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Preseason: Green Bay Packers 31, Southwest College All-Stars 20

Monday September 4th 1939 (at Dallas)



(DALLAS) - History reversed itself in the Cotton Bowl Monday night, and Goliath in the guise of the Green Bay Packers knocked the ears off L'il David O'Brien and his All-Star cohorts. The occasion was the fourth annual charity football game staged by the Salesmanship club, and the Packers took measure of Davey's crew by 31 to 20. It was the first time that the professionals won over the college luminaries since the series was instituted. L'il David did not look bad in defeat, but Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson, Carl Mulleneaux, Eddie Jankowski, Arnie Herber, Baby Ray, and a half-dozen others looked better in victory. The Packers won the unanimous acclaim of a highly partisan audience as they rolled up 31 points before the All-Stars' passing started to clock. At no time was the Green Bay team in danger of losing its big lead and, until the contest was marred by too frequent penalties - on the Packers - in the final period, it looked as if the winners' end might have been greater. All of the Packer points were made in the first half which ended 31 to 6. True, the All-Stars outgained the Packers in passing by 227 yards to 180, but the collegians made 40 attempts as compared with half as many by the Packers. The Packers completed seven and the Stars 17. In rushing, the Packers outdistanced the Stars by 207 yards to 37. Clarke Hinkle was the outstanding back on the field. He made the first Packer touchdown on a 22-yard run, and reeled off a couple of other long runs that left a trail of wounded in his wake. Other Packer touchdowns were made by Jankowski, who shows the fire of 1937; Hutson, who showed this area what it really means to flag down forward passes; and Laws, who scooted over for one standing up while a red ​hot line pushed the opposition out of the way.


Line play by the Packers was impressive throughout. Various combinations with a finesse that was lacking in the opening practice games against Pittsburgh. Citing individuals for special honor in a machine that operated that well may be unfair, but important cogs as Ray, Lee, Brennan, Letlow and Schultz cannot be overlooked. For pure defensive genius, Larry Craig won a place on the honor role, while Carl Mulleneaux was tops for his all-around end play. The All-Stars failed to show much of anything until late in the second quarter, when Pete Fay, standout All-Star back from Stanford, ran 13 yards for a touchdown. In the last period two O'Brien passes brought the ball into pay dirt. Billy Dewell cashed in on one, and Dick Todd, property of the Washington Redskins, scored on the other. Earl in the first period the usually reliable Tiny Engebretsen missed on his first Packer chance for points when his attempted field goal from the 26-year line was wide. A pass from Cecil Isbell to Frank Steen, a boy playing in his hometown, had


advanced the ball 36 yards to the 16-yard line. Isbell and Hinkle picked up five but a pass went bad, and on last down Tiny dropped back 15 yards for the bad placekick. Shortly later, Isbell intercepted an O'Brien pass and hustled back to the Stars' 37-yard line. Hinkle and Isbell rushed the ball to the 22, and then Hinkle dashed off left tackle, ran over a couple of secondary defensive backs, and chalked up the first six points. Don Hutson kicked the seventh.


The first quarter was waning when Billy Patterson, tackled by Hinkle, dropped the ball. Half the Packers on the field fell on it on the Stars' 26. Isbell passed to Steen near the goal line, but the ball slipped out of Frank's fingers. Isbell picked up nine more, but Laws lost three. On last down Engebretsen made his second field goal attempt of the evening, and this time he didn't miss. Three plays in the second quarter netted seven more Packer points. The Packers had the ball on their own 30 when Herber passed to Carl Mulleneauz, who took the ball in midfield and pounded to the Stars' 30. No downs were wasted. Herber passed to Hutson on the next play, and Don made a spectacular falling catch across the goal line. Jankowski kicked the point. The Packers kicked off, and O'Brien found himself in hot water. He finally fumbled on the 10, and Craig recovered for the Packers. In two line thrusts Jankowski carried the ball over. He also kicked the extra point, making the score 24 to 0. About halfway through the second quarter, after an exchange of punts, and a 15-yard penalty against the Packers, Hinkle broke into the open and ran 48 yards to the Stars' 29. On the way he incapacitated all-America I.B. Hale to the extent that Hale had to be removed from the game. Isbell passed to Allen Moore, who was tackled on the goal line. Laws went between left tackle and end on second down for the touchdown. Isbell kicked the goal, and the Packer scoring was over for the evening. It was about this time that Fay began to assert himself for the Stars. He returned the Packer kickoff to midfield. He passed to Todd on a play that left the ball on the 27, and repeated the formula for 14 more yards. The remaining 13 yards Mr. Fay took care of by circling his own left end. George Sanders made the extra point on the first try, but missed when the Stars were penalized 15 yards for holding. Before the half ended, the Packers had advanced the ball to the Stars' 20 with a sizeable run by Isbell accounting for most of the yards. The second half saw the Stars throwing the ball all over the lot, and connecting as a less spirited Packer club showed only sporadic bursts of its first half power.


Neither team scored in the third quarter, but in the fourth, a quarter that was marked by altercation between players, the Stars came through twice to give the home folks something to cheer about. Davey O'Brien sparked the team to both tallies. Starting from their eight yard line after a punt by Hinkle, the Stars went all the way to the Packer 18, mostly on O'Brien passes, only to lose the ball on downs. The Packers took the ball on downs. The Packers took the ball on the 20, but lost 15 on a penalty. Isbell kicked out, and O'Brien turned to passing. Three brought results and a touchdown. The first, from the 37-yard line, went to Todd. The second was caught by Dewell, and it was Dewell who took the third for nine yards to cross the goal line. O'Brien kicked the point. The last score came after a series of Packer penalties. Three times Packers - Svendsen, Greenfield and Herber - intercepted Star passes to stop scoring threats. But a 15-yard penalty in a row nullified Packer offensive work, and the All-Stars wound up with the ball on the Packer 40 after a punt by Hinkle. O'Brien passed to Todd after the Packers drew another 15 through the officials, and the Southwest made its last touchdown. O'Brien kicked the goal. The Packers took control of the game from that point, although Greenfield was ejected after exchanging words with Fay. When the game ended, the Stars had the ball in midfield.

GREEN BAY    - 10 21  0  0 - 31

SW ALL STARS -  0  6  0 14 - 20


1ST - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 22-yard run (Don Hutson kick good) GREEN BAY 7-0 

1ST - GB - Tiny Engebretsen, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0

2ND - GB - Don Hutson, 17-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Eddie Jankowski kick good) GREEN BAY 17-0

2ND - GB - Jankowski, 1-yard run (Jankowski kick good) GREEN BAY 24-0

2ND - GB - Joe Laws, 3-yard run (Kick good) GREEN BAY 31-0

2ND - STARS - Pete Fay, 13-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 31-6

4TH - STARS - Billy Dewell, 12-yard pass from Davey O'Brien (Davey O'Brien kick) GREEN BAY 31-13

4TH - STARS - Dick Todd pass from O'Brien (O'Brien kick) GREEN BAY 31-20



SEPT 6 (Kenosha) - Albert Novakofski of Menasha, halfback and co-captain of last year's Lawrence college Midwest Conference champions, signed a contract Tuesday to play with the Cooper Cardinals of the American Pro Football League. Novakofski had a trial with the Green Bay Packers last month.


