1947 Green Bay Packers
ALL-AMERICA LOOP HAS ITS TROUBLES
DEC 15 (New York) - Having clarified the Chicago Rocket situation, club owners in the All-America Football conference turned their attention today to the Brooklyn problem before getting down to the business of drafting college stars of the recent season. Although Brooklyn's financial structure is not believed to be in as precarious a plight as that of the Rockets, whose franchise in the loop was terminated Saturday, there have been numerous hints that "fresh" money might be needed to insure a Dodger eleven next season. The resignation last Tuesday of Fred Fitzsimmons, general manager of the club since its inception, was interpreted by some that W.D. Cox, president of the club and one-time owner of the Philadelphia baseball Phillies, had failed in his search for cash. While the Rockets, winner of only one game in 14 tries, were ousted from the league, Commissioner Jonas Ingram was quick to announce that the league would continue in Chicago and would battle the National for patronage. Henry Crown was reported eager to buy the franchise. Among the club's few assets are draft rights to Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame All-American. Ingram would not comment on what would occupy the owners when they met today but from other sources it was learned that the Brooklyn problem was the No. 1 subject. From that the owners will turn Tuesday to the draft. Brooklyn is known to have Charles Conerly of Mississippi high on its list and the Yankees are after Francis Peratoni, Princeton center, who is regarded as a defensive genius. The conference, which now owns the Rocket franchise, will draft for the club in the talent drawing.
LINK LAMBEAU, DONS
DEC 16 (New York) - Benjamin J. Lindheimer, president of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference, declined today to deny reports that Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers in the rival National league would become head coach of the Dons next season. Asked about rumors that Lambeau, who is vice president, general manager and head coach of the Packers, would switch to the Dons, Lindheimer refused to confirm the report, but added that he would not deny it. He said he had four men under consideration for the head coaching berth vacated by Dud DeGroot but could not discuss any of them at present.
LAMBEAU DENIES RUMORS ON LEAVING GREEN BAY; 'STORIES ARE UNFOUNDED,' CLAIMS COACH
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers today personally denied coast to coat rumors that linked him with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Conference and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL during the past three weeks. Lambeau, who has just completed his 29th season as Packer mentor, explained what he knew about the start of the rumors, in his officer here this morning. He said that the story first popped up before the Packers arrived in New York for the game with the Giants Nov. 23. "A New York newspaper reported that I was being placed on probation in Green Bay. Immediately, football people contacted me and asked about my plans for 1948. From their connection with me, the rumors spread further," Lambeau pointed out. "No offers of any kind were made to me for next season," Lambeau added. Next to enter the picture were the Los Angeles papers, which are divided in their support of the two rival pro football circuits. Braven Dyer, sports columnist of the Los Angeles Times, suggested the possibility of Lambeau entering the All-America as coach of the Dons. Dyer's comments appeared Wednesday after the Packers defeated the Rams, 30-10. "After the game, Dyer and other sportswriters from Los Angeles paper were in the dressing rooms talking with the boys and me, but none made any comment or even hinted at the rumor that started in New York." From Los Angeles, the rumor spread to Green Bay and later to Milwaukee where the Sentinel published stories Sunday and Monday of this week..."HEARD" IN MILWAUKEE: Regarding the rumor in general, Lambeau explained that "it is based on unfounded facts that could have originated in Green Bay. Comments in the Sentinel were particularly unfounded and have no bearing and were utterly enlarged upon." A check with the Sentinel by the Press-Gazette revealed that Sentinel writers "heard" the rumors in Milwaukee. From that source, the rumors were expanded. The Packer corporation had only one answer to the rumors: "Coach Lambeau's contract still have several years to run."
DRAFT MEETING IN PITTSBURGH; BAYS' DEFENSE
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - This is Tuesday - the day for announcing next Sunday's Green Bay Packer opponent. However, there seems to be some difficulty. The NFL schedule doesn't show a game for the Packers the coming Sabbath. Instead, it says: "Dec. 21 - World Championship Playoff in the West." There is only one logical explanation. The league's regular schedule has closed for the 1947 season. However, instead of the "world championship" next Sunday, there will be a playoff between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to determine the Eastern division titlist which will meet the Cardinals for said world crown in Chicago the following Sunday. The Packers officially disbanded for 1947 today. About 28 of the 32 players arrived in Green Bay Monday evening and closed out their business today. Two players, halfback Tony Canadeo and tackle Tiny Croft, didn't have far to go home. They are Green Bay residents...PERMIT ONLY 210 POINTS: Despite the 28 points Philadelphia scored on them, the Packers turned in the best defense-against points record in the league, allowing 210 in 12 games for an average of 17.5. Los Angeles was second best with 214. Green Bay came home with a record of six victories against five losses and one tie. Four of the five defeat were administered by only nine points. In four exhibition games, the Packers won three and lost one. The third quarter proved to be the Packers' most productive since they counted 85 markers in that period. The Packers scored 164 of their 274 points in the last half. Defensively, the Packers did best in the first quarter.
