EXHIBITION: Green Bay Packers 31, St. Louis Gunners 0
Sunday October 15th 1939 (at St. Louis)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(ST. LOUIS) - Green Bay's unusual Packers turned in their usual performance here yesterday, and completely quenching the fire of the St. Louis Gunners, scored a 31-0 triumph in an exhibition football game at Walsh Memorial stadium before 11,000 fans. The National league team never gave its American league opponent a chance. The Packers' running attack was superb, their passing was even better and their defense was stubborn and threw back every attempt of the Gunners, when the St. Louisans had the ball, which was not often. Green Bay scored two touchdowns on passes and two on running plays, while a fifth touchdown was ruled out when the Packers were penalized for holding late in the final quarter. This, however, only gave Ernie Smith, Packer tackle, the opportunity to exhibit his skill at making field goals and his try from the 13-yard line gave Green Bay its final three points. The first quarter was scoreless, due mainly to two great kicks by Denny Cochran, Gunner halfback. St. Louis stopped a Packer advance on the 30 and then Cochran got off a 59-yard punt from the line of scrimmage. Later in the period Harry Jacunski blocked a Cochran punt on third down, but the Gunners recovered on their own eight. Then Cochran booted another on fourth down that went 72 yards before stopping on the Packer 18. In the second period, however, Coach Curly Lambeau inserted his first string backfield and things began to happen fast. A Gunner fumble was recovered by Engebretsen on the St. Louis 37 and in seven plays the Packers moved to a touchdown, a plunge by Ed Jankowski compleing the drive. Engebretsen added the extra point.
MARCH IS STOPPED
The Gunners took the kickoff and began to march. They made three consecutive first downs, but the drive was stopped when Don Hutson intercepted a pass by Tommy Thompson on the Packer 10 and ran to the 25. Two runs by Andy Uram and one by Jankowski carried the ball to the Packer 44-yard stripe and then came the most outstanding play of the game. Arnie Herber, the Packers' great passer, faded back to his own 25-yard line and tossed a 65-yard forward to Hutson, who caught the ball on the St. Louis 10-yard line, juggled it, seized it for sure on the five and was over for a touchdown. Just to prove his versatility, Hutson kicked the extra point. In the third quarter Frank Balazs and Jimmy Lawrence bore the brunt of the work and their efforts carried the ball from the Packer 44 to the Gunner 17. Then Lawrence tossed one to Jankowski, who was tackled just inches short of a touchdown. It took little effort for him to go over on a plunge and just as little effort for Smith to add the extra point, thereby making the score 21 to 0.
START PASSING AGAIN
The Packers' passing attack came to the fore again in the last quarter with a mixture of passes and ground plays. Green Bay battled down to the Gunner 2-yard line, but then the St. Louis defense stiffened. Two thrusts at the line were thrown back, but this didn't disconcert the Packers. They merely resorted to the forward and a pass, Lawrence to Laws, racked up the final touchdown of the afternoon. A short while later, Charley Brock of the Packers intercepted another Gunner pass on the 50-yard line and ran to the 31. Plunges by Weisgerber carried the ball to the 3-yard stripe, and then Weisgerber went over, but the Packers were penalized for holding and the score didn't count. Then the Packers' passing attack was foiled to some extent and after three attempted passes netted only three yards, Smith booted the ball between the goal posts for the final score. The Gunners had a chance when a pass by Thompson was ruled complete because of interference by Lawrence on the Packer 27-yard stripe. But the chance missed when Bruder intercepted a pass.
GREEN BAY - 0 14 7 10 - 31
ST. LOUIS - 0 0 0 0 - 0
2ND - GB - Eddie Jankowski, 5-yard run (Tiny Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2ND - GB - Don Hutson, 56-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
3RD - GB - Jankowski, 1-yard run (Ernie Smith kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
4TH - GB - Joe Laws, 2-yard pass from Jimmy Lawrence (Smith kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
4TH - GB - Smith, 13-yard field goal GREEN BAY 31-0
KENOSHA PRO TEAM WHIPS DES MOINES
OCT 15 (Kenosha) - Bright and belligerent after being bounced around in defeats in two previous weeks, the Kenosha Coopers football team of the American Professional league blasted the Comets of Des Moines, Ia., 17 to 0, in an exhibition contest Sunday afternoon before 3,500 spectators in Lakefront stadium. In the role of captain sparking the victory was Vince Gavre, last year's University of Wisconsin quarterback.
