Green Bay Packers (1-0) 7, Minneapolis Marines (0-2) 6
Sunday October 23rd 1921 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - In the greatest game of football ever seen on a Green Bay gridiron, the Packer celebrated their entrance into the Professional Football league by taking the far famed Minneapolis Marines into camp to the tune of 7 to 6 before a crowd that jammed every corner of the field at Hagemeister park. It was one of those kind of games that will be talked about for years to come. There was just one thrill after another. The spectators were kept on tip toe from start to finish and when Schmael smashed the line for the touchdown in the last period the crowd let loose with the wildest demonstration ever seen here.
Cushions went flying in the air while soaring hats were as thick as Green Bay flies on a July night. Staid gray haired businessmen jumped around like school kids and there was one continual din that could be heard for blocks away. And when Captain Lambeau booted the ball between the uprights for the point that beat the Gophers, the crowd opened up again. For three quarters the Packers had trailed behind. There was only about six minutes left to play and it was beginning to look as if the Green Bay squad was doomed to defeat. The Packers had been held on three plays on their forty yard line. Cub Buck dropped back to kick and he sent the oval soaring down the field to Dvorak. The Marine safety attempted to make a running catch of the pigskin. He fumbled and Hayes covered for the Packers on the 35 yard line.
Two downs netted the Packers only a few yards. The crowd was yelling, "Throw a forward". And Lambeau did. He tossed the ball to Buff Wagner who made a seemingly impossible catch of the pigskin and traveled on until he was dropped on the Marines 14 yard mark. With a touchdown in sight, the Packers played like demons. Three downs made about six yards, then a plunge over tackle netted four. It was mighty close and the line sticks were brought to measure the ball. Only by an inch did the Packers get a first down. It was goal to go. A silence swept the field. Lambeau chirped his signals, the linemen crouched. Klaus snapped the ball to Schmael. There was as fierce a scrimmage as ever staged on a gridiron and when the players were pulled off, Schmael was over the goal line. Joy ruled supreme.
This touchdown tied the score. The ball was brought out for the goal kick. Cub Buck held the pigskin. Captain Lambeau took his time and the sphere sailed between the uprights for the winning point. With only about five minutes to go, the Marines opened up with 
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OCT 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - All roads will lead to Hagmeister park Sunday afternoon where the Green Bay Packers and Rock Island Independents will engage in a gridiron tussle which will go a long way towards deciding the professional football championship of the middle west. The teams will swing into action at 2:30. Regulation periods of 15 minute duration are scheduled and neutral officials, all of whom were appointed by President Bob Hay of the American Professional Football league, will handle the fracas....EXPECT RECORD CROWD: The biggest crowd that ever attended a gridiron conflict in this part of the state is expected to be on hand when the whistle blows. Hundreds of fans from out of town are coming here for the game. Blocks of seats have been reserved for delegations from De Pere, Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Sturgeon Bay, Shawano, New London, Oconto, Marinette and even so far north as Escanaba. There is heaps of interest in Green Bay and De Pere. Never before has a game kicked up so much discussion. The contest has been talked about for a week and it seems as if everybody is going to take in the argument...PACKERS IN SHAPE: The Packers are in shape. The hospital list has practically all been cleaned up and every man in the squad will be ready to go into battle and give his best. Tubby Howard is right, Lambeau's knee is not giving him much trouble while Schmael has pretty well recovered from the battering he received last Sunday. Frank Coughlin, 1920 Notre Dame captain, will make his appearance in the Packer lineup. He will play the opposite tackle to Cub Buck while Jab Murray will probably be moved to center. No other new changes are contemplated in the lineup although it is quite possible that another new backfield may be seen in a Packer uniform...ROCK ISLAND CONFIDENT: Rock Island expects to win. Manager Flanigan's team has had nearly a week's drill at Manitowoc and they are now camped at De Pere. The Islanders are out to cop. A victory over the Packers will give them another crack at the Staleys while a defeat would crimp their chances altogether. The visitors have an all star team. It is a machine like the Marines and in Conzelman, they have a field general who ranks with the best in professional football. Every man on their squad is an ex-college players and in Keefe and Travis they have a pair who were given consideration on All American selections.
