Green Bay Packers (3-0) 27, Detroit Lions (0-1) 6
Sunday October 1st 1944 (at Milwaukee)
drive, which carried 41 yards. A pass, Frankie Sinkwich to Bob Westfall, did the trick from the five-yard line. Sinkwich's kick was blocked by the entire left side of the Green Bay line. Shortly after, the Lions began another scoring march, which was stopped on the one-yard line for three plays. On last down, the Lions were thrown back to the four and their day was done. Green Bay from then on took things into their own hands and scored on a 47-yard drive, ending when Lou Brock tossed a pass to Paul Duhart on a play carrying 16 yards. Don Hutson kicked the point after that gave Green Bay the lead, 7 to 6, five minutes before the end of the first half. Within five minutes of the start of the second half, Green Bay scored twice more and held the Detroit effort to nil. Ted Fritsch, who has another outstanding afternoon, ripped over from the 11-yard line four minutes after the period opened on a drive that carried 43 yards. Hutson's kick for extra point was good, giving him 62 in a row without a miss. A minute later, Larry Craig set up the chance for the third Green Bay score with his interception of Sinkwich's pass on the 33 and return to the 13.
MAKES PATENT CATCH
On third down, Irv Comp heaved a pass to Hutson, who made one of his patent catches in the end zone while covered by halfbacks Art Van Tone and Westfall of Detroit. His point-after-touchdown string was broken by Bill Callihan, who raced in fast to partially block the kick and deflect it to the left of the uprights. The score then stood at 20-6 for the remainder of the third quarter. The Packers put on their longest sustained drive in the last quarter, when they made their fourth touchdown after a march of 81 yards. A play which nobody saw before this year brought the score on an 11-yard pass from Lou Brock to Comp, who caught it in the end zone, although he was thoroughly covered perfectly by Ernie Rostek, Hutson converted perfectly to make the final 27 to 6 to satisfy a crowd that had sat in a drizzle and chill wing. Perhaps it was good for the Packers that Detroit scored so early and then threatened so soon after but was halted. Rocked back on their heels, Green Bay couldn't seem to do much on the Lions' first touchdown march. But things began to change soon, culminating in the great defensive stand the Packers put up when their goal was threatened a second time.
SMOTHER DETROIT CHANCES
As the game progressed, the Packer forwards all but smothered Detroit charges and the backfield took care of the passing game of Frankie Sinkwich to the extent that he sat out most of the last quarter. Conspicuous for his play on defense was center Charley Brock, who seemed to be all over at once, especially during the second half. The Green Bay attack gathered momentum also as the minutes ticked away. Effective running was displayed by Fritsch, Lou Brock, Duhart, a rookie used almost as much as Comp, Joe Laws, now in his 11th season. Hutson continued to make sensational catches, including on on the last touchdown drive when three Detroiters were properly baffled when he came up with the ball after they have all but tied him down. Statistics gave the Packers the edge in every department. They had 17 first downs to nine for Detroit; 185 yards rushing to 80; 144 yards on passes to 72 for the Lions; and 15 of 20 forwards completed against seven of 18 completed by Detroit. Most of the Packers' big advantage in every division came in the second half, when they held Detroit to eight net yards from rushing and 12 on passes, while amassing 125 yards rushing and 79 by passes themselves.
GET FIRST CHANCE
The Detroit team's first chance came on the third play when Van Tone intercepted Comp's pass on the Packers' 45 and returned it to the 41. Sinkwich then drilled a 31-yard aerial to end Dave Diehl, who caught it on the 10 and ran to the 7 before he was downed by Fritsch. Sinkwich sneaked over the center to the five, and on second down tossed a pass to Westfall, who grabbed it on the one-yard line and stepped over unmolested. Sinkwich's kick was blocked and Detroit went ahead, 6-0, as Packer fans groaned. The Packers then marched from their own 24 to the Detroit 32 before they were stopped. They made three first downs in the process with Lou Brock doing most of the carrying. One pass from Comp to Hutson was good to the midfield stripe from the 35 and another gained three from the Lions' 39 to 36. After a lateral from Comp to Fritsch gained three more, a fourth down pass was incomplete to give Detroit the ball. The Lions held the ball for the remainder of the first quarter, and for one play of the second when they made their last futile attempt to crack the Packer defenses. Westfall and Sinkwich did all the work on the march with the exception of help from Jack Matheson and Van Tone, who grabbed a pass for a sizeable gain. Sinkwich took the ball on a sneak and cut up to the Detroit 47, where he fumbled, Matheson recovering.
THINGS LOOK HOPELESS
It was Westfall for two plays to the Packer 44 and Sinkwich through a big hole in the middle of the 34 and a first down. A pass was no good and then Sinkwich tossed to Westfall on a screen, the latter going to the 18. After Sinkwich passed to Van Tone on the 13, Westfall picked up a first down on the five. Things looked hopeless for Packer fans when Frankie rammed through the middle to the one-yard stripe with three tries left. Sinkwich tried it again but Baby Ray, who has just been inserted into the lineup, put him down hard for no gain. On the next play, Sinkwich momentarily fumbled as he dived into the center but he recovered and was stopped on the one-foot line as the quarter ended. On the next play, Hutson and Charley Brock combined to smother Westfall on the four-yard line to avert the last serious threat by the Detroit team that afternoon. From then on, the Packers took things into their own hands. After the ball changed hands, the Packers held and Lou Brock returned Sinkwich's punt from his own 42 to the visitors' 47. On first down, Brock passed to Harry Jacunski, who was slammed from behind by Sinkwich as he reached for the ball. The aerial was ruled complete by interference with the receiver, giving the Packers a first down on the 17.
DUHART GRABS PASS
Fritsch rammed the middle to the 16 and then Brock passed to Duhart, who stood alone in the end zone as the Detroit backfield was pulled over to watch Hutson. It was Duhart's first touchdown as a Packer in league play. Hutson kicked while Joe Laws held to put Green Bay ahead by 7 to 6. That one point loomed large right then. A second chance for the Packers shortly after was cut off by an interception. Laws set it up with his catch of Sinkwich's pass on his own 44 and return to the Detroit 47. An incomplete pass was followed by two good ones from Comp to Hutson, the first for seven yards and the second for 11 and a first down. After two more incompletes, Hutson snagged Comp's pass and slid out of bounds on the 14 1/2, another first down. Fritsch rammed the middle for two but then Matheson grabbed Comp's pass on the seven and returned it to the 28 to nullify the chance. An exchange of punts gave Detroit the ball but they couldn't do much as time ran out with the Lions in possession on their own 35.
