don there six times in one half and couldn't score." Back to his home port with Ward are his wide, Doris, and their daughters, Lee, Anne, four months old. They'll remain in Milwaukee until the day after Christmas, and then will take off in the new Cuff automobile for Los Angeles where Ward is to meet the Giants Jan. 2, going into training for a Jan. 15 game with an all-star team. After that he will help make up a basketball team composed of Giant men, Burnett, Poole, Danowski, Howell, Lunde and play games throughout the east, winding up with two weeks of play as the feature sports attractions of New York's World Fair the first week in April...BACK TO MILWAUKEE: Cuff will return to Milwaukee after that to assist Con Jennings in coaching the M.U. track squad. He will take a course in summer school leading towards a degree. The Cuff of today is slightly different from the Cuff who struck out to seek his fortune with the Giants two years ago. No longer the braggart, the carefree gambler against any and all stakes, Ward now is a team man, constantly praising his mates on the Giants, spending little time talking of the things he has done. But he couldn't deny the facts that he was the lightest man on the regular team, yet proved the team's outstanding blocker and the league's outstanding placekicker. In the latter department he led the league with eight out of 11 tries and booted 20 points after touchdown. One of his field goals sailed 43 yards. That was in the game with the eastern All Stars. He kicked another that night, enabling his team to win, 6-0...BY PAT GANNON: Here's blowing a salute to the Green Bay Packers - a bunch of "one legged" guys who stole a western title - geezers who were knocked down for a nine count time after time, only to get up and rap out 15 rounds to a decision. These buccaneers who pirated the division title with savvy, moxie and finesse (they really didn't have it, except in the clutch) rate 100 guns. In the league book they will go down as also rans. In the tradition of the game they will go down as one of the most spirited clubs ever fielded, in spite of uninspired play in spots. Scarcely better on paper than No. 3 club in the western loop, the Packers came within one pitch of nailing up a flag...HOLD KEY POSTS: Rolling down the stretch, the club enrolled veterans whose legs were all but gone, fellows geared as "spell" players, but holding No. 1 playing posts, ancients who were propped up for play with tape - legs virtually hung on with adhesive wrappings - and guys who had just one knee before they were wrapped up for battle. True, they mustered one of the greatest backfields the pro game has seen and some popeyed youngsters who were bruised and hammed into veterans as the season ran. But on paper the line didn't rate - too old, too green, too mediocre in spots. Yet, in the heat of battle, the weird forward wall somehow tempered and held - at least enough...THREATENED TO CRACK: There were men at times who were afloat - in fact almost drowned - in the boots they were filling; ballplayers who gave more than they had in every fracas; old men who couldn't halt the charges of the initial moments of battle but who could get up off the flats of their backs and cool the hot boys down to a dry gasp before the battle ended. Time after time, the whole outfit threatened to fall apart - and did in spots. Such was the grand army of wooden men which came tottering into the Polo Grounds several weeks ago. It pushed the Giants around for tremendous yardage, but when the defense telescoped against the goal posts, the attack foozled and died. It was scarcely credible. No one here ever had seen a Lambeau club muff a ball game for lack of "umph". Yet this one did - four of five times. No one knew it then, but it appears now that the tape rolls had run out...LINE FOLDED UP: Then the boys came back for the title battle and in the first quarter that line folded up like a venetian blind. There were Giants in the Packer backfield on virtually every play and four or five "wooden" men out there being bowled down like palm trees in a hurricane. The Packers made approximately 20 yards on running plays in 15 minutes. Most revealing of all were two blocked punts. Even a high school team never should have a punt blocked if the passing and kicking is good, experts say. Yet the Giants were bounding through there like bullfrogs after flies, and nabbing punts right off the muzzle. Packers were sitting on their posteriors all over the lot. A green team would have run for the clubhouse, but the grand army of wooden men hung on until the money boys began to get unwound, joints loosened up and the hot boys began to cool...STILL MONEY PLAYERS: Then they came roaring back, on an explosion detonated by Arnie Herber, one of the almost forgotten men, but a money player even in his dotage. The "wooden men" slapped those Giants and cuffed them, broke their bones and bruised them black and blue. The fourth quarter was as rough a 15 minutes was ever seen, and the wooden men won the decision, make no mistake about that. One little break and they'd have won the title. They had it in their hands twice and lost it each time on the most disheartening of luck. Hyping that outfit up for a 11 game campaign was in its way a small miracle. They won on wooden legs, one leg at times, with mummies in tape and on raw nerve. They were flattened and got up to mow the boys down. They had moxie - great gobs of it. They beat better teams with that quality alone. They outsmarted faster outfits, outguessed them, outslickered them and outgambled them. There were times when Lambeau, they tell you now, gambled obviously and openly and with such long chance desperateness that the sheer nerve of it carried him through...PILE UP DEFENSE: They did strange and wonderful things at times - piling up a defense wide open here but impregnable there. They outscored the opposition, made huge use of everyness and even scored by gambling on the other fellow's mental processes. In fact, they masterminded a title in the west. You can kiss the boys good-bye, knowing that you haven't seen their like in many years, possibly never will again. They didn't have it, but you couldn't tell them that.
