Green Bay Packers (5-1) 55, Chicago Cardinals (3-4) 24
Sunday November 1st 1942 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Cramming the most savage passing attack in the history of the NFL down the throats of their red-shirted guests, the Green Bay Packers simply had no mercy as they slaughtered (and that's a mild word) the Chicago Cardinals, 55 to 24, before hysterical fans at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Five new records were established and two were tied in this wild exhibition of aerial fireworks that left the forces of Curly Lambeau complete masters of anything that has to do with the art of throwing and catching a pigskin. It was their fifth straight NFL victory. Disgusted with the attitude of the Cardinals after their 17-13 loss to Green Bay at Chicago, the Packers were mad before the game started but didn't start to boil under the Cards went ahead, 17 to 7, somewhere in the second period. The entire complexion changed after the Cards scored their second touchdown as the tackling of the Packers went on to the brutal side. They knew they had a battle on their hands, and to make it worse the Cardinals gained the fancy of the crowd after Marshall Goldberg took a kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown.
REARRANGE SCORING BOOK
Those two polished gentlemen, Cecil Isbell and Don
Hutson, entered the picture at this point and proceeded to demolish the Cardinals; rearrange the record book; and make Coach Jimmy Conzelman wish that he had never played or coached football in his life. Two Isbell-to-Hutson strikes, one for 38 yards and the other for 73, left the Bays in front at the half, 21 to 17. But it wasn't enough. Lambeau gave them the necessary fire with a redhot talk during the intermission, and the Packers came out and tore the Cardinals apart. Early in the third quarter, the Cardinals were so worried about Hutson that they forgot about Andy Uram, who caught an Isbell peg and ran 64 yards for the Bays' fourth touchdown. A moment later center Bob Ingalls intercepted a Cardinal heave in the flat and dashed 23 yards for a touchdown. That made if 34 to 17 going in the final heat.
BAYS PUT ON HEAT
And, brother, that fourth period was plain heat - for the Cardinals. First Isbell wheeled to Hutson on a delayed throw that covered 65 yards to pay dirt. Then Isbell slammed one to Uram for 36 yards and another touchdown. Then Little Joe Laws left-handed one to Uram for 62 yards and the Bays' eighth touchdown. Buddy Schwenk ran 28 yards for the Cards' touchdown near the end but it only served to fatten the score. Isbell and Hutson had their fingers in most of the new records. Isbell gained 333 yards on ten tosses to crack Davey O'Brien's record of 316 set in 1940 for Philadelphia. Hutson gained 207 yards in catching five passes - two short of the mark he set against Cleveland here two weeks ago. The Packers made 423 yards in the air, bettering the Chicago Bears' mark of 376 made against the Cardinals last year. Isbell completed five touchdown passes to tie Ray Buivid's mark with the Chicago Bears in 1937, and the Bays' six-touchdown pas total tied the Chicago Bears' mark against the Cards in 1937. Mr. Hutson stood out in a new department - kicking extra points. He booted six of them to break the mark of five held by Clarke Hinkle, Packers (1937); Jack McBride, Giants (1933); and Jack Manders, Bears (1934). The 79-point total for the two teams broke the total of 73 produced by the Rams and Packers this season. If you're still interested, the two teams counted 11 touchdowns, one more than the Bears and Cards got in 1937. Isbell's first pitch to Hutson extended his touchdown game passing record to 18 straight. Hutson bagged 24 points on three touchdowns and six boots after touchdowns, giving him 82 for the season. He needs only 14 points to break his mark of 95 and he has five games left. Uram pulled into second place in the Bay scoring by counting three times and kicked one extra point. Before jumping into the bloody details it is interesting to note that Hutson had the honor of scoring the Packers' 4000th point in 21 years of league play. He booted it after Chuck Sample crossed the goal line in the first quarter. When Hutson missed the extra point after Ingalls scored in the third period, it was the second time he faltered in 12 years of football - eight with the Bays and four at Alabama. He missed one in the mud at Pittsburgh last year. To relate the thrilling plays that led to Packer touchdowns seems a bit silly because the Packers all but scored every time they got their hands on the ball. The game started out something like that classic in Chicago a month ago. The Bays took the kickoff and, with Tony Canadeo passing to Laws for 21 and then for 27 more himself, reached the Card eight before a holding penalty slapped them back. Ted Fritsch missed on a field goal attempt from the 33 and the Cards took over. Laws gave the Packers possession five plays later when he intercepted Schwenk's pass on the 44 and ran to the Cardinal 19. Appleton's Chuck Sample carried the ball five times and finally went over from the two. Hutson converted.
GOLDBERG GOES 95 YARDS
One of the highlights came up on the next kickoff when Goldberg grabbed Russ Letlow's kick on the five and raced 95 yards to pay dirt. Bill Daddio tied the count with his extra point. The Packers went into a lapse as Sample fumbled and the Cards recovered on the 28. Great defensive work by Letlow, Lou Brock, Uram, Isbell and Joe Carter forced Daddio to try a field goal kick from the 19 and he made it. It looked as if Isbell was in for a bad afternoon when his first pass bounced off Keith Ranspot's hands and into these of Steve Lach on the Packer 41. The payoff came on a Schwenk-to-Lloyd Cheatham pass from the eight. This was the signal for the Packers to start boiling. They forced Lach to punt and four plays later Hutson crossed the goal line. The Bay center caught the 18-yard pass on the 20 and outran Lach on a pretty bit of maneuvering. An important factor in the Packer uprising at this point was the play of guard Fred Vant Hull and tackle Paul Berezney in the Packer line. Minnesota Fred and Fordham Paul were in everything as they forced the Cards to get rid of that ball. Again Chicago punted and again the Packers scored - this time two plays later, with Hutson taking an Isbell throw on the 36 and outgalloping Johnny Martin for the score. While Isbell went to the dressing room, the two teams sparred harmlessly until the half. The Packers started to burn early in the third quarter. Lou Brock kicked off and the Cardinals had to punt as Baby Ray and Pete Tinsley knocked Goldberg and Schwenk silly. On the first play, Isbell pegged to Uram for a touchdown, the play covering 64 yards. Hutson's kick made it 28 to 17. The Cards started to march to touchdown land but Lou Brock intercepted a Schwenk pass on the two and raced back to the 15. The Packers soon punted and the Cards found themselves on their own 16. On third down, Ingalls crossed into the flat, nabbed Schwenk's throw and ran 23 yards for a touchdown - a la Ray Nolting in the Bear game here. Hutson missed the kick but the Packers still had their foes doubled back, 34-17.
