Washington Redskins (4-6-1) 30, Green Bay Packers (2-9) 0
Sunday December 4th 1949 (at Washington)
(WASHINGTON) - The Green Bay Packers faces this sorry situation today: No matter what they do against the Lions in Detroit Sunday, the Packers still will wind up in last place in the NFL’s Western division. This came to pass yesterday because Green Bay had the misfortune to run into the Washington Redskins on a day when the Redskins could do nothing wrong. Result: The Redskins won pretty much as they pleased 30-0. At the same time, Detroit was beating the New York Bulldogs so that leaves the standings like this: Detroit won 3, lost 8; Green Bay won 2, lost 9. A Detroit victory or a tie would leave Green Bay in undisputed possession of last place. A Green Bay victory would leave the two tied for that dubious honor. Green Bay won their last meeting, 16-14. Yesterday’s game here was hard to figure out. The Redskins have been in for some sorry times themselves. Up to yesterday, they had won but three games.
But you’d never guess it from the way they played. Only twice in the first three minutes and in the last three minutes did Green Bay make menacing gestures. The other 54 minutes belonged to an aroused Redskin team that ourcharged, outkicked and outplayed and outscored the Packers. The best indication of what happened here can be seen from this: Tony Canadeo, Green Bay’s great halfback, was bottled up completely. He carried the ball 15 times, picked up only 29 yards, with his longest gain being but five yards. Believe it or not, Washington’s old Sam Baugh had a better record as a ball carrier. Sam carried the ball three times, gained 22 yards, including a touchdown. The odds against Baugh outshining Canadeo as a ball carrier must be 1,000 to 1, but it was a day when Washington was cashing in on all the long odds. An example: Green Bay, on that opening drive, went 56 yards to the Redskin four, and couldn’t score.
Earl Girard was the hero of this march. Girard got off a brilliant 34-yard run. He was in the clear and touchdown bound, but was brought down from behind by Redskin rookie Robert Goode. This took the ball to the 23. Canadeo got five. (Not one of the 23,200 fans suspected that would be Tony’s longest gain of the day.) Girard then pitched to Ted Cook for a first down on the 13. Here came the play that really hurt. The Packers were holding and so were set back to the 28. After two passes were incomplete, Girard passed to Steve Pritko for 24 yards. This left Green Bay with only a yard to go for a first and goal on the three but instead of gaining Canadeo lost a yard and there the Redskins got the ball on downs. Not until just before the game ended did the Packers come that close again. A 40 yard pass, Girard to Ralph Earhart, gave the Packers the ball on the four. The Green Bayers had time for only one pass – incomplete – before the final gun. Oddly, the Packers lost two decisions to the final gun. Approximately a second and a half before the halftime gun, Dick Poillon of the Redskins kicked a 21 yard field goal. Coach Curly Lambeau rushed out on the field to protest that the kick was made after not before time ran out.
But all he got for his argument was a 15-yard penalty at the start of the next half. Unsportsmanlike conduct, the referee said. Poillon kicked three field goals yesterday, the others coming from the 29 and 30-yard lines. But Packer center Ed Neal blocked Poillon’s try for a fourth field goal, which would have tied a National league record. The league mark, four, was set by Paddy Driscoll of the Chicago Cardinals in 1925. In addition to scoring a touchdown on his running, Baugh returned to his main work, passing, to set up the other two Redskins touchdowns. They were plunged over by Ed Quirk and John Hollar. The statistics tell a big part of the story. The Redskins led in yards gained, 319 to 227, in punting average, 44 yards to 34, in return of punts, 109 yards to 38, and in passes intercepted, 4 to 0. Only in the return of kickoffs, where they had more chances, did the Packers lead by 84 yards to 15. The rest of the story is in the Redskin defense, normally not to strong and occasionally listless. The defenders were up yesterday, and they rushed Girard unmercifully. Said Coach Herman Ball of the Redskins: “They played their best game of the season.” It was the Redskins’ first shutout since 1945.
GREEN BAY  -   0   0   0   0  -   0
WASHINGTON -   0  13  17   0  -  30
2nd - WASH - Ed Quirk, 1-yard run (Dick Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 7-0
2nd - WASH - Poillon, 29-yard field goal WASHINGTON 10-0
2nd - WASH - Poillon, 21-yard field goal WASHINGTON 13-0
3rd - WASH - Sammy Baugh, 8-yard run (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 20-0
3rd - WASH - John Hollar, 1-yard run (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 27-0
3rd - WASH - Poillon, 30-yard field goal WASHINGTON 30-0
end. In this respect, it was a triumph for the AAC. Never before had a loop made any inroads on the NFL. The NFL pulled out of Cleveland and settled in Los Angeles when the going got rough in 1946. The Bulldogs moved into New York from Boston this fall. These had been the only changes in the NFL from the start of the two-league competition. The AAC retreated from Miami and Brooklyn (which went across the river to combine with the Yankees). The AAC was pushing for peace as far back as 1945, before the loop had played a game. Elmer Layden, then NFL commissioner, told the AAC to "go get a football, the come back and talk to me." From then until last year, the National league refused to even recognize the AAC...RIVALRY ROLLED ALONG: Then last winter, representatives of the two leagues got together for three days in Philadelphia to attempt to iron out their differences. No settlement was forthcoming and the bitter rivalry rolled along until the final merger. Horace Stoneham, president of the New York (baseball) Giants, is the man who finally got the two circuits together, according to Bell and J. Arthur Friedland, who represented the AAC. Stoneham, owner of the Polo Grounds where both the NFL Giants and Bulldogs lost money this season, conferred with Bell and Friedland in New York last Friday. Then they went to Philadelphia, where they talked for almost two days before reaching a final settlement.
DEC 10 (Detroit) - Green Bay's Packers will attempt to force Detroit's Lions into sharing the Western division cellar when these two clubs ring down the NFL season here Sunday afternoon in Briggs Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 o'clock, Green Bay time. Long a pride in professional football, the Packers must win Sunday or stand alone in last place occupancy. Detroit currently is in fourth place, one game ahead of the cellar-dwelling Packers. The Lions have a 3-8 won-lost record as compared to Green Bay's 2-9. Green Bay victory would force the teams into a last-place tie. Not once since Detroit entered the league in 1934 has Green Bay occupied the cellar spot. Six times Green Bay held the diadem as professional football's "World Champions". On the other hand, Detroit fights to escape the cellar position for the first time in four years. While Green Bay holds a distinct advantage in the victory column against Detroit, the two teams traditionally produced games characterized by rough play. This pattern held in the Packers' 16 to 14 triumph last October 30 which gave them a 26-6 won-lost advantage in the series. Green Bay's recent victory margin over Detroit was fashioned on a 46-yard field goal by fullback Ted Fritsch. Packer touchdowns were scored by halfback Tony Canadeo on a 10-yard sweep and by Ted Cook, on a 21-yard pass play from Jug Girard. Halfbacks Bill Dudley and Wally Triplett scored Detroit's two touchdowns, the latter on an 80-yard run. Canadeo, the second best ground gainer in the league, again will team with Bob Forte at the halfback positions with Girard at quarter and Fritsch at full. Canadeo needs 18 yards to become the first Packer to gain over 1,000 yards in a single season. 
DEC 10 (New York) - The prices of passing T quarterbacks and sure fingered ends has taken a sharp dip in the professional football market. Fat bonus clauses and $100,000 long term contracts were the chief casualty of the surprise merger of the two big pro circuits - the NFL and the All-America conference. While the two leagues were engaged in their multi-million dollar "red ink" war, glittering college athletes were able to name their own price - and often get it. The NFL's Chicago Cardinals and AAC's New York Yankees wrangled a few years ago over Georgia's Charlie Trippi, with the Cards getting him for a reported $100,000 for four years. The NFL's Chicago Bears nailed Johnny Lujack of Notre Dame for $18,000 a year and the New York Giants of the same circuit landed Charlie Conerly of Mississippi after the Mississippian turned down, according to Branch Rickey, a $100,000 offer from the Brooklyn football Dodgers of the AAC. This is the type of high finance that gifted young men enjoyed in the four years of the pro feuding and that they may never enjoy again. Leon Hart, giant Notre Dame end who was rated the outstanding college player of the past season, indicated this week that he would demand plenty of the folding stuff - "say, $25,000 as a starter" - to line up with the mercenaries. Under the new setup, he may be lucky to get $10,000. The NFL's Detroit Lions and AAC's Colts picked the Irish all-American in their respective drafts, which now have been cancelled by the molding of the two leagues into one happy family of 13. Hart's name - along with that of other drafted collegians and surplus pro talent - will go into one big pool from which members will pluck again in January. The pro holdovers include played from the three AAC teams liquidated in the merger - Los Angeles, Chicago and Buffalo. Such standouts as Buffalo's Chet Mutryn and Ollie Cline and the Los Angeles Dons' Glenn Dobbs and George Taliaferro will go into the pot. There will be no more competitive bidding. Teams will get their players by assignment and sign them, if possible. The absence of bonuses may discourage many college stars from turning pro. Hart himself said he would go into other work unless the pro bid was "mighty attractive." Salaries now range from about $5,000 to $18,000 a year, with very few in the high bracket. Because the market is now flooded with talent and there is no competition, the higher paid performers may expect a cut after current contracts expire. Some may get it now regardless, since several pro contracts carry provisions for a salary reduction in the event of football peace.