WHITE, DANOWSKI TAKE TITLES IN NATIONAL LEAGUE
DEC 19 (Green Bay) - In the closest race in years for individual ground gaining and forward passing honors of the NFL, Byron (Whizzer) White, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Ed Danowski, New York Giants, emerged as leaders. White, former Colorado university Rhodes scholar all-American playing his first and last season of major league football, gained 567 yards in 152 attempts to cop the duke in the final week of play. Tuffy Leemans, New York Giants, and league leader in 1936, was second with 463 yards in 121 attempts. White was the only first year man to gain an individual title this season. Cecil Isbell of Green Bay ranked fourth in total ground gaining, having 455 yards in 85 attempts. Three new records were established in forward passing. Danowski completed 70 passes out of 129 for a 54.2 percent efficiency, a new NFL mark. He also raised his lifetime efficiency mark from 48.3 percent with a record of 255 completions out of 512 tosses over a five year span...TAKES FORMER TITLE: Danowski recaptured the passing title he held in 1935. Dougal Russell threw a pass to Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals teammate, good for a 98 yard gain and a touchdown, to break the league mark for longest gain on a pass. The old mark was made last year on a Pat Coffee to Tinsley pass for a 95 yard gain. Sammy Baugh, Washington Redskins ace who led in passing in 1937, finished second this season with 63 completions, the same number completed by Ace Parker, Brooklyn Dodgers. Baugh's efficiency was 49.2 percent to 42.5 percent for Parker. Parker gained 865 yards on his aerials, the most in the league. Jack Robbins, Chicago Cardinals recruit from Arkansas, was fourth with 52 completions although he only played in 7 of the 11 games scheduled.
DEC 20 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - You've heard a lot of remarks, all pro-Packer, regarding that much discussed play in the Packer-Giant championship game, in which the Packers lost the ball because an ineligible man caught a pass. Recently, Ward Cuff, former Marquette gridder and now with the Giants, returned to Milwaukee and had the following to say about the play and the Packers: "Green Bay has no right to complain. We knew about that trick play. In fact, Steve Owen, our coach, warned the officials before the game to be on the lookout for it. Owens felt it was illegal and had been used illegally many times during the year. And you can believe me the Packers had eight men on the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped on that play, thus making Gantenbein an ineligible receiver. Sure, the play is legal if the end drops back - but he didn't and that's what Referee Bobby Cahn saw and called. We took possession and Packer chances were killed thereafter. Incidentally, I happened to have been the one to tackle Gantenbein when he caught the pass." Cuff admitted to the Packers' strength as a team but said: "They were lucky to have given us as much trouble as they did. We let them run all they wanted to between the 20s but the territory between the 20s and the goal lines belonged to us. Our line outplayed theirs all the way. The toughest team we had to play all year was Brooklyn, which held us to a tie. That day they played great ball. We were down there six times in one half and couldn't score." And speaking of the Packers, can you imagine any sportswriter having the nerve to write something like this about any coach or team: "Lambeau, the great masterminder, sitting on the sidelines and masterminding himself into a stupor, lost the game, not the Packers themselves. Curly saw that one punt blocked, but he must have thought the Giants were fooling. They showed him, however, a few minutes later when they blocked another that they were not playing peek-a-boo."
YES, IT WAS A GREAT YEAR, SAYS PACKERS' ASSISTANT
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - The boss was gone, so the Redhead has charge of the Northern building office. He took his work seriously - very seriously - and phone calls kept him busy, but between replaying that "Mr. Lambeau is not in. He will be gone about a month," he found time to remember a few things about the football season. The Redhead is Richard Smith, a product of the Fox river valley, who is assistant to Coach Earl L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. To him goes credit for conditioning and developing a tough Packer forward wall. Where material was lacking, he plugged the gaps with more headwork than plaster. Red is a rough (ask Sham O'Brien), big-hearted, kidding practical joker away from grid affairs. During a Packer game he is serious to gloomy Dean Inge proportions. Yesterday, with the holiday spirit probably a contributing factor, his mood was almost sentimental as his thoughts reverted to the last few months. "Think," he said, "of Cecil Isbell." When Red says something, action follows, so Isbell was remembered. "Yes," he interrupted, "but you never got that first thrill of seeing him in the all-star game. He didn't amount to much in the draft - as far as the other coaches went - but Curly (Lambeau) had an idea. When we saw him step and pass in the all-star game, we know that the idea had clicked."...NEVER REACHED PEAK: "His possibilities are tremendous. He never reached his peak in college. He didn't hit it this year. But he is a greater football player today than when he reported to the Packers last September." And Red's view is one that is shared by Mr. Isbell himself. Before leaving here early last week, Cecil declared that "if Curly wants me, I'll really be set." Isbell returned to Purdue for work on a degree. But the lad from Texas wasn't the only football memory of Red. He went on: "Think of the great ball Bunny Schoemann played until he was hurt. We thought so much of him we wouldn't risk permanent injury. Next year he should be the outstanding center in the league. And Baby Ray. He was just a big kid when he reported. He wanted to learn, so he learned fast. He worked into left tackle even better than we anticipated in the first year. Don't forget that it was Clarke Hinkle's greatest year...I mean that...I saw Hink for more than a couple of years before I came up here...This was his greatest. The comeback of Tiny Engebretsen cannot be overlooked. Not only his kicking was remarkable, although that alone would merit any coach's praise. He also did a right smart job in the line. The last two games - the two New York games - probably showing him at his best...STOPPED BY INJURY: "I was glad that Herber came back in that last game the way he did. A lot of undeserved criticism was heaped upon his shoulder. He had a slow start. But, as Dutch Clark says, when it really counts he is the best pitcher in the league." Red stopped to answer another phone call. By this time he was beginning to suspect that it was a gag, but he didn't know for sure. After assuring the party on the other end of the wire that "Mr. Lambeau will not be home for another month", he continued: "O.K. (and what the O.K. was for needed explanation). Did you ever see a more seriouslike return to the game than that of Hank Bruder? Hank meant it when he said quits. He reported late. His start was late. But when he arrived, could you ask for anything better?" There were no dissenting answer to that. Red's biggest thrill of the season can be listed easily. They are Tiny's field goal that won the second game against the Cardinals at Buffalo; Bobby Monnett's two forward passes in the early moments of the second game against the Chicago Bears; the spirit of the team. Disappointments? One stands out. It was Darrell Lester's second consecutive bad pass from center that lost the first Bear game for the Packers. "In all my years of football, it was the first time I ever saw a bad pass lose a ball game," Red said of that one. And then there was the much discussed decision of Larry Conover, title game umpire, on Milt Gantenbein's catch of the pass when he was declared ineligible...HAD NO BUSINESS: "In the first place," says Red, "if Conover would have been minding his business he would have seen that Gantenbein was eligible. Secondly, if he wasn't, he had no business calling a penalty. And finally, it was not his business to call the turn." That is a lot of business for one paragraph, but Red is not a kicker. He never beefed at Wisconsin, and up to the Stuhldreher era that is something of a record. "When they lost that playoff in New York, the emotional letdown was almost too much to take," he says. "Still, it was nice to know that the fans were behind us, even in defeat." Smith leaves next week for Montgomery, Ala., to see the North-South game, even as Curly is at San Francisco for the East-West fracas. Green Bay has draftees in both contests. The coach and his assistant will confer here after those tilts, and then Red goes to Ocala, Fla., in his new capacity as assistant to the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.
