GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Buddy, this one hurt – that 48 to 7 business at City stadium Sunday afternoon. The Packers were the sentimental choice to beat the Los Angeles Rams on this history-packed occasion, but the West Coasters all but blew the Packers out town in rolling up six touchdowns, six extra points and two field goals and permitting the Green Bays a consolation TD in the waning minutes. A crowd of 24,308 fans sat in stunned silence as the Rams charged into a 17-0 halftime lead and ripped the sod open with 14 points in the third heat and 17 in the final. This was the Packers’ 333rd NFL game since 1921 and until the last few minutes it nearly developed into their worst licking anywhere. The biggest loss margin was 46 points – administered by the New York Giants in Milwaukee last fall. It was the worst defeat at home, the 45-7 tussle with the Bears here in 1948 being shoved into the background. This was bitter history. Only 52 hours before the kickoff, Curly Lambeau – for 30 years head coach of the Packers – announced that he has placed the field and game operations in charge of Assistants Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock. Lambeau watched the game from the press box. The Packers were “up” for this battle – it seemed. They had gained a new spirit in a tremendous effort against the Chicago Bears here a week ago Sunday – despite a 17-0 loss. Oddly enough, the two contests started in similar fashion. Against the Bears, the Packers rushed 40-odd yards into scoring territory, only to lose the ball on a fumble. Sunday, the Packers rammed an even 60 yards into Ram grass but the attack stalled and Ted Fritsch missed a field goal try from the 27.
THAT FIRST INTERCEPTION
Then, something happened that de-winded the Packers. Frank Hubbell intercepted a Jack Jacobs pass in the flat on the Bay 27 and race untouched to a TD. A minute later, Bob Waterfield kicked a 30-yard field goal after passing to Fred Gehrke for 43 yards. The Packers kept plugging, but early in the second quarter Elroy Hirsch - the guy who almost became a Packer last spring - sprinted 51 yards and Dick Hoerner belted over from the two. Before the half, the Packers made two definite threats but both fizzled - the second on the Ram 22 when time ran out. A touchdown on either of the two drives might have restored some of the Packer zip, but they never got into Ram territory again until the last few minutes as the Ram line started cracking the Packers' wall - something that even the Bears were unable to do. The Rams launched the rout with two TDs within two minutes midway in the third period as the Packer tackling grew worse. First, Hoerner lateraled to Gehrke from five yards out and then Gerry Cowhig intercepted a pass in the flat - this one thrown by Jug Girard - and dashed 20 yards to a score. That made it 31-0.
86-YARD PUNT RETURN
A beautiful 86-yard punt return by Vitamin T. Smith set up the Rams' last touchdown early in the final quarter, and Jerry Williams lashed over from the five. Waterfield added another field goal - this one from the 37, and Tommy Kalmanir roared 45 yards around his own right end to complete the Ram onslaught. Gehrke added the extra point. Waterfield kicked all of the others. Stan Heath, the Packers' rookie quarterback and a teammate of the aforementioned Mr. Kalmanir at Nevada, engineered the Packers to their only TD and scored it himself. The drive started on the Packers 21. Ted Fritsch led off with a 16-yard run around left end and then Heath pegged to Bill Kelley for 19 yards and again for 12 to the Ram 28. Fritsch bolted outside his own right tackle for 26 yards to the two and Heath lugged it over on a quarterback sneak. Fritsch added the extra point. Adding insult to injury, the Rams quickly drove to the Packers' 17 and tried a field goal - with a 41-point lead. Gehrke missed it from the 25. That was it. The immortal Larry Craig injured his foot in the first quarter and had to remain out until the third. Tackle Dick Wildung was bothered with a painful heel injury. The Packers' passing attack - which went through the Bear game without a completion - was better with four completions in 20 attempts. Jacobs completed one - a 39-yard advance with Ted Cook on the receiving end on the Packers' first drive; Jug Girard got one to Kelley; and Heath caught Kelley for two in the last drive. On receptions, Cook made 39 yards and Kelley 41. With the exception of passing yardage, the game was fairly close - statiscally. LA out first-downed the Bays, 13 to 10, and outgained 'em on the ground, 247 to 205. The Rams picked up 173 yards in the air; the Packers 80. Individually, Fritsch paced the Packers with 74 yards and Hirsch and Hoerner ran a close one-two, 65 yards to 64.