OCT 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Beloit must be a fine football town. The Fairy team has called off all of its home games due to poor patronage at the gate and will play a traveling schedule. Last Sunday the Rockford game drew less money than the 40 percent share received by the Fairies when they met the Packers in Green Bay. No wonder the McCarthy brothers, who manage the team, are growing gray hairs...The Packers do or die on Sunday. A victory over Rock Island is not impossible. The Marines were beaten by the Green Bay team and it is certain that the chesty Independents are going to have 

The Minneapolis Marines were an early professional football team that existed from 1905 until 1924. The team was later resurrected from 1929 to 1930 under the Minneapolis Red Jackets banner. The Marines were owned locally by Minneapolitans John Dunn and Val Ness, and composed primarily of working-class teenagers. Some of the first games were played at Camden Park, Parade Stadium, and Bottineau Field. Later games were played at larger stadiums such as Nicollet Park and Lexington Park. The Minneapolis Marines are of historical value to Minnesota, as they are the first Minnesota-based team to join the National Football League, predating the Duluth Eskimos (1923) and Minnesota Vikings (1961).
The Marines, formed mostly in 1905, were composed of working-class teenagers that came from the area that is located close to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at the junction between Cedar and Washington Avenues. The team began play in the 115-pound weight class, and by 1907 had moved up to the 145-pound weight class. The team's 1907 roster consisted of future professional stars Walt Buland, Sheepy Redeen, Dutch Gaustad and its star player Rube Ursella. In 1909 future boxer, Labe Safro, joined the team as a fullback. These players reperesented the core of the team until 1919. The Marines would only have players on the team with no high school or college playing experience until 1913. During the 1910s, the Minneapolis Marines became known as one of the best and dominant "independent" teams in the upper Midwest region. It is thought that the Minneapolis Marines defensive line, headed by Buland and Gaustad, brought the Marines most of their wins.
Hiring ex-college players
Between 1910 and 1914, the year's biggest football game in Minneapolis independent football was between the Minneapolis Beavers and the Minneapolis Marines. In contrast to the Marines, most of the Beaver players had college experience playing at the University of St. Thomas. The Marines defeated the Beavers in 1910 to win the city title. However, in 1911 and 1912, the Beavers pulled off upsets against the Marines. This led to the team hiring an outside coach, Ossie Solem. He would stay with the team through the 1915 season. During his time with the Marines, Solem introduced the team to the single-wing formation, developed by the famed coach Pop Warner and used by the University of Minnesota at the time. In 1913 and 1914, the Marines defeated the Beavers to reclaim the Minneapolis city championship. The Beavers disbanded after the 1914 season. By 1916 the Marines added several other ex-college players to their lineup. The most notable was Bobby Marshall, who was the first African-American player at the University of Minnesota, having played there from 1903 until 1906. By 1916 Marshall was one of the best semi-pro players in the Twin Cities area. Dewey Lyle and Fred Chicken, who would later become a future pro star in the NFL, were also picked up around that time. Many players that made the Marines squad had previously played for big college teams such as the University of Minnesota, Hamline University, Augsburg College, Macalester College, and Carleton College.
Peak of the team
The Marines initially won many of their games as they were participating in a semi-pro league. Dunn, who served the team as a player and manager, was extremely happy with the Marines' initial performance and he wanted to move his team into the professional leagues. Dunn moved the Marines away from the teams they had already beaten and into the new Nicollet Park, which was also the home of the Minneapolis Millers baseball team, and was larger than the team's previous fields. Dunn scheduled games against out of town teams and the Marines went on to have a substantial winning streak of 34 games in a row. However, with the team's former rivals, the Beavers, out of the picture, the Marines had no strong local opposition. This led Dunn to schedule an annual Thanksgiving game against a team of ex-Gophers all-stars from the University of Minnesota. From 1913 until 1917, while the Marines posted a 34–0 regular season record, the team was 0–2–1 against the Gophers All-Stars.
