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The 1939 Green Bay Packers - 9-2 (1ST - Western Division Champions)

Head Coach: Curly Lambeau


AUGUST (1-0-1)

25 G-PITTSBURGH PIRATES (Game 1)         T  7- 7    0- 0-1     9,416

25 G-PITTSBURGH PIRATES (Game 2)         W 17- 0    1- 0-1         


4  SW College All-Stars (at Dallas)      W 31-20    2- 0-1         



17 G-CHICAGO CARDINALS (0-1-0)           W 14-10    1- 0-0    11,792

24 G-CHICAGO BEARS (1-0-0)               W 21-16    2- 0-0    19,192


1  G-CLEVELAND RAMS (0-2-0)              L 24-27    2- 1-0     9,988

8  M-CHICAGO CARDINALS (1-3-0)           W 27-20    3- 1-0    18,965

15 X-at St. Louis Gunners                W 31- 0              11,000

22 G-DETROIT LIONS (4-0-0)               W 26- 7    4- 1-0    22,558

29 M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-0-1)         W 24-14    5- 1-0    24,308


5  at Chicago Bears (4-3-0)              L 27-30    5- 2-0    40,537

12 at Philadelphia Eagles (0-5-1)        W 23-16    6- 2-0    23,862

19 at Brooklyn Dodgers (4-4-1)           W 28- 0    7- 2-0    19,843

26 at Cleveland Rams (4-4-1)             W  7- 6    8- 2-0    30,691


3  at Detroit Lions (6-4-0)              W 12- 7    9- 2-0    30,699



10 M-NEW YORK GIANTS (9-1-1)             W 27- 0              32,279


14 NFL All-Stars (at Los Angeles)        W 16- 7              18,000

G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee X - Exhibition


In the middle of a game with the Lions, Curly Lambeau made a switch which added a few years to Don Hutson's career. Lambeau assigned rookie Larry Craig, a 205-pound bruiser, to play blocking back on offense and end on defense, freeing Hutson to use his speed at safety. His new secondary post spared Hutson the pounding of defensive line play, and left him more energy for his pass-catching on offense. Passes from Cecil Isbell and Arnie Herber kept Hutson busy, while the running corps gained enough yards to make the Packers the top offensive team in the NFL. The foundation for the attack was a solid line featuring guards Russ Letlow and Buckets Goldenberg, all of which combined to give Green Bay a return trip to the championship game.



(SOURCE: Wikipedia) The Pennsylvania Keystoners was the idea thought up by then-Pittsburgh Pirates owner, Art Rooney, in 1939 to have a single NFL franchise based in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The team would play half of its home games in each location. The idea for the Keystoners still exists with the most convoluted in sports history. During their early histories, the Pirates and the Eagles were among the weakest in the league. In his first eight years of operating the Pittsburgh franchise, Pirates founder Art Rooney was estimated to have lost $100,000. Neither the Eagles nor the Pirates-Steelers had posted a winning record in their first eight years of existence. Losses on the field were compounded by the combined loss of about $190,000 in Depression dollars.  The Steelers were so bad that Rooney sold them at the end of the, 1940 season to Alexis Thompson, a 26-year-old steel heir from Boston. Thompson renamed the Steelers the Ironmen, but he planned to move the franchise to Boston and play games in Fenway Park. Eagles owner Bert Bell brokered the deal, which also involved the trade of 11 Steelers to the Eagles and eight Eagles to the Steelers. Meanwhile, the Eagles were owned by a syndicate headed by Bell, however the team lost $80,000 and 21 games in its first three seasons. Soon all of the team's investors left the franchise, and by the end of the 1935 season Bell had the Eagles to himself. Rooney and Bell had become close friends, and soon after he sold the Pittsburgh franchise, Rooney bought a half interest in the struggling Eagles operation. The two owners planned was to field a combined Philadelphia- Pittsburgh team called the Keystoners that would play home games in both cities. The original proposition was that Thompson would buy the franchise and take the Pittsburgh club to

Boston and Bell and Rooney would pool their interests in the Eagles to form a Philadelphia-Pittsburgh club, splitting the home games between Forbes Field in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium. The Pittsburgh Pirates were supposed renamed the Boston Iron Men, however Thompson's move to Boston fell through. The Rooney/Bell idea to have one franchise with Games in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh was vetoed by the league as well. However Rooney had second thoughts about leaving Pittsburgh for Philadelphia, he caught Thompson at the right time and the two men changed their plans. As a result, Rooney and Bell would take their Philadelphia operation back to Pittsburgh and rename it the Steelers while Thompson, could move Rooney's original franchise to Philadelphia and play as the Eagles.


Frank Balazs      35   B 6- 2 215            Iowa  1  1 21  5 1939 Draft-18th

John Biolo        32   G 5-10 191     Lake Forest  1  1 23  1

John Brennan      37   G 6- 1 204        Michigan  1  1 26  3

Charley Brock     29   C 6- 1 195        Nebraska  1  1 23 10 1939 Draft - 3rd

Hank Bruder        5   B 6- 0 200    Northwestern  9  9 31 10

Larry Buhler      52   B 6- 2 204       Minnesota  1  1 22  3 1939 Draft - 1st

Larry Craig       54   E 6- 0 205     S. Carolina  1  1 23 11 1939 Draft - 6th

Tiny Engebretsen  34   G 6- 1 240    Northwestern  6  8 29 11 FA-Brooklyn (1934)

Milt Gantenbein   22   E 6- 0 195       Wisconsin  9  9 29 11

B. Goldenberg     43   G 5-10 222       Wisconsin  7  7 27  9

Tom Greenfield    56   C 6- 4 209         Arizona  1  1 21  8 1939 Draft - 15th

Arnie Herber      38   B 5-11 200           Regis 10 10 29 10

Clarke Hinkle     30  FB 5-11 195        Bucknell  8  8 30 11

Don Hutson        14   E 6- 1 185         Alabama  5  5 26 11

Cecil Isbell      17   B 6- 1 190          Purdue  2  2 24 11 1938 Draft - 1st

Harry Jacunski    48   E 6- 2 197         Fordham  1  1 23 

Ed Jankowski       7   B 5-10 195       Wisconsin  3  3 26 11 1937 Draft - 1st 

Paul Kell         41   T 6- 2 217      Notre Dame  1  1 24 10

Warren Kilbourne  58   T 6- 2 217       Minnesota  1  1 23  4

Jim Lawrence      51   B 5-10 190             TCU  1  4 24  5 FA-Cards (1939)

Joe Laws          24   B 5- 9 185            Iowa  6  6 28 11

Bill Lee          40   T 6- 3 225         Alabama  3  5 27 11 FA-Brooklyn (1937)

Russ Letlow       46   G 6- 0 212   San Francisco  4  4 25 11 1936 Draft - 1st 

Allen Moore       55   E 6- 2 218       Texas A&M  1  1 30  5

Carl Mulleneaux   19   E 6- 4 206         Utah St  2  2 22 11

Baby Ray          44   T 6- 6 240      Vanderbilt  2  2 23 11

Herm Schneidman   51   B 5-10 200            Iowa  5  5 25  1

Charles Schultz   60   T 6- 3 230       Minnesota  1  1 22 10 1939 Draft-20th 

Ernie Smith       45   T 6- 2 220             USC  4  4 29  6

Frank Steen       36   E 6- 1 190            Rice  1  1 25  3

Earl Svendsen     53   C 6- 1 185       Minnesota  2  2 24 10 1937 Draft-4th

Clarence Thompson 50   B 5-11 170       Minnesota  1  3 24  2 FA - Pitt (1938)


Pete Tinsley      21   G 5- 8 205         Georgia  2  2 26 10 1938 Draft-9th

Francis Twedell   62   G 5-11 220       Minnesota  1  1 22 

Andy Uram         42   B 5-10 187       Minnesota  2  2 24 11 1938 Draft-4th 

Dick Weisberger   33   B 5-10 205     Williamette  2  2 24  4

Gus Zarnas        63   G 5-10 225      Ohio State  1  2 25    FA-Brooklyn (1939)

Dick Zoll         57   G 6- 1 223         Indiana  1  3 25  1 FA-Cleve (1938)

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

1939 PACKERS DRAFT (December 9, 1938)


1     9 Larry Buhler         B Minnesota

2       No choice

3    24 Charley Brock        C Nebraska

5    39 Lynn Hovland         G Wisconsin

6    49 Larry Craig          E South Carolina

7    59 Francis Twedell      T Minnesota

8    69 Paul Kell            T Notre Dame

9    79 John Hall            B Texas Christian

10   89 Vince Gavre          B Wisconsin 

11   99 Charley Sprague      E Southern Methodist

12  109 Traded to Brooklyn Dodgers

13  119 Dan Elmer            C Minnesota 

14  129 Bill Badgett         T Georgia 

15  139 Tom Greenfield       C Arizona 

16  149 Roy Bellin           B Wisconsin 

17  159 John Yerby           E Oregon 

18  169 Frank Balazs         B Iowa 

19  179 John Brennan         G Michigan 

20  189 Charles Schultz      T Minnesota 

21  194 Willard Hofer        B Notre Dame 

22  199 Bill Gunther         B Santa Clara 

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JAN 5 (Columbus, OH) - The 1938 National Professional Football campaign was the most successful in the league's history, from the standpoints of artistry, attendance and spectacular play, and I am looking forward to an even better season in 1939. Climaxed by a storybook game in which the New York Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers to take the championship, the season presented practically everything witnessed on a gridiron. The fans, responding to the hard fought and spectacular play, thronged the parks in such numbers that the attendance was more than 1,100,000, an increase of 15 percent over 1937. The championship was witnessed by 48,120, a new single game high mark for the playoff...VERY CLOSE: So evenly balanced was the league this year that any of the teams in the lower brackets, given a few breaks, could have emerged with the title. Our selective system, permitting the lower berth clubs first chance to negotiate with graduating college players, will maintain that balance. The selective system, now in its fourth year, started showing results last season, and as time goes on will tend to keep the competition on a more even plane. For next season we are planning more pageantry, more colorful uniforms for the teams and officials, entertainment of various kinds for the intermission between halves and the hottest football games in the land. Rule changes will be few. The goal posts will stay on the goal line, and passes will be allowed from any spot back of the scrimmage line. We'll continue to play wide open ball, with the emphasis on forward and lateral passes and kicking, for the fans like to see the ball at all times and don't want it hidden under masses of players...CITES PACKERS, GIANTS: I don't believe a team will ever dominate our league to any great extent. In 1938 Green Bay won the western division title with eight victories and three defeats, while New York's Giants lost two and tied one in 11 contests. The league teams tossed 2,030 passes during the season, and completed 824 for a 40.5 percentage. The 10 teams tallied 1,484 points. Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals caught a pass from Doug Russell for a 98-yard touchdown gain, and Don Hutson of Green Bay caught nine touchdown passes. Ward Cuff of New York and Ralph Kercheval of Brooklyn kicked five field goals each. Our friendly relations with the colleges will continue. We will sign no players until their class has graduated, thus guaranteeing colleges the use of players until the last possible minutes. We don't want players who are willing to desert the classroom.


JAN 5 (Los Angeles) - New York's Giants, 1938 champions of the NFL, and an All Star team, selected by a fan poll from rosters of other league teams and the two local squads, the Los Angeles Bulldogs and the Hollywood Stars, are hard at work preparing for their combat. The game, the only post-season game permitted under league rules, will be contested next Sunday, Jan. 15, at Wrigley field, which has been enlarged to accommodate 30,000 customers for the occasion...COACHED BY HENDERSON: The All Stars, under the direction of "Gloomy Gus" Henderson, newly appointed coach of the Detroit Lions, and Ray Flaherty, coach of the Washington Redskins, have been working out daily at Griffith park since last Tuesday. The Giants, with Coach Steve Owen in command, are training at the Riviera Country club. They also assembled Tuesday. Henderson is well pleased with his squad's progress and confident the team has enough stuff to beat the Giants. "Coach Flaherty and I feel that our squad is strong enough to whip the Giants," Henderson said. "The team has speed, size, power, and all-around passing, kicking and running ability in the backfield. Our big problem is to coordinate our talent into a unit.." In the backfield, the All Stars will have the sort of players that ever coach dreams about, but seldom sees perform together. Ace Parker, all-American pro quarterback from Brooklyn, will pilot the All Stars. Parker gave local fans a tipoff on what they can expect from him by performing brilliantly in practice against his alma mater - Duke - before the Rose Bowl game. Sammy Baugh, Washington's passing wizard, who has shaken off the injuries that hampered him during the season, will alternate with Parker. Cecil Isbell, Green Bay's triple-threat star, and Gordon Gore, spearhead of the Bulldog attack, will also perform with the All Stars. Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay's all-American fullback and the league's leading scorer, is also expected to join the team. In addition, such crushing blockers as Ernie Pinckert, former Trojan All-American from Washington; Lloyd Cardwell, Detroit Lion star, and John Drake, Cleveland's battering ram fullback, are also available for duty...ERNIE SMITH AT TACKLE: The ends are well fortified, with Gaynell Tinsley, Bob McChesney, Bill Moore and Perry Schwartz on the job. Tinsley, the Chicago Cardinals' two-time all-American, is rated football's greatest pass receiver, but, in Moore, the Bulldogs' sticky-fingered flanker, he will have a worthy running mate. McChesney performed for Washington last year and Schwartz, who played with Brooklyn, was an important cog in California's 1937 championship team. A quartet of behemoths, headed by Ernie Smith, former Green Bay and Trojan star, will man the tackles. Joe Stydahar and Del Bjork of the Chicago Bears and Bruiser Kinard, Brooklyn's all-American, will share tackle duty with Smith. Ernie's field goal kicking ability gives the All-Stars an offensive threat to match Ward Cuff, the Giants' placekicking expert. Byron Gentry of Pittsburgh; Russ Letlow, Green Bay's all-American; Bill Radovich of Detroit and Pete Mehringer of the Bulldogs will take care of the guard posts. Phil Dougherty of the Chicago Cardinals and Johnny Wiatrak of the Cleveland Rams will share the center position.


JAN 5 (Green Bay) - Packer football fans read with dismay that Larry Buhler, the team's No. 1 draftee for 1939, was cracked up in a St. Paul automobile accident, when he skidded and wrapped his car around a post in much the same manner he is expected to wrap himself around professional football pigskin toters next fall. But now everyone can relax, for the latest word from St. Paul has it that Buhler, giant Minnesota fullback, has left the hospital and announced his intention of playing pro football this year. The auto mishap prevented him from playing with the Eastern All Stars in the annual Shrine charity game at San Francisco Jan. 2. More grid notes: Bernie Scherer, Packer end, has returned to Nebraska, his alma mater, to continue his studies for a degree.


JAN 6 (New York) - An eight-count information against the New York Football Giants, Inc., was filed by Jesse Moss, assistant United States attorney, today charging the sale of eight tickets for admission to the championship game between the Giants and the Green Bay Packers Dec. 11 at prices in excess of the printed face value of the tickets. Conviction on the information, which carries the same force as an indictment, would involve a maximum penalty of fines totaling $2,400...TWO ARE CITED: In addition to the corporation, the information cited Helen Mara, niece of John Mara, president of the Giants, and Charles Chaplin, a clerk. Federal agents said an investigation of the Giants' book would be started next week under an order issued by Judge Alfred C. Coxe.


JAN 9 (Pittsburgh) - Representatives from six cities today reorganized the old American Professional Football league and announced plans for resuming play next fall. Jack McBride, who said he would stage the games of his New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium, predicted ten clubs would participate in the 1939 campaign. Shortly after the reorganization session McBride held a long conference with Marshall (Biggie) Goldberg, and said he was confident Pitt's great star "will be playing in the Yankee Stadium next fall." "I had a very satisfactory conference with Goldberg," reported McBride. "We discussed various terms. He's very receptive. I am confident I will be able to satisfy Goldberg financially. He is certain to be a terrific drawing card in Gotham." Goldberg already has been drafted by the Chicago Cardinals of the National league. Reports had it that Card officials had interviewed him regarding his services next fall and that he turned down a $4,000 offer from the Windy City club. Drafting of Goldberg by the Cards did not prevent him from negotiating with clubs outside the National league, commented McBride. The American magnates said they held a draft of their own today and that they would proceed with plans to bid for any player they thought worthwhile. Those who reorganized the American circuit insisted they would keep the official name of the American Professional Football League, Inc. They said they had obtained a charter in August 1936 at Boston and that claims made last week by a midwest league which used the name American League in 1938 would be disregarded. The old American League operated in 1936 and 1937. McBride said the league would be divided into eastern and western divisions with a playoff between the two at the close of the season. He said Providence, Boston, New York, Pittsburgh or Buffalo and Newark or Atlantic City would be included in the east and Pittsburgh or Buffalo, Cincinnati, Kansas City, St. Louis, Louisville or Nashville or Indianapolis and possibly Los Angeles in the west. Club representatives attending the reorganization session in addition to McBride were Dana King, Cincinnati Bengals; John Slovan, Kansas City; Earl Seick, Buffalo; Myer Saul, who will operate either in Atlantic City or Newark; Richard Guy, Al Gormley and Dr. Jess Quatse, Pittsburgh Amerks. Wires inquiring about franchises were received from Providence, Boston, Louisville and St. Louis. The circuit's next gathering is scheduled at New York on Feb. 5. Goldberg denied tonight he had received a definite offer from the Cardinals. "Met Charley Bidwell, owner of the team, in Chicago recently but we did not discuss terms," he asserted. "I am listening to the various offers but have not even decided to play pro ball. Everything is indefinite yet."


JAN 13 (New York) - Anybody hoping to start a professional football club on a substantial basis now should have $100,000 to spend. He also should make sure that the league with which his outfit is affiliated will survive. So says George Halas, the old Illinois man who heads the Chicago Bears and is a professional football pioneer. Halas suspects that the newest move to reorganize the American Football league to operate in competition with the National will suffer from a shortage of bankroll rather than any shortage of players. There are plenty of athletes to go around. The American league tried in 1926 and folded up. They took another whirl in 1937 and failed to make the grade. The last movement to organize an American league outfit in New York was launched with a bankroll of about $30,000, as Halas remembers it. The speed with which that amount disappeared practically set an American league record.


JAN 15 (Pittsburgh) - Are there two American Football Leagues, Inc., and will both have Pittsburgh elevens playing in the 1939 season? The answers are yes and no, or possibly sure and maybe. Richard Guy, head of the Pittsburgh Americans of the 1936 and '37 seasons, claims to have the franchise for Pittsburgh in the American Football League, Inc. R.D. Payne, Swissvale, claims to have an option on a franchise for a Pittsburgh district team in an American Football League, Inc., that is an entirely different circuit than the one in which Guy and the Amerks played in 1936 and '37. Guy's circuit held a meeting here last week, a gathering attending by club officials from New York, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Buffalo, Atlantic City, Newark and Pittsburgh. They declared themselves to be the American Football League, Inc. The secretary of Payne's American Football League, Inc., who is James C. Hogan of Cincinnati, meantime wrote the Swissvale sportsmen this explanation: The old American Professional Football League was not incorporated. That league, after operating in 1936 and '37, disbanded in 1938. The Mid-West Professional Football League (Payne's group, in operation during 1935, '36 and '37) changed its name in 1938 to the American Football League, Inc. and has themselves incorporated. The new American Football League, Inc. (Payne's group) is comprised of Cincinnati (the Blades eleven), Louisville, East Chicago, Dayton, St, Louis, and, if favorable action is taken on Payne's option, Pittsburgh. This comes from Hogan, secretary of one of the circuits, and throws some light on the mystery of the two American Football Leagues, incorporated or not.


JAN 16 (Green Bay) - The first Green Bay Packer contract for the 1939 season was forwarded to President Joe F. Carr's office today, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau announced in a telegram from Los Angeles. The pro gridiron recruit is C.M. (Slats) Wynick, left tackle on the U.C.L.A. eleven the last season, who makes his home in Oklahoma City...REALLY LOOKS GOOD: "This boy really looks good," Coach Lambeau wired. "This year our policy is to personally contact all prospects before offering them contracts. In the past many men were signed without our seeing them, and often we were disappointed when they reported. Often the weight of the players was off by as much as 20 pounds. I personally contacted six players in the last two weeks and this boy was the only one who looked good enough to sign." Wynick is 23 years old, six feet, three inches tall, and weighs 225 pounds. He is married and has one child. Big and raw-boned, he is a smart looking boy and has also had experience at end in addition to tackle, Lambeau reports. He was not selected on the draft list...ERNIE SMITH COMING BACK: Coach Lambeau witnessed the game between the New York Giants and the All Stars at Los Angeles Sunday and following the game reported that Ernie Smith played one of the best games on the field, and "I feel sure he will be back with us next fall," he writes. "He should be one of the best tackles in the league, using him 10 minutes a quarter." Coach Lambeau is leaving Los Angeles today to contact players at St. Mary's and Santa Clara. It is the start of a recruiting trip which will cover about 7,000 miles and end in Green Bay early in February.


JAN 18 (Green Bay) - The name of Bill Aunther was engraved in the records of the Green Bay Packers today as the second recruit to sign a contract for the 1939 season with the Western division pro champions. Aunther is a big, heavy fullback who played the last three years with the Santa Clara varsity in California. He is the second boy to be signed by Coach E.L. Lambeau on his recruiting tour through the Pacific coast, and he is the second who has met all of Lambeau's personal contact requirements...PLAYED 60-MINUTE BALL: "Bill has an attitude much like Hinkle, though he is taller and heavier," Coach Lambeau wired. "With the exception of one game he has played 60 minutes in every Santa Clara game for three years, and was the backbone of a great defensive club." Coach Lambeau indicated that Aunther may be used as a blocking back "as Schneidman may not return this season". Aunther scales a total of 210 pounds and he is about six feet, one inch tall. His age is 21 and his home is at San Jose, Calif. 


JAN 20 (Green Bay) - Assistant Coach Red Smith confirmed today the report that Willard (Bid) Sherman, 200-pound center from Whitewater State Teachers' college, has signed a 1939 Green Bay Packer contract. Coach Smith made a special trip to Whitewater this week to confer with the lineman, who comes highly recommended from teachers college conference circles, and Sherman wired Smith late yesterday that his signed contract was in the mail...ALL-CONFERENCE MAN: Sherman has won all-conference honors and a reputation as the greatest gridder ever turned out at Whitewater. He was first recommended to the Packers by Eddie Kotal, coach at Central State Teachers at Stevens Point, and Kotal's recommendation was backed up by Buck Agnew, coach at Whitewater. The new Packer recruit comes from Milton, Wis. He can play either center or tackle. Sherman's signing brings the list of 1939 Packers to three, two others having already been signed by Coach E.L. Lambeau on the Pacific coast. They are C.M. (Slats) Wyrick, U.C.L.A. tackle, and Chester Gunther, fullback from Santa Clara who was on the Packer draft list. The names of both these men were inadvertently misspelled previously, having come through garbled on wires from Coach Lambeau...ON RECRUITING TRIP: Lambeau is at present on a 7,000-mile trip from California through southwestern states on his way back to Green Bay, during which time he expects to contact a number of players. He will return here in the early part of February.


JAN 24 (Green Bay) - Coach Johnny Blood is a current Green Bay visitor, but Johnny, not true to his usual form, was non-committal about everything in general. In fact he was a much different Johnny than the Vagabond who announced what he was going to do in the NFL after getting his coachship here about this time last year. His quietness, and the gray hairs beginning to sprout just above his sideburns, may attest to the fact that Johnny found things a bit tougher than he expected in the big-time circuit the past fall. He said the Pirate draft list was "fair". The first two men picked were sold before they were selected, he said, including Sid Luckman of Columbia, whose rights went to the Bears. "But Luckman isn't going to play anyway, is he?" we asked. "They all say that in the spring," Johnny replied. "In fall it's different." "Does that apply to Whizzer White, too?" we asked. "White's riding a bicycle around Oxford now," Johnny replied, but he didn't have anything to say about whether he would still be doing so next fall. "No, I won't have much news until after the league meeting in Chicago in February," Johnny averred. He added that he didn't think the pro football magnates will go through with the idea of having longer schedule. "Until every club has its own park and doesn't have to play in baseball parks we won't be able to start any earlier," he concluded...Hank Bruder says he'll never say never again. "I'll never announce my retirement from the pro game again," he said. "I can't quit. I found that out last fall. I had my mind made up, but I couldn't stick to it." Hank said he'd be playing with the Packers until his services were no longer valuable. Right now he's all wrapped up in the Packer basketball team, which has an unusually large list of bookings this winter. They had three men on the floor at Sturgeon Bay who hadn't touched a basketball in years, but with a few more games and some practice Hank predicted they'd be winning more regularly. Bruder, Herber, Goldenberg, Becker and Fitchett provide a good nucleus who have been playing together for a number of years now. Larry is carried as a "utility man" but he's really one of the team's mainstays.



JAN 27 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers stopped off in Houtson, Tex., yesterday to pay a visit to Cecil Isbell, star Packer halfback, and while there signed one of Cecil's best friends to a 1939 pro football contract. He is Frank Steen, right end, who played three years at right end on the Rice university varsity. Steen graduated last June but signed a Cardinal baseball contract and didn't play pro football last season. He has given up baseball, however, and wants to try his hand at the pro grid game...WEIGHS ABOUT 200 POUNDS: Steen stands six feet, two inches tall and weights about 200 pounds. He is 24 years old and lives in Houston. Steen was highly recommended by Lon Evans, Packer guard, last year after Evans played in an exhibition game against the Washington Redskins with Steen. Isbell introduced Lambeau to Steen and also praised the Rice boy to his coach. He thinks he is a great end and should fit the Packer system perfectly. Lambeau added that Isbell is leaving Houston, his hometown, for Purdue Sunday to finish work for his degree. Steen is the fourth Packer to sign for the 1939 Packer season.



JAN 31 (Green Bay) - Charles Brock, one of the greatest centers in American collegiate football, ranked high on the draft list of the Green Bay Packers, today signed a contract with Coach E.L. Lambeau at Lincoln, Neb. Lambeau advised the Press-Gazette of his success in signing the University of Nebraska star by long distance telephone. The Packer coach is en route home from the Pacific coast, expected to leave Lincoln for Iowa City tonight, and by taking a circuitous route around the midwestern storm area, expects to reach Green Bay by Thursday...OVER SIX FEET: Brock is 22 years old, weighs 201 pounds, and stands two inches over six feet. He is extremely rugged and durable, and stole the show at the recent East-West game in San Francisco, playing with the West eleven. "I talked to Link Lyman, Nebraska line coach formerly with the Chicago Bears," Lambeau commented, "and he said without reservation that Brock was one of the best centers he ever had seen in his entire football experience." Brock is a pepper-box type of


performer, full of fire and life. He is married, and anxious to get off to a good start in the game of professional football...ONE OF FINEST: In 1937, he was regarded as one of the country's finest centers, and a certain candidate for all-America honors. That year the highly publicized Alex Wojciechowicz of Fordham took most of the mythical team honors, and Brock was forced to wait until 1938. Last season, however, he ran into tough luck when Nebraska came up with a mediocre team, which received comparatively little national publicity. Despite the handicap of playing with a poor eleven, Brock distinguished himself throughout the season, and won wide recognition throughout the midwest. Columbus, Neb., is Brock's hometown.


FEB 1 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau, who left Lincoln, Neb., yesterday en route to Green Bay from the Pacific coast, got as far as Iowa City, Iowa, before being stopped by a blizzard, he notified Leland H. Joannes, president of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., by telephone last night. Lambeau said he was planning to leave Iowa City today, weather permitting, and would drive to Green Bay via Madison. Joannes and Lambeau will attend the annual meeting of the NFL, which opens at the Congress hotel, Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 9. The annual schedule will be drawn at that time.



FEB 3 (Green Bay) - Bristling with news concerning the still far distant professional football season, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers was back at his desk today, following an 8,700-mile motor trip which carried him to the Pacific coast, and through a number of points between that section and the Middle West. He brought back all kinds of comments concerning the 1939 prospects of the Packers, including the fact that the team is very likely to appear in this year's All Star game at Dallas, scheduled for Labor Day night, Sept. 4. When the


annual meeting of the NFL opens at the Congress hotel, Chicago, next Thursday, a delegation from Dallas will appear and ask the league's consent to the Packers' appearance...PROS ALWAYS BEATEN: The Dallas All Star game has been conducted for four years, and the professionals have yet to snare a victory. The first two years the Chicago Bears did the league honors, and last year the Washington Redskins fought the Southwestern All Stars, but unsuccessfully. Dallas expects to have 34 of the players drawn on National league draft lists signed up for the Sept. 4 struggle, guaranteeing the northern visitors all varieties of trouble. Lambeau predicts a brisk four-day session at Chicago, with the selection of the 1939 schedule one of the highlights. It is probable that Green Bay's game at City stadium will be against the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals and Cleveland Rams. The Milwaukee games are likely to be against Washington and the Cardinals, while the road games will take the Packers to Chicago (Bears), Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and Brooklyn...WON'T PLAY GIANTS: According to the  league rotating schedule, the Packers will not play the New York Giants in 1939. As soon as the league meeting ends, the Packer coach will start another and shorter swing to contact players. He wants to interview Buhler, fullback; Elmer, center; Schultz, tackle, and Twedell, guard, all of the University of Minnesota; Brennan, Michigan guard; Kell, Notre Dame tackle; and five others not on the Green Bay draft list, but highly recommended as professional prospects. Frank Balazs, Iowa university fullback who agreed to terms yesterday, drew the highest praise of the Packer chief, who interviewed him at Iowa City yesterday. Balazs (the name is pronounced to rhyme with Palace) stands six feet two inches and weighs 210 pounds. He is a great ball carrier and a flawless blocker. During a long run against U.C.L.A., he knocked out three would-be tacklers merely by the method of traveling from one side of them to the other without observing the formality of going around. Extremely rugged looking, he saw little service last season because of an injury, from which he now is recovered, and he is anxious to play pro football.


FEB 3 (Green Bay) - There's a lot more to selecting professional football players than merely drawing them in the draft, according to Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers, who today is back in Green Bay following an extensive motor trip to the Pacific coast. "Not a day went by but that I had an opportunity to talk with and visit some college or university football player, who either was anxious to cast his lot with the Packers, or who had been recommended as an outstanding pro possibility," Curly said. "I found out that some of the men we drafted at New York last fall do not appear good enough to make the grade with the Packers. I also found out that some of the men drafted by other professional clubs don't, either. The contacts we were able to make are certain to bear fruit later on. For one thing, the team will save preseason expenses by not asking a lot of useless material to report. The men who work out with us late in the summer, for the most part, will be sure-fire material. Incidentally, we're in a position to do a little trading." Curly also was able to pick up a wealth of material concerning prospects for 1940. He is very enthusiastic about the men he has signed to date, including a few whose names aren't ready to be announced, for reasons involving further amateur competition. One of the toughest, Curly believes, will be 210-pound Frank Balazs, University of Iowa fullback, who shows prospects of bringing considerable durability to his pro football career. In Iowa City, where the Packer coach signed Balazs, the town was buzzing over that individual's most recent exploit, which involved the saving of an eight-year-old boy's life in a nearby river. The kid popped through the loose ice under a railroad bridge and his pals started sliding planks along the ice for the youngster to grab pending the arrival of further aid. Up skated Balazs, observed the boy's plight, and without further delay he ripped off his jacket, kicked off his shoes and plunged into the icy water, hauling out the victim by the back of his neck. Then Balazs seized a plank, wriggled onto safe ice, and supervised the planting of the chattering kid into an ambulance.The ambulance driver wanted to take to the football player, too, but Frank waved him away, walked to his car and drove home. He didn't get so much as a sniffle from his experience. Lambeau was introduced to Balazs by Joe Laws, veteran Packer halfback, who was picked up by the coach at Colfax, Iowa, his hometown.


FEB 4 (Green Bay) - Jim Farley will not be czar of professional football, and nobody will pay him $75,000 for the job, despite the rumors flying around the country under the impetus of George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, and George Richards, ditto of the Detroit Lions. While it is a possibility that eventually a nationally known figure (Grantland Rice's name has been mentioned frequently) may be drafted to serve as commissioner of pro football, in a capacity which will not interfere with the activities of League President Joe F. Carr, the league will not take any wildcat steps calculated to disturb its balance. Pro football, under the National league standard, aims to improve itself steadily, but soundly, and the idea of hauling in a publicity figure at $75,000 comes as close to the ridiculous as you may venture safely. The attitude of Packer Coach Curly Lambeau is that both Richards and Marshall are not maintaining the proper relationship between the three most important elements of pro football - business, showmanship and sport. "Marshall, a former actor, has displayed a keen sense of showmanship, but has not followed through with the business end," Curly remarked. "He still is at a loss financially with his Redskins. Richards has business ability, and certainly has been a showman, but both of the men have lost sight of the fact that football is a sport. Neither was an athlete himself. Richards said in his United Press interview with Henry McLemore that three years was all a man should play pro football - that he should quit and look for another job. Well, I'd like to have most of the men who have played three years with the Detroit Lions, if Richards is through with them. He forgets that a great many men love to play football, and would appear in pro uniforms even if they were independent financially. You can't buy spirit, and the players have to have it if they are to be champions. Of course pro football is growing, but we want to keep it on a sound basis. We don't want to make those jumps too large. I don't know how much good Jim Farley would do us as 'czar' of the game, but the figure mentioned is absurd anyway." Richards and Marshall, incidentally, both have mentioned in National league circles that they favor the idea of the Green Bay Packers becoming exclusively a traveling team, playing none of its games at home...Ask Curly how many of last year's Packers will report for practice next summer, and he'll tell you that right now there appear to be only three who definitely won't play, and he isn't certain about one of those. Herman Schneidman, blocking quarterback, decided to quit football and enter business but lately he told Joe Laws that he is reconsidering. Bernard Scherer, end, will receive his physical education degree at the University of Nebraska in June, and plans to go directly into coaching. Eddie Jankowski, fullback, may not be back. Badly injured two season ago, Eddie told Lambeau on the Pacific coast recently that he was not satisfied with his play during the 1938 season, and planned to retire.


FEB 7 (New York) - The officers of the newly-formed American Professional Football league announced yesterday that franchises had been issued to New York, Rochester, N.Y.; Frankford, Pa.; Baltimore, Newark, Buffalo, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. Bids for franchises from Cincinnati, Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, Boston and Los Angeles are being held in reserve until it is decided whether the league will be split into an Eastern and Western division...PLAYERS FREE AGENTS: The league adopted a ruling to prohibit tampering with any player under contract to a National league club, but will regard players drafted by such teams as free agents and will feel free to negotiate with them. The 1939 schedule will not be drawn up until that of the National league has been released, in order to avoid any conflicts in dates. The league appointed a temporary executive committee with John McBride of the New York Yankees as chairman.


FEB 8 (Green Bay) - Pity the poor sports officials. "We wuz robbed...Moider the referee" and "Kill the ump" are familiar cries from the prize ring to the baseball diamond. The gridirons of the NFL are not an exception. In fact officiating in football's greatest circuit has come under so much censure, both from club managements and the fans, that Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers started for the league meeting in Chicago determined to something about it. The meeting opens Thursday at the Congress hotel, but Curly left today, and with him went a resolution that, if it is adopted, should go far toward remedying many of the existing evils...SET PHYSICAL STANDARD: Higher and uniform pay, a physical standard to be met, and a complete understanding on all rules by the officials and club and league representatives all are proposed in the Lambeau resolution which, he stated, will receive support from several other coaches. "Such rapid strides have been made in professional football in the past few years that the game has passed the officials," the Packer coach pointed out. "It is partly the league's fault...Officials were not given a chance to keep up with the speedy progress of the game." Curly explained that while officials are paid and assigned by the league, remuneration for their services has a wide variance, and many get as little as $30 or $40 per game. He proposes that referees in all games receive $100, and that the head linesman, umpire and fields judges should receive $75 each...MEET IN SUMMER: To pave the way for competent officiating, Lambeau suggests that sometime in June or July, at a time designated by the president of the league, all officials employed by the league and applicants for jobs as officials should meet in some centrally located city such as Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Columbus. The rules committee of the league, and a delegate from each club which is not represented on the committee would be present. The meeting would serve the double purpose of proving the qualifications of the officials and new candidates, and ironing out any points of controversy in the rule book. Carl Stork, highly regarded league treasurer, would preside. Principal points in the physical examination under Lambeau's plan would be a thorough test of eyesight, and a speed trial. Curly believes that to keep up with the play, all National league officials should be able to run 60 yards in 10 seconds or less...UNDERSTAND ALL RULES: To avoid conflicting interpretations Curly would keep the group in session until mutual understanding was reached on all rules. He urges that as much as possible the officials should work in teams, and that all assignments should be made prior to Aug. 15 of each year. Decisions on who should work during the season, and where, would be left to Stork and President Joe Carr. The resolution stipulates all complaints by coaches and club owners should be made to Stork, and that officials should answer to him in writing. His decision would be final. Lambeau's draft of the resolution was rough. He had just drawn it up, and some changes may be made, probably in the way of additions, before final presentation at the meeting. But the general idea will remain the same, and it represents a constructive step - one of the first in several seasons - toward cleaning up a situation that is beginning to threaten the prestige of the game...MEET WITH APPROVAL: Lambeau's choice of Stork as chairman of the proposed summer meeting should meet with approval all around the league. "His heart is in the league," Curly said in telling why he believed the man was better fitted than anyone else for the job. "He is honest, capable and has the respect of coaches, club owners and players." Stork was owner of the old Dayton Triangles in the league,. His team played the Packers in 1925, 1926, 1928 and 1929. He has been associated with the league ever since.


FEB 8 (Green Bay) - The approach of the NFL meeting in Chicago, the signing of Tom Greenfield, veteran University of Arizona center, and a prospective European trip occupied the time of E.L. Lambeau, Green Bay Packer coach today. The league session opens at the Congress hotel in Chicago tomorrow, when leaders of all clubs will gather for what is expected to be an epochal conclave...SIGNED AT TUCSON: Greenfield, who signed his contract at Tucson late yesterday, is a 212-pound center, standing two and a half inches above six feet, who Lambeau hopes will be a further addition to the Green Bay pivot corps. "He looks like a man who has a lot of football in him," the coach commented. Greenfield is only 21 years old and is unmarried. He was drafted by the Packers, and was contacted by Lambeau as the latter drove through Arizona recently en route to Green Bay from the Pacific coast. He is a teammate of Nielson, a fullback who No. 1 on the New York Giants' draft list...SET ON CENTERS: "We are beginning to get fairly well set on our center strength," Lambeau added. "The group will be headed by Greenfield and Charlie Brock of Nebraska for certain. We hope to sign Dan Elmer of Minnesota next week, and I believe Bud Svendsen will be back permanently next fall. Bunny Schoemann also will be ready for service, as his leg injury has healed completely." Lambeau wasn't sure about the availability of Frank Butler, Lee Mulleneaux and Ookie Miller, all of whom performed withe Packers last fall. The Packer coach will sail for Europe in March, and plans to visit England, France, German and Italy.


FEB 9 (Chicago) - Football's ivory mart opens today as officials of the NFL clubs begin four days of rules discussions which may wind up the briskest trading session in years. All the rule changes scheduled to come up could be settled in a half hour, leaving nearly four full days to bicker over prices and trading material. Every club in the league reportedly has a player deal in mind. The two new collegiate rules involving ineligible pass receivers likely will be adopted, but the pros have an even more important problem of their own to iron out...HALAS IS MAD: Stalling hit a new high last year and became so bad in one game the man who first tried it became disgusted. George Halas, owner-coach of the Chicago Bears, admitted he first had his players claim fake injuries in final minutes of a game two years ago so the officials would grant him extra time out periods after his own allotted number had expired. "We tried it in a few games last year and once we almost beat Cleveland in those extra seconds. But that sort of football should be legislated again. Either we can increase the number of legal time out periods or put teeth in the present rule which allows the referee to determine whether a player is able to continue." Halas is chairman of the rules committee...GIVEN THIRD OPTION: One other proposal was advanced by Earl (Dutch) Clark, new coach of the Cleveland Rams, who suggested the team scored upon be given the third option of changing goals. Coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, one of the four delegates who have been present at each of the 19 previous sessions, brought with him a demand for better officiating. Joe F. Carr, veteran president of the league who missed last year's business sessions because of illness, called the first meeting to order at noon today. Only routine business was scheduled in the opening meeting, although officials of the Los Angeles Bulldogs may present an application for membership...MAY EXTEND SEASON: In two other meetings, a proposal to pick a league commissioner and a move to extend the season until late December may come up. Sentiment apparently is against both. Most schedule makers, who will complete their 1939 cards sometime before Sunday, indicated they preferred to end their season by Dec. 1.  Every club in the league could use one or more players and there may be plenty of trading. Sid Luckman, Columbia's great forward passer, is the current "Whizzer" White. He says he won't play professional football, but Halas, who secured his services in the draft, hopes he will. Both the World Champion New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers want Luckman to play in New York. Halas needs his passing arm, but he needs linemen, too, and expects to talk trade...DRAKE SOUGHT AFTER: Of the veterans, Cleveland's John Drake may be the most sought after. Drake for two years has been the hardest running back in the league. For two years Cleveland has turned down offer after offer but Clark is in charge now and may use Drake to more new players for rebuilding purposes. Pittsburgh also was said to be after three former Pitt stars now the property of the Chicago Cardinals. Marshall Goldberg and Bill Daddio came to the Cards in the draft and Frank Patrick, former Pitt fullback, made good in the National league last year.


FEB 9 (Chicago) - There is one thing you can be sure the coach of the Green Bay Packers will be doing in his spare moments - plotting new forward pass plays. And that's just the way Curly Lambeau occupied himself while he waited for the opening of the annual National Professional Football league meeting. Lambeau is the man who created the Green Bay Packers 20 years ago. They call Green Bay the biggest little city in professional football - a city of 44,000 souls. And, athletically speaking, it was Lambeau and his revolutionary theories of forward passing that made Green Bay what it is today. Fresh out of Notre Dame where he was a star passer under Knute Rockne, Lambeau went home to work for a meat packing concern in 1919. Football was in his blood, and he soon convinced his employers that they should sponsor a football team. That's how the Green Bay Packers were born. Formation of the team marked the start of a new era in football, an era that was to witness the evolution of the forward pass from something that was used only in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to score into an offensive weapon. Lambeau didn't adopt the passing game because he wanted to; he did it because he had no choice. "We had to use passes," he said, "because all our opponents were bigger and heavier. We always favored a passing game and we've done pretty well." Pretty well? So well that passing brought the Packers world championships in 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1936. It almost brought them a fifth league title last fall when they lost the playoff to the New York Giants because a last-minute pass fell incomplete by a fingertip. Passing succeeded so well at Green Bay that college and high school teams have copied the serial offense. Passing made Green Bay the nation's professional football capital. Lambeau was the first of a succession of great Packer passers. From 1919 through 1927, he served as player-coach and was the team's No. 1 marksman. Then, when Curly retired from the field to do his coaching from the bench, his passing tradition was kept alive by the likes of Red Dunn, Bobby Monnett, Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell. And the best of these, according to Lambeau, is Herber. "That Herber is the greatest forward passer I've ever seen on any football field anywhere," he said. "There never was a long passer like him. He throws them pretty accurately up to 35 yards, but he has no equal when it comes to heaving 'em from 35 to 60 yards. His accuracy is uncanny. He throws perfect strikes and on the dead run, too, mind you." If Lambeau decided to advertise for a passer, he would write an ad like this: PASSER WANTED - Prefer tall man who doesn't throw sidearm, but raises the ball well over his head and throws overhand. Must be cool-headed, quick thinking and have a good wrist action so he can put snap into his throw. Those whose records show frequent interceptions need not apply." So if you want a nice job in a nice town, those are the standards you must meet.


FEB 10 (Chicago) - Club officials of the National Professional Football league indicated today that they don't want a governing commissioner at any price. In the first session of their four day conference, they shelved talk of player trades and re-elected President Joe F. Carr of Columbus, Ohio, for a 10-year period. The long appointment was said to be their answer to talk of a high commissioner. Carr and Carl Storck of Dayton, Ohio, the vice-president and treasurer of the league, both were reelected in the only piece of official business ground out on the first of four days the professional officials are scheduled to meet...HOLD ROUTINE BUSINESS: There was so much routine business was at hand, the traders had little chance of reaching anything more than the sounding out stage. One major player trade between Gus Henderson, new coach of the Detroit Lions, and Earl (Dutch) Clark, who resigned at Detroit to take over the Cleveland Rams, appeared and quickly dissolved. Clark tried to land Jack Johnson, Detroit tackle and an assistant coach under his regime. Both the resolution and schedules committees were expected to meet for the first time today, as well as representatives of the various all-star game in New York, Chicago and Dallas. No major rule changes were expected. The schedule makers may have considerable trouble, however, since there is some opposition to an early ending of the league season. Most coaches have agreed to schedule several night games in order to end the regular playing season by December 1...PLAY PRO STARS: The resolutions committee was expected today to approve a proposal to send the National league champion against an all-Star professional team at Los Angeles in January. Sentiment on other similar resolutions was not reported. Ernie Nevers and Dutch Clark both were the chief target of the traders. Nevers, new coach of the Chicago Cardinals, has three expert passers - Pat Coffee, Jack Robbins and Dwight Sloan - and no climax runner in his backfield. Clark, new coach at Cleveland, reportedly wants tackle Jack Johnson from Detroit and refuses to part with either Corby Davis or John Drake.


