course, knows Orlich well and is particularly high on him. Heath alternated his passes between Orlich and Scott Beasley in establishing his records. Clyde Goodnight, veteran Packer left end, scouted Heath and Orlich the week after he was injured in the Bear game last fall and reported that Dan has the makings of a great end. Goodnight said Orlich is well coordinated for his size and is particularly rugged on defense. His toughness on defense is indicated by the fact that he blocked several punts last season – not an easy job for an end. Orlich reminded many observers of Ken Kavanaugh, lanky Bear end. The Nevada ace, however, carries twenty-five pounds of muscle more than Ken and goes an inch taller. Orlich, 24, makes his home in Chisholm, Minn., and both his parents were born in Yugoslavia. He entered Northwestern in 1942 and didn’t get much notice because of his age, 16. As a Second Lieutenant in the Marines, Orlich attended Penn State and played a season of football. After the war he enrolled at Nevada and won four letters in football, three in basketball and one in track…LEADING BASKETBALL PLAYER: Orlich is one of the leading basketball players in the west. His free throw percentage ranks fifth in the nation. One of Nevada’s prized cage victories was a 56-55 decision over Stewart-Chevrolet of San Francisco – the only club to beat the powerful Phillips Oilers. Orlich got 22 points against the SF quintet. The Packers now have signed two of the four ends picked in the last draft – Orlich and Kelley. Bob Folsom of Southern Methodist has been advised to play another college season, while the fourth, Rebel Steiner of Alabama, still is on the want list.
BEARS, RAMS, GIANTS TO PLAY PACKERS IN GREEN BAY IN '49
MAR 15 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants will battle the Green Bay Packers in NFL contests at City stadium next fall. The Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers wil provide the Packers' league opposition in Milwaukee. There were the welcome announcements today from Packer Coach Curly Lambeau, who added that "no dates can be revealed at this time - orders from Commissioner Bert Bell." Official announcement of the Packers' home opponents completely exploded publication of a story in a Chicago newspaper Monday morning that the Bear-Packer game will be moved to Milwaukee. Lambeau issued the first "kill" Monday afternoon with this statement: "The Packer-Bear game will remain in Green Bay." Today's news put teeth in his quote. The dates of the Packers' home contests seem only incidentaly today. The announcement automatically assures Green Bay of an even split in the six league battles...BELL TO SET DATES: Lambeau said Bell will set the exact dates of the games in the near future. The league commissioner, as in the past, sets the dates and opponents for NFL clubs while the teams pick their own sites. The City stadium card looks attractive. Besides the magnetic power of the Bears, who will be playing the Packers for the 62nd time since 1921, the stadium program will highlight such gents as Bob Waterfield, the Rams' all-time quarterback, and Chuckin' Chuck Conerly, New York's great passer and future Sammy Baugh. All three opponents present a formidable problem for the Packers. The Bears, 45-7 victors over the Packers here last fall, need no explanation. The Rams, beaten 16-0 by Green Bay here last fall, walloped our boys, 24-10, at Los Angeles later. The Giants, who cuffed the Packers, 49-3, in Milwaukee last fall, were rated late last season as the team to beat in the Eastern division in 1949. New York will be making its third successive trip to Green Bay territory - second for league action. The Giants played at City stadium in a non-looper in 1947 and last fall cavorted at Milwaukee. The other Eastern division foe, Pittsburgh, didn't make the Green Bay trip last fall, but the Packers had the displeasure of visiting Steelertown (38-7). The Steelers last played in these parts in 1947. They handed the Packers a bitter pill, 18-17, virtually knocking the Bays out championship consideration...NON-LEAGUE GAMES SET: The Cardinals will be making their second straight stab in Milwaukee. Playing as defending champions last fall, the Cards downed the Packers, 17-7, before a 34,000-plus crowd. The Detroit Lions' appearance in Milwaukee will mark Bo McMillin's debut there. He lost in Green Bay last fall, 33-21. The six homes games are half of the Packers' 1949 league card since Commissioner Bell had promised Green Bay 12 contests during the league meetings in Chicago last January. Three or four non-league tussles probably will be played. Lambeau revealed today that one definitely will involve the Packers and Washington Redskins in Milwaukee. Tenative plans are being made for a game with Philadelphia in Minneapolis. The champion Eagles will train in northern Minnesota.