PACKERS 49 61 85 79 - 274
OPPONENTS 37 57 38 58 - 210
The next business involving the Packers take place in Pittsburgh over the coming weekend when Coach Curly Lambeau will draft players for the 1948 season with other team coaches. Each club is expected to draft about 30 players. In the annual one-player "gift" draft, Washington will get its first choice. In the regular draft, the New York Giants will get their first choice since they finished with the lowest percentage in the league - .200 in two victories, eight losses and two ties. After the draft, coaches will watch the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia playoff game. The next league business will be the annual meeting scheduled in New York Jan. 14, 15, 16 and 17...MISCELLANY: It probably looked like a typographical error in the statistics Monday night, but the Packers and Philadelphia Eagles each gained
20 yards through the air Sunday. And each team made 17 first downs. Incidentally, when Ernie Steele "scored" on his long run for the Eagles, it was his fifth TD counted by Steele in recent years and the fifth one nullified by penalty...The Packers are steamed up about Larry Craig getting the thumb from the officials Sunday. Always a terrific player, Craig never is dirty. Craig took a sock on the jaw from Al Wistert, Eagle tackle, and Larry grabbed him around the shoulder to prevent any further fighting. Wistert screamed, "he's fighting" to the official and the stripe-shirter believed him. Craig just doesn't believe in fighting on the gridiron. At Los Angeles, Kenny Washington, a Negro, took a swing at Craig. Being a native of South Carolina, Craig might be expected to swing back but he just held his temper and walked away...Most of the players left Green Bay today, while several others are expected to pull out over the weekend. Bruce Smith remained in Philadelphia where his wife's parents reside, while Jim Gillette left Philly for his home in Virginia. Dick Wildung switched to a Minneapolis train when the club stopped in Chicago Monday.
DRAFT MEETING FRIDAY
DEC 17 (Pittsburgh) - The NFL's annual draft meeting will be held at the Fort Pitt hotel Friday night. The meeting, expected to attract owners and coaches of all 10 National league entries, had been scheduled for the same night at Chicago, site of the loop's title playoff originally set for next Sunday. However, the eastern division playoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh Sunday made necessary a change in plans, Commissioner Bert Bell said Wednesday.
DONS FAIL TO DENY REPORTS LAMBEAU MAY BE SIGNED
DEC 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Curly Lambeau's future coaching status is still uncertain today. The Packers mentor yesterday vehemently denied in Green Bay he was considering offers from two Los Angeles pro clubs, as was printed in Sunday's Milwaukee Sentinel. However, the reaction Packer President Emil Fischer was significant in that he declined comment other than to say: "Lambeau's contract has several years to run." But, Benjamin Lindheimer, president of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference, when questioned in New York, refused to deny reports that Lambeau would become head coach of the Dons next season. Lindheimer said he had four men under consideration for the coaching post vacated by Dud DeGroot late this season but could not discussed any of them at present. He said he hoped to announce his new coach by March 1. Hinting at "a situation" in Green Bay, Lambeau said: "Rumors that I will leave Green Bay are based on unfounded facts that could have originated in Green Bay." Lambeau, angered at any hint he would leave the club which he has handled since he organized it in 1918, said the first inkling he had of "rumors I was leaving" came in New York when the Packers arrived to play the Giants. "A reporter from a New York paper wrote that I was being placed on probation in Green Bay," Lambeau said. "Immediately football people contacted me and asked me about my plans for 1948. No offers of any kid were made to me for next season." The Packers played the Rams at Los Angeles the following week and Lambeau said the rumors spread to the coast. "After we beat the Rams," Lambeau said, "Braven Dyer of the Los Angeles Times and the other sports writers were in the dressing room talking with the boys and me. None of them made any comment nor even hinted at the rumor from New York." However, Lambeau said, Dyer later wrote a column stating Lambeau might become head coach of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference.