FEB 10 (Lake Forest, IL) - E.L. (Curly) Lambeau has signed up a guard developed by a former rival mentor, Ralph Jones, who coached the Chicago Bears to their 1932 professional championship. John Biolo, star guard and 195 pound captain of the 1938 Lake Forest (Ill.) college undefeated and untied grid team, is the new Packer who will play for Green Bay next season. Biolo, whose name is in Iron Mountain, Mich., was a big factor in gaining the 1938 Illinois college conference title for Lake Forest last season, just as he was a big factor in Iron Mountain high school's Northern Nine championship in 1933. At the close of last year's collegiate schedule, he was chosen for the Collier's Eye Little All-American team and named to an Associated Press all-conference squad...LAKE FOREST PRODUCT: His two high school coaches, Frosty Ferzacca and Lars Thune, both now are at Green Bay West high school. Ferzacca also is a Lake Forest product, having graduated in 1931. Another Lake Forest football captain, Ferzecca also was a basketball and baseball star, and in his sophomore year was chosen the most valuable man on the grid team. It is reported that Lambeau is depending on the new man for a regular berth, in view of his consistency for three years of varsity ball at Lake Forest as a powerful offensive blocker and excellent defensive player...HAS FAST START: After watching him in a year of freshman competition and coaching him in three years of varsity play, Coach Jones says that "John Biolo is the best guard Lake Forest college has ever seen, and one of the fines undergraduate linemen I have ever seen anywhere." Lambeau's new charge was one of the fastest starters in the line which Jones calls his "greatest small college line." The new Packers was one of the principal reasons for Lake Forest's victory over Carroll, which snapped a 20-game winning streak for the Pioneers. It was the first time in 13 years that the Foresters had beaten Carroll, and although Biolo suffered a twisted knee in the game, he played the full 60 minutes and was just as tough when the curtain went down as he was at the opening whistle. In defeating James Millikin university, Biolo was partially responsible for setting back the opposition for a total yardage for the game of minus 26.


FEB 11 (Chicago) - The barnstorming days of big leaguers in professional football are over. The National league, in annual session here Friday, sanctioned one postseason game for pro football. For the next five years it will be a contest between the current league champion and a collection of pro all-stars, picked in a newspaper poll, in Los Angeles...NOT GIVEN PERMISSION: Heretofore, players could engage in games here and there if given permission by League President Joe F. Carr. It is reported several played without permission in a game in San Francisco last month. Carr said if his investigation of that game revealed league men participated without permission, the penalty would be automatic suspension for a year. The pro champions each year will continue to appear in the annual preseason game at Chicago against the college senior all-stars. A Dallas committee composed of Matty Bell and Jimmy Stewart of Southern Methodist university, have asked the league to allow each year's runnerup to compete in a similar game against southwestern all-stars. Ken Strong, former New York Giant star, is back in the good graces of the pro game. He was reinstated Friday, four years after he repudiated a contract with the Giants to join another pro circuit. He will be eligible to play this fall with New York. The league voted unanimously to hold the membership to 10 teams, ignoring recurrent reports that some of the cities in the league may be represented in proposed rival organizations. Cincinnati, St. Louis, Buffalo and Los Angeles have been among the cities reported anxious to join the league, but Carr said he had received no formal applications for franchises.



FEB 13 (Chicago) -  The Green Bay Packers will open their 1939 NFL season at City stadium Sunday September 17, opposing the Chicago Cardinals, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today upon his return from the league meeting at Chicago. Of high interest to Green Bay fans is the news that Dick Zoll, former West High School lineman, veteran of the Indiana university eleven, and recently with Cleveland, has been traded to the Packers for the draft rights to Dick Yerby, University of Oregon end. Zoll plays either guard or tackle. The projected game between the Packers and the Southwest All Stars at Dallas Labor Day evening, Sept. 4, received the league's approval, Lambeau added. The Packers will play the Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Rams and Detroit Lions at City stadium. They will meet the Cardinals and Washington Redskins at Milwaukee, and on the road they will play at the home parks of the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Rams and Detroit Lions. Green Bay will take the place on the Thanksgiving schedule of the Lions which for several seasons had been occupied by the Bears. The Packer-Lion clash will be staged at 11 o'clock on Thanksgiving morning and will be the last contest on the Green Bay schedule...MEETING IS SUCCESS: Lambeau reported a successful meeting, at times heated, but generally smoother than in many recent years. He will remain in Green Bay for a couple of days, and later this week will  conduct a tour of the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Michigan university campuses, in an attempt to sign football players. The Packer coach believes that the trade which brings Zoll to Green Bay will benefit the Packers. "We have about reached teams with three outstanding ends, each of whom we regard as better than Yerby," he said. "This will place our end corps in an impregnable position. Zoll played tackle at the University of Indiana, although he had been a guard at Cleveland, and he weighs between 220 and 225 pounds. We expect him to be a notable addition to the Packer line."


FEB 18 (Green Bay) - Larry Buhler, fullback battering ram of the University of Minnesota, today signed his contract for 1939 with the Green Bay Packers, according to word received from Coach E.L. Lambeau at Minneapolis. Buhler had been recuperating at his home from the effects of painful injuries received in an automobile accident last fall, and Lambeau conferred at length with his doctor, and with the football player himself, before the contract


was signed. Buhler's playing weight is 215 pounds, and his height is six feet two inches. He is 21 years old. Since leaving the hospital the Gopher powerhouse has added 27 pounds to his frame and now goes 195. He is gaining weight daily under his mother's diet, and expects to be close to normal within two years. Buhler's physician stated that he is physically all right and should not be handicapped next fall. He will enter the University of Minnesota in the second quarter each year he plays with the Packers until he receives his degree...TERROR OF BIG TEN: Buhler was the terror of Big Ten gridiron opponents last season, and was selected as No. 1 man on the Green Bay draft list. He is a powerful, bruising type of player, much preferring contact to elusiveness in his attack, and is said to be without a defensive flaw. Lambeau added that he expects Dan Elmer, Minnesota center, to sign his contract within two months. Elmer is six feet one inch in height and weighs 212, being 23 years old.


FEB 20 (Green Bay) - The signing of Charles Schultz, University of Minnesota tackle, was announced today by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, as he returned from a series of consultations with prospective pro football players in Minneapolis and Chicago. Schultz is a 23-year old, 235 pound lineman who stands three inches above six feet, and who makes his home in St. Paul. Lambeau regards him as a fine professional candidate...BRENNAN NOT SIGNED: The Packer coach denied published press association reports that he has agreed to terms with Jack Brennan, Michigan State guard from Racine, with whom he talked in Chicago Sunday. "Brennan expressed an interest in playing professional football," he said, "but he did not sign a contract and we did not agree to terms. He is a promising looking boy." There were rumors that Schultz, who was drawn on the Green Bay draft list, would not play pro ball because of a knee injury. Lambeau checked this story in Minneapolis and found that the Gopher veteran, in his junior year, did have trouble with a torn ligament, and last season he played creditably with a brace on the injured member...BRACE FOR PROTECTION: "An assistant coach and Schultz himself told me," Lambeau added, "that Schultz used the brace in 1938 merely for protection and not because of a recurrence of his injury. At the present time he is playing without any brace at all."


FEB 21 (Green Bay) - Word concerning the talents of Mr. John Biolo, who has played a lot of guard for Lake Forest college and has been signed with the idea of doing the same thing for the Green Bay Packers, comes from Willis Ludeman, West High school co-captain in 1937, who is a freshman at that Illinois institution. Of course, you never know what these prospective Packers are going to do before they get out there with the squad. Maybe they are all-Americans, and their reputations will fold up with a study squish once they face the blocking and tackling of men who haven't read about their exploits. Maybe they're just guys named Pete from little liberal arts colleges, but they'll get in there with all the scrap and fire in the world, with the result that when the season is half over, you suddenly realize that the boys are still on the roster, and what's more give every indication of hanging around for lo these many seasons. Now our newly acquired Mr. Biolo is no all-American, although he was picked on the Little All-America squad, and we won't know what he's got, first hand, until Coach Curly Lambeau reassembled the Green Bay team in August. But the folks who have seen him play are giving him much verbal support. Ludeman says that Biolo is a natural. They played against each other in scrimmage last fall, when the former Green Bay gridder was a member of the Lake Forest freshman squad, and Ludeman confides that the Iron Mountain husky was a hard man to dislodge. Upper Michigan fans will be pleased if Biolo makes good in the National league, as that sector is a hotbed of Packer enthusiasm. Sportswriters will be delighted; you can make that name fit in any kind of headline. (Just try and get Buckets Goldenberg or Tiny Engebretsen in anything short of a seven-column streamer.) The acquisitive trend of the Packer roster thus early in the game would seem to indicate that Lambeau plans most of his replacements in the line, and between the ends at that. This may be only because of coincidence, as the Green Bay coach has said several times that he is eyeing a number of talented ends and backs. One of the latter may be Obbie Novakofski of Lawrence college, a Paul Miller type of halfback who ran wild in the Midwest conference for the last two seasons. Novakofski conferred with Lambeau last week, and it is possible he'll report on a tryout basis.


FEB 23 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers left Green Bay today on an eastern recruiting trip which will land him in New York next week, from where he will sail for a trip through Europe. Coach Lambeau will make stop-overs in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Boston before he reaches New York to contact several pro prospects. He sails on the Queen Mary March 3 for London, from where he will go to Paris, thence to Italy, back to Berlin, through the Netherlands and home again. He expects to be back in Green Bay sometime in the latter part of April.



FEB 25 (Green Bay) - Signing of a great Big Ten guard prospect, Jack Brennen of the University of Michigan, was announced last night from Chicago by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Coach Lambeau interviewed Brennen in Chicago last Sunday, and was much impressed with his spirit. Brennen agreed to terms at that time, and put his name on a contract in Chicago yesterday, where Lambeau stopped over on his way to New York to sail on a European trip...PRAISED BY COACHES: While the Michigan guard didn't receive as much publicity as his teammate, Ralph Heikenen, or the Minnesota product, Francis Twedell, Coach Lambeau was told by opposing players and coaches in the Big Ten who saw him in action that he was just as good as these other two. Brennen did receive a lot of publicity after the football season was over, however, when he was elected "queen" of the Michigan winter carnival as a campus joke. "That's a laugh," said Lambeau, "he's the most unfeminine looking boy I ever saw. He's a handsome kid, but he's a real fighter." Brennen is 23 years old and graduates this June after three years of varsity ball. He weighs 205 pounds and six feet, one inch tall. He is built a good deal along the same lines as Charley Brock, great Nebraska center signed by the Packers, and looks a lot like him, Coach Lambeau says...SMART BALL PLAYER: Brennen is rated a smart ball player. He called Michigan's defensive signals last year and had the job of plugging the holes while Heikenen played a roving game. Coach Lambeau said he particularly liked Brennen's attitude, and added that he would like to locate permanently in Green Bay. Brennen is a native of Racine, and played high school football there, his family later moving to Michigan. He is the ninth player to sign with the Packers for the 1939 season.


FEB 26 (Cleveland) - Earl "Dutch" Clark, the perfect football player, has played his last game. Thomas E. Lipscomb, president of the Cleveland Rams, announced today that Clark will devote himself exclusively next fall to coaching and rebuilding the Rams for their third season in the NFL. Clark resigned as coach of the Detroit Lions on Dec. 16 and signed a two-year contract with Cleveland...COULDN'T DO JUSTICE: "Under normal circumstances," Lipscomb said, "I do not believe a playing coach can do justice to himself as a player, or to the team, as a coach. It would be difficult in Cleveland where we are attempting to build a championship contender. We asked Clark not play. He has agreed." Clark, six times all National league quarterback, sought to retire as a player two years ago when he succeeded George "Potsy" Clark as coach of the Lions. At the end of the 1937 season, he announced that he was through, but he was prevailed upon by the Detroit owner, George A. Richards, to remain on the active list last fall and participated in six of the Lions' 11 games...PLAYED LAST GAME: He made his last appearance in competition Dec. 4 when, needing a victory to tie the Green Bay Packers for the Western division championship, the Lions were beaten, 21 to 7, by the Philadelphia Eagles in the most astounding upset of the season. Clark's retirement removes from the active list one of the most colorful and respected figures in football. Since he broke into the league with the old Portsmouth Spartans in 1931, he has been regarded as football's greatest quarterback. In addition to being a great field general, the Dutchman was a superb ball carrier, matchless drop kicker, and a brilliant defensive player. National prominence first came to Clark in 1930 when he was named on the Associated Press' All-American team. This was the only collegiate all star team he made and his selection was a surprise to football fans as only those in the vicinity of his alma mater - Colorado college - had heard of him...HOLDS SCORING RECORD: Shortly after he joined the Spartans, who later became the Detroit Lions, Clark became the league's ranking quarterback. He led the circuit in scoring in 1932, 1935 and 1936 and hold the all-time National league scoring record of 305 points accumulated on 31 touchdowns, 65 points after touchdown and 18 field goals. His consistently brilliant performances made him the most publicized pro player since Red Grange. Clark's appearance belies his profession. Of medium height and build, he is a scholarly appearing chap of 32, who wears spectacles off the field and moves unnoticed through throngs of hero worshippers...WON 14 - LOST 8: Clark's record as a National league coach is 14 victories against eight defeats. The Lions won seven of 11 games under him in 1937 and again in 1938 to finish second in the Western division each year. Cleveland handed Detroit its first defeat last season, a stunning upset. The Lions lost their second game to Washington, 7 to 5. The other defeats were administered by the Green Bay Packers, whom the Lions beat earlier in the season, and the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to the Packers, Detroit beat the Chicago Bears and Cards twice, whipped Cleveland and also was victorious over Pittsburgh.



FEB 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Pirates will meet under the lights at the City stadium Saturday, Aug. 26. Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers completed arrangements for the preseason contest while in Pittsburgh over the weekend. The Packer coach staged several huddles with President Arthur J. Rooney of the Pittsburgh club who finally approved the contest. At the recent league meeting in Chicago, the pro football executives revamped the rules so that any clubs not playing each other during the regular schedule could "match up" in preseason contests...LAMBEAU WORKED FAST: This change in code as "made to order" for the Packer-Pirate setup and Coach Lambeau lost little time in making the best of the opportunity. The Pittsburgh club will train at Two Rives, so-called "Cool City" of Wisconsin. According to tentative plans, Coach Johnny Blood will have some 40 odd players in training and he will bring them all over here for the fracas with the Packers...GOOD TEST FOR GRIDDERS: The Pittsburgh encounter will enable Coach Lambeau to test all his gridders under fire and the contest should greatly help prepare the Bay squad for the game in Dallas Sept 4, with the Southwest All Stars and the National league opener with Ernie Nevers' Chicago Cardinals here on Sunday, Sept. 17. It was deemed best to play the Pittsburgh game under the lights as it was figured that the temperature would be much cooler at night and what is more the players would not be bothered by a blazing late August sun...MANY STELLAR COLLEGIANS: The Pittsburgh club will exhibit some of the outstanding collegians of 1938 in the game here. Among the topnotch whom the Pirates caught in the draft are: Manders of Drake; Boyd of Baylor; Nelson of Michigan State; Cochrane of St. Louis, Peters of Washington and Clary of South Carolina. The scheduling of the Pirates here Aug. 26 gives the Packers five at home game with league clubs.


MAR 1 (Cincinnati) - A Pittsburgh club was added to the American Professional Football league today as plans were laid for expansion of the loop next fall. Roland D. Payne was granted a franchise at a meeting of club representatives here yesterday, with the provision that he arrange a schedule which would not conflict with the Pirates of the National league. President George J. Heitzler said other teams which may complete were the Cardinals of Kenosha, Wis.; Ashland, Ky., Armcos, Cincinnati Bengals, and an Indianapolis squad. Members of the league last year were the Dayton Rosies, Louisville Tanks, Nashville Rebels, Chicago Indians, Cincinnati Blades and St. Louis Gunners. Heitzler said these teams, with the exception of the Blades, would be entered this season. Franchises will be considered at a meeting in St. Louis April 23.


MAR 6 (Green Bay) - Carl Mulleneaux, Packer end and one of the outstanding rookies in the NFL last season, is back in town. Expects to land a job and locate here permanently. With his characteristic modesty in talking over the new Packer recruits, Carl says, "I hope Curly signs up some great ends for next year." Carl says his brother Lee is still out in Los Angeles. He had lots of praise for Frank Steen, Rice end already signed. "A great ball player," Carl said...Billy Patterson, sensational Baylor university backfield  star, has already been the technical property of the three NFL teams, despite the fact that he has not yet signed a contract. To begin with, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Patterson in the league's annual draft. The Pirates traded their draft rights on him to the Detroit Lions for Ace Gutowsky, veteran fullback, and quarterback Vernon Huffman. Subsequently, the Detroit club cancelled the trade and Patterson again became Pittsburgh property. Last week, the Pirates again traded their draft rights on the brilliant Baylor back, this time to the Chicago Bears. The Bears agreed to give the Pirates Sam Francis, former All-American fullback from Nebraska, for Patterson. The deal was made with the understanding, however, that Francis remains with the Bears in the event that Patterson decides not to play pro ball.


MAR 11 (Chicago) - NFL teams will undertake extensive training trips for the first time this year, similar to those that have become traditional with major league baseball teams. Four of the league's 10 teams - the world's champion New York Giants, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Cardinals - already have made definite commitments to train in the north next fall. Green Bay, the circuit's northern outpost, does not have to move the Packers outside its corporate limits to qualify as a northern training base. Thus, half of he major professional football teams will train in the north next season. The Giants, who will represent the league in the annual preseason classic with the graduated collegiate All Star team at Solder field, Chicago, early in September, have made tentative arrangements to train at Superior, Wis. The Pirates will make their preparations for the 1939 season at Two Rives, Wis. Washington will undertake the most extensive trip, as the Redskins' owner, George P. Marshall, has completed arrangements to prepare his team for the championship race in far-off Spokane, Wash. Duluth, Minn., will be the training base of the Chicago Cardinals...DRIVEN TO NORTH: Unseasonable weather, the impediment that forced major league baseball teams to set up conditioning camps below the Mason-Dixon line and on the west coast, is the factor that is driving pro football teams into the northland. Major league baseball teams train in the south to escape the cold and pro football teams, plagued by a reversal of the difficulty, are moving northward to elude the heat. John "Blood" McNally, head coach of the Pirates, pioneered the idea of moving National league teams northward for training purposes. A year ago, McNally predicted that league teams eventually would be forced to train in the north as a logical solution of the perplexing heat problem...HARASSED BY HEAT: Ray Flaherty, Washington's coach, was harassed by the heat while attempting to prepare the then champion Redskins for the Chicago All Star game in Arlington, Va., last fall and endorsed McNally's theories because of it. He announced, at the time, that the Redskins would train in the north this year and subsequently designated Spokane as their 1939 training base. Intense heat in August complicates the task of training a group of mature pro football players. They prefer to train in cool weather and play in the heat, rather than swelter while doing both. Here, again, is another reversal of the baseball picture where players do not mind the frigid atmosphere they often encounter in the north in April and May, because they have conditioned themselves in the warm weather of the southland. Pro football players, because of their age, have to work harder than college players to attain top physical condition and, under a blazing sun, they perspire away their stamina and energy. Hot nights, which are not a contributing factor to restorative sleep, add to their dilemma. The temperature in the northern cities selected by the Giants, Pirates, Redskins and Cardinals, and, also, in Green Bay, is from 15 to 20 degrees cooler than it is in other league cities. They offer pro football teams warm days and cool nights, ideal conditions for training purposes. It will be interesting to observe the experiment next fall, with half of the teams training in the north and the old half remaining in the heat zone.


APR 12 (Green Bay) - Marcel Lambeau, 62, father of Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, died unexpectedly last night. His son is in Europe. He had planned to return to America on the Queen Mary last week but cancelled his passage. The senior Lambeau, who succumbed to heart disease, was a building contractor and former city officials. He supervised or contracted for the erection of many Green Bay buildings, including the federal building, courthouse, labor temple and the plant of the Indian Packing Company, which later became widely known because of the team founded by his son.


APR 24 (Oshkosh) - Milt Gantenbein, former University of Wisconsin football star, and an end for the Green Bay Packers, received hospital treatment Sunday for injuries received in an automobile collision north of here on Highway 41. Mr. and Mrs. G. Olson of Oshkosh, occupants of the other car, were confined to a hospital with injuries regarded more serious than those suffered by Gantenbein


APR 27 (St. Louis) - The applications of two new teams for admittance in the American Football league were accepted by officials of the circuit meeting here yesterday. The new clubs will represent Pittsburgh and Kenosha, Wis. The Kenosha aggregation, which will be backed by the Cooper Underwear company of that city, will have its own stadium and is expected to make a strong big for the league title. The Pittsburgh team will be coached by Dave Cook, former Illinois university star. Cincinnati, which played in the circuit last year, and Des Moines, also filed applications, but no action was taken on them. Nashville, one of the contenders last season, was dropped from the league. Other teams in the loop are the Louisville Tanks, defending champions; St,. Louis Gunners; Dayton, Ohio; and the Chicago Steelmen.


APR 30 (New York) - A jury failed to agree on a verdict and was dismissed Friday in the trial of the New York football Giants, Helen Mara, and Charles Chaplin, a clerk, who were charged with violating the amusement tax law. They were charged with


responsibility for the sale of eight $2.20 (face value) tickets to the championship game between the Giants and Green Bay Packers last fall, at $3.45 each, without endorsing the price at which the tickets were sold or the names of the dealer and sales person.


MAY 6 (Green Bay) - The signing of Harry Jacunski, varsity end at Fordham university for three seasons, was announced here today by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Jacunski, a 23-year old, six foot two, 202-pound husky, was not selected in the Green Bay draft because he had made a positive statement that he would not play professional football. Conditions changed, and of four clubs seeking his signature, Jacunski decided upon the Packers. His work in the annual North-South game was praised highly by teammates and observing coaches...LAUDED BY COACH: James Crowley, former Green Bay and Note Dame athlete, now athletic director at Fordham, describes Jacunski as being of the best ends in the country. Lambeau witnessed motion pictures of several of Fordham's 1938 games, and regarded Jacunski's work therein as highly satisfactory, especially in stopping Pittsburgh's strong attack. Lambeau will return to Green Bay on Wednesday. Jacunski is the 11th Packer to sign his contract to date.


MAY 9 (Madison) - Police didn't mind Walker Lea, 31, of 2027 East Mifflin Street posing as Cecil Isbell, Purdue University and Green Bay Packers football star, but they did become irate when Lea falsely reported his car stolen after it became mired on a roadway just east of Madison early this morning. Lea was fined $25 in superior court today for disorderly conduct. Lea said a bartender introduced him to Harry DeWitt, former high school football player, as Isbell, and that DeWitt invited him to his home. En route to the DeWitt home, he became separated from DeWitt and got onto the wrong road. The car stalled in the soft road. Lea went hone and reported his car stolen. Police found it and met DeWitt who said the machine belonged to Isbell. Suspecting a hoax, police took DeWitt to the Lea home where DeWitt learned of the hoax.



MAY 10 (Green Bay) - Harry Jacunski, of Fordham university, latest addition to the Green Bay Packer football squad, is a player regarded as certain to stick in professional football by his coach, Jim Crowley, Coach E.L. Lambeau said today upon his return from an eastern material hunt. "We were misinformed concerning Jacunski's size," said Lambeau. "He is much larger than we expected him to be, reversing the usual trend. We heard that he was six feet tall and weighed around 188, but he goes two inches over six feet and hits the scales at 203." Lambeau contacted Lynn Hovland, 235-pound Wisconsin guard, and found him interested in professional football. "He didn't sign," said the Packer coach, "but expressed his interest and he looks like a good type for the pro game." The same applied to Paul Kell, Notre Dame right tackle who was drawn in the Packer draft. Sentiment on the Notre Dame campus indicated that Kell was the "unsung hero" of the Irish campaign. He weighs 225 and stands an inch above six feet....KUZMAN IS SENSATION: Lambeau returned


from the east singing the praises of a Fordham sophomore tackle named Kuzman, who is heading for certain all-American honors. "He is magnificently built," reported Lambeau, "weighing 235 pounds and measuring six feet. He runs like a back, and more than one National league team, including Green Bay, is hoping to draw him in the draft when he graduates." Lambeau saw Cecil Isbell, Packer halfback, on the Purdue campus, and said that the highly publicized individual is expecting to return here next fall. Isbell told the coach that his first season in pro football was "lots more fun than expected." He has been working out with the Boilermaker grid squad, plays golf daily, and is attending classes preparatory to completing work for his degree in June...MONNETT MAY RETIRE: There is a possibility that Robert Monnett, veteran left halfback of the Packers, will not return next fall. He has landed a job as assistant engineer on the Ohio state highway commission, at Bucyrus, his hometown. Lambeau believes that William Abbott, who succeeded Ned Irish as publicity director of the National league, is a fine man for his position. Irish handled publicity both for the league and the New York Giants, which didn't sit well with some of the league owners.


MAY 11 (New York) - The New York Football Giants, Inc., and Helen Mara and Charles Chaplin were convicted in federal court yesterday of violating the amusement and sports events tax law by omitting to stamp on the back of admission tickets, sold above face value, the names of the vendors and the actual sales price. Miss Mara is the niece of John and Tim Mara, sports promoters. Chaplin is a clerk...PACKER GAME TICKETS: The government accused them of selling eight $2.20 tickets for $3.45 each for a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Giants last fall. A jury disagreed April 28 at their first trial. Judge John C. Knox postponed sentence until Monday. The defendants may be fined $100 each on each of the eight counts in the information filed against them.


MAY 15 (New York) - The New York Football Giants, Inc., were fined $800 by Federal Judge John C. Knox today - the maximum fixed by law - on its conviction of not recording on tickets the price charged above face value and the names of those selling them. Helen Mara, a niece of John and Tim Mara, sports promoters, who was working as a clerk, and Charles Chaplin, a clerk, were placed on probation for one day. The tickets were sold last December for a game between the Green Bay Packers and Giants.


right end, is flawless both on defense and offense, and is an excellent pass receiver. Built unlike the traditional end, stocky and powerful, the Packer captain has played a furious, conscientious type of game throughout his athletic life. He is a native of La Crosse, and starred at Wisconsin, where he was captain of the Badger varsity. During his long competitive stretch with the Packers he has scored seven touchdowns, ranking 21st with Carl Lidberg and George Henry Sauer on the team's all-time scoring list. Milt scales 205 pounds, is 29 years old, married, and lives in Green Bay. Athletically, he plays softball in the off-season and at present is performing with the Astor Bombers.


JUL 13 (Manitowoc) - Almost every day brings word of additions to the Green Bay Packer fold. Latest to sign is Nick Miketinac, former St. Norbert college guard, who played four varsity seasons for the Green Knights. At the start of last season the Hermansville, Mich., boy joined the Packers and began the stiff assignment of breaking into pro ball. At mid-season he was released and returned to St. Norbert, where he coached freshman football and basketball teams. Now he's back for another crack at the pro league. He weighs between 205 and 210 pounds, is extremely strong and is anxious to make good with the Packers.


JUL 14 (Green Bay) - Another former Green Bay high school athlete who made good in the big time - Wayland Becker of East High - will be back for another season with the Packer professional team this fall. Becker's signed contract for 1939 has been received by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. Becker performed under Coach Chester Wiley on some of East High's greatest football teams in the late twenties, and he also was an ace in basketball and track. He started at left end in the East-West game of 1928, when the Red Devils won 26 to 0, and at the same position in 1929, when East copped 12 to 7. He scored the winning touchdown in the latter game. After graduation Becker matriculated to Marquette, where he ran through the grind of freshman football and then starred for three years with the varsity. He was one of the greatest pitchers in Marquette history. He left Marquette and became the property of the Chicago Bears, but spent the better part of two seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A trade with the Brooklyn Dodgers brought him to Green Bay, and he is starting his fourth season as a Packer...WELL-KNOWN FAMILY: Becker, who weighs 200 pounds and stands six feet in height, is a member of a well-known Green Bay athletic dynasty, which includes several prominent Beckers. His twin brother Warren starred with him in high school and later played at Central State Teachers college, Stevens Point. Wayland is a tough and rugged wingman. He never has done much scoring with the Packers, his league point list being restricted to a single touchdown, but he is capable of playing at whirlwind speed each time his presence in the lineup is needed. He handles a share of the punting assignment.


JUL 14 (Pittsburgh) - Football, professional variety, will bounce back into the spotlight again next week when NFL officials, owners and coaches assemble at the Fort Pitt hotel here Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, for their annual "officials' meeting". The immediate objective of the confab is to clarify rule interpretations and improve officiating, as the 1939 championship schedule was drawn and adopted at the league's annual meeting, held last February in Chicago. However, several important player trades are almost certain to develop when the rival owners and coaches get together and this activity probably will project pro football back into sports page prominence...STORCK TO PRESIDE: Carl L. Storck, acting president, will preside at the meeting. Storck, who has served the league as vice president and treasurer since 1920, was appointed acting president when the venerable Joe F. Carr, president of the league since its organization, died last May. The meeting will be called to order Saturday at 11 a.m. The first day's session will be devoted entirely to officiating problems, with the league's veteran referees, umpire, field judges and headlinesman, and a group of new candidates, recruited by Storck in his drive to improve officiating, meeting with Hugh Ray of Chicago, generally recognized as the nation's leading authority on football rules. Ray will conduct the interpretation session, which will be followed by a true or false quiz on rules. Also, a series of tests, including 50 and 100-yard dashes, will be held to determine each official's physical fitness for the job of handling league games...PLAN CARR MEMORIAL: Owner George S. Halas of the Chicago Bears will introduce a resolution designed to commemorate Carr's memory. Halas' resolution calls for the designation of the league's annual award to its most valuable player as the Joe F. Carr Memorial award. The unanimous adoption of Halas' resolution is regarded as a mere formality. Carr sponsored the league's most valuable player award resolution, which was adopted in February. Under the resolution,



MAY 22 (Columbus, OH) - Leaders in the sports world informed the family of Joseph F. Carr in messages of condolence today that they planned to attend funeral services here Wednesday for the man who devoted most of his life to organized athletics. Carr's unexpected death of a heart ailment Saturday at the age of 58 ended a career that was devoted to sports since shortly after the turn of the century and which carried him to the presidency of the NFL and made him promotional director of the National association of Professional Baseball Leagues...LEAGUE OFFICIALS ATTEND: Among those planning to attend the rites in Holy Rosary church are officials of the football league which Carr headed since its formation at Canton, O., in 1920. They include: Dan Topping of Brooklyn; George Halas of Chicago; C.W. Bidwell of Chicago; Thomas E. Lipscomb of Cleveland; E.L. Lambeau, Green Bay; John V. Mara of New York; Bert Bell of Philadelphia, Arthur Rooney of Pittsburgh, George P. Marshall of Washington, and William A. Alfs of Detroit. Carr, reelected for ten years to the president of the league at the annual executive meeting in Chicago last February, had been ailing for some time. In September of 1937 he was admitted to the Grant hospital in Columbus to undergo treatment for a heart ailment. He recovered sufficiently to resume his duties on a part time basis and presided


at the league meeting in Chicago. He suffered a heart attack early Saturday afternoon and was rushed to a hospital where he died several hours later. Born in Columbus, Oct. 20, 1880, Carr's interest in sports dates from the time he managed a baseball team while in elementary school. When he was 20 year old, the year the American league was organized, Carr, an ardent follower of the White Sox, organized among employees of the Pennsylvania railroad, where he worked, a team know as the "Famous Pan Handle White Sox". The team gained a reputation in semi-professional ranks throughout the country...ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR: About that time Carr went to work as assistant sports editor of the Ohio State Journal, continuing in that position for six years. In 1904, when professional football first was gaining recognition in the midwest, he organized the Pan Handle football team, featuring the six Nesser brothers. This team for many years was the outstanding club in the professional game. In 1906 he became secretary of the Ohio State Baseball league and two year later was made president. The league was disbanded in 1916, because of the war, but in 1922 a disagreement split the old Blue Grass league in Kentucky, and some of the teams joined with the Ohio State organization, Carr was made president of the joint organization....PRESIDENT IN 1921: The NFL had its birth at a meeting at Canton in 1920. Carr was made president in 1921. He was reelected to head the league year after year under his administration it grew to imposing proportions. When professional basketball began to get a foothold in 1925, Carr organized the American Basketball League, with clubs in Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Rochester, Cleveland, Fort Wayne and Chicago. He induced the Arena corporation, Philadelphia, and the Madison Square Garden corporation, in New York, to install basketball teams. Carr was the league's first president but withdrew after three years because of other business. In the meantime he had become president of the Columbus Baseball club. After operating the team through the season of 1926, the owner, Thomas E. Wilson of Chicago, sold the club to the Cincinnati National league club, and Carr continued as president until the winter of 1931-32, when the St. Louis Cardinals bought the Columbus club and made Larry S. MacPhail, another Columbus resident, its president...MINOR LEAGUE PROMOTER: Since 1932 his baseball activities have centered on promoting minor leagues. He had intended to retire from baseball that year, but when the National association offered him a place in its executive committee to develop a program to rehabilitate minor league baseball, he accepted. In that capacity he has engineered the revival of minor league baseball from the time when only half a dozen leagues were operating, and most of them in danger of folding up, up to last year's successful season for 37 leagues. He expected 40 minor leagues to operate through the 1939 campaign...FINISH COLLEGE CAREERS: He succeeded in establishing the rule that professional football teams would not sign up college player until four years from the time they entered the university. This rule prevented the proselyting of outstanding college players before they had finished their collegiate careers. Carr's last official act as president of the National league was the signing of a contract with the Chicago Tribune, assuring the preeminence of the Chicago All Star game by prohibiting league teams from competing against graduating players withheld from the contest. The widow and two children, Joseph F, Jr., and Mary, survive.


MAY 27 (Green Bay) - Eddie McGroarty, talented fullback of Northland college at Ashland, Wis., today became the 12th member of the 1939 Green Bay Packer squad to place himself under contract. Coach E.L. Lambeau, in announcing the acquisition of McGroarty, stated that the Northland husky is believed to be the type of the numerous "unknowns" who have made outstanding reputations in professional football...PRAISED BY COACH: The newest Packers is 22 years old, weighs 200 pounds and stands two inches about six feet in height. His coach,. John T. Kendigan, Northland athletic director, wrote concerning him as follows: "In my judgment, McGroarty is the best player I have seen, as a triple threat man in the backfield. He had freshman experience at Marquette university under Frank Murray, and it was a miracle that we were able to get him up here at Ashland. We wouldn't have, had it not been for financial circumstances which made it difficult for him to live at Milwaukee. Moose Gardner (former Packer lineman, now at Ashland) has fallen for him harder than any other man we had here. McGroarty is a 60-minute man, and in the three years he played with us he never was on the bench a minute. He never lost a second because of an injury and had to carry the burden of attack and defense when sometimes we felt it positively abusive to keep using him. "...HAS GOOD INFLUENCE: "His influence as the cleanest living kid I know will in no wise hurt the Packer organization."


MAY 28 (Green Bay) - Another tackle was added to the Green Bay Packer line for next fall when Wallen William Kilbourne signed his contract after a conference with Coach E.L. Lambeau at Minneapolis Saturday. Kilbourne, known as "Cleets", is the 13th on this year's Packer roll. The new lineman was recommended by Assistant Coach Richard Smith who received his information from the line coaches at the University of Minnesota where Kilbourne was a member of the varsity for three years. Six feet three inches tall, Cleets weighs 230 pounds, an ideal build for professional play. He is 22 years age, and his home is in St. Paul...OUT OF SPOTLIGHT: Constant moving about in the Minnesota line kept Kilbourne out of the college spotlight despite his size and ability. He played both tackle and guard on both sides of the line, in transfers that marked his three years' play. Smith interviewed him, and then urged Coach Lambeau to sign him. Both coaches talked to him Saturday. Smith was in Minneapolis with the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. "Because he has been moved about so much, Kilbourne will need considerable work to fit into the spot we have for him," Coach Lambeau said today. "We plan to use him at tackle. He has the size and a keen desire to play. A few weeks' practice and some experience should do the rest for him."..BRIGHT PRO PROSPECT: "Line coaches at Minnesota were enthusiastic about his play, and tagged him as a bright pro grid prospect," he added. Kilbourne was the second new Packer signed by Lambeau on a two-day dash to Minneapolis. The other was Eddie McGroarty, fullback from Northland college at Ashland, who weighs 200 pounds.


MAY 31 (Green Bay) - A famous college football coach, a few years back, made the remark that if you'd give him a team of fullbacks, he'd turn out a championship/ The coach went on to explain that boys who played the fullback position in high school could be used at any spot on a college team. They could be shoved in the line at any position, could be shifted to blocking quarterback, could be used at half. If that's the case, the Packers are as good as in, because there probably will be no fewer than 15 men on the 1939 Green Bay squad who played regularly as fullbacks in college. Most of them are at other positions now, and some will be changed around when they reach the Packers from collegiate ranks - but all had their start at fullback, so apparently the coach knew what he was talking about. Gunther of Santa Clara, Buhler of Minnesota, Balasz of Iowa are a few of the new men who starred as fullbacks in their recently completed university careers. Tony Falkenstein of St. Mary's, rugged gridder with whom the Packers are dickering, also played that vital position. Lock of Fordham, who tried out with the Packers last year, was released and may get another chance, was a fullback in college. Present Packer stalwarts, all of them fullbacks when toting the ball for dear old Something-or-Other, are Lee Mulleneaux, Buckets Goldenberg, Swede Johnston, Pete Tinsley, Clarke Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski, Dick Weisgerber, Hank Bruder and Herman Schneidman. The most recent fullback to join the roster is Eddie McGroarty of Northland college, whose backers proudly hail him as a man certain to stick in professional football. It's a hard assignment, but maybe he will. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers likes to sign fullbacks, because of their adaptability. He can use them as blocking backs, shift them to halves, where their size and strength make them useful in the tough pro grind, or he can leave them where they are.


JUN 3 (Green Bay) - Football reflections off the summer pavement: Harry Jacunski, the Packers' latest end acquisition, was selected as the most valuable player on the Fordham university football team last fall...and that amounts to a pretty fair honor...the Fordham team was no pushover. Eddie McGroarty, who hopes to do some fullbacking for the Packers next fall, was the second heaviest man on the Northland college team at 200 pounds...the one heftier gridder was Bronko Nagurski's brother, who weighs 223 pounds and plays tackle...the rest of the team averaged about 180 pounds, which meant that the burden rested in no small measure upon McGroarty and Nagurski...both played freshmen football at Marquette. Richard (Red) Smith, Packer assistant coach, confessed to Coach Curly Lambeau at Minneapolis last week that football fever has taken hold...despite his baseball activity as Milwaukee Brewer coach, Red constantly is seeking promising talent for the Packers...Warren Kilbourne, giant Minnesota lineman signed last Saturday, was one of his finds...when the Packers gather for the first time in a couple of months, Red will be on hand. The first Packer practice and training date is Aug. 5, but there is a second, Aug. 12, for veterans who are in good condition...all rookies, and holdovers from last season who are overweight or haven't been training must be present for the earlier date...many are keeping the waistlines down with golf and softball...and at least one of them is skipping rope twice daily. Letters on conditioning have gone out to all players...when they do report it will be on an enlarged, completely fenced practice is in the same location as the other (east of East High school), but its direction had been modern training equipment also has been ordered. Don't be too surprised if Earl (Bud) Svendsen is back in the Packer lineup next fall...everything appears to be on the sunny side at Kirksville, Mo., Teachers college where Bud coaches, and they want him back next year, but Bud is tempted to return to a playing role...he and Andy Uram visited with Coach Lambeau on the Minneapolis jaunt. Many fans, and others with even a deeper interest in the game, figure that Uram will be one of the running sensations of the league next and see...he is only five pounds over playing weight. Confidence and trust note: Clarke Hinkle played the entire last season without an actual contract with the Green Bay Packers...he and Coach Lambeau had a gentlemen's agreement that they never got around to putting in writing...refreshing, to say the least, and probably a severe blow to the cynics who think that anything connected with professional sports must have something of an underworld touch. Don Ullmer, sought by the Packers, will not play professional football next fall...the Minnesota lineman has accepted a coaching job. The familiar visage of Milan Creighton, former Cardinal coach, will be missing around the football stadia in these parts next fall...Creighton has accepted a position with a Sioux City oil company after turning down an assortment of college coaching offers...but football is too much a part of him to keep him on an oil company shelf...he'll probably be back in the picture somewhere in another year.



JUN 6 (Green Bay) - Durability is a chief characteristic of Eddie McGroarty, Northland college fullback who signed recently with the Green Bay Packers, according to his numerous well-wishers in the Northern Wisconsin area. The Ashland Daily press, writers of which have witnessed McGroarty in action for three years, went overboard in acclaiming the feats of the husky athlete, whose ambition for many seasons has been to join the Green Bay team. The following story appeared in the Press and is reprinted herewith: BY JOHN P. HOGAN: A fitting climax to what has often been termed the most momentous athletic career in Northland college history was applied when Edward John McGroarty, 22-year-old student from Milwaukee, was signed by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers to perform with Wisconsin's famed representatives in the NFL. McGroarty, whose three years at the Hilltop school have been studded with both football and basketball achievements of note, signed a contract at Minneapolis, where he conferred with Coach Lambeau in Hotel Nicollet. Services of the big fullback, who stands six feet, two inches and scales 205 pounds, were unsuccessfully sought by another member of the pro circuit which started dickering with McGroarty in March. Son of Mrs. Clara McGroarty, of 2416 W. Orchard st., Milwaukee, Ed becomes the first Northland performer in history to gain a berth in the pro ranks. He preferred to negotiate with Lambeau and the Packers because he has long followed the Green Bay eleven, having dreamed of one day playing with the famed outfield while a prep satellite at Boys' Tech High, Milwaukee, where he played in 1930, 1931 and 1932 - gaining all-city honors for his play at fullback in his last two years...WITH HILLTOP FROSH: In 1933, McGroarty distinguished himself with his play with the Marquette university frosh eleven, but his collegiate career was temporarily stubbed the following year when he had to stay out of school due to finances. However, a Northland alumnus who tutored McGroarty in basketball at Boys' Tech, Ed DeBriae, persuaded McGroarty to enroll at Northland in the fall of 1936. That football season marked the start of an athletic career that was destined to make McGroarty an immortal in local sports history. Close observers of McGroarty's performances on the basketball court and the gridiron predicted the Milwaukeean "couldn't


miss" in either sport, were he to exhibit his ware in the professional branches. He performed with the Oshkosh All-Stars basketball team in a national tournament at Chicago at the completion of the Hilltop cage season in March and established himself then as worth of future play in pro loop circles. His signing with the Packers to play his "first love" - football - does not doom his future chances in pro basketball, but in all probability he will abandon any thoughts he had of pursuing that sport and give his undivided attention to football...GARDNER IS FAN: While Coach Lambeau, according to reports, did not assert himself in asking McGroarty to sign a contract, it was believed the famous Packer mentor acted on recommendations of various football authorities who had seen the Hilltop back perform. Among these was Milton L. (Moose) Gardner, former Northland coach, who was a teammate of Lambeau when the present Green Bay mentor was a star with the Packers. Gardner, who played with the Packers five years, was a fine performer of repute at Ashland high school and the University of Wisconsin. So illustrious were McGroarty's performances game after game for Northland that all-opponents' teams selected by Hilltop foes each year Ed was at Northland invariably put the Milwaukeean at the fullback spot. Often termed the peer of fullbacks among players at smaller Wisconsin colleges, McGroarty played virtually every minute of every football game in his three years at Northland - and missed a total of five minutes in all the basketball games contested by the Hilltops in the last three years. Arthur L. Gemme, present Northland college mentor and coach of McGroarty during his local athletic career, has been widely praised for the heights reached by the ace performer...DEVELOPS UNKNOWN STARS: The Packers' mentor, in signed McGroarty, sustained his reputation of ignoring the size of colleges in selecting his material. Green Bay teams have come to the fore annually, developing practically unknown college stars as top rank professional satellites. Coach Lambeau told McGroarty that the Milwaukeean will understudy famed Clarke Hinkle, great Packer fullback, and that after a little seasoning, he should be ready for regular service in pro ranks...OPENS DRILLS AUG. 5: After receiving his Ph.B degree from Northland at commencement exercises this month, McGroarty will go to his home in Milwaukee to remain until Aug. 5 when the Packers go into training at Green Bay.


JUN 10 (Green Bay) - One of the most unusual squads in history will enter training here when the Green Bay Packers assemble in August for the NFL championship race. Fifteen of the 45 players ordered to report are fullbacks. It is not unusual for Notre Dame to have 12 fullbacks. Notre Dame's squad generally consists of 12 teams. But it is extraordinary and constitutes some kind of a record for one-third of a pro squad to be assigned, or have had experience in major competition at one position. Green Bay's fullback squadron is led by the veteran Clarke Hinkle, regarded by many authorities as the greatest football player of all time, surpassing in all around ability and team value even the famous Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski. Immediately behind Hinkle, the All-National league fullback, come Eddie Jankowski, formerly of Wisconsin, who is an established Packer star, and Frank Balasz of Iowa, obtained in the draft last winter. These men will handle Green Bay's fullbacking in the championship race. The 12 others are men who played the position in college, or in the National league, but because of specialized talents have been assigned to other places in the lineup. They include veterans Hank Bruder and Herman Schneidman, quarterbacks; Buckets Goldenberg, Swede Johnson and Pete Tinsley, guards; Brute Mulleneeaux, center; and Cecil Isbell and Dick Weisgerber, halfbacks. Rookies under contract who have had major college experience at fullback, but who will be made over into professional halfbacks are Larry Buhler of Minnesota; Bill Gunther of Santa Clara, Ed McGroraty of North College in Ashland, Wisc., and John Locke of Fordham. Locke reported last fall with a knee injury and was ordered to remain idle for a year. Fullback for years has been the proving ground of some of the game's outstanding stars. College coaches more than those in the National league switch players between fullback and guard. The recent trend toward putting out guards to lead interference has increased this practice. Fullbacks must be versatile players, accomplished in blocking and possessed of extreme ruggedness. These requisites make them excellent guard prospects, especially in the modern game where guards are also utilized extensively as secondary defenders against forward passes. Mike Michalske, former Green Bay star and one of the outstanding guards of all time, was a former fullback. Guard Joe Zeller, who for years was the Chicago Bears' most reliable pass defender, also moved into the line from fullback. Bree Cuppoletti, the Chicago Cardinals' veteran guard, is a former fullback, and, like John Del Isola of the New York Giants, backs up the line on defense. Their performances refute the football axiom that a guard is just a fullback with brains battered out.