DEC 10 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the new professional football league, is a ruddy faced former football player and coach who talks loud, but works quietly and efficiently. Since his days at Haverford school, Bell has done little but eat, sleep and work football. It has been his life for most 40 years. Now at 55, he has agreed to a 10 year contract at an undisclosed salary - possibly more than $50,000 annually - to run the National-American football league. The NAFL was formed in the merger of the NFL and the All-America conference. It was a great thrill to the graying commissoner. All during the life of the AAC he refused to recognize its existence. To all reports of peace moves to end the costly pro football war, Bell simply had "no comment". That was his standard answer. In fact "no comment" became so much a part of Bell's conversation with reporters that many suggested he make a phonograph record of the two words to save his voice. But, though Bell ignored "the other league's existence", close friends knew that he looked forward to the day of peace in pro grid ranks. He refused to take a single step backward, however, in upholding the NFL as "the professional league". On and off the record, Bell expounded long and loud on the merits of his league. At the mere suggestion, he would quote attendance and financial figures on clubs in both leagues, most of it off the record. He loved nothing better than to tell about his lean days as owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and later the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was quarterback at the University of Pennsylvania after starring in football, basketball and baseball at Haverford. Bert did not have the physical attributes for a star football player, but he made up for it by a great competitive spirit and leadership ability. As quarterback at Penn in 1916-17 and 1919, Bell helped develop the hidden ball attack. After serving with the 20th general field hospital in World War I, he returned to Penn to captain the 1919 team. Following graduation Bell joined the Pennsylvania coaching staff, then headed by the late John Heisman. He served as backfield coach under Heisman and Lou Young until 1928. In 1930 and 1931 he was backfield coach at Temple university. The Frankford Yellowjackets franchise in the NFL became Bell's in 1933. The name of the team was changed to the Eagles. He retained control of the Eagles until 1940, when he sold his interest, but remained in the league as co-owner of the Pittsburgh club with Art Rooney. In 1946 he was named NFL commissioner and the following year was given a five year contract. The latter was torn up last year and he inked a 10 year pact.
are ardent Packer fans, have asked me the same questions. They were not members of the Quarterback club and didn't hear the answers given by Lambeau.” To clarify the answers given by Lambeau for the public in general, Fischer gave the following answers to the two questions presented at the QB meeting: “The Green Bay franchise in the NFL is owned by Green Bay Packers, Inc. This means that everyone of approximately one hundred (100) stockholders owns a proportionate share in the franchise. The Press-Gazette has previously answered this question and had published a facsimile of the franchise in one of their issues (145) showing ownership in the name of Green Bay Packers, Inc. I might add that the Corporation is a non-profit organization and no single stockholder has ownership of enough shares to control the corporation or to permit the sale of the franchise. Answering the second question, Lambeau owns one share of stock. The largest single stockholder owns forty (40) shares of stock. The balance of stock is widely distributed between one hundred and one (101) stockholders. Green Bay will always have a franchise in the NFL until a majority of the stockholders vote to sell. Do you think this can ever happen?”
Green Bay for treatment for an injured knee. The big wonder buzzing Green Bay is how the pass-poor Packers, second lowest in throwing in the league (the Steelers are 10th), can afford to pass out – for the asking – one-third of their passing attack. Cook, incidentally, is leading the Packers despite the fact that he missed three games on offense because of a hand injury. In eight games, Cook made 25 catches for 442 yards, while the Packers, as a team, gained 1,211 yards on passing in 11 games. The next-closest is Bill Kelley, with 204 yards on 14 snatches. The Cook release grows more intriguing when you consider that the lanky end represents a sizeable portion of the Packers’ pass defense, which, incidentally, ranks fifth in the league. Cook tops the Packers in interceptions with five. Remember back around September 25, when the Packers were playing the Bears? The Packer defensive backfield consisted of Jack Jacobs, Irv Comp and Mr. Cook. Remember when Jacobs and Comp were hurt? The story then was that Cook had two inexperienced helpers – Stan Heath and Jug Girard – for assistance which permitted such as the Giants and Steelers to look like killers in the air. The Packers were desperate themselves for passing and pass defense, and Mr. Cook had to be employed both on offense and defense. Ted has averaged approximately 50 minutes a game – a heap lot when you consider the goal line to goal line chases the modern pro gridders engage in every Sunday. The Packers won two games (thus far) this season. Who do you suppose was the pass receiving threat in each? Answer: Mr. Cook. Out in New York early in October, the Packers defeated the Bulldogs, 19-0. The Bays gained 154 yards on nine completions and Cook caught three of them for 82 yards – well over half. When Detroit was defeated, 16-14, in Milwaukee, the Packers completed only five passes for 57 yards and Mr. Cook caught four of ‘em for 52 yards – one for a touchdown. When Cook first joined Detroit in 1947 after catching 24 of Gilmer’s throws for 377 yards in his senior year at Alabama, the end was used mostly on defense – rarely on offense. In his first season with Green Bay, Cook, playing under Clyde Goodnight, spent 90 percent of the time on defense, intercepting six passes and returning ‘em for 81 yards. Cook was a bit disappointed, if we recall correctly, because he liked to catch passes. When Goodnight was dispatched after the Bear game, Cook saw his chance and he worked hard at it. Time after time, Cook would ask Assistant Coach Charley Brock to work with him after practice. One day after practice this fall on the East High drill field, Cook spent a good half hour – at his own request – catching throws from Girard and Heath while Brock, probably one of the best pass defensive centers in his day, tried to stop Ted. Monday morning, it was Brock’s duty to inform Cook that he had been placed on waivers. Cook came to the Packers officially on July 24, 1948 (that’s when the announcement was made) with center Frank Szymanski in a trade for two Packer draft choices – end Bob Rennebohm of Wisconsin and guard Howard Brown of Indiana. In our account of the trade, Packer Coach Curly Lambeau was quoted as follows: “It’s the kind of deal I like to make. Brown and Rennebohm are fine ball players and will be an asset to Detroit. We were in need of a man of Szymanski’s ability at center and I think Cook can become one of the most talked about pass receivers in history."
Lions will have to say it with dollars. Hart, the most widely acclaimed lineman to come out of college ranks since Larry Kelley of Yale 13 years ago, indicated yesterday he might be hard to persuade unless the bid is a fat one. “I’m waiting for the right offer,” the 21-year old All-American end from Turtle Creek, Pa., said. “I will not play unless I get what I want.” The six-foot-four, 260-pound flankman, who is fast enough to play fullback, was asked what sort of figure would interest him. “You might say $25,000 a year as a starter,” he replied. Then he winked, leaving you to decide whether he was serious. Bo McMillin, coach of the NFL Lions, was in town, too, last night to speak at the Heisman Memorial Award dinner honoring Hart as the outstanding football player of the year. McMillin has been talking with Walker, last year’s Heisman winner, as well as Hart, but acknowledges he has made little progress with either athlete. “I hope to have them both in our backfield last year,” the silverhaired coach drawled. “I’d play Hart at fullback and Walker would make a fine addition to our team.” Hart was awarded the Heisman trophy in elaborate ceremonies at the Downtown Athletic club. This is just one of the honors heaped on him this year. He later will get awards from the Maxwell club in Philadelphia and the Touchdown club in Washington.
DEC 8 (Hershey, PA) - The Green Bay Packers continued hard drills today in preparation for the 1949 final NFL game with the Detroit Lions there Sunday afternoon. They were encouraged in their workouts by good reports of two casualties. Fullback Ted Fritsch, who suffered an attack of intestinal flu, snapped back and was listed to play Sunday. X-rays of tackle Lew Ferry, injured in last Sunday’s game with the Washington Redskins, failed to show any fractured ribs as had been feared. “The boys are really going to go out to win this ball game,” commented Assistant Coach Charlie Brock, “and I believe they will.” A morning meeting of the 27 players on defensive plays was followed this afternoon by a long workout practicing those plays. The team yesterday afternoon held a practice session running offensive signals. The weather was clear and crisp for the workouts. Coach Curly Lambeau arrived here from a southern scouting trip and took over the Packers’ training for Sunday’s Detroit game at the Michigan city. Lambeau, after the Washington game, went to North Carolina to take a look at several promising collegiate players. All members of the team attended last night’s American Hockey league game and saw Indianapolis defeat Hershey, 4-1. Some of them never saw a hockey game before, Brock said, and they got a big thrill out of it. The Packers will be getting their first good look at Frank Tripucka, the former Notre Dame quarterback obtained by Detroit from the Philadelphia Eagles several weeks ago. Tripucka played briefly in the Eagles’ non-league game with the Packers in Green Bay last August and for a few minutes with Detroit in losing to Green Bay, 16 to 14, in Milwaukee Oct. 30. In his last four games, Tripucka has pitched eight touchdown passes, including three against the Cardinals and three against the Giants. Among the receivers, the Packers’ big headaches will be Bob Mann, the colored ace from Michigan, and veteran Johnny Greene. Mann ranks second in the league behind Tom Fears of Los Angeles while Greene is seventh. Fears caught 67 passes for 854 yards and Mann snatched 57 for 832. If statistics mean anything, Sunday’s game will be a battle between the Packers’ ground game and the Lions’ passing. Green Bay ranks fourth in the league in rushing with 1,952 yards, while Detroit is ninth with 1,289. However, in passing, the Detroits have gained 1,990 yards against Green Bay’s 1,211. The Detroits will be out to stop the Packers’ Tony Canadeo, who has gained 982 yards in 191 attempts for an average of 5.1. Tony needs only 18 yards to become the first Packer ever to better 1,000 yards in a single season.