PACKERS SIGN ZARNAS, PRACTICE FOR DETROIT
OCT 16 (Green Bay) - Gus Zarnas, former Ohio State, Chicago Bears and Brooklyn professional football guard, was added to the roster of the Green Bay Packers today as they dug into a heavy practice prior to next Sunday's game with the undefeated and powerful Detroit Lions. Interest in the last NFL home game already has been geared up to a tremendous peak. The Packer ticket office is being bombarded with people who are suffering under the usual sellout scare, but E.A. Spachmann, director of sales, announced today that about 7,500 seats, all reserved, still are unsold. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau returned from St. Louis greatly pleased with the work of his first string performers, and well satisfied that the Packers played the exhibition contest...LOOK OVER NEW MEN: "It gave us a great chance to look over our new material," he commented. "In the first half several of the men played unsatisfactory football, due to the fact that they have seen little service this season, but they all found themselves in the second half and turned in a great game." Lambeau commented particularly on the hard ball carrying of Frank Balazs, the work of centers Charley Brock and Tom Greenfield, Al Moore, Jimmy Lawrence, and Dick Weisgerber. "Before we played at St. Louis, I was in doubt as to whether some of our men could be used against league opposition," Lambeau continued. "Now I would not be afraid to use any of them."...NO SERIOUS INJURIES: The Packers emerged from the St. Louis contest without any serious injuries, although halfback Larry Buhler and
guard Pete Tinsley were shaken up. Both should be ready for action next Sunday. The Packers reassembled at 9:30 this morning to talk over their strategy against the Lions, and then took vigorous drill. Zarnas, who arrived over the weekend, was on hand and worked with Green Bay for the first time. He is a rough appearing, 222-pound guard who stands an inch under six feet and has had but two seasons of pro football. He graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor of science degree, after winning all-America mention from several sportswriters in 1937...THREE GRID LETTERS: He won three football letters, two in baseball and one in track while with the Buckeyes. Beckenridge, Pa., was his birthplace and still is his hometown. Unmarried, he was a member of the Chicago Tribune's 1938 All-Star squad. He is of Greek descent. Traded during the winter to Brooklyn, he was one of six players slashed from the Dodger roster by Coach Potsy Clark after the rout in Washington, despite the fact that Washington scribes claimed he was the outstanding Brooklyn lineman on the field. He set the stage for one of Brooklyn's touchdowns by intercepting a Redskin pass in midfield and running to the Washington 10-yard line, from which point halfback Kosel took a pass from Ace Parker for the score...LIONS ROARING ALONG: Lambeau expects next Sunday's game against Detroit to be the best of the year for the Packers. They will have to play superlative football, for the Lions are roaring along on an undefeated record and are one of the Western division's leading contenders for the 1939 championship. The brilliant coterie of Detroit backs, including such names as Dwight Sloan, Johnny Pingel, Kent Ryan, Lloyd Cardwell, Fred Vanzo, Bill Shepherd, Jim McDonald and Howie Weiss, will provide a colossal problem for the Packer defense, and this defense will be the subject of much work by the Green Bay squad this week.
PACKERS FEAR AERIAL CAMPAIGN OF DETROIT
OCT 18 (Green Bay) - Attempting to build a defense capable of halting the Detroit Lions' attack, one of the trickiest in the NFL, the Packers are buried in lengthy drill sessions this week. The game between the once-beaten Bays and the undefeated Lions will take place at City stadium next Sunday afternoon, starting at 2 o'clock. The Packer defense against forward passes this year has been the team's weakest spot, and Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau is trying to bolster the squad for what may prove to be its most severe test through the air. Gus Zarnas, the most recent addition to the squad, is working out daily with the Packers and Lambeau expressed satisfaction at his condition. He probably will not have assimilated the Packers plays sufficiently to see much action against Detroit. He can play either left or right guard, but is being used at left. Lambeau announced today that Clarence (Tuffy) Thompson, former Minnesota halfback, has been released. He was obtained this season from the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I believe Green Bay fans will see a different Packer team when we take the field against the Lions," Lambeau commented. "The team appears ready to play the type of football of which it is capable." Indications are that nothing short of that achievement will be sufficient to halt the mighty Detroit team, which has rolled over all opposition to date. The ticket sale is proceeding at a lively clip, but E.A. Spachmann, director of sales, today announced that 6,000 pasteboards still are unsold. A large group of fans is expected from Detroit. Officials for the game were announced today by Carl Storck, NFL president. Ed Cochrane, Kansas, will referee; M.J. Meyer, Ohio Wesleyan, will be umpire; George Brown, Ohio State, field judge, and Irv Kupcinet, Iowa State, headlinesman. The Packers should go into Sunday's game without an injury. Ernie Smith, left tackle who received several broken fingers in the summer Pirate doubleheader, got back into rough work at St. Louis last Sunday and now is ready for full time duty. The rest of the men who were shaken up in recent contests should be ready for action. Some of the best known names in professional football are carried in the Detroit lineup. The
REDSKINS, BEARS MOVE TO NEW HEIGHTS IN OFFENSIVE TACTICS
OCT 18 (New York) - One NFL team record was broken by the Washington Redskins and another tied by the Chicago Bears as these fast moving aggregations continued to pace the circuit to new heights in offensive achievement in the fifth week of play, according to statistics released today. Washington, by scoring 44 points against Pittsburgh, became the first team in NFL history to tally over 40 points in two consecutive games. The Redskins had amassed 41 points against Brooklyn the previous week. The record books show that only four times in the past four seasons have National league teams scored 40 or more points in one game...GAIN 408 YARDS: The Bears also tallied 44 points Sunday as they gained 408 yards. It is the third time this year that the high-geared Chicagoans surpassed 400 yards in one game, with Joe Maniaci, Bill Osmanski, Ray Nolting, Sid Luckman and Bob MacLeod forming a dream backfield squad. This ties the record made by Detroit in 1934 and 1936. The Bears have 157 points and Washington has 92 for first and second in league scoring. These teams have been instrumental in keeping the average five points a game above last year's record high for total league scoring. The Bears have gained 1,841 yards, Washington 1,354 and Green Bay 1,221 to lead the circuit in ground gaining...CLEVELAND PASSES WELL: Cleveland has completed the most passes - 62 out of 125 - while Washington, with 32 out of 53 for 60 percent has the best efficiency. New York is the best defensive team in the league. Opponents have scored only 20 points, while Detroit is tried with the Giants in allowing only 676 yards. Next Sunday's Bear-Giant game, therefore, will bring the National league's most powerful offensive and sturdiest defensive units.
