face the Bears at Chicago, Nov. 10 the Cardinals at Chicago, Nov. 17 they are at New York opposing the Giants, Nov. 24 they travel to Detroit, and Dec. 1 they will be at Cleveland. The No. 1 early season engagement, of course, will be that at Soldier field, Chicago, Aug. 28, when the Packers meet the College All-Stars for the second time in their gridiron history.
BACK STORCK FOR HEAD OF LEAGUE
APR 13 (New York) - With practically all opposition to his election elimination, Acting President Carl Storck of the NFL was expected to return to office by a unanimous vote today as the 21st annual meeting of the football magnates entered its second session. George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, expected to assume the role of chief belligerent in a reported attempt to oust Storck and present another candidate, was as quiet as a timid man's footsteps as the meeting opened yesterday. He neither offered a new candidate for the presidency not suggested Storck's removal...ACCEPTS VICTORY QUIETLY: Tim Mara, owner of the New York Giants, was all for reelecting Stock and figured to furnish most of the opposition to Marshall. While Mara accepted his apparent victory quietly, Marshall left the closed meeting for a few moments to announce blithely that "all was harmony amongst the boys. We've done more on the first day of this meeting than any I ever attended before. We are even lining up a tentative schedule for 1941." While he had nothing by praise for the rapid manner in which the meeting so far had been conducted, the ebullient Marshall cast no orchids in the direction of presiding chairman Storck, When asked about the several reports that he had given Storck the "bird", Marshall said: "I think Storck is a fine executive, but I can name a better one. However, I know of no available candidate now and I think Storck will be elected."...SUCCESSOR TO CARR: The portly Storck has reigned since the death of Joe Carr nine months ago. There may be one hitch in Stock's seemingly smooth road to the president's chair. The owners may offer him a short term, which Storck would probably decline. The mounting of the dove of peace in the meeting room by "Taxidermist" Marshall was the most important piece of work accomplished during the initial session. Only one trade was carried through, the Giants sending Ox Parry, 230-pound tackle to the Pittsburgh Steelers (nee Pirates) for the draft rights to Kay Eakin, triple-threat halfback from Arkansas.
MILWAUKEE PRO GRIDDERS TO PLAY AT FAIR PARK
APR 14 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee entry in the American Professional Football league will have State Fair park as its home field and will play six league games there, plus two or three exhibitions. Announcement to that effect was made Saturday by George M. Harris, president and general manager, who will represent the Milwaukee group at the American League meeting in Cincinnati next Saturday and Sunday. The schedule, tentatively adopted at a preliminary session at Columbus, will be formally adopted and league officers elected during the two day conclave. Milwaukee's home games will be arranged to avoid conflict with the Green Bay Packers, who have booked two tilts at State Fair park for next fall. President Harris plans to reveal the identity of the coach at the time of the meeting. Negotiations have been completed with a well known former college player and National Pro league star who, in turn, will release the roster of the players already under contract.
FORDHAM ENDS IS SIGNED BY BAYS
APR 16 (Green Bay) - Raymond Riddick, who played three seasons of tackle and end at Fordham university, has been signed to a Green Bay Packer contract for 1940, a wire received today from Coach Curly Lambeau at New York revealed. Riddick, a former teammate of Harry Jacunski, Fordham end who made a fine debut of with the champions last year, is a giant, standing an inch over six feet and weighing 225 ounds. Like Jacunski, he was overlooked in the National league draft. "Riddick should make a great professional end," Lambeau wired. "He is highly recommended by Crowley." (Jim Crowley, former Green Bay resident, who is head coach at Fordham.) Riddick's home is at Lowell, Mass. He is the second end to sign for the 1940 campaign.