NATIONAL LOOP GRID GAMES AGAIN DRAW LARGE CROWDS
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Major league football as played in the NFL enjoyed its greatest season in 1938, with record attendance marks being established for the third consecutive year. The increased use of the forward pass as an offensive weapon was largely responsible for six team records and three individual records which were shattered during the season. In addition two individual marks were tied. There was a 15 percent increase in attendance over 1937, with more than 1,100,000 fans attending league games. A new record attendance was established for the championship playoffs for the Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy, when 48,120 watched the New York Giants capture the 1938 title by downing the Green Bay Packers, Western division leader, 23 to 17, in the Polo Grounds...HAVE FINE RECORDS: New York won the Eastern division championship with a record of eight victories, two defeats and one tie, and the right to meet Green Bay in the playoff. Green Bay finished with eight victories and three defeats in the Western division. Four of the six team records established this season were in forward passing. There were 824 completions out of 2,030 forwards thrown in the league for an efficiency of 40.5 percent, a new record. The New York Giants set a new league efficiency mark with 91 completions out of 186 tosses for 48.9 percent, breaking the old mark made by Brooklyn in 1933 by more than 2 percent. The Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins completed 114 passes each to break Green Bay's old mark of 108 completions in 1936. The Cardinals, in 240 tosses, had an efficiency of 47.5 percent, which broke the record for a team throwing 200 or more passes...SETS SCORING MARK: The other two team records were in scoring. There were 1,484 points tallied by the 10 teams in the circuit this season, breaking the form3er record of 1,424 made in 1937. Green Bay broke its own scoring record for 11 games with 223 points, three more than it tallied last season. The three individual records put in the books this year and the two which were tied were also the result of forward passing. Ed Danowski, New York Giants ace, completed 70 out of 129 for 54.2 percent, breaking his own season's record by nearly four percent. He also bettered his lifetime efficiency with a five-year record of 255 completions out of 512 thrown for 49.8 percent, an increase of one percent over his former league lifetime record. Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals, caught 41 passes to tie the mark of Don Hutson, Green Bay, made in 1937. His catch of a toss from Dougal Russell for a 98-yard gain and a touchdown broke the former record of 95 yards on a Pat Coffee to Tinsley pass made last year. Hutson caught nine touchdown passes to tie his own league mark of touchdowns scored in one season...HINKLE TOP SCORER: Individual leaders for 1938 in addition to Danowski in forward passing and Tinsley in pass receiving, were Whizzer White, Pittsburgh; Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay; Ward Cuff, New York; and Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn. White, the only first year man to gain an individual title, gained 567 yards in 152 attempts to lead the ground gainers. HInkle was the leading scorer with 58 points. Cuff and Kercheval were tied for field goal honors with 5 successful placements each. Green Bay won team ground gaining honors with 3,037 yards in addition to scoring. In addition to the Chicago Cardinals, who won the passing title, other team honors went to New York for its defensive ability. Only 79 points and 2,029 yards were registerd against the Giants in 11 games. The Giants and Green Bay Packers each placed three men on the 1938 all-league team chosen by coaches at the end of the season. Hutson, Green Bay, and Tinsley, Cardinals, were the ends; Widseth, New York, and Stydahar, Bears, were placed at tackles; Fortmann, Bears, and Letlow, Packers, were chosen guards; and Hein, New York, center. The all-star backfield combination was Parker, Brooklyn, quarterback; Danowski, New York, and Cardwell, Detroit, halfbacks; and Hinkle, Green Bay, fullback. It is the sixth consecutive year that Hein was chosen at center, and the third consecutive year that Hinkle was named at fullback.