LAMBEAU TO COACH PACKERS AS LONG AS HE WANTS TO; FISCHER
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, expressed amusement today over reports, apparently emanating from New York, that Curly Lambeau, founder of the team and its coach for 29 years, had been operating "on probation" throughout the 1947 season. "Curly Lambeau will be coach of the Green Bay Packers just as long as he wants to be and we hope that is for the rest of his coaching career," Fischer said. "Why, we in Green Bay wouldn't know how to act if Curly wasn't coaching the team. And I don't think the team would either." Lambeau, back in the city after a two week road trip with the team, credited the report with having given rise to the rumors that he would become the new coach of the Los Angeles Rams in the National league and also the Los Angeles Dons in the All-America conference. "Several owners queried me about the report," Lambeau said. "Obviously, any report of that nature would create some curiosity. And it must have been purely curiosity because none of them made me an offer." Fischer, commenting on the Los Angeles report, said. "Curly spent four hours yesterday with the executive committee, outlining his plans for the Packers' 1948 season. He told the committee he never wanted to leave Green Bay."
CANADEO TOPS IN WESTERN SECTOR; JACOBS PUNTING
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers sliced themselves a pretty fair piece of the NFL's statistical championship, Indian Jack Jacobs, obtained from the Washington Redskins last winter in an effort to bolster the Packers' then-sagging aerial attack, did just that. Jacobs, who is looking forward to even greater things next year, finished as the second-best passer in the Western division behind Sid Luckman, beating out such noted throwers as Bob Waterfield, Paul Christman and Clyde LeForce. Jacobs completed 108 passes in 204 attempts for 1,615 yards and 16 touchdowns. A year ago, the Bays made only four touchdowns by passing. In addition, Jacobs chalked up the punting title with an average distance of 43.7 on 57 boots. This is the third straight year in which Green Bay snared the kicking title. Roy McKay took league honors in 1945 and 1946. Jacobs probably would have been a shoo-in for 1947 honors, but he had his first punt of the season blocked in the Philadelphia game last Sunday. Frank Reagan of New York finished a close second with 43.5. Green Bay missed by five yards of having the No. 1 and No. 2 ball carriers in the Western division. Tony Canadeo, Packer left half, took Western honors with 464 yards in 103 attempts for a 4.5 average, while Kenny Washington of Los Angeles was second with 444. Fullback Walt Schlinkman was five yards behind Washington with 439...SECOND IN ALL-TIME LIST: Canadeo's performance this year ranks him second among all-time Packer ball carriers. The Gonzaga flash boosted his total to 1,987 yards, displacing Joe Laws, who gathered 1,916 yards in 470 attempts in 12 seasons (125 games). Canadeo carried the ball 483 times in six seasons (54 games). Clarke Hinkle, who fullbacked for Green Bay from 1932 to 1941, still tops the Packers and the league with his 3,860 yards in 1,171 attempts. Nolan Luhn topped the Packer pass receivers and finished third in the Western sector with 696 yards on 42 receptions for seven TDs. Teddy Fritsch, the fullback, was the Bays' leading scorer with his 56 points - 44 less than he scored a year ago. Ward Cuff was second with 51. Bob Forte, rugged Packer defensive expert, Tommy Harmon of Los Angeles and Red Cochran of the Chicago Cardinals finished in a tie in the Western division with eight pass interceptions each. Herman Rohrig and Irv Comp helped the Packer cause with five apiece. Pat Harder, fullback on the Western division winning Chicago Cardinals, is the new scoring king of the league with 102 points - the fourth highest mark in league history. The former University of Wisconsin great reached that total by scoring seven touchdowns and kicking seven field goals and 39 extra points. His 1947 total was two points more than the mark with which Fritsch won in 1946 - and 36 points under the all-time record of 138 points set by Don Hutson of Green Bay in 1942. But in all National league history only Hutson (who also had 117 points in 1943) and Steve Van Buren of Philadelphia have scored more points in a single season than Harder. Van Buren had 110 points in 1945. Van Buren, who finished third in ground gaining in 1946, not only won the title this year but shattered the all-time record of 1,004 yards which Beattie Feathers of the Chicago Bears established back in 1934. Van Buren's final total for the year was 1,008. He lugged the pigskin 217 times - which was one more try higher than the previous top of 216 carries registered by Cliff Battles of Washington in 1937. Feathers, when he set his record, ran the ball only 117 times.