START SECOND MARCH
Events developed rapidly in the second half. Detroit received and was stymied on their own 20, forcing a punt returned by Brock from his 35 to the Detroit 43, a jaunt of 22 yards. Brock bumped the middle for one and then tossed to Jacunski for a first down on the 27. On a reverse, Brock slammed around right end to the 11, aided by a nice block by Ben Starrett. Then Fritsch drove through guard and slammed past three Detroit tacklers over the goal. Hutson's kick was good to make it 14 to 6. Fritsch kicked off in the end zone, putting the ball in play on the Detroit 20. On first down, Sinkwich's pass was grabbed by Craig on the run and he kept running from his 33 to the 13. Fritsch dropped a yard and then Laws threaded the middle for four to the 14. With less than six minutes gone in the period, Hutson became glued to Comp's pass in the end zone while Van Tone and Westfall were duly dumbfounded. Partial deflection of Hutson's extra point try snapped his streak at 62, compiled in 18 games starting in the mid-1942 season. The all-time National league record of 72 was set by Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears. During the remainder of the third quarter, both teams were forced to punt after their offensive attacks failed to gain necessary yardage. While Green Bay was scoring its two touchdowns, however, the Lions were held to a single first down in the quarter on a combination of five-yard offside penalty and a six-yard pass from Sinkwich to Matheson. Two Green Bay punts and two by the Lions gave the Packers the ball on their own 14 for what looked like a small chance for another score. But they uncorked a lethal ground and air attack that swept Detroit off its feet, carried 86 yards into the end zone and rang up five first downs in the process. It was a delight to watch the club go to work with everything it had. The Lions were helpless to stop it. After Fritsch gained half a yard in two players, Comp tossed to Huston on the Packer 28 for a first down. Fritsch tried the middle and then Comp heaved a pass to Brock on the 40 for another first down. Fritsch banged up the middle to Detroit's 45 for still another first. After Lou failed to gain at the center, Comp passed to Huston on the 27 and the series of downs started all over again.
NEW AERIAL COMBINATION
Fritsch piled to the 23, a pass by Brock was incomplete and Comp completed his fourth straight pas to Huston on the 13, but the ball was inches short of a first down. Fritsch made it first by picking up the inches a moment later. He then legged it to the 11. On second down Brock's pass to Comp in the end zone was called back and Green Bay called offside. Detroit refused the penalty, apparently believing it best to leave well enough alone and take the down instead. That's where the Lions got fooled. On identically the same play a moment later, Brock tossed to Comp in the same spot in the end zone and Irv hung on for dear life as Rosteck grabbed him. Hutson started a new string of points-after with a perfect placement. The game ended three minutes later with Green Bay in possession on the Detroit 41, their third straight victory a flying start in the race for the divisional flag in the bag.
DETROIT - 6 0 0 0 - 6
GREEN BAY - 0 7 13 7 - 27
1ST - DET - Bob Westfall, 5-yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Sinkwich kick failed) DETROIT 6-0
2ND - GB - Paul Duhart, 16-yard pass from Lou Brock (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-6
3RD - GB - Ted Fritsch, 11-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-6
3RD - GB - Hutson, 3-yard pass from Irv Comp (Hutson kick failed) GREEN BAY 20-6
4TH - GB - Comp, 11-yard pass from L. Brock (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 27-6
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Detroit Lions struck first by the Green Bay Packers lashed back with gradually increasing scoring power to win their third straight NFL victory at State Fair park Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 18,556. The victory gave the Packers a full two-game lead in the Western division. The story of the game resolves principally around the comeback of the Green Bay eleven made after they found themselves behind by a one-touchdown margin after the first three minutes of play. The Packers, somewhat listless in the first period, began to surge over the Lions in the second quarter, when they scored a touchdown and extra point that gave them a 7 to 6 lead at the halfway march. The third period was far their best, when two touchdowns and an extra point were counted. They put the finishing touches on in the last quarter with seven more points. But more than that they completely stifled the Lions' ground and aerial games, particularly the latte with which they had spun a touchdown that had the Bays reeling in the opening minutes.
USE THREE PLAYS
Detroit needed only three plays for their touchdown
CHI-PITT SCOUT SAYS PACKERS IN FOR BEATING AT NASHVILLE
OCT 1 (Nashville) - The Green Bay Packers are in for a beating when they meet the Philadelphia Eagles on Dudley Field Saturday week. That's the prediction of Buddy Parker, assistant coach of the Chicago-Pittsburgh combine in the National league. "The Eagles have too many fine backs for the Packers," Buddy said this afternoon as he scouted the Packers, who will meet the Card-Pitt club in Green Bay next Sunday. "Look at that list - Hinkle, Banta, Steele, Kish, Zimmerman, Bleeker, Van Buren and a boy whose name begins with an M. I can't pronounce it for it has about a dozen letters mixed with several x's and z's. We were fortunate that they didn't beat us more than 22-0 when we played them in an exhibition game recently. I think the Eagles are the class of the league."...EAGLES' LINE ONE OF PRO LOOP'S BEST: "I'm not trying to sell the Packers short. They'll probably beat us next Sunday. We haven't enough good backs for them. We've got about as good a line as there is in the league. The Eagles might have a little better." Pete Cawthon, Brooklyn Tiger coach and former Alabama assistant, was another who scouted from the press box today. Pete plays the Lions next week. "I haven't seen the Eagles," Cawthon said, "but from what everybody tells me they have got it. I think they'll take Washington next Sunday. We don't play them until late in the season and I'm hoping to have our club a little more coordinated by that time. We've got a good team but lack sufficient reserves. A squad of 28 players is awfully small the way they play football these days." The Packers believe they can take the Eagles but everyone admits that it is going to be pretty tough. All of which indicates that fans in and around Nashville are going to see one great battle when the Packers and Eagles stage the first midseason National league game in the South October 14. It will be their only meeting this season.