WILDUNG RECOVERS FUMBLE
Jacobs went to quarterback as the Packers received and launched the afternoon on their own 14. They drew a break right off the bat as Canadeo fumbled after gaining four yards and Wildung recovered for a total gain of eight yards. Canadeo ripped off five more yards and then Jacobs found Cook on the 50 with a sharp pass and Ted ran to the Ram 34. Bob Forte, Canadeo and Fritsch tacked together 13 yards in three tries for a first down on the 21. This was it - or was it! Jacobs tried two passes, one to Nolan Luhn in the end zone and the other to Forte, and both were incomplete. Walt Schlinkman moved it to the 18 so Fritsch tried a field goal and missed. The Packers stiffened after Hoerner reeled off 17 yards, forcing Waterfield to punt, and Hubbell's TD interception followed. After Jacobs punted, Gehrke made a terrific catch of a Waterfield pass with both Jacobs and Comp hugging the receiver. It went for a 43-yard gain and set up the Waterfield field goal. The two clubs battled back and forth until early in the second quarter when Hirsch zipped 51 yards to the Packer 10 where Summerhays caught him from behind, setting up the Rams' second TD.
JACOBS ROUGHED PUNTING
After an exchange of punts, the Packers opened activities on their own 41. Schlinkman and Ed Smith couldn't gain from Girard on the Rams' 30. As Jacobs punted he was badly roughed and the Rams also were called for clipping. This gave the Pack first down on the Ram 47. Girard couldn't pass so he ran to the Ram 30, with Ed Neal bumping two Rams out of the way. Girard, however, fumbled but Luhn recovered. Jacobs lost 10 trying to pass and then Cook dropped a pass on the Ram 30. Heath tried a throw to Earhat but it was low so Fritsch attempted a field goal from the 49 but it went a bit wide. The Rams started their own drive, with Norm Van Brocklin at quarterback, but it fizzled with Waterfield missing a field goal from the 43. That set the stage for the Packers' last drive of the first half with Girard at quarterback. Forte started it with a five-yard run around left end and Canadeo slammed 19 yards around the other end. Fritsch made an even 10 in two tries; Canadeo added six; and Girard 12 to the Ram 28 as time started to run away. But Summerhays and Canadeo each made three and Jacobs was smeared trying to pass as the half ended. The Packers made one offensive burst in the third quarter. After the teams exchanged roughness penalties, Summerhays pounded 13 yards up the middle to the Packer 35 and Girard completed the second pass of the day - an 11-yard throw to Kelley. The attack stalled when Girard was thrown for a nine-yard loss trying to pass and Jacobs had to punt as the quarter ended.
LOS ANGELES -  10   7  14  17  -  48
GREEN BAY   -   0   0   0   7  -   7
1st - LA - Frank Hubbell, 27-yard interception return (Bob Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 7-0
1st - LA - Waterfield, 30-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 10-0
2nd - LA - Dick Hoerner, 2-yard run (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 17-0
3rd - LA - Fred Gehrke, 11-yard lateral from Hoerner (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 24-0
3rd - LA - Gerry Cowhig, 20-yard interception return (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 31-0
4th - LA - Jerry Williams, 5-yard run (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 38-0
4th - LA - Waterfield, 37-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 41-0
4th - LA - Tommy Kalmanir, 45-yard run (Gehrke kick) LOS ANGELES 48-0
4th - GB - Heath, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) LOS ANGELES 48-7
Los Angeles Rams (2-0) 48, Green Bay Packers (0-2) 7
Sunday October 2nd 1949 (at Green Bay)
looked good at end and Cifers made one hell of a good drive there toward the end of the game. Outside of that, we've just got one hell of a job ahead of us. We made an awful lot of mistakes today." Tom Stidham, who had been in the outer room, returned about this time. "We started out all right," he felt, "but they intercepted that pass and went for a touchdown and it took the wind out of our sails."...Lambeau, who stepped down as field leader of the Packers last week to devote more time to the business end of the operations, witnessed the game from the press booth with Don Hutson. It marked the first time since he founded the Packers in 1919 that the big fellow hasn't been on the sidelines. And, although he probably yearned to be back on the coaching line, he stayed "upstairs" throughout the contest, even remaining in the booth between halves...A crack in the bleacher timber in the area just above the exit leading to the dressing room caused slight confusion during the third quarter. Approximately 50 fans were moved out of that section "to play safe", Fred Leicht of the Packer executive board reported today. "It was a very minor crack," he said, "but we moved those fans out to play safe. We didn't want to take a chance on anybody falling through and getting hurt." The stands are inspected periodically and will be checked again this week...Bruce Smith, Packer halfback from 1945 through the early part of 1948 and also a former Ram, was present to watch his old mates. Smith, now retired and living in Fairbault, Minn., spent the weekend with the Tony Canadeos...The Green Bay debut of Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, the former Wisconsin star who said he wanted to play for the Packers but wound up with the Rams at a reported $17,000 per annum, was not particularly auspicious. In his first ball