The NFL and first closure
Independent football shut down completely in 1918, due to a combination of the flu pandemic and World War I. When the Marines were finally able to play again, in 1919, they lost several of their key players who moved to the Rock Island Independents. With their core players (Marshall, Ursella, Buland, Lyle, and Chicken) gone, the Marines were unable to regain their pre-war form, causing attendance to decline after 1919. Dunn tried to find a way to keep the team solvent. In 1921, the Minneapolis Marines joined the American Professional Football Association (later renamed the National Football League in 1922). Dunn hoped that if the Marines were playing professional football, there would be more fans and more money generated. The Marines posted a 4–11–2 record against NFL teams from 1921 until 1923. After posting an 0–6 record in 1924, Dunn folded the team.
(SOURCE: Wikipedia)
High Five: Packers future at stake in 1921 game
The Packers’ biggest games during the 1920s:
3. Packers 7, Minneapolis Marines 6 (Oct. 23, 1921) -- With the Packers trailing 6-0 late in the fourth quarter of their first game in what is now the NFL, end Dave Hayes recovered a fumble on the Marines’ 35-yard line. Halfback Buff Wagner made a spectacular catch of a Curly Lambeau pass to advance the ball to the 14, and Art Schmaehl eventually plunged over from the 1. Lambeau’s extra point proved decisive and set off a wild celebration at Hagemeister Park. Talk about must wins, years later historian Jack Rudolph, a colleague of Packers co-founder George Whitney Calhoun, wrote that the story was never verified but some believed the Packers were admitted to the loosely-organized league on a conditional basis and if they hadn’t beaten the Marines they would have lost more than a game, they would have been expelled from what was then the American Professional Football Association. As a footnote to that claim, the Packers essentially scheduled their league games that year from week to week.
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OCT 26 (Manitowoc-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Rock Island Independents, members of the American Professional Football association, are here this week training for a game with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay Sunday. The vanguard of the Islanders' aggregation came here direct from Detroit where last Sunday they defeated the Detroit Heralds, 14 to 0. The professional footballers are quartering at the Williams House and is it expected that they will stay here until Saturday noon. Manager Tom Flanigan is leading the squad which is composed of 25 players...KICKS UP INTEREST: The appearance of the Rock Island team here has created a lot of interest. A big crowd watched the players work out on the high school gridiron. There is hardly a man on the squad that goes less than 180 pounds. When asked what he thought of his team's chances in Green Bay, Manager Flanigan said: "Well, we aren't going there with any thoughts of defeat. My men will get a good week of practice and I think they will be right on edge when the game starts."...HEARS PACKERS ARE GOOD: "From what I hear the Packers are a pretty sweet little football machine and a glance over their lineup shows a number of men who have long been in the football limelight. Cub Buck is as good a tackle as there is playing professional football, while those three ex-Notre Dame stars, Hayes, Malone and Coughlin, are mighty good footballers." Manager Flanigan gave out his probably lineup in Sunday's game as follows: Ends, Smith and Wenig; tackles, Healey and Travis; guards, Keefe and Lyle; center, Earts; backs, Conzelman, Bridgeford, Novack, Gavin, Menefee, Hanson, Nichols and Vanderloo.
OCT 26 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Down Beloit way, the football fans are going wild over the Fairies. The 77 to 0 walloping that the Fairbanks-Morse outfit administered to Rockford coming on the heels of the 7 to 0 game at Green Bay has kicked up a lot of interest in the pigskin game in Rock county. The enthusiasts down there are yelping for "Big Game" but Manager McCarthy is handicapped due to the fact that his team is not a member of the Professional Football league...De Moe, who is playing end for the Packers, has quite a rep as a hockey star. One of the city league team managers questioned him about staying here this winter. De Moe said that he had practically signed with the American Soo seven but if the local club could pay him $1,500 for the season he might be induced to stick around. Smelling salts were needed for the Green Bay puck chasing magnate.