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - Eight years ago yesterday, most Green Bay sports fans listened to radio accounts of the Bear-Cardinal football game from Chicago. It was an important game for Green Bay because if the Cardinals had won the Packers would have been assured of the Western division championship. The Packers, themselves, were idle that day, and they sat in a group in Wrigley field pulling for the Cardinals. Midway in the third quarter, the field announcer bellowed the news that the Japs had bombed Pearl Harbor. George W. Calhoun, the former Packer publicity chief, recalled that it wasn’t long after that Frank Balazs, the former Packer then playing with the Cardinals, interfered with a Bear pass receiver deep in Cardinal territory and the Bears went on to score and go ahead, 21-17. The Bears finally won, 34 to 24, to force a playoff with the Packers for the Western division title. Packer Backfield Coach Bob Snyder was recalling the same game the other day. Snyder, former Bear quarterback, was on the field when news came about Pearl Harbor. “We had just taken a timeout to discuss the Cardinal lead when that announcer gave the news. Most of us got talking about the branch of service we’d get into. McAfee and Standlee were mumbling something about this being their last year of football.” Snyder said that the Packers sat back of the end zone on the first base side of the field and “everybody in the park could hear them yelling to the Cardinals, ‘defense ‘em, defense ‘em’, after they’d taken a lead.” Snyder kicked two extra points that day and both of them sailed into the Packer group.
DEC 8 (Philadelphia) - Big Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles apparently isn’t ready for that wheelchair some opponents and pro football experts were ready to buy him earlier this season. The NFL’s famous “wham bam” still is the runningest man in the loop. He wasn’t under a full head of steam Sunday, but still had enough power to gain 53 yards on 17 carries and erase his own season ground gaining record of 1,008 yards, set in 1947. Van Buren now has 1,050 yards on 242 running plays and still has one game to go. It took the Eagle siege gun only two seasons to break a mark the oddsmakers were wagering would stand a long time. “Gosh, I thought that 1,008 would hold up a long while,” said Van Buren as he surveyed his new record smashing figures. “I guess the best thing that happened to me was Tony Canadeo (of Green Bay) getting off to such a fine start and taking such a big lead on me in the ground gaining race. I just began to run a wee bit harder.” Jack Ferrante, Eagle end, heard Steve utter that “wee bit harder” remark and commented, “I sure hate to see you run a whole lot harder.” Ferrante was thinking of the Pittsburgh Steeler game in Philadelphia last week. Van Buren accidentally smashed into Ferrante while running with the ball and put the end out of action. In the dressing room at halftime, Ferrante told Van Buren, “Gee, Steve, I’m on your side.” To which the former Louisiana State ace answered, “Not if you’re in my way, you’re not.”
when he was informed of the official announcement late this afternoon that the NFL and the All-America conference had come to an agreement after nearly four years of undeclared warfare. "I don't think you can really begin to say what this means to Green Bay," he said, adding, "Green Bay should be mighty proud to be part of this new league." "It shows," Fischer emphasized, "that the small town still is an important cog in this new machine. I only hope that we live up to our end of it and support the team as we have in the past, which I think was the principal factor in our success up to now." Fischer, who was named president of the National division of the new league, said, "I'm really at a loss for words at the moment. I had no idea they were going to confer this honor upon me." He said he knew that the merger has been consummated but had not received even a hint that he was to be president of the National division.
DEC 9 (Detroit) - Strange as it may seem, the Detroit Lions will be seeking their third victory in the last four starts when they face the Green Bay Packers in the season finale at Briggs Stadium Sunday. Doubt it? They beat the Giants, 45 to 21, lost to the Bears, 28 to 7, and then edged the New York Bulldogs, 28 to 27. That’s an average of 26 points per game. Despite this surge the club can’t wind up any higher than fourth place in the Western Division of the NFL. They have, however, raised the standards in the Lions’ record book. So far this season the Lions have established eight team records and one league mark. There is a possibility that one or two more may get into the books after Sunday’s encounter. Foremost among the record performances is that of Bob Smith. He bettered a 12-year old mark for the longest return of an intercepted pass when he scampered 102 yards against the Bears. Don Doll, in the same interception department, has erased a mark set in 1944 by Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz. Doll has 11 interceptions to his credit – two short of the league record – and four more than Wojie grabbed for the best Lion mark. Doll is leading the league in this respect, his 11 interceptions being good for 301 yards. One of them was a 95 yard return for a touchdown. Wally Triplett also put a new high into the book for the longest run from scrimmage by a Detroiter. His 80-yard run against the Cards bettered Elmer Hackney’s effort of 78 yards in 1942. Bob Mann is rewriting the pass receiving section of the record book. He has caught eight in one game three times, bettering his old mark of seven last year. Mann also has 57 completions for 832 yards for another pair of standards. The old mark was 38 and 595 yards set by John Greene. Greene also has cracked one of those records by grabbing 40 tosses. Greene leads in the touchdown department with seven to Mann’s two. Bill Dudley needs only a single point to tie Dutch Clarks’ Lion scoring record of 73 points in one season. Dudley has matched Roy Zimmerman’s mark of five field goals in one season, set in 1947. The team record of most points in one game also was upped this year. When the Giants bowed, 45 to 21, it was the greatest number of points in the history of the club. The Lions collected 43 against the Cards in 1940 for the previous high. By getting 12 first downs on passes against the Bears last month, the Lions bettered the best previous mark of 11 scored on three occasions earlier. All that is needed now is the victory over the Packers and that would be a high, too. 
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - Jug Earp stepped to the rostrum at Vocational school Thursday night and asked: “Can anybody in the house answer the question?” The 350 Quarterback club members, who braved zero weather, let out a laugh as the 11th meeting of professional football’s first QB organization came to order. The question, written all over Earp’s face, was “Why was Ted Cook released?” Nobody had an answer for it. In fact, Packer President Emil R. Fischer, called to the stage to answer some of the questions taken from the question-and-answer box, smiled when Earp presented him with a stack of slips bearing the words – “Why was Ted Cook released?” Fischer remarked: “I’ve got the same question for you, Jug?” Naturally, the Packer prexy said questions pertaining to the team personnel and their operation on the field had to be answered by members of the coaching staff. Questions of this type were placed back in the box and will be answered at the club’s last meeting next Thursday night. However, Fischer recalled one incident that “touched” on one player. He was answering a question concerning the duties of the Packer corporation’s executive committee and whether there was any interference with the head coach in the matter of players…THERE’S ONE INSTANCE: “The head coach has completed jurisdiction as to the hiring and firing of players. However, there was one instance where the committee actually gave Mr. Lambeau an order to hire a player. That was back in 1934 when the committee ordered the head coach to get on a train and hire Don Hutson,” Fischer said. A number of club members wanted to know about the Packer Backers’ recent $50,000 drive and the ownership of City stadium. Fischer said that “actually $50,000 in cash hasn’t been received yet. However, large contributions are still coming in and when they do the goal will be reached. The announced success of the drive was based on contributions pledge but still not in”. Concerning City stadium, Fischer said that the city owns the ground but the Packers built the stands and made improvements. The meeting was highlighted by an address by Cub Buck, the former Packer and University of Wisconsin tackle who was the first “outsider” to join the Packers back in the early 1920’s. Buck came up from his home in Rock Island, Ill., for the meeting…CLOSE TO COLLEGE SITUATION: Speaking in a humorous vein, Buck grew serious concerning the future of the Packers. The big guy declared: “There’s no reason why the Packers can’t come back because you fans are behind them – win or lose.” He cautioned the fans against “letting down in your support. If you let down you’ll be running the wrong way.” Buck recalled Roy Riegel’s famous wrong-way run in the Rose Bowl game. “That wrong-way tag stuck with Riegel right up to his death several years ago. Let’s not put such a tag on Green Bay.” Buck recalled that just about every college player was happy to play here in the old days because the fans welcomed them as their own sons. He called Green Bay and the Packers “as close as you can get to a college situation.” Buck told a number of funny stories. “I remember when we practiced right across the street from the old Press-Gazette office (Cherry street) and I got so I could actually kick a football. The darned thing would always land over on the Press-Gazette and they finally had to move.” Buck played football for 18 years. He started his pro career with Jim Thorpe’s Canton Bulldogs in 1915. “I used the name Moriarty then because nobody decent would play professional football.” Referring to Thorpe, the great Indian athlete, Buck said that “Thorpe did everything wrong but he did it better than anybody else. Our opponents were half-licked before the game started. They’d just stand and watch Thorpe get off his towering punts in practice and his kicking eventually wore most teams out.” Buck recalled that Thorpe never stayed down after being tackles – “he always leaped up. One time I asked Thorpe why he wasted that extra motion and Jim answered, ‘one time in school two Indians started pulling my legs when I was down and they made old Jim squeal.’” Midway in the meeting, Earp urged club members “not to put a lot of silly questions in the box.” Jug admitted that “they’re good for a laugh but they don’t mean anything.” He indicated that such questions would be screened out in the future. The Packer-Washington game pictures were narrated by Art Daley of the Press-Gazette and Bob Savage of WBAY.
