WAR HAS SHOWN THAT PLAYERS AT 30 AREN'T ALL WASHED UP
JUL 25 (Green Bay) - Life may not begin at 30 for athletes, but it doesn't end then, either. Before the war, I was one of a minority that maintained the popular belief an athlete was through when he reached 30 was erroneous. I used to use as my No. 1 exhibit Link Lyman of the Bears, who at 38 was the best tackle in the NFL. When the Packers play the College All-Stars under the lights of Soldier Field Aug. 30, we will have at least 10 players who never again will see 30. We will have some others who are crowding that mark. I think the fans will agree with me after it's over that these oldsters still have the drive and the speed so necessary in big league competition. The war has proved the point. Many veterans who in normal years would have retired to their scrapbooks have continued because of the manpower shortage. They have pleasantly learned they still have retained their strength and speed of their younger days...CITES JOE LAWS: Last December, in the championship game in the Polo Grounds at New York, our Joe Laws, at 33, played the greatest game of his 11 year pro career. Buckets Goldenberg, at 33, played 55 minutes of tough football in the line. Don Hutson, 31, was a 60-minute man. Huston has not lost one bit of his dazzling speed. This is not a careless statement; he has been timed on the ball field and figures show it to be true. I could go on and on to prove my point. Mel Hein, at 35, playing one of this greatest games for the Giants against us in the title battle. Bronko Nagurski coming back to the Bears at 35 in 1944 and neither asking, nor giving quarter, on the field. Because it was generally accepted that an athlete, especially a football player, was on the downgrade at 30, the fellows believed it. Statistics show that athletes attain their greatest speed at 27. They will hold this for several years if they train and keep in the right frame of mind. It's strictly up to the man. I am sure that the older pro players returning from the war will learn they still will be able to go at top speed...NEEDS MORE CONDITIONING: The age factor, though, will be working against us in the All-Star game. The older the athlete the longer it requires him to become conditioned for the rigors of the gridiron. Fortunately, we will have more new, young players than in the last several years. This should freshen up for our outfit for the big game in Chicago. We hope to field three complete teams to the All-Stars' five. The present picture shows at least 23 of our 28 veterans returning. This means we have at least 10 rookies in a uniform for the All-Stars. The Packers have lost two ends, Ray Wheba and Harry Jacunski. Against the All-Stars our oldest player, tackle Ade Schwammel, will make his farewell to football. There's a story in this. Ade, out of Oregon State, played in the first All-Star game, back in 1934, with the collegians. He's our oldest player, 36...GOLDENBERG IS 34: As fo some of our other infirm veterans. Goldenberg, at 34, will be starting his 13th season. It will be No. 12 for Laws and the 11th for Hutson. Baby Ray, opening his eighth season, is 30. Pete Tinsley, 32, has seven Packer campaigns in the books. Joel Mason begins his seventh year at 31 as does Forrest McPherson at 33. On the borderline are Capt. Charley Brock and Larry Craig, each 29, and each beginning his seventh season with us. Doddering old fellows? The All-Stars will learn early in the game to respect their power, not to mention their experience!
FLORIDA WINGMAN IS SIGNED BY BAY TEAM
JUL 26 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau announced today that Joe Graham, three-year star end of the University of Florida football team, has signed to play with the defending champions and that he will be among the squad of veterans and newcomers who open drills two weeks from today, August 9. The number of Packers now under control is 20 but a full squad of 33 or more men is expected to report for the opening practice. Graham won three letters at Florida, where he built a reputation as one of the best wingman in the southeast. He is 22 years old, weighs 216 pounds and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. He can play either left or right end. On the basis of scout reports on his ability, Lambeau made him his third choice in the NFL draft this year...FIVE NEWCOMERS SIGNED: A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Graham is married and the father of one child. He received his degree from Florida in June. He is one of five new ends signed by the Packers for this season. Three veterans, Don Hutson, Alex Urban and Joel Mason, are also expected to be in the fold when the Packers play the College All-Stars in Soldiers' field, Chicago, the night of Aug. 30. There is also a possibility that veteran Harry Jacunski, now end coach at Notre Dame, will play against the All-Stars, who will be represented again this year by a strong team of famous college gridders. To date, sponsors of the annual contest have announced the names of 20 men who have accepted invitations to play and numerous others probably will be named in the near future, along with the new coach of this year's squad...EIGHT VETERANS UNDER CONTRACT: The All-Stars now have three ends, four tackles, two guards, three centers and eight backs. This compares with the Packers' five ends, three tackles, five guard, two centers and five backs. Of these eight are veterans of professional football and 12 are rookies.
