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.