LARGE CROWD ON HAND FOR OPENING OFFICIAL PRACTICE
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - They may not be ready for Cleveland just yet, but the material is there, and it won't take Coach Curly Lambeau much longer to build it into a football machine that appears to have definite championship possibilities. Many months ago when retirement talk was rife and the disappointing finish of last season still left a taste akin to bitterness, the wolves began to clear their throats for a good, long howl. The coach has heard similar rumblings before. He took it in stride and said: "Don't sell the 1938 Packers short for the league chgampionship...It may not be the strongest team ever to represent Green Bay, but it will be right up there in the thick of the championship battle."..THOUSANDS ATTEND DRILL: More than 30 players were on hand for the opening formal drill Saturday, and a couple extra candidates showed Sunday. And about 3,000 fans - men, women and children of all ages, right down to babies in arms - were out at the practice field behind East high school yesterday to see one of the snappiest, most spirited squads ever to gather here for the early sessions. The result was satisfaction and approval registered by everyone from Packer corporation officials to the smallest boys who sat along the edges of the field. Tom Jones, former Bucknell and New York Giants guard, and Frank Borak, end from Creighton, were yesterday's new arrivals at practice. Jones has been umpiring baseball in the Piedmont league in the south, and Borak has been in an army reserve training near Omaha. Both reached Green Bay Saturday night. Sunday evening brought Don Hutson and Bill Lee, veteran end and tackle respectively, from Alabama. They came to Green Bay by automobile together...ALL STARS MISSING: Still to come are the six college all star players. Martin Schreyer, tackle, and Cecil Isbell, back, both of Purdue, and Andy Uram, back, of Minnesota, are at Evanston training for the game against the Washington Redskins. Bill Smith, end, of Catholic U.; and John Lock, back, of Fordham, are members of an eastern team that will oppose the Philadelphia Eagles. Everyone else is on deck, and most of the boys appear to be in good condition and close to playing weight. Early drills have included calisthenics, signal practice on plays, dummy scrimmage, passing, punting and wind sprints under the direction of Lambeau and Richard (Red) Smith, his assistant...VETERANS ARE LIVELY: From the sidelines at this point, the years seem to have taken little from playing zest and condition of the older boys. Clarke Hinkle, professional football's greatest back, Buckets Goldenberg, rarin' to go at right guard, Bob Monnett, passing accurately from his left halfback post, Russ Letlow, looking more rugged than ever at left guard, Swede Johnston, trying things at blocking back this year, and the others familiar to Packer fans all are working as hard as any rookie. Paul Miller, at 182, is almost 30 pounds heavier than when he reported for the first time in 1936. Frank Butler, out for a year after the All Star game last season, has returned to help fill the tackle holes left by the absence of Ernie Smith and Lou Gordon. Sunday Frank worked on the right side of the line in Gordon's old spot. Lyle Sturgeon is another veteran who tried that side over the weekend, although he also used on the left. Red Chapman, new man from Tulsa, relieved Sturgeon...BACK AT TACKLE: Big Champ Seibold, who understudied Ernie Smith for three seasons and preceded him in Packer service, was back at his regular position, and Buford Ray, Vanderbilt giant rookie, worked out at left tackle on another eleven. Ray, Carl Mulleneaux, end from Utah, Nick Miketinac, guard from St. Norbert, and Dick Weisgerber, fullback from Wisconsin, have Coaches Lambeau and Smith smiling already. They are four of the most promising freshmen to report, although many of the others haven't had much chance to exhibit their wares as yet. Mulleneaux is being tried at right end, and with some coaching from Milt Gantenbein, who is in a class by himself when it comes to right end play in Packer style, probably will fit right into the Lambeau system. Gantenbein himself and the veteran Wayland Becker also were right ends in signal drill and dummy scrimmage. Bernard Scherer, veteran of two seasons, Ed Brett, obtained from Pittsburgh, and Borak played at the left wing posts...LOTS OF ATTENTION: Miketinac is getting a lot of attention at right guard and looks like the type of lad who will provide valuable relief for Goldenberg. Jones and Frank Barnhart, highly recommended from Greeley State, were others inserted into the lineups at right guard. Flanking center on the left side were Letlow and Tiny Engebretsen. The return of Darrell Lester to the lineup at center has the coaches breathing easier, and Ookie Miller, a prize package from the Chicago Bears via the Cleveland Rams, has all the appearance of a natural at the position, and a record to back it up. Of the new men, Richard Anderson of Iowa looks like a good pro bet, although like Zeke Hunt of Bradley Tech and Roy Schoemann of Marquette he still has to stand the test of his first actual post-graduate scrimmage. That probably will come Wednesday morning...WORKS WITH STARS: Weisgerber punted, passed and ran from the fullback position,