REDSKINS' MARSHALL CUTS LOOSE AGAIN
DEC 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The breach widens - if the end of the pro football war is in sight, you would never guess it from the latest verbal shots. There was no hint of peace in George Marshall's demand that the National League pull out of the annual Chicago All-Star series. The noisy Washington owner added that Commissioner Bert Bell already has been given the authority to take such action. Meanwhile All-America officials, switching from the needling challenge system, said the next move, if any, is up to the National loop. Which, in effect, mean they're telling the senior circuit
to go fly a kite...AH, THOSE REVEALING MOVIES AGAIN!: The season is over and the Packers aren't doing too much talking about the windup game at Philadelphia last Sunday. But it's no secret that they are unhappy about two scoring pass plays which ultimately provided the Eagles with their 14 points margin of victory. "Each time they had ineligible linemen downfield, at least 20 or 25 yards beyond the line of scrimmage," a member of the Packer family insisted. "And that wasn't the first time, for movies of other games showed they had pulled the same stuff before," he added.
SCRAP ALL-STAR GAME, PRO GRID LOOP URGED
DEC 18 (Pittsburgh) - Club owners of the NFL meet here tomorrow for their annual player draft but the confab may air problems more vexing than building for next year. Items reported to be disturbing the calm of some owners included: 1. A suggestion by George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins that the annual game between the league champion and the College All-Stars in Chicago be cancelled. Marshall charged the "game's sponsor violated the contract". 2. The future of Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, vice president, general manager and coach of the Green Bay Packers. 3. The prospective sale of the Detroit Lions and its effect on Coach Charles E. (Gus) Dorais. 4. Future policy toward the rival All-America Conference. Alexis Thompson, young and wealthy owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, has indicated he's one owner who favors some sort of rapprochement. The leagues now have no relations. Bert Bell, National League commissioner, arrived here today ahead of the club owners and blithely disclaimed knowledge of these problems "except where I've read." He said that officially the meeting was to draft collegiate players for next year "and the clubs are entitled to draft 300 (30 to a team) if they wish." The National League's boss declared that Lambeau "told me definitely there's nothing to the story" that the Green Bay tutor may turn up as head coach of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Conference.
POINTS, TACKLES, RIGHT HALFBACKS BIGGEST BUY NEEDS FOR NEXT SEASON
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - What do the Green Bay Packers need for 1948? At first thought, we'd say points and plenty of 'em to prevent any such business that took place this past season. If you'll recall, the 1947 Packers lost four of their five games by the miserable total of nine points (14-10, 18-17, 20-17 and 21-20). At second thought, however, the Packers will need some additions to the 1947 squad for next season. Coach Curly Lambeau will readily agree with that statement and Friday night in Pittsburgh at the NFL's annual draft he expects to bolster the 1947 nucleus into a front runner and possible champion in 1948. Two positions, in particular, will need strengthening for '48 - the tackles and offensive right halfbacks...ROOKIE TACKLES FAILED: The Packers operated with five tackles the first half of the season and six the last half. The sixth was a honey - Dick Wildung, the former Minnesota great who was switched from offensive left guard to defensive left tackle. The tackle situation was low from the start when rookies Bill McPartland, Monte Moncrief and Baxter Jarrell couldn't make the pro grade. This left the tackles in the hands of Baby Ray, Tiny Croft, Urban Odson, Paul Lipscomb and Ed Bell, switched from guard early in the season. Ray, in his 10th year, was a spot player and had to be rested from time to time. Lipscomb and Croft both had tough seasons - a decided letdown from previous years. Odson, still a youngster in point of service, was injured midway in the campaign and was forced to ease up. Chances are Ray will decide to retire some time this winter, although this is just a guess. Chief tackle need for 1948 will be two rugged defensive gents to work with Wildung...NEAL HOT AND COLD: At right halfback, the 1947 Packers operated with Bob Forte, Jim Gillette, Ward Cuff and Ken Keuper. Forte and Keuper both are defensive experts and generally play when the other team takes the ball. Cuff was used only to kick extra points and field goals, but Gillette carried the bulk of the offensive load because he possessed the speed required in the quick-opening formation. The squad is fairly well set at guards. The offensive guard leaders last season were Aldo Forte, the Bear castoff, and rookie Ralph Davis of Wisconsin. Both could