EARLY BIRDS GET WORM; PACKERS START OUT LATE TO MOP UP GRAVY
OCT 2 (Milwaukee) - NFL games begin at 2 p.m., under the league rules, and the Detroit Lions obeyed that edict and started at that time Sunday afternoon, but for all practical purposes the Packers began the game fairly late - near the end of the first quarter. Things had reached the point where the Lions were leading, 6-0, and seemed certain of collecting a second touchdown with first down inside the five-yard line. But at this stage the alarm clock went off, the lads from Green Bay decided to play football, and the aroused team held the Detroiters for downs, and took over the ball out in the vicinity where the Lions began the series of four plays. They took over not only the ball, but the initiative, and by the time the half ended with the Bays holding a slim 7-6 advantage, it looked certain that they would roar through the second half and take the ball game. This they did, and the third Green Bay league contest went into the record books as a victory. This diagnosis of the Sunday afternoon encounter was shared by some 18,000-odd people who saw the game and Mr. Charles (Gus) Dorais, coach of the ill-fated Lions. In the long walk across the field and through the stands just after the final gun, he said: "If we'd gotten that second touchdown, things might have been different. We weren't the same ball club after that, and your line outfought and outplayed us all the way. But if we'd gotten that second touchdown..." Dorais, who began life at Chippewa Falls, rose to fame catching passes from Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, and made his coaching reputation with the Lions last season, bore the weight of a great disappointment but declared: "Make no mistake about it - the Packers have got a team this year. They came from behind to beat us, and we never had a chance after the half." But the wistful thought about the touchdown his team never got persisted, and he would talk of nothing except the goal line stand the Packers made...Mr. Lambeau agrees that the Packers have a team this year - but with reservations. "We're still making a lot of mistakes," he said on the Milwaukee road train en route home. "We're nowhere near our peak of efficiency. The team was operating as a unit in that second half - but they're still not turning in the game they're capable of. Every week we forget Sunday's score and begin working on those mistakes. They're all tough in this league, and we can't take any chances." Curly had a word of praise for Lou Brock and Ted Fritsch, who were fighting for yardage all afternoon. He cited Buckets Goldenberg for getting out of a sickbed - he had a high fever Saturday morning - to turn in a good game Sunday. Charley Brock's defensive play was outstanding, but the other Brock was a workhorse out there, carrying the ball even more than he has on other active Sunday afternoons because Irv Comp's injury limited him pretty much to passing. But the veteran Green Bay coach was gratified not by individual performances but by the team's function as a team - with definite qualifications that they can do better...LINE ALWAYS DELIVERS: Chiefly notable about this year's Packer team, Lambeau will tell you, is this: "Every time the line has gotten into a tight spot, they've delivered. In every game, we've had a stand like that one today - and that's something we haven't had in at least five years. When they dig in, they can play football." This is really notable when you recall that these performances were turned in against (1) Washington, which beat the Packers and would probably be heavy favorites in the Eastern division if Sammy Baugh hadn't hit draft difficulties; (2) Brooklyn, out to beat the Packers with no holds barred and now a serious contender for the Eastern crown; and (3) the Chicago Bears, who need no introduction. It was the line's propensity for digging in which halted the vaunted Bruins short of a first down on their own 25-yard line, fourth down and a yard and a half to go, and led directly to a Packer touchdown...TRAFTON'S SLANT: And what did George Trafton, who spends seven days a week with the unsung heroes of the forward wall, think about during the crucial series of four downs? "You hope, of course, that the linemen will be carrying out their assignments. You get to a spot like that and you wonder whether you've been wasting your time in Green Bay, or whether your stuff has been getting across to the players." Along with a lot of other people, Trafton pointed out that the Detroit quarterbacking could have been a lot better on that series of four plays which failed to score. "They're using this tricky shift and making us guess on every play where the ball is going," he said, "and then when they get down in scoring territory they run two of the plays off the T - without the shift - and send Westfall out on a naked reverse on the fourth try. When Don Hutson got his hands on Westfall out on the end, I though, 'Oh, brother.' "...ON CHANGING SIDES: If you've ever watched the referee going through the mechanics of changing sides at the quarter - using line sticks and pacing off ground to place the ball at the opposite end of the field when the teams change goals, you'll appreciate this: When the gun marked the end of the first quarter, referee Tom Dowd walked up to the goal. He put his heel exactly on the goal line, and marked the position of the ball on his instep. He carried the ball to the other end of the field, put his heel on the goal line, and placed the ball in position there by putting the point of it at the same place on his foot. And the next Lions play ended close to the five-yard line. Here's how that happened; The Lions, leading midway in the first quarter, took the ball on downs on their own 32-yard line. Frankie Sinkwich and Bob Westfall divided the chores about equally and collected two first downs in four ground plays. Then they shifted back to passes and went all the way to the five yards with first downs. Sinkwich collected 80 percent of the distance on the first play, through the left side of the line...BABY BOOMS THROUGH: Then the Georgia Fireball took the ball directly from center, off the T-formation, and Baby Ray - bad leg and all - came booming through his tackle position and nailed Frankie before he could get started. They called the same play on third down but Sinkwich fumbled momentarily and met a stone wall in the center of the line - there's a picture of that play in the paper. The quarter ended before the next play, and when the teams changed sides, Westfall tried left end all alone and Hutson tossed him for a four-yard loss. That naked reverse never did work after that. Later in the second quarter, Westfall tried it again and Harry Jacunski cut him down for an eight-yard setback. Early in third he tried it again and Ben Starrett caught the lonesome Michigan runner for a loss. And just before the end of that period, Elmer Hackney found himself in the company of the whole right side of the Packer defense on the play...LAMBEAU AND TRAFTON: While Curly Lambeau gets lonesome in the press box with his