SEPT 6 (Green Bay) - Some seven years after hanging up his Packer togs, Verne Lewellen finds it essential to be in pretty fair physical shape and to understand the technicalities of the game even better than when he played it. Lew is an official in the NFL and pro football officiating, he told Kiwanians in a talk before that group yesterday noon at the Hotel Northland, now conforms to standards all but unknown in the old days. Lew describes how the 1939 officials, at a recent meeting, had to pass rigid physical examination before being approved. This was followed by a written examination containing 176 questions so tough Lew said they couldn't be answered perfectly even with the use of a rule book. Since mastering all the requirements he has received two lengthy bulletins further clarifying the rules. Not that maintaining good physical condition or keeping up on the game should be any trick for the only former Packer now in the pro game as an official. Between 1924 and 1932, while putting over 50 touchdown and a goal kick to pile up 301 points for the all-time Packer scoring mark, Lew always was in top shape and up on his technical football. But this officiating is just like going to back school again, and being in the lineup, all at the same time, the Green Bay attorney intimated. A pro league officials during recent seasons, he has been assigned to his first game this fall at Soldier field in Chicago for the game between the Bears and the Cleveland Rams Sept. 15...TALKS OVER RULES: Talking over new and old rules with the Kiwanis club yesterday, Lew touched on one that usually seems to have the fan a little leery, depending on whether his team is on the offensive or defensive. It concerns interference rulings on pass plays. The player on defense has as much right to the ball as the potential pass snatcher, Lew explained, as long as he makes a legitimate try for it. He can come in contact with him while going up for the ball, a rule that sometimes has the crowd guessing. The fact is, according to Lewellen, there is just as much offensive as defensive interference on pass plays, usually furnished by the pass receiver tactfully using his hips in making the try...HOWLS FROM STANDS: Another rule that often leads to howls from the stands has to do with a completed or incompleted placekick. Much depends of course on the angle from which the play is viewed, and the official is directly in line. But the rule states that if any part of the ball crosses the outside edge of the goal post it is no good. During the Packer-Texas All-Star game Monday night radio listeners heard that a Packer end and an All-Star back grabbed a Packer forward pass simultaneously and both continued to clutch the ball after failing to the ground. It was


judged a completed Packer pass, and several All-Star howls could be heard. The ruling is perfectly clear, Lewellen said. In a situation like this the team in possession of the ball is given preference. If two men on the same team both grab the ball, however, it is judged to be an incompleted pass, he explained. A new rule dealing with pass plays insists that the lineman must keep contact with his opponent, and not exceed his initial charge on the play. Otherwise, the lineman may cause the pass to be judged incomplete and prompt a penalty. Lewellen reviewed a number of new rules in detail and in passing commented that he tries to forget all about college football rules. Anyone has his hands full with the pro game, he explained.


SEPT 6 (Dallas) - Aside from an individual comment here and there, including an isolated case in the press, there is no bitterness in the hearts of the southwest football experts and fans over the Green Bay Packers' defeat of the College All-Stars by 31 to 20 in the Cotton Bowl here Monday night. Coach Dutch Meyer of Texas Christian university and co-mentor of the All-Stars was among the first to congratulate Packer Coaches Curly Lambeau and Red Smith on their victory. He cited Green Bay as the best professional team ever to show here, and when it is considered that the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins furnish the basis for this comparison, it is nothing to be shunted aside...BELL PRAISES PACKERS: Like Meyer, Matty Bell of Southern Methodist was extravagant in his praise of the Packers. He had little to say immediately after the game. but on the following morning told this writer that "the Packers are the greatest professional team I have ever seen anywhere." Bell, who shared the Star coaching duties with Meyer, and is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on the aerial game, summed up that department with: "When men like Cecil Isbell and Arnie Herber are throwing, and Don Hutson and a couple of others are catching, you just about have the ultimate in forward passing effectiveness, and with backs like Hinkle, Laws and Jankowski to run, man, you have something. There were a number of the Packers that I didn't recognize, but they sure played great ball. The tremendous drive of the Packers was not expected so early in the season." With the exception of Flem Hall, Fort Worth Star Telegram, the sportswriters were just about unanimous in Packer acclaim. Hall objected to Packer protests of continuous penalties called by Ab Curtis, umpire, who is a favorite in Fort Worth. In a later edition of the same paper, Amos Melton eased up considerably on what Hall had called lack of Packer sportsmanship. The charge came out of the Packer objections to officiating that cost 135 yards in the game, and directly led to the two final All-Star counters...SEES GREAT SPECIALISTS: George White of the Dallas Morning News praised the Packers in his story, and later called to say that "any fan who didn't see a really great football specialist in every department, especially in the Packer lineup, must have been asleep." Bill McClanahan of the Dispatch-Journal, a former Highland Park (Dallas) teammate of Packer alumnus Al Rose, set down the Packers as possessing the greatest offensive in football, and added that as far as line play was concerned, defensive play was well high invulnerable. Red Webster of the United Press summed it up as "class, and class alone, that sent Coach Curly Lambeau's giant grid juggernaut into victory."...ANYONE GOOD ENOUGH: Felix McKnight of the Associated Press centered his laudation around Hinkle, Herber, Isbell, Hutson and Carl Mulleneaux, but he added that as far as he was concerned, anything in a Packer uniform was good enough for his ball team. Bur regardless of the bouquets tosses at the Packers, it mus be admitted that the All-Stars provided practically no yardstick for measuring National league strength. Their attack was weak. They were light on tackles with only Hale and Abe Murphy of Texas Tech on a pro league level. Despite all his publicity, even his most rabid followers cannot place Davey O'Brien on the same standard with his southwest predecessor, Sammy Baugh. O'Brien has nerve enough for two men, and he is a good passer when he has lots of protection, but his All-Star appearance indicate that he has a tough row to hoe in the National league...PRAISE FOR DICK TODD: The consensus of Dallas newspaper opinion here is that the southwest's best bet for pro league honors this season is Dick Todd, the hard running halfback from Texas A. and M. He goes to the Washington Redskins. Todd shared honors with Pete Fay of Stanford as the class of the All-Star backfield. As a high school back at Crowell, Texas, he individually accounted for 318 points in eleven games in his senior year. Lack of all-around backs on his college team had him filling too many assignments, according to the experts here, but with the Redskins he will get his chance to show where is best, running in an open field. He accounted for one way after taking a pass from O'Brien Monday night.


SEPT 6 (Green Bay) - The vanguard of the returning Packer squad arrived here today in the person of Coach Curly Lambeau himself. Lambeau took a plane from Texas to Chicago and came the rest of the way by train. The players will arrive on the Milwaukee Road train at 10:10 tonight. Lambeau commented briefly to this effect: the heat was terrific, the Packers never played better football than they did in the first half against the All-Stars, and the only injury was a pulled muscle credited to blocker Herman Schneidman.


SEPT 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Like the weather, the Green Bay Packers were hot and cold Monday night down in Dallas when they triumphed over the Texas All-Stars, 31 to 20. During the first half the Bays were hotter than an air raid, holding a 31 to 0 edge just before the close of the second period, but from then on Curly Lambeau & Co. slowed down to a fat man's pace and the youngsters, paced by Wee Davie O'Brien's fine passing, made it a contest and actually outplayed the Packers the rest of the route. What does that great first half scoring splurge of the Packers mean? And does it mean any more than that second half slump? In all probability the two are part and parcel. The Packers got the jump when still fresh and when experience and poise cracked down hard on the kids, but with the start of the second half it was a good guess the older pros bogged down somewhat in the head and from then on youth and condition took charge. The New York Giants supposedly proved in the Chicago All-Star fray the older pros could get in the right condition if they put their mind to it and actually worked to get off the added pounds. However, I do know the Packers are in surprising good shape for so early in the season, but that Coach Lambeau is not anxious for them to get "up there" at this time. Coach Curly is too well acquainted with the toughness of the pro schedule, that it is a long, long time to December 1 and that to get a team "up" at this time would mean gridiron suicide for the late games. What coaches I've talked to since the Chicago All-Star game admit the Giants were the finest conditioned pro team ever to enter that game, but they are awaiting final results to see if the early and heavy training didn't take something out of the players that will be needed sadly down the home stretch of the pro race. My guess is that it did, but at the same time I think the gamble was worth it from the professional angle. All too often of late have the Stars out-gassed the pros and it was up to the Giants to uphold the pro league prestige or forever force the pros to keep their "major league football" claims buttoned up tightly. One thing the Texas game did prove is that the Packers are improving on their timing, that the running game will click and that the passing maneuvers will be as potent as ever. It also proved the Bays, like most of the pro clubs, aren't any too strong on aerial defense. But all of us can see for ourselves when the Packers and Cardinals open a week from Sunday in Green Bay. That fray should tell a lot, but the following week, when the bold, bad Bears invade Baytown, we'll know the whole story. Let's hope it's pleasant!