GLEN SORENSON SIGNS '45 PACKER CONTRACT
JUL 27 (Green Bay) - Glen Sorenson, veteran of two seasons with the Packers, today became the third experienced guard to return his 1945 season contract, according to an announcement by Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. The squad, which now numbers 21, will open drills Aug. 9 to prepare for the 12th annual All-Star contest in Chicago the night of Aug. 30. An all-Border conference selection as junior at Utah State, Sorenson is 6 feet tall and weighs close to 200 pounds. He is 25 years old and 4-F in the draft because he has two fingers missing from his right hand, the result of an accident when he was a youth. He is a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, where he has been employed since the end of the 1944 season...EARNED STARTING ROLES: During the latter part of the season, he earned starting assignments in several games. A left guard, he also does some of the placekicking for the Packers. He broke into the scoring column for the first time in 1944 with a point after touchdown against the Card-Pitt combination at City stadium. Sorenson was placed on the nation's all-Sigma Chi football team in 1942. He left Utah State as a junior because his school decided to drop football for the duration.
ALL-STAR GAME IS TOUGH TEST FOR PRO COACH AND HIS SQUAD (By Curly Lambeau)
JUL 27 (Green Bay) - The All-Star game is, by far, the toughest assignment which comes along in the life of a professional football coach and his players. Luckily, we know it, because of two earlier trips into football's most spectacular show. That's why we will be hard at work in a few days for our test against the collegians in Soldiers Field the night of Aug. 30. Why is it the toughest job? There are many reasons. You know nothing of your opponents. They are just a batch of names. You are in the dark concerning the offense and defense that will confront you. In the National league games we have information on the other teams because of our scouting system, plus football movies. But you can't scout the All-Stars. (Hmm, wonder how many guards they'll have at Evanston?) The coaches and the teams going up against the All-Stars must be versatile, ready for anything. Because of this, we must prepare against any number of types of offense and defense. This means long hours of concentration because we can't afford to have any vacant spots in our tactical armor. Single wing? T formation? Notre Dame? We must expect all of them. It gives you an uncomfortable feeling. And we also must have a great array of plays, having no idea of the All-Stars defensive setup. If something doesn't work we must have something else ready...LEARNS BY EXPERIENCE: Here's another cruel fact I've learned by experience. If you're going to win the All-Star game you must forget all about the league season coming up! In preparing for the All-Star game of 1937, we coordinated our regular season's plans. We were whipped, 6 to 0. In 1940, we took advantage of this bitter lesson, thought only of those hard fighting young men fresh from the college gridirons and gave them a 45 to 28 pasting. That's what we must expect to do again if we are to beat our opponents on the lakefront. We realize we'll have to be at our best to win. Their spirit is amazing. I have watched them from the bench twice and they've made me squirm. Nine other times I have marveled at their fierce play from the stands as just another spectator. It's easy to see why this game, year after year, is a sellout...TWO CAPABLE ASSISTANTS: I am not a believer in two daily workouts if the coaching staff is large enough. I have two capable assistants in Walt Kiesling, an old Packer who returns after having served with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Don Hutson. I am sure we can give an athlete all the physical work he will need in a three-hour daily program from 9 a.m. until noon. Of course, we'll have to do a lot of cramming in strategy meetings. In normal times, I advocated that our players supplement their activity by playing golf in the afternoons to strengthen their legs. Of course, this will be out as the boys are holding down war jobs. I plan two scrimmages under game conditions because we will need the experience of body contact to prepare for the jolts we will have to take from the All-Stars...PRO RULES DELETED: The pros have another disadvantage in that some of the pro rules are deleted for those in effect in the college games. I hope that when we get together at a meeting with All-Star coaches none of the pro rules will be rubbed out which will take thrills away from the fans. This never has happened in past games and I don't expect it to this time. We face a lot of tough work in the three weeks we have to prepare for the game. Sure, the All-Stars have their problems, too. But I hope you get the idea we'll be too busy from Aug. 9 until we leave for Chicago to enjoy the vacation weather in these parts.