telephone, pleading for better football and urging the team on from the top of the stands, his counterpart, Trafton, performs the same job on the sidelines, exhorting the players by name to "get across that line." Those two fellows ever look alike, except that Trafton, in fine drizzle Sunday, was wearing a slicker instead of the trench coat familiar to Packer fans on Lambeau's person. Curly had a separate room in an unused broadcasting booth atop the State Fair park grandstand, and the motion picture men were in a booth between him and the sportswriters, but the writers could hear him through both partitions. The discussions which led to Trafton's Green Bay job began in an argument over a table in a dining room on the West coast. He and Lambeau met there and began ribbing each other about who was going to get a table, the talk settled down to a serious discussion of football, and the Packers' former archenemy wound up helping coach here. "I like to win," Trafton says flatly. "I never like to be on a losing football team. It's great to win," and that statement could have come from Curly himself. This philosophy helps to make them a swell coaching combination...BAND IS COLORFUL: The Packer Lumberjack band added a bright note to an otherwise gloomy day - the weather, we mean - by keeping things generally pepped up in the stands. They turned the field between halves over to a couple of kids' teams from Milwaukee for a miniature game. The Lumberjacks' drum majorettes performed on the race track during lapses of play in the second half, and got a nice hand...MANDEL IS ANXIOUS: Most anxious man in Milwaukee Saturday was Fred Mandel, Chicago owner of the Detroit Lions, who mislaid his football team that afternoon. He came in from Chicago about 2 p.m., expecting to meet the team there, but they hadn't gotten there yet. He spent an hour and a half wondering whether they knew the game was going to be played in Milwaukee, until they finally arrived at the Schroeder hotel. He was almost as relieved then as he was Sunday afternoon when he learned that the Browns had won the American league pennant, because a Detroit victory would have forced him to move the Lion-Brooklyn game, scheduled for next Sunday, to the University of Detroit stadium Saturday night, since Briggs field would have been occupied by the World Series...Most disappointed fan was an unfortunate Green Bay man, unidentified, who had started out in his car for Milwaukee Sunday morning to see the game. He got as far as Cedarburg, had a flat tire there and couldn't find a garage open to have it fixed. He repaired the tire with borrowed equipment and got to West Allis just in time to turn around and start home...Among the former Green Bay people on hand to greet the arriving Packers Saturday night in Milwaukee was Ray Zinkle, formerly with Postal Telegraph here. Now representing Western Union, he accompanied Gov. Dewey in that capacity though the midwest on his speaking tour recently, and will perform the same job this week when Gov. Bricker swings through Wisconsin...WEATHER IS TOPIC: The weather was the principal subject of conversation Sunday morning. A cold wave was supposed to arrive in Milwaukee just about the time the Packers got there, but it never did. Milwaukee had bright sunshine until mid-morning and then it clouded up. A fine drizzle fell through most of the game, but it hampered the photographers more than the players. The ball got slippery and the grass on the field was slippery, but there wasn't enough rain to soften the gridiron appreciably...TWO N.E.W. BOYS: Green Bay residents Sunday made much of the fact that two boys from this part of Wisconsin provided most of the fireworks in the Wisconsin-Northwestern game Saturday afternoon. Earl (Jug) Girard was the big gun in the Badger attack, which led to an upset 7-6 victory, and John Youngwirth from Fond du Lac, familiar to high school football followers, was Northwestern's triple threat artist. There was also a great deal of conversation about Cecil Isbell's high-scoring triumph over Marquette, as Purdue's head coach...Charles Tollefson made his first appearance in a Packer uniform in the second quarter Sunday. A guard, he nailed a Lion ball carrier a few plays later that made everyone look up his number in the program...CHARLEY, M'BOY: Charley Brock turned in a whale of a game Sunday, getting tackles all over the field as he usually does. He pulled his ball stealing act in the second quarter but the officials ruled that the whistle had blown. In the third quarter, Ted Fritsch's towering kickoffs - he got off a number of tremendous ones - hit the goal post and Brock, the ball hawk, playfully tackled the referee as he carried it out to the 20-yard line. Larry Craig, rushing the passer, just missed 162-pound Jack Lowther about eight yards behinid the line of scrimmage, Lowther couldn't find a receiver and tried to run, and Brock caught him for a loss just as Craig arrived to smack him down...ALEX WOJ-ETC.: Alex Wojciechowicz, the bane of linotype operators, and opposing football players alike, played 50 full minutes of football at center but finally was stretched on the ground in the fourth quarter. It looked like he might be badly hurt but he was walking under his own power, we noticed, when the game end. When Wojie was hurt the Lions sent in a dark-skinned tackle, who topped Tiny Croft in weight, a 300-pounder named Harry Bolton from Oklahoma A. and M. Bolton distinguished himself by aruding the wrath of Buckets Goldenberg, who got off the bench and walked to the sideline to threaten Bolton with dire consequences. Lou Gordon quelled Buckets' one-man uprising with an accusing finger and the news that it would cost the club $50 if Buckets didn't sit down. Gordon, well remembered here, was head linesman...TWO COACHES MEET: Just before the game, the soft-spoken Gus Dorais came walking across the field to the Packer bench, and up to Lambeau. This, we thought, will be momentous. Here will be conversation worth recording, we thought, edging closer. They shook hands, and Dorais spoke: "Say," he said, as we stood by in awe, " do you suppose I could get a program around here somewhere? I'd kind of like to know who's playing out there. He got ours, and the Lions owe us 15 cents.
NEW PRO FOOTBALL LOOPS PLAN START OF PLAY NEXT YEAR
OCT 2 (Chicago) - The recently organized United States Football League has adopted a constitution and by-laws preparatory to beginning operations from a headquarters in New York City in 1945. The league, which has plans for the most extensive program in football history, including games in Honolulu, adopted the constitution at a weekend meeting attended by representatives from New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Honolulu, Baltimore, Akron, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. New Orleans, Houston and San Francisco also plan to join the league which will field professional grid teams sponsored by organizations boasting a total capitalization of more than $1,000,000. Franchise fees will be posted at the next meeting of the league which will be incorporated in Delaware.