DEC 9 (Hershey, PA) - Coach Curly Lambeau today cheerfully released the news that the Green Bay Packers would be at full strength for Sunday’s NFL finale at Detroit. “All three of our boys on the sick list have improved enough to start Sunday’s game,” Lambeau told a reporter. End Larry Craig suffered a damaged knee, while tackle Lew Ferry received a rib injury in last Sunday’s 30-0 loss to Washington. In addition, fullback Ted Fritsch came down with intestinal flu. Fritsch was the big question mark early in the week when he was unable to make several scrimmages. With Walt Schlinkman sent home after he received knee injuries in the Redskin game, the Packers were especially short in the fullback department. The squad ran through a light workout today in sub-freezing weather and then packer up to leave for Detroit on a late afternoon train. Headquarters for the sojourn in the Motor city will be the Statler hotel. The team is expected to arrive there early Saturday. Lambeau said he has received no information yet as to whether the Packers will be able to work out in Detroit prior to the game…HIGH HOPES FOR VICTORY: Thursday the Packers stressed defense as the Packers held a 45-minute drill in freezing weather. Two light snows left the practice field frozen – the one thing the Packers tried to avoid by coming here instead of returning to Green Bay. Lambeau said the squad has high hopes of ending the season with a victory over the rival Detroiters. The Packers will attempt to force Detroit into sharing the Western division cellar when they collide in Briggs stadium. The Packer must win or stand alone in last-place occupancy. Detroit is currently in fourth place, one game ahead of the Pack. The Lions have a 3-8 record as compared to Green Bay’s 2-9. While Green Bay holds a distinct advantage in the all-time victory column, the two teams traditionally produce games characterized by rough play. This pattern held in the Packers’ 16-14 triumph last Oct. 30, which gave them a 26-6 won-lost advantage in the series…NO WORRIES ABOUT COOK: Green Bay’s recent margin over Detroit was fashioned on a 46-yard field goal by fullback Ted Fritsch. Packer touchdowns were scored by halfback Tony Canadeo on a 10-yard sweep and by Ted Cook on a 21-yard pass from Jug Girard. Halfbacks Bill Dudley and Wally Triplett scored Detroit’s two touchdowns, the latter on an 80-yard run. The Lions won’t have to worry about Cook since he was placed on waivers after the Washington game Sunday night. Cook was the Bays’ leading pass receiver. The Packers will get a look at the backfield combination which has Frank Tripucka and Fred Enke in the same unit. Both are quarterbacks, but Enke later has seen considerable action spelling Dudley at left half.
DEC 10 (Philadelphia) - The four year professional football war ended Friday and 13 surviving clubs set about solving the problems of a new league. The NFL and the All-America conference merged into the National-American Football league, which will have two divisions. The lineup is expected to be: National Division - Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Pittsburgh and Green Bay. American Division - Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York Bulldogs. The teams within a division will play home and home schedules and the division champions will meet in a postseason playoff. All members of the NFL are in the new league; only three teams of the AAC - San Francisco, Cleveland and Baltimore survived. The New York Yankees were bought by Ted Collins of the New York Bulldogs. The Chicago Hornets' franchise was bought by the league. The Buffalo Bills merged with the Cleveland Browns and the two Los Angeles clubs combined. The Washington Redskins were paid a "small fee" to cede territorial rights to Baltimore. A report was current that Houston might get a franchise to make two seven-team divisions, to permit one interdivision game for each team. Bert Bell, NFL Commissioner, becomes commissioner of the new league, with the AAC's chief executive bowing out of the picture. Emil R. Fischer of the Green Bay Packer becomes president of the National division and Daniel Sherby of the Cleveland Browns, president of the American. Surplus players, both college and pro, will be thrown into a pool. This will include collegians already drafted by the two loops. Draft meetings of the two leagues have been called off and the new circuit will hold a draft session, probably in January, to divide up the players pooled. The days of fabulous salaries and bonuses for college stars are gone. It was this factor, perhaps more than any other, that brought about the peace. With an occasional exception most of the clubs were losing money through overbalanced payrolls. They could not keep competing for college stars with attendance falling off and costs going up. Collins, owner of the Bulldogs, has lost $1,000,000, he admits. Owner Jim Breuil of the Buffalo Bills issued a statement that he had "reached the limit" and, failing to find new money, had no choice but to give up in Buffalo, but he said that he could promise Buffalo at least three preseason games. The Baltimore Colts, which have lost heavily, are currently engaged in a campaign to raise $250,000. The Green Bay Packers, also losing money, recently raised $50,000 with a benefit game and are offering $200,000 worth of new stock. The National league was formed in 1920 and was known as the American association for two years, since then as the National league. It was reorganized several times but never faced a real challenge until the All-America conference was formed in 1944, largely through the efforts of a Chicago sports editor who piqued over the National league's refusal to issue a franchise to a group of his friends. The All-America tried to make a working agreement with the National in 1945 but was ignored. The "war" became expensive, but the old clubs of the National league all held up. The National pulled out of Cleveland, moving the Rams to Los Angeles, and also out of Boston, making Collins' Boston Yanks a third team in New York. The Philadelphia club was sold to a syndicate of 100 men. The All-America club in Chicago had three changes of owners, all losers. The Miami club went broke and was shifted to Baltimore. Brooklyn merged with the New York Yankees. Most clubs in both league had red ink on their books last season and this year. The rivals were close to a merger last winter but could not make George Marshall of Washington accept Baltimore or make the All-America owners drop Baltimore. Recently Horace Stoneham, president of the New York Giants in baseball, in whose park both the Giants of football and the Bulldogs lost money this season, got Commissioner Bell of the National and J. Arthur Friedland of the All-America into a conference. That was a week ago. They shifted to Philadelphia and talked two days before reaching an agreement.
DEC 10 (Philadelphia) - The pro football merger had hardly been announced when a game between the champions of the National and All-America leagues was proposed. Bert Bell, National league commissioner who has become commissioner of the new league, promptly said that no such game was possible.
 - and the current year brought word that the Bays' losses might reach as high as $90,000. The fans came to the rescue recently and raised $50,000 in 11 days in an unprecedented campaign conducted by the Packer Backers. This will reduce the Packers' losses considerably. The deficit in 1948, incidentally, was approximately $30,000. Now, the wild bidding for talent has ceased. No longer will a player big the offer of one club in one league against a club in the other. What does it mean - the new peace - to the Packers? What does it mean to the fan? Chiefly, it means that the Packers will remain in Green Bay. In fact, there never was any "official" worry about the Packers ever quitting the league. Commissioner Bert Bell has said repeatedly in the last five years, "there will always be a Green Bay major league in professional football," and his action in dealing with the All-America conference officials proved it...BAYS GET AN EVEN BREAK: To solidify Green Bay's position even more, the new circuit has selected a Green Bay man - Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc. - to serve as president of the National division. The new peace also means that Green Bay will get an even break - together with the 12 others clubs - in dealing for players. From now on, a player drafted by the Packers will play in Green Bay unless he is traded elsewhere by the Packers. It must be remembered that players will not be at the mercy of the clubs, although it is expected that player salaries will come down to a reasonable basis. The big stars - the drawing cards - will not be able to play one contract against the other. As an example, Leon Hart, the Notre Dame ace, mentioned the other day that he expected to get $25,000 for one season. He had been drafted by Detroit in the NFL and Baltimore in the AAC and was in a position to play with the highest bidder. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau stated recently that fans can expect a better brand of football if the two leagues get together. There will be new blood and it will be distributed evenly, he predicted, adding that the players will find it much harder to win positions on the new various teams because of new competition...PRESEASON PROGRAM: The new setup also will undoubtedly offer an attractive preseason program. Although the division teams have not been announced yet, a non-league game between the Packers and Cleveland Browns, for example, (if they are in different divisions) would be a terrific crowd-drawing attraction. Since the player of the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Dons and Chicago Hornets will be up for grabs and since the Packers (because of their position in the standings) might be in a good position to get some sort of a first choice, it might be interesting to reveal some of the all-conference selections of those three clubs.