OCT 26 (Hammond-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Charlie Mathys will lead the Hammond Pros in their game Sunday against the Chicago Cardinals. The former Indiana quarterback is playing great football this fall and looms as one of the greatest field generals in professional football. Risely, another Hoosier star of 1920, is also with the Hammond team. Mathys is a Green Bay product and last summer played second base 
OCT 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Whoopee! Some battle. One more victory. The crowd went crazy. When Art Schmael went over. The Marines got a rude surprise. They were confident of winning the game. Talk about "story book" finishes, it had 'em all beat. Those last five minutes seemed like hours to the spectators. It was the largest crowd that ever attended a football contest here. About every city and town for miles around had delegations at the pigskin conflict. And they were all Packer rooters. "See the Packers" is getting to be quite a Sunday habit in this part of the state...When the final whistle had blown and the crowd was out of the park, the strains of "On, Wisconsin" still floated through the air...That East high jazz band made themselves solid with the fans. Music puts pep into a game. After the Packers scored, the kid musicians broke loose with "Ain't We Got Fun."..."Put in the first team." That was the wail of some of the fans during the first quarter. These self appointed coaches did not know that Tubby Howard could hardly walk or that the doctor had ordered Lambeau not to play...Rube Ursella, the Marine quarterback, was loud in praise of the Packer eleven. "You've got a crack bunch of players," said Ursella. "Get them working together like a machine and I don't think you will have to take your hats off to any team in the country. Remember we held the Staleys to a 3 to 0 score last season."...Rock Island is the next foe for the Packers. The Independents play here on Sunday and the Packers will be "rarin' to go". All the men that played against the Marines will be in togs again. Frank Coughlin will be here and it is expected that Tubby Howard's ankle will be in good shape. With this gang going right, Rock Island is quite apt to get the same dose that was handed to the Marines.
OCT 25 (Rock Island-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Fresh from their victory over the Detroit Heralds at Detroit last Sunday, the Rock Island Independents have returned home and they are now centering their attention on the game that will be played at Green Bay next Sunday with the Packer squad. This contest is considered the semifinal clash for the midwest football supremacy. It is considered probable that the winner of this game will meet the Decatur Staleys. Rock Island is confident of a victory but Manager Flannigan's squad is not underestimating the strength of the Green Bay team. The Packers have never been beaten on their home field and so far this season have won five games, defeating the Chicago Boosters, Rockford A.A., Cornell-Hamburgs of Chicago, Beloit Fairies and Minneapolis Marines. ...URSELLA TELLS 'EM: Rube Ursella, who played with Rock Island last year, was here on Monday and he warned the Independents that the Packers was just about as good a football team as there was in the country. The Independents have played four games this year. They opened with a 0 to 0 tie with the Detroit Heralds, then met a 14 to 10 
OCT 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Hayes, De Moe and Malone, the trio of players who starred in last week's game against the Minneapolis Marines, have returned to Green Bay and they are practicing with the Packer squad in preparation for the clash with the Rock Island Independents here Sunday at Hagemeister park. Frank Coughlin, Notre Dame captain in 1920 and one of the greatest footballers in the country, will arrive here Friday and take a place on the Packers' forward line. The Packer management is also in hopes of having another super-gridder of national fame in the lineup Sunday...PACKERS WILL BE READY: "The Packers will be set for the foe!" That was Coach Joe Hoeffel's statement in regards to the coming game. "Rock Island has a wonderful team," said the Packer coach. "But Ithink we stand a good chance to give them a big surprise. We will have a machine out there Sunday, not alone individual stars." Never before has a gridiron game attracted so much interest. The eyes of the football fans all over the state will center on Green Bay Sunday. The Rock Island team is known from coast to coast as one of the greatest pigskin aggregations of all times yet the Badger fans feel confident that the Green Bay Packers are going to keep on their march towards the professional football championship of the country. A win over Rock Island will give the Packers a game with the Decatur Staleys for pro grid honors in the midwest...STATEWIDE INTEREST: The importance of the game is ​statewide. Three of the Milwaukee papers are going to have special writers on the job here Sunday. It will be covered in the big league style. Requests for press tickets have been received from every paper in Northeastern Wisconsin. The reserved seats are selling like hot cakes and those planning on attending the game are advised to speak for their pasteboards early. Hundreds of out of town football enthusiasts will be here for the game. Every indication points to a record breaking turnout at Sunday's game.