ED NIEL, 275-POUND TACKLE OF TULANE, SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
JUL 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers have had several huge tackles during their 26 years in professional football but it is doubtful whether any of them were much bigger than Ed Niel, former Tulane university lineman who has signed a contract to play with the club in 1945. Coach Curly Lambeau announced Niel's signing today, bring the tackle corps up to four men. Niel, who has been out of football as a player for four seasons, weighs 275 pounds. This tonnage is packed on a 6 foot 6 inch frame. This puts Niel in a class with such other Packer giants as Baby ray, who is 6 feet 7 inches and weighs 254; Tiny Croft, who is listed as weighing in at 285 and is 6-3, and Forrest McPherson, who will be shifted from center to tackle this season, 250 and 5-11...PLAYED WITH EAGLES: The former Tulane star had a year in pro ball with the Philadelphia Eagles and was picked up by the Bays when he was declared a free agent, Lambeau said. To keep in shape during the last several seasons, he helped coach the line at Texas Tech when he wasn't blacksmithing in his little shop back home. Other developments on the Packer front since Friday were that Assistant Coach Don Hutson has returned to this country after his overseas tour with a camp show unit and that ex-end Harry Jacunski will play with the defending champions against the College All Stars on Aug. 30 if Notre Dame officials can receive the go-sign from the "conference"...HUTSON RETURNING HOME: Hutson is now at Fayette, Ala., where his wife and three children have been visiting since the veteran end left for New York and overseas in May. He probably will return to Green Bay next week, in plenty of time for the opening of the practice sessions on Aug. 9, three weeks before the big contest in Chicago's Soldiers' field. Lambeau said today that veteran halfback Lou Brock would arrive in Green Bay some time next week to talk over contract terms. Lou's knee, injured in the game against Cleveland last season, apparently is back in shape following an operation after the Bays won the championship in New York last December. During the summer, Brock has been training at his home in Stafford, Kan.
TACKLE, GUARD UNDER CONTRACT WITH BAYS
JUL 31 (Green Bay) - A veteran guard and rookie tackle today has signed contract with the Packers, according to an announcement by Coach Curly Lambeau. They are Mike Bucchianieri, the seventh guard to sign, and tackle Paul Lipscomb, who recently was discharged from the armed forces following three years of service. Twenty-four gridders now have their contracts in, 19 days before the opening drill Aug. 9. Bucchanieri, who played his undergraduate football at Indiana university, will be serving his second season in a Packer uniform although he has played part of the 1942 season before business reasons caused him to leave the squad. He is 28 years old, weighs 210 pounds and is close to 6 feet tall. Now residing in Green Bay, he is a native of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Packers, he saw some service with Philadelphia...WEIGHS 240 POUNDS: Coach Lambeau received a line on Lipscomb through fullback Ken Keuper of Georgia who recently signed a contract with the Bays. The former University of Tennessee right or left tackle is 22 years old, weighs 240 pounds and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. He went into the armed forces in 1942 and recently was discharged. His home is St. Petersburg, Fla. He is the fifth tackle to be signed by the club. Don Perkins, who played two seasons at fullback with the Packers, has announced his retirement from the professional game to take a coaching job at Dodgeville, Wis., Lambeau said today. Perksins, who played at Platteville Teachers, will play in the Chicago All-Star game in Chicago the evening of Aug. 30, assuming his coaching job shortly when the new school term opens in September...SCORED ON PASS INTERCEPTIONS: Perkins broke into the Green Bay scoring column the first time last season, both touchdowns coming on pass interceptions. He made the first against the Card-Pitt combination here, intercepting a pass on the Packers' 17-yard line and racing the 83 yards for the six-pointer in the last minute of play. The second touchdown was also scored against Card-Pitt in the last game of the season iin Chicago.