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - With the four-year professional football war over - a conflict that took its toll in dollars and teams - the 13 surviving organizations today looked to solving the problems of a new league. The combination of the venerable NFL and the upstart All-America conference came with startling suddenness in Philadelphia yesterday, after a 48-hour conference. The merger is more or less a victory for the NFL, which for several years has refused flatly to recognize the younger circuit. All members of the NFL are in the new league. Only three teams of the AAC - San Francisco, Cleveland and Baltimore - survived...WINNERS MEET FOR TITLE: The 13 teams will be formed into American and National divisions, and by next year football will have what it lacked for the past four seasons - a real world's champion. The winner of the two divisions will meet for the title. Bert Bell, the NFL commissioner, takes over that job in the new circuit with the AAC's chief executive, O.O. Kessing, bowing out of the picture. Emil R. Fischer of the Green Bay Packers becomes president of the National division and Daniel Sherby of the Cleveland Browns head of the American division. The immediate problems dealt with these questions: What should be done with the players on the three teams liquidated by the move? What about the college players already chosen in the draft for next season? No sooner was the announcement made that there would be 13 teams, then rumors began circulating that Houston would obtain a franchise before long. As for the surplus players, both college and pro, they all will be thrown into a giant pool. This will include the collegians already drafted by the two loops...DRAFT SESSION IN JANUARY: Draft meetings of the two leagues have been called off. The new circuit will hold a draft session probably in January, to pluck the surplus players from a giant pool. Bell, signed to a 10-year contract as majordomo of the NAFL, said it would require approval of 11 of the 13 teams to have a player transferred to a new club. This could lead to fireworks among the owners. It cost Ted Collins, owner of the Bulldogs, who bought out the Yankees, $1,000,000, by his own admission. He had a losing team this year, and attendance sometimes dipped below 5,000. This is how it is believed the new 13-club NAFL will be divided: National division - Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. American division - Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York Bulldogs. The new setup, incidentally, deals six unnamed Yankee players to the Giants, and the rest to the Bulldogs...WILL BE STRENGTHENED: The Bulldogs will be strengthened considerably next season, for this year the Yankees had everything but a passer. That's all the Bulldogs had in Bobby Layne. Collins also has George Ratterman, Buffalo's top tosser, under contract for next year. The merger caused the club officials to breathe a collective sigh of relief. They foresee the red ink on their books turning to black in the not too distant future. Here are some typical comments: Wellington Mara, Giants: "The merger gives professional football a shot int the arm just when interest was starting to fall off." George Marshall, Washington (who has been openly feuding with the AAC and the Baltimore Colts, in particular): "I'm very pleased to see that Baltimore is finally in the major leagues." James P. Clark, Philadelphia chief: "This is a great step for the fans and pro football. It should assure well-balanced teams and great competition." Walter Driskill, Baltimore Colts: "We want to play the Redskins very much."...MOST PROGRESSIVE STEP: Daniel F. Reeves, Los Angeles Rams: "The most progressive step ever taken in pro football. We welcome an association with Mr. Lindheimer." (Ben Lindheimer, majority stockholder of the AAC Los Angeles Dons). Thus, the first serious threat to the supremacy of the 28-year old NFL came to an
DEC 4 (Washington) - After Sunday’s game, the Packers asked waivers on end Ted Cook, who came to Green Bay from Detroit two years ago. This cuts the Packer squad to 27 – its lowest level in years. The Packers also announced that fullback Walt Schlinkman, injured against Washington, was being sent to Green Bay and would miss the Packer finale at Detroit next Sunday. Schlinkman suffered a knee injury. The Packers left here today for Hershey, Pa., where they’ll train for the Detroit game.
DEC 5 (Washington) - Sam Baugh almost didn't get into the Washington Redskin-Green Bay Packer football game Sunday. The man the NFL has been trying to stop for 13 years was halted at the gate. Baugh had forgotten his ticket. It took 15 minutes of argument - plus a call to the front office - to get old Sam into the park. Once there, he scored one touchdown and hand a hand in setting up two more as the Redskins won, 30-0. What makes it all the more peculiar is that the ticket Sam forgot was a players' dressing room pass. On it is written: "Not good for admission to stadium."
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers went through a rough scrimmage here this afternoon as they prepared for their finale with the Detroit Lions in Detroit next Sunday. Assistant Coach Charley Brock called the drill soon after the Bays checked in at this Pennsylvania resort community where they’ll spend the next three days. Only 27 players – the lowest number in years – made the trip up from the nation’s capitol Monday afternoon after taking a 30-0 loss from the Washington Redskins Sunday. Two players were lost to the squad after the Redskin game. End Ted Cook was placed on waivers and fullback Walt Schlinkman was sent back to Green Bay for treatment for a knee injury. Sunday will be Green Bay’s last chance to match their 1948 record of three victories and nine defeats. The loss at Washington was their ninth against two wins. The Packers won two games thus far, 19 to 0 over the New York Bulldogs in New York and 16-14 over Detroit in Milwaukee...LIONS PLAN “GRUDGE” FIGHT: The Packers heard from Detroit today that the Lions are getting ready for a “grudge” match. Detroit Coach Bo McMillin primed his squad for the game with this remark: “Our first game this season with the Packers was perhaps the roughest our young team experienced all season. Consequently our players are looking forward to a second chance to go against Green Bay.” In the 1948 test at Detroit, the Lions defeated Green Bay, 24 to 20, after the Packers won the opener in Green Bay. The Packers, with the exception of Schlinkman, will be at full strength for the game. Tackle Dick Wildung, who sprained his ankle against the Cards a week ago Sunday, will be ready. The Lions will be at nearly full strength for the decisive game. Only guard Chuck DeShane, defensive standout, is expected to be idle. He suffered a knee injury three weeks ago. Tackle Russ Thomas, injured in a Thanksgiving day tilt, is expected to return to action... CANADEO TOTAL 982 YARDS: Besides the disappointment of defeat, the Packers are unhappy about their inability to move the Redskins for one Tony Canadeo, who now ranks 68 yards behind Steve Van Buren, the league’s leading ground gainer. Canadeo was limited to 29 yards by the Redskins while Van Buren was gaining only 56 against the New York Giants. Canadeo can become the first Packer back to gain over 1,000 yards rushing Sunday. He needs but 18 yards. However, Tony still would like to overtake Van Buren, who snapped his own league record of 1,007 with his spurt against the Giants. Van Buren now has gained 1,050 yards in 242 attempts while Canadeo has picked up 982 in 191 attempts. Tony still has the best average – 5.1 yards per try – against Van Buren’s 4.3. Elmer Angsman of the Cardinals is running a deep third with 669 yards in 120 attempts. The Packers will move into Detroit late Friday and conduct a workout Saturday
morning. Most of the players will return to Green Bay after the final game to close out business.
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - In the second of a series, Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., today answered questions concerning the ownership of the Packers. Saturday, Fischer corrected false impressions that the corporation president and members of the executive committee received compensation for their work. At one of the recent meetings of the Green Bay Quarterback club, fans asked: (1) Who owns the Green Bay franchise in the NFL and (2) How much stock does Curly Lambeau own in Green Bay Packers, Inc.? Both questions were answered by Lambeau at the time. Fischer said that “several businessmen, who 
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - Ted Cook, most Packer fans and this writer are still wondering why Mr. Cook – the team’s leading pass receiver – was placed on waivers after the Packer-Washington game Sunday. Looking puzzled, Cook arrived in Green Bay late Tuesday afternoon to close out personal business before leaving for his home in Birmingham, Ala., later in the week. Big Ted doesn’t have any explanation because the “release” came as a complete surprise to him. He played 55 minutes on offense and defense against Washington. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau, out in North Carolina, could not be reached for comment. Cook, who plans to play pro football “elsewhere” for two or three more seasons, says, “Ah just can’t figure it out.” Cook was informed of Lambeau’s decision shortly before noon Monday, although Green Bay had the news Sunday evening. “In fact,” Cook said, “most of the players knew it before Ah did.” Cook left Washington later Monday in the company of fullback Walt Schlinkman, who was sent back to 
doubt this query comes at an opportune time for when one reads in the press about the losses that are being sustained by various clubs in both leagues, the matter of players’ and coaches’ salaries is of major importance in the football world. Our club’s position in this picture is favorable insofar as comparable costs are concerned. We rank as one of the lowest in the league in respect to the costs involved in placing a team on the field. Taking into consideration the salaries of the players, coaches and ticket office personnel; but NOT including the costs of travel, meals, insurance, cost of equipment and other incidentals, it means that an actual outlay of approximately $30,000 is necessary every time our Packers got out on the field, and this, remember, covers salaries only. Looking at this from another angle, funds in excess of $50,000 must be received for all home games to maintain a breakeven position, and provide for the visiting club guarantee. This amount would not provide for losses when we are on the road and when only the regular league guarantee is received by us. This amount also would not provide for the other items necessary in the business as above mentioned. It might be interesting to indulge in comparisons and turn back the pages to 1935. Taking the same costs we have before outlined, we find that, in that years, the overall cost of placing the team on the field was approximately $4,400.00; a far cry from the $30,000 that it takes at present. Admission prices in 1935 were scaled as follows: $2.50, $2.00, $1.50, $1.00 and $0.50 with admission for children at $0.25 and also remember, no federal tax at that time. Present prices are on the basis of $4.80, $3.60, $2.40 with children’s admission at $0.60, federal tax included. Packer fans can thus realize that with costs of operating a team seven times higher it only follows that a scaling upward of ticket prices was inevitable. Only a larger stadium and a consequent larger attendance could be a possible means for somewhat lower admission prices. You can well see why the Green Bay Packers need your support in the coming campaign for the sale of season tickets for the year 1950.”