JUN 11 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers will submit suggestions for a football layout at the proposed Milwaukee municipal athletic stadium, but that does not mean his football team will play any more games in the Beer capital than it does now. Henry Bendinger, president of the Milwaukee Brewer baseball club; Rudy Schaffer, Brewer secretary, and Lambeau met with the special common council committee appointed to consider development of a municipal stadium this week, and the chances are pretty good that the idea will bear fruit. Bendinger and Lambeau will submit plans suitable for both football and baseball...STADIUM BADLY NEEDED: "Anyone who ever has attended an athletic contest of any kind in Milwaukee knows how badly a stadium is needed there," Curly pointed out while packing and unpacking between trips. (The Packer coach returned from Milwaukee one night and started north the next day to continue a traveling pace that would leave a Cook's tour guide green with envy.) "We never have had a satisfactory football setup there, although State Fair park has been greatly improved for our purposes in the past few years," he continued as he forward passed his soiled shirts into the laundry hamper. "And as for Borchert field...Green Sox park is magnificent by comparison." The Packer coach gave a little thought to that comparison, and then went on: "Well, maybe the difference isn't that pronounced, but it's a shame to call Borchert field a ball park."...CAPITOL AT HOLTON: The new stadium would be located on E. Capitol at N. Holton street, and the 15-acre site is considered ideal. The plant would be financed as a park and PWA project, with the city of Milwaukee providing part of the cost by issuing short term revenue bonds if present plans materialize. With a great residential district within a radius of two or three miles, the setup would be similar to that of Wrigley field in Chicago. Extensive parking space is available, and traffic problems would be a minimum. Curly was at the council committee's meeting in a purely advisory capacity as probably the man best fitted to help straighten out the football end of the project. He hopes that in three years the Packers' two Milwaukee games will have the benefit of the new stadium...TAKES TWO SEASONS: "We'll be at State Fair park for at least two more season," he said while adjusting his fedora. "It probably will take that long to complete this project. But after that, we may have a real place to play our Milwaukee games, and Milwaukee will have its first suitable stadium for football and baseball." As he pressed the button for the elevator, a sudden thought bubbled to the surface. "Don't let that give you the idea that we plan to any more games in Milwaukee than the present allotment of two," he warned. "Our real purpose is improving City stadium here for the home crowds, and we are doing that, but something to play on was badly needed in Milwaukee."


JUN 11 (Green Bay) - There is a possibility that Earl (Bud) Svendsen, outstanding center, may again snap the ball for the Packers this season. Bud played with the Bays in 1937 and returned to the squad last fall for the championship playoff game with the Giants in New York. Svendsen had a coaching job with the Kirksville, Mo., Teachers. The former Minnesota center has been in several huddles with Coach E.L. Lambeau.


JUN 11 (Detroit) - According to reports from Detroit, Ernie Caddel, who has been a thorn in the side of the Packers for several season, may not return to the Lions' football battle front this fall as he recently has landed a "fat" automobile job in California. Executives of the Detroit club, however, are pulling some string to help get the crack backfielder a leave of absence from his motor firm connection at Sacramento and there is still a chance that Caddel could be in the Lions' lineup when the Detroiters come here to face the Packers October 22.


JUN 11 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau has issued a bulletin to his Green Bay Packers candidates calling attention to the August 5 reporting date. This is considerably earlier than in other years. Packer gridders who are playing daily baseball and others who are in the pink of condition will be given permission to report a week later, August 12.


JUN 16 (Green Bay) - His first, but by no means his last visit to Green Bay, was paid this week by Jack Brennan, husky University of Michigan guard, who signed his 1939 Packer contact some weeks ago and dropped in to get a line on summer employment prospects. Hugely personable, with an intelligent attitude towards professional football, the good-looking Brennan is certain to catch hold with the fans the moment he makes Green Bay his place of residence. A native of Racine, Brennan played high school football as fullback and center at Carl Schurz school in Chicago. At Michigan his freshman year he played tackle and end, as a sophomore remaining at wing as an understudy to Captain Matt Patanelli. This was stiff competition, and Coach Harry Kipke moved him over to guard, a position he has head ever since. For three seasons Brennan played opposite Ralph Heikkinen, his Phi Gamma Delta roommate, who was one of the most highly publicized guards in the country on both sides of the line. Heikkenen, who hails from Bessemer, Mich., has accepted a coaching job and won't play pro football. Brennan likes the idea of spending a few years in the National league. He wants to save his money and then go into the teaching game, a profession for which he is well qualified. His B average at Michigan enabled him to graduate this year with a B.A. degree in education. He had a chance to coach and teach at Clearwater, Fla., ("which you'll admit doesn't sound bad"), but he turned it down to sign his Packer contract. He weighs 201 pounds, is tall and powerful, and Coach Curly Lambeau doesn't conceal his enthusiasm. At Michigan, both Brennan and Heikkenen established a record for durability. Each averaged 59 minutes of playing time out of the 60 possible per game, and neither was bothered by injuries. Brennan usually played the strong side guard at Michigan, with Heikkinen handling the weak side, although as mentioned they often shifted positions. One of their opponents was Michigan State, and Brennan was impressed greatly with the work of halfback Johnny Pingle, Spartan ace, who has signed with the Detroit Lions. "He's a lot of football player," said Brennan. The new Packer guard is married, and expects that his wife will remain at their home in Ann Arbor during the coming football season. Brennan went one semester to Washington Park High school in Racine, when Tom Hearden, present Green Bay East coach, was tutoring there, but he did not participate in any sports under Hearden. Football was his only athletic activity at Michigan, although he played high school baseball, and during the summers has performed with the Ann Arbor city nine as an outfielder. He worked his entire way through the university.



JUN 19 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers acquired another triple-threat halfback over the weekend when Norman Purucker affixed his name to a contract in the Northern Building office of Coach Earl L. Lambeau. Purucker, after three varsity years at the University of Michigan, comes to the Packers highly recommended. He was a teammate of Jack Brennan, the Michigan guard from Racine who also will be a Packer rookie. Purucker is the 15th new Packer to sign. Besides punting and passing on a par that reportedly merits professional football play, Norman is a brilliant runner. His speed will make him one of the fastest men in the NFL next season. Purucker, as a varsity track man at Michigan, ran the 100-yard dash in :09.8 and consistently does that distance somewhere between :09.9 and :10 flat. The newest Packer is built  along the lines of Andy Uram. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs 180 pounds. His age is 21 years. When 180 pounds get moving the length of the field at a 10-second clip, it is handy. And that is just what Coach Lambeau has signed...SEEKS ANOTHER DEGREE: Purucker's home is Youngstown, Ohio. At high school there he was on the football, track and basketball teams, but he forsook the latter sport in college. He graduated from the university this month with a bachelor of arts degree, and now is attending summer school to obtain a coaching and teaching certificate. Eventually, he may enter the law school at Ann Arbor.


JUN 22 (Green Bay) - Familiar faces are beginning to appear around town, as scattered members of the Green Bay Packers move into the state's professional capital to take up summer employment pending the start of another gridiron campaign. Spotted on the street yesterday were Pete Tinsley, who will start work here within 10 days, and Eddie Jankowski, one of four who will sling cheese boxes for Emil Fischer, starting this week. The others are Jack Brennan, the Michigan guard who visited here a few days back; Captain Milt Gantenbein, veteran end; and Carl Mulleneaux, sophomore wingman who pushed off to a fine pro football start last season. Up in the office of


Curly Lambeau, coach, there is equal activity, for the week's mail will carry out the annual contracts to the old guard - men who have performed with the Packers previously and who will be invited to try for positions again next fall. Soon the acceptances and refusals will be rolling in, and the annual job of signing the veterans will be underway. Baby Ray wrote in to Lambeau, asking for practice shoes, a pair of oversized dogs dear to the heart of the ex-Vanderbilt giant. Ray's weight is down to 242, and he is in the pink of condition. Right now it looks as though that left tackle job, more or less monopolized last fall by Champ Seibold, will be a wide open affair among Seibold, Ray, Dick Zoll, and Slats Wyrick, the U.C.L.A. lineman. Zoll is working hard and conscientiously to make the Green Bay team after several seasons at Cleveland.  He is a former Green Bay West High and Indiana university tackle. Bunny Schoemann, the Marquette center who looked great until injured in the Cardinal game at Buffalo, will report two weeks early for summer conditioning work. The Cardinals are conducting a campaign to get Frank Balasz, University of Iowa fullback upon whom Lambeau is counting heavily, but the Packer coach has no intention of giving up his contract. Add left tackle prospects - the one and only Ernie Smith, when and if he signs.


JUN 23 (Green Bay) - More ante bellum chatter is being expended on Packer tackle prospects for the coming season than any other position on the Green Bay grid squad. Somebody once said that as its tackles go, so goes a football team; thus, it is not altogether surprising that when talk runs to touchdowns at pool rooms, soda fountains, bars and women's bridge clubs up with "What about tackles?" The question is reminiscent of a friend, who during a classroom discussion of human behavior, once stopped everything with the questions, "What about an ape?" There was some vague connection between his query and the subject at hand, but while it may have been clear enough in his mind, no one else got the point. So it is with the Packer tackle situation. To answer questions about that particular position one would have to accept the foregone conclusion that something is wrong - that there is a question. Because no one comes up with an analysis to justify questioning tackle play of the past season, and possibilities for the next, a review of the setup may help clear the air. First, it might be well to look to the coach himself. Producing league statistics on the matter, Curly Lambeau laid last season's tackle situation wide open on his office desk yesterday with the comment, "Take a look at it yourself." The "look" disclosed that fewer yards were gained over Packer tackles by their opponents than Packer backs gained over opposing tackles during the last season. The boys on the other side of the line included the all-Americas, Ed Widseth of Minnesota and Joe Stydahar of the Chicago Bears. And that was that. As the figures sank in, Curly said, "Too often our ends didn't come through, and the spectators heaped the blame upon the tackles...Sometimes the fault was with the man on the other side of the tackle, and occasionally the secondary defense was lax."...OFFENSE GANGS UP: The Packer coach explained that because the Packer tackles are big, it was the common practice of opposing teams to put extra men on Ray, Lee, Seibold et al. He pointed out that if an end, a tackle and a wingback all get to work on the defensive tackle, some help must be expected from the defensive end, the man backing up the line, and possible the guard. It is a reasonable request, to say the least. Still, the five Packer tackles of last season, according to their records as a group, were as strong as the similar contingent of any team in the league. Nevertheless, things will be even better next fall. Inasmuch as the purpose of all life is improvement, there will be no exception to this noble aim in the Green Bay Packer line. From last year's squad will come the nucleus. This will include Baby Ray, who already is conditioning himself in Nashville; Bill Lee, who is wrestling out of Memphis; Champ Seibold, who is on the west coast; and Leo Katalinas, who is working in Shenandoah, Penn. Frank Butler will not be back. One of the season's principal additions will be Dick Zoll, a Green Bay product who spent two years in the Cleveland line after graduating from Indiana. Zoll was used at both guard and tackle on both sides of the line with the Rams, and he plugged each gap well. With the Packers he should reach the peak of his effectiveness because he will be used at left tackle only - his favorite position and the one at which he has been outstanding...ROOKIES COMING UP: Rookies, personally interviewed by Coach Lambeau before signing contracts, who will press the veterans for jobs are Charlie Schultz of Minnesota, Cleets Kilbourne of Minnesota and Slats Wyrick of U.C.L.A. Kilbrourne, like Zoll, saw service all over the line. Here he will settle down to one position. Ernie Smith, the veteran from Southern Call, probably will be on hand. He has just about decided to play, and it is just a matter of terms between him and the Packer front office now. Another 225-pounder who shows every indication of joining Packer ranks is Paul Kell of Notre Dame. Ray and Seibold are left tackle, and Zoll will wind up there. Lee and Katalinas are right tackles, and Kilbourne probably will be broken in on the starboard side. Wyrick and Schultz will be placed on whichever side they play best. Smith is one of the greatest left tackles in the business. Kell plays on the right side. All of which should answer the question, "What about tackles?"



JUN 26 (Green Bay) - Paul Kell, an oversized tackle with a fine recommendation, was signed by Coach E.L Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers in Chicago yesterday, rounding out the Packer tackle corps for the 1939 season, exclusive of veteran material. Kell was named on practically every all-opponent team among rivals of the Fighting Irish last fall, and Lambeau believes he will be an exceptional pep type. He plays the right side of the line, but has had experience on the left...HE'S NO MIDGET: The Notre Dame veteran  stands two inches over six feet,. and weighs 225 pounds. At the South Bend university he was a quite, conscientious type of performer who never worked for the headlines, but acquired high praise of opposing coaches and players. With the date for opening competition beginning to loom nearer, Lambeau expects that there will be regular announcements regarding the Packers during the next few weeks. He has sent out contracts to the veteran players who are being invited to return, and anticipates hearing from them shortly.


JUN 27 (Green Bay) - Never before have the Green Bay Packers looked so good on paper, and that's the reason why there is some evidence of worry on the brow of Coach Curly Lambeau,. The mentor himself pointed out this paper value of the Packers, and his own affliction, at the luncheon of the Kiwanis club in the Hotel Northland yesterday. Kiwanians attended in full force, since football is spot news even in June in


this town. "I'm getting a bit worried," the well-groomed artist of the rough and tumble game confessed. "I wonder if we might not be inclined to ease up a little. Look what happened to the Chicago Cubs." Lambeau and his "brain trust" have traveled far and thought much in an effort to plug the weak spots of last year's team - a team that was good enough to get the Western division championship in the NFL...HAVE FIVE CENTERS: "We have five centers, for one thing," he announced, "The team was rather weak in that department the last season. These five men should fill that hole most effectively." Ten tackles are on the 1939 roster, filling another department that let the Packers down several times in 1938. There are eight guards, eight ends and 17 in the backfield. The Packer board of strategy realizes that Green Bay is the smallest city of the 10 that have NFL teams, Coach Lambeau stated. "Personally, I feel that we will always have a team in the first league, but I also know that in order to do so, we must continue to finish in the first division. Once we get in the second division, we are on the way out. As long as we have drawing power in the big cities, just so long can we stay in the league."...THREE-WAY NEED: Professional football, the coach asserted, is a combination of showmanship, business and sport. Every team must have all three, if it is to last, but some emphasize one more than the other. The sport angle, he said, has been stressed in Green Bay. "It seems highly probable that the Packers will pay a little more attention to showmanship in the future, never forgetting, however, the sport element. Just what form this will take is a problem that will have to be worked out." Coach Lambeau interviewed all prospects before signing them for the coming season, he continued. Often a man does not do well in pro football, and at other times he has been overcolored or misjudged by enthusiastic, self-appointed press agents. The Packers have attempted to provide permanent employment for their players, but Lambeau believes that more can be done in this regard. "We now have an employment committee, and are taking in the whole state in our search for positions. Wisconsin as a whole has adopted the Packers, and is taking a personal interest in the men."...HIGH SALARIES PROBLEM: "High salaries paid by some of the other teams is one of our problems. If we can give the employment of men full consideration, we can help win this battle." Coach Lambeau also spoke briefly of his recent trip to Europe. "You don't hear much war talk over there. I believe that the newspapers and the radio, especially the radio, are overplaying the subject in a search for drama." Gratifying, Lambeau said, was the friendliness the Germans feel toward the United States. They fear Hitler, he admitted, but apparently do not go with him as much as many would have Americans believe.


JUN 27 (Manitowoc) - New addition to the Packer colony - it's a boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milt Gantenbein...A football fans' association at Ironwood, Mich., has reserved 300 seats for the Detroit-Packer game in Green Bay on October 22...The Packer practice field east of City Stadium is to be completely enclosed this fall so that Curly Lambeau can hold secret practice...Eddie Jankowski has arrived in Green Bay to start work in a manufacturing plant and Coach Lambeau greeted him with open arms, a contract in one hand...An important date on Lambeau's desk calendar is July 29 when the NFL meets in Pittsburgh to talk over the troublesome question of officiating. Curly has a few things he'd like to get off his chest.


JUN 28 (Green Bay) - With the business of negotiating new contract arrangements with former players now under way, Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers today announced that John Lock, former Fordham fullback who performed half of the 1938 season here, will try for a regular spot on the 1939 team. Lambeau has sent out contracts to all of the 1939 players he wants to report Aug. 5, the official opening date of the Packer practice season. A couple have been returned unsigned, but he has yet to hear from most of the men. If all report who are invited, their total, with the first year men expected, will be 48 - the largest squad in Green Bay history. Lock will be used at the blocking back position next fall, the Packer coach said. He reported last year highly recommended by Coach Jimmy Crowley, but he carried with him a leg injury acquired in an Eastern All Star game. With this handicap he was unable to stick on the Green Bay squad, and was shipped back East. He took a layoff of several weeks and then played excellent football with the New York Yankees in the American league, all of which led to his signing for 1939. He is the first veteran Packer to send in his name. Lock weighs 210 pounds, and stands an inch and a half under six feet in height...TIME MARCHES ON: Packer news is beginning to buzz around town, despite hot weather and the length of time remaining before the opening kickoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates Aug. 26. Crowley will have another candidate on the 1939 squad - husky Harry Jacunski, an end who allegedly is the pro football type. Incidentally, the Fordham coach will arrive here within a few days, and will spend the month of July at an Ephraim cottage with his mother and wide. Bunny Schoemann and Tom Greenfield, centers from Marquette and Arizona, respectively, will arrive earlier than the main guard, and will undergo conditioning work in anticipation of the season...SVENDSEN MAY RETIRE: Lambeau believes that the center corps also will be strengthened by the return of Bud Svendsen, although he has made no definite announcement concerning that young game, star of the 1938 playoff game with New York and currently coach at Kirksville State Teachers college, Missouri. The Pittsburgh-Packer game at City stadium Aug. 26 will be a non-league engagement played under the lights. The Packers then will play a Texas All-Star crew at Dallas Labor Day night, and will be home to launch their National league season against the Chicago Cardinals Sept. 17.


JUN 30 (Green Bay) - Lee (Brute) Mulleneaux, one-time center on University of Arizona teams, has signed to play with the Green Bay Packers again this fall, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. Mulleneaux, a brother of Packer end Carl Mulleneaux, was obtained by the Packers in mid-season last year after his release by the Chicago Cardinals, and turned in some pretty good performances for the Western division champions. He was handicapped all the way by a bad ankle, but his part in maintaining the battered Packer center corps at full strength was not unimpressive, and in the opinion of Lambeau, deserved another try...CLOSE TO 220: Mulleneaux weighs close to 220 pounds, stands an inch over six feet, and revels in the nickname of "Brute". During the winter he was employed at Los Angeles, where he lived with his family, and in a recent letter to his brother, Carl, he stated that never in his life did he feel more enthusiastic about playing football.


JUL 1 (Manitowoc) - Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay Packer fullback accompanied Coach E.L. Lambeau to Appleton recently when Lambeau addressed the Lions club. Clarke went along for the ride and operated the projector on which the movies were shown which set the stage for Lambeau's best crack of the evening: "When a man has played as long for us as Hinkle, we let him run the machine"...Dane rumor has it that wedding bells will soon ring for Johnny Howell, Nebraska backfielder who was a freshman with the Green Bay Packers in 1938. Howell is now engaged in the real estate business at Bethesda, Maryland, and he recently queried a Green Bay jeweler about the price of rings and other things.


JUL 5 (Green Bay) - Another member of the Green Bay Packers' 1938 football brigade, which won the Western division championship of the NFL, was back in the fold today, as Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today the signing of Dick Weisgerber, former Williamette fullback. Wiesgerber, who didn't win his spurs as a regular last year, due to the presence of the squad of Clarke Hinkle and others of comparable talents, was rated a back with a lot of potentialties, and Lambeau predicts for him a successful season. Big and powerful, aggressive and intelligent, he is believed capable of developing into a National league veteran, and he certainly is slated for a greater amount of action in 1939 than he received previously. Weisgerber actually put in little playing time in 1938. The rigorous Packer schedule demanded the presence of experienced hands, and the former West Coaster spent most of his Packer hours in a practice uniform, or on the bench. Nevertheless, he had his moments...SHIFTED TO QUARTERBACK: He is an excellent punter and so good a blocker that Lambeau, for a time, shifted him to blocking quarterback, in one of a series of experiments, involving that position. Furthermore, he is a burly ball carrier, and his season of experience in the Packer backfield, exclusive of league appearances, gave him defensive work which may bear fruit next fall. He weighs above the 200 mark, and is starting his second year with Green Bay. Coach Lambeau expects him to report a day or two before the official opening of practice, Aug. 5.


JUL 5 (Green Bay) - When the Green Bay Packers moved into Rhinelander, equipment and all, in 1935 for a training period at the northern Wisconsin resort city, the entire community went quietly nuts about them and had more than a little fun doing it. The Packers had the run of the town, although they were kept well confined and completely busy,, and the townspeople experienced all varieties of fun watching them practice, getting their autographs and reading about their antics in the local newspaper. To bring the setting closer home geographically, Two Rivers, Wis., is preparing to undergo the throes of a similar visitation, with the definite word from Johnny Blood, coach of the Pittsburgh professional football Pirates, that his Black Battalion will descend upon that municipal icebox Saturday, Aug. 5, for a period of calisthenics and gridiron brain work. The occasion may pass almost unnoticed locally, for the Packers, sturdily reinforced since the end of the 1938 season, will shove off on their own practice efforts the same day, and most Green Bay fans will concentrate upon the local event, putting the presence of the Pirates into the back of their heads for future reference. Later, they may drive over to Two Rivers and see what Blood is doing to his rascals, who are billed to storm the Packer ramparts at City stadium Saturday evening, Aug. 26, in an exhibition game. But in Two Rivers, the community will boil around the Pirates for several weeks. Good, staunch Packer fans may find their loyalty wavering in the face of the Pittsburgh decision to choose Two Rivers in its stamping grounds. After meeting the potent Pirates, and talking with the colorful Blood, the Two Rivers fans, among the most loyal the Packers possess, may decide to cast their votes with Art Rooney's team in the National league race. Of course, the Packers will win them back later, for the Pirates will be temporary, and Two Rivers, after all, is subject to the heat of the Packer territory. The guess is, however, that a good portion of that community's citizens will hit the trail to Green Bay Aug. 26, with the idea in mind of witnessing a triumph for their adopted gridders.


JUL 6 (Green Bay) - Two husky guards, both thoroughly experienced in the ways of professional football, have affixed their names to Green Bay Packer contracts for 1939, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. They are Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, former Northwestern university lineman, and Russell Letlow, who starred for the University of San Francisco. The contracts of the veterans are now beginning to come in to the Packer office, and most of the first year men already are signed. The result already has given Lambeau cause for optimism, and he expects that most of his 1938 personnel will be in line before the opening of the practice season Aug. 5 - four weeks from next Saturday. Engebretsen has had a remarkable career with the Packers. Although a lineman, and ponderously built, he ranks 20th on the Green Bay all-time scoring list, with 47 points, achieved on 20 points after touchdown and nine field goals. He has booted more of the latter than any other Packers except Clarke Hinkle and Cub Buck, who have 12 apiece, and only five men - Hinkle, Bob Monnett, Buck, Ernie Smith and Red Dunn - have outscored him in extra points. Engebretsen is one of the most cold-blooded and nerveless athletes ever to play with the Packers. In a tight game, with three points vitally needed from the field, there are few men the fans would rather see attempt a placement. None who witnessed the feat will forget the last minute field goal, which beat the Detroit Lions at City stadium in 1936, 20 to 18, and he came through with another late kick which saved the day against the Chicago Cardinals at Buffalo last fall. The big fellow weighs 240 pounds, and stands an inch above six feet. He has played six years of pro football, four and a half of them with Green Bay...WEST COAST VETERAN: Letlow's excellent guard play last fall earned him a position on the first all-league team, one of three Packers so honored. The others were Hinkle and Don Hutson. The chunky, powerful ex-San Francisco ace weighs 212 pounds and is six feet tall, possessing the strength and speed so vital in guard performance. Russ will be starting his fourth year as a Packer and his coach expects it to be one of his best. In a considerable measure he has taken over the reputation built up by Texas Christian's Lon Evans during his years of service here.



JUL 7 (Green Bay) - William Clarke Hinkle, who starred nearly a decade ago with Bucknell university in its Eastern gridiron ward, today came to terms with the Green Bay Packers for his eighth season of professional football. The super-durable Hinkle, one of three Packers who won positions on the official all-league team last fall, is among the first of the veteran Green Bay stars to sign his 1939 contract, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced. Last season Hinkle was a holdout until shortly before the practice season opened, but he found his teams acceptable several weeks earlier this year. If there are any Packer fans who do not rank Hinkle among the greatest football players in the nation, they never have made themselves audible. The second highest scoring back in Packer history - ranking second only to the great Verne Lewellen, whose total he is overhauling rapidly - Hinkle has been a true all-American professional and has been recognized as such for several seasons. He launched his Green Bay career in 1932, and he never has played with any other club. In his seven league seasons he has scored 239 points (Lewellen made 301), and he made them in every way possible. His topheavy point list includes 30 touchdowns, 23 points after touchdown and 12 field goals. He and Cub Buck (1922-25) are tied for the most field goals in Packer history. Only Bob Monnett, Buck, Ernie Smith and Red Dunn kicked more extra points than Hinkle. Only Lewellen, Johnny Blood and Don Hutson scored more touchdowns. He is one of five Packers who attained more than 100 points for Green Bay, the others being Lewellen, Blood, Hutson and Lambeau. Clarke excels in every branch of the game. He is one of the best punters on the squad, and is perhaps its most effective blocker. He is a terrific ball carrier, a flawless man on defense, a fair forward passer. To these characteristics he brings a flaming competitive spirit, and although he has placed seven bruising years of pro football behind him, last season was his greatest. He weighs 203 pounds, and stands an inch under six feet.


JUL 8 (Green Bay) - The signed contract of Pete Tinsley, former University of Georgia guard who was a Packer freshman last fall, has been received by Coach E.L. Lambeau, he announced today, ready to resume training with the rest of the Packers Saturday Aug. 5. Tinsley, a husky, stocky individual who weighs 205 pounds and stands five feet eight inches in height, is built perfectly for the guard position, and saw a lot of service last year, his first as a professional. Before that, he performed for three varsity seasons at Georgia. Pete is a native of Spartanburg, Ga., but at present is employed in Green Bay. He is inclined to be quite, is a hard worker and a conscientious performer both in practice and during competition. He is the third regular guard to be signed for the 1939 season, the others being Tiny Engebretsen and Russ Letlow.


JUL 9 (Madison) - Dr. W.W. Kelley, Green Bay, was here Friday in connection with his duties as a member of the State Board of Health. As a sideline, Dr. Kelley is the medical adviser for the Green Bay Packers and one of the organization's strongest boosters. He says that 48 men have been signed up, and that the Packer coaching staff is particularly enthusiastic about a star end from North Carolina. Wisconsin's star guard, Lynn Hovland, has not signed - he wanted too much money. Dr. Kelley says that Buckets Goldenberg is expected to have one of his greatest years as a running guard and that he will be the outstanding guard in the pro circuit.


JUL 10 (Green Bay) - Chester (Swede) Johnston, the fullback and blocking quarterback who was transplanted to the guard position, will be back in harness with the Green Bay Packers this fall. Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today that Johnston has accepted terms for 1939. Chet is an Appleton product, and in days gone by starred at fullback for the Terrors. He is remembered as one of the greatest athletes in Fox River Valley conference history, and his broad jump of 22 feet 1 inch still stands as the Valley record. After leaving high school and dabbling in a couple of colleges, Johnston launched a pro football career which included competition both with the Packers and the St. Louis Gunners. At one time he was traded to Cleveland, but he didn't report, and at the end of last season he was back in a Green Bay uniform, playing a creditable game of guard for the Western champions. Lambeau believes that Johnston will be useful at his new position. He is built close to the ground, weighs 202 pounds, and is one of the hardest and most conscientious workers on the squad. There is no better team man on the Packer roster. He will be starting his fifth season here.


JUL 11 (Green Bay) - Nick Miketinac, former St. Norbert college guard who leaped into prominence nationally during the 1938 All-Star football poll, will be back in a Green Bay uniform this fall, trying for a regular spot with the Western championship team, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. The Packer squad is beginning to take shape, although a number of the veteran performers have not yet signed their contracts, Lambeau has the situation well in hand and expects regular announcements from now until the practice season opens officially Aug. 5. Miketinac started at St. Norbert before that college installed its freshman rule, and thus played four varsity seasons. Under Coach Mickey McCormick, he was a power in the Knight forward wall, and enthusiastic students nominated him for the Chicago All-Star game. Moreover, they gave him a good ride, and his name finished well up on the big list.  His hometown is Hermansville, Mich., and he drew much support from the Upper Peninsula. At the start of the pro football season he joined the Packers, and began the stiff assignment of breaking into professional ball. At mid-season he was released, and returned to St. Norbert, where he coached freshman football and basketball teams...HE'S BACK AGAIN: Now he is back for another crack at the pro league, and Lambeau expects that his year of seasoning will stand with him in his sophomore season. Miketinac goes between 205 and 210 pounds in weight, is extremely strong, and is anxious to make good with the Packers. Nick's younger brother, Tony, will be a junior guard at St. Norbert college this fall.


JUL 12 (New York) - Football supremacy will be captured by the East this season. This bold assertion is made by Coach Potsy Clark of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It is confined to the NFL, whose member clubs still are signing numerous stars from last year's foremost college teams. With refreshing candor Coach Clark, whose skill for judging gridiron values is nationally known, figures the championship New York Giants will have the edge in the East; that in the championship playoff game early next December the Giants again will battle Green Bay's Packers, and for the third straight year the league title will come to the Atlantic seaboard...GIANTS STILL YOUNG: "Those Giants are still a young bunch, an upcoming team. Steve Owen is strongly fortified in every position with the exception of center, where the great Mel Hein unquestionably has passed his peak. Furthermore, the Giants will have the confidence and poise that is characteristic of all championship teams," says Coach Clark. "Right on the Giants' heels will be our Dodgers. We have a young squad. We'll have some very powerful newcomers. I reckon Brooklyn will be the championship contender in the East." Potsy's dependence on his recruits is well founded. The Dodgers drew a formidable flock of players in the draft, including Bob MacLeod, Dartmouth's All-America halfback. "The Philadelphia Eagles, with the addition of Davey O'Brien, will be tougher this season," continued Clark. "So will the Pittsburgh Pirates. Washington's Redskins, however, appear to be on the downgrade. They will be a fairly old team, and will continue to miss several key men from their 1937 championship aggregation." The Brooklyn coach believes Green Bay again be the class in the West, followed by the Chicago Bears. The Detroit Lions and Chicago Cardinals likely will be big question marks, while Dutch Clark, Cleveland's new mentor, is making what may prove to be a noble experiment with the Rams. Most of Potsy Clark's gridiron career was spent in the Middle West. He was one of Illinois' greatest quarterbacks and successfully coached National league teams at Portsmouth and Detroit.



JUL 12 (Green Bay) - The rapidly-expanding 1939 roster of the Green Bay Packers today bore the name of Arnold Herber, the local boy who made good in the big league. The big, tough Herber signed with Coach E.L. Lambeau and will report for practice Saturday August 5, the official opening date. Twenty-nine years old, and veteran of eight professional seasons, Herber is still the National league's best man at tossing forward passes past the 35-yard mark. His depth bomb charges have won dozens of games for the Packers, and although the former West High school athlete has scored few touchdowns himself, he has pitched goal line tosses to practically every eligible receiver on the quad during the past few years. Herber starred at West High during the late twenties, where he was the school's No. 1 man in football, basketball and track. Several of his records in the discus throw still stand in scholastic competition. On the gridiron, he paired with Joe Quinn, giant end, for the first Herber-to-Someone combination, and upon graduation he entered the University of Wisconsin, where he starred with the freshman team. Later he performed at Regis college in Colorado...TERROR OF LEAGUE: He survived a rocky road in breaking into pro football stardom, but he broke out with a series of blazing performances, and eventually settled into the pitching half of the Herber-to-Hutson combination which scattered terror throughout the league. Most of the tosses, which led to Don Hutson's 30 National league touchdowns, came from the right hand of Arnold Herber. Herber has dabbled in the scoring column himself. In eight seasons with the Packers, he has scored six touchdowns and kicked two extra points for 38 points, giving him 25th place on Green Bay's all-time scoring list. Herber's playing weight is around 200. He hits better than that now, and has launched a reduction campaign, which he says will bring him to the desired heft from next Saturday. Herber is married, and operates a clothing establishment in West De Pere the year around.


JUL 13 (Green Bay)  - Milton Gantenbein, former University of Wisconsin end, and captain of Green


Packers, is ready for his ninth season of professional football. The veteran wingman, one of the best known names on the pro grid, ranks with Hank Bruder and Arnold Herber as the oldest players on the squad. Every minute of his NFL career has been with Green Bay. One of the most popular men on the squad, Gantenbein at the same time is one of the most efficient. He has been a veritable stone wall at

the most valuable player will be determined by a poll of the National Professional Football Writers association membership. Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and their coach, John Blood McNally, will be hosts to the visiting delegates. The champion New York Giants will be represented by Tim Mara, founder and treasurer; John V. Mara, president; Wellington T. Mara, secretary; and Coach Steve Owen. Lee H. Joannes, president, and Coach Curly Lambeau will represent the Green Bay Packers...LIONS ARE REPRESENTED: William Alfs, vice president; Harry Wismer, secretary to George A. Richards, president, and Coach Gus Henderson will be the Detroit Lions' delegation. Daniel R. Topping, president; Dennis Shea, general manager; and Coach Potsy Clark will be the Brooklyn Dodgers' representatives. Owner Charles W. Bidwell and Ernie Nevers, who has succeeded Milan Creighton as head coach, will look after the interests of the Chicago Cardinals. Besides Halas, Harold (Red) Grange, assistant coach, will represent the Chicago Bears. Thomas E. Lipscomb, president, and Coach Earl (Dutch) Clark will represent the Cleveland Rams and Bert Bell, owner-coach, and his assistant, Jim Mac Murdo, will give the Philadelphia Eagles representation.


JUL 14 (Green Bay) - The first doubleheader in pro football is a possibility for City stadium the night of Aug. 26, when Johnny Blood and his Pittsburgh Pirates, geared for an assault on the Eastern division ramparts, will engage the Green Bay Packers in practice combat. The doubleheader idea belongs to Curly Lambeau, coach of the Packers, and if accepted by Blood and the Pirates, it will mean that spectators at the night program will witness two regulation gridiron struggles between the Packers and Pirates, each going the distance of a full-length high school game - 12 minute periods all the way. Lambeau reasons thusly: Both the Packers and Pirates will appear loaded with players, each having 40 and more on the roster. Coaches of both teams are deadly anxious to get a line on their material, veteran and inexperienced. As there is no much manpower involved, no one would be overlooked if two games were played instead of one. "If we play a doubleheader," commented Curly, "we would be able to cut the rest periods because of our great manpower, and take only five minutes off between halves.



JUL 15 (Green Bay) - Ernie Smith, one of the greatest names on the gridiron roster of the University of Southern California, representing a tackle who has made football history both for the Trojans and the Green Bay Packers, will be seen again in Packer lineups next fall. The signing of Smith after a one-year absence from professional football was announced today by Coach E.L. Lambeau, bringing the rapidly expanding Packer squad total to 32. The list includes five ends, six tackles, seven guards, four centers and 10 backs. Ernie Smith put in three strenuous seasons with the Packers before he "retired" at the end of the 1937 season. Last year he operated his insurance trust business at Los Angeles, but found time to play a bit of football on the side, with the Los Angeles Bulldogs and the Pacific Coast All-Stars. He appeared against several Packers, including Clarke Hinkle and Don Hutson in the latter game and played to excellent advantage. Smith is one of the greatest offensive tackles football has produced. Weighing better than 220 pounds, standing two inches above six feet, he is a tower of strength no matter which team has the ball, and he has won all-league recognition for his mighty performances...DEADLY POINT KICKER: In addition, he is one of the deadliest placement kickers in the game. In his short career with the Packers, he booted 41 points after touchdown, more than have been kicked in league competition by any Packer except Joseph (Red) Dunn, who accounted for 46 over a span of five seasons. It was one of Ernie's great disappointments, when he left the Packers that he did not have an opportunity to excel Dunn's record. Now, most likely, he will get his chance to break the mark; and establish a new one many points higher. Smith added six field goals to his scoring record, and has an all-time total of 59 points, which places him 17th on the Packer squad list, only one point behind Cub Buck, Eddie Kotal, Weert Engelmann, Buckets Goldenberg and Joe Laws, all of whom are tied for 12th position with 60 points apiece. 


JUL 17 (Green Bay) - Popular Hank Bruder, the man who can't retire, has signed for another season of professional football with the Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today and the 1939 Packer roster numbers 33 men. Bruder, who is one of the all-time high scorers of the Green Bay team, is ready for his ninth season of pro football, which makes him, with Arnold Herber and Milt Gantenbein, the oldest in point of service on the squad. And his many fans know he'll play until he drops, for it was only last season that Hank decided he was through with football, only to sign up when the urge to play overcame his previous decision. He whipped himself quickly into shape, and was a valuable cog in the Packer machine throughout the season, playing blocking quarterback. Although Bruder was a running and passing halfback at Northwestern university before his postgraduate work started, it has been at the blocking back position that he has been of greatest service to the Packers. He mows down the opposition with sledgehammer effectiveness, and has reduced the art of blocking to a science...SEVENTH HIGH SCORER: Although he has carried the ball infrequently in recent seasons, Bruder is the seventh highest all-time Packer scorer, being topped only be Verne Lewellen, Clarke Hinkle, Johnny Blood, Don Hutson, Curly Lambeau and Bob Monnett. Furthermore, he needs only one more touchdown - just six points - to make him the sixth man in Green Bay history to pass the 100 mark in scoring. Through his National league playing days Hank has scored 15 touchdowns and four extra points, for a total of 94. He is one of the best liked and most genial members of the squad. He is a year-around resident of Green Bay, operating a tire shop.


JUL 18 (Green Bay) - The 34th Packer to sign his contract for 1939 is Joe Laws, the former Iowa university halfback, who drove into the city yesterday and saw Coach E.L. Lambeau long enough to get set for the coming football season. Lambeau expects that Laws, who has completed five seasons with the Packers, will have one of his greatest years. The husky, stocky former Hawkeye is anxious to get started, and will report in advance of the official opening date, Aug. 5. Laws, a native of Colfax, Iowa, is one of Green Bay's real veterans. A hard runner and effective blocker, he plays the right halfback position and usually is the Packer starter at that post. He possesses a world of courage and is an expert signal caller. Joe is a good man to lug the ball home, as is revealed by his 10 touchdowns for 60 points in National league competition. This mark places him in a tie for 12th place on the Packer all-time scoring list, with Cub Buck, Eddie Kotal, Weert Engelmann and Buckets Goldenberg. Joe is married, and is the father of a son, Jimmy, aged one and a half years. Mrs. Laws and Jimmy will make their home in Green Bay this fall.


JUL 19 (Green Bay) - A husky, speedy young halfback with aspirations to win a place on the Green Bay Packer football squad today was signed to a 1939 contract, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced. The new gridiron candidate is Donald (Weenie) Wilson, 170-pound back who started at Dubuque university under Coach Bob Fitzke. Lambeau has never seen Wilson in action, but the young fellow comes highly recommended and will be given every opportunity to make a name for himself in pro football. Coach Fitzke wrote to Lambeau as follows: "Wilson played two years at the University of Wisconsin and one with me at Dubuque, gaining the distinction of being the fastest and most sensational back this part of the Midwest ever has seen. We had just a fair line and no blocking except for Blaha, but still he averaged two touchdowns per game."...CAN GET TOUCHDOWNS: "With any good club which has a good line and blocking halfbacks, this kid can get you a touchdown whenever you give your men the signal to really put on the pressure within scoring territory. Here's what Weenie can do: he punts 60 to 70 yards with little effort; placekicks; passes beautifully far and short; and packs that old apple like Red Grange, only faster, Wilson is a 10-second man. He weighs 170 pounds and stands 5 feet 10 inches in height." Lambeau has accepted the recommendation on its face value, and Weenie will be in the Green Bay lineup when practice opens here Aug. 5.


JUL 19 (Green Bay) - "You get that football itch at certain periods of the year," explained Joe Laws, who dropped in during a rest period in his apartment-hunting program to talk about the Packers, babies and the Iowa corn crop. Being a proud father during the past year and a half, Joe needs no urging to discuss young Jimmy, who has been a bit unhappy lately due to the actions of a few teeth. The Packer right halfback refuses to predict whether the youngster will play football or not, but he admits Jimmy is a husky kid. Joe lugs around 195 pounds now, which is some 10 pounds better than his playing weight, and he has made a bet with Coach Curly Lambeau that he clip it off by Aug. 1 "I always go around 195 during the offseason," he explained. "I hibernate in the winter, you know," with a laugh. His hibernation consists of operating a pool parlor at his home in Colfax. Iowa. Crops in Iowa, where the tall corn grows, are very good, Joe commented. He added that he has seen a number of the Packers during the off-season, including blocking quarterback Herman Schneidman, who is at his home in Quincy, Ill. "Tiny Engebretsen came in to say hello during the winter," he supplemented. Laws thinks that the coming year, his sixth in professional football, will be his best. While laconic as always, he admitted that the urge to get back into togs was beginning to be a pretty important matter in his life. Laws probably will continue to carry a good slice of the right half burden next fall. Arnold Herber also played that position last year, as did Johnny Howell. Probably one or two of the new men will break in at the spot this fall, but you can bet that the veteran Laws won't be overlooked, not for a minute.


JUL 21 (Madison) - Four new appointments have been made to the University of Wisconsin athletic coaching staff, it was announced today by M.E. McCaffrey, secretary of the board of regents. New assistants were named in football, track and freshman basketball. Lynn Hovland, regular guard on Coach Harry Stuhldreher's 1938 football team, was appointed assistant with the grid squad. Hovland's appointment sets aside reports that the Bloomer, Wis. husky would join the Green Bay Packers roster this August. Hovland was asked to become a Packer, but refused when the Green Bay management would not meet his salary demands.


JUL 21 (Pittsburgh) - The NFL's annual officials meeting opening here Saturday has for its chief purposes clarification of rule interpretations and improved officiating. More than 100 club owners, coaches and game officials are expected to attend. The first day will be devoted to officiating problems with Hugh Ray of Chicago, one of the country's leading authorities, conducting an interpretation session. This will be followed by mental and physical tests for the league's staff of officials...AGILITY IS REQUIRED: Officiating qualifications this year are the strictest in the league's history. Not only must handlers of games be mentally proficient, but also must possess physical ability to keep pace with speedy ball carriers. Sunday the club owners and coaches will try to consummate pending player trades and complete routine league business. One Pittsburgh deal hanging fire would send Clarence (Tuffy) Thompson, speedy halfback from Minnesota, to the Green Bay Packers for Frank Butler, 246-pound tackle who spent one year at Notre Dame but played three years of football for Michigan State.


JUL 22 (Madison) - Champ Seibold, former frosh grid star at Wisconsin and for the past several years a member of the Green Bay Packers, has joined the Chicago police force. Lou Gordon is another former pro gridder, who has joined the force. Lou having passed the exams with the highest grade of any rookie policeman. Chicago has a number of ex-college grid stars on the force and the boys are making good in fine fashion.



JUL 23 (Pittsburgh) - The NFL opens its 20th season with the greatest array of big name rookies in its history. This, plus an increased interest in football manifested by the tremendous vote being polled in the nationwide contest to select the All-America squad in the Chicago All-Star game, indicates to George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, that professional football will enjoy its most

prosperous season. Halas has been in the NFL since its formation by the late Joe Carr. His association with professional football qualified him as the No. 1 authority on the game which he helped nurse from an idea into a major sports enterprise. Interviewed here at the league's mid-summer administrative and rules interpretations meeting, he checked the rosters of each team and predicted a better balanced circuit than at any time since 1921. "We never have opened a season with so many big named collegians capable of earning starting assignments," he said. "Each team in the league has come up with at least one player who combines the important qualifications of professional stardom - ability and box office appeal."...MUST WATCH PACKERS: Halas expects the Chicago Cardinals to be the most improved team in the league and predicts that Green Bay again will be the eleven to beat in the Western division. In the Eastern division, he foresees a closer race than in recent seasons. "I doubt whether it will come down to a two team race. Washington, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn and Philadelphia have strengthened themselves enough for anyone of them to be a match for the New York Giants. Philadelphia, with Davey O'Brien and Dewell, Southern Methodist's great end, has two of the outstanding players in the country around which to build, and Pittsburgh, with Sam Francis, whom we traded for draft rights to Billy Patterson of Baylor, can be counted upon to have a powerful offense. Brooklyn got box office and All-America football players in both Bob MacLeod of Dartmouth and Dan Hill, the Duke center."...NEILSEN IS STRONG: New York's long search for a good fullback is over when that fellow Nielsen of Arizona reports and the Giants also have Chickerneo of Pittsburgh. Cleveland, with Tarbox of Texas Tech, Smith of Southwestern, and Parker Hall of Mississippi, has three crackerjack halfbacks to team with Drake and Corby Davis, two of the outstanding fullbacks in the game. With Dutch Clark's new system and these new players, the Rams can be counted upon to cause trouble. Green Bay got exactly what it wanted and needed when it took Charlie Brock, the Nebraska center. Detroit, with Pingel of Michigan State and Weiss, Wisconsin's great fullback, could ask for little more and I think the Bears will be batter, now that we have Billy Patterson, a great passer." But the Cardinals are the team to watch, Halas insists. They have signed Stebbins and Daddio of Pittsburgh and hope to come to terms with Marshall Goldberg. With Goldberg and Stebbins to team with Frank Patrick, a former teammate at Pitt, they have the makings of one of professional football's most colorful backfields...CONCERNED OVER RIVALS: The chief reason for Halas' concern over his Chicago rivals, however, is the presence of Vernon Huffman, former Lion star, in the Cardinal backfield and Ki Aldrich of Texas Christian, at center. The trade that sent Huffman from Detroit to the Cardinals for Dwight Sloan, the Arkansas passer, was the outstanding deal of the year in professional football," Halas said. "Huffman is a lot of football player and should be one of the stars in the league with the Cardinals. I expect that the season will witness the return of the double wingback offense to pro football," he continued. "The Pittsburgh boys and Huffman are ideal for this type of attack and Ernie Nevers, their new coach, knows more about a double wingback offense than any man in the country except Pop Warner."...CHANGE IN DEFENSE: Halas also expects that the coming season will see a great change in defensive football. Heretofore, the six-two-two-one defense has been standard for all teams. More stress is being placed on defense in the league, where offensive power abounds and Halas sees every National league team adopting the five, six and seven man lines as standard, jumping from one to the other as rapidly as the offense hurls plays at them. This, he expects, will apply only to the National league. College coaches are not allowed enough time with their squads to permit the mastering of three defenses. They, perforce, must concentrate on one or two. There also will be a more definite trend toward balanced offenses, he said, inspection of team rosters indicating that all coaches except Gus Henderson are assembling ball carriers as well as pass throwers and centers. Henderson, the new Detroit coach, favors open football and Detroit can be counted upon to concentrate on razzle dazzle.


