PACKERS AND IRONWOOD TO PLAY BEFORE BIG CROWD
SEPT 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With the date of the opening game September 14 with Ironwood approaching fast, football interest in this city is climbing rapidly, and if the weather man uncorks a good brand of weather for this Sunday, there is every indication that a capacity crowd will jam Bellevue park to see the Packers rub elbows with the Legion team from Upper Michigan. Ironwood is coming here with a husky aggregation of footballers. The Michiganders' strength was much in evidence last Sunday when in their opening game they knocked off the Superior All Stars to the tune of 26 to 0...CHANCE FOR GLORY: Sunday's game will be Ironwood's chance for glory. For three years, this club has been itching for a crack at the Packers and they are coming here determined to take a fall out of Captain Lambeau's champions of the Northwest. The visitors will present a powerful lineup. Eddie Novak, former Rock Island star, is playing one of the backs for Ironwood with Eagleburger, who won his "W" at Wisconsin, holding down the other half. Paddy Cronin, who played with the Packers in 1922, will call the signals for Ironwood from the quarterback position. Marshall, the famous colored gridder, who in his day was one of the best in the country, will play one of the ends. It is understood that Manager Reid intends to import several star gridders for the Packer tilt...WORKING OUT DAILY: However, the Packers are not going to be caught asleep at the switch. The squad is working out daily and Captain Lambeau has ordered long practice hours and also several blackboard talks. Moose Gardner reported on Monday and it is expected that O'Donnell and Tillie Voss will be in today. The Green Bay squad is not underestimating the strength of its opponents in Sunday's game. The Packers expect one of the hardest clashes of the season and it is liable to be an uphill fight, due to the fact that Ironwood has been practicing a week longer than the Packers. Reserved seat tickets for Sunday's game will be placed on sale Wednesday at the usual places about town. A number of requests for reservations from out of town fans have already been received. It is expected that, at least, several hundred pigskin followers from Ironwood will accompany the team to this city. Sunday's game will start at 2:30 sharp.
PACKER FOOTBALL SQUAD IS NOW INTACT AS TILLIE VOSS AND O'DONNELL ARE IN 'TOGS'
SEPT 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer football squad is practically intact as Tillie Voss and Dick O'Donnell, two of the best ends in the country, reported in time for the practice on Tuesday morning. Quite a handful of football fans are watching the workouts on the new gridiron behind the East High school at Joannes park. One thing is certain. When Ironwood steps out on the field Sunday afternoon, the Michigan Legion is going to get a hot reception in a football way. The Packers are rounding to splendidly and when the whistle blows this weekend, it is a good bet that Captain Lambeau's pigskin chasers will settle for once and for all the Ironwood claim to the professional football championship of the Northwest...PACKERS WILL BE READY: Four more days of practice and the Packers will be molded into a pretty good machine. The players are being whipped into shape nicely and by the time for the whistle to blow in Sunday's tilt, they should be in shape to make things mighty interesting for the knights of the gridiron from the Upper Michigan city. Another day of ticket selling has passed and the indications are all the more rosy for a capacity crowd. The season reserved seats have been selling like hot cakes yet there will be reserved seats galore for those who only wish to make their reservations for one game...EXTRA HEAVY SALE: Due to the extra heavy reserved seat sale for the season it will not be possible to place the one game reserved seats at the usual places about town until Thursday night. Reservations for the season reserved seat tickets will be continued nightly at the Press-Gazette over Friday evening. Despite the heavy demand for season reserved seat tickets there will be a plentiful supply of single game tickets. Through the courtesy of the Brown County fair association, several hundred seats will be added to the ball park as the Fair association's board of directors voted unanimously to let the football corporation use their "knocked down" seats without charge. These stands will be set up at the park in the immediate future.