carrying attempt, Crazy Legs was pinched down after gaining one yard. He did, however, make life miserable for the Bays with a long run in the second period...It was a rare occurrence, indeed, when indestructible Larry Craig was forced to leave the field with a knee injury. The quiet Hercules from Ninety-Six, S.C., seldom has had to retire to the sidelines during his 11-year career...There was a 25,000-voice chorus of "oohs" when Ted Cook did a flip over the fence going after a Jug Girard pass near the sidelines late in the first quarter. But Cook, a wiry fellow despite his slight build, reappeared almost immediately apparently none the worse for wear...The Ram owners, Dan Reeves, Fred Levy, Edwin and Harold Pauley and James Seley and a party of 20 of their friends came via chartered plane to see the contest...Fred Naumetz, who, the Los Angeles press box says, has been learning his center play from George (Brute) Trafton, has learned his lesson too well. He was ejected from the game in the third quarter for unnecessary roughness. After reaching the sidelines, Naumetz carped at the officials - but only briefly. Referee Bill Downes raced over and warned him to sit down or he would slap another 15-yard penalty on the Rams. Naumetz, needless to say, compiled...Most of the NFL scouts were in Chicago to chart the Bear-Cardinal game but two of the old standbys were in the booth at City stadium and both had more than passing interest in what went one. For one, Chuck Connor, representing the New York Bulldogs, was taking notes to brief the Bulldogs on what to expect in New York on Friday night. And the other, Walter Halas, was studying the Rams for the benefit of his brother, George, whose Monsters of the Midway tackle LA next Sunday...The
Packers, undoubtedly, took steps to replenish their football inventory today. They lost 15 - yes, that's right - 15 balls to light-fingered spectators who eluded with ease aborted and ineffectual attempts to stop them by the stadium gendarmes. The result was a loss of about $300 to the corporation. Footballs are $18.75 each...Ronnie Hoenisch, star Wausau High school halfback, served as assistant property manager of the Rams - through the good offices of Elroy Hirsch, himself a former prep star. Hoenisch, in his second year on the Wausau varsity, has scored 38 points in the Lumberjacks' first three games this season.
HINKLE'S GROUND MARK SHATTERED
OCT 4 (Green Bay) - Halfback Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles set a new NFL lifetime ground gaining record in Detroit last night as he smashed over for two fourth period touchdowns to give the Eagles a 22-14 victory over the Detroit Lions. Van Buren piled up 135 yards in 33 tries to give him a total of 3,951 yards in his NFL career. The former Louisiana State university star, now in his sixth year as a pro, eclipsed the record of 3,860 yards, set by Clarke Hinkle of the Green Bay Packers in his 10-year pro career. The Eagles had to call on all of Van Buren's running wiles to erase the 14-5 halftime lead which the stubborn Detroit club built up in its first home game of the year before 25,012 fans.
PACKERS BATTLE BULLDOGS IN NEW YORK ON FRIDAY NIGHT
OCT 4 (Green Bay) - The Packers play football in World Series-infested New York Friday night. They'll be looking for their first 1949 National league victory and their first loop win since Oct. 17, 1948, when they blanked the Los Angeles Rams, 16 to 0. Since that great day, the Packers have dropped nine consecutive league collisions, including two this season - 17 to 0 to the Chicago Bears and 48 to 7 to the Rams. The spell was snapped (but it didn't count) this year when the Packers posted two victories in five non-league starts. One of those wins was a 7-3 game with the New York Bulldogs at Rock Island, Ill. With that game in mind and a desire to "come back" after the surprise of last Sunday, the Packers see no reason why they can't lick the Bulldogs again. It would give them new hope for their next engagement - against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee Oct. 16. Usually an off day, Monday meant business for the Packers. The program opened at 1:30 with a squad meeting conducted by Coaches Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock, after which the athletes spent a good hour loosening up. Halfback Tony Canadeo served as calisthenics sergeant. Injuries kept several of the boys in the dressing room. Tackle Dick Wildung and end Larry Craig, representing a bulk of the left side of the Packer line, have foot troubles. They spent the afternoon dunking their feet from ice water into hot water, etc. Right halfback Ken Kranz, who got his major league baptism as defensive back Sunday, has an injured leg and worked lightly, as did defensive right end Don Wells. Incidentally, Dan Orlich, the end from Nevada, also saw his first league play when he went in at defensive left end after Craig went out with an injury. The more strenuous part of the Packers' preparations for the Bulldogs started this morning on the practice field near East High school. Another tough grind is set for Wednesday. The squad will board a giant United Airlines Mainliner 300 (DC-6) at Austin Straubel field at 11 o'clock Thursday morning. They are scheduled to arrive in New York three hours later. They'll headquarter at the Hotel New Yorker and will return on the same plane Saturday morning. The Friday night contest, scheduled in New York's only baseball empty park - the Polo Grounds - will be the Packers' last night game and their only mid-week league game.