STIDHAM ONLY FOURTH FULL-TIME LINE COACH IN PACKER HISTORY
MAR 22 (Green Bay) - Professional football has undergone many changes - the rules, player and even coaches. Let's discuss the coaches - they who feel the full weight of Clancy's boom after each defeat. The Packers, besides being the No. 1 sports novelty in our country, are unusual in that one man, Curly Lambeau, has coached the club from the word go. Lambeau's tenure is a well known fact, so let's get into another phase of the master-minding field - line coaching. When Tom Stidham, the former Marquette chief, was announced as Packer line coach for 1949 the other day, he became only the fourth full-time forward wall mentor in the 30-year history of the Bays. Stidham succeeded big Walt Kiesling, who came here in 1945 after George Trafton worked in 1944. Trafton took over after Red Smith departed. Smith, actually, was the first full-timers, the present Chicago Cub and New York football Giant representative starting in 1936. Before Red, Cal Hubbard, Mike Michalske and Jug Earpe assisted for short spells. Until 1936, Lambeau handled the coaching virtually alone although he designated a player or two to conduct various phases of practice when he was occupied elsewhere on the field. Modern professional football now has grown into an intricate piece of competitive machinery, with gears especially oiled for offense. The gigantic search for championships, big gates, etc., has made each position a spot for a specialist. Thus, pro teams have put in new instructional techniques, requiring more assistants. One team in the All-America conference, for instance, has a coach for each position. The Chicago Bears carry six mentors - George Halas, Luke Johnsos, Hunk Anderson, Paddy Driscoll, Gene Ronzani and George Wilson. At the moment, the Packers have four - Lambeau, Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Assistant Coach Charley Brock. The exact status of Hutson, end coach and defensive assisant since he retired as a player, is not known but Lambeau has often said: "Don can have a job with the Packers as long as he wishes." The Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals, 1948 finalists, each carried four mentors although Charley Ewart, Greasy Neale's backfield assistant in Philly, was in the front office most of the time. Though the game has progressed to a point where points are cheap, we're wondering - on the basis of the success of the Cards and Eagles - just how many coaches are necessary. There are a number of different examples in the NFL. The Bears have discovered considerable success with a raft of mentors, while the Packers, who rank second only to the Bears in championships, never have been coach-happy. Take your pick!
OPERATE ON ARM OF JACK JACOBS
MAR 22 (Santa Monica, CA) - Indian Jack Jacobs, whose pitching arm wouldn't work right for the Green Bay Packers last season, had that arm operated on yesterday. Bone chips were removed in the elbow. Coach Curly Lambeau, also spending the winter here, expressed hope that the operation would restore the arm's efficiency. Jacobs had his appendix removed right after the end of the grid season last December.
HUTSON IN SUIT AGAINST HOTEL
MAR 23 (Marquette, MI) - Don Hutson, Alabama All-American who went on to become the greatest offensive end in NFL history, claims an accident stopped him. Hutson, the Green Bay Packers' mainstay for years, filed a $100,000 suit against the owners and operators of the Northland hotel, contending that he cut his hand while bathing at the hotel in February 1946. Filed in Marquette county court, the declaration states that the injury, allegedly suffered when the handle of the shower fixture broke, "made it necessary for him to give up his career as a professional football players." The suit also claimed it was "impossible for him to perform his duty" for the Don Hutson Packer Playdium. The corporation, of which he is president, operates a Green Bay bowling establishment. The action declared Hutson had been unable to use his hand for several months and had incurred medical and hospital expenses for treatment of the injury. The declaration said Hutson was "an outstanding professional football player, earning a salary of $18,000 a year as a player with the Packers" and that, because of the injury "was no longer able to catch passes or handle the football as effectively and efficiently as he did in the past." The suit is filed agains the Kawbawgam Hotel company, owners of the Northland, and Mrs. Beatrice C. Deglman, hotel operator.