SEPT 7 (Green Bay) - Their Texas invasion now a matter of gridiron history, the Green Bay Packers will resume their regular practice schedule tomorrow, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. The men deserve a rest until then, Lambeau said, as they underwent a terrible hear barrage on their southern jaunt, as they encountered the most severe wave Texas has experienced for 26 years. "We did not have air conditioned rooms," he explained, "because we knew that living in them would affect us adversely once we got onto the field. We practiced at night, but the heat wave outlasted our visit, and many of the men showed its effect."...CARDINALS NEXT FOE: Right now Lambeau and Assistant Coach Red Smith are hard at work drafting strategy and planning practice programs in anticipation of the Chicago Cardinals' invasion of City stadium one week from Sunday. The Sept. 17 tangle will send the Packers against what the coach regards as one extremely tough ball club. "The Cardinals," Lambeau said, "are the strongest they have been in years. Remember, their appearances last year were dodged by tough luck. They gave the Bears two great battles, lost to the New York Giants by the narrowest of margins and only lost us at Buffalo on Tiny Engebretsen's last minute field goal. Furthermore, they scooped the West division in the 1938 draft, their new men including such talented men as Ki Aldrich, Texas Christian center; Marshall Goldberg, Pittsburgh fullback; and George Faust, Minnesota back."...TRAINING AT DULUTH: The Cardinals, who have been training at Duluth, Minn., under Coach Ernie Nevers, consistently outplayed the Giants in scrimmage, the champions being quartered at Superior, Wis., across the way. Among the toughies returning from last year are Sam Agee, Vanderbilt fullback; Tony Blazine, Illinois Wesleyan tackle; Jim Lawrence, T.C.U. halfback; Buddy Parker, Centenary fullback; Dougal Russell, Kansas State halfback; Bill Smith, Washington end who kicks field goals; and forward passing Jack Robbins of Arkansas. There will be no further slashes in the Packer squad until after next Sunday's scrimmage, Lambeau indicated, adding that several men will be under close scrutiny at that time. "Nevers is optimistic," the Green Bay coach continued, "and he sees nothing but victory for this season. The Cardinals are pointing more for the Packer game Sept. 17 than they are for the Detroit Lions next Sunday." The Packers will be called into a skull session at Hotel Northland tonight at 7 o'clock, and will be on the practice field tomorrow morning at 9:30.


SEPT 7 (Green Bay) - It was a tired by happy crew of Green Bay Packers that piled off the train at the Oakland avenue station shortly after 10 o'clock last night. They were tired of heat and train rides, and happy because they had defeated the All-Stars at Dallas, Tex., by 31 to 20, and were home. Unlike the trip down, in which the players cut loose with all the enthusiasm of the season's first football trip, the journey back to Green Bay was without incident. A three-hour layover in Chicago Wednesday afternoon broke the monotony of riding the rails more than 1,300 mile, and with Assistant Coach Richard Smith in command a number of the boys saw part of the Cubs-Cardinals baseball game at Wrigley field. Trainer Dave Woodward worked on hand injuries incurred in the game by both Captain Milt Gantenbein and Frank Steen, rookie end who was just as happy as any in the party to get back to Green Bay despite the fact that he is a native of Dallas. Neither Gantenbein nor Steen's injuries appear to be serious, but both were slated for further examinations today. Steen's wife joined him on the return. They will live at the Mayfair apartments. Another newcomer to the football colony is Mrs. Francis Twedell, wife of the Packers' newest guard from the University of Minnesota. Mrs. Twedell has been in Chicago since her husband played in the All-Star game there, and Francis carried her along to Green Bay when the team left the Windy City...MUSCLE IS PULLED: The pulled leg muscle that serves as Herman Schneidman's reminder of the game was being treated today in hopes that the veteran Iowa blocking back will not be shelved for any length of time. Other players encountered a bruise here and there, but nothing of a major nature. Carl Mulleneaux was the team's only serious Dallas heat casualty. Big Carl passed out of the picture after entering the Cotton Bowl dressing room at the conclusion of the game. He was revived by Woodward, and sent to bed at the Hotel Adolphus, but he showed no ill effects of his experience on the ride home. Frank Balazs fully recovered from a fever that kept him under observation the first two days in Dallas. While he was used sparingly in the game, he was pronounced fit by Woodward, and by the time the Cardinal game rolls around the coaches expect him to be ready for a full turn in the backfield...NOT ENOUGH BREAKFAST: Only once on the trip did the team rise up in something that may be compared to a sit-down strike, and it all was the result of misunderstanding on the part of a railroad steward. When the team boarded the crack Abraham Lincoln streamliner at St. Louis at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the boys filed into the dinner for breakfast. On the trip to Dallas, they were on a training table diet, and their choice of food was restricted. The diner steward was under the impression that the same regulations were in force Wednesday, and until the situation was righted by Red Smith, the steward faced a very uncertain future. The same route was followed on the return trip as was used to reach Dallas. The Texas Special transported the team from Dallas to St. Louis, and from St. Louis to Chicago the team rode the Abraham Lincoln. The last lap was made on the Milwaukee Road.


SEPT 7 (Green Bay) - Packer football fans who are of the opinion that the team was ordered to get all the points it could against the Southwest All-Stars at Dallas Monday night, and then coast on its laurels, can revise their beliefs, for it wasn't as involved as that. Coach Curly Lambeau's summary of the strategy surrounding the Texas conquest, during which the Green Bay team staged the greatest offensive show since the fall of the Alamo, indicated that a considerable quantity of good football merely was dumped into the laps of the perspiring All-Stars. It was that simple. "The team started out red hot, full of determination and playing excellent football," he explained. "The players knew that they were brushing up against tough competition. The All-Stars were built up as the strongest team of the four-year series." The Packers wilted and faded before a similar heat wave in the Chicago All-Star game of 1937, but they did not collapse before the burning waves which swept from the Western prairies across the Cotton Bowl. Why not? Because of their vastly improved reserve strength. At Soldier field two years ago the Packers scarcely had two top rank men at every position. At some spots they were only a man or a man and a half deep. Against the Texas All-Stars they produced three good players for every position, and four for some. Clarke Hinkle played almost the entire Chicago All-Star game of 1938 in blistering heat. He had little effective relief. Against the Southwesterners, Lambeau used four fullbacks - Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski, Dick Weisgerber and Frank Balazs - to deadly effect. Why didn't the team drive ahead with another scoring demonstration in the second half? Did the Packers melt under the pounding heat, or did they want to give the home folks a chance to cheer the college boys? Neither. In the first half the shock troops, veterans of many a professional football battle, swept to the firing line for Green Bay and unleashed a shattering offensive which in the first two periods rolled up 31 points. Later, the All-Stars saw their opportunity to score when a Packer or two were back on their heels, and they cashed in. The half ended 31 to 6. In the second half, new, first year Packers took the field most of the time, including a practically new line. At no time in the final periods did Lambeau have on the field the same combination which roared through the All-Stars in the first half. Laxness on defense in the last period cost the Packers two touchdowns. Passers were not rushed properly, the best Green Bay defensive combination was not in the game, and the All-Stars themselves ran into a hot streak. The heat did affect the Packers. Carl Mulleneaux passed out in the dressing room after the game, and had not busy Dave Woodward, the trainer, been running around like a rabbit, other might have had the same experience. There was just as much heat at Dallas, as there was at Chicago in 1937, but this time the Packers had an ace in the hole. They had reserves, and therein lies a warning to future competition in the NFL.