JUL 22 (Green Bay) - A notable addition to the center corps of the Green Bay Packers was made today with the announcement by Coach E.L. Lambeau that Earl (Bud) Svendsen, formerly of the University of Minnesota, will rejoin the team next month. Svendsen, who was the best man on the field in the Green Bay-New York playoff game last fall, having rejoined the Packers at the shank end of the 1938 season, spent the past season as athletic director of Kirksville State Teachers college, Missouri. He's ready and anxious for another fling at professional football. Here's an attempt to clarify the current Packer picture: Men with whom Lambeau has arrived at terms, but who have not signed their 1939 contracts, are Bill Lee, Dick Zoll, Leo Katalinas and Baby Ray, tackles; Bunny Schoemann, center; Don Hutson, end; Herman Schneidman and Cecil Isbell, backs. Men who has received their new contracts, but have not replied are Eddie Jankowski, Paul Miller and Johnny Howell, backs; Carl Mulleneaux, end; Champ Seibold, tackle; and Buckets Goldenberg, guard. Andy Uram, ex-Minnesota back, was dissatisfied with terms and returned his contract unsigned. In addition, there are several men, drafted by the Packers, who have not signed. These include some who are running well in the Chicago All-Star


balloting, such as Francis Twedell, Minnesota guard; Lynn Hovland, Wisconsin guard; Dan Elmer, Minnesota center; Don Hofer, quarterback from Notre Dame; Vince Gavre, Wisconsin quarter; and Roy Bellin, Wisconsin halfback...MORE THAN FIFTY: Some or all of these men are expected to sign, which means that the initial Packer squad, largest in team history, may exceed 50 men. Twedell, for one, wrote Lambeau this week, and requested a contract be sent to him. He has been leading the guard candidates in the All-Star poll. Although the coach reports a fine attitude on the part of nearly all his players, none has any better approach to the season than the dynamic Svendsen, one of the most popular centers ever to appear in a Green Bay uniform. He wrote Lambeau this week as follows: "You can say that I'm starting a campaign of my own right now to dethrone Mel Hein (all-league center of the New York Giants) and whether I do or not, I still intend to play better ball than he. I have been looking forward to the coming season and some nights it takes me a long while to get to sleep, just thinking of the season. I've got a lot of gain by playing good football this season, and I hope we wipe up on the league. This year is to make up for the championships we have missed during the last two years. I hope you don't think that I am egotistical about the coming year, but I'm all set to start our first game right now." Bud's signing followed nearly a year of rumors, during which that action was affirmed and denied a dozen times. He is a brother of George Svendsen, former Packer center who now coaches at Antigo High school


JUL 22 (Green Bay) - There is a big, round vacancy in sight on the Packer football team, and somewhere out of the professional football mists this fall there will come a speedy youngster to fit into the shoes left by Bobby Monnett, one of the most popular and talented left halfbacks ever to appear with the Green Bay team. Coach Curly Lambeau doesn't expect Monnett, who has landed a promising job in Ohio, to sign with the Packers again, which means that the team will lose the man who ranks sixth on its all-time scoring list. Only Verne Lewellen, Clarke Hinkle, Johnny Blood, Don Hutson and Lambeau himself have scored more points for Green Bay than Monnett, whose total fell just one point short of the 100 mark. While with the Packers, Bobby scored nine touchdowns, kicked 28 extra points and booted five field goals, for a versatility record approaching that of the veteran Hinkle. Now, whenever a great little performer like that hangs up his football equipment, there remains a big, gaping hole, which must be filled by someone else. and at present Coach Lambeau doesn't know who that someone else will be. The coach's liking for big backs is well known, but he always carries at least one small, speedy left half capable of giving a slow defensive backfield the jitters. There is Cecil Isbell, of course, but Cecil is big and made a name for himself entirely apart from that carved by Monnett. Perhaps Weenie Wilson, the Dubuque stepper who signed this week, will come up with the class required for professional football. Lambeau will use him at left halfback. Or it may be Obbie Novakofski, the Lawrence back who was adjudged the most valuable man in the Midwest conference last season. Or perhaps it'll be Norman Purucker, the Michigan veteran who will be tossed into the left halfback breach. A Packer left half must be a good ball toter. The right half does all of the signal calling and most of the forward passing. The quarterback blocks exclusively. The fullback plunges and blocks. The left halfback must be versatile, capable of running, kicking, passing and blocking, and that's no easy assignment, when the odds are stacked as high as they are in the pro football game. Isbell has finished his semester at Purdue, and has spent the past month vacationing on the Pacific coach, visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles, among other places. He informed Coach Lambeau that he will be in Green Bay Aug. 1, ready to talk terms regarding his 1939 contract. As the practice session opens officially Aug. 5, this will give the big former Boilermaker plenty of time to discuss salary terms and get settled for the training grind. Isbell always keeps himself in good physical condition, and during the spring worked out regularly with the Purdue football squad.



JUL 24 (Green Bay) - Two announcements of key importance to Green Bay Packer football fans came out of the meeting, held at Pittsburgh last weekend, of the NFL, Coach E.L. Lambeau reported here today. First, the proposed doubleheader between the Packers and the Pittsburgh Pirates at City stadium Saturday, Aug. 26, has been approved. This means that the Packers and Pirates will collide in two regulation football games, with each squad sending more than four full teams into combat. Second, Tuffy Thompson, hard running ex-Minnesota halfback, who starred at Pittsburgh last season but was dissatisfied with the teams., comes to the Packers in exchange for Frank Butler, giant center and tackle. Lambeau also announced the acquisition by Pittsburgh of Bernard Scherer, former Nebraska end who has played several seasons with the Packers. The officials' class, held for the first time following a resolution by Lambeau, was a great success. Referees, umpire, head linesmen and field judges of the National league attended 100 percent, and many rules interpretations were straightened out. A still examination was given all officials, and each must attain a passing grade to be permitted to work National league games next fall. Another incentive to good officiating was added when salaries of officials were raised by almost 100 percent. Lambeau and Blood's announcement that the Packers and Pirates will meet in a doubleheader caused a sensation at the league meeting, it being the first such gridiron contest in history. Two games of 40 minutes each will be played, and Lambeau returned from the meeting with 10 or 12 reservations, already made by league officials and club owners. Seats will be reserved for the City stadium clash, which promises to draw the largest non-league crowd in the Packers' history. Lambeau believes that Thompson will be potent addition to the Packer lineup. He didn't like Pittsburgh, and was anxious to come to Green Bay, where he will bid for the position left vacant by Bob Monnett's retirement...TAKES HIS CHANCE: Butler has announced that he will not play football this fall, but Coach Blood was willing to take his chance on that angle. Scherer announced several months ago that he was through, but recently contacted Lambeau and asked for a contract. In the meantime the Packer coach has lined up his end corps satisfactorily, so Scherer will be used a trading material. Carl L. Storck, Dayton, Ohio, who has been acting president and secretary since the death of Joe F. Carr, was named to those offices until the annual league meeting next April. The league also voted to continue paying Carr's salary to his widow until April...EAGLES GET IPPOLITO: The Chicago Cardinals purchased Nick Micholson of Pittsburgh from the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Chicago Bears released Tony Ippolito, Purdue fullback, to the Eagles. Charles Bidwill, owner of the Chicago Cardinals, was named to the league executive committee, replacing Homer Marshall, Cleveland, who resigned. Club owners voted to perpetuate the memory of Carr by gaming at the annual best-player trophy the Joe F. Carr Memorial award. Lambeau was the only Packer representative at the meeting, held in the Fort Pitt hotel, as Leland H. Joannes, president, decided against attending Saturday.


JUL 24 (Louisville, KY) - Nine clubs are going after the American Professional Football league title this year. Team representatives, meeting yesterday, accepted the Columbus, O., Buckeyes, Los Angeles Bulldogs, Nashville Volunteers, Cincinnati Bengals as new league members. Other league members are the Chicago Indians, St. Louis Gunners, Dayton Rosies, Kenosha Cardinals, Louisville Tanks. Some of the new teams replaced members dropping out after last season. The club representatives drafted a season schedule starting September 10 and concluding December 10.


JUL 25 (Green Bay) - Tackle strength for the 1939 Green Bay Packers took a sizeable leap today with the signing of Buford (Baby) Ray, who broke into National league play in impressive fashion last year as a rookie from Vanderbilt university. Accompanying the announcement of Ray's contract was a statement by Coach E.L. Lambeau to the effect that Johnny Howell, back from Nebraska who spent one year with the Packers, definitely will not return. Ray, down to 245 pounds, will report in tip-top condition. The big fellow, who is six feet, six inches tall, has been working out for several weeks, and about a month ago ordered his shoes from Coach Curly Lambeau. Coach Ray Morrison of Vanderbilt, a recent Green Bay visitor who coached Ray for three varsity years at the southern school, stated that he never has seen Baby in better preseason shape. In Nashville, Ray recently opened a liquor store, but has told Coach Lambeau that his business is confined to selling, and not drinking, the product. Ray plays on the left side of the line, and proved to be one of the most valuable first year men on the squad last season. The Packer tackle corps now numbers seven. A total of 38 players have been signed to date.


JUL 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' 1939 squad was increased to 39 today with the announcement by Coach E.L. Lambeau that Roy (Bunny) Schoemann, former Marquette center who made a big splash as a freshman with the Packers last season, will be back in togs when practice opens here Aug. 5. Schoemann made a great hit with Green Bay fans in 1938, and was sharing regular center duties until the game with the Chicago Cardinals at Buffalo. He was injured in that contest, and Lambeau, rather than risk permanently damaging a promising grid prospect, paid him his season's salary and placed him upon the suspended list. Bunny returned to Milwaukee, his hometown, and now has recovered completely from his mishap. He is anxious for another season of professional football, and hopes to pick up where he left off last fall. Aggressive and tough, Schoemann scales better than 200 pounds and is strong particularly upon pass defense. Lambeau anticipates that he'll have a great season. Six centers now are ready to go for 1939, the others being Brock of Nebraska, Svendsen of Minnesota, Sherman of Whitewater, Greenfield and Lee Mulleneaux, both of Arizona. The list of Packers still unsigned is dwindling rapidly. Don Hutson will arrive here within a week or 10 days to talk terms, and there is very little difference of salary involved. Others with whom Lambeau has arrived at terms, but who have not signed contracts, are Bill Lee and Leo Katalinas, tackles; Herman Schneidman, blocking quaterback; and Cecil Isbell, halfback. Isbell will be in town to talk business Aug. 1. Eddie Jankowski and Paul Miller, backs; Buckets Goldenberg, guard; Carl Mulleneaux, end; and Champ Seibold, tackle, have been sent their contracts but have not replied. Andy Uram still is dissatisfied with the terms offered, and Lambeau termed his demands "considerably out of line."


JUL 27 (Madison) - With the possible exception of Lynn Hovland, 230-pound guard who won a place with his teammate, Howie Weiss, on the 1939 All Star football team, it is unlikely that any of the Green Bay Packers' draftees from the University of Wisconsin will play in the paid ranks this season. This was revealed by Vince Gavre, quarterback and spark plug of the 1938 Badger team; Roy Belling, triple threat right halfback; and Hovland. Both Gavre and Bellin have been offered jobs far better than the average college graduate of last spring could hope for, while Hovland has received an appointment as assistant to Russ Rippe, Wisconsin's freshman grid coach. Hovland needs another semester's study to qualify for a degree and thus could attend classes while handling the football tutoring assignment or play pro ball and return to school in the second semester...HAS NOT DECIDED: He has not yet definitely decided which possibility is best for him and hopes that his selection on the All Star squad will afford him an opportunity to demonstrate his ability against the New York Giants in a manner prompting Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, Packer mentor, to offer him a more tempting contract. Gavre, a serious-minded scholar as well as a brilliant field general, is taking advance courses in vitamin research during the current summer session at the university and plans to accept a position as research chemist or field man this fall with a large drug manufacturing concern in Chicago...WON'T RUSH JOB: Interested though he is in football, Gavre disclosed that he considers the job too great an opportunity to risk jeopardizing it by delaying acceptance. Bellin, too, loves the grid game but does not feel that his prospects in the pro game warrant passing up a sales position which has been extended him by a large Madison battery manufacturer. However, Coach Lambeau gave each of these young men an impressive sales talk on a recent visit here, and should any unanticipated developments cause a last minute change in the their plans, the Packer impressario's efforts undoubtedly would be rewarded.


JUL 27 (Green Bay) - Big Leo Katalinas, who broke in auspiciously at right tackle with the Green Bay Packers last season, will return to the squad when practice opens a week from Saturday, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. Katalinas' contract is the last to be signed currently unless several of the veterans turn in their signatures late today, Lambeau said. Katalinas, who scales upward at 230 pounds and stands two and a half inches above six feet, starred for three season at Catholic university. He came to the Packers well recommended, and spent the season as understudy to big Bill Lee on the right flank. He can play either side of the line. With one stiff year of seasoning behind him, Katalinas is believed ready for a regular turn in the pro grid game. He is the 40th Packer to wing into line for 1939.



JUL 28 (Green Bay) - With ten men still on the outside of the squad roster, and 40 under contract in anticipation of the 1939 football season, the Packer situation reached a stalemate today, with no further players to be announced. Coach E.L. Lambeau, while conceding that he had arrived at terms with several men who have not signed, still expressed dissatisfaction over the attitude of several veterans who remain unwilling to sign. "The attitude of nearly the entire squad this season is so fine," he said, "that we are anxious to avoid unpleasantness with any players regarding salary, and we are anxious to stat the season with everyone in the best possible mental attitude."...OUT OF LINE: "Nevertheless, the demands of a few men are well out of line, and we actually would prefer that these several did not play rather than have their attitudes affect those of the rest of the Packers." Don Hutson, veteran end from Alabama, will be in the city next Tuesday, and Lambeau anticipates no trouble in coming to terms with him. The same applies to Cecil Isbell, Purdue halfback, who is en route from the Pacific coast. and is due any minute. Lambeau also believes that he practically has agreed upon terms with Bill Lee, giant Alabama tackle. The ten who are unsigned to date are the following: Hutson and Carl Mulleneaux, ends; Lee and Champ Seibold, tackles; Buckets Goldenberg, guard; Herman Schneidman, Paul Miller and Eddie Jankowski, backs...SEVERAL IN TOWN: Mulleneaux and Jankowski are working in Green Bay; Goldenberg is a year-round resident here; Lee has been wrestling and is believed about ready to head for the Packer community; Hutson and Isbell already are on the way; Seibold, Uram and Schneidman are at their respective homes in Oshkosh, Minneapolis, and Quincy, Ill. The 40 Packers already signed included five ends, eight


tackles, seven guards, six centers and 14 backs, most of them fullbacks.



JUL 29 (Chicago) - If the summer heat has you a bit jittery, the knowledge that NFL teams are already mobilizing for a new championship campaign may be just the sort of antidote you need. Actually, football is just around the corner. Within the next three weeks, every NFL team will be entrenched in its training camp. One of them, the Philadelphia Eagles, already is in training at St. Joseph's college, hard by Philadelphia. The Eagles, with Owner-Coach Bert Bell and his able assistant, Jim MacMurdon, in command, began their training siege last Thursday. Before another week has passed, three more tams, the Chicago Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Redskins will be heading northward to establish their camps - the Cardinals at Duluth, Minn., the Pirates at Two Rivers, Wis., and the Redskins in Spokane, Wash. Ernie Nevers, who is beginning his second regime as head coach, and his assistant, Phil Handler, will direct the Redbirds' training activities. Head Coach Ray Flaherty and Roy (Bullet) Baker, his assistant, will be in command of Washington's football army. John (Blood) McNally again will direct the Pirates...START TRAINING GRIND: The following week, five more teams - the world's champion New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Cleveland Rams - will establish their training camps. The Giants will train at home, with the Detroiters again returning to the swanky Cranbrook school and Green Bay warming up for the new season in City stadium, starting Aug. 5. The Bears, with Owner-Coach George S. Halas, Harold E. (Red) Grange and Luke Johnsos again making up the coaching staff, will return to St. John's Military academy at Delafield, Wis., for their conditioning campaign. This is the sixth straight season that the Bears have trained at Delafield. Cleveland will train at Baldwin-Wallace college, located at Berea, O. Earl (Dutch) Clark will be beginning his regime as head


coach of the Rams when the squad assembles, Aug. 14. Art Lewis, who succeeded Hugo Bezdek as head coach in mid-season last year, remains with the Rams as Clark's assistant...DRILL AT SUPERIOR: The champion Giants will train at Superior, Wis. They have been ordered to report August 12. Steve Owen, head coach, and his assistant, Bo Molenda, will direct the training activities. The Giants' immediate objective will be the annual preseason football classic in Chicago, with the 1938 graduated college all stars selected by a nationwide fan poll providing the opposition. This game will be played Wednesday night, Aug. 30, at Soldier field. A new coaching staff will greet the Lions when they report, Aug. 12. Gus Henderson, former coach of the Los Angeles Bulldogs, is the new head coach of the Lions and Hunk Anderson will serve as his assistant. Henderson succeeds Dutch Clark. Curly Lambeau, head coach of the Packers since the league was founded in 1920, will, of course, direct Green Bay's conditioning activities. He again will be assisted by Red Smith, former Notre Dame star. The Brooklyn Dodgers will be the last league team to begin training. They are scheduled to assemble Sunday, Aug. 20, at the New York Agriculture school in Farmingdale, N.Y. George (Potsy) Clark again will coach the Dodgers.


JUL 29 (Green Bay) - Every so often someone comes up with an idea which sounds so plausible that you wonder why somebody didn't think of it before. Such a stunt was the scheduling of the Pittsburgh-Green Bay professional football game Aug. 26 as a doubleheader, to be played under the lights at City stadium. Very probably it will attract a record crowd for exhibition contests here. It takes just some little quirk such as that to sell something to the public. Without the doubleheader feature, the Pirate-Packer game would appear in advance like just another football game - a colorful one, to be true, an entertaining evening - but still just another game. Perhaps three thousand people would have attended it. The throng out there at the stadium three weeks from tonight (sounds close, doesn't it?) will be much larger than that, and the games will be the first doubleheader in the history of the professional sport. Each squad will contain close to 50 men. The games will be regulation high school length, 40 minutes each. Because of the great manpower packed by each club, there will be only five minute waits between halves, and hardly more than that between the two contests. The rival coaches will give every man on the two teams a chance to perform, and many an athlete will be working his head off to cinch a position. Because so many players are involved, no man will have to work longer than the time usually needed for a single game. The vent is already being publicized widely. Press releases of the NFL this week carried the news to every corner of the country, as did press association stories earlier in the week. The surrounding territory should be well drained of fans on the night of Aug. 26...Obbie Novakofski didn't land on the All-Star squad, although he wound up in 16th place among the halfbacks, but he wants to thank all Green Bay and Fox river valley fans who supported him in the recent poll. Obbie wrote: "Now that it is all over I want to thank you for the splendid support given me by the Press-Gazette and the people of Green Bay. Though disappointed in not getting on the All-Star squad, I am gratified to know that I now can devote my entire time with the Packer squad, and will be able to be with that team from the very start. It would be fun at Chicago, but I feel very little would be accomplished, so I am laying my eggs in the Packer basket and hope to benefit thereby."


JUL 30 (Dallas) - College grid stars, seniors of last season, will meet the Green Bay Packers in the Cotton Bowl here Labor Day. For the third time since the game was originated in 1936, coaches Leo "Dutch" Meyer of Texas Christian and Matty Bell of Southern Methodist will pilot the All-Stars, whose predecessors turned in three victories against the pros. The Dallas salesmanship club, which sponsors the charity event, said the Packers had agreed to terms. The game will be played at night.



AUG 1 (Green Bay) - Officers were reelected, routine business transacted and the approaching season thoroughly discussed as stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc., held their annual meeting of the Brown county courthouse assembly room last night. Leland H. Joannes was named president again for his ninth consecutive season; Fred L. Leicht again is vice president, with Frank J. Jonet treasurer and George W. Calhoun as secretary...GOOD TICKET SALE: The stockholders charged though routine business with small delay. The treasurer's report, revealing a favorable cash balance, was accepted. The 1939 season ticket sale is proceeding at a highly satisfactory pace. A change important to Packer fans was approved, shifting the date of the Pittsburgh-Green Bay doubleheader from Sat. Aug. 26 to Friday


Aug. 25, subject to approval of the Pirate management. If Aug. 25 is rainy, the game will be set back to the original date. It was felt that working hours of many fans Saturday night would prevent them from attending the twin setup. The ticket prices for that game were also changed, with the aim to give fans in low income brackets a chance to see their favorite team in action. All seats in the east horseshoes, totaling some 7,000, will sell for 50 cents. Children will be admitted for 25 cents. All other seats will be sold for one dollar, except box seats on both sides of the field, which will be reserved and sold for $1.50 each. Joannes stated that because of current uncertainty in the WPA project program, the contemplated improvements in the west end of the stadium, involving the addition of seats and construction of an ornamental gateway, have been postponed. It is the hope of the Packer management to push through the project eventually, but there will be no opportunity of getting the work completed before the first game of this season. As usual, the major part of the meeting time was turned over to Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, who discussed the team's chances for 1939, and answered a hose of questions concerning the Packers' 21st squad. Green Bay enters its third decade of professional football history with the 1939 team...WON WESTERN TITLE: "Because we won the Western division championship last year," Lambeau began, "every team in our division will be ginning for us, and all of them are strengthened. But I feel that we are stronger, too, and although I seem to say the same thing every year, I now feel that prospects never were brighter. We have worked hard to line up a tougher team. Last year we were weak at ends, defensively; we were very weak at center and at the blocking back position, and our weakness on forward pass defense was outstanding. This was due mostly because our backs were short, and opponents struck severe blows by sending tall, rangy ends and backs through our defense for passes." Lambeau added that he believed all the 1938 weaknesses have been plugged for the coming season. He named a dozen or more of his well-publicized first year men, pointing out that most of them stand well over 6 feet and carry the beef necessary for survival of a pro football schedule...SQUAD TOTALS 50: The squad, totaling about 50, will be the largest in Green Bay's history, and it will hold its first official practice next Saturday afternoon at its Joannes park field. Failure of Bob Monnett, veteran left halfback, to return was cited by the coach as a major loss. But, he indicated, there will half a dozen men trying out for his position, including Norman Purucker, a likely candidate from the University of Michigan. "I also expect that Cecil Isbell will have a great season," he continued. "We signed Isbell last year in the expectation that he would be a great passer and a fair runner. He turned out to be a superb runner and only a fair passer, having too many of his throws intercepted. This year I expect him to be a much improved passer." Lambeau also mentioned Tuffy Thompson of Minnesota, recently acquired from Pittsburgh, as a likely candidate to succeed Monnett. Questioned regarding the Packers as yet unsigned, Lambeau said: "We have only five real holdouts - Eddie Jankowski, Buckets Goldenberg, Carl Mulleneaux, Andy Uram and Champ Seibold. We expect to come to terms with the others, including Isbell, Bill Lee, Hutson, Paul Miller and Herman Schneidman this week."...PLAY IN SOUTHWEST: The Packers will play the Southwest All-Stars at Dallas Labor Day night. He believes that this game, and the Pittsburgh doubleheader, will afford the Packers their best chances in recent years to avoid the early season slowness which usually handicaps Packer teams. He praised the work being done by the Packer corporation committee in charge of securing work for football players, saying that "money isn't an object with most of them; they just want employment of some kind to tide them between seasons, leading possibly to eventual permanent employment with the firms."


AUG 1 (Green Bay) - If there is one subject above all others upon which Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers can hold forth at length, its mental attitude. Curly firmly believes - and has the proof to back up his ideas - that mental attitude is a far greater percentage of a winning football team than many people credit it with being. Before every game he'll say. "I don't like this - the boys don't seem to have the right mental attitude," or, "We're set for this one - the mental attitude is perfect." Invariably he turns out to be right. The Packers never have lost a game when their coach believed that they were perfectly on edge for the contest. Thus it is easy to understand Lambeau's pleasure when he contemplates the steps taken for his four All-Star football players to get in shape with the Packer team before reporting to the College All-Stars this fall. When the nationwide poll ended, four prospective members of the Packer team - Frank Balazs, Iowa fullback; Larry Buhler, Minnesota fullback; Harry Jacunski, Fordham end; and Charley Brock, Nebraska center - won places on the big squad. Brock was named in the starting lineup. At least three of these men will report to the Packers at least a week before they appear with the All-Stars at Evanston, thus getting valuable fundamental information concerning the Green Bay pros. Buhler will report here Thursday of this week; Balasz will be here Friday; Jacunski will pop up Saturday, the official opening day of Packer practice. Brock hasn't replied yet to the coach's query, but he probably will be along, too. Most of the Packer signees will be here Saturday. Lambeau has made exceptions in a few cases, where the men are playing baseball, or doing work which otherwise keeps them in shape. For instance, Don Hutson is working out with the Alabama university freshmen, and Frank Steen, the big end from Rice institute, is playing ball in Florida. Bill Lee and Cecil Isbell, believed to be en route to Green Bay, may arrive today, and Lambeau does not feel that very many Packers will be on the missing list Saturday. Practice will start at 2:30 p.m., all men having been instructed to get their equipment before noon. The All-Stars will work with the Packers until Aug. 12, the day they are to report to the All-Star squad.


AUG 1 (Pittsburgh) - Johnny Blood has benched himself permanently as a player after 15 years of strenuous competition. The coach of the Pittsburgh grid Pirates said last night barring unforeseen emergency he would manage the club next season from the sidelines. The veteran gridder broke into all but one box score last second, his second as boss of Art Rooney's machine. He played the entire 60 minutes of a bitterly-fought engagement when Green Bay in his hometown...PLAYED AT COLLEGES: Blood crashed the paid pigskin endeavor in 1924 after wearing the colors of Notre Dame, Minnesota and St. Thomas. His first pro job was with Milwaukee. Then he moved to Duluth and before coming here served five years with the Green Bay Packers. After a year here Blood returned to Green Bay for two more terms, then came back in 1937 to succeed Joe Bach as Pittsburgh coach. Blood's team leaves Wednesday for training at Two Rivers, Wis. He is grooming Hugh McCullough, 195-pound Oklahoma star, to fill Whizzer White's place in the backfield next fall.


AUG 2 (Green Bay) - Four prospective members of the All-Star football team, who also hold contracts with the Green Bay Packers, are expected in the city before the weekend to commence training with the Western division champions. Under the arrangement with Coach E.L. Lambeau, the quartet - fullbacks Frank Balasz and Larry Buhler, end Harry Jacunski and center Charley Brock - will work with the Packers for a week before they report to the All-Stars at Evanston Aug. 12...FEW ARE ABSENT: The Packer training season officially opens Saturday, at which time Coach Lambeau expects most of his squad to be in uniform. There will be a few absentees, as some of the players are participating with baseball teams in the South, and there still remains a holdout problem to vex the Green Bay mentor. At Monday night's stockholder's meeting, Lambeau listed only five men as holdouts - end Carl Mulleneaux, tackle Champ Seibold, guard Buckets Goldenberg, halfback Andy Uram and fullback Eddie Jankowski. Today he contacted Uram and Seibold, requesting that both report to him here before Saturday to a further discussion of terms, which have been unsatisfactory to each...WORK IN GREEN BAY: The other three - Mulleneaux, Goldenberg and Jankowski - all are employed in Green Bay. The only others unsigned are end Don Hutson, tackle Bill Lee, blocking quarterback Herman Schneidman, halfbacks Paul Miller and Cecil Isbell. Lambeau expected Isbell and Lee to arrive today. Equipment was handed in the forenoon Saturday, and the first drill will be conducted that afternoon, starting at 8:30.


AUG 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packer holdout group took a sharp drop today when Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, veteran Wisconsin guard, and Carl Mulleneaux, second year Utah State end, signed their 1939 contracts. Veterans who are not yet under contract now include Bill Lee and Champ Seibold, tackles; Herman Schneidman, Paul Miller, Eddie Jankowski and Cecil Isbell, backs; and Donald Hutson, end. Of this group, Lee and Isbell are expected in town momentarily to take terms; Seibold arrived yesterday; and Hutson sent word that he will be here Saturday morning. Practice opens Saturday afternoon for all members of the squad except for a few who have been excused by Coach E.L. Lambeau. The first drill has been set for 2:30 p.m., when the Packers, old and new, will report to the Joannes park headquarters. Goldenberg's return for his seventh year of professional football brings one of the Packers' most colorful performers back into line. Having seen extensive service in the backfield as blocking quarterback and fullback, in recent years he was placed in the line at guard. To say that the maneuver was successful is an understatement. He saw a great amount of work at his new position during the 1938 season, and gave the Packers conspicuous service. Stocky and powerful, weighing 220 pounds and possessing a flaming competitive spirit, he fought his way through the entire season with distinction. In his earlier days with the Packers he was a scoring leader, and has chalked up 10 Green Bay touchdowns against National opposition for a total of 60 points. Mulleneaux, a beautifully built specimen who scales 210 pounds and stands three inches over six feet in height, was one of the greatest first year performers in Packer history. Tough and rugged, loving bodily contact and capable of dealing terrific punishment, he became a feared object on he Packer right wing, and also proved to be an exceptional forward pass receiver. He caught three tosses from Arnold Herber and Cecil Isbell over opposing goal lines during 1938, and gained heavy yardage by dragging down Green Bay aerial heaves. Mulleneaux appears to be headed for real professional stardom, and he will report to the squad Saturday afternoon, ready for action.



AUG 4 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's first glimpse of its 1939 Packer football squad as a unit will be afforded at the Joanne park practice grounds tomorrow afternoon, when Coach E.L. Lambeau calls together his oversized gridiron charges for the initial practice session. As the Packers converged on Green Bay for their opening drill, Lambeau announced the signing of Herman Schneidman, blocking quarterback from the University of Iowa, who is back in uniform for his fifth professional football season. Most of the Packers will be on the field Saturday, although a few, delayed for various reasons, will trail in several days later. Charley Brock, giant Nebraska center; Bill Lee, Alabama tackle; and Frank Steen, Rice end; have been given special permission to report Monday. Don Hutson will not arrive until Wednesday, and Norman Purucker, Michigan halfback who will try out for Bobby Monnett's vacant left half post, is engaged in summer scholastic work at Ann Arbor and may be as much as a week late. Eddie Jankowski and Champ Seibold, Wisconsin fullback and tackle, respectively, are unsigned, being virtually the only men now listed in the holdout class...GUNTHER HAS OPERATION: Bill Gunther, Santa Clara fullback who was slated to try out at the blocking back position, will not report. Lambeau received a wire from him yesterday, sent from San Jose, California, and bearing the news that he recently underwent an operation for appendicitis. Gunther wired that his doctor has forbidden him to play football until later in the season, and possible not until 1940. In the meantime, he remains Packer property. Lambeau was disappointed at the turn of events, as Gunther, who weighs 205 pounds and stands two inches above six feet, was regarded as a likely prospect. Cecil Isbell, who hasn't come to terms yet, will arrive before practice starts, and Lambeau anticipates no trouble in getting his names on a 1939 contract. Andy Uram, Minnesota halfback, is unsigned but has wired that he will report for practice pending a discussion of terms.


AUG 5 (Green Bay) - Andy Uram, fleet halfback from the University of Minnesota, today came to terms


with Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers and signed his 1939 contract., Lambeau announced this noon. It will be Uram's second season with the Packers...Those bulky, oversized men who have been spotted wandering around Green Bay last night and this morning are new members of the Packer football team, getting their first glimpse of their foster community preparatory to the opening of the 1939 practice season. Although a number of the men raced through an informal workout at Joannes park yesterday, and some have been working out quietly for more than a week, the real pushoff for the drill season was scheduled for this afternoon at 2:30, when Coach E.L. Lambeau planned to look over his talent for the first time. Several of the Packers were expected to arrive early this afternoon, but Lambeau has seen enough members of his squad to make certain that nearly the entire unit will be on hand. By positions, here is the squad situation:

ENDS - Donald Hutson, as yet unsigned, arrived early next week. Wayland Becker, Milt Gantenbein and Carl Mulleneaux, all residents of Green Bay and all signed, are on hand. Harry Jacunski, the Fordham wingman, arrived yesterday and looks in fine shape. Larry Craig of South Carolina hasn't reported to the coach yet. Frank Steen of Rice, who planned to arrive a week late, changed his schedule and was due here late this afternoon, too late for practice.

TACKLES - Bill Lee, unsigned, expected this morning, in time for the drill. Charles Schultz and Cleets Kilbourne of Minnesota not heard from, probably arriving together. Baby Ray reported for yesterday's workout. Ernie Smith not on hand yet, nor is Slats Wyrick of U.C.L.A. Dick Zoll is a Green Bay resident and will attend practice. Leo Katalinas arrived yesterday and worked out. Paul Kell of Notre Dame still missing, but signed.

GUARDS - John Biolo, Lake Forest, and Jack Brennan, Michigan, both first year men, arrived yesterday. Swede Johnston will come up from Appleton. Russ Letlow has been here several days, looking bigger and tougher than ever. Buckets Goldenberg, now under contract, is a year around resident. Pete Tinsley expected today. Nick Miketinac of St. Norbert is on hand.

CENTERS - Charley Brock of Nebraska, who will start at center in the All-Star game, arrives tomorrow for a week's workout with the Packers. Tom Greenfield, a husky, arrived yesterday, as Bunny Schoemann of Marquette. Bud Svendsen not here yet, but believed en route. Lee Mulleneaux on deck. Willard Sherman of Whitewater unheard from yet.

BLOCKING QUARTERBACK - Hank Bruder always here. Herman Schneidman, latest Packer to sign, in city and ready to work. Dick Weisgerber also on hand.

HALFBACKS - Arnold Herber year around resident of De Pere. Joe Laws on deck and looking fit. Obbie Novakofski of Lawrence expected up from home in Menasha. Norman Purucker finishing summer school at Michigan, won't report until next week. Lambeau hasn't heard from Tuffy Thompson, his acquisition from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Don (Weenie) Wilson of Dubuque is in city. Paul Miller hasn't been heard from, is listed as holdout. Andy Uram arrived last night, but hasn't signed. Cecil Isbell worked out with team yesterday, also is unsigned.

FULLBACKS - Clarke Hinkle here the year around, signed, ready for another great season. Frank Balasz, the All-Star from Iowa, arrived early yesterday looking tougher than nails. Larry Buhler expected today with the Minnesota delegation. John Lock of Fordham, Eddie McGroarty of Northland, both in city. Eddie Jankowski, holdout, has not reported to Lambeau.

1939 Green Bay Packers

Training Camp



AUG 7 (Green Bay) - Green Bay may be moving through a melting mid-summer, but Green Bay also is preparing to defend a Western football championship, and no one knows it better than Coach E.L. Lambeau, who directed his oversized squad of oversize players through their first officials workout Saturday afternoon. Finding the men in surprisingly good condition, both physically and mentally for the approaching campaign, Lambeau steered the Packers through more than two hours of activity, and then gave them the rest of the weekend off. They were to report back for another drill today. Football titles can't be awarded in August, and there'll be a long, hard road down the NFL highway to the December playoff game, but the initial test provided Packer fans with little new reason for worry. Most of the new men are big and tough; there will be new players, punters and ball carriers competing with the veteran talent on the 1939 squad. There were 33 men in sweat suits Saturday. Missing were Larry Craig, South Carolina, Frank Steen, Rice, and Donald Hutson, ​Alabama, all ends; Paul Kell, Notre Dame, Charles Schultz, Minnesota, Ernie Smith, U.S.C., Bill Lee, Alabama, Champ Seibold, Wisconsin and Slats Wyrick, U.C.L.A., tackles; Charles Brock, Nebraska, center; Paul Miller, South Dakota State, Norman Purucker, Michigan, and Larry Buhler, Minnesota, backs...TEXAS END ARRIVES: This list was reduced late Saturday and Sunday with the arrival of Kell,


Steen, Brock, Buhler and Al Moore, an end from Texas A. and I., who is here on a tryout basis. Several more were expected to arrive today. Schultz will be here next Saturday, and Lee was expected early this week, along with Hutson. Saturday's drill was strictly on the routine side. After a conditional round of calisthenics, the men were put to throwing passes, with the tossing done by Cecil Isbell, Joe Laws, Arnold Herber, Frank Balazs, Clarke Hinkle, Obbie Novakofski, Dick Weisgerber, Eddie McGroarty and Andy Uram. Everyone else did the receiving. Several of the new men showed promise at throwing the pigskin. McGroarty and Novakofski doing good work, and Balazs doing exceptionally well. The tall, dark and husky Iowa All-Star, who will work out with the Packers only until the college men start practice next Saturday, showed fine all-around potentialities. Weenie Wilson, the 167-pound halfback from Dubuque, is a passer but had a sore arm...CONDUCT SIGNAL DRILL: Then time was turned over to the punters, with the kicking being Wilson, Weisgerber, Swede Johnstron, Herber, Hank Bruder, Wayland Becker, Balazs, Novakofski and McGroarty. An hour was spent on signal drill, with the men returned to the Packer shift for the first time, and Lambeau finished the workout with the usual windsprints. Johnston turned out to be the fastest of the guards at the short distance, with Carl Mulleneaux leading the ends, Baby Ray the tackles, Herman Schneidman the blocking back, Hinkle and Jankowski the fullback, and Wilson the halfbacks. At the 50-yard distance Buckets Goldenberg outdistanced the linemen, Becker the ends and centers, and Novakofski and Wilson the backs. There were four ends in uniform Saturday, their numbers to be augmented today or in the near future by Hutson, Steen and Moore. Captain Milt Gantenbein is in the shape of his life, and Becker looked tough and willing. Carl Mulleneaux was in the thick of the work all day, while the only newcomer at the wings to report Saturday was Harry Jacunski, the Fordham block of granite who also will report to the All-Stars Saturday. He is a tough looking, wiry end with a build similar to that of Lavvie Dilweg. Jacunski looks scholastic in his street clothes, and hard as nails on the field...MORE TACKLES COMING: Only four tackles reported Saturday, but their numbers soon will be increased by Kell, Schultz, Smith, Wyrick and Lee. Leo Katalinas, who at the age of 22 still is the youngest lineman on the squad, turned up with a full beard, to everyone's amusement. Warren Kilbourne of Minnesota is a gigantic individual who weighs more than 240 pounds, but plans to melt down immediately to 225. Baby Ray looks marvelous and is ready for a great season. Dick Zoll, Green Bay native who has been playing with the Cleveland Rams, reported to the Packers for the first time and looks very fit. Every one of the Packer guards reported Saturday. John Biolo, the Lake Forest star, is the most deceptive appearing man on the squad. He looks light, and scales 191 pounds stripped. Jack Brennan of Michigan seems to be a comer and is in great shape. He's big, rugged and smart, and will play the right side of the line, monopolized last season by Goldenberg, Johnston and Tinsley...BUCKETS IS BACK: Buckets, Swede Johnston, Nick Miketinac, Russ Letlow and Tinsley of the 1938 squad all are back, and all were on hand Saturday. A likely looking center is Tom Greenfield, a man from Arizona who stands well over six feet and was an all-Coast selection last fall. Brock arrived over the weekend and was to report today. Lee Mulleneaux, Bud Svendsen and Roy Schomann all were on hand to round out the corps. Svendsen weighs 187 pounds and is in the pink. The backs are numerous and the new men are talented. Veterans who were on hand were Hank Bruder, Herber, Hinkle, Laws, John Lock, Herman Schneidman, Dick Weisgerber, Isbell, Uram and Jankowski. Paul Miller is not expected to play this season, having landed himself a steady job which he doesn't want to leave. Balazs is one of the prize replacements at fullback. He kicks, blocks, passes, runs and is built like a great big hydrant. McGroarty is a big, tough Irishman with plenty of possibilities, including a tendency to smack the target with a forward pass. Novskofski of Lawrence lived up to the advance notices. He passes, kicks and did some good running during signal drill. Wilson is built much along the same lines. and is very fast. Lambeau has not yet arrived at terms with Tuffy Thompson yet, and the ex-Gopher ace isn't on hand. Larry Buhler arrived over the weekend, and was to report for practice today.


AUG 7 (Green Bay) - The sensation of the Packer practice Saturday afternoon was the beard of Leo Katalinas, who looked as though he had been playing with the House of David. Coach Curly Lambeau said the beard was raised so Katalinas could prove he is old. At 22, Leo is the youngest lineman on the squad, but Katalinas explained that "there just didn't seem to be any occasion to cut it." And Tiny Engebretsen chimed in with, "Swede Johnston has a better one already, and he shaved this morning." Swede looked as though he hadn't shaved for several morning...Beef, beef and more feef. nearly all of the new Packers are very large, with palms to husky Eddie McGroarty and powerful Frank Balazs, both fullbacks. Lambeau expressed pleasure at the appearance of both. Balazs is an Austrian by nationality, born in the United States, a resident of Chicago. He joins Joe Laws and Herman Schneidman as the Iowa delegaion on the Green Bay squad...Jack Brennan, the new guard from Michigan (and watch him) had an unusual experience this summer. July 3 his wife presented him with a 4-pound daughter, who was kept for a time in an incubator, but who is doing nicely now, thanks, along with the mother and Jack..Two speedy, tough backs who don't rate on the overstuffed list are Weenie Wilson of Dubuque and Obbie Novakofski of Lawrence. You can't rule either off the squad yet. They both pass, run and kick, which prompted Coach Curly to opine that there may be a man to fill halfback Paul Miller's spot.


AUG 7 (Cincinnati) - The American Football league schedule was drawn up at meeting of club officials here Sunday. The campaign, President George J. Heitzler, announced, will open Sept. 21 with the St. Louis Gunners meeting the Columbus professionals in the Ohio city.


AUG 8 (Green Bay) -Tons and tons of gridiron beef, potentially capable of engineering a successful defense of the Green Bay Packers'  championship of the West, continued to work out at the squad's practice field yesterday as Coach E.L. Lambeau turned the steam on his 1939 drill schedule. It is a long stretch from early August to the playoff game in December, and rookies who bloom in the summer sometimes fall by the side of the gridiron highway when the lid clamps down in September, but there was no denying yesterday that the Packers, young and veteran, are championship minded. Their enthusiasm and driving determination brought a smile to Lambeau's face, and Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith, himself attending his first 1939 drill,  chuckled openly as the squad whipped through a 2-hour session climaxed by an intensive signal drill.


The Packers now have 12 plays in their growing repertoire, and they executed with a precision unusual for early season form. A development yesterday was the signing of Eddie Jankowski, former University of Wisconsin fullback, who has been listed as a holdout. Jankowski did not come to terms before the practice session started but he reported with the rest of the team Saturday, showed a world of fire, and agreed to the coach's proposition late yesterday. Lambeau believes that the Jank will have a terrific season. He was potent in 1938, when he attracted league-wide attention as freshman understudy to Clarke Hinkle, but a severe bump on his head at Washington laid him low, and much of his blazing talent was missing last year. Now he has recovered completely from the injury, is in the condition of his life, and looks like a red hot fullback prospect. Cecil Isbell, Donald Hutson, Bill Lee and Champ Seibold still are unsigned. Isbell is working out with the team and looking as classy as ever. Hutson and Lee have not arrived, but Lambeau expects them momentarily. Seibold has been in the city and has conferred with the coach, but they did not agree on terms and the big Oshkosh tackle has not reported for practice. Five new first year men, an extremely impressive appearing quartet, turned up at yesterday's drill. They were Charles Brock, the Nebraska center who will start at that position in the All-Star game at Soldier field Aug. 30; Frank Steen, speedy Rice institute end, who displayed class as a pass snatcher; Al Moore, a mighty youngster from Texas A. and I., who looks like the works, and no fooling, at end; Larry Buhler, Minnesota back; and Paul Kell, a big Notre Dame tackle who delighted the coaches with his display of pep and talent during his opening drill...IT'S TOUGH ASSIGNMENT: Lambeau shook his head in dismay when the subject of cutting his big squad was mentioned. "I hate to think of it," he admitted. Charley Schultz, the Minnesota tackle, will arrive Thursday, and word has been received from Ernie Smith, to the effect that the big U.S.C. tackle is motoring east with his wife and baby, and expects to arrive Wednesday night or Thursday. Lambeau has not heard from Slats Wyrick, U.C.L.A. tackle, or Larry Craig, South Carolina end, or Tuffy Thompson, Minnesota tackle. There will be no afternoon practices for awhile, Lambeau announced. He wants the men to build up their legs during their idle afternoons, and for this purpose is urging them to play all the golf they can. The Packer corporation is going to the extent of playing their greens fees at Oneida Golf and Riding club, a move which was hailed with delight by the players. Lambeau reasoned that a couple of weeks spent in touring Oneida's hills and valleys should do wonders to anybody's legs...HOLDS CALISTHENICS DRILL: Yesterday's practice opened with a long and intensive calisthenics drill, followed by a forward passing workout at which every member of the squad looked good. Lambeau commented on the work of Eddie McGroarty, Northland fullback, and Frank Balasz, Iowa full, but added that no one fell down on the aerial assignments. He had little time for punting, and placed that important bit of work foremost on today's drill schedule. "The boys are catching onto their signals remarkably well," he said. "We have given out 12 plays, and they are executing them flawlessly." By midseason, the Packers will carry about 100 plays. Kell looks like a real find, a giant pepper box who is smart, rugged and loves football. He goes many pounds above the 200 mark. Frank Balazs continued to stand out in the signal drill and appears made for professional stardom...END WORRIES OVER: "It looks like our end worries are over," continued the Green Bay coach, as he watched his talented wingmen romp through the passing exercises. Frank Steen, Harry Jacunski and Moore were picking off forwards on all sides. Steen's speed is a great factor in his end play, while Jacunski, the boy with the Dilweg build, seems to have the stuff needed to cut the buck. Moore is a likely youngster who has just finished two years in the United States Navy, a procedure which in no sense reduced his physique or made him less able to take care of himself. Lambeau announced that Captain Milt Gantenbein, for the first time in years, will be moved over to the left end, leaving the right wing to be guarded by Carl Mulleneaux, Steen and Moore. Each member of this trio is above the 6 foot 2 inch mark, and all weigh more than 200 pounds...WEISGERBER IS SHIFTED: Dick Weisgerber, who played both fullback and blocking quarterback last season, has been shifted to right halfback, where he will pair in a backfield including Isbell, one of the three veterans doing the signal calling at present. The others are Arnold Herber and Joe Laws. Larry Buhler, the Minnesota fullback who was injured in an automobile accident last winter, appears to have no ill effects remaining, and he also will be used at right half. Brock is as husky as advertised, and did much of the snapping back at Monday's practice. Today's drill, in addition to stressing punting, will involve considerable individual work with the guards, who are to receive attention in the assignment of pulling out to run interference. There will be no scrimmage until the men's legs are in shape, Lambeau said.


