LIPSCOMB OVERWEIGHT, KEUPER PUTS HIM TO WORK IN GEORGIA
JUN 24 (Green Bay) - Walt Kiesling, the big Packer line coach who doesn't seem to worry about anybody or anything, produced a slight wrinkle in the Packer Northern Building headquarters Wednesday. George Strickler, aide to Coach Curly Lambeau, was thumbing through the mail when he spied a letter from Ken Keuper, now stationed in Augusta, Ga., with Mrs. K, and the youngster. "Holy smokes," roared George to Walt, "listen to this." "Lipscomb drove up the other day and I put him to work; Lippy's weight has gone up to 270 so I guess he needs the work." quoted Strickler. Kiesling was aghast. One of his ace tackle was 25 pounds over his playing weight. Said Walt: "Write Lipscomb a letter right away and tell him to take off the extra weight; he must be eating like a horse." Keuper, a stickler for training, probably boiled 10 pounds off Lippy in that one workout because next fall the Sunday will come when Red's success in reaching the opponent's goal line will depend on Lipscomb's ability in that line. Incidentally, Kiesling drive in with the Missus for a couple of days from Minneapolis. Actually, Kies has only one month of vacation left since he'll be back here the last week in July. Or would you call it a vacation; that stack of mail also included a letter from Lambeau which contained a flock of play diagrams...On the gridiron subject, here's a bit of plug for that Legion-sponsored Packer-New York Giant exhibition in City stadium Saturday night, Aug. 23. The Giants recently recalled a Joe named Gordon Paschka from their New Jersey farm club. A 210-pound fullback from the University of Minnesota, Paschka is billed highly in the Big Town. He gained 515 yards in 76 rushes for a 6.7 average and led New Jersey to the American league championship in the playoff with Akron. They say he runs like Ted Fritsch, which, if true, should give the Giants a lot of power at fullback.
TACKLE BAXTER JARRELL JOINS PACKERS FOR '47
JUL 1 (Green Bay) - If weights and uncommon given names mean anything, the Green Bay Packers are blessed with a lot of talent at tackle. The newest addition is Baxter Jarrell, a 240-pound number from the University of North Carolina. In the odd-given-name department, Baxter Jarrell joins Milburn Croft and Urban Odson, a couple of veterans from Ripon college and the University of Minnesota, respectively. Other tackles under contract are rookies Fred (Red) Neilsen and William McPartland, both of St. Mary's of California; and veteran Paul Lipscomb from the University of Tennessee...AVERAGE 244 POUNDS: The six tackles give Coach Curly Lambeau a total of 1,465 pounds to direct. This makes for an average of 244 which tops last year's figure by three pounds. Jarrell never made any All-American teams, but, as Lambeau generally quips, "neither did Fritsch". The newcomer is coming here at the recommendation of Packer players who had seen him play last season, and Lambeau hastened to draft him. Another selling point is this: After Sugar Bowl game last Jan. 1, Georgia coaches admitted privately that they would not have eked out a victory had Jarrell been in the Tarheel lineup. It seems that Baxter stepped in a hole on the practice field and injured an ankle so severely that he was unable to make even a brief appearance. Lambeau had drafted him two weeks before the Sugar Bowl incident. However, word from Jarrell is that his ankle is completely healed. Jarrell is six feet, three and one-half inches tall, and 28 years old. A veteran of five years' service in the Army Air Force, Jarrell attended William and Mary college in Virginia and Southwestern Tech in Weatherford, Okla, before transferring to North Carolina. He is a native of Asheboro, N.C. Lambeau plans to use Jarrell at left tackle, the position he has played at three universities. In addition to football, Jarrell earned varsity letters and amateur championships...Of the 33 players signed thus far, 18 are from southern schools, two hail from California institutions, and the remaining 15 players from colleges in what some folks call Yankee territory. Of the four guard under contract, three starred at tackle in college - Dick Wildung, Minnesota; Ed Neal, Tulane; and Monte Moncrief, Texas A. and M. Jarrell is one of seven players eligible to play in the College All-Star game against the Bears.
MILLER, BAY WING, NAMED GRID COACH
JUL 3 (Easton, PA) - Thomas M. Miller, former end for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers, today was named assistant freshman football coach at Lafayette college. Miller played with the Eagles in 1934-44, the Redskins in 1945 and the Packers last year. He retired from pro football to go to college and plans a coaching career after graduation.