PACKERS TO MEET PHILADELPHIA IN NASHVILLE BENEFIT OCT. 14
OCT 3 (Green Bay) - While the Packers, victors in three straight NFL starts, ran the kinks out of their muscles today, Coach Curly Lambeau announced that the team would meet the strong Philadelphia Eagles in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14, in the University of Vanderbilt stadium at Nashville, Tenn. Arrangements for the contest were made through Silliman Evans, publisher of a Nashville newspaper. It will be a benefit for the 20th Ferrying group of the Army Air forces. The Packers and Eagles, considered by many to be the strongest team in the Eastern division this year, do not meet in a regular season game this season. Both have off-Sundays Oct. 15. Lt. Col. J.H. Smart, commander of the Ferrying group, expressed appreciation to Lambeau for his cooperation in agreeing to play the game. He said, "As beneficiaries of this game, the military personnel of this command will receive much needed help in the way of athletic and recreational material and equipment which is badly needed and which we have been unable to procure."...RAY'S HOMETOWN: The game will be without its hometown angle. Baby Ray, veteran tackle of the Green Bay club, is a resident of Nashville during the offseason. He played three years for Vanderbilt university and is generally regarded as one of their all-time great athletes. The game will mark the first time that he has played before Nashville fans since he left school, seven years ago. The two teams are currently leading their respective divisions. The Packers have walked through Brooklyn, the Chicago Bears and Detroit in succession. The Eagles, resuming their former status as a single team after a year's merger with Pittsburgh, have a single circuit victory over the Boston Yanks. The count was 28 to 7 as the Eagles poured through the Yanks on the ground to score once in each period. The Packers will attempt to make it four straight against the combined Chicago Cardinals-Pittsburgh Steelers eleven at City stadium next
Sunday, when the league will see its first full weekend of operation this season. All 10 teams are to be in action, including New York at Boston, Brooklyn at Detroit, Chicago Bears at Cleveland, and Washington at Philadelphia...USE T-FORMATION: The Card-Pitts are being handled by Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling, a former Packers, and Phil Handler, who was head mentor for the Cardinals during 1943 after several years as an assistant. They have adopted the tricky T-formation, which requires long usage before it begins to pay dividends. That apparently is what happened for the Card-Pitts, who have become progressively stronger since the start of the season. They opened their season in Philadelphia by dropping a 22-0 decision to the Eagles in an exhibition game. Their next time out they were nosed out by Washington, 3 to 0. In their first and only league game to date, they lost to the Cleveland Rams, 30 to 28. The payoff came last Sunday, when the Card-Pitts put on a two-touchdown rally in the last quarter against the New York Giants and won by a 17 to 16 margin. Handler and Kiesling were elated over the defeat of the Giants, and particularly so because their charges did it the hard way in coming from behind. They were especially excited over the showing of Johnny Grigas, the Holy Cross battering ram of two seasons back, who mixed in a couple of touchdowns with spectacular running. He had jaunts of 34, 37, 25 and 63 yards...IN FAIR SHAPE: The Packers came out of Sunday's scramble with Detroit in fair shape and all of them except Roy D. McKay, a left halfback who has been sidelines with injuries since an early season exhibition, will be ready to play. Guards Glen Sorenson and Charley Tollefson, and fullback Ted Fritsch, were hurt in the battle but none is seriously injured. Both veteran tackles, Baby Ray and Paul Berezney, did not aggravate leg injuries and should be in top form. One session is scheduled for Wednesday but two may be held depending on how things shape up in the morning workout, Lambeau said. He expressed pleasure with the work of the ball club against the Lions, especially in the second half when they rammed over three touchdowns and held the Lions to a whisper. "In the second half," the coach said, "everyone played good ball and we hope they continue." The Bays are still making some mistakes, the coach said, but they gradually are being ironed out and the overall play is considerably improved.
STEELERS OPEN DRILLS FOR PACKER GAME
OCT 3 (Pittsburgh) - Encouraged by their sensational last quarter comeback which brought a 17-16 victory over the New York Giants in an exhibition game at Forbes Field, the Pittsburgh Steelers will invade Green Bay determined to score their first triumph in history over Coach Curly Lambeau's Packers next Sunday. The Wisconsin eleven has swept all nine meetings with the locals, including a 38-28 win last season. The local pros enjoyed a holiday yesterday but Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler will have them at Forbes Field this evening for a long drill against Packer plays. Assistant Coach Buddy Parker scouted the Green Bay eleven in its 27-6 victory over Detroit's Lions in Milwaukee last Sunday and brought back plenty of information on the veteran club now leading the western division with three straight successes. No serious casualties resulted from the Giant contest. Chet Bulgar is wearing a black eye and Walter Rankin is still a bit groggy from a head-on collision but both will be at practice today...THREE REGULARS TO RETURN: Three regulars are expected to leave the hospital list in time for the impending battle in Green Bay. Tackle Cliff Duggan, left halfback Johnny Butler and right halfback Roy Thuson all missed the New York game, although the latter two donned moleskins and sat on the bench part of the time. Their return to action should really improve chances of an upset over the favored Green Bay squad.