IRONWOOD HOPES TO GIVE PACKERS FOOTBALL LESSON
SEPT 11 (Ironwood) - Saturday morning, bright and early, some twenty huskies, members of the Legion football team, will pull out of here for Green Bay. And with them goes the hopes of Upper Michigan. For several years, Ironwood has disputed the claims of the Green Bay Packers to the professional football championship of the Northwest but the two clubs have never met on the gridiron. This fall Manager Reid lost little time getting a place on the Packers' schedule and Sunday's game will be Ironwood's chance to win a place on the football map with big letters...BEAT SUPERIOR 26 TO 0: The Legion team walloped Superior 26 to 0 in the opening game of the season last Sunday. Coach Denfield has had his pigskin warriors stepping along at a lively clip for about ten days and they are indulging in daily workout with the high school squad. This year's Ironwood eleven is an "all time" team. In other words, all of the players are staying in Ironwood during the football season. The importation of stars, who come in on Saturday night and depart after the game on Sunday, has been abolished. The Ironwood players practice every day and the squad is being molded to a splendid machine...STARS IN LINEUP: Manager Reid started to get together his aggregation early in the spring. One of his first moves was to sign a trio of college footballers, namely, Benton of Michigan and Sanderson of Wisconsin, ends, and Sid Eagleburger of Wisconsin, halfback. Cronin, a former Packer backfielder, and Bob Marshall, veteran colored end, who played with Hibbing last season, were added to the battlefront...DENFIELD IS COACH: Denfield, who was an All America (Walter Camp's selection) when playing with the Navy, is coaching the squad and also passing the ball at center. Buck Harris, from Syracuse, is the fullback. He has played with Duluth for the past two seasons. Mason, a former Minneapolis Marine star, is another star backfielder with the Legion. Eden of Michigan, Lorinson of Michigan, and Holman from Stevens Point Normal are also capable players behind the line. There is a raft of line material including Peaches Nadolny, former Packers, and Bill Dear, a strapping 200 pounder from Rutgers. Caldwell, a veteran from Valparaiso, and Gersich and Garesky, a trio of Ironwood products, are tackles above the average. Gardner, Heli, Harrington, Edi, Donald and Mike Rits are mighty good guards...THINK IT GOOD TEAM: Ironwood thinks it is a mighty good team and the natives at home are confident that the Legion will give the Packers quite a lesson in the gentle art of chasing the pigskin. The team is going to make the trip by motor bus and will probably reach Green Bay about 3:30 Saturday afternoon. According to the present schedule, the Legion will work out at the Bay after their arrival. During their stay in Green Bay, the Ironwood headquarters will be the Beaumont hotel. It is expected that some 200 Ironwood fans will follow the team. Plans for a special train were given up as a motor caravan has been organized and some 40 cars will make the trip.
STAGE BEING LAID FOR PIGSKIN FRAY SUNDAY AFTERNOON
SEPT 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - There is every indication that a banner crowd will be on hand Sunday afternoon at Bellevue park when the Packers pry off the 1924 football season here with the crack eleven from Ironwood, Mich. The stage is being nicely set for the first game. Work on the park is being speeded up and the field will be in tip top shape when the whistle blows for the pigskin combat...DISTRIBUTING BOX SEATS: Distribution of the box seats is always underway and these ducats will be handed out by Saturday. There are still some choice box seats still available and those desiring to secure the spots of 'vantage right along the sideline are asked to get in touch with some member of the board of directors immediately. The $15 and $10 season reserve seats are moving lively. Any holders of these tickets who have not redeemed them for coupon books are urged to do so either tonight or Friday at the Press-Gazette between 7:30 and 9 o'clock...UNDER WAY SHORTLY: The general sale of reserved seats will be underway shortly. There is always a lot of red tape connected with the distribution of tickets for the opening game but the management is working overtime to get the pasteboards before the public just as soon as possible. Some of these block of tickets will be placed at the usual places about town this evening. For the remainder of the games, there will be no delay and the pasteboards will be out early in the week as in past years. A meeting of the ushers, ticket takers and other park attendants will be held Friday night in the assembly room of the Brown County courthouse. All those who worked last year are urged to be in attendance.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Ironwood has confirmed the Packers' selection of officials for the football game here Sunday. Jimmy Coffeen will referee; Coach White of West High will umpire while Coach Wiley of East High is to act as head linesman. The game will start promptly at 2:30. The length of the periods will be decided by the captains on the field of play.
ROSATTI WILL PLAY WITH PACKER SQUAD ON FOOTBALL FIELD
SEPT 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - R.F. (Rosey) Rosatti is a member of the Packer football squad. The big lineman, who played with Cleveland last year, has been in the city for several days but the Packer management could not get the negotiations cleared away until last evening. Several weeks ago Sammy Deutsch, manager of the Cleveland club, put his approval on a deal which would send Rosatti to Green Bay. However, he had a change of heart in the past few days and tried to kick over the traces. A long distance telephone conversation Friday ended the argument...PLAYED WITH CLEVELAND: Last year Rosatti played in every game with the Cleveland club. He saw service at tackle and guard. Aside from playing in Cleveland, Rosatti was on Fielding Yost's coaching staff at Michigan, having charge of the frosh linemen. Rosatti graduated from Michigan this past June, getting an engineer's degree. Rosatti is a product of Upper Michigan. He lives at Vulcan, Mich., and played his high school football at Norway. After graduating from high school, Rosatti played several years of Normal school football under Coach Spaulding, who is now the pigskin mentor at Minnesota. The newest addition to the Packer machine is a pretty husky boy. He tips the beam at over 200 pounds and looks to be pretty fast for a big fellow.