OCT 27 (Manitowoc-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - If practice makes perfect, the Rock Island Independents will be in the best of shape when they take on the Packers at Green Bay Sunday in an American Professional Football league game. The Islanders are working each afternoon at the Fairgrounds and Manager Flanigan puts his squad of 23 players though a two hour drill. With the exception of Buland, who has an injured ankle, every man looks to be in the pink of condition. The Independents don't appear to be overconfident. They have a healthy respect for the Green Bay eleven. "One thing is sure," said Duey Lyle, "It is going to be the greatest game of football ever staged in Wisconsin. Victory means so much to either team that it will be a super gridiron struggle every minute of the four quarters." Lyle plays guard for 
moleskins back in moth balls. Injuries and the unexpected strength of the Green Bay Packers paved the way for the disruption. How times have changed. In the olden days, the Rockford squad was one of the worst feared teams in the middle west. We wonder if their "chocolate" trainer also went up in smoke...Football fans throughout the state will watch with a lot of interest in the games in Chicago between the Stayms and Fairies and Boosters and Racine. It is a safe bet that the results of these contests should better the Green Bay Packers' claim to the state title. We wouldn't be surprised at all if the two Badger aggregations went down to defeat before their Windy City foes.
just another instance which goes to show that the most important professional grid game on October 30 will be staged right here on our home lot at Hagemeister park.
everything they had while the Packers made every play safe. The Minneapolis team received the kickoff but after three downs they punted and it wasn't long before the Packers returned the ball via the same route. It was the Marines' ball on their 30 yard line. A forward pass netted them first down. Then Umpire Ness penalized the Packers 15 yard for interfering with a receiver on a forward pass. The oval rested in midfield.
The Gophers were forced to punt and the Packers did likewise. The Bay eleven was smearing hard and the invaders couldn't pick up much yardage. Once more they were forced to kick and the Packers swung into action again on the 40 yard mark. Two plays made 7 yards and Malone was given a try around end. As he was downed by Sampson the final whistle blew and the Packers marked another milestone in their march towards a national professional championship. The Marines won the toss and chose to receive at the east end of the field. Right off the bat a penalty set the Packers back 5 yards. The visitors bumped into a stonewall defense and they punted over the goal line. The Packers scrimmaged on the 20 yard line.
After three downs Buck punted to Dvorak. A couple of first downs put the ball on the Packers' 30 yard mark. Here the Packers braced and the visitors couldn't gain. Sampson failed in a field goal and the Packers scrimmaged again on the 20 yard mark. Two plays netted little yardage and Buck booted to midfield, De More downing Regnier in his tracks, about midfield. Here the Marines launched a brilliant offensive, with Sampson doing the most of the ground gaining. Slowly but surely, the Packers were forced back into the shadow of their own goal posts. Four successive first downs put the oval on the Packers' 4 yard line. The old Packer fighting spirit showed itself. Three times did the Green Bay line turn 'em back but on the fourth scrimmage Dvorak busted through for the first touchdown that has been scored on the Packers this season. Sampson flunked an easy goal kick.