PACKERS TO FACE TOUGH JOB IN BATTLE SUNDAY WITH STRONG CARD-PITT TEAM
OCT 4 (Green Bay) - Shortly before the 1944 football season opened, Coach Curly Lambeau predicted that the combined Chicago Cardinals-Pittsburgh Steelers team would be one of the strongest in the Western division of the NFL. He qualified it by saying that the Card-Pitts would become stronger as the season progressed. Today the Packer coach reiterated his previous stand as he peered ahead five days to the team's Sunday encounter with the combination at City stadium. The contest will mark the fourth time this year the Packers have sallied forth to meet an opponent while it will be the second circuit game for the merged eleven, losers of their first to the Cleveland Rams...AFTER FOURTH STRAIGHT: Green Bay has a great deal to gain by winning its fourth straight and they will have to put their best effort forth to roll over the hybrid team with a line averaging well over 200 pounds and a backfield that is sparked by fullback Johnny Grigas. They have just begun to get the feel of the T formation, and Lambeau is worried about a sudden explosion from the Sunday visitors. The Green Bay coach explains it thus: Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler had to take the best men from the Steelers and Cardinals give them the fundamentals of the system popularized by the latter's crosstown rivals in Chicago, and then weld them into an efficient, smooth unit able to romp through rivals' defenses. At the start of the season, the Card-Pitts showed little in the way of offensive power and got kicked around considerably by the Philadelphia Eagles, 22-0. Their next time out, they dropped a heartbreaker to Washington, 3-0, the same team that a short while before had laid Green Bay low, 20 to 7. Then the T formation began to click and the combine was edged by Cleveland, 30-28. Last Sunday the team slapped the Giants, 17-16...SHOW GRADUAL GAIN: The scored indicated gradual improvement and Coach Lambeau's preseason prediction about the Card-Pitts' strength is being bolstered by the record. He doesn't stand alone in his contention that the team is getting stronger. The co-coaches themselves admit that the team has shown improvement with every game played. They figure that next Sunday may be their opportunity to do something that Brooklyn, the Chicago Bears and Detroit couldn't do - beat the Packers, now atop the division standings. Of course, the Packers have something to say about that too and they are in a fine frame of mind as they go through drills for the contest. But to get back to the Card-Pitts for a moment, here's the way their starting line looks (and weighs). At the end are Eddie Rucinski (196) and Walt Kichefski (212), at tackles Eberle Schultz (250) and Chet Bulger (235), at guard Conway Baker (230) and Clarence Booth (230), and at center Al Wukits (220). There's a pretty heft line, and to help out are such reserves as Clint Wagar (235), Clint Duggan (225), Ted Doyle (230) and Don Currivan, a little fellow comparatively. He weighs only 195. Operating the T formation behind this mountain of flesh are Grigas, who made 149 yards on four dashes late in the fourth quarter last Sunday. Johnny Butler, the Steelers' veteran from Tennessee, George Magulick, 150-pound speedster from St. Francis college, and Bernard Semes of Duquesne. In addition, Bobbie Thurbon and Johnny Butler, who didn't play against the Giants, will be available for action against the Bays. Concentrated action is due for the Packers in workouts today through Saturday. This morning they were to hold a long dummy scrimmage against Card-Pitt plays and use the remainder of the time to work out the mistakes in their offense. The squad is in fair physical condition and should be at full strength by game time, Lambeau said, adding that he is sticking by his previous observation that Sunday's game is going to be no Indian summer picnic. "Fans who saw the Brooklyn Tigers line go to work will be surprised when I say that the Card-Pitt line is even more rugged. But that's the fact and we'll have to be in top shape to get through them. Stopping Grigas will be our principal chore apparently on defense because he appears to be having his best year in the league. I'm satisfied that we have the right mental attitude, but we must continue polishing our attack," he said.
INJURIES SIDELINE SEMES
OCT 4 (Pittsburgh) - Tackling the undefeated Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin Sunday will be a tremendous task for the Steelers-Cardinals, but Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler today had an even more perplexing problem on their hands. Probable loss of Bernie Semes, who turned in one of the greatest jobs of blocking seen at Forbes Field in many a year against the New York Giants last Sunday, poses the problem confronting the Pittsburgh-Chicago coaches. Semes came out of the game with sprains of the knee, back and hands, and the team physician reports it is doubtful if the former Duquesne University star will be in condition to see action against the Western leaders. Semes, who played all but a few minutes of the game Sunday, was a replacement for Bobby Thurbon, who was benched because of an appendicitis attack. Thurbon is not expected to be ready for the clash with the Packers, which occasions double trouble for Kiesling and Handler in their efforts to field a right halfback. Walt Rankin, former Texas Tech satellite, who has been understudying Johnny Grigas at fullback, is being given a crack at the vacated slot.
PACKERS MUST STOP JOHNNY GRIGAS OF CARD-PITTS
OCT 5 (Green Bay) - If the Packers need a battle cry for their fourth National league contest against the Card-Pitts at City stadium next Sunday afternoon, they well could use, "Stop Grigas", the gentleman in question being fullback Johnny Grigas, who has sparkled the combine's offense in one league game and three exhibition battles. The former Holy Cross terror was assured of a job when the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers merged this year. He was retained principally on the merit of his play with the Cards during 1943, when he was eighth in the league's rushing and pass reception departments, fifth in pass interceptions and generally capable on defense. Grigas is the iron man in the lineup. He weighs 205 pounds. Although he played with a last place eleven last season, he was generally regarded as one of the best backs in the league. He reached an early peak this season last Sunday against the New York Giants, when he picked up 275 net yards by himself and scored two last quarter touchdowns to give the Card-Pitts a victory, 17-16...AVERAGED ELEVEN YARDS: A bit of quick figuring shows that the Holy Cross sensation averaged about 11 1/2 yards each time he handled the ball. He carried it 22 times on rushing, made a net gain of 238 yards, and lugged it twice on kickoffs for 37 yards, giving him a net of 275. The Card-Pitts are sorry the game was only an exhibition and Grigas' record does not count in league statistics. Coach Curly Lambeau has warned the Packers that they must stop Grigas if they want to help their chances for winning their fourth league start. The veteran, moreover, is expected to get plenty of help from Johnny Butler, the Steelers' veteran from Tennessee, Bobby Thurbon, formerly of Pittsburgh, George Magulick, 150-pound speedster from St. Francis college, and Bernie Semes, a newcomer from Duquesne. Neither Butler nor Thurbon played last Sunday. Lambeau is still not satisfied that the Packers have reached top efficiency in their offensive and defensive work. He ordered a long defensive drill this morning against Card-Pitt's T formation and similar workouts are lined up for Friday and Saturday, although the latter will be light. "We're making too many mistakes," the coach asserted, "and you can't do that in this league and get away with it."...PRACTICE SLOWED UP: Lack of timing and precision on offense is a matter of constant practice, after assignments are learned. Injuries have slowed such practice to a walk, and Wednesday morning's scheduled rough session was almost entirely erased. Lambeau said all those with injuries would play Sunday but he bemoaned the fact that practice plans had to be changed because of them. Those with hurts include guards Charlie Tollefson, Glen Sorenson and Mike Bucchanieri, tackles Baby Ray and
Paul Berezney, end Joel Mason and halfback Irv Comp. The sore feet of Don Hutson have responded very well to treatment and the ace end was able to go through the entire session Wednesday for the first time in over a week. Only player who will not see action Sunday is halfback Roy McKay, who has been out of drills four weeks today. The Bays are working skull sessions in with the field drills. Wednesday they had a chance to see mistakes made against the Detroit Lions last Sunday, and the mistakes during the first half were especially notable. The movies of the game, won 27 to 6, also showed that center Charley Brock lost a legally scored touchdown late in the second period...PLAY IS NULLIFIED: The Lions were on their own 28, when Frankie Sinkwich went through the middle and fumbled in the process. Brock scooped up the the ball and went for what looked like a touchdown but the referee called the ball back and said play had stopped before Sinkwich dropped the ball. The movies show that he fumbled while going toward the line of scrimmage and that Brock's run was good. The break came when the Bays were ahead 7-6 and that touchdown would have looked nice on the scoreboard about that time. The Card-Pitts, who are practicing for the battle in Chicago under the combined tutelage of Co-Coaches Phil Handler and Walt Kiesling, will wind up their drills Friday afternoon.