DEC 7 (Hershey, PA) - The Green Bay Packers counted their injuries here today as the Packer coaches planned new strategy for Sunday’s finale with the Detroit Lions at the Michigan city. Last Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins took a toll of at least three players. In addition, fullback Ted Fritsch is out with intestinal flu. Others on the injury list are end Larry Craig, a damaged knee, and tackle Lou Ferry, with a rib injury. Fullback Walt Schlinkman was injured so badly in the 30-0 drubbing by the Redskins that Coach Curly Lambeau sent him home after the game. Schlinkman, who suffered pulled ligaments, will take treatments for about two weeks in Green Bay. Lambeau was expected to arrive here today following a two-day scouting trip to North Carolina, where he took a look at several promising collegiate gridders. One of the Packers’ three draft choices, Art Weiner, hails from North Carolina State. Following his arrival, the squad assembled this morning to view movies of last Sunday’s game as Lambeau pointed out the mistakes. A discussion of strengthening the Packers was held. Defense also was on the agenda. In the afternoon, the Packers were to engage in their first intensified workout with pads. However, the weatherman forecast a light rain in the afternoon session…24 PLAYERS IN DRILL: Only 24 players went through the opening running, passing, and sunny sky and a brisk wintery wind. “The boys want to win this Detroit game,” Assistant Coach Charlie Brock said. “If we don’t, we’ll wind up in the cellar for the first time; if we win, we drag the Lions down with us in a tie.” The Packers decided to spend the week, preparing for Sunday’s game, at this central Pennsylvania resort, Brock said, because of its more favorable weather. The last time the Green Bay team stopped off in Chocolate town was back in 1945 when the Packers played a preseason tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pittsburghers used the model community’s ideal athletic setup for its pre-league training during the war. For the past two autumns, Ted Collins’ Boston Yanks and New York Bulldogs used Hershey as an exhibition headquarters. The Packers are scheduled tonight to be the guests of the Hershey Bears as the local team meets Indianapolis in an American Hockey league game in the huge Hershey arena.
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - In the third of a series, Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., today answered another question concerning the Packers: What does it cost to place the Green Bay Packer team on the field? Fischer said the question has been asked frequently in the past several months. The Packer president gave the following statement in answer: “No 
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo has been selected on the offensive eleven of the International News Service all-professional teams, it was announced today. Canadeo, who performs at left halfback, and is second to Philadelphia’s Steve Van Buren in National league ground gaining, was the only Packer named. Canadeo’s offensive backfield mates are Otto Graham of Cleveland, Chet Mutryn of Buffalo and Van Buren. The defensive backfield is composed of Emlen Tunnell of the New York Giants, Herman Wedemeyer of Baltimore, Don Doll of Detroit and Jim Cason of San Francisco. The National league, which has 10 teams, won 12 spots on the dream “22”, while the All-America conference, which has seven, got 10.
DEC 8 (New York) - Two of the year’s outstanding college football stars, Leon Hart of Notre Dame and Doak Walker of Southern Methodist, may wind up as professional teammates next year at Detroit – but the 
DEC 9 (Philadelphia) - The NFL and the All American Conference merged today to end a four-year football war. Announcement of the merger was made at a press conference summoned by Bert Bell, National league commissioner, and J. Arthur Friendlung, who was representing the AAC. The new league is to be known as the National-American Football league. It is to be divided into two division - the National and the American. Thirteen teams will comprise the new league. This includes all ten NFL teams and the San Francisco Forty-Niners, the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Colts of the AAC. Emil R. Fischer of the Green Bay Packers will be president of the  National division and Daniel Sherby of the Cleveland owns of the American division. Bell will remain as commissioner of the combined league. The only team to lose its identity in the merger is the Chicago Hornets of the old AAC. The Buffalo Bills are merging with Cleveland, with the new club to have its home in the Ohio city. The Los Angeles Rams of the National and the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America will consolidate their interests. Ted Collins' New York Bulldogs purchased the New York Yankees of the AAC from owner Dan Topping. Collins receives a 10-year lease to play in Yankee stadium. Six players belonging to the Yankees are to go to the New York Giants of the NFL. The remainder of the Yankees will become the property of the Bulldogs. The entire new setup will take effect next season, Bell said. The current campaigns in both leagues won't be affected. There will be no championship game between the winners of the two circuits this season. The makeup of the two divisions has not yet been determined. Bell said: "This will be done when I have had a chance to study the new setup at some length and can look at schedule arrangements." Next year, Bell said, the winners of the two divisions will meet for the world championship. There was no announcement made as to what draft arrangements will be made for the 1950 season.
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - "All of those rumors that Green Bay was going to be dropped out of the league ought to be laid to rest now." This was the comment of Emil R. Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, 
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - "I look forward to better football," Emil R. Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, declared today in his first official statement since learning late Friday that he had been named president of the National division of the new National-American Football league after the NFL and All-America conference merged at Philadelphia. Fischer, who has headed the Packers since 1947, said he also expects that other benefits of the peace when ended four years of undeclared war between the two leagues will be "higher morale among the players, and a firm financial football for all of us." The text of his statement follows: "When informed by the Green Bay Press-Gazette late Friday afternoon, that I had been selected as president of the National division of the new National-American Football league, at a meeting held yesterday in Philadelphia, I felt highly honored that I should have been chosen for this position. The trust imposed in me is one of great responsibility, and it is my sincere hope that I may be of assistance in helping to effect the harmony so necessary for the league to proceed in an orderly manner and for the good of pro football. The declaration of peace between the two leagues comes at a most opportune time for all the teams concerned. It should help materially in the solution of our many problems. I look forward to better football, higher morale among the players, and a firm financial footing for all of us."
DEC 10 (Detroit) - "Now the work is just beginning," Head Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers asserted here in commenting on the merger of the NFL and All-America conference in Philadelphia Friday. "It's a great thing," he continued. "In fact, it's the greatest thing that ever happened to professional football. And for the Packers, nothing can be better. I think," he predicted, "that this development will make a great difference in the play and everything else. And for this reason, it makes me the happiest I've been all season."..."HAD TO BE SETTLED": Lambeau said he wasn't surprised that the leagues had reached an agreement. "I knew it had to be settled by Dec. 15," he revealed, "because that is the date the All-America conference had been scheduled to hold its annual meeting in Houston." Although he said he come make no definite statement on the make-up of the two divisions or the 1950 schedule, Curly hinted that he was confident the Packers will continue to play home and home series with the Chicago Bears and two new foes, the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns. "I feel sure," he commented, "that we will have a home and home series with the Bears and that we will see two new faces in Wisconsin - the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns - next year." The Packer head coach said that he and the club received the news of the merger "just as we were boarding the train for Detroit at Harrisburg (Pa.). All the players were buzzing and one of them, Larry Craig, made a pointed remark. He told the rest of the boys, 'Now you guys will have to go to work. There will be a lot of ball players looking for your jobs next season.'"
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - Let us herald the rebirth of the Packers this day. The little child - known as Green Bay - was reported strong and ready for the rigors of endless years of future combat - on the football field - among the population giants of our country - New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Detroit and Baltimore. At exactly 2:30 Friday afternoon, the team was officially re-nominated - and accepted - as one of 13 professional football strongholds in 11 cities. At that hour - when announcement was made that the NFL and the All-America conference had merged into a new, powerful National-American Football league, the Packers officially became one of 13 survivors of the deadliest dollar-bill struggles in the history of sports. The extravagant bidding for players - virtually necessary to get the best - shook the foundation of every club in the two leagues as the total losses soared into the millions...FANS TO THE RESCUE: The Packers were pinched financially, starting in 1946 when the circuits opened warfare. The situation gradually grew worse as top-flight talent failed to find its way here
do so. They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in lifting their sport to a plane where it has been accepted enthusiastically by the public. They are entitled to fair competition. Wildcat promoters could cause them embarrassment by raiding their talent ranks, even though such unsportsmanlike actions eventually wrecked their leagues"...PROTECTION FOR COLLEGIANS: "It is time, too, that someone stepped in to protect the interest of college football and college players. Now that there is a second major circuit, the player will have bargaining rights for the first time. The All-America will help spread interest in a great game. It will make the NFL a better unit because of the competition. It will give recreation to thousands in centers which now have no Sunday football. It will be a wholesome addition to the postwar sporting scene." In competition for talent, the All-America matched the National league, dollar for dollar. Brightest of the graduating college stars gained long term contracts at fabulous figures. Among them was Charley Trippi of Georgia, now finishing the third year of a four year pact with the Cardinals at $25,000 annually. Many of the highly paid players proved bust. The Miami Seahawks were first to go under. Their franchise was transferred to Baltimore after the 1946 season. The Chicago club, first known as the Rockets, never could make headway against the Bears and Cardinals. After three rocky years, and under separate ownership, the Rockets took a new identity this year, but did only slightly better on the field and at the gate as the Hornets...RICKEY'S TEAM MERGED: After the 1948 season, the Brooklyn football Dodgers, one of Branch Rickey's few ill-advised enterprises, merged with the New York Yankees, owned by Dan Topping. This reduced the All-America to seven clubs. The Cleveland Browns enjoyed spectacular financial success the first three year, but gates slumped this year. Another strong unit in the conference was San Francisco. Financial pressure made inroads in the National league. Alexis Thompson sold his Philadelphia Eagles last year after they had won the National league championship. Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, declared he would not operate another season unless the league made a settlement. The Green Bay Packers, charter member of the National league, needed help this season to finish under their own power. The increased interest in professional football immediately was manifested at the turnstiles. In 1945, its last monopoly year, the National league reported its attendance at 1,270,041, an all-time high...ATTENDANCE QUICKLY SOARED: In 1946, the All-America's impact was reflected in its report of 1,376,998 fans compared to the National league's total of 1,732,135. This was a total count of 3,109,133 for the year. The combined figures reached 3,630,409 in 1947, when the National league played to 1,801,929 and the conference figures were 1,828,480. Last year's two league attendance was 3,143,865, divided between the All-America's 1,618,626 and the National's 1,525,239. The All-America has not reported its 1949 attendance, but its three year total is 4,824,104. The National league has not completed its schedule.