SPECTACULAR PASS PLAY
With Joe Bukant running and passing, the Cardinals rolled up four first downs and reached the Packer two before Larry Craig, Berezney and Tinsley decided against a Card touchdown. The Bays took over on the five and rolled to a touchdown in nine plays, with Hutson taking one from Isbell and 65 yards and a touchdown. It was the most spectacular pass play of the day as Hutson and Isbell both hesitated briefly before Don shot into the clear and Cecil went back to pass. Hutson's kick made it 48 to 17. The next time the Bays got the ball Laws wheeled it to Uram and Andy raced 62 yards to the end zone. Uram kicked the extra point and that was the game, although the Cards got a counter near the end.
TINY CROFT KICKS OFF
After Uram's score, Tiny Croft, the 300-pound man, electrified the audience by booting the kickoff to the goal line, the boot being the longest for the Packers. In closing the story of this wild game, it might be said that to pick out one or two heroes would be silly because the Packers played great ball - every one of them. They faltered in only one department - blocking on their running attack. But their blocking for passers Isbell, Canadeo and Laws was great, and that's what counted in Sunday's game.
CHI CARDINALS - 10 7 0 7 - 24
GREEN BAY - 7 14 13 21 - 55
1ST - GB - Chuck Sample, 2-yard run (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1ST - CHI - Marshall Goldberg, 95-yard kickoff return (Bill Daddio kick) TIED 7-7
1ST - CHI - Daddio, 19-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 10-7
2ND - CHI - Lloyd Cheatham, 7-yd pass from Bud Schwenk (Daddio kick) CARDS 17-7
2ND - GB - Don Hutson, 38-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Hutson kick) CARDINALS 17-14
2ND - GB - Hutson, 73-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
3RD - GB - Andy Uram, 64-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 28-17
3RD - GB - Bob Ingalls, 23-yard interception return (Hutson kick failed) GREEN BAY 34-17
4TH - GB - Hutson, 65-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 41-17
4TH - GB - Uram, 36-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 48-17
4TH - GB - Uram, 62-yard pass from Laws (Uram kick) GREEN BAY 55-17
4TH - CHI - Schwenk, 28-yard run (Steve Lach kick) GREEN BAY 55-24
CARDS LOST CONFIDENCE WHEN HUTSON SCORED TWICE: JIMMY
NOV 2 (Green Bay) - The usually jovial Jimmy Conzelman wasn't smiling when he got back to his Hotel Northland headquarters after Sunday's football game. You could hardly expect a coach, whose team has just fallen victim to an opponent by a 55 to 24 score, to be congenial. His diagnosis of the game was brief and to the point. "We've got a young ball club, and those two touchdowns Hutson caught robbed the boys of confidence. Without them, we might have held our lead and taken this one, but the spirit was gone after that ten-point lead was wiped out." He had a lot of praise for Cecil Isbell, Don Hutson and Andy Uram, and pointed out, as he has before, that defense against a perfect passing attack is well-nigh impossible. "We were working well against them for awhile, and it looked like we have the problem solved. But that Hutson just stepped out
and took two beautiful passes from Isbell, and from then on we might as well have been in Chicago." The crucial play of the game, in his opinion, was the second pass that Hutson caught. He took it standing still with his back to the goal line, with Lloyd Cheatham and Marshall Goldberg barring the way to a touchdown. "Cheatham bumped Goldberg enough to give Hutson a start, and that was all he needed," Conzelman said. Before the game, he had been dubious about the Cardinals chances, since, he said, the team is relatively inexperienced and he had no idea how they'd react after losing to Cleveland the previous week...LINE PLAYS, TOO: Isbell's perfect pitching and the results therefrom didn't overshadow the outstanding Packer line play, which looked the best that it has all year. The thought was prevalent that the same spirit two weeks from now could result in a victory over the Bears. After a first quarter letdown that saw the Cardinals take the lead, the forward wall buckled down to business and was practically airtight the rest of the way. I particularly noticed the work of Fred Vant Hull, who spent a good share of the time in the Cardinal backfield, and Paul Berezney, who had a share in the first three tackles when the Cardinals ran the ball from scrimmage. Buckets Goldenberg, as always, was a tower of strength in the line. He got one of the tackles on the goal line stand that prevented a Cardinal touchdown at the end of the third quarter, and was generally a handy guy to have around. Singling out linemen is probably unfair, however, since it takes seven men to make a forward wall...RECORDS GALORE: Records galore were broken when the Packers turned on the pressure. Isbell's five touchdown passes tied the mark of Ray Buivid, and the total of six - Joe Laws pitched the other one - tied the Bears' team mark, hung up in the same game. The 79-point total for the two teams represents a league mark. Hutson's personal gain of 207 yards fell short by only two of his afternoon against Cleveland, and Andy Uram's three touchdown catches, along with three by Hutson, have been eclipsed only by Joe Carter, who once caught four. Bob Ingalls' interception for a touchdown was his first score as a Packer...DO IT NEATLY: One of the neatest bits of play I saw came on Andy Uram's third touchdown gallop, after taking Laws' left-handed pass. Uram was steaming down the sidelines in company with Joel Mason, and Goldberg was maneuvered to stop him. Uram feinted toward the center of the field and Goldberg, moved over a couple of steps, enabling Mason to block him, and the Packer halfback stayed in the alley and continued on to score...LINES ARE TIGHT: A telegram from Frank Balazs, former fullback for both the Packers and Cardinals who is now a soldier somewhere in the Pacific area, drew a tremendous ovation from the crowd. Urging the Packers to fight, he said, "We're holding the lines." Even the two teams on the field froze to hear the message when Jim Coffeen announced Balazs' name during a timeout...PASS IS TIED: The unpopular decision of the day came when Isbell and Al Coppage, the officials rules, both caught Bud Schwenk's pass and went down with it together. When two men catch a pass, the offensive team is always favored on the decision. The fans had decided, however, that Isbell actually caught the pass and Coppage "stole" it as they went down. Another one that drew angry comment was the ruling on Chuck Sample's touchdown try, early in the game. The