MCGLYNN DEMANDS CLEANUP FOR PRO LOOP OFFICIATING
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Just when everyone was forgetting about that forward pass ruling in the Green Bay-New York football game, and was setting down to enjoying the Christmas season, Stoney McGlynn of the Milwaukee Sentinel broke loose with a signed article regarding the general subject of officiating in the NFL. Stoney, who included a few suggestions for clearing up whatever inefficiencies may exist, wrote as follows: BY STONEY MCGLYNN: If what this column hears is correct, the 23 to 17 defeat the Green Bay Packers took at the hands of the New York Giants in the NFL title game may not have been in vain. First of all, it proved to one and all that officiating in the league is anything but up to the big time standard and it awakened to the other league magnates to the belief the Giants must be made to play more than a "Polo Grounds" schedule...DIDN'T SEE GAME: This writer did not see the title game, but he has seen the disputed pass play in which Gantenbein shifts over to the left end, Isbell moves out to a flanker position outside right end, and the regular left end drops back one yard, making all three eligible. There is nothing illegal about the play and it doesn't take more than a spattering of brains to be firmly convinced the Packers, with the title at stake, would not attempt to pull a "fast" one in the clutch. Judging reports from Packer players and officials and from New York press reports as well, Head Linesman Cononover ACTUALLY did not know where Gantenbein was lined up as the ball was snapped. First he ruled Gantenbein was ineligible because Isbell had taken a position on the line outside of Milt. When it was proved Gantenbein was not playing right end on that play the head linesman asked Bernie Scherer, left end, if he had been back a yard to make the "left tackle" eligible. As a matter of fact Gantenbein was the so-called "left tackle" so the reader can judge just how capable Conover was as an official and how intelligent was his decision. However, this is not a belated "alibi", but is written to point out why league officials have at least awakened to the firm belief something must be done to put the caliber of officiating somewhat nearer the caliber of play in the league. For the first time in history there is a general trend of thought among middle western grid fans that the Big Ten officiating is not up to standard. Previously one of the most frequent plaints of the "die hards" who fought pro ball was that the pro officiating was putrid. Now, the Big Ten followers are forced to cross their fingers when talking officiating and the pro league can step into the driver's seat by snapping up the young, highly capable officials who have been accorded the cold shoulder bu the august powers that be in the Big Nine and Chicago...NEED YOUNGER OFFICIALS: There are any number of young officials who have the knowledge, the poise and the speed to make most of the present Big Ten whistle tooters look like a bevy of tin soldiers, but they have been unable to crack into the "trust". The smart thing for the pro league to do would be to grab off these younger officials, pay them enough to make it worth while and leave Major Griffith, Big Ten commissioner, holding the bag with his Spanish warpatriarchs. In addition to reacquiring the cream of the younger crop this column advocated the appointment of two veteran officials to act as officials-in-chief for the Eastern and Western sectors of the league. An officials such as Edward W. Cochrane of Chicago, with a wealth of experience behind him, would be the ideal chief for the league at large and he could appoint a sub chief for the Eastern half of the league. By this method frequent rules interpretation meetings could be held without too great an expense and the league would not only have uniform interpretations of rules, but actually might have smart officiating as the general thing rather than the exception. Information at hand is that the magnates are going to have a thorough housecleaning at their next meeting, that the boys are going to take down their hair and let the wigs fall where they may. They plan to get good officials and to back up the officials with drastic penalties. If they do they'll only be doing themselves a big favor...BUSH LOOP SETTING: The "Polo Grounds" schedule of the Giants is also under fire. For year it has been all but impossible to get the Giants out into the West and only on few occasions do they leave their home bailiwick. The excuse that the Giants are the best drawing power in the league at home is nothing more than an excuse and a poor one. The Yanks, the Tigers and the Cubs all draw well at home, but they take their road trips with the Phils, the Macks and the Browns. And only by following the baseball idea can the football wheel get rid of the reputation of being "money crazy" - claims that are heard all too frequently these days. These reforms have been desired by this column for several years. Right now, with the league financially set, is the time to prove the circuit is major
league in things other than mere football playing ability. A major league team playing in a bush league setting doesn't quite fit into the fans' scheme of things - nor should it - and by taking a few, if drastic, steps, the league can be in the position where its most ardent followers would like it to be - at the top in football ability and in the conduct of its games.
LEAD SCORING LIST
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Two Green Bay Packers all-league stars, Clarke Hinkle, fullback, and Don Hutson, end, led the NFL scorers for the 1938 season. Hinkle tallied seven touchdowns, seven extra points and three field goals for 58 points. Hutson garnered nine touchdowns and three extra points for 57 points. In catching nine touchdown passes, Hutson tied his own 1936 National league mark for scoring niine touchdowns in one season. Joe Carter, Philadelphia end, and Ward Cuff, New York back, were third and fourth with 48 and 45 points, respectively. Jack Manders, Chicago Bears back who led the scorers in 1937, finished in a tie for fifth this season with recruit Andy Farkas of the Washington Redskins, with 37 points. Cuff kicked the most extra points - 18; and was tied with Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn, for most field goals - five.
TIES HUTSON'S MARK
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Gaynell Tinsley, former L.S.U. end playing his second season of major league football with the Chicago Cardinals, tied one NFL mark in pass receiving and shared in breaking another. Although Tinsley caught passes in only nine of the 11 games played, he captured the pass receiving title from Don Hutson, Green Bay end, who led the league in this department in 1936 and 1937. Tinsley caught 41 passes to tie Hutson's league mark, established in 1937. One of his catches from Dougal Russell was good for a 98 yard gain, breaking the 1937 record of 95 yards gained on a pass play on a Pat Coffee to Tinsley aerial. Hutson, playing in ten games, finished second this season with 32 receptions for 548 yards and nine touchdowns, the most yards gained and the most touchdowns by an individual pass receiver in 1938. Joe Carter, Philadelphia, was third with 27; Charlie Malone, Washington, fourth with 24, and Jim Benton, Cleveland, fifth with 21. Benton, former Arkansas end, was the only first year man to place among the first five this season.