AUG 8 (Spokane, WA) - George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, predicted yesterday the NFL soon would "reach from coast to coast". Marshall arrived from Los Angeles to supervise training of his team at nearby Cheney. St. Louis and Los Angeles are the two most likely spots for new pro grid teams, he said, explaining "it is apparent the National circuit must expand."...LIKES ST. LOUIS: "Some claim St. Louis is a poor sports town," he said, "but Branch Rickey talks differently. He's convinced St. Louis will support high class sports and will go strong for professional football. Clark Gable and Bob Taylor have signified their readiness to back a league team in the movie center, and I think Los Angeles would be a grand spot for our teams."



AUG 9 (Green Bay) - Cecil Isbell, one of the NFL's leading ground gainers in 1938 following a brilliant career at Purdue university, late yesterday signed his contract for the coming season. He has been practicing with the tears since Saturday, the opening day of drills. Isbell never was a holdout, Coach E.L. Lambeau emphasized in announcing the action. He just never got around to talking terms. Lambeau sent him a contract several weeks ago. Isbell arrived on scheduled time, ripped through two or three practice sessions, and last night dropped into the coach's office with the message: "Your terms are O.K. Here's the contract." Isbell, signed when his Purdue career ended, was added to the Green Bay squad principally to bolster the team's forward passing standard. He turned out instead to be a magnificent ball carrier. He was off to a great start in the Chicago All-Star game of 1938, when here terrorized the field and led the Collegians to a decisive victory over the Washington Redskins. Big and tough, with a blazing competitive spirit, the sophomore left halfback already is rated one of the team's most valuable men. He can do everything with a football, and has his heart set upon playing with a National professional championship team... RAIN NO HANDICAP: A steady drizzle of rain which fell throughout their third practice session failed to keep the Green Bay Packers indoors yesterday, as they punched through another speedy workout under the direction of Coach E.L. Lambeau and Assistant Richard (Red) Smith. Time hasn't started to cramp the Packers yet, but as a matter of record their opening contest is but little more than two weeks away, being a doubleheader engagement with the Pittsburgh Pirates at City stadium Friday night, Aug. 25. Following the usual lengthy calisthenics drill yesterday, the squad was divided into two sections. One, under Smith, consisted of all guards and tackle, the men being given instruction and practice in the delicate art of pulling out to run interference...PRACTICE FORWARD PASSING: While this was going on the ends, centers and backs met with Lambeau and participated in a forward passing session. Most of the tossers did satisfactory work, and Carl Mulleneaux, veteran end, turned in some classy receiving. Frank Steen, the wingman from Rice who comes here with a great reputation as a pass snatcher, also lived up to his reputation. The Packers then swung into punting practice, with no less than 12 men booting the ball. Kickers were Clarke Hinkle, Arnold Herber, Wayland Becker, Eddie McGroarty, Larry Buhler, Swede Johnston, Obbie Novakofski, Weenie Wilson, Cecil Isbell, Frank Balasz, Dick Weisgerber and Hank Bruder. Balazs' kicks averaged 10 yards farther than those of the others...LIKE KELL'S WORK: Following the drill Lambeau commented favorably on the work of big Paul Kell, the Notre Dame tackle who is beginning to look as though he is the answer to part of the Packer line problem. Kell, weighing 228 pounds fresh from the showers, is an enthusiastic, peppery individual with a world of fight, and the coach didn't pull punches in praising his attitude. Of course, the Packers haven't engaged in scrimmage yet, and none is contemplated pending further conditioning work, but there certainly is no cause for pessimism in the city yet...ARRIVE ON THURSDAY: No further new men joined the squad yesterday, but others are on the way. Tuffy Thompson and Charley Schultz, Minnesota halfback and end, respectively, will arrive Thursday, possibly too late for practice that day, and Ernie Smith has sent word that he will report the same day. The absolute deadline is Saturday, Lambeau said. Bill Lee has wired from the south that he will head north soon with his Alabama teammate, Don Hutson. Both are unsigned. Thus by Saturday the squad should be about intact, except for Norman Purucker, halfback who is completing summer scholastic work at the University of Michigan. He will report Aug. 21. Lambeau, who became enthusiastic over the team's end situation the day before, yesterday commented favorably regarding his centers, another spot which became soggy with wear before the end of the 1938 campaign...CENTERS LOOK GOOD: "We have five, big tough centers," he pointed out, "and we regard ourselves as very strong in that position. A coach would find it hard to be downcast with such men as Lee Mulleneaux, Tom Greenfield, Bud Svendsen, Bunny Schoemann and Charley Brock on the squad." Brock is one of the four All-Stars who will work with the team only until Friday, leaving that evening for Chicago to report to Head Coach Elmer Layden of the College All-Americans. The coach added that he believes the 1939 team will be the fastest in Packer history. He particularly liked the running of right halfback Larry Buhler yesterday. Today's program was expected to include the assimilation of more new plays - four were added yesterday - and perhaps a workout on pass defense, slated to be a vital matter in the league this season, with all teams preparing aerial artillery.


AUG 9 (Green Bay) - If anyone asked you to pick, two or three seasons in advance, the fifth place clubs in each of the major baseball leagues, you might come quite close, but you very likely would find the assignment requiring serious thought and more than a little break in the luck. Yet that gag wouldn't be half as exacting as the job facing coaches in the NFL each fall, as they glance through thousands of names prominent on collegiate rosters, and therefrom select their choices in the annual league draft. The word draft means lots of things. It is the way soldiers are called to go to war, and it is what you sit in when you catch cold. It also means drawing things, and it is applied to horses when they are not nimble, but draft in football means you will play with us next season, if the price is right? The job is no setup for any coach. For one thing, he never knows for certain just what he'll be needing the most next fall, in the way of talent. Perhaps he will be short on blocking backs, perhaps his center needs bolstering more, maybe his ends collapsed with a reverberating swoosh and the wings have to be revarnished for the next campaign. To help him out - in reverse English - many professional football players have a habit of retiring at the conclusion of a long and bitter campaign. After some four months of sweating and being tossed about during the raw months of the year, the idea of continuing their gridiron careers is usually well impregnated with salt come mid-December, and they very frequently comments, for all to hear, "That's enough! It's my last season of football." This makes it necessary for a coach to be a mind reader, as he doesn't want to draft players for their positions if they are just kidding - and he doesn't want to be caught short if they aren't. A rough glance at the galaxy of stars now assembled under the banner of the Green Bay Packers indicates that the team did excellently last fall in its long-range draft selections. Of the 19 drafted by Green Bay, six are signed and already are working out with the squad; two were signed and have not reported yet; another accepted terms and was prevented from reporting because of an operation. The last-named chap is Bill Gunther, Santa Clara blocking back, who not only went under the knife, but experienced hemstitching which made it impossible for him to attempt a 1939 pro football career. New Packers who were drafted, who agreed to terms and now are working out here are Larry Buhler, Minnesota back; Charles Brock, Nebraska center; Frank Balasz, Iowa fullback; Jack Brennan, Michigan guard; Paul Kell, Notre Dame tackle; and Tom Greenfield, Arizona center. Men who signed and are planning to report this week are Charles Schultz, Minnesota center, and Larry Craig, South Carolina end. The latter, a magnificent pass receiver, is playing daily baseball but is expected to arrive here before the weekend. The rest of the draftees didn't come to terms. They are Lynn Hovland, Wisconsin guard; Francis Twedell, Minnesota guard; Vincent Gavre, Wisconsin quarterback; Dan Elmer, Minnesota center; Roy Bellin, Wisconsin halfback; Johnny Hall, T.C.U. blocking back; Charles Sprague, S.M.U. end; Bill Badgett, Georgia tackle; John Yerby, Oregon end; and Williard Hofer, Notre Dame back.


AUG 9 (Manitowoc) - The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Green Bay Packers, who are scheduled to open the 1939 professional football season with a doubleheader exhibition game at Green Bay on the night of August 25, will get together 10 days earlier for a softball game at Walsh Field, Two Rivers. The Pirates are training at Two Rivers while the Packers are getting in condition on their home field. Arrangements for the softball game next Tuesday night were completed last night when the Packers' emissary, Arnie Herber, invade the Pirates' lair to confer with George Kast, manager of the Pittsburgh club's softball team. Proceeds of the game which is to be played under lights starting at 8 o'clock will go into the clubhouse funds of the softball teams.


AUG 10 (Green Bay) - The devastating speed with which the Green Bay Packers' 1939 team is gifted was demonstrated at yesterday's practice, when Coach E.L. Lambeau wound up his workout by chasing the players through a spectacular relay race, involving every member of the team. The Packer drill program now has settled down to something of a routine, and it will continue was such until the time for the first scrimmage. This will take place at some time as yet unannounced by the coach, but it will be prior to the doubleheader with the Pittsburgh Pirates at City stadium Friday night, Aug. 25. With the practice program as yet less than a week old, two facts already have been established - the team will be the fastest in Green Bay's history, and the new men appear to be the equal, at least, of any freshman class the Packers have had. Whether the latter estimate will be revised under stress of scrimmage remains to be seen...EIGHT STILL ABSENT: Eight men, expected to report by Saturday, still are missing, and of these three - Don Hutson, end, Bill Lee, tackle, and Tuffy Thompson, left halfback - are not under contract. The other five - Larry Craig, end; tackles Charles Schultz, Ernie Smith and Slats Wyrick; and Norman Purucker, left halfback, are signed up and on their way ​Thirty-eight men were on the practice field yesterday, which means that the complete squad, if all report, will total 46. The Packers who worked out Wednesday included six ends, five tackles, eight guards, five centers, three blocking quarterbacks,


three left halfbacks, four right halfbacks and four fullbacks. This collection of gridiron beef and talent will be reduced tomorrow night when Buhler, Balazs, Bruder and Jacunski leave to join the College All Stars at Evanston. After the usual lengthy calisthenics yesterday, the squad conducted an equally long drill on pass defense and offense. During the offensive work, defensive backfields and lines were set up to simulate game conditions. Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith then worked out with the tackles and guards, who practiced pulling out to run interference, and Coach Lambeau took over the ends, backs and centers...POLISH UP PLAYS: Punting occupied the players' time again, with most of the men being pretty consistent. They then went into a signal drill, absorbed a few new plays and polished up their old ones. The relay was a real treat. The squad was divided into two teams, with men from the same positions running against each other, and the galloping gridders surged back and forth down the field, each man running a good 50 yards. The team members worked themselves into a frenzy of excitement, and the relay served to display some astonishing speed on the part of many of the Packers. Charley Brock, a center burned up the turf like an end, while Al Moore maneuvered his 220 pounds in a way surprising to the coach, Frank Balazs, Swede Johnston and Baby Ray were others showing a world of smoke, remarkable in such large men. An interesting duel was staged between Wilson and Novakofski, two of the fastest men on the squad. Both halfbacks, they started their lap when Wilson holding a one-yard lead, and the margin was just the same when they handed the footballs to the next runners.


AUGUST 10 (Green Bay) - Veterans of the Green Bay Packers who have made professional football a career faced a stiff fight today from a score of college hopefuls who sought their jobs. From all part of the country the boys from college fields have come to join the Green Bay squad and fight it out with 28 veterans for places on the 1939 team. The complete squad of 50 is the largest in Packer history. It is no easy job these recruits have cut out for themselves, for the men they would replace brought Green Bay a western division title last year in the National league and many were on the team which took the championship three years ago. Some of the veterans - like Milt Gantenbein, an end, Clarke Hinkle and Hank Bruder, backs - have grown old in the Packer service, but show little sign of slowing up. They are back again, more intent than ever to prove their worth. Only four members of last year's team are missing. Bob Monnett and Paul Miller, halfbacks, retired. Frank Butler, a center, and Bernie Scherer, an end, were traded to Pittsburgh for Tuffy Thompson of Minnesota. Coach E.L. Lambeau, who has guided the team since it was formed in 1919 and to four national championships, believes he has the making of another great club. "We have backs to burn," he said today, "and we should be stronger than ever on the line." The coach has 11 veteran backs and eight recruits trying for regular positions. He probably will carry 12 to 14 backfield men, so six or seven of the potential ball carriers will be among the missing when the time comes to cut the roster, after the second league game. Lambeau and Line Coach Richard (Red) Smith also are confronted with the problem of cutting down their big squad of linemen. There are 31 candidates for jobs on the forward wall. About 20 is the limit which can be carried. The club begins play with a doubleheader with Pittsburgh here August 25. Two practice games will be played to give the coaches a chance to see what all of their men can do under fire.


AUG 11 (Green Bay) - Boiling over with fire and early season determination, the Green Bay Packer football squad was joined by Tuffy Thompson, former Minnesota fullback, as Coach E.L. Lambeau sent the team through another stiff workout yesterday. Thompson, who was obtained from the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, promptly displayed a world of speed, a lot of pep, and the same wiry build which made him one of Minnesota's most feared ball toters a very few seasons back. The tackle personnel took an upward bounce today when three men reported - veteran Ernie Smith, Southern California; Bill Lee, the giant from Alabama;' and Charley Schultz, a Minnesota husky who is breaking into the pro game. All three arrived last night...SPORTSWRITER PRESENT: A visitor at yesterday's practice session was George Strickler, Chicago sportswriter who is en route to Superior to cover training activities of the New York Giants. He handled his newspaper's publicity on the Packers prior to the All-Star game in which Green Bay figured. Only three Packers now are missing, and Lambeau expects that all but one will be in uniform by tomorrow. The lone exception is Norman Purucker, Michigan halfback who is mopping up credits at Ann Arbor summer school. He will report Aug. 21. Lambeau took today action on the case of Champ Seibold. He pronounced the Oshkosh veteran tackle as a definite holdout, and added "we doubt very much that Seibold will play with the Packers this season."...FAILS TO REACH TERMS: Champ failed to come to terms with the Packers this season, and has not reported for practice, although he has been in the city several times. Except for Seibold, the only missing players are Don Hutson, Alabama end; Larry Craig, South Carolina end; and Slats Wyrick, U.C.L.A. tackle. Lambeau expected all of them to arrive tonight or early tomorrow. Hutson is the only one of the trio who is unsigned...DISPLAYS GREAT SPIRIT: Witnessing the daily workouts of the Packer squad this season leaves these two prime impressions - the team packs speed in excess of any previous Green Bay squad, and its spirit is equal to that of any. Whenever a play went wrong yesterday - a dropped pass, a fumble, a misunderstood signal - the entire squad stormed verbally over the offender, in a barking chorus, which left the shamefaced individual determined to prevent the mishap from happening again - and it never did. They shoved off with the usual intensive calisthenics drill, and then tried shooting a few forward passes, with the tossing done by Eddie McGroarty, Andy Uram, Joe Laws, Tuffy Thompson, Frank Balazs, Arnold Herber, Weenie Wilson and Obbie Novakofski. Uram, who did little passing for the Packers last year, was throwing the oval with accuracy yesterday from his left halfback position...ALL-STARS TO LEAVE: For Balazs, Harry Jacunski, Larry Buhler and Charley Brock, the early season practice with the Packers is about finished. All four leave early Saturday morning for Evanston, Ill., where they will report to the College All-Stars. They won't be back in Green Bay until Aug. 31, the day after the All-Star game. Following the aerial session the squad was split up, with most of the linemen reporting to Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith for blocking instruction and practice. The rest engaged in punting drill. With Bunny Schoemann and Lee Mulleneaux snapping the ball, the kickers were Arnold Herber, Wilson, McGroarty, Novakofski, Dick Weisgerber, Clarke Hinkle, Balazs, Hank Bruder and Cecil Isbell. Back in the safety position, receiving the boots, were the men who'll be handling that work during the fall campaign - Eddie Jankowski, Joe Laws, Herman Schneidman, Buhler, John Lock, Uram and Thompson...RED CAN TAKE IT: Red Smith was his own blocking dummy during the other drill, letting the Packer ends, tackles, guards and centers smack into him, and failing to acquire a dent in the process. There has been no rough work as yet, but Lambeau, in looking over his squad, said that it probably will hold its first scrimmage Monday. Here's a warning to enemy backfields - keep your eyes on Herber and Hinkle during the fall months. Both of them were spearing passes yesterday, which may mean that Coach Lambeau has decided to use them both at times on the receiving end, same as last year. When the signal drill started, short passes rattled on all sides as the Packers clicked through an aerial offensive workout. Some of the combinations who were especially effective were Uram to Becker and Isbell, Novakofski to Gantenbein, Al Moore and Frank Steen, Herber to Carl Mulleneaux, Moore, Becker, Jankowski and Steen, Isbell to Gantenbein and Thompson to Isbell...SHOWS CLASS ON SPINNER: Thompson showed class on a spinner play, barging through the line from his left halfback position, and drew the favorable comments of both Lambeau and Smith. The players fooled the coach on one play. They whooped through a quarterback sneak, with Herman Scheidman lugging the ball, and Lambeau commented, "I haven't given them that play yet. It's one we had last year." The drill brought out the fact, already suspicioned, that the Packers right flank will feature three great pass receivers this season. Steen, Moore and Carl Mulleneaux all are right ends, all are big, all fast and each a fine hand at gathering in those aerial bombs. Moore is an amazing prospect. He weighs 220 pounds and is one of the fastest men on the squad. Furthermore, he looks capable of walking through a brick fireplace standing up...SET UP INTERFERENCE: There was much hard running on display yesterday, with Isbell, Novakofski, Balazs, Herber, Hinkle and Buhler monopolizing the ball carrying behind powerful screens of interference. They wound up with 100-yard races by positions, the men lining up at the fence and galloping the length of the field. Competition among the tackles and centers was won by Baby Ray and Charley Brock, who finished in a virtual dead heat. Swede Johnston led the guards for most of the way, but fell back near the end and the race was won by Nick Miketinac, with Jack Brennan right on his heels. When the ends cruised the distance, Steen, Moore and Carl Mulleneaux finished on the line together. The backs all ran at once, with Thompson speeding home first, Novakofski second, Uram third and Balazs fourth.


AUG 11 (Green Bay) - The thing which is most surprising to Dave Woodward, trainer of the Green Bay Packers, is the amazing condition in which the squad has reported for its first 1939 rehearsals. Now Dave is no newcomer to athletic squads. For years he did the chief rubbing down and patching up work at the University of Minnesota, and already he has become an institution with the Packers, presiding over the squad's tiny but well-organized training quarters, tucked away under the southeast end of massive City stadium. He has seen football players, not by the hundreds but by the thousands, and yesterday he said: "This is the finest looking bunch of athletes I ever have seen." Dave likes to enlarge upon his statement. He went on enthusiastically: "Can you believe it? Only two or three of that squad of nearly fifty men are overweight. Look at Milt Gantenbein - down to 198 pounds, and looking like a youngster breaking into the game. Look at Tiny Engebretsen - best shape he's started a season in years. Look at Buckets Goldenberg. Look at these new kids - long, stringy, tough, hard as nails. Did you ever see a better conditioned bunch of men?" No, we never did, but we hesitate to stress it too strongly for the reason that it sounds so very much like preseason ballyhoo. The team is marvelous, we can't lose, we will win the championship. Our cause will conquer. Well, maybe it will and maybe it won't. A fumbled punt along in November, a blocked kick at Detroit, a touchdown run at Cleveland, an intercepted pass - any one of these things may wipe out all the magnificent work done under the hot summer sun. The Packers may lose to an inferior squad. They may defeat a superior one. But they do look great right now. Whatever next week's opening scrimmage will develop, whatever weaknesses, as yet unsuspected, crop out among the individuals, the fact remains the Green Bay Packers have reported for a season's work at the peak of their several physical and mental conditions. There are no injuries on the Packer squad at present, other than two or three leg strains which resulted from too strenuous stretching on opening day. These are being thinned out under the lamps. Of course, scrimmage is another thing. The four All-Stars - Frank Balazs, Harry Jacunski, Larry Buhler and Charley Brock - pulled the smartest stunt of the season by reporting to the Packers for this first week. They showed an eagerness to cooperate with the Green Bay championship campaign, they enabled themselves to establish an early acquaintanceship in Green Bay, and familiarity with Packer plays, and they steamed themselves into advance condition for the All Stars. Coach Curly Lambeau's chief regret is that, now they are here, they can't remain straight enough.



AUG 12 (Green Bay) - Several distinctive features, in addition to the arrival of three big tackles, marked yesterday the regular workout of the Green Bay Packers, as they drilled for a Pittsburgh doubleheader which now is less than two weeks in the future. For one thing, the practice gave spectators a tipoff as to the probable coterie of ball carriers who will be lugging much of the freight in Green Bay's ground campaign this fall. Then, it revealed a niceness of ball handling and deception unusual for an early season drill, and finally it showed further class in a few of the first year men, gratifying to fans who are anxious to see last year's weaker spots plugged satisfactorily. The three squad additions, each working out for the first time, were Ernie Smith, veteran Southern California tackles, returning to the Packers after a year's absence; Charley Schultz, powerful Minnesota lineman who resembles Lou Gordon, former Packer now with the Bears; and Bill Lee, Alabama giant who dropped back into his regular right tackle post...THREE IN GOOD SHAPE: Coach E.L. Lambeau commented favorably


regarding the condition of the trio. "They're all reporting in good shape," he said. "They won't hold us up and we won't hurt them." Still missing were Donald Hutson, Alabama end; Larry Craig, South Carolina end; and Slats Wyrick, U.C.L.A. tackle. Hutson, the only one of the three not under contract, informed Lambeau yesterday that he will arrive ready for practice Monday morning. Craig and Wyrick haven't been heard from, and are believed en route. The only Packers who have not signed their 1939 contracts, other than tackle Champ Seibold, whom Lambeau doesn't expect to report, are Hutson, Lee and halfback Tuffy Thompson...MOVE THAT BALL AROUND: The Packers' ball handling yesterday was exceptional. They moved the oval around on fakes and off-tackle plays in midseason form, only a few fumbles and missed signals marring the procedure. A lengthy punting and passing drill also was on the program. Frank Steen, the new end for Rice institute who spears passes in the style popularized by Hutson, gave a great demonstration of that specialty yesterday. He picked off two long heaves from the arm of Cecil Isbell which had that touchdown appearance. The practice also revealed that Tuffy Thompson, recently acquired from Pittsburgh, may snatch Hutson's title as the fastest man on the squad. Cast in the role of a ball toter, his favorite spot, he showed speed to burn and a shifty tendency while moving around the ends...HERBER IS LOOKING FINE: That old failing - inability to stop Arnold Herber's passes - will be experienced by Packer opposition again this fall if this first week's drill is a criterion. The veteran aerialist, still the best man in the league at a pass over 40 yards, is hitting the target with every bit of his old-time skill, and is in splendid physical condition. Lambeau expressed approval with the way John Lock, former Fordham fullback, is breaking into the blocking back position. He looked especially good on pass defense, always a nervous assignment in the pro league. Charley Brock definitely is the team's fastest center, and his presence, along with that of Bud Svendsen, gives Bunny Schoemann a tough assignment for this season. Last year Schoemann, in the short time he worked before he was injured, was the Packers' best center, but now Svendsen is back, Lee Mulleneaux is breaking in for his first full season, Brock looks like a house afire and the Packer coach is lavish in his praise of Tom Greenfield, the lanky pivot man from Arizona...BALL TOTERS WORK HARD: The ball carriers had an intensive workout yesterday. While the personnel may vary with the addition of new plays, the men getting the most attention at the important item of moving  the apple along the sod were Clarke Hinkle, Isbell, Andy Uram, Frank Balazs, Larry Buhler, Obbie Novakofski, Weenie Wilson and Dick Weisgerber. The bulk of the carrying was handled by Uram, Novakofski, Balazs and Isbell. Balazs more and more appears to be the man slated to succeed the great Hinkle, when and if that all-league fullback decides to succumb to the advancing years. (Note: Hinkle has his best year in 1938.), but Balazs, weighing well over 200 pounds, tough as nails, a hard runner, vicious blocker, excellent passer and the farthest punter on the Packer squad, appears to need only seasoning to fit perfectly into the Green Bay machine...KNOCKED OUT FOUR MEN: During one touchdown run against U.C.L.A. last year Balazs knocked four men cold merely by running roughshod over them, and as he banged through the line in yesterday's signal drill, pounding along the turf, Lambeau remarked. "That guy is going to hurt somebody this season." The powerful Austrian from Iowa seems to have a perfect competitive disposition, and he'll be missed from the squad during his period of training with the All-Stars at Evanston, starting today. With Balazs went three other Packers rated great prospects for professional stardom - Brock, Harry Jacunski and Buhler. Successful passing combinations yesterday were Isbell to Steen, Becker to Carl Mulleneaux; Novakoski to McGroarty and Mulleneaux; Wilson to Laws; Herber to Uram and Becker; Uram to Balazs and Gantenbein; Laws to Mulleneaux and Gantenbein. That last-named individual, who captains the squad and responds to his teammates' nickname of "Goose", is in the condition of his life. Normally weighing around 205, he is tripping around the field with a scant 198 in tow, and he never looked better.


AUG 12 (Dayton, OH) - Announcement of the revised and official NFL schedule for the 1939 championship season was made here today by Carl L. Storck, president of the league. Each of the 10 teams will play 11 title skirmishes. The major league professional football championship scramble will begin Sunday, Sept. 10, with the Chicago Cardinals invading Detroit to engage the Lions and the Pittsburgh Pirates providing the opposition for the Eagles at Philadelphia. Before the week has ended, three more teams will begin championship competition and the Pirates' second game will have been written into the records...MEET CLEVELAND RAMS: Pittsburgh will meet Brooklyn in the first night game of the season Thursday, Sept. 14. The following night, Friday, Sept. 15, the Chicago Bears will meet the Cleveland Rams in the Cleveland opener at the Municipal stadium, Cleveland. Two more teams - the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers - will launch their championship campaigns the following Sunday, Sept. 17. The Packers will open against the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay and Philadelphia will be host to the Redskins. Oddly enough, the New York Giants, champions of the league, will be the last team to get into the championship campaign. The Giants will not begin the defense of their title until Sunday, Sept. 24, when they engage the Eagles in Philadelphia. Also, they will be the last league team to open their home season - Sunday, Oct. 15, being the date and the Philadelphia Eagles the opponent...SEASON ENDS DEC. 3: The regular season will end Sunday, Dec. 3, with Washington and the champions Giants playing the only game scheduled, at New York. The following week, Sunday, Dec. 10, the winners of the Eastern and Western divisional championships, respectively, will meet in the seventh annual playoff for the world's championship. The playoff will be contested on the home grounds of the winner of the Western division championship this year. Five night games, one less than last season, are on the schedule. Besides the Pittsburgh-Brooklyn and Chicago Bear-Cleveland game already mentioned, Cleveland and Brooklyn will pay under the arcs in Brooklyn in Brooklyn Wednesday, Sept. 20; the Cardinals will meet the Detroit Lions in their home opener at Soldier field, Chicago, Sunday night, Oct.1, and the Chicago Bears will battle the Pirates under lights Monday night, Oct. 2, at Pittsburgh. The Pirate-Bear game originally was scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 1...TWO MILWAUKEE GAMES: Only two league games will be played on foreign fields this season. Both of these games will involve the Green Bay Packers and they will be played in Milwaukee. The first of the Milwaukee games will find the Packers and the Chicago Cardinals meeting in an encore engagement Sunday, Oct. 8. The Washington Redskins will be the Packers' opponent in their second Milwaukee engagement Sunday, Oct. 29. Under the sectional playoff setup, adopted in 1933, each team must meet the other four teams in its respective division twice and three other teams, with the choice optional, from the rival division during a season.


AUG 12 (Two Rivers) - The big job facing Johnny Blood, coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is finding a replacement for Whizzer White in the backfield. While the Pirates are training here, the Whizzer is cycling through Sweden on a vacation tour preparatory to taking up his studies at Oxford university in England. In the Whizzer's absence, the Pirates' destiny lies in a deceptive running game and in aerial attack, Coach Blood thinks, and the principal actors in this offense may be Jack Lee of Carnegie Tech and Rink Bond of Washington U., who have been working out at quarterback. Blood also has high hopes for Sam Francis, former Nebraska fullback who was obtained from the Chicago Bears, and halfbacks Dick Nardi of Ohio university and Clarence Tommerson, formerly of Wisconsin. The Pirates' first test will come the night of Aug. 25, when they face the Green Bay Packers in a double bill at Green Bay.


AUG 14 (Green Bay) - The winning of a $100 bonus by Arnold Herber on a littler matter of weight reduction, and the arrival in town of Donald Hutson, veteran end from Alabama, highlighted weekend activities of the Green Bay Packers, who a week from next Friday night meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in a doubleheader at City stadium. Herber, promised his bonus by Coach E.L. Lambeau July 3, when he weighed in at 227 pounds, came through amid howls of glee from his teammates after Saturday's practice, when he stepped on the scales and moved the arm around to 199. "We told Herber we'd add an extra $100 to his contract." Coach Curly explained, "if he could get his weight below 200 pounds by Aug. 12. It looks like we'll have to settle up."...IN GREAT CONDITION: It's a matter of comment on the practice field that Herber is looking very much at the peak of his game. Always a tough a man who ever stepped onto a gridiron, Arnold is in the peak of condition and his forward passes are smacking the target with deadly effectiveness. If any fans have settled down to witness Herber's early retirement from the professional game, after a long career in which he has tossed many dozens of touchdown passes, they can turn their attention to some more weighty matters, for Arnie is in for a big season. Hutson arrived too late for Saturday's drill, but was expected to report this morning. Lambeau also received word that Larry Craig, his big pass snatching end from South Carolina, will arrive Tuesday. He has not heard from Slats Wyrick, U.C.L.A. tackle...TAKE SUNDAY OFF: The big squad continued to show in Saturday's practice the fire and snap which characterized its workouts all week, and Lambeau gave the players a free Sunday. He expressed particular pleasure that the three tackles who reported late - Bill Lee, Ernie Smith and Charley Schultz - bobbed up in nearly perfect condition, enabling them to step immediately into the signal drills. Lambeau decided against conducting scrimmage today, as he had planned originally, and probably will not order any rough stuff until Wednesday. Andy Uram's punting was a standout in Saturday's drill, the former Minnesota ace continuing to substantiate predictions that he is up for a fine season. Lambeau has been running him steadily, using him as a forward passer, and his kicking is better than it ever has been...NOVAKOFSKI DRAWS PRAISE: The coach also had words of praise for Obbie Novakofski, speedy Lawrence halfback, who looked particularly good on pass defense. A new forward passing combination loomed out of the practice - Isbell to Steen - and Packer fans will be cheering that pair heartily before many weeks pass. Steen, an end from Rice, picks 'em out of the air like Hutson, and is almost as fast. He grabbed two of three 40-yard tosses from Isbell Saturday while on the dead run. Charley Schultz, the new tackle from Minnesota, looks very good. He weighs 230 pounds, is strong, heady and experienced. Paul Kell, the Notre Dame tackle continues to fire up the drills. He's a natural pepper box and a lot of man. Eddie McGroarty, the big back from Northland college, is a mite slow for the fullback position, and may be shifted to blocking quarterback, what with Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski and Frank Balazs all looking hot at full. McGroarty is in magnificent physical condition...FASTEST MAN PRESENT: Tuffy Thompson, Minnesota halfback, is the fastest man on the squad, without Hutson present, and now that that veteran end has arrived Thompson may even challenge his laurels. Tuffy executes the left halfback spinner to perfection. He isn't too good a passer. Eddie Jankowski should be twice as effective this year as last. He is running very hard, is full of dive, and seems to have forgotten completely the head injury which handicapped his play in 1938.



AUG 15 (Green Bay) - Donald Hutson, greatest offensive end in the NFL, signed his 1939 Packer contract last night and was in uniform today as the ream pounded through its regular daily drill. Hutson, who ranks fourth on the Green Bay all-time scoring list, trailed only Verne Lewellen, Clarke Hinkle, and Johnny Blood, is one of the best known names in professional football. His magnificent pass receiving ability, plus an appalling speed, have made him feared throughout the league, and last year he was named to an end position on the official all-professional first team. Don weighs 185 pounds, is married, and during his undergraduate days was a star of star at the University of Alabama. He is starting his fifth year with the Packers. Hutson came close to retiring from professional football this year, which was the reason for his delayed arrival. He operated a dry cleaning establishment in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and on the side has a year-round assignment assisting Coach Frank Thomas in the University of Alabama athletic department. He seriously considered devoting his entire time to this work, and came north feeling a bit lukewarm on the subject of playing further with the Packers. One day of witnessing the 1939 team in action was enough, and last night he met with Lambeau and quickly agreed to terms...GRABS HERBER'S AERIALS: In his four seasons with the Packers Hutson has caught the amazing total of 33 touchdown passes, most of them from the right arm of Arnold Herber, although last year several of them were tossed by Cecil Isbell. In addition, he has scored four extra points, for a grand total of 202, only 22 less than those scored by third place Blood. The first rough work of the season was dished out to the Packers yesterday, as they whirled through a lengthy drill in anticipation of their double-barreled engagement with the Pittsburgh Pirates at City stadium a week from next Friday night...PLAYERS PUT ON PADS: Coach E.L. Lambeau ordered the men to don pads, and they went at the blocking equipment with a will, incurring a few minor injuries in the process. None of the players was hurt badly. Lambeau said there being but the usual assortments of strained muscles and bruises incidental to the initial rough practice session. The coach decided his squad, during its workout, did pretty fair work, and he voiced no complaints, at least publicly. There was a long drill on pas offense, and another on pass defense, to keep the men occupied further. Hutson, who arrived in town Sunday, was not in uniform yesterday. Larry Craig, South Carolina end with a reputation for picking passes out of the air, was due today, and the Packer coach regarded his roster, with the exception of the four All-Stars at Evanston, about complete.


AUG 16 (Green Bay) - One week from tomorrow night, on Friday, Aug. 25, Green Bay Packer fans will have the opportunity to see the 1939 edition of their professional football team in action for the first time. On that evening the Pittsburgh Pirates, now training at Two Rivers, will bring their large and talented squad into City stadium to engage the Packers in a unique gridiron offering - a doubleheader. Two complete games will be offered, the first starting at 7:30, and the two bringing into action every player on both teams. The ticket sale is now underway, at the following prices: reserved seats, boxes, on both sides of the stadium, $1.50; general admission, seats on both sides of the field and at the west end, $1; general admission, 7,000 seats in east horseshoe, 50 cents; and children, 25 cents. Entertaining Johnny Blood's Pirates, who now are in executive session on the lakeshore, will be no tea party, and Coach E.L. Lambeau sent his Packers through another rough and strenuous workout yesterday, with blocking pads the order of the day. Larry Craig, South Carolina veteran, reported, and in a surprise move Lambeau placed him at the blocking quarterback position. Craig was listed as an end, and is a great pass receiver, but the Packer wing corps looks superb without him, and he is constructed ideally for the blocking back spot. In general, the practice was a shade more rugged than others of recent days. There was much forward passing, and the receivers couldn't keep their hands on the oval. Time after time passes were looped into the paws of the men they were intended for, only to have the ball spin towards the ground...HUTSON IS IN UNIFORM: Don Hutson, in uniform for the first time this season, caught his first 1939 Packer pass from Weenie Wilson, left halfback. Hutson, never bothered by overweight, reported weighing 178 pounds and appeared to be his usual speedy self. If he still is bothered by last season's leg injury, he gave no indication of it. The backs took a strenuous workout on the blocking and tackling dummies, after which the linemen, under Assistant Coach Red Smith, swung into action on the same equipment. Some of the backs appeared to need more coordination before they will be ready for scrimmage, and Lambeau said he doubted that step will be taken before Thursday. During passing drill, Lambeau tried Eddie McGroarty, fullback, on several long passes to Hutson. McGroarty has a flair for long throws, but in general the aerial drill revealed that Arnold Herber and Cecil Isbell still are the best passers on the squad. Andy Uram is doing well, but still is a bit erratic. Obbie Novakofski also hit the target regularly....SPEARS LONG AERIAL: The catch of the day was made by Carl (Moose) Mulleneaux, right end, with a looping stab of a power shot by Isvbell, 50 yards down the field from the scrimmage line. Frank Steen, who has established himself as a great pass snatcher, again looked hot.  Finally, the team reassembled for a fast offensive drill with the blocking dummies, prior to which Lambeau introduced a few new plays. The first, which was executed successfully by fullbacks Ed Jankowski, Clarke Hinkle and McGroarty, was a power push through the line which appears slated to gobble up lots of territory this season. The men soon started passing, but indifferently, as there were many fumbled receptions. Wayland Becker made one excellent catch of a long toss from Isbell. The workout was fast, and the overweight boys soon headed for the water bucket. The only Packer not running signals was Tuffy Thompson, who pulled a leg muscle during the drill the day before and was excused from strenuous work.


AUG 16 (New York) - The NFL announced yesterday that President Roosevelt's change in the date of Thanksgiving had altered the schedule. Two games - Green Bay at Detroit and Philadelphia at Cleveland - were moved from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23.


AUG 16 (Green Bay) - For a half-dozen reasons, the doubleheader football bill between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Pirates on the night of Aug. 25 should not be overlooked. The two games on the same night at City stadium will give the fans an ante-season grid show on a scale never before attempted. First of all, the Packers will place four full teams on the field in the course of the evening. Coach Curly Lambeau's largest, and possibly strongest, squad will get its first test against worthy competition. No intra-squad contest, or opposition from Cedar Rapids, La Crosse, Merrill or other well-meaning but mediocre aggregation, will provide the initial fire for the players this season. In Pittsburgh they will have a determined foe that in itself is a candidate for NFL title honors...JOHNNY BLOOD SERIOUS: John, the McNally who calls himself Blood, has his squad working out at Two Rivers, and it is a serious John indeed whose position in the league this year is enigmatic until the season is well along. Blood and big Walt Kiesling, the former Packer guard who is his assistant, have little to say about their prospects this season. The comparatively silent role is new to John who in other years has sounded the trumpets of victory long before the first ticket was sold. John's attitude this year is: "Come out and see us when we play the Packers...We both will be able to tell more about it then."...HAND-PICKED SQUAD: What does the erstwhile Vagabond Halfback have to work with? A hand-picked squad of players selected entirely on merits and not on press notices. He and Kiesling scoured the country for this year's team, and the result is very much like Curly Lambeau's efforts with liitle-known gridders. John has weeded out the ineffective prima donnas of other years. He has retained the strong foundation of 1937 and 1938, and has material to build a real contender upon it. One of his most notable additions, who will appear here in the exhibitions, is Sam Francis, the Nebraska back who was all-America and leader in the Chicago Tribune all-star poll of 1937. Francis has been with the Chicago Bears for the past two seasons. He and Dick Nardi of Ohio State were traded to Pittsburgh for Billy Patterson, the Baylor passing star...HAS IDEAL PRO BUILD: Sam first appeared against the Packers in the All-Star game of Sept. 1, 1937. His work, offensively and defensively, was an important factor in stopping the Packers' attack at Soldier field that night. Weighing 210 pounds and standing 6 feet 2, his build is ideal for the pro game. Differences with George Halas, coach of the Bears, on how he best fitted into the system interfered with Francis' effectiveness, although he always was one of the league's best backs. At Pittsburgh, Blood will keep him at fullback, the spot he likes best. Sam was on the United State Olympic team in 1936, finished fourth in the shot put at Berlin. He won the shot put and discus at the Drake, Kansas and Texas relay meets in 1938. On the gridiron he captained the West team in the Shrine All-Star game at San Francisco, and punted 97 yards in the air against the East all-stars. Close associates claim that Sam is taking his professional football more serious than ever. He is gratified with the change to the Blood management. The game here will provide his first chance to prove the effects of the transfer. It should be a good one-man show in itself.



AUG 17 (Green Bay) - Donning their heavy gridiron armor for the first time this season, the Green Bay Packers rolled through their initial scrimmage at their practice field yesterday afternoon, with Coach E.L. Lambeau and Assistant Red Smith getting their first glimpse of the players under fire. The scrimmage was not anticipated until today, but Lambeau, reading reports of the rapid progress the Pittsburgh Pirates are making at their Two Rivers headquarters, and regarding his own men in condition for the rough program, ordered the drill. Most of the men showed up excellently, although the various offensives were overshadowed by the defenses much of the time. Lambeau was well satisfied with the work of his veterans, particularly Eddie Jankowski and Clarke Hinkle, a pair of roaring fullbacks whose whose heavy running was a nuisance to their scrimmage opponents every time they launched as a charge at the line. Among the new men the coach singled out Charley Schultz and Warren Kilbourne, two Minnesota tackles; Jack Brennan, Michigan guard; and Frank Steen, Rice end; as new men worth watching, but he added that most of the first year men performed satisfactorily. Larry Craig, the latest addition to the squad, was used sparingly, but he revealed enough class to indicate that he has the necessary stuff for success in pro football. Lambeau lined up his first defensive six-man line, with Milt Gantenbein, Ernie Smith, Tiny Engebretsen, Buckets Goldenberg, Bill Lee and Steen, but he changed his men about constantly as they drove through the long, hard scrimmage. Hinkle and Tom Greenfield backed up that line...PICKS OFF FORWARDS: Steen promptly revealed himself as a ball hawk. He broke through to follow the pigskin toters several times, and at one stage in the scrimmage recovered a fumble. Wayland Becker grabbed a couple of short passes from Arnold Herber, and after a period of indecisive maneuvering Andy Uram broke loose for a sprint which carried to the 5-yard line. At this point the veteran defensive team braced. Uram was thrown for a loss at right tackle, Jankowski piled up for no gain, and Engebretsen slid through to cuff down Uram on an attempted forward pass. On fourth down Jankowski attempted a field goal, with Herber holding the ball, and Greenfield pounded through to block the kick...BOOTS FIELD GOAL: Coach Lambeau gave the ball back to the attackers and Jankowski tried another goal, which sailed perfectly over the crossbars. The teams exchanged sides, which left a defensive line including Wayland Becker, Schultz, Nick Miketinac, Brennan, Paul Kell and Al Moore opposing and offensive backfield including Hinkle, Dick Weisgerber, Hank Bruder and Cecil Isbell. With Hinkle contributing some hard running, the ball moved out. Wayland Becker of the opposing team recovered a fumble, but the ball didn't change hands. Isbell kept trying to land with a long forward pass to the nimble Steen, receiving beautiful protection, but each time the throws were too strong. Moore broke through to smear Isbell on another pass attempt, but Cecil, on the next play, threw an off-balance pass as Baby Ray smothered him, Gantenbein making a nice catch for what would have amounted to a touchdown...HERBER IS RUSHED: Steen was replaced by Don Hutson, and another certain touchdown was spoiled when Herber was rushed on an attempted pass to the former Alabama star. After the ball switched sides again Jankowski came through with some hard running. Craig rushed Isbell on several pass plays, but Cecil had a knack of getting the ball into the air without a loss of yardage. Isbell fired a forward pass to Steen, who received the ball but lost it on an attempted lateral to Pete Tinsley. Lambeau slapped a 5-yard penalty on the offending team for using a forward after a lateral. An Isbell to Gantenbein pass play worked well, and Steen hooked off a beauty to Isbell. Baby Ray showed class at getting through the interference...MOVES IN TO GOAL: The offensive team moved in close to the goal, and Isbell tried an end zone forward pass to Jankowski, who couldn't reach it. Isbell got loose on a twisting run around right end to the 1-yard line, where it was first down. Isbell, calling signals, sent Jankowski slanting off right guard, but both teams were offside. Kell was on the bottom of the pile as Weisgerber was stopped for no gain. Jankowski, attempting to skirt left end, was halted by Weenie Wilson and Bud Svendsen. Finally, Isbell faded back and shot a perfect pass over the goal line to Steen for a touchdown. Schultz broke up a couple of plays when work was resumed, and Laws speared a pretty pass from Wilson. On a tackle thrust Wilson was bumped by Miketinac. Jankowski banged through, running heavily, to bring the ball into scoring position. Laws' tackle poke was piled up by Kilbourne, but Jankowski ran the ball to the 5-yard line, at which point Lambeau took it away from the offensive team...BRUDER CALLS SIGNALS: Hank Bruder was brought in to call signals and cautioned the defensive team, "Careful now, boys!" Eddie McGroarty and Lee Mulleneaux rammed in a potent collision, but there was no casualty. Obbie Novakofski ran hard off right tackle, and then stepped fast for a beautiful left end run, following his interference perfectly. A moment later Novakofski's forward pass was intercepted by Wilson. When the ball changed hands, Wilson clicked on a pass to McGroarty, and then sailed the ball to Laws for a touchdown, Joe running fast laterally along the 20-yard line...STEEN RUMBLES THROUGH: The last play of the scrimmage was a beauty. With the ball 30 yards from the goal, Novakofski shot a spiral pass to Steen, who executed a 20-yard broken field run for a touchdown, evading seven or eight men in the dash. Lambeau announced after the practice that there will be a skull drill for the entire squad at Hotel Northland tomorrow night. He expressed the opinion that the team needs much more work on offensive line play, but found the defense in good shape. The pass defense also needs improvement.