pull out fast and block effectively. Defensive guards in the Packers' five-man line were Ed Neal and Damon Tassos. Neal, a terrific player when he's right, ran hot and cold. Captain Charley Brock may not return next season, but, don't forget that, too, is just a guess. Charley put in nine seasons already and was the league's top center in at least five of them. Bob Flowers and Buddy Gatewood did a capable job at the pivot but one more may be added...LEAGUE'S BEST DEFENSIVE ENDS: At ends, the Packers had two of the best in the league on defense - Larry Craig and Don Wells. Craig had a terrific season in 1947, and, though he has played nine years, probably will be back in 1948 to pair with Wells. Offensively, the Tulsa twins - Nolan Luhn and Clyde Goodnight - were tops. Bob Skoglund, who showed sharpness as a defensive wing, is also expected to return. Indian Jack Jacobs, second best passer in the Western division, is looking forward to greater things next season. Lambeau, however, is in the market for a first line substitute, thereby giving Herman Rohrig and Irv Comp more of a chance on defense. The left half spot was in the capable hands of Tony Canadeo, the Western division's top runner, Bruce Smith and Roy McKay. Though Smith got off some long runs, his defensive ability was most valuable to the team. All three are expected to return...SKETCHES ON 500 PLAYERS: The fullbacks? That's where we shine. Though Ted Fritsch had an off year, so to speak, the Central Teachers charger is expected to turn on the heat in 1948. Walt Schlinkman carried on with brilliance and finished third in ground gaining in the Western division. Ed Cody, a rookie, has plenty of speed and ran wild in a couple of games - particularly the Detroit tilt here. That's the 1947-48 picture, so take it from there. In Pittsburgh, Lambeau has thumbnail sketches on over 500 college players at his fingertips. Some are listed as "sure bets" and others as "doubtful". Regardless, the results of the Packers' draft won't be known until the end of next August when the first cuts are made. The Packer staff at the draft meeting besides Lambeau will include Assistant Coaches Don Hutson and Walt Kiesling, George Strickler, Bob Conrad and Attorney Jerry Clifford.
PACKER CHOICES IN NFL DRAFT WILL BE SECRET
DEC 19 (Green Bay) - Barring leaks, the Green Bay Packers will keep names of players drafted tonight
in Pittsburgh a "deep secret", Coach Curly Lambeau indicated before he left here this week. The Packers will have 30 choices, but the names will be "off the record" for feat of supplying vital information to the rival All-America conference. The Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and several other clubs also will clamp down the secrecy lid. It's possible that the names will leak out through various sources, Lambeau said, but "it is our hope to keep them secret." Names, however, will be announced if there is a definite chance of the players coming to Green Bay, he added. Speaking about names, Lambeau stated the Bay fans might as well know the worst right now - the Packers' roster next year wont' have names like Gilmer, Lujack or Chappius. In fact, the club will be lucky to land any of the "name" players in the annual National league draft tonight at Pittsburgh. The Packers won't even get a choice until five other clubs which finished below them in the standings pick a man. And they won't come up again until the 19th time around. Their third choice actually will be No. 31...CREAM WILL BE GONE: "The cream will be gone before we even get a chance," said Coach Curly Lambeau prior to leaving for Pittsburgh this week. "Sure, we'll get some good ball players as we always have, but still the fans aren't happy because we seldom come up with a big name player." The reason for this, of course, is that the Packers rarely finish out of the first division and the theory of the draft is to provide the tailend teams with top talent from the graduating collegiate ranks. "But the fans forget that," Lambeau continued, "and they always ask, how come?" As a matter of fact, stars like Gilmer, Lujack and Chappius won't even be considered tonight. Gilmer was picked earlier by Washington, which won this year's "bonus" draw. Lujack and Chappius were drafted a year ago by the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, respectively, under a special wartime arrangement because the college classes they started in originally had been graduated. Chappius later was "traded" to Pittsburgh in the deal which brought Bill Dudley to the Lions. Tonight New York and Detroit get first draw because they finished at the bottom of the standings. Then, Washington, Boston and Los Angeles. By this time six men will have bee chosen, including Gilmer via the bonus...SIXTH MAN TO BAY: The seventh man will be Lambeau's choice. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Bears and Cardinals follow and then they'll start all over, except that Detroit and New York, the only teams which failed to win four games, have extra choices between rounds. That's how come the gap of 12 instead of 10 between the Packers' choices.