OCT 18 (New York) - An 10 percent attendance boost for the first five weeks of this season over last year's record-breaking pace presages the greatest season in history for the NFL, President Carl L. Storck believed today. The first 23 games this season have averaged an increase of 2,000 spectators a game over last year. Last Sunday's four games drew 120,141 and marks the passing of the 100,000 mark for one Sunday a week earlier than in 1938. All clubs but Pittsburgh are ever or ahead of their 1938 attendance marks.
SUPREME TEST FACING PACKERS HERE SUNDAY
OCT 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will find out Sunday whether or not they belong in the 1939 championship race of the NFL. That is the opinion of Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, whose squad of Western division champions is drilling intensively for Sunday's invasion of the Detroit Lions, undefeated and untied leaders of the division. "Our men have the right mental attitude and they are looking good in practice," stated Lambeau. "If we lose to the Lions, then Detroit, and not Green Bay, will belong in the driver's seat." The Lions will arrive on the North Western line at 3:30 Saturday morning, remaining in their sleeper until 8 o'clock. They will headquarter at the Hotel Northland, and will leave Sunday night on a North Western special at 6:45. Sixty Milwaukee fans will return as far as their home city on the Sunday evening special. Another North Western special, sponsored by the Gogebic county American Legion of Ironwood, Mich., will haul 200 rabid Packer fans into the community at 11:45 Sunday morning. The train will start back for the iron country at 7:30 Sunday evening...STRESS PASS DEFENSE: Defense - both against the withering Detroit ground attack and the sparkling air campaign of the Lions - has been stressed during every moment of this week's Packer drills. The team has appeared soggy on pass defense all season, at times being unusually vulnerable to well-directed tosses, and Lambeau is leaving no stone unturned to brace his team in that department. Pete Tinsley, guard, and Larry Buhler, halfback, probably will not play against Detroit. Both were
shaken up in the St. Louis game last Sunday, and neither has practiced with the team yet this week. Ernie Smith, left tackle, who was injured in the summer doubleheader with Pittsburgh, will be ready for action Sunday. He put in some intensive scrimmage in the St. Louis contest, and Lambeau now use him as needed. If he plays Sunday, it will be his first league game of the 1939 season. Gus Zarnas, the new guard from Brooklyn, is breaking in fast. He has absorbed the Packer plays quickly, and Lambeau says that he will be ready for service against the Lions if guard replacements are needed...ATTACK IS POTENT: The Detroit attack is so well known that it strikes fear to all fans who are boosters of teams opposing the Lions. The Packer defenses will be tried against such talent as that of Johnny Pingel, the sensational Michigan State recruit; Howie Weiss, all-Western fullback from Wisconsin; Fred Vanzo, Dwight Sloan, Lloyd Cardwell, Bill Shepherd, Kent Ryan and Jim McDonald. The ticket sale is booming, according to E.A. Spachmann, director of sales. Five thousand seats, all reserved, remain unsold for the contest, which means that once again the stadium record of 22,968, set at last year's Packer-Lion game, may be threatened.