SEPT 7 (Green Bay) - The dust and heat of Texas behind them. the Green Bay Packers prepared to resume practice Friday for their first National Professional league game against the Chicago Cardinals here September 17. The Cardinals will invade Green Bay with what Coach Curly Lambeau declares is the most improved team in the western division of the league. Their 1939 draftees include such well known stars as Marshall Goldberg, Pittsburgh back; Ki Aldrich, Texas Christian center, and George Faust, Minnesota quarterback. The Packers emerged from their Labor Day all-star struggle in Dallas with nothing more than a slight muscle injury to Herman Schneidman, blocking quarterback. Although several of the players were affected by the heat during their torrid Texas trip, all have recovered. Lambeau gave his men a rest, and advised plenty of leg toughening golf after their arrival Wednesday until the resumption of hard work Friday. He announced that a regular scrimmage would be held Sunday morning, as several of the Packers need more rough work. There will be no more slashes in the club personnel immediately, he said, although he is paying strict attention to the showing of several men in the coming scrimmages.



SEPT 8 (Green Bay) - As far as Coach E.L. Lambeau now knows, the entire Green Bay Packer squad will be ready for action against the powerful Chicago Cardinals, when those two NFL combinations tangle at City stadium one week from next Sunday afternoon. The coach checked over his casualty list today, shortly before he called his players back into practice for the  first time since their conquest of the Southwest All-Stars at Dallas, Tex., Monday night. He found Herman Schneidman with a painful leg muscle, Ernie Smith toting a set of broken fingers in a cast, and Frank Balazs recovering from illness which handicapped him during the recent All-Star period, but coach anticipates that all will be set by the time of the Chicago arrival...PREPARING FOR SCHEDULE: The Packers now are poised for a plunge into a National league schedule  which will not be completed, for them, until late in November. Most imminent, they face four consecutive league combats before they hit an open Sunday Oct. 15. Starting with the Cardinals, they then must tackle the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Rams, and the Cardinals again, in that order. The second game with the Cards will be played at Milwaukee. Lambeau ordered a lengthy skull session at the Hotel Northland last night. attended by the 40 players who have survived the early season slashes. A few more yet must be pared from the roster before the team will be down to required strength, and the coach may make up his


mind regarding the new dismissals during a scrimmage session which he will hold either tomorrow or Sunday...CARDINALS LOOK ROUGH: A glance over the roster of Coach Ernie Nevers' team fails to give the Packer coach undue reason for optimism, although he will be the most disappointed man in town if Green Bay does not come through with a victory. "In recent season," Lambeau said, "the Packers have started very slowly. To repeat for the Western division championship this year, we must win our games at home, and start our final road trip in first place. Our home performances against the Cardinals and Bears in the last few seasons have been extremely disappointing, and we hope the fine showing the men made in Texas is an indication that they are ready for a fast start this year." 


SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - A fiery but inconsistent Packer football squad raced through its practice session here yesterday, as coaches and players started the intensive assignment of preparing for an invasion by the Chicago Cardinals, slated for a week from tomorrow afternoon. It was the first drill the team has had since its victory over the Southwest All-Stars at Dallas last Monday, and the men had trouble getting back into stride. The workout was spotty, with some flashes of fine form intermingled with fumbles and dropped forward passes. The erratic nature of the practice didn't bother Coach Curly Lambeau a bit. "It's no more than we expected, following the hard game in Texas and the long train ride," he explained. Wayland Becker, former Marquette end who accompanied the team to Dallas, was suspended yesterday. Lambeau stated that Becker did not exert enough effort to get himself in shape, and that his attitude on the field was unsatisfactory. The work of Larry Buhler, ex-Minnesota blocking and running halfback, was a standout at Friday's practice. The shifty, speedy Buhler, as conscientious and hard-working as any member of the squad, burned around the ends and through the tackles in conspicuous fashion, and the coach now is positive that he will make the professional grade. Buhler does everything but pass. "We don't want him to pass," Lambeau said. "He's a fine ball carrier and a great blocker."...PURUCKER SHOWS SPEED: Norman Purucker, the Michigan halfback who reported late, came up with a display of speed. There's no opportunity to evaluate him thoroughly until after the next scrimmage, scheduled for today or tomorrow. At one point Purucker showed fine headwork when another back got mixed up on his signals. The ex-Wolverine snatched the ball from his mate's hand and sped around end, following the direction he was supposed to take had the play been executed properly. The backfield messed up several plays, until Lambeau barked. "Let's do better than that, backfield!" The only men not working out were Herman Schneidman, blocking quarterback, and Ernie Smith, left tackle, who are sidelined with injuries...WEISGERBER IS PLACED: Dick Weisgerber, who has been tossed around the backfield, playing successively at fullback, right half and blocking quarter, finally has landed definitely at the latter position. Swede Johnston, who has played guard for the past season, has been moved into the fullback position. Weenie Wilson, left halfback, was given a lot of work yesterday. Lambeau cautioned him to keep his head down on line plays, as his diminutive size adds to his deception when he is loping behind oversized interference. Frank Balazs, halfback, again drew favorable comment from the coach. Balazs continues to work hard and apparently is destined for a lengthy career in pro football, if he so desires. The squad was given an extra long calisthenics drill, to shake off the travel legs, and then settle down to an extended drill on forward pass offense and defense, with Arnold Herber and Cecil Isbell doing most of the chucking. The receivers had trouble, except for Don Hutson, who landed several spectacular snatches...CARDINALS ARE TOUGH: Lambeau repeated his assertion that the Cardinals will provide as tough opposition as the Packers will meet all season, and added again that he wants his team to get a much faster start in league competition than it is accustomed to. In recent seasons Green Bay has had vast trouble in its early home games, making it best appearances on the road, or at City stadium in late October games. This time the coach wants to take to the road with a clean slate.


SEPT 9 (Chicago) - The NFL officially will begin its 1939 championship campaign next week, with four title game schedule, in which all but three of the circuit's 10 teams will make their debuts in league competition. Two of these games will be played tomorrow, one in Detroit and the other at Philadelphia. The Detroit game pits the Lions against the Chicago Cardinals. The Lions will unveil Johnny Pingel, Michigan State's All-America halfback, and Howie Weiss, Wisconsin all-America fullback. The Cardinals will counter by introducing Marshall Goldberg, Pitt halfback, and Ki Aldrich, Texas Christian center, to the pro game....O'BRIEN'S LEAGUE DEBUT: The game at Philadelphia will mark the pro debut of Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian's mighty atom. The revitalized Pittsburgh Pirates will provide the opposition. The Eagles, definitely on the upswing last season, are expected to be a championship factor this year, provided O'Brien, who actually pitched the T.C.U. Horned Frogs to a mythical collegiate championship in 1938, can give them the only thing they lacked in the last campaign - an extraordinary passer. However, the Eagles are quite likely to encounter plenty of difficulty in their opening game. The Pirates have engineered some shrewd trades, one of which brought them Sam Francis, former Nebraska fullback from the Chicago Bears. Also, they have picked off some exceptional rookies, the prize catch being Hugh McCullough, sensational Oklahoma halfback...PIRATES BATTLE DODGERS: Before the week is over, three more teams will begin title competition and the Pirates' second game will be a matter of history. Thursday, Pittsburgh will meet Brooklyn in the Dodgers' home opener. This will be the first night game of the season. The following night - Friday - the Chicago Bears open the season by engaging Cleveland at Soldier field, Chicago. Brooklyn, like Philadelphia, was an improved team last year. The addition of several talented freshmen, notably Waddie Young, Oklahoma's all-America end, and Bob Haak, Indiana's star tackle, may be all the Dodgers need to be a title threat. The Bears, always a title factor, have added backfield strength by acquiring Billy Patterson from Baylor and Sid Luckman from Columbia. Earl (Dutch) Clark, beginning his first season as head coach of the Cleveland club, has cleaned house. Only eight members of last year's squad survived his rebuilding program. Thus, the Rams must be regarded as the mystery team.


SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - Wayland Becker, former Marquette University football player, Saturday was suspended by Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers for "failing to get in proper physical condition and an unsatisfactory attitude on the playing field." Becker, who has been overweight all season, recently traveled to Texas with the team to play the Southwest All-Stars. He didn't attend the initial workout of the Packers Friday after the return, and Lambeau said Saturday that his absence was due to his suspension. Their first scrimmage since the Dallas contest was ordered for this weekend by Lambeau. On the sidelines were Herman Schneidman, Iowa blocking quarterback who was injured at Dallas, and Ernie Smith, USC tackle who broke three fingers in the Pittsburgh doubleheader.


SEPT 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - The National Pro Football league embarks Sunday on what everything from club rosters to general fan interest indicated will be its greatest season. Two games are scheduled. The Lions will meet the Cardinals at Detroit and the Eagles will go against Pittsburgh at Philadelphia. Once underway, the teams won't dally around getting into the thick of it, either. Sunday's games will be followed by a night game Thursday, Pittsburgh at Brooklyn, and another night game Friday between the Chicago Bears and Cleveland at Soldier field. Green Bay and Washington will open the season a week from Sunday, the Packers against the Cardinals at Green Bay and the Redskins, who trained in far away Spokane, Wash., against Philadelphia at Philadelphia. The New York Giants, defending champions, won't get away until September 24 against the Eagles at Philadelphia. The home teams in both of Sunday's openers are slight favorites, although there is more than a passing chance that the Cardinals, coached by Ernie Nevers, may pull a surprise. Seldom has a pro team been worked as hard as Nevers has worked his boys for a month at camp in Duluth, Minn. Several of the outstanding college stars of last year will make their professional debuts Sunday. Gus Henderson of the Lions will trot out, among others, Johnny Pingel of Michigan State and Howie Weiss of Wisconsin. Ernie Nevers has such stars as George Faust of Minnesota, Ki Aldrich of TCU and Marshall Goldberg of Pitt. Bert Bell of Philadelphia will introduce Davey O'Brien, the TCU bombers, and Johnny Blood is ready to take the cover off Hugh McCullough of Oklahoma, who completed 63% of his passes last year, and Bert Wheeler of North Dakota State. The Packers, with championship hopes running high, will scrimmage Sunday morning.



SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers demonstrated convincingly in scrimmage yesterday that they are not ready yet for next Sunday's invasion of the Chicago Cardinals, slated for City stadium at 2 o'clock. As Coach Curly Lambeau chased them through a workout which lasted an hour and a half, the Packers showed flashes of the great form they displayed in the first half against the Southwest All-Stars at Dallas, but it wsn't consistent enough to bring the coaches any degree of delight. The beating which the Cardinals received yesterday at the hands of the Detroit Lions was disappointing to Lambeau. "Now they'll be that much tougher for us," he complained. "Against Detroit they lost the breaks, and they were without the services of their key lineman, Ki Aldrich, and their key back, Marshall Goldberg."...READY FOR PRO DEBUTS: Aldrich and Goldberg, who won all-America honors and tons of publicity at Texas Christian and Pittsburgh, respectively, have not worked long enough with the Cardinals to break into the team's system. They will make their professional debuts against the Packers here next Sunday. Two Packers whose gridiron futures were believed affected by serious injuries came through excellently in practice yesterday. Larry Buhler, former Minnesota halfback, who was cracked up in an auto accident last December, apparently is fully recovered from that mishap, and Eddie Jankowski, who was slowed down almost to a stop, following a concussion received at Washington in 1937, looked magnificent. Generally, the scrimmage wasn't much of a success. "If we play against the Cardinals the way we looked in scrimmage," said Lambeau, "we'll get a terrific licking."...EXCUSES DOZEN VETERANS: He made it clear he hopes the team will take no licking at all. He excused 12 of his veterans from today's workout, and called in the new men, plus a few older players who still need work on timing and execution of plays. Both Lambeau and Assistant Coach Red Smith will work intensively with the squad this week in an effort to iron out the


mistakes which developed during Sunday's scrimmage. Smith is wearing his hand in a bandage, as a result of an accident on the blocking machine Saturday. Holding the bulky machine for Packer charges, Smith caught his hand in the mechanism as it broke, necessitating a hurried hospital trip. The fingers were lacerated severely...PLAN SKULL SESSION: At 9:30 Tuesday morning the squad will hold a skull practice, following this maneuver with its regular workout. Lambeau stressed that much work remains before the Packers will be ready for the Cardinals. Officials for the game were announced today. Edward Cochrane, Kansas, will referee; Bobby Cahn, Chicago, will serve as umpire; Irv Kupcinet, Iowa State, will be headlinesman; and Dr. David A. Reese, Dennison, will be field judge. A short, one-hour drill was held Saturday, most of the time being spent on forward passing offense and defense. A visitor was Bob O'Connor, former Packer guard from Stanford, who is employed in Chicago and drove to Green Bay to see his old mates. Harry Jacunski, Fordham end who traveled east to appear against the New York Giants in an All-Star game, was back Saturday. All players are expected to be available for Sunday's contest. The only minor casualties yesterday were Buhler, who cut his nose; Lee Mulleneaux, center, whose teeth were kicked; and Weenie Wilson, halfback, with a strained left wrist.


SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - Marshall Goldberg, the Pitt sensation and key back of the Chicago Cardinals, gallops into City Stadium Sunday and the Green Bay Packers know they will have their hands full. For the Packers, who aim to forget precedent and clinch the first National league test of the season for a change, didn't do so hot in workouts today and Sunday. The finesse they showed against the Southwest All-Stars was lacking, and offensive plays were spotty. In an attempt to patch up the attack Coach Curly Lambeau tomorrow will run his players through a long skull scrimmage and immediately follow with the regular practice. As the squad will have to whittled down to meet league requirements soon, Lambeau this morning concentrated on the recruits, sending them through a score of plays with only a few experienced men on hand to knit them together. Twelve veterans were allowed to take the day off. Lambeau believes that the Cardinals' defeat at the hands of Detroit Sunday will only serve to increase their determination to win at the Bays' expense. "Now they'll be that much tougher for us," was his opinion. "Against the Lions they lost the breaks and they were also without the services of Goldberg."


SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - One of the most versatile backfields in the NFL, operating behind a rugged, experienced line, will be presented to the Chicago Cardinals when they invade City stadium next Sunday afternoon to help the Green Bay Packers open their 1939 league season. The Packers held a restricted drill yesterday, with 12 veterans who have the signals down pat excused by Coach E.L. Lambeau. The balance worked through the entire repertoire of plays, and today the entire squad was called out for some rough work. At the conclusion of yesterday's practice, Lambeau announced the release of Norman Purucker, University of Michigan halfback. Purucker, signed for service as a forward passer, didn't display too much talent at that assignment. He reported late, due to attendance at Michigan summer school, and was behind the rest of the team in conditioning. Although he displayed great speed, he was unable to survive the gradual paring down process which now is underway, as Lambeau reduced his squad to the required legal quota. The steam really will be turned on from now until Sunday. The Cardinals are certain to be in a savage humor following their defeat by the Detroit Lions last Sunday, and Coach Ernie Nevers will bend every effort to avoid the stigma of two consecutive losses, which would slap the Cardinals into a difficult spot insofar as Western division honors are concerned...PLAY LATER AT MILWAUKEE: As usual, Green Bay has two games with the Cards this season, the second being scheduled for Milwaukee Oct. 8. There will be no more scrimmaging for the Packers until the Sunday encounter. Lambeau is nursing his small assortment of injuries carefully, and hopes that all of his men will be fit for service. Most doubtful are Herman Schneidman, blocking quarterback, and Charley Schultz, left tackle. Both have leg injuries and they may not be used against the Cardinals. All the strength the Packers can muster will be necessary to turn back the Cardinal invasion, Lambeau said. Among their plunging fullbacks are Sam Agee, Vanderbilt ace; Frank Patrick, the sensational recruit from Pitt; and Buddy Parker, Centenary veteran who needs no introduction to Packer fans...HAVE STRONG HALFBACKS: Standouts in the halfback corps are Marshall Goldberg, Pitt all-American; Jimmy Lawrence, T.C.U. pro veteran; Milton Popovitch, a bundle of dynamite from Montana; Rock Reed of Louisiana State; Jack Robbins, brilliant Arkansas forward passer, and Douglas Russell, of Kansas State. George Faust, Minnesota's highly publicized quarterback, is another back the Green Bay defenses will have to watch. The Cardinal line always has been tough, and word from Detroit indicates that the 1939 edition will be no exception. The Lions has much trouble with the stubborn Chicago forward wall, two of their touchdowns coming on long runs, one after recovering a fumble. Game time Sunday, as usual, will be 2 o'clock. A large advance ticket sale has been reported.


SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Norman Purucker, University of Michigan halfback, was released by the Green Bay Packers Tuesday, Coach Curly Lambeau announced. Purucker reported late after attending summer school sessions at Ann Arbor. Veterans were excused Monday and the new men were given special work to perfect plays.


SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Norman Purucker, Michigan halfback recruited by the Green Bay Packers, today was the sixth member to feel the weight of the ax as Coach Curly Lambeau sought to shave down the squad to National league requirements. The Packers this morning held their last scrimmage until Sunday, when they tackle the Chicago Cardinals here in their first league game. Lambeau drove them through a rough workout after a blackboard session. Maneuvers were still spotty.



SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - When the Chicago Cardinals line up against the Green Bay Packers at City stadium next Sunday afternoon, for the latter's first NFL game of the season, two nationally publicized all-Americans will be getting their first taste of pro warfare on the Chicago side. They are Ki Aldrich, Texas Christian's great center, and Marshall (Biggie) Goldberg, sensational University of Pittsburgh fullback whom the Cardinals are expected to use at halfback. The Packers have stopped all-Americans before, and if they play the type of football they already have demonstrated themselves capable of, Messrs. Aldrich and Goldberg may need all the support they can get from their husky Cardinal cohorts...BEST OPENING CONTEST: Coach E.L. Lambeau anticipated that the game will be the best opening Green Bay contest in many years. Recently the Packers have displayed a dismaying tendency to start slowly in league competition, but Lambeau believes that the Pittsburgh doubleheader, followed by the Southwest All-Star game at Dallas, gave the Packers sufficient competitive fodder to assure a fast start against the all-vital pro loop rivals. The Green Bay squad showed a tendency to tighten up satisfactorily in yesterday's drill, although there were flashes of loose play. Tony Popp, an Appleton product who recently was released by the Brooklyn Dodgers, turned up at practice and asked for tryout privileges, which were granted him. An end or blocking back, Popp claimed he was not given sufficient attention by Brooklyn...EXPECT FULL STRENGTH: The Packers will be at their full strength, barring a couple of injuries, for the first time this season Sunday. Against Pittsburgh they did not have the services of the four men who were with the College All-Stars at Chicago - Frank Balazs, Charley Brock, Larry Buhler and Harry Jacunski. At Dallas, these men had been with the squad regularly only a short time. Then Jacunski performed with an Eastern All-Star team against the Giants at New York. The gang's all here now, and while Herman Schneidman, blocking back, and Charley Schultz, tackle, may not see much service because of damaged legs, the Green Bay battalion will approach its complete strength...BRUDER WORKING HARD: With Schneidman out of action, veteran Hank Bruder, still one of the hardest workers


on the squad, shapes up as Lambeau's best best at blocking quarterback, and he may start at that spot. Dick Weisgerber also is slated for considerable action at the spot. Thursday is the deadline for Packer fans to pick up their season tickets at the Legion building headquarters, Sales Director E.A. Spachmann repeated today. The Packer coach is cautioning his players to take one game at a time during their 1939 campaign. Although the Chicago Bears, mightier than ever, loom on the horizon as the next game after the Cards, Lambeau expects the latter team, infuriated at its defeat by Detroit last Sunday, to lash out with a great display of football Sunday. If the Packers live up to the reputation they established at Dallas, their fans will have few worries, but Lambeau is not certain that they won't blow hot and cold in their opening engagement. Game time will be 2 o'clock.


SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Razzle-dazzle at Green Bay Packer football games this fall will not be confined to the playing field. They have streamlined the old lumberjack band idea into a swing organization that will make its debut at Sunday's game between the Packers and the Chicago Cardinals. When the Packer corporation decided to seek the formation of a band, largely as a showmanship project to add to the color at games, the services of men qualified by experience and reputation in the musical field were sought. The result was pretty much the same as when Coach Curly Lambeau recruits his gridders - an all-star organization with a specialist at every post in the lineup...ENNA IS DIRECTOR: Alex V. Enna, veteran instructor and conductor, was named director. Wilmer Burke was made business manager. Together they laid plans for such a band as the Packer officials seemed to desire. All the musicians were selected in Green Bay and De Pere. Many of them are comparatively young - products of the school musical systems in the two cities. Others have been prominent in Green Bay musical circles for several years. The organization went into training just about the same time the Packer team did. In its own line, it probably worked just as hard. Packer President Leland H. Joannes was an enthusiastic listener at rehearsals this week, and he told the band members that the unit probably would receive permanent support if it produced results in crowd entertainment...WANT SNAPPY BAND: "It's up to you fellows in the band to make it go," Joannes said. "We want a good, snappy band, and it appears that we are on the right track. The support will be there if you play ball." Known as the Green Bay Packers Lumberjack Swing band, the group numbers 25. No effort will be made to compete with the huge bands of football teams in the larger league cities, said Joannes. The Green Bay musicians will bid for fame along novelty lines. Enna expressed himself as being deeply gratified to the Packers for giving Green Bay and De Pere musicians something to work for. "We have some very fine musicians here," the director said after running his charges up and down a couple of scales. "Never before have we had a sponsor who showed enough faith to give the players much needed support...Now, however, through the efforts of Mr. Joannes, Coach Lambeau and the other Packer officials enough interest has been aroused to see a real band through."...BENEFIT TO COMMUNITY: "I believe that this organization will be of real benefit to the community at large as well as the Packers...The football corporation is doing a great thing in giving support to the band, and we believe that we have something to justify its faith." It was rehearsal time again, and the diminutive director, who serves as a sort of coach and quarterback, signaled a start through a number of college songs, maneuvered his players through popular melodies, and from them drew a number of marches and swing tunes. "Just so you get the idea," he said. We did, and that earlier Alexander who gained fame and fortune at least according to legend, with his ragtime band had nothing on the group of lumberjack swingsters who become an official part of the Packer outfit Sunday.


SEPT 13 (Chicago) - The loss of three men through injuries, the release of three others, and the addition of a third trio were reported by Coach Ernie Nevers yesterday as the Cardinals began preparing for the NFL game against the Packers in Green Bay Sunday. Marshall Goldberg, the disappearing halfback from Pitt, reported to Nevers in the afternoon, accompanied by Mike Kochel, former Fordham guard, and Regis Monahan, veteran Detroit guard. Monahan was signed after being released by the Detroit Lions Sunday. Kochel and Goldberg were members of the Tribune's All-Star team and played in an eastern game last week...BAKER IN HOSPITAL: George Faust, who teamed with Kochel and Goldberg on the Tribune's squad; Buddy Parker, veteran fullback, and Conway Baker, tackle, were unable to work out because of injuries sustained in the defeat at Detroit. All three suffered ankle injuries said to have been caused by being hit from behind. Faust also suffered a severely injured hand. Baker was placed in a hospital for treatment. It is not likely, Nevers said, that he will be ready to oppose Green Bay. Faust and Parker also may be unavailable for that game. Charles Gainor, an end from North Dakota State obtained in a trade with Philadelphia for Bree Cuppoletti; John Bilbo, veteran guard, and Glynn Rogers, a rookie guard from Texas Christian university, were released yesterday.


SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - A blistering heat wave which has plastered the players' sweat suits to their bodies, and has brought back memories of their recent Dallas invasion, is failing to check the practice schedule of the Green Bay Packers, who next Sunday afternoon entertain the Cardinals of Chicago at City stadium. The temperature soared into the nineties at the fenced-in practice field yesterday, but after completing the routine drill Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau ordered his men back for two strenuous workouts today. The Packers were to spend the entire morning on offensive drill and to work this afternoon on defense...BEATEN BY DETROIT: Lambeau does not intend to be caught napping by a Cardinal team certain to be in a savage mood after its defeat by the Detroit Lions last Sunday. He pointed out that a series of disheartening breaks - a 70-yard touchdown run, after the ball carrier was almost stopped; another long dash after a recovered fumble; and an intercepted pass - led to every one of the Detroit scores. "Our scout, who worked the game, reported that the Cardinals were in mid-season defensive form," the Packer coach commented. "This means that we must duplicate the strong offensive we displayed at Dallas, in order to crack the Chicago defense." Tony Popp, Appleton end and blocking back, who had seen collegiate service under Dr. C.W. Spears at Wisconsin and Toledo universities, worked out with the Packers only one day. He realized, Coach Lambeau said, that there was little chance of sticking with Green Bay, and he will probably report to the Cincinnati Bengals of the American pro league...NO CHANGES IN SQUAD: No other squad changes were announced today, but it is probable that a few men will be released after the Cardinal game, bringing the personnel down to the point required by league regulations. Lambeau predicts that Sunday's contest, with Marshall Goldberg, Ki Aldrich and a sparkling supporting cast attempting to storm the Packer stronghold, will be the most colorful and wide open first home game in recent years. "We have had a thorough taste of competition against Pittsburgh and the Southwest All-Stars," he said, "and it is absolutely vital that we do not duplicate the slow starts of recent years. That is why we are driving at top speed despite the high temperatures."...SOME MINOR INJURIES: All of the Packers except Charley Schultz, Minnesota tackle, and Herman Schneidman, Iowa blocking back, will be available for Sunday's game, Lambeau believes. Several of the men picked up minor injuries during this week's scrimmage but the rest will be ready for action if needed. The coach will not announced a starting lineup, nor has he given any indication of it, but it's a good guess that largely veteran material, including a couple of sophomores will push off against the Cardinals. The ticket sale is picking up after a fairly slow start, and if weather conditions are favorable, a large crowd is expected. There will be no shortage of seats in the big stadium.


SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - The Packer corporation made a wise step, from the standpoint of crowd entertainment, when it moved to organize a lumberjack swing band for the approaching football season. Green Bay has been among the last to provide between halves and pregame shows, apart from the gridiron angle, for its spectators. Fans who visit the stadia of the great cities in the NFL have been delighted and amused by the series of entertainments - bands, drum corps, and so forth - which have been offered by the managements. The sight of the Wayne university band at Detroit, with its novelty numbers, almost is worth a trip from Green Bay by itself. Few fans familiar with what is in store for them will leave with their seats at the half, and thereby miss what amounts to a considerable part of the afternoon's show. The Washington Redskins have pioneered in pepping up the folks with several varieties of performances, and there's no denying that such procedure adds a lot to the enjoyment of the spectators. City stadium crowds in recent years have had little to do during the intermission but talk over the first half, make predictions about the rest of the game, and wander around looking for refreshments or facilities. The Green Bay Packer Lumberjack Swing band, although it can't accomplish its entire goal overnight, is going to be a pleasant diversion. It will stress the Packer song. It will play up-to-the-second swing arrangements. It will rip out those popular college songs. Its clothes will be wild. In Alex Enna, the band has the finest type of leader it can get. Such a musical organization, consisting of 25 good musicians, needs not only a man with a thorough knowledge of his subject, but one who can kick in with a full measure of pep and personality. That description sounds like Enna. The leader is having some New York arrangers work on "Go, You Packers!" to get a more satisfactory arrangement, one which will show to the best advantage his particular grouping of instrument. The use of collegiate music is a great entertainment to the football faithful. It's easy to honor Packer veterans and new men, all of them former university or college men, with lively tunes such as the Notre Dame Victory March, Michigan's "Hail to the Victors Valiant", "On Wisconsin" or the Minnesota Rouser. When the Cardinals climb onto the field next Sunday, they'll be greeted with "Wave the Flag of Old Chicago" by the swingsters. Enna likes his men because, although they number only 25, every one is a good musician, and most of them are young fellows, full of football fever. He says, "Don't expect too much at the start. But wait and give us a chance."



SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Cardinals football team, fighting mad for a victory over the Green Bay Packers, will arrive here tomorrow afternoon, and on Sunday at 2 p.m. will be ready to go at City stadium. The arrival will be made on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa at 4:40, and the squad, headed by Coach Ernie Nevers, will be quartered at the Hotel Northland. The Packers are ready for the invasion. Most of the players will be ready, although the excessive heat of the week, has made several of them underweight. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau sent his squad through two long workouts yesterday, despite no cooperation from the weather man. He hailed with pleasure today the prediction that cooler temperatures, far more suited to championship football, may be expected by Sunday...SEEMS LIKE TEXAS: The men weren't bothered as much by the heat as might have been expected, for already they have gone through a far worse blast, during their Texas drilling for the Southwest All-Star game. They are not inclined to take the Cardinals lightly, which is just as well in view of the invaders' record as the toughest defense club in the National league. The Cards have a rockbound line, which includes such well-known names as Versil Deskin and Bill Smith at ends; Conway Baker, Al Barbartsky and Tony Blazine at tackles; John Bilbo, Ross Carter and Bill Volok at guards, and Ki Aldrich at center. Among the backs the Cardinals will shoot against the Packers are such stars as George Faust, Marshall Goldberg, Jim Lawrence, Rock Reed, Milton Popovich, Dougal Russell, Sam Agee, Frank Patrick, Jack Robbins and Buddy Parker - enough stuff to keep any professional club occupied for an afternoon. ..LETS MEN OFF EASY: Because of yesterday's strenuous schedule, Lambeau planned to let his men off today with an hour's light drill. Thursday morning's schedule included work primarily upon offense, while defensive assignments were stressed during the afternoon. The men, the coach commented, held up pretty well. "The Cardinals really are gunning for us," Lambeau added. "They realize that they must win in 


order to remain in the race for the Western division championship now held by the Packers. Their defeat by the Detroit Lions last Sunday was in no way a break for Green Bay." The forecast of Fred Cone, Green Bay weatherman, indicates that fine football weather may be anticipated for Sunday. Cone said he thought the skies would be overcast, but that no rain would fall, with temperatures probably in the 60s.



SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - With the Packers and Chicago Cardinals meeting for the 33rd time since 1921, Green Bay will launch its third decade of professional football at City stadium tomorrow afternoon, in a National league contest scheduled for 2 o'clock. This season will be the Packers' 21st, and it starts auspiciously, with Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau nursing what he fondly hopes will his strongest eleven. Promising recruits, powerful reserves, a victory complex already demonstrated against Pittsburgh and the Southwest All-Stars, and a squad capable of defending its Western division championship, all will be in evidence tomorrow against the Gibraltar-like defense of the Chicago invaders. Although the Cardinals already have suffered a reversal, bowing to the Detroit Lions last Sunday, their chances for a divisional crown have not been dimmed, and for the first time in several years they will be led and inspired by one of football's greatest fullbacks - the cagey Ernie Nevers...ROBBINS WILL PASS: Nevers and Lambeau will match strategy in a combat between two of professional football's strongest teams. The sensational aerialist, Jack Robbins, will match passes with Arnold Herber and Cecil Isbell as both squads strive to strike successfully through the air. A potent packer ground attack, led by Clarke Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski and a host of halfbacks, will be hurled against the traditionally strong Cardinal defenses. The weather apparently will be ideal, which caused a late spurt in the advance seat sale. A maximum temperature in the low seventies has been forecast, which means that the day will compare with that of last year's Green Bay-Cleveland opener, when the mercury varied from 62 to 71. Furthermore, clear skies are in prospect, giving both teams an opportunity to cut loose with everything in their repertoire. Lambeau attended last night's game at Chicago between the Bears and Cleveland Rams,  and picked up considerable Cardinal gossip. He was informed that the Chicagoans have been grooming Marshall Goldberg, the famous Pittsburgh All-American, for the first string duties against the Packers, and may even start "Biggie" tomorrow afternoon. The Cardinals arrived this afternoon on the Chicago and Northwestern Flambeau at 4:40, and were quartered at the Hotel Northland. They will leave for Chicago on the same line Monday morning at 10:05. E.A. Spachmann, director of ticket sales, announced again today that the Legion building headquarters will be open Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 5 p.m. to 6:30, to accommodate visiting fans wanting to secure tickets for future Packer games. All Bear, Cleveland and Detroit game tickets will be on sale at the Legion building, but all Cardinal-Packer tickets will be sold only at the stadium Sunday, he said. The Packer team is in good physical condition for the conflict. The terrific hear of the week has reduced the men's playing weight a bit too far, particularly following the similar blast they encountered in Texas, but the Cardinals have suffered the same conditions and no doubt are heat weary, too. With good weather prevailing, a crowd in excess of 10,000 is quite likely.


SEPT 17 (Chicago) - Two of college football's most widely publicized players last fall make their pro debuts in the National league today. Marshall Goldberg of Pittsburgh begins fulfillment of his high salaried contract with the Chicago Cardinals against the Packers in Green Bay and Davey O'Brien, the 


mighty midget from Texas Christian, faces a former T.C.U. teammate, Sammy Baugh, in a passing duel as Washington opens Philadelphia's season. These are the only contests scheduled. Of the four teams included, only the Cards have competed in a league game. They lost it, 21 to 13, at Detroit last week and unless all portents are deceiving they will be two down in the race come nightfall. Green Bay, rival National league coaches insist, is represented by one of its greatest elevens...IT'S A SEASONED TEAM: The Packers begin their season with 11 veterans in their starting lineup. Ten are holdovers from last fall's western division championship squad. The 11th, Bud Svendsen at center, played through the 1937 season, but coached last year, joining the club for its last game, the title playoff against New York. Lofty appraisals of the Packers' prospects are biased on Svendsen's return and signing of Charles Brock of Nebraska and Tom Greenfield of Arizona. Center was the weak link in the Packer setup last year. With Svendsen, Brock and Greenfield, Coach Curly Lambeau apparently will have to worry no more. Brock, who was named the country's outstanding center in the Chicago Tribune's All-Star poll, gives him another starter to switch with Svendsen, and Greenfield promises to be equally as valuable as a relief man...CARDS HAVE ALDRICH READY: Coach Ernie Nevers also can, and probably will, start an All-Star center. Ki Aldrich, who was the chief guardian of little Davey O'Brien at Texas Christian last year, placed high in the Tribune's poll and played an important part in the All-Stars' stand against the New York Giants. Unless the Cardinal line has found greater strength through the changes Nevers contemplates today, Green Bay is not apt to be unduly taxed by the Chicaogans, despite the presence of Goldberg, reputed to be one of the greatest running backs in history. Goldberg was injured in mid-summer and was not in shape to take an active part in two All Star engagements against the Giants. Consequently he still have to prove that he can run as well against professional teams as he did against collegiate lines during his three years at Pitt. A performance by the Cardinal line like its inaugural display at Detroit will not help Goldberg much toward piling up yardage, a very important matter in the young easterner's life since his contract bears a bonus clause for leading the league in ground gained...BIRLEM OPENS AT END: Nevers has named Keith Birlem, a reformed quarterback from San Jose State, as the starting left end today, replacing Joel Mason of Western State Teachers college, who opened against Detroit. Tony Blazine has been reinstated at left tackle, where Conway Baker's absence through injury threatened to leave a big hole until Blazine reported himself completely recovered from an attack of appendicitis. Andy Sabados, a rookie from the Citadel, will start at left guard in place of Glynn Rodgers, who was released this week. Goldberg's backfield associates will be Sam Agee, fullback; Milt Popovich, right halfback, and Everett Fisher, quarterback. George Faust, the former Minnesota star, who started at quarterback last week, has not recovered from an ankle injury, attributed to clipping in the Detroit game...MARSHALL'S HOPES HIGH: The Baugh-O'Brien passing showdown in Philadelphia will be supplemented as an attraction by the unveiling of a Washington team reported to be so vastly improved over the outfit which surrendered the championship without a murmur last year that Owner George Marshall already has a let a contract for championship emblems for himself and the athletes. Better training conditions at Spokane, Wash., no All-Star game worries, and a dozen unknowns found in small colleges are given as the principal reason for the Redskins' return to power. Added to the fact that Baugh is in better shape and 10 pounds heavier, and Don Irwin, veteran fullback, is ready to resume where he left off when injuries laid him low at the start of last season, Marshall's claims may be right this time. Philadelphia will find out. 


SEPT 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Green Bay's ponderous Packers, out to regain their seat atop the professional football throne, start their league campaigning Sunday at City Stadium, Green Bay, against an old and respected foe, the Chicago Cardinals. Although the Cardinals have one league game under their belts, a defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions, the Packers have not been idle, having played a non-league twin bill with Johnny Blood's Pittsburgh Pirates and a game against the Southwest All- Stars down at Dallas, handing the Stars their first defeat since the annual game was started three years ago. The Packers should win, they've handed the Cardinals fairly easily of late and shouldn't find the double wingback stuff as employed by Coach Ernie Nevers of the Cards much too intricate to handle. Perhaps that attack will make a lot of yardage and a goodly number of first downs, but the Cards' main scoring chance will rest upon their air game, the same that scored two touchdowns against the Lions. Even in the air, the Cards should not be quite as potent as last year, because of the loss of Gaynell Tinsley, who has quit the game. In contrast the Bays will offer Messrs. Herber and Isbell tossing to any number of topnotch receivers in the aerial departments, and such stalwarts as Hinkle, Jankowski, Isbell and Laws on the ground, thus supplying an attack that should be equally effective on land or in the ozone. Both teams have added much new material, but it is very likely the tired and proved veterans will get the starting call and that the newcomers, sensation though they may be, will be worked in gradually and will have to earn their starting posts by the trial and error method. Included in the Cardinals' rookie crop is Marshall Goldberg, considered to be quite the thing in college grid circles the past two years when he won all-American recognition as halfback and fullback and, perhaps, would have done a fair country job of playing tackle, too, if given the chance. Marsh, in much demand for Chicago and New York all-star games, did not play with the Cards in the Detroit defeat, but should be groomed well enough now with the Cardinals' style to fit in nicely. Ki Aldrich, the all-American pivot man from Texas Christian, is another Chicago newcomer who may raise old Ned with the Packers' victory hopes. He's supposedly death on passes in his sector, and may do quite a job of wrecking what has become the Packers' best offensive weapon - the pass. The Packers will introduce any number of newcomers such as Steen, an end from Rice Institute; Moore, another end from Loyola, the U.S. Navy and all points west (and a rough, tough cooky, too, for an end); Craig, the 215 pound end from South Carolina who is heralded as a big Bill Hewitt, still another flanker in Jacunski of Fordham; a number of tackles, including Kilbourne and Schultz of Minnesota, and Kell of Notre Dame; new centers in Charley Brock of Nebraska and Tom Greenfield of Arizona and a number of new and assorted backs such as Larry Buhler of the Gophers, Balasz of Iowa and Don (Brute - Alias Weenie) Wilson, late of Dubuque.

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