BEAR-RAM GAME COULD ANSWER QUESTIONS CONCERNING PACKERS
OCT 4 (Green Bay) - The Bear-Ram game in Chicago next Sunday may answer a question or two concerning the Packers. For instance, how come the LA boys scored four touchdowns on the ground (they added two others on pass interceptions) and the Bears - in comparison - weren't able to move. Are the Ram backs and line that much tougher than the Bears? We doubt it, but Sunday's game at City stadium certainly made the Rams look like world beaters - not to mention Bear beaters. The Packer line, of course, was weakened considerably when end Larry Craig went out with a foot injury. Tackle Dick Wildung wasn't himself with one of those painful heel bruises suffered in the Bear game. However, the Rams did most of their damage straight up the middle and the Rams' first play from scrimmage was the tip off as fullback Dick Hoerner slammed out 17 big yards. The Bears, in the entire game two weeks ago, never gained more than seven yards any one time up the middle. The Rams split the Packer mid-section with long gains consistently. Once the Packer wall trembled, the pass defense started to cave in. The Packers recorded 29 clean tackles and three of the backers-up made 18, with Jay Rhodemyre getting eight and Bob Forte and Bob Summerhays each posting five. Summerhays played his first game in the new spot and, overall, did well. Other clean tackles: Lew Ferry, four; Ted Cook, Jack Jacobs, three each; Larry Craig, Dick Wildung, Ralph Olsen, Damon Tassos, Paul Lipscomb, Urban Odson, Bob Cifers, Irv Comp, two each; and Roger Eason, Bill Kelley, Walt Schlinkman, Ken Kranz, one each. The Packer ground game - the only bright spot all afternoon with the exception of the four pass completions - saw the fullbacks gain 104 yards, with Ted Fritsch posting 74. The left halfbacks picked up 49 and - this hurt - the right halfbacks made only eight. Forte made nine, Bob Cifers three, and Ed Smith lost four. The Bay quarterbacks, with Jug Girard running for 34 yards and Stan Heath for two, even outranked the right halfbacks. Hal Dean, the Ram guard, tried to scare Girard on his third run with this: "Better not run anymore if you want to play quarterback." Girard told him, "You got to catch me first." Most redeeming feature of the Packer passing game was the fact that rookie Kelley managed to break away from his receivers, getting 41 yards on three catches. Ted Cook got 39 on his one reception. Packer Backfield Coach Bob Snyder thinks Bob Waterfield is a big fellow - as a player and an individual. "I'll bet my last pair of socks that Waterfield caught the devil for not trying to kick that field goal near the end (it would have given the Rams 51 points). Did you see him? He talked Gerhke into kicking right there on the field." Gehrke, who ordinarily holds the ball for Waterfield's kick, missed. So Mr. Shaugnessy was sorry the score went so high; Ha Ha. There'll be another day, Mr. Shaughnessy, and not too far off!
ROUGH WORKOUT FIRES UP PACK FOR NY GAME
OCT 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers took steps Tuesday "to keep those quarterbacks from getting killed." It worked because QBs Jack Jacobs, Jug Girard and Stan Heath reported for practice this morning quite willing to try again. The murder scene was the practice field near East High. Time after time, Jacobs, Girard and Heath went back to pass and time after time they were spilled for big losses. The defensive tackles, ends and even the backers-up were ramming through consistently. Finally, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder bellowed: "That's enough; keep those quarterbacks from getting killed; we'll do nothing but run with the ball; forget the passing." That was the signal, brethren. With Snyder, Line Coach Tom Stidham and Defense Coach Charley Brock prodding 'em on, the Packers started to get mad. The fire was started and the coaches let it burn. Apparently, the Packers had forgotten the Los Angeles Ram nightmare and made up their minds to take the bark out of the Bulldogs in New York Friday night...EASON TO LEFT TACKLE: The scrimmage grew rougher and rougher as the Packers sharpened their ground game - the redeeming features in both the Bear and Ram contests. Everything was strictly for keeps as the defensive linemen gobbled up the ball carriers. A couple of times, Dan Orlich, the defensive left end, broke through to nail the luggers as they went up the middle. Tackle Paul Lipscomb, end Bill Kelley and center Ralph Olsen got in a number of licks. Playing left tackle on defense was veteran Roger Eason, the former Ram guard. Eason, who has played both tackle and guard for the Rams, was shifted to LT for practice this week and probably will continue at the position against the Bulldogs. Dick Wildung, the regular LT who injured his heel early in the Bear game, wasn't himself against the Rams and has been undergoing treatment all week. Larry Craig, out of practice Monday and Tuesday morning with a leg injury, did some running Tuesday afternoon and drilling lightly this morning. Orlich has been working in his position. Guard Paul Burris was shifted over to defensive right end to give Don Wells a lift. Rookie end Bill Kelley also worked there on both offense and defense. Kelley, incidentally, is the team's leading pass receiver. The ex-Texas Teacher grabbed three of the Packers' four completions in the Ram game - two of them leading to the Bays' lone touchdown. No passes were completed against the Bears...WANTS TO PLAY SOMEWHERE: Kelley would like to try left end on offense. The newcomer made the request after practice Tuesday. Bill admitted to Stidham that he never played left end but "I wanna play somewhere." The Packers spent Tuesday afternoon working on defense in the outfield of the Bluejays' baseball park. Today's practice featured passing offense and up to 11 o'clock there were no casualties among the quarterbacks. Attention also was given defense in this morning's workout. The Packers will leave for New York at 11 o'clock Thursday morning on a giant United Airlines Mainliner 300 (DC-6) from Austin Straubel field. They'll arrive in NY three hours later and will headquater at the New Yorker. No practice is scheduled in New York, but the squad will drill before leaving Thursday. The Mainliner 300, first DC-6 ever to land at Straubel field, will return the Packers late Saturday morning. They are scheduled to leave New York around 9 o'clock.