JUL 8 (Wisconsin State Journal) - Cliff Aberson, a fine back with the Green Bay Packers last fall, is said to have decided to concentrate on baseball after a recent meeting with Jack Sheehan, head of the Chicago Cubs farm system. Aberson was to have reported to the Packers on August 3. The Cubs have offered to sign Aberson to a big league contract and bring him up to the Cubs after Aberson finishes the season with Des Moines of the Western League. He has cracked out 20 home runs for Des Moines this year. Richard "Red" Smith, a coach with the Cubs, an assistant coach with the New York Giants pro footballers, and formerly an assistant with the Packers, must feel very badly about robbing his old pal Curly Lambeau of a fine back. That's a joke, son!
PACKERS BOLSTER GUARD POST WITH RALPH DAVIS
JUL 9 (Green Bay) - Guard-conscious Curly Lambeau, the Packer head coach, today forged the third link in the player chain to correct a situation which brought him little pleasure in 1946. He announced the signing of Ralph Davis, a Jefferson, Wis., High school product, who starred with the University of Wisconsin after stretches at Michigan and Pennsylvania during the war as a Navy V-12 assignee. The guard from downstate joins Damon Tassos and Monte Moncrief as a member of a new trio on whom Lambeau will count heavily to bolster the Bays in those positions where, on several occasions last fall, there was a need for improvement. A two-year National league veteran as a member of the Detroit Lions, Tassos is the No. 1 addition to the guard corps, but Lambeau also expects Davis and Moncrief to be outstanding first year performers. Like Tassos, Moncrief, who earned unanimous All-American tackle rating in '46, hails from Texas A. and M...SEVENTH FROM WISCONSIN: Besides the strength he is expected to bring to the guard spot, Davis also increases the Packers' Wisconsin representation. The 25-year old left guard is the seventh native son signed by the Packers, joining Ward Cuff, Irv Comp, Ted Fritsch, Ken Keuper, Tiny Croft and rookie Bob McDougal, the fullback from Florida's Miami university, all of whom prepped in Wisconsin high schools. Ironically enough, he came to the attention of the Packers last year and was scouted by the entire team at Michigan indirectly through Bob Nussbaumer, who is no longer with us, when Bob entertained his Packer colleagues at his alma mater for the Wisconsin game. The Packers, you may recall, were in Detroit at the time to beat the Lions, which they did, 9-0. Although only five feet, eleven and 205 pounds, Davis led the Badgers in a futile fight against Crisler's juggernaut that day. Lambeau, on recommendation of several of his veteran linemen and on what he saw himself, went after Davis as soon as he learned the former Jefferson star would received his degree with the June graduating class. With the signing of Davis, the Packer roster under orders to report to Rockwood Lodge for the opening of training Aug. 4, now numbers 33 men. Six or seven others are being sought by the veteran Packer coach, who expects to take 40 to camp. That number will make up the smallest Packer squad since the beginning of the late war and is another result of football's return to normalcy. During the war it was necessary to take on every candidate who wanted to play, but now that quality players again are plentiful. Lambeau is able to use greater care in selecting his men. The Packer mentor, who never believed in signing anyone whome he was not certain had a good chance to remain with the club, expects Davis to make the NFL grade on ruggedness and speed, although his size normally would count against his selection. Davis, like many others, will continue his education in the offseason. He will return to Wisconsin after the season to study for a master's degree.