AUG 17 (Chicago) - Coaches of the College All-Star squad which faces New York's Giants Aug. 30 were confronted today with a possible shortage of ends because of injuries. Four wingmen were on the sidelines and another gridder, Charles Gross, Bradley Tech guard, definitely was out of the charity game as a result of a chipped right elbow incurred yesterday. Bill Castelo, end from Illinois, suffered a broken hand but will continue training, using a special brace, and still may get into the contest. Frank Petrick of Indiana, Don Wemple of Colgate and Harry Jacunski of Fordham all had leg injuries.


AUG 17 (Two Rivers) - Scrimmaging for 60 minutes, the Pittsburgh Pirates showed an abundance of defensive strength yesterday as they prepared for the coming NFL campaign. The arrival of Sam Boyd, end from Baylor U., boosted the squad roster to 28 men. However, end Bernie Scherer, halfback Clarence Tommerson and quarterback Rink Bond were forced to the sidelines with minor injuries. The only touchdown came on two well-directed passes from halfback Dick Nardi to Hugh McCullough and Ed Karp.


AUG 17 (Duluth) - Gaynell Tinsley, the Louisiana State all-America football player, suddenly closed his professional gridiron career last night by leaving the training camp of the Chicago Cardinals for his home, Coach Ernie Nevers revealed. Nevers said he understood Tinsley was en route to Louisiana to take a high school coaching job. Tinsley has been with the Cardinals two years.


AUG 17 (Green Bay) - A red-hot halfback from Oklahoma, Hugh McCullough, is giving Johnny Blood and the Pittsburgh Pirate staff at Two Rivers a boost in spirits. McCullough has been a standout in practice, and the gap left by the Oxford departure of Whizzer White appears to be at least partially closed. McCullough tossed 120 forward passes last season and completed 63 percent of them for an intercollegiate record. He is an even six feet tall, and weighs 185 pounds. And to top it off, those who have watched him claim that he carries the ball and kicks it as well as he throws it. Across from McCullough, Blood has big Clarence Tommerson, the former University of Wisconsin halfback who is starting his third year with the Pirates. Tommerson is two inches taller than McCullough, and weighs 10 pounds more than the Oklahoma lad. Of him Blood says: "He has all the physical equipment and this season appears to have the proper mental attitude to make him a great player."...OBTAINED IN TRADE: And not to be overlooked is Dick Nardi, the former Ohio State back who came to the Pirates through a trade. Nardi showed well against the Packers in two games last fall. He is a rugged customer, spreading 200 pounds over a 5-foot-10 frame. Add those boys to Sam Francis, and it should keep the Packers busy a week from Friday night...When Bert Bell called the Philadelphia Eagles into practice, he ruined the Seymour A.A. (Philadelphia) softball team, because it meant that Emmett Mortell, the Appleton product, had to change from sneakers to cleats. Mortell was rated the "best in the city" according to sportswriter Joe Cox of the Philadelphia Record. He pitched his team to a city title, and burned up the Bi-State league. He averaged a dozen strikeouts per game. After hitting his stride, Mortell won 16, and lost only one. A no-hit, no-run triumph over the Primo ten also went down in his record book. But while the applause showered down on Emmett from the bleachers, he told a friend that it was just because they had only mediocre softball pitchers thereabouts. In relieving Mortell of his softball duties over the protests of teammates and fans, Bell explained: "Although Davey O'Brien is counted on for most of our passing, Mortell and Smukler also will be used. I don't want Emmett overworked." The Packers play in Philadelphia Nov. 12...When Coach Curly Lambeau announced that there would be two workouts daily for Packers who weren't playing golf afternoons, he started a near stampede toward the fairways and greens. No less than 18 gridders signed the training quarters bulletin board as daily golf addicts. Speaking of golf and Packers, Walter Hagen and John Montague spent an extra day at the Hotel Northland following their exhibition at the Oneida Golf and Riding club. They encountered the Bud Svendsen's son Mike with a toy automobile, and joined the youngsters in a game of pushing the tiny car around the floor...Martin Schreyer, the former Purdue tackle who almost was a Packers, is the father of a son. Schreyer, who was a Boilermaker captain and a teammate of Cecil Isbell, signed a Packer contract last season, but a leg injuriy was so aggravated in the Chicago All-Star game that he was unable to report. Schreyer was a starting tackle for the All-Stars against the Washington Redskins. Congratulations to the new born boy can be addressed to the Schreyer home in Monessen, Pa.



AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Trying out combinations he hopes will bring success to the Green Bay Packers' aerial campaign this fall, Coach E.L. Lambeau yesterday unearthed a pair of athletes he expects will carve quite a reputation for themselves in National league warfare. The hookup goes like this - Herber to Hutson. The pass combine which has struck terror throughout the pro football zone, scoring touchdown after touchdown for Green Bay, broke loose in Thursday's workout as Don Hutson, starting his fifth season as a Packer, tore into the open again and again to pull in Arnold Herber's bombshell tosses. The two veterans found their work rivaled by a couple of young fellows not long out of the collegiate ranks - Cecil Isbell and Frank Steen - who did some passing and receiving which compared very favorably to that of the Herber-Hutson firm. Once again, it appears, the Packer attack will possess a well-grounded, lightning aerial attack to supplement a potent drive along the ground. The team rode through pass play after pass play yesterday, and the tosses clicked with unerring accuracy. After Wednesday's strenuous scrimmage, work was lighter yesterday, and the men did not don their pads. They spent a major part of the workout on pass defense, and looked very good in the art of breaking up their teammates' passes...DRILL ON PASS DEFENSE:


During the pass defense drill, in which both offensive and defensive teams were lined up, Ernie Smith, Dick Zoll and Carl Mulleneaux did a bit of placekicking on the side, splitting the posts consistently from wide angles. Lambeau gave a nod of approval to Smith, who seems to be faster than he was prior to his layoff of one year. In his first play of Wednesday's scrimmage, Ernie broke through to block a punt, a stunt at which he specialized during his first pro football years. Tuffy Thompson, who laid off Wednesday because of a sore leg, was running signals again yesterday, but fullback Eddie Jankowski rested because of a twisted ankle. It wasn't anything serious, Trainer Dave Woodward said, and in fact Eddie was walking around on it all morning...EXECUTION IS IMPROVING: The Packers worked up a great sweat performing the plays in their still limited repertoire. The execution is improving steadily, and so is the deception. During the signal drill the pullout guards and blocking backs did not always move fast enough for the ball carriers which meant that the freight toters occasionally ran up their backs, and Lambeau worked to speed up the interference. Clarke Hinkle, fullback who is starting his eighth season with the Packers, looks better at every practice. In the best condition of his well-conditioned gridiron career, he looks every inch capable of defending successfully his all-league rating. Just one week from tonight, the Packers will meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in a doubleheader at City stadium. Game time has been set for 7:30, and tickets are on sale at the Packer headquarters, American Legion building.


AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Statistical notes from the Packers' all-time scoring table: Verne Lewellen has scored more touchdowns than any other man who ever wore a Packer uniform. He accounted for 50 in the years from 1924 to 1932. His closest rival is Johnny Blood, who knocked off 37, and won't be getting any more, but Don Hutson, in third place, has chalked up 33 and has a lot more on the way. The Packer with the greatest total of successful extra point kicks is Joseph (Red) Dunn, 1927 to 1932, who booted 46. Next in line is sure-footed Ernie Smith, still very much in the race, with 41. Bob Monnett, who retired this season, is third on the list with 28. Field goals are harder to get, but two Packers have 12 apiece on their record. They are Clarke Hinkle, of the present team, and Howard (Cub) Buck, whose last scoring season was 1925. Their closest rival is Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, with nine.


AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Just a year ago Johnny Blood still fancied himself a player as well as a coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was his second with the Pirates, and his 13th as a professional gridder who had scampered over the chalk lines on all the major gridirons in this country. Maybe it would have done John well to heed the superstitions that go with 13. Maybe not. At any rate, time catches up with all of them, whether it is on the football field, in the prize ring, or wherever else physical equipment is so important to success. The important thing about John's retirement from the playing field is that many observers believe that it will greatly increase the effectiveness of his teams...BETTER STICK TO BENCHES: The dual role of player-coach provides a moot question that may never be decided to everyone's satisfaction, but in the highly specialized game that NFL football has become, it appears that those coaches who stick to the benches wind up better than the few who persist in playing. Fulfilling a promise he made earlier, Blood was in the game 60 minutes against the Packers last season, but it is doubtful whether he was effective either as player or coach that day. Everyone in City stadium admired his courage. It was the Johnny they all knew, and liked, unpredictable and self-confident. But with all their enthusiasm, not one of them would have picked Johnny to play blocking back, the spot he selected that day. And strictly as a coach, it is not likely that Blood will send in a player like himself to perform that type of job...GREAT MONEY PERFORMER: This is no attempt to belittle one of the most colorful gridiron figures of all time. No one who has seen him ever will forget the days when Johnny was really great. When the chips were down, he usually came up with the winning hand. In 1936, after a dismal start in which the Packers dropped games to both the Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears at the offset, Blood was called back into the fold, and helped pace Green Bay to a championship that season. In his first appearance after his return, John turned the tide in a game against Detroit, and the team bounded back to pave the way for a last minute placekick by Tiny Engebretsen that spelled victory. That, in the minds of many, was John's last great year in moleskins. More than a decade of bumps and bruises failed to leave any visible mark on the rangy halfback's body, and nothing short of an earthquake could shatter John's spirit. In fact, it would have to be a pretty good earthquake to shake that morale...WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE: There is a wealth of football information, and experience, wrapped up in the former New Richmond lad. What is more, there is a good mind to administer it. Directing the abilities of McCullough, Nardi, Francis, Tommerson, Bernie Scherer (the former Packer end), Sam Boyd of Baylor and others, Blood may be on the brink of a coaching era that will eclipse his great playing record. His start in this role will come where he achieved his greatest success as a halfback - at City stadium a week from Friday when he sends his players against the Packers in a doubleheader exhibition bill. It will do no harm to keep an eye on Boyd that night. It was he who caught many of the passes that put Billy Patterson, the Bears' prize rookie, in the limelight. Both Bert Bell of Philadelphia and Charlie Bidwell of the Cardinals have made cash offers for Boyd, but Johnny says, "No sale." One member of the Packer squad who hails from that part of the nation says that it was Boyd who made Patterson. The NFL will furnish a great spot to find out. Blood himself believes Boyd will rank with Lavvie Dilweg and Tom Nash, both of whom made Packer history, Bill Hewitt of the Bears and Eagles, and other great league flankmen. The Texan is 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs 205 pounds.


AUG 18 (Spokane, WA) - George Marshall, president of the Washington Redskins, claims he has abandoned for all time the farm system for professional football. "With 200 college stars to draw from each year," he said, "why should we - or any other pro team - support a farm club? The turnover of talent is so rapid that those who can't make the grade the first time can't be expected to do it later." Marshall had announced previously the Redskins were giving up their farm at Hazelton, Pa. At that time there were reports a farm arrangement might be effected with a Richmond, Va., team.



AUG 19 (Green Bay) - With the date for their opening competition less than one week in the future, the Green Bay Packers henceforth will practice in complete secrecy, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today as he prepared his squad for its second scrimmage session of the week. The new fence around the Packer practice field has been completed, and runs back to East river on both sides. This means that a person to get inside either must use the gate or resort to swimming. The former will be locked, and the river is wet, so Lambeau anticipates little fan trouble as he pounds his schedule for next Friday's doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates here. The twin bill, for which tickets are selling rapidly, will mark the first time professional football teams have collided in two full-length games on the same day, and the entire personnel of both squads will be brought into play. Packer fans not only will witness their own club's powerful 1939 forces, but they will see the stars of Johnny Blood's new gridiron machine, now in training at Two Rivers...CONDUCTS


SKULL SESSION: Lambeau held a skull drill with his squad at the Hotel Northland last night, and clamped down on training rules, especially the 12 o'clock "curfew". The team looked good on pass defense yesterday, as it held a long, intensive practice behind its shiny new fence. The players were snapped through all their plays, improving their coordination for today's scrimmage, and the coach added half a dozen new plays to their repertoire. Lambeau is of the opinion that most of the other National league clubs have started scrimmaging too early, and he is anxious to avoid early season injuries caused by too much rough work at the start...WHOOPS! LAWS TO HUTSON: The most startling event of the pass defense drill was a 60-yard pass which was completed by Joe Laws to Don Hutson, on a "touchdown" play. Laws never has been known as a long distance passer, although he snipes successfully from the shorter distances, using a southpaw delivery. Two 11-man teams lined up for dummy scrimmage, and on the first play Clarke Hinkle squeezed through on a lunge off right tackle, breaking into the open with some hard running. It looked like old times. The team which took the offensive first had Milt Gantenbein at left end, Ernie Smith at left tackle, Tiny Engebretsen at left guard, Bud Svendsen at center, Jack Brennan at right guard, Bill Lee at right tackle, Frank Steen at right end, John Lock at blocking quarterback, Weenie Wilson at left halfback, Laws at right halfback, Laws at right halfback and Hinkle at fullback...HOLD DEFENSIVE POSITIONS: On defense at the start were Larry Craig, left end; Baby Ray, left tackle; Lee Mulleneaux, center; Swede Johnston, right guard; Paul Kell, right tackle; Al Moore, right end; Don Hutson, quarterback; Cecil Isbell, left half; Dick Weisgerber, right half; and Eddie McGroarty, full. They showed a world of pep, with the veterans possessing established reputations talking it up as much as the yearlings. The three men who won all-league ratings last season - Hinkle, Hutson and Letlow - are looking hotter than ever, and primed to defend their all-America positions. McGroarty showed up well on pass defense, among others, and so did Hutson. On one occasion the latter, playing in the backfield, intercepted a pass intended for Gantenbein and earlier he knocked down a long one headed for the same individual...ATTEMPT PLACEKICKS: During intervals in the drill Hinkle and Carl Mulleneaux tried a few placekicks, with Andy Uram holding the ball and Tom Greenfield centering. Eddie Jankowski, who has been bothered by a turned ankle, limped around the field but did no running. Herman Schneidman moved fast to break up one forward pass to Tuffy Thompson, but Isbell and Hutson, with Moore executing a beautiful decoy, completed a 30-yard gainer. Thompson, who was out of action with a leg bump earlier in the week, was back and going strong yesterday. He is the fastest back on the squad. A Herber to Thompson pass hit the mark consistently, but Isbell had trouble landing with his aerials, most of them traveling too far or being too fast...HOLD FINAL SIGNAL DRILL: The Packers moved over to the dummies and went through a final signal drill, using their new plays. They tried to send out passes to Steen, but the backs couldn't hit the speedy end regularly. They missed so many passes that Lambeau finally barked, "Complete one and you can go in!" Then on the side the coach whispered to Assistant Red Smith, "See if you can break this one up." Red did his best, but it was a toss from Herber to Hutson, and it clicked to perfection, Don spearing the ball on the dead run and the Packers whooped it off to the dressing rooms.


AUG 19 (Green Bay) - Seventy-five percent of last year's season ticket holders have completed reservations for this fall, E.A. Spachmann, Packer ticket sales director, announced today. All others who plan to keep their tickets must notify Spachmann at the Legion building no later than Sept. 1, or the seat will not be held. The ticket off will be open until 9 o'clock every evening next week except Friday. On that day it will close at 5 o'clock, and thereafter tickets will be sold at City stadium, prior to the Pittsburgh-Green Bay doubleheader.


AUG 19 (Dallas) - John Widman, rangy pass catching end from the University of Indiana, was added today to the roster of college all stars who meet the Green Bay Packers in a Labor Day football game here.



AUG 21 (Green Bay) - With new men again playing important roles, Coach Curly Lambeau ran his large Green Bay Packer squad through its second scrimmage of the year Saturday, and then let the boys rest until today. The only casualy of the day was Jimmy Coffeen, who was acting as head linesman during the workout. The familiar play-by-play announcer was bowled over by Lee (Brute) Mulleneaux, when the latter intercepted a forward pass and started down the sidelines. While there is still room for improvement in all departments, Coach Lambeau and Assistant Coach Richard Smith were fairly satisfied with the workout. Running plays and passing were well mixed, with the ball remaining in the possession of one group for the entire scrimmage...HINKLE, THOMPSON GOOD: Clarke Hinkle, the old reliable, and Tuffy Thompson, the Minnesota speed merchant obtained from Pittsburgh, showed flashes of rare backfield offensive form. Jack Brennan, rookie from Michigan, has some great moments in offensive guard play. Carl Mulleneaux, the rangy right end from Utah State, joined the long list of Packer field goal kickers when he split the uprights for the only three-pointer of the day. It is a new role for Carl, who last year established himself as an accomplished end in both offensive and defensive play. After a summer of softball and baseball, "Moose" was one of the men who reported in playing condition when the squad was called together two weeks ago. He is ticketed to be one of the outstanding flankmen in the league this season. Also sparkling was the defensive end performance of Larry Craig, sent to the Packers from South Carolina by his coach, Rex Enright, who did some fullbacking for Green Bay before he turned to tutoring in the game. Craig crashes through in a manner that brings to mind the play of Bill Hewitt, who gained fame with the Bears and held it as a Philadelphia end. Tom Greenfield, whom Arizona followers claim will make the league sit up and take notice in center play, looked good in the scrimmage, as did the veteran Brute Mulleneaux...KELL IS IMPRESSIVE: At tackles, Coach Lambeau seemed most impressed with Paul Kell, Notre Dame recruit, on the right side of the line and Baby Ray, the Vanderbilt giant, on the left. Charlie Schultz of Minnesota also drew attention. The only players missing from the drill were fullback Eddie Jankowski and quarterback Hank Bruder. Both are nursing injuries, but Trainer Dave Woodward reports that they will be in shape well before the exhibition contests against Pittsburgh at City stadium Friday night. Coach Lambeau intends to use every man on the squad in the doubleheader. At Two Rivers Coach Johnny Blood put two teams through a regular game before a good sized crowd Saturday night. The result was a 7 to 7 tie between the Veterans and the Recruits, division of the players not strictly following the team titles. Sam Francis is looking good at fullback for the veterans, but he was pressed for line bucking honors by Bob Masters who played with the recruits...SCHERER AT END: Bernie Scherer, the former Packer, saw considerable end service with the Pirate recruits. Sam Boyd, star flankman from Baylor, was impressive at times, while Lou Midler of Minnesota and Ed Karp of Catholic U looked best at tackles. Hugh McCullough and Earl Bartlett were two of the hardest working backs on the field. A newcomer to the squad who saw a few minutes' action was Bunny Ellis, great St. Norbert running back of 1937, who signed a Redskin contract last season, but obtained his release after failing to report. Francis made the touchdown and placekicked the point for the veterans in the second quarter. Masters tallied for the rookies in the third period, McCulllough placeckicking the point.


AUG 21 (Dallas) - Football's oaken knot - durable, 150 pound Davey O'Brien - Saturday signed with the Southwest Collegians for their Labor day charity game here against the professional Green Bay Packers. Thus, the all-America kid who took Texas Christian university through an undefeated season last year and riveted them to the nation's No. 1 spot with a Sugar Bowl triumph over Carnegie Tech, gave the Southwesterners two of football's finest passers. Spindly legged Billy Patterson, formerly of Baylor but now chief reliance of the Chicago Bears, previously had signed.


AUG 21 (Green Bay) - Norman Purucker, University of Michigan halfback, reported for Packer practice here today, completing the roster of the 1939 Green Bay pro football squad. Purucker just finished up summer school work at Michigan. He has been receiving Packer plays all along and will be ready to fit right into the practice schedule this afternoon, Coach E.L. Lambeau said. Lambeau planned to get in touch with Chicago All-Star authorities this afternoon regarding the condition of Frank Balazs, Iowa fullback who showed so much talent in early workouts here. Balazs sustained a dislocated shoulder in practice at Evanston Saturday, and will not be able to play in the All-Star game. Lambeau said he wanted to get the fullback to Green Bay immediately for treatment of the injury. He said, at any rate, he would be unable to appear in opening Green Bay games.


AUG 21 (Green Bay) - Packer fans are on the job at rehearsals of the New York Giants in Superior, and the Chicago Cardinals in Duluth. This week's mail brought identical newspaper clippings from Edwin Sweetman, who has contributed to this column before, and J.C. Docter. The excerpts are from the Duluth Herald, and give Green Bay a fine plug. Sweetman added several other items indicating the great interest in pro football which exists at the head of Lake Superior. The Herald's story said: "There is a little city in Wisconsin which has made great strides in the NFL. The city we speak of is Green Bay and sports followers know the power of the Packers in the pro circuit. But what has made this city so successful as a member of the NFL? Only this. It is civicly-owned and receives the full support of every individual, business firm and civic organization in Green Bay." Sweetman is of the opinion that the news breaks the Giants and Cardinals are getting should boost Packer attendance, as the Green Bay banner is constantly waved before the Duluth-Superior fans. Says Docter: "I spent a few hours watching the New York Giants work out. They looked good, but not as good to me as the Packers. Evidently the Green Bay Packers rate very high in this community (Duluth). While watching the Giants work out, I heard several of the fans talking about the rotten deal Green Bay got in New York, after pushing the Giants all over the field all afternoon. One of the fans remarked that the Green Bay Packers really were the champions of 1939, and not the New York Giants. I want my subscription to the Press-Gazette extended another week, as my work keeps me up here, and I certainly like to ready about the Packers. I have the issue of Aug. 9 before me and I note good old Iron Man Hinkle is going as strong as ever. I surely hope to be back in Green Bay to see them in action when the season opens." The Duluth News-Tribune, of which Sweetman sent several copies, ran several streamers and large photos of the professional teams in action. Sweetman also contributed a story from the Minneapolis Star-Journal, headlined, "Don't say Green Bay, say Gophers!" and pointing out that six former Minnesota players are appearing on the Green Bay squad roster. The ex-Gophers with the Packers are Andy Uram, Larry Buhler, Bud Svendsen, Tuffy Thompson, Charley Schultz and Warren Kilbourne. The story makes much of the fact that all of them play different positions, so that conceivably they all could be in the lineup at the the same time. Actually it isn't so. Uram and Thompson both are left halfbacks.


AUG 22 (Kenosha) - Coach John Rise of the Kenosha club (American Pro Football league) Monday signed Fritz Borak, Kenosha end, who won Missouri Valley conference honors with Creighton. Reis says he has a working agreement with Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers.



AUG 22 (Green Bay) - It might have been rainy Monday night for most people, but it gave Coach E.L. Lambeau and the Green Bay Packers a timely opportunity for practicing on heavy ground and with a wet ball, and now come what may the Bay pro football squad will be ready for anything when it faces fire against the Pittsburgh Pirates in two games here Friday night. The night game with Coach Johnny Blood's team is most apt to find the ground covered with dew even if it is a fair day, Coach Lambeau pointed out, and he was glad for the chance of giving his charges their water legs. With all hands on deck, including Norman Purucker, last of the 1939 Mohicans, the boys went through an afternoon drill stressing running and ball handling. A heavy session at the blackboard took place yesterday morning, and the squad was out for some contact work this morning in pads and headgears...PURUCKER BEGINS WORK: Purucker contented himself with catching a few punts and running behind the teams in signal practice, but Coach Lambeau said he seems to have the plays and signals down well and will be ready to fit in at a left halfback spot. He weighed in at 182 pounds and he showed promise of leg speed in his first drill. Injuries have been at a minimum on the 1939 squad, and the major one to show up so far this season was the dislocated shoulder Frank Balazs suffered practicing with the College All-Stars at Chicago last Saturday. Both Lambeau and Dave Woodward expressed some concern at the way the treatments would be handled there, and said they hoped to get him back here right away since he won't be able to appear in the All-Star game now anyway...JANKOWSKI, BRUDER BACK: Eddie Jankowski and Hank Bruder, who were out of Saturday's scrimmage, were back running plays Monday. Clarke Hinkle sustained a clean cut of the hand but it wasn't bothering him at all. Coach Lambeau pulled a new stunt at the end of the drill when he called out eight men for 10 minutes of extra calisthenics at high speed. He called them the overweight crew, and said he would detail certain men to this extra duty each day until everyone on the squad is down to their playing weights. Clarke Hinkle, Weenie Wilson and Arnie Herber stood out with their consistent booting during punting practice, with most of the rest of the session devoted to running plays. Startling observation about the signal drill was the versatility of every backfield combination the coach


used, for in each set of four backs there were at least two who were hitting receivers all over the field...THROWS LONG AERIALS: Coach Isbell probably saw the most service, and he was not only tossing at short range but firing them way down the field to Don Hutson. Hutson had some of the new men talking to themselves at the way he was grabbing them. In another backfield, Obbie Novakofski and Arnie Herber took turns slinging the ball to each other and to Milt Gantenbein and Frank Steen. Other receivers hooking in their share included Carl Mulleneaux, Andy Uram, Al Moore, Joe Laws and Larry Craig.


AUG 22 (Two Rivers) - Coach Johnny Blood tapered off the training program of his Pittsburgh Pirates today, with no more scrimmages planned before Friday night's doubleheader with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay. With the exception of Bill Davidson, blocking back, Blood expected his squad to be complete. Davidson is out of the lineup for at least 10 days with an eye injury.



AUG 23 (Green Bay) - In an effort to perfect timing of blocking, faking and ball carrying assignments before their first appearance of the year Friday night in a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Coach E.L. Lambeau sent the 1939 Packers through two outdoor workouts Tuesday and one long one today. None of the work was particularly strenuous. It was designed more to develop finesse in the various football movements of the group of 41 giants who have been working off excess poundage, getting legs and arms and shoulders into shape and recapturing the feel of pigskin and turf in the two weeks they have been practicing thus far. For from now on, Lambeau will be seeking to make a championship club out of his material rather than only a football team which runs plays, tackles, passes and punts in just adequate style. This means perfect timing on offense and defense, perfect coordination of the blockers with the runners, passers, punters and pass receivers, perfect coordination of the various units which go to make up an all-around air-tight defense. It means deception, trigger-like execution of mass movements, the ability to strike quickly and effectively...LAMBEAU, OFFICIALS SMILE: Squad workouts still bring a concluding smile to the face of Lambeau and other Packer officials present as they look over the men who will be Green Bay's representatives this year on the pro gridiron. "We'll find out Friday night if they've got the fight," Lambeau mused yesterday. Game time Friday is 7:30. "I don't know what the fans think about it, but in my opinion that game will be one of the most interesting ones we have ever staged here," the coach went on. "It'll give everybody a great chance to see the new men in action, for there will be free substitution, no limit on the number of times a player can re-enter the game." Lambeau said today that unless a serious injury crops out before Friday, every man on the Packer squad will see some service against Pittsburgh. Norm Purucker, last team member to arrive, was in there running signals in Tuesday's sessions, and will be all set by Friday, he said...PURUCKER HAS SPEED: Purucker has caught the coach's eye with his evident speed and shiftiness. He ran the 100-yard dash in well under the 10-second mark at Michigan, and he led the field of backs and ends by five yards in the closing sprints at practice yesterday. Pass defense received attention in Tuesday morning's drill, with Don Hutson, Cecil Isbell, Hank Bruder, Eddie Jankowski and Bud Svendsen in the defensive backfield, and Arnie Herber, Obbie Novakofsky, Herman Schneidman and Pat McGroarty on the offense. Svendsen featured by pulling down several tosses for interceptions. Later Joe Laws alternated with Herber, Purucker and Tuffy Thompson took Novakofsky's place, Weisgerber and Lock went in for Schneidman and Johnson and Hinkle for McGroarty. Carl Mulleneaux was the most consistent among the receivers. In yesterday afternoon's session, men who are a bit behind on their signals and assignments, about 14 in all, received special attention, while last night a quarterback's meeting was called.


AUG 23 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau is leaving for Chicago right after the Pittsburgh doubleheader Friday night to visit the camp of the College All-Stars at Evanston. His main purpose is to have a talk with Francis Twedell, Minnesota All-American guard, and Lynn Hovland, guard from the University of Wisconsin. Both of these boys are on the Packer draft list, but neither one has decided yet whether to play pro football. Lambeau is not particularly worried about either one. He has a plenty hot guard contingent already working out at the East side practice field. But he'd be willing to give the boys a chance if they decided at this late date to take a try at the pro game, and from the publicity angle it wouldn't hurt to sign either one of them. The leg injury which Harry Jacunski of Fordham, Packer signee on the All-Star squad, sustained last week apparently wasn't very serious. Jacunski took a 22-yard pass from Everett Kischer of Iowa State to score the only touchdown in a scrimmage between the first and second teams at Evanston Monday and chalk up a win for the seconds over the varsity. Little it yet known about Frank Balazs' dislocated shoulder, however. If he doesn't hear anything definite before that time Lambeau will take a peak at the X-rays and see what the medicos have to say about it when he's down there Saturday. It's fairly definite that Frank won't appear in the big game Aug. 30, however. Fans have a right to be a little irked about Balazs' injury. Up here in Green Bay, Frank was expected to be a big addition to the Packer squad this year, as he showed all the necessary talents to fit right into as an understudy to Clarke Hinkle. Down in Chicago where the All-Star coaches have so many players they don't know what to do with, Balazs, a great fullback, was made into a right end when four right ends were hurt in practice, and the next day Frank sustained the shoulder hurt. Never before have Packer practices have been so interrupted by visiting sportswriters and photographers. At almost every session there is a representative of some metropolitan paper here with a cameraman. It is almost a tribute to the name the Packers have woven in national grid history. And it's a good bet those newspapers can file those shots away for use later this fall, for the Bays look like they are going to add another chapter to that interesting story.


AUG 24 (Two Rivers) - The Pittsburgh Pirates National Pro Football team eased up Thursday its strenuous workouts in preparation for the practice game with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay Friday night. Coach Johnny Blood declared that he was satisfied with the condition of his squad and announced that his probable starting lineup for the Packer tussle would be Sam Boyd and Bernie Scherer at the ends, Lou Midler and Capt. Armand Nicolai at the tackles, Byron Gentry and John Perko guards, and John Tosi at center. In the backfield Blood has picked a quartet making its initial appearance with the Pirates. Hugh McCullough and Dick Nardi, formerly of the Detroit Lions, will be at the halves, Rink Bond, formerly of Washington U, will call signals and Sam Francis, formerly of the Chicago Bears, will start at fullback.


AUG 24 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau will unleash his Green Bay Packers, old and new, before the homefolk here Friday night as the big Bays take on Johnny Blood's Pittsburgh Pirates in a pre-season doubleheader that is expected to show just what the Packers have or have not in regard to prospects for the 1939 National Professional Football league season. The twin bill is unique in football annals, but was arranged so Coaches Curly and Johnny could get a pre-season preview of the players


Captain Demonstrates Blocking — As his teammates watch, Milton Gantenbein, of the Green Bay Packers, demonstrates with the benefit of a make-believe football player, how to block effectively. The professional grid players are shown in Green Bay Aug. 15.


they wish to keep and get ready with the windup boot for those players who can't make the grade. There'll be considerable bootin' in the Packer camp, but Johnny, less fortunate in the number of players of pro worth, will have to do little cutting, if any. The games will consist of four 12 minute quarters instead of the customary 15 minute periods and free substitutions will be allowed, meaning the mentors will be able to start, remove, replace and re-insert their hopefuls and nonhopefuls as often as they please. Right now the Packers have 42 in camp, while four others are cavorting o'er Evanston, Ill., greenswards with the College All-Stars preparing for the Soldier Field game next Wednesday night against the New York Giants, champions of the pro league. Of the 42 in camp there are a goodly number of veterans assured of their posts, a number of rookies who look like cinches - and in contrast several vets and even more rookies who'll have to start cutting the buck Friday night or have their necks bobbed off in the Packer payroll guillotine. With a few exceptions, the Packer veterans reported at camp early in August in remarkably fine condition. Milt Gantenbein, for instance, reported at 196 pounds, the lightest he has been since first joining the Bays back in the long ago. The veterans who have not been cutting the buck are concerned over their Packer futures and right well they should be. Luckily, the Packer rookies are of such caliber they'll fit right in at the posts where the veteran problem seems to be most acute. Coach Lambeau plans to work all of his men, but, at the same time, won't put such Greyhounds and Peter Astras of the gridiron through such strenuous tests. Instead, he'll be working the youngsters who are battling tooth and nail for second and third string assignments to the limit in an effort to ascertain their full value. It should behoove the kids to really go out there and lug the leather and do some good mopping up in the line if they plan to connect with the payroll on a regular basis. In fairness to the fans Lambeau will work such established stars as Clarke Hinkle, Cecil Isbell, Joe (Family Man) Laws, Arnie (Flash) Herber and others who have been put through the mill and not found wanting part of the time. The rest of the two games the kids will be put through the fire.



AUG 24 (Green Bay) - With almost three weeks of intensive practice behind them, the Green Bay Packers will stage their first public appearance of 1939 at City stadium Friday night in a unique exhibition involving two regulation games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, currently training for the coming NFL race at Two Rivers. The first game is scheduled to start at 7:30. Both will be of 40 minutes duration, with 10-minutee quarters, and time between periods and games will be shortened to the minimum to run the program off in fast time. There will be free substitution in both games. The host of Packer fans as well as Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau expect this game to give a pretty good indication of whether all the preseason hopes built around the 1939 ​aggregation are well or ill-founded. It will be the first test in fire for 15 young men making their initial appearances under the famous Green Bay banner, 13 of them freshmen to the sport of professional football...FIRST PRACTICE TEST: It will also be the first practice test of its kind for the Green Bay squad which in the past has indulged with weak opponents before the regular season opened. Tomorrow night a fellow National league team will provide the opposition, and Coach Lambeau is expecting plenty of it. Staging final preparations for the contest, the Packer squad ran through a long and vigorous drill Wednesday morning, took pad and pencil to an examination session on signals and assignments at the Hotel Northland this morning, and will work out under the lights for the first time this year tonight at City stadium. Lambeau gave the boys the works yesterday after expressing dissatisfaction at the lack of specific improvement in the general appearance of the squad since last week. The team came along in great style right off the bat during practice sessions, seemed to develop a lag this week...BOYS RESPOND TO HEAT: The same haphazardness in executing plays, forward passes in particular, was noticeable at the start of Wednesday's drills, but as Lambeau put on the heat the boys responded and were in high spirits by the end of the morning. They were divided into two groups, backs and ends in one and linemen in the other, at the start, with Red Smith working the heavy duty boys out on the blocking dummy and Lambeau putting the offensive stars through a forward pass offense and defense drill. He had Norman Purucker, newly arrived Michigan product, tossing the leather at time and the Wolverine showed promise in that direction after impressing the coaches earlier with his speed and shiftiness afoot. Old Arnie Herber was the most consistent tosser, however, with Frank Steen, Don Hutson and Carl Mulleneaux handling the brunt of the catching. Cecil Isbell, Eddie McGroarty and Joe Laws were the other tossers...ISBELL IN NEW ROLE: Isbell will appear in a new role this year. Along with Herber and Laws the Purdue ace who made such a great start in pro ball last season with the Bays will be calling signals this season, but from the left halfback spot instead of the usual right. This will give


the Packers added versatility in the backfield. During the following signal drill McGroarty stood out for his powerful running. The import from Northland college seemed a bit slow in early sessions but he is getting his legs limbered up now and is really stepping out when carrying the ball and leading interference. Dick Weisgerber is another who is showing great promise at apple lugging, while Tuffy Thompson continues to sustain his reputation as one of the greatest runners Minnesota ever produced.


AUG 24 (Two Rivers) - "Don't let our show the other night fool you," Johnny Blood said as he walked out of Two Rivers high school to start his football team practicing on the adjoining field. John was talking about the intra-squad game here on the previous Saturday night. As is to be expected in the early workouts of any team, plenty rough spots were evident. Forward passing was generally poor. John pitched a ball to Rink Bond, Washington quarterback in his second year with the Pirates, and continued: "Inadequate lighting made any kind of success with long passes impossible...It also destroyed effectiveness in other departments. Sure, there was a lot of room for improvement, and there still is, but we are better than the exhibition game indicated."...SMALL IN NUMBERS: Looking over John's squad, small in numbers but big in the matter of individuals, an observer is inclined to agree with him. It is easy to understand how this lakeside community has developed such strong feeling toward the Pittsburgh team. A week ago Blood said that he had good men at all positions, but no standouts. It appears that John was underrating several of his boys, probably by design. Hugh McCullough, the Oklahoma rookie is being groomed for Whizzer White's job, and that is a star's role if there ever was one. McCullough seems to have what it takes, and a brilliant college record serves as further recommendation. Friday night when he faces the Packers at City stadium here, Hugh will show Johnny, and the football world, whether he is ready to take an important position in a league that demands the best. He welcomes the chance. Sam Francis has been getting most of the fullback notice with the Pirates, but Bob Masters, former Baylor fullback coming up for the third time, has demonstrated a tremendous amount of drive in practice. In Saturday night's tussle, he was the hardest driving back on the lot. Another veteran who has escaped notice, but seems determined to break the eclipse this season is Earl Bartlett, halfback from Centre college with two years experience. Bartlett is a 6-foot triple-threat back with tremendous possibilities...FAMILIAR TO FANS: Names familiar to followers of football are Byron Gentry of Southern California, Armand Nicollai of Duquesne, Max Fisk of De Paul and Bill Davidson of Temple. All are veterans in the Pittsburgh lineup. Gentry, an outstanding guard, has been named to many honor teams. This will be his fourth season. Nicollai, the tackle who is one of the league's best field goal kickers, is starting his fifth season. Before the Blood regime he captured the team under Coach Joe Bach. Fisk is one of the most dependable ends in the eastern division, and Davidson ranks with the leading backs. Despite a lacing by a three-touchdown margin last season here, Pittsburgh was acclaimed as a game, fighting team, if a bit spotty, by fans who sat through a drizzle to watch the contest. This year, both Blood and the usually reticent Walter Kiesling, assistant coach, insist that the team will be much better. "I won't know just how good we'll be until Friday night's games are over," John admitted, "but we'll be much better than last season...If you don't believe me, just ask any of the boys." After looking over the crew, that wasn't necessary.


AUG 24 (Green Bay) - Three former Packer stars will handle the doubleheader game with Pittsburgh Friday night. National league President Carl Storck has assigned Verne Lewellen to the game as referee. Whitey Woodin will act as umpire and Jug Earpe has headlinesman.


AUG 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers of 1939 will go on review tonight in a production entitled "Two in One Against the Pittsburgh Pirates". It will be two regulation games of football against the fellow league Pirates, currently training at Two Rivers, coached by two former Packers and starring a galaxy of pro league veterans and outstanding freshmen. But the main interest will be in the frosh of the Packer squad, and Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau plans to give his group of 15 new men the works for the benefit of himself and his coaching staff as well as the fans. There will be two 40-minute games, with the first starting promptly at 7:30. In between periods will be speeded up to move the program along, and there will be uninhibited substitutions in both games. Officials are Verne Lewellen, referee; Whitey Woodin, umpire; and Jugger Earpe, headlinesman...ANNOUNCES NO LINEUP: Coach Lambeau today had no starting lineup to announce. He said he didn't lay much stress on who will start the games, as he plans frequent substitutions to test out various backfield and line combinations in order to get an idea of which one's work best under fire. Coach Johnny Blood on the other hand has submitted a starting lineup of eight veterans and three freshmen and featuring the best he has in gridiron talent. The backfield will be composed of rugged Sam Francis and Dick Nardi, traded to the Pirates this year by the Chicago Bears, Rink Bond, veteran Pirate, and Hugh McCullough, Oklahoma recruit Blood is grooming to fill the empty shoes of Whizzer White.. Bernie Scherer, veteran Packer end sent to Pittsburgh this year, will be an end starter along with Sam Boyd, while Lou Midler and Armand Niccolai are at the tackles; Byron Gentry and John Perko at the guards, and John Tosi at center. Tosi and Midler are yearlings...DRILL AT NIGHT: The Packers went through a light one-hour drill under the lights of City stadium last evening in preparation for the game, and held a skull session at the Hotel Northland this morning for a final brushing up on play technique. They spent most of the time last night passing and punting to get used to the lights, and running through signals. This first appearance of the new Packers has been awaited with an unusual amount of anticipation in the city, for the dope on paper has it that Green Bay definitely has another championship contender this year to defend the Western division honors. But what the squad has in the way of fighting spirit and ability at blocking and tackling and the other rougher aspects of the game does not come out in practice; it must be tested in fire. It is the first time in the league's history such an event as a doubleheader has been tried, too, and a number of officials from other clubs will be here to see how it works out. Offhand it looks like an ideal way to present the new team to the public, giving the coach a free hand to use its untried material without staking a championship on the outcome...WILL INTRODUCE SQUAD: Coach Lambeau announced that the whole squad of 42 players will be introduced separately before the grandstand at the game time. Every one of the 42 will see action in addition, for there are no serious injuries on the squad, none bad enough to interfere with any of the boys getting in some minutes of play. Seen in action for the first time with Green Bay will be two league veterans traded to the Packers this year, halfback Tuffy Thompson of the Pirates and formerly of Minnesota; and tackle Dick Zoll, hometown product who went with Cleveland after starring at Indiana. Packer freshmen making their first appearances will include backs Norm Purucker, Michigan speed merchant; Obbie Novakofski, Lawrence star; Eddie McGroarty, well-built fullback from Northland college; and halfback Weenie Wilson, another speed demon from Dubuque Teachers college. Among the ends are Larry Craig of South Carolina; Frank Steen of Rice; Al Moore of Texas A. and M. Tackles include Minnesota's Charley Schultz and Frank Kilbourne; Notre Dame's Paul Kell; at the guards are Jack Brennan of Michigan and Johnny Biolo of Lake Forest; while at center will be Tom Greenfield of Arizona.


AUG 25 (Green Bay) - The ticket office at City stadium will open at 5:30 tonight for the Packer-Pittsburgh doubleheader. Seats at $1.10 are available anywhere in the park, while seats in the east end sell at 55 cents and children's seats in the northwest end at 25 cents. Reserved box seats are $1.65. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m.


AUG 25 (Two Rivers) - The unquenchable spirit of Johnny Blood the player still remains 100% with Blood the coach. The Vagabond just won't be downed. As a player, Johnny is through. It was tough to reach the conclusion, but he has. His cleats are up. As a coach, however, Johnny still figuratively reaches for those high, hard. tough ones his unmatched stock in trade for 17 years on the field, and he always will. He's still the Blood you know. Things have happened to his Pittsburgh Pirates that would make most other coaches tear out their hair. He has had players sold or given away. He had had others quit. He had come to camp here with the smallest squad in the league - about 30 men. But where most coaches might mutter and mope at such a state of affairs, the irrepressible Johnny, in his third year as coach, concedes nothing. "Maybe the Giants in the east, and the Bears and the Packers in the west have a little on us," he admits, "but that's all - and that's only a maybe." Blood's losses in the last year have really been disheartening. Whizzer White, after a $15,000 season, decided to stay at Oxford. Jim Farrell and Frank Filchock were sold outright by Owner Rooney. Al Burnett, Bill Karcis, Swede Hansen, Eggs Manske, and Izzy Weinstock, good football players all, were given away or dropped because their contracts called for too much money. Tuffy Thompson was traded for players needed more. Mike Bazrak, one of the best centers in the league, has a job coaching high school ball. If it hasn't been one thing, it has been another and yet Johnny believes he will have a much stronger club this year than last. "A lot of things which have happened to the squad with which we started a year ago," he said, "but after everything I think we have come out of it with a better personnel than before. In the line I know that's true, and you know there isn't any problem a good, hard charging line can't solve. We lost Bazrak, although he may have a change of heart about pro ball, but we gained such boys as Lou Midler of Minnesota, Sam Boyd of Baylor, Don Campbell of Carnegie Tech, John Tosi of Niagara and Bernie Scherer of the Packers, whom we got for Thompson. In the backfield, which will be composed almost entirely of new men, I think we hit the jackpot. That's especially true of left half, where we now have Hugh McCullough of Oklahoma, a kid who had the best passing record in the country last year bar none. He hit on 63%. We also have Ernie Wheeler of North Dakota State, who completed 11 out of 13 passes against Minnesota two years ago; Lou Tomasetti of Bucknell, Jumping Joe Williams of Ohio State and Tex Bartlett of Centre."


1939 Green Bay Packers




DEC 12 (Green Bay) - A rousing program for a great championship celebration was released to the public today by the Lions club committee which will sponsor the Green Bay Packer victory banquet at the Columbus club next Thursday evening. Tickets went on sale at the Packer ticket headquarters in the Legion building today, and some 400 of them were snapped up immediately. One thousand fans will be served dinner in the auditorium, while an additional 750 will be accommodated in the balcony. They wont' get anything to eat, but they'll be in position to enjoy the show...PROGRAM IS INCLUDED: Prices are $1.50 for the downstairs, which includes an attractive souvenir program, and 75 cents for the gallery. Additional programs will be available for the balcony fans, if they desire to purchase them. Governor Julius Heil, who attended personally the playoff game at Milwaukee, has informed La Vern Dilweg, who with Bernard Darling heads the committee, that he will be present Thursday as guest of honor. Another


honored guest will be Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, whose presence means that the Packers officially will be invited to play in the All-Star game at Soldier field next August...LAMBEAU WILL ACCEPT: Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau will accept for the team. Sportswriters of state newspapers who have blocked the Green Bay eleven through its many championship encounters will be seated at the speakers' table, and will be introduced. The group will include Oliver Kuechle of the Milwaukee Journal and Stoney McGlynn of the Sentinel. Sportscaster Russ Winnie also will take a bow. Tom Temple's orchestra has been secured to play for the crowd while it is assembling and to provide incidental music. Following the banquet a Packer Victory ball will be held at Riverdale, and all fans who attend the dinner and receive free tickets. The Packers will be seated at a long table in front of the stage, in full view of the audience, and each will be introduced.