powerhouse from Appleton crashed into Goldberg and fell about a foot short of the goal, then squirmed over. Referee Ronald Gibbs explained that one of the officials had ruled the ball dead before Sample swung his arm, with the ball across the yard stripe...MARINE BIRTHDAY: Major Saxon W. Holt, Jr., marine recruiter in charge of this district with headquarters at Milwaukee, spoke between halves, reviewing the glorious history of the Marine corps, which will celebrate its 167th "birthday" Nov. 10...A BUSY MAN: Steve Lach, the Duke university rookie who is one of the Cardinals' chief offensive threats, had a strenuous day on defense. Twice he chased Don Hutson over the goal line, and once he brought up the procession when Andy Uram scored. Johnny Martin fell flat in his attempt to catch Hutson from behind on the second touchdown the Packer wingman scored...43 BETWEEN THEM: Hutson and Uram accounted for 43 of the Packers' points, getting 24 and 19, respectively. Chuck Sample plunged over for the first touchdown, set up by Joe Laws' interception, and Bob Ingalls the other, also on an interception. Thus, all eight of the Packer touchdowns were the result of passing, five thrown by Isbell, one by Laws, and two by Bud Schwenk, which the Packers took. Laws repeated his feat of a recent game by emerging with a perfect pass completion record. He wound up his left arm to throw to Uram, completing his only attempt for a touchdown. On his interception, Berezney, Ingalls and Joe Carter were all credited with assists, since they sensed the situation quickly and provided some downfield blocking that helped the cause along...LEFT END FIRST: Up to Sunday, opponents had scored only 65 points on the Cardinals in six games, the best defensive record in the Western division. The Bears, in beating the Cardinals, gained only 80 yards on the ground against the Conzelman charges. The Card mentor explained Saturday afternoon that in planning a defense against a team like the Bears, you think of the ground game first. "But when you play the Packers, you start from left end, and erect a defense for Huston as the major objective," he declared...CURLY IS SMART: Conzelman commented, as others have, on Curly Lambeau's strategic handling of the Isbell-Hutson combination. Pro rules prevent a player from re-entering the game in the same period that he leaves, except in the last quarter, when he can re-enter once. Despite this, Conzelman points out, "Isbell and Hutson are always in the game when Lambeau needs them, and they're never wasted when he doesn't."...Joe Carter must enjoy playing football if anyone does. He had a great time piling up interference on end runs Sunday, and he always gets up laughing when he brings down a ball carrier.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 2 (Green Bay) - At the risk of evoking a charge of irreverence, here is a suggestion for a new Green Bay Packer slogan: "Praise the Lord and pass to Hutson!" The idea, stolen from the popular war number, isn't mine. It was shouted from thousands to hear by an unidentified fan from Superior who, with a party of friends, was having a great time as the Packers were taming the upstart Chicago Cardinals here Sunday afternoon. As it happened, the young man from Superior couldn't have spoken at a more opportune time. A moment later Cecil Isbell connected with Hutson for their 65-yard scoring explosion in the fourth quarter. If this was the last Packer game in Green Bay for the duration, the fans couldn't have asked more for their money. They had everything that a Packer supporter could want - everything short of murder against the challengers. There was early enough warning that Hutson was primed for a hot afternoon. The very first pass he caught, in the second quarter, was good for 38 yards and a touchdown. That still left the Packers behind, 17-14, so seven plays later he took another from Isbell for 73 yards to make the count 21 to 17. Isbell, by the way, didn't do so well on his first play. He started the second quarter by pitching into the arms of Cardinal Steve Lach, setting up the touchdown that gave the invaders a 17-7 lead. The Packer tossing ace had no further interceptions all afternoon, but he tried four more times before he found his first receiver. That was for 12 yards to Handy Andy Uram well into the second quarter. But after that Isbell clicked. On the third play following the completion to Uram he tossed 38 yards for a Hutson scoring jaunt. A few plays later he found Hutson again, for the 73-yarder. The next time Cece cocked his arm was early in the third period, and that resulted in a 64-yard touchdown by Mr. Uram. Then came a series of short tosses interspersed with incompletions until early in the final period when he found Hutson for their 65-yard scoring maneuver. That finished his work for the day with one exception - a 36-yard toss for another Uram tally. Joe Laws attempted only one pass, but that should have been ample for the fans. Andy Uram took it for a 62-yard gain that meant his third and the Packers' final goal crossing. Cardinal Wilson Schwenk, who did nearly all of the throwing for the Chicago forces, also had his first pass stolen. Joe Laws turned in that feat of larceny, and thereby set up the initial Green Bay touchdown. Schwenk had four passes intercepted altogether. Between halves the crowd seemed to take great interest in an exhibition contest between two squads of grade school boys. Just for fun and not to prove anything, Annunciation and SS. Peter-Paul, co-champions of the Parochial league, engaged in ten minutes of lively dueling. Annunciation won, 6-0, when Jerry Secord intercepted a pass. Wilner Burke was back with his colorful Packer Lumberjack band, augmented for the occasion by the snappy Hamilton band from Two Rivers. Additional, and well-received, entertainment was provided by Miss Jean Willems of De Pere. As the new vocalist for the Packer band, the youthful "star" sang "Johnny Doughboy" and the national anthem. Hank Bruder, a famous Packer in former years, stood up to take a bow, and, as usual, the fans stood up, too. But Hank looks much the same, and enjoyed the game thoroughly. Another Packer graduate back for the day was Red Dunn. The Press-Gazette's entire crew of out-of-town carrier boys attended the game as part of an all-day party given them by the newspaper. Also attending in a group were the members of the Kingsford, Mich., High school team, winner of the Upper Peninsula football championship. It was such a busy afternoon that probably few had time to remember that it may be some time before City stadium will have another of those thrilling spectacles. So - slap the Japs, etc.