THE POOR OL' PACKERS
OCT 5 (Manitowoc Herald-Times) - Sunday was a lovely day in Green Bay. A warm autumn sun beamed brilliantly on City stadium, where, according to advance notice, a football game was scheduled to take place. It was said that a number of young men all the way from Los Angeles were to pit their combined skills against a group of fellows known as the Packers, representing the hometown. Some 23,000 folks had heard about the goings on and were on hand for the anticipated battle. But, as far as the football game is concerned, all of the spectators would have done better had they taken a ride through Door County and enjoyed the scenery which is at its best this time of year. Many and varied are the reasons being tossed about in the state press and by the fan on the street for the sad showing of the Green Bay fellows. Some say there was much disorganization Sunday after Curly Lambeau had turned over his coaching duties to three assistants. Others blame the dismal showing on the strenuous afternoon the Pack had put in against the Bears only a week previous, etc. Wonder if it isn't true that the present Packer team is simply composed of ball players inferior to other league squads. That most certainly was the case Sunday - in line play, ball carrying and, most of all, quarterbacking and blocking. If Lambeau and others responsible can't see the moss on some of those ancient performers they've got hanging around the Packer club - well, the fans can, and they're the guys who pay the freight. Perhaps the Packer organization is not financially able to enter into the spirited bidding for the services of top college stars on the pro grid mart. If that is the case, someone had better find a solution to that vital problem or Wisconsin is going to lose one of its most valuable assets, the Green Bay Packers.
quarterback - his natural role this season...EASON TO LEFT TACKLE: The only other left half, Irv Comp, has a muscle pull and, besides, spends most of his time on defense. The left side of the Bay line is weakened with injuries to tackle Dick Wildung and his famous defensive end buddy, Larry Craig. Wildung has a bone bruise in his heel and was unable to take part in practice Wednesday. He may see only limited action Friday. Craig, who was hurt in the Ram game last Sunday, has been running the last two days but is slowing up considerably. Lew Ferry, Wildung's No. 1 replacement, has a charley horse. This forces switching of Roger Eason, a guard with some previous experience at tackle, into the LT spot. Right defensive end Don Wells' left has been giving him some trouble this week. All of which means that Dan Orlich, Craig's relief at left end, may be working at both right and left ends on defense. Though injuries will handicap the Packers, the Green Bay morale was high as the Bays saw a good chance to snare their first league victory of the 1949 campaign. A win would snap their nine-game (league) losing streak...LOST TO EAGLES, 7-0: The Bulldogs battled the powerful Eagles down to the wire in losing by only 7 to 0 but stumbled before their neighbors, the New York Giants, by the score of 38-14. The Bulldogs had a 14-10 lead at the half but the Giants added two touchdowns in the third quarter and two more in the fourth. Oddly enough, the only Packer victories were salvaged at the expense of the New York clubs - both on a non-league scale. The Packers whipped the Giants, 14-7, on a last minute pass from Jack Jacobs to Kelley, and the Bulldogs, 7-3, on Earhart's 42-yard touchdown run in the last five minutes of play. The Bulldogs, formerly the Boston Yanks, probably will throw plenty of passes, what with Bobby Layne, the former Bear, Johnny Rauch and Bob DeMoss at quarterback. Against the Giants, the Bulldogs completed 17 out of 32 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Against the Packers, the Bulldogs completed only six out of 20 for 42 yards. The Packers also were ineffective with their passes, making only three out of 18...The Packers are headquartered at the New Yorker and will spend this evening attending a movie and watching motion pictures of the Bulldog-Packer non-league game. The Green Bays left Austin Straubel airfield at 10 o'clock this morning and landed in New York at 1 o'clock Green Bay time. They'll leave New York at 9 o'clock Saturday morning and arrive back home around 11 o'clock. The Packers flew in a giant United Airliners Mainliner 300 (DC-6). It is the first DC-6 ever to land and take off at Straubel field. Packer Advisory Coach Curly Lambeau witnessed the practice Wednesday. He expressed concern over the large number of injuries and figured they would hurt the Packers' chances Friday night. Lambeau placed the practice and game operations in charge of Assistants Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock last Friday.