CHARLEY BROCK EXPLAINS JOB WITH PACKERS
MAR 24 (Green Bay) - Charley Brock, the thief who is allowed to walk at large on the streets of Green Bay, made his first public appearance since becoming a Packer coach at a meeting of the Optimist club Wednesday noon. The former Packer center, who made a habit of stealing the ball from opposing carriers during his nine playing years, explained, among other things, his exact capacity with the Green Bay organization. Brock said that he was hired as an "assistant coach and scout on a full-time basis", thus correcting an impression that Brock was line coach. The entire staff is composed of Head Coach Curly Lambeau; Line Coach Tom Stidham; Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Brock. Don Hutson is expected to return next fall on a part-time basis as he worked in 1948. The assistant coaching staff represents a big change from last fall when Walt Kiesling served as line coach and Bo Molenda worked as a backfield coach. Brock said he expects to go on the road in the near future on a six-weeks' scouting assignment. He will do no long-time scouting during the playing season...NEW PACKER TEAM: Charley, who served as line coach at Omaha university in his first away-from-Green Bay season since 1939, commented briefly on the Packers' 1948 season - the worst in the history of the team. "I saw only the 7-6 game with the Bears and naturally I was unable to understand how the Packers lost so many of their other games," he pointed out. The Packer aide spoke highly of the new material signed thus far and expressed the opinion that "the new boys will go a long way in giving Green Bay a new Packer team next fall." Brock, a taxpayer here for nearly five years, returned his family from Omaha last week. And, he added, "we're all very happy to be back. We've made many friends and the people of Green Bay have been good to us."...LUNCHEON BITS: Brock won't be a newcomer to Stidham. Charley, as an All-American center at Nebraska, played against Tom's Oklahoma team in the mid-1920's. Unofficially, the new Packer aides will be introduced to the fans of Green Bay during the first week in April. Lambeau is also due in from the west coast about that time. Snyder will be making his first official appearance as a coach here. When he coached the Los Angeles Rams, the game was played in Milwaukee. Clark Shaughnessy handled LA when illness quieted Snyder shortly after the start of the 1948 season...Optimists wondered if Baby Ray would return for his 11th season next fall. Charley couldn't answer that one...Brock's Omaha team, head coached by former Detroit Lion Lloyd Cardwell, had a 5-4 record last fall. It's interesting to note that Omaha is one of a few really-pure football teams in the nation. No "favors" of any kind are granted Omaha athletes and considerable ado is made of this fact in all of Omaha's sports publicity and game programs. At any rate, it was a strange spot for a couple of former pros to work.
BO MOLENDA ADDED TO HORNETS' STAFF
MAR 24 (Chicago) - Ray Flaherty, coach of the Chicago Hornets of the All-America Football Conference Thursday completed his coaching staff by signing Bo Molenda as backfield coach. A veteran of professional football since the days of Red Grange's New York Yankees in 1927, Molenda has seen action both as a player and assistant coach for the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. During the war, he coached the powerful San Diego Naval Training Station team. In intercollegiate football, Molenda was an outstanding fullback at the University of Michigan.