GALLERY PREDICTS GRID PLAYER WAR TO BE OF SHORT DURATION
AUG 1 (New York) - Professional football stars licking their chops in anticipation of skyrocketing salaries in postwar competition between rival leagues are doomed for inevitable frustration, Vice-President Tom Galley of the Brooklyn Tigers predicted today. "Cut-throat bidding for players, with resultant team jumping, may occur for awhile but it's doomed for an early demise," he said. "The law of economics will take care of that."...PLAYER WAR SEEN: Gallery's forecast was in answer to speculation that inauguration of the proposed All-America league - in competition with the 25-year old National league - might spark a disastrous "player war", such as ruined the Federal league in baseball at the turn of the century. "Such a 'player war' is likely when the All-America league goes into operation," Gallery admitted, "but it will not continue long enough to do serious damage."...NEW OPERATORS SEASONED: "In the first place, the men behind the new pro football circuit are a sagacious, seasoned lot who know exactly what they're doing. Then, too, they have the precedent of the Federal league before them, when this organization went broke trying to take stars from the American and National baseball leagues; the interlopers ran out of money, which is a natural conclusion in cut-throat bidding. The All-America league won't make that mistake. Salaries are governed by overhead and gate receipts; you can seat only so many spectators, at so much a seat, in any stadium in the country, and your salaries are part of that overhead."
PLANS SET FOR OBSERVANCE OF PACKERS' 25TH YEAR IN SPORT
AUG 2 (Green Bay) - Plans have been announced for the "Silver Anniversary Year" dinner to be given for members of the Packer football squad on Aug. 9 at the Beaumont hotel, it was announced today. The fete,a stag affair at which attendance will be limited to 30,, will start at 6:30. It is being sponsored by three Green Bay service clubs, the Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary. Tickets, divided equally among the three clubs, are reportedly being snapped up rapidly by members. The dinner is planned as a welcome to members of the 1945 squad that will open practice next Thursday for the game against the College All-Stars Aug. 30, as a testimonial to the team that won the professional championship in 1944, and as an anniversary celebration of the club's 25 years in the NFL...HONOR GUESTS NAMED: Other honor guess will be Coaches Curly Lambeau, Don Hutson and Walt Kiesling, members of the Packers' board of directors, President Robert Brebner and Executive Secretary Archie Baley of the Association of Commerce and Mayor Dominic Olejniczak. Speakers are to include Coach Lambeau and President L.H. Joannes of the Packer corporation. John H. Evans, Rotary president, will be master of ceremonies and presiding officer at the affair. Lambeau will introduce each member of the 1945 squad to the diners and will also give a running commentary on motion pictures of the 1944 world championship contest against the New York Giants, a game which the Packers won by a 14-7 margin for their sixth title...TICKET SUPPLY LIMITED: Club secretaries have charge of tickets and attendance. It is emphasized that once the supply is exhausted no more will be available.
HALFBACK LOU BROCK SIGNS FOR SIXTH SEASON WITH PACKER TEAM
AUG 4 (Green Bay) - Halfback Lou Brock, sidelined half of the 1944 season with an injury that cut short his greatest season in professional football, has signed a Packer contract for 1945, Coach Curly Lambeau announced today. Brock is the 25th player to come to terms and he will be one of a large squad of veterans and recruits reporting for the practice session next Thursday morning. A right halfback, Brock started the 1944 season - his fifth with the Packers - with brilliant running, passing, kicking and signal calling. In the first five games, he scored five touchdowns to bring his total to 80, 12th in the Packers' all-time individual scoring column. It was in the fifth game against Cleveland at City stadium that he sustained the injury that prevented him from finishing the season...FORCED TO SIDELINES: The former Purdue star suffered the injury to his knee late in the third quarter. At first it appeared he would be out for only a short time but the injury did not respond to treatment. Brock was forced to forego further play although he did make brief appearances in the championship tussle against the New York Giants. An operation performed after the season apparently was successful, giving Lou an opportunity to return here for his sixth season. A resident of Stafford, Kan., Brock is 6 feet tall and weighs 190 pounds. He is married and the father of a son. He joined the Packers in 1940, after he climaxed his collegiate career with an appearance in the College All-Star game. He was switched to fullback in 1942 but went back to halfback during the 1943 season. He is 27 years old...ONE OF EARLY ARRIVALS: Brock is one of the early arrivals in the city to prepare for the opening of practice. Two other recruits have put in their appearance including Lamar (Nubbie) Dingler and Bob Cope, who were teammates at the University of Arkansas. Dingler is a left end and Cope is a right guard. The former was captain of the Arkansas eleven in 1943 and 1944. The opening of drills probably will see a squad of three teams, Lambeau said, indicating that no time would be wasted in getting things rolling for the All-Star game three weeks from the day practice starts. The All-Stars themselves will start working out at Northwestern university on Aug. 12 under Head Coach Bernie Bierman and Assistants Howie Odell, Ray Eliot, Jeff Cravath and Jim Lookabaugh.