JIM GILLETTE, VIRGINIA U. BACK, AGREES TO TERMS WITH COACH
APR 17 (Green Bay) - Jim Gillette, triple-threat backfield man at the University of Virginia for three years, is ready to sign a Packer contract for 1940, Coach Curly Lambeau announced in a telegram today. Since he is playing baseball for the university this spring, Gillette is not permitted to sign a contract at this time. He has agreed on terms, however, and will sign as soon as regulations permit, which will be about the middle of May...HE'S BIG HALFBACK: Gillette weighs 190 pounds, stands some six feet high. He passes left-handed, and kicks with his right foot. He is the fifth back to sign for the 1940 season.
RUSS LETLOW SIGNS CONTRACT FOR HIS FIFTH SEASON WITH PACKERS
APR 18 (Green Bay) - Russell Letlow, one of the greatest guards in NFL history, has signed for his fifth season with the Green Bay Packers, Coach Curly Lambeau announced today. Letlow, who is employed at the Hoberg paper mill, is the 12th Packer to sign for the 1940 season, scheduled to get an early start because of Green Bay's participation in the All-Star game at Chicago in August. Letlow was an all-league selection in 1938 and played highly effective football during the Packers' championship drive last fall. He is one of he best-known linemen in the National league, and also one of the most-feared by opponents. The big guard weighs 212 pounds and is six feet tall. He is extremely strong and thoroughly schooled in professional football. Russ had his undergraduate experience at the University of San Francisco, is 26 years old and married. He is a native of Taft, Calif.
HAL VAN EVERY SIGNS HIS CONTRACT WITH GREEN BAY
APR 20 (Green Bay) - Hal Van Every, one of the greatest ball-toting halfbacks in the University of Minnesota's history, will tote the leather for the Green Bay Packers next fall. Announcement that Van Every has signed to play with Green Bay was made today by Coach Curly Lambeau. Van Every, loaded with gridiron assignments his senior year with the Gophers, showed enough class to cause his coach, Bernie Bierman, to predict for him a brilliant professional career. He is heavier than Cecil Isbell, weighing 192 pounds, and is about the same height. He is a harder runner than that Packer veteran, and drew rave notices from all coaches who saw him in action. As a sophomore in 1937, Van Every was rated as one of the Big Ten's outstanding first year men, turning in consistently fine kicking, passing and running performances. In his junior year he was plagued by an injury which kept him on the sidelines most of the season. He had his moments of brilliance, however. With a few minutes left to play in the Michigan game, the Gophers trailing by six points, he was tossed into the contest. On the next play he recovered a fumble, and on the next two he hurled two successive completed forward passes, the second for a touchdown. Minnesota won, 7 to 6...RETURNED TO FORM: In 1939, he improved upon the form which had stamped him a promising sophomore. In addition to carrying the triple-threat duties at left halfback, he was given the assignment of calling signals, and performed each of his duties effectively. He was the team's leading ground gainer, hauling the apple for 667 yards in eight games. In December, he was chosen on the Packer draft list. Van Every has great talent as a passer. He received little use at that spot, however, because of Minnesota's dearth of receivers. Time after time Hal would drop the pigskin into the hands of ends and backs, only to have them lose the ball, so Coach Bierman soon switched his strategy to extensive use of the ground game. Van Every just has completed his third season for a regular forward on the Minnesota cage team.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
APR 20 (Green Bay) - There is quite a gap between the time that the NFL draft is drawn in December, and the time the many players come to terms, some of them many months later. During that period there is a constant parade of interviews, offers and counter-offers, discussions of terms and eventually either an acceptance or a refusal for the coming season. Here are a few angles on the current engagement involving the Green Bay Packer management and its several draftees, most of them still unsigned. In an appreciative letter, halfback Dick Cassiano of Pittsburgh informed Coach Curly Lambeau that he has accepted a job in New York City and will be unable to play with the Packers. He would like to hook up with either Brooklyn or the Giants, and it is possible that a trade can be arranged to the Packers' advantage. Cassiano's decision doesn't