PACKERS MARKED MEN; MEET CLEVELAND NEXT
NOV 3 (Green Bay) - The real serious threat of winning the NFL championship stared the Green Bay Packers in the face today as they prepared to meet the Cleveland Rams in the Ohio city next Sunday afternoon. From now on, the Packers will be on their own. There won't be a friendly home crowd to cheer them on; they'll be carrying those proverbial chips on their shoulders wherever they go; and to put it short, they'll be marked man. The road leading to the title is studded with well known and particularly large rocks - the Rams, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in that order. Should the Packers stumble on any one of them, they'd find themselves running second behind the studded with well known and particularly large rocks - the Rams, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in that order. Should the Packers stumble on any one of them, they'd find themselves running second behind the Bears - a point which, to Green Bay fans, is too horrible to think about at the moment. Coach Curly Lambeau launched practice today with a long session in pass defense for those who were lax in that department against the Chicago Cardinals here Sunday. The rest of the boys played touch football which consists chiefly of throwing and catching the pigskin. A good share of this week's drill will be devoted to blocking. The Bays made only 116 yards on the ground Sunday and the figure might have been doubled had the runners been given more blocking, although Tony Canadeo, Lou Brock and Andy Uram didn't allow their hauling averages to slip. Canadeo carried the ball five times and made 45 yards for an average of nine per try. Brock averaged 4.1 yards in eight attempts and Uram finished with a mark of 3.3 yards in four tries. Chuck Sample proved to be the workhorse, lugging the mail 10 times for 23 yards...MAKE RUNNING POTENT: The chief reason for the blocking drill is to make the running attack potent. The Packers haven't had to use their running to any great extent in the last six games for the simple reason that the passing attack has clicked so perfectly. There may come a time, however, when the aerial works may backfire (a la interceptions) the Bays then would find themselves in the cold if they couldn't depend on running. If you're not convinced, kindly remember that the first Cardinal game in which Cecil Isbell completed only one pass to Don Hutson, and, fortunately, that went for a touchdown. Next Sunday the Packers will be trying for their sixth straight victory in their drive to catch the Chicago Bears who are leading the circuit with six straight wins and no losses. If the Packers win, Western division honors may be decided in Wrigley field the following Sunday when the Bays and Bears clash...TAKE OFFENSIVE LEAD: Last Sunday's play saw the Packers take over the offensive lead for the entire league, counting 55 markers against the Cardinals to boost their total to 211 points, 18 more than the Bears' total. By blanking Detroit, 16 to 0, the Bears took over the top spot defensively, having allowed only 70 points. It is interesting to figure (try, at least) the Cleveland club. The Rams, before the season started, were rated as one of the top teams in the circuit, but at the halfway mark they have only four wins and four defeats - one of which was a 45 to 28 setback in Green Bay. The Rams found their spark at Green Bay when they led, 21 to 17, at halftime, and finally wound up with 28 points, the highest offensive total in one game this season. They then succeeded in nosing out the Cardinals, 7 to 3, and then reached their peak when they knocked off the tough Brooklyn Dodger club, 17 to 0, last Sunday...THEY HAVE A MR. HALL: The Packers are looking for a tougher Cleveland team next Sunday, one with plenty of aerial and ground punch. Any club with a Parker Hall (in the flesh too)
is tough, says Lambeau. Those Chicago Bears also are facing a hard test next Sunday at Brooklyn where the Dodgers are liable to snap back from their loss to Cleveland. In other games, the Chicago Cardinals invade Washington; Pittsburgh goes to Detroit; and New York plays at Philadelphia.
HUTSON BOOSTS SCORING TOTAL
NOV 3 (Chicago) - Don Hutson, the Green Bay Packers' pass snagging end, has boosted his leading NFL scoring total to 82 points and needs only 13 more to equal his record output last year. Hutson caught three touchdown passes in the Chicago
Cardinal game Sunday to bring his total to 10 for the season. Last fall he set a record with 12. He has placekicked 22 extra points, missing only once.
PACKERS FACE SECOND-BEST AIR ATTACK IN LEAGUE AT CLEVELAND
NOV 4 (Green Bay) - Fortunately, the Green Bay Packers never had to face a passing combination like Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson. But the fact still remains that the Bay footballers go into every game just a bit worried about the other team's aerial attack. Curly Lambeau's men know what devastation a clicking passing attack can spread, although they usually have been on the 'giving" end. At Cleveland next Sunday, for instance, the Packers will operate against the National league's second-best air force. It is led by Parker Hall, one of the three top throwers in the circuit, the others being Isbell and Sammy Baugh. Cleveland will be playing its first game without Indian Jack Jacobs, who together with Hall, collaborated their effort for a surprise 17-0 victory over the tough Brooklyn Dodgers last Sunday. Jacobs left immediately after the game to report to the United States Naval Air Corps. While Isbell and Hutson have been wrecking most aerial records, Hall and Company managed to pick up 1,206 yards through the air, just 291 less than the Packers' total. Forgetting last Sunday's aerial magic here against the Chicago Cardinals, the Packers are busy this week polish a defense against Cleveland's chief weapon - Hall's right arm. A special session was held Tuesday for those who failed to cover passes properly against the Cards, and another long workout on that same phase was held today...BENTON NEXT TO HUTSON: The Packers also will be facing the loop's second-best pass receiver - Big Jim Benton, who ranks behind Don Hutson. Benton caught 17 passes for 283 yards. He's a good mile behind Hutson (38 passes for 819 yards), but should the Packers' combination be off the Hall-Benton duo may prove tough. The Packer squad will enter the game in great shape, barring, of course, further injuries in practice today and Thursday. It can be revealed at this time that Isbell and Tony Canadeo entered the Card game in "bad" shape. However, for some unexplainable reason, they came out in fairly good condition, although nobody except Trainer Bud Jorgenson was allowed to touch Canadeo's bruised hip. Jorgenson is giving the two throwers plenty of attention this week, and Curly expects them to be "as good as new" next Sunday... NEVER LOST AT CLEVELAND: Green Bay never lost a game at Cleveland, but most of the contests there were close. The Rams scored their only victory over the Packers here in 1939, a 27 to 24 affair. Last year, for instance, the Bays beat Cleveland, 17-14, on a last minute field goal by Hutson. In 1939 a touchdown by Joe Laws in the last few seconds and a boot by Tiny Engebretsen beat the Rams, 7-6. Chief interest in the league this week will center at Brooklyn where the Bears' two-coached team tangles with the Dodgers. The Brooklyns are expected to give the Bears a hard battle, especially after being surprised by Cleveland last week. On the basis of the Bears' showing against Detroit last week, observers are giving the Dodgers a better-than-even chance to like the Chicagoans.