FILCHOCK-TO-FARKAS PASS SETS NEW LOOP MARK FOR DISTANCE
OCT 19 (New York) - For the second straight week a NFL individual record was broken when Frank Filchock, Washington forward passing ace, threw a touchdown pass to Andy Farkas good for a 99-yard gain against Pittsburgh Sunday, according to statistics announced today for the fifth week of play. The previous mark was made last year when a Douglas Russell to Gaynell Tinsley aerial gained 98 yards against Cleveland. John Drake, Cleveland Rams hard-hitting fullback, became the week's only new pacemaker when he tallied six points against Detroit. This gave him a season's scoring total of 36 points, an amount equal to that which he scored in his first two league seasons combined, and dislodged Bill Smith, Chicago Cardinal end, from the leadership...WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE: Smith has 34 points; Joe Maniaci, Chicago Bears, 31; Jim Benton, Cleveland, and Bill Osmanski, Bears, 30 each, to keep withing striking distance of Drake in the closest race for scoring honors the league has ever witnessed. Smith, Maniaci and Osmanski also are proving versatile in other departments of play. There is a three-way tie for pass receiving. Smith, Perry Schwartz, Brooklyn, and Vic Spadaccini, Cleveland, each has caught 15. Maniaci and Osmanski continue to run one-two for ground gaining laurels with 379 and 332 yards, respectively. Dave Smukler, Philadelphia, is third with 218 yards. Bill Shepherd, Detroit, and Andy Farkas, Washington, are tied for fourth with 206 each...THREE BEST PASSERS: Parker Hall, Cleveland rookie from Mississippi; Ace Parker, Brooklyn, and Bernie Masterson, Chicago Bears, remain the three best passers of the circuit. Hall has completed 47 out of 94 for 614 yards; Parker 32 out of 64 and Masterson 27 out of 54, all for 50 percent efficiency. Frank Filchock, Washington, complete six out of seven Sunday after completing eight out of eight the previous week to bring his total completions to 18 out of 26 tosses for 69 percent efficiency. Masterson's five touchdown passes lead the circuit, while Jack Robbins, Chicago Cardinals, has thrown four scoring aerials. Five players are tied for field goal kicking with two each. They are Jack Manders, Bears; Bill Smith, Cardinals; Hank Reese, Philadelphia, and Ken Strong and Ward Cuff, New York. Reese last Sunday kicked one 43 yards, the longest of the season. Smukler has the best punting average - 49 yards from scrimmage in ten kicks. Ernie Wheeler, Pittsburgh, has the longest punt of the season - a 75 yard boot from scrimmage. Twenty-three players in the National league have kicked the ball 50 or more yards this season.
POWERFUL DETROIT TEAM SEEKS TO MAINTAIN UNBEATEN RECORD
OCT 20 (Green Bay) - One of the strongest professional football teams ever to appear at City stadium will take the field against the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon, in a meeting of the Bays and Detroit Lions. With the ticket supply dwindling rapidly, the weather apparently willing to cooperate, and two fighting football teams anxious to get at each other's throats, apparently the greatest struggle of the fall season is in prospect. The Lions arrive early tomorrow morning on the North Western line, and will stay at the Hotel Northland. They'll leave on the same railway early Sunday evening. Out-of-town requests have deluged the Packer headquarters, and E.A. Spachmann, director of sales, announced today that only a few more than 4,000 pasteboards remain. Every seat in the big stadium is reserved for this contest, and Spachmann isn't certain but that the stadium record of 22,968 is in danger. The Packers confined their practices to routine this week, and went over every inch of the ground they mapped for themselves. If Green Bay is beaten Sunday, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau pointed out, it will be by a better football team. It is quite possible that the Lions will provide that team. A brilliant aerial attack, plus thunder on the ground, has sent Detroit bowling along through a schedule which as yet has been unmarred by defeat...PACKERS AT FULL STRENGTH: They will face a Packers battalion at full strength except for Pete Tinsley, guard, and Larry Buhler, halfback, who were shaken up in last Sunday's game at St. Louis. There is no better way to judge the power of the invading Lions than to examine the team's statistical record, released by the NFL. The Green Bay record, too, shows the strength which the Lions must stop to keep their record clean. Most of the Packer ball toting to date has been done by Andy Uram, Clarke Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski, Cecil Isbell and Joe Laws, all veterans. Uram's average is slightly the better of the bunch, due largely to his 95-yard gallop against the Cardinals at Milwaukee, considerably more than half of his total. Lloyd
Cardwell of Nebraska, Howie Weiss of Wisconsin, Bill Shepherd of Western Maryland, Johnny Pingel of Michigan State and Jim McDonald of Ohio State are the Lions' spearheads, every one a great ball carrier. Cardwell holds the highest average of the group, having ripped off 8.6 yards on an average every time he carried the ball. He will be one of the toughest men for the Packers to halt on Sunday. Arnold Herber and Cecil Isbell continue to handle practically all of the Packers' aerial assignments. Herber has thrown the most, and has completed the most for the best aerial total but Isbell has connected with nine out of 27. The Lions likewise place their faith on two passers - Pingel and Darrell Tully of East Texas Teachers. Between them they have thrown 35 of Detroit's 46 passes, and have completed all but one of the 20 successful Lion aerials. They share the work about equally. Don Hutson hold his usual place at the head of the Packer pass receivers. He already has set a new National league record in reception, and to date this season has caught 11 passes for a total of 297 yards. The Green Bay aerial attack has compiled considerably more yardage than that of Detroit. The best Lion pass snatcher is Chuck Hanneman, who came to the Detroit from Michigan Normal. His four catches have been good for 84 yards. Cardwell also has nailed down four, but his total is 70. Neither appear in Hutson's class as a pass receiver. Hinkle and Herber have done almost all of Green Bay's punting, and each is averaging 37 yards, from line of scrimmage to the point received. Herber has booted the longest kick, the punt going 65 yards. The best Detroit punter among the men still on the squad is Johnny Pingel, with an average of 41 yards. Bill Shepherd has a better average, but has kicked only five times, to 11 for Pingel. Hinkle is leading the Green Bay scoring list, with a 17-point total. Hutson is next with 13, and third in line is Jankowski, who has scored two league touchdowns. Hanneman, an end, is leading the Detroit scoring parade, which is well diversified, with 17 points. Monk Moscrip, another wingman, is second with 13.