STEELER-CARDS PRACTICE HARD FOR GREEN BAY
OCT 5 (Pittsburgh) - With all their exhibition games now behind them, the Steeler-Cardinals will dive into their NFL schedule in earnest Sunday when they journey to Green Bay to tackle the loop-leading Packers. The local pros have already played - and lost - one "official" contest, a 30-28 setback by Cleveland, and there's little hope for their winning Sunday. The Packers are definitely the "team to beat" this year, and they've proved their rating by getting a head start on the rest of the league with three triumphs and no defeats...TOUGH ROAD SCHEDULE: Co-coaches Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler have been working their charges hard all week in evening sessions at Forbes Field in preparing for the blue chip encounter. After meeting Green Bay, the Steeler-Cards will take on the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, all on the road. The halfback department continues to give the mentors most of their headaches, for the situation becomes worse with every game. Both Johnny Butler and Bobby Thurbon were sidelined for the exhibition tilt with the Giants and now Bernie Semes has come down with injuries as a result of that contest. Unless Butler or Thurbon are in shape Sunday, only George Magulick and Johnny Martin will be available, although Walt Rankin has been switched temporarily from his quarterbacking to a halfback post...STRESS PASS DEFENSE: Pass defense is No. 1 on the Steeler practice schedule, for not only has there been a noticeable weakness in that line, but the Packers' most potent threat is Don Hutson's spectacular catching prowess. Although the great Hutson announced last fall that he was finished as an active player, he consented - as was expected - to play "just one more season" for the Green Bay eleven, and that wasn't welcome news to the rest of the league. The Steelers will leave here tomorrow night for the Wisconsin city.
MORTELL, FORMER APPLETON STAR, WITH CARD-PITT TEAM
OCT 6 (Manitowoc) - Manitowoc fans attending the Packer game against the Pitt-Cards in City stadium at Green Bay Sunday will watch with interest the work of one of the visiting quarterbacks. He is Emmett Mortell, who starred in his high school days with Appleton high school of the Fox Valley conference. Mortell is one of the four quarterbacks on the Pitt-Cardinal squad. The Pitt-Card team left Pittsburgh today for Green Bay and face the toughest assignment of the season against the undefeated Packers. Green Bay, with three league victories, is the favorite, but with big John Grigas running wild as a ball carrier and, with the return of backs Bobby Thurbon and Johnny Butler, Coaches Phil Handler and Walt Kiesling feel the Card-Pitts will be no pushover. The Cardinal-Steeler squad will work out at Packer stadium upon their arrival in Green Bay Saturday. The Packers are not all in tip top shape for Sunday's game. Those with hurts include guards Charlie Tollefson, Glen Sorenson and Mike Buccanieri, tackles Baby Ray and Paul Berezney, end Joel Mason and halfback Irv Comp. The sore feet of Don Hutson have responded very well to treatment and the ace end was able to go through the entire session Wednesday for the first time in over a week. Only player who will not see action Sunday is halfback Roy McKay, who has been out of drills four weeks today.
the opening kickoff."...IMPORTANT FOR BOTH: Both clubs are eyeing the battle as one of the most important games on the schedule. For the Packers, a victory would mean continuation of their victory string past the No. 4 mark while for Card-Pitt a win would give them an opportunity to stay very much in the race for Western division honors. The Packers held their last workout for the game this morning. An effort to get added precision and timing in their offense has suffered from a lack of practice because of injuries to key players. Coach Lambeau is still not satisfied with the efficiency of the offense even though it functioned well enough against three other league opponents to win. The Card-Pitt line probably will yield little yardage on the ground, forcing the Packers to go through the air for their major drives. The law of averages definitely favors the merger but the Packers had disregarded that pretty much in their previous meetings with either the Cardinals or Steelers. The Bays have won 13 in a row over the Chicago team starting back in 1937, when they lost 14-7. The all-time series stands at 27 won for Green Bay, 12 lost and three ties. Against the Steelers the Packers have won eight in a row without a loss...OTHER TEAMS PLAY: While the two teams are battling it out here, the other eight in the league will also be playing - first time this season the entire circuit has been in operation on one day.
ARMY INDUCTS MCDONOUGH
OCT 6 (Pittsburgh) - Any hopes the Steeler-Cardinals had of defeating the Packers at Green Bay this Sunday was blasted today when their No. 1 quarterback, Coley McDonough, was inducted into the Army at the Old Post Office Building. He will leave for camp at 3:30 this afternoon. A graduate of Dayton U., McDonough has played three years for the Steelers and has been doing practically all of the local club's passing thus far this season. He has been working with the T-formation for the past three weeks and Coach Walt Kiesling believed that the big fellow had it just about mastered. McDonough, 31, lives near Braddock and is the father of one child. His departure leaves the quarterbacking and passing up to veteran Walt Masters and Walt Rankin, and gives the Steeler coaches some more headaches. The local pros will hit the road tonight and head for Green Bay where they'll resume a tough going over nine weeks for Western division honors in the NFL. A short workout will be held early this evening at Forbes Field prior to the team's departure at 9:30. All the ailing Steelers - halfbacks Bobby Thurbon, Johnny Butler and Bernie Semes - are back in uniform and will make the trip. The team will arrive in Chicago tomorrow morning and rest there before going on to the Packers' home battleground. The Windy City is the headquarters of half of the club - the Cardinals - and the combine will return there next Sunday to play the powerful Bears.