PACKER PASSING DUO COULD BREAK SEVEN MORE MARKS AT CLEVELAND
NOV 4 (Chicago) - The NFL record book took on the appearance of a gridiron history of two players - Don Hutson and Cecil Isbell of the Green Bay Packers. Hutson and Isbell have dotted pro football records with their accomplishments for the past five seasons, but never previously did they so thoroughly dominate the list of league marks. As Green Bay trounced the Chicago Cardinals, 55 to 24, last Sunday five league records were broken and two more tied. Hutson and Isbell had a hand in compiling each of the marks. The Packers face the Rams at Cleveland Sunday and another group of records appear certain to be smashed by the Green Bay duo. Here are the marks that are in danger: (1) - Isbell needs only two more touchdown passes to set a new league record of 16, the most ever thrown in a season...THREE SCORING PASSES: (2) - Three touchdown passes (he threw five last week against the Cards) will give Isbell a new all-time league mark of 52. The current mark of 51 was set over a span of nine seasons by Arnie Herber. This is Isbell's fifth year in the league. (3) - Isbell owns the league record of yards gained by passes for a season, 1,479. He already has 1,144 yards on aerials this season and still has five games to play. (4) - Hutson is only 14 points removed from a new individual scoring record. He has 82 points in six games. (5) - Ten more points after touchdown will give Hutson a new league mark of 32 for a season to break the mark of 31 set by Automatic Jack Manders in 1934. Hutson made six conversions last week for a single game record...TOUCHDOWN MARK: (6) - Hutson currently has 10 touchdowns to his credit and needs but three more to break a mark he set a year ago for the most scored in a season. (7) - Hutson's 38
receptions have been good for 819 yards, just 28 short of another record. Hutson's chances of grabbing a few of the records this week are bright because the Rams always have been a "soft touch" for the lanky end. In a game earlier this season Hutson caught 13 passes for a gain of 209 yards against the Rams...DOUBLES BENTON'S TOTAL: Hutson is far in front of all league rivals in two departments of the official statistics. His 39 receptions more than doubles the total of his nearest competitor, Jim Benton of the Cleveland Rams, and his 82 points far outdistances second place Gary Famiglietti of the Chicago Bears who has 36 points. Bill Dudley of the Pittsburgh Steelers retained his ball carrying lead with 524 yards in 116 efforts. Sammy Baugh of Washington leads in passing with 75 completions in 139 attempts.
1942 Green Bay Packers Vs. Cleveland Rams, Etc. Large Cardboard Gambling Piece. Measuring at an impressive 11x14", this cardboard piece was used in bars to promote gambling pools on professional football games. Featuring the Packers vs. Rams game on November 8, 1942, it also promotes $10 bets on other NFL contests. Exhibiting considerable wear and staining throughout, it is the only one we have ever seen. (Source: Heritage Auctions)
hoping to relieve the tension somewhat. The touchdown twins ruined Cleveland here a month ago, 44 to 28, but there is always the dreaded through about the Packer-Cardinal game art Chicago where both were off color. Lambeau is also "quite concerned" about the condition of Municipal stadium which, according to reports from Cleveland, is in bad shape. An army show there featuring Uncle Sam's tanks and jeeps left the field "hilly". Last Saturday, the poor turn had much to do with Notre Dame scoring only nine points in blanking Navy. Packer speedsters like Hutson, Tony Canadeo, Andy Uram, Lou Brock and many others are looking for plenty of trouble. At any rate, the Bays will get a chance to look over the grounds Saturday morning about 11 o'clock when a two-hour exercise period is scheduled...ISBELL-HUTSON DEFENSE: The Packers are particularly interested in what type of Isbell-Hutson defense the Rams will employ now that Cleveland has held the Cardinal and Dodger passing attacks in check. Coach Dutch Clark thought he had a fairly good defense for Hutson in the game here but it failed miserably. Bucking the Packer running game will be a stonewall line, boasting such stars like Chet Adams, Red Conkright and Riley Matheson. In the backfield the Rams will throw a wicked aerial attack led by passer Parker Hall and receiver Dante Magnani who stepped through the Bays twice for touchdowns at Green Bay on long scoring jaunts. The Packers will be seeking their sixth straight victory, while the Rams are in the market for No. 5. On offense, the Rams rank behind the Packers and Bears, having scored 111 points. The Bays have counted an even 100 more points than Cleveland...AHEAD OF BEARS: Statistically, the Packers have a big advantage - so large, in fact, that they find themselves running far ahead of the Bears. The Bays, for instance, have gained a total of 2,224 yards, which is 211 more than the Bears made. The Packers have 90 first downs, three more than the Bears. Philadelphia has 92 but the Eagles played two more games. As an added highlight, the Packers, with Isbell and Hutson in the spotlight, can break seven records. They cracked five here last Sunday against the Cards.