ST. LOUIS GRID FANS AWED BY IMPRESSIVE WORK OF PACKERS
OCT 20 (Green Bay) - St. Louis sportswriters were awed by the appearance of the Green Bay Packers against the Gunners in their exhibition game of last Sunday, clipping from St. Louis newspapers reveal. The following excerpts are from the St. Louis Star-Times: By James Toomey - There has been some talk for the last few years of the possibilities of the St. Louis Gunners obtaining a franchise in the NFL, but approximately 11,000 fans went home from Walsh stadium yesterday afternoon wondering if the Gunners would have much of a chance against such big-time competition. The question mark in their minds was almost as large as the score by which the Gunners were defeated by the Green Bay Packers, a name that has been the very essence of football magic for the twenty-one years the team has been in existence. The Packers, using their first-string players only sparingly, triumphed by a score of 31 to 0, and put on the most dazzling display of football this city has seen in some years, perhaps since the Green Bay team made its last appearance here in 1933...GUNNERS TRIED HARD: Not that the Gunners didn't try. They did, valiantly. But trying is not enough against a hard-running, swift passing and sure-kicking aggregation such as the Packers. What could the Gunners have done, or other teams in the same league with the Packers done, against the passing combination of Arnie Herber to Don Hutson, or against the hard charging of Andy Uram, Jimmy Lawrence, Larry Buhler, Vic Jankowski and George Balazs, or against the automatic foot of Ernie Smith? It really doesn't make much difference what is done, the smooth-working Packers are on the tops...GUNNER PASS INTERCEPTED: It was the Herber to Hutson combination that gave the fans their greatest thrill of the day. Late in the second period the Packers were deep in their own territory when Hutson intercepted a Gunner pass. Plunges too the ball to the Packer 44-yard line and then it came. Herber faded back, back, back to about the Packer 25 and then he tossed, long and high. Hutson was running behind the Gunner safety man. He caught the ball on the ten, juggled it, seized it firmly on the five and trotted over the goal line. The entire play netted 56 yards, but the pass itself was thrown for easily 65 yards. The Gunners had several opportunities, but couldn't advance to any great extent against the Packers' alert and stubborn defense. The following is from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: By James H. Gould - That St. Louis lovers of sport will turn out in goodly numbers whenever the attraction is worthwhile was proved yesterday when a crowd estimated at 12,000 at Walsh Memorial stadium saw the St. Louis Gunners take a football lesson from the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. The lesson was attached to a 31 to 0 defeat, but the score indicated not that the Gunners were a bad football team, but that the Packers had a mighty good one. For one period - the first - the Gunners stood off the attack of the Packers but, in the last three quarters, the National leaguers showed the expected power of their attack with a defense that only slipped twice to let the Gunners get in Packer territory except by kicking when held for downs...SCORED FOUR TIMES: Four times, the Gunner goal line was crossed, twice in the second period and once each in the third and fourth. All four extra point tries were converted and, in the final period, Ernie Smith, who had kicked two of the extra points, placekicked a field goal from the 20-yard line. Jankowski, once of Wisconsin, scored two of the Packer touchdowns while Hutson, the former Alabama end, scored one and Laws, late of Iowa U., the other. Hutson and Engebretsen, the pride of Northwestern, added points after touchdowns...NOTE OF THE GAME: The attendance was the best at a professional football game - or any other - here in many years...Lou Ambers, who recently regained his lightweight title and celebrated by getting married, was in attendance...To most observers, the chief Gunner on offense was Ray Johnson with Billy Wilson, former Gonzaga end, taking local defense honors. For Green Bay, Lawrence, Hutson and Ernie Smith along with Jankowski proved shining lights.