bother Lambeau nearly as much as it might have had Hal Van Every not come to terms. Van Every is considerably more versatile than the hard-running Panther back. Don Guritz, Northwestern guard who weighs 225 pounds, has been interviewed and is interested. Married and the father of one child, he probably will play pro football and his decision is expected next month. Jim Reeder, Illinois tackle, also was the subject of a personal visit by Lambeau. He is also married and a a papa. He's a 235-pounder who stands three inches above six feet. He indicated that if he and the Packers can get together on terms, he'll sign. Lambeau explained the swap with the Philadelphia Eagles which involved Tulane's Millard White and Nebraska's Fred Shirey as follows: White has failed to answer several letters written to him by the Packers, and is believed to be uninterested. Through a roundabout source, the Packers learned that Shirey, a great All-America tackle of 1938, would like to get into the professional game. At present he is coaching at Beatrice, Neb., which is the home of Pid Purdy, former Packer back. So the rights to Shirey were obtained for Philadelphia for the rights to White. While at New York, Curly talked over possible deals with New York and Pittsburgh, but nothing was decided. However, Coach Walt Kiesling of the Steelers is due here in two weeks, and one or two exchanges may be arranged. Steve Owen of New York has a man he'd like to trade to the Packers, and vice versa. Ambrose Schindler, halfback, and Phil Gaspar, tackle, U.S.C. stars of the Rose Bowl game. seemed agreeable to terms when they were interviewed in California, but since have appeared shy. Both were made good offers and Lambeau hopes to land them. Bud Kerr, Notre Dame end, definitely has decided to coach and will not play pro football. Lambeau heard good words about J.R. Manley, his 215-pound guard from Oklahoma. Both the Giants and Steelers were hot after him, but it was no dice, as the Packers decided they want him most. Ray Riddick, Fordham end, was said to be the defensive powerhouse of the same Ram line which had Harry Jacunski at the other end. Riddick was the fastest lineman in the east and is an honor student.
SEVEN GAMES BOOKED HERE
APR 22 (Milwaukee) - Seven home games were given the new Milwaukee professional football team at the American league meeting held over the weekend at Cincinnati. George Harris, president of the club, said Monday that he had a contract for the State Fair park field for all home dates. The team will play five league games on the road and an eighth home game as an exhibition. The Columbus Bullies, 1939 champions, traded Regis Monahan, formerly of the Detroit Lions, to the Milwaukee club for three players who were not names. Joe F. Carr, son of the late Joe Carr, president of the NFL, applied for a franchise at Hollywood, Calif., and action was postponed until June 2 to ascertain the attitude of the Los Angeles club. Carr is said to be backed by Bing Crosby. Applications for franchises at Ashland, Ky., and Kansas City were deferred until June 2. An application from Miami was rejected because the city was too far from other members. The uniform player contract in use by the National league was adopted. George J. Heitzler was re-elected president and James C. Hogan was retained as secretary-treasurer.
BUHLER IS SET FOR 1940 PLAY
APR 25 (Green Bay) - Larry Buhler, the big back from Minnesota who saw his first professional football service with the Green Bay Packers last fall, was in town yesterday and signed his contract for 1940. Buhler, who saw service only occasionally as a halfback last fall, will be used as a blocking back and fullback during the next National league campaign, Coach Curly Lambeau indicated. "Upon orders of Minneapolis physicians, following an automobile accident which nearly took Buhler's life, we used him sparingly during 1939," Lambeau said, "but he is back to his normal weight of 215 now and looks ready for a great season. He formerly played with Hal Van Every, our new halfback from Minnesota, and it is probable that we shall work out a combination which will include both of those men." Buhler did some effective blocking during the Packers' winter trip to the Pacific coast...LEAVE FOR PURDUE: Lambeau left today for Lafayette, Ind., where tomorrow he will visit spring practice at the Purdue university campus. After the drill he will interview three former Boilermakers who are on the Packer draft list - backs Jack Brown and Lou Brock, and guard Frank Bykowski. En route back to Green Bay, he will meet Fred Shirey, former Nebraska tackle, in Chicago.