CLIFF ABERSON FACES CHOICE OF PACKER OR CUB CONTRACT
JUL 15 (Green Bay) - DOUBLE DILEMMA: 'Tis a hard choice that Cliff Aberson, the Packer passer, faces, and with good reason. At present reading he's spending many an hour pondering for a 1947 Packer contract from Head Coach Curly Lambeay waited only for his signature. But now the picture has taken on a different hue. He's tentatively ticketed for a shot at baseball's big time after a prosperous homer rampage with Des Moines in the Class A Western association which has attracted the attention of the parent Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have indicated that they will take him up at the conclusion of the Western association season, some time in early September, IF he hasn't signed to play pro football. Therein, obviously, lies his probe. The Cubs don't want him for baseball if he returns to the Packers, fearing an injury to his arm or shoulder. Meanwhile, both Packer and Cub officials, Lambeau and General Manager James T. Gallagher of the Bruins, in particular, await his decision, as will, no doubt, thousands of northeastern Wisconsin grid fans who saw him in action at City stadium and in Milwaukee last season. Until this thing came along, Aberson figured prominently in Lambeau's plans. The Packer coach considerred the 5-1, 195-pound back ideally suited to the V-formation which he plans to reinstall starting Aug, 1, pointing out that his bullet-like passes off the quick opening V would give the Packers an aerial threat second to none in the National league, Aberson alternating with the new Packer, Indian Jack Jacobs, who came here in a trade for Bob Nussbaumer during the winter. Paradoxically enough, both clubs have vowed that they won't try to influence Aberson in his choice. According to George A. Strickler, Packer assistant general manager, "Mr. Lambeau has decided that he won't say anything to Cliff, and Gallagher, whom I taked with in Chicago over the weekend, won't either. As Gallagher says, "We (the Cubs) feel that in time Cliff may become a very good ball player and command good money in the National league. Yet we know that has the makings of a great football player and within two years could be as good as there is in the game. That's why we're not saying anything to him.' " For the same reasons, in reverse, the Packers will remain neutral. There can be little doubt that Aberson's power could be a tremendous asset to the Cubs, currently languishing in the doldums of the National league's second division, if he can hit big league pitching. There again we find the finger of fate pointing toward football for although he has hit 20 homers with Des Moines thus far this season, many seasoned baseball men who have seen him in action, don't believe he can do ti. They point out that Aberson, after starting the season with Los Angeles of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, was sent to Tulsa in the Texas League, a Class A loop, and when the competition proved to be too tough there, was later shunted to Des Moines, where he immediately set the league on fire witgh his slugging. The end of our story, unfortunately, awaits the final chapter.
ABERSON ON HIS WAY TO JOIN CHICUBS
JUL 16 (Green Bay) - Cliff Aberson, freshman star with the Green Bay Packers in 1946 and the Western League's home run king during the current baseball season, is en route to New York to join the Chicago Cubs for an outfield trial either Wednesday or Thursday, it was learned here today. Word of Aberson's purchase by the Cubs came as no suprise to the Packer office here, although the fact that it had come before the end of the Western league season was. They were aware that he was considering a possible big league career with the Cubs, who had stipulated that he would not be able to play pro football. James T. Gallagher, vice president and general manager of the club, told George Strickler, assistant general manager of the Packers, that they wouldn't however attempt to influence his decision. Aberson, who had bulked large in Head Coach Curly Lambeau's plans for the 1947 season, is reported to have told Herman Rohrig, veteran Packer halfback, in a long distance telephone conversation Tuesday that he had chosen baseball because the Cubs had promised to add whatever he would earn in football this season to his baseball salary. Packer officials, although a little taken aback by the suddeness of the affair, said that perhaps it is fortunate Aberson is getting his chance now, for if he doesn't make the major league grade, he can return to the Packer fold before preseason practice is far advanced. Aberson was purchased by the Cubs from Los Angeles. The Angels had optioned the rookie outfielder first to Tulsa of the Texas league and then to Des Moines where in 60 games Aberson batted .300 and hit 20 home runs. He is expected to play in one of Thursday's two games with the New York Giants.
PACKER OFFICIALS TO MEET JULY 25
JUL 17 (Green Bay) - The annual stockholders' meeting of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., will be held in the assembly room of the county courthouse at 8 o'clock Friday night, July 25, President L.H. Joannes announced today. Purpose of the meeting, he said, will be to select a board of directors for the ensuing year. The stockholders will also hear a report from Treasurer Frank J. Jonet.
LAMBEAU INSPECTS ROCKWOOD
JUL 19 (Green Bay) - CHANGES MADE: Not long after he blew in from California, Head Packer Coach Curly Lambeau looked over the new and improved setup at Packer training headquarters at Rockwood Lodge on the Sturgeon Bay road, pronouncing himself in complete approval of the changes made in his absence by George Strickler, assistant general manager. One of the new things he noted was the new bed arrangements. The cots and double deck bunks which were used in 1946, first year under the Rockwood roof, have been eliminated and replaced by standard single and double beds. The doubles, narturally, are for such sizable gentlemen was Tiny Croft, Baby Ray and Ed Neal, all 250-pound plus fellow. The food contracts have been again let to Mal Flagstad, who was chef in charge of the Bays' training table in '46. The big Bay mentor was also happy to see the way the 1947 season ticket sale, which ends Sept. 15, has been going. Indications are that those who rely heavily on being able to secure individual game tickets for the three City stadium contests may be disappointed if the present buying pace continues.