PACKERS PLAN SECRET DRILLS
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, who have been practicing before interested throngs for more than a week, closed the doors to the public today as Coach E.L. Lambeau ordered secret drills for his NFL squad. The public will not get another chances to see the team until the night of Friday, Sept. 2, when the Packers will stage a full length intra-squad contests at City stadium. Labor day, Sept. 5, they will play an exhibition contest at Ironwood, Mich., against the Cedar Rapids Crushers, and Sunday, Sept. 11, they will open their league schedule against the Cleveland Rams here. For the present, Lambeau plans no changes in his squad personnel, as he wishes to witness the performance of each athlete under fire. Thus far, he has been impressed with the facility with which the new men have caught onto the Packer system and its signals. "We want to keep our formations and style of defense a secret from everyone," he said, and so will practice behind the fence from now on. Police protection will be provided, he added, to assure the secrecy of the drills. The squad met at Hotel Northland last night for a skull drill, at which time several new plays were added and all assignments were checked over. A number of the men, as is Coach Lambeau, are planning to attend the fifth annual All Star game at Chicago a week from tomorrow night...HAVE ROUGH WEEK: The first rough work was given the men yesterday and today, and scrimmage will be ordered for later in the week, probably Thursday and Saturday, although the session will go ahead Wednesday if the men appear to be ready for it. Lambeau said the passing and punting were OK for this early in the season. The team tried out its new blocking dummies yesterday, when players donned their pads for the first time. There also was a stretch of open field running, with almost all the backs taking their turns carrying the ball. Joe Laws, veteran right halfback, starred during the drill. Dick Weisgerber, Williamette fullback, is also beginning to shape up as a talented ball lugger and Lambeau is anxious to see him working under the hear. The coach is stressing all the way through that the Cleveland contest Sept. 11 is likely to be one of the most trying on the Packer schedule. The Rams have rebuilt completely since last fall, and have added some of the best known players in collegiate football, including Joe Routt of the Texas Aggies and Corby Davis of Indiana. The Packer squad will be increased before the first league game by six men now working with All Star elevens. They are Marty Schreyer, tackle; Andy Uram, halfback; and Cecil Isbell, halfback, all with the Western All Stars - and John Lock, fullback; Leo Katalinas, tackle; and Bill Smith, end, all with the Eastern All Stars.
SNEAK THIEVES GET $100 CASH
AUG 24 (Green Bay) - Chas in excess of $150, together with checks, keys and personal belongings, were lost in four sneak thefts reported to police yesterday. Richard "Red" Smith, assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers, lost his purse containing $60 in cash, a Packer check, and a notebook with some valuable data from the dressing room at the Packer stadium. The thieves took his trousers as well.
STRESS SPEED DURING DRILL
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - Having taken their opening bows before interested crowds of spectators, tried out their uniforms before photographers, and in general steamed up preliminary chatter in the professional football picture, the Green Bay Packers yesterday ducked behind closed gates to settle down to the drudgery of gridiron practice. There are a thousand things which must be discussed and attempted by a large squad and its coaches, and Coach E.L. Lambeau has decided to do them without benefit of an audience. A few folks were peeping around the edges of the fence yesterday, but most of them were shooed away as the Packers worked on offensive plays, through the line, around end and over the top....BACKS GIVEN WORK: They started with routine offensive assignments, the backfield getting the most work including Pete Tinsley and Herman Schneidman at blocking quarterback, Bob Monnett and Dick Beauregard at left halfback, Joe Laws and Arnold Herber at right half, and Eddie Jankowski and