BACKGROUND ON DON HUTSON'S SUIT OFFERS NEW SLANT ON CASE
MAR 25 (Green Bay) - The background of the $100,000 suit filed by Don Hutson against the owners and operators of the Northland hotel in Marquette, Mich., offers a new slant on the case. Frank P. Cornelisen, attorney for the all-time Packer pass receiver, has presented three points which alter impressions that resulted when the suit was made public Wednesday. The first concerns the date of the accident. The declaration filed in the Marquette county circuit court contains this sentence: "Plaintiff further says that on or about Feb, 20, 1946, he became a paying guest of the said Northland hotel and was given a room therein." First publicity on the case said "February of 1947". The erroneous use of the year 1947 left Hutson open to undue criticism in view of the facts that he played his last season in 1945 and that his suit claims the injury forced him to give up his career as a professional football player. In other words, Cornelisen said, Hutson - had he escaped injury - could have played in 1946 and possibly longer. Cornelisen's point No. 2 was the suit was opened only after lengthy negotiations (since the spring of 1946) with the hotel's insurance company had failed. Michigan has a three-year Statute of Limitation which mans that the claim for damages would have been outlawed if the case was not started before Feb. 20 of 1949. The papers actually were filed on or about Feb. 15, 1949, and are dated Feb. 19, 1949. Point No. 3 is that Hutson was unaware of the amount of money asked in the suit. This amount was set by Attorney George C. Quinnell of Marquette, acting with Cornelisen, who filed the declaration in the Michigan county. Actually, Hutson did not know of the amount until he read the first newspaper accounts. Briefly, here are some of the main points quoted from the declaration: "In turning the handle of the faucet, in his hotel room, the porcelain broke, permitting parts of the porcelain and steel underneath to enter his hand. In removing his hand from the broken parts, the back of his hand struck the wall, causing further injury to his hand. Hutson was unable to use his right hand for a period of several months, and, as a result of the injury, he has sustained a teno synovitis (inflammation) of the middle finger, which injury is permanent. Hutson, at the time, was an outstanding offensive star in professional football, earning a salary of $18,000 a year. As a result of said accident, he was no longer able to catch passes or handle the football as effectively and efficiently as he did in the past, which made it necessary to give up his career as a professional football player. At said time, Hutson also was president of the Don Hutson Packer Playdium, a Wisconsin corporation which operates 20 bowling alleys. As president of said corporation, it was the duty of the plaintiff to promote interest in bowling, which required him to participate in tournaments, match games and exhibitions. This accident made it impossible for the plaintiff to perform his duty in this respect for over a year. The injury, being permanent, has seriously affected the plaintiff's ability to perform his duty for Don Hutson Packer Playdium."
LAMBEAU, STAFF TO ATTEND PACKER ALUMNI MEET
MAR 29 (Green Bay) - The first Packer, Curly Lambeau, will be present when the newly-organized Green Bay Packer Alumni club holds its third meeting at the Silver Rail Monday night. Lambeau announced his plans today in a wire from the west coast to Fee Klaus, president of the club. The Packer coach said he will be accompanied by the new Bay coaching staff - Line Coach Tom Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Charley Brock, assistant coach and scout. This will be the new coaches' first appearance in Green Bay as a group. Brock played here for nine years and spent the 1948 season as line coach at Omaha university. Snyder played here several times as a member of the Chicago Bears, but, in 1947 as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, the two team played in Milwaukee. Stidham has visited here several times. Also expected to attend is Don Hutson, the immortal pass receiver, whose status for 1949 has not been announced yet. Hutson served as end and defensive coach in 1946-47-48. He played his last season in 1945. Other business at the meeting will be presentation of a set of bylaws which have been drawn up by Verne Lewellen, Wuert Englemann and Mike Bucchianeri. Former Packers will discuss the bylaws and then pass or reject them. The club, which will meet the first Monday of every month, elected officers at the March meeting. Besides Klaus, who played center from 1920 to 1924, Carl Zoll, a guard from 1919 to 1922, was named vice-president and Dave Zuidmulder, halfback in 1929 and 1930, was named secretary-treasurer. A board of directors will be selected later...Word from California today was that the operation on quarterback Jack Jacobs' arm was a complete success. It wasn't necessary to put the customary cast on his arm. Physicians said Jacobs had a growth between two bones in his high elbow which caused the bones to come together, thereby exerting pressure on the nerve and resulting in pain every time he threw a pass last season. Jacobs has taken employment at the Hollywood Palladium - one of the largest bowling establishments in the country.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CONTROLS BIG GUNS IN DUEL WITH ALL-AMERICA