SELLOUT CROWD TO WATCH BAYS
OCT 20 (Green Bay) - The largest crowd of the season, numbering between 22,000 and 24,000 persons, is expected here Sunday for the football game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit's Lions. The game with the Chicago Bears here several weeks ago drew 21,000, the biggest crowd of the season to date. The contest is a vital one for the Packers and the first of three tough battles they will face within the next few weeks. Next week they play Washington at Milwaukee and on November 4 the Bears will furnish the opposition in a return game in Chicago. Coach Curly Lambeau announced Friday that Pete Tinsley, guard, and Larry Buhler, halfback, may not play Sunday because of injuries. Lambeau has drilled the Packers on pass defense all week in anticipation of the Lions' aerial attack.
OCT 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - How come the Bears always seem to come up with two or three of the most publicized football players in each draft? That's a question that has been fired at this corner many times and one that bears some attention. The draft is supposed to work like the major league baseball draft. This means the club in the cellar has first choice, the club next from the bottom second choice and so on until each club has had its first choice. Then the cellar club gets its second choice and the process is continued until the draft is completed. Under that plan, and if carried out according to the aims of its supporters, the draft would be the means by which the poorer clubs would soon gain the playing strength needed to become title contenders and good drawing powers. But it doesn't. In many instances the lower clubs are also the clubs that haven't the financial resources to be able to offer a standout college draftee the necessary "bait". What happens? The last place club arranges a trade with one of the leaders whereby the topnotcher gives up some cash and one or two of its name players, but players who are on the way down, for the rights to the draftee. And thereby all the benefits of the draft are lost. Take that recent "deal" between the Bears and Brooklyn. Ray Buivid of the Bears was traded for Bob MacLeod, 1938 Dartmouth ace, who was the property of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Both players were holdouts. Buivid not only announced to George Halas he was definitely through with the pro football, but told Dodger officials the same thing when approached on the matter before the trade was consumated. The deal went through. The Bears got MacLeod, and the Dodgers got the "rights" to Buivid, who is still on the retired list. Perhaps the Dodgers were compensated on a cash basis; I do not know. But I do know the deal has caused a lot of eyebrow lifting in the ranks of pro fans who are beginning to believe that George Halas, owner of the Bears and vice president of the league, can do anything he wishes in the circuit...NEED NEW BY-LAW: MacLeod's addition to the Bears gives the Chicago club three of the standout backs of the 1938 college season. Billy Patterson of Baylor, Sid Luckman of Columbia and MacLeod. If the league is sincere in its efforts to build up the tailenders through the medium of the draft the addition of MacLeod, at least, to the Bears could have been averted, for the benefit of the whole league, by adding one simple by-law. The league should have a rile making it compulsory for every draftee to sign and play with the club that drafted him, for one year at least, unless a two-thirds vote of the league members sanctioned a proposed trade. Coverup deals are as plentiful in the pro loop as in organized baseball. I have been told of one deal in which a cellar club put in as its first choice the name of a player who was badly needed by a title contender. The player was drafted and next year showed up in the lineup of the title contender. The cellar club got its piece of chance but made no advancement toward the top or as a drawing power in the loop.
TWO UNBEATEN TEAMS TRAVEL ON SAME TRAIN
OCT 21 (Detroit) - Two undefeated football teams out in front of their respective leagues went to Chicago Friday evening in two sections of the Michigan Central twilight train. Michigan, Big Ten leader (with Ohio State), was in the first section bound for a contest with Chicago's Maroons Saturday, and Johnny Pingle and the Detroit Lions were in the second section, bound for Green Bay for a game with the Packers there Sunday.
PACKERS AWAIT LIONS' INVASION
OCT 21 (Detroit) - The unbeaten Detroit Lions left here last night for the Green Bay country and a clash Sunday with the Packers, early-season favorites to win the Western Division title in the NFL. Dutch Clark's Cleveland Rams took some offensive starch out of the well-balanced Packers several weeks ago when Parker Hall passed the Packers dizzy and the Rams emerged victorious. Green Bay's Arnie Herber to Don Hutson passing combination was oiled up and primed for the Dutchman and the Rams, and for the first half worked well. The Packers were out in front at the half and it looked like a breeze for them until Hall loosed his passes. Green Bay just went haywire. It's line was ripped apart for Hall's plunges and its secondary demoralized. It was the biggest upset of the National league season. Because Detroit easily trounced the Rams last week without much effort, and because the Cleveland team whipped Green Bay, Detroit went up to the Wisconsin country the favorite. And that isn't the best way to go to Green Bay. Because the Packers do have some runners, plungers, passers and punters. The Green Bay line is one of the best in the league, and when roused, as it certainly will be Sunday, can be very tough for any professional team. Green Bay always has been tough for Detroit on Packer ground.