Clarke Hinkle at fullback. Dick Weisgerber also came in for some attention at the latter post. Early trends may be buried in the routine of beginning drills, but a fair guess would indicate that the Packers will place increased emphasis upon speed this season. Several of the plays depend upon rapid-fire ball handling and precision, suggesting that Coach Lambeau has decided to gear up his running and blocking backs to a new speed standard...PLENTY OF LIFE: The Packers ripped through the workout displaying the same fire and pep which has characterized all their practice periods to date. They are smoked up 50 percent higher than they were at the same time last summer, when they were preparing for the All Stars. They will meet each other in an intra-squad game at City stadium Friday night, Sept. 2; they will travel to Ironwood, Mich., to engage the Cedar Rapids Crushers Monday, Sept. 5; and they'll open their NFL season here Sunday, Sept. 11, against the Cleveland Rams...MISS THE MARK: The Packer passers weren't hitting the mark at all yesterday, their tosses displaying the usual early season erratic courses, and several times when the flips were in the right spot, the intended receivers dropped them. No one was the least bit worried about that angle, as it always takes a few days for the aerialists to file down their sights. Herber, Bob Monnett and Paul Miller did the bulk of the passing, with Joe Laws chipping in for a few. It was a hot day, the temperature being alleviated by a good breeze, and when Coach Lambeau called a 10-minute rest period, the men leaped for the water spray, manipulated by trainer Dave Woodward. They returned to dummy scrimmage, and suddenly out of the maze of signals leaped the old familiar Herber to Hutson, down the alley forward pass. Herber
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - There probably won't be any changes in the Green Bay Packers personnel until the arrival of the six men who are appearing with Western and Eastern All Star elevens in exhibition games against National league opposition. Art Buck, the Carroll college quarterback who has been working for a place on the Green Bay squad, reported yesterday to talk things over with Coach Curly Lambeau, but he wound up by turning in his uniform and heading back to Waukesha. Buck faced a tough decision. He looked good with the Packers; good enough, probably, to have received a playing contract within a week or so. He did some fancy passing, was one of the fastest men on the squad, appeared tough, smart and heavy. But he weighed only 172 pounds, and when his college offered him an assistant coaching spot with the Pioneers for the fall, he was tempted mightily to take it. Buck looks frail, but he isn't. Remember Paul Miller fooled the folks when he hopped off that train from South Dakota. Buck was good for 60 minutes in any college game, and as a 440 man and half miler with the Carroll track team he was one of the swiftest men in Midwestern football. He'd have made considerable more money playing with the Packers this fall than he will coaching at Carroll. So Art thought it over at length, and decided to cast his lot with the coaching profession. He'll be working under Coach Johnny Breen with the Pioneer gridmen this fall, and will be seen in that capacity when Carroll braces for an invasion by St. Norbert...A few pickups from the pro football picture: More than half of the 20 players picked on the prominent All-America teams last fall now are making bids with NFL squads. 12 are trying to make the professional grade, three are still in school, and the remaining five either are coaching or in business...Doug Locke, former St. Mary's of Texas back, is the smallest player ever to try for a berth in pro football. The 136-pounder is making his bid in the camp of the New York Giants and probably will make the grade...When Sammy Baugh flew to Washington to join the Redskins, his plane arrived just before that carrying Doug Corrigan, and he was mobbed by the crowd....A bellhop interceded with Art Rooney to give his friend a trial with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and that's how Bill Davidson, the Pirates' best quarterback last fall, got his chance in the National league...The Redskins will have two southpaw passers to help out Baugh this fall...Roy Campbell, Western Maryland, and Jim Abbitt, Elon, both throw left-handed and both completed passes over 50 yards in the air last fall...Drew Ellis, former Texas Christian tackle, who weighs 214 pounds, is the smallest tackle on the Philadelphia Eagles' squad, but he's holding down a first string position...The Brooklyn football Dodgers will have the only player without college experience in pro football...Robert Campbell, back from Euclid, Ohio, got his grid experience in the United States Army.