The Packers kicked off. Instead of wilting away, the Green Bay team fought harder than ever. The Marines had to punt and the visitors recovered the oval by intercepting a forward pass. The Gophers rushed through for a couple of first downs and they had the ball in midfield when time was called for the quarter. Three line smashes gave the Marines ten yards at the start of the second quarter. An offside put the visitors back five. They couldn't make up the distance and Sampson kicked across the goal line. The Packers scrimmaged on the 20 yard line.
The Packers smashed through for a first down. Then Cub Buck tore off a long punt and it was the Marines' ball on their 20 yard line. The visitors had to kick again, the Packers getting the oval on the 35 yard mark. Cub Buck booted after three downs. It was the Marines' ball on their own 30 yard marker. After two scrimmages, Sampson dropped back for a kick. His attempt was partly blocked and it was the Packers' ball. Tubby Howard was sent in but his injured ankle prevented him from doing. An intercepted forward pass cut short this Packer rally and Sampson booted out of danger. Once more, the home team got going. A couple of first downs were marked up putting the oval on the visitors' 35 yard marker.
Wheeler was sent in for De Moe and Lambeau attempted a forward pass. Cowboy was blocked and the oval sailed over the goal line. The visitors put the oval in play on the 20 yard mark. As Sampson was being thrown for a loss the whistle piped for halftime. The Marines opened the second half by kicking to the Packers. Buck received the kick and came back 20 yards before he was dropped. The ball changed hands twice on punts. Then Malone grabbed one of Sampson's spirals and raced to the Marines' 20 yard line. A series of line plunges with Schmael going good put the oval just a chalk mark from the Marines' goal. The visitors braced and turned back the Packers, getting the oval on downs on the 4 yard mark. The visitors, thanks to Sampson and Ragnier, who got away for some good gains, soon had the ball out of their danger zone.
The visitors continued their smashing attack and it wasn't long before they pushed the Packers back of midfield. A penalty for offside cost the visitors 5 yards. Sampson made this up on a criss cross and the invading halfbacks, Regnier and Dvorak, smashed ahead for a couple of more first downs. When time for the quarter was called, the Marines had the ball on the Packers' 25 yard line. In this period both teams had taken turns in rushing the ball with the amount of yardage gained about even up but the Packers had come much closer to a score than the bulky invaders.
"Ambition" Carey, on the first play in the fourth quarter, covered a fumble and the Marines' touchdown march was halted. The Packers waded through for a first down and then had to punt. Dvorak was dropped on his 40 yard mark. The Gophers made a first down but lost some of this yardage when penalized for stalling. They were trying to kill time. Sampson tore off a 40 yard punt, the ball rolling over the Packers' goal line. It was put in play on the 20 yard mark. The Packers smashed through for a first down. Minneapolis braced and then came Buck's punt which Dvorak fumbled, paving the way for the Packers' touchdown.
Stars of the game were numerous. Sammy Powers covered himself with glory, getting tackle after tackle in the scrimmage line. Art Schmael battered his way into the limelight. He proved the most consistent ground gainer in the Packers' backfield. He proved the most consistent ground gainer in the Packers' backfield. The mighty Gunderson, Marine center, met his match in Klaus while the other Green Bay linemen gave their Minneapolis opponents all they were looking for and a little bit more besides. De Moe, Hayes and Malone, the newest additions to the Packer lineup, lived up to the advance notices. De Moe and Hayes played super football on the wing positions while Malone proved slippery as an eel when running with the ball. For the Marines, the giant Sampson at fullback and left tackle Palmer were the outstanding stars although the other men on the visiting squad showed themselves to be real footballers. The game was well handled and there was hardly an argument of any kind to slow up the play. Aside from the last play of the battle and once when Malone was "piled on" the contest was free from rough stuff.
defeat at the hands of the Decatur Staleys after leading the Starchmakers up until the last few minutes of play. Two weeks ago Rock Island beat Paddy Driscoll and his Chicago Cardinals in their own backyard 14 to 7, while last Sunday the Detroit Heralds were taken into camp, 14 to 0...FACE OLD TEAMMATES: Rock Island's players are looking forward to the game at Green Bay with more than ordinary interest. Three of the men who started the season here, Coughlin, Hayes and Malone, will be in the Badgers' lineup. They are all former Notre Dame stars and nothing would please the Independents better than to trim 'em up in fine style. Manager Flannigan will take a squad of 25 men to Green Bay. They will probably leave here Friday afternoon, reaching Green Bay sometime on Saturday. This will enable the Islanders to get a good night's rest before the whistle blows in Sunday's conflict. Quite a number of football fans from here are expected to accompany the team to the Northern Wisconsin city.