DETROIT LIONS, PACKERS WILL COLLIDE HERE TOMORROW
OCT 21 (Green Bay) - Two football teams desperately anxious for victory stage a mighty collision on the turf of City stadium tomorrow afternoon as the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions meet in the first episode of their 1939 struggle for the championship of the West. The Chicago Bears, who stand to profit by the outcome of the game, should it be anything other than a deadlock, will keep a weather eye on the outcome, although they will have troubles of their own in facing the title-holding Giants at New York. Green Bay is intensely excited over its football weekend. Throughout the city for more than a week, the sole topic of conversation has involved the first Lion-Packer game, which send the Bays, beaten only by Cleveland, against a Detroit eleven which has yet to taste defeat. Both teams are close to full strength. Larry Buhler and Pete Tinsley, Packer halfback and guard respectively, may not see action because of injuries sustained in the St. Louis game, but Ernie Smith, left tackle who has yet to appear in league competition for the Packers this year, will be ready when and if needed. Both squads will feature driving attacks. The Lions have rolled up 80 points in their four game to date, while the Packers have accounted for 86. Defensively, the Detroit record is much better. Only 30 points have been scored against the Lions, the Packers having yielded 73. The Packer offense has been better than Detroit's this season, while the Lion defense, particularly against passes, appears much the superior to Green Bay's. The Lions put in an easy afternoon against Cleveland last week, when they definitely appeared to be pointing for the Packer contest and revealed little of their stuff. Statistically, Detroit holds the edge in yards gained from scrimmage, lateral passing, forward passing efficiency, pass interceptions, punting, most opponents' fumbles recovered, touchdown passes, least opponents' gains, pass defense and least opponents' scores...MORE FIRST DOWNS: The Packers appear superior in first downs, yards gained passing, total yards gained, runback of punts, least years penalized, least fumbles, touchdown runs and scoring. The ticket situation is highly satisfactory from the standpoint of the Packer management, and Director of Sales E.A. Spachmann has even hinted at a record crowd, given good weather tomorrow. The mark is 22,968, established at the Detroit-Green Bay game last season. Spachmann announced that the Legion building headquarters will be open from 9 to 12 Sunday morning and from 5 to 6 in the afternoon, to accommodate out-of-town fans desiring to secure tickets for next Sunday's Washington-Green Bay game at Milwaukee. The Lions already are on the scene, having arrived on the North Western line this morning, headed by Coach Elmer (Gus) Henderson, in his first season as Detroit mentor. He succeeded Earl (Dutch) Clark, who transferred his activities to Cleveland. With the Lions came a host of Detroit fans, and others are on the way. Some are driving to Ludington, and are taking car ferries across to Manitowoc. Others are coming by train around through Chicago, and the Lions are assured plenty of support at City stadium tomorrow...FANS ARE MOVING IN: So are the Packers. Hordes of fans are converging upon Green Bay from all over the state. One special North Western train will pull in from Ironwood, Mich., tomorrow morning, carrying 200 wild-eyes fans from the iron country. Another special delegation will bring Milwaukee boosters up from that city. The state's football fans will be drained from all areas before noon tomorrow and deposited in one howling throng at City stadium. Given good weather, and they'll storm the gates, for a sellout now definitely is in prospect.
HOWIE WEISS, JOHNNY PINGEL AMONG STARS WITH DETROIT
OCT 22 (Green Bay) - Random notes on the Detroit Lions, who will growl their loudest at the Green Bay Packers here Sunday: The Lions' all-America roster, though less publicized as such than some in the league, is star studded. Howard Weiss, Wisconsin fullback, and John Pingle, Michigan State halfback, were two of the 1938 college season's hottest backs. Alex Wojciechowiz made top honors at center while at Fordham. Back in 1932, Jack Johnson was almost a unanimous choice for all-America tackle while at Utah. Then there is Bill Shepherd, the fullback from Western Maryland who led the nation's collegiate scorers in 1935, and Monk Moscrip who gained recognition from coast to coast while working the Stanford wings. Several were on the rolls for honorable mention on mythical teams, like Lloyd Cardwell of Nebraska whose name was there in 1934, 1935 and 1936...MOST FEARED BACK: Cardwell is one of the most feared backs in the league this year, according to coaches (including the Packers' E.L. Lambeau). It is reported that he is running the reverse plays better than Ernie Caddel ever did, which is something. Last season he was named at right halfback on the all-National league team. His size helps. 200 pounds, 6 foot 3, only 26 years old. Weiss is an understudy to Shepherd, but is coming along fast. Shepherd is having a great year which is bound to keep a newcomer in the background. The former Western Maryland ace is one of the hardest running backs in the league. Fans who saw him during the past four seasons recall that he also is a red hot punter and placekicker, and he blocks, which is handy. Detroit scoring this season has been well distributed. Tully, Pingle, Cardwell, Sloan, Shepherd, Hanneman, Moore and Moscrip all have made touchdowns. The latter three are ends. Tully is a former East Texas State Teachers halfback whom Texas writers proclaimed one of the best pro prospects of the 1938 college crop. Last week he was in the starting lineup at quarterback for the Lions. Like Green Bay, Detroit has extra point kickers in gross quantities, and more than a few of them are able placebooters. Moscrip looks best. Pingle will be one of the most watched players on the field. He has gained 159 yards for an average of 4.6 yards per try, and is nobody's fool as a passer. In a less potent backfield he might stand out even more, but Lions' Coach Henderson has replacements aplenty and they all have done pretty well to date. Shepherd's ground gaining average, by the way, is 5.8 per attempt. His total is 206 yards, fourth highest on the league list, but Cardwell has reeled off an 8.6 yard average in 14 tries...NO CAUSE FOR GLOOM: "Gloomy Gus" Henderson has a record to be proud of in his first four starts as a National league mentor. His team has scored 80 points in the quartet of victories. Only 30 points have been counted by Detroit opponents - a tribute to the work of taciturn Hunk Anderson, who handles the coaching in that department. Henderson denies "razzle dazzle" play attributed to his team. He says: "We pass whenever we feel a pass will score. We run whenever we think a run will score," which is saying nothing at all except the fundamental truth that is behind the motives of every coach and quarterback in the league. All Anderson had to say is "It's a coming team." Coming or going, the Packers will ruffle the Lions, but it may be close.