SCRIMMAGE IS GIVEN PACKERS
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - In a surprise move, occurring 24 hours ahead of the announced schedule, Coach E.L. Lambeau ordered the Green Bay Packers through an hour's scrimmage yesterday, for the first time this season. The men, divided into two teams, with frequent substitutions in order, battled each other back and forth for nearly an hour. All of the players participated except Carl Mulleneaux, end, who had a slight hip bruise and relaxed during the heavy work. The Packers showed up better at the rough stuff they did during dummy scrimmage the preceding day. They cuffed and clawed at each other for the entire period, and out of the struggle came some good news for Green Bay football fans. For one thing - if Packer boosters have been losing sleep during the last winter worrying about Arnold Herber's right arm, injured in the 1937 All Star game, they can turn over right now and get a good night's rest. Herber rained passes all over the field during the practice session, and the timing was vastly improved over Tuesday's aerial display, with several of the backs and ends grabbing off some spectacular catches...NEW MEN GOOD: And another thing - some of the new men are likely to earn preference positions in the Green Bay lineup a lot sooner than fans anticipate, if their work at the starting scrimmage is any criterion. Baby Ray, gigantic Vanderbilt tackle, and Tom Jones, veteran Bucknell guard, drew repeated praise of the coaches for their work on defense and while the blocking of many of the players had not been sharpened to midseason form, there was plenty to crow about on offense. At the start of the period a group was sent outside the practice field for work on punting and receiving. The kickers were Swede Johnston, Herber, Dick Weisgerber, Clarke Hinkle and Pete Tinsley, while on the receiving line were Eddie Jankowski, Paul Miller, Dick Beauregard, Joe Laws and Herman Schneidman. Darrell Lester did the centering for the punters...SHAKE MONNETT LOOSE: The rest of the team worked out plays inside the fence, their object appearing to be to shake elusive little Bobby Monnett loose on a variety of ground-gaining maneuvers. Monnett was the only back used for a time, and starting with him on the offensive side of the scrimmage line were Wayland Becker and Fred Borak at ends, Champ Seibold and Frank Butler at tackles, Buckets Goldenberg and Frank Barnhart at guards, and Ookie Miller at center. This crew had a world of trouble denting a defensive line which at times displayed rockbound tenacity. It included Bernie Scherer and Milt Gantenbein at the wings, Bill Lee and Ray at tackles, Nick Miketinac and Jones at guards, in the six-man setup. A theoretical center backed up the line...BREAK UP PLAYS: Several times Monnett dodged through and broke in the clear, but on a number of occasions the defenders smashed through and broke up the plays, Jones and Ray being particularly effective. While this was going on, the kickers moved inside the park and tried filing their sighs on the goal posts, the same group attempting both extra point boots and placements, finally winding up by trying kickoffs. They clicked at the posts with deadly accuracy. At one point Paul Miller chirped up to bet Hinkle a cigar on a 30-yard kick, and Hinkle promptly split the poles to win the wager...CHANGES IN LINEUPS: There were numerous changes in the dummy scrimmage lineups, the offensive team eventually including Eddie Brett and Borak at ends, Lyle Sturgeon and Les Chapman at tackles, Barnhart and Tiny Engebretsen at guards and Bunny Schoemann at center. Schoemann turned in some sharp blocking, among others. The offense dug in and shook Monnett loose a few times. Fifteen minutes were spent on punt formation work, with one team drilling on protection for its kickers, and another trying to punch through and block the attempts. Herber did the booting at first, getting off several kicks, although he was hurried on most of them. Lee almost blocked one punt, and a moment later Gantenbein slid through to smear the kicker. Scherer and Seibold also came close to blocking punts. Paul Miller, Weisgerber and Johnston were the protective backs for Herber, and when Hinkle took over the assignment. Laws, Monnett and Tinsley tried holding 'em out...MILT BROKE THROUGH: Zeke Hunt, Bradley Tech center, was used on the defensive team at that position. Later Tinsley and Weisgerber alternated punting with Beauregard, Schneidman and Jankowski the other three backs. Gantenbein came in with extreme speed on several occurrences. Then Coach Lambeau ordered the scrimmage. His first offensive team had Hutson and Gantenbein at the ends, Seibold and Lee at tackles, Russ Letlow and Goldenberg at guards, Ookie Miller at center, Schneidman at blocking quarterback, Paul Miller and Herber at halfbacks and Hinkle at full. This eleven opposed a defensive group including Wayland Becker and Fred Borak at ends, Ray and Frank Butler at tackles, Barnhart and Jones at guards, Schoemann at center, Johnston at quarter, Laws and Monnett at halves and Jankowski at full...BREAK INTO CLEAR: On the first scrimmage play of the season, despite a defensive offside, the man with the ball shook Hinkle loose on a wide slice off left tackle, and he broke into the clear, heading for an apparent touchdown. The Packers mussed up a pass play on the second try, Herber hitting Gantenbein on the head, but the third play was executed perfectly, Herber firing a hot one to Hutson, who speared it on the dead run in the flat zone for a 12-yard gain. The plays rolled along, as Coach Lambeau made frequent substitutions in both personnels. Herber hit Gantenbein, Hinkle and Hutson for successive pass gains...PASS IS BLOCKED: Borak came through fast on several occasions to spoil pass attempts, and Brett also blocked one of Herber's tosses. Presently the teams reversed sides. Brett started off the new trend by spearing a long, and then a short pass from Monnett, looking hot on both catches. Laws also snagged a long toss from Monnett, running in fast from the right side of the field to make the catch. Later Frank Butler smothered Laws on a pass play. The practice ended with a routine signal drill.