OCT 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer management has been forced to increase the admission prices for the Rock Island game. The visiting team will get $2,500 for its appearance here. They are one of the highest priced aggregations in the country. The addition of several college stars in the Packers lineup also greatly bulges the payroll of the Green Bay squad. Both the general admission and reserved seat prices have been increased 55 cents in an attempt to make ends meet.
OCT 25 (Chicago) - Following their victory over the Columbus Panhandles last Sunday, Chris O' Brien's Chicago Cardinals will clash with the strong professional football team of Hammond, Ind., at Normal Park on Sunday. The Hoosier eleven recently held the strong Akron team to a 7 to 7 tie and won the only other two games played. Usher, tackle at Syracuse in 1918, Dick King, a good backfield player at Harvard a few years back, and Mayo of Williams, an end of note in the east, are members of the Hoosier team...CANTON PLAYS STALEYS: Canton's Bulldogs, coached by Jimmy Edwards, a former Notre Dame player, will furnish the opposition for the Staleys in the next professional football game to be played at Cubs park on Sunday. The Buckeye eleven will present a formidable front. West of Colgate and Henry of Washington and Jefferson were unanimous choices for All-American elevens for tackle positions during their college careers. Scott, formerly of Wisconsin, and Blacklock, who won his spurs at Michigan Aggies, will play opposite the Canton tackles. Canton Bulldogs are one of the oldest professional teams in the country, and until this year had Jim Thorpe, former Carlisle Indian star, as their captain and most dependable performer.
OCT 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Racine Legion's press agent is keeping busy these days trying to take a fall out of the Packers. It is rather amusing and what's more the championship claims are making the so-called All Americans the laughing stock of the state in the sport circles. This is Racine's first season in pro football, they have played four games and are already claiming title honors on the gridiron...The Packers are not sidestepping any teams but in these days on professional football, the almighty dollar has to be taken into consideration. Racine made the Packers an offer but the amount named would hardly put half a team on the field and it is our opinion that after seeing the Boosters, Beloit, Marines and Rock Island in action on the Green Bay gridiron, the fans would warm up to the Racine game to any great extent.
for the Lynchmen in the Lake Shore league. The Packer management negotiated with Mathys long before the grid season started but his business connections in Nebraska prevented him playing here.
OCT 26 (Chicago) - Two of the strongest aggregations in the middle west will meet when the Chicago Boosters and the Racine American Legion play Sunday at Logan Square park. These two teams have been
cleaning up everything in sight. Last Sunday, the Chicago Boosters took a fall out of the Joliet Elks, 24 to 0. The Racine team will travel here with its all star crew. It has upset many teams who have entertained high aspirations, and when Manager Lawrence Applehans lines up his men, he will have to use his best to win...BELOIT VS. STAYMS: Jack Dunn, former quarterback at the University of Michigan, sent the husky Stayms-Foresters through a snappy all around drill last night in preparation for the battle to be waged with the Fairbanks-Morse football eleven of Beloit at Pyott park next Sunday. Fortune, late of Illinois, and Barry of Pennsylvania are among the well known gridiron performers who will appear in the Stayms-Forester lineup.
the Independents and is rated as one of the best center flankers in professional football.
OCT 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Evidently Rock Island is pointing towards the Packer game. Manager Flanigan has his whole squad at Manitowoc and is putting them through twice a day practice drills. This is something new in professional football and it is costing the Rock Island club a lot of dough but they figure they will get all this back and a bit more besides if they put the skids under the Green Bay football aggregation.