OSMANSKI TO SCOUT PACKERS FOR BEARS IN CLEVELAND ON SUNDAY
NOV 5 (Green Bay) - Fullback Bill Osmanski, now chief of the Chicago Bears' secret service corps, will watch the Green Bay Packers battle at Cleveland Sunday afternoon, but he'll be wishing he wasn't there. Osmanski, who was injured on the sixth play of the Bear game here Sept. 27, would rather be in Brooklyn where the co-coached Bruins meet the Dodgers. Bullet Bill, even though he's a Bear, and a bad one at that, was right at home during this three-day stay at St. Vincent hospital here. The former Holy Cross star has not been able to play since but expects to see action against the Packers in Chicago a week from this next Sunday. When told of Osmanski's appearance in Cleveland, Coach Curly Lambeau answered: "It's okay with us. We'll show him plenty." That statement was said with a chuckle, so you can decide for yourself whether the Bears, or Osmanski, will see plenty. The Green Bay coach is undecided about leaving his bag of tricks at home. If Osmanski would like to make the trip, he can see if Lambeau is carrying that bag of tricks at 5:30 Friday afternoon when the Packers leave from the Milwaukee Road station. If Lambeau is not carrying that "parcel of magic", Osmanski wouldn't have to make the trip to Cleveland. Such a turn of events would save the Chicago Bears traveling expenses, and at the same time rest Osmanski's knee...BAYS GET NEW PLAYS: In warning Osmanski about this and that, this might be the time to let the Cleveland Rams know that Lambeau dished out a new set of running and passing plays in practice Wednesday. The boys put on their pads and went through such a wicked scrimmage that you'd think they were playing the Bears next Suday. At any rate, Lambeau has reached the point where he would like to have his Bays forget about the Bear game. They can think of it once in awhile, but the big problem at the moment is that Cleveland club. The best example of thinking too lightly of the Rams was that Cleveland-Brooklyn game. This was the setup: The poor Rams had all they could do to lick the Cardinals, 7 to 3, and so the Dodgers thought they had soft pickings. As you read in Monday's papers, the Dodgers got their ears
pinned back, 17 to 0. Cleveland finds itself in much the same position this week. The Bays whaled the stuffings out of the Cardinals, 55 to 24, and therefore should have little trouble licking Cleveland. Then, too, the Bays downed Cleveland, 45 to 28, here three weeks ago. Everything points to a soft touch for Green Bay. But Lambeau and his mates can't see it that way...RAMS LED PACKER HERE: It's the same old story - the team that isn't prepared for a tough battle will get knocked off. As a last reminder that Cleveland will be tough, don't forget that the Rams led Green Bay, 21 to 17, at halftime in the first game this year. Fred Vant Hill, former Minnesota guard, came up with a sore back in practice today but the injury isn't expected to hamper him at Cleveland. Vant Hill played his greatest game this season against the Cardinals last Sunday and he'll probably be rewarded with plenty of work against the Rams. Paul (Doc) Berezney, big Packer tackle, looked like himself today. Berezney, who played all but about 10 minutes of the Cardinals game, came out of the battle with a badly swollen face, the result of "boxing" with certain members of the Cardinal line. It seems the Card forwards blocked with the fists clenched...PUNCHES WORTH VICTORIES: The Packers, it has been said, run into the same thing every time they have an opponent badly beaten. Things were particularly hot at Detroit where the Lions were smothered, 28 to 7. But as one of the boys said, "a few socks on the jaw are worth a victory." Arrangements have been made for a workout in Municipal stadium at 11 o'clock Saturday morning. The Packers will leave Green Bay at 5:30 Friday evening on the Milwaukee Road's Chippewa and arrive in Cleveland early Saturday morning. The Chicago Bears go to Brooklyn Sunday in one of the east's top battles. Co-Coaches Luke Johnsos and Hunk Anderson claim they are having a tough time keeping their Bears from thinking about the Green Bay game. The Bears will be seeking their 14th straight league victory at Dodgerville...CARDS OPPOSE BAUGH: For the second straight Sunday, the Cardinals will bump into a barrage of passes. This time Sammy Baugh will be pitching for Washington against the Chicago club. The Cardinals, incidentally, have asked waivers on end Dick Evans, a former Green Bay Packer, and tackle Tom Chantiles, who only two weeks ago was received in a trade with the Detroit Lions for back Chet Wetterlund. Detroit will attempt to win its first game of the season in a home encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the fifth contest, New York plays at Philadelphia.
BAYS FUMBLE ONLY FIVE TIMES IN 568 PLAYS FOR RECORD PACE
NOV 5 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers are setting a record pace in the NFL with only five fumbles in 568 plays. Only the New York Giants come close to that figure, Steve Owen's men having committed eight errors. Detroit's Lions are the worst offenders, with 24 fumbles to their "credit". Other fumble figures include: Philadelphia, 20; Cleveland, 19; Washington, 16; Chicago Bears, 15; Pittsburgh, 15; Brooklyn, 14; Chicago Cardinals, 13. These figures show that its all but impossible to be perfect in the fumbling department. The Packers, Bears and Giants prove to be the best ball carriers. Opponents have fumbled 24 times against New York, while foes of the Bears and Packers have miscued 17 times. An important point in the success of the Packers is shown in the opponents-fumbles-recovered column. Green Bay has recovered 11 of their foes' fumbles. The Giants top this and the league with 13. Although the Packers fumbled only five times in six games, one of these fumbles led to their only defeat. If you'll remember, the ball sneaked away from Andy Uram during the Bear game here Sept. 27 and Ray Nolting grabbed it and ran for a touchdown. Regardless, the fumbles item explains, somewhat, the Packers' ability to remain in a contending position despite a flaunting of an age old axiom that in successful football there must be equal parts of running and passing...REDSKINS PREPARING: Dutch Bergman, coach of a college in Washington, D.C., scouted the Chicago Cardinals here last Sunday for the Washington Redskins. He undoubtedly took some note on the Packers - just in case the two teams enter the playoff. George Strickler, drumbeater for the National league, is responsible for naming the Notre Dame backfield of 1927 the Four Horsemen. He made the remark as a student in the Notre Dame press box and Scribe Grantland Rice spread it over the country...TOUCH LUCK CASE: Ray Ebli, Chicago Cardinal end, played against the Cleveland Rams two weeks ago with a broken leg. Ebli was hurt and the Cardinals could not take another time out on a goal line march, so he hobbled into position. That hurt proved to be a broken leg...PROS ARE TOUGH: Coach Bernie Bierman of the Iowa Seahwawks claims that the best three linemen he has are center George Svendsen and tackle Charley Schultz, former Packers, and tackle John Hamman of the Cleveland Rams. Let's have no more talk of the collegian-better-than-pro talk...SOMEBODY'S WRONG: Under a picture of Co-Coach Hunk Anderson on the Chicago Bear sideline, a Chicago newspaper said that coaching from the bench isn't barred in professional football. The view showed Anderson flashing a sign to quarterback Sid Luckman. The rule states that "no person on the sideline shall coach except during the intermission between halves." When Don Hutson scored 24 points last Sunday he moved two points ahead of Hank Bruder, former Packer back, who got 22 against Cincinnati in 1934. The Cardinals' Ernie Nevers is still tops with 40.