EX-LION TO TRY FOR PLACE HERE
APR 26 (Green Bay) - Connie Mack Berry, a big end with two seasons of professional football experience, will try for a berth on the Green Bay Packer squad next fall. Coach Curly Lambeau announced the signing of Barry yesterday, just before he left for a visit to the Purdue university campus, where he will talk terms with Lou Brock, Jack Brown and Frank Bykowski. Berry weighs 210 pounds and stands four inches above six feet. His home is Spartanburg, S.C., some 30 miles from the residence of his good friend, Larry Craig, who made a sensational debut with the Packers last season...PLAYED UNDER ANDERSON: The new Packer starred for three years at a wing position with North Carolina State under Coach Hunk Anderson, and in 1938 he joined the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the mainstay of that team, and was instrumental in the defeats the Bengals handed the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Pirates of the National league. Last year he was with the Detroit Lions, and saw action against the Packers. He played with Detroit in eight league games. After that period, the Lions were out of the championship picture and the club, desiring to try out new men for next season, lopped off several players, including Barry. The former North Carolina State is 24 years old, in fine condition, and believes he can make the grade in professional football.
MILWAUKEE PRO ELEVEN PICKS CAHOON AS COACH
APR 28 (Milwaukee) - Ivan (Tiny) Cahoon, athletic director and football coach at Monmouth (Ill.) college, Saturday was named head coach of Milwaukee's entry in the American football league. Announcement of the selection was made by George Harris, president of the club, at a cocktail party in Cahoon's honor at the Schroeder hotel. Cahoon, who is married and the father of five children, was selected from a score of applicants. The salary was not disclosed. The coach comes to his job with wide experience in all phases of athletics. A native of Baraboo, Wis., he had three years of football and basketball at Baraboo high school, three years of the same sports and track at Gonzaga university and the, starting in 1926, four years of professional football as a tackle with the Green Bay Packers. A knee injury halted his playing career in midseason of 1929, Green Bay's first championship season. Cahoon started his coaching career at West De Pere high school in 1928 while still with the Packers. He went to Green Bay West in 1933 and to Monmouth as athletic director and coach in 1938. In 12 years of coaching he has maintained the unusually high winning average of .810. His teams in this period have averaged 18 points a game while holding opponents to an average of 6 and have held opponents scoreless in 43 games while suffering the same fate in only 5. At West De Pere he won one conference title in football and two in track, at Green Bay West he turned out consistently good football teams and lost only one dual track meet; and at Monmouth he developed six all-conference players and one little All-American guard. In all his coaching, Cahoon has always stressed wide open football. He learned the Notre Dame system at Gonzaga under Gus Dorais and played it at Green Bay under Curly Lambeau, but has used the system himself only when he felt the material permitted. He has often switched to ordinary single wing, to a flanker or to a creation of his own which he calls the "triple wing". He said Saturday that he hopes he might be able to use a flanker of some sort here. Cahoon will start at scratch in his new job. He has no holdover squad. To provide a working basis, questionnaires have been sent to several hundred graduating college seniors and from the replies, already pouring into the office in the Plankinton Arcade, he will select most of his squad. The American league recognizes contracts which college players have signed, but does not recognize the National league draft. As a small nucleus around which to build, Cahoon will have four players either bought or obtained in trades last week. They are Regis Monahan, former Ohio State all-American, a guard; Joe Zimmerman, former Centenary guard who was named on the Jewish All-American team last fall; Obbie Novakofsky, star Lawrence halfback, who had a tryout with the Packers last season and wound up with Kenosha, and Carl Buck, former Carroll college star, also a halfback, also with Kenosha last fall. Novakofsky and Buck were bought outright from Kenosha, and Monahan and Zimmerman obtained in a trade with Columbus for three unnamed players to be turned over by August 15. The Milwaukee club will operate along the same lines followed by the Packers in obtaining off season work for its players. The team will pitch camp in the north woods August 15. Cahoon will establish his home here at once.