DEC 10 (Los Angeles) - Executives of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America conference and of the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL today hailed the merger of the leagues which also brings together the clubs' officials although the Dons' players will not be combined with the Rams. President Daniel F. Reeves of the Rams described the action as the most progressive step ever taken in professional football. He added that the result should be a clear cut improvement in the quality of the professional sport...LINDHEIMER IS HOPEFUL: Benjamin Lindheimer of Chicago and Beverly Hills, the biggest stockholder of the Dons, who has been ill with a heart ailment, said through a club statement that he will leave to the decision of his physician whether he will continue his interest in football. He added that he hoped his health will permit his affiliation with the Rams. Reeves said that, because of Lindheimer's illness, no effort has been made to enter into negotiations with him but, "I am sure I can speak for my partners when I say we will welcome an association with Mr. Lindheimer. We feel he has contributed in great measure to professional football and we will feel honored should his health allow him to be associated with the Rams." In Baltimore Walter S. Driskill, general manager and coach of the Baltimore Colts, said,. "We're mighty happy things turned out the way they did." The break came at the halfway mark of a civic drive to raise $250,000 to arm the Colts financially for next season. The club is managed by 18 directors who out up $10,000 each. They announced a couple of weeks ago that the till was empty - although no creditors were banging at the door - and $250,000 was needed now for next season's operations. The money is being raised by selling 50,000 tickets at $5 each for an exhibition game early next fall. Colt backers thought the merger would furnish the oomph to put the sales over. Coach Lawrence (Buck) Shaw, San Francisco 49ers coach, said the merger will be a good thing for professional football. Shaw, in Cleveland for Sunday's championship game between the Cleveland Browns and 49ers, remarked that attendance in San Francisco had increased this year and said the merger would make the outlook for next season even brighter. Green Bay, the smallest town in big time football, was jubilant with its inclusion in the new league. "It shows that the small town is still an important cog," said Emil R. Fischer, Green Bay Packers president and head of the merged league's National division. The Packers, NFL charter members and six times champions, have been in serious financial troubles this year. A citizens' committee raised $50,000 through a Thanksgiving day intrasquad game, but the club still is figured to lose money for the second straight year. Professional football's war cost Ted Collins, owner of the New York Bulldogs, a self-estimated $1,000,000 and he said he was glad it was over. Collins said the merger happened so quickly he was still undetermined who could coach his club next year. Charles Ewart is the coach of the Bulldogs while Norman (Red) Strader is coach of the Yankees. Wellington Mara of the New York Giants, said the "merger will get the club owners out of the headlines and the players back in. The competition between the Giants and the Yankees should be a healthy one and we will be eager to open our 26th consecutive season in the Polo Grounds next fall. The merger gives professional football a shot in the arm just when the interest was starting to fall off," he added. Neither Mara nor Collins had any idea which Yankee players would go to the Giants, coached by Steve Owen. "This is a great step for the benefit of the fans and pro football," said James P. Clark, head of the 100 man syndicate which purchased the Philadelphia Eagles this year. "It should assure well balanced teams and great competition. Commissioner Bell is to be congratulated for his patience and intelligence in working out this solution." In Pittsburgh Art Rooney, president of the Steelers, said, "Now I wish they would climax the peace party by matching the two champions in a postseason game. Pro fans deserve the treat." He admittedly has taken some financial lickings with the Steelers who have been members of the National league since 1933...NO PAY SLASH PREDICTED: "The average pay check will likely stay about the same," Rooney declared. "After all, prices are higher in everything. Last year, we lost $40,000. This season it's a standoff." Officials of the Detroit Lions expressed satisfaction over the merger. Edwin J. Anderson, president, pointed out that the club long had been on record favoring a merger "if that was to be the answer to better presentation of professional football." "I cannot see sound businessmen willing to conduct carelessly any venture whether it be professional football or any other occupation," Anderson said. "And because we feel strongly that a merger or peace between all pro football is the answer, we naturally endorse it."
DEC 11 (Detroit) - Tony Canadeo, whose bid for the National league's individual ground gaining championship, has brightened an otherwise dismal season for the Green Bay Packers, gets his last chance here Sunday to win the title when he and his mates step out against Bo McMillen's Detroit Lions in Briggs stadium. The game is the last for both teams. Canadeo, 5 foot 11 inch, 190 pound left halfback, now in his eighth season with the Pack, goes into the game 68 yards behind the league's leader in ground gaining, Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles, who will close his own season Sunday against the New York Giants in Philadelphia. Van Buren, last year's champion, has 1,050 yards in 11 games, Canadeo 982. No one else has a chance to overtake either Van Buren or Canadeo as the teams come down to the wire. Elmer Angsman of the Cardinals, in third place in the individual standings, has only 669 yards. Canadeo's assignment is not an easy one. Van Buren, who won the championship a year ago with a record 1,008 yards, which he has already broken, has come with a rush in recent games. In his last two games, against Pittsburgh and the Giants, he has gained 258 yards. Canadeo, in the same starts, has gained 151. If it is not an easy task, however, it is not a hopeless one either. A couple of long runs, if the Giants hold Van Buren, could easily turn the trick. Aside from Canadeo's individual bid, the Packers will also make a team bid - a bid to escape undisputed last place in the western division of the league. They will go into the game with a record of two victories and nine defeats, and must win to pull the Lions down into joint occupancy of the division's basement. Detroit has won three games and lost eight. One of Green Bay's two victories this season was scored against Detroit in the first game of their home and home rivalry in Milwaukee a month ago, but despite this the Lions ruled two touchdown favorites here. The Packers won the first game, 16-14. The Packers arrived here Saturday from Hershey, Pa., where they pitched camp for four days after their 30-0 licking at Washington's hands last Sunday.