BOOT FIELD GOALS
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Ward Cuff, New York Giants, and Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn Dodgers, finished in a tie for individual field goal honors in the NFL in 1938 with five successful placements each. They displaced Jack Manders, Chicago Bears ace and 1937 leader who had previously shared the title or held it exclusively four out of the last six years. Cuff attempted nine while Kercheval attempted 13. Kercheval had the longest of the season, a 45 yard kick. A total of 41 field goals were successful out of 101 attempts throughout the league, a 40 percent average. Five players had perfect records. Bill Reissig, Brooklyn; Dutch Clark, Detroit; Bill Smith, Cardinals, and Nelson Peterson, Cleveland, all had two in two attempts. Bob Masterson, Washington, had one in one attempt.
FOOTBALL WRITERS PICK ALL-AMERICA PRO TEAM
DEC 24 (Green Bay) - The National Professional Football Writers association today announced what is perhaps the most comprehensive and intelligently polled All American team ever selected. The 1938 All Star professional team, named by 205 member sports writers from every NFL city, is the All America team in question. Since Casper Whitney originated the idea back in the days of turtle neck sweaters, All America selections have been arrived at by various and devious methods. High pressure press agents, geographical locations and big time schedules, with an eye to their bearing on circulation, are all important factors in the choice of the collegiate All America teams. Ability, team value and sheer artistry were the only factors considered in the football writers' selections. As reporters assigned to pro football games, association members had an opportunity to study every player in action under fire and they were free from the influence of college and sectional loyalty...WHITE ON FIRST: This is reflected by the fact that the writers' team are at variance with those selected by NFL coaches. Two first year men, Byron (Whizzer) White, Colorado Rhodes scholar, and Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, former Mississippi star, whom the coaches relegated to second team positions, were named by the writers on their first team. White, the league's leading ground gainer, despite the fact that he played with the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates, was placed at left halfback. Kinard, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was named right tackle. The outstanding difference in the teams, however, occurred at center, where the coaches, as has been their custom for the last six years, again named Captain Mel Hein of the world's champion New York Giants. The writers favored Frank Bausch of the Chicago Bears. Bausch won the position by a margin of only four points in the closest competition the writers' balloting developed...HINKLE LEADS ALL: Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay fullback, topped the entire poll, being named on the first team in all but 19 ballots. Clarence (Ace) Parker of Brooklyn was second. He was selected for first team quarterback on all except 24 ballots. The next heaviest vote went to Ed Widseth, Giant tackle, who polled more points than any other lineman. The writers agreed with coaches at the ends and guards, placing Don Hutson of Green Bay and Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals on the flanks and Danny Fortmann of the Chicago Bears and Russ Letlow, Packer veteran, at
the guards. Joe Stydahar, giant Bear forward who was the coaches' selection at right tackle, was a second team choice in the writers' opinion. Lloyd Cardwell, Detroit halfback, whom the coaches placed on their first team, failed to make either the writers' first and second team. Ed Danowski of the Giants was the scribes' choice to team with White on the first team and Alfonse (Tuffy) Leemans of New York and Cecil Isbell of Green Bay were awarded the second team berths. This procedure gave the writers the league leading ground gainer - White - the leading passer - Danowski - and the leading scorer - Hinkle - in the first team backfield...ISBELL ON SECOND: The writers' second team backfield - Isbell and Leemans, halfbacks, Sammy Baugh of Washington, quarterback, and Bill Shepherd, Detroit fullback, gave them four triple-threat men in this combination. Bill Hewittt, who experienced a return to form that, for several seasons, made him football's outstanding end, won a second team place with his Philadelphia teammate, Joe Carter, a flanker who has been given the recognition due to him previously. The second team guards also were teammates, the writers selecting Johnny Del Isola and Orville Tuttle, both of New York. Here again the writers disagreed with the coaches, who selected George Musso, Bear veteran, and Jim Karcher of Washington as their second team guards. Hewitt was the coaches' choice at left end and on the second team, but, at right end, they placed Milt Gantenbein, Packer veteran and captain, instead of Carter...PACKERS LEAD ALL: Nine of the 10 league clubs are represented on the writers' first two teams. Cleveland, although its Johnny Drake, Corby Davis, Chuck Cherundolo and Jim Benton received heavy support, is the only team not represented. Green Bay placed three men on the first team - Hutson, Letlow and Hinkle. The Giants were awarded two places, Widseth and Dankowski being the New York players selected. The Bears, with Fortmann and Bausch, and Brooklyn, with Kinard and Parker, also landed two men on the first team. Tinsley gave the Chicago Cardinals one representative - and White did likewise for Pittsburgh.
NAME PACKER STARS
DEC 24 (Green Bay) - Leland H. Joannes, president of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., today received word that Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson and Russell Letlow of Green Bay has been selected as members of an all-star team to play the New York Giants at San Francisco in January.
HENDERSON IS LIONS MENTOR
DEC 28 (Los Angeles) - Busily engaged in mapping plans for the All Star-New York Giant professional football game here Jan. 15, Elmer (Gus) Henderson took time out today to hope for a successful 1939 season as new coach of the Detroit Lions. Henderson, named to the job by Owner George Richards, succeeds Earl (Dutch) Clark, who resigned...BROUGHT BULLDOGS TO TOP: Henderson took over the Los Angeles Bulldogs organization three years ago and brought it to the top as one of the best independent teams in the nation. Pittsburgh, Cleveland and other National league teams fell before the Bulldogs this fall as many of the Henderson-developed stars went through an undefeated home season and a successful invasion of eastern pro gridirons. Henderson left the head coaching job at Tulsa university to come here.