OCTOBER 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A precedent in professional football will be established here Sunday at the Rock Island-Packer game when the returns of the gridiron struggle, which is billed as the semifinal argument for the championship of the midwest, will be flashed to Rock Island by wire, direct from the playing field. The Rock Island football fans are wild over their team and feeling that half a loaf is better than none, they rented a big auditorium and an electrical football scoreboard will be set up....DIRECT WIRE CONNECTIONS: The auditorium at Rock Island will be connected with the playing field at Hagemeister park via special wire and every move of the players in the game here will be known to the Rock Island crowd ten seconds after it has happened. It is probable that several other towns in western Illinois who are Rock Island football followers will probably hook in on the line and get the play by play story...MAPPING OUT DETAILS: Manager Whitcomb of the Western Union office here received orders for the service this morning and he is now perfecting all the details. The special wire will run into the park Saturday. This is
OCT 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Officials who have no connection with either team will work in the American Professional league football game here Sunday at Hagemeister park between the Green Bay Packers and Rock Island Independents. Due to the importance of the fray which is billed as the semifinal contest in the midwest professional championship. President Robert Hay of the league ordered three of his best officials here. Doc Grogan of Detroit will be the referee; Hollis Hunter of Hammond is slated for the umpire's duties while James Holway of Chicago is to look after the headlinesman's job. All of these men are well known in the football world...TALK OF THE TOWN: No end of interest is being shown over the game. It
is the talk of the town. The strength of the two teams is being sized up from every angle and dopesters are digging back into old records to get facts on the players. Are the Packers practicing? That is the question that is heard quite frequently. Results will show in Sunday's game. The Green Bay team had a four hour workout Thursday afternoon and other drills will be held during the next two days...BUILD UP NEW PLAYS: Hayes, Malone and De Moe, who starred in last Sunday's game against the Marines are in togs and Coach Hoeffel is building up a series of plays around these gridders. Tubby Howard's ankle is much improved and the plunging fullback will be seen in Sunday's game against the Islanders.
OCT 28 (Manitowoc-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Rock Island Independents, who will face the Packers at Green Bay Sunday in an American Professional league game, will leave here Saturday morning for De Pere, Wis., where they will headquarter over the weekend. A delegation of De Pere football fans, headed by Fat McGovern, motored here Thursday and attended the "keys" of the city to the Islanders. McGovern was a boyhood chum of Duey Lyle, Rock Island star, and the pair renewed old acquaintances, after many years apart. When the offer was put up to Manager Flanigan, he accepted and his squad of 25 men will be the guests of De Pere over the weekend. Many Green Bay football fans have come here to give the Islanders the once over but aside from straight signal drill, they haven't seen much because the Independents have been working under wraps, not showing any of their trick formations. With the bettors here, Rock Island is a 7 to 5 favorite.
OCT 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Hammond Professional, led by Charlie Mathys, will probably be seen in action here November 6. Negotiations for the game are expected to be completed within the next 24 hours.
OCT 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Rockford team has given up the ghost. Too many defeats this season resulted in the former southern Illinois champions of last year putting their 
their hands full and maybe a little bit more besides.
OCT 29 (Manitowoc-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Buck Gavin, star fullback of the Rock Island Independents, the fast squad which will play the Packers at Green Bay Sunday, was injured in practice here and will be out of the game Sunday and will probably unable to play for three weeks. While going through the line Gavin stepped into a hole and made an attempt to save himself by throwing out his hand as he fell. The hand came in contact with a broken pop bottle and a gash that required nine stitches to close was cut in the forearm. The injury to Gavin, which puts him out of the game, necessitates a substitute and Vanderloo will probably take his place. The Independents are working out new signals because of the fact that four of their former members are now playing with the Packers. It is expected that fully 100 local fans will journey to Green Bay for Sunday's game.