UNDERDOG STEELER-CARDINALS VISIT GREEN BAY
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - Like the hunter who set out to kill the fiery dragon but left his gun at home, the Steeler-Cardinals arrived here tonight without a passer, as they prepared to do battle with Green Bay's NFL leaders tomorrow. The combined Pittsburgh-Chicago entry would have been an underdog even with their No. 1 hurler, Coley McDonough, but the departure of the former Dayton U. star for the Army Friday afternoon sounded the death knell for any hopes they may have had of stopping the Packers. Coach Walt Kiesling summed up the loss when he said that "I'd rather lose two players than McDonough at this point." The Steeler quarterback was just getting the "hang" of the T-formation and looked better and had more poise against the Giants last Sunday afternoon than he had showed at any time previously...MCCARTHY TAKES OVER: The last minute blow to the Cardinals' chances of pulling an upset left the quarterbacking for tomorrow's encounter up to Johnny McCarthy, a pony back from St. Francis. Only other signal caller in the part is veteran Walt Masters, who starred for Penn in the last twenties. Thus whatever scoring the boys from Rooney U. do will have to be by the overland route. With Johnny Grigas, one of the hardest charging fullbacks in the league, Johnny Butler, Bobby Thurbon and Bernie Semes all ready to carry the mail though, the Pittsburgh eleven shouldn't be shut out entirely...STARS IN UNIFORM: Neither Butler not Thurbon were in uniform for the Giant tilt, but both have recovered sufficiently from their ailments to start against the Green Bay eleven, which has mopped up three opponents in league games already. The Steelers have engaged in only one "official" contest, a hair-raising 30-28 game they dropped to the Cleveland Rams. With Don Hutson exhibiting his almost legendary pass catching prowess once again this season, the Packers have taken measure of Brooklyn (14-7), Detroit (27-6) and the champion Chicago Bears (42-28) to gain their early advantage in the league race...PACKERS BOAST TWO PASSERS: Green Bay has two hurlers of note, Irv Comp and Lou Brock, to put the ball within Hutson's reach. In addition, Coach Curly Lambeau's well-balanced eleven boasts a sound ground attack, as the Bears found out. Three of the four touchdowns racked up against the mighty Chicago team were by the overland route. With the head start in the race for Western division honors, Mr. Hutson and Co. are going to be hard to stop in their mad dash for the championship.
NATIONAL PRO LOOP IN FULL SWING ON SUNDAY
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - The NFL swings into its first full program of the season Sunday, with all 10 teams in action. Up at Green Bay the Packers, making a runaway race of the western division with three straight victories, will meet the Pitt-Cardinals and are favored to make it four in a row. Cleveland, only other winner in the western division (30-28 over Card-Pitt) entertains the champion Chicago Bears, who lost their lone start to Green Bay, 42-28. Washington's Redskins, winners of the 1943 eastern championship, make their 1944 debut by invading Philadelphia. The latter club has the only victory registered by an eastern club this season, a 28 to 7 decision over Boston. Brooklyn and Detroit, each defeated in their opening contests, will clash at Detroit, and the other contest calls for New York at Boston in the first game for the Giants...When the Card-Pitt combine tries to stem the undefeated Green Bay Packers' crunching advance tomorrow it will be aiming at something neither member accomplished since 1937. In the first game with the Bays that year, the Cardinals turned the trick, 17 to 7. The Packers came back in the return scramble to win, 34 to 13, and from then to 1943, the Cards ran their losing streak to 13 straight. The Steelers have a still dimmer view of the proceedings; they have not taken a game from Curly Lambeau's charges since Pittsburgh got the vote, back in 1933. This year the combine, coached by Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler, hopes to stop the Packers short of the fourth NFL win by springing Johnny Grigas from behind a three-quarter ton line. Johnny Butler, Steeler veteran from Tennessee, George Magulick of St. Louis and Bernard Semes round out the backfield opposed to the Packer aerial circus. Shift of the merged crews to the T brought a dismal pre-season prediction from Lambeau to the effect that they would become more dangerous as the season progressed, and the book bears him out. At the start of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles trounced them, 22 to 0. The next loss was a tough one, 3 to 0 to Washington. Cleveland made it three in a row by a still narrower margin, 30 to 28, and last Sunday the combine hit the right combination to spill the New York Giants, 17 to 16. While Brute Trafton's forward wall will have the charge of heavy mountain-moving, Lambeau's full complement of offensive weapons will be on hand in the secondary, including Lou Brock and Irv Comp, who between them pitched 30 passes and completed 15 - nine of them to Don Hutson - in last week's 27 to 6 rout of Detroit. Paul Duhart, whose rushing continues to average over seven yards per try, also will be back in top condition after a bruising by the Chicago Bears two weeks ago.
CARD-PITT TEAM AT FULL STRENGTH TO TEST PACKERS
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - The Card-Pitt football team, its preparations finished for the game at City stadium Sunday afternoon against the Packers, has let nothing slip out this week to indicate what they intend to do about the Green Bay eleven's aspirations for a fourth straight league victory. But the silence from that quarter was ominous enough to cause considerable worry in Packer headquarters. However, one thing is sure and Co-Coaches Phil Handler and Walt Kiesling of the the combination are making no secret about it. The team will be at full strength, meaning that the Bays, veteran for veteran, will be outnumbered for the first time this season in a circuit battle. And the Card-Pitt vets are the best from the 1943 Cardinals and Steelers...HAVE TOUGH LINE: In addition, the Packers will be running up against a rock-ribbed line whose strength had been one of the favorite topics around the league since practice began in August for the fall campaign. The backfield, sparked by fullback Johnny Grigas, a pile drive who goes through obstacles like a tank, is also loaded with veterans who have been around in the pro game. This all has the Packer coaching staff worried. Coach Curly Lambeau and his aides have watched the Card-Pitts come up slowly since their first exhibition game against the Philadelphia Eagles and what they heard about the combine's victory over the New York Giants last Sunday caused even more concern. It may be, they figure, that the Card-Pitts have been playing possum and will wait until Sunday to uncork their real power. A note from the combined team's office today indicated what is in the offing. Speaking about the battle against the Giants, the story says: "If the Card-Pitt team can come close to that performance against the Packers in Green Bay Sunday, the combined forces of the Chicago Cardinals-Pittsburgh Steelers will be back in the running for league honors. Despite the records of the two teams to date, the game looms as a battle from