PACKERS CHOICE OVER LIONS SUNDAY
OCT 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It may be sticking my neck into a noose, but I like the Packers over the Lions Sunday afternoon at Green Bay despite the undefeated status of Coach Gus Henderson's club and the fact the Packers fell so far from grace as to suffer their only defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Rams. Offsetting the Lions' undefeated record is the cold fact they haven't as yet been called upon to face the Bears, to my way of thinking the best club in the league this year, and the Packers have met - and defeated - the Bears. But make no mistake, the Lions have one of their greatest clubs and, if anything, are reputed to have the best coaching in Detroit pro football history. The Rams and Cardinals proved what good passing and good receiving can do to any aerial defensive plans. They had great passers in Hall and Robbins, but neither rates any more highly than the Detroit bomb tossers, Dwight Sloan and Johnny Pingel. Sloan, ace passer of the 1938 Cardinals, went to the Lions in a trade for Vernon Huffman who quit the game, and Pingel came out of Michigan State where he established the reputation of being the best college back of the year by those who know and by those who were unbiased in their opinions. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers has been stressing pass defense all week, but when it comes right down to it there is little that can be done when the passer is accurate and the receiver is as fast as the man covering him. Under those conditions the best pass defense is a prayer. However, this also holds true on both sides and certain Packer parties such as Arnie Herber, Cecil Isbell and Jimmy Lawrence as passers and Don Hutson, Joe Laws, Milt Gantenbein, Moose Mulleneaux and Hinkle as receivers will keep the Lions from enjoying any siestas during the afternoon while on defense. Granted that the aerial maneuvers should be pretty much of an even thing, although I'll string with Herber and Hutson in the clutch, this leaves it up to ground attacks
St. Louis University High School - A Roman Catholic institution that was completed in 1924. This school can trace its history, as the high school department of St. Louis University, back to 1818 when the University was founded as the St. Louis Academy. It remained as an integral part of the University and held classes in the University buildings on Grand Avenue, until its move to the present building in 1924. By that time, several other high schools and academies had been combined with the St. Louis University High School. The high school's new building was a gift from Mrs. Anna F. Backer, as a memorial to her late husband, George H. Backer. Its cornerstone was laid by Archbishop John J. Glennon on April 15, 1923 and it opened for classes in September of the next year. The school's new location had been the site of the University's old stadium and athletic field. A later stadium, erected as a memorial to Edward A. Walsh, was completed to the west of the high school in 1930. During the early 1950's Walsh Stadium was razed and its site is now occupied by commercial structures. (Source: The History of St. Louis Neighborhoods)
Location: 5224 Oakland Ave., St. Louis - Dates: 1930-1956
and again it looks fairly even. The Lions have Lloyd Cardwell, former Husker who wrecked the Packers last year at the Bay on his reverses; Fred Vanzo, great blocking backs from Northwestern; Bill Shepherd, Western Maryland's wild hoss of the Chesapeake; Howie (Howitzer) Weiss, star of the 1938 Badgers, besides Sloan and Pingel. Packer aces in ball lugging are Isbell, Hinkle, Jankowski, Laws and Andy Uram. They should hold their own if the line continues to play as it did against the Cardinals and as it did in the second half against the Bears. It was in the return game at Detroit last year, won by the Packers, that Uram started to find himself in the pro ranks and he's been going hot ever since. My choice is based on the edge Hutson and Herber gave the Packers, not only in passing, but because the way they open up a defense for successful ground plays whenever Don moves out, plus the fact that the Bay line is as good as any in the league when it plays the ball it is capable of. Regardless of the victor, the game looks to be the standout attraction of the season for Wisconsinites and a capacity throng of 24,000 is expected. However, since the Packer stadium was enlarged the last time there has never been a complete sellout and would-be last hour ticket purchases will probably be accommodated. The game will start at 2 o'clock.