MAR 29 (Green Bay) - Little or nothing has been said recently on the cold war between the NFL and the All-America conference. At least, nothing serious since the opposing factions (1) got out of their respective fox holes in Chicago last January (2) touched bayonets in a friendly, but secretive, manner and (3) charged back to the safety of their dollar-lined holes. The nation's scribes and fans, who seem to be the only public judges in the progress of this bloodless battle, have little method of determining which side has the most casualties - sometimes a barometer in deciding battles. But, since the whole thing hinges on the signing of players who, it appears, are requisites in the actual carrying out of game, let's look over the player-signing phase of the two belligerents. There seems to be no question that the staunch National league is unleashing both barrels in the P-S branch of operations and, consequently, has the situation well in hand. The National league is out to control the big guns - the top college stars, figuring that the noise therefrom will (1) attract the most customers (2) force the AAC into further and complete belief that the NFL is only interested in Cleveland and San Francisco, and, in general, (3) make the AAC Shaughnesy experts holler Uncle Bert. Our own Green Bay Packers already signified their intentions of backing the NFL's big gun plan by nosing out the New York Yankees in a chase for the signature of Stan Heath, the No. 1 "name" star in college football last year by virtue of his ability to establish collegiate passing records. What's more, the Packers landed one of the leading collegiate linemen - Paul (Buddy) Burris, Oklahoma guard who landed on just about everybody's All-America teams. It's a certainty that Heath and Burris were tempted with AAC dollars, but the junior loop offers little security. The story seems to have circulated among the colleges that, for instance, a signature on a Cleveland Brown contract doesn't necessarily mean that the athlete will play with the Browns. He may be farmed out to the Chicago Hornets or Buffalo Bills as the conference's matchmakers so desire. Other NFL clubs have joined the Packers in cornering the big-game talent. Philadelphia bagged Chuck Bednarik and Clyde Scott; the Cardinals signed Bill Fischer, Notre Dame great guard ranked on a par with Burris; the New York Bulldogs added Johnny Rauch, Georgia passing quarterback; the Los Angeles Rams are on the verge of signing Norm Van Brocklin, Oregon's passing whiz - to name a few. The NFL cornered the field in 1948, too, the juiciest bits being Johnny Lujack and Bobby Layne, now with the Bears. Others include Chuck Conerly, Giants; Tony Minisi, Giants; Bill Swiacki, Giants; Ray Evans, Pittsburgh; and Harry Gilmer, Washington. Two stars grabbed by the AAC in 1948 didn't create any sort of sensation - Bob Chappius of Michigan and Ziggy Czarobski of Notre Dame. Of the 1948 NFL heroes named, Lujack, Layne, Conerly, Swiacki and Evans definitely had "it". Gilmer has yet to prove himself because of preseason injuries which put him in the spectator class for the league season. With this player advantage, it seems that the National league holds the upper hand in the first round of skirmishing following the recent peace talks.
LAMBEAU BACK; PLANS MEETING OF COACHES FOR MONDAY
APR 2 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau was back at his desk in the Northern building today to begin preparations for the 1949 NFL season after returning from his winter home in California Friday night. The veteran Packer coach, who is beginning his 31st year as Green Bay mentor, was accompanied here by George A. Strickler, the club's publicity director. Lambeau announced that work for the '49 season will be launched with an all-day meeting with Packer assistant coaches, Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham, Charley Brock and Don Hutson at the Hotel Northland Monday.
NORTH-SOUTH PREP GAME MAY GO TO GREEN BAY
APR 3 (Green Bay) - City stadium, home of the Green Bay Packers, became a likely site Monday for the Wisconsin north-south interscholastic all-star game. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers said that unless there was some hitch in the Packers' preseason plans, the stadium would be made available for the high school classic, which heretofore has been played at Madison. "We have no objection to the High School Coaches' association using the stadium provided the game does not conflict with Packer activities," Lambeau said. "At present there is no indication of a conflict, although our preseason schedule still is in a tentative stage." Lambeau said that he expected to be in a position to give high school officials a definite word within the next 10 days. No date has been set for the north-south game, pending settlement of the Packers' exhibition schedule.