DEC 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers stepped off a Milwaukee Road train here late yesterday afternoon into another rousing old Green Bay welcome, such as this Wisconsin football capital reserves only for its championship teams. A crowd of several thousand people - and your estimate is as good as anyone's - packed south Washington street from Mason to Chicago streets, spilled over onto the area of fire station No.1, and skirted the rims of the old freight depot as the Packer coach, detached from the Chippewa at the junction farther south, rolled into its destination to the tune of sirens, auto horns, band music and good old American cheers. It was a reception which duplicated the enthusiastic homecoming in the championship year of 1936, but on that occasion the team has come from far-off New York, to face a crowd which had followed its playoff achievements almost entirely by radio...BACK FROM PLAYOFF SITE: Hundreds of the fans who turned out yesterday had seen the Green Bay-New York game at Milwaukee with their own eyes, but their numbers made it appear that the team has returned home from a distant battle scene. Almost every gesture of the 1936 welcome was duplicated. The players walked along the freight platform, upon which thick white paper had been spread, and confronted a microphone guarded at Art Murphy, Association of Commerce secretary, and Val Schneider and Al Michel of radio station WTAQ. Led by Hank Bruder, one of the real veterans of the Green Bay team, the Packers each halted and spoke briefly over the public address system. They were cheered loudly, with the loudest blast being reserved for Coach Curly Lambeau himself, who has piloted the Packers to five National professional football titles...BAND IS ON HAND: At the north end of the platform two Wisconsin Public Service buses, a pumper of fire station No.1, and a Leicht truck containing the red-coated Packer Lumberjack band, were drawn up in parade formation. The giant Packers worked their way through the crowd, dove into the buses, and a deliberate procession north on Washington street got underway, with police traffic officers clearing the way. The band, working hard and effectively on such hits as the Packer pep song, "On, Wisconsin", and that new national anthem, "The Beer Barrel Polka", set the pace as the small parade moved down the street, followed by a vast and admiring throng. All the way up Washington street were lines of smiling, grinning fans, waving and honking their welcome to the victorious team, once again champions of the professional world. At Main street the cars swung eastward and they turned again at Adams, to dump their occupants at the intersection of Pine and Adams streets. In the lobby of the Hotel Northland, an informal reception started all over again, as followers of the team pumped the hands of the players, sought autographs and conducted post mortems on the Sunday game, in which Green Bay once again put the metropolis of New York soundly in its place. The group, which arrived at the station, included more than a dozen Packers who arrived home early Sunday night, but who were packed into a bus and taken down to the junction, to arrive more properly a second time.


DEC 12 (Green Bay) - Bill Corum, sports editor of the New York Journal-American, who last week said that Green Bay eventually must lose its franchise in the NFL, bit back at his critics in a weekend column. He wrote: "Some of the more fervid fans of this section became exceedingly worth at your correspondent last week because he was so bold as to say that eventually something would have to be done about the Green Bay situation in the pro league. It still goes. Nobody knows better than I how stable and solvent the Green Bay situation is, how well the players are care for with year-round jobs, how much of a cradle of the pro game the town has been. Still, the day must come, if the National league is to be what it should be, when all the teams in it will have their own parks and be able to play their own world's series in 'em. Cooperstown was the cradle of baseball. It can't have a team in the major leagues just because of that. Eventually the situation would crack up from the inside. Even now there is resentment among Green Bay merchants and citizens about this game being moved to Milwaukee. They are putting up the age-old beef that they support the team through its regular season, only to miss out on the glittering after piece that attracts nationwide attention. They're right. Yet the fault is inherent in this setup and will continue to be. I'm afraid, until pleasant little Green Bay grows into a metropolis. In some ways pro football today is where pro baseball was 50 years ago. It is going through a period of change and adjustment. It is suffering from growing pains. A bigger percentage of pro league football clubs made money this past season than baseball clubs in the major leagues. And two of the gridiron outfits that finished in the red managed to do so in spite of fine attendance. Notably Brooklyn. The Dodgers drew fine crowds at home and fairly well on the road, but wound up about $8,000 in the barrel due to the natural mistakes of management in a comparatively new enterprise. The Brooklyn franchise is one of the best, if not the very best, just as it in baseball. Some day somebody is going to give our faithful Flatbush friends a winner, and then what a golden harvest and Arabian Nights celebration there will be in the city of homes. However, being quite definitely and obviously a small town boy myself, I'm for Green Bay to go as far as it can before what would seem to be the inevitable overtakes it. That Curly Lambeau can put together as good a football team as any man, and run it well, has  been proved over and over."


DEC 12 (Green Bay) - The playoff game of 1939 was one of those things which you run over in your mind for days and weeks after it occurs. You can write a lot of words about it, and you can discuss it constantly, but yet new angles and thoughts keep bobbing up, enough to refuel the hot stove league for many a long month. Thousands of football fans will recall the occasion in years to come as the greatest team exhibition they ever witnessed. There have been many more thrilling games; there have been hair-raising dogfights in which competing teams were matched to a fine point; hundreds of championships have been won in more spectacular fashion; but few fans will remember a squad performance as methodical, as determined, as flawless as that which the Packers submitted in reducing the New York Giants' reputation to shreds. How can you pick individuals from such a contest without doing the gravest injustice to those unmentioned? You think of Bill Lee, perhaps - one of the most valuable men on the Packer team, and you wonder how any selection of a mythical team can ignore the giant tackle from the south. And then the work of those two great guards, Buckets Goldenberg and Russ Letlow, crosses your mind and you shake your head in admiration at their work. So it goes, throughout the squad. Cecil Isbell said after the game that "it was won in the line," and to an extent he was correct, in that completely inspired play in the Green Bay forward wall enabled the Packer backs to do anything they wanted, at any time. But while any great football team must depend upon the work of its centers, tackles, guards and ends, so must a championship team have the pounding, ripping backs it needs to charge through for yardage, to pass over the heads of a crumbling defense. The Packers used their relentless ground attack Sunday to drag the New York backs forward, and when they struck through the air, it was with terrific force. Almost the entire Green Bay squad saw action, and not a man fell down on his assignments. The Packers played only one really great game in 1939 - one game in which they looked like title holders every minute of the way. They reserved this great show - this demonstration of what they really can do - for the last game of the season, when the chips were on the table and hundreds of dollars were waiting for distribution to the victors. Somehow, we couldn't help but feel yesterday, as the homecoming parade wound its way through the business section, that this little old city deserves an awful lot of credit for what the Packers have accomplished. Thousands of  upturned faces, waiting at the station for a glimpse of a team which had played only a little more than a hundred miles away, represent a great community spirit. Dozens of other small cities - small in terms of great communities - started in the NFL, back in its early days, and had the same chance as did Green Bay. They've all washed out, leaving us with New York, with Chicago, with Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Pittsburgh. Leaving us with them, not only capable of staying in that company, but of beating the daylights of its best teams. Green Bay is indeed writing for itself a glorious athletic history.


DEC 12 (Green Bay) - Several New York sportswriters attacked the facilities at State Fair park, but nearly all of them had complete praise of the Packer football team, as indicated in excerpts from their stories following the game. Packer fans are interested in the attitude of Bill Corum, Journal-American sports editor, who has been a sharp critic of the Green Bay franchise. An earlier statement by Corum appears in another column on this page. After the game he wrote as follows: BY BILL CORUM (N.Y. JOURNAL-AMERICAN) - My advice to Tim Mara (owner of the Giants) is just to pretend it never happened. The Giants were sadly handicapped; they had the second best team. The previous Sunday they beat Washington, for the dubious pleasure of coming to Milwaukee to tangle with the Packers, by the margin of a missed kick. Yesterday they lost by a kick; this one in the pants. The large small town boys from Green Bay wound up with everything in the frolic at the fairgrounds, including the prize-winning pumpkin or football. To tell the truth they acted as though they'd never even heard of our Giants. The Giants trained at Superior, Wis., last summer. That was the closest they came to being superior in Wisconsin this football season. I'm afraid those Packers were mad at us. They chucked us around as though we were so many hams and not from peanut fed porkers, either. They treated us with the utmost lack of consideration and of course wound up on the long end of the 27-0 score. You can't very well say "Under the spreading Green Bay tree the village Gantenbein stood," can you? Or Isbell? Or Hutson? All the Packers were up high and hot as firecrackers in this smashing and vengeful triumph over a Giant team that tamed 'em three times running prior to yesterday...BY STANLEY WOODWARD (N.Y. HERALD-TRIBUNE) - The NFL can't stand many more events of this kind and expected to be taken seriously by the football public. The league revealed itself as definitely small time. For a day at least, professional football dipped back into its unsavory past and did itself incalculable harm. A large scale of the public and most of the shares were disgusted beyond words as they attempted to fight back to town through a monumental jam after the game. State Fair park is eight miles out. The Giants were in a state of collapse. The setting struck a new low for league competition. The press box, hung out on a projecting lip of the grandstand roof, waved and wobbled in a 35-mile gale. Never in 20 years of this sort of thing has your reporter extracted less enjoyment for a football game. You couldn't watch it for feat of the press box, anchored with two thin wire cables, would come loose entirely or the lip of the rook would break off. Probably no one was as unhappy as the press, unless it was the Giants, who demonstrated how dreadful a good team can be; the speculators who got stuck; or the people who bought seats in the front of the grandstand or chairs on the horse track beside the field. They might as well have listened to the radio. Perhaps they did get a peek or two at proceedings by standing on their chairs, which they all did. At that they probably had the edge on the Giants' linemen, who were flat on their backs most of the afternoon. Steve Owen, the Giant maestro, who went west to attend the funeral of his mother, telegraphed his players, "block and tackle. I am with you wholeheartedly." The players did neither. They played the worst ball they have exhibited since they lost the night game to Pittsburgh in the Polo Grounds a year ago last October. The Packers, who were hot, split their line, ran their ends and riddled their secondary with passes. It was a holocaust. There were a few redeeming features. One was the play of the Packers, who did everything right. Another was the squealing of the scalpers, who took a terrible hooking. An hour and a half before the game they were selling tickets in the entry of the Schroeder hotel for what they could get. The night before they had asked $30 a pair for tickets. No one could stand for that, particularly after listening to the stories of bogus tickets which were around...BY ARTHUR J. DALEY (NEW YORK TIMES) - It was brutal! The Packer line ripped the vaunted Giant forward wall to ribbons, opening vast holes on the offense and defensively smothering virtually every New York threat at its inception. The Packer backs were terrific in their driving force and artful aerials. The Maramen were dull and lifeless. The Packers even stole their thunder in opportunities as they intercepted six passes. They stole it, too, in field goal kicking. All season long Green Bay had booted only five placements. They hammered in two Sunday. Not once did the Packers advance into pay dirt without mining a rich nugget. In sharp and bitter contest the Giants crossed the 30 yard line only twice. There was not a bad player on the Packers. Every man did a grand job, with the line more important than the backs. Baby Ray, Russ Letlow, Bill Lee, Buckets Godenberg, Charlie Brock, Svendsen, Larry Craig (defensive end in place of Hutson), Gantenbein and Carl Mulleneaux all were gorgeous performances. Green Bay used less than half a dozen straightaway plays, Spinners, half spinners and reverses wrought havoc with the New Yorkers. Passes riddled them completely. Even Leemans was stopped, just to show how the New York attack bogged down. On the defense, so violently did the Packers block that even Mel Hein was not at his best. The only New York standout was Johnny Del Isola. The rest of the Giants hardly were worth their salt. That may sound a bit cruel since every Giant played his heart out, but the psychological fillip was missing. Perhaps the absence of Coach Steve Owen, in Oklahoma for his mother's funeral, left the team uncertain and without confidence. That is not to be construed as an alibi, however. The Giants were beaten by a better team...BY WILLIAM T. EVJUE (MADISON CAPITAL TIMES) - Wisconsin may not be able to win football championships at Camp Randall, but Wisconsin can win a football championship - and how. Only one needed to be present among the 32,279 bug-eyed fans at State Fair park along about the third quarter yesterday afternoon to realize that a team assembled in Wisconsin and sponsored in the little city of Green Bay was making a monkey out of a highly touted team that won the championship last year and was playing a brand of championship ball that is rarely seen on any gridiron. The Green Bay Packers were champions yesterday - everything worked and there was beautiful machine-like precision as the team moved on to one touchdown and field goal after another. Yesterday's game was an eloquent testimonial to the great strides made by professional football in 20 years. A crowd of 32,279 people paid $83,510 to see the game. Back in 1919 Curly Lambeau borrowed $500 from an official of the Acme Packing company to buy the uniforms and the equipment to start the Packers. In the first year of the Packer history, there was no admission charge and the only revenue received was represented by the nickles, dimes and quarters that came from the sidelines when the hat was passed. When the proceeds of the first season in 1919 were divided, each player got $16.92 for the whole season's work. Yesterday, each Packer got $703 for playing in yesterday's championship game while each member of the New York squad got $445. There are members of both teams who receive as high as $5,000 for the season's play. The gulf between the $16.92 paid to each Packer in 1919 and the thousands of dollars paid to a Hinkle or a Danowski today represents the great strides that have been made. Incidentally, the Acme Packing company, from which the Packers got their first $500, has long since disappeared but the Green Bay team continues to be known as the Packers...BY GENE WARD (N.Y. DAILY NEWS) - Green Bay's mighty Packers ground a jittery, spiritless band of New York Giants into the turf. The Giants never had a chance. Everything they tried went wrong. Everything the Packers did was right. They couldn't miss. The Giants made a last desperate attempt to avert a humiliating shutout. Little Eddie Miller pitched one to Leland Shaffer and the big Giant back was bashed out of bounds just as the final gun cracked. One more play probably would have meant a touchdown. That was the last, decisive touch of irony, a fitting finish to the streak of hard luck which started early last week when Coach Steve Owen's mother died. The Packers were far superior to the Giants, it was no contest. As they steamrolled their way to victory, the Packers stole all the Giants' thunder. Our guys are rated as great pass interceptors - the Packer stole six Giants aerials, two of these interceptions set up touchdowns. Our Ward Cuff is a placekicker supreme - Green Bay's Paul Engebretsen and Ernie Smith toed one three-pointer apiece while poor Cuff missed two and Feets Barnum one...BY LOUIS EFFRAT (N.Y. TIMES) - The setup here at the state fairgrounds, site of the Giant-Packer playoff, presented the most amazing and fear inspiring picture of the day, overshadowing, by far, the action on the field. With a 25-mile wind, increasing in velocity, it appeared that a crowd was in danger of being swept into the next county. Not alone were many of the seats in the temporary, none too secure stands, but the wooden bleachers at the north and south ends of the field veered at such a crazy tangent that if the spectators looked straight ahead they saw might little of the football game. However, the greatest peril befell the writers assigned to cover the big game. A hurriedly wooden press box, perched 100 feet above the ground, trembled and swayed continuously and it appeared that any moment the whole thing would crash. When finally the men descended one remarked: "We're lucky to be alive," and all agreed...BY KEN SMITH (NEW YORK MIRROR) - After holding out for most of two seasons, stubbornly refusing to admit they were underdogs, the Giants finally broke down and confessed they belonged on the short end of the betting. Fans back home who have seen the level headed New York eleven weather storm after storm, losing only one of their last 24 games, will scarcely believe...that the Giants fell apart and floundered to the joy of 32,000 Green Bay rooters, who hooted them as soft touches. The Packer made monkeys of them, throwing the Giants' aerial defense into confusion in the first half, and in the second half even the New York line collapsed. Their offense was so inept that though they had the ball in Green Bay territory many times, nobody seemed to worry that the Giants would score. The Giants were suffering their worst off day of two years...BY BUD RENNIE (N.Y. HERALD-TRIBUNE) - It was the Giants' worst defeat of the year. They couldn't pass and they couldn't run against a fast charging Packer line which was forever breaking through. The Packers simply outplayed the Giants. Their plays clicked. They had a terrific defensive charge. They were alert and intercepted six Giant passes. They were easily the champions today over a Giant team which payed without its coach, Steve Owen, who was in Kansas, having attended his mother's funeral. Owen sent a telegram of encouragement to the team. It did no good...BY ROUNDY COUGHLIN (MADISON STATE JOURNAL) - The Packers trimmed the Giants in the Dairy bowl game yesterday. They were carrying the cream and the butter while the Giants couldn't get warm enough to say pass the skim milk. The Packers had no troubles in trimming the Giants at all. The Giants were lucky to get into the dressing room with their pants. The Packers came onto the field, looked at the goal post, saw that $700 cabbage leaves laying on the cross bars and said let's go bunch and Merry Christmas to you all. The Giants played as if they were glad to get out of the Dairy bowl game with the milk stool and the pail. The Packers had two centers who carried the ball much better than lot of Big Ten backs I saw all year. It was Brock and Svendsen. They were running and twisting like star Big ten backs when they intercepted passes. Every time you looked up Brock had a Giant pass intercepted and was running it back like a Kentucky colt through clover. One time Brock carried Giants on his back 15 yards just for a shoot the shoots ride. Coach Molenda sat in chair alone in front of Giants. He seemed dazed as the way the Giants were playing. He tried to pep them up by they had no pep in them yesterday. They were just a team who had a bad day and couldn't shake it off. In second half the Packers came out to put that game on ice and they just simply mauled them Giants around the second half something awful. The Giants didn't know they were in game in second half. The Packers tackles, Lee and Ray, were great, especially Lee who stood out. Ernie Smith was great when in also. The way that Andy Uram sneaks through that line. It was most lightning speed I ever saw a back use darting through hole in line. That Andy Uram folks is a wonder. He is one of the best I ever saw. The real star of the game was Brock at center for the Packers. Curly Lambeau outsmarted them Giants yesterday plenty. Why Curly had all this doped out beforehand. He was too cagey for them yesterday. The Packers played that game just as Lambeau wanted them to play it. The Packers were far more smarter team yesterday they were far greater outcoached. You got to tip your hat to Mr. Curly Lambeau of the Packers. Lambeau has the proper spirit that goes with a great coach also. You get Lambeau away from the Packers and they'll go to pieces folks. Take that from me. The Packers had one touchdown play there yesterday that was slickest thing I ever saw in football. It was pass from Isbell to Laws. It was so smooth it was like glass the Giants don't know yet where the ball came from or who got it. This Hinkle is great they stopped Hink cold yesterday from scrimmage. But his punting and kickoffs were great and his spirit was wonderful. Hinkle is one of the three greatest all around backs I ever saw play football. The Packers are one pro team who have that ol' college spirit in their play they are just like college boys out there they play for keeps they got the spirit and the will that goes with it to make them one of the greatest teams to ever play off all times folks.


DEC 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers will rest only 10 days before they go back into training to collect the first spoils which await them as champions of the professional football league. They will meet an all-star pro team, selected by fans in the nine league cities at Los Angeles January 7. Lambeau has ordered the squad to report on the coast December 23. Dutch Clark, coach of the Cleveland Rams, probably will coach the all-stars. George Halas of the Bears declined because of his business. Green Bay has received offers for exhibition games but the league rules prohibit any games beside the coast all-star game and the Chicago all-star game. A special dispensation might be granted, but Coach Curly Lambeau is not inclined to ask for it. Honolulu has offered $10,000 and expenses for a game at the Hoolawiea celebration late in January. The Packers came out of Sunday's game with only one casualty. Bill Letlow, guard, got a bad bump on the knee and may not play in the Los Angeles game. The Packers were a little piqued upon learning after the game that the Giants had used Potsy Clark, former coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as a spotter with a telephone connection from the roof of the stand to the Giant bench. While the practice is general, the Packers felt they should have been appraised of the arrangement. The big break of the game, as some Packers saw it, was Brock's tackle of Tuffy Leemans on Green Bay's nine yard line in the first half. Leeman was apparently headed for a touchdown. Had he scored and the extra point been made, tying the score at 7-7 at the half, it might have been a different game. Lambeau doesn't agree. "We were getting better right along," he said, "and we would have still blown them off the field the second half. Had we kept our strongest lineup on the field in the fourth quarter, with the wind, I believe we could have scored two more touchdowns.


DECR 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - This is the story of a not too freshly painted sign which epitomized the flaming spirit of this capital of the football world - and of champions who refused to short change the home folks, whose faith in them had never wavered. Otherwise, the sign wouldn't have been there, hanging on the weathered side of the old freight depot, and perhaps there wouldn't have been a homecoming of champions, either. But for things like that and folks like that, there might not even be the Packers. But the sign was there, proclaiming in bold letters of green and gold: "Welcome, Champions", and so were most of the townspeople as the mighty Packers came home Monday with their fifth world championship in the last 10 years. That sign was painted days ago; surely before anyone but these fans up here knew that the Packers were going to win the championship. These folks didn't dare dream of anything like that smashing 27-0 triumph over the New York Giants in Milwaukee Sunday - but they knew the Packers would come home as champions and they went right ahead with the sign, and with other signs and other plans, while the rest of the country trifled with such details as odds and points. Gone was the bitterness over the transfer of the championship game to Milwaukee. Cheering wildly in the crowd of more than 10,000, most of whom hadn't seen the game Sunday, were all those who had said they'd never go to another Packer game - and there were more than a few of them, from all walks of life. The Packers were coming home as champions and nothing else mattered. "But what if they had lost - what about the sign and all the other signs, then?" the reporter who should have known better, dared to ask. He got only a withering look of scorn and he knew there never had been any real doubt up here. As for the champions, they repaid that kind of confidence with a magnificent gesture of their own. Some of the boys - among them Hinkle, Laws, Mulleneaux, Gantenbein, Weisgerber, Tinsley and others - had driven back from Milwaukee after the game Sunday. But the fans were planning to welcome them at the depot and the fans had been told they would be there. So they piled into a bus, went out to De Pere and boarded the train there in order to be with the rest of the gang when the Packer special pulled into the spur at the old freight depot down at Mason and Washington sts. The train puffed in to the accompaniment of locomotive whistles, cheers, music and flares. The Packers' lumberjack band belabored its instruments over "On, Wisconsin", "Go You Packers" and "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight". The crowd clogged all available space around the long freight platform and nearby streets seethed with excited humanity. The din increased as the players appeared from the train and headed toward the waiting buses. On the way each was stopped briefly before the microphone presided over by Art Murphy of the Association of Commerce and Lavvie Dilweg, old Packer star. "The boys played their best game of the season; one of their best games of all times," said Curly Lambeau. "They sure deserved to win," seconded Red Smith. "Thank you, Green Bay," from Bill Lee. "Sure glad to be a winnah," drawled Jimmy Lawrence. "Glad we could bring back the championship," said Buckets Goldenberg. And so down the line as they filed along the platform. Then, with motorcycle and fire truck escort and blaring band, the procession moved downtown along streets lined with cheering fans. The champions will be honored at a dinner Thursday night at which they will be given their checks for $703.97, the winners' cut of Sunday's receipts. Cecil Isbell, Bill Lee, Buford Ray and Paul Kell are to married Saturday. Behind on the station platform two workmen in overalls looked after the crowd as it disappeared in the early evening darkness. "We ain't loaded the baggage yet," one of the reminded the other. "What do you want to do with the sign?" "Better store it somewhere," the other replied. "They'll probably want it for next year."



DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Verne Lewellen, one of the greatest halfbacks in professional football history, still rules the Green Bay Packer individual scoring list, but for the first time since he retired after the 1932 season, his throne is tottering. Lewellen's all-time scoring record of 301 points, achieved in nine seasons between 1924 and 1932, is menaced by the onrushing performances of two younger Green Bay gridders, one a fullback, the other an end. If Clarke Hinkle plays one more season, he is virtually assured of a new Packer scoring mark, and he may even charge past that total to threaten the National league record. Hinkle now has 274 points, 27 less than Lewellen, and he has played one season less than did Lew. If Hinkle doesn't break the record, it appears likely that Don Hutson will. That brilliant end is charging along in third place, and his exploits this year, his fifth in the National league, sent his total up to 240, only 34 points less than Hinkle's, and achieved in three less seasons. Hank Bruder this fall, his ninth as a Packer, became the sixth member of the team to reach the century mark in scoring. He scored one touchdown, and now has an even 100 points. Joe Laws, halfback in his sixth year, moved into the high ranking scoring class and now ranks eighth with 90 points, achieved on 15 touchdowns...KEEPS ON KICKING: In tenth is Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen, moving into exalted ground entirely on the strength of his redoubtable toe, which has accounted for 40 extra points and 14 field goals, and a grand total of 82. Ernie Smith, veteran tackle, has climbed up to 12th place, also without benefit of a touchdown. His scoring record includes 45 extra points and seven field goals for 66 points. Eddie Jankowski is in 20th place on the big list, with 57 points, gleaned on nine touchdowns and three extra points...GETS NINE TOUCHDOWNS: Right behind him, in 21st, is Captain Milt Gantenbein, who has counted nine touchdowns for 54 points. Arnold Herber scored again this year, and has made a total of 44 points. Other Packers who dented the scoring column this season, and their grand totals, are the following: Andy Uram, 30; Cecil Isbell, 27; Carl Mulleneaux, 24; Harry Jacunski, 12; Charley Brock, Tom Greenfield, Bud Svendsen, 6 each.


DEC 13 (Green Bay) - In addition to being present at an historic occasion - the celebration of Green Bay's fifth National league football championship - men and women who attend Thursday night's Victory banquet at the Columbus club will see motion pictures of Sunday's game. Arrangements to show the film, which is said to include 13 minutes of the action at State Fair park, have been completed by the Lions club committee in charge, headed by Lavvie Dilweg and Bernard Dilweg. The football pictures will be only a part of the big program, which will start at 7 o'clock with the serving of dinner...GOVERNOR TO ATTEND: On the stage will be a variety of celebrities, headed by Julius Heil, governor of Wisconsin, and Arch Ward, Chicago Tribune sports editor whose main function will be to invite the Packers to play in the Chicago All-Star game next August. This invitation will be accepted officially by Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers. The players will be introduced by Dr. W.W. Kelly, member of the Packer executive  board and past president of the corporation. There will be a


number of other speakers, including Leland H. Joannes, Packer president; sportswriters Oliver Kuechle, Stoney McGlynn and Lloyd Larson of Milwaukee; and the players themselves...MOVE PROGRAM ALONG: Dilweg will be toastmaster and he plans to rap the program through in good time. A special decorative theme will be carried out, and will be highly attractive. Tom Temple's orchestra will be present early to dispense music appropriate to the occasion. The Lions committee is attempting to contact all members of the 1929 championship Packer team, and already has received assurance of Joseph (Red) Dunn, the team's quarterback, that he will attend. Tickets are on sale at the Packer Legion building headquarters, and are going rapidly. They are priced at $1.50, including dinner and souvenir program, or at 50 cents for the balcony, which includes neither.


DEC 13 (Green Bay) - The reddest face among New York sportswriters who covered the Packer-Giant game Sunday probably belongs to James A. Burchard of the World-Telegram. It would take a noble soul to refrain from reprinting his pregame story. Here it is, just as Burchard penned it on the eve of the conflict: "Curly (Lambeau) has been holding secret practice for the past week, with all visitors, including sportswriters, not permitted within 25 miles of the field. What's Curly got to hide? We've seen that ball club of his for the last eight years, and he's got 10 old men of the mountain with their beards tangling in their cleats. The score? Well, we pick the Giants by two touchdowns with a field goal tossed in for good measure by Ward Cuff, the local boy who hopes to make good." The post-game statement by Mel Hein, New York center, you will find much less nauseating. Hein said: "You fellows have a right to be proud. You have a great team. You beat us thoroughly. It was almost brutal. You beat us in the line. You beat us up passing. You beat us kicking. You beat us in every department. We have no alibi. We were ready, You just gave us a terrific whipping."...The Packer all-time scoring list, which appears elsewhere on this page, provided some interesting statistics. It shows, for instance, that Green Bay players have scored 3,194 points over a period extending from 1921. It shows that the Packers have counted 444 touchdowns, and to these scores they have added 321 extra points. In addition, they have kicked 73 field goals. Verne Lewellen has scored the most touchdowns for Green Bay, getting 50, while second in line is Don Hutson, with 39, and third are Clarke Hinkle and Johnny Blood with 37 apiece. Toe ace kicker of points after touchdown still is Joseph (Red) Dunn, with 46, although Ernie Smith now has 45 and Tiny Engebretsen 40. The three leading Packer field goal booters are Engebretsen, with 14; Hinkle, with 13; and Cub Buck, with 12.



DEC 14 (Green Bay) - For the first time, since 1936, Green Bay's football fans will assemble tonight to pay homage to a national championship team. as the Bay squad is honored at the Columbus club auditorium. The Lions club, which sponsors the event, expects that all of the available accommodations will be taken. All but a very few of the 1,000 banquet tickets have been sold, at $1.50 each, and football bugs also have made great headway in clearing up the 50-cent balcony seats. All remaining tickets are on sale at the Legion building Packer ticket headquarters...LUMBERJACK BAND PLAYS: The program will be conducted with a flourish tonight, amid decorations reminiscent of the Packers' title achievements. Starting at 6:15, the popular Packer Lumberjack band will present a concert, which for the first time will enable fans to hear the organization at its indoor best. Service of dinner will begin at 7 o'clock, and as soon as the diners have finished their meal, Toastmaster Lavvie Dilweg, who with Bernard Darling is co-chairman of the Lions arrangements committee, will start the program moving...GOVERNOR IS EXPECTED: This will include all manner of things. Tom Temple's orchestra, one of the best in the state, will be present to provide music. On the stage will be the speakers' table, occupied by officials of the Packer corporation, sportswriters of the Wisconsin newspapers, broadcaster Russ Winnie, Gov. Julius Heil and others. A lower table will be reserved for the Packers, who thus will be nearer the crowd, but in plain view of all. There will be introduced by Dr. W.W. Kelly, and each will speak briefly. Visiting celebrities also will speak, but Dilweg has announced that every effort will be made to speed through the program...PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE: Attractive souvenir programs have been printed and will be distributed to all banquet guests. Extra programs will be available for those in the balcony, if they desire them. An important guest will be Arch Ward, Chicago Tribune sports editor, who will invited the Packers to play in the 1940 All-Star game at Soldier field, Chicago. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau will respond for the Packers.


DEC 14 (Milwaukee) - Two members of the Milwaukee city council's special stadium committee and three other interested Milwaukeeans were in Green Bay yesterday afternoon to confer with Coach Curly Lambeau and Director of Ticket Sales E.A. Spachmann, of the Green Bay corporation. The committee members were Alderman T.R. Froemming, chairman, and Alderman August Abe. The third member, Alderman Stanley Cybulski, was unable to be present. Others in the party were Walter and Curt Claus, representing the owners of the property which the committee has approved as a site for a new sports stadium in Milwaukee, and R.M. Haydon of the Harley-Haydon company...PLAN NEW STADIUM: Froemming, acting as spokesman, said the group was in Green Bay seeking information concerning tentative plans for the proposed stadium, blueprints of which were shown both Coach Lambeau and Spachmann. From the latter the committee secured figures on attendance at Packer games played in Green Bay and Milwaukee over the past three years.


The committee chairman explained that within two weeks the committee expected to make its report regarding stadium plans to the Milwaukee common council. A 15 1/2 acre site at E. Capitol drive and N. Holton street had been approved by the committee, he said. The plans provide for 26,000 permanent seats, with a possible 10,000 auxiliary seats, and a horseshoe stadium Froemming said was designed for baseball, football and other sports events, as well as night opera, concerts and conventions. Both Lambeau and Spachmann said they saw no cause to comment on the visit.


DEC 14 (Green Bay) - The state of Wisconsin, with its football coverage facilities, may feel properly chastised following a sticky assortment of ink which has been dropped by New York newspaper men regarding their accommodations at the playoff game. Boiled down to one point of attack, which is something of an achievement in journalistic wading, the complaints appeared to center on the fact that (1) the press box at State fair park was too high, (2) it wobbled in the wind, and (3) the traffic jam back to Milwaukee after the game was terrific. All of these points, except possibly the first, may be admitted without giving any ground. The trouble, as it appears to this writer, seems to lie in the fact that the Easterners are giving the impression that none of them ever had to suffer any worse accommodations. In fact, we think the biggest part of the howling wouldn't have been heard, had the New York Giants only looked more like a football team, and less like a vast, oozing assortment of doormats. After all, the boys had to take it out on someone. For Stanley Woodward of the Herald-Tribune, who shed tears at the "monumental traffic jam" and "eight miles from town", we venture a mild journalistic boo. To any sportswriter who has fought his way through the packed mass of humanity at the Polo Grounds following a professional football headliner, or has attempted to nose through the traffic back to far-away lower Manhattan, Woodward's criticism sounds just a bit silly. If we remember correctly, the traffic situation after the annual Chicago All-Star game usually is shade messy. Or are we being small townish again? The New York boys are pampered and spoiled. The engineers who put up the press coop didn't perch it on the roof so that any little breeze could blow it off. It was attached by cables, and if they were thin, they were strong. The cables on Brooklyn bridge don't look so big, either. They're doing all right. Comfort and elegance of press accommodations have been a very recent development on the American sports scene, and there are none of the New York sportswriters who have not covered athletic contests under infinitely worse circumstances than those which existed at Milwaukee. If they haven't, they aren't very old on the job. The trouble is that they had to pick something to criticize, the trend of the game being what it was, and they chose to attack a fancied insult to their own demands for good accommodations. As a mater of fact, the press coops at many of the baseball parks used by National league clubs (and do you know that Green Bay is the only team in the league which has its own stadium?) are anything but boudoirs for comfort. Until recently the setup at Wrigley field was such that all you could get was a diagonal glimpse of the playing field while the wind whispered through the rafters, and if you ever have covered an All-Star game from the third press row at Soldier field, you know what it's like to be in back of the eight ball. When we were in New York last year covering the Green Bay-Giant game, we took occasion to climb the Empire State building, which is regarded as a fairly durable structure. The attendant told us that it was swaying 18 feet in the wind, and we were quite scared about the whole thing. But we didn't come back to Wisconsin and write a lot of nasty things about it. It wouldn't have been polite.


DEC 14 (New York) - Take the whole country from coast to coast and pick the 11 best players - lump every all-American team picked and get the consensus - use any formula you wish but unless you delve into the NFL you still haven't the best bunch of football players in the land. The 1939 all-professional team was named today by the United Press. The all-pro backfield is made up of Parker Hall, Cleveland; Tuffy Leeman, New York; Andy Farkas, Washington, and Bill Osmanski, Chicago Bears. Hall, a rookie from the University of Mississippi, is the league's No. 1 player of the year. He completed 106 out of 208 passes for 1,227 yards and nine touchdowns. He was fifth in yardage gained, 458 yards in 120 attempts, and was one of the league's best punters. The two halfbacks, Leemans and Farkas, are breakaway runners capable of getting away for a touchdown from any spot on the field. Leemans, famed for wriggling out of tackler's arms and running away, gained 429 yards in 128 attempts for a 3.3 average and Farkas, a power runner, gained 547 yards in 139 attempts for a 3.9 average...OUSTS JOE MANIACI: Osmanski led the league in ground gaining, ripping off 699 yards in 121 attempts for a 5.7 average. Mainstay of the line again was Mel Hein, New York Giants' center. Although 29 and playing his ninth year in the cash and carry ranks, Hein continued his outstanding defensive play. The two guards are Dan Fortmann, Chicago Bears, a holdover from last year's team, and John Wiethe, Detroit, a newcomer. Both are speedy and aggressive and stars at leading interference and crashing through to break up plays...LEAGUE'S BEST TACKLE: Joe Stydahar, Chicago Bears, again was the league's best tackle. Jim Barber, Washington, having his best season in the five years he's been in the circuit, was given the other tackle berth by a slight nod over Bruiser Kinard, Brooklyn. Don Hutson, Green Bay's great pass catcher, and Jim Poole, the Giants' defensive star, won the end berths without an argument. Hutson, who holds or shares every pass catching record in the league, grabbed 34 passes this season for a total of 846 yards and 6 touchdowns. It takes two men and sometimes more to stop him. Poole, a fine receiver, blocked three punts the last season and is a standout on defense. The champion Green Bay Packers landed only one man on the first team and two on the second club. The Chicago Bears and New York Giants each placed three men on the first team.


DEC 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - A large share of his cut from the loser's end of the professional championship Green Bay Packer-New York Giant playoff game here last Sunday was nicked from Ward Cuff's slice Wednesday when he contributed $250 in the settlement of an accident case. Just before the $5,000 damage suit of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Exarhos, 1100 N. Twentieth St., against Cuff, a halfback for the Giants and former Marquette fullback, and the Boynton Cab Co., was to be tried before a jury, Civil Judge T.J. Pruss suggested that the litigants and attorneys settle the case in his chambers. A settlement of $2,500 was finally agreed upon and the jury was dismissed. J.A. Hedding, a former classmate of Cuff at the university, was Ward's attorney. Cuff's check from the football game was $455.57.



DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Not only the tumult but the shouting, dies lingeringly last night as Green Bay's championship football fans paid another remarkable tribute to their championship football team. It was a civic Victory banquet, staged at the Columbus club auditorium, sponsored by the Lions club, and aimed at recognizing the world title achievements of the Green Bay Packers, the honored guests of the evening. As such, it attracted 1,500, of whom 1,000 were dinner guests. Through four hours, the event was handled  beautifully, and despite the many parts of its program, the crowd maintained its interest, applauding and cheering the various speakers and celebrities with complete enthusiasm. The chief purpose of the gathering was to acclaim the Packer championship, and that was done to the last minute. Every speaker poured his expressions of praise and appreciation upon the players and their coach, Earl L. Lambeau, who has brought to Green Bay five National league crowns in 11 seasons. Beautifully decorated, the stage included a giant series of tables, three in number, the first two of which were occupied by players and the top row by the speakers...PRESENTS ALL PACKERS: The evening's feature for most persons was the introduction of the players by Dr. W.W. Kelly, Packer executive board member and former corporation president. who humorously presented the Packers in order of service, starting with the group he termed "freshmen". Of the 30 Packers who were eligible for the playoff game with the New York Giants last Sunday, all but four were present last night. Absentees were Harry Jacunski, Paul Kell and Cecil Isbell, who are on their way to be married, and Larry Buhler. Up from the platform to receive the plaudits of the crowd, plus handsome gold wristwatches from Leland H. Joannes, Packer president, came in order: Al Moore, Frank Balazs, Gus Zarnas, Charles Schultz, Charley Brock, Tom Greenfield, Jimmy Lawrence, Larry Craig, Andy Uram, Baby Ray, Carl Mulleneaux, Pete Tinsley, Bud Svendsen, Dick Weisgerber, Eddie Jankowski, Bill Lee, Ernie Smith, Paul Engebretsen, Milt Gantenbein, Russ Letlow, Hank Bruder, Buckets Goldenberg, Clarke Hinkle, Joe Laws, Donald Hutson and Arnold Herber...MUCH SOUTHERN TALK: They sounded like a reunion of the Confederate army. Speaking with broad southern accents were Moore, Lawrence, Craig, Ray, Tinsley, Lee and Hutson, which linguistic effect drew comments from several latter speakers. Most of them said the usual thing. They thanked the fans, the corporation, the coach and expressed a desire to help add further to Green Bay's great football reputation. Carl Mulleneaux said the banquet made him want to win every year, which was perfectly all right with the fans. Lee, who was married yesterday morning, drew a big hand, and introduced his bride, who was seated in the auditorium. Lee remarked that he had been rooming eight years with Don Hutson, both at the University of Alabama and


with the Packers, playing on strong teams all the time, "so one of us must be pretty good."...NINE YEARS OF SERVICE: Gantenbein, who has finished his ninth year of service with the team, said, "My only regret is that Coach Lambeau didn't draw me in this year's draft." Hinkle was given the longest ovation, except perhaps the one tendered Hutson. The latter termed the banquet "just another of the happy things which happen to one who lives in Green Bay," and took the opportunity to slyly ask for a raise in salary. Herber, now a De Pere businessman, put in a bid for the next playoff game to be staged at Minahan stadium, near De Pere. With Dr. Kelly's humorous introductions, all this caused a lot of fun. Included in the introductions were Dave Woodward, the Packers' all-America trainer, who helped send the team into this final game without an injury; Bud Jorgenson, assistant trainer and property manager; helper Tim O'Brien and the wives of the players. Interest attended the appearance of Arch Ward, Chicago Tribune sports editor for his function was well known in advance. He was present to invite the Packers to play in the 1940 All-Star game at Soldier field next Aug. 29, which he did immediately. He termed last Sunday's playoff game "the finest exhibition of football it has been my pleasure to watch in my 25 years of traveling about the country."...ALL-STAR ALUMNI: Ward noted that more than one-third of the present Packer team consists of All-Star alumni, and he praised Joannes and Lambeau as "two of the finest sportsmen I've ever known." "There never was a time," Ward concluded, "when America so needed men who are unafraid of competition - men who do not need to be led by the hand by someone who is assuming all the risks. It is wonderful that America still is able to admire men who are equipped with football armor, instead of with swords and high-topped boots." An incident of the program was the presentation of the Schroeder trophy, a handsome award given to the Packers by Walter Schroeder of Milwaukee. In accepting the All-Star invitation, Coach Lambeau termed the Chicago setup the best, bringing as it does stars of the entire nation into competition against the professional champions...DESERVED TO WIN: "Our boys deserved to win this year," he said. "We will win few places, probably, on the All-America team, you'll have difficulty in leaving out the Green Bay Packers." Lamebau reviewed the late trends of the season, and paid high tribute to the Packer executive committee of Joannes, A.B. Turnbull, Gerald Clifford, Dr. Kelly, Emil Fischer, Fred Leicht, Frank Jonet and H.J. Bero. Men whose professions bring them constantly into contact with the Packers were introduced, and several spoke briefly. They included Russ Winnie, popular Milwaukee sportscaster; Stoney McGlynn of the Milwaukee Sentinel; Oliver Kuechle of the Milwaukee Journal, and George Strickler of the Chicago Tribune. Gov. Julius Heil offered congratulations to the team, and to those who have built its great reputation...CITY KNOWN EVERYWHERE: "There is no better known city in America than Green Bay," he said, "and your Packers have loyal fans everywhere within the confines of Wisconsin." Spirit and loyalty of the Packer followers also were praised by Dr. Kelly. "They cannot banish this spirit from the NFL," he said, and added, "what we are in football, we owe to Curly Lambeau." President Joannes commented that "the verbal contact in this game is almost as tough as the physical contact." He continued: "We're proud of our world championship football team, and its coach, the smartest in the game," which drew a husky burst of applause. Also appearing on the program were the co-chairmen, Bernard Darling and La Vern Dilweg, the latter serving as toastmaster; Elmer Eisenman, the president of the Lions club; and the Rev. L.F. Gast, who gave the blessing.


DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Members of the Green Bay Lions club, who worked to make the Packer championship testimonial banquet such a great success, deserve more than passing acclaim. It was a tremendous undertaking. At least 1,000 were served swiss steak at the tables, and almost 500 more were at hand in the balcony. Members of the club, including East High grid coach Tom Hearden, acted as ushers and managed to squeeze the huge crowd in without any reported injuries...Refreshments and appetizers were served to members of the team, visiting dignitaries, banquet principals and the sports scribes before the banquet in the Marquette room of the Columbus club. The Lions were host. Eddie O'Brien, who dispensed the beverages, had a bottle of milk on hand for Gov. Julius Heil, but the champion of dairy promotion failed to show...Probably no group ever has sat down to eat under closer scrutinization than the men on the stage. All through the dinner 1,500 pair of eyes were directed their way as the fans guesses the identity of the players. Many used field and opera glasses for the purpose. It was evident that sensitive diners who object to being watched have no business becoming celebrities...Tribute to Coach Curly Lambeau, which came from the players as well as the the guest speakers, found favor with the audience. Every time the Packer mentor's name was mentioned, a wave of applause swept over the auditorium. From Packer President L.H. Joannes to the trainers, it was generally agreed that without Curly not only would there have been no championship, but no Green Bay football team such as we know now...The Rev. L.F. Gast, sportsman and sports follower, delivered the invocation before the banquet. But up in the Marquette room in a less solemn moment he wound up in a situation that Press-Gazette Sports Editor John Walter puns was "ghastly". In meeting Charlie Schultz, Packer tackle from Minnesota, he said, "Oh, yes, I've followed your play this year. You are from Michigan." When the smoke had cleared away and it was explained that Charlie hailed from Michigan's arch rival in the Big Ten, Rev. Gast attempted to recoup his lost yardage with, "Well, anyway, Schultz is a good German name." "Maybe so," Charlie said, "but I am Polish." The conversation died a natural death at this point...Before, during and after the fete autograph hunters besieged the players. Probably a dozen footballs were signed for fellow players, Radio Announcer Russ Winnie, business executive, and just plain fans. The souvenir banquet program furnished a good base for autographs. Clarke Hinkle, one of the most popular Packers of all-time as well as one of the most able, reports that last night he signed his name "50 or 60, maybe 100, times."...Russ Letlow's appearance on crutches was convincing evidence of Packer spirit. After the 27 to 0 title win over the Giants, in which Russ played a stellar game of guard, he spent three days in St. Mary's hospital with a leg injury. But despite how badly he was hurt, he had only one desire when he was on the bench last Sunday. He wanted to get back in the game...INCIDENTAL INTELLIGENCE: The mean was arranged under the direction of Adolph Heisenhamp, manager of the Columbus club grill. The regular Columbus club waitress corps was augmented through cooperation of the employment office until the crew numbered 83. Chairs in most of the aisles were back to back. How the girls managed to get through to serve the food may go down in history as one of the unsolved mysteries of Packer lore. But they managed...It may have been an oversight, or  it may have been due to a natural reticence on the part of thee Packer assistant coach, but Richard (Red) Smith almost was the forgotten man off the evening. Everyone but Red had a chance to toss a banquet, or a rib without malice, into the microphone. Nobody who knows him, however, overlooked the fine job he did with the line this season. Head Coach Lambeau swears by him, which should be testimonial enough...Some of the boys really have time on their hands as a result of winning Packer championships. Watch collections are growing. Which brings to mind one of the best cracks of the evening, and one well worth repeating. The imitable Don Hutson, who has been cited for just about every kind of an honor that can go to a gridder, drawled as he received his second timepiece within three years: "In 1936 I stood in just about this same sport and received a watch. Tonight I received another. I can visualize a time when the Bears are leading the Packers - the gang will get in a huddle and the older boys will tell the freshmen, 'Come on, boys. Let's have a couple of tallies and the Packer corporation will give us each a nice big watch."...John McNally, a quieter individual than the Johnny Blood football fandom knew as the 'vagabond halfback', made a very inglorious entrance with Joseph (Red) Dunn just before the program started. They sat in a dark corner with Oliver Kuechle, Milwaukee sportswriter, for most of the evening, but the plaudits of the multitude brought them to the stage for a few words each. What Blood-McNally said was particularly significant. Apparently the vagabond is becoming settled; the prodigal has returned. John said: "In traveling around, and growing older, I have learned that Green Bay not only is the city of champions, but the champion of cities." He will go to work for a Minneapolis lithographing and advertising firm after the first of the year. Now grey - almost white


- around the temples, John says that football has seen the last of him, at least for the present. His role from now on is that of the spectator...The Lions' decoration committee deserves a hand. Flowers in the Packers' gold, crossed green and gold flags with a football between them and a scroll bearing the words "World Champions", drapes and signs with Packer game scored around the balcony, and the remarkable moving main dinner table with appropriate decorations and background impressed the crowd and the visitors. Clarence Orde made the illustrated signs which advertised the season's record. Note to the lady who wondered how the speakers' table was put in motion: It was on wheels, and powered by man, not machine...Tom Temple's popular orchestra played during the banquet. The musicians were on the stage behind the players and speakers. From 6:30 until 7 o'clock the Packer Lumberjack band played a well-received concert. In its first year, the Lumberjack unit of 25 has cut a real niche into the Packer setup. It is directed by Alex V. Enna...Lloyd Larson of Milwaukee was missed when the newspaper writers were introduced. He is one of the most analytical of the grid scribes....Included among the fans were number from Appleton, Neenah, Shawano, Manitowoc, Marinette, Milwaukee, and, yes, even from Chicago. Two from the latter city said, "I just wanted to see if the stories about Green Bay football spirit were true." He was convinced...Walter Schroeder, president of the Schroeder hotels, came up with a surprise in the way of a large trophy that was presented to Coach Lambeau and the Packers. Unable to be present, Schroeder wired, "I regret very much that it is impossible for me to be present at your testimonial dinner to the Green Bay Packers. Please extend to Coach Lambeau and the 1939 champions my warmest congratulations on their victory." The presentation was made by Toastmaster Lavvie Dilweg of the 1929 championship team, several members of which were present. Failing to acknowledge his introduction as a member of that winner was Dick O'Donnell, who, however, was on hand.


DEC 15 (Green Bay) - There were ghosts in the auditorium last night, when the Packer Victory program rolled through its extensive length, but they were a quite lively crew of haunts, well removed, it may be hoped, from the hereafter. These spirits were a bit heavier, a bit balder, less active than most people remembered them, but they were well known and well received for all that, as those members of Green Bay's first national championship football team acknowledged their introductions. Did you, somehow, get the idea during those few moments that the Packer alumni are doing as much for their community in their after years as ever a college alumni could do for his? There they were, most of them - settled businessmen, a credit to any community, and in the case of eight of them that community is Green Bay. A fine thing, don't you think, for these football players to establish themselves as a part of Green Bay's civic life, long after their playing days with the team are ended? There were Verne Lewellen, the highest scoring Packer of all time, looking as though he still could knife through a fast line, and Hurd McCrary, one of the greatest Packer backs of all time. And up to the microphone came popular Red Dunn, heady field generals of three championship campaigns, and that most idolized of all Packer football alumni - Johnny Blood, one-time vagabond halfback. Bernard Darling, Lavvie Dilweg, Dick O'Donnell, Jugger Earpe, Whitey Woodin, Mike Michalske - those were names which drew high respect during their active playing days. And it was great stuff - real, dramatic - to see them seated around the auditorium, adding their applause to the accomplishments of another great, young Packer team. Up with the speakers sat Red Smith, tireless assistant coach, who was with that Packer championship team of 1929. And Toastmaster Dilweg brought word of other great stars of that decade - old football squad - Cal Hubbard, Tom Nash, Claude Perry, Jim Bowdoin, Paul Minnick, Bo Molenda, Bullet Baker, Bill Kern, Carl Lidberg. Most of them are successes in the business world. Most of them continued the hard charge which led them to a little city's first great football achievement into the world which followed the championship year, and through a vast depression and a period of unrest, have left their marks. This is the finest accomplishment of the Green Bay Packers.


DEC 15 (New York) - Mel Hein, the New York Giants' tall, aggressive ball-hawk, was selected today for the seventh consecutive year as center on the NFL All-League team as chosen by the pro coaches. The burly pivot was one of the four repeaters from among those making the honor eleven a year ago. The others were Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers' sensational pass snatching end, and a pair of Chicago Bears aces, guard Dan Fortmann and tackle Joe Stydahar...HUTSON GETS MOST VOTES: Hutson, who makes the squad for the third time, drew more votes than any of the other players, while Fortmann was runner-up. The Giants placed four men on the team, more than any other club. In addition to Hein, they were Tuffy Leemans, elusive back; Jim Poole at end and Johnny Dell Isola at guard. A pair of rookie stars also made the No. 1 team. Both were backs, Davey O'Brien of the Philadelphia Eagles, who was the nation's outstanding college star a year ago for Texas Christian university, and Bill Osmanski of the Chicago Bears, an eastern ace in 1938 with Holy Cross. Andy Farkas, back, and Jim Barber, tackle, of the Washington Redskins, complete the team...O'BRIEN STARTS LATE: Osmanski was the leading ground gainer of the league with 699 yards in 121 attempts. O'Brien got off to a slow start and then broke the league record for pass completions with 21 bulls-eyes against the Bears. Farkas was the leading scorer of the loop with 68 points, including 11 touchdowns for a new record. He also figured in the bettering of another mark by catching a pass from Filchock that was good for a 99-yard gain.


DEC 16 (New York) - More than one and a half million spectators witnessed NFL warriors in combat in 1939, a record-breaking total, it was announced by President Carl L. Storck. Official figure show that 1,280,332 attended 55 league games, 32,279 saw the championship playoff and another 262,678 witnessed nine preseason all-star contests. The combined league and playoff attendance of 1,312,611 is an increase of 12.3 percent over last year's record of 1,168,225. The reported nation's college attendance increase in 1939 was one percent...LARGEST HOME ATTENDANCE: The New York Giants had the largest home attendance, drawing 233,301 to six home games, including 62,543 for the Washington encounter and 58,693 to the Bears contest, the two largest single game crowds of the season. The Washington throng was the second largest in National league history, topped only by 65,000 for the Giants-Bears clash in 1925 at which Red Grange made his professional debut. Detroit was second with 185,061 home attendance in six games and Washington third with 164,509 in six games. Six home game records were established in Milwaukee (Packers-Washington), Detroit, Cleveland, Washington and Brooklyn during the regular season and in Milwaukee (Green Bay-Giants) for the championship playoff...RECORD PLAYOFF GATE: A total of 48,492 viewed New York at Detroit; 36,183 for Detroit at Washington; 34,032 for New York at


Brooklyn; 30,691 for Green Bay at Cleveland; and 24,308 for Washington-Green Bay at Milwaukee. The 32,279 at the Green Bay-New York playoff at Milwaukee was the largest crowd ever to see a sports event in that town, topping the Washington-Green Bay crowd.


DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Assurances: "Packer football fans in this section are celebrating the championship with gusto, and the comment of a New York sportswriter that Green Bay isn't a big enough town to support the squad and the league has been forgotten in the enthusiasm," writes Gordon R. McIntyre of the Appleton Post-Crescent. Another thing that has put the fans at ease, adds McIntyre, is the assurances of Tim Mara of the New York Giants and George Halas of the Chicago Bears. "While Bill Corum's comment may have been a little uncalled for, William isn't so far from wrong in mentioning it," McIntyre continues. "He's late, however, for apparently the shrewd gentlemen who direct the Packers anticipated it several years ago when they tied up State fair park at Milwaukee for 10 years...We're not worrying about the matter. The time may come, if Milwaukee gets a big stadium, when the Packers will play three games in Milwaukee and only three in Green Bay, but the Packers will never leave Green Bay while the present group directs its activities. The northeastern section of the state can support three big games in Green Bay, and likewise Milwaukee and the southern section can support three. So we're going to anticipate a lot more games in the little town in the big league, put our faith in the gentlemen who direct the Packers, and forget about Bill Corum's rather gloomy thoughts," McIntyre's readers are assured...WISE MOVE: Regarding the NFL, Hank Casserly says in the Madison Capital times that "Green Bay can accommodate 24,000, which is ordinarily enough. Too much praise cannot be given the citizenry of that city for their support of the Packers. At least two games a year in Milwaukee is a concession to the fans from the southern part of the state, and is a wise move by the Packer management."...JUST MEDDLING: "My, how those boys in the big city worry about their country cousins!" remarks Harry Chandler in the Manitowoc Herald-Times. "Bill Abbott, a publicity man, comes out of New York expecting to hire a band and try to drum up a crowd for the playoff in Milwaukee between the Giants and Packers, and finds that seats were all sold out 24 hours before he burst upon the scene. Then there is Bill Corum, sports ed of the New York Journal American. Corum comes right out and advocates the withdrawal of Green Bay from the NFL. What the sophisticated scriveners in the big town can't realize is that the Packers belong to the whole state of Wisconsin, not just Green Bay. The Packers have struck a happy medium in playing two or three of their games in Milwaukee, but if they would ever try to move the show to Milwaukee permanently, much of their appeal would be lost. A couple of lean years and they'd be skidding out of the league."


DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Pres. Lee Joannes of the Green Bay Packers this afternoon abruptly squelched rumors that the world's football champions would forsake Green Bay for a larger camp, specifically Milwaukee. The president jeered at the terrible thought and, with a flash of that vigor which his companion in pigskinning, Coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau, used to affright National league referreedom, boomed: "Definitely not - in capital letters." While admitting there have been many rumors to that effect, Joannes asserted the pro club has never considered the matter seriously. He then cast a lifeline to those Green Bay (and northern Wisconsin-Michigan) fans who have been spieling unkind things in resentment the Packers staged the playoff game with New York's Giants in Milwaukee. "We intend never to leave this city as long as we have the support of local fans." he declared. "The Packers are a Green Bay institution and would lose much prestige and thousands of followers by moving. Anyway, a big place, like Milwaukee, probably wouldn't support us the way this town does." He said "moving" was "not discussed" with a group of Milwaukee men were here last week - after the Bays won their fifth world's title - to secure some ideas on a proposed new stadium in their community. While the possibility Green Bay may play three games next season in Milwaukee instead of the customary two was broached at that time, the president said it would depend upon the schedule and local support.


DEC 18 (Green Bay) - If it is true that a draft may be a wind, and that it is an ill wind that blows no good, it may be assumed that the NFL's draft is one of the better sort, definitely resulting in a great amount of good to the the league, its members and the players. Shirley Povich, Washington Post sportswriters, raises what he believes will be a controversial subject when he questions the justice of limiting a college's star field of professional activity to the team which selects him in the draft. He specifically mentions George Caefgo of Tennessee as the victim of some imagined injustice because Cafego was picked up by the Chicago Cardinals right off the bat. "For the likes of Cafego," Povich asserts, "the pro football draft is a brutal thing. Apparently he is famous enough and skillful enough to make good with any team in the league. But he is prevented from shopping around for the best offer. He can't sell his services to the highest bidder. If he could, he'd probably align himself with such teams as the Packers or Giants and thus be able to anticipate a share of the heavy dough."...TEAMS DO TOO WELL: Povich refers to the Cardinals as a "perennial loser", which is true enough. But elsewhere, his arguments don't hold water. The league's lowly teams have done right well by their top-flight draft selections financially - almost too well for their own good and the league's. Five figure salaries such as Whizzer White received from Pittsburgh, Marshall Goldberg obtained from the Cards, and Davey O'Brien found in Philadelphia are unique to bottom-rung clubs. In fact, White, Goldberg and O'Brien all had announced in no uncertain terms that they would NOT play professional football anywhere. It was only the high price set upon their services by Art Rooney of Pittsburgh, Charlie Bidwill of the Cardinals and Bert Bell of the Eagles that lured them into post-grad ball. If Cafego entertains any idea of reaping that kind of hay, it is certain that he would not have found it in Green Bay, the championship notwithstanding, and it is doubtful whether Tim Mara of the Giants would have come up with anything to match it...NOT WORTH HUGE SUMS: No one player, untried and of speculative pro league value, is worth huge sums to a winning club. Furthermore, in many cases big money to one individual often is the cause of dissension on a team. Blood ran into trouble at Pittsburgh early in the 1938 season, and Bidwill had his fill of it with the Cardinals early this year. Their experience may tend to end the extremely high salaries that are all out of proportion with what the other boys receive. At least, it probably will keep such deals out of the headlines. There is another little matter that Povich overlooked in his criticism of the draft. Unless the lower teams get first choice in the selections, and that choice carries some weight, how can they build squad strength and drawing power? They need the players with the fancy reputations to stimulate fan interest. The winner already has customers waiting in line. Without the first handful out of the college grab-bag, the bottom teams would stay on the bottom, and continue to play to empty houses. When the league season is in full swing, they can expect nothing from their more fortunate colleagues...FAILURE TO HELP: Hugo Bezdek, who was coach of the Cleveland Rams up to midseason in 1938, rapped other coaches and owners for their failure to help the low ranking teams, such as Cleveland was then, with the sale and trade of players. He complained that the seasoned players of real value were kept under lock and key. True enough. But a winner, wishing to remain a winner, cannot dispense with its key men to try to produce a winner in a rival town. So, the loser's only recourse is the draft. Cleveland this season is a fine example of what can be done in just two years of careful selecting under the protection of the league draft rules. Ram President Tom Lipscomb helps scout and pick the Cleveland choices. At least one of them, Parker Hall of Mississippi, was a standout rookie this season. He was first on the Rams' list last year. The wisdom of the draft system needs little, if any, further proof. It was Hall who helped put Cleveland football on something of a firm footing. This year Dutch Clark went to the draft meeting looking principally for ends, backfield replacements and a smattering of linemen. He believes he has them. But without the reservation on players provided by the draft, Cleveland, in all probability, still would be floundering about with only the second and third rate players who were willing to cast their lot with a loser...SOUGHT AFTER LEE: As for Povich's charge that it is a "brutal thing", the players seemed to suffer more under the old plan of laissez-faire. Bill Lee was one of the most sought after tackles on the college rolls when he was finished at Alabama. Coach Curly Lambeau bid for his services, as did a number of others, before losing out to Brooklyn. Stan Kostka, Minnesota fullback, was another the coaches wanted. Brooklyn, a big spender that year, got him too. Both were dissatisfied. Lee wanted to come to Green Bay, and finally did after Lambeau arranged a trade. Kostka quit. Better regulations regarding contact in general have resulted from the draft. Without it one big bankroll could put the entire league behind the eight ball in short order. For the coaches, the free-handed method was the cause of numerous headaches. It means that the team mentors had to scour the country, first stirring the interest of players in the pro game, and then selling them on the home club before a rival outfit puts its bid in. The system may be improved. It could stand some changes. But from all appearances at present, the restrictive clause regarding the players is a good thing. A study of draft results of the past two years reveals that year in, year out, the plan works pretty well. All that glittered was not gold, and some unheralded lads turned out to be diamonds in the rough. More about them later.


DEC 18 (Green Bay) - We loaded a column with clippings from other newspapers last week and found, when finished, that there still remained a sizeable collection. The first one which now comes to hand, as might be expected, deals with the Packers. It's from the Rockford, Ill., Register-Republic, and was sent in by our good friend, Coach Charley Beyer, athletic director of Rockford High school. The story, written by Steve Snider of the United Press, was attached to an eight-column streamer which screamed from the first Register-Republic sport page, and included the words: "The self-styled 'biggest little city' in professional football - busting Green Bay - once again held the world championship today." Charles Larson, sports editor of the Escanaba Daily Press, who keeps up well posted on Upper Peninsula events, sent in a copy of his sheet with the news that Don Pfotenhauer, fullback, has been elected captain of the 1940 Escanaba Eskymos, succeeding his brother, Merle, a halfback. Both Pfotenhauers formerly lived in Green Bay. Merle, incidentally, was selected on the all-Michigan team of the Detroit Free-Press. Dutch Clark's recent promotion at Cleveland caused one newspaper from that city to comment as follows: "Probably the year's most outstanding job in any line of sports was done by Earl (Dutch) Clark, whose Cleveland Rams came within a few minutes and a single point of upsetting the great Green Bay Packers for the second time this season. The improvement which Clark made in the Rams within a few months is almost incredible. Even this year's personnel - which the quiet coach himself says must be altered before the team will be a title threat - proved itself a worthy competitor for the best in the business. The town at last had adopted the Rams as its own. Any time 31,000 people develop so close an attachment to a team that they shout loud and long in an effort to disconcert the opponents who are trying to hear their own signals, well, there may be some question about their sportsmanship but there can be none about their loyalty.


DEC 19 (New Britain, CT) - Harry Jacunski of New Britain, end of the Green Bay Packers, 1939 professional football champions, and Anna Juzyik of Winsted filed marriage intentions yesterday with the city clerk here. No date was set, but under Connecticut law they must wait at least five days.


DEC 20 (Los Angeles) - The Pro Bowl game between the Green Bay Packers and the National League All-Stars in Gilmore Stadium Jan. 7 is likely to be a battle in the skies. The effectiveness of the Packer passing game, which played a big part in the Wisconsin team's successful quest of the championship, is known. In Don Hutson, the onetime Alabama great, Coach Curly Lambeau has probably the top pass catcher of all time. And Arnold Herber, Cecil Isbell, Ed Jankowski and others are expert throwers...SEVEN RECORDS: But the All-Stars need take no back seat in the aerial department. Final National League passing statistics released yesterday revealed that seven marks went by the boards during the 1939 campaign - and nominees for the All-Star lineup played the major roles in that siege of record-breaking. Two rookies, Parker Hall, fresh from the University of Mississippi campus, and Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian wonder boy who everyone said was too little to make good in pro ranks, staged a thrilling battle for the passing crown. Both will play here Jan. 7...BAUGH ECLIPSED: Hall, flipping for the Cleveland Rams, gained the sharpshooting title in the final game on the calendar. He pitched 206 passes and completed 106 for 1,227 yards and nine touchdowns. Hall's feat broke the former record set by Baugh to the tune of 25 surplus completions. O'Brien, the 150-pound Texan who tossed the aerials for the Philadelphia Eagles, was in the running for the title right down to the final game between the Rams and Eagles but lost out to the 210-pound Hall in the windup battle. Little Davey, given scant protection, completed 99 out of 201 passes for 1,324 yards and six touchdowns. His yardage broke the 11-game mark of 1,127 and also the 12-game mark of 1,239. He also completed 21 passes against the Chicago Bears for a new league record for one game...FILCHOCK CLICKS: Other passing records were made by Frank Filchock, Washington, 61.7 percent efficiency; Dwight Sloan, Detroit, only three interceptions all season; and Filchock's pass to Andy Farkas for a 99-yard gain. Filchock and Farkas are en route here. Hall was the greatest offensive player in the league, accounting for a total of 1,685 yards. In addition to the 1,127 yards he netted by passing, Hall gained 458 in 120 running plays. Frank Filchock, the Redskins' halfback, was second, completing 55 out of 89 passes for 1,094 yards and gained 413 on 103 running plays for a total of 1,507 yards...OSMANSKI LEADS: Bill Osmanski, Chicago Bears' rookie fullback, was the league's leading ground gainer, ripping his way through the opposition for 699 yards in 121 attempts. Andy Farkas, Washington, was second with 547 yards in 139 attempts. Osmanski was picked by the fans for All-Star duty, but couldn't come because of an injury.


DEC 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Although a week has passed since some of the New York writers had to eat crow when the Packers manhandled their prides, the Giants, the eastern typewriter pounders have not been allowing any opportunity to knock Green Bay and Milwaukee escape them. They've smoked up a deal, evidently, between themselves to rid the National league of the Green Bay franchise and they'll continue to hammer at the idea every chance they get. Sporting proposition, what? They can take, can't they? Let's get down to the bedrock on their complaints and see just where the trouble lies. First of the Green Bay Packers draw well at home and will draw better for at least the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions games as soon as the stadium is enlarged. Secondly the Packers are one of the best drawing cards in the league on the road. Thirdly, the eastern writers should worry about getting Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn on a sound basis, footballically and financially in others. Why worry about the champions when the also rans have neither football players nor money? Why worry about the club that has always paid its bill, travels in big league style and has won more titles than any other? Why worry about a club that is controlled by business and professional leaders of a great little city when some of the league clubs are controlled by gamblers?...MUST ENLARGE STADIUM: The NFL will never have to worry about Green Bay. The Packers, no longer, are just a Green Bay enterprise - they have been appropriated by the entire state and by Upper Michigan as well, Green Bay's population of around 40,000 seems to have the experts worried, but they do not consider that thousands of Milwaukeeans and thousands of fans from every other sector of the state support the Bays at home, in Milwaukee and in Chicago. There has been much talk that Green Bay's franchise will go to Milwaukee. President Lee Joannes denies it emphatically. Other officials deny it. All Green Bay and the Packers corp., has to do to keep the franchise there is to continue to play the game the way the Packers have played it and to enlarge their stadium so that at least 35,000 can be accommodated for the Bears and Lions games there. I understand the seating capacity at City stadium there will be increased by another 3,000 next year. That is fine, but an even greater increase should be made as soon as possible. If Milwaukee does build a sports stadium for baseball and football it should be built so that a crowd of at least 40,000 can be accommodated with the installation of steel bleachers. Then, between Green Bay and Milwaukee the Green Bay franchise will be safe, all Wisconsin and upper Michigan will have been served - and it will be up to the rest of the National league clubs to try and outdistance Curly, Red and Co., on the gridiron instead of with alibis, smoke screens and red herrings.



DEC 21 (Green Bay) - After only five years of professional football, Don Hutson of the champion Green Bay Packers either holds outright or shares every pass receiving record in the books of the National Pro league. The past season the former great Alabama end caught 34 passes for 846 yards and six touchdowns, breaking three more records and leading the league in that department for the third time in five years. His yardage total was a new mark for one season. He raised his lifetime record of 159 catches for 2,890 yards, passing the former records of 135 catches for 2,755 yards set by Johnny Blood in 14 seasons with Milwaukee, Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Officials figures released today show Hutson's wide superiority over all league rivals as an offensive end. His closest rival, Perry Schwartz of Brooklyn, snagged 33 passes for 550 yards. Jim Benton, Cleveland end, caught seven touchdown throws, one more than Hutson, but his total gain was only 388 yards. Other leaders were Vic Spadaccini, Cleveland quarterback, with 32 catches for 292 yards, and Herschel Ramsey, Philadelphia, who caught 31 for 359 yards. Ward Cuff of the New York Giants, who never kicked a field goal in college, led the league in this specialty for the second straight year. He booted seven out of 16 attempted, while Ralph Kercheval of Brooklyn scored on six of 13 tries. Clark Hinkle of Green Bay compiled the worst record, cutting the bars only once in 10 attempts. Kerchval kicked the longest field goal, a 47 yarder. A total of 52 were kicked during the season, breaking the former record of 48.


DEC 21 (Green Bay) - Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, and A.B. Turnbull, executive board member of the football corporation, will leave late tomorrow afternoon for Los Angeles. In Gilmore stadium at that community Sunday, Jan. 7, the Packers will play a picked team of National league opponents in the second annual Pro Bowl game. The players will report next Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Coach Lambeau already has their opening assignments ready for them. The men who carried the chief playing burden during the past season will spend their first two days conditioning themselves, and playing touch football...START HARD WORK: The younger squad members, including those whose activities were limited during the strenuous league season, will plunge right into hard work, with scrimmage on the bill of fare, as Lambeau hopes to make use of their services extensively. This group includes Frank Balazs, Jimmy Lawrence, Gus Zarnas, Larry Buhler, Tom Greenfield, Paul Kell, Al Moore, Charles Schultz, Pete Tinsley and Dick Weisgerber. The team will be headquartered at the Riviera Country club near Los Angeles, and will do its practicing on a large adjacent polo field, ideal for the assignment at hand.


DEC 21 (Los Angeles) - What about this Green Bay Packer team that's coming out to play the National League All-Stars in the Pro Bowl game? A mighty tough outfit, lads. To begin with, the club won nine out of 11 games to capture the Western Division honors this season - and both defeats were by bare 3-point margins...GIANTS ROUTED: Then the Wisconsins, underdogs in the wagering, amazed with a 27-0 rout of the New York Giants, Eastern Division leaders and 1938 league champions. But winning titles in the world's toughest football company is nothing new for Green Bay. This year's was the fifth for Coach Curly Lambeau and his cohorts - or, rather, for the city of Green Bay. For that Packer football team is as much a part of Green Bay as are its sidewalks, its business houses, its schools and its city officials. Green Bay's population is only 37,000, but home games of the Packers drew consistently around 25,000. Ten thousand were down at the railroad station to welcome the players home after this year's campaign. The victory banquet drew 1,250 diners, with an overflow of 750 others packed into a balcony. There were parades and other high jinks. The Packers are a part of Green Bay. Fans are stockholders in the club and the players are solid citizens who work in the city the year around - and stay there after their playing days are over. What the population thinks of its team and players was well illustrated a few years ago when Vern Lewellen, a former University of Nebraska ace, was landslided into the office of County Attorney...FOOTBALL DID IT: "He's a Packer - and some punter!" the voters said. And that settled it. Apparently Vern was a pretty good politician, too, for he was reelected. The team generally is top heavy with Midwestern talent - and this year is no exception. There are Frank Balazs and Joe Laws of Iowa, Hank Bruder and Paul Engebretsen of Northwestern, Larry Buhler, Charles Schultz, Andy Uram and Earl Svendsen of Minnesota, Milt Gantenbein, Chuck Goldenberg and Ed Jankowski of Wisconsin, Charlie Brock of Nebraska, Gus Zarnas of Ohio State, Paul Kell of Notre Fame, Cecil Isbell of Purdue...FAMED GUYS: Then there are such guys you all know as famed Clarke Hinkle of Bucknell, Arnold Herber of Regis, Willard Letlow of San Francisco, Carl Mulleneaux of Utah State, Buford Ray of Georgia and others. And last, but of course not least, a fellow by the name of Don Hutson, who is the mostest of the bestest in the matter of spearing forward passes and going places, particularly across goal lines. He's that Alabama gent who played that never-to-be-forgotten ball in the Rose Bowl game of '35. Dixie Howell to Don Hutson - 'member?...STILL PESKY: Huston hasn't been back since, but you'll see him at Gilmore Stadium on Jan 7. And he's just as pesky as every - even the pros have never been able to squelch him. Back of this array of talent are a pair of swell coaches - Curly Lambeau and Red Smith. But it's that community spirit which makes Green Bay squadrons really tough. It promises to be a lively afternoon for Steve Owen and his All-Stars. And for the fans.



DEC 22 (Green Bay) - It's like fishing, this business of selecting football players for National league play by the draft. Fishing, that is, are displayed before the eyes of the anglers. The sportsman may select his own game. Landing his choice is up to the fisherman, but at least he has the assurance that nobody is going to run off with his prey. Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers, assisted by Richard (Red) Smith, always has fared well at the draft table. There is no blind; groping in the dark on his part; no blunders such as Pittsburgh's choice of a Penn State junior. Every players picked comes highly recommended by at least one of Curly's acquaintances in the farflung college grid empire. They are picked for talents which it is believed will fit them into the Packer picture. If they prove to be deficient in some department, its unfortunate, but a look at the record shows that less dead freight comes to Green Bay than to most of the others. Mere reputation means nothing in the pro league. A player must produce to stick. Some idea of what to expect from this year's selections may be gained from a review of how the draftees of 1937 and 1938 measured up. First choices of these years signed contracts and still are with the team. Lambeau's pick of the 1937 college crop was Cecil Isbell of Purdue. Not bad. Last year he selected Larry Buhler, who was named to several honor elevens at Minnesota. Kept pretty close to the bench this year to insure complete recovery from serious injuries suffered in an automobile crash a year ago. Larry is slated for hard work, and lots of it, next season. Martin Schreyer of Purdue, a tackle who captained the team and was picked on the first eleven for the Chicago All-Star game, was the second name drawn by Green Bay in 1937. Schreyer signed, but a leg injury, aggravated in the All-Star practice, took him off the gridiron for good. Charlie Brock, the Nebraska center, was second up in 1938. He was stamped himself as one of the best in the business. In 1937 Andy Uram of Minnesota was No. 3 on the list. He is shaping into one of the league's best running backs. Third last year was Lynn Hovland, rugged Wisconsin guard, who didn't sign. That is a chance the coaches must take. Besides wondering if a player will make the grade, the selector must weigh the chances of getting his choice to affix his name to a contract. Joe Doakes may be a red hot back, but there is nothing to be gained by picking him if he has other ideas for the future...SEVEN SIGNED CONTRACTS: In 1937, out of 10 players on the Packer draft list, seven signed. Besides Isbell, Schreyer and Uram, the men who came to terms were Phil Ragazzo, guard from Western Reserve; Johnny Howell, back from Nebraska; Frank Burkhart, guard from Greeley State; and Pete Tinsley, guard from Georgia. Chuck Sweeney, who was Lambeau's fourth choice after a great season at end for Notre Dame, passed up pro ball. Johnny Kovatch, Northwestern end, was high on the list, but the Packer coach later decided that he was not rugged enough for the pro game. So, Kovatch was allowed to sign with Cleveland, and results proved that Lambeau again was right. He was severely injured in his second or third game. Ragazzo also went to Cleveland, his hometown, and still is on the Rams' roster. Lambeau relinquished him for center Ookie Miller, in a three-way trade that sent Lou Gordon to the Chicago Bears. Howell and Tinsley both played all last season, and the latter was here this year as well. Barnhart was given his release early in the season, and faded from the major league picture. The tenth player desired by Coach Lambeau in 1937 was Tony Falkenstein, St. Mary's college back. He just could not make up his mind...NAME 20 PLAYERS EACH: Last year the teams each named 20 players instead of 10 on their list. Seven of Green Bay's two score were with the Packers when they annexed the championship. All probably will be back next year. They are Buhler, Brock, Paul Kell, tackle from Notre Dame; Tom Greenfield, center from Arizona; Frank Balazs, back from Iowa; Charles Schultz, Minnesota tackle, and Larry Craig, end from South Carolina. Three other 1938 draftees returned signed contracts, but are not on hand. Francis Twedell, guard from Minnesota, missed fire. Jack Brennan, Michigan guard, was sent to the Kenosha pro team. Charles Gunner, back from Santa Clara, was kept out by an appendicitis... RELEASED BY CLEVELAND: The fourteenth choice was John Yerby, an Oregon end, whose playing right were traded to Cleveland for the services of Dick Zoll, Green Bay boy who was a tackle at Indiana. Yerby reported at Cleveland, but was released. Zoll went to the Cincinnati Bengals after being cut loose here. Kaplanoff, an Ohio State tackle, was ninth on the Packer list, but that particular choice was owed to Brooklyn on a trade deal. Kaplanoff remained with the Dodgers the entire season. The boys who would have been pro league freshmen, with the title winner if they had signed, but did not, were Hovland, Vince Gavre, Wisconsin quarterback who played with Kenosha; Johnny Hall, Texas Christian back; Charley Sprague, Southern Methodist end; Dan Ellmer, Minnesota center; Bill Badgett, Georgia tackle Roy Bellin, Wisconsin halfback; and Willard Hofer, Notre Dame back...PLAYED AGAINST PACKERS: Hall played against the Packers in the Dallas All-Star game, and while he had a great reputation in the Southwest he showed little to indicate that he would have burned up the National league. It is doubtful that either Bellin or Gavre would have beaten out any of the present Packer backs. The same applies to Sprague at end. Badgett and Hovland both were highly thought of, and might have clicked. Hofer was a good back, but he was 19th on the Packer list and that is a long way down. Many are called, but few are chosen. Those few, however, in nine cases out of nine, will be the boys who are destined to be key men of the future teams. Between five and ten surefire replacements are just about certain from the 20 picked at Milwaukee a couple of weeks back. There is more to be said about the draft, and it will - later!


DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Buckets Goldenberg and Arnold Herber, Packer guard and halfback respectively, left today for the Pacific coast, being the last two players to head west for the Pro Bowl game at Los Angeles Jan. 7. Coach E.L. Lambeau and A.B. Turnbull, executive board member, left late yesterday. The other players were on the way earlier in the week, most of them traveling by auto. The entire squad will assemble at the Riviera  Country club near Los Angeles next Tuesday, when routine


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drills will start.


DEC 23 (New York) - Andy Farkas, Washington, and Jack Manders, Chicago Bears, who finished in a tie for fifth in scoring last year and rose to first and third this year, were the only two players among the first five for the second straight year according to final 1939 NFL statistics. Each of these played established a new league record in scoring. Farkas, with 11 touchdowns and two conversions for 68 points, broke the former season's touchdown mark of nine made by Green Bay's Don Hutson in 1936 and equaled in 1938. Manders, with four touchdowns, 17 extra points and three field goals for 50 points, brought his lifetime total to 19 touchdowns, 117 extra points and 38 field goals for 345 points, taking the all-time scoring championship from Ken Strong,  New York. Strong now has 35 touchdowns, 67 extra points and 21 field goals for 340 points in his National league career. John Drake, Cleveland fullback, was second in scoring with 54 points; Jim Benton, Cleveland, and Bill Osmanski, Bears, tied for fourth with 48 points each. Paul Engebretsen's 18 conversions with Green Bay was the season's highest individual accumulation. The 68 points tallied by Farkas exceeded the 1938 total of Clarke Hinkle, Geen Bay, by 10 points. Hinkle finished 11th this year. Osmanski was the only rookie to crash the first five places in scoring last year.



DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Buckets Goldenberg and Arnold Herber, Packer guard and halfback respectively, left today for the Pacific coast, being the last two players to head west for the Pro Bowl game at Los Angeles Jan. 7. Coach E.L. Lambeau and A.B. Turnbull, executive board member, left late yesterday. The other players were on the way earlier in the week, most of them traveling by auto. The entire squad will assemble at the Riviera  Country club near Los Angeles next Tuesday, when routine drills will start.


DEC 23 (New York) - Andy Farkas, Washington, and Jack Manders, Chicago Bears, who finished in a tie for fifth in scoring last year and rose to first and third this year, were the only two players among the first five for the second straight year according to final 1939 NFL statistics. Each of these played established a new league record in scoring. Farkas, with 11 touchdowns and two conversions for 68 points, broke the former season's touchdown mark of nine made by Green Bay's Don Hutson in 1936 and equaled in 1938. Manders, with four touchdowns, 17 extra points and three field goals for 50 points, brought his lifetime total to 19 touchdowns, 117 extra points and 38 field goals for 345 points, taking the all-time scoring championship from Ken Strong,  New York. Strong now has 35 touchdowns, 67 extra points and 21 field goals for 340 points in his National league career. John Drake, Cleveland fullback, was second in scoring with 54 points; Jim Benton, Cleveland, and Bill Osmanski, Bears, tied for fourth with 48 points each. Paul Engebretsen's 18 conversions with Green Bay was the season's highest individual accumulation. The 68 points tallied by Farkas exceeded the 1938 total of Clarke Hinkle, Geen Bay, by 10 points. Hinkle finished 11th this year. Osmanski was the only rookie to crash the first five places in scoring last year.


DEC 24 (Los Angeles) - First local workouts of the Green Bay Packers and the National League All-Stars, opponents in the Pro Bowl grid fracas scheduled for Gilmore Stadium Jan. 7, will be staged Tuesday. The Packers, 1939 pro champs, will toil at Riviera Country Club, starting at 10 a.m., with the All-Stars awaiting until 2 p.m., when they will hie themselves to Rancho Cinega Playground...COACHES CONFER: Coaches Curly Lambeau of the Packers and Steve Owen, Giant mentor who has the job of whipping the Stars into a team, will confer Tuesday on a training program for the remainder of the practice period. If possible, hours will be adjusted so that fans can watch both squads go through their daily paces. Players continued to arrive yesterday and today's influx should find a majority of the men on hand...OTHERS CHECK IN: Andy Farkas, the former Detroit University ace who set a new pro scoring record as a Washington Redskin this season, arrived with his bride. They are making a honeymoon out of the western junket. Others to check in were Tony Blazine of the Chicago Cards, Ward Cuff of the Giants, Turk Edwards of Washington, Frank Filchock of Washington, Byron Gentry of Pittsburgh, Ray George of Detroit, John Johnson of Detroit, Pug Manders of Brooklyn and Bruiser Kinard of Brooklyn. Coach Owen pulled in late last night. Owen, who because of illness in his family missed the playoff game in which the Packers beat the Giants, 27-0, for the league championship and the right to play in the Pro Bowl game, also got in yesterday.


DECEMBER 26 (Santa Monica, CA) - The decision of the Milwaukee Brewers to operate the Sheboygan club in the Wisconsin State league meets with the warm approval of Richard (Red) Smith, who is enjoying a California vacation with the Green Bay Packers. "Under this arrangement," Smith said, "I will turn my Green Bay franchise over to the Cleveland club and let the Indians operate it. The Green Bay fans want a good team and Cleveland will be able to give them one. With Eau Claire in the Northern league, Madison in the Three-Eye and Sheboygan in the state loop, Pres. Henry J. Bendinger will have the ideal setup for the development of youngsters. Each of the farms is so located that we can keep in close touch with them, which is a big advantage." Ensconsed in the palatial Riviera Country club a few miles from Santa Monica, the Packers are living the life of Riley. It is practice in the morning and golf in the afternoon with perfect weather conditions. With the exception of Buckets Goldenberg and Arnie Herber, all the boys are in camp. They are driving Coach Curly Lambeau's car and are scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Outside of Bill Letlow, the athletes are in good condition. Letlow has water on the knee as the result of a kick and is being treated by Trainer Dave Woodward. The Packer-All-Star game, which will mark the end of a brilliant football season here, is attracting much attention and the biggest crowd ever to see a pro game in California is expected. Most of Steve Owen's players are in camp and have started daily drills. Lambeau and Smith are looking around for hot tips as they will be on deck when Santa Anita blows the lid off racing Saturday.


DEC 27 (Santa Monica, CA) - It's a tough life the Packers are leading out here as they prepare for the tussle with the National league All-Stars on Jan. 7. Here is the schedule: 8 a.m. - breakfast, including papaya and a bit of abalone. 10 a.m. - practice for two hours in the glorious sunshine. Noon - more food, including a few sand dabs. 2 p.m. - a round of golf over the magnificent Riviera Country club course. 6 p.m. - chicken. 7 p.m. - bridge. Most of the boys spent Christmas day on the links. Curly Lambeau and Red Smith tackled Bill Lee and Don Hutson for a small side bet. It was a thriller until the seventh hole, when Bridegroom Lee had to retire. At a meeting of players yesterday, Lambeau asked how many men hadn't telephones in their rooms. Four held the their hands up. They were Bridegrooms Lee, Isbell, Ray and Kell. Lambeau afterwards lodged a squawk with the management only to learn that there is a telephone in every room. "Funny they didn't notice the telephones," Lambeau mused. About the only man who doesn't give golf a whirl is Frank Balazs. He spends his spare time ice skating around in an indoor rink. Fancy coming to California to ice skate. Outside of Buckets Goldenberg and Arnie Herber, all the boys are in camp. These two are due today. The only casualty is Russ Letlow, but Dave Woodward says he will be ready without question Jan. 7...HAS MOVIE PROPOSITIONS: Lambeau has movie propositions from MGM and Everett Crosby, brother and business manager of the celebrated Bing. He also has an offer for an exhibition game against an aggregation of stars in Hawaii. While the bridegrooms are very much in favor of the junket to Hawaii, Lambeau is lukewarm and will need much persuasion to pass up the movie offers. He is scheduled to confer with Pete Smith of MGM today while the boys visit Universal studios for a bit of gaping. There is much interest in the Packer-All Star game and it is almost certain to set a new attendance for pro contests in the state of California, which seems to grow gridders on every tree. "Get me a good tip on the races Saturday and the trip will be a success," Lambeau announced as he and Smith made plans to attend the opening of Santa Anita track Saturday.


DEC 26 (Los Angeles) - On Christmas Day, appropriately enough, Steve Owen relaxed in a deep chair at the Hollywood Athletic Club, eyes twinkling merrily as he watched a parade of wide-shouldered, square-jawed young men saunter past. Steve was living a coach's dream. These muscular lads, 25 of the outstanding football players in the country, had been tossed into his lap by discerning fans who voted them the National League All-Stars of 1939...JOB AHEAD: Yesterday Steve had nothing to do but contemplate this dream team come to life, but today he'll start a hurry-up job of welding the array into a fighting unit to tackle the Green Bay Packers, pro football's championship club, in the Jan. 7 Pro Bowl game at Gilmore Stadium. "I'll have to give the fans credit - and thanks," the veteran boss man chuckled. "Wait til you see that Parker Hall in action. And that Johnny Drake - he played against us out here last year and gave me an awful case of jitters. And that little hunk of dynamite, Davey O'Brien. And that smashing Manders and Cuff and Vanzo and Stydahar. Those ends, Schwartz and Poole. Bruiser Kinard - he's well named. And all the others."...NEW EXPERIENCE: "This All-Star stuff is new to me - I'm usually on the other side of the fence - but I am sure looking forward to working with that gang. Those Packers will know they've been in a ball game." Owen normally coaches the New York Giants, 1938 pro kings and winners over a similar all-star outfit in last year's Pro Bowl classic here. He's been successful in two other games against star teams this year, beating the college squad in the annual preseason extravaganza in Chicago and New York. The Giants won the Eastern Division title again in the season just completed, but lost to the Packers in the title playoff. That was one of two games the Gothams dropped during a tough 15-game schedule. Steve missed the playoff because of illness in his family and he's boiling to get back at Curly Lambeau and his lads...PRO VETERAN: Owen is one of the old guard of pro football. He started playing as a Giant back in 1926, when pro football was getting horse laughs - especially from the colleges - and with some cause, too. Steve became the Giants' playing coach in '31 and hung up his uniform two years later to concentrate on master-minding. And he's been on the job ever since to reap the satisfaction of seeing pro football develop into well-regulated, high plane game that is packing 'em in - and giving some of the college big-wigs heebee jeebies. "This so-called pro-college hatred is a myth," Owen says. "We have no fight with the colleges. the more they prosper the more we prosper. The better their players and teams the better ours will be. The bigger their gates the bigger ours. We 'steal' no college players - our rule against signing boys before their class is graduated is rigidly enforced."...DRILL TODAY: "If we are outdrawing some of the former pack-them-in schools, it's because their schedules are weak. Fans used to flock to the big schools regardless of the game - they followed the team. Now they shop for the best games, regardless of what teams may be playing. And pro rules permit of more colorful play. And fans are convinced that pros nowadays train just as faithfully as college boys, have just as much fight and spirit, are as well coached." Steve and his assistants, Bo Molenda and Roy (Bullet) Baker, will assemble the All-Stars at Cienega Playground at 2 o'clock today for the opening workout...PACKERS ARRIVE: Meanwhile, the Riviera Country Club was neck-deep in football players yesterday as the Green Bay delegation, 50 strong, arrived. Coaches Curly Lambeau and Red Smith brought 30 players, plus a sizeable wives' auxiliary and several dyed-in-the-wool fans. The champions also will resume practice today after a welcome respite from the rigors of a long campaign. The Packers will toil on the Riviera grounds, starting at 10 a.m. "Give my regards to Steve Owen," Lambeau grinned, "and ask him if he's having Don Hutson nightmares. (Hutson of Green Bay is the league's all-time pass catcher). We're going to take Steve's scalp back to Green Bay for our trophy case."


DEC 27 (Los Angeles) - University of Nebraska football followers won't soon forget Charley Brock, who wound up three great seasons at center a year ago. And Charley promises to make just a big a splash in the pro puddle. A freshman with the Green Bay Packers this year, Brock received lots of favorable comment, many writers and fans calling him the best first-year lineman of 1939...BROCK'S FORTE: Brock's forte is linebacking, and pass defense. At Nebraska, his pesky habit of shouting out opponents' plays as they came out of huddles proved very disconcerting because his diagnosis usually was dead right. And what a tackler! Brock, who stands six feet one and weighs 195, comes from a family of footballers. Three brothers also are well known to Middle Western fans. Incidentally, all four boys played on different college teams..WILL BE SEEN: Brock will be seen in the Pro Bowl game at Gilmore Stadium Jan. 7. He'll share the pivot job with Bud Svednsen, former Minnesota strong man, and Tom Greenfield, Arizona U. product. And that lineup should mean lots of action in the middle for Mel Hein and Ki Aldrich will be the opposing All-Star centers.



DEC 28 (Green Bay) - Steve Owen, coach of the All-American Stars who will tackle the Green Bay Packers in the Pro Bowl game here Jan. 7, sat