​CRIPPLED BAYS MEET BULLDOGS
OCT 6 (New York) - Broadway's recess from the 10 cent World Series brings the Green Bay Packers and the New York Bulldogs together in the Polo Grounds Friday night in a NFL game. Green Bay, in the throes of a rebuilding program that took its head coach, Curly Lambeau, off the field and put him into the front office for the time being, arrived by plane this afternoon crippled and struggling. New York, on the other hand, reported itself ready for the game which will see both clubs fighting for their first victory of the young season. Since the Giant upset, Coach Charlie Ewart has shaken up the Bulldogs. The results have been so encouraging that the New Yorkers will enter Friday's contest a 14 point favorite. Coaches Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charlie Brock, who are in charge of the Packer strategies, agreed Thursday night that they would stick to a veteran lineup again.
EARHART MOVED TO RIGHT HALF AS INJURIES CRIPPLE PACKERS
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers are in pretty bad shape - physically, that is. The left side of the line is virtually shot and only three of the seven halfbacks are able to carry the ball. That was the picture as the Green Bay professional football forces landed in this baseball-minded city today to prepare for their National league engagement with the New York Bulldogs in the Polo Grounds Friday night. The first step to neutralize some of the weak spots was made in Green Bay Wednesday. Ralph Earhart, a right halfback as a rookie last year who was moved to left for 1949, was shifted to right half Wednesday. He'll run with Bob Forte, the veteran right half who sees most of his action on defense. The other right halfbacks, Ed Smith, Ken Kranz and Bob Cifers, have injuries - Smith, a bruised hip; Kranz, a knee sprain; and Cifers, a pulled muscle. Quarterback Jug Girard, who played left half last year and during the the early practice this season, is working with veteran Tony Canadeo at the "strong side". Girard, however, also will see action at
GREEN BAY WAS 'JUST' DOWN FOR THIS ONE, SHAUGHNESSY FIGURES
OCT 3 (Green Bay) - The dignified gentleman said slowly: "I was sorry to see the score get that high. Green Bay was just down for this one." It was Clark Shaughnessy, head coach of the Los Angeles Rams and the man frequently credited with many improvements in the modern T-formation, talking and, if he were exuberant - as well he might have been - there was no trace of it. "I think," he said musingly, "Green Bay will bounce back and be a good time." Waiting to board a buss bound for the Milwaukee Road depot, Shaughnessy added, "We got a lot of breaks today. And you always get the breaks when you score that many points. The Packers should improve," according to the 57-year old vagabond of football - he has coached teams from coast to coast "as soon as they get organized. That Girard, for example, is a marvelous looking runner. And Canadeo is a terrific back, I think." As for his own team, Shaughnessy felt that it was beginning to jell - a sentiment in which all Packer fans could concur most heartily. "We've got a number of new halfbacks," he said, "and all of them did very well. In fact, all our new boys did." A few minutes earlier, in the Hotel Northland lobby, hulking George (Brute) Trafton, former Packer line coach now a member of the Rams' staff, was manifestly jubilant. "It's nice to come home this way and see your friends," he exulted. "Yes, sir," the former Chicago Bear terror boomed. "I sure am glad to see all my friends." Ram President Dan Reeves, also encountered in the Northland lobby, was reserved in his expression. "This is just what we needed," he said seriously. "We needed a decisive victory like this to give us confidence." (He probably was looking into the future to LA's date with the Chicago Bears next Sunday.)...Understandable and complete contrast had been found in the Packer dressing room earlier. The players came in silently, only one or two had anything to say, and they talked in hushed tones. Evan (Red) Vogds, the red-haired guard, sat and stared at the floor for at least 10 or 15 minutes, making no attempt to remove his uniform. And so, for a shorter period, did Tony Canadeo, Larry Craig and several others. Others, divesting themselves of their equipment, disgustedly banged locker doors or hurled pads, helmets and their shoes to the floor. Gradually, isolated conversations began but they were desultory, apathetic and soon ceased. Coaches Tom Stidham and Charley Brock came in, without comments, and immediately closeted themselves in the "office". They were soon joined by Bob Snyder, who had been handling the "phone" in the press box. Fifteen minutes later, Curly Lambeau, now acting in an advisory capacity, came in, conferred just briefly with the trio and left. All three obviously felt there was little to be said. Finally, Snyder, pacing the floor, shot. "We just got the hell kicked out of us pretty good. I guess that's all there is to say."..."THEY'LL DUMP THE BEARS": He was extravagant in his praise of the Rams. "They've got the best personnel I've ever seen," he marveled. "They put in one lineman and he's just as good as the first and they put in another one, and he's just as good as the second. And it's the same way with the backs. They've got a terrific club. And," he predicted, "they'll dump the Bears." As for the few Packer bright spots on this dark day, he said, "Summerhays as a freshman did very well at fullback, both offensively and defensively. Kelley 