PACKERS SEE LITTLE LIKELIHOOD OF GETTING 'NAME' STAR IN DRAFT
DEC 19 (Green Bay) - Football fans might as well know the worst right now - the Green Bay Packers' roster next year will not show any names like Gilmer, Lujack and Cappuis. In fact, the club will be lucky to land any "name" player in the annual National league draft Friday at Pittsburgh. Five clubs which finished below them in the standings each picks a man before the Packers, and Green Bay will not come up again until the nineteenth pick. Its third choice will be No. 31. "The cream will be gone before we even get a chance," groaned George Strickler, assistant manager, before leaving for Pittsburgh. "We'll get some good ballplayers, as we always have, but still the fan aren't happy because we seldom come up with a big name player." The reason, of course, is that the Packers rarely finish out of the first division and the theory of the draft is to provide the tailend teams with top talent from the graduating collegiate ranks. As a matter of fact, Gilmer, Lujack and Chappius will not even be considered in this draft. Gilmer was picked earlier by Washington, which won this year's"bonus" draw. Lujack and Chappius were drafted a year ago by the Chicago Bears and Detroit, respectively, because their college classes had been graduated. Cappius was later traded to Pittsburgh in the deal which brought Bill Dudley to the Lions. New York and Detroit get first draw because they finished at the bottom of the standings. Then Washington, Boston, Los Angeles and finally Green Bay.
GIANTS DRAFT MINISI; GILMER GOES TO 'SKINSDEC 19 (Pittsburgh) - The New York Giants, making the first pick in the NFL's annual draft meeting, tonight chose Tony Minisi, flashy University of Pennsylvania halfback. Minisi, who returned to Pennsylvania for the 1946 season, after having been a student at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, is regarded as one of the greatest backs produced at the Philadelphia school. Before the draft got underway, Richard McCann, general manager of the Washington Redskins, confirmed his team's "special" choice of Harry Gilmer, star Alabama University back. But before Commissioner Bert Bell called the owners, general mangers and coaches together, sessions in the hotel lobby and rooms brought forth the following information: 1 - Fred Mandel, owner of the Detroit Lions, reiterated that his club was for sale and has been ever since he purchased it for a reported price of $225,000 in 1940. "Anything I have is for sale providing I can dispose of it for a profit," said the Chicago department store owner, adding that he had discussed the matter with a syndicate from the Motor City. 2 - Curly Lambeau, general manger and coach of the Green Bay Packers for 29 years, again denied he had any intention of leaving the Packers to pilot the Los Angeles Dons in the All-America Conference. 3 - The league, as whole, enjoyed its best year from an attendance standpoint, drawing approximately 2,500,000 people in exhibition and championship games. 4 - At least six of the 10 member clubs finished the season on the right side of the ledger. Those who failed to make money were said to the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions and Boston Yanks, with the New York Giants just about breaking even.
PACKERS SELECT 29 PLAYERS IN DRAFT; PICK GIRARD, RENNEBOHM FROM U.W.
DEC 20 (Pittsburgh) - Here's a surprise - the Green Bay Packers' draft list. Though Coach Curly Lambeau had planned to keep the names secret, it was decided about 5 o'clock this morning, when the NFL's annual draft session closed, to reveal the names but not the order in which they were selected. They were placed in alphabetical order to keep rival league coaches from knowing the importance the Packers place on each selection. The Packers selected 29 players - 11 backs, seven tackles, six ends, three centers and two guards. Though each team is allowed to draft 30 players, previous commitments reduced the figure by one. The Packers owed their seventh choice to New York on a player deal transacted before the war and their 15th choice to Washington as part of the Jack Jacobs deal. The Packers got one player back because Detroit promised its 5th choice in the switch that sent Merv Pregulman to the Lions...STEELERS WANTED GIRARD: Most noted selectee in these parts is Earl (Jug) Girard, the University of Wisconsin triple-threat halfback from Marinette. Girard was recently drafted by the New York Yankees. Girard announced Friday night that he plans to turn professional. The Pittsburgh Steelers were reportedly interested in Girard but the Packers got first crack at him early today. Other Wisconsin boys drafted by Green Bay are end Bob Rennebohn, a defensive star, and Milwaukee Stan Heath, who started at the Badger school and finished last season with success at Nevada. Counted on to give the Packers more speed at right halfback are George Walmsley, the All-American from Rice, and John Panelli of Notre Dame. Walmsley is light, 170 pounds, while Panelli goes
about 198. Lambeau drafted two Minnesota linemen who are expected to fit in nicely with Dick Wildung and Urban Odson, who just finished their sophomore seasons. The Gopher newcomers are guard Larry Olsonoski and tackle-end Clarence McGeary. Olsonoski was named the most valuable player on the Minnesota team last fall. O. Ed Smith, who goes by just plain Ed Smith, is considered one of the top backs in the southwest. From Texas Mines, Smith packs 190 pounds on a six-foot frame. Jay Rhodemyre, 195-pound center from Kentucky, is also considered a "good bet". He was recommended by Kentucky Coach Bear Bryant, a teammer of Don Hutson's at Alabama...AGASE, MOSS ARE PICKED: Lou Agase, the second of the famous brothers at Illinoism, was one of two boys selected from that school. A tackle in college, Agase wants to play tackle and Lambeau probably will give him that chance. His brother, Alex, was drafted by the Packers last fall but he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Dons. The other Illinois selectee is Perry Moss, who started his career at Tulsa. Moss is a passing quarterback and led the Illinois eleven to its Rose Bowl victory over UCLA last Jan. 1. Coach Lambeau figures the draft list "as good as any in the league."