PACKERS HAVE MOST PROLIFIC GROUND ATTACK IN PRO LEAGUE
NOV 5 (Chicago) - Green Bay's air minded Packers present the most prolific ground gaining attack of the NFL. But first place in the rival divisions today belong to the two teams with the best balanced offense. While the Packers have been smashing passing records and advancing on a new high for yards gained through the air, the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins have helped themselves to a first lien on berths in the championship playoff by going half the way afoot. The Bears, unbeaten in six starts, have lugged the ball from scrimmage for 978 yards and passed for 995 yards. Washington's running attack, led by Andy Farkas and Dick Todd, has piled up 944 yards against 962 for the Redskins' aerial offensive as presided over by Sammy Baugh. Green Bay tops both the division leaders in total yards gained, but its attack has been pretty one-sided. The Packers have gained 1,497 yards by passes, a record pace, but their total gain by rushing is only 275 yards.
JACOBS TAKES PUNTING LEAD, JOINS NAVY
NOV 5 (Chicago) - Rookie Jack Jacobs of Cleveland, a slim Indian from Oklahoma, stayed in the NFL just long enough to displace Sammy Baugh of Washington as the champion punter. Jacobs averaged 46.6 yards on six kicks against Brooklyn last Sunday, leaving after the game to report to the naval air corps. He averaged 42.3 yards on 33 punts during his term with the Rams. Bill Dudley, the league's best ground gainer, was top man in kick returns. The Pittsburgh rookie's runback of 14 punts totaled 173 yards, 57 more than Brooklyn's Merle Condit. Condit also handled 15 punts. Dudley had returned nine kickoffs, one for 84 yards and a touchdown, for the best action in that phase of the game. Condit, Bulldog Turner of the Chicago Bears and Charlie Brock of the Green Bay Packers moved into a three way tie for the lead in pass interceptions, each with five. Condit, however, had picked up 114 yards on runbacks - one going for a touchdown - while Turner had made only 93 and Brock 17.
PACKERS FACE 'GIANT KILLERS' IN CLEVELAND
NOV 6 (Green Bay) - Realization that the Cleveland Rams allowed the Chicago Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers only three points exploded like a bomb in Green Bay today as Curly Lambeau and his Packers left for their engagement with the Rams in Cleveland's battle-scarred Municipal stadium Sunday afternoon. The Rams, playing the role of Giant Killers, knocked the Dodgers out of the Eastern division race last Sunday with a 17-0 victory, and the week previous dashed the Cards' mathematical hopes, 7 to 3. A year ago, the Packers hammered Detroit, 24 to 7, the week before their crucial game with the Chicago Bears. Next Sunday the Bays face a club with three times the scoring punch of Detroit. A week from Sunday, the Packers go to Bearland, but the trip to Chicago will be just a sight-seeing tour if Cleveland turns the tables..."QUITE CONCERNED": Lambeau and his Packers left late this afternoon "quite concerned" about the Rams, although a few glances at Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson is
WELL SET FOR CLASH ON CLEVELAND FIELD
NOV 7 (Cleveland) - Facing their last big hurdle before the Chicago Bear game, the Green Bay Packers go to bat against two formidable opponents - the Cleveland Rams and the law of averages - at Municipal stadium in Cleveland at 1 o'clock Green Bay time tomorrow afternoon. The Packers will be in search of their sixth straight NFL victory in a drive that started late in the fourth quarter of the Bear-Packer game at City stadium Sept. 27. They expect to climax their chance for championship honors at Wrigley field in Chicago against the Bears a week from Sunday. But the big business on hand at present takes place in Cleveland, where the Rams are banking on some help from the averages. The records show, and they don't lie, that Green Bay outscored Cleveland in the last three games there by a total of four points, and that's slim pickings when you look at the standing of the two clubs at the end of the season. In 1939, a last minute touchdown pass from Cecil Isbell to Joe Laws and Tiny Engebretsen's boot won for Green Bay, 7-6, and a year later the clubs battled to a 13-all tie. In 1941, it took a field goal by Don Hutson to trip Cleveland, 17-14. In Cleveland, they say "such things can't go on forever." And that's why the Rams are banking on the law of averages...WORRIED A LITTLE: Another thing that has the Packers worried, at least just a little, is the Rams' record in their last two games. They nipped the Chicago Cardinals, 7-6, and then skinned an overconfident Brooklyn Dodger eleven, 17 to 0. In turn, the Rams themselves are quite cocky about their last two victories. Despite all this talk, Green Bay will enter Cleveland fully confident that Isbell and Hutson will break several more all-time marks, although new turf on the stadium gridiron is not calculated to help Hutson much. The new sod, which is put down after every baseball season, was ripped badly during the recent army show there, featuring tanks and jeeps in action. Notre Dame was handicapped in beating Navy by a low score last Saturday. Although seven records are in danger in the face of the Bays' deadly aerial attack, the chief mark will be Isbell's consecutive touchdown-passing mark. Isbell will be trying to connect for an aerial counter in his 19th straight game...TRUMP THAT TRICK: Lambeau may lead off with his aces, Isbell and Hutson, in an effort to demoralize the Ram club. There will be no more demoralizing, however, unless the twins are able to connect as they did against the Cardinals here last Sunday. The starting backfield likely will have Larry Craig at blocking quarterback;
Isbell at left half; Andy Uram at right half; and Lou Brock at fullback. Lambeau may hold Isbell and Hutson back, though, just in case he finds it necessary to trump a Cleveland trick. With Indian Jack Jacobs in the military service, Clark is expected to keep reliable Parker Hall at left half from start to finish. At right half will be the clever Dante Magnani. Gaylon Smith will be at fullback, and Jim Elston is the quarterback. Leaders in the Cleveland line are Jim Benton, left end; Riley Matheson, left guard; Chet Adams, left tackle; Red Conkright, center, and Ed Gibson, right end...PACKERS IN SHAPE: The Packer team is in great shape physically, with guard Fred Vant Hull's lame back once more in "bendable" condition. Vant Hull, incidentally, may work with Captain Buckets Goldenberg in the starting lineup. Tackles likely will be Paul Berezney and Baby Ray, and the leadoff center is a tossup between Charley Brock and Bob Ingalls. A play-by-play description of the game will be given by Russ Winnie over radio station WTMJ, starting at 1 o'clock Green Bay time.