2,687 MORE SEATS FOR CITY STADIUM NEXT YEAR, PLAN
DEC 28 (Green Bay) - Nationally circulated aerial photographs of City stadium again will be obsolete when the Green Bay Packers charge out on the turf for another season, according to plans for further improvements approved by the Board of education at the regular meeting last night. The board accepted a grant of $6,664 from the Green Bay Packers, Incorporated. Contingent upon the continuance of WPA, the plans calls for an impressive stone front, 2,687 new seats, moving of tennis courts, sodding of the gridiron and enlargement of press and radio booths. If WPA assistance is not available, improvements will be on a somewhat smaller scale. About 6,000 seats were added last year. The additional seats planned for next year will bring the seating capacity well above 26,000. The City stadium is under the management and control of the board of education. In return for its use, the Packers have agreed to maintain and improve the property, as needed, by the granting of funds to the board. There is a stipulation that only high school games may be played at the stadium during the Packers' season. Board of education members pointed out that the WPA is on indefinite standing at this time. Should the labor hoped for be unavailable, the board has agreed to revise the project and make improvements so far as the money permits...PLAN 1,269 SEATS: Under the WPA setup, however, the project calls for 1,269 seats on the north side of the stadium and 1,418 season on the west end. This would require $2,480 of the $6,664. Moving of tennis courts to a more desirable location would entail an expenditure of $2,000. The stone front and further improvement of office and storage facilities under the stadium would take $1,312 of the money. Stone would be supplied by the board of education from the old Washington Junior high school, now being replaced by a larger, modern structure. Provision also was made for sodding of the gridiron, and for paint and nails. It also was decided to enlarge or otherwise improve the present press and radio booths. All improvements will be under the direction of Ira F. Clark, superintendent of school buildings and grounds...
CARR SEEKS PRO EXPANSION
DEC 29 (Columbus, OH) - A professional football team in every baseball park in the country! That's the ultimate goal of a program mapped today by Joe F. Carr, veteran founder and president of the NFL, and promotional director of the minor baseball leagues. "We have 37 minor baseball leagues - we'll have about 40 in 1939 - which condition young and inexperienced players for the majors," Carr said. "There's no reason why we shouldn't have the same for football, with the players winning their way up the ladder to berths on the National league clubs."...THREE MINOR LEAGUES: The big loop prexy said that three minor leagues, each with a working agreement with the National league, functioned during 1938, and that negotiations were underway for three more next season. Card said he talked over the idea with the president of the Southern association, club owners of the Texas league, and "interested parties" in the Pacific Northwest around Seattle and Portland, and that he believed action would be taken before fall to place grid loops in those sectors. "We had more than 50 players farmed out in 1938, from the National league clubs," Carr said, "and probably that number will rise next season. There's a possibility that baseball men won't care to take over the handling of football teams in some of the cities, but we'll find other sponsors if they won't."...ALL GRADUATES CAN PLAY: "With new leagues spreading over the country, a place can be found for every college graduate who wants to play football. Many of the good boys overlooked on the all-star teams could get their chance in the minors, prove their worth, and work their way up. Such a system, with an agreement between the majors and minors, would help professional football and the players in many ways."
INTEREST IN PACKERS HIGH IN NEW YORK, KELLY
DEC 30 (Green Bay) - Mention of things familiar brings a thrill to the small town man in the big city. When the things mentioned really hold the interest of the far-away speakers, that thrill is doubled. So it was that with some surprise and no small amount of satisfaction Lawrence (Dan) Kelly, 31, found that the Green Bay Packers are just as popular in the thickly-populated east as they are in their native midwest. Kelly, a life-long resident of Green Bay until his eastward trek, has lived in New York City for the past 20 months as traveling freight agent for the Green Bay and Western railway. He was a relative stranger to the section that has become his territory, but it didn't take him long to learn that he had at least one thing in common with a large percentage of the people he encountered: interest in the Green Bay Packers. Home in Green Bay with Mrs. Kelly for the holidays, he delights in imparting the easterner's reaction to the pro gridders from Wisconsin. His relevations put the hometown scorners to shame...HELD IN HIGH REGARD: "I was surprised," he told a group of interested friends one night this week. "Naturally I expected, or hoped anyway, that Green Bay and the team was getting some recognition in the east, but I was totally unprepared for anything like the high regard those people hold for the Packers. I don't mean only in the city of New York," he continued, "but in smaller communities, from Massachusetts to Vermont, as soon as a person learns that a man is from Green Bay his first questions are about the Packers. Now Mr. Kelly is a businessman. Since early youth he has been an enthusiastic Packer supporter. But he admits that his appreciation of Green Bay's football success reached its peak when putting down his "Green Bay and Western card" brought grid queries that opened the way to business chatter...SAW GIANT GAME: "Even at a recent meeting with other rail representatives at Boston, the principal topic of conversation was the Packer-Giant contest," he recalled. "I saw that one, and as you can imagine, I had plenty to say about it...I guess most of it already has been said." (Kelly shares in the opinion that Headlinesman Larry Conover ruled in error, at least in his decision on the Gantenbein pass.) The youngish man who looks pretty much as if he could handle himself if a football game even now, relates that in sections outside New York City there is more than mere interest in the Packers - it amounts to actual