JUG GIRARD OF BADGERS IS DRAFTED BY PACKERS
DEC 21 (Pittsburgh) - Earl (Jug) Girard, Wisconsin's star halfback from Marinette, was the Green Bay Packers' prize selection in the NFL's annual draft of college players Friday night. Among the other Packer choices were Stan Heath of Milwaukee, who played for Wisconsin in 1946 and for Nevada this year. Girard was also picked by the Chicago Rockets in the All-America conference draft. He has not finished college but has indicated that he will quit school to make money. Since he enrolled in 1943, his original class will be graduated next June and under the league rule the Packers may sign him if possible. Girard, however, has had pro baseball offers and cannot play football if he signs a baseball contract. Heath was included in the draft list due to a mistake at the league headquarters and this cost Green Bay a player. Heath had enrolled at Wisconsin in 1945 and his class will not graduate until 1949. When George Strickland, assistant manager of the Packers, learned this Saturday, he said that Green Bay would not approach Heath. The Packers also got rights to one of the outstanding centers in the country, Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky, a fine tackle in Claude Biggers of Catawba; a Notre Dame back, John Panelli, and a crack sprinter, George Walmsley of Rice, who weighs only 170 pounds. Big Nine players picked by manager Curly Lambeau were Perry Moss, Illinois star passer; tackles Lou Agase and Bob Cunz of Illinois, and Clarence McGreary of Minnesota; guard Larry Olsonoski of Minnesota, and ends Bob Rennebohm of Wisconsin and Stan Gorski of Northwestern.
GIRARD MUST CHOSE...THE MEEK FINALLY INHERIT
DEC 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Jug Girard would be a desirable addition to the Green Bay Packers, who have drafted him, but we think he would be making a mistake to go in for pro football before he finds out whether or not he can go in pro baseball. Jug was such a good third baseman that Frankie Frisch had an eye on him as far back as 1943 and we understand Charley Grimm of the Cubs and Bill Veeck of Cleveland would like to sign him. The maximum rewards are greater and the wear and tear is less in baseball...Much as the sports editor would like to see Green Bay in the NFL playoff, he must say it is a great boon for pro football to have the Chicago Cardinals triumph in the western division and the Philadelphia Eagles play the Pittsburgh Steelers for the eastern division title. The meek, so says the Bible, shall inherit the earth. Goodness knows, the Cards, the Eagles and the Steelers were doormats for the rest of the league long enough.
SPEED KEYNOTE OF POTENTIAL 1948 PACKERS
DEC 22 (Green Bay) - In cold figures, the Green Bay Packers bagged 5.916 pounds of football flesh at the NFL's annual draft mart in Pittsburgh over the weekend. The 11 backs total 2,025 pounds and the 18 linemen weigh 3,891. The backfield averages 184.1 - rather light for pro ball - while the line, from end to end, goes 216.2. The line, from tackle to tackle, scales 223.3 pounds. Actually, the Packers came out with only 28 players who are eligible for next season. Stan Heath was included in the draft by mistake, Coach Curly Lambeau discovered Saturday night. League rules specify players must be in the class graduating the following June. Heath enrolled in 1945, and his class will not be graduated until 1949. Heath, son of Mickey Heath, former Milwaukee Brewer, will not be approached, Lambeau said...SWITCHED TO NEVADA: Heath first earned recognition at the University of Wisconsin but switched his talents to the University of Nevada for the 1947 season. Getting back to weights, Lambeau's plan for 1948 apparently is based on speed - judging from the sizes. The heaviest tackles - a position at which the Packers seem to need strengthening - are Aubrey Allen of Colorado, 246 pounds, and Clarence McGeary of Minnesota, 235. The ends, guards and centers are normal size, as it were. Only two guards were selected - Herb St. John of Georgia, 215, and Larry Olsonoski of Minnesota, 210. Under Lambeau's defensive system, however, the guards and tackles can be switched frequently. An example of this is the switch of Dick Wildung from guard to tackle on defense. Speed in the backfield is needed particularly at right half where the Packers had only one "really fast" gent at that position last fall - Jim Gillette, who may call it quits next year. There of the Packer draftee backs go only 170 pounds - George Walmsley of Rice, Perry Moss of Tulsa and Illinois, and Ralph Earhart of Texas Tech. Those in the 180 to 190-ppund bracket are Earl (Jug) Girard, Wisconsin, 180, and Fred Provo, Washington, 185...DRAFTEES IN BOWL GAMES: Five of the draftees will be playing in bowl games Jan. 1. Tackle Charley Tatom of Texas will be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans; tackle Charles Biggers of Catawba will be facing Marshall in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla.; end Weyman Sellers and St. John of Georgia will oppose Maryland in the Alligator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla,; and back Ralph Earhart plays for Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl in El Paso against Miami...MISCELLANEY: Giarard, who also has been drafted by the New York Yankees of the All-America conference, plans to play baseball this summer - possibly in a B league...Though business will be at a standstill in the Packer office during the holidays, Lambeau and Aide George Stickler will be on the road contacting drafted players...Announcements probably will be forthcoming about the time of the National league meetings in New York midway in January. The first deal announced in 1947, incidentally, occurred at the league session in Chicago. It was the trade that brought Indian Jack Jacobs from Washington to Green Bay for Bob Nussbaumer. Thus far, little talk of trade has emerged from club headquarters. Coach George Halas of the Bears spiked all Sid Luckman-leaving rumors during a brief radio chat between halves of the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game Sunday. He also named Cardinal coach Jimmy Conzelman as professional football's coach of the year.
THOMPSON DENIES PLAN TO QUIT NATIONAL LOOP
DEC 22 (Pittsburgh) - Alexis Thompson, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, new NFL Eastern division champions, denied through a spokesman Sunday night that he had expressed intent to quit the NFL unless the league adopted a common draft of college players with the rival All-America conference. However, Thompson reiterated through the spokesman that he favored the common draft and "would continue to fight for it."
PACKER DRAFTEES TO SEE ACTION
DEC 30 (Green Bay) - Green Bay and northeastern Wisconsin football fans will be able to hear the bowl game of their choosing New Year's Day, with the five major contests to be aired over local or area radio stations - and to make them doubly interesting - all will involve collegiate standouts on the Packers' 1948 draft list. Biggest future Packer contingent will see action in the East-West game with three on each game. On the East roster are guard Howard Brown of Indiana; guard Larry Olsonoski of Minnesota; and end-tackle Louis Agase of Illinois. The West squad included back O. Ed Smith of Texas Mines; back Fred Provo of the University of Washington and guard Buddy Burvis of Oklahoma, on the Packers' reserve list. Others drafted by the Packers who will play in other bowl contests include Red Hogan, quarterback for Kansas in the Orange Bowl; tackle Charley Tatom and Travis Raven, understudy to the brilliant Bobby Layne, both of Texas, in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans; Lloy Baxter, Southern Methodist center, in the Cotton Bowl; back Ralph Earhart of Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl at El Paso; center Floyd Thomas of Arkansas vs. William & Mary in the Dixie Bowl at Birmingham, Ala.; guard Herb St. John and end Weyman Sellers of Georgia vs. Maryland in the Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla.; Stan Heath, of Wisconsin and Nevada, vs. N. Texas Teachers in the Salad Bowl at Phoenix, Ariz.; and tackle Charles Biggers of Catawba in the Tangerine Bowl. The Packers will be well represented at most of the contest, particularly in the southwest, with Assistant Coach Don Hutson heading the list. He will be at the Sugar Bowl tilt in New Orleans, where he will be reunited with his old coach, Frank Thomas, now athletic director at the University of Alabama, and an old teammate, Paul (Bear) Bryant, coach at Kentucky. Of the Packer players, Roy (Tex) McKay, Bob Forte and Indian Jack Jacobs will be at the Sugar Bowl with Hutson; Larry Craig will take in the Gator Bowl; Clyde Goodnight and Paul Lipscomb at the Delta Bowl in Memphis; Walt Schlinkman and Bob Flowers at the Sun Bowl at El Paso, Tex.; and Gene Wilson at the Cotton Bowl in Houston. Head Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, who has found some of his best talent on his annual New Year's day pilgrimage, will follow a custom of long standing and attend the East-West game in San Francisco, although he had originally planned to break precedent and take in the daddy of all bowl contests, the Rose Bowl, at Pasadena, Calif.