COACH OF RAMS EYES UPSET WIN
NOV 7 (Cleveland) - The high scoring Green Bay Packers, in the midst of a scoring rampage that is breaking NFL records in all directions, are favored to defeat the Cleveland Rams by at least a two touchdown margin when they meet here Sunday. Despite the heavy odds favoring the Packers, Coach Dutch Clark of the Rams is unconvinced his team hasn't a good chance of upsetting the Packers. He points to previous games against the Lambeau machine and the fine offensive showing his team made in losing to the Packers at Green Bay three weeks ago. "We know we can score on the Packers, and we hope we've strengthened our defenses enough to check the Green Bay aerial thrusts," he said here today as the Rams went through a light signal drill and again checked their defenses in hopes of stopping the Isbell to Hutson and Isbell to Uram passes. "There is no question but what the Packers offer a big defensive problem for any team, but we feel we can improve on defense by having learned our mistakes at Green Bay. Our attack bothered the Packers considerably then and we hope to have it working even better Sunday. Parker Hall has always played his best ball against Green Bay. He's ready for this one. Don't be surprised if we register an upset." The Packers arrived here in time for a workout Saturday and Coach Curly Lambeau reported his club in fine condition. "We're not hiding a thing," he opined. "We have to win this one in order to keep on the trail of the Bears whom we meet next Sunday in Chicago. We feel that our passing attack is one of the strongest we've ever had. Andy Uram, at right halfback, is teaming up beautifully in our first unit and gives us another ace receiver to work along with Don Hutson to receive the Isbell passes. They are as nifty a pair of pass receivers as the Packers have ever had. Both have speed and know how to feint to get into the open. The passing of Isbell completes the picture. We're not underestimating the Rams. They've always been tough for us, and we know that our defense had not been what it should be. We hope we've helped that end of the game this week, but feel confident our aerial game will pull us through." Both mentors were undecided as to their starting lineup.
PACKERS GIVE BLOOD
NOV 8 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers will give their blood at the blood donor station of the Milwaukee County Red Cross at 507 E. Wells St. on Sunday December 6, after their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park.
PACKERS PLAY RAMS SUNDAY
NOV 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - Whether that return game with the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field a week hence will be a fight for first place in the western division of the NFL, or just another game, will be learned by the Packers Sunday. Everything, for the moment, is wrapped up in a game with the Cleveland Rams in Cleveland. If the Packers win, they will be position to bid for at least a first place tie in the game with the Bears a week hence. If they lose, unless the Bears lose right with them against Brooklyn they will go into the game at Wrigley field with only their old rivalry to spur them on. The fight for first place will be as good as over. It is not a particular pleasant prospect the Packers face in their assignment against the Rams. They walloped the Rams in the first meeting at Green Bay this season, but they had had such consistently tough going of it for years in Cleveland, that they expect only the toughest kind of fight again. Green Bay has never lost a game in Cleveland, which is something, but Green Bay has gained only a one point victory, a tie and a three point victory in its last three appearances in Cleveland, which is something, too. The Packers won in 1939 on a last minute pass, Isbell to Laws, 7-6, tied 13-13 in 1940 on a last minute field goal by Clarke Hinkle, and squeezed through a year ago on a last minute field goal by Don Hutson, 17-14. With title hopes still burning brightly and with the Bear game just around the corner, Curly Lambeau has found coaching just a bit easier in the last week. The Packers have started to build up a head of steam of their own, first because of the trouble they have always had in Cleveland and second because of the Bears game a week hence. All manner of records stand in danger again on Sunday. Here they are: (1) Isbell needs only two more touchdown passes to set a new league record of 16, the most ever thrown in a season. (2) Three touchdown passes (he threw five last week against the Cards) will give Isbell a new all-time league mark of 52. The current mark of 51 was set over a span of nine seasons by Arnie Herber. (3) Isbell owns the league record of yards gained by passes for a season, 1,479. He already has 1,144 yards on aerials this season. (4) Hutson is only 14 points removed from a new individual scoring record. He has 82 points in six games. (5) Ten more points after touchdown will give Hutson a new league mark of 32 for a season to break the mark of 31 set by "Automatic Jack" Manders in 1934. Hutson made six conversions last week for a single game record. (6) Hutson currently has 10 touchdowns to his credit and needs only three more to break a mark he set a year ago for the most scored in a season. (7) Hutson's 38 pass receptions have been good for 819 yards, just 28 yards short of another record. The game in Cleveland will be one of another full round. In others, the Bears will be at Brooklyn, the Cardinals at Washington, the Steelers at Detroit and the Giants at Philadelphia. The Packers rule 10 point favorites, the Bears 17, the Redskins 13, the Steelers seven and the Giants three.