fandom. "Before Marshall pulled his aggregation out of Boston in favor of Washington, Packer fans used to come all the way from Vermont to cheer for the Green Bay team...The same principle applies in New York. Residents of the suburbs and outlying communities come out to see the 'small town' team win," he says...GIVES EASTERN OPINION: It was an occasion of just listening for the others present. None had had the opportunity to hear eastern opinion of the Packers, so Kelly went on: "It makes a fellow feel pretty good to have new acquaintances ask about the players and be able to answer something about them...Hinkle has the widest following out there, but Herber and Hutson are greatly publicized...I have known Arnie practically all my life, and it seemed funny to read such acclaim for one who was so close." Kelly disclosed that the Packers are highly esteemed in many parts of Pennsylvania where he has made calls, and that right across the bridge in Brooklyn football enthusiasts list Coach Curly Lambeau's team among their favorites...CURIOSITY IS AROUSED: "Even those who aren't especially hot football fans find something in the Packers that arouses curiosity if nothing else. Most of them have heard of the team, and they want to know about its origin and development, the community behind it and where the support comes from," Green Bay's New Yorker recalled. "Where they are dyed-in-the-wool fans, however, they can tell you as much about the players as you can tell...The newspapers keep them informed." Kelly learned that professional football continues to rise as a drawing card in the east because many followers of the game, especially in New York City, cannot get away on Saturday afternoons to watch the college boys. Then, too, people have come appreciate the more finished product. (College coaches avoid the post-undergraduate grid argument, but Jimmy Crowley of Fordham, Lou Little of Columbia and his assistant, Cliff Battles, recently of the pro ranks himself, are among the steady customers at the post-grad gate. They are only a few.) Kelly returns to New York early next week, a person grateful for the fact that instead of having to boast about his hometown ball club, he found that very organization's reputation opening doors for him. No better advertisement could be asked by any community, large or small. And the calamity howlers - boys who seem to derive their pleasure from finding fault with the team - apparently deserve nobody but each other as listeners.
GRID STARS SIGN FOR WESTERN GAME
DEC 30 (Los Angeles) - Twenty-three of the best players in the professional football ranks were selected yeterday to comprise the All-Star squad which will battle the New York Giants, National pro league kingpins, in a game at Wrigley field here Jan. 15. Sammy Baugh, Ernie Pinckert and Bob McChesney from the Washington Redskins, Gaynell Tinsley and Phil Dougherty from the Chicago Cardinals, Ernie Smith from the Hollywood Stars; Cecil Isbell, Clarke Hinkle and Russ Letlow from the Green Bay Packers, as well as Ace Parker from Brooklyn and Gordon Gore, Pete Mehringer and Bill Moore from the Los Angeles Bulldogs were among those selected and said to have signed for the game. The squads are scheduled to start training here next week.
REMEMBER THAT BUSY 1938 GREEN BAY FOOTBALL YEAR?
DEC 31 (Green Bay) - Things seen and remembered in the 1938 football show, not necessarily listed in the order of their importance: Greatest football back - William Clarke Hinkle of the Green Bay Packers. Best center performance - that of Frank Bausch of the Chicago Bears in the second game against the Packers at Wrigley field. All-around guard whose truly great offensive and defensive performances were overlooked - Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg of the Packers. Most disappointed in defeat - Coach Milan Creighton, retired, of the Chicago Cardinals, and his boss, Charles Bidwell, after their team was trounced by the Packers at Milwaukee. Most cheerful in the face of a disastrous season - Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who dropped "plenty". Fan who took the fans' interest away from the field - Arline Judge of the movies who attended the Packer-Brooklyn game in Milwaukee, with her husband, Dan Topping...IN SAME PARTY: Runner-up to Arline - George Raft, who was in the same party at the same game. Peak victory enthusiasm - that of Mrs, George Halas, wife of the Bears' owner, after the Bears defeated the Packers by 2 to 0 here. Mrs. Halas was unprepared for the rain, and heard the game in a hotel room with Mrs. Paddy Driscoll. Best individual football performance off the pro gridiron - by George Waldron, 165-pound St. Norbert guard, in the game against South Dakota State. Coach hardest pressed by the "man in the front office" - Earl (Dutch) Clark, of the Detroit Lions, who had to answer to Owner George Richards for almost everything, including the weather. Next year Dutch goes to Cleveland...IMPRESSED BY CITY: Most impressed by Green Bay - Cleveland newspapermen, here for the first time with the Rams, who had a real story to tell of how a community get behind a football team. Best high school back - Benny Allard of East high. Pro gridder starring under great handicaps - Whizzer White of Pittsburgh, who with a mediocre team had to combat publicity that often had the opposition laying for him. Still he was the league's leading ground gainer. Hottest Packer fans - Fred and Charles McWey and Noble Janelle, who would follow the team to Timbuktu (and without sleep). Know-it-all who was 100 percent wrong - the unidentified "expert", who announced the morning of the Packer-Giant playoff that he had put all his cash on the Packer because the "fix" had been put on the game...ADAPTED TO SEASON: Packer wife who best adapted herself to the football season - Mrs. Andy (Dot) Uram. Pleasant surprise - the brilliant work of Bunny Schoemann at center before he was injured. Longest punt - Whizzer White's in the game against the Packers. It traveled about 80 yards with the roll. Most pleased visiting club officials - Bud Shaver and Bill Alfs of the Detroit Lions, who saw their team win here for the first time since the 3 to 0 victory of 1934. Good work in a new role - Paul Miller, one of the lightest Packer backs, who turned up in the blocking position at the end of the season. Noteworthy comeback - That of Hank Bruder, Packer veteran, 31 years of age, after a late start...MUST GET BETTER: Prediction now probably forgotten - Tod Rockwell's