feeling too well. The combination of dinner, the bumps during the plane ride and the bus trip to the hotel Thursday resulted in stomach discomfort upon arrival in front of the Hotel New Yorker. Luhn, however, has been resting and will be ready tonight. The Packers will be out to crack a nine-game (league) losing streak, started a year ago. The Bulldogs have yet to win a game this season, but their 7-0 business with the murderous Philadelphia Eagles should be enough to scare anybody, including the Packers. In their only other showing, the Bulldogs lost to the NY Giants, 38-14…PACKER NOTES: Coach and Mrs. Curly Lambeau, Frank Cowles and the writer attended the World Series game in Brooklyn this afternoon. Lambeau will be viewing his second Packer game in his new capacity as advisory coach. Assistants Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock will handle the club. Cowles, who flew the “hump” many times as an air corps pilot during the war, piloted the United Airlines DC-6 mainliner for about a half-hour on the trip from Green Bay. Young Frank has over 4,500 hours of flying time to his credit – more than the regular pilots. The squad also was accompanied by Packer President and Mrs. Emil R. Fischer and Walter Ellegard of the Press-Gazette advertising department. More people in Green Bay will hear the broadcast of the Packer-Bulldog game than in New York. Some of the stations here feature rebroadcast, in full, of the afternoon World Series game and Bay fans, of course, can hear the contest via Press-Gazette station WJPG-FM. There will no broadcast of the football game in NY. Lambeau is now having several conferences with prospective Packers. One is Steve Pritko, former Bulldog and Ram offensive and defensive end.
TEAM NEEDS FANS' AID, HUTSON
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - “We’re in for a rough season and I think it’s a good time to show the Packers just what kind of fans we are,” Don Hutson, Green Bay’s pass catching immortal, told over 600 members of the Quarterback club at the club’s weekly meeting in the Vocational school Thursday night. Hutson, emphasizing that he did not speak in an official capacity but merely as an individual concerned about the future of the Packers, declared, “If we give the board of directors, with Lambeau taking the chance to put Green Bay on top and in a contending position again, I think that’s just what they’ll do.” In this connection, he said, “I’m very anxious to find out what the football fans or businessmen are going to do if this thing goes down. We don’t have a good football team and the present Packer situation is critical. I think we all realize that good teams are not built overnight and that’s just what the Packers are doing now, building for the future,” he asserted. “We’re going to lose some more ball games this season, probably a lot more, but now is the time when we must support the Packers.” He indicated he thought that some concrete steps have been taken in the rebuilding direction. “I think in Heath and Girard,” he said, “we have two boys who will develop into topflight ‘T’ quarterbacks. This Kelley is a great prospect at end. And if everybody had the try Summerhays showed against the Rams we would have played a much better game.” Commenting more directly on the Packer-Ram contest, Huston emphasized, “You really saw a football team out there (in the Rams). On the basis of personnel, they’re the best team in the league.”
BEARS SIGN ED CODY, EX-PACKER
OCT 7 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears today announced the signing of fullback Ed Cody, captain of the 1945 Purdue team and with the Green Bay Packers for the past two years. Cody will be in the Bears’ lineup Sunda in their NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams in Wrigley field. He replaces Joe Osmanski, who was bought by the New York Bulldogs earlier this week. Cody, 26, will share the offensive assignment with Don Kindt.
GRID BULLDOGS TACKLE PACKERS AT P.G. TONIGHT
OCT 7 (Brooklyn) - That faint rumor that there is a football game in town tonight is a fact. The Bulldogs are taking on the Green Bay Packers at the Polo Grounds and this contest emphasizes again the hard luck that the hapless Bulldogs are encountering these days in their bid for local recognition. Not only has the Ted Collins entry in the NFL taken it on the chin in their first two loop contests but they’ve had more than their share of trouble at the box office. Their first game against the Giants was ruined by a steady downpour. The second time they took the field the customers remained glued to their radios, being more concerned with hits and errors than with punts and passes. The Bulldogs’ obstacle this week is the Subway Series. No coach has every dug up more crying towels than Collins. Who can blame him? Like the new tenants of the P.G., the Packer have yet to register a triumph in loop competition. Neither team, however, is down in the dumps. Charley Ewart, coach of the Bulldogs admitting mistakes galore, asserted today, “We’re a young club with a new offense but our passing attack is starting to come around and we should be ready to roll tonight.” In a last minute maneuver, the Bulldogs have dropped tackle Mike Jarmoluk, four-year veteran who hails from Villanova, and end Steve Pritko, who has seen seven campaigns.