DEC 10 (Chicago Tribune) - Professional football developed into a cross-country, truly national sport with the arrival of the All-American conference, which yesterday merged with the pioneer National league, The conference gave Los Angeles and San Francisco their first entry into big time, organized leagues. The All-America made Baltimore a new center for the game and established football firmly in Cleveland and Buffalo, where National league franchises had failed or encountered tough sledding. It stirred the National league's weaker teams to increased action. It forced the old league to seek new horizons when it transferred the Cleveland Rams to Los Angeles after the Rams had won the 1945 league title...EQUALIZED NFL SCHEDULE:  The National league, hitherto playing schedules dictated by a few strong men among its members, in which the weak teams got only the leavings, quickly adopted an equitable schedule. Before the conference's organization, for instance, the Chicago Cardinals played only two or three home games a season. No sports organization ever had such an advance buildup as the All-America. It was 27 months from announcement of its organization until the first games were played in September 1946. The venture was belittled at first by the National league. Elmer Layden, then commissioner of the NFL, dismissed the upstart league with the curt statement, "Tell them to get a football first." This was his response to the conference's request for a working agreement....WARD ORGANIZED AAC: The All-America conference was organized by Arch Ward, sports editor of the Tribune. In explaining his interest in the project, Ward wrote in his column on September 4, 1944: "First of all, let it be known that this department doesn't have a cent invested in any club in the new pro league. We aspire to no league office. Only a few years ago we turned down a 10 year contract to serve as president of the NFL. The sports editor of every metropolitan newspaper in the land knows that a new major league will be an inevitable postwar development. Two or three such efforts are already underway. All lack promotion fundamentals. Assuming that they actually advance to a stage where schedules are begun, it is unlikely they will survive a season. (None of the proposed new leagues referred to reached the operational stages.) We feel obligated to the owners of teams in the NFL. We have dealt with them for many year in All-Star football and will continue to
doesn't look ahead with new hope or who secretly, perhaps, doesn't give himself just one more kick for having delayed in all this so long. Peace - it's wonderful!..CLOSE LAST WINTER: The peace was almost achieved last year, would have been achieved except for (1) the All-America's feeling of moral obligation to stand by Baltimore in its demands to be included in any fusion and (2) the stubborn refusal of George Marshall of the Washington Redskins to have any truck with Baltimore whatever. All details were worked out, almost along the lines they finally have been except for what to do with Baltimore. Cleveland was set. So was San Francisco. The other clubs in the All-America agreed to amalgamations except Baltimore. Baltimore wanted to be included in the merger and on its demands and Marshall's stubborn refusal the negotiations broke down. "We have a moral obligation to stand by Baltimore," said Cleveland and San Francisco. "Baltimore in the National league? Only 40 miles from Washington? Never," said Marshall. So the war continued. It became increasingly evident, though, that all were caught in a vortex which eventually had to pull them together, no matter what they did. The signs were all around. The clubs no longer concealed their losses. Ben Lindheimer, the "angel" of the All-America conference, admitted he had had enough. So did Dan Topping of the New York Yankees and Jim Breuil of the Buffalo Bills. The Packers, after raising $50,000 to defray some of their deficit this year, also announced a $200,000 stock selling plan in order to continue operations next year - and after that nobody was sure. Baltimore announced the same kind of plan. The New York Bulldogs, in a population area of 8,000,000, drew several crowds of less than 5,000. The All-America conference operated this season with seven clubs. The signs of an approaching peace were all around. And when Marshall the other day did an about face and publicly invited Baltimore to join the National league, it was plain the great day was at hand...PEACE AND PROBLEMS: The peace creates a lot of problems, for in football as in war, the peace can be difficult. It was indicated Saturday, for instance, that the teams would be divided into a National division of Washington, Philadelphia, the Bears, the Giants, Pittsburgh and Green Bay and an American division of Baltimore, Cleveland, the Cardinals, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Bulldogs. Fine - but how about some of the league's older and profitable rivalries in such a division, the Cardinal-Bear rivalry, for instance, or the Packer-Cardinal rivalry or the Los Angeles-Washington rivalry? They won't be given up without a lot of discussion. It was also indicated Saturday that all drafted collegians of the year, whether signed or now, would be thrown back into the hopper to be drafted anew in Philadelphia January 19. But how about a boy like Lynn Chadnois of Michigan State, who already has signed a contract at a fancy figure with the Cleveland Browns? Will he stand for having it broken or will he go to court? And how about the guarantee to a visiting club? Some owners for some time have wanted it upped from $20,000 to $30,000. And the big question, if not exactly a problem: How long with the league operate with 13 teams? Will another club be added or will one be dropped to obtain a desirable even number of teams, and if one is dropped, will it be Green Bay? Baltimore?...A DISTURBING THOUGHT: The last is a rather disturbing matter to us in Wisconsin with a franchise in the smallest community in the league and an exceedingly jealous community. It is no secret that in the inner circles of the National league Green Bay, with a very limited potential for crowds, has been little more than tolerated in recent years. There was even a strong hint that if Curly Lambeau had not been retained at the Packer board meeting 10 days ago, something might have been done about the Packer franchise and a more desirable 12 club merger completed. The Packer board, by voting Lambeau a new two year contract, did more, perhaps, than it suspected at the time. This now is true of Green Bay: The operation must be strictly along big league lines. There must be new selling, not only to Green Bay, but to the whole state, whose support Green Bay needs. There must be improved front office operation, there must be window dressing, and there must be improved team performance. Green Bay's prestige around the league today is at it all-time low...OWNERS' MARKET: Obviously, with peace, the players' market is over. This will be an owners' market again and the fancy salaries which the war produced and which almost wrecked both leagues will be only a happy memory to those players who shared in them. They will still be good salaries, but they won't be lifted by ridiculous bidding. Obviously, too, such a reservoir of material will now become available what with players from the Hornets, Dons, Bills and Yankees all to be tossed into the draft pool along with collegians, that even the weakest clubs in the league will have a chance to load up. Green Bay particularly has a tremendous rebuilding job to do. The peace has come like a windfall of material. Perhaps no more than six or seven of the boys now on the depleted roster of 27 will be back next fall. The election of Emil Fischer of Green Bay as president of the National division was a complete surprise. It was a good surprise, though, for it revealed what the new league, for the moment at least, thinks of Green Bay. It was tantamount to a friendly pat on the back. Whether Mr. Fischer will continue as president of the Packers along with his new office, will be left up to him. He can, if he wishes, for Bert Bell as commissioner over both divisions, will do all of the heavy league work and Curly Lambeau, as general manager, will represent the Packers at league meetings. But peace - it'd wonderful, isn't it. It's wonderful, indeed.
DEC 11 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions will face the Green Bay Packers in Briggs Stadium Sunday in the last NFL game of the season as well as history. Sunday's encounter will be the last regularly scheduled game under the old NFL setup. Next year's Lions will participate in the newly formed National-American League, including three of the old All-America Conference clubs. Up to now, the Lions don't know which division they will be playing in - the American or National sections which will make up the new circuit. Sunday's encounter may set some sort of record, too. If the Lions win their third game in the last four starts, the Packers will finish in last place for the first time in their history. In the clubs' first meeting this year, the Packers scored a 16-14 triumph in Milwaukee. That game serves as a reason for revenge by the Lions. While absorbing that defeat, Detroit also took its worst physical beating of the season. This time the Lions hope to roll to a victory which will erase the memory of that loss. As usual, the Lions will concentrate on a passing attack. The Packers will rely on the ground gaining ability of Tony Canadeo, No. 2 runner in the league. Against Green Bay, Coach Bo McMillin plans to use Bob Smith on offense at right halfback. Smith has averaged 5.1 yards in 18 carries this year. He will team with Bill Dudley at the halfbacks while Camp Wilson and Frank Tripucka will round out the backfield. Fred Enke, who has demonstrated in two games that he can run as well as pass, will probably see plenty of action at left half with Dudley. Jug Girard, Stan Heath and Ted Fritsch will aid Canadeo in the offensive chores for the Packers. As usual, Detroit's defensive stalwarts will have the task of stopping the crushing ground game. The Lions will be helped by the return of Russ Thomas. Thomas, John Prchlik and Les Bingaman have given great exhibitions of defensive play during the season. Canadeo's line thrusts will give them another opportunity to star. Detroit's running game isn't figured to go great guns against the huge forward wall of the Packers. Led by 290-pound Ed Neal, Green Bay has perhaps the biggest line in football. Flanking Neal are Paul Lipscomb, Urb Odson, Larry Craig and Dick Wildung, averaging about 240 pounds. If the Lions win Sunday, they will escape a cellar finish in the Western division for the first time since 1945. The victory would be their fourth - the best mark by the club in the last four years. A defeat would leave the Lions tied for last place.
DEC 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - With the Philadelphia Eagles already ensconced on top of the pile in the eastern end of the league and only marking time until they go into the championship playoff a week hence, interest in the National league Sunday will center on two fields in the west, on which teams still with a chance for the western championship will appear. At Los Angeles, the leading Rams will face the Washington Redskins, and at Wrigley field, Chicago, the second place Bears will face their arch crosstown rivals, the Cardinals. The Rams have a standing of 7-2-2 for a percentage of .778 and the Bears a standing of 8-3 for a percentage of .727. The western division race still offers these possibilities on the last day of the regular season. If the Bears win and the Rams lose, the Bears will the division title as follows:
Bears 9 3 0 .750
Rams  7 3 2 .700
If the Bears tie and the Rams lose, the Bears will win the division title as follows:
Bears 8 3 1 .727
Rams  7 3 2 .700
​If the Rams win and the Bears win, the Rams will win, of course, as follows:
Rams  8 2 2 .800
Bears 9 3 0 .750
If the Rams tie and the Bears win, the Rams will win with a final standing like this:
Rams  7 2 3 .778
Bears 9 3 0 .750
The Rams must lose, therefore to let the Bears sneak in. Los Angeles ruled a solid two touchdown favorite over the Redskins Saturday night and the Bears a solid one touchdown choice over the Cardinals, whom they beat rather handily in a league game early in the season. The Rams and Redskins did not meet in the regular season but played an exhibition in August which the Redskins won.
DEC 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - The peace between the rival NFL and the All-America conference, agreed to Friday, was inevitable. The days of an alternative was past. Either peace was made, and made quickly in this fourth year of the intolerable "war", or, under the weight of continuing and ridiculous bidding for stars, of individual operation and of mounting costs, the sport collapsed. One or the other - it had to be. The wonder, looking back, is that the peace wasn't achieved before. The wonder is that otherwise successful and intelligent businessmen, even with allowance for their pride, should have been so stupid as to let the war drag on. But stupid they were. They were businessmen, all right, but they were also mules and, like mules, they needed just so many kicks before they budged. Well, they got the kicks, all right - in the pocketbook. They got them where it hurt the most, and at last they couldn't take more. They moved. So it's peace today, and peace it's wonderful! There isn't an owner in the game today who doesn't breathe more easily or who