after the Packer-Lion game here. Despite the impressive Detroit win, Rockwell, a Detroit newspaperman, said: "I didn't like it; the Lions won't win the championship unless they get much better." Player who came through after just escaping the ax - Dick Nardi, former Ohio State back, who almost was released by the Lions. He was still out there when the season ended. Alumnus who always comes back - Eddie Kotal, former Packer back, who shows up at all the Green Bay games here and at Milwaukee, too. Maybe Chicago too. He coaches at Central State Teachers' college, Stevens Point. Most determined club president - Tom Lipscomb, new head at Cleveland, who is going to see that the Rams get somewhere "or else - ". Busiest photographer - Carl Linde of the Associated Press, who hopped to Green Bay to games, and dashed back to Chicago to get his pictures out so they appeared in Monday morning papers throughout the country. Triple threat back far above average - Ace Parker of Brooklyn. Coach who win or lose always has praise for the Packers - George Halas of the Chicago Bears (in public anyway). Team that George Halas would rather beat then any other - The Green Bay Packers...BAY'S FAVORITE SON: Affable coach from the college ranks - Green Bay's favorite son, Jimmy Crowley of Fordham. Veteran in his greatest year - Wayland Becker, former East high school and Marquette end, at his best with the Packers. Demonstration of esteem - Presentation of an automobile to Eddie Jankowski, Packer fullback, by Milwaukee followers between halves at the Packer-Brooklyn game. Room for improvement - Officiating in the NFL. Best official of the lot - Bobby Cahn of Chicago, who calls them as he sees them, and doesn't let the coaches intimidate him. Outstanding Packer rookie back - Cecil Isbell. Outstanding rookie lineman - Tackle Buford (Baby) Ray, with end Carl Mulleneaux a close runner-up. Coach who accomplished most with his material - E.L. Lambeau of the Packers.
PRO GRIDMEN PLAN MOVIES
DEC 31 (New York) - The NFL will have an official motion picture ready for release early this month, it was announced today by Joe F. Carr, president. The five reel sound picture is "Champions of the Gridirons", and is the saga of American football as portrayed by members of the NFL. The history of football is traced briefly through its formative years with scenes from sandlot, high school and college games along with the high spots from spectacular games in the 1938 National league season. These scenes will point out the wide-spread participation in America's national fall sport and will emphasize the contribution of the game to the high health standards of this country...SHOWN IN ACTION: The relationship between college and post-graduate football is brought out with many of the outstanding college performers of recent years, who entered the National league after graduation, being shown in action. The film, according to Carr, is both educational and entertaining. Football fundamentals such as blocking, tackling, kicking and passing are covered in detail. Complete plays delineated and advanced technique is demonstrated by the league's outstanding stars. Such luminaries as Dutch Clark, Jack Manders, Sammy Baugh, Ed Widseth, Bill Hewitt, Whizzer White and others are shown in slow motion displaying the special abilities which earned them fame and recognition...SHOW ALL STARS: The game scenes were selected for their thrill value as well as technical standpoint and the stars of every team are shown in action. The championship game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers was photographed from beginning to end and all the spectacular plays included in this film. The picture was produced by Industrial Pictures Inc. of Detroit for General Mills, Inc., with the sanction and cooperation of the National league. Coach Dutch Clark served as technical supervisor and coaches of all teams assisted in this capacity. Grace and Bement, Inc., Detroit advertising agency, developed the idea and script and Harry Wismer, popular football announcer, does the narration.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 31 (Green Bay) - The snow swirls around the City stadium gridiron, where all those new seats will be built next fall, and it's far from the scene at San Francisco, where 44 recently collegiate gridders are working out for the annual East-West all-star game. Looking them over under those California skies is Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers, and today brings some word from Curly regarding the pro football situation. Francis Twedell, University of Minnesota guard, who was drawn on the Green Bay draft list, will be married at San Francisco the day after the game. He hasn't made up his mind definitely about professional football, but Lambeau feels sure he will join the Packers. Without a doubt, says the Packer leader, Marshall Goldberg of Pittsburgh is a great ball player - an All-American who has the stuff. Coaches Andy Kerr and Bernie Bierman have said that they never saw an athlete train better, or be more conscientious about his work. Goldberg in addition is modest, and determined to play his best in each contest. Howie Weiss of Wisconsin has been nicknamed "Wezzie" by his teammates. His makeup is similar to that of Clarke Hinkle, and he may be used the entire game, as Osmanski of Holy Cross has a shoulder injury which may keep him out of the game. Weiss has been drafted by the Detroit Lions. Charley Brock of Nebraska, selected by the Packers, will be the starting center on the West team, and Lambeau, watching him work, said he seemed uncanny on pass defense. He likes the game and will play with the Packers. Of the 44 men on both squads, about 40 are enthused about playing pro football, and four say no, positively. One of the four is Osmanski, selected in the Chicago Bears' draft. "I am pleasantly amazed," Lambeau said, "regarding the attitude of the boys regarding professional football. They see every contest they possibly can, and know all about the personnel of the clubs in the National league. They all seemed anxious to talk about the playoff game between the Packers and New York Giants." Ray Flaherty, coach of the Washington Redskins, and Ernie Nevers, new mentor of the Chicago Cardinals, also are in San Francisco looking things over, and more representatives from the National pro league are expected tomorrow. Curly finished his communication by wishing all of his friends in this section a Happy New Year. And we do likewise.