BULLDOGS BUY OSMANSKI; PLAY PACKERS TONIGHT
OCT 7 (New York) - Joe Osmanski, leading fullback for the Chicago Bears for the past two years, was purchased yesterday by the New York Bulldogs and will wear their light blue moleskins at the Polo Grounds tonight for their NFL clash with the Green Bay Packers. The Bulldogs are well within the player limit, for on Wednesday they sold Mike Jarmoluk, four-year veteran from Villanova, to Detroit and released end Steve Pritko, seven-year pro campaigner…BULLDOGS LOST TWO: Osmanski comes to the Bulldogs after four seasons with the Bears. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound, 28-year old line-smasher is a graduate of Holy Cross, where his brother, Bill, another Bear alumnus, is head football coach. Announcing the expensive acquisition of Osmanski, Bulldog owner Ted Collins said yesterday, “I don’t intend to wait until the end of the year to make changes on this club.” Collins refuses to quit on his squad despite their 7-0 loss to the Eagles and 38-14 rout by the Giants in their lone league outings. The Bulldogs failed to win any of their preseason exhibitions, too. Joe Osmanski is certain to help the T-formation Bulldogs, who have shown a woeful weakness at fullback. The speedy plunger led the Bears’ backs by gaining 328 yards in 1947. Last year, he rushed for 341 yards…PACKERS HAVE YET TO WIN: The invading Packers, like the host club, are still looking for their first league victory. Hoping to rebound after their recent defeats by the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears, the Packers are banking on the three-deep quarterback slot to turn the trick. Their pass masters include Earl (Jug) Girard of Wisconsin, veteran Jack Jacobs and Nevada’s Stan Heath, who led the nation’s collegiate passers last year. Green Bay will also be loaded with familiar performers like Ted Fritsch, Tony Canadeo and Bob Cifers.
PACKERS BATTLE BULLDOGS IN NY
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - It just isn't fair - holding a National league game right in the middle of a World Series. But that's exactly what happens tonight when the Green Bay Packers and New York Bulldogs engage in their third circuit engagement in the secrecy of the Polo Grounds. Less than 10,000 persons are expected for the contest and that figure represents the height of optimism. The game is practically a secret here and a good share of the writers polled at the nightly series toasting arena at the Biltmore Hotel Thursday night expressed open-mouth surprise when informed that (1) the Packers are in town and (2) they'll play the Bulldogs...ALL BUT FORGOTTEN: As an example, one of the leading newspapers carried three full pages or 528 inches of baloney on the World Series Thursday. Exactly two and one-quarter inches of previous type was devoted to the Packer-Bulldog game. There are two school of thought on the attendance tonight. First and most attractive is that the football encounter will draw some of the overflow from the third series game. This might swell the gate to 15,000. Second and most terrorizing is that the local millions have the ultimate in baseball on their minds, making the Packer-Bulldog game just a sideshow along the path leading to the big top. Empty seats or not, the Packers have a serious task to perform tonight. It would give them some badly needed confidence and might entice a few more customers into State Fair park come a week from Sunday when the Packers meet the back-happy Chicago Cardinals…FAR FROM READY, PHYSICALLY: The Packers are far from ready – physically, that is – for tonight’s battle. Mentally, the guess is that the Bays are on the strong side. The mental attitude may be the deciding factor in a game that might be termed a tossup. Nobody around here has taken the time, what with the series blazin’ to figure out a favorite. On the physical side, the Packers are weakened considerably. Ken Kranz, the Milwaukee State rookie right half who performed well on defense last Sunday, was left behind because of a damaged leg injury. He was not replaced by a ball carrier (there aren’t any) but rather a guard – Paul Burris, who may be seeing his first league action. To fill the gap left by the injuries to Kranz, Bob Cifers and Ed Smith, who may see brief action, left half Ralph Earhart has been switched to right. Ralph worked the new spot for the first time Wednesday and hoped to try again Thursday but steady rain back home that morning forced the coaches to call off the drill. No practice could be held here. Bob Forte, expected to carry the brunt on defense, also will have to labor most of the time at right half…WILDUNG, CRAIG TROUBLED: There is similar misery at left half where Tony Canadeo and Irv Comp remain. Comp has a bad leg and works mostly on defense anyhow. If Canadeo gets any relief it will come from Jug Girard, whose specialty is quarterbacking. The line is pretty well damaged, too, since tackle Dick Wildung and end Larry Craig are sporting foot troubles. Wildung can hardly walk, let alone run down after a punt. Roger Eason, the guard, has been shifted to tackle. There are a number of other injuries. The Bulldogs, bless ‘em, made a last minute effort to pick up some Bear tactics. They purchased fullback Joe Osmanski, and the Holy Cross charger may do a lot of lugging through he’s not familiar with the Bulldog plays. At the same time, the Bulldogs got rid of a former Bear – tackle Mike Jarmoluk, who was sold to Detroit. Both clubs are advertising their air games. The Packer quarterback will toss to everybody but the quarterbacks, tackles, guards and centers. The Bay halfbacks received plenty of attention as pass receptionists this week which isn’t exactly anything new. In the past two, the passer was demolished before he could throw…LUHN HAS STOMACH UPSET: Nolan Luhn, the Packer right end, hasn’t been