STAPLETON GAME PROFITS WILL GO TO CHARITY HERE
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - Directors of the Green Bay Football corporation, at a regular meeting held Tuesday evening at the Press-Gazette, voted unanimously to turn over the profits of the Packer-Stapleton game, which will be played here on Sunday, Nov. 8, to charity. President Leland H. Joannes of the Football corporation will immediately get in touch with the Community Chest executives in regards to the game and it is anticipated that a ticket sales campaign for the charity contest will be mapped out in a few days...SPECIAL PERMISSION GRANTED: In laying the foundation for the charity game special permission in regards to certain percentage clauses of the contract had to be secured from the NFL and the Stapleton management. President Joe F. Carr of the National league approved the proposal while here for the New York Giant game over the last weekend and a wire from Dan Blaine, owner of the Stapleton club, late on Tuesday practically set the stage for what is likely to develop into the biggest sports benefit ever staged in northeastern Wisconsin. President Joannes in speaking of the game said: "The Football corporation has had in mind all season to do something for charity. However we deemed it best to make no premature announcement until we had all arrangements complete"...STAPLETON GOOD ATTRACTION: "When I laid the proposal of the executive board before the directors, it met with unanimous approval. I think the Stapleton game is one of the best attractions on our home schedule. This eastern club has never appeared here before. Stapleton is coached by Hinkey Haines, one of pro football's greatest backfielders, and included in the Islanders' lineup are such stars as Ken Strong, halfback on the all-American pro team; Myles McClain, who starred with Portsmouth last season, and Heavy Feather, the line crashing fullback. He played three years with the New York Giants. The Football corporation is eager to do its share in carrying the charity load and, right now, I can assure the Community Chest organization that we will push this Stapleton game to the limit in order to attract an overflow crowd."...BUILD MORE SEATS: With the project settled, directors turned their attention to the improvement program at the City stadium. The enlargement of the big stands was approved without discussion. Then it was decided to go ahead and erect permanent wooden stands, 20 tiers high on the west end of the gridiron. These new seats, according to Marcel Lambeau, superintendent of construction, will be completed in time for Sunday's game. The old sections, Q, N, and M, housed about 750 spectators while the new stands will seat nearly twice that number. One section of the wooden seats will replace part of the temporary bleachers behind the east end goal posts. "Every spectator must have a seat," said Dr. W.W. Kelly, a member of the executive board while speaking about the improvements at the park. "There is a mistaken idea going the rounds in Wisconsin and upper Michigan that every Packer game is a sellout and consequently many football fans stay home rather than take a chance on getting seats just before game time."...HAVE SEATS FOR ALL: "The thing the Football corporation must do is to spread the news that we have seats for all and, if we haven't, we will build as quickly as possible. Fortunately, we have football fans for miles around coming to Green Bay for the games and, in my estimation, the best way to keep them in that 'Packer habit' is to assure seats and that is just what we intend to do. Of course, there will be vacant seats at some of the contests but with the stands enlarged, we will be ready for any crowd up to the 16,000 marks and we won't have to go through another one of those Bear game 'nightmares' with a thousand or more fans outside the park, clamoring to get in and no place to put them. The park improvements run into big money but we believe we are gaining the good will of Packer football followers, not only in Green Bay but all over Wisconsin and upper Michigan. Just as an example of the expense, we put in eight turnstiles, which cost $90 each, and the expense of setting up including the concrete flooring and steel piping runways will bring the price of each gate over the $100 mark."...APPROVE FINANCIAL REPORT: The financial report of Treasurer C.J. O'Connor based on the four games to date and the season tickets met with favor of the directors. Adjournment was voted, subject to the call of the president.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS - JOE CARR SPEAKS
OCT 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - There may be a better professional football town than Green Bay in the country, but Joseph F. Carr, president of the NFL, doesn't know about it. The league executive, here Sunday to see the Packers trounces the Giants and raise the 1930 championship pennant, couldn't get over the turnout and spirit of Wisconsin fans at the game. He had nothing but praise for the club, its coach, E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, directors and fans who supported it. When asked about his impressions of Green Bay and football here, he admitted that his trip had been a revelation. Friends and club leaders all over the country had told him about Green Bay, but before he visited the city, it was hard to believe the amazing facts about the game and its background here.."Do you know," he said, "Green Bay, before, during and after the game, was just like hundreds of college towns throughout the country at homecoming. Fans everywhere talked of nothing but the Packers. As I walked on the streets, in the hotel lobby, at homes that I visited here, I heard football talked. And what is more surprising, practically everyone I met was a student of the game, and could point out inside football, such as you would expect from coaches alone. I was impressed by the orderly and efficient manner of handling the large crowd at the game and fairness of fans. When the Giants made a good play, fans were quick to applaud them. A great deal of credit for your winning team here must go to your coach, Curly Lambeau. He has done wonders with men gathered from all corners of the country. But without the football spirit, enthusiasm and support given by Wisconsin fans, it is doubtful whether such a fine team could be built, even by a coach of Lambeau's caliber." Asked about what he thought the future had in store for professional football, the league president quickly replied that it appeared to be brighter than ever. In every city reports have come in that the game is drawing better than ever before, he said. Green Bay is sure to continue as one of the leading National league teams as it has passed the turning point and now is one of the best drawing cards in the circuit, he added. The city must prepare for the future, however, enlarge its stands and be able to take care of ever increasing crowds that are sure to come he pointed out. President Carr believes that one of the main reasons for professional football's success is its cleanliness. He said that he would continue his efforts to keep the game clean and untouched by scandal...Timothy Mara, owner of the New York Giants who also was present at the game, likewise added words of praise for Green Bay and its football team. Although disappointed by the showing of his team, Mara was not discouraged and said that he would immediately begin strengthening the squad so that when the the Packers came east it would be to meet a much better squad. Although making no statement as to who he planned to get, the Giant leader indicated that at least six new men, of national fame, would be in the New York lineup before two weeks had passed.
SCHOOL BAND WILL PLAY AT BAY GAME
OCT 8 (Green Bay) - There will be a scholastic sideline as an extra attraction at the NFL game at City Stadium when the Green Bay Packers attempt to turn back their "jinx" team, the Chicago Cardinals, and chalk up their fifth victory in the 1931 race. The Green Bay High School band will make its annual appearance at a Packer game. These youthful musicians will step forth with the flourish and marching steps which have made them famous throughout the state. They will parade the
field between halves...SCHOOL TEAMS TO ATTEND: There will probably be about a half dozen high school football squads in attendance. The Packers of tomorrow are coming as pay guests. In other words, they are charged 50 cents each but get reserved seats. Algoma, Clintonville, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Seymour, Pulaski and Escanaba, Mich., high squads are slated to be present. On the following Sundays other schools from Wisconsin and Upper Michigan have been invited to attend...NO SHORTAGE OF SEATS: Tickets are moving at a lively clip for the Cardinal game and all indications points to another large crowd. Enlargement of the stands at the City Stadium has made about 2,000 more seats available. The Football corporation is guaranteeing every spectator a seat. Through its president, L.J. Joannes, the Packer management has forwarded stories to this effect to every newspaper in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. "Rumors about all seats for the Packers games being